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  • I find it basically impossible to use up a product before it goes out of date.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™‚

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‘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

July Favourites!

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Yay, here it is! The end of another month and some exciting products to share with you. Let’s get right into it πŸ˜ƒ

The first thing I’ve been absolutely loving are the Pamela’s Products ‘Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies’. These bite-sized buttons of delight are wheat-free, gluten-free, non-dairy, have 0 grams of trans fat and taste freaking DELICIOUS! It’s hard for me to stop at just a few (so do bear that in mind hehe).

The next item is The All Natural Face Cream Blush in ‘Suntan’, which I reviewed in my previous post. I cannot get enough of this stuff! Not only is the price very reasonable ($5.75) but the packaging is gorgeous, the colour is perfect for contouring and the formula itself is creamy and has very decent staying-power (only fades slightly after 4 hours).

The Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner is a favourite among many in the natural beauty community, and I can totally see why. I have the colour in ‘Raven’-a beautiful matte black. Let me just say, if you’re struggling to part with your toxic equivalent, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS PRODUCT! It is almost perfect. The wand makes application a breeze, and the formula itself is incredibly long-lasting. Seriously, once applied, this stuff ain’t budging (unless you do something stupid like forcefully rub a greasy hand across your eyelids).

Next up we have The Body Shop Perfume in the scent ‘Moringa’– yep, I know this isn’t technically ‘natural’ *hangs head in shame*, but I’m still on the hunt for an affordable natural perfume that has good staying power. Most of the ones I have tried just fade after an hour or so. Anyway, this product smells SO good! It was love at first whiff. I would describe the scent as a mix of fresh and floral. The best part is that it does last a long time and can be smelt by people within a 1 metre radius.

Finally the ‘Troubled Skin Serum’ from Rainwater Botanicals. I attribute the vast improvement of my hormonal breakouts greatly (but not of course entirely) to this product. I’ve totally stripped-down my skincare routine to include basically just this product and coconut oil, and it seems to have been working a treat. The ingredients of this product are stellar: Organic Aloe Juice, DMAE, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rooibos Tea Extract, Emulsifying Wax, Organic Green Tea Extract, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Tamanu Oil, Organic White Tea Extract, Vitamin E, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin B3, MSM, Organic Black Willowbark Extract, Xantham Gum, essential oils of frankincence and sandalwood. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an affordable and effective acne serum.

So there you have it, my favourites for the month of July! Feel free to leave a comment telling me what you’ve been loving this past month.

Natural + Organic Contour Products

Heyyyyy!

Today I’d like to share with you a few products that I use to add a little shape and dimension to my face. They are either products I am currently using, have used in the past, or would like to use in the future (wishlist items)

Personally, I am a huge fan of creme products because I just find they are easier and tend to look more natural. However, if I am using a powder foundation I tend to use powder products to contour because…I don’t really know, I guess I just feel like they go together!

The products I am going to be doing a mini-review on today are:

  • Dr Hauschka Balancing Teint Powder
  • Kjaer Weis cream blush in ‘Abundance’
  • Everyday Minerals eyeshadow in ‘Nutmeg’
  • The All Natural Face cream blush in ‘Suntan’

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The Dr Hauschka Balancing Teint Powder is probably my least favourite of the four. This particular product is actually not intended for contouring so perhaps that is why! The final colour in the trio is a nice browny-taupe though, making it somewhat suited to this purpose. Overall, in spite of the fabulous cool-toned colour, I found this product to be just too sheer, plus the thin strip of colour makes application difficult. You can only really use a very thin brush to get at the contour-colour; if you use a big brush you’ll end up picking up the pink and white shades in the trio, making the colour even MORE diluted! I’m pretty certain the Balancing Teint Powder is discontinued, however I have still seen it available on certain sites if you are interested in picking it up

The Kjaer Weis cream blush was definately the most expensive of the lot, and in terms of colour, it is probably not the best to choose for contouring. HOWEVER, I still just love this product. Not only is the packaging simply stunning (as is the case with all Kjaer Weis makeup), the product itself goes on very smoothly and lasts for a very, very long time. I actually like to layer a little on top of The All Natural Face Cream Blush in ‘Suntan’, and I find this not only gives a great natural colour, but increases the staying power.

Everday Minerals eyeshadow in ‘Nutmeg’ is obviously also not designed for contouring, but the shade is simply perfect- I’d say the best out of the four. The main drawback being that it is loose powder and therefore application is a little more difficult. If you’re on a tight budget though and don’t mind the fact that it takes a little more time to apply, this would be an option I’d highly recommend! Again, this product has unfortunately been discontinued, however there are still some available on Lucky Vitamin, so if you wanna pick some up you’d better hurry!

Finally, my favourite of the bunch- The All Natural Face Cream Blush in ‘Suntan’– the price, colour and formula make it an all-around winner. This product is creamy, pigmented and has very decent staying power. It is super-easy to apply and also comes in very cute packaging. Definately a must-have item for me.

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Pictured outside From left to right: Everyday Minerals Eyeshadow in ‘Nutmeg’, Dr Hauschka Balancing Teint Powder, The All Natural Face Cream Blush in ‘Suntan’, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in ‘Abundance’

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Pictured Inside *as above*

And now, moving onto my wishlist items!

The Pumpkin and Poppy Michelle Cream Face Contour is something I’ve been eyeing off for a long time now! I love that this has been designed specifically for contouring, so the shade is a cool-toned taupe rather than bronze. Obviously I can’t say much for how it performs right now but after I try it out I’ll do a full-review!

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Another item is the Pumpkin and Poppy Oak Bark Cool-Toned Contouring Powder, which has recieved a lot of love from many natural beauty bloggers.

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What I would simply LOVE to see would be a pressed contour powder that is cool-toned, and as yet I haven’t come across any natural/organic products that fit the bill. If you know of any, PLEASE leave them as suggestions in the comments!

Have a wonderful day and keep smiling! 😊

 

 

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? πŸ˜’

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 rangeΒ  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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