Wednesday, 29 July 2015


Say no to cake face with a SPF BB cream that delivers as promised. Without the use of talc, silicones or UV filters, Dusty Girls 'Earth Cream' brings together nurturing ingredients that maintains skin health, whilst providing a heap of coverage and sun protection. This natural tinted cream won't clog pores, instead it helps to banish acne with a mighty punch.

Dusty girls, proudly farmed by Moogoo, is a newly established makeup line, here down under (international shipping available). The herd (Moogoo) is one of the most environmentally friendly skincare brands, specialising in the topical treatment of varying skin conditions. Being a fan of Moogoo for years, Dusty Girls was easy to fall in love with and just like Moogoo, their website details all ingredients, along with their fancy names and their not so fancy. Keepin' it real.

This lightweight 'Earth Cream,' which is basically a BB cream, is said to provide sheer coverage, but one that is definitely buildable. With two layers, I will say that it has coverage that is similar to a light foundation, which is pretty darn sweet for those who don't like to wear foundation daily. It doesn't however conceal my dark under eye circles and so additional concealment is needed. 

(L - no makeup, R - wearing Earth Cream)

This cream spreads and blends easily but dries quick to a natural finish. Their are no claims about 'perfecting the skin' because really, perfection is unattainable and lets be honest, over-rated. But it does offer the look of a smooth canvas, evening out skin tone and any discolouration + spots (red spot do show through, but the redness lessened). It just simply makes your skin look a whole heap better. If your short on time, this will perk up your skin in no time, you know...just in case a cute guy happens to walk by. When time permits, I finish off this 'Earth Crream' with some concealer, mascara, blush and voilaI'm all spick and span, instead of chaos. Oh don't forget the lip balm! This cream is indeed moisturising and can be worn without additional creams or oils underneath. Although, if you have dry patches, you might need to hydrate your skin before hand. I prefer to wear my facial oils beforehand, as gives added softness and a load of skin fortifying benefits.

The shade I purchased was 'neutral medium', which is suited for medium dark to dark skin tones. I have a light to medium complexion and for summer, the medium shade matched me well. Now that the cold has settled here in Aus, it might me just a tad too dark, but the shade is still wearable. Free samples are offered to help you select a shade that suits you best. I generally wear a setting powder over this to mattify as it does leave a dewy finish. I prefer to go matte. Even without a setting powder, this cream will last a good chunk of the day.

While this is befitting for all skin types, it resonates well for acne prone skin. Sitting high on the ingredient list, we have acne fighting oils, Nigellea Sativa Oil and Manuka Tree Leaf OilNigellea Sativa Oil, also known as black cumin oil, nourishes and heals with anti-inflammatory propertiesclarifying congested pores and calming any redness. Then we have Manuka Tree Leaf Oil, which is acclaimed for its potent antimicrobial agents, that fights against acne causing bacteria. Also in abundance are Magnolia Acuminata Extract and Chaulmoogra Tree Seed Oil, which are present to soothe and repair. It's a bottle of ingenious really. 

Let's touch on the SPF element of this cream. Now SPF is a complicated story. In this cream, the minerals and micas act as the physical barriers, protecting our skin by reflecting the UV rays away from our skin.
I asked Megan, a Dusty Girls representative, why the SPF in this cream was a low 5?
In order to increase the SPF, we would have had to add additional ingredients that would affect the texture of the cream and not allow it to spread onto the skin well.

So I wondered if SPF 5 if enough for daily protection?
As the SPF number increases. the % of rays blocked does not increase much. For example, SPF 15 protects up to approximately 94% and SPF 40 protects appropriately 96.5%. I do not have a % that SPF 5 would block, but it would offer enough protection for daily use, as a long as sun exposure is not prolonged. 
What do you think? I'm okay sporting SPF 5, but with necessary additions (shades, hats..) and reapplication during the day. If I do find the UV strength to be strong, then I would be wearing sunscreen underneath. I do encourage you to do your own research, form your own judgement and to always be wary of the sun and protect yourself from its rays. Moogoo have dedicated a page on their site detailing facts about sunscreen and SPF with additional links if you wanted to read more (click here). I would love to know your thoughts in the comment section, as SPF is a bit of a tricky subject.

 ingredients:  Aqua, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Titanium Dioxide (Food grade), Coco Capyrlate (Coconut Derived Silky Feeling Emollient), Cocoglycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol (Food Grade Emulsifier), Taraktogenos Kurzii (Chaulmoogra Tree Seed Oil), Nigella Sativa (Fennel Flower) Seed Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka Tree) Leaf Oil, Wheat Amino Acids, Palm Glycerides, Glycine Capryloyl (Amino Acid in Skin’s Oil NMF), Magnolia Acuminata Bark Extract, D Alpha Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Olive Butter, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Clay Base) p-Anisic Acid (Anise Derived Preservative), Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate (Glucosed Derived Emulsifier), Brown Oxide C33-115, Yellow Oxide C33 - 8073.
Price: $18.50 (AUD)

You'll be hearing me yapping some more about this makeup line in future posts. Their makeup range is tots adorbs, ya hear me? Ha, who comes up with this language? Anyway, tell me what BB creams you think are worth trying next?


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