My Current Safer Skincare & Beauty Routine

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Finding new beauty favorites can be hard. These safer makeup and skincare products are my current favorites that I use and love!

my favorite makeup and skincare

When I first started transitioning my makeup and skincare, I went fairly slowly but found some pretty good options right out of the gate. Since I shared my last makeup blog post, I’ve started trying some new products that I’ve been found myself preferring right now. There are still a few items that I’ve continued to use, and all of the products in my previous post are still good products that I would recommend… I just have newer favorites at the moment!

Everyone is different when it comes to beauty and skin care, and our tastes change as well. This is just what works for me right now!

But first, let me start out by saying that beauty and skincare can indeed get pricy. I try and keep what I use at a minimum for that reason. In this post, I’ve included how long each product tends to last me to help illustrate that good product can indeed be worth it as it does last longer and perform better than cheaper products.

 

Safer Beauty & Make up

 

Crunchi foundation

I’ve been wearing the crunchi foundation in shade 2 for over a year now, and I don’t see myself ever switching! It feels light, but it has amazing coverage. I also use the foundation brush. On average this lasts me about 5 months, which I think is amazing for a foundation!

Lily lolo powder

I don’t use this lily lolo powder often... just special occasions to set my make up. But it’s great and I’ve only ever bought it once, so it lasts a long time.

W3ll People Concealer

I use this W3ll people concealer in shade 1 under my eyes and it’s by far my favorite that I’ve tried since I’ve made the switch to safer. It lasts me a really long time!

W3ll People Mascara

This is by far my favorite mascara. I used to use the 100 percent pure mascara, but after hearing so many good things about W3ll people, I gave it a try, and I’ve been addicted ever since. It lasts a while, but I’m not entirely sure how long I go between product. They have sent me a couple of packages with some mascara samples in it so it skews my timeline a bit. Regardless, this mascara is so worth it.

Beautycounter color intense lipsticks

I don’t wear lipstick as much as I used to, but I was a big-time Mac lipstick girl back in the day. I love a heavily pigmented, and bold lip, and these lipsticks have been my favorite. They go on well, and they don’t have any nightshade or soy ingredients which are very common in safer lipsticks. Twilight is my favorite color, but really, I like them all. I don’t wear these often, so I haven’t ever had to repurchase a color yet.

Beautycounter necessary neutral eyeshadow palette 

I started using the necessary neutral eyeshadow palette around Christmas and I use it daily. It’s become my favorite palette by far! I once got a holiday palette from BC a couple of years ago and I really didn’t like it… the colors broke, they weren’t pigmented, and I wound up getting rid of the palette. They’ve definitely changed things and I highly recommend this palette. It has a lot of colors, but it’s designed to work in three’s. I use the colors slipper, burgundy, and haze pretty much daily, and as seen below.

beauty counter eyeshadow

Beautycounter precision liquid liner

I am a big eyeliner girl, and I refuse to use anything but liquid liner! I used to use 100 percent pure liquid liner because that was the only safer option I knew of at the time, but honestly, it had some flaws. It had this weird peel off quality where you could literally peel it off in one strip…. which I didn’t love. It felt a little weird and it would pull my lashes. I started using this BC liquid liner this past summer and get tons of compliments on it. It lasts me about 4-5 months.

Beautycounter brow gel

I’m part Sicilian, so your girl has some serious brows. They’re long and they tend to curl and fall so I really need a brow gel to keep them in place. I used to use glossier boy brow (yes, it’s conventional) and I was very hesitant to switch. It’s seriously only been a couple of months since I started using this BC brow gel. One thing I will say is that it can smudge if you don’t give it some time to dry, so be careful with how much you use and let it dry! I use the darkest color. Yes, I’m a brunette, but my eyebrows are jet black and no one can convince me otherwise 😂

Safer Skincare

 

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm

The cleansing balm is by far my absolute favorite skincare product. It cleanses, removes makeup, and moisturizes. It’s a bigger ticket item, but seriously it nearly took me a year to get through it!!

beauty counter cleansing balm

Beautycounter balancing facial oil

This balancing facial oil is great for acne prone skin, which really works well for me. I use it as directed after I use the cleansing balm, and it takes me about 4-5 months to get through it.

