This gorgeous spread comes from the founder of Embody Beauty, an online retailer we hadn’t heard of until Nicolle partnered with her for a little makeover (post coming later this week). We love her natural makeup picks!
Name: Samjhana Shrestha
Where I live: Minneapolis, MN
Relationship with makeup: Soulmates :) I have loved makeup since I was far too young to be playing with it! Art class would have come much more naturally had the paint brush been a makeup brush instead. I learned how to apply makeup on my own because it flowed with ease, and the only rules I followed were that of my own based solely on what resonated with my skin. My morning beauty ritual is a cathartic moment alone, where I can simply relax with a calm mind and play with palettes of beautiful shades and textures. The element of time is completely lost while I channel my love for color and embody my personal spirit in every look. My routine is never complete without the lovely sounds of the French Cafe station on Pandora and the following essentials:
Moisturizer: My skin tends to call for deep hydration daily and has been especially delicate following the winter here in Minneapolis. Before applying a single thing, I always begin with a spritz of moisture. An all time favorite is the Vitamin D Moisture Mist by Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics. This light refreshing mist not only delivers active nutrients and hydration for hours but is a vital source of Vitamin D, which many of us are thirsting for this time of year! I then follow with a rich facial oil – the key to not only healthy skin but a supple, dewy glow. The Youth Dew by May Lindstrom Skin is an incomparable serum blending 20 rejuvenating oils with skin super food, avocado oil as its base. My skin is super quick to absorb both moisturizers and is left feeling lifted and subtly illuminated.
Foundation: The INIKA Mineral Foundation is beyond amazing. I have never discovered a foundation that offers the same level of flawless coverage and still appears as natural as skin. It is specially formulated to serve as the ultimate trifecta—foundation, concealer and powder in one. Any trace of redness or uneven skin tone is completely neutralized, yet the skin barely seems touched by an ounce of powder. It is pure perfection and always applied using the INIKA kabuki brush. An incredibly silky, luxurious brush that masters the airbrushed effect like no other.
Concealer: Winter weather and late work nights have graced my skin with the presence of dullness and dark circles. Thankfully, Rose Marie Swift is a brilliant beautician who has created a second veil of skin for us all. The RMS “Un” Cover Up has secretly made up for those hours of sleep, and truthfully sheds years off my age while highlighting my inner youth. A few swipes of the creamy shade 22 from below both eyes to the corners of my nose and it looks as though I am 22 all over again.
Eyeliner: I love the versatility of Vapour Organic Beauty’s Mesmerize Eyeliner. It is so velvety smooth that it can glide like a gel liner, creating crisp dramatic lines or precisely define as a pencil liner.
Mascara: Although I was blessed with dark and long eyelashes, we all long for a mascara that can elevate our eyes with thickness and depth. The Nvey Eco Volumizing Mascara does exactly that. Its texture is creamy and rich enough to add visible thickness to each lash and the wand sculpts with serious definition.
Eyeshadow: Nothing compares in pigment quality, color variety and wear time like the INIKA Mineral Eyeshadows. They are the perfect replacement for bold brands like MAC and create unique finishing effects that happen to catch the light at every angle. Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadowsalso have an exquisite selection of shades that I often use for a daily dose of color.
Eyebrow Fill: I am a full blown eyebrow enthusiast…Cara Delelvigne style. Bold yet natural, which the Nvey Eco High Definition Eyeliner compact in Brown delivers. Using an angle liner brush this powder blends beautifully and lasts me all day/night.
Blush: I vary blush hues almost as often as lipstick, depending on the overall tone of my makeup. However, one of my utmost favorites is the Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush in Spark. It is the perfect peachy-pink kiss on the cheeks that enhances my skin’s natural feminine charm.
Lipstick: When a lipstick not only draws high impact color but luscious moisture, I am hooked. Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipsticks are the rare balance of hydrating lip balm + bright rich color. My favorite daily dose of moisture and a mauvey chic pout is the shade Au Pair.
Bronzer: RMS Buriti Bronzer captures the beauty and grace of summertime skin into one extraordinary cream. Somehow this magical blend contours my cheekbones and adds sunkissed warmth all year round, beginning with light touches during the winter and building deeper coverage during summer.
