makeup for a minimalist: this or that?

as i’ve slowly worked to transform¬†my makeup bag from chemical-ridden to chemical-free, it’s been a fun challenge to find natural versions of my favorite items. ¬†and truthfully, it hasn’t been that hard to do! ¬†it really is amazing how many eco dupes there are for so-called conventional cosmetics.

below are¬†the natural product replacements¬†i’ve found for some of my favorite makeup items. ¬†i won’t be getting rid of all of these dupes as i detail below, but some of them just have to go.bb eco dupes taupe eyeshadow.jpgburberry pale barley eye shadow (top) vs rms swift shadow tt-73 (bottom) // pale barley is probably one of the most hyped up eyeshadows in the beauty world. ¬†it is a sheer taupe with a hint of shimmer that is perfect for every day wear. ¬†the formula is beautiful, but truthfully i’ve always been disappointed in the lack of pigmentation. ¬†i much prefer the rms shadow, which is a hair¬†darker than pale barley and still sheer, but in a better way if that makes sense. ¬†it is smooth, buildable, and long lasting and i’ve been wearing it every day since purchasing. bb eco dupes brown matte.jpgurban decay naked¬†eye shadow (bottom)¬†and mac wedge eye shadow (middle)¬†vs jane iredale cappuccino eye shadow (top) // i’ve waxed lyrical about all of these shadows before and they basically are all the same. ¬†i always have naked hanging around as it’s just that good, and i purchased wedge as a potential replacement when i smashed my previous cappuccino to smitherines. ¬†i would say that naked is slightly warmer and more yellow, while wedge and cappuccino are equally cool and slightly stone colored. the price of jane iredale single shadows is $22 which really is expensive, especially compared to the $6 price of mac replacement shadows, but i know it’s worth it. ¬†this palette is especially great (also a potential dupe for the urban decay naked basics palette?), even though the price was steep (~ $50). ¬†it’s worth it to me to spend money on more natural options, so cappuccino is the winner here for sure.bb eco dupes cream eyeshadow.jpgmac painterly paint pot (top) vs gressa neve eye tint¬†(bottom)¬†// now these shadows are clearly not the same, but i find the effect to be nearly identical. ¬†i love painterly, really it’s my favorite mac eye shadow, and the fact that it neutralizes and brightens my lids in one swipe of creamy goodness. ¬†the gressa shadow works in a similar way for me because of my super fair skin, but i think on darker skin types it might appear too white. ¬†i am going to keep painterly around, but i like that neve offers a similar, if brighter, effect. ¬†plus the gressa eye tint formula is stunning – there is so much pigmentation in one tap of the product, and it’s a cream to powder that stays put all day with no creasing in sight.bb eco dupes cream blush.jpgclinique chubby stick for cheeks in ample apple¬†(top) vs tata harper lip&cheek in very charming¬†(bottom)¬†//¬†different application, almost identical colors. ¬†i am a huge fan of cream blush, and these two are no exceptions. ¬†i love the application of the chubby sticks, it really is so easy, but i like the formula of the tata harper offering slightly better. ¬†it’s more hydrating while the clinique is slightly more sticky.bb eco dupes pink lips.jpgbobbi brown lip color in sandwash pink¬†(top) vs bite beauty amuse bouche in meringue¬†(bottom)¬†// these are both little samples i got from sephora, but i think i can speak for the full sizes as well. ¬†not only are these colors quite similar, but the formulas are as well. ¬†both are creamy and hydrating, and offer a long lasting finish. ¬†meringue is just a hint peachier, while sandwash pink has a touch more brown/plum. ¬†bite fig is also similar, while erring on the pinker¬†side of the spectrum.bb eco dupes brown lips.jpgnars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama (top)¬†vs bite matte lip pencil in glace¬†(bottom)¬†// oh nars, why do your matte pencils have to be so gorgeous, but formulated with parabens?!?!?! ¬†fortunately, these two colors are virtually identical. ¬†they are both a gorgeous pinky brown, with fantastic staying power. ¬†bite is slightly more hydrating, which is definitely a bonus. ¬†goodbye nars, i love you. ¬†(plus i got the bite stick as a 100 point perk at sephora, so it was free. ¬†winner!)bb eco dupes red lips.jpgnars velvet matte lip pencil in dragon girl¬†(top) vs mahalo red my lips¬†(bottom)¬†// dragon girl is my all time favorite nars pencil. ¬†it’s a stunning pinky red that looks amazing patted into the lips. ¬†fortunately mahalo’s offering has¬†an identical color tone with that same blotted-in effect. ¬†mahalo is a creamier finish but lasting power is, again, amazing and i like that it is slightly more sheer at first, meaning i waste less product compared to the nars, which i basically completely remove for a lighter look.¬†bb eco dupes powder.jpgbare minerals original foundation in fairly medium¬†(left) vs rms un-powder in 0-1¬†(right)¬†// now i only have a sample size of the rms powder, but it’s too obvious of a dupe not to share. ¬†i’m a big fan of mineral foundations, and both of these are no exception, with the bare minerals being my first introduction to the category. ¬†now this is not to say that the bare minerals has super problematic ingredients, because it really doesn’t. ¬†plus it has the perk of sun protection. ¬†but for the purists, the rms is a great alternative. ¬†this shade is slightly more yellow, but there is a much smaller color range than bare minerals. ¬†i love¬†these equally and will be keeping them both in my makeup bag.

