August 20, 2012


Vaseline is a beauty cabinet essential for many women (click the link  I just couldn't resist). However, many of us natural beauty enthusiasts choose to eschew the petroleum derived ingredient in favor of wax and oil based balms.

August 1, 2012

Extended travel packing redux

I'm all moved out of my apartment, and for the next month I will be on the go. The majority of my makeup collection is packed away in boxes, so I wanted to share with you my essentials for an extended travel without my full makeup set.

Ecco Bella Flowercolor blushes in a Z PaletteEcco Bella Flowercolor bronzing powder in HibiscusEveryday Minerals Happiness bronzerSilk Naturals Stick 'Em eyeshadow enhancerHoneybee Gardens JobaColors Eyeliner in Jet SetLauren Brooke Cosmetiques concealerRMS cream eyeshadow in Lunar, Nessa's Naturals eyeshadows in Vapor and DashCoastal Classic Creations eyeshadow in Coastal Evenings, Silk Naturals eyeshadows in SierraEu-Taupe-ia and Nudge NudgeReviva Labs mascara in brownPhysicians Formula Organic Wear Lash Boosting mascara in black

The only reason I am traveling with my entire Z Palette of blushes is because I am afraid of them breaking if I pack them. The Ecco Bella pressed blushes are great, but more fragile than their mainstream counterparts. Besides that, I brought all my usual essentials, including my two new favorite mascaras to layer. The combination of the Reviva Labs formula and the Organic Wear brush make super dramatic and full lashes, as good as any drugstore variety I've tried. I brought two bronzers; Ecco Bella Hibiscus for a wash of color all over the face, and the darker Everyday Minerals Happiness bronzer for contouring. I also brought eyeshadows for two of my favorite eye looks. The first combination is Nessa's Naturals Dash on the lid, with Silk Naturals Sierra in the crease and the bottom lash line. The second is Nessa's Naturals Vapor on the lid, with Silk Naturals Eu-Taupe-ia in the crease and Silk Naturals Nudge Nudge smudged on the bottom lash line. But maybe I will try mixing it up a little.

EcoTools blush brushSigma F82 round kabukiReal Techniques buffing brushEveryday Minerals eye kabuki, Essence of Beauty wide eyeshadow & smokey brush (available at CVS), MAC 224 tapered blending brushSigma E35 tapered blending brushmark. eye shadow brushBdellium Tools 780 pencil brushSigma E30 pencilEcoTools angled eyeliner brushReal Techniques pixel-poing eyeliner brush

If you saw my last travel kit, you'd see I downsized with brushes a bit. Here's a few notes on some of the brushes. The Essence of Beauty double sided smokey brush is one of the best you will find at the drugstore (available at CVS). It alone can be used to create a simple defined look. The mark. brush is an old, cheap item from my collection, but it is my absolute favorite eyeshadow brush. It's great because it's small and a bit pointed, so you can lay down shadow very precisely, or even use it to put color in the crease. I'm tempted to buy another one because I love it so much! The Bdellium bamboo brushes are absolutely fabulous and the size make them perfect to travel with. I wish I had a whole set of them. The Sigma E30 Pencil is a brush I use this differently than I thought I would. When I bought it, I thought it would be a firm, true pencil brush, but it is actually pretty soft and flexible. It can't be used for lining, but is actually really great for placing color precisely in the crease, and blending it out a bit. Surprisingly, this is hands down my most used brush.


I'm not that into skincare, so I really just bought the basics and sun protection - the absolute most important thing for these August days. I like using the Badger sunscreen for my face, and the True Naturals sunscreen for body. I like the True Naturals sunblock because it goes on sheerer than other natural versions I've tried, and it's nano free. I'm also loving the Nessa's Naturals Champagne Pear roll on perfume. The scent is fruity but still adult, and very clean. Also, it's a great price at $5! I'll be ordering more of these.

A couple of ingredients notes: I don't like the preservative combination of sodium benzoate and citric acid used in Blum wipes, but they are very convenient, if only for travel. For normal times I prefer a cleanser without sodium benzoate so theres no chance of getting any benzene in your products. I've also heard that the mineral crystal deodorants are not that safe after all, but haven't seen many sources. I'll probably use this up than switch back to something I 100% trust, like Soapwalla

So that's everything I'm carrying around. What are your summer essentials?

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