My favourite natural and organic make-up products

18/05/2012

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Vogue China September 2006 (photography: Sophie Delaporte)
Ever since I have discovered the link between parabens and cancer I became very aware of what I put on my skin, so the last couple of years were spent researching and trying various products to find the ones I was absolutely happy with.

Today I would like to talk about make-up because this is one thing that I haven’t written much about, but would love to discuss a bit deeper.

Finding the right organic and natural make-up products was definitely more challenging than the skincare. It had to work, look as undetectable as possible and be free from unwanted substances. I mean, would you really want to use something on your face or lips that contains powdered bugs? Then check your lipstick or blusher for carmine. If it’s there, so are the bugs called “cochineal”. Once collected and dried, they are made into red colouring often used in make-up and food (strawberry yoghurt, anyone?). Using foundations that contain a common sunscreen ingredient benzophenone may, in fact, cause hormonal imbalances, increase risk of fibromyalgia and some forms of cancer.
Well, I love myself too much to get those ingredients anywhere close to my skin.

Luckily, there are wonderful companies out there that really do care about their consumers and create beautiful, skin-friendly and natural, often organic, products that work really well.

As you can see, the content of my make-up bag is pretty basic, but this is all I use right now. The only two things I would love to add is a highlighter and eye pencil or kohl.

organic and natural make-up products review | RMS beauty, Korres, Ecotools, Ciate, OPI, Terre d'Oc
Un-cover up concealer by RMS Beauty. Although I don’t use concealer or foundation on a daily basis, I needed one for special occasions and days when I do wear proper make-up. The Un-cover Up comes in a tiny beautiful pot and works as a concealer and light foundation. I must mention here that the pot is made of glass, which is very important because plastic leaks xenoestrogens into any oil-based product increasing risk of oestrogen imbalance in the body, so glass containers are always a better choice.

What I liked about this little beauty the most is how well it matched my skin tone (I use No.11) It was undetectable! I also noticed that it made my skin feel softer and more velvety, which was a lovely side-effect. It contains coconut oil, which has antibacterial properties, castor oil that works as anti-inflammatory and anti-aging agent (it’s been highly praised by women in my country because it’s a wonderful solution for beautiful eyes lashes as it keeps them strong and encourage growth) and jojoba oil that is very similar to human similar to human sebum, packed with vitamins and wax that can mimic skin collagen. Jojoba oil also works as a natural SPF.

I cannot believe I’ve lived without Un-Cover Up for so long.

Korres Wild Rose Brightening Compact Powder. This is something I bought a few months ago while looking for paraben free powder. It is free from mineral oils, propylene glycol and ethanolamine. It’s very fine milled, so feels and looks like a veil.

Korres Powder Blusher. Just as the compact powder, it’s free from paraben, mineral oils, propylene glycol and ethanolamine. I love the Natural shade (No. 15), which adds just a little bit of colour to the cheeks. It’s very subtle and yet you will notice the difference before and after you apply.

Korres Volumising Mascara in Black. I like it because it didn’t irritate my eyes and was easy to apply. It also contains abyssinia oil and vitamin B5 that strengthen the lashes. However, some shades do contain carmine. Since I’ve almost run out I will be switching to Terre d’Oc organic mascara soon.

Terre d’Oc organic lipsticks in in 202 and 204. Love them so much! The colours are gorgeous and buildable. The texture is velvety and doesn’t dry out the lips. The 202 is a lovely cherry’ish red, a sort of red that isn’t “in your face”, but certainly noticeable. On me the colour looks similar to strawberry jam with just a hint of cherry purple in it. The 204 is a colour of milk chocolate that looks very natural, although you can apply it in several layers to intensify. Will definitely buy them again and most likely try other shades, too. Oh, and they smell like berries!

OPI Suzy Says Da! in a rich chocolate shade free from dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene.

Ciate Speed Coat is free from formaldehyde, toluene, DBP (dibutyl phthalate), formaldehyde resin and camphor. I must admit, I fell for the packaging before anything else. Got to love the little black ribbon!

Ecotools Brushes. I liked the look and the concept behind the brand and these brushes work for me nicely.

Photo source: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Vogue China September 2006 (photography: Sophie Delaporte)

10 comments:

  1. Dear Natalia, thank you so much for sharing these suggestions (I've just retweeted it as I have several friends who are always looking for natural/organic products). Regarding skin care, I am a big fan of REN and BareMinerals seems to offer a good range of natural-based products, but to be honest I'm not a big make-up expert. I wish you a great w-e!

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    1. I am not a big make-up expert either, darling! :) Just look at all the things I have - such a bare minimum. :) :) :)
      I've used REN too, but they do pack their products in plastic and since some are heavily oil-based I am a bit aware of the possible side-effects (I know I am a pain!)
      I will post about my favourite skin care products in a couple of weeks, just to talk about a few little heroes that I am using at the moment. :)
      xxx

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  2. Love that you wrote about this Natalia--I've been trying to wear mostly organic makeup for years, it's always challenging. I'm a huge Korres fan and am interested in trying the RMS concealer--thanks for the tip!

    xo Mary Jo

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    1. Mary Jo, I highly recommend RMS beauty and since you are in the US, you are very lucky because not only you can find those products in shops, but can also order sample sizes for many and try them.
      I was going to mention it in my skincare post in a couple of weeks, but since you've mentioned Korres here, I wanted to warn you that, as great as many of their products are, they did manage to sneak parabens in a few things... :( So do check the label.

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  3. I have been reading a lot about this as of late Natalia and I have also gradually began to switch products. But for a lot of face things I am actually trying to go completely natural (manuka honey face masks, rooibos tea toner at night, oatmeal and manuka exfoliator!) Nature at its best!

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    1. Paola, I could write you a long list of recipes for natural skin and hair care because it's a very Russian thing to use kitchen ingredients. :) I've leant a lot since I was a kid - we have books and books on this subject. :) I will be posting about skin care products in a couple of weeks and mention a few things I use myself. :)
      xxx

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  4. I think this time you've made me even more aware of the bad ingredient products I still use and need to replace. Thank you so much for sharing this, Natalia. I hope you're having a beautiful day! :)

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    1. I think it's quite a long process naturally. It's sort of the same as going from a so-so diet to a better one, step by step through learning and understanding how everything works. It really is pretty difficult to do it all at once. :) It took me about two years and I am still looking for things and learning as I go... Some of the things sold under organic or natural labels aren't really that brilliant and often contain "nasties"... It often feels that one has to have a degree in chemistry in order to shop for the right stuff. :)

      Hope your weekend is going well.
      xxx

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  5. How are the items price-wise? Do organics run higher?

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    1. Depends on what product you would compare them with...

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