Who is joining us at A Night For Green Beauty in L.A. on August 7th? We hope to meet so many of you, and we want you to know all about the 23 brands participating in this event. Here are 5 picks from some of my favorite ANFGB brands. Whether your face, body, or mind needs a boost—these babies have you covered.

H. Gillerman Organics Stress Remedy — If you have never experienced an aromatherapy blend from this line, Stress Remedy is the place to start. Who doesn’t need a little stress relief? The scent gets its kick from lavender, vetiver, red mandarin, tangerine, sandalwood, blood orange, and clary sage. It’s pure essential oil—no carrier oil—so a little dab will do. The Stress Remedy functions as a reset button for me. I don’t know if essential oils can technically have an adaptogenic affect, but this blend behaves in that way, giving me just what I need when I need it—be it a little lift or a big chill. I read about it first from Alexandra, who was totally right about this affecting not only your energy, but the energy of those around you in the most good-witch way. My friends ask if I’m carrying it in my bag so they can snatch a swipe, and it makes perfect strangers on the train smile and talk about fresh gardens. All that and it brings me actual physical and mental peace.

 

MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum — This is the kind of minimalism in natural skincare that I crave—a short and exquisite ingredient list composed of the highest quality organic oils available. No.1 Aknari is so simple, yet it makes such a difference in just a few days. The scent is both unusual and familiar, a spicy rose that lingers and warms on the skin. The Bulgarian rose oil lends its heady aroma while rejuvenating and brightening your skin tone. Coupled with prickly pear seed and argan oils, these nutrient dense oils calm inflammation, repair skin discoloration, and help inhibit those fine lines from taking shape. No.1 Aknari is the perfect viscosity—not too heavy, not too dry—and leaves a silky matte finish. It makes a gorgeous base for makeup and adds a nourishing touch to your evening routine. You will love the way your skin looks in the morning—brightened, calm, and plumped. There’s a reason No.1 Aknari has a cult following. Bye bye fine lines. Hello perfectly balanced skin.

 

Indie Lee Clearing Mask — What if I told you there’s an all-natural mask that’s a dead ringer for the Noxzema cleanser of your youth? I mean that in the most endearing way, because who didn’t have fun with all those classic products until we discovered how dirty they actually are? Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask is a thickly whipped, white cream with a camphorous scent that smells oh so clean and antiseptic. During application, it gives you that same hopeful surge of teenage excitement that screams this feels like it’s working so it must be working! Except in this case, the Clearing Mask actually does its job, making this the real deal no matter how nostalgic I feel about that dirty doppelgänger. Clogged pores are no match for ingredients like bentonite, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid. Chamomile extract, seaweed extracts, and hyaluronic acid protect and hydrate, so not only do my pores feel clean and refined, my skin also feels plumped after removal. Bonus—you can leave this mask on for ages and your face won’t crack. Application and removal are a dream.

 

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Chai — If you were to inspect my makeup collection, you’d quickly discover I have a thing for Alima Pure eyeshadow. They have the best color selection around. The eyeshadows can be soft or super pigmented, they come in three different finishes, and they are refreshingly affordable items to splurge on. This summer I’ve found my all-time favorite color to date—Chai Luminous Shimmer. This is a rose gold that I suspect would work well on just about anyone. Other gold tones, like yellow or peachy varieties, make me feel more “made up”, whereas this rose gold highlights the eyes in a softer way. It’s fresh paired with bare, curled eyelashes and a pale peach lip-gloss for a light summer look. True to its name, Chai does shimmer, but not in that sparkle-wars way. It can be subdued or played up, depending on your mood. I’ll be rocking this at A Night For Green Beauty and well into the fall season.

 

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil — Trust me when I say this is heaven in a bottle. It shares the same fruity and sweet scent as the Vitamin B Cleansing Oil, a scent that truly deserves the chance to shine in a less fleeting manner. The Vitamin C Body Oil is pure happiness and sunshine and I crave it. This is another unique, winning product from OLO. In fact, I’ve never tried anything like it! The consistency is quite thick, almost milky, and intensely moisturizing. Don’t be afraid to use this during the summer, though. It spreads and absorbs easily, especially when applied to wet or damp skin fresh out of the shower (I highly recommend this method as you barely need any product to get good coverage). What makes this body oil truly stand out is the active combination of vitamin C ester and papaya enzymes, which gently exfoliate to reveal smooth, even-toned skin. Genius! So much care goes into formulating products for our face, but our bodies need attention, too! Consistent use gives great results, so check this out if your skin is feeling dull and needs brightening.

