For a long time, I’ve been striving to simplify my life, including my “beauty routine” (whatever that is). Simultaneously, I’m trying to use fewer synthetic and potentially harmful chemicals and instead fine natural replacements that work as well or better.
I so appreciated reading about what other real people are using and loving, especially knowing that I wasn’t looking at advertising, or even bloggers receiving perks. So, in that vein, I thought I’d throw this out there; here are a few of my favorite beauty products!
- Simple Foaming Cleanser
- Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
- Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
- Organic Argan Oil
- Everyday Minerals Jojoba Base and Multi-Tasking Concealer
- Hard Candy 1,000 Lashes Mascara (brown)
- Sweet Almond Oil
- DevaCare No-Poo and Conditioner
- DevaCurl Styling Cream
- Microfiber Towel
This doesn’t dry out my face too much (no squeaky clean feeling!), but it definitely gets me feeling fresh and free of the day’s troubles.
At night, I like to use straight coconut oil on my face. It’s a moisturizing oil that takes longer to sink in, so it’s not great for following with makeup, but perfect for nighttime.
This is my favorite moisturizing oil for daytime use. I often pair it with argan oil. Rosehip Seed oil is full of fatty acids that are great for dry skin like mine. It’s considered a “dry” oil, meaning that it soaks into the skin quickly. (I hear it’s also used to help fade scars.)
I don’t love this as much as Rosehip Seed oil, but I do like to pair the two together. Argan oil is supposed to increase moisture and elasticity in skin, preventing wrinkles (and even stretch marks). I also rub this on my lips while I’m moisturizing, and then finally into my nail beds.
I love using a makeup free of harsh chemicals, but I always thought that a mineral makeup would be out of my price range (hello bareMinerals). Not true! Everyday Minerals works great, looks natural, and is even affordable!
The first mascara I’ve ever actually liked.
I use sweet almond oil after shaving to moisturize my legs, then pat dry and add a layer of moisturizer. (Currently using Nivea, but looking for a more natural option.)
This has done wonders for my hair, along with tips I picked up from Curly Girl: The Handbook. My hair started turning curly in college, so when I was in my 20s, I felt like I was still new to the curly hair thing. This book was a great guide getting me started on taking care of my curls. I can honestly say that since I read it, I haven’t shampooed my hair or used any sort of hot iron on it, and my hair is healthier for it.
One of the best curl creams I’ve tried. Light enough not to weigh down my hair, but defines my curls.
This is essential to me not have frizz hair. No more terrycloth towels for my hair!
BONUS: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t heard of this, but I love nonetheless!
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