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This gorgeous routine has us longing for an Australian vacation (where it’s summertime!). And is it just us, or does it seem like Australia has a thriving green beauty scene?

Name: Brigit

Age: 47

City: Perth, Western Australia

Weather: Hot!

Skin: Fair skin, a bit pink, combination

Hair: Fair hair, naturally wavy

Favorite star from the past: Lauren Hutton in the 1970s

Using natural products is a pretty new thing for me. I became aware of them a few years ago when I became vegetarian (I’m now closer to vegan) and began searching for cruelty-free choices. It was such a joy to discover this whole new word of simpler, kinder, much cheaper and generally just better options. NMDL has been a huge influence on me, so thanks to you and your readers, you’ve helped me so much.

I’m a morning person and I usually wake between 5am and 5.30am. I love my morning routine and always try to start the day with a smile. Chatting to my two cats is a good start. Most mornings the first thing I do is begin oil pulling with organic coconut oil. I’ve been doing this for about a year now and I really think it’s been good for my teeth. I do it while I’m in the shower, straightening my hair, feeding the cats or making breakfast.

Morning showers, when I have them, are very quick. I’ll wash with an organic soap (usually olive oil) picked up from wherever, and scrub with my own mix of coconut oil and raw sugar. Evening showers are longer, usually a couple of times a week after a sweaty spin class. I wash my hair two to three times a week, using Lush’s Seanik Solid Shampoo Bar. I love it! It smells so fresh, it’s easy to use, lasts for ages, and I love a product that minimises packaging. For conditioning, I’m not all-natural yet. I use Tresseme because it’s cruelty-free, cheap and pretty good. But I have replaced deep conditioners with coconut oil, leaving it in my hair overnight. After my shower I smother myself in coconut oil while my skin is still damp (thanks for the tip, NMDL reader!). If I take a bath instead, I put loads of Epsom salts, coconut oil and lavender essential oil in the water, and add a book and a glass of wine – heaven!

I’m trying to keep everything really simple at the moment and use oils wherever possible. I moisturise in the morning with rosehip oil and put Natio’s Ageless Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ on top of that. At night, after cleansing with jojoba oil, I’ve been using Kahina Night Cream, lovely. Sometimes I’ll use S.W. Basics Cream or some jojoba oil instead. Once a week I use Popee Rose Face Mask*, a beautiful clay mask made by a great local company. I love Weleda Skin Food for hands and feet, and Soapwalla Cream Deodorant is amazing, even in the sweltering Perth summer.

My make-up is also simple: Studio 78 We Breathe Eyeshadow in Hip Party, Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara (absolutely the best cruelty-free tubing mascara I’ve tried), Vapor Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer in 010 and Studio 78 We Evade Bronzing Power in White Sand. Like everyone else, I’ve fallen hard for Ilia and have their Lip Conditioners in Arabian Nights, Bang Bang and Blossom Lady. They’re just perfect and you can mix them together to make even more perfect shades.

I love perfume and am loyal to Le Labo — proudly cruelty-free and just divine. My favourites are Limette 37, Bergamote 22, Another 13, Santal 33 and Rose 31. Spraying a beautiful scent on my skin in the morning is one of the small pleasures of my day, like my first cup of coffee.

Thank you for sharing, Brigit! We love that your dietary choices brought you to natural beauty.

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We love a woman who takes her skincare seriously, even on those mornings when time is scarce. If you would rather skip makeup than miss a step in your skincare routine, you’re in good company with this super clean morning routine!

Name: Eve

Age: 22

City: Toronto, Canada

Skin: Very light (RMS un-coverup 00), with yellow undertones. Very dry, prone to eczema with the odd hormonal breakout.

Hair: Long, dark brown and somewhere halfway between wavy and curly.

Favorite star from the past: I’d have to say Shirley Temple. When I was little I used to rent her early movies from the local video store and watch them over and over again. I found her tap dancing mesmerizing and incredibly impressive. Also, before my hair darkened, I had blonde ringlets just like hers. I hated them but when I saw Shirley Temple had locks just like me, my opinion changed quickly.

Like most of us, I’ve got many different morning routines that vary based on how many times I hit snooze on the alarm. On days I have an early lecture, I’m pretty low maintenance but also try to put in enough effort that I don’t scare my classmates.

