Natural Makeup Recommendations

December 10, 2012

in Skin Care

Thank you so much for all of your responses to my last post! I loved reading about your favorite makeup products and what works for you! I used to be a makeup (and especially lip gloss and nail polish) junkie, but I’ve sort of lost touch with all of the latest brands and products since I started working from home and don’t feel like I have to wear makeup…or non-workout clothes. It also helps that I no longer work next to a Sephora and don’t spend my lunch breaks maintaining VIB status. You know you have a problem when you’re able to redeem points on an almost weekly basis…Aaron is thankful we didn’t share a bank account back then.

Anyway, I spent a good chunk of Friday researching all of your suggestions, which included:

Nicole of A Dash of Compassion also recommended Battle of the Bite’s 5-part series on her switch to natural makeup, skin and hair care. This series is awesome! It’s super comprehensive and gives a really great breakdown of each of the products’ pros and cons. Overall, Jane Iredale and bareMinerals were her favorites.

Also really helpful is the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. You can enter a product and it will give you an overall score on a scale of 0-10, as well as a breakdown of each ingredient and how it scores in terms of potential hazard.

bareMinerals Matte

I had a hair appointment in the city on Friday, so I made a quick stop at my old stomping grounds, Sephora, to check out the bareMinerals line. I ended up purchasing the matte powder and a couple of high quality makeup brushes, and so far, so good! No allergic reactions, although I did have a slight panic attack when the sales associate was testing out the powder on my face. Does anyone else get totally uncomfortable with someone you don’t know, using brushes that aren’t yours, to try a product that who knows how many people have sampled, on your face? I promptly washed my face when I got home. Twice.

I’m also trying out some new, homemade, and very simple skin care, but I need to give that a little time before I share my verdicts. In the meantime, I have another question for you: For those of you who color your hair, do you use a natural dye?

I highlight my hair every couple of months and as I was sitting with chemicals seeping into my brain on Friday (oh, the hypocrisy!), I decided I need to make an effort to switch to natural hair dye too.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I’m not sure what the brand is but I have had yogurt based color used on my hair and it turned out great and lasted the same amount of time. I have yet to find highlights that are more natural.


Amanda December 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

Interesting. I’ve never heard of yogurt-based hair color.


Elina December 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

The only natural hair dyes I know of are henna and basma. These two can give different results depending on your hair color, but, still, variations are pretty limited. You should also learn how to use those first, because you could accidentally get an angry-bird-like red color with henna and spirulina-like green color with basma. Yikes! Plus, as far as I know, if you decide to change your new color, the results are pretty much unpredictable. At least that’s what I heard about Iranian dyes. But I did witness the color surprises I described. Not pretty.


Amanda December 11, 2012 at 8:44 am

Hmmmm. Good to know! I have auburn highlights now, but I would not want to end up with “angry-bird-like red”! haha


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 11, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’ve had luck with some organic hair dyes and not so much with others. I can’t remember which were good and which were not (and would have to ask the salon). I know that was no help at all. :)
Glad you found make-up that you like! I like Bare Minerals a lot (I’ve bought the Matte before), but like Mineral Fusion just a hair better.


Amanda December 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

I’ll have to ask my hair stylist if she can recommend something. Or maybe I can find a more eco-friendly salon and just see what they use. It would be so much easier if I just didn’t color my hair, but alas, I like to change things up every couple of months. :)
I’ll keep a look out for the Mineral Fusion products. Where did you buy yours? I went with bareMinerals because Sephora was convenient and I know I can return it at any time. LOVE their return policy!


Nicole December 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Glad you enjoyed Gillian’s five-part series!
Alas, I still use conventional hair colour too. I’ve never been able to find a natural alternative I like.


Amanda December 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Her series is great! It’s basically all the info I needed in one place. :)
The hair color thing is tough. The natural alternatives aren’t looking too promising so far.


Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras December 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Let us know if you find any good natural hair dyes! I’ve wanted to use them, but I’m wary – I’ve heard they tend to not come out very well.


Amanda December 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Will do! Although, it’s not looking very good. Seems like most people haven’t found a good alternative.


caren December 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I LOVE Tarte!

BTW, I nominated you for a leibster award!



Amanda December 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I’ve never tried any of the Tarte products, but it’s looking like I need to make another trip to Sephora!
Thank you SO much for nominating me! And congrats on receiving the award too! Off to read your post… :)


Jessie December 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I like Aveda hair color. I think they use mostly natural ingredients and it doesn’t seem to damage my hair like other color.


Amanda December 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I’ll look into it! Thanks for the recommendation, Jessie!


Lee December 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I need to check some of these out. I have some Bare Minerals stuff, but other than that, my makeup is just the regular, non-natural stuff, which I’d like to change. Although, I don’t really use a lot of makeup in general.


Amanda December 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

I’m the same way about not wearing much makeup. I used to never leave my house without it, and now it’s pretty much a weekend thing for me. Oh, how times have changed! :)


Delores January 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I Love M.A.D Minerals for years now they treat my skin better than the BareMinerals and they are so natural looking . I look much younger than my 50 plus years


Amanda January 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

Thanks for the suggestion! I hadn’t heard of that product line – off to look it up!


Delores January 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

how do I add my picture?


Amanda January 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

I use a site called gravatar:


Delores January 12, 2013 at 9:40 am

thanks, I will see if I can do it! I also love Lush products!


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