How To Reduce Waste in Your Beauty Routine

Waste Not but Want A Lot

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I’m sure you’ve become increasingly aware that humans produce a lot of trash. With plastic alone, we produce 300 million tons per year! Just plastic waste! It’s a sad, sad story, but we do have the ability to change the ending. Instead of adding to the thousands of landfills, or filling the ocean with toxic chemicals and plastic… there are simple, yet extremely effective ways to simplify your routine and making it more eco friendly. Reducing waste doesn’t mean only using soap and water, you can still have your beautifully indulgent beauty routine, it just helps to be aware of what your actions cost, and ways to change that.

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All of That Cotton

You need to remove that makeup, right? You need to wipe off excess soap and toner.. right? But you don’t want to ruin your towels… right? All of those cotton rounds and pads.. used once and then thrown away! What a waste. Now, I’m not saying to forgo your routine, but simply start using reusable, washable cotton rounds instead! Not only will you reduce your trash, but you’ll also never have to remember stock up while at the store or have to come into contact with those gross chemicals found in regular cotton balls like dioxins! I really love this brand!! They’re actually made of bamboo fiber, which is even better than cotton.

Time for the Blue Bin

All of that packaging down the tube.. to the trash compactor.. to the landfill. Such a shame. Did you realize you could be recycling that plastic? Look to the package/bottle for a little cycle symbol with a number inside of it. That’s your signal to put it with the recycling instead of the trash! You can also make the conscious decision to purchase glass products, that way you can reuse them afterwards, or of course recycle.

Maybe You Don’t Need That

We can get caught up in the mindset of retail obsession- “I need, I really really need that. and I need it now!” We often scoop something up that sounds amazing, looks super cool, smells divine, heard a friend rave about it, saw it while window shopping online, etc. Whatever the excuse is- you bought something you didn’t need, and now you’ve somehow ended up with a massive amount of skincare or makeup that you barely even use- it’s just taking up space. I encourage you to go through your beauty cabinet and makeup bag and get rid of those things that aren’t bringing you any good, simply taking up space. Not only will this help your amount of waste, but it will also help de-clutter your mind. Simultaneously keep in mind when you feel you need to refill an item, check your inventory and decide if you can use something else that you already own.

Shave It Off

Ladies, I am right there with ya with the pain of having to constantly shave. It’s a consistent problem that never quite gets resolved unless you’re able to afford laser hair removal. We shave so much, but if we use those disposable plastic razors we are adding thousands of razors to the landfill every year. The solution? Spend a little extra on a reusable stainless steel razor. You will spend less on the replacement blades, and it works just as well! This product is a great option for men and women!

Pearly Whites

We’re supposed to replace our toothbrush every three months, but do you realize how much plastic that amounts to? It’s kind of disgusting. Instead of buying your regular drugstore tooth brush, this time try a bamboo toothbrush. They’re all natural so they’re free of gross chemicals found in plastic, plus they’re biodegradable! A super simple way to reduce your beauty routine waste. I love this one.

So you see, it’s not so difficult to be a little eco friendly! Reducing waste is good for you and the environment! Hope you find these tips useful.

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xxJoannaxx

How To Exfoliate Your Skin

Shedding Light on Shedding Cells

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Our body is constantly producing new skin cells while simultaneously getting rid of the old stuff. But how often does this happen? And do we need to help the body do what it’s already designed to do?

To put it plainly- we need our body to produce new cells to have youthful, glowing, healthy skin. When our body holds onto the old cells, it literally builds up and you end up with an old, dull, dry, flaky surface that enhances wrinkles. And nobody wants that.

However, you must be wary of how often you exfoliate your skin; too often can leave the skin red, irritated, and more prone to problems such as rashes, breakouts, sun damage, etc.how you should exfoliate your face and body for glowing, youthful skin. www.awellspringoflife.com

Exfoliating the Face: 

Ideally, you should exfoliate every 3-4 days, so about 1-2 times per week. It mainly depends on your skin; how sensitive is it, your age, and what your skin likes to be honest.

