Two beautiful powders from Sante – pressed and blush

Sante America is a European German cosmetics line with just a ton of different intriguing products.  Marcia previously reviewed a few products here, and she loved them so much I was anxious to try out a few things myself.  Recently I tested out two of them – the Sante Powder Compact ($17.50) and the Rouge ($16.00).

As you can see from the pictures, the pressed powder is HUGE.  This compact has some heft to it!! The color pictured is Light Sand 02.   There is no applicator, so you need to use your own sponge or brush.  I like the Bobbi Brown Kabuki brush for applying pressed powder, so that worked out great for me.  I find that this does a great job of absorbing oil without making you look overly powdery.  The compact is really gorgeous, and it has a fabulous mirror.  I really liked this powder, but I have to warn you – it does have a very distinct, perfumed fragrance that lingers.  I wish it didn’t, because then it would be a perfect pressed powder.

The Rouge ($16) is just beautiful.  I loved this color, it’s called Silky Terra 01.  It gives a very natural, slightly shimmery color to your cheeks.  Sante America’s blushes are all very subtle shades meant to look like a natural blush.  I found it had nice lasting power when I used primer.  All of Sante’s powder blushes are made with minerals, nothing synthetic.  It also has Jojoba Oil in it, so it’s not a super dry blush.  Again, though, it has that fragrance.  It is not nearly as noticeable as the scent of the pressed powder, but it’s still there.  For those of you who have a problem with fragranced products, I don’t think you would be happy with these – the scent is just too heavy.  But if fragrance doesn’t bother you, give them a shot.  They both are incredibly silky and beautiful.  Here I am with the blush and the powder on:

Sante has some really great products, it’s definitely an affordable, interesting line worth a look.  – Lisa

Pressed Powder Ingedients:  Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Lauryl Lactate, Lauroyl Lysine, Essential Oils, Jojoba Oil*, Olive Oil*, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chamomilla Extract*, Mica, (Plus or minus Carmine, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Pigment Brown)

Rouge Ingredients:  Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Mica, Lauryl Lactate, Lauroyl Lysine, Olive Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Chamomilla Extract*, Essential Oils, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, (Plus or minus Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Pigment Brown, Carmine, Ultramarine Pink, Iron Oxide Black)

Disclosure:  Items reviewed were PR samples

Beautiful nails with Ciate and Sante America

I haven’t written as much about nail polish as I’d like to. I have a large collection of polish that I’ve acquired within the last 2 years. I went from wearing the same polishes over and over to being anxious to get to my nail tech so I could try out lots of colors. I bit my nails down to the quick for most of my life. One day I resolved to grow nails and I actually did it (so all you mothers with children that bite their nails, there is hope). My nails aren’t super strong because of the damage I did to them which is why I get my nails done most of the time. To get to the point, this is the first of two polish reviews I’m ready to post.

Both of the brands I’m reviewing today are new to me and possibly to you too. These were sent to me to whet my palette I’m sure. Now I want MORE.

The first is CIATE Paint Pots which are from the UK. This is the cutest bottle ever! I wish I had a whole collection of these polishes. The bottle is slightly curved and has this adorable bow on it. These cost £9.00 and can be bought from Ciate’s website. There are 53 shades in their regular collection plus they have a lot of fabulous looking color collections. Ciate was created by one of the top nail stylists in the UK, Charlotte Straughan, to ensure professional quality for her customers.

This polish applied like a dream. I took this to my nail appointment and my manicurist was just as enamored as I was. She loved the brush (according to the site it has 250 flat bristles – I personally wouldn’t want to count them!). The polish just glided on. It was easy to apply but the best part is that this lasted a solid two weeks. The picture below is after 10 days of wear – typical housework included. When I went in to get my nails done again it was mainly because of a little tipwear and growth. I rarely touch up polish either. I know I should put on a top coat but I don’t.

The color I was sent is called Mistress (039) and at first I thought it was a little bit on the orange-red side but as I wore it I realized it was a great fire engine red (the site calls it a true red with a touch of coral). It’s a crème finish and was beautifully shiny using Seche Vite top coat. This will get worn again (and again). I like that Ciate describes their polishes and doesn’t just rely on photos which can be deceiving. I’ve got my eye on Burlesque (deep plum crème), Starlet (rich shimmery purple with blue & green) and Kitten Heels (red shimmer) and I’m sure one night when I’m in that mood I’ll be hitting BUY!

