Previous How Hippie posts:
This one discusses my experiencing switching to baking soda and apple cider vinegar for hair washing, making homemade deodorant and toothpaste, and using the oil cleansing method.
This one discusses going soap-free, my recipe for magical Sweet Orange and Jojoba Hair Oil, and tallow for skin care.
In my last How Hippie post, the topic of natural makeup speckled the comment sections. Many of you said you are switching to natural and organic brands of makeup. One reader recommended Jane Iredale makeup stating,
“[it's] probably not as natural as wearing NO makeup but that’s never going to happen for me.”
Bless your heart, my kindred spirit! I’m never going to go makeup-free, so I’m excited that we can collaborate to find the most natural solution to coddle our self-confidence and vanity!
Lauren’s Picks: Natural Makeup
Although my skin is improving (thanks to these 7 secrets which cured my acne without chemicals), I still deal with oily skin. Further, I expect my makeup to last through an uber sweaty ballet class without smudging. So staying-power is high on the list in my search for natural makeup. Additionally, my rather skimpy budget demands affordable products.
With that said, I just want to start with this disclaimer: I know the following products are not a perfectly natural solution. But what counts for me is that I can feel confident while minimizing the chemicals in my life.
Everyday Minerals Concealer. Dark circles? What dark circles? Plus, it doesn’t settle into fine lines and covers acne scars. It does require a touch-up during a long or sweaty day.
Reviva Labs Mascara. No joke… it’s less than $6.00 at that Vitacost link! Completely sweat-proof and relatively tear-proof. You can find it on Amazon, but it’s more expensive. Get $10 for Vitacost through my referral link here.
Honeybee Gardens Eyeliner. It’s a lovely texture, but works best when you want soft, smudgy definition rather than a sharp line.
Charcoal for eyeliner. I’m discussing another beauty use for charcoal below. I tried lightly wetting and eyeliner brush and using the activated charcoal powder for an eyeliner. It created a beautiful, hazy eyeliner but smeared after a couple of hours. This will probably work if you don’t have oily eyelids.
Alba Botanica lip tint in Bloom. This tinted lip balm boasts a soft, flattering color and slight minty smell.
For makeup brushes, I like EcoTools sets. You can find them in most drugstores, and the price tag will make you grin.
Review: Activated Charcoal for Teeth Whitening
Heather shared her natural teeth whitening secret over at The Healthy Home Economist. Immediately, I ordered some activated charcoal capsules on Vitacost. For the past few weeks, I’ve been using 1 capsule morning and night per her directions.
Results? I’m actually not impressed. I know many folks have seen a drastic whitening change, but not me. I felt like it was a waste of time, but not a waste of money since it was so inexpensive. Have you tried this natural method for teeth whitening? Have you seen better results?
Fellow Hippies, what do I try next?
I’m all about being adventurous when it comes to eliminating chemicals in my life and transitioning to a sustainable lifestyle. What are the hippie changes that you are making in your life? What should I try next?
Photos: from SXC