Good Places to Start with Natural Makeup

Helloooooo!

It can be a little overwhelming and confusing when you first decide to switch your makeup to completely natural products, as there are a plethora of companies out there that are into promoting the whole ‘green’ image thing, BUT, a lot of these companies are misleading in their advertising and have products that are in many ways as bad as the conventional stuff.

So what’s a girl to do? 😒

Well, I hope this will help in some small way. I have compiled a list of a few trustworthy makeup brands from either end of the budget spectrum

Affordable:

http://host.silknaturals.com/creb/index.php

Silk Naturals have a GREAT range of loose eyeshadow pigments, blushes, lip colours and other novelty products

http://www.theallnaturalface.com

The All Natural Face, similar in price point to Silk Naturals, but with a different variety of products, including creme foundation and creme blushes

http://www.honeybeegardens.com/category/natural-cosmetics.html

Honeybee Gardens have some really awesome products, at very affordable prices!

http://www.benecos.eu/en/products/colour-cosmetics/make-up/

Benecos is fabulous! High praise for this very affordable and innovative makeup brand

http://www.lilylolo.co.uk/

Natural makeup brand based in the UK. Lily Lolo products come in a wonderful range and look so high-end , yet are very reasonably priced.

http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/product-line/organic-wear.html

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear is a very popular branch of makeup from the main line. Their ‘Fakeout’ mascara has now become a staple in my makeup collection

http://www.terrafirmacosmetics.com/cosmetics.html

This brand has always intrigued me. Price point is very good and there are some interesting-looking products

http://www.brijacosmetics.com/

A fairly new brand of makeup developed by natural beauty blogger iluvjesse444, who I have been following for some time. The range  is continuing to expand, and there are now both powder and creme products

http://www.faerieorganic.com/

Probably on the higher end of affordable, but nevertheless very reasonably-priced products. I would love to get my hands on their eye-primer!

http://www.lucyminerals.com/

I’ve heard wonderful things about the mineral foundation and have order two shades, which are on their way! Just be wary of the mascara and lip luster, which are non-natural. If you stick with the powder, you should be fine!

http://www.cowgirldirt.com/natural-mineral-cosmetics

Cowgirl Dirt- I always thought the name was funny, but apparently the products are good! 😉

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/pumpkinandpoppy

Pumpkin and Poppy have some very cool products that are loved by many natural-makeup geeks! The oak bark contouring powder is just one example. Do be a bit careful though, because not ALL the products are completely natural. I’m pretty certain they are labelled though, allowing you to tell which ones are and which ones are not.

http://www.shirocosmetics.com/index.htm

If you like a great selection of loose natural eyeshadows, this is a fabulous website! I also love how they have themed collections

http://www.sheermiracle.com/categories/Mineral-Makeup/

No-one seems to have explored this brand much, but many of the products look intriguing. I would love to try their eyeshadow quads and natural creme concealer

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ErzulieCosmetics?ga_search_query=makeup&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=AU&ga_search_type=all&ref=sr_gallery_26

Erzulie Cosmetics are an Etsy brand that have some cute and creative products

Mid-Range

http://www.alimapure.com/

Alima Pure only offer powder products (apart from their lip colours), but their foundations come in pretty much every shade imaginable, and have received very favourable reviews

https://www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com/

Gabriel/ Zuzu Luxe cosmetics

Gabriel and sister-line Zuzu Luxe have some fantastic products with very neat, ‘conventional-like’ packaging. I have heard wonderful things about the Zuzu Luxe liquid liner and brow pencil, as well as the Gabriel liquid foundation and pressed powder

http://www.100percentpure.com/

Unfortunately this brand does not ship directly to countries outside USA, but there are other places to get them from online. But seriously, if you’re all about cute packaging and unique products, this is the brand for you!

http://www.lavera.com/lavera-products/organic-makeup.html/

Lavera appear to have been the front-runner for Natural cosmetics for a long time now.

http://www.afterglowcosmetics.com/

I must admit I haven’t yet tried any products from Afterglow Cosmetics, but they are definitely worth a look-in as the range is quite extensive and reasonably-priced

http://www.eccobella.com/makeup/

Ecco Bella have a great range of products, many of which are pressed, making it handy to place in a Z-Palette if you own one.

http://www.laurenbrookecosmetiques.com/

I have been curious about this makeup line for the longest time, and on many occasions have been so close to buying a whole heap of products! The range is impressive, with both creme, pressed and powder products.