I have become so in-tune with my skin that I can tell the day when I need to exfoliate- my skin looks dull, I begin to see some congestion in my pores, and as soon as I exfoliate- BOOM.glowing glory. 

Make sure, however, that you are using good exfoliating products. Don’t use any sort of physical exfoliation on your face– it’s too harsh and can cause microscopic tears which can lead to a whole host of problems. Stick to enzymes which break down and dissolve all of the old skin cells, and bring circulation to the face- encouraging healing. Check out my DIY Enzyme Mask here. This is the only exfoliation I use on my face!

Exfoliating the Body: 

Now the body has much thicker skin than the face, so you can exfoliate much more often- every day really. Because it is thicker it can handle physical exfoliation such as dry brushing and sugar and salt scrubs. The great thing about sugar scrubs is that they simultaneously moisturize while getting rid of the dead stuff. So not only will your skin be soft, it will also be highly nourished and moisturized. Dry Brushing is also a great way to gently exfoliate the body! Dry  brush before the shower then moisturize with a nice body oil afterwards for ultimate glowing skin. Click Here to read more about Dry Brushing and why it’s so amazing !

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Exfoliation is key for youthful, healthy skin.

Shed the Cells, Dude. 

xxJoannaxx

Toxic Ingredients In Your Dry Shampoo + DIY Dry Shampoo

The Evils Hiding In Your Beauty Cabinet

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My guess is that you’ve already discovered this little invention if your hair washing isn’t a priority. But were you aware of the ingredients in conventional dry shampoos?

Not good, I tell you, not good at all.

Toxic Dry Shampoo Ingredients

Talc– This is used in dry shampoos because it’s great at absorbing… but at a serious cost- it’s made up of magnesium, oxygen, and silicon, but can contain asbestos fibers!! Talc has been linked to cancer, so best to avoid that one.

Alcohol– Because the goal when using dry shampoo is to absorb oil and moisture, many companies use alcohol because it does dry the hair. However, it can actually be way too drying to our strands of hair and precious scalp. Believe it or not, we do need some oils on our head to keep the scalp healthy, but alcohol absorbs the good oils as well. Many people can actually develop dry scalp, dandruff, and blocked pores.

Siloxane, Silicones & Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane– Silicones and siloxanes are really popular and commonly used in many beauty products, because they actually prevent the product from breaking down and making it dry faster. Anything that prevents nature from taking it’s natural course is going to have some adverse affects on your health.

LPG’s (Liquid Petroleum Gas), Butane, Propane, Isobutane– Ladies, this is what makes up the “aerosol” part of your dry shampoo. Not only can it cause respiratory problems, but it’s actually super harmful to our ozone layer. Just take the higher route and apply loose powder dry shampoos to save you and your planet.

Cetrimonium Chloride– This ingredient is known for its ability to prevent static and making your hair sick up. Although it is a nice thought, the actual ingredient is classified as TOXIC, and is lethal is ingested orally……. so thats great.

So all in all, it really is better to check the ingredients in your dry shampoo to make sure you aren’t accidentally causing more harm than good.

Here are some natural dry shampoos that actually do the job:

  1. Captain Blankenship Organic Mermaid Dry Shampoo
  2. Lulu Organics Lavender & Clary Sage Hair Powder
  3. Fat and The Moon – All Natural/Organic Lavender + Cocoa Dry Shampoo

You can also easily make your own! I used to own a natural and organic beauty company, and this is the exact formula I used for the dry shampoo I sold! I still use this today because it’s insanely cheap, super effective, and it will not hurt you, your body, or our planet at all.

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DIY Natural Dry Shampoo (Light + Dark)

Light Hair

1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder or Organic Cornstarch (or a blend of the two)

5 Drops Essential Oils ( I like using Peppermint but Lavender is also very popular!)

Dark Hair

2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

5 Drops Essential Oils (I use Peppermint because it literally smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream- yum)

Instructions

Blend powders, add essential oils, and blend again with wooden spoon! Then sprinkle onto hair and either rub in with fingers or with large makeup brush.

