For those of you who have been with us for a while, you know about our love affair with Kahina Giving Beauty. At the heart of this gorgeous collection is the finest ethically sourced organic argan oil we know of. Yesterday Siobhan dished about the newest addition to the line, the Fez Body Serum. We’ve also raved about Kahina’s Brightening Serum, Toning Mist, and the Eye Cream. We’re not alone… you gush about this luxe and eco-friendly line all the time in your morning routines. So here’s a big happy Friday to you from NMDL + Kahina Giving Beauty!
Kahina is giving you 20% off your entire purchase until midnight this Sunday. Just enter the code GIVING20 at checkout. If you spend $75, you can also get free shipping—just use the additional code KFREESHIP.
Don’t miss this promotion! A little Kahina fairy told us that this is the only site-wide sale they will offer for the next 12 months! A couple of fine print notes: Kahina only ships in the U.S. and the offer excludes the “Skincare Solution Sets” since those bundles are already discounted.
Let us know what you love from Kahina and what you’d like to try.
Gosh, we love you guys. You’re always giving back. Take, for example, this lovely routine from Alison, who reminds us that everyday should begin with kisses. Isn’t that just the sweetest thing?
Weather: Autumn in NY!
Skin: Combo, fragrance sensitive, thankfully generally clear, dark circles I’ve had my whole life
Hair: Long, wavy/curly, fine but tons of it, can get a bit dry
Star: Gena Rowlands. Badass, beautiful
I’m the queen of a million products that I alternate on a regular basis, but my everyday routine is quick and has to be because I’ve got two little girls and lots to do. I’ve tried so many things over the years (green and not-s0-green), and have locked in on some amazing reliables. That said, I’m always trying new things—W3ll People has recently overhauled my makeup bag, and I’ve incorporated some of the ED4OLO products in at night. (Next up: RL Linden and Osmia Organics…)
My love of products is married to my frugalness. Some of the products I use are super cheap. The more expensive items I’ve found are worth it as they are concentrated, have quality ingredients, last forever, and just work better than other products I’ve used (as well as being greener). Put it this way: if I’m repurchasing it, it’s worth it. I also keep a lot of multitaskers on hand (coconut oil, manuka honey, argan oil), and products my entire family can use. Having and relying on these cleaner—and better performing options, IMO—has also cut down on my wandering shopping eye.
I nurse my one-year old and kiss my three year old. I got involved with natural beauty many years ago but in earnest when I became pregnant with my elder daughter. I became increasingly aware of what I ate and what I put on my body—and theirs. They continue to be my inspiration for caring what goes in and on my body, and this extends to them as well. After nursing and kissing, it’s time for coffee making. Second to coffee is a daily green smoothie. I use whatever’s in the house—berries, greens, pears, bananas, avo, seeds (flax, chia).
In the shower…
Thanks to this tip from Sarah from Osmia Organics, I’ve been oil pulling. Hubs in on it too. I see and feel a big difference. I do this while I’m in getting in the shower. I also dry brush before getting in, then use a bar soap or body wash by Leap Organics. I keep a homemade scrub of turbinado sugar/coconut oil or sugar/lemon/honey around, and use that every few days. I take a natural pumice file to the harder edges on my feet. Most mornings, I use a Pai muslin face cloth with some water on my face, and that’s it. Sometimes, I use Kahina’s facial cleanser or wash with manuka honey before I get in the shower. I also love the One Love Organics Brand New Day scrub (I love this entire line). Sometimes that gets combined with the Kahina, or the honey. I like to mix it up.
I shampoo once or twice a week at most. I’ve tried many brands of shampoo but none have been equally liked by my hair and scalp as the Rahua line. With some experimentation, what works best for me is the Voluminous shampoo and original conditioner. It’s expensive but super-concentrated, so it lasts forever, and just works for my hair.
