Victoria's Morning Skin and Hair Routine... Exposed!

 

We’re just a lucky bunch of blog readers to get a glimpse inside the beauty mind of La Bella Figura co-founder Victoria Fantauzzi. We’ve raved about LBF’s products before and if you’ve tried them yourself, you know that they’re all winners. Victoria is also a co-founder of A Night For Green Beauty (she’s leading the organizing charge with her team, Goodebox, Pressed Juicery and The Chalkboard Mag!), and we’re so excited to celebrate with her come August 7 in LA (you’ll be there too, right?). But to tide us over, here’s her nighttime skin, hair and makeup routine (including a peek at LBF’s new makeup line!)—exposed!

Name: Victoria
Age: 45
Hometown:  Chicago currently, Barcelona in my heart.
Current Weather: Warm, humid and sunny
Hair: Medium length, wavy, dark brown and virgin. I’ve never dyed or colored my hair.
Skin: Medium, olive complexion
Favorite star from the past: Rita Moreno (and she is still gorgeous, smart and superactive)

Nighttime Routine:

I’m going to be really honest here, these days I’ll would much rather take a nice bath over going out on a Saturday night any time! Alone time, good music and a bath is pure heaven for me. I play a little bossanova or old school jazz and light a gorgeous candle. My favorite is called Yucatan Peninsula by Coqui Coqui and it really sets the mood for relaxation and indulging. I like to infuse my bath water with essential oils or if I’m really needing it some scented bath salts. I then saturate my hair with a DIY mix of coconut vinegar, rose water, a dash of baking soda and hibiscus tea and put it in a bun. My hair, I recently found out is thin and prone to limping much faster these days so a little baking soda boost for volume is much needed plus it cleanses well so I don’t need to wash everyday. I love using Strange Invisible Body Wash in Frankincense and Coriander or Sage and Rose. It’s not too sudsy, feels silky and smells delicious. I also love Osmia Organic soap bars. They lather so well are not drying and smell amazing. My favorite is the Juniper Shea Soap, but you pretty much can’t go wrong with Osmia. Once in a while I scrub down with a Turkish washcloth and Odacite’s Jasmine and Mimosa Body Scrub or May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt. They both smell so good and are gentle enough on my skin.

I rinse my hair outside of the bath in my sink with fresh cool water then wash my hair with either John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructing Shampoo, which is so rich and good for dry hair or my most favorite, International Orange Restore Hair Wash, it’s from a Spa in San Francisco.  I’ve been using their hair products for years and used to buy it from Vert, but when they closed just ordered online. After I wash my hair, I condition with John Masters Organics Rose and Apricot Hair Milk (which I do rinse out although you don’t need to) or Broo IPA conditioner, it has beer in it and it makes hair shine like crazy!

Out of the bath… the first thing I do outside of the tub is moisturize my entire body with our Skin Aficionado Body Oil or during cold winters I’ll use a little coconut oil on my legs and feet while I heat up socks in the microwave so they are well conditioned and warm me up. Then I detangle my hair with another DIY spray of coconut water, rose, neroli and lavender waters with a few drops of Bohemia Verde. I use a comb to detangle and leave my hair to air dry. I hardly ever use a blowdryer. I then cleanse my face with either our Gentle Enzyme Cleanser or raw manuka honey and use night treatments on my skin, a little LBF eye serum and done. If it really is a Saturday night and I’m alone I’ll have a glass of cava and a bit of Vosges Matcha Green Tea and Spirulina Dark Chocolate (superfood chocolate that is amazing and good for you) while reading through the latest fashion magazines otherwise I brew a cup of my favorite Kusmi tea and eat fruit. I have a theory that eating antioxidant rich fruit at night makes your skin look glow in the am. Anyone else do this?

Finishing Touches…

While my hair is drying and I’m drinking tea or wine, I apply another DIY blend of barbary fig seed oil, organic olive and lavender oils to my naked eyebrows and eyelashes for nourishment. I think its important to nourish your eyelashes and brows so they don’t fall out so easily. You can use a cleaned out mascara tube for this. I like to text a few friends or my Mom and sisters funny messages before the day is done. I’m very anxiety filled about death so I make sure to tell the people I love that I love them as often as I can just in case. Then when my hair is finally dry and I’m ready to fall sleep I apply a little perfume on. I really love Aftelier’s Tango and Wildflowers perfumes, Lurk’s RSW005 is another incredible scent and of course the one I created myself called Buenos Aires which is smoky with a hint of mate, roses and violet leaf. This routine puts me to bed instantly.

