Here’s a fun routine from a reader who gets her natural beauty fix anywhere she goes. She does her best to care for her skin, especially since it’s exposed to extreme weather (she bikes to work!).
City: upstate New York
Current Weather: freezing and dry
Skin: My skin is super sensitive combination prone to redness and some broken capillaries on my cheeks which I’m thinking about getting removed.
Hair: My hair is mid-length, thin super curly brown and dry. I have never dyed it but still have some blonde in it from a couple months in Colombia a year ago.
Favorite Star From the Past: My favorite star from the past is Catherine Deneuve, an amazing talented actress. She was so beautiful and impeccably stylish when she was young and still is today. She for me is an example of a beautiful woman taking care of herself and aging gorgeously.
I have been using almost all natural beauty products since I was in college. I worked for a while in a food coop where my colleagues in the beauty department would hook me up all kinds of products. I have tried a lot of different things but find my skin is usually better when I do less. For a while I got facials from a wonderful women who used Eminence Organics products which I loved but I don’t know of anyone who does that where I live now. I am originally from Belgium and moved back there after college and it was harder to find natural beauty products there but it was fun. I got to experiment with different brands and new things, including a very strange shampoo literally made of mud that really didn’t do much.
Anyways these days I have figured out the products that work for me and that I am loyal to. I start my day with a swig of pure aloe vera juice, then oil pull with coconut oil while I am in the shower. I use Dr. Bronners soap and once a week exfoliate with brown sugar mixed with olive oil.
As far as shampoos after trying a bunch of very different brands I rotate between Desert Organics, Shikai Henna Shine enhancing shampoo and condition, and Acure Organics moroccan argan oil + argan stem cell conditioner triple moisture repairing. I like to switch products around, I need that right balance of shampoo and conditioner that moisturizes my hair without making it too heavy/greasy. I try to space out my shampoos as much as possible, and the night before I wash I’ll sleep with coconut oil in my hair. I tried nopoo but my hair is too fine for that to work.
I am a pretty low maintenance gal, once out of the shower I crunch up my curls with a little John Masters Organics Shine On which makes my curls super soft and shiny and air dry. When I was a teenager I used to use Kerastase Elixir Ultime but this is way better, does the same thing all the while treating my hair over time, and does not contain silicone. Love it! I brush my teeth with Desert Organics toothpaste which does not have SLS, very important. I try to make sure that none of my products contain SLS after a bout with Perioral dermatitis while I was in college.
I don’t wash my face in the morning, just rinse with cold water and spray with Eau de Rose. I cheat a little with my face creams, since I worry about my redness I use Avene Emulsion Anti-rougeurs Jour and Anti-Rougeurs soin ciblée, which I get from the pharmacy in Belgium.The emulsion has SPF 20 and is light enough for my combination skin. If you guys know of a natural anti-redness day cream that really works I’d love to hear about it.
My all time favorite moisturizer for my body is Griffin Remedies Omega 3 Grapefruit Moisturizer — it smells so so good, I alternate that with Shea butter or coconut or apricot oil depending on the day. I also cheat with my perfume, which is from Paris, Montale Black Auod and smells amazing, but I just spray on my clothes which I guess isn’t that bad.
As far makeup I use RMS uncover up on the redness on my cheeks. Dr. Haushka bronzer is the best year round and then some Jurlique Rose Finishing Powder. I have been trying different mascaras, the current one is organic and ok but I will most likely change when it runs out. I use some LaRoche Posay brown eyeliner and a little RMS highlighter if I want to look especially glowing. I also love this organic lipstick from Primitive called Belize, it is a great color but unfortunately does not have the best lasting power. I find that difficult with most organic lipsticks.
I usually have water with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, a soft boiled egg, and a green smoothie and am out the door. I walk or bike to work which is great but can be aggressive on my skin when it gets cold. ( I have never owned a car and am trying to sustain that lifestyle in upstate New York!) During the day I will blot out shininess with my Jurlique Rose Finishing powder which I love and carry with me everywhere.
During the summer and if I am feeling particularly pale I use Chocolate Sun sunless tanner which is really great, gives me a glow more then a tan. Once a week I do a mask of mexican clay, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, and raw honey, and it has revolutionized my skin I rarely ever get breakouts.