Outside the shower…
Spit out the oil, brush teeth and it’s Kahina toner time. Never in my life did I believe in toner until I started using this product, and I absolutely adore it. In summer, it is super refreshing, and in winter, it adds an extra bit of moisture. I keep a small bottle of it in my purse. I spritz it on after I put on my makeup. Anyway, multipurpose LOVE. Afterwards, I use a few drops of the Kahina argan oil and eye serum (great for contact wearers, doesn’t migrate or sting).
On hairwashing days, I use a few drops of the argan oil at the ends before I rough-dry it straight-ish. (Depends on how much time I have. There are also lots of top knots happening these days.) On non-washing days, if I need it, I use a bit of Lulu Organics Lavender and Clary Sage hair powder, but since switching up the frequency and the types of products I’m using, I rarely even need to do this. Despite much trial and mostly error, I haven’t found a product I really love for when I want to wear my hair curly (Thoughts welcome, #1…)
I’ve struggled with natural deodorants as I have a bad reaction to baking soda, which seems to be an active ingredient in many brands. Recently, I picked up one called I Love My Armpits, which doesn’t have any baking soda and comes in a variety of scents (I have Spicy Lemon). So far so good on the reaction and efficacy fronts. Coconut or grapeseed oil on arms, legs, hands and feet. Sunscreen myself and kids.
I don’t wear a ton of makeup but I love it, wear a little bit just about every day and have a lot of opinions about it. I use Suntegrity 5 in 1 on my face (another brand I adore). I fill my brows (pencil from Shobha), and use a bit of lip balm (SW Basics lemon or Suvana Organics Paw Paw and Honey). Most days, that’s the extent of it.
HOWEVER… I am having a moment with W3LL People. I recently had the opportunity to meet Shirley Pinkson from W3LL People, and now a good—and growing—number of their products reside next to old reliables RMS and Ilia in my makeup bag. I can’t say enough about a line that can get me to like powder products (loose ones at that), bronzer, and black eyeliner—historically, things I’ve abhorred and avoided. Total game changers.
So when I want to do it up a bit more, I use the W3ll People foundation stick under my eyes and around any spots; days when my skin feels a little drier, I use the RMS uncover up. I apply the W3LL People mineral foundation and bronzer with a kabuki brush. In the past, I’ve disliked powder products so much I avoided them entirely, especially as I’ve gotten older and my skin has gotten drier. Also, I’m a klutz. But these products somehow just make my skin look natural, luminous, glowy, and not cakey, chalky, or over the top. Sometimes I mix the minerals in with some Kahina facial lotion to make a liquid foundation. If I want more color, I’ll use a bit of the Universalist multi-use stick in 8 (the peachy pink one), or RMS lip2cheek in Promise (also nice on lips). The W3LL Pople eyeliner is a soft black, more like a charcoal, so it’s not harsh looking; it’s also soft in texture, but doesn’t smudge. I hardly ever do eyeshadow but when I do, I use the W3LL people taupe loose shadow, or RMS in Magnetic or Solar; I apply these with my finger. (Most importantly, none of these irritate my eyes.) I use the W3LL People nudist lip balm (#7), and/or the pink Paganist lipgloss. I also adore my Ilia (Karma Chameleon lip crayon, Love Buzz gloss, Bang Bang/Arabian Knights lip conditioners and Neon Angel lipstick), and the RMS living luminizer.
Like so many others, I’ve struggled to find a mascara that is natural, impactful, and contact-friendly (i.e. actually looks like something and doesn’t smudge or flake). Right now, I’m using a decidedly non-green option as I continue to survey the field on this one. (Thoughts welcome, #2.)
As an aside, not only are these some of the most effective products I’ve ever used, the idea of supporting smaller, independent, (largely) women-owned businesses really resonates with me. As my passion for greener products has deepened, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interact with the powerful, informed, thoughtful, and genuinely warm women behind these brands. I find them inspiring, and I value supporting their passion and vision.
