One of the things I want to aim for this year is living healthier; drink less mochas (SO hard to do) and actually hitting the gym (can’t wait for some tiny little muscles to grow!) I should also care not only what I put in my body, but what goes on. I was recently introduced to Eco Diva Beauty, an online shop that only carries products that are FREE from parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrances; and every product is cruelty-free and not tested on animals. Since I do live a hermit life, the only place I really knew to get organic makeup is maybeeeee Whole Foods but I haven’t really done a lot of research to look for green/organic healthy products so it’s awesome to see all the possibilities on a single website.
Eco Diva Beauty is an online organic cosmetics company based in Canada; they currently have a pop up shop Nicole Bridger fashion boutique in Gastown, Vancouver. I was invited to check it out and learn what kind of luxurious green beauty products they carry; there were many brands such as Mahalo and LOVEFRESH that I have never heard of. Now new to my makeup collection are some green beauty colour cosmetics from ILIA and W3ll People.
The ILIA Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner ($35) is a hydrating, creamy lipstick- I say lipstick since one swipe gives me really good colour payoff! The colour I am wearing (pictures below) is These Days, which is a bronze-orange shade with some shine. I don’t normally buy colours in this shade so this has been a standout in my collection and thankfully, it looks natural and made my dry crackly lips look full and healthy. The scent smells like a typical lipstick but it’s good to know that when I’m eating my lipstick I’ll be consuming stuff like cocoa seed butter and jasmine oil! Since I do have flaky dry lips though, I have to make sure my lips are moisturized and exfoliated before putting this lipstick on or it looks like I stuck bronze flakes on my mouth.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Seasame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Seed Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dixoide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140.
*Certified Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Certifiés Biologiques.
For foundation, I am wearing W3LL PEOPLE’s Altruist Foundation Powder in 13 Light Natural ($42 CAD.) As you may have guessed it, it’s a mineral foundation and it contains , triple-milled pigments to create a smooth finish. There is no SPF in it, but the mineral’s natural properties protects the skin from the sun. It also contains organic aloe to hydrate the skin (how the aloe is made into a mineral powder, I do not know and am curious!)
To use it, I pour a bit out on the lid and use a kabuki brush to pick up the powder and pat it around my face. The process is faster than I imagined (the only downside is that now I gotta get used to wash my brushes periodically!) My skin looks fresh and bright after using it and doesn’t leave a cakey feeling on my face. The coverage is light but if you have some bit of redness, some of that does get hidden. When I use an under eye concealer, I also use the Altruist Foundation Powder to set the concealer.
Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine Blue, Mica, Kaolin Clay, Serecite, Silica, Organic Aloe Barbadenis (Aloe)*, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile)**, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)*
*USDA Organic, **QAI
And hello to my new favourite cheek colour…the W3LL PEOPLE Purist Luminous Mineral Blush in #63 – Luminous Apricot ($45CAD.) It is a burnt peachy colour and adds a really healthy complexion to the skin! I can’t compare it with other products as I never tried a mineral blush before, but it feels silky and weightless on my cheeks. Probably the only drawback is the price; $45 is a bit steep for something I’d spend on a blush but if you are enthusiastic about using organic and green products on your skin, it’s better to have one amazing blush rather than 10 blushes that contains who knows what ingredients (or do we all want as many blushes as possible?!)
Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide. May contain Ultramarine Blue, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Organic Aloe Barbadenis (Aloe)*, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile)**, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)*
*USDA Organic, **QAI
When I look at loose pigments I usually just don’t want to deal with it cause I am the messiest when it comes to things falling out of containers and stuff (you never want to see me eat a burrito.) After trying these two mineral products from W3LL PEOPLE, I feel much more encouraged to use more green products on my face, maybe an organic bronzer?! Also, W3LL PEOPLE are free of artificial preservatives, parabens, chemicals, dyes, fragrance, silicone, dimethicone, pthalates, sulphates, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride, and nanoparticles.
By all means, I am no expert of stuff in the green beauty industry (which is why I put the ingredient list in this post) and haven’t looked into those is natural makeup really natural kind of topcis. But, I do feel a bit better about using products from companies that strive to be eco friendly. I am unsure if I do want to switch everything I own to eco friendly beauty products because it’s not in my financial means to do so. Breathing in organic nail polish is certainly something I should consider though.
Overall – this was a new learning experience and I must try some more ILIA lipsticks in the future and the W3LL PEOPLE face products made my skin look healthy and luminous! There is a list of brands that Eco Diva Beauty carries and who knows what will happen if I’m feeling spendy one day. Have you tried any green beauty brands and what would you recommend?