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!

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There’s only one thing better than discovering a product you love, and that’s figuring out a killer combo.

In a recent panic over a misplaced (and since retrieved) tube of Juice Beauty CC cream, I did just that. For better or worse, the CC cream has made me realize just how much I like having that subtle look of more even skin.

So when it went missing I reached into my medicine cabinet and was reintroduced to a product I had previously passed up: Studio 78’s Chameleon Foundation.

Now, to be fair, even when I gave this product the cold shoulder, I knew it had a lot of good things going for it. I loved how it magically transformed when I touched it from a white cream to a perfectly-color-matched foundation, and it had a wonderful texture to it. The glitch? Its coverage just felt a little bit too coveragey for this clean girl.

But desperate times call for innovation. And lo, right there on the bathroom sink sat my trusty PAI Rosehip Biogenerate Oil.

I pretty much love all of the PAI products (special callout to their eye cream, which I like to use on my entire face), but there’s something about this oil that I just keep coming back to. I know, I know—oils. How different are they really? Rosehip is known to be chalk-full of antioxidants and other magical things, which is awesome. And if memory serves, Evan Healy told me it was essentially god’s gift to acne and anti-aging when I interviewed her for the book.

But at the end of the day, while I love information, I’m still largely about the experience. And this is an experience I just adore: the smell, the feel, the way my skin glistens after I apply it.

Now take that effect and combine it with the beautiful texture and just-slightly-too-matte coverage of the foundation and—voila!—skin perfection. Dewy, even, doesn’t-look-like-makeup natural.

Why am I telling you about this instead of just reiterating how great the CC cream is? Well, because they’re actually totally different beasts. The CC cream is subtle city, and sometimes you want to take things to the next but-still-natural level. That’s what this combo is. In fact, my new favorite thing is using all three products for a serious triple threat.

Here’s how I do:

Cleanse, apply your base or sunscreen or, if you’re me, the CC. Then pump a very teeny-tiny amount of the foundation along with a very small drop of the oil onto your finger tips. (If price concerns you with these products, I cannot overemphasize how little is required for each use.) Blend  and apply evenly to your skin with a very light touch (you can always add more). If you have a problem spot you can go ahead and use the foundation on its own too, like around your nose or under your eyes. The crazy thing about this stuff is that even with the oil added, it has incredible lasting power.

Have you tried either of these products? What do you use for coverage? And most importantly, what combos do you create in your bathroom?

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

Age: 43

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.

Somehow we missed Mercedes’ first routine in our inbox (guh!). But like many a clean girl, hers keeps evolving and we’re thrilled she sent in this new one because, well, it’s awesome. Now, can someone tell us what “stippling with a beauty blender” is? Because this makeup technique sounds amazing!

Name: Mercedes

Age: 30 (on the cusp of 31, Gemini love)

Current weather: New England spring – holding steady in the low 60s, not a ton of humidity yet.

Hair: Naturally wavy, relatively fine but I have a lot of it, past my shoulders, very dark brown. I wear it in loose waves (from a large barrel curling iron) all the time.

Favorite icon: Not from the past, but Kate Winslet has been one of my beauty icons since I was young. She is such a truly beautiful, real woman and she inspires me to accept my own natural beauty.

Skin: I’ve always had a problem with dryness, but since going natural it really is more towards the “normal” side of things. Occasional cycle-related pimples, and a bit of redness here and there, but overall no major skin complaints. I’m happy! I don’t really ever wash my face with cleanser – I either use Jane Iredale’s magic mitt with warm water, or an oil cleansing method with macadamia nut oil (what I use to take off my eye makeup) and a hot washcloth. A few time a week I exfoliate with May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt.

In the shower…

I usually shower in the evenings, and as much as I would like to was my hair infrequently, I cannot stand the smell of scalp and with hot yoga classes and the lack of fragrance potency of most green hair products, I end up washing every other day. Shampoo and condish are my one true love Yarok, sometimes switched up with John Master’s Organics Zinc and Sage, which my boyfriend says makes me smell like “swiss miss” (the marshmallow, I guess). I suds up with either Dr. Bronner’s (the baby formula one) or a charcoal shower gel, and have been using up old bottles of Acure shampoo and condish to shave with (didn’t like it for my hair). Also, I’ve been using Rare El’ements pre-shampoo treatment a few times a week before I wash. I’ll usually put in, go to a yoga class,  and then wash out. Once a month I’ll do a coconut oil deep conditioning. This has all transformed the condition of my formally pretty fried hair. I also like to do face masks once a week or do – my fave is the Pangea Oraganics seaweed one.

