Swatched! My Favorite All-Natural Lip Colors for Spring

lipswatches2To me, when it comes to makeup, lipstick is the absolute quickest way to feel “dolled up” and feminine.  I love shades of pink the most, with an occasional mauve, berry, nude, and red thrown in.  These happen to be the all-natural, non-toxic lipsticks I have in my collection that I think are perfect for Spring.  I have swatched all these products on bare lips to try to give the best color representation possible.  I also photographed them all in natural light.

 

 

No8PoppyW3LL People Nudist Colorbalm in No. 8 Poppy – Think of a tinted lipbalm when you think of this color.  It is very moisturizing with a slight hint of fucshia. Perfect for applying without a mirror.  It doesn’t seem to leave a stain once it wears off.

 

LoveBuzzIlia Lip Gloss in Love Buzz – This is a very glossy, non-sticky violet tinged cool pink lip gloss.  The packaging is gorgeous and I love the fun, very wearable color.  Like all lip gloss that I personally have used, it wears well unless you eat or drink a fair amount.

 

SublimeRMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sublime – This little pot is like melted cotton candy.  Such a gorgeous glossy shade of deep pink! Wears about the same as a lip gloss.

 

ShellShockIlia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Shell Shock – This might be my favorite formula of all the lip products I own.  The color is definitely gorgeous – a very wearable coral pink.  But the application and texture are amazing.  Just perfectly smooth and beautiful every time.  I love the wear of this, but this particular shade doesn’t leave a stain behind as it fades.

 

 

XOXOPacifica Devocean Lipstick in XOX – This is a super pretty cream lipstick in a neutral everyday pink shade.  One thing that is a con about this lipstick is that compared to other lipsticks, it tends to cake a bit on my lips.  I typically always apply lip balm under my lipstick, so it may be me or it may be the formula.

 

 

RetsinaBite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Retsina – In the past, I have never had luck with nude lipstick.  They were always too brown or washed out my complexion (fair with yellow undertones).  Retsina is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a flattering pale pink nude for my skintone.  I usually purchase my lip products online, but this was one shade I wanted to be able to swatch before I purchased.  Since Sephora is one of the only beauty stores close to me, I went with Bite Beauty.  I really love this lipstick with smokier eyes…I’ve always thought women with smoky eyeshadow and nude lips were the epitome of sexy!  This formula is super creamy.

 

NeonAngelIlia Lipstick in Neon Angel – Perhaps the most fun of my lip products, Neon Angel is more versatile that it might appear.  Applied over lipbalm, it gives a beautiful pink tint.  Apply it over bare lips, and you can layer it in intensity until it is similar to the swatch above.  I actually find this color very wearable, as it isn’t neon pink – just bright, bold magenta pink.  This is a slightly drier formula, but I like that, as I feel it gives a very even application.  Wear time is good.

 

StarletZuzu Luxe Lipstick in Starlet – A basic, cool toned “candy apple” red.  For me, this is a classic red lip that looks good year round.  And for the price, the formula is fantastic.  It applies so smoothly and evenly.  The formula is more creamy that Ilia lipstick, but not as creamy as the Bite Beauty lipstick or Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner.  The wear time is quite good.

 

Do you own any of these shades?  What clean, all-natural lip products do you love for Spring?  Let me know in the comments!

Finding Clean & Natural Product Deals: Part 3 – Affordable Natural Brands

I really appreciate clean, natural, non-toxic brands that try to keep their products affordable.  Although luxury brands/products  might be fantastic ($125 face serum, I’m talking about you), I have a family, and my budget isn’t of “the sky’s the limit” variety. You know what I mean?

These are a few more affordable clean/natural brands I’ve personally used or heard a lot of great things about:

Makeup

100% Pure – I really like their lotions for spring/summer/fall, and currently use their eyebrow gel in Taupe. Some of their products are carried at Ulta stores.

Pacifica – I’ve used their mascara and lipstick (pretty good!) and they have some products available at Target.

Everyday Minerals – I used EM makeup almost exclusively for YEARS (until I had to switch to a cream based foundation).  They have great quality at very reasonable prices.  Adorable website, too!

