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!

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!

Fall Natural Beauty Wishlist

Fall Beauty CollageI never tire of discovering amazing skin products, sampling, and gushing over amazing ingredients.  Winter was brutal around here last year, and my skin was a wreck from the cold Artic air.  I had to really go into damage mode around December and found myself scrambling to find products that would soothe my poor dehydrated skin. This year, I’m going to be more proactive and have been searching out products to pamper my skin as soon as the weather starts to get dry and cool.  These are a few products that I would love to get my hands on.

1) One Love Organics Skin Savior – This is a waterless beauty balm that OLO says is suitable as a makeup remover and a super moisturizing balm, which would be ideal for fall and winter. No, this isn’t the most wallet-friendly product ever, but a little goes a long way with balms, so this would easily last months and months.  I have tried a few of their products and they have yet to disappoint – in fact, the products I’ve tried have been amazing and I have a feeling this one would be, too!

2) Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Nobody’s Baby – I adore lip balms and have them stashed everywhere – and I mean everywhere!  But a fusion of lipstick and lip balm?  Perfect!  I have Ilia lipsticks and love them, but am curious how their coveted tinted lip conditioners would work on my sensitive, dry winter lips.  Nobody’s Baby is a beautiful pinkish nude that would be a great go-to shade.

3) Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator – I think I need a hydrating toner for fall and winter.  The great thing about a product like this is that you can mist yourself throughout the day as needed, even if you have makeup on!  Sometimes my skin gets that dull look in the middle of the day and I’m thinking this would be a great moisturizing pick-me-up.  Plus, the ingredients sound amazing!

4) Alima Pure Sombra Contour Powder – I’m currently finishing up a sample of Tarte’s Park Avenue Princess bronzer, which is nice, but it’s shimmer is best suited for summer.  For fall, I’m really anxious to try this beautiful matte powder that has cleaner ingredients. I think it would be perfect for adding natural color to cheeks.

5) RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up – I have had my eye on RMS products for a while but have yet to take the plunge.  They are a bit pricey, but if I could snag a great deal, this is the product I think I’d try first.  Not only does it get glowing reviews, but I think the coconut oil base of this product would be simply perfect for hydrating my skin during fall and winter. My only issue is deciding between shades 00 and 11 for my fair olive skin.

Have you tried any of these products?  What products are you looking forward to using this fall?