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Do you have a favorite dry shampoo? How do you deal with hair that needs a good washing?

xxJoannaxx

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Why You Need to Start Double Cleansing Your Face

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again! 

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Yeah I know, washing your face late at night can be a real pain. And doing a double cleanse can seem even more brutal…..

But hey, before you roll your eyes in disbelief and close the screen, listen to why you actually should have been doing this all along.

You may have noticed that after cleansing, you wipe a cotton round across your face and still see all sorts of residue. .. right?

Well that doesn’t make any sense now does it? After cleansing one’s face should be clean, right?

Well. stop. hold up. 

That’s where double cleansing comes into play! This was originally founded as a korean skin care step; starting with an oil cleanser and then following up with a foaming cleanser. But of course we know better than using those ultra-drying foaming face washes that literally strip everything off your face. So instead of foaming, we can just double up on the oiling (or cream cleanser or even HONEY)!

Double Cleansing Broken Down:

1st Cleanse– Targets and removes the sunscreen and makeup

2nd Cleanse– Cleanses all the grime, dirt and pollution that accumulates on the skin throughout the day

This is my current face washing routine:

  1. Take a dime size amount of Hemp Seed oil and massage it into my skin in little circular movements for a few minutes. You will begin to notice that little balls of dead skin, dirt, and clogged pores coming loose.
  2. Get a clean washcloth super hot, squeeze out the water, steam face until the wash cloth is no longer hot.
  3. Apply Raw Honey to still damp face! You can also combine the honey with essential oils, clay, cinnamon, activated charcoal– literally almost anything.
  4. Leave on for 5-35 minutes, depending on how much time you have. My favorite is to apply the mask before my bath and let my open pores absorb all of the goodness. I can’t tell you how good my skin looks after this- super bright, dewy, tight pores– it’s magic.

Pretty simple, and yet totally revolutionary. I have noticed a difference since starting this, and there’s no way I’m gonna stop now. My skin is softer and cleaner, and it shows.

As always, follow up with a toner and maybe some serums or just a moisturizer. Enjoy that pretty skin, babes.

xxjoannaxx

Supplements for Beautiful, Glowing Skin

Beauty Pills

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Breaking out after puberty- it exists and totally sucks. Unfortunately, every 1 in 4 women are plagued with the breakouts- so at least you’re not alone.. right? Our hormones are constantly fluctuating, health is a high speed roller coaster, stress is rising to crazy levels.. so many factors contribute to our less-than-ideal skin. We do all we can to achieve clear skin; fancy facial oils, tons of veggies, staying hydrated, gulping down skin loving smoothies- but sometimes it just isn’t enough. Some key nutrients cannot be absorbed in the amount necessary from the food we eat. So we need to find the answer somewhere else- supplements. Supplements also provide glow-inducing ingredients you may not eat on the daily- like fermented cod liver oil. (gag)

Thankfully, our society is so advanced that we have the ability to snatch up any supplement we want. There are a few key supplements that are known for their plumping, glow-inducing, redness reducing, skin clearing, anti-aging properties.

Supplements for Beauty

Zinc – It has the ability to reduce dihydrotestosteron (DHT)- having too much of this hormone can clog pores, increase inflammation, and cause breakouts. I use this brand.

Ashwaganda – A total superstar herb aka Adaptogen. Ashwaganda is filled with antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the skin, and helps our hormonal responses when dealing with stress. (This is my favorite brand, their quality cannot be beat!)

Omega 3 – Two really great sources of this are Krill OIl and Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Omega 3’s naturally reduce inflammation, and are really high in antioxidants which help slow down aging. ( I only use this brand, they don’t add anything toxic or heat up their product)

Collagen – With its ability to restore elasticity, increase cell turnover, and reduce inflammation- this is a superfood you don’t want to miss out on. (This is honestly the best brand I have found. I can really tell that it’s making a difference in my hair and nails, and if it’s affecting the external, then it is most definitely impacting my internal health. I take 2 scoops daily, and I am now saving money by subscribing! One of the best things you can take for your body.)

