Silk Naturals Eyeshadows – Pressed & Swatched!


Top row L-R: Crumpet, Nobel, Kensington, Steeped, Manor, Duchess; Bottom row L-R: First Kiss, Blanket Fort, Homecoming Queen, Saddle Up, Mink, Virtual

My clean eyeshadow history is a short story.  I started using clean non-toxic cosmetics about 8 years ago, and I had a very simple makeup routine at the time.  I had maybe three eyeshadows and they were loose mineral shadows.  I loved them, but they were so messy (I’m clumsy…like, really clumsy) and I would always deal with fallout.

Desperate for pressed shadows, I bought a Tarte pressed eyeshadow palette.  Tarte is not my first pick for cosmetics, as they are not that clean.  However, I used the palette for a while, but wasn’t happy about it.

I started reading a lot about Silk Naturals selection of eye shadows and one day I finally checked out their website…I was a kid in a candy store.  The selection of colors and finishes is amazing for natural mineral eye shadows.  And at just over $4 per eye shadow, I was able to pick up several shades.

One of the things I purchased was their Bare Necessities Matte 2 Palette, which is supposed to be a clean dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette.  I’ve never used UD before, so I truly can’t compare them, however, I love the Silk Naturals Matte 2 Palette and use it almost every day.

In the photos below, you can see swatches of all 6 shades in the SN Matte 2 Palette.  I have pressed them all, but it did not seem to change the pigmentation.

  • Crumpet is a nice, neutral slightly shimmery highlight that is good for the inner eye.
  • Nobel is a soft nude brown with a bit of pink, a beautiful all-over lid base color.
  • Kensington is a slightly cool-toned soft brown with a hint of gray, also a beautiful lid color.
  • Steeped is a basic taupe brown that I like to use in the crease.
  • Manor is a warmer-toned version of Steeped that I also use in my crease.
  • Duchess is a deep brown that I use on my upper lash line.

Mattes with flash


Mattes in natural light














I also have some other eye shadows from SN that I also pressed.  These are equally gorgeous and so versatile!

  • First Kiss is a nice soft matte pinkish tan.
  • Blanket Fort is a very wearable, light tan shimmer.
  • Homecoming Queen is one of my absolute favorites.  It is a gorgeous shimmery-pearl soft gold highlight.  If I recommended one shade, it would be this one.  Stunning.
  • Saddle Up is a medium golden brown that leans more pearly than shimmery.
  • Mink might be my second favorite shade that I own from SN.  It’s a beautiful slightly shimmery brown with plum tones.
  • Virtual is a fun, shimmery mauve brown with plum and pink tones.

In natural light

With flash













As far as pressing my shadows, I learned from reading blog posts such as Ru’s post on Short Small & Sweet and watching Oxana’s YouTube video.  For me it was fairly easy and really fun to press my shadows.  And I love them so much more because they are less messy and so easy to access, as opposed to opening all those little jars.

Have you pressed mineral eye shadows?  Do you have any Silk Naturals shadows or other natural shadows that you love?  Tell me in the comments!


So Random: My New Interests & Loves

crystalsThese are a few random items and activities that I’ve been interested in and loving lately.  Some of these I plan on posting more in-depth reviews of in the future.

Healing Crystals – When I was younger, I was fascinated and in love with stones of all shapes, sizes, and colors.  I think children are so much more in-tune with their sixth sense and the unseen forces in the world.  As adults, many times we let that part of ourselves vanish.  But now I’m starting to think I was right about the allure of crystals!  I’ve recently purchased a chakra cleansing crystal set from an Etsy seller and also set out a bowl of crystals on my nightstand.  I also have read a couple of crystal books (such as The Crystal Bible) and am looking forward to reading more and exploring the power of individual crystals and their healing abilities.

Plum Paper Family Planner – A couple of months ago, I started seeing a lot of videos on YouTube of women gushing over planners.  I rolled my eyes…and then I started thinking about all the scattered lists I kept, the Post-It notes everywhere, and the fact that I kept two calendars.   And then it started to sound more appealing to use a planner.  After some research, I ordered a Plum Paper family planner and have been using it for about three weeks so far.  I plan on doing a review in the future, but so far it is really helpful to have all my important dates and info in one place!

Silk Naturals – I’d heard about this brand for a while before I was motivated to order from them, and I’m so glad I did!  Their eye shadows and blushes have an amazing shade range and are so affordable.  I will post a review with swatches very soon!

ASMR Videos – I had no idea what ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is until I read this NMDL post.  I’ve always experienced “triggers” but didn’t know there was any explanation for it, and assumed maybe it was just me.  How wrong I was!  Now I’ve been listening to ASMR videos almost daily.  My favorites are Olivia and Gentle Whispering.  Their videos greatly help with my anxiety and truly relax me.  I cannot get enough.

Ballet Beautiful – I’m not sure how I stumbled upon Mary Helen Bowers, but I’m glad I did.  I was looking for a new workout to mix into my Pilates routine, and Ballet Beautiful is perfect for me.  It is still mat work, which I love, but it works my body in a different way.  I love that she has streaming videos that you can purchase from her website that vary in length.  The reality for me is that quick workouts are a necessity.  She also has a store with items like satin ballet street shoes that my inner-ballerina would love to own…if I were a rich woman.

Morganite Ring – Several years ago, I came across a photo of a gorgeous ring.  It was a cushion cut pale pink gem called Morganite, and it was surrounded by a halo of diamonds on a diamond eternity band.  Fast forward nearly five years later, and I have my own Morganite engagement ring just like the one I saw.  I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I love it!  I actually ordered it from Etsy (I ordered it because I got to pick it out myself, yay!).  Ordering an engagement ring from Etsy isn’t for the faint hearted, I will admit.  However, I’ve already been married once in the past and I wasn’t afraid to do something different this time.  I really did my research on sellers and took my time, which I think made a huge difference in my satisfaction.  The seller I chose to purchase from was fantastic and is a trained goldsmith with excellent feedback.  I loved supporting a small female-owned business.

Child Crafts – A few weeks ago, I put together a craft kit full of papers, art supplies, glue, scissors, beads, and lots of other fun items for my daughter.  I also purchased some craft items from Michael’s.  This was one part of an effort to create fun child activities that don’t involve electronics.  A post about this in the near future!

 What have you been loving lately?  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:


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.



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.



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?