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So, what’s a self-proclaimed, non-toxic living, natural-makeup-wearing (yet, not a hippie) chick ACTUALLY using each day? I’m pulling back the curtain and letting you take a peek at my daily makeup routine. These may not be the best natural makeup choices, but it’s what works for me. I’m slowly finding new products to replace old ones, discovering what I like best, choosing what works for my budget, and deciding where I don’t mind making concessions.
What’s important to me:
1. Ingredients–choosing non-toxic ingredients is important to me. Since there are currently no standards of regulation in U.S. cosmetic industry, I can’t trust that a company’s bottom line isn’t more important than my health.
2. Quality–I want products that WORK. There are plenty of natural options (and, hell, I could even do away with makeup altogether), but I enjoy putting on makeup, I enjoy being feminine, and I’d like makeup that does its job.
3. Price/Value– This sort of plays into Quality, as well. I’m willing to pay a little more for a product that is non-toxic and performs well, but if it doesn’t have both descriptors, I’d rather it cost me less money.
4. How my skin reacts– This is usually related to #1. I recently tried to go back to traditional liquid foundation, and, immediately, my skin broke out with acne and got weird dry patches, too. No, thank you. (This was a $40 foundation cream!)
Here we go…my makeup routine. I can’t believe I’m showing you this sans-makeup pic.
(I’m showing you this so you have a frame of reference for whether these products work or not.)
Products I Use:
Pacifica Dreamy Youth Cream ($20 for full size)
After a shower, I start off with a little tea tree oil on any blemishes that might be cropping up (like that one on the side of my chin), and apply Pacifica Dreamy Youth Cream. This cream is new for me, actually. In the past, I’ve just used straight coconut oil when my skin was really dry, or Tate’s The Miracle Conditioner. The Pacifica cream isn’t some super-pure product, but I don’t mind the ingredients and it is very smoothing and moisturizing without being heavy.
I apply some Pacifica Alight BB Cream (if necessary) just to even things out, Physician’s Formula concealer stick under my eyes and around my nose, Mineral Hygienics mineral foundation with a mini kabuki brush, and Afterglow Cosmetics blush to my cheeks. Afterglow provided me with the blush a couple of years ago, and I’m still using it! Mineral Hygienics is something I discovered via Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes, so I decided to try it with a discount code. I’m on the hunt for a great, affordable concealer. For now, I stay with my old standby concealer stick.
Other foundations I like and use:
Afterglow Organic Mineral Foundation ($36) This is my favorite, but the most expensive.
EveryDay Minerals (Get the “No Makeup” Makeup Kit for $15.99)–this brand is now available through Amazon, but it seems selection is limited. I don’t like paying shipping from their main site, though.
ZuZu Luxe Liquid Mineral Foundation ($29.99) More of a light foundation, but decent coverage for warmer months.
Other blushes that I like and use:
EveryDay Minerals Blush in Ambrosia ($9.99) A peachy-pink shade I love.
Vapour Organics Multi-Use Blush in Lure ($36) This one doesn’t have great staying power and it’s super expensive, in my opinion, but I got a sample and liked the color enough that I thought it was worth mentioning. It functions like a cheek stain.
Here’s where the not-so-naturals enter.
Urban Decay Naked2 ($52)
Suncoat Natural Mascara ($14)
Admittedly, I haven’t purchased eyeliner in an embarrassingly-long time, which is why I’m still using an Esteé Lauder eye pencil. There is a good possibility this is leftover from my wedding…
And my Urban Decay Naked2 palette…it’s not the most natural thing on the planet, but it doesn’t contain parabens (see full ingredient list here), and, well, I got sick of my mineral eyeshadows making a mess of my sink on the daily. I had a coupon and caught this thing on a site-wide sale, so I think I paid about $20 less than it usually costs (which is $52). By the way, don’t even THINK about purchasing a knock-off version of Urban Decay eyeshadows, or any high-end brand knock-off, for that matter.
The photo includes both of my mascara options, but if you want to know the truth, immediately after snapping that photo, I did a true side-by-side comparison of them.
Generally, I’m a lip balm girl. I love the Pacifica Color Quench lip tints ($7) because they have a hint of color but apply like a balm.
(About the Pacifica love: I got some sample sets on clearance at Target and I’m sold! I’ve always like Pacifica perfumes, but had never tried their other products. Simply wonderful. Find them at Target & Whole Foods, but the best deals are via the their website. Shop Pacifica deals now.)
Here’s the AFTER shot:
And things wouldn’t be complete without a side-by-side:
(I decided to blow-dry my hair in the opposite direction, but otherwise, this is a true before and after; I didn’t do any photoshopping. Okay, okay, I actually covered up the fact that my bra straps were showing…but that’s it–I swear!)
This is my real-deal, natural, every day look with (mostly) natural makeup options.
What are your challenges in finding natural makeup? Do you have a favorite product I should try?