‘No makeup’ makeup using natural products

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Swatches (left to right): 100% Pure Foundation ‘White Peach’, Aubrey Organics Translucent base ‘Beige’ (barely visible), Lavera mineral rouge powder ‘Lovely Peach 03’, Zuzu Luxe cream brow pencil ‘Russet’, Silk Naturals brow cream ‘Medium Ash’, Nude by Nature lipliner ‘Chique’

Hey! Oh my gosh, Im finally back after yet another hiatus! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

After a lot of experimentation with natural makeup products, I’ve finally come up with a routine that is quick, easy, and looks flawlessly natural.

So without further ado, here it is: my go-to ‘no makeup’ makeup routine

  • 100% Pure super-fruits healthy foundation ‘white peach’
  • Aubrey Organics silken Earth translucent base ‘beige’
  • Lavera ‘lovely peach 03’ mineral rouge powder
  • Zuzu Luxe ‘russet’ cream brow pencil
  • Silk Naturals ‘medium ash’ brow cream
  • Lily Lolo Natural Mascara
  • Nude by Nature natural ‘chique’ mineral lipliner
  • Hurraw chai spice lip balm
  • Real Techniques blending sponge for a flawless application

Application:

  1. The 100% Pure Foundation has a rather drying, matte finish, so I find it best applied straight after moisturising. I find that it sits very well under the Pai Rosehip Oil. Simply squirt a few pumps and blend onto the face with fingers. Use a damp sponge to go over everything and ensure it is well blended. The 100% Pure Foundation is now my HG natural foundation. It is fantastic for oily skin, never breaks me out and has great coverage but somehow still looks so natural.
  2. Apply a small amount of the Aubrey Organics Translucent Powder over the top to set the foundation with a large powder brush. I forgot how good this stuff is!! Although it doesnt act well as a foundation alone due to lack of coverage, it is amazing as a setting powder, and will keep makeup in place all day long
  3. Using a smaller brush, apply the Lavera peach blush to the cheeks. Everyone has their own way of applying blush based on their face shape and bone structure. I find I like it best right on top of my cheekbones, swept away towards my temples. This particular blush might look scarily orange in the pan (and I stayed away from it for a long time because of that), but it seriously just adds the most gorgeous bronzey natural flush of colour when on the face
  4. Give the lashes a couple of generous coats of the Lily Lolo mascara. Make sure you get right at the roots! This particular mascara gives the most amazing combination of length and volume, without being overly clumpy. Thinking of doing a full-review soon to show what a difference it makes to the overall look of the lashes
  5. Use the Zuzu Luxe brow pencil to define the base of the brows with light, feathery strokes. Then go over and blend in slightly with the fingers to avoid it looking harsh. I love this pencil, but find it can be a little stiff, so I like to run the tip of it between my fingers first to warm up the waxes before using it
  6. Using a brow brush, apply the Silk Natural brow powder in any sparse areas, just to give the brows a more full look. This product is my absolute hands-down favourite for the brows. The colour is a PERFECT cool-toned taupe, and it blends in so nicely with my natural brows
  7. Apply the Nude By Nature lipliner just underneath the natural line of the bottom lips. This works an absolute treat for giving the lips a natural fuller-looking appearance.
  8. Smack some Hurraw lipbalm (or any lipbalm of choice) on your lips for some moisture and you are good to go!

As you can see this is a rather minimal approach to everyday makeup, but it is so quick and easy to do when you just want a look that is fresh and natural yet flawless. I find myself going for this look almost every day at the moment.

I hope you guys enjoyed it. Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions or comments about absolutely anything in this post, and I’ll be sure to get back to you. Have a great day! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’š

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Review: Haut Cosmetics BB cream and HDD cream

About a month ago I purchased some products from a brand I’d had my eye on for some time- Haut Cosmetics.
Haut Cosmetics may be seen as a high-end natural brand that put simply amazing ingredients into their products. In my eyes it’s almost a cross between skincare and makeup, so as you can imagine I was very keen to try out their BB cream along with a sample of their HDD cream which I purchased from the website Be Naturallyou
I ordered the shade ‘Almond’ in both the BB cream AND HDD cream.