I also have been lucky enough to try out Sante America’s nail polishes ($15). I reviewed this natural brand before and was very impressed with what I’ve been using. I was thrilled when they sent me two polishes to try out. I’ve worn both polishes and got a week’s wear out of them. I actually did my nails myself with one myself because I was ready to change polishes before I had time to go for an appointment and I wanted to see what the application was like. It was a breeze. I’m not a good manicurist and I am impressed by those of you who can do their own nails. The bottle is very thin and so is the brush. For me that made it easy to use because I wasn’t making a mess on my cuticles. Even though the brush is thin it was great to use to cover the base of my nails.

The two colors I have are No. 18 and No. 07. The site names the polishes but they aren’t named on my bottles. No. 18 is a brown red cream called Magnolia Red and No. 07 is called Metallic Lavender. I didn’t love the look of No. 18 since it was a little too brown for me but the quality was great, it’s described as a deep dusty burgundy. No. 07 was much more interesting to me and showed me that I can comfortably wear this type of shade. Even though Sante’s site called it a lavender I saw a lot of light taupe in it rather than lavender on my hands. There is shimmer to it creating a metallic effect but it’s not over the top with either shimmer or metal. This is a polish I’ll be wearing again this spring and summer.

What Sante America brings to the table is a natural polish. The polishes are 100% formaldehyde free, don’t contain toluene, are vegan and gluten free plus they are free from colophony rosin (a product that’s from the resin of pine trees). Their polish remover is 100% acetone free and made with natural ingredients. I was amazed at how quickly this dried when I did my nails with it.

So there you have today’s nail episode. Two terrific brands of polish that you may not have been aware of before but now that you do, act on it!! — Marcia

Disclosure: polishes sent for PR consideration. Please see our disclosure statement for further information.

Natural beauty with Sante

It’s always exciting to discover a new brand and it’s even more exciting when the brand is a natural cosmetic brand. Sante fits that bill. Everything I’ve read about Sante America makes me want to learn even more.  This is a German based company that has recently come to the United States. I love that Sante has no artificial colorants: no synthetic fragrance; no synthetic preservatives, petrochemicals or silicone oils. All products are vegan and most are gluten free.

I’ve been fortunate enough to try 3 of their products. Number one and my favorite is Soft Cream Foundation. I was sent this in Light Beige 02 which is a little darker than I would pick out but it’s such a moisturizing foundation that I’m making it work for myself. It feels great on my skin. It’s especially nice for me in this cold weather when I can get dry patches on my cheeks. It contains pomegranate  extract,  cupuaco butter, and jojoba oil which gives it this terrific hydration. It’s cushiony feeling (a weird description I know) but it’s not heavy at all. The foundation is only available in 3 shades (01 Porcelain, 02 Light Beige and 03 Sunny Beige). If I had ordered it I’d have chosen Porcelain but as long as I’m using one of my translucent powders over it the color tones down enough for my skintone. The cream foundation is a bargain; it’s only $17 for 1 fl oz plus if you sign up for newsletters from Sante you get 15% off on your order. Since I only need one pump to do my face the foundation is going to last me for a very long time. It is not only a very natural look on me but it lasts well into the day.

The second product I tried is Soleil Lipstick Balm SPF 15 in Red. This is another terrific product at an amazing price ($7). Even though it’s labeled a balm it’s really a combination of a balm and a lipstick. It gives you the full color of a lipstick but the advantages of a lipbalm in a tube. It contains Organic Soy and Jojoba Oils and it’s very moisturizing. The SPF is pure mineral so it protects you in a natural way from the damage the sun can do all year round. Since it’s vegan and gluten free it’s one of the safest products around. I honestly never thought about gluten free lip products before this but I did ask a friend who has Celiac Disease and she told me this can be a problem for her. I instantly gave her the name and website to look into. This is available in Red, Pink, Magenta, Bronze and Sheer Neutral. Your lips will thank you for using this.

Additionally I have had the pleasure of using Sante’s Organic Mascara. Sante is a European company that has met all the standards of BDIH which has stringent standards for natural cosmetics.  The mascara is created with organic plant extracts and pure mineral pigments. It’s available in both black and brown for $14.50. It’s so hard to find a brown mascara, let alone one that is natural. My experience with this mascara is that I get a very natural look, non-crunchy lashes that last all day without smudging on me. It’s not a dramatic look but that’s just fine for everyday looks. Often I’ll find that a mascara that is considered a volumizing formula, like this one, will become clumpy on me but Sante’s doesn’t plus I can build it up if I want more intense lashes.

This line has been a pleasure to use. There are so many products to discover from them. They have nail polish, skincare, hair care, bath & body, items for men and color cosmetics of all kind. They have some great prices on 2 starter sets too. Do yourself a favor and sign up on Sante’s website for your 15% off and then go shopping. — Marcia

Disclosure: items were submitted for review consideration