Swatched: Favorite Lipsticks for Spring

In the past few years, I have really developed a love for lipsticks.  In my twenties I rarely wore lipsticks, but would occasionally wear lip gloss.  Now I have a lot of fun experimenting with different formulas and finishes of non-toxic lipstick.  My favorite is a soft matte that is very comfortable and non-drying on the lips, as my lips tend to be dry year-round.

I’ve been wearing these shades of lipstick heavily, and have very rarely worn a lipstick other than the 5 mentioned here the past few weeks.  I’m very fair skinned so I don’t like dramatic colors on my lips. I love pinks, warm nudes, and corals.

Kosas Lipstick in Rosewater – Probably my most used lipstick ever.  Think about how profound that statement is given that I’m in my mid-30s!  I wasn’t much of a lipstick wearer until more recent years, but I’ve definitely had lip products in my life since I was in my late teens.  This lipstick is the closest to perfect I’ve personally owned.  It’s not matte but it’s not so moist that the color slips all over the place.  It has great wear time and almost gives a slight stain to the lips.  It’s an everyday mauve-rose shade that I absolutely love.  It smells like vanilla.  I wear this lipstick all.the.time.  It’s really versatile and could be worn year round, hence why I’m including it in my favorite lipsticks for spring.

Red Apple Lipstick in Oh My Guava – This is the color I put on when I have a bolder eye look – liner or smokier shadow.  The color is a pinky nude on me.  The formula is creamy and nicely pigmented but not super long-wearing.  This is the only nude I have in my lipstick collection right now and I’ve really enjoyed using it.  It doesn’t have too much brown in it, which is important for me when wearing a paler shade of nude lipstick.

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Chablis – The High Pigment Pencil has become my favorite Bite Beauty formula.  The Amuse Bouche formula is too moist and not very long wearing in my opinion.  The Matte Creme Lip Crayon is too matte and drying for me.  The Pencil is Bite’s Goldilocks in my humble opinion!  The colors almost melt into the lips, giving a stain-like effect if you blot down the color.  It’s not uncomfortably matte but it’s not moist and it has great staying power.  This very soft coral red is my favorite red right now.  Being very fair, I can’t easily pull off a red lip unless I want to look ultra glam or very obvious.  Definitely not a look I go for.  Chablis is such a gorgeous soft red for my fair skin tone and I just love the formula.

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Velvet – So I liked Chablis so much that I decided to pick up another shade in the High Pigment Pencil formula.  This time I picked up a super spring-summer shade called Velvet, which is a vibrant cool-toned rose pink. Although it looks very similar to Ilia’s Neon Angel in the swatch, it is more cool toned and more pastel than Neon Angel.  Also, the formula is more of a soft matte whereas Neon Angel is creamier and more moist.

Ilia Lipstick in Neon Angel – In my top three favorite lipsticks ever.  I absolutely love the shade and undertone of this gorgeous hot pink lipstick.  I can use it more lightly for a pop of pink or layer it heavily for really bright hot pink lips.  Somehow it’s not immature or too “Barbie” – it really is just a beautiful, fun shade of pink. [Pic of me wearing this color]

RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sublime [not pictured] – One extra lip product I want to mention is this beauty.  I very rarely want a glossy lip, but when I do, I absolutely love this shade.  The formula is quite sticky to me and definitely has a lot of pigment, but it’s beautiful.  I only wear this indoors or on a day I have my hair pulled up (wind + long hair + wet lips = disaster).  This is an adorable bubblegum pink shade but is incredibly wearable for all ages.

What are your favorite non-toxic lip colors for spring and summer?

 

Shopping Natural @ Beautyhabit & Sephora

I don’t like to shop a sale just for the sake of shopping a sale.  However, if there are some items I need to replace soon, I always try to get discount codes or shop during sales.  During Earth Day weekend, Beautyhabit had a 20% off natural skincare and makeup sale.  I mostly picked up items I needed to replace and picked up a couple of long-time wishlist items as well.  Then the following weekend I picked up a couple of items while I was in Sephora.

Beautyhabit:

 

French Girl Organics Neroli Cleansing Wash – As I was running low on my face cleanser, I decided it would be a practical item to go ahead and pick up a new one.  Since it’s spring and we’re heading into warmer weather, I thought it would be a good idea to purchase a cleanser that had some skin-clearing ingredients.  This one contains black willow bark and activated charcoal to detoxity but also has skin-soothing and hydrating ingredients like aloe vera and hyaluronic acid.  Though I’ve never tried this product before, I loved the ingredients so I picked it up. I’ve been using it for about a week now with good results.  It cleans without stripping at all.  The scent is very mild but pleasant.  The consistency is a creamy gel that doesn’t foam.  I use this as my second P.M. cleanse.

