• Beauty and Fashion

    How I Became Interested in Green Beauty

    I remember playing with child make-up sets as a child. Travelgirl and I took ballet as kids, and we had to wear makeup for performances. Mom let us wear some Mary Kay lip-gloss and natural lipstick on occasion, but other than that we weren’t allowed to wear make-up (not that we asked, why buy makeup when you could buy other things?). I don’t remember ever particularly longing to do so.

    However, I developed moderate acne, and when I got my first job at 19, I started considering natural products to heal it. When I visited a local health food store, I noticed that the store had some mineral make-up on major sale. I bought loose powder eyeshadow and mascara then. I learned through trial and error, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. I look better in neutrals on my eyes.

    I took longer finding cosmetics for my skin because the plain powder doesn’t work well on me, most concealers were too thin, and I really don’t care for stuff on my actual face. I was more hit and miss on face cosmetics until I started wearing Cowgirl Dirt, but more products are available now, and I am going to branch out again.

    Green Beauty doesn’t have uniforms standards, and I tried to look at ingredients based on guidelines from The Green Beauty Guide and buy brands on a strict list I found on the Internet. My main source was Saffron Rouge which has since gone out of business. More recently I’ve purchased from Cowgirl Dirt and Pharmaca (they carry a lot of green beauty brands including Juice Beauty and Dr. Hauschka and have great deals).

    I’ve bought at least one product from these brands: Dr. Hauschka (multiple, I still use), Cowgirl Dirt (good far more green than most budget items), Juice Beauty (they’ve greatly expanded their offerings, but I don’t know if they’ve fixed the major issue with their mascara bottle that causes extreme waste of product and mess of application), Nvey Eco, Ilia, Inika, Lavera (I think, it might have been another L name), Honeybee Gardens, Mineral Fusion, Zuzu Luxe, Vapour (I sent back, but I’d probably try again; I should have gotten samples), Suki, EllaRoseMinerals (on Etsy), Alima Pure, Root Pretty, Jane Iredale.

    I have tons more products bookmarked to try, and I like hearing about new Green Beauty brands. If you like green beauty product what first sparked your interest? Do you have brand favorites or do you like to try new products and brands like me?

  • Beauty and Fashion

    Natural Bath and Body Products

    As with make-up (or anything really), I’m not brand loyal. I like to try new products even if I’m not dissatisfied. I’m pretty happy with Just Natural Skincare and Green Tidings, but I like trying new either for cost or luxury or simply variety. Some items, of course, I need to replace with more natural products. I’m also too addicted to Amazon; I need to branch out more, I want to get some items from Thrive Market.

    Face and Hair
    I get hair treatments, shampoo and conditioner, and body wash (I use it for my face also since I get the kids version as its probably more gentle) here. I’d like to try Klurskin products for my face.  I have Yarok mousse and spray (I don’t use much but need to have on hand . . . wait, I could be scrunching my short hair with mousse). I scrub my face every so often with baking soda.

    I’ve been using this deodorant for awhile, but I’d like to try some from this shop. I need to use up my ground apricot kernel that I use as a scrub; I also use olive oil and brown sugar for a scrub, and I’d like to buy a natural salt scrub. I have various not super green lotions and lip balms (EOS mostly) and use Kiss My Face for shave gel. I need to get back into using natural soaps also. I also want to try organic or natural cotton pads and liners, cotton balls, and q-tips.

    Teeth and Mouth
    I’ve been using conventional toothpaste for budget reasons, but most often lately I’ve used this toothpaste and this mouthwash. My flossing habits are almost non-existent but I do have plenty of this floss plus whatever I get from the dentist. I’d like to start using bamboo toothbrushes once I use up all my conventional ones.


    I’m a little too lax in skincare; I need to actually regularly use my masks, lotions, and scrubs. In addition to improving my diet (if I cannot do that not much else will matter), I want to be more proactive with my skin care. I want to follow the ten rules of Korean skincare from The Little Book of Skincare. I’d also like to get facials every once in awhile. I’d love to try some natural beauty boxes. I think I’m going to institute spa days on my winter bucket list (I’m scheduling this post per my usual routine). Here are some recipes that I’d like to try plus a whole list to choose from if you are more seriously into DIY.

    Rose and Coconut Lip Scrub

    Coconut and Sugar Manicure

    Humblebee and Me’s Recipe Index

    Sugar Scrub Cubs One and Two

    And yes, I can be a bit granola. But you know, balance people.

