Say hello to Jinna! Her routine includes some incredible goodies, but she relies first and foremost on a clean diet for glowing skin. Enjoy!
City: Los Angeles, CA
Current Weather: Sunny and dry, with a slight fall chill in the air
Skin: Combination, though my skin has stayed clear and glowing since I cut out dairy and meat from my diet (with the exception of 2-3 “treat’ meals per week). Starting to notice crows feet creeping up though!
Hair: black, long, straight, and fine
Favorite star from past: Jane Birkin. Love her effortless, natural look and Parisian chic.
I am a natural product skincare and makeup junkie and after years of rotating products I have found, for the most part, what consistently works for me (though I can’t resist trying a few new products here and there!)
In the shower…
I dry brush for 2-3 minutes (or even less if I’m in a rush!) before jumping in the shower. Before, I used to swear by dry shampoo and washing my hair every other day, but have since realized that my fine hair gets too oily, especially because I work out every day. I have yet to find a shampoo and conditioner that I’m in love with, and I’ve tried them all: Yarok, Phylia de M., John Masters Organics, Rahua, etc. I’m currently rotating between Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Burdock and Neem Healthy Scalp shampoo. Both work fine for now, but I will definitely be on the lookout for something new once I use these up. Three times a week I do a pre ‘poo treatment of coconut or jojoba oil for 1 hour before shampooing out. I find that since I wash my hair daily, it does a good job of keeping it from getting too dry. On the days I don’t do the oil treatment, I rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar in the shower after shampooing and before conditioning. I’ve found that both have improved the overall health of my scalp and hair. For body wash, I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille soap, which multitasks as hand soap and puppy shampoo! While my skin is slightly damp, I moisturize all over with One Love Organics Scented Body Serum in Lavender.
Outside the shower…
After brushing my teeth, I oil pull with a spoonful of coconut oil for about 10 minutes. I’ve read that the recommended time is 20 minutes, but I just can’t bring myself to do it for that long! While I’m swishing, I exfoliate my face every other morning with Tatcha Polishing Powder in Classic, though I have May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt waiting as soon as I finish the Tatcha. On the mornings I don’t exfoliate I wipe my face with S.W. Basics cleanser and finish with a splash of cold water. Next, I dab a few drops of Intelligent Nutrients Spot Treatment over my face. After that’s dried, I use One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin C serum. This is a recent discovery and I absolutely love it. It makes my skin look dewy and glowing while keeping it moisturized. Since the weather has gotten much drier and as previously mentioned, I’ve started noticing unwanted wrinkles, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase 37 Extreme Actives cream. Yes it is obscenely expensive, which is why I use it only under my eyes and mouth, but as my mother always said, don’t feel too guilty about splurging on food or skincare since you will get a return on your investment. I haven’t been using it long enough to decide if it’s worth the price but so far, I love the feel of the cream on my skin and how hydrated it feels afterward. If I’m noticing my skin getting a little oily, I swipe Arcona’s Tabula Rasa pad over the area, which pretty much stops any pimples from forming.
I started using 100% Pure full coverage foundation (thanks for this website’s recommendation!) and I also love it. It’s the only product that provides sun protection and coverage without irritating my sensitive skin. If I’m especially tired that day, I will also use RMS “Un” Cover-Up under my eyes. I rotate among many blushes: Kjaer Weis in Sun Touched, Vapour in Spark, RMS in Modest, and Revolution Organics in Blushed, just to name a few. So far, my favorite is the Revolution Organics, as it leaves a nice pink flush to my cheeks. For eyeliner, I use an eyeliner brush and The All Natural Face’s Vegan Gel Pot in Black. I LOVE this product, as it’s the only eyeliner that doesn’t smudge and give me raccoon eyes. Once that’s dry, if I’m feeling fancy, I use either RMS in Solar or Magnetic on my lids. For mascara, I use (not in love with this and will be looking for alternatives once it runs out). For lips, I absolutely love Ilia and have 4 colors: Bang Bang, In My Room, Perfect Day, and Arabian Knights. All the colors are so different and equally great, but the only one I carry in my purse is Bang Bang. I set everything with RMS “Un” Powder and then swipe some RMS Living Luminizer (can you guess what my favorite makeup brand is?) on my brow bone, nose bridge, and cheeks. I also spritz my face with a spray before leaving. Right now, I’m using John Master Organics Bearberry Skin Balancing Toning Mist, but I have One Love Organics Vitamin D mist on standby once that’s used up.
Whew! I know it looks long, but by now I’ve got it down to a quick science. Coupled with a plant-based diet, I have seen such an improvement in the overall tone and texture of my skin. Thanks for letting me share!