Thanks, too, to the NMDL gals and the community for so many good ideas, tips and inspiration!
We feel the same, Alison, and we love your practical yet glam taste in clean beauty! XO
Meet Ruby! Her skincare and hair routine is clean, but her makeup routine is… not so clean. We love her honesty, and we can all identify with her transition to clean products. That said, Ruby has some recommendations for clean products we’ve never even heard of! Go Girl!
Age: 21 as of October
Current weather: The cooler evenings of fall are approaching, along with what will soon be weeks of rainy winter in British Columbia!
Hair: Thick, wavy, oily
Skin: Fair, oily and blemish-prone; my pale complexion lends itself to some sensitivity and mild redness as well.
Favorite star from the past: Not necessarily a personal favorite, however, my mom says I can resemble a young Julie Christie and she’s a babe, so you won’t hear me arguing.
In the shower…
I wash my hair as infrequently as possible in a desperate attempt to get my scalp to regulate the amount of oil it produces—yet tragically, after over a year of doing so, I still cannot manage to do it less than twice a week. (And I’m still in the sad hair boat of having it fall almost completely limp the day after) I’m currently using up the last bit of my Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic duo, the minty scent is quite unisex, and the conditioner is absolutely divine—so luxurious in texture and moisturizing ability. After reading the most recent review on here for Rahua’s Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, I ordered some samples from Spirit Beauty Lounge, and suspect it will be finding its way into my shower in the near future.
Every Saturday night, I apply coconut oil from mid-shaft down, twist in a braid, and sleep on a towel. After a double hair cleanse and a massage of conditioner into my ends the following morning, I grab a bar of natural soap and do a quick swipe over my pits and bits. I’ve been debating between opting for the body wash route or trying yet another brand of soap; does anyone else get that squeaky clean feeling? I’ve tried half a dozen different clean bars (Moksa, various Etsy retailers) and can’t seem to escape it. Not to mention scent selection! Maybe I want to lather myself up in jasmine instead of vetiver and patchouli… I’m far too lazy to apply body lotion outside of the shower, so if my skin feels like it’s getting on the drier side—I’ll just slather it in coconut oil before my final rinse. I also like to mix it with some form of grit (coarse salt, sugar, SNAP anyone?) whenever I want to scrub, it kills two birds with one stone and eliminates that itchy post-exfoliation sensation that I get.
Out of the shower…
I have forced myself to only splash my face with water in the morning; my skin doesn’t appear to be any worse off and it saves my cleanser! I do several mists of Evan Healy’s Lemon Thyme Hydrosol (I have decided to try Immortelle, however, after reading Kim’s experience) and follow with Jurlique’s Calendula Cream (I’ve re-purchased this over five times which is INCREDIBLE when you consider I am a complete and utter product junkie and am always hunting for that next best product). I’m fairly lucky when it comes to my hair in that it can air-dry, without product, into soft waves. (Which is darn lucky because if it didn’t, I would endure endless bad hair days since I’m inept in that department—there are three styles in my world: down, ponytail, and sock bun.) If any frizz does arise, I can usually quell it with the help of a boar bristle brush. (I just broke down and purchased a $100+ Mason Pearson brush and lemme tell you, ignore the seemingly endless blog posts that tell you it’s worth it, because it’s not.) My Nourish deodorant has run out and I’m waiting on my Living Libations order to come through and simultaneously hoping that I like it but also hoping that I won’t … over $55 after shipping for 5 ml of the stuff! The former was good but not great, I loved the femininity of the Almond + Vanilla scent but found it would take religious re-application. I tried Miessence prior to that and after developing a red rash on my underarms, realized that I have a sensitivity to baking soda!
