Meet Tara! Love tea? She’s got you covered. Need some makeup application tips? Ditto.
City: Colorado Springs
Current Weather: Sunny but in the mid 30s
Skin: Dry and acne prone- that lovely combination
Hair: Long, wavy brown and thankfully relatively stress free
Favorite Star: I couldn’t think of one from the past so can I say Shiva Rose? I absolutely love her site The Local Rose and think she’s such a lovely women and great role model.
I adore my skincare products. Nothing brightens up my day like receiving new beauty loot from one of my favorite brands. I am also always trying to find that next cure which I am sure is going to give me supple, flawless, glowing skin. While I haven’t found that product I have found a decadent routine that seems to suit my skin care needs.
First I begin with a cup of tea. I am a tea connoisseur and frequently switch my teas on taste and what I feel my body and skin “need”. Some days I need a clean energy kick I reach for Runa Tea, other days something more delicate like Rishi Wild Rose Tea, some days I love the fragrant punch and beauty of 2 Leaves and a Bud Green Tea Jasmine, and if I want a skin detox either Susan Kauffman Detox Tea (which I got on vacation in Munich and am kicking myself that I didn’t buy anymore because it is THAT GOOD). Anyway enough of the teas, moving on with my day I next try to fit in a ½ hr workout then get ready for a shower.
I dry brush for a couple of minutes before hopping in the shower. These days I cleanse with May Lindstrom’s heavenly Honey Mud (I got to try a sample with the NMDL promo and just received my full size version-yay!) I try and really pamper my skin with the cleanser using the technique Isabelle Bellis demonstrated on Into the Gloss. I alternate this with May’s Clean Dirt. For my body I keep it simple, I just use Hugo lavender body soap and shave when needed. I wash my hair a couple of times a week and when I do I rely on Rahua’s Shampoo and Conditioner. Once I’m out of the shower I spritz my face with Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin D Mist and then apply my oils. This is the part of my skincare that I experiment with the most. I have used May Lindstrom’s Youth Dew (gorgeous) and more recently Aster and Bay’s Purify (a little drying on my skin heading into winter, although really nice for summer), African Botanicals Marula Oil (nice richer oil although I think it breaks me out a bit so I only use it on areas I don’t get breakouts). Just today I order La Bella Figura’s Holiday Essentials Mini Set and can’t wait to try the Daily Elements Defense Oil and the Barbary Fig Renewal. After applying my face oils I rub some coconut oil and put deodorant on (another product which I switch- either from Meow Meow Tweet, Soapwalla or Lavanilla). For my hair I put on some Yarok’s Feed Your Roots and style. Once I’m done with styling I use John Masters Sea Mist. A couple of times a week I also May Lindstrom’s Problem Solver, amazing product, amazing women, really I am so in awe and in love with her line.
I next brush my teeth with Weleda’s salt toothpaste and head to the kitchen for breakfast. I am a green smoothie convert and love getting ideas off Pinterest. Two of my favorite recipes come from Foodtrainers, their “Thin Mint Smoothie” and Carrot Turmeric. Both so good and healthy! Days that I don’t make a smoothie I’ll have green juice and then a snack later on in the morning. This is the time I also take supplements. I use Synergy’s Womens Multivitamin, Garden of Life Raw Resveratrol, Garden of Life CoQ10, Gaia Turmeric and Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver oil. I also take two dropperfulls of tinctures my naturopath makes me- one if for stress/hormones and the other is for my skin.
Once I am done with breakfast I head back to the bathroom for my makeup. I use RMS Uncoverup under my eyes, Bareminerals mineral powder on spots and lightly all over, Jane Iredale’s Moonglow on my cheeks, temples, and chin making a “3” shape. Then I dab some RMS Luminizer on the upper cheeks, temples, eyebrow, inner eye, and cupid’s brow. I then use RMS in solar on my lids, Dr Hauschka Volumizer Mascara and finally some Baby Bear All The Better to Kiss You With Lip Balm.