Nighttime Makeup Routine

When I was little my favorite thing in the world was to watch my Mom get dressed for a night out. She would lay her outfit on her bed and pick her shade of pantyhose (remember pantyhose?) and then decide what color nail polish and makeup she was going to wear. It was the 70′s and everyone was into glamour big time and liked overdone makeup, but my Mom was just so chic with how she applied her products. I just couldn’t wait to grow up and do my makeup at night. I have a lot of fun with evening makeup much more than daytime because I don’t wear much other than mascara, blush, concealer and eyebrow powder. (I have unusually light eyebrows that don’t match my naturally dark hair, so do my sisters. It’s weird.)

Right now since it’s summer I like to show off happy, clear skin and focus on my big brown eyes. I like a tinted moisturizer with a little concealer. I mix up my own tinted moisturizer with a few different colors and an organic moisturizer cream made for babies. I really like the concealer by Studio 78 Paris, it isn’t too chalky, waxy or creamy.

I tend to choose a lot of earth tones like biege and browns for eye color, but at night I go violet or all out with a sultry, smoky eye. I’ve really been loving Studio 78 Paris Tea Time or Mulberry by Modern Minerals. I also like to apply our Brazilian Denise Golden Highlighter right over for a modern disco look. There is just something about violet and gold that looks so good together, especially if you have dark skin and brown eyes.

I’ve also been playing around with our Damn Elvia Eye Shadow which is a silver-black metallic with a bit of violet and looks spectacular as a smoky eye. Very soft and chic and not so raccoon-like for me. I always looked like a crazy raccoon with smoky eyes when I had them professionally done and I’ve never been good with doing my own, but I’m learning. Less is more and using fingers is a great tip and q-tips for underneath your bottom lashline is another good trick.

I’ve also been curling my eyelashes I try not to poke my eyeballs out, but I do notice my eyes look spectacular with thick curled lashes. I really like the Kjaer Weis mascara. It smells amazing, holds well and doesn’t flake and I use it all the time, but if I’m being completely truthful my favorite mascara is not a clean one at all. I don’t use it anymore, but I really do miss it.

If I wear dark smoky eyes I like a toned down look for my blush. Mimosa by Modern Minerals or the gorgeous Demure by RMS are both so pretty. If I wear a violet eye I like our Just Jenna Creme Blush because it’s fun and orchid hued without looking harsh then I apply a little Brazilian Denise highlighter to the top of my cheekbones, forehead and inside my eyes. Suddenly I have magic cheekbones, which is a big deal for me since I have really round cheeks. Then I use a little balm and just a touch of nude lip color and done.

Vegan Eyeliners

It seems as though Fridays are turning into vegan makeup round-up days, mostly because I’m currently obsessed with finding makeup that is beeswax-free and doesn’t make my skin break out, flake off and generally look incredibly angry at me. Last week, we talked about vegan bronzers, a couple weeks ago, it was a vegan dupe for RMS’ Living Luminizer and before that, we discussed vegan cream concealers. So, what’s next?

Vegan eyeliners. Much like concealers, eyeliners often contain beeswax to help hold their formulas together. Unfortunately, that also means it makes my eyes get red and puffy, sometimes causes styes (ew) and gives me a why-yes-I-only-got-three-hours-of-sleep squinty eye look. Not pretty for anyone.

And so my search for vegan eyeliners began. I immediately realized that  few of my long-standing favorites already fell into the beeswax-free category, which explains why they didn’t give me a reaction + made my wallet really happy. Here are the five vegan eyeliners I’m currently over-the-moon about.

