IMG_3179This is going to be a great makeup season for me, and all you lovelies that dig on orange and purple.  Even if you don’t think they are for you, give something a shot.  Two of my fave super clean companies are at the forefront of this color extravaganza.

These are not the drugstore makeup colors of my 70s childhood.  They are fresh and hip, and will make you feel that way, too.

top to bottom: Curious, Royal, Perfect Day, Around the World

top to bottom: Curious, Royal, Perfect Day, Around the World

RMS Beauty:  The “wearable brights” are now available from their website, but I was so intrigued I nabbed them up in the preview launch on net-a-porter.  Curious (lip2cheek) is a very buildable orange, so you can go subtle or all out as desired.  It has a very slight shimmer to it, but wears like a semi-matte when applied lightly.  The lip2cheek designation is a true one for me.  It is a fresh alternative to pink.  Royal (lip shine) is a purple with a pink base, maybe not quite as much shine as some of the other lip shine shades (a good thing in my book).  It has more shimmer than I was expecting or desired, but I still think I can carry it off.  If you like shimmer, this is the one to go for.  I can see this as a good one to layer on top of your other favorite lip colors.

Ilia Beauty:  Ilia lipsticks are buildable and have my favorite semi-matte finish.  These colors are less obvious versions of orange and purple on me – more of a suggestion, really.  Perfect Day is advertised as a toned down coral red, but I feel its orangey tones.  This is a great one if you don’t want take the full orange leap (if you do, try Ilia’s Voila).  I actually had to rescue it from my pretty-but-not-me bag that I take to parties to share with friends.  On a blah day I dug it out and added it to my small collection of colors that travelled with me on a recent trip.  When I got up at 3am to make a 6am flight, I blearily dabbed on some Perfect Day, and it brightened my attitude.  Around The World (exclusive to net-a-porter) is described as rose with a bold lavender undertone.  For me, it works as a more summery version of Ink Pot, a personal favorite (and the one to try if you are going full purple jacket).

These colors are taking me seamlessly from summer into fall.  Will you be working orange and purple into your transition?

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.

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?

 

And we’re back after a lovely holiday weekend! Did you take advantage of the CV Skinlabs Friday Deal? Let me tell you, I inadvertently got a little too much sun yesterday and found myself with sunburned limbs. I applied CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray and this morning the burn is GONE and my skin is even-toned—no awkward tan lines! Their products are going to be a summer staple. I just had to share because I love when a product does exactly what it promises to do. Back to the task at hand. Makeup!

A reader named Aneta wrote in with a question we’ve often pondered ourselves: Can you suggest a natural eyeshadow primer for oily lids that actually works?

For real, though. Some of my favorite clean eyeshadows seem to just slide around and settle in creases or melt away altogether, and I know Aneta and I are not alone here. Before going clean, I personally used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer. Not so clean, but boy did it work. I threw the darn thing out just so I wouldn’t be tempted by its magic fixing abilities.

My current method is to apply foundation or concealer to my eyelids first. A mineral powder foundation is great for this, and right now I’m having a love affair with W3ll People Altruist Mineral Foundation applied with their Foundation and Concealer Brush. Then I apply whatever shadow I’m using, and dust a fine layer of RMS Beauty Un-Powder on top.

Have you found a natural eyeshadow primer that works? If not, what tricks do you use to keep your eyeshadow in tact and fresh? Let us know!