Do You Read Beauty Product Labels? I Do and These Are My Latest Finds Based on Ingredients Alone

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I’m back. You probably didn’t realize I was gone, but I was. Well, not really. I wasn’t on some lavish vacation or taking time off to have another kid (that would have been a good excuse!). I’ve just been working too hard at my full-time gig and on being a mom and wife to squeeze in time for my other love – beauty. I always thought I was one of those women who could do it all, but this year I’ve been rocked by the realization that it’s just not possible — no matter how hard I try. To be fair, it might actually be possible, but if you’re doing it all, you’re probably not doing it all … well. Or you’ll never feel like you’re doing it well, anyway. I sure didn’t, so something (other than my sanity) had to give.

What I realized in my time off though is that I need the creative outlet beauty and this blog gives me, along with the few minutes to myself that I’d otherwise give away. So here I am, attempting to get back into action one hair makeover and lipstick post at a time.

In my time away I’ve had so many beauty ideas I’ve wanted to share, but I’ll offer up one at a time for the sake of space, and your precious time.

First up: Natural beauty products. Last Friday, WWD (the bible for fashion and beauty industry peeps) reported that nearly 60 percent of women read beauty product labels today – this according to The Green Beauty Barometer study, which was conducted by natural beauty brand Kari Gran (a brand I’m dying to try and have a full shopping cart with).

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Road Trip Beauty Find: Pretty Tahoe Natural Deodorant


Pretty Tahoe Natural Deodorant

Last week I escaped the Los Angeles area for Truckee, Calif. (basically the Lake Tahoe area). One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to pick up local beauty products. On this trip I stumbled upon Pretty Tahoe Natural Deodorant, $8. Not necessarily a glamorous beauty product to try, but an essential one, for sure. And, as I’ve mentioned in previous deodorant posts, these days I only wear natural deodorants. I’m breastfeeding after all, so I figure it’s safer to stick to the chemical-free stuff.

Unlike some of the other natural deodorants I’ve tried, this one (which is made locally in Truckee, Calif.) is more of a creamy balm deodorant. You scoop out a dime-sized dollop of the stuff and swipe it under your arms. The fragrance I chose is a fantastic, and subtle, lavender mint scent. Fresh and natural-smelling. It definitely doesn’t have the crunchy, hippie vibe you might expect from a totally natural beauty product. That’s due to the fact that the base is made of coconut oil.

I’ve been wearing it for about a week and it’s quickly becoming my new favorite. Scooping the product out of the tin is actually less cumbersome than I thought it might be.

One warning though, it will melt if you leave it in a warm area, so beware.

Natural Makeup Products and Brands That Are So Worth Trying

I spent the weekend catching up with my cousin’s wife Sascha who is a vegetarian and sustainable life-leading goddess. One of those natural beauties you secretly hate because you wish you were born with her features (yes, that’s her pictured above). But, she’s not the bare-faced beauty you’d expect, well, not all the time anyway. She loves to play with makeup for dressed-up occasions like a wedding. We actually attended one together on Sunday where she sported a bronzy eye and deep burgundy lip color that could have rocked any red carpet.

But, earlier in the day when we were chatting over beet salads before our night out, she asked me which brands I thought made great natural makeup products. She has skin care items she loves, but makeup was a different story. She likes Urban Decay for their vegan ways, but wanted additional options. Here are the ones I suggested to her — along with a few more that I thought of after our conversation ended …

Korres: Try the Korres Lip Butter, $12 (it’s petrolatum free and made of shea butter, rice wax and other natural oils) and Korres Eyeliner Pencil, $16 (which has a 100 percent natural base with added herbs and vitamins).

Josie Maran: Try the Josie Maran Argan Bronzing Powder, $30 (it excludes fragrance and parabens and comes in a biodegradable compact).

Physicians Formula: Although this drugstore brand makes non-natural products, they have a good handful of 100 percent (or close to it) natural origin products. Try the Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer, $11.95. (Along with SPF 15 this is formulated with 80 percent certified organic ingredients like jojoba seed oil, avocado oil and shea butter.)

Raw Natural Beauty: Try the Raw Natural Beauty Native Essence Pure Pigment Cheek Color, $26 (it’s free of chemical dyes, chemical preservatives and fragrance).

Jane Iredale: Try the Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow, $19 (the mineral powder is free of oil, talc, FD&C dyes, synthetic preservatives, parabens and fragrance, and it’s PETA-approved).

EcoTools: I recently waxed poetic about the EcoTools brushes, but I didn’t mention that Alicia Silverstone has her own branded sets of these tools, too. I know Sascha would love this due to her Clueless obsession. The EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Brush Set & Bag, $16.99 includes a blush, foundation, powder and eyeshadow brush along with a brow brush/lash comb. They have bamboo handles, recycled aluminum ferrules (the thingy that holds the bristles and handle together) and cruelty-free talon bristles. The included makeup bag is made of natural hemp and a recycled PET lining.

Are you into living and beautifying naturally? I’d love to know, so tell me by commenting on this post.

Natural Makeup Products and Brands That Are So Worth Trying

I spent the weekend catching up with my cousin’s wife Sascha who is a vegetarian and sustainable life-leading goddess. One of those natural beauties you secretly hate because you wish you were born with her features (yes, that’s her pictured above). But, she’s not the bare-faced beauty you’d expect, well, not all the time anyway. She loves to play with makeup for dressed-up occasions like a wedding. We actually attended one together on Sunday where she sported a bronzy eye and deep burgundy lip color that could have rocked any red carpet.

But, earlier in the day when we were chatting over beet salads before our night out, she asked me which brands I thought made great natural makeup products. She has skin care items she loves, but makeup was a different story. She likes Urban Decay for their vegan ways, but wanted additional options. Here are the ones I suggested to her — along with a few more that I thought of after our conversation ended …

Korres: Try the Korres Lip Butter, $12 (it’s petrolatum free and made of shea butter, rice wax and other natural oils) and Korres Eyeliner Pencil, $16 (which has a 100 percent natural base with added herbs and vitamins).

Josie Maran: Try the Josie Maran Argan Bronzing Powder, $30 (it excludes fragrance and parabens and comes in a biodegradable compact).

Physicians Formula: Although this drugstore brand makes non-natural products, they have a good handful of 100 percent (or close to it) natural origin products. Try the Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer, $11.95. (Along with SPF 15 this is formulated with 80 percent certified organic ingredients like jojoba seed oil, avocado oil and shea butter.)

Raw Natural Beauty: Try the Raw Natural Beauty Native Essence Pure Pigment Cheek Color, $26 (it’s free of chemical dyes, chemical preservatives and fragrance).

Jane Iredale: Try the Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow, $19 (the mineral powder is free of oil, talc, FD&C dyes, synthetic preservatives, parabens and fragrance, and it’s PETA-approved).

EcoTools: I recently waxed poetic about the EcoTools brushes, but I didn’t mention that Alicia Silverstone has her own branded sets of these tools, too. I know Sascha would love this due to her Clueless obsession. The EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Brush Set & Bag, $16.99 includes a blush, foundation, powder and eyeshadow brush along with a brow brush/lash comb. They have bamboo handles, recycled aluminum ferrules (the thingy that holds the bristles and handle together) and cruelty-free talon bristles. The included makeup bag is made of natural hemp and a recycled PET lining.

Are you into living and beautifying naturally? I’d love to know, so tell me by commenting on this post.