Coup of all coups, La Bella Figura has formulated a small makeup collection with ingredient lists that read like high performing skincare products. We’ve all been hip to makeup that multitasks like BB creams and blushes, and it’s not uncommon to see some stellar botanical ingredients in some of our favorites. But what if makeup was truly made to nourish as much as adorn? Like, nourish in the same way that your night cream or treatment serums do? Look no further, ladies. The ingredients in LBF’s new collection tell the story.

La Bella Figura designed their 100% vegan and gluten free More Than Makeup collection on the premise that getting gussied up doesn’t have to be a surface-level endeavor. Each piece in the collection is naturally enhanced with vitamins, minerals, omegas, and breathable waxes. Ingredients include some of the most antioxidant-rich, glow-inducing botanicals around, like Acai, Kakadu Plum, and Rooibos extracts. A blend of hydrating butters and oils (hello again, wondrous Barbary Fig seed oil) allow the makeup to spread and melt into the skin for a dewy affect, while rose flower wax keeps the formulas petal-soft and ethereal. The highlighter even contains arnica and watermelon seed oil. Bonus: it’s also free from some ingredients we frequently see in clean cosmetics that can be troublesome for some skin types, like coconut oil and beeswax. Are you getting the picture? This isn’t just makeup!

Let’s get real, though, because if we want to wear it like makeup, it needs to work as such.  Here are my thoughts on two items from the collection that I’ve dubbed my “cheeks for days” look thanks to the fresh-faced effect of the duo.

Radiant Crème Blush – Just Jenna: Described as an orchid pink hue, this color leaves the most natural flush on my cheeks—not too purple or pink, just fresh. The blend is emollient, almost like a balm, but never waxy or too shiny. It applies sheer but builds for more intense color without becoming heavy on the skin. In fact, this blush is really hard to screw up thanks to how easily it blends into skin. With its gorgeous color and texture, I am 100% in love with Just Jenna and carry it everywhere for touch ups throughout the day. Touch ups are necessary, but I love reapplying something so effortless and nourishing to my cheeks.  I also dab Just Jenna on my lips, which brings them to life instantly, again without looking too made-up.

Golden Corrective Highlighter – Brazilian Denise: The effect of this highlighter is so subtle yet transformative. Of all the highlighters I’ve tried, the Brazilian Denise gives the most lit-from-within glow, like a softening halo for the face. Highlighters have not played much of a role in my makeup routine until now because the colors I’ve tried are usually too obvious or shimmery and shiny, which makes me feel more glaring than glam. To be honest, the first time I applied Brazilian Denise, I almost couldn’t see it. Then I stepped back and compared my highlighted cheek with the un-highlighted cheek, and I finally realized what this highlighting business is all about. Like the Just Jenna blush, Brazilian Denise feels gorgeous going on and blends seamlessly with whatever it sits atop. I swipe it over my blush and dab it around my orbital area. I also love to use it on bare eyelids, which really enlivens the eyes.

La Bella Figura’s Radiant Crème Blush and Golden Corrective Highlighter are super portable and go from day to night without a hitch. The formulas are gentle, nutrient-dense, and elegant. The colors are made to work on any skin tone and go from sheer to bold with ease. Never fussy, always fun. There’s one more thing that makes the LBF More Than Makeup collection stand out. Each compact has a light fragrance that’s fresh and subtle — a bit powdery, floral, and green. Maybe I smell the rose flower wax, and maybe a little of the lavender extract. I love that I’m creating olfactory memories with every application. The scent is already familiar and comforting, like a favorite scarf or the scent of your best friend’s hair when you hug.

Have you tried something from the More Than Makeup collection? Do you plan to? We’re featuring La Bella Figura in a special deal this Friday!

Sometimes our best intentions can complicate life. (Of course I want to get up early, but I also want to stay up late! And I’ve been trying to find the time to make this loaf of bread for weeks, but… sheesh. You can relate, I’m sure.) One of our readers, Susannah, wrote to us about this very subject — bumping into logistical challenges in pursuit of health goals — and we aim to help her figure this out. We’re recruiting you, too. Here’s the challenge:

Please help! I have just started a new exercise program and aim to attend every weekday – the only downfall is I am a SWEATY SWEATY girl and all this health and fitness is ruining my hairdo. I have long, thickthickthick curly hair and I used to wash only 1-2 times a week. Now I am either forced to wash daily or wear a sweaty bun all day. I cannot forgo washing and just rinse either because I air dry my hair and that can take all night long. Dry shampoo only takes me so far because I literally have to blow dry the sweat from my hair beforehand, and I can’t really comb the dry shampoo through either because then I am left with a frizzy, yucky mess. Am I alone in this or are there other sweaty girls out there trying to get fit and have nice hair at the same time? 

What’s a lady to do? We know some of you must have already found the ideal strategy for this lifestyle conundrum. Help a sister out!

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What Made Your Summer Hit List?

 

And just like that, summer is almost gone. It’s been one of great discovery for me—A Night For Green Beauty alone introduced me to so many new favorites—but we’ve been gabbing on and on about what we like…

We want to hear what made your summer hit list. What kept you feeling beautiful this summer?