Thats pretty much it, I love to try new products but for the moment this has been working really well for me so I don’t stray too much. I use Zoya andButter nail polishes an take garlic supplements, probiotics, and super primrose oil everyday which really helps to keep me healthy and glowing. Also, for waxing I use Parissa hot wax which I highly recommend and you can find in most health food stores.
Here it is—the first Makeup Monday of the new year! You may know the beauty behind this makeup bag as The Green Product Junkie. If you don’t, be sure to check out her blog. You’ll love it!
Name: Katie O’Sullivan
Where I live: East Village, New York City
My relationship with makeup: Blissful. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t absolutely love it. But I fell much, much harder for it after I got into the non-toxic makeup realm; that’s when we started to get really serious. I’m not thee greatest at applying makeup, but I definitely love putting it on, choosing my colors for the day and yapping about it with other women. I’m so fortunate to be in this green beauty community because I love talking about clean brands. Meeting like-minded women is a total thrill for me.
Here’s what’s in my makeup bag:*
*Note: This changes, but usually just the lip colors.
Foundation: I use W3LL People’s Narcissist Foundation. I absolutely love it. It gives magnificent light to medium coverage and doesn’t even look like I’m even wearing foundation. It also has a fresh herbal scent and never looks dry or cakey. I apply it with my retractable EcoTool’s Foundation Brush.
Concealer: I’ve found my Holy Grail concealer…yeah, I know, lucky girl over here. I use Studio 78’s “Off We Go” Concealer and I find it to be the perfect consistency. It’s a dry cream to the touch, but there’s nothing dry about it when you apply it under the eyes or on blemishes. It blends perfectly with my skin. I think the formulation is genius. I also use RMS “Un” Cover-up, which I love to the death. TO THE DEATH, I SAY!
Brows: I fill in my brows with Couleur Caramel’s Eyebrow Pencil. I then use ZuZu Luxe’s Clear Mascara to tame them (insert sound of whip cracking here).
Eyeliner: I use Dr. Hauschka’s Plum/White Duo Eyeliner because I feel like the purple is a great neutral. It’s subtle and gives a pretty, smoky look when smudged. Sadly, I heard they’ve discontinued this liner (groans). If I’m going for black, I’m wearing Juice Beauty’s Defining Eyeliner. There’s a smudge-applicator on the other end that I find myself using all of the time.
Eyeshadow: Well, first of all, I like to start with a pretty, neutral base color on my lids, so I use Kjaer Weis in Cloud Nine or Dr. Hauschka in Sunglow. I have pretty much all of RMS Beauty’s shadows and lately I’ve been into Solar, but I think I use Lunar the most. My latest obsession has been Tea Time by Studio 78 Paris. It’s this gorgeous eggplant/brown color that is great for Winter.
Mascara: I use Couleur Caramel’s Mascara on the top lashes and ZuZu Luxe on the bottom. Why do I do this? Well, my lower lashes seem to skim under my eyes and the Couleur Caramel could get a lil messy. The ZuZu dries perfectly but is also less volumizing which I like on the lower lashes. I’m not a big Tammy Faye fan, here.
Tongue Cleaner, floss, toothpicks: Yeah, I like to freshen up after eating. I use Preserve Products’ tongue cleaner and toothpicks. The tongue cleaner is made from recycled yogurt cups…how can you refuse? I also carry around Radius’ 100% vegan Floss Sachets because they are so handy. I’m kind of obsessed with the teeth/mouth thing, clearly.
Luminizer: For everyday, I’ll wear RMS Living Luminizer. (Bonus info: at night, if I feel like I want a little more KAPOW, I’ll use Luminous Primer by Studio 78 Paris).
Lip/Cheek: This changes all of the time, but I’ll tell you what my favorite cheek colors are currently: Crush by Vapour Organic Beauty and Demure by RMS Beauty. For lips? I’m wearing Ilia Beauty’s Arabian Nights and Blossom Lady and RMS Beauty in Bloom with Living Nature’s Lip Pencil in Laughter.
Scent: Lurk Perfumes RSW005 is a delicious rose that I’m obsessed with currently…so obsessed, that I put a touch on my nose so I can better smell it…bizarro or what? I’ve been carrying around my little Tsi-La Fiori D’Arancio perfume since I received it. The minis come in a rollerball bottle and are a perfect size for your bag.
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!
Happy Makeup Monday! As a lover of makeup, this is my favorite new series on the site. I never get sick of hearing what people paint their face with, and looking at the contents of my bag I’m feeling like it might be time to try some new stuff!