My current night routine is in a bit of an upset at the moment; I ran out of Blissoma’s Mild Rice Cleanser, which was treating my skin pretty nicely, especially the congestion my forehead would experience. Despite this, it’s only natural that I would try a *different* cleanser because as all fellow product junkies know, what if something worked even better? I temporarily returned to the last remaining dribbles of Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip Cleanser (I didn’t love this as much as I hoped, too foamy, but your face indeed feels like marble afterwards) and now begins my foray into samples. My first was the Sevani Ageless Radiance Refining AHA Cleanser, which smells deliciously of citrus but was also possible for what may have been my worst breakout in months. I still can’t pin down if it was this product that caused such an upset as there’s nothing I can outright blame in the ingredient list, however, I’m also not itching to give it a second try anytime soon.
I’ve switched to a sample pot of Kahina’s Facial Cleanser and can’t find a single thing that I dislike! It possesses a lovely lotiony texture, removes makeup with ease, and doesn’t appear to be aggravating my acne-prone skin. I’m waiting for a sample of Aurelia’s Miracle Cleanser and then I’ll make the final cleanser call. (I’ve heard amazing things about Aurelia’s muslin clothes, so even if the product itself doesn’t work for me, I’ll probably end up grabbing a package of those—they have a set for Monday through Sunday, how cute is that?!) I bought Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Soothing Gel a while back but it seems to have abruptly stopped doing anything for my face so now I apply ISUN’s Clarifying Serum most nights (if you haven’t tried this product and have a similar skintype to mine, DO SO, it helps to regulate sebum production and gently eases breakouts). I was hesitant about buying it at first considering there are virtually no online reviews but after loving the ingredient list and now on my second bottle, this seems to be an item that will be on my permanent regime. Every few nights I’ll use Arcona’s The Solution, which helps with any hyper pigmentation from leftover acne scars and helps give my pores that “refined” look. Whew, still with me?
Here is where it gets dirty; being fair-skinned with cool undertones means that I *never* have an even complexion without the aid of base makeup. There will always be a bit of redness everywhere—around the nose, lower cheeks, chin—you get it. This is the primary reason why I wear foundation. Every. Day. It’s horrible, I know and it’s not even *that* bad but I don’t feel confident without it. If I could only own one cosmetic item, it would be Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation. It disguises redness exceptionally well, doesn’t slide off my face by the end of the day, and is easy to sheer out to lighter coverage when I use my beloved BeautyBlender sponge. I want to give RMS Uncover Up a solid try but the beeswax in it makes me nervous to use it on my whole face. I think that a non-clean foundation will be the hardest product for me to let go of in my beauty routine—even though I prefer the satin/dewy finish that comes with a lot of the natural ones, I want the staying power that comes with chemicals. *sigh*
I use a combination of Giorgio Armani’s High Precision Retouch with Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage for under eye darkness and then on any blemishes I mix the latter with some of the amazing MUFE Full Cover Concealer. I use Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base to top it off with some MUFE HD Powder in my oilier areas. I’m still navigating the territory of blush—with natural rosy cheeks, I’m nervous about applying anything that could exacerbate this. I just tried a sample of “Spark” from Vapour and I’m waiting on a tester of “Modest” and “Smile” from RMS. Any other peachy-shade-of blush recommendations? For eye makeup, I pop some of RMS’ Living Luminizer along my brow bone and inner eye corner. I have decided that in the realm of eyeshadows, I could solely use UD’s Naked Palette and be happy (I just discovered that Silk Naturals has a dupe for the entire Naked 2 Palette, so be proud because I will be switching to that eventually!). I’m a big fan of the cat eye which I achieve with Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner and then finish it with a coat of Josie Maran’s mascara after a thorough curl with my shu uemura. And that’s pretty much it! I don’t tend to wear anything on my lips but lip balm unless I’m doing something dramatic in which case I love Aveda’s Rare Orchid or the dreaded Russian Red from MAC …
Everything is a process—I could be doing better but I could also be doing a lot worse. I’m confident that in the coming years, my entire beauty routine will be squeaky clean!
It’s true, Ruby. Everything is a process. Keep it up! We bet our readers will have some fun clean makeup recommendations for you, too.