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Let’s start off with the BB cream:

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Top to bottom: BB cream swatched heavily, blended out

Pros:

-Lightweight
-Creamy
-Blends like a dream
-Incredibly natural-looking
-Dewy finish
-Evens out skin-tone and covers minor imperfections
-Stellar ingredients
-Pleasant Smell
-Pretty packaging

Cons:

-Small pot size (7g, 0.25 oz)
-Expensive ($42.95)
-Pot packaging is less hygenic
-Sheer coverage will not cover your average blemish

Application: This BB cream is actually so creamy I didn’t really need to use a sponge to blend it in! Just by using your fingers you’ll get a lovely, even finish. However, I still like to use a dampened sponge to go over some areas and make it perfect. Because I like a more matte finish, I like to apply a little bit of powder over the top, however, this is totally optional.

Shade: Almond is described as being suitable for ‘light skin with yellow or neutral undertones’. I’d say this description is fairly accurate. I have light skin with neutral undertones and this worked really well, perhaps just being a tiny bit too dark on my winter skin. I’m fairly certain that after a bit of sun it will match perfectly though.

Ingredients: aloe juice*, coconut oil*, shea butter*, castor oil, , emulsifying wax nf, calendula extract*, stearic acid, vegetable glycerin, cocoa butter, lavender distillate*, bilberry extract*, sugar cane extract*, sugar maple extract*, orange extract*, lemon extract*, cranberry extract*, papaya extract*, pineapple extract*, vanilla seed ferment, glycolic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, tocopherol (vitamin E), olive oil*, candelilla wax, coconut Oil*, shea butter*, palm oil*, jojoba oil*, rosehip oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), rosemary oleoresin, neem oil, zinc oxide, titanium oxide, carnauba-coated serecite, kaolin clay, arrowroot powder, Canadian glacial marine clay, Canadian glacial clay, iron oxides.

*Organic

Overall: I really, really love this BB cream. I kind of wish I didn’t though considering it costs $42.95 for 7g (0.25 oz). But the way I justify it is, the ingredients work to actually nourish and improve the condition of your skin, so you would expect to pay a little more. It is PERFECT for days when I want to even out my skin tone and give it a natural-looking glow. Seriously, this product is nearly undetectable on the skin if applied correctly, but it still makes a big difference somehow!

 

Now onto the HDD cream:

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HDD cream swatch

Pros:

-Thick formula with good coverage
-Still natural-looking
-Easy to blend
-More matte finish in comparison to the BB cream
-Stellar ingredients

Cons:

-Expensive ($31.70 for full size)
-Very small pot size (3.5g, 0.125 0z)
-Pot packaging is less hygenic

Application: Although thicker and tackier in consistancy than the BB cream, this product still glides onto the skin with ease, and doesn’t require too much blending to achieve a flawless look. I find it better to warm the product into the skin with my fingers first before going in with a damp sponge to finish off.

Shade: Although I got the same shade, ‘almond’, as I did in the BB cream, I felt that the colour was just a smidgen more on the cool-toned side in comparison. Still fairly accurate though. If you have a neutral skin-tone, this will suit just fine.

Ingredients: olive oil*, candelilla wax, coconut oil*, shea butter*, palm oil*, jojoba oil*, rosehip oil, vitamin e, neem oil, titanium dioxide, carnauba-coated serecite, zinc oxide, arrowroot, canadian glacial marine clay, yellow clay, kaolin clay,ย purslane (lactobacillus/portulaca oleracea) ferment extract, bioferment, kakadu plum extract, iron oxides, vitamin e.
* Organic
Overall: I only really had enough in the sample for one application, however I did really like this stuff! It definately had more coverage than the BB cream, yet still felt as smooth and natural on the skin. I would certainly purchase the full size if it weren’t so expensive, but as it is, I’m just not sure I can justify it. If I did buy it, I’d really only use it as a concealer because there is no way it’d last long enough otherwise.
So there you have it! Those are my thoughts on these two fabulous products. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them down below. Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Review: 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation With Super Fruits

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I picked up a few products a while back from Good Earth Beauty and decided as a last minute thing to pick up a sample of the 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation in ‘White Peach’, the second lightest shade.

I honestly can’t even remember right now what the other things I bought were, because funnily enough the standout product was undoubtedly the little sample pot of foundation! I had enough for about 5 applications and loved it so much I just HAD to get the full-size!

Unfortunately I knew based on the sample that the white peach colour was just a smidgen too dark for me at this time of year (should be perfect in summer though), so I went ahead and also purchased ‘creme’, the lightest shade, intending to mix these two colours together to get the perfect match.

Good Earth Beauty were out of stock at the time, so I purchased the ‘white peach’ shade from the website Natural Solutions and the ‘creme’ shade from an ebay site Ardent Beauty. It was rather annoying that I had to get them from two different websites and pay separate postage, but Natural Solutions only emailed me last-minute saying that the ‘creme’ shade was out of stock. Meh, whatever.