  • Beauty and Fashion

    Beauty and Style Books, Part One: Cosmetics and Green Beauty

    Natural Beauty and DIY

    I own: The Green Beauty Guide
    . This was like the a natural beauty bible for me. I would like to a least look at Green Beauty Recipes.

    I love Humblebee and Me and so would be willing to purchase Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care without reading it first. These others I would borrow and read.

    Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine: Home-Crafted Remedies for Health and Beauty

    101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health and Home


    For make up I own: Color Me Beautiful Make-up Guide. Again, I’m not sure that this will make the cut. It has more colors listed, but very small and I turn to the original far more often. I previously had a book by one of the make-up artists from what not to wear. I’m not sure I would buy a book for make-up, but I have several I plan to get from the library or request via interlibrary loan.

    Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro

    Making Faces

    Jemma Kidd Make-Up Master Class

    The Little Book of Skincare

    Makeup Is Art: Professional Techniques for Creating Original Looks

  • Beauty and Fashion

    My Natural Make-Up and Wishlist

    I really enjoy when others share their natural beauty options. I learn of more brands and am reminded of others which have improved. I started out with a discontinued brand from Rainbow Blossom and then branched out with recommendations from The Green Beauty Guide, a blog post I found via Google, and brands on Skin Botanica and the now out of business Saffron Rouge. 
    I’ve tried Dr. Hauschka, Suki, Alima Pure, Juice Beauty, Nvey Eco, Ilia Beauty, Vapour (I tested and returned, but did not use; I might try more samples), Honeybee Gardens, Cowgirl Dirt, Zuzu Luxe, EllaRose Minerals, and more. Some of these are only semi-natural (most of the less expensive ones, for example) and a lot are very expensive which is why I’ve bought more basics from Cowgirl Dirt than I have from any other brand. 
    I’m not brand loyal and because of this and expanding options, I will continue on my merry way of trying every brand I think is natural enough.
    My large set (10 plus 1 extra I bought) I received a couple years ago from my grandmother, and my small set I bought for our big vacation in May. I prefer the smaller set, it takes up less space (half the number of brushes and shorter handles) and the brushes are softer. I think I might have harmed the larger set when I washed them (I need to research that). I feel ungrateful, but I’d really like to get rid of the large set. I don’t need that many brushes, and I can add as needed to the smaller set (I’d want a blush brush). 
    As for my other tools: I use dollar store sponges for my foundation right now, but I’d like to get a beauty blender type sponge; my pencil sharpeners do the job, but they seem to fall open easily; and I need replacement pads for my eyelash curler.
    Face and Cheeks
    I’ve been using Cowgirl Dirt for a couple years. I started out using their cream foundation and concealer (the later of which they’ve discontinued to my disappointment; only concealer that thick actually conceals, but thankfully I don’t need it as often) and switched to their liquid and BB cream when they put those out. I would like to try Juice Beauty’s expanded liquid foundation options and Vapour again at some point, but I just ordered more from Cowgirl Dirt (in addition to being less expensive, they have great sales). 
     My favorite concealer previously was Dr. Hauschka’s stick concealer which was amazingly expensive. If I felt I needed to make concealer (this recipe), I would put in in lip balm tube.
    My powders are Alima Pure (when I used used loose eyeshadow I bought more from this brand) except for the light jar which is EllaRoseMinerals (I don’t like this powder, but if you like tons of loose eyeshadow colors you should check this shop out). 
    My lip and cheek stain is an indie brand “Fat and the Moon” and was an impulse purchase when I bought my 70’s vintage dress (hopefully, I will feature that in the summer). It’s interesting; its more like tinted lip balm so its sticky on my cheeks. I want cream blush, so I won’t be buying this again. I want to try several RMS Beauty Products and have wanted to for a long time, but they are SO expensive and look greasy.
    I think I’m too old for lip gloss, so I think I will use these up and then only buy lipstick. These are from Juice Beauty and Cowgirl Dirt. My lip liners (I cover my entire lip because both lipgloss and lipstick last under an hour if I don’t) are Dr. Hauschka, Cowgirl Dirt, and some other brand (maybe Zuzu Luxe?) that I bought at Earthfare but probably isn’t really super green.
    The back lipstick is from Juice Beauty and the front two are Dr. Hauschka. Lauren from Chic Ethique has mentioned a couple brands I want to try, Bite Beauty  and Red Apple. Both have SO many color choices.
    The eyeshadow palette set is from Dr. Hauschka. I bought it greatly discounted at Pharmaca or Beauty.com (I think the former, and I just found out the latter was bought and closed by Walgreens). This is definitely may favorite (of course I mostly used loose powder before). I prefer matte eyeshadows. If I cannot find less expensive I will repurchase. I might try Lily Lolo pressed shadows and perhaps Alima Pure.
     The eyeshadow on the left is cream eyeshadow from Cowgirl Dirt, and I don’t recommend it as I have to pull on my eyelid to put it on and the shade is warmer than it looks in the palette. The other eyeshadow is pressed powder from Cowgirl Dirt. I just ordered another (more matte) one.
    My eyeliners are Cowgirl Dirt and Dr. Hauschka. I want to try the gel and liquid liners from Root Pretty and find another pencil to try since Cowgirl Dirt pencils are more like crayons and melt off/smudge without touch really easily.
    I’ve cleared out tons of stuff over the years and have really brought my collection down. But I still want to use up or get rid of some of this stuff because I’m less than thrilled, have too much of the same. If I can cut down a little more and figure out how to give up my brushes (I will see if Mom and sisters want them), I should be able to fit everything including the brushes into my bag easily. 