There are so many other supplements on the market that can help your body rebalance, but these are the most common. If you’re still having stubborn breakouts after trying all of these supplements for a substantial amount of time, try seeing a naturopathic doctor so they can figure out the underlying causes. Your skin is a message board for your body. Breakouts, rashes, dryness are all signals that something is out of balance. Realize that your body, given half a chance, can heal itself. Stay positive!

Take care of yourself.

Relax. Eat Good Food. Do Things You Love. and Take Those Vitamins! 

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xxJoannaxx

Disclaimers: I am not a medical professional. The goal of this post is to share information about supplements and my personal experience with them. I did my best research and fact-checking for accuracy. It is always best to check with your doctor if you are unsure about using these supplements!

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3 Easy Ways To Detox Your Skin

Detox and Be Merry

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I’m sure you’re aware of how many toxins we come into contact with daily.

Please just read this excerpt from Natural Society :

Modest estimates have suggested that we are exposed to more than 700,000 different toxic chemicals on a daily basis, and this doesn’t include the crazy poisons that GMO companies are pumping into the food supply…. There are chemicals in our food, our water, the air we breathe, the clothing we wear, the carpet we walk on, and the plastics that surround us.”

This should totally freak you out. Because it is so, so, so freaky. And think of children who’s immune systems are still developing, how can they possibly fight off all of those toxins?

There’s not much we can do in one day to stop the amount of toxins that are in every inch of our life, but there are thankfully a few things we can do daily to get rid of those toxins.

Epsom Salt Bath

This is one of the easiest and most luxurious ways to detox. They’re extremely easy to create and you can make it as fancy or simple as you please. No need to drop a ton of cash at a spa when you can enjoy the same thing at home! The Epsom Salt Baths flush all of those impurities out from your system. You can also add in various essential oils for added anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial benefits! Honey and Bentonite clay can be added for extra detoxing power! Here is my blog post featuring two of my faaaaavorite bath blends. Check it out!

Clay Mask

Even if you’re a religious skin cleanser, you still need to apply a deep cleansing mask at least once a week to really get all of the dirt, makeup, and impurities out from your skin.  Clay acts as a magnet and attaches itself to the impurities, so when you wash it off you wash off the dirt as well! I have a great blog post giving you the super easy instructions! Its cheap and hella effective. check it out here.

Dry Brushing

I have a previous blog post written all about dry brushing! You can find it here. It’s a really simple way to detox your skin before a shower or bath, it is especially beneficial for the lymphatic system.

 

And that’s it! And you can combine all three for a totally awesome detoxing extravaganza!      

  • Step one: Dry brush the body.
  • step two: Cleanse skin and apply a clay mask.
  • step three: Lower yourself into a luxurious, relaxing bath.

So good for both your internal and external body. Make time for yourself! It isn’t vain or selfish, it’s healthy.

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chillin like a villain in a clay mask 

forever detoxing. 

 

xxJoannaxx

How To Protect Your Hands From Sun Damage

Your Hands will be forever in your favor

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We all know that the sun is great, but all of that sun exposure comes at a cost. You may love lookin’ bronzed and beautiful, but without proper protection you will end up with wrinkles, sun spots, sagging skin, and maybe even skin cancer!

You’ve heard me say it a million times, and I’m sure you’ve read it a million times more – ALWAYS put sunscreen on your face. Check this blog post for why.

BUT… While you’re taking care of your face, neck, and décolletage… you’re forgetting about one important thing- your hands.

the backs of your hands.

Plastic Surgery gives women the ability to take tens of years off their face, but you can always really tell how old a woman is by her hands.

The skin on our hands is actually pretty thin, similar to that on our face. And when you think about it, your hands are always in the front line of battle. Whenever you’re outside, driving, walking.. those hands have seen the light of day- every day of your life.