Anyway, down to the review. As you already know, I LOVE this stuff! Definitely the best all-natural liquid foundation I have tried so far. First of all, I love how natural-looking this foundation is. I found that the perfect way to apply this is on top of a facial oil that has been given a few minutes to soak in. I then go in with my fingers to spread it out and go over the top of that with a beauty-blender (or my Real Techniques equivalent) to press it into the skin and make it blend flawlessly. The biggest problem I have found with natural foundations is that they tend to look flaky, obvious and unnatural, but not so with this product!

Coverage is definately medium. It is heavy enough to cover redness and subtle spots but if you have a monster blemish you will probably need to go over this with a concealer or pressed powder. I am overall very satisfied with the coverage this offers because while I prefer something a little more heavy-duty than a tinted moisturizer, I don’t want to feel as though I am wearing a mask. This foundation definately still allows your natural skin to show through, while covering up the majority of imperfections. Also, the product is certainly build-able, though applying too much can tend to make it look cakey. If you’re after denser coverage, applying it with a brush rather than sheering it out with a beauty-blender might be the way to go (however, in my experience blending it with a sponge certainly makes for a more natural, aribrushed finish).

Another thing to note- this has a very matte finish, so if you’re a dewy girl this mightn’t be your cup of tea; however because my skin tends to be a little oily I am a huge fan. I find that because of this there is no need to set it with a powder. If you find it looks too dull and want to add some glow back to your skin you can mix it with a bit of liquid highlight or simply add some to the high points of your face.

Staying power is also very impressive- I can easily wear this all day, and it still looks good after 8 hours. I even exercised in this (yes, I know this is a no-go but I did it anyway #rebellyf) and it didn’t look gross when I finished! Obviously it doesn’t look as perfect as it did in the morning after I had just applied it, but still, I don’t even think non-natural foundations have that super staying power ability, so overall I am very happy with this product in that regard.

Some information about the shades, to be honest I didn’t notice much of a difference between ‘creme’ and ‘white peach’ after all. Creme is just a little bit lighter, and tends to be aimed at cool skin tones, whereas white peach has a slightly more yellow (though overall neutral) undertone. I prefer the overall colour of white peach so I will mix this in with creme to lighten it up a bit, and hopefully this will be perfect and match my pale winter complexion.

Finally, the ingredients are very pure. The first listing is organic aloe vera, which we all know is fabulous for the skin. The rest is a mix of fruit extracts and vitamins, which I imagine are high in antioxidants. It also has an SPF of 20 from titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for those who are concerned about sun protection. the ONLY thing I have to add is that this product does contain Japanese Honeysuckle extract, and I know that several people in the ‘green community’ have an issue with this, as apparently it can act in a similar way to parabens (at least that is my understanding based on the little bit of research I have done). Of course this is a personal choice, but the way I see it, I am already avoiding a tonne of mainstream chemicals as it is so I am not really fussed about something at the end of the list that may be a bit dubious. Compared to your standard Nars or L‘Oreal foundation, this one is a HECK of a lot more natural and beneficial for the skin. I have also found that it does not break me out, which is always a bonus!

Pros:

  • Natural-looking finish
  • All-natural ingredients
  • Good coverage
  • Feels light on the skin
  • Quite a decent variety of shades (7 to choose from)
  • Great staying power 8+ hours
  • Matte finish
  • Does not break me out
  • Decent price of $35 USD (though this will go up if you’re in Australia like me)
  • Vegan

Cons:

  • Shade range could be expanded (I think very pale girls might have difficulty finding a perfect match)
  • Not suitable for those with dry skin, or those looking for a dewy finish
  • Not widely available in countries outisde the US (I had to do a bit of searching to come across companies that would ship to Australia)
  • Applying too thickly can lead to it looking cakey and unnatural
  • Japanese Honeysuckle?

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Juice)1, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Extracts of Prunus Persica Fruit (Peach), Prunus Armeniaca Fruit (Apricot), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Bean) and Lycium Barbarum Fruit (Goji Berry), Euterpe Oleracea Pulp (Acai) Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (Pomegranate Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Extracts of Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf Ferment (White Tea)2, Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry), Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Vitis Vinifera Skin (Muscadine Grape), Garcinia Mangosteen Peel (Mangosteen), Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit (Acerola), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle) SUNSCREEN ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: 15% Titanium Dioxide, 10% Zinc Oxide

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100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation in shades ‘white peach’ (left) and ‘creme’ (right)

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‘White peach’ and ‘creme’ blended out slightly

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Both shades blended together