Meet Carla! She has a lovely routine, but got there the hard way. Can anyone relate to her experience with facials? We love her tips, especially her lazy girl version of oil cleansing—sounds so relaxing!
Hometown: San Jose, California
Weather: Crisp, dry and sunny
Skin: Pale with yellow undertones
Hair: Thick, long and brown
Starlet: Lupe Vélez – the Mexican spitfire
I became obsessed with skincare when I had a bout of hormonal acne after getting on and off the pill in college. I tried everything from micro-dermabrasion to eating salmon everyday all in hopes of having clear skin. The more I visited my esthetician for glycolic acid peels and deep pore facials the worse my skin looked. I always felt horrible after a facial and resigned myself to hide for a week in its aftermath. There had to be a better, cheaper and more natural way.
The silver lining of unemployment is how inventive one can get on a budget. I ditched all the products with harsh, stripping ingredients, sugar and dairy and embraced simple skincare products and vegetables. My skin has never looked better. It’s been six years now but I no longer get facials or peels, use face wash or hide because of a break out. So for any girl out there suffering with hormonal acne, I hope my daily routine helps.
On a winter morning, I splash my face with lemon water. I found that using filtered water on my face has made it smoother and less dry. Then I spray it with some Evan Healy rose water tonic and apply DeVita Solar Protective in SPF 30 with Hyaluronic Acid on my face and neck. This brand is light, doesn’t leave a white mask and keeps skin plump and moist. If the weather is very dry, I use a moisturizer as well. I still haven’t found an ultimate winner but my fall back is MyChelle’s Unscented Pumpkin Renew Cream. It leaves skin moisturized all day and absorbs well for make up. Finally I apply MyChelle Magnolia Fresh Eyes. It’s more for those with puffy eyes than those who need something to combat wrinkles. After I have a warm cup of lemon water with a bit of cayenne. I make some blend of green juice like celery, cucumber, beet, lemon, fennel and cilantro. I also take Udo’s Choice probiotic and Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Blend capsule. In combination, both have done wonders for my skin tone and healing of old scars.
I don’t use make up everyday but when I do I use Well People Foundation Concealer around the eyes and nose, very natural coverage that blends easily. Then I apply Mineral Fusion Loose powder. It does have Phenoxyethanol but it has such a beautiful creamy coverage, so I use it anyway. I use Alima loose matte blush in Mimosa year round, a lovely pink that brings a natural flush to your cheeks. Alima makes the nicest make up brushes too. My favorite black eye pencil is Mineral Fusion in Coal. It goes on smoothly and is super dark. Most days I just curl my lashes and leave it at that but when I want to be fancy I use the Kjaer Weis mascara. I also use Kjaer Weis Cloud Nine as an eyeshadow base and am very happy with the subtle sparkle. Finally for lips, my new favorite color is Well People Universalist multi-use colorstick in No.6. It’s a golden red and looks perfect topped with Well People Paganist 2 Gold Twinkle. My lip balm is Acure Dark Chocolate and Mint argan oil lip balm, it does its job, is affordable and clean.
I never got into bathing in the morning so when my day is over I dry brush. Then I take a mineral bath with Dead Sea salt for magnesium and Aztec Secret Healing bentonite clay. These ingredients balance the tap water so it is not so harsh on the skin. I use a very diluted mixture of Dr. Bronners soap and wash with an Ayate fiber body cloth. I have skin that likes to be exfoliated often because I have keratosis pilaris on the back my arms and legs. I wash my hair 1 to 2 times a week with Acure Argan oil Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ve tried other expensive brands and this one is still the best for my thick and wavy hair that tangles easily. If I have had a pretty chill day, I don’t shower or bathe save the necessary places, a whore bath they call it. It has helped my skin retain moisture.
I do a lazy girl version of oil cleansing. I pour some olive or coconut oil in my hands and massage my face while filtered water is boiling in the kettle. Sometimes I add lemon juice or baking soda to the oil for gentle exfoliation. Then I pour the water onto a face towel and steam twice then wipe off the excess. I leave a little to moisturize and I am done. If I don’t use make up I sometimes don’t wash my face at all. Since I fuss with my skin less it’s clearer and calmer than it has ever been. About three times a week I massage a jojoba oil frankincense blend or Evan Healy Pomegranate Repair Serum with Sea Buckthorn oil. Always making sure to massage up and out and a circular motion around my mouth. When I camp or go on a trip I only take coconut oil for my beauty needs. A miracle.
