I think the best and most frustrating things in life always sit in the “grey” area. Ideally, if all beauty products were amazing and good for us, then that would be the ultimate. However, with everything in life, I find it is best to find a place of balance. For example, I tend to use more natural and organic products when it comes to skincare and body care. However, with eyeliners, I still haven’t found replacements for my favourite non-green products. Once in a while though, I find makeup items that fit that “ultimate” category and haven’t looked back. Just on a side note, I am aware green beauty is more on the luxury side, so if anyone has any cheaper alternatives, I love some recommendations. Plus, I not at all an expert on green beauty, so I am sure I missing out on some even more “ultimate” beauty products I haven’t discovered yet.
I think if you are just starting out with trying out green beauty, I think cream blush is a good place to start. I have really enjoyed all the ones I have picked up. My favourite is probably the Kjær Weis’ Cream Blush. They have a great colour selection, good pigmentation, and the packaging is beautiful and refillable. Most importantly, their cream to powder formula has great longevity and blends out beautifully.
When it comes to green beauty, I think they really excel when it comes to blushes that give you that natural “I just came back from a run” flush. Wasn’t sure about the Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in the beginning because it didn’t seem that pigmented compared to other blushes I have used. However, now that I have been using it for a while, I really enjoy that natural flush it gives, and it really does plump up the cheeks, which is a plus. Lately, I have also been trying out Jane Iredale’s In Touch Cream Blush. This blush is in a stick form making application super convenient. It also gives that natural flush that I am really into lately and it smells like chocolate.
For lipstick, my favourite has to be from Ilia. I started out with their lipsticks that came in their sleek matte metal tubes. I was just amazed at how creamy and pigmented they were. They give a semi-matte look on your lips and come in some beautiful colours. Then, I moved onto the lip crayons which I thought wouldn’t be as creamy because of the stick formula. However, I was surprised to find that they are just as creamy and the sharper tip allows for even more precise application. I was also going to put the Burt’s Bee Lipstick in this category. However, mine has congealed into hard clumps in the bullet after a few months. Anyone else have this problem?
This is a little bit of a cheat, but for the most part, I have switched over to natural cream highlighters. Actually, I really have one, but I love it so much, I use it all the time. This is the infamous rms beauty living luminizer. As indicated on their website, this highlighter gives a “satin-pearl” sheen to the skin. This is subtle. It is not an ultra glowy Becca highlighter, but I feel it just gives the right amount of natural glow and brightens up your face. Plus, it lasts a lot longer than you think. I still see it on my face at the end of a work day.
Do you have any beauty products where you have switched to green and never looked back? I would love to know. Thanks for reading!