Illuminator: The one and only time I experienced love at first sight…. was with the RMS Living Luminizer. When I search for a boost in radiance, I look to illuminate my natural skin rather than apply sparkle or glitter elements. This luxurious cream was the first illuminator I have found to softly glisten skin while remaining fairly sheer and solely enhance rather than distract from it. A true lit from within instead of outside in.
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 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.
Say hello to Jinna! Her routine includes some incredible goodies, but she relies first and foremost on a clean diet for glowing skin. Enjoy!
City: Los Angeles, CA
Current Weather: Sunny and dry, with a slight fall chill in the air
Skin: Combination, though my skin has stayed clear and glowing since I cut out dairy and meat from my diet (with the exception of 2-3 “treat’ meals per week). Starting to notice crows feet creeping up though!
Hair: black, long, straight, and fine
Favorite star from past: Jane Birkin. Love her effortless, natural look and Parisian chic.
I am a natural product skincare and makeup junkie and after years of rotating products I have found, for the most part, what consistently works for me (though I can’t resist trying a few new products here and there!)
In the shower…
I dry brush for 2-3 minutes (or even less if I’m in a rush!) before jumping in the shower. Before, I used to swear by dry shampoo and washing my hair every other day, but have since realized that my fine hair gets too oily, especially because I work out every day. I have yet to find a shampoo and conditioner that I’m in love with, and I’ve tried them all: Yarok, Phylia de M., John Masters Organics, Rahua, etc. I’m currently rotating between Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Burdock and Neem Healthy Scalp shampoo. Both work fine for now, but I will definitely be on the lookout for something new once I use these up. Three times a week I do a pre ‘poo treatment of coconut or jojoba oil for 1 hour before shampooing out. I find that since I wash my hair daily, it does a good job of keeping it from getting too dry. On the days I don’t do the oil treatment, I rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar in the shower after shampooing and before conditioning. I’ve found that both have improved the overall health of my scalp and hair. For body wash, I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille soap, which multitasks as hand soap and puppy shampoo! While my skin is slightly damp, I moisturize all over with One Love Organics Scented Body Serum in Lavender.
Outside the shower…
After brushing my teeth, I oil pull with a spoonful of coconut oil for about 10 minutes. I’ve read that the recommended time is 20 minutes, but I just can’t bring myself to do it for that long! While I’m swishing, I exfoliate my face every other morning with Tatcha Polishing Powder in Classic, though I have May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt waiting as soon as I finish the Tatcha. On the mornings I don’t exfoliate I wipe my face with S.W. Basics cleanser and finish with a splash of cold water. Next, I dab a few drops of Intelligent Nutrients Spot Treatment over my face. After that’s dried, I use One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin C serum. This is a recent discovery and I absolutely love it. It makes my skin look dewy and glowing while keeping it moisturized. Since the weather has gotten much drier and as previously mentioned, I’ve started noticing unwanted wrinkles, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase 37 Extreme Actives cream. Yes it is obscenely expensive, which is why I use it only under my eyes and mouth, but as my mother always said, don’t feel too guilty about splurging on food or skincare since you will get a return on your investment. I haven’t been using it long enough to decide if it’s worth the price but so far, I love the feel of the cream on my skin and how hydrated it feels afterward. If I’m noticing my skin getting a little oily, I swipe Arcona’s Tabula Rasa pad over the area, which pretty much stops any pimples from forming.
I started using 100% Pure full coverage foundation (thanks for this website’s recommendation!) and I also love it. It’s the only product that provides sun protection and coverage without irritating my sensitive skin. If I’m especially tired that day, I will also use RMS “Un” Cover-Up under my eyes. I rotate among many blushes: Kjaer Weis in Sun Touched, Vapour in Spark, RMS in Modest, and Revolution Organics in Blushed, just to name a few. So far, my favorite is the Revolution Organics, as it leaves a nice pink flush to my cheeks. For eyeliner, I use an eyeliner brush and The All Natural Face’s Vegan Gel Pot in Black. I LOVE this product, as it’s the only eyeliner that doesn’t smudge and give me raccoon eyes. Once that’s dry, if I’m feeling fancy, I use either RMS in Solar or Magnetic on my lids. For mascara, I use (not in love with this and will be looking for alternatives once it runs out). For lips, I absolutely love Ilia and have 4 colors: Bang Bang, In My Room, Perfect Day, and Arabian Knights. All the colors are so different and equally great, but the only one I carry in my purse is Bang Bang. I set everything with RMS “Un” Powder and then swipe some RMS Living Luminizer (can you guess what my favorite makeup brand is?) on my brow bone, nose bridge, and cheeks. I also spritz my face with a spray before leaving. Right now, I’m using John Master Organics Bearberry Skin Balancing Toning Mist, but I have One Love Organics Vitamin D mist on standby once that’s used up.
