This winter a few choice Pai Skincare products have been a huge comfort to some of us at NMDL. Never underestimate the power of a calming cream and a glow-enhancing rosehip oil. Something else to love? Founder Sarah’s stance on aging:
“I don’t think women should be ‘sold’ the ideal of youth. Nor should they be made to feel bad about getting older. The ‘anti-ageing’ product tag is negative and outdated.
I want to empower women to feel good about themselves as they get older – through simple product regimes, dietary advice and general lifestyle support. Age Confidence is our way of telling women that true beauty has no age limit and to get on with living full lives.”
Amen! Now let’s peek into Sarah’s makeup bag…
Name: Sarah Brown
Home: Chiswick, West London (UK)
My relationship with make-up:
My relationship with make-up has varied a lot over the years. In my late teens I never wore more than a slick of mascara — it wasn’t until I developed a skin allergy that I started relying on more heavy duty products!
I developed Urticaria out of the blue in my mid-twenties and then suffered with adult acne on top. My skin was rashy, unpredictable, hard to manage and upsetting to live with. I’d always hide behind a full face of foundation and concealer.
A decade on, my skin is calm and under control, so make-up is much more about enhancing rather than masking — a nice position to be in.
I still have to be careful about what I use — checking ingredients lists on make-up products is second nature to me now! Bismuth Oxychloride is one to avoid if you have sensitive skin as is Methylisothiazolinone (MI).
I only ever wear a full face of makeup if I have a TV interview or photo shoot. Otherwise I like to keep things simple (and speedy), relying on a few trusted and hardworking staples.
Skin: I have never got on with liquid foundations and prefer to allow my skin to breathe. If I have a bit of redness or a persistent blemish, I use a bit of my RMS Uncover in 11. It gives good coverage without being too heavy. I also use a mineral powder from Lily Lolo (not pictured) which is best applied with a Kubuki brush.
Eyes: I’ve yet to find a natural eye shadow with the same staying power as this MAC one. I apply it to my lash line with a small flat brush, a great tip I picked up from a make-up artist who said to me “No hard lines Sarah. Blend, blend, blend!” I’m still on the look out for a natural mascara — I’ve heard the Ilia one is good, but would welcome any recommendations! I’ve tried loads on the market with fairly dismal panda eye results.
I also carry our Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream in my makeup bag — it’s a godsend for tired eyes and a brilliant base for under-eye concealer, something I need with a one year old son!
Cheeks: I really like Lily Lolo products and use their Mineral Blush in Surfer Girl — it gives a nice glow and brightens the complexion.
Lips: Our Bergamot Lip Balm is a great multi-tasker — I use it to shape my brows and soften my cuticles when I’m on the go! I also love Ilia’s In My Room — it has great staying power and is a perfect pinky nude. I don’t suit dark shades of lipstick at all. So wish I did!
Scent: I’m very sensitive to fragrance but I love the smell of this Pacifica Persian Rose perfume. I rub it onto my clothes rather than directly on my skin to minimise irritation. I love getting little wafts of it throughout the day. Plus, it’s the perfect size for carrying around.
Have you tried any of these products? Can you recommend a natural mascara that doesn’t give you panda eyes?
Take a peek into this simple and elegant makeup collection from a natural beauty all-star, Tata Harper. Her emphasis on glow mirrors the very product line she’s created. We would never judge, but we’re tickled that Tata’s makeup choices are as clean as the ingredients in her own line.
Name: Tata Harper
Where I Live: Shoreham, Vermont
My relationship with makeup: I am a huge beauty lover and always have been, but ironically not a huge makeup user. For me it has always been about starting with amazing skin (which is where my skincare line comes in), and then using makeup to add colorful accents, and to make my skin look extra glowy. In terms of makeup categories, I don’t own anything powdery — all of my makeup is creamy and enhances the skin’s natural luster and highlights. That said, I love bold, bright colors (for example, I never wear black), and my makeup selections definitely reflect that.
Foundation: While I usually don’t wear foundation, if it’s a special occasion or we’re filming video, I even things out by adding a bit of Vapour foundation to my Repairative Moisturizer as a dewy base.
Eyes: I prefer lighter mascara; the kind I have been using lately is by Ilia and it’s very dark brown. For eyeliner, I like to use something shiny and bright rather than dark, to give a little sparkle. I love RMS’ cream eyeshadow in Solar and usually apply it with a really thin brush just along the edge of my lashes.
Cheeks: On my cheeks I love a pop of red or pink right on the apple. I’ve been using my own Be Adored lip treatment lately, which has a really rich raspberry color that you can massage right in to the cheeks with your finger for a little natural blush color. I also love Vapour’s blush stick in Courtesan and Spark.
Lips: Every day, I use my Be Adored lip treatment. It’s all-natural of course, with a rich raspberry color, and has anti-aging ingredients that help boost volume and fight lip lines while hydrating. It’s a color that pretty much goes with everything. I also love Ilia’s lipsticks for occasions that call for a little extra color; I love their Wild Child and Bang Bang colors.
Glow: To me, gorgeous, striking skin has an irresistible glow that looks healthy and happy. I love to promote that look in my own skin with our Replenishing Nutrient Complex, a multivitamin facial oil serum that blends right in, but it’s amazing because if softens the skin, smooths it out, and absorbs quickly to leave a healthy glow. I also love RMS’ Living Luminizer, to put right on the cheekbones and under the eyebrows for a beautiful shine.
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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!