First thing I do is jump in the shower with my extremely sexy, pink flowered bathing cap on. I only wash my hair in the evening as I let it air dry, which can take up to 12 hours. In the shower, I use either a bar of the Osmia Organics Oh So Soap, which is very moisturizing and gentle on my sensitive skin, or the deliciously almond scented Acure Organics Argan Cell Stimulating Body Wash. If I’m shaving my legs, I reach for Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Shave Gel, which forms a healthy lather and never irritates my skin. After my shower, I pop in my contact lenses using Clear Conscience Multi Purpose Solution, the only alternative I’ve found to conventional brands and never bothers my eyes. I brush my teeth with, Jason Powersmile Whitening Toothpaste, slather on a layer of Acure Organics Cocoa Butter + CoQ10 Ultra-Hydrating Body Lotion and some Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant.

One thing I never slack on no matter how short on time I am is skincare. My skin is extremely sensitive and after many tests and a few failures, I’ve found products that manage to hydrate, sooth and shield me from the icy winter winds. I spray my face with George’s Aloe Spray, and pat a few drops of Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil into my skin. I then come in with round two of cold weather protection with CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray followed by their Calming Moisture. If any of you suffer from severely dry skin, try CV Skinlabs. It has helped me so so much. I tell everyone and anyone who will listen about the company. I finish off with a dab of 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream and a swipe of Hurraw! Lip Balm.

I then head downstairs and start with a mug of warm lemon water and raw honey followed by either a green smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon and a healthy glug of almond milk. While I eat, I catch up on some Youtube videos. I’m currently obsessed with, CloudyApples, MakeupTIA and HolisticHabits’s.

If I’ve got 15 minutes to spare, I’ll quickly do my makeup. I’ve been using Physicians Formula Organic Wear CC Color + Correction Cream, which gives light to medium coverage. I’m almost out and although I liked it, it’s a tad dark for my winter skin. I’m looking to try the Gressa MINIMALIST Corrective Serum Foundation next. I then conceal under my eyes and around my nose with RMS Uncover Up and set my concealer with a light dusting of Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Powder. I fill in my brows with the Logona Eyebrow Pencil in #2 and add some color to my cheeks with Kjaer Weis Blossoming. The cream formula of this blush adds a gorgeous dewy flush, making me look bright and healthy on the gloomiest of winter days. My top two picks for eye shadow right now are RMS Cream Eye Shadow in Magnetic or Red Apple Lipstick’s powder shadows, specifically, Oh Schnapp!, the prettiest rose gold shade. When it comes to lip products, I keep it pretty neutral. Red Apple Lipstick’s Audrey is the perfect everyday pink with so much moisture, I can’t believe it’s a lipstick and I also love Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glace. As someone with dry lips, it’s the only matte product that is comfortable to wear the entire day. I don’t use mascara. I’ve got long, black lashes, so I give them a quick curl with my Shu Uemura Curler and I’m all set. One thing I have yet to find is a natural perfume scent that knocks my socks off, so please throw any suggestions my way! I love light floral scents, nothing too overpowering or sweet.

Right before running out the door, I tie my hair into a messy side braid, grab a book for the subway and I’m gone!

Lovely, right?! Can you recommend a natural perfume that really knocks your socks off? Share in the comments!

 

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Do you have keratosis pilaris or know someone who does? It’s a common skin condition that causes rough patches and acne-like bumps along the arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks. Sometimes the bumps are red, but they are usually white and don’t itch or hurt. Apparently KP happens when a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within the hair follicle. KP affects an estimated 40-50% of the adult population worldwide! For that reason, one of our readers suspected you might have some good advice on the subject. Here’s what Courtney asks…

I figured I would come directly to my favorite source to ask about my latest skin ailment. Does anyone have any good keratosis pilaris (KP) treatments? I have been using a sugar body scrub and some whipped shea butter and that has kind of helped but it is still pretty bad. 

Is exfoliation the answer? How do you treat keratosis pilaris naturally? Tell us in the comments!

We love a woman who values sleep as much as her beauty routine, and whose routine is driven as much by mood as by necessity.

