It’s less than two weeks into October and I just ran out of a few staples, so this month’s empties post is here early! I use two of these products about five times a day and pretty much buy them in bulk. The other two have been my shower staples for months and I’m taking a break from one for now and retiring the other for good.
It may rarely dip below 80 degrees here in South Florida, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited about fall! Fall has always been my favorite season, and not just because it includes my favorite holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving), my birthday (November 22, Scorpio and Sagittarius here), and the buildup to Christmas (I know, too soon. Sorry!). I love the clothes, the weather, the colors–all of it. Many people say they feel like things start new in the spring, but for me, it’s always been the fall. I feel refreshed, excited, and ready to take on new challenges.
Get that Glow!
With my love for fall fully out on the table, I still have to admit that not much beats a signature summer glow. Below is how I got this look in just 6 easy steps and using all clean and nontoxic beauty products:
First, I primed my skin with Skin Owl’s vegan and gluten-free Beauty Whip featuring their new star ingredient: Maqui Berry. This mask, primer and moisturizer also features organic olive and jojoba oils, hydrating hyaluronic acid, rosehip seed oil, vitamin E, and roobis, green and white tea leaf extracts, to name a few awesome ingredients. At the suggestion of the brand, I keep it in the refrigerator and it feels AH-MAZING to apply first thing before my makeup.
Second, I applied a thick layer of my favorite lip product, Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Balm.
Third, I used Kjaer Weis foundation in Paper Thin and Like Porcelain to spot conceal and buff out around my chin, nose, forehead and eye areas. I’ve been loving this foundation lately and it goes on so smoothly especially with a nice moisturizer and/or hydrating primer beforehand.
Next, I used RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in Spell (probably my signature color right now) on my cheeks, lips and bridge of my nose for that dewy, natural, sun-kissed look.
Then, I used Lily Lolo’s Brow Duo Pencil in Medium (the brown shade) to very subtly line my upper lash line and fill in some sparse areas of my brows.
Finally, I curled my lashes and added a couple of light coats of Kjaer Weis Mascara in Black.
Done! When going for a dewy makeup look, I usually forego setting powder (and powders of any kind, actually, except eyeshadow). Natural makeup can tend to wear off a little quicker than conventional products, but that doesn’t mean your look has to fade. Stash the cute glass RMS Lip2Cheek pot and some blotting papers (like these!) in your bag and you’re good to go for retouches.
Beauty Items I’m Craving for Fall
If you caught my Instagram post yesterday, you know that I have quite a little stockpile of clean beauty products to give away to my little sister. There are some products I try and then eventually toss because the quality just isn’t there and I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving them to friends or family. There are so many other products that I try and really like or even love, but they just don’t quite work for my skin tone or texture, I’m not crazy about the scent, or I already have similar products that I prefer. In those cases, I love to share and will usually hand products out to whoever will take them.
Anyway, after weeding through my makeup and skincare collection a bit, I’m ready to invest in some new beauty stuff. Here’s what I’ve got my eye on for fall!
1. Kosas Weightless Lip Colors: I’ve been watching this brand for a couple of months and am dying to try their beautiful lip colors. My favorites from swatches I’ve seen are Rosewater, Royal and Electra.
Kosas also just released these Color and Light cheek color duos today and I want ALL OF THEM!! My faves right now are these four:
2. It may soon be turtleneck and scarf season for many of you, but I’ve basically got summer year-round here. This Skin Owl Neck + Concentrate has gotten rave reviews and recommendations from green and conventional beauty bosses alike and I am ready for it! I’m starting to get a few small lines on my neck and chest and wouldn’t be sad to see them go.
3. Hynt Beauty Suite Eye Palettes in Sweet Tuxedo and Sweet Ballet: Hynt is one of the brands I’ve only tried a couple of things from so far, and I am ready to try more! The Sweet Tuxedo palette looks like my favorite but I couldn’t leave out Sweet Ballet either; I have a huge soft spot for anything purple/plum.
4. Hynt Lumiere Radiance Boosting Powder: I have heard SO MANY good things about this luminous finishing powder. It’s definitely on my short list!
5. Inika Organic Certified Organic BB Cream, Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, and Vegan Fan Brush: I want to try pretty much everything from this chic Australian organic beauty brand! These three are at the top of my list right now.