Beautycounter overnight resurfacing peel

The overnight resurfacing peel was a super hot product when it came out and for good reason. It’s a game changer. It’s like a chemical peel but it’s plant-based and more gentle. It exfoliates, it helps make my skin really clear and bright, and helps me with any breakouts. I use it probably 2-3 times a week, and it lasts me for about 5 months.

Beautycounter charcoal mask

This charcoal mask was the first ever BC product that I used years ago. The peel has mostly replaced it for me, but what I still use it for is an acne spot treatment. It really does the trick, and even my husband likes it! Because I only really use it for spot treatment, it lasts me a really love time.

 

I hope that list was helpful! What are your favorite safer beauty and skincare products?

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse: Benefits, Instructions & Before and After

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Have you ever rinsed your hair with apple cider vinegar? Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar is a cheap, easy, and effective hair treatment for shinier, cleaner and healthier hair!

Let’s face it, hair care products are both expensive, and can be filled with toxins. You can’t expect to spend anything less than an arm and a leg on good, quality hair care and still have it be natural and free of toxins. Or can you? Enter apple cider vinegar hair wash. My favorite, cheap, easy, organic, and incredibly effective hair care routine for cleansing my hair.

I’ve always been way into my hair. So when I suffered hair loss from hypothyroidism due to my Hashimoto’s Disease, I was pretty devastated. Not only was my hair falling out, but it was dull, greasy, and completely dead looking. Though my hair began to grow back after I adopted several strategies to heal my Hashimoto’s my hair still lost its previous shine. I felt inclined to spend tons of money on products to try and make my hair look better. I remember getting mousse to make my hair less frizzy and more manageable, tons of dry shampoo to pull out the grease even less than 24 hours after a wash, and shampoo that promised to make my hair shinier. I wasted tons of money on products that didn’t work until I started washing my hair with apple cider vinegar. It’s been seven years and I haven’t looked back!

 

What are the benefits of washing your hair with an apple cider vinegar rinse?

It removes product build up.

First and foremost, I got turned onto washing my hair with ACV because it cleanses and cleans your hair like no other. It basically removes build upon other product in your hair, making it extra shiny, silky, and smooth. No matter how well you wash your hair, you will have product build up. Whether it be

It restores the pH balance of your hair making it easier to manage, and extra shiny.

pH stands for the “power of hydrogen” and represents the relative acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Our skin, hair, and bodies are meant to have a certain pH to remain balanced, but things like toxins, stress, and poor quality food and products harm the natural pH of our hair and skin which makes our hair harder to maintain and manage.

It’s full of vitamins and free of toxins.

With having an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s), MTHFR, and just being a generally health conscious person, I work hard to cut down the toxic burden of my body while nourishing with good, whole foods. Toxins found in makeup, hair care products, and poor quality foods overwork our immune system and harm our bodies in the long run.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in Vitamin C which is nourishing to the hair and skin and free of toxins. It’s made from real, whole food prepared in a traditional manner and is far healthier for our bodies and the environment than toxin-laden hair care products.

It’s cheap and easy!

A bottle of apple cider vinegar will run you less than $7 and has multiple other uses. In my beauty maven days, I couldn’t get away with spending less than $30 minimum on hair products. So for less than $7, and a DIY that only includes two ingredients? Sign me up.

It makes your hair last longer between washes.

Because it removes product build up from your hair, expect to have your hair last longer between washes.

It makes your hair look and feel amazing!

