It’s time to glance into another makeup bag. This one is from a reader in Sweden, so get ready to discover some clean products you might not have heard of before.
Where I live: Stockholm, Sweden
My relationship with makeup: Since my early teens, when I started to wear mascara. The difference between using makeup during my younger days and now I guess is that nowadays I want my makeup to be more natural, if you know what I mean.
In 2009 I started to replace all my skincare and makeup products with natural, organic and non-toxic brands. Something I never regret. I’ll never change back!
In my makeup bag right now…
Concealer: Duo coverstick with two shades, to highlight and conceal/cover. Using either fingertips or a concealer brush. This one is from the Swedish Organic brand Maria Åkerberg Deepskin Organics.
Foundation: mineral foundation (loose), which protects, covers, and gives a natural look. My fave brand is the Swedish c/o mineralsmink. To apply the foundation I use a big kabuki brush. When using a soft brush and circular motion it helps to stimulate our lymphatic system, the system that drains toxins, takes away puffiness and clears the skin.
Blush: as an everyday blush I prefer a light pink/peach shade that just gives a hint of color to my cheeks. Using a medium big powder/blush brush. Favorites are by Australian brand Nvey Eco Blush #955 and Mineral (loose) Blush Youth by the Swedish brand TiKei.
Eyeshadow: I mostly go for earth colors; it’s the easiest shades to have at all times. But I also like pink, lilac and green. An eyeshadow palette with really useful colors is Nvey Eco Eye Shadow Palette # 6. To apply eyeshadow I often use angled, crease, flat, round, or contour eyeshadow brushes.
Eyeliner: I use a dark brown/black eyeshadow wet or dry and apply it with an angled liner brush.
Mascara: The French brand UNE has developed a few natural mascaras and they are really good. Stays on and in place, easy to remove and do not irritate sensitive eyes. I like the 3 in 1 mascara (black) best because of its brush — long and thin with small plastic spikes. Gives really beautiful lashes.
Lip balm/lip gloss: Most of the time I use only lip balm. Right now I am using the Vata – Pitta – Kapha Ayurvedic Hurraw Balm.
Makeup tools: I choose earth friendly with synthetic brushes (taklon).
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Meet Caitie, a natural beauty blogger who shares our passion for great clean products!
Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada
Current Weather: Moody—hot and humid one day, cool the next.
Hair: Curly and very prone to frizz. I’ve happily found products that keep it under control, but when I deviate, bad, pouffy things happen!
Skin: Pretty normal. I struggled with acne until about 21, but since then, my skin has been fairly easygoing. It can be a little sensitive at times, but generally my biggest skin concerns are pores that I wish were less visible, and a couple fine lines on my forehead.
Icon: I’m not sure I have one! But, let’s go with Amanda Seyfried. I don’t see it, but ever since Mamma Mia came out, I regularly have strangers come up to me and tell me how much I look like her. It’s very strange…
The night before…
I take my makeup off with jojoba oil and then double cleanse with some kind of cleanser. I’ve been looking for a new one and trying out a few different ones in the meantime, but none seem quite right. I like Pretty’s Black Tea and Raw Cocoa Cleansing Grains and Weleda’s Soothing Almond Cleansing Lotion, but I’m not convinced either of them gets my skin clean enough to use just it, all the time. After cleansing, I use a homemade witch hazel toner, and follow with KYI’s Argan + Vitamin C Serum, which is a light oil, but still very hydrating. I’ve actually noticed an improvement in the lines on my forehead in the two months or so I’ve been using it. I also use Pure + Simple’s Eye Brightening Cream, which is great for dark circles, but not quite as effective for puffiness.
In the morning…
About once a week, I mix up a homemade clay mask and apply that about 10 minutes before jumping in the shower. When I remember, I’ll also do a quick dry brush. On days when I don’t do a mask, I like to use a face scrub in the shower – either Devita’s Gentle Aloe Scrub or Sukin’s Revitalizing Facial Scrub (which contains phenoxyethanol but is otherwise very clean). Next, I wash my hair with Acure’s Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and leave the matching conditioner on until the very end of my shower. I change body washes all the time, but right now I’m using Nourish’s Almond Vanilla, which is lovely and creamy, and smells like decadent cake batter. On shaving days, I use Desert Essence’s Fragrance Free Conditioner, which I hated on my hair, but which works surprisingly well as a shaving cream.
Outside of the shower…
If I don’t deal with my hair while it’s very wet, it frizzes up, so after quickly toweling off, the first thing I do is apply Aura Cacia’s Organic Argan Oil, focusing it mainly on my ends. Then, I scrunch with either Yarok’s Feed Your Roots Mousse or Intelligent Nutrients’ Styling Gel. Both control frizz and define my curls, without leaving my hair sticky or crunchy. Both also have mild scents, which I love since scented hair products usually start to drive me crazy midway through the day. The Intelligent Nutrients gives a little more hold and makes for better second day hair, but either one is fine day to day.
On my face, I use my homemade witch hazel toner again, followed by Skin Essence’s Nourish Serum/Moisturizer and Pure + Simple’s Eye Brightening Cream. I also moisturize my body with an unscented lotion. Right now I’m using Seed’s Nourishing Body Lotion, but my favorite is Acure’s Cocoa Butter + CoQ10.
I enjoy playing around with makeup, but my everyday look is pretty neutral. Eye shadow varies day to day, but it’s usually a light, shimmery beige or gold on the lid and a medium brown or plum in the crease. My favorite mascara is Zuzu Luxe’s Onyx, and while I don’t wear liner every day, when I do, it’s a pencil from either Honeybee Gardens or Benecos. Lips are usually pretty subtle. I like Badger’s lip balms (particularly the cocoa butter ones), Yes to Carrot’s Tinted Colorbalms, Vapour’s lip glosses, and a recent discovery, Ecco Bella’s FlowerColor lipsticks (Tuscany Rose is my favorite). Most days I wear a powder foundation, either Honeybee Gardens’ Pressed Mineral Foundation or Lucy Minerals’ Lucy Light Foundation. For a cream/liquid product, I’m a big fan of The All Natural Face’s Cream Foundation. I also use Une’s Skin Glow Pencil and Silk Naturals’ Sleep in a Jar Concealer under my eyes. My blush is usually from one of my homemade pressed palettes, which I made a couple months ago when I was feeling especially adventurous. I top everything off with Lucy Minerals’ Light Finishing Powder, which blurs fine lines and imperfections and helps my makeup last longer.
Whew, sounds like a lot when you write it all out! Overall, I’m pretty happy with my routine, but I’m still searching for a perfect cleanser and eye cream. Any suggestions are very welcome!