Beauty

Toxin Free Beauty Routine!

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I think it’s safe to say that we live in a society of over indulgance. There aren’t many areas that I can think of that we don’t over indulge in these days, and beauty trends rank high on the scale. We want to look good, and we are willing to spend excessive amounts of money on that, but at what cost?

The products that we use on our bodies are jam packed with artificial chemicals, and a variety of toxins that are known to cause serious health problems. From the shampoo we wash our hair with, to the polish we use to paint our nails, we continually subject our bodies to foreign  compounds that simply aren’t compatible with the human body. With beauty products, we want what’s hot, that product that everyone is talking about.! We want, affordable, long wearing, fully pigmented, with no flashback makeup.  

I haven’t taken the time to study the intricate details of which chemical causes what, but I am aware that I can do better.  There are products out there that are specially formulated for the more health conscious shopper, without all the unnecessary extras. I set out to find products that would stand up to a full day of activity. I even tried an au natural cleansing routine this morning.

Carefree Cleansing

If there is one thing that I reccommend every person keep stock in their home it’s Coconut oil! It’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and there are countless uses for coconut oil.

To cleanse, I rubbed my face with a generous amount of coconut oil (I have dry skin, so I don’t shy away from moisture of any kind). Then blotted it off with a clean, warm , wet towel. For toner, I mixed togetther 1 teaspoon of apple cidar vineagar and 2 teaspoons of water.  I moisturized with an Argon oil mix that I bought some time ago.

I have no complaints, the routine was quick easy, and I was able to use products that I already have around the house.

Putting A Face On

It’s hard to find color matches for foundations with brands that are known around the world, so I was pretty certain that I’d be unable to find a good match for such an already limited product type. I was happy to find Plain Jane Beauty. The brand is black owned and has a nice variety of selections for women of color.  Let’s take a minute to heel -toe and side shuffle to the fact that it’s a black owned brand.

I got myself a sample size of a little bit of everything I could think of to complete a looks. I ordered a sample pack of foundation, color corrector, concealer, highlighter, blush, and eye shadows. One of the first things that I noticed about the products was the smell of the foundations. The smell reminds me of ginger, it was refreshing.  I remembered the foundations being extremely matte/dry, when I swatched them the day my package arrived. So, I was sure to generously oil my face to combat that.

In the containers the products looked a bit dried up and I was skeptical. But once I started getting into it, the color corrector and foundation went on smoothly, I could see the coverage and they were creamy and luminous.

I didn’t have color to use to brighten under my eyes, but I did a little contouring on my cheeks and nose with one of the darker foundation samples and dark brown eyeshadow. Then applied blush and highlighter (which, to my surprise, was pretty poppin’).

Completing the Look

I filled my eyebrows with the same brown shadow that I used to contour with, and prepped my eyelids with foundation set with Bare Minerals mineral veil. The eyeshadow colors are quite pigmented and were easy to blend, with little fall out. For liner and mascara I used Mineral Fusion, a brand I found at Whole Foods. I didn’t have a lipstick to use, so I mixed some of the blush pigment with vaseline to create a pink gloss.

Final Answer

Over all I was pleased with the way the look came out. I was happy with the products and they lasted all day. I was able to create a nice everyday look with zero guilt about what ingridiants are lurking behind the label. This is definitely a routine I will use more often!

 

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