October 7, 2014

Beauty Routine | Updated Edition

Beauty Routine :: Ribbons Down My Back

It's been eight months since I last shared what beauty products I use on a regular bases, so I though it was time for an update. I've changed about half the products I use since then, so there's a lot of new stuff. Most of the changes were because I found a more natural and/or affordable product that I liked.
Beauty Routine :: Ribbons Down My Back

Uncle Harry's Lavender Shampoo - $5 for 8 fl oz
For some reason my hair need to change shampoos ever few months, otherwise it get's this really funky smell. I have no clue what causes it, as I'll be using the same shampoo, but all of the sudden it will start to smell bad. I've changed shampoos a few times since January, but this new one is my all time favorite.

My latest shampoo switch is from Uncle Harry's, one of my new favorite natural brands. They have a store in Redmond, WA that I want to visit next time I'm in the area. It has one of the most natural and shortest ingredient lists I've ever seen in a shampoo and I've been really happy with how it cleans my hair. Plus it's really affordable. It has a bit of a tea tree smell, which I personally don't mind. I bought mine at a local natural health store, but they sell it online as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar as Conditioner
The same stuff I was using in my last beauty products post. It's cheap, works well, and I always have it on hand. I put mine in a spray bottle to make it easy to mist on my hair in the shower.

Beauty Routine :: Ribbons Down My Back

Trader Joe's Oatmeal and Honey Bar Soap - $3 (I think) for 2 bars
I've been using this soap for years and am still a fan of it. It's really affordable, which I love.

Alaffia Good Soap, a Whole Foods exclusive - $2.50 each or 3/$6
Decided to give this soap a go when I saw it at Whole Foods. I can't remember which scent I got (it's the tan/light brown one), but it smells lovely. It has shea butter, which is really good and moisturizing for the skin!

Crystal Deodorant - $7
Until recently, I haven't had a need for deodorant. When I started to need it, I picked up a Tom's one, which I disliked. I guess it worked okay, but it was sticky and uncomfortable and expensive. After doing a lot of research for a natural deodorant that 1) worked 2) had natural ingredients that I approved of and 3) was affordable, I discovered crystal. All it is is natural mineral salts. That's all. And it works! It's not sticky, I feel great after I put it on, and I don't seem to have any odor issues. The best part is that it lasts approximately a year; talk about a bargain! I bought mine at a local natural health store, but Fred Meyer and a lot of other places sell it as well (usually in the natural section).

Uncle Harry's Peppermint Toothpaste - $6 for 3 oz jar
This is the product that introduced me to Uncle Harry's and I fell in love with it long before I ever purchased a jar. It seemed like even all the natural toothpastes I'd found had at least a few ingredients that I wasn't a fan of, but his one is filled with lots of ingredients that are good for your teeth. Bentonite clay, collodial silver water, and several essential oils are most of the awesome stuff inside the jar.

If you're used to regular or even regular toothpaste, this might be a bit hard for to transition to. First off, it's a thick paste. Kinda like a mud consistency. Second, some of the essential oils (mainly the oregano) are strong, especially if you get a lot on your tongue. But it's worth it in my option, as my teeth feel better and cleaner using it. I bought mine at Whole Foods.

Beauty Routine :: Ribbons Down My Back

Homemade Foundation - about $2
My makeup style is super simple and natural, so a really shear foundation is what I like. Making my own with a base of arrowroot and cocoa power works well for me. It tones down the redness and evens the tone just a tad, keeps me from looking shiny, and my face is less greasy through out the day.

Organic Wear Physicians Formula Lash Boosting Mascara - $10
Although I'm still on the look for the perfect natural mascara, this one works pretty well for me. I bought mine at Fred Meyer when I needed a new mascara for an event we were going to and decided to give it a go. It coats well and I haven't had any big issues with it running during the day, although it smudges occasionally. It doesn't make my eyes hurt like past mascaras, which is a big plus. My mom bought some to try and it got runny on her. From the research I've done, it seems to be very hit or miss with people. For now it works for me, though.

I'm still on the hunt for a natural blush that looks good and lasts. I've currently been using ColorEvolution's blush, which I'm not a big fan of, but it works. I want to try the blush from ZuZu Luxe, as I real liked it when I swatched it at the store, but the price ($21.50) has been what's keeping me a way.

I'm still using ColorEvolution eyeshadow, as I really like them. Mine are from Fred Meyer and are $7 each, although they fairly often have a "buy one get one 1/2" coupon. I have the colors Barely There, which is a off-white color and Copper, which is a copper-y brown. Recently I got a Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow, which I really like texture and pigmentation of as well.


What does your beauty routine look like? Do you have any favorite natural products?


  1. This was a fun post to read! My family really tries to use natural things too, and I've experimented with using apple cider vinegar as a conditioner before. I don't wear makeup all the time, but my favorite natural products have been my lip gloss from Burt's Bees in Summer Twilight. I have also ordered some things from the online company, Cowgirl Dirt, and love their eyeshadows and the lipstick I got. That is really interesting that you make your own foundation using those simple things! I should try it!

    1. Fun to know you're another natural living girl too, Bethany! I've heard many good things about Cowgirl Dirt, but have yet to try them out for myself. There lipsticks sound really nice. If you don't mind a sheer foundation, I highly recommended trying making your own! It's so easy and when I run out I typically already have all the ingredients in the house to make it. :)


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