I never thought that I would run out of make-up supply because my products always seem to last forever. And yet it happened the other day. A perfect opportunity to adopt new organic/natural beauty products in my collection (quite small so far and I don’t intend to change that at all).
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, then you will know that since I’ve move to Vancouver, I’ve made some dramatic changes in my lifestyle and using more environmental-friendly and green beauty products is one of them. It doesn’t mean that I got rid of everything I owned when taking that decision – it would have been completely against my principles of not wasting anything – but I promised myself to replace the old “chemicals” products I had for better, more natural beauty items.
So here I am at the turn of a new way to consume make-up products. This month, I needed a new blush and lipsticks, and I’m pretty happy with the purchases I have made. I have discovered the perfect shower soap (trying to buy less and less products with plastic packaging) and a delicious tea. Make yourself comfortable and let’s get started with my monthly favorites:
– Red Lipstick in the shade 520 “Scarlet Soaked” by Burt’s Bees: every women needs a good lipstick in her beauty regiment, don’t you agree? More than just a moisturizer, lipstick is worn like an accessory, something that will compliment our outfits and our style. However, lipstick comes directly or indireclty into contact with the lips and the mouth, and if you decide to adopt just one organic beauty product, I would suggest to zero in on lipsticks. Why does it matter, you may ask? Well, green lipsticks are free from harsh chemicals (paraben, lead, toxic pigments: look out for “D&C” and “lakes”), they are safe to use (the ingredients are natural), and they are not tested on animals (show animals some kindness!!). Burt’s Bees lipsticks are a mix a fabulous ingredients and the color lasts for a long time. Also, I don’t freak out when I accidentally run my tongue on my lips because I know that in the worst case, I just swallowed a tiny amount of essential oils. Which is fine! For me, that is a win-win. If you are still not convinced, you can read this fascinating article about organic lipstick. I have always been a fan of red lipsticks and even if I don’t wear it everyday, I need it as much as a little black dress to stretch my legs on Saturday nights’ dancefloors.
– Nude Lipstick in the shade 523 “Scarlet Sunset Cruise” Burt’s Bees: Perfect for an everyday look, this tone on tone lipstick color compliments and highlights my natural lip color. Burt’s Bees lipsticks contain moringa and raspberry seed oil, and I can tell because it is very moisturizing and doesn’t dry the lip skin like certain lipsticks from other less respectful beauty brands…I won’t name them….
– Purple Lipstick in the shade 531 “Scarlet Soaked” Burt’s Bees: this bold lipstick color is the perfect option for a night look or if you want to feel special on a particular day. It certainly gives a more dramatic look, perfect for an evening out! And to finish with the really cool ingredients contained in Burt’s Bees lipsticks, there is also shea butter, a natural fat that is very nourishing. Apparently, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and is a great natural anti-aging treatment for your lips.
– Almond Milk and Honey Soap by Crabtree & Evelyn: I try to buy less and less bottled shower and bath gels because I know this kind of packaging have a terrible impact on the environment. Without being dramatic here, I have decided to use regular soap like our parents, grand-parents and grand-grand parents did. And I’m pretty excited about the result. I have never been a fan of regular soaps because I felt like my skin was shrinking after using them. But it is all about finding the right brand and product. I now use the soap from Crabtree & Evelyn and I apply it with a horsehair glove to give my skin a nice exfoliation at the same time. The fragrance Almond Milk and Honey is magical, I absolutely love it. It smells so good and so strong that when I unpacked it, the whole bathroom was smelling like almond and honey. It still does! And the cherry on the cake (one of my favorite expressions) it doesn’t cause dry skin. Hooray!
– Blushious Coconut & Rose infused cheek color in the shade wild rose by Pacifica: blush or not blush, that is the question. For me, blush has become part of my daily beauty routine. I have a pale complexion and applying blush on my cheeks makes me look more alive, if I may say so. I don’t wear foundation at all because I cannot stand it (maybe because most foundations contain silicine and petroleum-derived ingredients and I can tell my skin is not breathing. I may be the only one to feel that way, let me know in the comment section down below!) so my substitute is blush. This one is natural, 100% vegan and contains organo-mineral pigments (much better than synthetic coloring agents). I’m very happy with the color, it gives me a nice “fake tan” look without having spend a second in a tanning bed (which I would never do anyway because it is so so unhealthy).
– Blueberry Rooibos by Rishi: what a surprising taste! I don’t know if I prefer it iced or hot but the fact is, the combination of blueberry and rooibos is very tasty and I’m always glad to discover new exotic tea flavors. Last but not least, rooibos tea doesn’t contain caffeine and is high in minerals, making it a perfect ally for your health and longevity! I have created a cold drink recipe with this tea that you can discover here: rooibos blueberry iced-tea recipe! Let me know if you tested the recipe!
That was it for today lovely people! I hope you enjoyed reading my monthly favorites! Let me know in the comment section down below what kind of amazing finds you caught this month regarding green beauty products as I’m always happy to learn about amazing natural and organic cosmetics! Namasté!