 

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Kaia Naturals Takesumi Detox Deodorant in Cold Pressed Rose – I love Schmidt’s deodorant, but I can’t use it every single day or my underarms get inflamed.  I like to go back-and-forth between it and a baking-soda-free deodorant.  I’ve heard good things about this one and as it was available in a smaller travel size, I picked it up.  Not only that, but I love the scent of rose.  This doesn’t leave a white cast under my arms – excellent!  It doesn’t irritate at all, the rose scent is beautiful…and it works!  So far, two thumbs up.

 

 

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David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste – In my house, people get super picky about their toothpaste.  It is very rare indeed when I come upon a toothpaste that my husband, daughter, and I all like, or even tolerate.  David’s is one of the precious few natural toothpastes that everyone agrees on.  The only downside is that it isn’t available in a ton of places yet.Image result for suti muslin clothes

Suti Muslin Cloths – This 2-pack was on sale, and as I’ve wanted to purchase some extra face washing cloths for months, I snapped these up.  I figured if I didn’t like them for my face, I’ll use them for washing my baby.  They are organic and unbleached, and while they were stiff at first, one wash made them soft and supple.  I’m keeping these for washing my face!

 

Kosas Lipstick in Undone – This is the one item I didn’t need, but the one I wanted the most. Ever since I bought Kosas Lipstick in Rosewater last September, I’ve wanted another of their shades so much!  This one is called “a nude blend of pinks and browns” and looked lovely online.  I thought it looked like the perfect everyday lipstick, which is what I really wanted.  In reality, I’ll probably wear this like crazy in the late summer and all through fall and winter.  It is a gorgeous shade!  It’s not exactly red, nor pink, nor brown, nor coral.  It’s kind of a combination of all those colors.  The finish is absolute perfection – a soft, comfortable long-wearing matte.  I can’t wait to add another Kosas color to my collection.

 

RMS Beauty Un-Powder – I was running low on my setting powder, so I knew it was nearing the time to get another one.  I opted for this one because it is high-quality silica, which looks amazing on the skin.  Silica fills in pores and gives an airbrushed look to skin, but doesn’t dry it out.  Since I was getting this one on sale, I sprung for the best of the best.  I picked it up in their original translucent formula and have been using it in my T-zone every day with great results.  It doesn’t dry my skin out at all and truly blurs pores.

 

Sephora:

 

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Drybar Triple Sec – While in Sephora, I asked a couple of the employees for a recommendation.  I wanted a dry shampoo, but this is what two different girls recommended.  The product claims it’s a 3-in-1 that texturizes, amplifies, and refreshes.  I stressed to them that I hated the feeling of product on my scalp.  I picked up a sample with my Sephora points and it was love at first use…so much so that I bought a full-size.  It 100% has lived up to its claims in the two weeks I’ve been using it.  I can expect definite texture and volume, but it isn’t heavy or tacky at all.  It also acts like a gentle refresher – not exactly a strict dry shampoo, but it will definitely work on my second day hair.  I LOVE this product.

 

Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Velvet – Because I loved my Bite High Pigment Pencil in Chablis so much, I wanted to pick up another shade on a whim.  After testing a few shades in store, I picked up Velvet, a “vibrant rose pink”.  It’s somewhat similar to Ilia’s Neon Angel – one of my top three lipsticks ever – but Velvet is a touch more pastel.  It’s a very pretty, feminine cool-toned pink.  Perfect for spring and summer.

 

What are some of your recent all-natural beauty purchases?

My Favorite YouTube Channels

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I don’t have cable and don’t watch a lot of Hulu or movies (and when I do, it’s almost always in the evenings with my husband for an hour or so).  This means I get most of my “TV entertainment” from YouTube – which showcases a ton of quality content makers!  I’m always on the lookout for new-to-me channels.  What follows is a list of some of my favorite channels right now, by category.  I’d love to hear suggestions for your favorite channels!