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makeup for a minimalist: this or that?

it’s not you, it’s me

ok, maybe it’s you. ¬†i’m talking disappointing products people! ¬†please note, most of these products i either returned, gave to my sisters, or begrudgingly used up. ¬†so i don’t have pictures of most of them because they are looong gone. ¬†and these are things that i have mainly disliked over the past year or so, cause who can remember anything before that?! ¬†now let’s get to it…

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bobbi brown bronzer brush // you might remember i splurged on this brush during the november sephora sale. ¬†despite the mostly poor reviews, i thought i would try it out for myself and…yeah it sucks. ¬†i have never had a brush, higher end or drugstore, that shed as much as this. ¬†and not like one hair per use that is totally reasonable. ¬†by the time i returned this 1 month after purchasing i don’t even know how it had any hairs left. ¬†i’m¬†using the real techniques multitask brush for bronzer and blush right now and it is exactly what i was looking for.

glossier supers //¬†i am soooo disappointed about these, especially considering the rave reviews everyone is giving them. ¬†but to be honest, they just didn’t do anything for me. ¬†i got the whole set right when they came out, but did a lot of research as to when and how to use them. ¬†my sister tried the super bounce as well and we just didn’t see any effects, positive or negative. ¬†so yeah, these were meh. ¬†i used them all halfway and left them at them at my parent’s house. ¬†i have since done more research especially on hyaluronic acid serums, and i think i have found some better options as well as why these didn’t quite work for me. ¬†i discussed this a bit in my january picks, but basically most ha serums contain ha molecules that are just too big for your skin to absorb. ¬†i feel this way about all three of these serums – they sit on the skin rather than absorbing into it, so the affects are completely washed away when you cleanse your face.

first aid beauty ultra repair hydrating serum // this is another purchase i made during the sephora sale. ¬†i did finish this up for the most part, but frankly i didn’t see any benefits. ¬†kind of the same issues i had with glossier super bounce. ¬†just meh!

la roche-posay anthelios mineral sunscreen spf 50 //¬†this is a more recent purchase and i don’t have the receipt so i’m not really sure what i’ll do with this. ¬†i have been doing a ton of research on what sunscreens will work for my skin for every day use, and this was a very highly rated one by many including paula’s choice. ¬†however it really didn’t work for me. ¬†the texture is quite grainy no matter how much i shake it up and it doesn’t seem to sit well on my skin. ¬†i decided that i wanted something with more moisturizing properties so i picked up another highly rated susncreen, the kiss my face 3-in-1 for sensitive skin. ¬†this is a partially mineral sunscreen and is great for sensitive skin (duh). ¬†i have used the kiss my face face and neck sunscreen and really liked that, so i knew this would be a pretty solid choice. ¬†i am loving it thus far – it doesn’t clog my skin or sit heavily and adds a lot of moisture to my face. ¬†i am, however, going to keep the la roche-posay around for travel purposes.

bourjois cc cream // i am so sad about this. ¬†i got this while in london because i have had it only wishlist for years, thank you estee lalonde! ¬†it is a great color match for me and everything, but it just feels drying on my skin. ¬†it says that it’s a hydrating formula, but it doesn’t sit well on me the way my nars tinted moisturizer or glossier skin tints do. ¬†i’m going to keep trying to make this work, but i think if you have oilier skin this will be much better for you! ¬†(update: i have since given this to a friend.)

