Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My 10 Favorite Natural Cosmetics


The 10 Best Natural Cosmetics // Bubby and Bean
1. Lights, Camera, Splashes 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara, Tarte Cosmetics  //  2. BareMinerals Warmth, Bare Escentuals  //  3. Certified Organic Brow Pencil, INIKA  //  4. Organic Wear Bronzer/Blush Combo, Physicians Formula  //  5. Trick Stick Highlighter, Vapour Organic Beauty  //  6. Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon, Josie Maran  //  7. Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow, Tarte Cosmetics  //  8. Argan Lip Gloss, Josie Maran  //  9. Airblush Maracuja Blush, Tarte Cosmetics  //  10. Certified Natural Liquid Eyeliner, Lavera 


As my regular readers know, underneath it all, I'm a little bit crunchy.  I'm big into organic gardening, I've been a vegetarian for 24 years, and I own an eco-friendly clothing label.  I buy and eat local food as much as possible, I reuse like it's my job, and I'll take a nice, long, barefoot walk over driving in heels any day.  I'm not living in a tree house eating berries by any means, but for the most part, I prefer to go the natural route. And now that I'm pregnant, I'm even more cautious when it comes to things that I put in and on my body. 

I'll be honest and tell you guys upfront that makeup was the last guest to arrive to my 'lets go natural' party.  I've admittedly known for a long time that most mainstream cosmetics contain some pretty scary chemicals, and I've always taken this into account with things like moisturizers and shampoos.  But only recently have I really made the effort to be mindful about choosing more natural makeup items.  Thankfully, it is possible to avoid cosmetics with ingredients that are harmful (both to you and to the environment) and still put on a pretty face.  My simplest advice is to look for products that contain natural ingredients (plant and herb extracts, essential oils, natural dyes, etc.), and to avoid things like parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, and triclosan.  The best part is that eliminating harsh toxic ingredients from your beauty routine will also improve your skin.  I notice a lot less irritation and breakouts when I'm faithful to chemical-free makeup.  Also, testing on animals is a deal breaker for me, and most natural cosmetic companies are cruelty-free.

The ten items above represent some of my current favorites when it comes to natural cosmetics.  As for brands, I'm especially a fan of Tarte Cosmetics, Bare Escentuals, and Josie Maran (who is also an awesome lady who has been a long-time supporter of my clothing line).  Do you have any favorite natural cosmetic products or brands?  Have any of you made your own using organic and/or fresh ingredients?

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18 comments:

  1. I use a lot of these, too! I got a great Tarte blush/bronzer combo from Ulta and it has lasted for.ev.er. It was some kind of special promotion, but maybe they'll bring it back again around the holidays.

    Hands down my favorite natural makeup is the Physicians Formula Organic Wear mascara. My eyes are sensitive and the "regular" stuff just irritates the crap out of them. I switched a couple of years ago and will never go back.

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    1. Physicians Formula is great. I've never tried their mascara but it sounds like I need to!

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    2. I second that I have been using their organic mascara a while now, my favorite affordable mascara

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  2. I prefer natural cosmetics over any other! Lavera is a favourite of mine :) Must check out Josie Maran - love that bright red lip gloss!

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  3. Thanks for the tips. I have to admit, even though I like to go organic with everything else, I still buy the same old makeup I bought ten years ago, a mix of Body Shop and random drug store brands.... Perhaps it's time for a change!

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    1. Body Shop is actually a good one too. Most of their products are toxin free. They make a grat concealer.

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  4. These are such great picks, I need to think more about the makeup I use and the chemicals in it!!

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  5. I've been looking into natural cosmetics, lately so I'll certainly be pinning this post for future reference.
    Love the Josie Maran website, will certainly be spending some time there later.

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  6. Makeup is/was one of the last things for me to consider for my household going greener too! It's hard to give up some of those products that you've used for so long. Since my teen daughter started getting into makeup, though, I wanted to look into more natural products. I wanted her to be able to START with more natural products from the beginning. This is when I first found Madison Street Beauty on Etsy. I had always wanted to try Bare Minerals, so I gave MSB a try - and we love it. So much so that I am an affiliate with them now too! (If you want to try, contact me! *wink)
    I will definitely give Josie Maran products a try (especially since I know the lady supports your awesomeness). And we love tarte! We haven't tried their mascara yet, so we'll do that too.
    Thanks for sharing, Melissa. =0)

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    1. I may have to try Madison Street! Thanks for the tip!

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  7. I would get that mascara just because of how it looks!

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  8. I just saw Tarte at Sephora the other day and was wondering about it. So cool that it's natural! I've heard great things about Josie Maran too. =)

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  9. I must admit, I'm not particularly crunchy, ha ha, but it never hurts to find cosmetics without chemicals and I'm impressed to see that some brands I consider so mainstream, like Josie Maran, are in fact natural!
    xox,
    Cee

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  10. Thanks for your comments and great suggestions you guys! xo, m

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  11. Just stumbled upon your blog. You have a wonderful style sense and color combo for the blog! I love to see other's preferences on makeup products. I haven't used any of these but heard good things about tarte.

    www.imupintheair.com

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  12. Ever since I switched to bare minerals makeup(I use almost all bare minerals now minus mascara) the skin on my face is almost perfect now! No way am I switching back!

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  13. Thank you SO much for posting this! I have extremely sensitive skin, plus I'm a bit eco-friendly, and so I've been researching natural make-up! :)

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  14. Thanks Melissa, really like this post. I also try to use natural/organic cosmetics. Inika is probably my favourite, beautiful colours eyeshadow wise and the quality of ingredients is very high. Some Bare Minerals foundations and eyeshadows contain Bismuth Oxychloride.

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