Not only can I feel the difference after using apple cider vinegar in my hair, but I can see the difference. It’s shinier, smoother, less frizzy, and much easier to manage. Whenever I’m having a couple of bad hair days, I always use an apple cider vinegar hair rinse as my secret weapon.

My Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Before and After Pictures

 My Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Wash Routine

Even after just one wash, my hair is shinier, much less dull and more lively looking.

 My Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Wash Routine

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Instructions

Ingredients

16 oz of purified water

2 Tbsp of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions

  1. First, start with good quality Apple Cider Vinegar. I always use Bragg’s! You can get it at your local health food store, or online.
  2. Next, fill a glass with warm, purified water. Pay attention to temperature here… remember this is going on your head! Then, add two tablespoons of ACV. Stir to combine.
  3. Take the glass into the shower and set it to the side. Go along with your normal shampoo routine and rinse your hair. Then slowly pour the ACV hair wash onto your head in an attempt to evenly distribute it.
  4. Leave it in your hair for about 2-3 minutes to soak in.
  5. Finally, thoroughly rinse to remove from your hair and you’re done!

How often should you use an apple cider vinegar hair rinse?

Typically, I use this wash once every two weeks and sometimes weekly.

I don’t necessarily recommend it for multiple times a week. First, that’s a lot of ACV to use, and second, if you have dry hair it could potentially dry it out if you use it too often.

I very much enjoy the benefits of my apple cider vinegar hair wash when used in moderation.

 

ACV Hair Rinse Tips and Tricks

For colored hair…

I simply wouldn’t recommend this for regular use for colored hair as it may harm the color. You can try, but no promises here.

For drier hair…

If your hair is naturally dry, try using 1 tbsp of ACV rather than 2 tbsp. You may have to play a bit to find your perfect ratio.

To remove any smell…

You don’t have to use conditioner as the ACV will condition your hair. However, I find that adding a dab of conditioner will really help remove any ACV smell that may linger.

So, that’s all there is to it! Just a few minutes of prep every week to two weeks and you’ve got silky smooth, and healthier hair. Enjoy!

 

This post was originally published on March 14, 2016 and updated in March of 2019.

My Favorite Non-Toxic Makeup

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Along with cooking, makeup has always been one of my favorite creative outlets. Nobody needs makeup to be beautiful… but it’s fun, and it’s just as much of a personal style choice as clothes or hair. My love for makeup exploded in college when I got into Youtube beauty videos. I quickly went from a drug store girl that would just get whatever my mom got me as a teen to a full blown Sephora addict with stacks of palettes  and mac lipsticks. Oh the mac lipsticks. I was obsessed.

A few years ago, I started to realize a huge change in how I would feel when I’d apply lipstick. I’d go from having a normal day to all of a sudden feeling fatigued and flushed just from applying lipstick. I had no idea what was going on… until I actually read the ingredients. Soy, wheat, sesame, mystery coloring, and so many horrible additives that I didn’t even know anything about.

After doing some more search on how the beauty industry is highly unregulated and filled with just as much junk as the conventional food industry, most of my makeup went in the trash. Hundreds of dollars of lipstick gone just like that. Not only was the money wasted, but one of my favorite creative outlets was gone in an instant. I went back to a very few cleaner basics and even held on to some of my more toxic favorites as I was at a total loss of what to do.

Transitioning your lifestyle to a cleaner on takes time! It’s expensive, and it doesn’t happen over night. That’s why it took me so long to clean up my makeup. However, this was my year that I was finally going to figure it out. I still have more searching to do, but I’m so happy to share that I have basic non-toxic beauty favorites to share!!

Crunchi Foundation

As someone who had terrible skin as a teenager (hello, gut health) I got hooked on a full coverage, matte liquid foundation pretty early on. Though my skin has improved a lot as my health as improved in general, I still like a good liquid foundation.

When I asked my Instagram friends about brand recommendations, crunchi was a clear leader. And it’s very, very clear why everyone loves it so much. This foundation is hands down one of the best I’ve tried period. Not just out of the “cleaner” brands, but I’m counting the high end conventional brands as well.