Say hello to Cécille! We love the thoughtfulness behind her routine, as well as her strategy for shaving her legs. So smart!
Location: Seattle, Wa
Current Weather: Mid-70’s, 49% humidity and not a cloud in this beautiful sunny sky.
Hair: Raven/black, slightly wavy, thick and lots of it. It’s layered with the longest layer about six inches past my shoulders with some copper and bronze highlights – some natural, some not-so-natural. My hair is strong and healthy due to my schedule of no-poo every few days, brushing on rare occasions and staying away from the hairdryer whenever possible.
Skin: Light olive complexion that is oily during the summer months, combination during the winter months and suffers from the occasional eczema patch. My skin is sensitive and I have several topical allergies which is why I cleaned up my routine in the first place. I am prone to breakouts right around my period (who isn’t, honestly) and I have a few dark spots from breakouts past. Overall, I have good skin that I credit to awesome genetics (Thanks, Mom & Dad), good diet choices and SPF.
Starlet from the past: Nancy Kwan. Prior to the 1960’s, Hollywood casted white actors in Asian roles. Kwan broke that barrier by becoming the first actor of Asian descent to play Asian roles on screen. She is half Chinese and half English/Scottish. Not only did she become a Hollywood sex symbol because of her exotic good looks, but she also earned an Academy Award nomination for her first silver screen appearance in The World of Suzie Wong (1960). With that she forever changed the western views and stereotypes of American and European Asians. As an Asian American woman (also of mixed heritage), I idolize Nancy Kwan and am grateful for what she has done for our community.
I am a morning person and an early riser…I mean 4 am-early. I make a conscious effort to smile when I first wake up in the morning as a way to celebrate having another 24 hours of life to live. I have been doing this for about four years now and I honestly just like to do it. (I highly recommend starting your day off with gratitude. It makes the simplest of things absolutely delightful.)
Depending on the day, I either go for a run, meditate, do some yoga, or read before I start my regular morning beauty regime. If I am going out, either for a run or for yoga class, I will just rinse my face off with warm water, pat it dry, spray on some Kahina Toning Mist and top it off with Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream to moisturize, tint, and protect (SPF!). I give my pits a little spray of Weleda Deodorant Spray and head out the door. Otherwise, I prefer to just shower in the mornings.
In the shower…
I do not like to combine washing my hair and shaving my legs in the same shower because of how time consuming the process becomes. Instead, I either wash my hair, shave my legs, or do neither. Not only does this save time and money (using products less frequently means using less products overall), it saves on water and the energy it takes to heat up the water (great for the environment).
If I am washing my hair, it is usually the first thing I will do in the shower. I will get my hair completely soaked through and run conditioner through only the ends. With the conditioner still on my ends, I go right ahead and shampoo just my roots and then rinse it all out. I find that with this method works well with my hair’s random washing schedule. My hair has a lot of body, bounce and shine. Right now, I am using BWC’s Aromatherapy Shampoo and Conditioner in Rosemary Mint Tea Tree. I love that it leaves a clean smell and rinses out easily. If I remember, I will turn the water off or switch over to the low-flow setting on my showerhead after I get my hair wet and then back on again when I rinse.
In every shower, I will cleanse my skin (neck to toes) with Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (I love this stuff!). The fragrance du jour is a mix of Peppermint and Lavender. I usually do a 50/50 Bronner’s to water dilution into an old scotch bottle that I have repurposed into a soap dispenser. I like the way this looks and it allows for me to buy the gallon-sized Bronner’s and save on the bulk price (as well as cut back on the plastic packaging).
I used to use Bronner’s on my face, but have since stopped because of how drying I found it to be (even after diluting). Now, I cleanse my face with 100% Pure’s Organic Eucalyptus Seafoam Facial Cleanser. It’s made with French Green Sea Clay, so it provides gentle exfoliation and removes impurities without leaving my face feeling stripped or dehydrated.