Whew! I know it looks long, but by now I’ve got it down to a quick science. Coupled with a plant-based diet, I have seen such an improvement in the overall tone and texture of my skin. Thanks for letting me share!
Meet Ruby! Her skincare and hair routine is clean, but her makeup routine is… not so clean. We love her honesty, and we can all identify with her transition to clean products. That said, Ruby has some recommendations for clean products we’ve never even heard of! Go Girl!
Age: 21 as of October
Current weather: The cooler evenings of fall are approaching, along with what will soon be weeks of rainy winter in British Columbia!
Hair: Thick, wavy, oily
Skin: Fair, oily and blemish-prone; my pale complexion lends itself to some sensitivity and mild redness as well.
Favorite star from the past: Not necessarily a personal favorite, however, my mom says I can resemble a young Julie Christie and she’s a babe, so you won’t hear me arguing.
In the shower…
I wash my hair as infrequently as possible in a desperate attempt to get my scalp to regulate the amount of oil it produces—yet tragically, after over a year of doing so, I still cannot manage to do it less than twice a week. (And I’m still in the sad hair boat of having it fall almost completely limp the day after) I’m currently using up the last bit of my Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic duo, the minty scent is quite unisex, and the conditioner is absolutely divine—so luxurious in texture and moisturizing ability. After reading the most recent review on here for Rahua’s Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, I ordered some samples from Spirit Beauty Lounge, and suspect it will be finding its way into my shower in the near future.
Every Saturday night, I apply coconut oil from mid-shaft down, twist in a braid, and sleep on a towel. After a double hair cleanse and a massage of conditioner into my ends the following morning, I grab a bar of natural soap and do a quick swipe over my pits and bits. I’ve been debating between opting for the body wash route or trying yet another brand of soap; does anyone else get that squeaky clean feeling? I’ve tried half a dozen different clean bars (Moksa, various Etsy retailers) and can’t seem to escape it. Not to mention scent selection! Maybe I want to lather myself up in jasmine instead of vetiver and patchouli… I’m far too lazy to apply body lotion outside of the shower, so if my skin feels like it’s getting on the drier side—I’ll just slather it in coconut oil before my final rinse. I also like to mix it with some form of grit (coarse salt, sugar, SNAP anyone?) whenever I want to scrub, it kills two birds with one stone and eliminates that itchy post-exfoliation sensation that I get.
Out of the shower…
I have forced myself to only splash my face with water in the morning; my skin doesn’t appear to be any worse off and it saves my cleanser! I do several mists of Evan Healy’s Lemon Thyme Hydrosol (I have decided to try Immortelle, however, after reading Kim’s experience) and follow with Jurlique’s Calendula Cream (I’ve re-purchased this over five times which is INCREDIBLE when you consider I am a complete and utter product junkie and am always hunting for that next best product). I’m fairly lucky when it comes to my hair in that it can air-dry, without product, into soft waves. (Which is darn lucky because if it didn’t, I would endure endless bad hair days since I’m inept in that department—there are three styles in my world: down, ponytail, and sock bun.) If any frizz does arise, I can usually quell it with the help of a boar bristle brush. (I just broke down and purchased a $100+ Mason Pearson brush and lemme tell you, ignore the seemingly endless blog posts that tell you it’s worth it, because it’s not.) My Nourish deodorant has run out and I’m waiting on my Living Libations order to come through and simultaneously hoping that I like it but also hoping that I won’t … over $55 after shipping for 5 ml of the stuff! The former was good but not great, I loved the femininity of the Almond + Vanilla scent but found it would take religious re-application. I tried Miessence prior to that and after developing a red rash on my underarms, realized that I have a sensitivity to baking soda!
