Green Beauty Makeup Looks

As a part of living a healthy lifestyle, I like to use as many green beauty products as I can. “Why is that?” you might ask, “How much damage can a little bit of lipstick do?” Well, it turns out my friends that our skin is our biggest organ and 70% of what we put on gets absorbed into our bloodstream. So yeah folks, it’s a big deal. Additionally, I’m one of thee most sensitive people in the world out there and react to the chemicals in mainstream makeup, even the ‘hypoallergenic’ stuff. Plus, why would I want to put things like parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, petroleum, FD and C colors, as well as countless other chemical names that I cannot pronounce nor we know that much about near my skin?  I’ll pass on the chemical cocktail, thanks. If you want to learn more about what you’re putting into your skin, here’s a good link from Organic Beauty Talk.

Lucky for me, there are tons of green beauty brands out there, literally so many, it’s sort of shocking. I didn’t start realizing how big of demand there was for green beauty products until I looked more into it on the web. I can’t say that I’m the biggest makeup wearer of all time, most days I like going barefaced. However, a few times a week when I’m going out it can be fun. Plus the process of putting on makeup is sort of stress relieving in an odd sort of way, ha-ha!

Now here are some green beauty looks I created this past week. Hope you enjoy them!

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Green Beauty Look #1:
Eyes: Most people I know start out by putting on their face makeup and do the eyes last, but I always like to do the eyes first. Why? Because I absolutley hate getting eye shadow on my already done blushed cheeks and then having to wipe some of it off and reapply again. I like dealing with fallout from eye products first so the rest of the process is easy peasy lemon squeezy :). For this look, I knew ahead of time that I was going to be doing a bold lip, so I wanted a very simple eye look to balance it out. It’s kind of like the yin and yang of makeup, ya know?! Anyways, I decided to forgo the eye-shadow and just put on eyeliner. I used the \Honeybee Gardens JobaColors Pencil Eye Liner in Jet Set and made it thicker along the beginning of my lash-line, actually starting a little bit beyond that, and then going smaller and smaller as I went down my lash-line. I then put  on a like 1/4 of eyeliner at the beginning of my lower lash line to widen my eyes a little bit. This eyeliner does smudge and make you look like a raccoon at the end of the day, but I have yet to find a pencil eyeliner that doesn’t do this. Overall though, it’s a pretty good product that is easy to apply and doesn’t smudge all over the place when you first put it on, a problem I’ve had with eyeliners in the past. After applying my eyeliner, I put on some mascara to really make my eyes pop. I used the Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Fakeout Mascara and I really love this product. You can easily purchase it at your local drugstore, it’s very inexpensive for natural makeup, and the ingredients are decent. There isn’t a lot of fallout from this product, especially at the end of the day, which I’m impressed with and it doesn’t make my eyelashes look spider webby, particularly on the bottom lashes. Overall, I’d totally recommend these products! :).

Cheeks: My cheeks I believe are one of my strongest features. I have high cheekbones, so I like showing them off with blush, especially since I’m pretty pale. My favorite, and pretty much the only blush I’ll ever use is the Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush Stain in Lure which Vapour describes as a ‘plummy berry’. The thing that I love the most about this blush is that it looks more like a natural flesh on the cheeks rather than someone caking on a bunch of blush. It will give you rosy cheeks in the most beautiful way that does not look over done at all. This color is especially good for people with wicked fair skin with neutral undertones, like me. It looks a lot darker in the tube than it does in real life, but be careful not to apply to much, or otherwise you’ll look like a clown. I always put on jojoba oil on my cheeks before putting it on, because otherwise it will not blend well. However, I do not think that this is a fault of the product as I have very dry skin already. Then I put the color along the highest points/sides of my cheekbones and then rub it along the cheekbone to the apples of cheeks. I like putting more blush towards the sides of my cheeks rather than the apple to create a gradient effect. This prevents you from having clownish cheeks and instead gives you the most gorgeous flesh. For this look, however, I did put a bit more on the apples of my cheeks, as I really wanted that ‘rosy cheek’ look and I wasn’t putting a lot on my eyes.