Outside the shower…

On the face it’s a spritz of some kind of toner (right now it’s the Acure one for dry skin – meh about it, next up will be In Fiore which I’m dyyyyying to get my paws on), and argan oil all over, and Kahina eye cream. My newest find is Bija Body…and I use the daily serum and lotion all over. It smells divine and lasts for a good long while. Sometimes I use Chocolate Sun self tanning lotion on my legs. I try and let my hair air dry as much as possible, and use Intelligent Nutrients leave in condish as a heat protectant.  Then I use a large barrel curling iron to create large waves, do a little backcombing for volume, and set with some Intelligent Nutrients hairspray.

Finishing touches…

I love love love makeup. I have a separate everyday routine, and weekend/going out routine (which unfortunately still utilizes some dirty stuff). My current go-to day routine includes a layer of Vive Sana sunscreen, and RMS un-cover up in 22 applied with a beauty blender. This is my new FAVORITE discovery. The un-cover up didn’t work for me as an undereye concealer and I was lamenting the money I spent on something I couldn’t use. But then, inspired by posts on here about different ways to use products, I started playing around. To use all over the face for light coverage I discovered I need to use some kind of primer (the sunscreen, or sometimes I’ll just Vapour’s Skin perfector if it’s going to be overcast all day), and stippling with a damp beauty blender makes it blend in so well. Then I use a very light shade of Jane Iredale’s concealer click pen under my eyes, a contour-ish dusting of Studio 78’s bronzing powder (new discovery, love! Almost a dupe for NARS Laguna), a dab on the cheeks of Revolution Organics cream blush (the hot pink one!), sometimes a bit of RMS living luminizer on the cheekbones and cupid’s bow, fill in the brows with Jane Iredale brow gel, even out the eyelids with Nvey Eco concealer, curl lashes, apply some Jane Iredale basic black eye pencil on my waterline (top and bottom), apply a coat of Tarte’s lash primer (also a relatively new discovery, and it noticeably prevents mascara from flaking), and a few coats of Josie Maran’s GoGo mascara. Lips right now is Ilia’s tinted lip conditioner in Blossom Lady. It may sound like a lot but this takes me less than 10 minutes and I feel like me but better. Now, going out makeup is another story! It tends to include lots of black liquid liner, fake lashes, and bright lips <3

So glad to be part of the NMDL community. Green beauty is a huge passion, and I learn so much constantly from all of you.

Right back at ya, Mercedes!

I’m about to write a pretty girly how-to makeup post. It would almost warrant a YouTube video—if it weren’t simple enough for a monkey!

Two completely random events conspired last week for me to come up with a whole new makeup look (just when I thought I’d tried it all). 1) A 100-degree heat wave hit Los Angeles for two days putting the entire city in a sweat. And 2) I ran out of my favorite dirty mascara.

And so, the look that I’m calling “night-for-day face” was born. All you need are two products that you likely already have: bronzer (or blush if you don’t do bronzer) and a pencil eyeliner. It’s night-for-day because I like to wear eyeliner (with mascara) and bronzer for evenings out in the summer. But, while the eyeliner gives this look a touch of evening edge, it’s so light that it passes as polished without being too much for daytime wear.

The absolute best part about this face though? It’s 100% weather-and-activity-proof. There’s no leaks or smudges or runs. And it’s really really easy to reapply during the day. Also, it’s super liberating to not wear mascara but still have a little eye happening! Here’s what I do.

Prep: I’ve been using the Marie Veronique face oil, which smells and feels amazing. (Would I pay the $110 for it? Nope, probably not, but I got this bottle gifted.) The oil really helps the bronzer apply nicely though your usual moisturizer will likely do the trick. My skin has been pretty clear lately so (knock on wood), I’ve been using minimal concealer.

Apply: Bronzer with my finger (love the studio 78 one) under my cheekbones and slightly up around the contour of the bone. A tiny bit along the bridge of my nose as well as my eyebrow bone. Then I very lightly line the inside of my eye with a black pencil (Jane Iredale or HoneyBee Gardens). Very very lightly though, so that it’s more of a translucent gray than black if that makes sense. If you go too dark without mascara your eye will look small, but somehow that doesn’t happen if you do the line barely there.

That’s it! You can add some lip gloss or a touch of color on the lip, but the trick is light touch with everything or else you just look made up.

What have you been doing with your makeup these days??