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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A reader named Aneta wrote in with a question we’ve often pondered ourselves: Can you suggest a natural eyeshadow primer for oily lids that actually works?
For real, though. Some of my favorite clean eyeshadows seem to just slide around and settle in creases or melt away altogether, and I know Aneta and I are not alone here. Before going clean, I personally used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer. Not so clean, but boy did it work. I threw the darn thing out just so I wouldn’t be tempted by its magic fixing abilities.
My current method is to apply foundation or concealer to my eyelids first. A mineral powder foundation is great for this, and right now I’m having a love affair with W3ll People Altruist Mineral Foundation applied with their Foundation and Concealer Brush. Then I apply whatever shadow I’m using, and dust a fine layer of RMS Beauty Un-Powder on top.
Have you found a natural eyeshadow primer that works? If not, what tricks do you use to keep your eyeshadow in tact and fresh? Let us know!
One of our readers recently included BijaBody’s Beauty Tea in her morning routine. Have you tried it? This line is new to us, and we’re excited to share the founder of BijaBody’s makeup bag with you. Here’s Melissa:
Please know I’m a “naturalish” girl. I go 80/20. 80% best I can, 20% when it’s something I think simply works better. I’m savvy enough that nothing is ever total crap, but I did want to be fully honest below. Also, I won’t touch products which contain Palm Oil, as I think it’s more destructive than synthetic counterparts on a social/environmental level, so it limits a lot of the make-up lines that are all natural. As long as decisions are made conscientiously, that still equals responsible and working towards change. Oh, TMI. Read on.
Name: Melissa Picoli
Home: Whitefish, Montana. I’m from Brazil, and spent most of my twenties traveling around the world before settling in lovely Montana.
Your relationship with makeup: I adore it. I use bits even when on crazy adventures and 19 day Grand Canyon river trips. It’s not so much a crutch for me as it is fun. I definitely claim being a woman and enjoy every bit of it. When I was younger, I thought being feminine made me somehow less badass. As I’ve grown into myself, I realize I’m as badass as I want to be, with or without lip gloss and mascara. And if that touch makes me feel prettier, well, more power to me! Oddly enough, a lot of people think I don’t really wear make-up. I rarely leave home without it. Turns out, I rock at the natural look.
What’s in my makeup bag…
Worker-B Honey Face Wash: I love this product, and use it daily. I carry it with me in case I need to do a refresh in the afternoon. I’m less of a touch-up girl and more of a do-it-all-over type. With honey, you can wash your face as often as you want. You can easily make your own honey wash, or use just honey, but theirs is pretty amazing, and it’s an incredibly cool company.
DIY Face Oil: I combine Rosehip Seed, Rice Bran and Carrot Seed Oil with a touch of rose and geranium essential oil. Best face oil combination I’ve ever used, plus it contains naturally occurring sunscreen. These three botanical oils are some of the most researched and documented beauty oils. We use them in all BijaBody products.
Suntegrity Tinted Sunscreen: I have a really funky relationship with sunscreen, and usually don’t trust it, but I really like Suntegrity when the sun starts shining, trust these guys, and the coverage is perfect. Just enough. When I do want more coverage, and you’ll kind of hate me for this, but the best foundation I’ve ever found simply for the look/feel (not ingredients) is CoverGirl FitMe. It’s my going out foundation. 80/20 rule right? I’ve spent lots of money looking for foundation I really like. Somehow, I keep going back to that one. I do have my eye on W3LL People’s Stick Foundation….Tried it in their store in Austin, TX and I might end up really liking it.
Mineral Fusion Bronzer + Powder: Light coverage, not cakey. The bronzer has a non-glittery side that is perfect for contouring. I’m not a big powder girl, and the older I get the less I want it. But a touch seems pretty important. I definitely love bronzer. I live in Montana. We see sun for a few weeks a year. The rest of the time, we have to fake it.
Flower Makeup Mascara + Cream Blush in Primrose & Proper: I really like these two products from Flower. Got turned on to them by someone whose makeup always looks impeccable and now they’re go-tos. I hope Drew Barrymore cleans up the ingredients a bit. But hopefully, the color/texture remains similar. Their foundation is nice too, again, just on a look/feel level.
Osmosis Concealer in Silk: I have a tendency towards dark circles. Always have, since I was a kid. I put the tiniest dab of this just in the inner corners and on the little cupid’s bow spot above the lip, then foundation. It brightens everything up. I also have some hyper-pigmentation from a few past products that contained citrus oils that I strongly dislike so try to cover up.
Jane Iredale: Cake Liner in Dawn + Lip Gloss in Tourmaline: This shadow/cake liner stays put most of the day, and can be re-applied easily without caking. And I really like the lip gloss consistency. It layers perfectly over BijaBody’s BedsideManner.
