A few weeks ago I started a new Instagram page, called Clean Living with Little Pieces of Hope. Throughout the years, I have found myself switching to a cleaner lifestyle. Not only with everyday health choices, but with make up products, household cleaners, as well as around the home products.
I of course find this stuff super interesting since it goes hand-in-hand with my PCOS journey, and anxiety journey, so I wanted to share all that I have learned with you.
Last week, I went LIVE on Instagram to show off what's inside my make up bag. I know I have done one of these posts before, but as I keep learning more and more about this new lifestyle, I keep coming across new brands and products that I want to rant and rave about.
So, here are the newest members of my make up routine.
This is how I start my makeup routine. After I put my facial oils and lotion on (which is important with this product to achieve that flawless no make up, make up look) I then put this on with my hands. I love how lightweight this moisturizer is, and the fact that is also has SPF 30 in it is beyond awesome. It's a light coverage, so it still shows your freckles underneath, and lets your skin still look like skin. Which to me is always important. I hate that cakey look on me.
This product is hypoallergenic, chemical free, cruelty free and fragrance free. It has soothing ingredients such as organic coconut, broccoli seed oil and ginseng.
If my skin needs some extra love, (HELLO DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES) this is the next step for me as it helps provide more coverage than the Bio Tint Moisturizer. I don't know about you guys, but anytime I use a concealer, I always have that issue where it dries out that problem area and almost draws more attention to the part I was trying to cover up, rather than actually hide it. That is before I found Glossier's Stretch Concealer. I LOVE this concealer. My friend Jewlie, turned me onto this stuff as it's buildable, flexible and nourishing. It has ingredients such as beeswax, avocado oil, jojoba oil and cocoa butter.
And again, this product is paraben free, fragrance free and cruelty free.
At first when I was introduced to the idea of my bronzer being in cream form rather than loose powder, I was completely intimidated. Little did I know, it's totally fool-proof. Plus, the product itself is so itty-bitty that it's perfect for traveling or applying on the go (which I tend to do more and more these days)
I remember when I first showed my friends this product, they were all like "whoa that looks too dark" and truthfully it does look super dark especially for someone like me who was a rather fair complexion. However it blends so well, and gives you that sunkissed glow everyone is going for these days. I simply apply this to under my cheekbones, and the top of my head for that natural sun-kissed look and blend with a brush. Super easy, and super clean. Ingredients include aloe extract, and green tea. Added bonus, this item is vegan!
I never knew my brows needed help, until I found this product. When I discovered Glossier I purchased a set of pre-packaged goodies, and Boy Brow was one of the things that came in the set. It took me a while to actually use this product because I thought my eyebrows were already good on their own. Woof, was I wrong.
I love this stuff. I have had eyebrow stuff used on me before by makeup artists and it leaves them feeling so crunchy. Almost like they hair-sprayed these bad boys into place. Boy Brow is completely different. It's thickening, but yet also very flexible and buildable. So it's nice for people like me who already have dark eyebrows and just want them to have a little structure, AND it's good for people who don't have the darkest brows but want a natural looking product that will thicken and darken them up.
This product is definitely the product I have been using the longest. It's an all natural highlighter that I use under my eyebrows, in the corners of my eyes (to look more awake), on my cupids bow, and of course right above my cheekbones. It gives me that dewy, hydrated and all around healthy glow. I apply it by either putting the stick directly on my face, OR using my fingers first and then dab on my face on the areas that I want to glow.
I found this product about a year ago, and not only do I love it but my sister has been known to steal it from my makeup bag as well. I purchased the Nude Peach color and it's great for any time of year. I use it not only on my cheeks, but also on my lips since I'm not the biggest fan of lipstick. With this stuff I just put it directly on my stick from the applicator. No brush needed, although it can definitely be used with one since it's a creamy formula.
Another blush option I love is...
I used to think blush was a product of the past. In high school I was all about bronzer, even in College I was still living that bronzer life. Until I found Cloud Paint.
Seriously so much fun, and such a cute design. It's legit like paint that you get to mix and match and apply to the apples of your cheeks. It's easy, enhancing and plumping. Plus it gives you that naturally effortless flush look.
I love using Beam and Dusk. Again, Jewlie does a great job showing you how to use these on her instagram stories.
Last but not least, I use Wowder to help set my make up. I use this with the brush provided in the Wowder Duo, and swipe under my eyes and usually around my nose, and forehead to take away that shine. Plus some people aren't a fan of that dewy look, so this can help minimize that and mattify it all. I don't know how this product works, but it does! It doesn't look like a power when it's applied, hence the cheesy name WOWDER, but this product is magic. Sometimes I just use this on top of my W3LL People Bio Tint, and call it a day. Again, this product is vegan!
Just in case you were wondering all these products are fragrance free, cruelty free, paraben free, gluten free, and hypoallergenic. Some are even Vegan.
As with any transition, ditching your toxic make up for cleaner alternatives takes time. Yes, make up is expensive so don't go out and expect to change everything at once. I recommend going to the Think Dirty app, typing in the make up you are currently using and swapping out your "dirtiest" offender.
With my experience I have found that I try to stay away from synthetic fragrance, as that is the worst offender in my book. Synthetic fragrances are NOT good for anyone, especially women with PCOS or hormonal problems, as they are known to disrupt your body's hormones. Constant exposure to these synthetic smells have been known to negatively impact our central nervous systems, and can even trigger allergies, migraines and asthma symptoms. Yuck.
There is no better time to ditch the chemicals and switch to a non-toxic, cleaner way of life.
I have linked all these products above, and even have a coupon code in case you are wanting to try Glossier out. Head to the link below, and save 10% if you are a first time Glossier customer.
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