Lips; For the lips I used the Vapour Lure Multi-Use Stain on my lips as well and I don’t like it as much on my lips as my cheeks, but the color is a good one for me. On my lips, it’s a unique blend of a warm mauve with hints of berry. It’s great to wear alone, but for this look, I wanted a bolder lip, so I used a chemically laden NYC lipstick that I only use for theatrical productions, to give it more of a fire engine berry look. The only reason I’d use something as bad as an NYC lipstick is because I don’t have a non-toxic red lipstick yet. Suggestions ladies? I know that fire engine berry sounds like an odd color combination, but it looks cool on the lips. I think this combo is wicked pretty and really brightens up the face, especially if you’re pale like me :).

Green Beauty Look 2:

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I absolutley love this look; love, love, love it. I think it’s perfect for any season, fall, spring, winter, you name it and it really highlights your best features.

Eyes: For the eyes, I started off by putting on a Jane Iredale pressed eye shadow that is a beautiful, neutral shade called walnut that they sadly no longer carry. Jane Iredale pressed eye shadows stay on all day, don’t diminish in color easily, does not crease all that much, and is easy to blend. They also don’t really irritate my eyes, which is awesome, because everything irritates my eyes, especially when I first put it on, ha-ha. I’m literally the world’s most sensitive person I think. I wish that they still carried this color as it’s the perfect neutral for me. I want to buy more Jane Iredale pressed eye shadows, but now they make them with fd and c dyes,which I don’t like. There is absolutley  no way to tell which ones have it or not because it has that may contain +- at the bottom, which applies to all of the eyeshadows, grrrfff.  Maybe I should just go and choose the least colorful ones? Haha, I don’t know, it’s super duper confusuling and frustrating. Even if with pretty respectable companies, like Jane Iredale, I wish that they’d let us know which ones had dyes in them, so people like me who do not like dyes can avoid them. I don’t see why it’s so hard to list which individual ones have it. *Sigh*.  Anyways, after I put on my lovely eye shadow, I put on my Gabriel Eyeliner in Navy. The color of this eyeliner is a bit deceptive, because the further away you put it on from the lash line, it’s going to look more like a bright blue. However, when you get close to the lash line, it does look like a true navy. I love using this navy color because it’s less harsh than black and I think it looks really unique with a neutral brown color. I wish that I would’ve gotten a more closeup picture, so you could see more of the blue color. However, I think that this picture is proof that you can wear a bold blue color and do it in a more subtle way that is not shocking to the system, ha-ha. For this look, I stayed really close to my lash line on the top, so that it’d look more like a navy color. On my lower lash line though,  I put a light coat on to let some of the true bright blue ‘pop’. I also finished the eyes off with the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara.

Cheeks: Did the same thing as the first green beauty look, with the same exact blush. I never switch up my blush, ha-ha.

Lips: I used the Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Stain in Lure for my lips as well, as well as put a coat of an Aubrey Organic Lip Tint (they sadly no longer make lip tints, anymore) on top. This lip tint is a beautiful pink, strawberry color that really moisturizes and makes your lips shine. It also smells absolutley delectable and does not have that awful lipsticky taste. Too bad they don’t make them anymore :(.

Oh and for those of you who are interested in where my hat came from it is from Forever 21. It is a huge statement hat, but surprisingly looks good one me even though it is wicked big. Big hats usually don’t look that great on me because I have a small head, ha-ha.

Those are my green beauty looks of the week! Do any of you guys use these products? Which look is your favorite, 1 or 2?

