You might remember me saying in my last article, that women put an average of 168 chemicals on their faces and bodies everyday! Sadly makeup is a big culprit in this. Luckily, the cosmetics industry has not been left out in the clean beauty revolution. To follow on from my previous piece on skincare products, this week I’d like to share with you some of the beauty brands I have tried. Personally I have been more focused on skincare since that was my starting point. With beauty, I am replacing items as they run out (which is taking aaaaaaaaages!), so whilst I’ve done the research, what I’ve outlined below is what I’ve actually used! Enjoy.
A product line that started with tinted lip conditioners filled with upto 85% bioactive organic ingredients. Ilia Beauty was founded by Sasha Plavsic in Vancouver in 2011, after she read the back of a lipstick box in an effort to understand the ingredients that went into it, and in turn, her skin! Ilia products are beautifully presented in recycled aluminium cases with the feel of a luxurious high end product which you’d be happy to carry around in your handbag! The range has expanded to include lip liners, glosses, eye liners and concealer. A great starting point for your make up needs as you step into clean beauty – I challenge you not to find a clean lipstick alternative in a shade you love!
I use: Tinted lip conditioner which has a lovely smooth nourishing texture and great colour, Fade Into You finishing powder and Ilia pure eyeliners which go on smoothly without smudging. I find the eyeliner needs to be applied at least twice to give a darker colour but I’m ok with that as Ilia use 100% natural dye and 42% organic ingredients for their pencils.
Available to buy at Beauty Candy in Mandarin Gallery
Founded by Rose Marie Swift, who after years working in the fashion and make up industry, realised the exposure we have to chemicals through our daily routines and what we apply to our skin. She developed RMS Beauty, beauty products formulated with raw, food grade and organic ingredients which work with our skin and are free from synthetics and harmful chemicals. RMS does not use lengthy processes that ultimately strip away the goodness of these natural ingredients. Instead they use minimal heat in the production process to ensure the products they make maintain all their nutrients and healing properties from the ingredients used. All packaging is biodegradable, recyclable or reusable.
I use: RMS living luminizer which can be applied to lips, cheek and eyelids for a lovely glow! “Un”-cover up concealer which provides light coverage for skin imperfections and Raw Coconut cream which is a multi-purpose product for make up removal, cleansing and moisturising.
Available to buy at Beauty Candy in Mandarin Gallery.
Founded by a make up artist, cosmetic dermatologist and holistic entrepreneur, W3LL People was founded on the premise that “our skin absorbs about 80% of what we put on it”. Yikes. And to think we never think about the ingredients in what we’re using (I am talking about myself here, pre-clean beauty!) They have created minimalist make up which will make you look and feel good but using all natural solutions. W3LL people products use botanical natural ingredients rich in essential oils and organic aloe with NO petrochemicals, by products or fillers, specially handcrafted in small batches in the USA. The make up range includes foundation, bronzer, concealers, lipgloss, eyeshadow, mascara and eye pencils – you can safely say they’ve got your beauty covered 🙂
I Use: Bio-correct multi-action concealer and Purist Mineral Blush. The concealer is as good any I’ve used with a good range of colours, lovely texture, and not too cakey and the blusher has a gorgeous shimmer I adore! I didn’t think I’d ever replace my NARS Orgasm blush but I have 🙂
In the words of the beauty icon and clean living champion Gwyneth Paltrow, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick”.
I could not agree more, and with so many gorgeous natural options out there, what’s the harm in trying a new shade of red 🙂
Feature image from stocksnap.io, all other images by Sunaina Patel.
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