 

Home (Design, Organization, Cleaning)

  1. AtHomeWithNikki – She has such a lovely personality and exceptional design taste.
  2. Do It on a Dime – If you like budget friendly home decor/organizing ideas, she is great.
  3. Molly Sims – I love Molly’s videos; topics range from home, kids, recipes, decor, and more
  4. VasseurBeauty – This girl is so likeable and has fantastic home hack/cleaning/DIY videos!
  5. Clean My Space – A recent find – I always love a good video with cleaning tips

Budget & Finances

  1. Sugar Mamma – Canna is smart, savvy, and fun to watch – lots of financial information
  2. Rachel Cruze – A mom who really knows what budgeting and financial freedom is all about

Natural & Inspirational Lifestyle

  1. Alli Cherry – This Cali girl hits on various topics, natural living being very prominent
  2. Christine Kobzeff – It’s beautiful to look at life through Christine’s eyes
  3. HolisticHabits – Although she sporadically uploads, her videos are all great
  4. Infinite Waters (Diving Deep) – Self-improvement from a West Coast vegan psychologist
  5. Kendra Atkins – Another lovable Cali girl.  Uploads are primarily beauty and baby related
  6. Laura’s Natural Life – A holistic nutritionist who also loves green beauty
  7. Shannon Sullivan – Well-rounded content on health, beauty, cooking, wellness, and more

Vegan Food & Recipes

  1. HealthyGroceryGirl – Registered Dietician with lots of healthy recipes and some miscellany
  2. Hot For Food – “drool worthy” vegan recipes
  3. SweetPotatoSoul – Unique and delicious vegan recipes are Jenné’s primary content

Beauty

  1. Caroline Hirons – International facialist and beauty lover who knows her stuff.
  2. Jenna Catherine – Natural beauty lover from Canada: tutorials, reviews, and more
  3. Kathleen Lights – By far the most loveable mainstream YouTube beauty guru
  4. L’amour et la Musique – Her words: “Beauty rituals as energy work.” Thoughtful.
  5. Lisa Eldridge – International makeup artist.  The REAL thing.  Amazing.
  6. MakeupTIA – Beauty lover with the best video and [occasional] vlog editing
  7. Sophie Uliano – One of the originals of green beauty and wellness.  Love her.
  8. ttsandra – I could listen to Sandra talk about makeup for hours.

ASMR

  1. Gentle Whispering ASMR – I love ASMR deeply.  Maria is classic!
  2. WhispersRed ASMR – Excellent quality, well thought out ASMR
  3. After A Fashion ASMR – Extended length ASMR with a great soft voice

Current Daily Makeup – MOTD

I typically wear makeup about 5 or 6 days a week – workdays M-F and usually one weekend day.  Lately I’ve been using the same products when I do quick makeup in the morning.

After skincare:

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil Free Moisturizer – I love the consistency of this. It is moisturizing but not greasy or heavy, contains 20% non-nano zinc oxide as the physical sunscreen, smells slightly citrusy, and retails for $29 for 2 ozs – one of the more affordable non-toxic face sunscreens on the market.
Fitglow Vita-Active Foundation in VF1 – I use two pumps and using my finger, dot it all over my face.  I then use a face buffing brush to work it into my skin.  I use a damp beauty sponge afterwords to blur any brush lines
Fitglow Beauty Eye Bright/Kat Von D Lock-It ConcealerW3LL People Bio Correct Concealer – I am trying to use up my Fitglow Eye Bright and the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – both are OK.  I can’t personally use the Eye Bright by itself – I always have to layer another concealer on top of it.  The Kat Von D concealer is good but a bit drying and somewhat difficult to blend.  I have a sample of the W3LL People Bio Active Concealer and really like it but my dark circles peek out after 3 or 4 hours of wear.  Next, I might try the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer…
Tarte Smooth Operator Pressed Setting Powder – under eyes to set concealer, around sides of nose

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz  – I use Taupe, and it’s the only brow product I’ve been able to find that is a close match to my eyebrows without having red tones.  The tip is precise enough to fill in my brows where I need it the most.  I like this better than the ABH Brow Definer because it gives more control of exactly where I need the product to be.

Everyday Minerals All Over Shimmer – for days when I want a subtle glow, I use a light dusting over my entire face
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – this is perfect for fair skin, and is more of a neutral toned bronzer that isn’t too orange and isn’t gray, either.

Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush in Cotton Candy – a pretty neutral rose shade with incredibly subtle shimmer
Anastasia Beverly Hills Renaissance Eye Palette  I can do neutral or smoky and anything in between with this palette.  For a very simple everyday eye look, I use Tempura all over, and Buon Fresco blended up to my crease, with Cypress Umber on my lash line.  There is some fall out, but the shades are gorgeous and blend very easily

Modern Minerals Moonstone Highlighter – So beautiful, so creamy and easy to apply
W3LL People Expressionist Mascara – an old favorite
Kosas Rosewater Lipstick – a beautiful everyday light-medium rose color with subtle mauve undertones, fantastic formula and wear time

What are some of your no-fail, go-to everyday makeup products?

