This Is Exactly Why We’re Obsessed With Honest Beauty
In love with Jessica’s Alba’s clean, conscious line of beauty and skincare products, honestly. (Sorry, we had to.)
Full disclosure: our skincare routine is still very much a work in progress. Probably because it (and our skin) has evolved so much over the years, and continues to change with age. Speaking of maturing, it wasn’t until lately that we sat back and really considered how many toxic beauty products we use on a daily basis. It’s crazy (and kinda sick) that considering the beauty industry has no regulations on what they can or cannot put in products, most of us have no clue what we’re really putting on our skin every day. So yeah, we’re working on incorporating as many toxic-free products into our regimens, too (#2017goals). We’re trying to step up our game, k? We tried six items from the skincare line, so read below to find out what we think.
Okay, let’s just take a moment of silence for Honest Beauty’s gorgeous packaging. One of our main complaints with natural, organic and cruelty-free products is that the packaging is always the same: too ugly for our vanity tray. But no, not Honest Beauty. Thank you Jessica for making a totally cruelty-free and toxic-free beauty line that looks high-end and just as beautiful as other mainstream lines.
Functionally speaking, the Magic Balm, ($18) is a little hard to open; if it was a standard jar with a top you unscrew, it would be a bit more practical. Speaking of jars, we detest eye creams that come in jars so we love that this one comes in a squeezy tube with a narrow tip. It makes application much easier and helps you avoid overusing product. Same goes for the Oil-Free Beauty Fluid, ($28, update: discontinued). It’s practical without sacrificing aesthetics. We also thoroughly appreciate that the makeup wipes comes in a package with a proper top. How annoying is it when it only closes with a small piece of adhesive that’s not even sticky a couple weeks in and all your wipes dry out?
Let us start by saying, we didn’t try out these Honest Beauty products thinking we were going to find any life-altering products. It’s not like any of the Honest Beauty products have any crazy claims. They are just simple products that you can count on to get the job done, and we appreciate that. When it comes down to it, that’s all we really want. So let’s get into it.
SPF is religion to us and we never, ever leave the house without it. We even use in when we’re staying in all day, it’s that serious. So we went for the Oil Free Beauty Fluid, ($28, update: discontinued) instead of the Even Brighter Everyday Moisturizer. Basically, you know how all guys fantasize about condoms (yes, just went there) that are barely noticeable? That’s how we feel about our SPF. Since moisturizer is legit the one thing we cannot leave the house without applying, it needs to not add shine yet still keep our skin moisturized and protected. With that said, we were pretty disappointed that the bottle was SO small. At 1.5 ounces, we thought it was the sample size at first. But no, it’s the full size. And yes, it clearly states this on the website, but we didn’t notice that before purchasing, which is a good lesson for the future: when buying online always check the size first. We’re trying to get you to learn from our mistakes, guys!
Anyway, the bottle is made out of very hard plastic so it’s a little difficult getting the product out of the tip, but this is actually a good thing. We’re usually very heavy-handed with my moisturizers and creams, always squeezing or pumping out way more than we need, so this packing helps us to not overuse, which will extend the longevity of the small bottle. Anyways, once we tried it, we were really impressed during application with how thin the formula is and pleased with the minimal amount of luminosity it provides. Bottom line: get you a beauty fluid that can do both — protect and keep you matte. This oil-free formula has definitely got you covered.
The Magic Balm, ($18) is probably the most hyped up products by Jessica herself, other than the Honest Beauty Everything Primer, ($27). So we were excited to try out this does-it-all balm. First off, we’re very into a “balm”, whether it’s multi-purpose or not. We only wear lipstick or lipgloss when we’re going out. On an everyday basis, we hate sticky lips and honestly, Vaseline is bae. Second, one of our biggest pet peeves is having dry lips. So this was a must-try. Besides being in super chic packing, this balm has a nice, buttery feel on the lips, a slight fragrance, and does a pretty good job of keeping our lips chap-free.
The instructions say to use this beauty balm liberally — on your lips, cheeks, cuticles, nose, wherever you might be feeling dry, flaky, or just want to creating the illusion of brightness or height (you know, so people can comment on your selfie like, “Those cheekbones though,”). We slept with the balm on our lips: super moisturizing. We used it on the callous on our hands (don’t judge) and cuticles: softened these areas up. We also slept with some smeared in the corners of our eyes and lips since these are the areas that tend to dry out: it kept those areas supple.