nars concealer stick in vanilla // i got this a few months ago to keep in my purse instead of another mini creamy concealer. ¬†the shade match was perfect but i just couldn’t get along with this guy. ¬†maybe i’m just used to the cement-like properties of the creamy concealer? ¬†this one just slipped around and didn’t really cover much of anything for too long. ¬†i returned this to sephora.

rms lip and skin balm in vanilla¬†// ok let me start off by saying this smells disgusting. ¬†the cocoa and the vanilla scent. ¬†i figured i could look past that so i bought it anyway, but yeah no. ¬†i thought this would be a good petroleum-free alternative to glossier balm dotcom and vaseline but i just can’t get it to work for me. ¬†you have to warm up the product so much, more than other rms products, and it doesn’t hydrate at all. ¬†so between the scent and the fact that it doesn’t do much of anything, i’m not sure what to do with this thing. ¬†PLUS it contains a lot less product than any other rms product, even though it’s in the same size pot and ridiculously expensive. ¬†it looks like i’m already halfway done with it when i’ve used it very minimally. ¬†sadly this is the first rms product i haven’t loved. ¬†i am actually really mad at myself for spending almost $40 on this.

nars sheer glow in mont blanc // i’ve had this for a long time and i just can’t make it work. ¬†i bought this a year ago when i was really really struggling with my acne and redness. ¬†i loved how it covered my redness and returned my face to more normal territory, but it was heavy and cakey and just looked like i had a lot of makeup on. ¬†i haven’t even bothered to use it until the last month or two (and just to try to use it up), but whenever i put it on it still feels too makeup-y. ¬†even with an oil and primer underneath and applied extremely lightly with my fingers, it cakes up and clings to dry patches. ¬†so many people love this, but it’s too much for me i guess!

tarte amazonian clay blush in exposed // don’t you just hate when a super cult product doesn’t work for you? ¬†that’s exactly how i feel about exposed. ¬†i have extremely fair skin and i couldn’t even get this to show up on my skin. ¬†i just swatched it on my hand next to my favorite nars impassioned and the tarte blush in paaarty¬†from this year’s sephora birthday set, and both of those perform so much better than exposed. ¬†i like the peachier neutral tones of the tarte paaarty¬†and the cool pink of nars impassioned, and exposed just doesn’t compare to these. ¬†i’m actually wondering if i got a dud, but after the first one i purchased was totally smashed and this one lacking any pigmentation, tarte exposed is being returned to sephora asap. ¬†plus, i’m really not that much of a blush girl, so i¬†really didn’t need this anyway! (ps tarte paaarty is now available as a full size product, so if you don’t shop at sephora/don’t have a birthday coming up but are interested, there you go!)

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it’s not you, it’s me

makeup for a minimalist: lately

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nars sheer glow in mont blanc // was super sneaky and got another sample.  i am going to buy the full size but am putting it off because the samples last so long!

nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla // duh!

bobbi brown bronzer in golden light (1) // a nice, basic, matte bronzer. ¬†however it is very expensive and i regret buying it¬†since¬†it’s basically the same as¬†my benefit hoola.¬†¬†trying to¬†use it all up!

mac blush in pinch o’ peach (satin finish) // i almost never wear blush, but i saw this at nordstrom and couldn’t resist. ¬†it’s the perfect color (more peachy than pictured) for a non-blush wearer/an entry-level blush. ¬†just adds a hint of flush to my cheeks, but is really barely there.

benefit bad gal lash mascara in black // my sister’s all time favorite mascara, so i thought i would try it out (i got a mini one at ulta). ¬†can be built from really natural to more pow. ¬†liking it!

also pictured: morning coffee in my dad’s favorite mug and baggu makeup bag in my favorite color (olive green).