http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/

Just some all-round dependable powder products, with the range constantly developing

http://www.mychelle.com/

Creme-based products with some favourable reviews

http://www.rejuvaminerals.com/store/

Not a lot of fuss has been made about this brand, but I’ve tried some of their products and they are quite impressive! Not to mention the range of products is expanding

http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/eco-makeup.aspx

Green People don’t have a massive range, but their products look professional and innovative

http://www.juicebeauty.com/

Juice Beauty have a lot of products that are well-renowned in the green beauty world, such as their Stem Cellular CC cream

http://www.buffd.com/index.php?main_page=index

Colour-range is impressive- over 60 shades of foundation!

http://www.unebeauty.com/en/products/make-up.html

Une products are only available online through lovelula.com and naturisimo.com, however the look of the products make me think it is worth the trouble! I love how the products list the percentage of natural ingredients used in them (which is usually always above 98%)

http://www.essential-care.co.uk/organic-makeup.html

Small but lovely range of products with nourishing ingredients. Their eyeshadow palettes look enticing

http://www.sante-usa.com/

A European makeup brand that sell a lot of great products!

http://www.aunaturaleglow.com/

Au-Naturale is a fresh-looking makeup brand that has a great variety of both powder and creme products. On the higher end of mid-range, as some of the products are a tad pricey.

http://www.pureandsimple.ca/index.php?route=product/category&path=273_141

Pure + Simple have some great-looking products, including BB creams which I would love to try out!

http://www.thepureboutique.com/category_1/Pure-Anada-Makeup.htm

Pure Anada have a fabulous range of pressed and loose products. Their mascara has also received great reviews from many natural bloggers

http://www.alvanaturalskincare.co.uk/10-makeup/

Alva have some really interesting and innovative products. I am a fan of their liquid eye-shadows and would love to try their new BB cream

http://suncoatproducts.com/

Suncoat has a small but fascinating variety of products including pressed blushes and eyeshadow duos

http://www.aubrey-organics.com/custom.aspx?id=33

A rather small but dependable range of makeup products from Aubrey Organics

http://mineralfusion.com/

Mineral Fusion have a wide range of products, the only catch being that many contain the preservative phenoxyethanol. If you don’t have a problem with this, however, you should love these products!

http://www.cheekycosmetics.ca/index.html

Cute, natural cosmetics, mostly in loose powder form. Lipstick is also on the menu!

http://www.earthsbeauty.com/collections/the-look-you-want-the-ingredients-you-trust

Small selection of trust-worthy makeup products- ‘the look you want, the ingredients you trust’

High-End

http://kjaerweis.com/shop/

Pretty freakin’ expensive, but Kjaer Weis have such elegant, chic packaging and rave reviews of their products that they’re definitely one worth checking out!

http://www.zuiiorganic.com/products/

Zuii Organic is an Australian company relatively new to the scene, and is expanding their line with new and exciting products!

http://www.christopherdrummond.com/cart.php?m=splash

Christopher Drummond is one brand I am dying to try! Products to keep an eye out for are the Duo-Phase Concealer and Saude Pele Radiance Booster. The company also offers Sample Kits which are less expensive and worth purchasing if you just want to dip your feet in!

http://www.rmsbeauty.com/shop/index.php

RMS Beauty is fast-becoming a revolutionary makeup brand in the way of natural cosmetics, with versatility being a key feature of the products. The Living lUminizer is a definite stand-out, as well as the Lip2Cheek products…actually, scrap that, everything from RMS is worth trying!

https://janeiredale.com/au/en.htm

Another leader in Natural cosmetics, Jane Iredale has a fantastic range of products for all ages and skin-tones

http://www.vapourbeauty.com/

Vapour Organic Beauty are a very well-renowned, award-winning green makeup brand that have some awesome products for face, eyes and lips. Their multi-use blushes are a clear winner for me

http://w3llpeople.com/

W3ll People are another brand that have recieved glorious accolades in the green beauty world. Their products just seem to be consistently amazing

https://sapphocosmetics.com/

Me want to try liquid foundation! As well as everything else from this awesome little brand…

https://store.drhauschka.com/naturalskincare/items/1-S1-lV1DECO.aspx

Sort of on the cheaper side of high-end. Dr Hauschka are absolute guns when it comes to natural makeup, and personally I can vouch for a lot of their products including their translucent makeup, mascara and pressed eyeshadow palette

http://www.pravera.co.uk/shop/terre-doc/make-up

What can I say? Their stuff just looks so.freaking.cool!

http://loveorganicbeauty.com.au/

This is the Australian Website for Couleur Caramel, but the brand can be found in many places. Unique products with neat packaging. I have heard good things about the mascara in particular.

http://www.nveyeco.com/

Nvey Eco is an Australian brand that has spread its branches across the globe. I have the cake eyeliner and one of their eyeshadow palettes, which I use a lot.

http://inika.com.au/

Another Australian brand that has received a lot of love from natural makeup enthusiasts!

