Clean Beauty Round-up

Getting into green beauty

As I’m trying to incorporate more natural makeup and skincare into my routine, I wanted to share some new additions to my collection.

I love everything from Bite Beauty and the Amuse Bouche lipsticks are no exception. They’re creamy, smooth, and really pigmented.

This Clove and Hallow concealer covers the dark veins under my eyes so well. It also blends in nicely using the Ecotools Concealer Brush.

I’m usually not much of a primer girl, but the Whish Beauty primer is actually smoothing and hydrating on my skin. I’ve been enjoying the extra step in my routine.

I’ve been testing out some Mad Hippie skincare lately. I love that you can find the line at Whole Foods and it’s affordable compared to some other clean lines. I’ve been using the Vitamin A Serum twice a week to combat fine lines; I need to test it longer before I can give it my stamp of approval. I like the Cream Cleanser as a gentle morning face wash. It doesn’t remove my makeup, so I don’t use it at night.

This Beautycounter Nourishing Eye Cream is my favorite discovery from the line so far. It’s hydrating without being heavy.

Lastly, I’ve written about this Balance Me mask before, but I’m loving that it’s 98% natural and makes my skin feel so soft.

What are your favorite clean beauty products??

Reviewing New & EWG Approved Drugstore Items

Affordable hits and misses

I don’t own many drugstore items, but there have been several releases lately that looked promising. I’ve also been looking for a new concealer and mascara that are EWG approved.

The Environmental Working Group has a Skin Deep Database that rates product and ingredient safety. The lower the score is from 1 to 10, the safer the product is for you. I’ve already tried the W3ll People mascara (which I love) and concealer (which I don’t love) that score really low, so I wanted to look into other options. I was surprised to see two drugstore items were on the list!

Let’s start with my favorite find – the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer + Corrector. I wanted to pick this up because it’s rated a 2 on Skin Deep. This concealer looks very natural on the skin, but it covers the dark veins under my eyes so well. I’m really impressed with the finish and lasting power. I wear 10 Ivory which is the lightest shade.

I also purchased the Physician’s Formula 100% Natural Origin Mascara because it was rated a 2. I wanted to love this because it’s more affordable than the W3ll People mascara, but it didn’t do enough for my lashes. There was some length, but I like more volume and a fanned out effect.

The most disappointing item from the new launches was the Almay Eyeshadow Quad. I picked up the shade 180 Ambition and the matte and satin shades hardly had any pigment at all. The shimmer shade was really pretty, but it faded after just 5 hours of wear. It also creased quite a bit (which was possibly made worse because I had added a bit of the next item on top).

I’ve heard so much hype about these Wet N Wild Megaglo Makeup Sticks. This one is the Highlight version in the shade 208 When the Nude Strikes – it’s a stunning, wearable champagne. The formula is really creamy and blendable as well. It looks amazing and natural on camera, but in person, I found that it has chunky glitter that sits on top of the skin. I like a more subtle highlight that melts into the skin to give it a glow.

Lastly, I tried one of the new Revlon Plumping Lip Cremes in the shade 510 Nude Honey. This formula tingles very, very slightly, so if you hate the Buxom glosses, you might want to try this. It was a little bit hard to smooth onto the lips at first because it’s almost a chunky whipped formula, but after a few minutes it settles quite nicely. Then it looks plush, the color is more even, and it feels like a balm.

If you’re wondering what all of this looks like in action, keep an eye out for a new video on Saturday with swatches and my first impressions!

Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favorite affordable makeup item?

Benefit Get the Pretty Started Palette Review

My favorite face palette

I picked up this adorable palette from Benefit back in November and it has been my go-to item for blush, bronzer, and highlight since. All of the shades are gorgeous and blend out nicely. I also love that the palette has a mirror and think the pink packaging is just the cutest.

This was supposed to be limited edition, but you can currently get it at Sephora for $20! It includes minis of the Hoola bronzer, Galifornia blush, and Watt’s Up highlighter.

The powders are highly pigmented, but they’re easy to sheer out on the skin. The Watt’s Up highlighter is normally in a stick formula, so this poured cream version takes a bit of warming up with your fingers. After a few seconds, it looks really natural on the skin and isn’t glittery at all. I also use Hoola in the crease and Watt’s Up on the lid for a quick and easy eyeshadow look.

All in all I have been loving this palette and highly recommend it! What’s your favorite face palette?

My Clean Beauty Wish List (and current favorites)

Opting for more organic, vegan, clean beauty
Clean Beauty Wish List

I’ve been interested in Clean Beauty for a while, but I’m consciously making an effort to switch up my products as I’m learning more and more about toxic ingredients recently. I’m aiming for an 80/20 lifestyle, where I’m aware of what I’m putting on my body and try to mostly use clean products.

A great place to start is the EWG Skin Deep Database – you can search by brand, product, or ingredient. You can also build your own report if an item hasn’t been verified yet. For example, the Wander Beauty powder is not in the database, but I input the ingredients and it’s score came out as a 2. The lower the score, the safer the product.

My favorite clean beauty shop is Credo Beauty  because they have a large selection with detailed product descriptions and ingredient explanations. I also use the Ingredient Conscious page on Birchbox. Target even has a natural beauty page, which is pretty awesome to see how mainstream clean beauty is becoming. Some other brands I really want to try include Pai, Herbivore BotanicalsAlima Pure, and 100% Pure.

Here are some clean beauty products that I already love:

What are your clean or green beauty favorites? Where do you get information on product safety and new brands? If you have a green/clean beauty blog, please share it below!

Weekend Wear: Orange Bomber Jacket

I’m obsessed with orange

It was surprisingly warm this weekend, which was a lovely break from the 20 degree temps we usually have in January. I decided to celebrate with a colorful, casual look.

I’m slowly amassing orange clothing – it’s one of my favorite colors and makes me happy when I wear it. I now have a corduroy skirt, loose sweater, swing tee, and this gorgeous jacket from Scotch & Soda. It sold out unfortunately, but here’s a similar option from Uniqlo.

I’m also wearing a pair of burgundy legging jeans from Loft. They’re a softer material which makes them really comfortable and they have a cute back zip detail. The petite length hits right above my ankle which I find flattering.

Lastly, I’ve raved about Dolce Vita before and live in these suede sneakers in the cooler months. They have a higher shaft than your typical sneaker, so they keep my ankles warm, but they’re a perfect light taupe so they transition from winter to spring nicely. Here’s this year’s updated version.

What do you guys think about this orange and burgundy color combo?