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?

travel tips // the makeup bag

when it comes to traveling, i find it’s always best to pack simply, whether it be your wardrobe, jewelry, makeup, etc.¬† it’s easy to say that “new city, new me” mantra and throw in those items that we own but never wear, but let’s face it, when we’re not at home we try to make ourselves feel as comfortable as possible.

my advice is to stick to what you know and love, and what works for you no matter the location or climate. ¬†of course it’s fun to toss in the bits that we don’t use on a daily basis, but we really aren’t any more likely to wear something out of town than we are in our own city (no matter how much we try to convince ourselves of this).

in terms of cosmetics, a great tip is to bring a makeup item in each category, so you have options but are still pared back. ¬†so here is my staples makeup bag – and staples don’t necessarily mean boring!IMG_4337.jpgface //

sample size mac strobe cream

nars radiant creamy concealer in creme brulee

bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium

physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer (the ultimate winter bronze)

nars blush in impassioned

eyes //

jane iredale eye shadow in cappucino

burberry eye shadow in pale barley

rms volumizing mascara

glossier boy brow in brown

lips //

nars velvet matte lip pencil in damned

nars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama

blistex medicated lip balm (you need this. period.)

tools //

mac 187 brush

sephora must have large powder brush

mac 217 brush

bobbi brown eyeliner brush

tarte eyelash curlers

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travel tips // the makeup bag

makeup for a minimalist: the brown shadows

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as i’m sure you could imagine, i love brown shadows. ¬†i feel they really suit my fair skin, brown hair, and brown eyes, and there’s no¬†makeup look¬†i love more than a simple but smudgy eye look. ¬†and don’t even get me started on how good a shimmery brown shadow looks with a good tan and freckles. ¬†oh summer, where are you?!

(moving clockwise from the far left)

urban decay naked basics 2 palette: i got the original naked basics palette and liked it, but didn’t feel like the colors suited me. ¬†and then urban decay came out with the basics 2, and it was love at first sight. ¬†the basics 2 is everything i wanted the first one to be and more. ¬†perfect for when you need something matte in the crease, something light all over, something dark all over…i could go on forever.

sonia kashuk eye couture matte palette (eye on neutral 02): an amazing dupe for the viseart matte palette! ¬†i love the shades in this; there is something for everyone and for every look. ¬†it’s such a great basic palette to have and i love the variety in the shades, from warm to cool tones, and a little bit of reddy browns thrown in as well.

tarte tartelette palette: i absolutely adore this palette. ¬†i’ve mentioned it before but i had to mention it again. ¬†if i had to purchase one matte palette, this would be it. ¬†the shades are gorgeous and the pigmentation is wonderful. ¬†i love the range of purples and pinks, but the brown shades really stand out for me.

nars duo in kalahari: a beautiful duo of taupe, goldeny browns. ¬†these don’t have the best pigmentation, but i still love the colors. ¬†they provide a nice, light wash of color with a hint of shimmer, while still remaining neutral. ¬†not the most amazing shadows, but i still wanted to include since the colors really are beautiful.

burberry wet and dry eyeshadow in pale barley: i spent a lot of time searching for the original sheer eyeshadow in pale barley before discovering that this line was discontinued. ¬†thankfully burberry released this shade in the new wet & dry formulation and i snapped it up as soon as i could! ¬†so beautiful, so perfect, so wonderful. ¬†it’s all i can say. ¬†i really treasure this one. ¬†it’s what i wanted the nars kalahari to be.

my mac quad: oh this little baby. ¬†i can proudly say this was my first mac purchase besides my brushes. ¬†i was always so intimidated by mac stores that i never wanted to go in, but after studying up via youtube and beauty blogs on the shades i wanted, i bit the beautiful and got my first quad. ¬†and let me tell you, it was not scary. ¬†don’t be intimidated like i was! ¬†anyways, the shades i have here are (moving clockwise from the top left)¬†patina, woodwinked,¬†all that glitters, and satin taupe.¬† gorgeous. ¬†i really wanted to add these classic shades to my collection before venturing out and i’m so glad that i started with these four. ¬†can’t wait to get more!

makeup for a minimalist: the brown shadows

makeup for a minimalist: last night’s face

IMG_2654i went out to dinner last night and wanted to wear a little bit of subtle makeup with my simple outfit of dark wash skinny jeans, oversized/flowy/sheer white sweater, and gladiator style sandals,¬†so here’s what i popped on:

glossier priming lotion

maybelline fit me concealer in fair (15)

nars laguna bronzer

burberry wet and dry eyeshadow in pale barley

elizabeth arden beautiful color precision glide eyeliner in java – smudged into upper lash line – this eyeliner is great for a really smudgy look

bare minerals flawless definition mascara in black – on the upper lashes only

christian dior creme de rose

simple but smudgy.  my favorite.

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makeup for a minimalist: last night’s face