Thank you Carla and everyone else who submitted routines over the last week! We can’t wait to share them all!
It’s Makeup Monday time again! This week, I reveal my lip color obsession to the world. Opening up my makeup bag feels a little like walking down a runway in my swim suit—what will people think of me? Thankfully, this loving community is the perfect place to spill the powder. Oh, and let me clarify: This is just my everyday makeup bag. I didn’t dig into special occasion shadows and liners.
Name: Nicolle Mackinnon (I just got married, y’all, so sorry if it’s been confusing on my last name—formerly Westlund)
Where I live: Minneapolis
My relationship with makeup: Consistent. I’ve been a makeup lover and hoarder since middle school when I started copying popular-girl Jamie’s white liner routine. In high school, I scoured beauty magazine lists for the best drugstore makeup (what ninth-grader can afford Dior unless their parents pay for it?) and matched my eyeliner to my outfit every day (no, I’m not exaggerating—I even had a lime-green liner for pairing with my favorite lime-green tee). Lipgloss has always been my jam and I had one makeup bag fully devoted to the colored stuff all through college. Now, I’ve refined my tastes and spend a little more dough on each product I use to ensure my face is as happy as I am. My magazine-editor-from-home work situation gives me flexibility to wear basically no makeup daily, though I rarely go anywhere without at least powder and mascara. I like to punch it up with liner and shadow for special occasions but mostly, I just want to look fresh-faced.
What’s in my makeup bag:
Tinted moisturizer: All the NMDL girls have raved about the Juice Beauty CC Cream and that’s my daily go-to because it works and it has sunscreen in it. I use my Jane Iredale The Handi brush for putting this on. On days when I’m feeling a little more blemish-y or am going out at night, I go with 100% Pure’s Healthy Skin Foundation.
Powder: I use Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation (powder mineral) with a retractable EcoTools Kabuki Brush. Alima is the best I’ve found because of its many shades and tones and its coverage (plus, it’s got a lovely price point). I also top myself off with W3LL PEOPLE’s Realist X: HD Matte Mineral Setting powder when I’m feeling a little shiny (not every day).
Concealer: I use Jane Iredale Active Light Under-eye Concealer under my eyes every day. I love its smoothness and creaminess for that delicate area. I also use an old, too-light-for-my-whole-face Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation as a powder concealer on any spots that stick out even after my tinted moisturizer (my old Bare Minerals Concealer Brush is perfect for those pesky guys).
Eyeliner: Jane Iredale strikes again—I use her liner in black/brown, topped off with an espresso-colored powder liner from Modern Minerals. That combo has been my go-to for about two years, but I recently bought RMS Beauty’s Cream Eyeshadown in Karma, and that, with a stiff liner brush from Sonja Kashuk, has usurped liner duty from Jane and Modern.
Eyeshadow: I don’t wear eyeshadow daily, but for special occasions, I was using a palette from Bobbi Brown (cheater!). I gave that up last month for RMS Beauty’s Solar+Karma Cream Eyeshadows and haven’t looked back.
Mascara: After mineral powder, this is probably what I’m most picky about. Yes, it was me who started the clean-mascara email chain a few weeks ago that led to a post on this site, and yes, since then, I’ve bought five new mascaras. Five. Gross. I have really long lashes already but need thickness, which clean mascaras have a hard time doing. I was loving 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Mascara, but I was bored. I tried Zulu’s, Reviva Labs and ILIA Beauty’s, all which fell very short (too liquid-y or only barely boosted volume). Then I went back to 100% Pure, plus Josie Moran’s GOGO Argan Mascara. Still unhappy, I was ecstatic when Pure Anada’s mascara arrived in the mail the very next day (review to come!). It’s my new fave clean mascara with lots of volume-boosting power. It’s almost like it’s dirty.
Luminizer: Yep, I’m on the RMS Beauty bandwagon–nothing beats the Living Luminizer for me.
Lips: My babies. I loooove lip color. I love how you can enhance your look with just a touch of lippy—and I love not having to do up my eyes when I can swipe on a good red. My makeup bag carries three of RMS Beauty’s Lip Shines (Sacred, Sublime and Bloom); an ILIA Beauty Lip Crayon in Call Me, plus an ILIA Beauty Lip Conditioner in Nobody’s Baby (like my natural lip color but better); a Kajer Weis Lip Tint in Dream State (gorg nude); and Rodin Olio Lusso’s Lip Balm (it smells like roses).
Etc.: My actual makeup bag only carries one in this category (my others rest on my nightstand). Tatcha Blotting Papers saved my face from looking sweaty on my wedding day and now I use them a couple of times a week.