Have you submitted yours? If you want to share send us a snap of what’s in your makeup bag to nomoredirtylooks at gmail dot com with the subject line MAKEUP MONDAYS. Just follow the format below!
Name: Alexandra Spunt (or Alexandra Scott, when I’m feeling wifey)
Where I live: Los Angeles
My relationship with makeup: It’s a love of affair. I’ve been obsessed with the stuff since early childhood when all make-believe roads led to an excuse to put on makeup. It was the 80s, so there was a lot of blue eye shadow and frosted lips—admittedly a weird look for a kid. All grow’d up though and I’m still in awe of the transformative power that a little lipstick or a swipe of blush can have on my face, and—if we’re being honest—the way I’m feeling about my face. That said I’m a minimalist. I like what I like, and I don’t get too crazy with the stuff most days. On rare occasions I even let my mug just do its bare thing, but that’s way less fun.
What’s in my makeup bag.
So I don’t exactly have a makeup bag but I do have many bags and pouches that I am continually transferring my favorite items into. That’s also how I lose stuff. (Like a giant pot of Laura Mercier minerals? Sure.) Featured above are my current staples. There’s also a drawer in my bathroom where I occasionally pluck out gems I’ve forgotten about that are then put back into rotation. And if you like the pouch in this pic… good! It’s part of another project I have my paws in, so check it out here.
Ok, onto the goods.
Jane Iredale Active Light blahdeblah: Honestly, I can never remember the name of this product but I can’t tell you how many tubes of this I’ve gone through over the years. It is a no-fail faker under the eyes and around my nose. When I’m feeling a little splotchy I just spread it all over—starting from the inside out y’all, never put foundation type stuff around the hairline—and it never looks caked on.
Studio 78 Bronzing Powder (We Evade): I LOVE this bronzer. I use it like a blush and usually apply it with my fingers to the area below my cheekbones (the apples I guess?). Sometimes I run a bit over the bridge of my nose as well. On the subject of blushes and bronzers, I’m actually not sure why there’s such a distinction? The way I see it, one just makes you look sun-kissed and the other wind-kissed, no?
Juice Beauty CC Cream: Me and the whole gang have already raved endlessly about this stuff. Just try it if you haven’t.
RMS Beauty rapture, karma and luminizer: Is there anything left to say about rms that we haven’t yet? Is there anyone here who doesn’t use it? Speak up!
Ilia Lipstick (Bang Bang): There’s barely any lipstick left in this tube. Of course I also use it on my cheeks because I’m a big fan of the matching lip and cheek. It’s such a clean look, especially if you also skip the eye.
Vapour Mulit-Use: Yet another lip-to-cheek winner. You can see there’s a theme here, and also that I’m a bit lazy. They’re all different though, consistency-wise. This one has particularly good lasting power too.
Bare Minerals: So random, and I’m not even sure if they’re clean! I bought these in a panic when my husband sprung a lunchtime double-date on me with new friends—so not his style—and I had a whopper on my face. I’d lost my Laura Mercier minerals, and when you really need coverage minerals are just the best. Especially if you use a brush like the one in the picture and just dab it right on the problem spot.
Dirty mascara + liquid eyeliner: Busted! When it comes to liquid eyeliner and mascara I have yet to find one that truly competes with the chems. Sadly, I do wear the mascara everyday whereas the eyeliner is only when I’m feeling extra fresh and want a little wing-tip.
Ok, now tell me, what’s missing from this makeup bag? I’m all ears.
Burrrrr. Sounds cold up in Vermont. Warm up with this great routine from a lovely esthetician, Elizabeth. In addition to the Tata Harper products (Vermont love!), we’re intrigued by the other local items Elizabeth has found. Enjoy!
City: Montpelier, Vermont
Current Weather: Winter is setting in… below 30 degrees every day, windy, 5 in. of snow on the ground already
Skin: Combination, oily t-zone, dehydrated cheeks, sometimes hormonal breakouts, super sensitive!
Hair: Fine, straight, long…naturally ombre’d because I am growing out the bleach in the ends of my hair
Favorite Star: Cindy Crawford
Each Morning I begin each day by drinking as much water as I can. I fill up a 32oz glass milk bottle and carry it around with me while I get myself together for the day.