Spill it! Have you tried these all-star products? What do you love?

 

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

 

It’s nearly here: summer. It may be hiding around the corner of a few rainy days (or snowstorms, if you’re in the Midwest with me), but IT. IS. COMING. I can feel it.

Summer begs for a change to our wardrobes and our makeup routines. It asks us to drop our dark colors in favor of breezy beauty. It reminds us that we look better with a little glow. And so, with the help of Embody Beauty Founder Samjhana Shrestha, I responded. Together, we’re bringing you a step-by-step tutorial to enhance your natural glow and emulate one of my style heroes, Blake Lively (girl is ALWAYS glowing. Like, literally. And that hair? Perfection.). Read on for all the natural goodies you need to create The Lively Glow. Read more…

This past January, I bought my first pair of red shoes*.  I quickly realized that I needed more.  Fortunately, I love to shop for a bargain.  With spring fully in gear, I have hunted and gathered my way to a few pairs.  For casual days, I love them with faded ankle-length skinny jeans.  And red lips.

The Red Shoes: I am insanely in love with my pointy-toe red flats and ankle boots (not pictured) from Frye.  The only eco-fashion thing I can say about them is they last for freaking ever.  Not cheap, but if you are patient you can find them on sale.  And this pair of Converse canvas sneakers does the red shoe thing in playground casual (more support than the standard Chucks, too).

The Skinny Jeans: I’ve long been a Levi’s kind of gal, but I recently discovered Henry & Belle jeans.  They make super soft, super stretchy, comfortable jeans, in lots of colors and styles.  And – bonus – a portion of every sale goes to a variety of good causes, such as Every Mother Counts and Girls on the Run.  I like to order from Melange, which has great sales, a cute blog, free shipping and superior customer service.  To top those jeans, they also carry great organic cotton brands like Prairie Underground and Raw Earth Wild Sky.

The Red Lips: Still working for spring are my fall reds – RMS Diabolique and Ilia Femme Fatale.  I’ve also recently discovered Alima Pure’s Lip Tints, which are immense chocolately improvements on the old peppermint formula.  I can’t tolerate peppermint on my lips, so I was thrilled to try the new tints.  Cranberry is a warm burgundy that really has enough pigment to wear as a lipstick, though it feels like a balm.  The glossier Holly Berry is a spiced rose that is super subtle.  I’m loving wearing the RMS or Ilia pressed into well-moisturized lips like a stain, with one of the Alima tints over as a balm.  I generally like to put a balm over my lipstick, but sometimes a clear balm kind of sucks the color away.  These tints are a perfect topper, and can handle a touch-up on their own when I don’t have time for a full reapplication.

Just some Ilia illuminator around my eyes and RMS bronzer on my cheeks finishes my barely-made-up spring face.

One More Thing: Those exposed ankles are going to need some glow…easily provided by my old favorite, May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff, and my new favorite, Yuli’s Harmony.  Or, try one of my other favorite body oils.

What are your spring inspirations?

*actually, my first was a pair of Adidas sneakers in the mid-nineties, but I’m not counting that right now

One of our readers recently included BijaBody’s Beauty Tea in her morning routine. Have you tried it? This line is new to us, and we’re excited to share the founder of BijaBody’s makeup bag with you. Here’s Melissa:

Please know I’m a “naturalish” girl. I go 80/20. 80% best I can, 20% when it’s something I think simply works better. I’m savvy enough that nothing is ever total crap, but I did want to be fully honest below. Also, I won’t touch products which contain Palm Oil, as I think it’s more destructive than synthetic counterparts on a social/environmental level, so it limits a lot of the make-up lines that are all natural. As long as decisions are made conscientiously, that still equals responsible and working towards change. Oh, TMI. Read on.