6. Bangs!! I just saw a meme about girls wanting bangs in the fall, and I had no idea that was a thing. If it is, it’s definitely hit me HARD this year. I’ve been wanting bangs so badly lately and am loving them on everyone I see. I’m especially into these modern cool-girl long and parted bangs…I wonder if they will work with a side part like mine? I still can’t decide if I should just go for it or wait and see if they’re really just a side effect of “fall fever,” haha. One thing’s for sure, my desire for bangs right now will never be strong enough to tempt me to cut them myself again–I learned that lesson the hard way (and unfortunately more times than I’d like to admit).
That’s it for my End of Summer Issue! I hope you enjoyed it and as always, I love to chat with you guys on Instagram (@xo_edie) and in the comments below. What beauty items are you craving for fall? Have you tried any of the things I have my eye on? Let me know!
Confession: I’ve never really liked sweet potatoes. Regular potatoes, though, used to be one of my favorite foods and I miss french fries and potato chips more than anything. (Ok, maybe I miss queso the most. And cupcakes. And pizza. You get the idea, I miss pretty much all junk food.)
The good news is that I finally found a totally AIP/Paleo/Whole 30 recipe for sweet potatoes that I actually love! Reminiscent of junk-food, but actually healthy, nutritious, unprocessed and allergy-friendly. My biggest tip for those who aren’t big on traditional sweet potatoes is to use white sweet potatoes (I like the organic Hannah variety). This method is by far the best, easiest, most consistent and and tastiest way I’ve been able to cook these guys. And believe me, I’ve tried to cook them many different ways, haha. I’ve been making these at least once a week lately, and they totally help curb my french fry/potato chip cravings! Huge shout-out and thanks to Carly from Frolic and Flow for sharing this recipe with me on Instagram.
1. Preheat oven to 400°
2. Wash sweet potatoes thoroughly (I like to use a little scrub brush like this one to get them really clean)
3. Cut horizontally into thin rounds (I use a mandoline slicer so that all slices are equal and will cook evenly. I also have horrible knife skills so using this is usually safer than a knife.)
4. In a large bowl, toss sweet potato slices with avocado oil and sea salt
5. Line a cookie/baking sheet with parchment paper, and arrange the slices in a single layer (they’ll stick to aluminum foil and be a mess, FYI)
6. Bake for about 10-15 mins, then remove and flip each slice over
7. Continue baking for another 10ish minutes, checking to make sure that they don’t turn too brown or black on edges (although the burnt ones still taste pretty good and are definitely more potato chip texture!)
8. Remove and enjoy! Add a little extra salt if desired and serve with a veggie and protein bowl, some guacamole, or just as a snack!
Let me know if any of you try these and what you think! XO
Hey guys! I was recently asked by the founder of Sagekat to collaborate with them on an article for their new site. After discussing some ideas, we settled on an easy, pretty, one brand daytime look featuring Lily Lolo. I think this look is perfect for summer and I hope you like it!
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Let me know what you think!
I have been a fan of RMS Beauty for a couple of years now. They have really lovely products that all have super clean and nontoxic ingredients. They just came out with their first makeup palettes, called Signature Sets, and are available in Mod Collection (warm peach and brown tones) and Pop Collection (cool pink and red tones). Both palettes contain a balm, two of RMS’s popular Lip2Cheek tints as well as two of the brand’s cult favorite highlighters/luminizers.
I chose the warm-toned Mod Collection, which features a cocoa balm, Master Mixer and Living Luminizer highlighters, and Lip2Cheek tints in Smile (coral) and Spell (neutral rose/brown).
Overall, I really like this palette and all of the products in it. I love the Spell Lip2Cheek so much for a natural look on both lips and cheeks. It is so flattering and one of my favorite colors. I love a good coral cream blush and Smile is just right for a bright peachy tint. The highlighters are pretty subtle but leave a lovely glow and are a great consistency. Very smooth and silky but not slippery or overly silicone-y feeling if that makes sense?
I think this product is a 9/10 for portability, color selection and product variability. I like that you kind of maybe just need mascara or eyeliner and can go! There is no scent of flavor to the products except for a very slight cocoa scent to the balm. If you have been wanting to try RMS’s hilighters like I have, this is a great way to get more than one for a good price and in an adorable and functional package. On their own, each product isn’t necessarily remarkable, but this collection is cute and fun for sure. The package isn’t as air tight as the screw cap glass jars that they are sold in individually, but there is significantly less product in this palette which isn’t meant to last as long as the full sizes. Considering that each individual product costs $36-$38 and this set sells for $44, I think it’s a great deal as well!
In the picture below, I am wearing this palette on my lips, cheeks, and eyes! I have Smile on my lips, Smile and Spell blended on my cheeks, Master Mixer under my eyebrows and inner corners of my eyes, and the Living Luminizer down my nose and Cupid’s bow.