If I shave, it is the last thing I do in the shower and I do it with the water off (more for the fishies). I will sit down at the bottom of my tub with my razor and a sugar scrub. For this, I like a particularly oily sugar scrub, like 100% Pure, but I am currently using J.R. Watkins and it works fine. I will scrub both my legs thoroughly and wipe off the excess sugar, leaving the oil behind. From here, I take my razor and shave my legs. Once I am all done, I will turn on the faucet and rinse off myself and the razor. (Warning: this process makes the tub and your hands very slippery. Proceed with caution. A quick clean of the tub with Bronner’s usually helps.) I try to go as long as possible without shaving—once every two weeks or so. When it comes to cleansing my skin on a regular basis, I do not use body puffs or cleaning cloths. I find that the extra exfoliation promotes hair growth. Since I am trying to go as long as possible between shaves, I just avoid exfoliating.
Out of the shower…
Once I’ve toweled off, I apply oil from neck to toes. I am currently in mad love with Caudalie’s Divine Oil (although, Kahina’s Argan Oil still holds a dear place in my medicine cabinet). It is just the right amount of moisture for my skin, has a beautifully light fragrance, does not leave my skin feeling tacky, plus it’s a spray! In the winter, I will layer on body butters or creams when I get extremely dry (100% Pure Nourishing Body Cream). If I shaved, I will skip applying anything to my legs. The oil left over from the shave is more than enough moisture for my skin.
Face-wise, I spend quite a bit more time here. I like to give my face a few sprays of Kahina Toning Mist and let it sit while I brush my teeth (Brush with Bamboo toothbrush and Jason Powersmile Whitening Toothpaste). After that, I dab some Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue around my peepers and treat the rest of my face to their Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (my effort to combating those dark spots). While I wait for that to soak into my skin, I will apply a few pumps of Giovanni’s Frizz Be Gone to my still damp locks and let it air dry as well as spray my pits with Weleda Deodorant Spray. Then I will apply Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid to my face. It’s a light moisturizer (great on my oily skin) with SPF 15 and provides the perfect base for applying my makeup. I also love that it does not have an overwhelming smell.
After I get dressed, I apply some Jane Iredale’s Purepressed Base Mineral Foundation (SPF 20!) to even out my skin tone and highlight my cheeks with Alima Pure’s Satin Matte Blush Powder. If I am feeling up to it, I will fill in my brows with Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse. I give my lips a swipe with some Burt’s Bees’ Beeswax Lip Balm or Pacifica’s Color Quench Lip Tint (whichever I can find first) and finish off with a quick spray to my nape with TokyoMilk’s Tainted Love from their Dark Femme Fatale Collection (not entirely eco-friendly, but I love the play of vanilla and sandalwood fragrances). All-in-all, my routine takes anywhere from 20 minutes to 45 minutes (depending on the day).
As complex as it all sounds, that is my morning routine. Although I will probably discover other products in the future or little ways of tweaking my routine (Life is, after all, ever changing), I like being somewhere in between low and high-maintenance and the constant strive for balance. It’s good practice.
BTW-If any NMDL users out there have any advice on taking care of my dark spots, please let me know. I am open to suggestions.
Well, Cécille, we hear that people have beat dark spots with Yuli’s Cell Perfecto PM, and at least one of us at NMDL is currently trying it out, but we’ll have to wait for the results! What’s your go-to skin brightener?
We think you’re going to enjoy this one. You may know Sonja from her blog Life in Blush, where she talks about green beauty, health, and fashion. You’ll find some tried and true favorites in her routine, plus some new items to try—like the coffee she drinks! Want some.
City: Toronto, Ontario
Current weather: after a stint of Fall temperatures it’s back to hot and muggy!
