After all the subscription boxes from the past year, it’s taken me awhile to find products that I really love. I’ve a huge fan of multi-purpose products, especially when it’s makeup that simultaneously functions as skincare. Below is a list of my current makeup favorites:
One of my favorite finds of 2015 has been the Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation ($54). This foundation is unlike any foundation (green or conventional) that I’ve ever tried! It glides onto the skin effortlessly and looks so natural. It has buildable coverage without looking cakey and dries to a powder finish. I love that it lasts all day at work and it’s so lightweight on the skin that I forget that I’m wearing any makeup. I typically wear tinted moisturizers or bb creams on a daily basis, but this is a game changer. It is described as a “multi-vitamin for your face” and has ingredients such as Broccoli Seed oil and Sea Buckthorn Extract. The only cons are the high price tag and if you have very dry skin, you may find that this foundation emphasizes dry patches. My skin tends to be on the drier side but as long as I moisturize properly, I rarely have issues with dry patches. Also, I only use maybe 4-5 drops at a time since I just want light to medium coverage. So, a small bottle actually lasts me quite a while! I highly recommend at least trying a sample to see for yourself.
Ingredients: *Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, GRESSA Healing Complex™ *Silymarin, *Neem (Azadirachta indica) Extract,*Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Extract, *Lemon Balm (Melissa officianalis) Extract, *Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) Extract, *Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) Seed Extract, *Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra) Extract, *Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) Extract, Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate Non-GMO, Coenzyme Q10, Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, (Vitamin C), *lecithin, *glycerin, mica, iron oxides, titanium oxide.
*Certified Organic Ingredient
RMS Beauty’s Un-Cover Up in #22 ($36) is a classic green beauty staple. This is my second pot and a little does go a long way. While it does have coconut oil in its ingredient list, I’ve never experienced any negative reactions and love how easy it is to use. It’s very moisturizing and is best applied in light layers using a tapping motion. It can also be used as a foundation and has certified organic ingredients. I love applying this with my fingers and I am amazed how the ingredient list is so simple and short! I’m curious about trying the RMS Un-Powder next. Let me know if you’ve tried it in the comments!
Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499]
*Certified Organic Ingredient
RMS Beauty lip2cheek in Demure ($36) is described as a “soft pink rose with a hint of mauve” and it is perfect for everyday. I don’t really use this on my lips since it’s not as moisturizing as my other lip products, but it is designed to be used as both a cheek and lip product. I love all the lip2cheeks but this one is my current favorite since it goes with just about everything. Next on my wishlist are the colors Smile and Curious.
Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax),*Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Buriti (Mauritia Flexuosa) Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) seed Oil, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract ,*Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Mica CI 77019]
W3ll People Bio Brightener Stick in Moonstone ($29) is a step up from RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer and provides a brighter highlight that lasts longer throughout the day. It is also gluten free and non-GMO. I currently have a small sample pot of this product and have barely made a dent in it even though I use it almost daily! I recently received a sample of Kjaer Weis’ highlighter in Radiance and I’m debating which one I like more.
Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Bees- wax), Silica, Mica (CI 77019), Olea europa * (Olive Oil)*, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate **, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Mica (CI 77019), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (and) Aloe Barbadenis (Aloe) Extract, Essential Oil blend, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Lysine, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)*, Roman An- themis Nobilis (Chamomile)* [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)]
Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Goddess ($48) – I am normally a tinted lip balm kind of girl but this is a perfect burgundy balm/sheer lipstick hybrid for anyone intimidated by bold colors. The color looks pretty intimidating in the pan but it goes on sheerly with a glossy finish. The color is definitely buildable and I love how moisturizing it is. The only con for me is having to use my fingers for application since I don’t have a lip brush. Like all Kjaer Weis packaging, the gorgeous metal packaging alone is worth the splurge as refills are much more affordable after the initial investment. Plus, you’re helping to reduce the amount of waste you create as a beauty consumer.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil•, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax•, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter•, Cera Alba (Beeswax)•, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch•, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil•, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil•, Mica, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil•, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Dextrin, Limonene*, Citral*, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide).
• Organically grown.
Silk Naturals Eyeshadows in Trouble & Caliber ($4.50 each) – Whether you are new to the green beauty world or a veteran, Silk Naturals has something for everyone. I love the affordability of their makeup and don’t be fooled by the indie packaging, this brand has high-performing makeup with clean ingredients and vegan options! I have so many of their eyeshadows and am obsessed with their Urban Decay and Mac dupes! The only con is that the eyeshadows are in loose mineral powder form, but that can be easily remedied by pressing them and adding them to a Z-Palette. Silk Naturals makes it easy to build your makeup collection without breaking the bank. I can’t recommend their products enough! I want to try their dupes of the Anastasia’s Gleam Glow Kit and their HD Cream Concealer next. Also, just a tip, some of the swatches on the website may not be the best quality. I definitely recommend googling some reviews to see other blogger’s swatches. However, all their products are highly pigmented and for the price, there isn’t really much to lose.
Some helpful tips on saving some $$ is to try out samples from Integrity Botanicals, Spirit Beauty Lounge, or Citrine Beauty. There are also always sales going on from time to time, so I highly recommend signing up newsletters from various green beauty companies to be informed on the next upcoming sale. Dermstore carries RMS Beauty and I typically wait until there’s a sale before purchasing any RMS Beauty products because they are quite pricey. W3ll People is now carried at Target, so definitely check their website because they also have deals as well.