So, thoughts? Any new lip wear I need to try? Any favorites that overlap with yours?
You probably already know the star of today’s Morning Routine, either from her comments here, or her lovely natural beauty blog. Say hello to Kim! Her routine is full of items we’ve never tried (love new recommendations!) and we totally share her passion for OILS!
Age: 28 in November
Current weather: Hot and muggy in the heart of America — Kansas City!
Hair: Fine, naturally straight brunette with hints of auburn in a fresh pixie cut
Skin: Oily with olive undertones; breakouts are hormonal or due to hair styling products
Favorite star or icon from the past: People tell me I look like Phoebe Cates … but I keep my bikini top on at all times.
In the shower…
I’ve got my shower routine down pat, but I rotate products a lot because I’m also a natural beauty blogger (kimberlyloc.com).
First, I shampoo my hair, really focusing on massaging the scalp (I’m super oily). I’m a repeat-buyer of Acure Organics Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell shampoo and conditioner. It’s a great price point and easily accessible at my local Whole Foods. I used to only use conditioner on my ends, but with a shorter haircut and a scalp that tends to get reactive, I’ve learned to also massage in my conditioner to give my oily scalp the balancing moisture it needs. Sounds counter-intuitive, but it works.
After massaging in the conditioner, I let it sit and really penetrate while I cleanse my face with a gentle cream cleanser. I rotate these a lot, too, but another repeat-buy for me is Juice Organics Cleansing Milk. I like a thick cleanser like this in the morning because my face isn’t really dirty in the morning; it just needs a little boost of moisture to get the day going.
Once I’m done cleansing, I rinse my face and hair and then wash my body with Beecology Natural Honey and Peppermint Body Wash. I love the extra jolt of peppermint to wake me up! If I’m showering at night, I like Skin and Bones Luxurious Cleanser — it’s a soft, sexy scent that’s sort of woodsy yet feminine. I think it’s the frankincense that turns me on!
Outside the shower…
I’m the biggest body oil fan out there (bold statement for this community, huh?). I stockpile the stuff, and I always get so many compliments on how soft my skin is (not that people are constantly touching me — think best friends and boyfriend). Before I towel off in the morning, I use either African Botanics Marula Body Oil, Osmia Organics Stream or Sunset Body Oil or my beloved Comfort Zone Sacred Nature Body Oil.
For evening showers (before going out or after a workout), I opt for May Lindstrom Skin The Good Stuff. The cocoa scent is so sexy, and layered on my body after a peppermint wash makes for one mouthwatering scent.
On my face, I like a light mist of toner before applying any serums, oils or sunscreens. I’m a bit obsessed with finding the perfect toner; my favorite for controlling acne breakouts is Evan Healy’s Immortelle Facial Tonic HydroSoul. I noticed an improvement in my skin when I used this for a month straight, and I’ve repurchased it several times. It works like a charm at night right before layering on my natural acne fighter, Zum Rub in Frankincense and Myrrh (if you haven’t heard my testimonial on this stuff, Google it!).
For day, though, I like a light primer-like oil underneath my makeup. I rotate these so much that it’s unfair to name just one (big facial oil fanatic over here!), though I prefer lighter oil blends with carriers such as jojoba, camellia or meadowfoam that have a dry finish.
Also good to note that in the evening, I’m devoted to oil cleansing. I used to be a jojoba oil cleanser, but switched to coconut oil about a year ago and have found that it’s just more economical (I was going through several small bottles of jojoba!) with the same lovely outcomes — purged pores, softened skin, and multipurpose use.
I keep my makeup simple, and I’m still on the hunt for the best natural cosmetics. RMS concealer is on my staples list; I like to brush it all over my face to even out my skin before applying a light layer of Alima Pure mineral makeup. I wear a touch of blush or bronzer for a flush of color — love Alima Pure here, too.
For eyes, I curl my lashes with a Shu Uemura eyelash curler and lock the curl with Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara (still searching for a cleaner, high-performance alternative — Kjaer Weis is on my list to try). I typically don a cat eye thanks to Eyeko London’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner — love this stuff.
On my lips, I love a simple gloss, balm or tinted moisturizer. I usually keep about 17 lippies in my bag (exaggeration, but you get my drift) for touch-ups throughout the day. Most of the time, though, I reach for my favorites from ILIA, Jane Iredale, Hurraw!, Bite Beauty … the list goes on. Bottom line here is I like zero-fuss when it comes to lip color. I need to swipe and go!
Thanks for sharing Kim! How about the rest of you oil lovers? Have you tried some of Kim’s favorites?
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!