I’ve been meaning to slowly switch all of my makeup over to organic after I started my new eating lifestyle change at the beginning of the year. The more I read about what healthy foods I should be eating and unhealthy foods I should be getting rid of, the more I learned about other ways to improve my health. I learned that not only are cosmetic products loaded with toxic ingredients, but that our skin is our body’s largest organ and we’re absorbing all of these toxins😳

At first, I kinda dragged my feet because honestly I always thought that organic makeup was either really expensive and/or didn’t have very good results (how it looks on your face).  I finally ordered some foundation on Amazon that I read rave reviews on and not only is it cheaper, but it also looks better on!

EVXO COSMETICS Natural/Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation

This foundation is not only 90% organic, but it’s also gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. It’s made with ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera, thyme, vitamin E, shea butter etc. My normal foundation is Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup. It’s a buildable medium coverage foundation and it retails for $40. The EVXO foundation is also a buildable medium coverage, but it only cost $24.99! Surprisingly I actually prefer the organic formula because it goes on more natural. I was also able to touch it up after wearing it for 8 hours and  wear it for an additional 8 hours. With my Urban Decay after a certain amount of hours I can’t just touch it up because it ends up looking cakey so I have to redo my whole makeup. So keep in mind that I’m slowly transitioning to organic so i’m still using some products that aren’t organic. For instance, some of the reviews claimed it could leave you a little oily so I used my CoverFX mattifying powder to keep it matte just as I did with the Urban Decay. I’m hoping to find some organic powder soon.  The only downside to this foundation is the number of available shades. There’s only 6 so I had to buy Nude (light with pink undertones) and Cork (medium with yellow undertones) and mix them together. Since the foundation is buildable the colors look darker in the bottle, but they come out much lighter. I bought this makeup palette to help me mix my foundations. One pump of Nude plus a couple of pea-sized drops of Cork comes out to my perfect color. Unfortunately, you have to do a full pump. I’ve tried so hard to just pump a tiny bit of Cork out, but the pump is kinda hard to control and it won’t let you do less than a full pump. I end up just mixing both full pumps of foundations together and adding bronzer to my body to match. I’m a little paler than normal right now so if I was my usual tan self I wouldn’t have this problem. So if this happens to you and you don’t want to add bronzer to your body than I’d suggest pouring the extra in an empty bottle and saving it. I’ll probably start doing this so the foundation will last longer. The company is also known for working with their customers and will gladly send you another bottle if you ordered the wrong color. I heard they even let you keep the first bottle if you promise to give it to someone who will use it! Try it out for yourself here.

 

EVXO Cosmetics Duo Concealer/Highlighter Pencil

While I was buying the organic foundation I looked at their other products and decided to try out this concealer/highlighter duo as well. It’s 95% organic as well as gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. This product is $11.88 as opposed to my $29 Urban Decay Naked Concealer alone. Not even sure how much I spend on my highlighter. I was hesitant at first because there’s only one color to choose from, but it worked! I like to blend it in with a beauty blender then with my finger. The highlighter is a more natural/daytime look so if you like that extra glow you’d have to add something else. Get it here.

 

As I slowly start using more organic products I’ll update you guys with my finds. For those of you not sold on the organic makeup route, I receive plenty of non-organic beauty product samples and who knows how long it will take me to find the organic version of every beauty product I use so I will still test every new product and let you know what I like 😊

-V-

I went total Martha Stewart this week and I can’t wait to share. I’m sure some of you have heard of or even have already turned dead flowers into potpourri, but it was my first time and I’m super excited about it! I’ve been telling myself since high school that I was going to turn dead flowers into potpourri with my old corsage’s, but I always thought it was probably too time consuming and would just throw them away. I received this beautiful arrangement of flowers a couple of weeks ago and finally decided to try it out. Surprisingly, it was super easy! Here’s what you need to buy:

  • Flowers
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Essential Oils- I bought these
  • Spray bottle- Look through your beauty products before you go buy one. I found several spray bottle products that were almost empty that I could easily use afterwards. I ended up using an empty waterless makeup brush cleaner I was about to throw out (just fill it with water and soap and let it sit while you prep your flowers to clean out whatever was in there previously).

