Thursday, 19 April 2012

Glamourous and Green

About a year ago, I promised myself that I would become a beauty junkie. Yes, I suppose it's a tad bizarre to aspire to be a junkie of some sort, but can you blame me? There are so many incredible products to make any glamazon have a mild beauty-gasm. Lately, I've been going crazy over "health-conscious"products. These finds are everything  I could want: my beauty junkie aspirations tied into my green New Year's Eve resolution. Though I'm not a Beauty Blogger (let's stop and take a minute on how cool that'd be), I wanted to share my favorite green beauty products with you.

Eco-Friendly Nails

As any glam, green girl will know, formaldehyde is a force to be reckoned with. But what are we supposed to do- go nail polish-less for the rest of our lives? way. I have so many different eco-friendly companies to still try, but my favorites right now are Scotch Naturals and Sheswai.

 I'm currently loving these Scotch Naturals products. This coral (Highland Fling) is going to look super sick with a summery tan. After my day, the polish is chipping; however, I didn't use a top coat so I'm not too concerned. In addition to super trendy colors, Scotch Naturals sell top coats, base coats, and nail polish removers. J'adore. Thankfully, these products are free of formaldehyde, toluene, dps, acetone, and heavy metals. I used the nail polish remover last night and I must say removing my nail polish wasn't as easy as the alcohol-infused remover makes you think it is. On the bright side, the remover came with a spritz nozzle, so it was a cleaner cleaning process (I'm so punny). Whoever said that glam nails couldn't be chic clearly has never heard of Scotch Naturals.

I'm obsessed with Shewsai Lacquer. Not only is the packaging super eco-friendly, but the lacquers themselves are formaldehyde, toluene, and dp free. The colors are quite limited (for now), but I treated myself to Sheswai's "Honeyfox." The red is super feminine and has stayed on pretty well! I'm so excited to test more Sheswai colors!

Anything Indie Lee & Co.

I may be a tad biased, but I'd never lie to you beautiful people: these products are amazing. Ever since I've started using Indie Lee & Co., my skin has been super smooth. So what's the best part about Indie Lee products? They're not green-washed, which means that the naturals ingredients aren't just there to hide all the toxic ones- they're there to help you. Besides, there are NO toxic ingredients in Indie Lee products so you don't even have to worry about it. Three of my absolute favorites are Indie's Moisturizing Oil, Indie's Lavender Oatmeal Cleansing Bar, and Indie's Coconut Citrus Scrub. I literally use this oil every single day and I can proudly say that my legs are silky smooth. The vanilla citrus scent is so summer-ready. The lavender cleansing soap smells like heaven and gives my skin an all natural glow. And the scrub? It's major. The rough texture really eliminates dry skin, leaving me feeling amazing. Using all natural skin care products truly make me feel glamourous and, honestly, like a better person. If her products aren't inspiring enough, Indie's compelling story and advocacy will make you want to change your beauty routine (and feel good about it, too). Sure, a lot of your favorite products don't come in an all natural form; however, using natural products at least  gives your body the TLC it needs.

We are Young

Without a doubt, my favorite makeup company of the moment is Young Blood. Not only are Young Blood products paraben free, but they have fabulous colors. Their lipsticks ("Just Pink" is photographed) are both long lasting and give your lips that necessary pop of color.The primer and the Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfect Powder work together to give me a smooth face. I love using Young Blood's eyeliner when I either want a smokey eye or a super thin line. Even their boldest eyeshadows  look effortless with my skin. Obsessed.

Yes, Yes, Yes! 

Call me cliche, but I'm officially deeming "Yes To" a must for your beauty cabinet. I recently bought the Yes to Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream, which I'm loving thus far. It leaves my face feeling moisturized all day long! What's so great about these products is that they're accessible and free of parabens, petroleum, SLS, and phthalates. From SPF-infused lip balm to leave-in conditioner, there are so many "Yes To" products that I'm dying to try! 

Tone it Down

My awesome sister gave me this toner for Christmas and I've never looked back. First of all, Elemis is a British-based company, so I'm bound to love it. Second of all, this Balancing Lavender Toner is free of alcohol and harsh detergents. Um, music to my ears? You bet! This toner strips my face from those pesky dry flakes. Heaven!

Do you have any eco-friendly beauty musts? Let me know! 


  1. Love this post. OK I am biased as I am a huge Trendologist fan. I also love the new layout of the blog. Once again you rocked it. xoxo Indie

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