Thanks for sharing Tara! Recognize similarities in your own routine? Share with us in the comments!
In the shower…
Outside the shower…
I then put on my cozy plaid robe and have some oatmeal and green tea while snuggling with my cat before doing my hair and makeup. It’s my time to relax before my hectic workday begins.
Thanks for sharing Ariel! Love the sound of the Midnight Honey Body Oil and cuddling with cats, too.
Meet Melissa! Her routine is full of NMDL faves and then some.
Hometown: Halifax, NS, Canada
Current Weather: Fairly humid and 30 degrees Celsius, but there’s always a cool ocean breeze.
Hair: Dark, I mean virtually black (au natural), shoulder length with a natural wave. I normally blow it out and if I have the time to care enough I will straighten it. One thing about my hair is that it’s crazy oily – I have to wash it everyday unless I want the “wet look” (Suggestions anyone?).
Skin: Fair, oily with the odd dry patch through the winter, and subject to outbursts of acne thanks to hormones and food sensitivities. I’ll go months with hardly a blemish and then it will all turn upside down out of the blue.
Icon: Audrey Hepburn. I’ve always aspired to have eyebrows as amazing as hers.
The night before…
I usually take my makeup off with virgin coconut oil, but lately I’ve been using Stark Skincare’s Grapefruit Cleanser for a light cleanse at night (a great Canadian brand too!!). It’s a great all in one and it even gets waterproof mascara off! I also put on my Kahina Giving Beauty eye cream before bed. Once, or twice a week, depending on the state of my complexion, I do a mask using Stark’s Green Tea Detox Clay Mask which I love, love, love. It smells so amazing and it works!
In the morning…
I always do a quick dry brush before the shower. I forget how I got turned onto this, but after a month of solid commitment I’m amazed how much better my skin (especially the backs of my arms) looks. I can’t go a day without it. I also take Omega-3 oil, pro-biotic and B12 first thing.
I wash my hair usually with John Masters Bare Shampoo and Conditioner, though very recently I’ve added Rahua’s Volumizing Shampoo into the mix. I read it was good for oily hair, but the jury is out on that one for me still. Once I’ve got my conditioner on, I lather up with Dr. Bronners Peppermint or Rose soap depending on my mood. My Husband spent a lot of time convincing me to use Dr Bronner’s and I wasn’t a lover at first use, but I’m definitely a convert. Once I’m all rinsed off, I wash my conditioner out and move onto my face. I’ve tried everything for my cleanser – everything. After using Eminence for over a year to mixed results, I’ve simplified to Kahina Giving Beauty’s Facial Cleanser. Quite simply, it’s my favourite ever. Not only is my skin incredibly soft, the quality of my skin has improved ten fold since adding this amazing cleanser to my regime. A bottle lasts forever too! I rinse my cleanser off with my trusty konjac sponge – I tell all my friends about these little beauties.
Outside of the shower…
I put a couple of drops of Kahina’s Argan Oil on my fingers and massage into my face while it’s still a little damp. After it’s all absorbed on goes my Consonant Perfect Sunscreen (more Canadian brand love). I love the texture of their sunscreen and its non greasy formula. I find it especially great because of the mica tint it has – perfect for evening out my skin tone just enough. Makeup wise, I love the natural beauty look. I start with RMS Beauty Uncover Up here and there for any blemishes and then use Afterglow Cosmetics Triple Eye Treatment to brighten up under my eyes. For my cheeks I flip-flop between RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in Smile and Ilia Beauty’s Multistick in Tenderly. I love the natural flush that these two cheek colours offer. Lately my preference has been Ilia – it’s lovely and subtle for daytime. I do a light sweep of RMS Beauty’s Unpowder across my t-zone and then it’s onto eyes. Most days I just do liner and mascara, but I will also dab a little of RMS Beauty’s Cream Eye Shadow in Seduce on mixed with Lip2Cheek in Muse for fun too. I line the bottom of my eyes with Afterglow’s eyeliner in black and Ilia Beauty’s Mascara. Admittedly, for climate reasons (rainy rainy Halifax reasons) there are days when the L’Oreal waterproof mascara comes out – I would look like a Raccoon otherwise. Burts Bees is my day to day lip savior, but I love my Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Nobody’s Baby almost as much.