Alima Pure Shadow in Prossecco: Just a hint of shimmer, and so pretty. I also dust a bit along my collarbone. This is a great company out of Oregon, and everything they make is lovely.
Bobbi Brown Liner: When I want a liquid liner look, this one does the job.
Random Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe: Rarely leave the house without filing in eyebrows a bit. I think it pulls everything together.
BijaBody: BedsideManner goes on lips every morning and night. I dab a bit of Daily Body Serum on upper cheek bones throughout the day to refresh and give skin a dewy finish, and always apply the Anti-Aging Body Treatment to my neck and decollate when I’m finishing my make-up, followed by a light touch of bronzer. I know I’m biased because I created these products. But it’s a very well earned bias.
Bag: I’m a bit spoiled because I have several of our Jet Set Bags. I use the ones that have little button/zipper issues that we can’t sell. One of my favorite make-up bag tricks is to have a strong magnet inside it. Anything metal clings to it so you never have to dig for bobby pins or tweezers. They all bunch up together.
As fate would have it, my purse was stolen one week ago today. I was out celebrating friendship and a birthday with my girlfriend at a posh little Vietnamese restaurant in one of the burgeoning areas of D.C., the 14th Street Corridor. Like seemingly every restaurant in D.C., there was an hour plus wait for a table so we sat at the spacious bar to have dinner. The bag I was carrying was a little crossbody number that can also be used as a clutch, and I tucked it right behind my back. At several points in the evening, I had a nervous thought about my purse being too exposed, but I rationalized that I was in a very nice place surrounded by nice looking people. Ha! Always listen to your intuition.
Oddly, before the theft my friend and I were having a conversation about loss and how to deal with it. This past year she was in an accident that totaled her car. Nobody was hurt, but the car had a lot of sentimental value to her and she was surprised by the grief and sense of loss she felt. She told me about a Mexican tradition for processing loss in which you write a letter to the thing you are grieving over and then burn it. This post is my own cathartic way of letting go. It’s my love letter to my purse and everything in it. Here we go…
The bag: I love a stylish purse, but it must be practical, too. The Hobo International Leanne crossbody is something I’ve carried for a couple of years now. I bought it before a trip to San Francisco for my friends’ wedding. It had a cool chain strap that you can tuck inside if you want to carry it like a clutch. It was compact but roomy enough for all my essentials. Mine was a tan leather that had acquired a fantastic patina from use.
The phone: In 2010 I was stuck in bed for a few weeks recovering from a major surgery. My cell phone was all busted, so just before the surgery I ordered a new iPhone 4s. It was something to look forward to during a scary time, and when it arrived a few days after I was released from the hospital, it kept me pleasantly distracted from physical discomfort. Last year I cracked the screen, but it still worked and I didn’t see any reason to replace it.
The Makeup: Mostly lippies here, with a few additional items I always carry. This represents the best of my collection, items I’ve been slowly acquiring that had become my can’t-live-without staples. Tata Harper Be Adored Lip Treatment, my first purchase from Eco Diva Beauty, I’ve been obsessed with its perfect rosy tint and unbelievable conditioning abilities. Worth every penny. W3LL People Nudist Colorbalm Stick #8 Poppy, also conditioning but with more of a pigmented, waxy finish. The color is bright and happy without being overdone. W3LL People Universalist Luminous Colorstick in Moonstoon Glow, my go-to illuminator that nourishes your skin while adding a subtle glow to cheeks and eyes. I bought both directly from W3ll People after sampling them. In case you don’t know, they have an excellent sample program, and the new packaging is truly an upgrade. Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in everyone’s favorite Bang Bang. This was my first Ilia purchase, which I ordered from NuboNau. It made me fall in love with the brand. When I’m going for a feminine yet edgy look, this bold lippie is what I grab. Ilia Beauty Lip Gloss in Peek A Boo, a nudish color that works on me when no other nudes do. Did you know that you can use Ilia’s lip conditioner and lip gloss as a blush? It works, and the color payoff and staying power is impressive. La Bella Figura Travel Therapy Botanical Mood, the most soothing and uplifting scent inlcudes blood orange, rose otto, and blue tansy. It is highly addictive, as Nicolle has attested. Fortune of all fortunes, I have an extra bottle at home. At least I wasn’t carrying LBF’s Positano Perfume Oil, my latest scent obsession. I purchased both scents directly from the lovely ladies at La Bella Figura.
Phew, that’s it. I’ve started to rebuild, but it will take some time. Yesterday I ordered two new Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioners from Eco Diva Beauty in colors I’ve long wanted to try — Shell Shocked and Crimson and Clover. Sometimes you need a fresh start, even if you weren’t looking for one.
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.