Product Review: Organic Wear Natural Origin Loose Powder

Organic wear™ 100% Natural Origin Loose Powder – $10.50 on Amazon

Hello there lovelies! Last week we shared some top picks for primer, and today we wanted to share a review of one of our favorite and budget friendly loose powders—Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Natural Origin Loose Powder! Yes we know it’s been out for a long time, but it’s always good to bring back the oldies (but goodies). Loose powder is clutch for setting your makeup and keeping oil at bay during the summer. But many powders contain nasty ingredients, so choose wisely. We love this powder for it’s natural ingredients, affordability, coverage, and mattifying look. The translucent light is perfect for fair skin tones, giving your skin a matte look while hiding redness and imperfections. It does a decent job of keeping oil at bay, but depending on your skin’s oil levels you probably will need an afternoon touch up. You get a ton of product for just $10.50 on Amazon, or $13.95 in most stores. This one bottle will last you all year—no joke. The brush leaves something to be desired. It’s pretty coarse, but that is a common complaint amongst most reviewers. The little mirror is more useful for checking your eye makeup or covering a pimple versus applying your foundation. If you want a safe (EWG rating of only 2) and effective loose powder pick this stuff up (use your own brush) and you will not be disappointed! Have you tried this loose powder? What did you think?

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Picking The Perfect Primer

Summer weather and long days call for long lasting makeup. One of the keys to keeping oil and shine at bay and your makeup in place is using a primer underneath your foundation. Today we wanted to share some of our top picks for natural makeup primers.

Earth Angels Minerals Original Butter Cream Skin Balancer – This mineral powder is vegan and gluten free, and helps to correct imperfections, redness, and dark circles. It works great to balance out skin or as a shadow primer. Available on Etsy from Earth Angel Minerals in a 20g sifter jar for $17.99.

Butter Cream Skin Balancer & Eyelid Primer from Earth Angel Minerals – $17.99 on Etsy.

Forget-Me-Not Pure and Natural Mineral Primer – The perfect way to start your makeup routine! This primer by Willow Tree Minerals eliminates shine, reduces pores, and keeps makeup in place all day. Available for $15.95 on Etsy.

Forget-Me-Not – Pure and Natural Mineral Primer by Willow Tree Minerals – $15.95 on Etsy.

Fixit 100% All Natural, Vegan Eye Primer and Mixing Medium – The perfect product for making gel eyeliner with your favorite powder or keeping eye makeup in place! This primer and mixing medium by Addictive Cosmetics is available on Etsy for just $6.99!

Fixit 100% All Natural, Vegan Eye Primer and Mixing Medium by Addictive Cosmetics – $6.99 on Etsy.

Vegan Foundation Primer – We love The All Natural Face, and this primer is no exception. Using natural and safe ingredients it smooths and balances your skin out for the perfect application every time! Available fro $11.99 on Etsy.

Foundation Primer from The All Natural Face – $11.99 on Etsy.

What is your favorite primer?

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Summertime Eye Makeup Tips

Picture of Mona Johannesson from Listal

Hello there ladies! Are you as excited for summer as we are at Y&L? What’s not to love about warm weather, backyard BBQ’s, and relaxing days at the pool? Well nothing except for makeup that melts, smears, and just doesn’t stay put… Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with a few tricks that will keep your eye makeup in place even in the hot summer sun! Oh and be sure to tune in next week when we share some tips for keeping your concealer and foundation set!

So some of the major makeup issues during the summer include: melting eye makeup, greasy lids, and concealer that collects in your creases.

To Combat Greasy Lids:

  • Apply a primer. We love this affordable Magic Vegan Eye Shadow Primer by The All Natural Face (just $7/bottle).
  • Apply eye shadow or finishing powder. After you apply a primer, if you have particularly greasy lids or it’s a humid day add some double insurance and apply a shadow or finishing powder, this helps to set the product. You can go with a nude option, or your favorite color. We love the Pure and Natural Tinted Finishing Veil by Willow Tree Minerals on Etsy (just $13.95)

For Under Eye Concealer That Stays Put:

  • Make sure you moisturize first and let it dry. To keep your concealer from looking cakey you always want to apply moisturizer to your eyes, and give it time to dry.
  • Apply a generous amount of creamy under eye concealer. Using a concealer brush and a cream concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation apply the concealer under your eyes. Start at the inner corner of your eye up towards where the inner brow starts. Continue by making a half moon shape following the lower lash line all the way to the outer corner of the eye. Blend the concealer using your finger tips. We love Erzulie Mineral Erase Cream in Light/Medium Light (just $8.50/pot).
  • Set the concealer with a mineral powder concealer. To keep the concealer in place it’s best to set it with a generous amount of concealing mineral powder. Our favorite is Pure and Natural Mineral Concealer in Beauty Sleep from Willow Tree Minerals ($10/pot). This product has just the right amount of light reflecting minerals to hide under eye circles! Press the powder into the concealer starting at the inner corner and brush across the under eye area, sweeping off any extra.

