So this is me about before I went to lunch with my friend Krista today. I just HAD to try out some new makeup from some of the great companies who have sent me beauty products to try out.
I really wanted to play around and take a pic because some of my new finds REALLY are fabulous!
I started off this morning by washing my face with ZENMED Facial Cleansing Gel, Thayer's Alcohol Free Cucumber Witch Hazel, and Prescriptives All You Need+ for the Eyes. As a final skincare step, I applied ZENMED AVT Cream.
I waited a moment and put on Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer, let it sink in while I brushed my teeth and was ready to begin! Confession-- yes, I know this is not green, nor is it considered a healthy and natural product. It is my own makeup weakness. I just love it. If you are 100% paraben free, do not purchase this.
I would like to say this about the next product -- I haven't used powder foundations in a while, but I was sent a product to try that I absolutely adore. Like other minerals, it does not irritate my skin. This one is called Mineral Hygienics and it is a loose powder foundation. I am wearing Medium. It doesn't cake, settle into any fine lines, sweat off when it is humid and 92. I apply this with my It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Foundation Brush. Just a very small amount is all you need and it gives a natural, healthy appearance.
Next, I applied my concealer. This one rocks my socks. Love it! It is the Au Naturale Creme Concealer and it blends so easily with my ring finger. I am not exaggerating when I say that this one blows away the competition. I used to think that Vapour was the best natural concealer. I was wrong. Trust me -- you have to have this for your dark circles and any skin discolorations. BEST CONCEALER on earth. Au Naturale is non-toxic, gluten-free, vegan, paraben-free, non-nano, and made in America in a USDA certified organic facility.
I then applied my staple eye shadow-- the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.
Next up: mascara. Forever on the quest for that holy grail mascara, I have found one that is paraben free, non-irritating AND will not melt off on a hot and humid day. This one is Prescriptives False Eyelashes Plush Mascara. Truly the best!
Bronzer! It can be so hard to find a bronzer that doesn't make me look like an Ooma Loompa. I was using W3LL People and used it until it was gone. I have a new one I LOVE and as ong as your skin is normal/dry like mine, I think you will adore it as well. It is also a product from Au Naturale and it is called the Organic Creme Bronzer Stick. Just a swipe across the cheekbones and a quick blend with clean fingertips is all you need!
Brows were next! I use Silk Naturals Brow Medium Ash Brow Cream. A pot of this is just $6.50 and lasts almost an entire YEAR!
Hair color touched up -- it is $3.50 or so! Revlon Colorsilk Champagne Blonde. I also add in a couple streaks of Revlon Frost & Glow in the Light Blonde Kit for highlights. My hair also feels so much healthier since -- gasp -- returning to a shampoo with sulfates. It is SO much easier to style. I am using Biolage Volume Bloom Shampoo and alternating with John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Shampoo.
To condition, I use Featherweight from Original Moxie.
Styling-wise, I start with Redken Prepping Blow Dry Lotion, then I blow dry my hair. I apply some Redken Hot Sets Thermal Setting Mist and to finish, add shine with Matrix Biolage Color Care Shine Shake. All were purchased on the Buy 1, Get 2 Free at Supercuts.
And I LOVE the lip colors! Lipstick and gloss are both Au Naturale! And I adore them. Now when you go to the website and see this lipstick, do NOT panic. It looks VERY bright purple, but does not actually appear this way on the lips. What a beautiful lipstick and it feels divine. Some lipsticks tug across the lips and make them feel dry. Not this one. And, again, Au Naturale is non-toxic, gluten-free, vegan, paraben-free, non-nano, and made in America in a USDA certified organic facility.
Over the lipstick, I applied Au Naturale Lip Gloss in a shade called Orchid. Great on its own or layers, this is my new go-to lip gloss!
Lastly, I used a large powder brush to sweep my powder sunscreen across my face. It is called Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF 30 in Golden. This provides broad spectrum protection and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
So that's the summer routine. I will be back soon for an more in depth review of the rest of my fabulous Au Naturale products!