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?

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?

Recent Acquisitions: Non-Toxic Beauty

recentsI’ve rounded up the beauty products I’ve acquired over the past few weeks.  For the most part, these reviews will be short & sweet, as opposed to lengthy reviews.  However, I do plan on doing a dedicated post in the future on the two Fitglow Beauty products I have.

If you’ve tried any of these products, I’d love to know what your thoughts are!

eyebrightFitglow Beauty Eye Bright – I had super high hopes (i.e. expectations) for this under-eye corrector.  Not only does the company claim it covers under-eye darkness, but that it treats the eye area with peptides, oils, and vitamins.  This is not a one-product under-eye concealer for me.  I typically cover my entire eye area with Eye Bright followed by a just a bit of regular concealer. It looks great at first, but for me, the wear time is disappointing.  I always set my under-eye with a light dusting of natural silica powder, but for some reason within a couple of hours, the purple darkness under my eyes starts creeping out.  I need to keep experimenting with this product to have a definite opinion.shampureAveda Shampure Dry Shampoo – All green-brand dry shampoos I’ve come across have either made my sensitive scalp itchy, or I’ve hated the application.  Most powder dry shampoos dispense product via holes in the top of the container, and you have to hold the bottle upside down to get it out, which for me is messy.  So many times I would get powder all over my work clothes.  Yes, I should use the dry shampoo before dressing, but it just didn’t pan out like that in reality.  Thus, I’ve been sparingly using aerosol dry shampoo, and though the application is easy, I loathe the fumes and the ingredients.

Shampure Dry Shampoo is my compromise.  The applicator is genius.  It is powder, but you squeeze the bottle to dispense the product out of a single hole in the side of the cap, which then comes out in a sort of “smoke-like” puff.  Love it!  The first two ingredients are corn starch and a type of French clay, and none of the other ingredients raised a red flag for me. They claim their fragrance is natural and derived from flower and plant essences.  I actually really love the scent, if I’m being honest.  It’s almost like hair perfume, but not cloying at all to me. Best of all, it works really well without irritating my scalp.  I’d like to do more research into Aveda as a whole company. My salon is actually an Aveda salon, and where I picked this up.  It’s my best “clean” option in the area I live.  Overall, I’m happy with this so far and I feel that the bottle will last quite a while.

bitebalmBite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Lychee – This has been living in my purse and I’ve used it every single day since I purchased it over a month ago. I wanted a hydrating lightly tinted lip product – not a lipstick, not a lip balm, not a tinted lip balm.  This hybrid product is just what I wanted.  It feels so comfortable and hydrating on my lips.  The color is a very sheer pale pink.  Perfect for when I want a touch of color that is hydrating.fitglowfoundationFitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation in VF1 – After I’ve used this foundation through the end of summer and early fall, I’ll probably have a better idea of my true feelings – especially if I use it in the winter when my skin is usually very dry.  However, I’ve been using this foundation for three weeks, and I really like it so far.  The consistency is light and watery, which makes it extra hydrating.  The coverage for me is light to light-medium (just fine for me, but if you have heavy pigmentation or scarring, it might not be full-coverage enough).  The wear-time seems better than average, and I’ve noticed it tends to break-up around my chin and nose far less than other natural foundations.  sutiSuti Honour Coconut & Roses Face Cream – I’m wondering if I should dedicate an entire post to my thoughts on why the best skincare routine includes a water-based lotion, oil, and serum.  With the green beauty market being absolutely flooded with face oils, face creams and lotions have been pushed to the back burner.  I think that is very unfortunate.  A face oil, no matter the ingredients, will never actually hydrate your skin, which is what your skin needs!  I’ve found that whenever I stop adding a water-based face lotion to my routine, my skin is lackluster and thirsty.  I got this Suti Honour Face Cream on sale at a fantastic price (and I love the glass bottle).  The ingredients are great overall, with the main ingredient being organic rose water. I probably would not repurchase, as I would love to try other face creams (I’m always looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!).brushesSonia Kashuk for Target Brush Couture Set – These brushes may be limited edition – I actually picked them up on clearance at Target one day.  It’s not the style or brand in particular, but more the size and shape of these brushes that I love so much. Now, apparently two of the brushes are goat hair, which I was not aware of when I purchased these (I’m making strides towards eliminating these types of products from my life, but I’m not perfect).  The synthetic hair orange brush is dense and very small, and much to my surprise, pretty darn multipurpose.  I have enjoyed using it for under eye concealer, cream blush, and cream bronzer.  The small size really helps me control where the product goes.

 

Even shorter reviews….

Pacifica Super Kale Shampoo and Conditioner – Exclusively available at Ulta, this combo claims that it is especially good for fine, oily, or color-treated hair.  It practically jumped into my shopping cart after I read that.  I’ve been using this combo for two or three weeks, and I like it really well.  The scent is minimal, and it does leave my fine oily hair clean, hydrated, and a bit bouncy.  I think it performs closely to the Desert Essence shampoo and conditioner, but I couldn’t say definitely which is better.

Dr. Brite Teeth Whitening Pens in Green Apple – Super short story, these truly work and they don’t hurt my sensitive teeth!  I truly have noticed a difference in my teeth.  I am a big coffee drinker, FYI.  After I’ve completely used these two pens, I might to a lengthier review.  I think these will absolutely be a re-purchase.

Kari Gran 365 SPF 28 – I like this – it is definitely super high quality with only the finest ingredients.  I just don’t like the greasiness of it.  Maybe that’s just because it’s summer.  I used to only use Coola sunscreen in the summer – that stuff has the absolute best consistency I’ve ever used in a sunscreen for summer – like light, whipped mousse.  I don’t think I’d repurchase this because of the heavy, greasy texture.  Then again, maybe I’ll change my mind later.

Farmacy Lip Bloom in Strawberry Basil – This looks like Vaseline in the pot and it has a similar feel, but this is petroleum free!  The scents are all so nice.  I keep this on my bedside table and apply it every night.  It’s not working miracles, but it is very nice.

RMS Beauty Coconut Oil – When it comes to makeup remover, I am a coconut oil convert.  It is typically affordable for the quantity compared to other green beauty makeup removing oils, and it feels and smells great.  One issue I had with other makeup removers was that they would sometimes burn my eyes, but not coconut oil.  I like this one as well as Cocovit.