http://ereperez.com/shop/

Ere perez have some really great products. I LOVE their natural waterproof mascara, and am dying to get my hands on their natural cheek tints next. I love how the range is constantly developing

http://hautcosmetics.ca/

So many of these products are ones I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time! While the range isn’t massive, I really love how innovative they are with their products

http://www.musq.com.au/

An Australian natural makeup brand with some very chic-looking products. This particular brand seems to be fairly underground amongst natural makeup bloggers, and I’d love for someone (or even me, perhaps) to test out some of the range!

http://gourmetbodytreats.com/product-category/makeup/

Cute packaging, stellar ingredients and a great variety of products!

http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com/organicglam-makeup/

Organic Glam have a very sleek, up-market feel to them. I think their concealer palette would be great for natural makeup artists

Wow! This ended up being quite a list! I hope this isn’t information overload for natural makeup beginners, but at least it can give you a few options when it comes to replacing your products. The crazy thing is, this isn’t even all the natural brands I know of, but I selected the ones that I felt had the best range of products with safe, trust-worthy ingredients to save people the hassle of having to do it themselves.

If you have any questions or want to add any suggestions yourself, please feel free to leave a comment! 🙂

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Healthy ‘No-bake’ Chocolate Slice

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This yummy recipe is vegan and also free from dairy, gluten & refined sugar 🙂

You will need:

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  • 180 grams of almonds (or almond meal)
  • 8 medjool dates
  • 50 grams of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder*
  • 40 grams chocolate chips*
  • 30 grams goji berries

*In this recipe I used ‘Cocoa Ceps’ powder, which is actually a drinking powder that contains Cordyceps & Reishi (basically mushrooms with health benefits!) However, any good-quality cocoa or cacao powder will get the job done.

http://www.iherb.com/Madre-Labs-CocoCeps-Instant-Organic-Ganoderma-Dark-Cocoa-7-93-oz-225-g/23648#p=1&oos=1&disc=0&lc=en-US&w=cocoa%20ceps&rc=4&sr=null&ic=1

*I highly recommend the Enjoy Life ‘Mini-chips’, which are Dairy, nut and soy free (also vegan)

http://www.iherb.com/Enjoy-Life-Foods-Mini-Chips-Semi-Sweet-Chocolate-10-oz-283-g/32772#p=1&oos=1&disc=0&lc=en-US&w=enjoy%20life%20chocolate&rc=545&sr=null&ic=3

Grind the almonds in a blender or food processor until fine.

Add the dates, coconut oil and cocoa powder and mix together well, either manually or using a food processor. I find it easy to use my hands (clean of course ;-)) so that the dates are distributed evenly throughout the mixture.

Next up, add the chocolate chips and goji berries to the mixture and stir until well-combined

Press the mixture into a tin lined with baking paper and pop into the freezer for about an hour, or until the slice becomes solid.

Remove the slice from the tin and cut into pieces.

ENJOY!

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What the mixture should look like before it gets pressed into the tin

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What the slice should look like after it gets pressed into the tin 😛

RMS Beauty ‘Un’ coverup- Pros and Cons

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Shades ’11’ and ’22’

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Without flash

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With flash

Pros:

  • Very decent coverage
  • Stays put, especially when a powder is applied over the top
  • My skin reacted well to this, and I think it may have actually HELPED to minimise breakouts
  • When applied correctly, can have a very natural finish, like second skin
  • Completely natural ingredients

Neutral:

  • Dewy finish
  • Yellow undertones (especially number 11)
  • Scent is very neutral- neither pleasant nor offensive

Cons:

  • Sticks to dry patches
  • Skin must be well-prepped before applicaton
  • Expensive- $36 for .20oz/5.67g
  • Tends to be a bit cakey (particularly around dry areas)
  • I find the formula to be very stiff in winter time- almost too stiff to use
  • Limited shades available
  • Somewhat ‘shiny’ appearance

Application:

Most people recommend using your fingers for this product, and I tend to agree. I like to take a big chunk out and smooth it over my face with my fingers, letting it sit for a bit and then using a patting motion to go over the top of blemishes

Overview:

I seriously cannot make my mind up about this product! Some days I’ll love it, other days I’ll hate it. I think this type of concealer is particularly suited to those who tend to have very smooth, non-problematic skin. As my skin is a tad bumpy it is sometimes hard to blend, and therefore seems to emphasise dry patches and not look very natural. I also prefer a matte look, and the finish of this product certainly isn’t matte. While I don’t tend to wear under-eye concealer, I can see this working well for this purpose, because it does stay put and the slight yellow undertones would be good at covering dark circles and blue/grey areas.

Overall:

3/5

Would I repurchase?

Maybe…but probably not. I don’t know that this particular concealer is the best fit for my needs. Besides, I’m always on the lookout for new products and I have my eyes on the Christopher Drummond concealer to try next! 🙂