  1. Zuzu Luxe Liquid Liner: I have never been a liquid eyeliner gal, despite my years as a competitive dancer, piling on sweat-proof makeup for every performance. It seemed so unforgiving and soooo hard to fix if you made a mistake. Plus, I’m quite awful at drawing a straight line on any surface, let alone my eye. But, I ventured into the world last fall for my wedding because I wanted something that was for sure not going to smudge. This liquid liner from Zuzu is long-lasting, highly pigmented and easy to swipe on (trust me). I used it on myself and other bridesmaids for a wedding I was in a couple weeks ago and even outlasted MAC’s liquid version. Get yourself this beauty.
  2.  Alima Pure Satin Matte or Shimmer Eyeliner: I never thought I could jump on the bandwagon of powdered eyeliner either, but it’s shockingly easy to get a straight, smudgy line with this number from Alima. I have the navy shimmer that came in one of their limited edition makeup kits, but any of the colors will do. You definitely need a good eyeliner brush (I like this one from Sigma Beauty) to make this powder to liner thing a reality, but it’s worth it. I get my brush wet, dip it in the liner and then brush on. The wetness sets it and makes it last nearly as long as the Zuzu one.
  3. INIKA Cosmetics Organic Eyeliner: These pencils are my current favorite because they’re vegan, certified organic and just the right amount of smudgy. This is the first eyeliner that I feel like I can actually use to line the inner rims of my eyes, or waterline without irritating my peepers. Plus, it takes a lot for them to bleed, even though they’re super creamy and easy to apply. I’m into the brightly colored lower-liner right now, and INIKA is feeding my habit—I have the liner in Black Caviar, Peacock, Green Lagoon and Purple Minx. (Sheepish grin.)
  4. Benecos Natural Eyeliner: When The Chalkboard Mag featured Susannah and I (I nearly died—dream come true) in their Green Goddess Guide for A Night For Green Beauty, I mentioned that white eyeliner helps perk up my eyes when I haven’t had quite the amount of beauty sleep I need. My favorite one is from Benecos because it’s an off-white and doesn’t look so artificial on the inner rims of my eyes. This is another incredibly creamy, soft pencil with a good amount of smudge. The grey is lovely cool tone too, which is a nice switch up from black or brown.
  5. Jane Iredale Eye Pencil: This friend has been with me from the beginning of my green journey. It was the first clean eye pencil I ever bought (sniff, sniff) and I keep going back to it. It’s a tad drier than the INIKA or Benecos varieties, but it still doesn’t pull on my eyelids and also has buildable, smudgeable, long-lasting wear. See makeup gods? Beeswax isn’t a necessary ingredient! I have the JI pencil in brown black and it’s really lovely for when I want added definition to my eyes without the punch of a black eyeliner.

Have you tried any of my faves? And, per usual, I’m sure I’m missing some cult faves. What vegan eyeliners are you obsessed with (or coveting)?

 

 

 

Suzanne Hall's Makeup Monday
It’s that time again, lovelies: Makeup Monday! Today, we’re so excited to take a peek inside the makeup bag of Suzanne Hall, the editorial director for The Chalkboard Mag. TCM is not only one of the lovely brands bringing you A Night For Green Beauty on August 7, but it’s also one of our favorite wellness sites. Read on for a glimpse into the life of a true green beauty.

Name: Suzanne Hall

Where I currently live: Los Angeles

Relationship with makeup: I love makeup. Lipstick and gloss and eyeshadow are like toys, but truth be told the way I use it isn’t very playful. I’m definitely committed to my shimmering neutrals, but it doesn’t keep me from piling my vanity with vampy red and purple lipsticks. Despite all the brands and trends I love, I’m a little methodical.

We cover natural and non-toxic beauty of all kinds on The Chalkboard Mag and are always on the hunt for the best new natural and artisan products that truly deliver the results we’ve come to expect from the best in beauty. It’s an exciting time in natural beauty—I’m impressed on a daily basis by what some of these brands are creating. Gone are the days when those rough around the edges hippy products are the only non-toxic options. Natural beauty is now completely glossed out—and we love it!  Our readers love their clean and green products, but still want items that look gorgeous on the vanity and so do we. Here are a few of my personal favorite products out of the dozens of brands we see each month. Swipe a few of these up and let me know what you’re loving too…

In the bag: It’s possible that I am an envelope and clutch hoarder. My handbags are always filled with other smaller bags — often zippered pouches like these two from Claire Vivier and Beautycounter. Envelopes are perfect for quickly upsizing or downsizing what I carry on any given day and keeping the chaos at bay.

Equipment: Beauty tools are the easily the least toxic part of a green beauty regimen. An eyelash curler, natural bristle brush, blending tool… compared to all the creams and balms, these tools are easy to buy green and rarely contain the ingredients we work so hard to avoid. I rarely go without an eyelash curler, but use whichever brand I have on hand. Am I missing a great curler out there? Tell me if you have a great pick!