  • Beauty and Fashion

    Natural Beauty: Cowgirl Dirt

    I have list of objectionable ingredients from The Green Beauty Guide with which I scrutinized loads of purportedly natural and organic beauty products. To this list I want to add Titanium dioxide. All of my research is stuck on my ill or dead computer for the time being. But I still want to try to check ingredients better.

    I ordered a bunch of samples from Cowgirl Dirt a couple months ago (I think I first heard of this company from the Fresh Modesty blog; the name of the company does not appeal to me as I have zero interest in cowgirl stuff or style, and this is probably part of the reason why it took me a while to look into it). I ordered some lip gloss and lip sticks, concealer, cream foundation, and cream eye shadow; the latter three do not make the cut because of the silica. I love being able to choose samples especially since it is so hard to purchase natural products and even though many natural products are only available online, many companies still do not offer samples (except in a random sort of way). I also received my order quite speedily.

    With the first order I received a “10% off your next order” coupon (I also did with this order; please let some of the lipsticks work on me!). I finally got around to using it and ordered mascara (brown), eyeliner pencils (black, brown, blue, and purple), a lip liner pencil (“8 Seconds”), lip gloss (“Middleton Passion”), and lipstick and loose eye shadow samples. They mistakenly sent me a sample instead of the full-sized lip gloss, and I emailed them right away (I think this was Thursday), and I received the full-sized lip gloss today, yay for good customer service.

    The mascara is nice, not greatly thickening (fairly typical of natural mascaras, I think), but then I do not exactly have a ton of lashes, so it is probably better for them. The eye liners are lighter than the ones I had before (Dr. Hauschka, which now seem more like crayons in comparison). I love the lip gloss applicator; it is much more efficient and less wasteful than the ones with wands you dip into the tube. The eye shadows are nice (I have just tried two so far and only one color works for me, maybe), but I love sparkle (although I probably look better in matte) and these look matte on. However, most/all of the sparkly sources (Fairie Organics, Alima Pure, Willow Tree Minerals) I looked at or use contained Titanium dioxide. No. I am afraid I might just eventually have to make my own eyeshadow . . . after I use up what I have. I have not tried the lip pencil. I liked the matte look of the “Target” lipstick, but the color is wrong for me (I cannot seem to wear a great variety of colors, boo), so yay for samples.

    The prices are QUITE reasonable for natural stuff. Most (if not all) natural stuff at this price range is not even close to completely natural. All in all I am pretty satisfied.

    Here are some of my products (they are sent in those bags)

    Cowgirl Dirt is having a massive sweepstakes event until the end of this month also.

    Ingredient lists for these items
    Mascara: Water, Candelilla Wax, Organic Beeswax, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate (coconut derived), Aloe Vera, Proprietary Herbal Extract Blend, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Iron Oxide, Mica.

