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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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3 Drug Store Beauty Products You Need

I’m a sucker for a good deal. But I’m also very adamant on not sacrificing high quality for a low price. The result? An endless stash of nearly full beauty misses. The bright side? I’ve found some awesome drug store steals that I will never part with. Here are three of my all-time favorites:

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  1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner, $6.99

This toner treats acne before it even emerges! It also eliminates excess oil and shine, and soothes any irritation. Green tea and cucumber extract sooth skin and reduce redness, while salicylic acid removes oil and prevents pores from clogging. My skin is constantly changing but I find myself reaping this toner’s benefits year round and in every skin dilemma. Also, the cucumber scent is addicting!

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  1. Eucerin Aquaphor Lip Repair Ointment, $3.79

Get soft touchable lips with this extra moisturizing lip treatment. Wear it alone or over lipstick. Aquaphor does more than just cover your lips with a thick wax barrier. It nourishes your skin from the inside out with a wearable fragrance free formula. Castor oil, glycerin, shea, and vitamin e will bring you instant and lasting relief. I keep one of these in my purse, in my diaper bag, at my vanity, and pretty much anywhere else in the house that I frequent – it’s that good.

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  1. L’Oréal Paris Original Voluminous Mascara, $5.89

This mascara doesn’t clump and stays in place all day. It gives you full fanned out lashes with minimal effort. I remember seeing my mom pull this guy out of her make up bag and here I am, in love with the same formula years later.

What are some of your favorite drug store beauty finds?

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