The coverage is amazing, it stays on all day, and crunchi is an amazing company overall who I really trust with a great ingredients glossary and blacklisted ingredients. I got the foundation brush to go along with the crunchi liquid foundation (I’m shade 02).

W3LL People Concealer

I almost wound up getting the crunchi concealer which I also heard good things about, but after so many people recommended W3LL people, I really wanted to give it a try.

I’m very, very picky with concealer. Your girl definitely has some dark circles and I want my concealer to work. The W3LL people bio correct concealer (I’m the lightest shade) has amazing coverage! It’s great for spots as well as dark circles.

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette

The Laid Bare Eye Palette was another huge stand out in this line up, and one that I never thought I would find. I was a huge, huge Naked Palette by Urban Decay girl for 5-6 years or so and I refused to use anything else. I’ve tried other cleaner beauty brands eyeshadow and was disappointed by the pigmentation. I want an eye shadow that pops and stays on all day. This one delivers.

Lily Lolo Laid Bare

Lily lolo has a few different palettes that all look amazing with great basic colors. Laid Bare is pretty comparable to the original Naked palette with nude tones and some darker ones as well.

I hung on to my Naked palette to do a swatch comparison between the two, and the results were fire! Here’s a swatch of half baked from the Naked palette, and Lady Godiva from the Laid Bare palette.

Isn’t that amazing? The urban decay colors are a bit darker across the board, but the pigmentation and the staying power of the two palettes are super similar.

I am thrilled that I found this palette and will be getting more from Lily lolo!

100% Pure Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeliner is always part of my signature look. I’ll leave the house without my wallet before I leave without eyeliner on. I’ve been loyal to Stilla for years until I read the back… yup… parabens.

I’ll be honest that the quality of Stilla is hard to match, but 100% Pure does a great job with this eyeliner. It goes on pretty wet and takes a few minutes to dry, so you have to be strategic with when you put it on to make sure it doesn’t smudge, but it defiantly stays on all day and produces a great look.

Fairy Girl Liquid Lip Potions

I found Fairy Girl on Instagram and was really drawn to their colors and their bundle deals. The ingredients are free of parabens, gluten, soy, etc. and the staying products are incredible! The colors are so beautiful, and they stay on for hours.

The color that I’m wearing in the picture is Cherish, but I also really love Faith.

Axiology Lip Crayons

Did you really think I could really keep it to just one lipstick? I just had to give axiology a shout out!

I was blown away by how clean the Axiology ingredients are! Avocado, coconut, castor oil, and other essential oils are just some of the awesome ingredients in these lip colors. So far, the only color I have is Enchant, and I love it. Highly recommend checking them out.

100% Pure Maracuja Mascara

This mascara was one of the very first cleaner beauty swaps that I made, and it made me a 100% percent pure fan over night. The mascara is colored with black tea, and as someone coming off of the They’re Real mascara from Benefit, I didn’t miss a beat with this one. It’s an amazing product!

What about other popular brands?

I’ve tried many other brands, but these just wound up being my favorites as of right now. That doesn’t mean I have anything against any brand that I didn’t mention in this post, this is just my personal preference for now!

For example, when I was into conventional makeup, Benefit and Urban Decay were some of my go-to brands. That didn’t mean that I thought Nars, Too Faced, and Smash Box were bad… they just weren’t what I gravitated towards.

What about bronzer, primer, blush, highlight, etc.?

Like I said, replacing all of your makeup is expensive and it takes time! Every single product you see here I paid for out of pocket on my own… no one is sending me free makeup to review (at least as I type this in 2017).

These are the products that I use every day and were the highest priority for me to switch over. I intend to keep building my collection and keeping you updated as I do, but this is it for now!

I hope this post was helpful! I look forward to sharing more about holistic beauty soon!

My Favorite Non- Toxic Makeup