Yup, my face has gone green. Of course not in the literal sense but definitely in terms of what I’m applying to it. We all know that most mainstream beauty products have some questionable ingredients in them. If that’s new information to you, then I’m sorry… you need to get up from under that rock.
Let’s be real here, there are some eyebrow-raising ingredients in most beauty products that you purchase at stores like Sephora, Ulta, etc. For many women, this is not a major concern and that’s completely ok, but I can’t help but wonder if some of those ingredients are doing more harm than good to my skin.
I’m on this “Operation Clear Skin” journey which entails changing up my diet, my eating habits and exercise. While this is helping from an internal standpoint, I can’t help but wonder if I’m doing enough on the surface.
As I was searching for local San Diego bloggers, I came across the beauty blog The Organic Bunny, which helped me kick start my search. Amanda does an amazing job of highlighting beauty brands that are focused on providing natural, organic and cruelty-free products. In addition to this, she’s done an amazing job of proving that organic makeup can provide the same results as the products we purchase at Sephora or Ulta.
At the start of the year, I began making some switches to my makeup bag and I’m now at a good place with what I have. This will be Part One of a 4 part series on Green Beauty. I’ll start with the 1) foundational products, followed by 2)cheeks and lips, 3) Eyes and 4) ending it with a list of resources and online shops you can check out if you’re interested in going down this green-brick road with me.
Out: Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer and Smashbox Photo Finish Dark Spot Correcting Primer (discontinued).
My skin behaves differently in the winter vs the summer, so sticking to one primer doesn’t work well for me. During the winter months, the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener offers that last extra boost of moisture before applying makeup. Their line of products are perfect for achieving a natural dewy look, even for people with oily skin like myself. For the summer months, the 100% Pure Mattifying Primer is my go-to primer. When I have this on, I find that I’m not going through as many oil blotting sheets throughout the day.
Light Coverage Foundation
Out: NYX CC Cream (06 Peach)
In: Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer (Medium)
On my lazy Sundays, I forego the full coverage makeup and reach for something like a BB, CC or tinted moisturizer. I love how the Jane Iredale Tinted Moisturizer evens out my skin and provides a nice glow. Unlike the NYC CC Cream, this one provides SPF.
Full Coverage Foundation
In the past, I would use a combination of CC cream, concealer and powder to get a full coverage effect, so I didn’t have a go-to foundation. I’ve found a natural foundation that does it all and… IT. IS. FLIPPIN. AWESOME.
The Gressa foundation is something out of this world. They’ve created this awesome serum foundation that is part essential oils, part mineral makeup. The effect is amazing because when it’s applied, your skin absorbs the nourishing oils while the mineral makeup stays set on the surface, leaving a nice airbrushed effect. It’s the priciest item in my bag, but it’s worth every penny since a little goes a long way.
In: RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up (33)
Exception: Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid (Green)
The RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up concealer is the swiss army knife of concealers: it covers dark circles, covers blemishes, acts as an eye primer and acts as a full coverage foundation. It goes on so smoothly and doesn’t cake because one of the main ingredients is coconut oil. I don’t know about you, but I love me some coconut oil.
When my breakouts are at their worst, I need a color corrector for my redness, so I’ve made an exception to my makeup bag. I’ve purchased the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in Green to help with this. While there are some natural color correctors out there, I haven’t found one that works with my oily complexion. If my skin continues on a good path, I may not need a corrector as much.
Out: NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation (Soft Beige)
In: RMS Beauty “Un” Powder (translucent)
I would use a foundation powder on top of a lot of concealer and I was never fully satisfied with the results (cakey effect in full force). Now that I have a full coverage foundation, there’s no need for a powder version as well. Instead, I’ve switched over to a translucent powder to set my makeup and remove shine. The RMS “Un” Powder checks off both boxes. One thing to note with translucent powders is that swirling the brush all over your face can sometimes smudge or remove your foundation/concealer, so it’s best to dab the brush on shiny areas.
So there you have it my friends, my green beauty face makeup changes. I’d say these products took the longest to establish since there are so many options out there and lots of samples to try.
If you’re interested in incorporating some green beauty items into your makeup routine, I would highly recommend starting out with one of the items above since they cover more surface area (that could be exposed to harsh chemicals).
In my next post, I’ll be going into cheek and lip products, so stay tuned!