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Going green – Why I’m Switching to Natural Beauty Products

I’ve been slowly switching out a lot of products in our household to a natural, cruelty free, organic option – from cleaners, to meals, and most recently, my beauty products. Why?

Like all parents, my husband and I put our kids first. So when our daughter started eating ‘real’ food, we made sure everything she consumed was the absolute best option – organic, natural, cruelty-free, etc. Well, our first baby is now 2 years old and gone are the days where she eats/does what we tell her to and instead, wants to eat/do everything we do. Which made us think – why don’t we treat ourselves as well as we treat our kids? Why aren’t we as conscious about what we put in and on our bodies as we are about what we give them? We need to be just as healthy and well functioning as our kids and we obviously need to show them a healthy lifestyle because simply telling them is no longer working.

We knew that switching to a natural diet would be a little tough in the beginning but I really underestimated how tough it would be to find natural and organic beauty, hair, and skin products to replace my all-time favorites. I haven’t been able to replace everything and I’m still in the middle of trying a bunch, but so far, I’ve found a handful that I really LOVE. Here’s a few of my old go-to’s and their new natural replacement:

1. Moisturizing + Illuminizing Primer

OLD: MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream $33

New + Natural:

Tata Harper Illuminizing Moisturizer $85

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Benefits:

  • Instantly illuminates subtle contours with light for skin that has the plump, glowing look of youth.
  • Provides hydration and moisture barrier protection.
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Seriously, magic in a bottle. I haven’t tried a Tata Harper product that I didn’t absolutely love.


2. Setting Powder

OLD: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder $38

NEW + NATURAL:

ILIA Soft Focus Finishing Powder $34.00

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Benefits: 

  • Blend of organic powder and oils, aloe leaf extract for soothing, and infused with passion fruit and rosemary oils to treat inflammation
  • Translucent
  • Oil control, reduces shine
  • 100% natural, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, talc free

Even if you’re not in the market for natural/vegan/cruelty-free makeup, this one is worth a try! It’s so hard to find good setting powder that gives you the perfect soft focus look and doesn’t look cakey, but Ilia has nailed it.


3. MASCARA

OLD: TOO FACED Better Than Sex Mascara $23

I loved this mascara for SO long. This was just about the only mascara I could pile on without false eyelashes and still get a ton of compliments.

NEW + NATURAL:

PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA Organic wear® 100% Natural Origin Mascara in Ultra Black $9.95

 

Benefits:

  • 100% Natural Origin formula contains the purest ingredients
  • 100% Recyclable Eco-Brush,100% Free of Harsh Chemicals, Synthetic Preservatives, Parabens, Clumping, Smudging, Flaking, Fibers & Dyes
  • 70% of the Total Ingredients are from Organic Farming

4. Highlighter

OLD: Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit $40

NEW + NATURAL:

Orglamix Cream Luminizer in Inspirit $18

Benefits:

  • Handcrafted, cruelty free, nut-free, vegan, and gluten-free
  • Available in 3 beautiful colors for all skin types

This highlighter is creamy, natural, and gorgeous! It’s gives off a subtle dewy highlight perfect for anyone looking to achieve the signature J.Lo glow.


5. Setting Spray

Old: Urban Decay All-Nighter $32.00

New + Natural:

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater $12.00

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Benefits:

  • Sets makeup and soothes skin
  • Hydrating
  • Lightweight

This one isn’t as natural and organic as I’d like but it’s definitely a lot more gentle with much more skin benefits than my previous setting spray. Plus, the rose scent is addicting.

 

I’m still searching for a more natural replacement for my MAC face and body foundation. But, I’m super excited to get my shipment of natural makeup from Sephora and 100% Pure. I’ll be sure to share my favorites! Keep an eye out for my new alternative natural hair care products and how I still manage to stretch out my time between washes to 4-5 days with my new natural/organic products!

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Fiance does my Makeup Challenge | LYLAS Video

Seeing how my Fiancé swears he’s good at everything, I expected him to do pretty well on this makeup challenge. I was terribly mistaken. Watch him pretend to know what he’s doing, while also making me look like a clown!

 

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2017 Summer Make Up Must Haves

It’s been a little while since I’ve aimlessly shopped for make up! Since we’re so close to summer, I couldn’t have picked a better time to do so and of course, share!

1. JACLYN HILL x MORPHE EYE SHADOW PALETTE

Set your alarms, ladies! The much-anticipated Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eye Shadow Palette is set to be released TODAY June 21 at 8 AM PST here. Have you seen how GORGEOUS this palette is!? The palette consists of 35 shades and according to Jaclyn, will retail for around $38.00 – such a steal! For anyone who doesn’t know, Jaclyn is a professional makeup artist who started at MAC but quickly grew her talent and following on YouTube, averaging millions of views – she’s the real deal.

2. KKW BEAUTY CREME CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT KITS

If you’re a fan of Kylie Cosmetics, you may want to find another alarm because KKW (Kim Kardashian West) Beauty is also launching TODAY at 9am PST here. Kim is releasing creme contour and highlight kits. She’s shown on her SnapChat that she made sure her bestie, and world famous celebrity make up artist, Mario DeDivanovic had played a large role in approving the formula and color of her cosmetics. Kim basically made creme contour and highlighting famous so, we’re thinking these sets may totally be worth a try!

3. URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT EYE SHADOW PALETTE

If you’ve loved any of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, something hot is calling your name. The new Urban Decay NAKED Heat palette is everything you need for summer. This beautiful range of fiery neutrals are sure to give you the perfect look. I’ve actually taken a break from the NAKED palettes but this bad boy has brought me back!

4. BECCA x CHRISSY TEIGEN GLOW FACE PALETTE

If the stunning model, mama, chef, and ultimate beauty queen Chrissy Teigen gave you make-up advice, would you take it? Don’t worry, you don’t have to answer that – the answer is obviously yes. Thankfully, Chrissy Teigen paired up with one of the best beauty brands out there, Becca and together, they created the perfect glow face palette for all your summer looks! Each shade featured in this palette blends like a dream and works well on just about any skin tone.

Also!

dry shampooA few posts back, Leigha mentioned her favorite dry shampoo: Batiste. If you can recall, she was more than halfway through her pregnancy, hormonal, and her hair was oiler than ever – so, basically this dry shampoo was a unicorn if it was worthy enough to make her cut of must-haves during this time period. Well, we both still use Batiste (even more now in the warmer months) and recently found out that we weren’t alone in our adoration for Batiste’s Dry Shampoo! Batiste ranked in the top picks of dry shampoos on Reviews.com! Just how good is that? Well, Reviews.com spent 6 weeks researching, testing over 50 formulas and consulting with experienced stylists/beauty industry experts to determine which were the best at delivering fresh hair without a full wash! Check out their full dry shampoo guide here.

 

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IT Cosmetics CC Cream First Impression | LYLAS Video

From bloggers to celebrities, I’ve seen this guy ALL over the internet lately – so, I just HAD to try it! Hopefully, you’re just as curious as I was, and if so, head on over to our LYLAS YouTube channel to see just how I felt about trying this highly reviewed, full-coverage CC cream for the first time:

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Love ya like a sister,

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Simply Straight Hairbrush Straightener First Impression VIDEO!

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about my first time trying the Simply Straight Hairbrush Straightener. Well, when gathering the research to write that post, we also filmed it! Watch my first impression below, and look out for a guest appearance from Miss Sassy Pants, Elliana!

Oh, the bloopers at the end are pretty funny too.

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