For the skin: The better my skin looks, the less makeup I wear. I prefer a bare-skinned look touched up with a little concealer and bronzer. To keep my skin looking and feeling healthy, I mix a little day cream with a great oil, like one of Odacite’s new Pure Elements Boosters. Best of both worlds. I also love a deeply nourishing oil at night like La Bella Figura’s Aria treatment or Nude’s oil to give my skin a head’s start overnight.

There are two natural foundations I find super-impressive. I swap them in and out of my routine as concealers. W3ll People’s Narcisst stick is like an old-fashioned pancake stick, but sheer and aloe-infused. It never, ever irritates my skin and it’s fun to use. I also love the French brand Studio 78 for their strange and uber-flattering Chameleon Foundation. RMS has their cult-level Living Luminizer which is also a fun upgrade for evening right on top of cheekbones.

Wink, wink: We’ve seen no less than a dozen new natural mascaras in the past year. It seems as though everyone is making one, which I’m excited about. But this is a rare area where I’ve yet to find an all-natural alternative that really blows me away. There are a couple of gold standard mascaras in the conventional luxury beauty world that I still rely on—but I look forward to finding that perfect all-natural wand. What do you use?

For everything else eye-related, I love Jane Iredale’s potted gel liner with angled brush, Studio 78 and W3ll people pencil eyeliners, and brow and eyeshadows from Josie Maran and Alima Pure.

Kiss, kiss: Lipstick. Although I swoon over a rainbow of colors on my vanity, truth be told, I almost always opt for a nude or sheer pink for both day and night. Jane Iredale makes a double-sided wand called Lip Fixation that stays for days and a high-shine gloss in Sugar Plum, both of which perform impressively for natural products. Beautycounter’s gold-cased lipsticks are pretty incredible with the genius of celeb makeup artist Christy Coleman infused in, ILIA’s colors and packaging are completely gorgeous, and Bite Beauty’s high-pigment lipsticks and lip crayons are the perfect picks for a bright red or orange lip. For moisture, Italian eco-brand Comfort Zone makes a minimalist sacred nature lip balm I love.

Now that you’ve read through Suzanne’s must-haves, head over to The Chalkboard to see Nicolle and Susannah featured in their Green Goddess Guide. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Sign up for our newsletter on the righthand side of our site + sign up for TCM’s newsletter here and be entered to win your very own copy of No More Dirty Looks and some yummy juice from Pressed Juicery! We’ll select one new subscriber to both newsletters to win! Leave us your comment below so we know to look for you—and good luck!

Open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway closes Thursday, June 12 at 5 P.M. PST

 

INIKA Mineral Eyeshadow in Lightening

My newfound need for beeswax-free (or vegan) cosmetics left a major hole in my makeup routine when I discovered that RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer was the beeswax-full culprit for tiny whiteheads on the inner corners of my eyes and below my eyebrows. It felt like I was going clean with my beauty routine all over again—I had to start a search for new, holy grail products, and man, does that take TIME.

Then I was introduced to INIKA Cosmetics (which you’ve already heard about here and here… and will be hearing more about in the future, trust me) and much of my bellyaching had to come to a halt. Not only does it boast my latest favorite mineral powder, INIKA has a mineral eyeshadow that is a vegan dupe for RMS’ Living Luminizer, a cult favorite.

Now, it’s not a cream formula, this eyeshadow, but that’s about the only beef I have with it. INIKA’s Mineral Eyeshadow in Lightening is a shimmery, iridescent white powder with all the eye-brightening power of Living Luminizer, but sans beeswax. It’s highly-pigmented, so you need only a teensy amount to make your eyes glow. I was a little worried at first, that it would be too intense for my light-toned skin, but it’s buildable. And that little pot is going to last me for-eva.

INIKA Swatch of Mineral Eyeshadow in Lightening

The color is quite silvery, which can also be said of the Living Luminizer, but it doesn’t appear metallic or gray on skin. I apply it with an eyeshadow brush to the inner corners of my eyes, below my brows and down my nose, and the effect is just a lovely glow, as if I’m candlelit. It stays on all day, sans smudging, and it blends really well with other eyeshadow colors, when I’m in the mood for a more done-up look. It’s kind of perfect for summer, as I’m striving for a more bronzy, glowy look.