Name: Tamara

Age: 29

Current weather: getting colder, sunny one moment storm clouds the next

City: London

Hair: long, dark blonde and wavy

Skin: combination, sensitive

Favorite star or icon from the past: Anita Ekberg

I value my sleep to the point that I would rather have an extra five minutes in bed than breakfast, for that reason I generally shower in the evenings. In the morning I wash my face with The Body Deli Melon face wash  (if I used a face oil at night, I only use oils at night 3 times a week) or S.W. Basics cleanser (if I only used Yuli elixir). However on the rare occasion that I was too lazy to wash my hair in the evening I will jump in for a 5-10 minute shower.

In the shower… 

I really like hot showers, which are very bad for the skin especially on the face, so before jumping in I will put on a balm cleanser, lately it has been the one from Kris D’amour, the water from the shower gradually washes it away and my skin doesn’t get a chance to become dry from the hot water. For my body I prefer to use soap rather than shower gel, and at the moment I’m alternating between Kahina Rosemary and Lavender, Osmia Zucca Spice and Bathing Beauty Miracle Soap. All of them are amazing. They leave my skin feeling super soft. It just depends what scent I am in the mood for. When it comes to hair I keep things very simple and tend to stick to what works. I use Rahua Original Shampoo, it gives my super long hair just the right amount of volume, makes it easy to brush and I can go up to 4 days between washes. 

Outside the shower… 

Now I wish I could use a serum, followed by oil with some luxurious moisturiser on top. I dream of some sublime combinations of products, but my skin completely disagrees with me on that point and reacts to anything more than one moisturising product at a time. So I spray my face with Yuli Cocoon Elixir followed by Kahina Argan Oil. If it is cold outside I use May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon instead of Kahina. It took me awhile to truly appreciate Blue Cocoon but now I’m using it every chance I get. I also rub it on pulse points as an aromatherapy treatment it smells so incredible, always takes me to a happy place. When it comes to the neck and chest area only one product works for me, Lina Hanson Global Face Serum. It is the only thing that doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin on the décolleté.

I don’t use moisturising body products in the mornings mostly because I don’t have time, and generally my skin doesn’t seem to need them. I always use a body oil or butter on my legs after shaving or evening showers/baths. At the moment I am using Nourish Fresh Fig Body Butter, Lionsleaf Body Butter, Lina Hanson Global Body Serum or Wildwood Groves Argan Oil with Mimosa, depending on my mood. I prefer to air dry my hair, however if I washed it in the morning it is no longer an option. I spray Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner on the lengths of my hair before blow-drying it. This spray is like magic, makes my hair super easy to brush, smells fab and after it is dry my hair feels so soft.

Finishing touches… 

For a beauty blogger (Rainbowfeet) I wear very little makeup during the day. I do have boxes of the stuff because I like playing with it, but I mainly wear it in the evenings. I rarely use foundation during the day, if it’s a special occasion or really cold outside. My skin doesn’t handle cold very well, and the area around my nose can look very red, since I don’t want to be mistaken for Rudolph I use Gressa Corrective Serum Foundation. This is such an amazing product, it looks so natural and it is full of fantastic skin loving ingredients.

The last step is lipstick. I have more lipsticks than fingers and toes, most of them are Ilia but also love my RMS and Gressa Lip Boost. Lately I have been mostly reaching for Ilia Lust for Life, Gressa Radiant Lip Boost and Marble and Milkweed Tinted Rosy Lip Balm.That is me done and out of the door in 30 minutes or less, with just enough time to grab a green tea and a croissant from my favourite coffee shop.

Do you have anything in common with Tamara’s routine? Share in the comments!

winona

Time for a little crowdsourcing! Kari wrote to us seeking some recommendations for styling her short pixie-ish cut. Admittedly, we’re stumped. Take a look…

I have been searching for a clean hair wax/pomade/etc. that’s good for holding short pixie-ish hairstyles in place without needing oodles of hairspray. I’ve tried Rahua’s wax, Yarok’s Feed Your Do, and Josh Rosebrook Styling Cream, all to no avail. My style won’t stay put. Am I perhaps using them incorrectly, or is there a clean medium to firm hold product for short hair out there?

So some of our go-to clean hair care brands aren’t cutting it for Kari. What have you tried that you liked? Intelligent Nutrients maybe? Share in the comments!