-Alex

My Green Resolutions

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I thought that I was as green as they come. I eat wicked healthy (mostly organic), use almost all green beauty products, always make sure that I recycle, never litter, and as ludicrous as this might sound, I believed in the cause, so therefore that’s enough right? If you believe that global warming is not some made up cause that worthless amounts of dollars are being poured into, that should be enough right? If you want the world to move away from fossil fuels and utilize green energy, that makes you a green guru, shouldn’t it? If you are a supporter and wish hard enough, others, such as the government and automobile companies will start making more green strides, right?  Wrong. Wanting does not = Action. While it is my greatest hope that we steer into a more positive, green direction as a country, I realized that I can no longer just sit around and wait for it to happen, while I be a green minimalist. I’m currently taking a green design and technology course this semester and it has made me realize that I can be doing a lot better. Here are some of the resolutions, some of which I’ve already been working, that I came up with to be a better, greener person.

1.) Unplug appliances when using them: I have a habit of never turning off electronics that I’m not using. Back when I used my family’s  desktop computer, I knew that I should have been turning it off when nobody was using it, but instead, I was too lazy to turn it off and then waiting some time for everything to reload and start it back up. Looking back, it was absolutley supremely silly to not do something that would have probably of taken 10 minutes out of my day to deal with. As of right now, I have a laptop computer and have decided that instead of leaving it in the charger all the time, I would simply shut it down when I’m not using it to save energy. I also have changed my laptop’s setting to be in eco mode for when I am charging it. Same thing goes with my cell phone. I always leave my cell phone in the charger or lying around somewhere when not using it. However, like my laptop, I am being more conscious about shutting it down because the less you use the charger, the less energy you’re using.

2.) Be more conscious of clothing purchases: My green design and technology course taught me that one of the biggest zappers of energy is the making and purchasing of products. The mass consumption of this country is absolute insanity and what is probably the worst part is that almost none of it is made in the United States anymore. This makes the carbon footprint on each product crazy high and a lot of the countries where these clothes are made have poor environmental regulations. I will say, I’m don’t really buy a lot of products unless I really want/need it, but I could use more discretion when it comes to purchasing clothes. Often times, I will buy clothes that I like, but not love, because it fits decently, is at a low price, or sadly on impulse, because it looks cool in the moment. Therefore, I notice that a good amount of my clothes doesn’t really get fair usage and that high carbon footprint got me very little in return. As a result, I have decided to create a pseudo capsule wardrobe. Fashion is very important to me because I feel that it is a form of self-expression that gives me confidence, so I’m not going to stop being fashionable. Realistically, I’m not about to donate everything and only buy solid colored tee shirts (my green design and technology teacher actually does this; doesn’t wear anything besides solid colored tee shirts…and pants obviously, haha!) After seeing Cloudy Apples (one of my favorite youtubers) capsule wardrobe video, I have noticed that I could use some more basics in my wardrobe. I have a habit of clinging to the shiny/sparkly/hippie/printy aisles of clothing stores, so I guess you can say this video came at a good time :). When I go out to the clothing store the next time, I’m going to continue my hunt for awesome, well made basics and other essentials that are missing in my closet (rain boots, ear muffs, a new pair of fall boots so I don’t wear out the ones I wear religiously lol, I don’t know why but I always have this problem with shoes), However, I am still going to be on the lookout for unique fashions, but only purchase them if I have that “love it, gotta have it!” feeling and know that I will wear it over and over again. I also plan on trying to use more accessories with my basics, such as scarves, hats, and jewelry. Question for my readers; would the carbon footprint be lower on scarves, hats, and gloves because there is less fabric that is used, therefore there is less processing? I would love to know :).

In terms of where I purchase the clothing, I’d like to shop more at consignment stores and/or look around Goodwill or Savers (Savers briefly because they try to push you out of the store by only letting you take in a maximum of 6 pieces of clothing into the dressing room and then you have to get in the back of line. They also move clothes if they overhear that you want to buy something and then walk away to look around but plan to come back for it. It’s madness, haha). Getting used clothing isn’t something that I do often, but I should, because reusing is essential for helping our environment. I also want to stop more on etsy because a lot of their sellers are based in the USA, which will make for a much smaller carbon footprint then getting something from let’s say China. Also, since they are small business owners, they are much more likely to utilize sound environmental practices and not use workshop labor. What’s not to love?