So of course we say, oh! Just put sunscreen on them– religiously because you’re going to wash your hands and inevitably wash off the sunscreen. I’ve tried this.. and I’ll tell you right now I do not have the willpower to constantly think about/obsess over my hands. It’s just not gonna happen. I’ll either forget about it entirely, or only do it once.

But may I please have the honor of introducing you to my most ingenious discovery yet–

SPF HAND GLOVES.

These things are the BOMB. Not only do they provide adequate sun protection, but they are fingerless, have grip on the bottom, and they can never get “washed off”! Plus I kinda feel like a badass while wearing them- driving gloves? very cool.

These ones are probably designed for those who participate in outdoor activities; biking, kayaking, etc. But your girl is using them for driving. Being in Florida where it’s sunny all the time, my hands are always getting some sun on them.

But you know I’ll also use them for anytime I’m outside for an extended period of time!

I’m really excited about these, and for 25 bucks I think they are a really great investment for you to age well.

Remember, the goal is not to avoid aging. Because that’s impossible. It’s simply to have the knowledge of how to age wisely.

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xxjoannaxx

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Ingredient Spotlight Series: Hemp Oil

Hippie’s Skin Care

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Now, now, don’t get all crazy on me. I’m not here taking a stand on the cannabis movement, I’m just trying to tell you about this really awesome, light, highly absorbable, non-comedogenic oil. For my fellow ladies out there who break out easily or have oily skin- this is the oil for you. I have used Hemp Oil for years so I’m pretty much an expert.

“Hemp oil or hempseed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear light green in color, with a nutty flavor.”  Wikipedia

Unlike cannabis oil, Hemp Oil only contains trace amounts of THC so it won’t alter your state of mind or anything. just your skin.

Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

  • Hemp Oil has the ability to penetrate the inner layers of the skin, promoting healthy cell growth.
  • The fats/lipids contained in hemp oil are actually extremely similar to the ones found in our own skin, making it a super effective moisturizer. Because it absorbs so easily, it beefs up the protecting agent our skin needs.
  • Increases elasticity, giving that beautiful glow to dull, dry, tired skin.
  • Will reduce redness from irritation caused from acne and psoriasis.
  • Helps eliminate oily skin by effectively bringing the skin back to balance.
  • It contains a wide variety of supplements; vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and phosphorous.
  • Super high in antioxidants, which slows down aging and cell damage.

How to Use Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

Oil Cleanser:  I have found that Hemp oil is a great oil cleanser on it’s own. I pour a little bit into my hand and rub it in tiny circles with my fingers all over my face. I then put a hot washcloth over my face, steam for a bit, then repeat the whole process. Then follow up with your typical routine.

Skin Moisturizer: Yes it is a miraculous oil for moisturizing, but I have found through experience that this pretty green machine will STAIN. clothes, pillowcases, sheets, covers, etc. I don’t recommend using this alone.

TIPS: Hemp Oil is a sensitive one, so it needs to be kept in the fridge. For best quality, buy organic, unrefined, cold pressed. Like this one.

I encourage you to hop on that Hemp train!

xxJoannaxx

DIY Shimmering Goddess Highlighter

Boy, Bye

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We all thought highlighter has been poppin’ since 2014… but way back in the 1500’s they were using it. So you know it’s a product you need to be usin’. Highlighter gives you that added glow, and defines some of your best features (eyes, cheekbones, etc.) Like all makeup though, you gotta be careful with the ingredients. Back in the day people were using toxic ingredients, but we should know better now.

There are natural highlighters made with perfect ingredients, like this one. But yo girl likes to save money and stretch her creative fingers.

Alright my beauty babes, let’s get to work.