The following is optional. I was having a “just want to use whatever I have around the house so I don’t have to go anywhere” moment so I didn’t use any of these 😂, but definitely will next time.

  • Citrus fruits- lemons, oranges etc.
  • Fresh herbs- thyme, lavender, rosemary etc.
  • Whole spices- cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice etc.

 

  1. Gather any flowers you have. They don’t have to be dead so you can even pick some from your garden. Strong smelling flowers work the best. Here is a list of some. Set your oven at 200 degrees. This is the arrangement I used. They were too beautiful to throw away. Obviously I used them when they were dead.

 2. Use the parchment paper to cover the sheet pan. Cut the flowers either right below the heads or you can pull individual petals and use those. I did both especially since the flowers were dead the petals just fell right off. Lay the flowers and any citrus or other herbs in a single layer on the sheet pan. I ended up using two sheet pans since I had such a large arrangement.

3. Decide which essential oil you want to use. I bought this set cuz it contains 6 different scents.

Lavender- calm and relaxation

Sweet orange- positive attitudes

Lemongrass- relieves muscle pain and aches, boost energy

Tea tree- heals wounds and prevent infection

Eucalyptus- natural anti-inflammatory, clears out cough and heavy congestion

Peppermint- relieves anxiety, medicinal and calms gastrointestinal issues

I ended up going with the lemongrass scent. Combine 10-15 drops of the essential oil with one tablespoon of water (I did 15) in the spray bottle. Spray the flowers before you put them in the oven.

4. Leave the flowers in the oven for at least two hours or until the flowers have become brittle, but before they burn. When the flowers are ready to be taken out of the oven spray them again with some essential oil.

5. Once the flowers have cooled, gently mix the potpourri and place it in a vase, bowel, or a mesh bag. When it’s time to refresh the scent just spray it again with the essential oil. That’s it! Super easy right!

 

-V-

 

Some recently available or coming soon beauty tech products to get excited for!

e.l.f. Beauty Shield Magnetic Mask Kit

 

 

This new mask by e.l.f. is removed by a magnetized tool! It comes with a spoon and you use one side to apply the mask and you cover the other side with one of the included mask covers (for easy clean up) and just hover it over the mask and it takes it right off. I love using masks, but hate the aftermath because I’m one of those girls who seems to get water EVERYWHERE so this is perfect for me. The mask is meant to resurface your skin and reduce the appearance of pores. It includes carrot seed oil, sunflower seed oil, vitamin C, vitamin E, and argan oil. It’s only $24 and you can buy it here as well as watch a video of how it works.

“Liquid Spanx” for under-eye bags

An MIT chemical engineer and Living Proof co-founder has created a treatment using a polymer film technology that conforms to your skin and eliminates your under-eye bags for up to 24 hours. It consists of a two-step process. The first step involves a “reshaping” base under the eye area using a special tool and letting it dry for a couple of minutes. The second step and layer is the real game changer which “activates” and shrinks the bags and smoothes out any wrinkles. It’s also removable with just oil-free makeup remover. The technology is fairly new, but some big names in beauty have said to be interested in licensing it so hopefully it’ll be available asap. Watch a video of it here.

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment

I’ve mentioned my light therapy mask before that I use to get rid of any pesky blemishes, well now there’s a little sister. Neutrogena has created a pen-sized light spot treatment you can throw in your purse. Pull it out any time you feel one coming to the surface. This is great for someone who only occasionally gets a blemish so you can just spot treat it instead of having to wear the entire mask. Buy it here.

HelloAva

HelloAva is a startup that recently launched which uses a chatbot to determine your skin type and recommend products. You use Facebook messenger or SMS text to answer a series of questions and can also send a photo of yourself. Afterwards you’re connected with a human advisor who you can ask more questions and can validate the algorithm’s results. You also get sent a checkout link where you can purchase all the recommended products. Since the company is still new it’s mainly working with a small set of beauty brands such as newer brands and Korean beauty suppliers. Although, it is working with one large beauty brand which is L’Oreal.  It currently has around 250 products in their database. I’m assuming as it gets going they’ll start adding more products. Try it out for yourself here.

-V-