My current night routine is in a bit of an upset at the moment; I ran out of Blissoma’s Mild Rice Cleanser, which was treating my skin pretty nicely, especially the congestion my forehead would experience. Despite this, it’s only natural that I would try a *different* cleanser because as all fellow product junkies know, what if something worked even better? I temporarily returned to the last remaining dribbles of Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip Cleanser (I didn’t love this as much as I hoped, too foamy, but your face indeed feels like marble afterwards) and now begins my foray into samples. My first was the Sevani Ageless Radiance Refining AHA Cleanser, which smells deliciously of citrus but was also possible for what may have been my worst breakout in months. I still can’t pin down if it was this product that caused such an upset as there’s nothing I can outright blame in the ingredient list, however, I’m also not itching to give it a second try anytime soon.
I’ve switched to a sample pot of Kahina’s Facial Cleanser and can’t find a single thing that I dislike! It possesses a lovely lotiony texture, removes makeup with ease, and doesn’t appear to be aggravating my acne-prone skin. I’m waiting for a sample of Aurelia’s Miracle Cleanser and then I’ll make the final cleanser call. (I’ve heard amazing things about Aurelia’s muslin clothes, so even if the product itself doesn’t work for me, I’ll probably end up grabbing a package of those—they have a set for Monday through Sunday, how cute is that?!) I bought Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Soothing Gel a while back but it seems to have abruptly stopped doing anything for my face so now I apply ISUN’s Clarifying Serum most nights (if you haven’t tried this product and have a similar skintype to mine, DO SO, it helps to regulate sebum production and gently eases breakouts). I was hesitant about buying it at first considering there are virtually no online reviews but after loving the ingredient list and now on my second bottle, this seems to be an item that will be on my permanent regime. Every few nights I’ll use Arcona’s The Solution, which helps with any hyper pigmentation from leftover acne scars and helps give my pores that “refined” look. Whew, still with me?
Here is where it gets dirty; being fair-skinned with cool undertones means that I *never* have an even complexion without the aid of base makeup. There will always be a bit of redness everywhere—around the nose, lower cheeks, chin—you get it. This is the primary reason why I wear foundation. Every. Day. It’s horrible, I know and it’s not even *that* bad but I don’t feel confident without it. If I could only own one cosmetic item, it would be Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation. It disguises redness exceptionally well, doesn’t slide off my face by the end of the day, and is easy to sheer out to lighter coverage when I use my beloved BeautyBlender sponge. I want to give RMS Uncover Up a solid try but the beeswax in it makes me nervous to use it on my whole face. I think that a non-clean foundation will be the hardest product for me to let go of in my beauty routine—even though I prefer the satin/dewy finish that comes with a lot of the natural ones, I want the staying power that comes with chemicals. *sigh*
I use a combination of Giorgio Armani’s High Precision Retouch with Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage for under eye darkness and then on any blemishes I mix the latter with some of the amazing MUFE Full Cover Concealer. I use Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base to top it off with some MUFE HD Powder in my oilier areas. I’m still navigating the territory of blush—with natural rosy cheeks, I’m nervous about applying anything that could exacerbate this. I just tried a sample of “Spark” from Vapour and I’m waiting on a tester of “Modest” and “Smile” from RMS. Any other peachy-shade-of blush recommendations? For eye makeup, I pop some of RMS’ Living Luminizer along my brow bone and inner eye corner. I have decided that in the realm of eyeshadows, I could solely use UD’s Naked Palette and be happy (I just discovered that Silk Naturals has a dupe for the entire Naked 2 Palette, so be proud because I will be switching to that eventually!). I’m a big fan of the cat eye which I achieve with Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner and then finish it with a coat of Josie Maran’s mascara after a thorough curl with my shu uemura. And that’s pretty much it! I don’t tend to wear anything on my lips but lip balm unless I’m doing something dramatic in which case I love Aveda’s Rare Orchid or the dreaded Russian Red from MAC …
Everything is a process—I could be doing better but I could also be doing a lot worse. I’m confident that in the coming years, my entire beauty routine will be squeaky clean!
It’s true, Ruby. Everything is a process. Keep it up! We bet our readers will have some fun clean makeup recommendations for you, too.