 

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Star Dust Luminizer 

(this will make about 3 containers, perfect for gifts)

Ingredients

Directions

  • Make a Double Broiler or Fill A Medium Sized Pot 1/2 Way Full With Water
  • Place a Glass Pyrex Measuring Cup In the Pot
  • Combine All Ingredients In The Pyrex And Heat Over Medium Heat Until Melted
  • Stir Periodically To Keep Everything Well Mixed
  • Once Melted, Pour Into Jar.
  • Continue To Stir As Everything Hardens To Stay Mixed

And that’s it! Slightly warm up with finger tips and apply to upper cheeks, brow bones, inner eyes, right above upper lip, and maybe even all over your lid! It really adds such a lovely, youthful glow to your face. If you haven’t discovered the magic of highlighters.. I HIGHLY recommend you try this one!

(If you prefer keeping your makeup super sanitary, you can apply the highlighter with beauty blender or brush!)

If you do make this lovely highlighter, take a photo on instagram and tag me! @awellspringoflife

I’d love to see your lovely glowing face <3

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xxjoannaxx

What’s In My *Non Toxic* Makeup Bag

No Nasties Here

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Alright my babes. Unless you’re some sort of purist, you wear SOME kind of makeup. Whether it’s just concealer or a full on fabulous face- you should be aware of what you’re putting on your skin. Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs 70% of everything we put onto it. So that lipstick you love? YEAH, you’re pretty much eating it like a snack.

Every bit of conventional makeup/skincare/bodycare/cosmetic contains chemicals and toxins that can cause infertility, cancer, inflammation, sensitivities, etc. It’s not pretty. If you want to find out how many nasties your products contain, just type the name into EWG SkinDeep and they’ll rate it for you! (It’s a dope website, I look everything up on there.)

One of the first ways people can make the switch to healthier lifestyle is to gradually throw out their gross makeup and replace it with a healthy alternative. I’m not a huge makeup connoisseur, but yo’ girl likes to look nice and put together. I have compiled a list of my top faves that I use pretty much everyday. For the record, I have super sensitive skin prone to breakouts, so I have to be really careful of what oils/butters/waxes I put on my skin.

Mascara

I’ve been loving this mascara! It thickens, lengthens, and it comes in a small tube so I don’t waste any product! (you should replace your mascara every three months to avoid bacteria growing in it) PLUS!! It’s only $14 !!! 

Concealer (face)

Jane Iredale has a really great option for those who are prone to breakouts. It’s nice and smooth, and melts into the skin with the warmth of your finger. The only thing I don’t like is that it comes with two colors, and I never use the lighter shade so it’s a tad wasteful.

Concealer (under eyes)

This concealer is the BOMB. It’s creamy and hides dark circles exceedingly well. Plus I feel like they have wonderful color options to match your skin. It is a bit buttery though, so I know a lot of people set it with a powder. I never do, and it does fade over the day, but I don’t care about that too much. Best part; because it’s a thicker consistency you only need a little bit, so this puppy lasts a looooong time. 

SPF

I usually wear a light oil beneath it, (hemp seed oil) because my face is a little on the drier side. But I looooooove this formula. It’s efficient and gives my face a really nice natural glow.

Eyebrow Tint

Glossier is like the bridge between 100% natural and conventional. The ingredients are pretty good, not perfect, but still really good. I love how this product keeps my brows in place while also making them look thicker and darker, but still super natural. The product lasts a really long time too.

Eyeliner (liquid)

Every once in awhile I like to look fancy and give myself a cat eye. I think it looks really sexy and it doesn’t require too much skill. This eyeliner has a really nice applicator, and the actual liner lasts a long time. But beware, if you have oils near your eyes the liner will come off.

Lip SPF

Coola is great. There’s not weird white tint or nasty taste. And it gives your lips a nice sheen, and is slightly moisturizing.

Red Lip Stain

I have seriously just begun to wear any sort of tint on my lips (..23 years old.) I love this color and this consistency. It does wear off over time, and leave a slight slight tint, but you should really reapply it if you want something super intense.

And that’s it! My main focus is always healthy skin, so I definitely care a lot more about how my skin looks without makeup.

**What are your favorite Natural Beauty Products?**

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xxjoannaxx

 

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