Let me know if any of you have tried RMS products and if so, what are your faves?
I’ve got to be honest, contouring kind of intimidates me. I’ve never known quite what to do with it, what brush(es) to use, or how much to apply. And probably the hardest part is getting the right shade for my skin tone. Luckily for me, highlight/contouring face charts and tutorials seem to be everywhere these days and many companies make products now that make the process seem much easier. A highlight/contour duo is hardly a new idea, but I have only seen a few good options in the clean beauty industry so far. The first one I tried is the Lily Lolo Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo.
Lily Lolo is a London-based mineral cosmetics brand that makes beautiful and high performing products that are free from parabens, harsh chemicals, synthetic dyes, fillers, and contain no nano-particles. They are also cruelty-free and 90% vegan. I have been very impressed by this brand so far!
Here is the product info for the Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo according to Lily Lolo’s website:
Product Description: Meet the totally foolproof trick to glowing skin, enviable contours and sky-high cheekbones. Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo gives nature a helping hand, creating a flawless, beautifully defined and contoured canvas and casting your features in their best light. The skin-flattering bronzer makes for effortless contouring and comes in our easy-to-use, natural pressed formula. The light-reflecting highlighter can be used sparingly for a subtle, fresh daytime glow or intensified for a luminous, killer evening look. Long-lasting, skin-loving wear thanks to anti-ageing Argan oil and marine extract. Plus it’s fragrance and talc free, gluten-free and vegan.
Ingredients: MICA, OCTYLDODECANOL, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) SEED OIL, CANDELILLA CERA, TOCOPHEROL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, POLYGLYCERYL-2 SOSTEARATE/DIMER DILINOLEATE COPOLYMER, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL. LEPTOSPERMUM SCOPARIUM (MANUKA) OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ERYNGIUM MARITIMUM CALLUS CULTURE FILTRATE, [+/- CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDE]
Overall, I would personally rate this highlight/contour duo a 6/10. I really like the ingredients and brand ethos. I love the packaging and size. The powders are not chalky or drying at all and feel very lightweight on the skin. The contour shade is a little difficult to blend or buff out if you accidentally use too much product, so I suggest starting with a very small amount on your brush, tapping off any excess, and only adding more in small amounts if needed.
If this was labeled as a bronzer rather than a contouring duo, I would probably give it an 8/10. My main problem with this product, though, is that the darker shade is too rich and warm to be a good true contour shade on most fair and light skin tones. As I mentioned above, I’m hardly a contouring expert, but I have found that the best shades to really try to define your face with mimic actual shadows that would be cast by your features. It is also important that a true contour be completely matte. Taupe shades work best on my skin tone to actually add definition to my cheekbones, jawline and nose. The contour shade in this duo is just too bronze for me. It doesn’t have any noticeable shimmer to it, but I don’t think it reads totally matte on my skin either.
Here are the shades swatched on my arm:
Below I am wearing only tinted moisturizer, mascara, and the Lily Lolo Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo on my face:
I do think that this duo gives a nice overall glow to my face. (I apparently had some trouble blending by my hairline and only caught it after looking at the pics, haha). If you look at the color of the shadow in the hollows of my collarbone, though, you will see that it is a noticeably different color than what is on/under my cheeks. When using this contour to try to define my features, I found that it was just too warm and ended up leaving a bit of a bronze/orange tint to my face that wasn’t the look I wanted. I prefer to use a contour shade that is more of a taupe/almost slightly grey color that I honestly haven’t been able to find in a clean/nontoxic formula yet. I think that this will be a nice bronzer for my skin especially in the summer when I have a little more of a tan. And though I usually prefer more pearlized and silver undertones for highlighters, this golden shimmer highlight is really pretty. I think that both shades would look beautiful as eyeshadows on every skin tone.
For medium and tan skin tones, this might be a good contouring option. For fair and light skin tones like mine, though, it is just a nice warm bronzer and a pretty golden shimmer highlight. Lily Lolo makes some of my favorite clean and nontoxic makeup so far (their eye palettes are to die for!), but this duo isn’t at the top of that list. I do think that it is a lovely and safe formula with great texture and feels good on the skin. If you’re looking for a good nontoxic bronzer, I would suggest trying this product! If you have fair or light skin though and want a true contour shade, this probably isn’t what you are looking for.
What are some of your favorite ways to define your features? Do you have any highlight/contouring tips or tricks? Let me know in the comments below!