I am not planning on doing many “empties” posts. I actually don’t finish many things all that quickly. These staples are exceptions. I finished them around the same time and decided to pool them for this post. It’s a quickie.
Yuli Panacea Elixir. Reviewed here. This ran out and I already had a bottle waiting in the wings. It’s my third or fourth bottle. I really need to spray with less abandon because it’s a little pricey. But my love for it is deep and thus I go overboard. It’s a perfect, beautiful toner. You get skin that is toned, plumped, and happy. Especially good for recovering from (and avoiding) breakouts.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Mascara. I haven’t reviewed this yet. Yes, it’s not the cleanest out there, but it is cleaner than many mascaras that I have loved. It lengthens, creates volume, and stays put. Without having to do a lot of layering.
One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. Reviewed here. Just finished by first bottle and have repurchased. Then it was on Hautelook and I bought two more (look for one in an upcoming giveaway). Remove makeup and sunscreen with tropical-scented oil? Yes, please. If I were truly fancy, I would use this to take off my body sunscreen. If the lottery gods decide to reward me, that is just what I will do!
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap in Almond. I have never reviewed this, but hey, do I really need to? It speaks for itself. Dr. B’s soap was probably my first green purchase. I have been using it (for about 3 years now) to clean my self, my makeup brushes (and many parts of my house). I adore it in Almond. My guy loves it too in the Peppermint (sometimes I sneak his for house cleaning projects).
I 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 nomoredirtylooks.com (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 here, here, 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!