Natural/organic lip products I’m throwing out

It came to my attention that I have WAY too many lip products that I simply don’t use, and haven’t for some time. I blame this on several factors:

  • Online purchases are often a disappointment, as the colour I THINK I am getting turns out to be different in real life. A lot of colours just don’t suit my complexion and so I never end up using them
  • I am not a lip person and don’t wear lipstick on a day-to-day basis. I have about 3-5 lip products in solid rotation and never really touch the others. I’d rather spend my money on face products, personally
  • I find it basically impossible to use up a product before it goes out of date. The average shelf-life for a natural lipstick is about 12 months.

So, without further ado, here I present to you some farewell swatches of the lip products I am about to throw away. I will give a little description on some I find worth mentioning. Also please bear in mind that some of these products may be discontinued by now.

From top to bottom:

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Phyt’s lipstick in Pink Suspicion: lovely formula, colour washed me out a little

Terre D’oc lipstick in no.207: again, nice creamy formula, just didn’t really like the colour as much as I thought I would

Honeybee Gardens lipstick in Paradise: formula is a tad drying, colour is too brownish

Lavera lipstick in Rosewood: good formula, but once again the colour was too brown for me

Hemp Organics lip tint in berry: I liked this one, but I don’t tend to go for darker colours

Inika lipstick in Lola 01: this came in a set of products and the colour did not suit me in the slightest. Also very dry formula

Silk naturals kisser slicker in Raindrops on Roses: had this for way too long

Silk Naturals kisser slicker in Breathless: I liked this colour, but have had this for too long now

Silk Naturals kisser slicker in Mirabelle: as above- long overdue to be thrown out!

Burt’s Bee’s lip shimmer in Champagne: too light and sparkly, washed me out

Burt’s Bee’s tinted lip balm in Honeysucksle: ONE OF MY FAVOURITE LIP PRODUCTS OF ALL TIME! I plan to repurchase, but have had this one for several years now so it needs to go

Burt’s Bees natural lip gloss in Juicy Peach: I’m not really a fan of lip gloss. This was ok, but a bit grainy and annoying to wear

Burt’s Bees lip gloss in Ocean Sunrise: once again a bit too light and sparkly for my liking

The All Natural Face vegan lip gloss in Peppermint Stick: too pink, bright and sparkly for me. Delicious scent though if you like mint

The All Natural Face diva stix in Bubblegum: I went through a phase of wearing very bright and bold makeup, but now I find this just a bit too in-your-face pink for me. Also a bit of a drying formula

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So there you have it! I feel really bad thinking of all the money I wasted on these products, but you live and learn I guess. Let me know if next post you want me to show you all the lip products I’m keeping and wear on a more regular basis. I have found that more subtle, pinky-peach colours work best on my skin-tone.

Hope you found this insightful and have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

‘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! πŸ˜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! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’š

My Natural Concealers

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Dr Hauschka Pure Care Cover Stick 02, 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Concealer in creme, Mychelle Dermaceuticals Concealer in cream, Lavera Young Faces Mint Blemish Stick Concealer, Miessence Concealer in fair, Mineral Fusion duo-concealer in cool, Everyday Minerals Multi-Tasking Concealer (same order down below)

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Note: two swatches for Mineral Fusion concealer duo (6th and 7th). The Everyday Minerals swatch may be a little difficult to see. It is covering my freckle!

I just noticed the other day that I have a load of concealers. I don’t even know how I accumulated so many. I guess concealer must be just one of those cosmetic items where you need to search a lot to find the perfect one. Β But then again, even if I DID find the perfect one I’d probably keep on buying more, just because it’s so much fun to add them to the collection! πŸ˜›

Dr Hauschka Pure Care cover stick: this is the most recent concealer which I purchased from Mondebio.co.uk (a site I highly recommend). I haven’t used this an awful lot yet, but these are my observation so far:

Pros:

  • Dense coverage
  • Easy to apply (twist cap)
  • Great match for my skin-tone (light neutral)
  • Easy to blend
  • Natural-looking
  • Smells cool! Like herbs!
  • Great ingredients

Cons:

  • On the pricier side (although I got this one for around $16 on Mondebio)

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Concealer:

Pros:

  • Great ingredients
  • Smells pleasant
  • Easy to blend
  • Cute packaging
  • Good to use as an under-eye concealer (may need to mix with a little moisturiser)

Cons:

  • Coverage isn’t great
  • Tends to look dried out
  • Not the best for hiding blemishes
  • On the pricier side ($16)
  • Creme is too light for my skin-tone

Mychelle Dermaceuticals concealer:

Pros:

  • Good coverage
  • Great ingredients
  • Smells like fruit!
  • Easy to use & small packaging
  • Good price ($10.35 on iherb)
  • Perfect match for my skin

Cons:

  • Tends to look a little shiny
  • Becomes slightly oily by the end of the day

Lavera Young Faces Mint Blemish Stick Concealer: I actually picked this up in the discount container at a health-food store, thinking it was in fact a blemish spot treatment stick, and not a concealer. Having said that, I am happy that it turned out to be so!

Pros:

  • Ingredients that actually work to treat the blemish, as well as conceal it
  • Smells like mint
  • Thick coverage
  • Decent staying-power
  • Good packaging

Cons:

  • Not as smooth as the other concealers
  • Harder to blend
  • The colour that I got is too dark and slightly orangey

Miessence Concealer in fair: this was my very first all-natural concealer. I realised it didn’t really do the job, so I stuck with it until I was able to get another one. I now rarely use this, and if I do, just as an under-eye concealer

Pros:

  • Great ingredients
  • Australian brand
  • Easy to spread

Cons:

  • Texture is kind of grainy
  • Colour is too light for me
  • Poor coverage
  • Expensive (approx. $22)

Mineral Fusion duo-concealer in cool:

Pros:

  • Contains two colours to get the perfect match
  • Medium coverage
  • Good ingredients
  • I find it great to use as an under-eye concealer mixed with a bit of moisturiser

Cons:

  • Expensive ($21.25 on iHerb)
  • Tends to ‘cake up’
  • Oily texture
  • Does contain phenoxyethanol at the very end of the list

Everyday Mineral Multi-tasking Concealer:

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • Build-able coverage
  • Great price ($6)
  • Matte
  • Perfect colour-match

Cons:

  • Can look powdery
  • Will not completely cover-up all types of blemishes

If I were to pick out my favourite, it would be a close call between the Mychelle Dermaceuticals and Dr. Hauschka concealer. I do also really like having a powder concealer for certain situations, so I would highly recommend the Everyday Minerals multi-tasking concealer. Being a teenager with less-than-perfect skin, I really appreciate having my concealers on hand, and the best part about them being natural is that I know they are benefiting my skin in the process!

I hope you like this brief review of my natural concealers! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them down below. πŸ™‚