My Frustrations: The Green Marketplace

You know the expression, “opinions are like a**holes, everybody has one.”

Well, here are a few of my gripes with the market known interchangeably as non-toxic/green/all-natural beauty.

I say this with love and respect for all those who strive to bring ethical, eco, non-toxic skin and beauty products to consumers. I will always buy and support non-toxic, ethical brands!  But I still get cranky about a few things.  Namely:

 

  • How many times have I struggled, staring at a screen, trying to decide what color or shade would work best on my skin tone?  I’d hate to know the exact amount of time I’ve spent on doing just that. Selecting the right shade of a product is a bit of a gamble at best, and downright frustrating and time consuming at worst.  Unless you are blessed to live in a major city that has a green beauty store, you’re like me and have to rely solely on reviews and internet pictures…or, if you’re super lucky, samples. [And of the websites that DO sell samples, they aren’t all that cheap.  Usually one sample is around $3-5 and many charge shipping in addition. Recently I wanted a sample of a product.  The sample was about $6 and the shipping was more than that.  I chose not to buy the sample.]

 

  • If you buy a product online and the color doesn’t match, your skin has a reaction, or you just hate the performance, 9 times out of 10, you’ve just lost your hard-earned money. It’s happened to me multiple times, and all I can do is toss it or pass it along to a family member who *might* use it. Yes, some companies accept returns, but most don’t and even when they do, it’s a hassle.

 

  • Desire for pure ingredients versus the higher the price tag. What to do when the price of a product exceeds what you can reasonably spend, but the alternative products are not “clean” enough?  There is no compromise sometimes.  A few times I’ve had to decide between the more expensive clean product and the less expensive dirtier product.

 

  • Off the top of my head, I can think of two or three beauty bloggers that I trust what they say.  Like, really trust.  The rest of the beauty bloggers I take with a grain of salt, or sometimes with a very suspicious eye.  Right now, there are a couple of green beauty bloggers I’m this close to writing off because they seem so insincere.  There are quite a few green beauty bloggers that receive lots of PR packages (i.e. free products!) and the reviews are almost always glowing.  It must be a double edged sword for some of these bloggers. Most people feel driven to say gracious, complementary things about gifts.  Think about Christmas time when friends and family give you items you aren’t thrilled with – you wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings by saying something negative, right?  I’m sure beauty bloggers feel torn, too.  Sure, most of them will include a disclaimer that says something about “all opinions are my own” and so forth…but, really?  I’d bet money that if they were all 100% completely honest, free PR products at least sometimes skew their reviews, even if it was done unconsciously.  [No, I don’t receive any PR.  No, I’m not jealous.  Even if I were given PR products, I’d be seriously upfront about my honesty, at the risk of losing that PR relationship.  But…that’s ME.]

 

  • There has been a major push towards “self care” in the women’s beauty space. While a lovely and beautiful sentiment, part of its mantra seems to say, “buy this expensive green product because you’re worth it.” But for women/families on a budget, you really have to think long and hard and make decisions on what to spend money.  Yes, I actually do believe in self-care whole-heartedly and I know that self-care doesn’t always mean you need to buy a product.  Self-care can be as simple as taking a walk or a hot bath or doing yoga.  But let’s be real – a lot of self-care harkens back to using products.

 

  • Some companies will proudly tell you that yes, their products are very expensive because they are luxury, high quality, all-natural products – and I get that, but it alienates people, too.  Why can’t one company have high-end and more affordable products as well?  The short answer is, they could – they chose not to (for various reasons, I’m sure). Everyone is entitled to do their own thing, and I respect that, but it’s disappointing when lovely brands are leaving out an entire population of more budget-conscious women and men.

 

I have been using non-toxic green beauty products for at least 10 years.  That doesn’t mean I went 100% non-toxic 10 years ago, but that’s when I started transitioning.  I wouldn’t go back to the mainstream dirty beauty items of my teens for anything – I’d rather go bare faced than use toxic makeup and skincare.  So, yes, we’re all sisters-in-arms in this green beauty space.  This is all said with love and respect, but it’s also healthy and natural to vent about the things that could be improved upon.