Silk Naturals – I’ve been obsessed with their eyeshadows lately, though they have a full makeup line.  Their prices and selection of eyeshadow are AMAZING for clean beauty. I plan on doing a review of their eyeshadows soon…

Brija – A green beauty You-Tuber started this line and shares my name.  Her eyeshadows are so fun, although she has lots of makeup items for sale.

The All Natural Face – I’ve never personally purchased any of their products, but have heard their quality and prices are good.

Honeybee Gardens – Another line I have yet to try, but I’m interested in their eye and lip liners.

 

Nails

Zoya is the only brand of 5-free nail polish that I personally know of that is under $10 a bottle – I’m sure there may be others out there, but this is the only one I have tried. They are also carried at Ulta!  And they have a fantastic range of colors and finishes.

 

Skincare

Acure is my top pick for affordable (yet still fantastic quality) skincare.  Their products are top notch and won’t make your wallet cry.

 

Haircare –

Acure again here, as well as Desert Essence Organics (what I’m currently using), Juice Organics, and The Honest Company.  I’ll soon be doing a review of The Honest Company’s haircare, which are the only hair products I use on my daughter.

 

Home/Cleaning Products

The Honest Company again, Seventh Generation, Dr. Bronner’s, and Planet are all nice options for home and cleaning items.  I personally am smitten with The Honest Company’s products.  The packaging is adorable, the quality is great, and the prices pretty reasonable.

What are your favorite brands for clean, affordable, non-toxic products?

Current Autumn Makeup Look

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I’ve amped up the moisture for fall and have tried to incorporate a bit of pretty color.  Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean when can only use drab neutrals!  This is a typical makeup routine for me lately.

Coola Face SPF 30 Matte Tint – After my moisturizers and serums have had a few minutes to sink in, I apply this mousse-like tinted sunscreen to my face.  I have never in my life enjoyed a facial sunscreen like this one.  The texture is beautiful, the hydration is just right, there is no cloying scent, it doesn’t break my skin out, it gives a light coverage, and the color is the best I’ve come across for my fair yellow olive-toned complexion.

Christopher Drummond Duo-Phase Hydrating Concealer – I truly love this concealer.  I apply it under my eyes to cover dark circles and around my nose to cover redness.  I use a damp Beauty Blender and it just melts into my skin.  Hydrating is right – there is no settling into lines at all.  I  set this with my pure silica powder, and then it stays all day.

Alima Pure Maracaibo Bronzer – After using Tarte’s Park Avenue Princess bronzer for a while (which I do like), I wanted to try Alima’s highly rated powders, but was unsure which to try.  I ordered samples of the Sombra Contour Powder, Maracaibo Bronzer, and Mauna Loa Bronzer.  The Sombra is just a little too flat and ashy on my skin, and Mauna Loa is much too dark.  Maracaibo, on the other hand, is a beautiful matte bronzer with just enough warmth to add depth to my face without looking fake.  I really enjoy this.

Aster + Bay Beet Root & Hibiscus Stain – This is my favorite makeup product right now, and I’ve talked about my love for it here.  This stain is seriously gorgeous on the cheeks.  It is a sheer berry and gives the skin a sexy sheen.  The fact that it is hydrating, has good longevity, and is all-natural just makes me even happier.  You can use it as a lip stain as well, but I just use it on my cheeks.

W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick – This was formerly called Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick #2.  This creamy highlighter is gorgeous on the cheekbones.  It really does add a little indescribable something to the face – just a pretty, glowing, youthful dusting of magic on the skin.

100% Pure Eye Brow Gel in Taupe – I love the cream texture of this eyebrow liner.  It is a pretty decent match for me.

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara in Supernova – I’ve been going back and forth between this one and Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes, but my current tube of the Tarte has been flaking like crazy all over my face.  I’m so frustrated that I want to toss it, which is saying a lot for me because I don’t waste products.  It’s possible I just have a bad tube, so I won’t write this mascara off yet. This Pacifica mascara is very nice, buildable, doesn’t make my lashes dry, and doesn’t flake at all.   However, I like my lashes more dramatic than this can really produce.  I’ve decided to try W3LL People mascara next.

