Over the years, I’ve talked so much about beauty products, skin care, and green beauty and I have tried thousands of products. When I learned about toxins in beauty products, I threw out everything I had. I felt like companies had fooled me by allowing parabens and other potentially harmful ingredients into their shampoos. lipglosses, hairsprays, and other personal care products.
I don’t like how so many products contain toxic ingredients and harmful chemicals. I went overboard on how strict I was with what I purchased. But it was impossible for me to keep up being completely 100% clean and green.
I try to use a lot of natural, organic products but allow myself the flexibility to use drugstore and conventional products when I see something that catches my eye.
Over the last several months I have used and loved these products!
- Rimmel Mascara
- Revlon Lipgloss
- Aveeno Face Wash
- Maybelline Foundation
- Elf Concealer
Let’s take a closer look!
RIMMEL WONDER’FULLY REAL MASCARA
This mascara makes my lashes thick and long! The formula lasts all day and doesn’t smudge or flake. Sometimes if I apply it too quickly, it will get a little clumpy then I clean off the wand and slowly separate my lashes. I am on my second tube of this! I paid $6.99 for this mascara.
If you are looking for an awesome mascara that is green and clean, try W3LL People which is a favorite of mine.
SUPER LUSTROUS LIPGLOSS
This Revlon lipgloss is inexpensive, glossy and has a texture that isn’t sticky or tacky. I have two colors and keep them in constant rotation! This lipgloss retails for about $8.99
For a green, clean mineral based lipgloss, try Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss, I love this brand and recommend her products all the time.
AVEENO ULTRA-CALMING FOAMING CLEANSER
I didn’t have time to buy an organic cleanser online and needed something ASAP. As I was shopping at Target, I came across this cleanser from Aveeno. It’s “Ultra Calming” which I figured wouldn’t make my skin red, plus its fragrance-free. I love it- it does a great job of removing makeup including mascara and it doesn’t bother my eyes. It is definitely gentle to my sensitive skin. This was under $10.
A green, clean alternative is Josh Rosebrook’s cleanser which you can read all about here. It’s my very favorite! Trader Joes also has a wonderful cleanser that can be used from head to toe.
MAYBELLINE FIT ME DEWY + SMOOTH FOUNDATION
When you are into your 40’s, you don’t want any foundation that is going to dry out the skin or settle into lines and wrinkles. I bought this on a whim and really like it. This Dewy + Smooth Foundation keeps skin looking healthy and hydrated but covers imperfections like age spots and scars. You can build up coverage as needed. It blends well with concealer. $7.99
A clean non-toxic alternative is W3LL People or Vapour Organic. Juice Beauty is also very good!
ELF COMPLETE COVERAGE CONCEALER
When I dug into ingredients a few years ago, I was surprised to see that ELF offered some really nice, affordable, somewhat clean products. There are a few items I like from ELF like this concealer which I have in a light shade. You can blend and mix and create what you need to cover up your eye circles or blemishes. Its long-wearing and I think the texture and consistency rivals higher end brands. $3.00
For a clean, non-toxic concealer, I absolutely love Hynt Beauty’s – Duet Perfecting Concealer and recommend it!