Hair: long, wavy and thick
Skin: snow white fairness and for the most part balanced
Favorite star from the past: Vivien Leigh
I wish I was a morning person. My friend Ivona can wake up with little to no sleep and still be the most adorably cheerful person. Me? I’m like the turtle in the race – give me time and I’ll eventually get there.
First thing I do is reach for my iPhone and check my email, twitter and facebook accounts. I know what you’re thinking, but my job (and I guess my generation?) has hardwired me to be connected, so until I feel like I’ve caught up with the world I can’t pass GO.
Once out of bed, I head to the kitchen and pour myself a big glass of water. After squeezing half a lemon into it, and taking a few sips, I put on a pot of coffee. I discovered these organic, fair trade beans from Balzacs Coffee in the Distillery District of Toronto and now I can’t drink anything else! It truly is a hug in a cup. Ok, back to my lemon water. After drinking about half the glass I then head to the shower. I usually shower every other day, so as to not strip my skin and hair of the oils that keep it hydrated. I wash my hair with Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo, and then apply either Rahua (in the shower) or Yarok Feed Your Ends (after shower) conditioner. Using a bar of Hugo shea butter soap and a loofah I suds up my body, and if necessary I’ll apply a homemade body scrub (coffee grounds and coconut oil) to get rid of any areas that feel congested. Having cleansed with Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover the night before, I gently wash my face with the Binchotan Charcoal Facial Puff. Face washed, hair and body rinsed I dry off and wrap my hair in a towel.
Spritz-spritz. Lightly scented and refreshing, Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist was a mid-summer discovery, and the perfect product to help my skin absorb the Lina Hanson Global Face Serum before applying the La Bella Figura Barbary Fig Seed Oil. Next up my body is treated to One Love Organics Rose Body Serum, and for extra dry areas I use Graydon Clinical Luxury By Nature The Balm. My lips get a dab of my homemade lip balm (lime + manuka honey!) and my hair, once out of its towel, is spritzed with a DIY sea salt spray from the ladies at La Bella Figura; the combination of the incredibly hydrating conditioner and the sea salt spray gives my hair the perfect soft-to-touch beachy look.
I grab the rest of my lemon water (waiting patiently for me in the kitchen) and head to the bedroom, where I apply earth science deodorant, Graydon Clinical Luxury By Nature Sun Cream, and figure out how to make myself presentable to the world. Fully dressed and accessorized I head back to the bathroom to start on my makeup.
My makeup routine is fairly simple and I can usually do my morning look in about five minutes. A green beauty convert for several years now, I start off by applying rms beauty un-cover up in #11 underneath my eyes and on my eyelids. I set the concealer, and proactively prevent shine from creeping up throughout the day with rms beauty ‘un’ powder. Next, I apply Kjaer Weis cream blush in ‘desired glow’ – using Sephora’s brush #54 – in the hollows of my cheeks, temples, jaw line for a healthy ‘just got back from capri’ glow (I’ve been very impressed with the staying power of this product and how natural it looks on my very fair skin!). To create cheekbone definition I dust Jane Iredale purepressed blush in ‘whisper’ to the apples of my cheeks and dab rms beauty living luminizer to the top of my cheekbone and around the small C area of my eye. Tightlining my eyes with Pure +Simple eye crayon in ‘black opal’ and using Kjaer Weis eyeshadow in ‘pretty purple’ to line my top and bottom lashes, I finish off with Kjaer Weis mascara and one of the following lip colours (depending on my mood that day!) – ‘neon angel’, ‘dress me up’, ‘peek a boo’ or ‘femme fatale’ by ILIA Beauty; ‘corvina’ or ‘velvet’ by BITE Beauty;, ‘soft peach’ by Jane Iredale; ‘illusive’ or ‘rapture’ by rms beauty .
Makeup on and hair pulled off my face, I have breakfast (greek yogurt, granola and berries), brush my teeth, grab my coffee mug and purse and head out to begin the day!
DIY lime + manuka honey lip balm? Yes please! Thanks for sharing, Sonja!