I haven’t yet tried this, but I bet you could mix a bit of the powder with shea butter to make a paste that would mimic a cream highlighter. I just have had such success with it as a powder that I haven’t needed to DIY anything.

What do you think, friends? Could there be a light at the end of the Living Luminizer-less tunnel for those of us who need a vegan formula? Do you have other beeswax-free highlighters I need to get my hands on?

 

Best Vegan, Gluten-Free Concealers

Even though it’s been nearly five years (good lord) since I started cleaning up my beauty act, I’m still finding that there are things I don’t know about my skin. I’ve mentioned before that my skin has been acting up, thanks to a bevy of internal issues that are finally starting to sort themselves out, but I only very recently realized that I was contributing to my skin’s unhappiness by routinely applying a seemingly innocuous ingredient to my face: beeswax.

Yep, the ubiquitous ingredient that balms, creams and lipsticks alike use to help keep their shape and hold in moisture. That beeswax. Ugh.

I only discovered my sensitivity to it after my lip balm issue a few months ago. Once you lovelies helped me determine that beeswax could be the culprit, it still took me another two months to consider that maybe, just maybe, beeswax could also be making my face break out, flake and turn red and itchy at the drop of a hat.

And so I had to find new homes for nearly all of my makeup: cream foundation and blushes, lipsticks and eye shadows. My beloved Living Luminizer. All beeswax-ful and all making my face angry. (Yes, there was a small memorial service, close friends and family only.) Since then, I’ve been on a rampage to find replacements for my favorite products.

Cream concealer has been the trickiest to find in a vegan (read: no beeswax) formulation. It seems that what helps cream concealer last is what makes my skin itch, dry out and flake. But, lo and behold, I have now found four vegan cream concealers I can’t live without. Allow me to share them with you…

  1. Best liquid: INIKA Perfection ConcealerThis was my first vegan, non-powder concealer purchase and I’m still going back to it. It’s thin enough to not get cakey when I use it to cover dark undereye circles (my beloved Jane Iredale Active Light Concealer houses my nemesis, the beeswax). It’s also great if you just have a few small blemishes or dark spots to lighten and you don’t want a full face of foundation or cover-up (yes, the RMS “Un” Cover-up is now off-limits too. Tear.).
  2. Best for hard-to-reach spots: Beauty Without Cruelty’s Natural Cream ConcealersWhen I first discovered this concealer-in-a-pencil formula, I had to try it, even though I knew there was a chance it’d be dry, much like some eye pencils that you have to basically scrape your cornea with to get them to apply. I shouldn’t have been worried: This pencil is as creamy as any pot ‘o concealer I’ve ever used and it’s vegan + gluten-free (well, all of these are, as I need GF makeup too). This is great for small blemishes, as you can sharpen the point and dot carefully on. It blends easily and has lovely staying power. Plus, that pencil formula makes it super easy to throw in your clutch for touch-ups.
  3. Best for undereye darkness/circles: HAUT Cosmetics BrightenersSusannah just recently raved about this brand’s BB Cream, but let me tell you, the undereye brightener in pink has become a can’t-live-without-product for me. When founder Joanne sent it to me, she told me that many of her friends tout it as their desert-island makeup, and I totally see why. I haven’t ever had crazy undereye circles, but some recurring health issues have been messing with my sleep cycle as of late and a shadow of darkness has landed on the delicate skin under my peepers. One gentle swipe and blend of this brightening concealer, with olive oil, shea butter and neem oil, kills any and all shadows around my eyes. I look younger, more awake, more tuned in and happier. I didn’t know a concealer could do such a thing. #Holygrailproduct, right here, friends.
  4. Best I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-beeswax concealer: 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Long Last ConcealerIf you’re number one concern is blemish concealment, this is the beeswax-free product for you. It’s my go-to for hiding bigger blemishes because of its blendable formula and because it stays put all day. It’s easiest to apply using a concealer brush, which can help get into any crevices said blemish might have brought with it, but I use my fingertip to help it melt into my skin. It’s tackier than most concealers with beeswax, so you don’t need much to get full-coverage. Plus, it comes with its own mirror, which I use daily. My only caution: Check these colors out in person if you can. I’m usually a light in concealer, and I have a medium (Peach Bisque) shade in this one.

There you have it: my top vegan, gluten-free, cream concealers. Do you have others that I need to be trying out? Share, share!