In the shower…
Outside the shower…
I then put on my cozy plaid robe and have some oatmeal and green tea while snuggling with my cat before doing my hair and makeup. It’s my time to relax before my hectic workday begins.
Thanks for sharing Ariel! Love the sound of the Midnight Honey Body Oil and cuddling with cats, too.
We think you’re going to enjoy this one. You may know Sonja from her blog Life in Blush, where she talks about green beauty, health, and fashion. You’ll find some tried and true favorites in her routine, plus some new items to try—like the coffee she drinks! Want some.
City: Toronto, Ontario
Current weather: after a stint of Fall temperatures it’s back to hot and muggy!
Hair: long, wavy and thick
Skin: snow white fairness and for the most part balanced
Favorite star from the past: Vivien Leigh
I wish I was a morning person. My friend Ivona can wake up with little to no sleep and still be the most adorably cheerful person. Me? I’m like the turtle in the race – give me time and I’ll eventually get there.
First thing I do is reach for my iPhone and check my email, twitter and facebook accounts. I know what you’re thinking, but my job (and I guess my generation?) has hardwired me to be connected, so until I feel like I’ve caught up with the world I can’t pass GO.
Once out of bed, I head to the kitchen and pour myself a big glass of water. After squeezing half a lemon into it, and taking a few sips, I put on a pot of coffee. I discovered these organic, fair trade beans from Balzacs Coffee in the Distillery District of Toronto and now I can’t drink anything else! It truly is a hug in a cup. Ok, back to my lemon water. After drinking about half the glass I then head to the shower. I usually shower every other day, so as to not strip my skin and hair of the oils that keep it hydrated. I wash my hair with Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo, and then apply either Rahua (in the shower) or Yarok Feed Your Ends (after shower) conditioner. Using a bar of Hugo shea butter soap and a loofah I suds up my body, and if necessary I’ll apply a homemade body scrub (coffee grounds and coconut oil) to get rid of any areas that feel congested. Having cleansed with Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover the night before, I gently wash my face with the Binchotan Charcoal Facial Puff. Face washed, hair and body rinsed I dry off and wrap my hair in a towel.
Spritz-spritz. Lightly scented and refreshing, Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist was a mid-summer discovery, and the perfect product to help my skin absorb the Lina Hanson Global Face Serum before applying the La Bella Figura Barbary Fig Seed Oil. Next up my body is treated to One Love Organics Rose Body Serum, and for extra dry areas I use Graydon Clinical Luxury By Nature The Balm. My lips get a dab of my homemade lip balm (lime + manuka honey!) and my hair, once out of its towel, is spritzed with a DIY sea salt spray from the ladies at La Bella Figura; the combination of the incredibly hydrating conditioner and the sea salt spray gives my hair the perfect soft-to-touch beachy look.
I grab the rest of my lemon water (waiting patiently for me in the kitchen) and head to the bedroom, where I apply earth science deodorant, Graydon Clinical Luxury By Nature Sun Cream, and figure out how to make myself presentable to the world. Fully dressed and accessorized I head back to the bathroom to start on my makeup.
My makeup routine is fairly simple and I can usually do my morning look in about five minutes. A green beauty convert for several years now, I start off by applying rms beauty un-cover up in #11 underneath my eyes and on my eyelids. I set the concealer, and proactively prevent shine from creeping up throughout the day with rms beauty ‘un’ powder. Next, I apply Kjaer Weis cream blush in ‘desired glow’ – using Sephora’s brush #54 – in the hollows of my cheeks, temples, jaw line for a healthy ‘just got back from capri’ glow (I’ve been very impressed with the staying power of this product and how natural it looks on my very fair skin!). To create cheekbone definition I dust Jane Iredale purepressed blush in ‘whisper’ to the apples of my cheeks and dab rms beauty living luminizer to the top of my cheekbone and around the small C area of my eye. Tightlining my eyes with Pure +Simple eye crayon in ‘black opal’ and using Kjaer Weis eyeshadow in ‘pretty purple’ to line my top and bottom lashes, I finish off with Kjaer Weis mascara and one of the following lip colours (depending on my mood that day!) – ‘neon angel’, ‘dress me up’, ‘peek a boo’ or ‘femme fatale’ by ILIA Beauty; ‘corvina’ or ‘velvet’ by BITE Beauty;, ‘soft peach’ by Jane Iredale; ‘illusive’ or ‘rapture’ by rms beauty .
Makeup on and hair pulled off my face, I have breakfast (greek yogurt, granola and berries), brush my teeth, grab my coffee mug and purse and head out to begin the day!
DIY lime + manuka honey lip balm? Yes please! Thanks for sharing, Sonja!
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!
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!
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.love.it. 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.
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!
We’ve been talking a lot about eczema this past week, and Janine here is no stranger to it. In this great routine, she talks about keeping it at bay in sunny Miami, her love of Yarok, and a surprising reaction she had to… argan oil! Enjoy!
Before the shower…
In the shower…
Outside the shower…
We believe too! Thanks for sharing.