Once I’ve got my makeup all done, I massage in a small dab of Rahua’s Finishing Treatment into the ends of my still damp hair. I was lucky to receive a jar of this stuff as a gift to start, and have quickly become obsessed. While I’ve always had crazy oily roots, the ends of my hair are on the dry side but this wonderful cream has totally changed that. It’s pricey as all get out, but a jar does last deceptively long and the results have been worth every penny. After a quick blow dry, I’m all set!
Has anyone out there tamed their oily roots? Is daily shampoo a must?
Meet Sally! She’s got a super fun routine and runs her very own clean beauty business in Canada.
Hair: Wavy, fine, but plentiful and somewhat unmanageable. I’m trying to grow out a bob, and to be honest it ends up in a bun or ponytail most days while it gets through a really difficult phase.
Skin: Acne-prone, a tad sensitive, olive-toned.
Current weather: NUTS!
Starlet: Lately I’m sort of obsessing over Christy Turlington. How does she manage to look EXACTLY THE SAME in her forties as she did 20 years ago? Plus she sometimes works with makeup artist Katey Denno, who’s really pioneering natural beauty on a professional, big-time celebrity level.
A back injury last month forced quite a change in my morning routine. Now it’s super gentle stretching instead of yoga; swimming instead of running. Change is good though, right? I try to drink a full glass of water as soon as I get up, and I’m taking fish oil, turmeric, and a good multi to help the healing process. Oh, and a big heaping dose of patience.
In the shower…
I use Whole Foods 365 Body Wash. It’s cheap and gentle and smells clean, and it seems like the tub stays cleaner longer than when we have bar soap on the go. I wash my hair every second or third day with Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner (although I loathe to admit how much I miss using Aveda products!).
I inherited milia (small, hard white bumps that are hard to exfoliate) and rosacea from my mother, and Pai Camellia & Gentle Hydrating Cleanser has really calmed any redness and helped soothe problem zones. I was always of the school that more scrubbing = cleaner skin, but finally figured out that manual exfoliants aren’t really my friend. That said, I’ve been using Konjac Sponge Company’s green sponge every few days and liking the results.
Out of the shower…
I moisturize my face with Pai Geranium & Thistle Cream mixed with a few drops of Kahina Argan Oil or Pai rosehip oil, especially after a swim in the local chlorinated pool. I’m also loving the new Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics eye balm. I prefer body oils to lotions, and alternate between Soapwalla’s, Pai’s, and Tata Harper’s (all of them smell soooo good). I use One Love Skin Savior or plain old coconut oil on the really dry spots, like heels and elbows.
Sunscreen is also a daily must: either John Masters Organics or Green Beaver. And I can’t say enough good things about Jason Powersmile Peppermint Toothpaste. On a recent trip home to lovely Victoria, Canada, we stayed with my mother-in-law and used her (not to name names) “conventional” toothpaste, and it felt like I was brushing my teeth with straight sugar! Kind of amazing.
The only natural deo that works for me is Soapwalla, although after a week or so I need to take a break from it, so I’ll switch up to a homemade concoction for a few days. I’ve been experimenting with coconut oil, arrowroot powder, shea butter, essential oils, and zinc, and I have to admit I’m pretty impressed with how well it works–even in the crazy, ridiculously hot weather we’ve had in Ontario this summer.
I blow-dry my hair and try to tame it a bit with whatever body oil I have on the go or Yarok hair spray. I’ve given up on having great hair until it grows in a bit, so my daily routine is pretty lax.
I love lip balm (addicted might be a better word), and lately Soapwalla and Stark lip balms are in everyday rotation.
Last on the list: makeup.
