Tuesday, December 17, 2013

REVIEW! Just Be Cosmetics!

Hi my lovelies! Today is going to be a review of some products from a small cosmetics company located not far from me! Just Be Cosmetics is a line of handmade cosmetics and bath products. It is a 100% vegan friendly line that is also gluten and paraben free. They do not add any harsh chemicals to any of their products and as their etsy.com site says: "...just good stuff and a lot of love." I happened across Just Be Cosmetics through Instagram and checked out their store. You can find their store at www.etsy.com/shop/JustBeCosmetics and you'll see that they have quite an extensive line of products. Everything from body scrubs, detergent free soaps, as well as mineral pigments. Everything is very reasonably priced and, you can purchase samples of the pigments. If you aren't familiar with etsy.com, it is a site where many small businesses sell their products. The Just Be Costmetics etsy store site is well laid out, the ordering process is very easy and, if you should have any questions or need to contact the owner, you can do that through the site as well. They are very quick to respond. And, if you should have any custom requests, just contact them and they will be happy to help you! I have dealt exclusively with Marta and have found her to be an absolute dream to deal with when it came to my order. I had questions and concerns, and she always promptly responded to my emails and my order arrived very quickly. (Please keep in mind that this line only ships to the U.S.) Now, let's talk about the products I tried out!

This is their 4 oz. body scrub which costs $5.00. They also have a 16 oz. size for $12.00. The packaging is simple and whimsical, which I think speaks to their whole philosophy when it comes to their products. I love that this comes with a little spatula so you can reach down to get the product out of the jar. Simple, functional, without even the smallest detail of "how do I get the product out" being overlooked! I bought this in the scent vanilla/cinnamon. The cinnamon scent is quite strong in this particular batch however, I don't mind that at all because I LOVE cinnamon. These scrubs come in many different scents: Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cranberry Fig, Peppermint, Hot Cocoa, Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit and Eucalyptus. They will also do custom scents. All you need to do is contact them with your request and they will be happy to assist you!  The scrub is a very coarse texture and is a works wonderfully as an exfoliant. Perfect for you ladies out there that self-tan! I find that it rinses off very clean and doesn't leave any residue on my skin as some scrubs I have tried do. Also, the scent does not hang around very long on the skin which is perfect, because it will not interfere with any fragrance you happen to wear that day. I can only speak for this scent, I don't know if the other scents may have a lingering fragrance.

I also tried their detergent free soap in the scent vanilla/oatmeal. That just smelled yummy from the get go! It comes simply packaged in some waxed paper. Since it is a handmade product you will notice that it has a softer texture than bar soap you buy from the store. Just Be Cosmetics also does not add type of detergent or chemicals to their soaps. I like the whole oats distributed throughout the bar, as they act as a gentle exfoliant. Definitely not uncomfortable to use and I think this would be particularly good for a guest bath since it doesn't contain any harsh ingredients and is very gentle. These soaps also come in a variety of fragrances: Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Vanilla and seasonal scents. Just contact Just Be Cosmetics to inquire about their seasonal offerings.

Now, my favorite stuff! The pigments! Just Be Cosmetics offers a line of mineral pigments as well. As stated on their website, the pigments do not contain talc, bismuth, FD&C dyes or any other added colorants including carmine. They are synthetic free and chemical free. You can use the pigments as eyeshadows, eyeliners, nail polishes, and some colors can be used as lip stains. (Please refer to Just Be Cosmetics' site when choosing a color for lips as some are not suitable for lip use.) They come in a wide variety of colors and I picked out a few samples to use on my eyes. (Please refer to their etsy shop to view the entire selection of colors. Samples cost $1.00 each and come in a small plastic bag. A full size is 5 grams, costs $8.00 and comes packaged in a small plastic jar.) I purchased quite a few samples of their shades to try and was extremely pleased with the results. I did two completely different eye looks with the colors I purchased. In the first look I used the pigments wet, and in the second I used them dry. Unlike some other pigments I've tried that tend to have less color payoff if used dry, I find that the shades I used dry from Just Be Cosmetics had just as much pigmentation and were equally easy to work with wet or dry. (Obviously when used dry, you will experience fallout due to the nature of them being a loose mineral.)

For this look, I used the mineral pigments wet and used just plain water as my medium. I used a combination of golds, green and brown. (These are not the shade names, Just Be Cosmetics' site has names for their shades.)  The photographs of the pigments on their website are very good quality and you can tell whether or not a color is matte or will have a shimmery or metallic look. The pigments went on smoothly, with full color and were super easy to blend and work with. They have a super fine texture and the color range is quite good. I like that not all of the minerals are metallic or shimmery and that they do offer matte shades in colors other than black and brown.

For this look, I used the mineral pigments dry. I used some purples, a mauve shade and a deep blue shade. (I am also wearing blue mascara in case you were wondering!) Even using the minerals dry, I found that they still had excellent color payoff and were just as easy to work with as when used wet. I did experience fallout, but they are loose pigments and it is unavoidable. Knowing that with loose pigments or shadows that I would have fallout, all I did was use a layer of translucent powder across my cheekbones. When I was done with the pigments, I just flicked the powder away with a fan brush and all fallout went with it. I like the way these particular colors worked together and I was very happy with the pigments in general. The selection of colors is very unique while remaining quite wearable, which is sometimes an issue for me when looking for pigments. Many lines may have only a few colors that aren't very bright or overwhelming, while I feel that Just Be Cosmetics' colors walk the fine line of having a variety of fun, vibrant colors while still offering a number of basic neutrals and some interesting shade choices that you may not expect! If you've never used pigments before, I assure you, they are nothing to be afraid of! Purchase a few samples from their color range and try them out. You'll be glad you did!

I encourage you to check out Just Be Cosmetics' etsy shop and browse around and check out all of the wonderful things they have to offer. www.etsy.com/shop/JustBeCosmetics Please contact them if you have any questions! Marta answered all of my questions quickly and was very helpful. And, don't be afraid to ask about custom orders either! 'Tis the season! They are offering a variety of seasonal scents at the moment, along with their regular line for their bath products, so if you don't see a scent and you're wondering if they may have it...just click the link to either contact the shop owner Marta, or the button that says "Request Custom Order". 

I hope that you all found this informative and will check out Just Be Cosmetics. Although it may be a small company, with a small store on etsy...they are big on quality and big on customer service. You won't be disappointed!

That's all for now my lovelies! I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season and I will see you again soon! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @reneebruch, on Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto and to check out my official website at www.reneebruch.com and my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ReneeBruchPhotography

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