3.) Convince My Family To Be Locavores: While I eat a very healthy diet (organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, free of other stuff, etc.), most of what we buy is produce that has the potential to come from far away. I never really thought of this as a problem until I realized that once again, the carbon footprint of the packaging and purchasing of the food is way too high. Buying local helps with this carbon footprint. We are especially lucky to live in an area of New England where there are lots of farms around us, so I’d say that it is much easier for us than most to get high quality farm fresh produce. Right now, I have to get my family on board with this idea and get all of us to go to farmers markets more often than we do, but when I’m out on my own at college next year, I’m going to try and see if there are local farms/farmers markets around and purchase as much as I can locally. Apparently, the town of one of the colleges that I’m going to be applying to has one of the best farmers markets in the country, so I’ll be sure to take advantage if I go there :).

Also, it is important to point out in this blog post that the processing of meat takes up a good piece of energy in this country and perhaps the world. Due to health issues and the various dietary restrictions that I have, going vegetarian/vegan would not make the most sense nor be the best for my body. However, I do still want to help with this problem and have decided that in addition to getting more vegetables/fruit from farms, I want to convince my family that we should aspire to purchase more meat that we do consume locally, as the carbon footprint won’t be as large due to there being significantly less processing and shipping.

4.) Shorter Showers: Now this one will be a toughie. I ❤ ❤ ❤ long hot showers. In a way, it is kind of cathartic for my soul, ha-ha. But taking 20-25 minute showers multiple times a week is way too much time! I don’t think I’m ever going to get down to taking 5 minute showers, but I’d say that trying to reduce (the most vital of the three R’s) my showers to 12-15 minutes would be a good start. However, I will reward myself by giving myself one long shower a week :). It’s all about balance people!

5.) Less Trash: I have a habit of taking more food than I can handle and then throwing it away in the trash can. This excess waste creates methane in landfills, which is toxic in large amounts to the environment. When it is dinner time, I will start out by taking just a little bit and then getting up and taking more if I want it. Also, if I do have leftovers, I will see if anyone else wants it or if I can, put it back on the plate/bowl/whatever you put food on, haha.

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These are my green resolutions for now and I’m sure that they’ll increase as time goes on. However, I want to start out small as a little bit goes a long way. No, I cannot just give up all technology, live in the woods somewhere with candlelight, and walk around naked, but I can do much better than what I’ve be doing. I’m looking forward to seeing my progress and to  helping this planet be greener for the next generation.

Do you guys have any suggestions to add on to my green resolution list? What are some of your green resolutions?

xoxo
Alex

Lovely Links:

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/buying-stuff-wont-make-you-happy/ (9 Reasons Why Buying Stuff Won’t Make You Happy Article)

http://storyofstuff.org/movies/black-friday-video/ (Tis The Season To Get Trampled Video)

P.S. All of the photos in the blog post are mine. If you would like to use them, please ask and then give me credit. Thank you :D.

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Hiya! Thanks for checking out my blog :). My name is Alexandra, but pretty much everyone calls me Alex. You can call me whatever you want though; in fact, I would like more people to call me Alexandra because I think that it’s such a pretty name, I’m a brand spanking new adult (18 yrs old) from New England who is passionate about all things health, wellness, and the environment. I plan on writing how to maintain a healthy lifestyle (gluten-free/dairy-free food, green beauty, activities that I’m currently trying to incorporate more into my life, such as yoga and meditation, that are amazing for your mind/body etc.) and being more eco-conscious. However, I also plan on writing about various random topics on whatever interests me at the time, such as anthropology, Himalayan salt lamps, and outer space (wowerz those are wicked random things that are not at all related to each other lol), and fun stuff, such as television shows, books, home decor, art, and humorous anecdotes from my life. I’m also super duper into photography. I especially love digital imaging and creating alternative realities.  I plan on incorporating a lot of my photos into this internet space of mine and maybe even sharing some tid-bits! Again, thanks for checking out my blog and hopefully you’ll find whatever you learn from here interesting and helpful. I can’t wait to get to know you guys more and learn from y’all as well.

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