We’ve been using anti-aging eye creams ever since we were eighteen. And since we’re still too young to vouch for any age-reversing claims, all we really want in an eye cream is for it to have supreme moisturizing qualities and to have an easy-to-use applicator (read: not a dip-your-finger-in jar). The The Younger Eye Cream, ($28) checks both those categories. The consistency of this eye cream is thick, but easy to spread. You don’t need a lot by any means. One or two tiny dots is more than enough for each eye. As you know, we’re retinol-obsessed, so when the fact that this formula contains retinoic acid is a super bonus.
Dream: poreless skin. Reality: Perpetually in pursuit of a go-to translucent powder that will absorb surface oils come midday to keep us from looking like we just went bobbing for apples in a bucket of grease. For the last year or so, we’ve been loyal to our Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder. Our only complaint is that it goes everywhere when applying it, which is why we have a love-hate relationship with loose powders. That’s why we were relieved when we opened the Invisible Blurring Powder, ($28) and saw that it had a twisting mechanism where you can adjust how much powder comes out the jar and you can completely close and lock it back so that when you’re not using it, no powder comes out of the little holes. Nothing worse than opening your powder and all of it has already spilled out. (If you feel us, comment below!) This talc-free formula promises to even your complexion, blur any imperfections, and soften the appearance of fine lines and pores. The verdict? Despite the powder being a little thinner than we’re used to, which is great for contacts wearers, it did keep us matte. Have a feeling this is going to make it’s way into our end-of-the-year roundup of our favorite products.
Whenever we do wear a full face of makeup, which is very rare, we’re always very wary about going in and directly washing our faces with a cleanser and water. So, we love a makeup wipe. The Refreshingly Clean Makeup Remover Wipes, ($10) contain chamomile, calendula, and aloe to calm and soothe while the grapeseed and olive oil gently cleans. We all know alcohol is crazy drying (right?), but since these are alcohol-free, you don’t feel like your skin is stripped after you’re done yet you still feel like your pores can breathe. Gentle gets a bad rep, but gentle doesn’t mean weak or ineffective. We were pleasantly surprised at how easily these took off our eyeliner and mascara. You definitely need to follow the wipes with a proper cleanser or at least do a thorough rinse with warm water, but these are great to get the bulk of your makeup off without having to scrub incessantly, which can lead to irritation or even cause blemishes. And since these are completely non-toxic, we will continue to repurchase these instead of the other wipes we’ve tried in the past.
Okay, we’re the types who look forward to using an oil-blotting sheet midday more than lunch. Seriously. There’s just so much satisfaction in taking off the visual of removing shine (our one true nemesis). It’s almost as good as picking off a scab. I’d just run out of a generic pack of blotting sheets that I wasn’t crazy enough about to repurchase so it was perfect timing. The Dependably Clear Blotting Sheets, ($9) do their job and do it well. The bonus is these are super nice to use to blend things like bronzer along your jawbone or to soften the rim of your lips after applying lipstick.
Is Honest Beauty worth the money?
There’s just something so comforting knowing that what you’re using so intimately with your skin, is made without parabens, gluten, silicones, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances, or dyes and wasn’t tested on animals. That alone increases the threshold for what is deemed ‘affordable’ when it comes to beauty products. We have no problem paying more for clean, ethical products. That said, Jessica’s products are priced pretty much smack-dab in the middle between drugstore and higher-end products, which is great because you can buy a premium product without breaking the bank.
5 out of 5 for Honest Beauty. We really like the Honest products. One of the best things about the brand is that if you never heard of Honest Beauty and know nothing about what they stand for, you would never guess that they’re completely natural, non-toxic products; they don’t look like it, they don’t smell like it, and most importantly they work just as good as all of the mainstream products we’ve tried, high-end and drugstore alike, if not better. Another thing we love about the company is that returns are accepted within 365 days of receiving your product. We can’t even think of another brand that offers this. And of course, all her products are not tested on animals and made with no animal by-products. This is one of our top favorite brands at the moment, and we actually mean that.
Have you tried anything from Honest Beauty? Was your experience to par with ours? Anything we didn’t try that we definitely should? Let us know by leaving a comment in the comments section below.
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