Thoughts on 3 High-End Makeup Primers

I’ve tried 3 luxury makeup primers over the past couple of months. Here are my thoughts and experiences:

 

Becca Backlight Priming Filterhere

The ingredients I couldn’t get over: fragrance (a very vague ingredient term used to hide many other ingredients, so you don’t really ever know what the “fragrance” is made of) and sodium hydroxide. I loved the texture so much, so this was really difficult to return. The look was subtle but noticeable, it played well with skincare and makeup, and I looked a bit glowy throughout the day. I would potentially purchase this again with two provisos: one, if I couldn’t find a better natural replacement, and two, just to use in the winter when my skin needs extra moisture.  The color is a pale champagne.  The finish is a glowy satin. The packaging is a gorgeous glass bottle with an excellent pump.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primerhere

This smelled better and had better ingredients than Becca, but the texture was very thin which I truly did not care for. It seemed to make less of a difference under makeup than Becca. I loved the ingredients, but felt very indifferent to the actual product.  The color is a shimmy pearl.  The finish is a faint pearly sheen satin. The packaging is very beautiful with silver cap and frosted glass jar with a great pump.

 

Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Primerhere

Picking this up a great price was truly motivating, but also a gamble. Although I got it at a great price, unlike the other two primers I tried, I couldn’t return it if I wasn’t happy with it. This is the massive downside to purchasing an item you’ve never tried from the internet .  The color is a pale shimmery pink.  The texture is not as creamy and whipped as the Becca, but definitely richer than the Juice Beauty.  The finish gives a matte satin finish to my skin but it isn’t drying at all.  It almost feels like it has silicone in it, but it doesn’t.  It has the faintest of pale pink shimmery undertones, but don’t let that scare you because it doesn’t really show up on the skin that way.  When I remember, I use this one everyday under my makeup. The packaging is the least chic of the three, and plastic.  The pump is lacking because it dispenses different amounts of product with each pump, which is quite irksome. I’m wondering how the pump will work when the bottle is nearing empty.  Bottom line of truth: the product itself is very pretty and adds an extra layer of moisturizing product to give a good base for makeup.  Do I notice a truly profound difference in the way my makeup looks?  No, and for that reason it’s not an essential product for me.  However, it is really nice and I would recommend it the most out of these three for texture, efficacy, and quality of ingredients.

What makeup primer do you use and love?

Natural Foundation Review: Light & Medium Coverage

Over the past few years, I’ve had the chance to try quite a few natural foundations, all liquid and cream products.  For years, I used Everyday Minerals Semi-Matte Base and loved it so much.  However, as I’ve gotten older, powder-based foundations just aren’t the best for my skin.

I’ve divided the foundations into categories based on coverage – I’ve done my best to place them where I feel they fall.  I’ve done my best to recall the performance of each product in the season(s) I used them.  Please don’t be offended if I give your favorite a mediocre score.  Everyone has different skin issues and needs.

It is also very important to note that I am grading them based on my experience using them on MY SKIN TYPE.  My skin is quite fair and I have neutral-to-warm undertones.  My skin type is normal most of the year and drier in the winter.  I do not have oily skin. I have an occasional blemish and a tiny bit of redness.  These points are very important to keep in mind.  I am in my 30s and am most interested in foundations that have additional skin benefits beyond mere “coverage” – ingredients that hydrate and nourish.  I’m not 20 with oily skin anymore, and thus do not seek out the foundations I once did.

However, I think the information here is usable to anyone who likes makeup and is interested in natural foundations.  There probably is something here for everyone, whether you are oily or dry, or 15 or 60. This post will include tinted moisturizers/SPFs and light-to-medium coverage options.  I’ll post next week with my experiences with medium-to-full coverage foundations.

 

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LIGHT COVERAGE

Coola Unscented Matte Tint SPF 30 – [$36 retail] Grade: A

I love this product especially for summer if you are a bit oily.  It will not cover blemishes or lots of discoloration…but if you’re interested in light coverage then you probably don’t have those issues.  This is a great one-and-done product in that you have the mineral sunscreen but you have a slight tint as well, which helps to blur small imperfections and gives a more even look to your skin. The whipped mousse texture is just amazing.  This would also be the perfect type of product for a tween or teen who is becoming interested in makeup but doesn’t need much coverage.

