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Reconstructed :: InStyle Best Beauty Buys Part II

Reconstructed :: InStyle Best Beauty Buys Part II

So last week we went over this year’s 20th annual InStyle Best Beauty Buys issue, and gave the face and cheeks section a healthy makeover. Do you use any products from that list? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Want to try?

This week we are taking a look at the Eyes and Lips pages of the BBB guide. I’ll let you in on some safer products that you’ll love just as much as the ones InStyle recommends. Even more, actually.

Let’s go!

EYES

InStyle lists 14 eye makeup products, none of which are nontoxic. The word “mineral” gets tossed around quite a bit with makeup. But just because a product is made from natural minerals does not make it synthetic free. You still have to read your labels. The Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow in the guide contains, as a first ingredient, Boron Nitride. This is a synthetic ingredient used in makeup as an oil absorbent. It gets a “0” hazard rank at EWG, but it is still a synthetic ingredient and just not necessary in eye shadow.

You can get the same bang for your buck with synthetic free eye makeup, sans the nasties, and your eyes will like them better because they are gentler. Here’s what’s up for eyes:

Eye Shadow Palette   Lavera Beautiful Mineral Eyeshadow Quattro-Cappuccino Cream #2 is similar in colors to the Dior palette listed in the BBB. What’s not similar? The ingredients and price tag. No synthetics, talc-free, and around half the price of InStyle’s choice.

Gel Eyeliner   RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Karma would, I guess, technically be an eye shadow. But this stuff is thick and creamy in such a good way that it can definitely double as eyeliner. Perfect for a smoky eye.

Eye Makeup Remover   Put your foaming facial cleanser away. Nothing beats oil for removing makeup. Try Dr. Alkaitis Organic Mascara & Eye Makeup Remover is super light and won’t leave you with a grease slick. When in a pinch, I’ll use a facial oil or skin balm to remove eye makeup. Works like a charm!

Eyeliner Pencil   Eyeliner pencil is the staple of my makeup routine and Benecos is my go to. I’ve used everything from low end to high, and this one is perfection. Creamy but still manages to stay put and not smudge around. And the whole line of makeup is very affordable.

Mascara   InStyle lists 4 mascaras in their roundup, starting with a waterproof product. Obvi, there is no waterproof natural mascara. I’d say mascara is probably the makeup product that most women struggle with when going natural. Many of them run and smudge, or are just too thin to do any good. I like several, but one is a standout…and that is Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara. Not waterproof, but just the right consistency, doesn’t clump, stays put, and looks awesome. If you are in the market for something a little less expensive option, 100% Pure and Lavera Volume Mascara are both well behaved, a bit thinner than the Dr. H and don’t last on lashes quite as long, but I do use them for day to day.

Powder Eye Shadow   Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow Compact all the way. 10 brilliant color choices, all in the ultra cool, totally refillable, KJ compact.

Liquid Eyeliner   Again, Benecos comes in first. If you are a lover of liquid liner, you will be more than pleased with this one.

Eye Shadow Brush   I use this baby.

Brow Pencil   Big brows are a big deal right now. I have played with Lavera Eyebrow Pencil with good results. I’m also interested in trying out EcoBrow. Looks fun and gets great reviews.

Mineral Eye Shadow   Here I am going with loose powder eye shadow. These are easy to use and abundant. My top picks are Alima Pure, Haut Cosmetics, and Kari Gran. All are made with minerals and toxin free.

Cream Eye Shadow   Ah, such a fun product. Choose RMS Beauty Eye Polish in 7 exciting shades. Having trouble getting the hang of cream shadow? Remember to pat the color into lid, rather than swiping, for longer lasting, crease free application.

Mascara Primer   I’ve tried a couple of natural eyelash primers/enhancers with poor results. Personally, I’d skip this step and use a great mascara, like the Dr. Hauschka one I listed above.

LIPS

InStyle recommends 9 products for lips, including 2 that they label as “eco-friendly”. Trust me, we can do better. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is all natural and free from yucky stuff. And it’s a darn good buy at $3.30 a tube. Still, I’ll fill you in on some you’ll like even better.

Lipstick   There are so many glorious natural lipsticks. Which to choose for the list? Here’s a smorgasbord, go nuts. Ilia Beauty Lipstick, Kjaer Weis, W3LL People, Vapour Organic Beauty, Tata Harper, Benecos, and Lavera, to name a few. InStyle also gave an inexpensive lipstick option. The Benecos and Lavera would fit that bill.

Lipgloss   Oh gosh. Lipgloss, how I love thee. And who doesn’t?! But not all lipglosses are created equally. You know how some glosses make your lips feel … just weird? Hate that. These feel good, look great, and are totally addictive. RMS Beauty Lip Shine, Vapour Organic Beauty Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss, and Benecos Natural Lipgloss.

Lip Balm   I like Whole Foods brand lip balm because it is inexpensive, convenient to pick up, and super smooth. But my all time favorite lip balm has to be Vapour Organic Beauty Lux Lip Conditioner. The big fat stick is fun to use and the balm is, well, the bomb.

Lip Lacquer (of sorts)   InStyle’s lineup has a long wear lip lacquer that “feels like a gloss, but…a heck of a lot more”. If an ultra-glossy, long lasting lip gloss is what we are after here, Osmia Organics Lip Shine is it.

Lip Stain   Found this Organic Hibiscus Lip Stain on Esty and can’t wait to try it. If you don’t like using a true stain but want that same intense color, opt for La Bella Figura Lissette La Coquette Hydrating Lip Colour.

Lip Crayon   Lip crayons are the thing right now. That’s because they offer great color, with feel and staying power somewhere between lipstick and gloss. Plus, the crayon is fun to use. Here are my picks for big lip sticks.

Secret Stash :: Vered Organic Botanicals

Vered Organic Botanicals

Whilst poking around my samples basket for a good exfoliant (do you have post summer bumpiness too?) I kinda hit the jackpot.

See, a while back, when I put together a diy spa style facial, Vered Back of Vered Organic Botanicals sent me a Cacao Vanilla Beauty Mask that I ended up including in the facial. Yum! What I didn’t remember were the oils she sent along with it. Since I have a hardcore crush on oils, it was like Christmas in my bathroom when I discovered this forgotten stash.

I’ve been using Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment and Anti-Aging Face Treatment Oil for about 5 days now, and am in love. I love an oil eye treatment. No pulling on delicate eye skin, just gently pat on the oil. And it leaves skin feeling so super soft and pampered.

As for the face oil. Oh my goodness, this stuff rocks. Not only does my skin adore it, but the scent! All warm and soft and spicy. Every time I catch a whiff of my face (which is often, since that’s where my nose is) I can’t believe how delicious I smell.

Even though we have our staple skincare products, I firmly believe it keeps skin happiest when we switch things up from time to time. And these are most likely new staples.