It could be anything from ripe purple plums to a peaceful retreat. Of course we all love reading about the holy grail sunscreens and sweat proof lipsticks. Just kidding… lips don’t sweat. You catch my drift. Was it a rosewater lemonade spritzer? Paddleboarding? A killer new nail polish color or nighttime ritual?

Share your summer bliss secrets with us! Some things are too good to keep to yourself, right?

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ANFGB is finally here! We’ll be at the W Los Angeles – Westwood tonight from 6-9pm with some of our favorite brands in green beauty. Please join us for an incredible evening of beauty, glamour and shopping with our favorite luxury natural brands, presented by La Bella Figura and sponsored by The Chalkboard MagazinePressed JuiceryBaby2Baby, and GoodeboxBut the event isn’t just about shopping with your favorite brand founders. Here are a few special treats that the event organizers have planned for you:

  • Mini Mani Nail Station—get a mani from Sheswai Laquer.
  • Organic Makeup Station—get a mini makeover and makeup application tutorial with celebrity makeup artist Megan Porschen 
  • Scent Bar—sample the best scents in green beauty from LURK, La Bella Figura, Strange Invisibles, and more.
  • Pressed Juicery Cocktails—sip on fresh-pressed juices from the local shop.
  • Product launches—get exclusive access to brand new products from La Bella Figura, Gressa Skin, May Lindstrom Skin, One Love Organics, and Kahina Giving Beauty.

We hope to see you there! We’ll be the nerdy fan girls petting all the pretty new launches and gabbing with like-minded green beauties.

Join us at A Night For Green Beauty in L.A. on August 7th. You’ll get to try the products mentioned below and more!

Africa Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil — This oil feels rich on contact, but it absorbs quickly and leaves a gorgeous glow in its wake. You know that soft sheen you see on models’ legs or clavicles in the fashion magazines? I’m pretty sure African Botanics Marula Oil is how you get that look. I love applying it to the neck, shoulders, and chest in this summer weather because the finish perfectly accentuates bare skin and provides a natural, uplifting aroma that stays close to your body. Marula oil is fragrant and sweet on its own, but infused with neroli it becomes soothing and lilting. Imagine an orange blossom creamsicle, floral and green but sugary, too. The Neroli Infused Marula Oil is versatile facial oil. It’s perfect for layering under sunscreen during the day or as a nighttime moisturizer. African Botanics branding and packaging gets an A+, don’t you think?

 

 

Osmia Organics Water Lily Body Oil  — Quite simply, every Osmia Organics body oil I’ve tried is a knockout, and the oil base is perfect for year-round application. As you’ve probably heard before, it’s best to apply body oils to damp—if not wet—skin so that it spreads effortlessly and absorbs better. If you want to apply an oil and haven’t just emerged from a bath, spritz a floral hydrosol on and then apply the oil. Works pretty well! Why am I telling you this? Because when you smell my favorite Osmia Organics body oil — Water Lily — you won’t want to limit its use to post-shower, trust me. Vetiver, juniper, and ginger lily make this a deeply grounding scent with a gentle spicy woods note that is sensual, empowering, and addictive. The scent has amazing staying power for a body oil, and the formula includes some of the great healing oils — borage, sea buckthorn berry, evening primrose, and rosehip seed.

 

RSW0051LURK  RSW005 — LURK perfume oils really do it for me. From the elegant, minimalist and oh so portable packaging to the incredible scents, I’m collecting them all. These are personal scents that stay close to the body and don’t interfere with others in public. Lucky is the person who nuzzles close to you while you’re wearing LURK RSW005, or the friend who leans in for a hug. The perfume opens with a hint of pepper and a gust of rose. This is not that super antique rose but the soapy, green rose that smells clean and just clipped from the bush. Rose stays present throughout the opening but softens and opens up before settling into sandalwood, romantic as hell, with a little citrus edge. RSW005 is such a turn-on I don’t know if I should apply it to my husband or myself. It makes my heart feel open and sensuous every time.

 

 

 

Zoe Organics Mama’s Ritual — First thing’s first—I’m not a mom, but I’m here to tell you that Mama’s Ritual is for anyone who needs a little TLC. Taking an aromatherapy time out is the perfect way to administer a healthy dose of love to yourself. It’s one of those simple self-care habits that really pays off, and it takes less than two minutes. Here’s how: apply Mama’s Ritual to your pulse points on the inside of your wrists and on the palms of your hands. Cup your hands over your face and breath deeply and slowly in and out for at least ten breathes.  Lavender, bergamot, petitgrain, sandalwood, and chamomile elevate your mood and calm your senses. While chamomile and lavender are standards, you don’t often see sandalwood in aromatherapy oils for stress and anxiety, and the inclusion of it here really makes the blend special. It adds rich, woody warmth that balances the sweetness of the chamomile and the herbaceous tenacity of lavender. Inhale. Relax.

 

What have you tried from these ANFGB brands in the smells-divine category? Tell us how you incorporate scent into your rituals!