My transition to healthier makeup products started about three years ago when I took an environmental science course in college. One of the assignments for the class was to write a research paper on coral reef endangered species. My findings astonished me and scared me to find out how sick our ocean has become and that humans have been contributing in a major way to devastating the oceanic ecosystem. Worse yet, were the information I found on the Deep Skin Database. Essentially, almost all the makeup products I frequent cause a health risk. Some worse than others. And, my transition to healthier personal care products is still in the making.
My healthier eating lifestyle started in 2009 during my first semester at the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ course in International Environmental Law and Politics. This graduate school has a wonderful graduate program in International Environmental Policy and that’s how it all began. Since then I have been yearning for a plant-based and wholefoods diet, and 2015 is finally year in which I have taken some serious steps in that direction since day one.
Fast-forward more than half a decade, I find myself looking for cruelty-free and natural personal care products that are ideally organic and plant-based. While that is not always possible, as we all know the healthiest products can be very expensive, again I make sure that my products are always bunny-approved and some cosmetic giants like L’Oreal are making some serious ethical decisions in regard to 100% vegan products, thankfully.
Here’s my glamorous everyday-look using cruelty-free, organic, and/or all natural makeup products:
List of the products used:
Eye Cream: 29 by Lydia Mondavi
Laneige – SunScreen Triple SPF 40
Clinique: Pore Perfector in invisible bright.
Foundation: mixed Boots Botanics Shine Away Foundation (color: Cumin) with 100% Pure tinted moisturize (color: Peach Bisque).
Eye Brows: eye shadow ‘Power Player’ from the Tartelette matte palette by Tarte, applied with Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 large synthetic duo brow brush.
Lancome: waterproof eye shadow base Aquatique in nude.
Eye shadows from the Tartelette palette: super mom, wanderer, power player. Pacifica Enlighted Eye Brightening Shadow palette (lightest shimmer).
Eye liner from the Tartelette palette: fashionista, and Natural Eye Pencil (waterproof) in jet by Pacifica
Concealer: Mineral Fusion in neutral.
Mascara: Lengthening mascara in black by SheaMoisture.
Blush: bareMinerals in The One
Setting Powder from Mineral Fusion.
Lipstick: mixed two from Tarte (that’s where I got it), first layer in nude mocha, second layer in soft pink.
Highlighter: Light Bronze Pearl from Physicians Formula.
Bronzer: Cocoa Glow from 100% Pure (only used lightly on forehead and temples.
Lastly, I would like to say that healthier makeup products are not just about the ingredients but to me it is also a philosophical and ethical matter. It has become a culture, I dare to say, and I hope that more and more women and men will become more educated about the products they buy so that we, as consumers, will be able to demand from companies to eliminate dangerous ingredients and stop testing on animals. So please, at least support companies that do not test on animals.