I’ve always been a minimalist when it comes to makeup, although now that I’m entering my fourth decade I’m doing brighter lips and a bit of blush. I use Vapour Illusionist Concealer under my eyes and around my nose to cover dark circles and some very slight rosacea, and then a really light layer of Vapour Soft Focus Foundation. I also use Vapour eye shadows–I love the stick format. Next up is Lavera Soft Eyeliner, then a coat of Ilia mascara. If I’m going somewhere exciting or important, I’ll add Ilia lip conditioner in Bang Bang and swipe a bit across my cheekbones as well. Sometimes for extra eye definition I add RMS Cream Eye Shadow in Magnetic.
Running Fresh Faced (www.freshfaced.ca) gives me amazing access to natural brands, and I’m love trying out new products and incorporating new ideas into my routine. Being injured has forced me to be kinder to my body and appreciate what it can do, and it’s never been more clear how closely what I eat and drink and put on my skin affects my overall health.
Hometown: Midland Park, NJ but currently in southern California
Hair: shoulder length, naturally wavy but frizzy, color treated blonde.
Skin: aging, combination
Starlet: When I was not into toxic free beauty it was Marilyn Monroe. Now that I am into healthy products, I love Francoise Hardy for her simple style and seemingly effortless beauty. She’s gorgeous as a young woman and has aged well.
Brush teeth with Tom’s of Maine whitening toothpaste. Some gentle stretches, coffee with coconut milk, Brown Rice bread with coconut oil and a little organic Peanut Butter. If I have time I drink my coffee while watching the previous nights BRAVO TV show. I have to ease into my day, I’m not a morning person. If I have pimples, I apply May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver and leave it on for forty minutes.
In the shower…
Oh how times have changed. Before going natural, I was using all kinds of random products that I received to review on my beauty site Hello Dollface. Now I keep it super simple with Osmia Organics Black Clay facial soap for my face. I use a muslin cloth sprinkled with lavender oil to gently remove the face oil or serum from the night before. On my body I either use Osmia Organics Milky Rose soap, or Dr. Woods black soap. I wash my hair with Acure Organics Shampoo and follow up with their conditioner.
Out of the shower…
I apply Skin & Bones Luxurious Moisturizer. I love the scent of this and use it sparingly! I apply The Honest Company sunscreen on my arms, neck and chest. For the face, I use Marie Veronique’s Everyday Coverage Spf 30, followed by Pur Minerals Dark Spot Corrector and if I need extra help, I dab on Vapour Organic foundation (I like the liquid one). I cover dark eye circles with Afterglow Eye Treatment Concealer. Additional eye cream (from Acure Organics) as needed.
For blush, I love W3ll People Universalist color stick and RMS Beauty Lip 2 Cheek. Sometimes I use one from Tarte but that’s not as clean as I’d like it to be. Eyes are lined with W3ll People black eyeliner. Eyeshadow is BareMinerals—recently I’ve been using their new READY palette. I never leave home without mascara! A good natural one is Zuzu Luxe, it works so well! So does 100% Pure.
For lips, I like the strawberry gloss from Bee Naturals or lipstick from DeVita, Red Apple or Afterglow.
I use Trader Joe’s deodorant with a little baking soda over my arm pits which do an A+ job of keeping me sweat and smell free. I keep the baking soda in a round container, sprinkle in lavender or rose essential oil and apply with a kabuki brush.
Back when I was oblivious to the toxins in personal care products, I’d liberally spray perfume. Now I have a natural sandalwood fragrance I dab on pulse points. I also like Ava Anderson’s perfume oil, Joy.
I use the curly girl method of doing my hair—dab with a cotton tee shirt, allow to air dry a little. I spray in some Acure Leave-in Conditioner, blow dry a little then add John Masters Dry Hair Nourisher and De-frizzer. I haven’t found an all natural hairspray yet so I use Redken.
It sounds like a lot but I can be out the door in about thirty minutes! You should see my night time routine…
Thank you Cindy and thank you readers for responding to our call for more routines! We have more great ones the way!