I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber for almost a year now and once per month I receive a cute little box on my doorstep filled with natural beauty finds from make-up to shampoo to lotions (get your’s here!). Those that know me are aware that I’m not a cosmetics junkie one bit. I’m actually quite the minimalist. I have one powder, one shampoo, one face lotion, one eyeliner and so on, and I will not buy another one until the previous one has completely run out. I often go weeks without the product after it’s finished just because I dislike spending money on cosmetics. That’s just me. Never been the girly girl.
My basic skin care and make-up routine nowadays includes as little as possible: Rice bran polishing face wash from USANA, pure Argan oil as a face moisturizer (the only ingredient is argan oil), concealer from W3ll People, bronzer from Jing Ai, eyebrow powder from Anastasia Beverly Hills, tinted lip gloss from Yes to Carrots, eyeliner from Boots Botanics, toothpaste either from Tom’s or Earthpaste (I keep rotating) and aluminum-free deodorant from Kiss My Face. For body oil I use simply raw organic coconut oil or sesame oil, and do oil pulling with these same oils.
My top 7 best natural beauty finds are:
I just tried this the other day before work and when I walked in front of the mirror later that day I had to stop and take a second look because I looked so different! My reaction was “Wow! Damn girl!”. This is absolutely the best concealer I’ve ever tried. It even depuffs and brightens while concealing. It has organic algae, coffee, pomegranate and anti-aging peptides. It’s free from artificial preservatives, parabens, chemicals, dyes, fragrance, silicone, dimethicone, pthalates, sulphates, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride and nanoparticles. Made in USA. Not tested on animals.
It smells like real roses (because it has them!) and gives my face that nice sun-kissed glow. I bought this bronzer at a mind-body expo in NJ and met the creator of the company as well. More about it on my previous post here. I love the story behind Jing Ai and the fact that I don’t have to worry about nasty toxins while wearing it.
I’ve tried lots of different all-natural shampoos and many of them leave my hair flat and rough, and my fine Nordic hair needs all the help it can get when it comes to volume and shine. I was so happy after receiving this tester in my Birchbox because it really gave my hair body and shine! No petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens or animal-testing, and it’s 100% vegan, made in Australia. Of course, hair health starts on the inside, but external boost doesn’t hurt either (as long as your products don’t have nasties!).
I don’t use masks often, but I think that with all this sun here in California it would be a good idea to nourish my skin better since I spent time outdoors way more than when I was living on the East Coast. The Resurfacing Mask can also be used as a spot treatment for pimples. Tata Harper’s products are 100% natural and 100% non-toxic. Why this mask is the bomb: Pomegranate Enzymes provide deep cleansing and pore minimization, French Pink Clay reduces the appearance of pores and helps detoxify skin while White Willow eliminates dead skin cells and promotes cellular renewal.
I don’t wear too much eyeliner anymore, but sometimes I like a little cat-eye, being the crazy cat lady :). This eyeliner has gently conditioning jojoba oil and is free of parabens and mineral-oils. It glides on smoothly and lasts all day. Great find from Target!
Oil is not the best option for all skin types, but for mine it works well. I’ve been using this product for years now, every now and then trying something new, but eventually ending up going back to it. Since you only need very little of it, it lasts a long, long time saving me a big buck.
I’ve mentioned this product many times before, but it is just my absolute favorite. It smells so delicious I want to eat it and goes on lightly. I usually put it on in the mornings and before bed.