 

Honest Beauty Beyond Protected Sheer Tint Beauty Fluid SPF 30 – [$28 retail] Grade: B

This is the more moisturizing counterpart to the Coola.  It has the same sun protection, similar coverage, but it’s a more moisturizing product.  I used this last year and had no issues with it at all.  I enjoyed it.  The only problem I had was that when the bottle was 2/3 empty, it was an absolute nightmare to get the rest of the product out.

 

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream – [$39 retail] Grade: A

This is the product I’d be most likely to repurchase if I was currently in the market to buy a tinted sunscreen. I used the shade Natural Glow.  It has a consistency that leaves your skin dewy and moist – not so great in summer if you have oily skin, but perfect for the rest of the year.  It is somewhat comparable to the Suntegrity Tinted Sunscreen, but as it’s a little cheaper, I would probably go with Juice Beauty.  The tint is very minimal – probably more to neutralize any white cast than to add any actual coverage, but if you don’t need a lot of coverage, this is great. It helps to even skin tone, hydrate, and blur imperfections.  I’d attest to those claims.  It also give a very subtle glow to the skin.

 

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LIGHT TO MEDIUM COVERAGE

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer – [$45 retail] Grade: C-

One of the first liquid natural foudations I purchased. About two years ago I purchased this in the shade Crème.  Although I’m quite fair, I am more neutral-to-warm toned and do not have much pink in my skin.  This color was too dark and too pink to begin with, and I wasn’t a big fan of the greasy texture or the finish, either.  Because of that experience, I’ve never wanted to spend my money on their foundations since.  Although, I love their Pot Rouge blushes and their Lip Glaze lipsticks.

 

Pacifica Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Serum Foundation SPF 20 – [$17 retail] Grade: B

This foundation is pretty good.  The price point is excellent and it includes SPF 20 – great for those who tend to be a bit lazy about applying sunscreen. I actually used this pretty frequently in the spring and early summer. It blends very nicely and is beautifully lightweight but has surprisingly good medium coverage.  I have just two issues.  The first is that there are only 3 shades.  The lightest shade, Fair/Light, is what I have and it is still a little too dark for me.  The second issue is wear-time.  I always had issues with this breaking up on my chin and around my nose and mouth after just 2 or 3 hours of wear.  However, still a good foundation for the price.

 

Adorn Hydrating Cream Foundation – [$65 retail] Grade: A-

Ouch.  That price.  I have a sample of this, and was completely surprised by how much I loved it.  Then I tried it again and again and still loved it.  The light-medium coverage is very nice, the texture is a light cream.  It is comfortable on the skin.  The finish is velvety – not dewy and not matte.  Oh, so gorgeous.  The shade Fair is a pretty darn good match for me considering this product is available in only five shades.

 

Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation – [$55 retail] Grade A+

This is my current favorite foundation that I could get away with wearing year-round.  That’s saying a lot!  I have the shade VF1.  It is easily the most hydrating and nourishing foundation I’ve tried. As hydrating as it is, it’s not greasy at all, nor is it matte, nor is it cakey or too sheer.  This is basically my Goldilocks foundation right now.  Bravo, Fitglow Beauty.  It isn’t the most highly pigmented foundation I’ve tried, and there are definitely times I’ve wished it was more full-coverage, but it has enough coverage to work just fine for me.  I don’t think this would be ideal for someone with a ton of texture or inflamed pimples because typically people with those skin issues want something more mattifying and full coverage.  However, if you want something that is basically a hybrid skincare-foundation and you want a skin-like finish with a hydrating light-medium coverage, this one is excellent.

Are you a fan of any of these options, or do you have another light-medium coverage foundation that you love?

If I Had To Replace All My Makeup…

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I’ve always thought this was a fun idea – if all your makeup was suddenly gone, what makeup would you buy, right now, to start over?  Even though my makeup changes with the seasons and I’m always discovering new products and brands I love. Some of these choices are items I know and love, other choices are products that I’ve read enough about to be willing to try them over other options.  These are the items I would buy right now to start over with a mostly low-toxin/natural, cruelty-free makeup collection. 

Face:

  • Foundation: Fitglow Vita-Active Foundation – the most hydrating foundation I’ve tried, excellent ingredients, light-medium coverage, lasting power is very good
  • Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – I have major under eye darkness and I tried this one in store and LOVED it.  Even though I have a concealer, I want to buy this one right now.
  • Blush: RMS Lip2Cheek probably in Modest and Spell – never tried these particular products, but I really want to!

 

Eyes:

 

Lips:

  • Lip balm: Hurraw! for basic lip balm

 

What are you favorite makeup products ever?  Do you share any of my favorites?  Please share!