    Eye Shadow: Zinc Oxide, Boron Nitride, Mica, Vegetable derived Magnesium Stearate, Certified Organic Vegetable Starch, Pure Pearl Powder, Silk Powder, Certified Organic Neem Extract, Certified Organic Olive Extract, Certified Organic Raspberry Extract, Comfrey derived Allantoin. (May contain: Ultramarines, Mica, Iron Oxides, Tin Oxides). Note: Eye shadow Troubador contains Carmine.  
    Mud Slinger Eye Liner Pencil: Organic Jojoba, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Beeswax, Candellila Wax, Iron Oxides, Mica and Vitamin E.
    Yeehaw Lip Stick: Certified Organic Castor Oil, Certified Organic Beeswax, Olive Emulsifiers, Avocado Butter, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Certified Organic Coconut Oil, Certified Organic Olive Oil, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Certified Organic Pomegranate Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Stevia Leaf Extract. (May contain 100% Natural Fruit Extracts or Essential Oils of Raspberry, Pomegranate, Sweet Orange & Lime, Iron Oxides, Mica, Zinc Oxide, Carmine, or Manganese Violet). *Note: Secretariat and Cash shades contain Carmine for a portion of their natural coloring.
    Bodacious Botanical Lip Gloss: Certified Organic Castor Oil, Certified Organic Beeswax, Organic Coconut Oil, Castor Wax, Natural Stevia Extract, Certified Organic Green Tea Extract, Natural Vitamin E Oil, Certified Organic Rosemary Extract, Certified Organic Pomegranate Extract (+/- Mica, Certified Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Certified Organic Raspberry Extract, Certified Organic Peppermint Oil, Certified Organic Spearmint Oil, Vanilla CO2). *Note: The Udderly Mauve shade contains a small amount of Carmine for natural coloring.
    Latigo Lip Liner Pencil: Certified Organic Castor Oil, Castor Wax, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Avocado Butter, Certified Organic Carnauba Wax, Natural Vitamin E Oil, Triglycerides (coconut oil) (+/- Mica, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine, Manganese Violet). *Note: Outlaw contains the colorant ‘carmine’ which is not a vegan-friendly ingredient. 
  • Beauty and Fashion

    Ella Rose Mineral Order

    EEEEEEPPPP!!!!! I finally was able to purchase some makeup from this etsy shop

    I have been drooling over their eye shadows for months, and I finally was able to purchase them. I also bought the Pink Glow Veil (which I plan on using as a finishing powder) and Kiss Me Rhett Lipstick (which is more of a tint). I also received a free blush as I ordered over $15 on the last day of the special.

                                                                My pretties!

        Blush (wild rose-I have not worn it yet, but I think I will order sweet cheeks next time) and veil

     Lip stain

                            Lavender, quick witted, jade, crystal, almond, and brown chrome

    These eye shadows don’t seem to stay on near as long as my Alima Pure ones (although those don’t exactly last all day). I think I need to invest in some primer. If I order from Ella Rose Minerals again, I will order sparkles. My Alima Pure limited edition set was much spark-lier, so I have come to expect sparkles.

  • Beauty and Fashion

    My Organic Make Up Choices

    I am going to write a little bit more on Wednesday about my love for all things organic, but I have not posted much except about giveaways, so I thought I would go ahead and post a little bit about makeup.

    The very first makeup I bought was mineral makeup from my local Rainbow Blossom most of which was on sale (which is why it first caught my eye); I was starting to become really interested in organic stuff then because of my acne. I had not been interested in wearing makeup (and I don’t think my parents wanted me to wear makeup) when I was in high school. I was 19 or 20 when I bought this makeup, but I did not start regularly wearing it for some months after I had bought it.

    I was quite the amateur in my choices, but I also was in the sale basket, so I suppose that can be some excuse. I bought powder that was way too orange for my skin tone and dark blue and orange-gold eye shadows (I have blue eyes and although I am technically a brunette, I need to have the colors of a blond). Those were my worst choices. I also had silver sparkly eyeshadow which would have been okay had I not worn it so heavily; my mom sometimes made me wipe it off. The mascara was my favorite thing, and it definitely made me feel much better about myself when wearing it, so I got hooked. Now I wear mascara whenever I am around people even if we are just going to the park with friends.

    I was given Mary Kay a few months ago which I know would thrill many women exceedingly, and I have used it, but I feel very strongly about using organic items, so I am giving the makeup to a friend. I have given much of my poor color choice makeup away.

    Right now I have Lavera Volume Mascara which I purchased from www.drugstore.com. My foundation is Nvey Eco which I purchased from www.saffronrouge.com; I think it is okay, but I want a more pink toned and dewy foundation. I also have set of four limited edition Alima Pure eye shadows (light pink, light gold, soft brown, and dark brown). I have also tried an eyeshadow from http://www.etsy.com/shop/EllaRoseMinerals?ref=ss_profile.

    I have also ordered from skinbotanica.com. I want to try Dr. Hauschka’s mascara and concealer, Living Nature’s foundation, and more eyeshadows from EllaRoseMinerals. I just love looking at all the pretty makeup choices!