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makeup for a minimalist: lately

makeup for a minimalist: glowy natural skin

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on this episode of makeup for a minimalist, i’m talking glowing skin. ¬†this is my go to regime when i want to have a little makeup on my face – maybe i’m going out or having a less-than-ideal¬†skin day.

glossier priming moisturizer: sometimes i just put this on my face without anything else. ¬†it evens out the skin nicely and is super light. ¬†it’s basically just a moisturizer, but i feel like it actually does a lil something. ¬†emphasis on “feel” cause it probably doesn’t do anything that a regular, plain old moisturizer doesn’t do ;).

glossier perfecting skin tint in light: when i need to even out my face a little extra bit. ¬†love this over the priming moisturizer as a) they were made to go together and b) they work together really nicely (duh). ¬†sooooo super light and you just rub it in like you would a moisturizer. ¬†totally disappears on the skin and i don’t need to set it or worry about creasing/patching up during the day. ¬†just gives me a little teensy bit of evening out.

nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla (light 2): my go to concealer.  a nice match for my skin tone and very full coverage but still creamy and blendable.  nothing else to say about this one!

maybelline fit me concealer in fair (15): a nice dupe for the nars concealer but with a lighter, more liquid-y formula.  nice when you need less coverage but still something.  really great purchase and amazing price.

bare minerals correcting concealer in light 1: i picked this up on a whim at sephora cause it’s really freakin’ cute. ¬†this sits kind of in the middle of the nars and the maybelline concealers. ¬†i like that it’s in a little pot and it does have a good coverage to it. ¬†kind of slippery on the skin. ¬†i don’t reach for this all the time but overall i’m glad that i purchased it. ¬†i think this would be nice under the eyes too, which i don’t really conceal cause i like the dark-circles-cause-i-like-to-stay-up-late look.

rms beauty living luminizer – i just got this and i really like it. ¬†i like it on the eyelids, in the corners of the eye to brighten, and/or on the cheeks and nose as a highlighter. ¬†it’s really really subtle so it’s a highlighter that even i like to wear. ¬†just be careful because it is all natural, so the consistency changes depending on the temperature. ¬†it will melt if it’s hot out.

bobbi brown full coverage face brush – this. thing. is. perfect. ¬†i don’t use it with the glossier skin tint (i just use my fingers for that) but i will use it if i’m wearing a heavier tinted moisturizer (laura mercier) and i always use it to blend/stipple in my concealer. ¬†it works sooo well with the nars and maybelline concealers and really covers blemishes without just wiping the product away. ¬†one day i had an epiphany and picked it up to buff in my concealer instead of using my fingers and i was like woaaahhhhh.

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makeup for a minimalist: glowy natural skin

makeup for a minimalist: shimmery summer eyes

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even a makeup minimalist like me likes a little shimmer sometimes, especially when i have a tan and the weather is warm.  here are my go to eye products when i want an easy, subtle shimmer look.

josie maran watercolor eyeshadow in rio de rose gold Рthis is such a beautiful product. it can be blended out to be more or less opaque depending on the look you want.  just work quickly as this sets almost instantly!  i also love the cooling effect when applied.

rms living luminizer Рi love this on my eyes!  it is a pearly white that disappears on the lids, leaving a hint of shimmer behind, as well a sort of wet effect.

laura mercier metallic creme eye color in gold – ok the packaging of these is ridiculously cute – like mini paint tubes! ¬†i love the color of this creme eyeshadow; it’s gold but not too gold. ¬†a little goes a looong way and, like the josie maran, this can be blended out to the desired effect.

laura mercier caviar stick eye color in amethyst – i wear this all year long¬†and the color is gorgeous. ¬†it’s a purple-y, taupe-y neutral that looks beautiful all over the lid and smudged in the lower lash line. ¬†i really want to get this in either the rose gold or moonlight shades for something really neutral.

no 7 stay perfect shade and define in cool mink – i have a few of these in various colors but cool mink is my favorite. it’s basically the laura mercier in amethyst, but with¬†a hint more brown. ¬†cool mink is a perfect way to describe this one.

mac all that glitters – another light golden shimmer with a little bit of pink running through. ¬†even though i like to wear cream eyeshadows in the summer months,¬†this shade can’t be left out!

urban decay primer potion in minor sin – this is a weird one because it is an eyeshadow/eyelid primer but it has a beautiful shimmer to it! ¬†it looks more full on when swatched, but when blended out i think it’s most comparable to the rms living luminizer in that there isn’t a real color, but it deposits a little bit of shimmer and leaves the lid looking natural. ¬†this is also what i put on under most of these shadows to make sure they stick around (when i remember…)

i apply all of these with their applicators or with my fingers, and then blend with clean fingers¬†or a¬†blending brush. i like the mac 217, sephora classic crease brush #73, and the bobbi brown eye blender brush (i use this one after i’ve already blended with another tool to make sure everything is really seamless).

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makeup for a minimalist: shimmery summer eyes