Everyday Minerals Mineral Eyeshadow in Laptop – This is my favorite eyeshadow of ALL TIME.  And they discontinued it!!  I’m always searching for a dupe but I don’t know if I’ll ever find one.  This one is a shimmer eyeshadow with a light brown base, plum tones, and silver shimmer.  It’s seriously gorgeous and gives something along the lines of a Victoria’s Secret subtle-but-sexy eye look.  If you know of a similar eyeshadow color, please tell me!

Tarte SmolderEYES Eyeliner in Fig – This deep plum eyeliner is just gorgeous.  The tip is fat, which makes it very easy for me to apply.  My eyesight is not so good in my right eye, so eyeliner application can be tricky with a thin pencil.  This one glides on so easily.

Ilia Lipstick in Neon Angel – I know.  Bright pink lipstick in autumn?  Paired with plum eyeliner?  But hold on – I don’t apply this at full-strength.  Applied lightly, it gives a feminine pop of pink that actually looks beautiful this time of year.

Lotus Wei Infinite Love Mist – I always finish with a few mists of a hydrosol or rose water on my face.  Lately I’ve been using this after my makeup is done. The scent is incredible – one of my favorite scents ever.  So much so, that I plan on purchasing the Infinite Love perfume.  These are not just accidental flower combinations – they are formulated to work on your mood as well. This one just makes me so happy and feel so loved.

Do you use any of these products? Any recommendations?  Favorite natural eyeshadow?  Share with me!

 

 

What’s Currently in My Makeup Bag

currentmakeupbagI take this bright pink striped bag with me everyday when I go to work, adding in whatever products or items I think I’ll want during the workday.  It changes everyday, but this is what I took to work with me most recently.

Hurraw! Lip Balm in Chai Spice – I must apply lip balm around a dozen times a day.  I think part of that is habit, part of it is I love the smell, and the other part is that I cannot stand for my lips to be dry.  This scent is so nice for fall.

Beauty Without Cruelty Super Cover Cream Concealer in Fair – This pencil concealer is perfect for touch-ups at work.  It’s not the concealer I use when I apply makeup in the morning, but its so convenient to keep this in my bag for when I’m out of the house.

Oil Blotting Papers (similar) – I always keep these on hand.  I don’t use them as much as I used to, primarily because my skin seems drier this past year.  But these are perfect if I have excess oil or shine on my T-zone.

Comb, Hair Tie, Nail File – These are un-fancy for sure, but I use the comb every day to smooth out my hair.  And nobody wants to get caught with a snagged fingernail and no file.

Gemstone Organic Ylang Ylang Gem Hydrosol – When I first heard of this brand, I jumped over to their website to see their products.  Adorable packaging, fascinating gem information, and wonderful ingredients.  This was my first purchase.  I love that there are little gems actually in the bottom of the hydrosol bottle.  Ylang Ylang is used as an anti-depressant in aromatherapy.  I’ve been using this as a pick-me-up during the workday.  I’ve ordered one of their crèmes and can’t wait to try it out.

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in XOX – I received this in my Petit Vour box – and I love it!  I’m more of a skincare girl than makeup (though I do love makeup) so I’m glad I received this because otherwise I wouldn’t have bought it.  It smells like delicious coconuts, is hydrating, and the color is a beautiful everyday pink.

Travel Journal (similar) – Ever since I bought this little journal, I’ve been taking it with me in my bag everyday.  I have been struggling with some anxiety, and I also deal with S.A.D. so I’ve found this journal so comforting and soothing when I feel stressed, anxious, or just a bit down.  I’ve been filling the pages with quotes that inspire and comfort me.  I especially like to re-read the quotes that help me manage my anxiety.

Lotus Wei Inner Peace Flower Elixir – Since I purchased this a couple of weeks ago, I’ve put five drops of this sweet flower elixir under my tongue a few times a day, everyday .  It has an immediate and tangible calming effect on me.  Instantly, I feel more relaxed and less anxious.  I won’t leave the house without it now!

What items/products do you take with you when you leave the house for the day?