Name: Melissa Picoli

Age: 35

Home: Whitefish, Montana. I’m from Brazil, and spent most of my twenties traveling around the world before settling in lovely Montana.

Your relationship with makeup: I adore it. I use bits even when on crazy adventures and 19 day Grand Canyon river trips. It’s not so much a crutch for me as it is fun. I definitely claim being a woman and enjoy every bit of it. When I was younger, I thought being feminine made me somehow less badass. As I’ve grown into myself, I realize I’m as badass as I want to be, with or without lip gloss and mascara. And if that touch makes me feel prettier, well, more power to me! Oddly enough, a lot of people think I don’t really wear make-up. I rarely leave home without it.  Turns out, I rock at the natural look.

What’s in my makeup bag…

Worker-B Honey Face Wash: I love this product, and use it daily. I carry it with me in case I need to do a refresh in the afternoon. I’m less of a touch-up girl and more of a do-it-all-over type. With honey, you can wash your face as often as you want. You can easily make your own honey wash, or use just honey, but theirs is pretty amazing, and it’s an incredibly cool company.

DIY Face Oil: I combine Rosehip Seed, Rice Bran and Carrot Seed Oil with a touch of rose and geranium essential oil. Best face oil combination I’ve ever used, plus it contains naturally occurring sunscreen. These three botanical oils are some of the most researched and documented beauty oils. We use them in all BijaBody products.

Suntegrity Tinted Sunscreen: I have a really funky relationship with sunscreen, and usually don’t trust it, but I really like Suntegrity when the sun starts shining, trust these guys, and the coverage is perfect. Just enough. When I do want more coverage, and you’ll kind of hate me for this, but the best foundation I’ve ever found simply for the look/feel (not ingredients) is CoverGirl FitMe. It’s my going out foundation. 80/20 rule right? I’ve spent lots of money looking for foundation I really like. Somehow, I keep going back to that one. I do have my eye on W3LL People’s Stick Foundation….Tried it in their store in Austin, TX and I might end up really liking it.

Mineral Fusion Bronzer + Powder: Light coverage, not cakey. The bronzer has a non-glittery side that is perfect for contouring. I’m not a big powder girl, and the older I get the less I want it. But a touch seems pretty important. I definitely love bronzer. I live in Montana. We see sun for a few weeks a year. The rest of the time, we have to fake it.

Flower Makeup Mascara + Cream Blush in Primrose & Proper: I really like these two products from Flower. Got turned on to them by someone whose makeup always looks impeccable and now they’re go-tos. I hope Drew Barrymore cleans up the ingredients a bit. But hopefully, the color/texture remains similar. Their foundation is nice too, again, just on a look/feel level.

Osmosis Concealer in Silk: I have a tendency towards dark circles. Always have, since I was a kid. I put the tiniest dab of this just in the inner corners and on the little cupid’s bow spot above the lip, then foundation. It brightens everything up. I also have some hyper-pigmentation from a few past products that contained citrus oils that I strongly dislike so try to cover up.

Jane Iredale: Cake Liner in Dawn + Lip Gloss in Tourmaline: This shadow/cake liner stays put most of the day, and can be re-applied easily without caking. And I really like the lip gloss consistency. It layers perfectly over BijaBody’s BedsideManner.

Alima Pure Shadow in Prossecco: Just a hint of shimmer, and so pretty. I also dust a bit along my collarbone. This is a great company out of Oregon, and everything they make is lovely.

Bobbi Brown Liner: When I want a liquid liner look, this one does the job.

Random Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe: Rarely leave the house without filing in eyebrows a bit. I think it pulls everything together.

BijaBody: BedsideManner goes on lips every morning and night. I dab a bit of Daily Body Serum on upper cheek bones throughout the day to refresh and give skin a dewy finish, and always apply the Anti-Aging Body Treatment to my neck and decollate when I’m finishing my make-up, followed by a light touch of bronzer. I know I’m biased because I created these products. But it’s a very well earned bias.

Bag: I’m a bit spoiled because I have several of our Jet Set Bags. I use the ones that have little button/zipper issues that we can’t sell. One of my favorite make-up bag tricks is to have a strong magnet inside it. Anything metal clings to it so you never have to dig for bobby pins or tweezers. They all bunch up together.