Green Foundation Follies

kohgendoI began greening my makeup and beauty routine by reading lots and lots of blogs. Based on what I was reading, I thought finding a green mascara would be the hardest part. Not for me. I found and really like Pure Anada mascara, a brand I learned about on (see review here). I like Tarte’s Amazonian Clay mascara a lot too (though some may deem it not clean enough). This means I have two solid mascara options to go back to and a few others out there to try. Lipstick was easy peasy. RMS and Ilia dominate my growing clean lippie collection and I have not even been tempted to stray from them! (Reviews herehere, and here, oh and there are a couple new Ilia reviews forthcoming.) And greening my skincare has been pretty easy too. There are so many skincare brands to explore and these brands are rivaling luxe brands in ways that green makeup has not (in my experience thus far).

So back to makeup. I really wanted to go clean with lips and foundation first. My thinking was, I was probably ingesting lots of gunk when wearing dirty lip products and foundation accounts for the largest surface area makeup-wise. I wish my foundation search had been as fun and easy as lipsticks, but it hasn’t been. I have tried clean foundations in the form of: loose powder (1 brand), mousse (two brands), stick (1 brand), cream (1 brand), and liquid (1 brand). Thank goodness for sample programs (although I do have full sizes in 3 of these). I had the best experience with Alima Pure, but I really do prefer a liquid or cream foundation. I really thought Kjaer Weis would be the answer, but I think that foundation works well with a certain skin type–just not mine (review here).

As time (and products) went on, I started feeling less than great about how I looked. Each time I went to the ladies room during the work day, it reminded me how much better my makeup used to look. I love makeup and the point is to boost how I feel by making the most of my features. I wanted to go back to feeling good about my face. So I am on hiatus from green foundations. I am currently using Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. I had come across it in an article about Jessica Alba’s natural make up choices. The company states it uses no artificial colors, fragrances, petroleum-based mineral oil or parabens.

The KGD also not something I would normally choose. I like matte medium to full coverage foundations. However, this light to medium HD product is loved by makeup artists and fans and I am now on board too. The finish is on the sheer side and a bit glowy—very your skin but better as opposed to your flawlessly made-up skin. It is a light to medium coverage foundation that contains a SPF of 15 (note: I haven’t noticed flashback in photos). I use about 2 pumps and apply with my fingers then blend with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. It feels light and blends effortlessly. It doesn’t settle or become visible in pores. It doesn’t much of a scent. It lasts about through the workday and holds on to powders/blushes pretty well. In short, this stuff has me liking my makeup again. And that is why this blog is green-ish. This is a process and being happy is part of it. Who knows? At some point, I will resume my search for a clean foundation. But for now, this is working for me. So anyone with recos for a clean liquid or cream foundation that has a matte to natural finish and pretty good lasting power should chime in!


Commitment Issues: The Mascara Edition

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 I love mascara. From cheap dates with Loreal and Revlon to pricier affairs with Lancôme and Dior. Because I do actually toss mascaras at the 3 to 4 month point (yes, I am a mascara goody-two shoes), I have lots of opportunity to date around. When researching cleaner options for mascara, I found a lot of posts lamenting the options. But I also found a few mentions praising Canadian brand Pure Anada.

I purchased Pure Anada mascara in black through etsy for $13. An aside: I had to call customer service about the order and the dude who answered was so nice. Is it just me, or do you have the impression that Canadians are really polite? (Ignore the Biebs and this stereotype holds.)

The verdict: This mascara is pretty damn good. It darkens, lengthens, and doesn’t smudge or flake. The coverage is buildable. You can layer it without clumpy results. It also washes off easily. I like the wand too. It’s long with a spoolie-style brush, and the brush is on the narrow side so you can get to the roots of lashes.

If you’re looking for cleaner mascara, do give this a try. Do not write to me after and say it’s not as good as (insert name of dirty mascara that makes you look like you have falsies on here). If you do, I will say: duh. Then I will direct you to meditate while listening to this song. You can’t have it all, but I got a lot of what I want with this mascara. And I am not pining for any former dirty lovers, er, mascaras.

Here is what’s in it:

Aqua (Water), Oryza Sativa Wax (Rice Bran Wax), Olea Europea fruit oil (Olive Oil), Vegetable Source Cetyl Alcohol (Coconut), Coernica Cerifera (Carnauba Wax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Acacia Gum, Black Iron oxide (CI 77499),  Aminomethyl Popandiol (Ph Adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative).

I am planning to repurchase. I am not promising marriage Pure Anada, but you’re at the top of the dating rotation.