Happy Friday Everyone!
We made it! I feel like this was a particularly long week for some reason, but the good news is the weekend is upon us and I am stoked! So while getting my act together this morning I thought back to a couple weeks ago when a few friends scoffed at my ability to have a five minute face. Whats that you say? It’s my simplified make-up routine with the stars of the show being my all-natural make-up products. So, today I decided to do a bonus post about what products I use, why and how I do my routine. Now, I am not a beauty blogger, and I certainly am not Instagram fodder, but I like to think that this simple routine does the trick for those days you just don’t need a lot!
So let’s start with the products:
So sometimes I don’t use even half of these products on the really rushed mornings and stick with just the tinted moisturizer, mascara and cream blush because without those three things I look completely featureless haha.
First things first I apply concealer under my eyes and slap on tinted moisturizer everywhere else. I particularly like this brand because it has SPF 15 in it, which means I get to skip two steps (moisturizing and sun protection.)
Next you blend, and blend and blend and blend. I use my fingers for the moisturizer and a reusable beauty blender for the concealer.
Once you are all smoothed out, now you apply the cream blush to the apples of the cheeks with your fingers in an upward motion along your cheekbones toward your temples. No rosy circles please ladies.
Next is simple eye shadow. Although the Peony Trio has three colours I use just the highlighter for the corners of my eyes and my brow bone and then the copper colour for all over the lid and blend it into the crease.
Next I apply a super thin line of Pacifica eyeliner to the top lash line and finish it it off with a coat of the Organic Wear mascara and a swipe of the lipstick I am digging that day. The perfume is 100% optional, but I like it and my MIL bought it for me, so it’s always a treat.
So why these products you ask? Well for the most part its because they are affordable! Yep, 100% not going to sugar coat that. I honestly couldn’t bear the thought of spending $30 or more on a tinted moisturizer that I use everyday. For example, the Physicians formula moisturizer is $12.99 (and always on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart.) But I also didn’t need to compromise on quality because all of these products are either USDA Organic (Juice Beauty entirely, and much of the ingredients of everything else), Vegetarian or Vegan Friendly and Cruelty Free (all of them) and/or ECOCERT (Organic Wear.) As for longevity, these products stay put much like many department store brands I have tried and better than any other drug-store brand of makeup. I think the only thing I will look for in the future is a natural or organic waterproof mascara like this one from Pacifica.
TIP: If you are looking for the healthiest makeup products for your skin make the big leap to European or Australian brands. The EU Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC) bans 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. In comparison, the U.S. FDA has only banned or restricted 11 chemicals from cosmetics (click here for more information from safecostmetics.org.) Holy smokes that’s a discrepancy. In Canada, we aren’t as bad as the American’s, but we still have some work to do as we have only banned 500 ingredients from our cosmetics.
In addition, except the Juice Beauty products, I can buy them all in person. And I have to say that not all of the Juice products I ordered online impressed me. I have a tinted moisturizer and SPF from them and I can’t wear it because its too pale (can you believe that?! I am super pale…) But I am trying to shop more online especially from www.well.ca, since they have a super Green Living section.
So without further ado here is a before and after!
Have a great 5 minute face routine you want to share? Or any favorite natural beauty brands you love? Share below in the comments!
Have a great weekend everyone!