In the shower…
Generally, I shower in the morning but only wash my hair every few days. Every few washes I begin with a locally made, rose petal infused apple cider vinegar rinse that I pour through my wet hair and let sit for a few minutes to work it’s magic. This is clarifying, purifying and toning for the scalp…it also makes your shampoo work so much better! Next, I shampoo with either Phyto Volume Shampoo, Rahua Volumizing Shampoo or Pureology Volume Shampoo. When that is rinsed out I condition with either Pureology Hydrate Conditioner or John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Conditioner mixed with the John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler. My hair is very fine but because the ends were bleached, they still need a super hydrating conditioner. I then twist my conditioner-hair on top of my head and clip it while I go through the rest of my routine.
Next I wash my body with either Dr. Hauschka’s Lemon Lemongrass Body Wash or Collective Well Being’s Charcoal Body Wash… and I ALWAYS use exfoliating gloves and scrub scrub scrub… I cannot seem to remember to use a body brush before showering, though I love the ritual, so instead I go to town with my exfoliating gloves! I rinse off, rinse out my conditioner, rinse my hands off and begin my facial cleanse. I use Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Cream on most days, occasionally I use May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt for when it is very cold outside and I feel that my skin needs the circulatory boost from May’s product. If I am having a hormonal breakout I will use Arcona’s Raspberry Gommage. Though I rotate cleansers, I always treat my skin in the same way. I am an esthetician and believe that we should treat our skin as if it is silk. I never ever scrub my face, I press my cleanser into my skin beginning at the forehead and working my way down with very gentle pressure. This stimulates the lymphatic system to begin to flow, thus purifying your skin from the inside while on the outside your skin is being cleansed without being irritated. I rinse off my cleanser and my shower is done.
Outside the shower…
While my hair is wrapped in a towel, I spritz a facial toner on. I LOVE to experiment here. I use Dr. Hauschka’s Clarifying toner, Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence, a locally made Raw Honey toner or Arcona’s Mineral Magic. If I am having a breakout, I will dab on Arcona’s Tabula Rasa. Works wonders! While my face is still damp, I go for a facial oil. Oil is FANTASTIC for oily skin. My favorite’s are Dr. Hauschka’s Normalizing Day Oil, May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew and a locally made oil that is choc full of sea buckthorn, tamanu and so many floral essential oil’s it smells like you just stuck your head into a bouquet of jasmine blossoms. I apply a dab of Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum around my eyes… if I use it all over my face I tend to breakout but it’s an incredible eye cream on its own. Because the weather in VT is so harsh, I use a day cream over my facial oil. In the winter I use Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, amazing at soothing broken capillaries! In the summer I use Dr. Hauschka’s Melissa Day Cream (heavenly lemon balm scent) or Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturizer. For the body I use Dr. Hauschka’s Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil (great for toning!) and then I use Lunaroma’s Bergamot Vetiver Body Butter where I tend to get extra dry…so arms, knees, feet, hands. Then I toss on a robe and do my hair, I put on a robe so that my hair doesn’t fall into my lemongrass oil on my back. I spritz Rahua’s Volumizing Spray into my roots, followed by John Masters Sea Salt Spray. In the winter I HAVE to blow dry or my hair would be icicles when I went outside so I do but in the summer it’s a benefit of fine hair that you can roll your windows down in your car on the way to work and your hair is dry in minutes!
For makeup I generally just curl my eyelashes with Trish McEvoy’s eyelash curler…its my absolute favorite! And then I use a few coats of Dr. Hauschka’s Volume Mascara. If I’m feeling fancy I will use Dr. Hauschka’s translucent bronze concentrate as an actual bronzer and swirl it onto cheekbones, forehead, nose, chin and neck with a stippling brush. I will follow with RMS Beauty lip2cheek in Smile on both lips and cheeks…and if I’m REALLY going for it I will use RMS Beauty eyeshadow in Seduce and Dr. Hauschka’s eyeliner pencil in 04 (charcoal brown)…smudging it right up into the upper lash line to make my eyelashes look super thick and dark.
Once all this is done, I try really hard to drink a green smoothie or a green juice. It’s incredible what it can do for your skin, especially if you are consistent! But if I don’t have the time, I’ll finish my morning routine with a giant cup of Teacup Botanicals’ Nourish vitamin and mineral tea. So delicious, so good for you and keeps me warm when I have to brave the blustery weather outside my door!