For Eye Liner That Doesn’t Melt:

  • Start with a pencil. After you’ve primed and applied shadow it’s time to apply liner. When you want eyeliner that lasts you need to apply a few layers of product. It’s best to start with a pencil along your upper lash line (and bottom lashes too if you wear it there). We love Jane Iredale’s Eye Pencil in Black ($11 per stick). Just make sure you let the pencil set for a little bit.
  • Apply a liquid liner next. After you’ve applied the pencil, trace your line with a liquid liner and allow it to dry. We love ZuZu Luxe’s Liquid Liner in Raven ($14 a bottle).
  • Set your liner with a shadow in the same shade. Using an eyeliner brush dip it into a shadow or powder eyeliner the same shade as your liquid or pencil. Lightly dab it onto your eyeliner line. DO NOT DRAG IT ALONG THE LINE. Just dab and press, moving along your lashes. This helps to set the product. We love Pure and Natural Mineral Eye Liner in Charcoal Crush by Willow Tree Minerals on Etsy (just $5.95).

What tips and tricks do you have for keeping your eye makeup in place during the summer months?

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Get Perfect Lashes with Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara – $10 from Target

Hello there lovelies! Are you ready for some backyard barbecuing this weekend? We are! But first we wanted to share a great beauty find with you! Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara is the perfect lash enhancer for any eco-friendly girl! It’s made from all natural ingredients, is never tested on animals, and would only be rated a 1 or 2 on the Environmental Working Group’s Skindeep Cosmetic Database!

We love this mascara because it contains 100% natural fibers to help you achieve a subtle false lash effect and leave all the flaky stuff behind. Now be warned this isn’t like an intense false lash look, but more of a natural false lash look (see the box). It even comes packaged in a cute pink leaf-shaped tube with a recyclable brush! Physician’s Formula promises 24 hour wear, and we would agree that it lasts mostly the whole day, which is perfect for a girl on the go. We didn’t have any issues with smudging or smearing, but you need to give it some extra time to dry. And with most mascaras, if you want a truly dramatic effect it’s best to curl your lashes and apply several coats (probably two). Some users really weren’t huge fans of this mascara, but we would give it a solid 4/5 stars.

You can easily pick up this Fake Out Mascara at most drugstores (CVS, Walgreens, Riteaid), at Target, Walmart, or online for under $10! We really want to try out Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara next. Have you tried either? What did you think?

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Get Sun, Not Wrinkles: Our Favorite Natural Sunscreens!

It’s that time of year when you are dying to get a tan and hit the beach. But don’t even think about going out without sunscreen. I don’t know if you remember back to earlier this year but a few of our stylists sat down for an interview… and both of them stressed how important it is to wear sunscreen. Yes you want glowing skin… but no, we don’t think you want dry wrinkly skin or skin cancer for that matter! You can still get a tan while wearing protection, you’ll just save your face years of aging 🙂

When picking a sunscreen it’s important to read the ingredients and try to choose something safer and more natural. If you are avoiding skin cancer why would you want to expose yourself to other chemicals that can hurt you … seems to defeat the purpose to us! So we’ve got a few of our favorite natural and safe sun protection for your face and body!

Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen SPF 20 – This is a great sunscreen for your face! It’s hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and won’t clog your pores! It has a nice subtle vanilla smell to it too! Normally priced around $10.99/tube, you can snag two tubes for $15.75 on Amazon (yay Amazon!). When you are looking for a facial sunscreen always get at least SPF 15, and you won’t really need more than SPF 30.

Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen Facial Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – $15.75 for a 2-pack on Amazon.

Jason Mineral Natural Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – A great sunscreen for the rest of your skin, this product is also fragrance free and perfect for sensitive skin. It’s got a light scent of chamomile and calendula and sells for about $12.49/bottle.

Jason Mineral Natural Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – $12.49/bottle available at most health food stores or on Amazon.

Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunblock SPF 30 – We really love Alba products! And this sunscreen is no exception. It is fragrance free just like the facial sunscreen and is available on Amazon for only $9.49/bottle!

Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunblock SPF 30 – $9.49 on Amazon

What is your favorite sunscreen?

 

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Rock Lead-Free Lipstick This Summer!

Lipstick

Lipstick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here at Y&L we always try to share safe and beautiful products with you! Today we wanted to talk about our favorite lipsticks for this summer, which happen to be lead free! You would be shocked at the number of lipsticks that contain significant amounts of lead. Maybelline Color Sensational is the top offender with over 7 ppm of lead! Even Burt’s Bee’s Lip Shimmer made Mother Jone’s Top 20 Worst Offender List! Definitely an article worth taking a look at.

But fret not, you can still rock a colorful pout this summer, sans lead. We’ve picked a few of our favorite brands, some of which are handmade with love and sold on Etsy, and others you can find at your local natural food store or online.

For a great moisturizing lipstick, we love this shade of peachy papaya lipstick from Etherealle on Etsy (only $9.95).

Vegan Mineral Lipstick (Papaya) – $9.95 from Etherealle on Etsy.

What’s to love about this lipstick besides its fantastic color and stellar price? Well it’s:

  • Handmade with natural ingredients
  • Petrolatum & Mineral Oil free
  • Paraben free
  • Cruelty free
  • 100% Vegan – {beeswax, lanolin, & carmine free}

We are also big fans of Jane Iredale products. Her Puremoist LipColour in Carrie is the perfect shade of red! It provides your lips tons of moisture and protection too! You can pick up a tube for $20. While this is a little pricier, keep an eye out for Pharmaca coupons (usually $10 off $50) and you can snag a tube for 20% off online or in stores!

PureMoist™ LipColour Carrie – $20 from Jane Iredale

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3 Ways to Wear Hair Accessories To Work!

Happy Friday you guys! We hope your week was beautiful (and if it wasn’t you can always stop in to Y&L and we can change that for you)! Today we wanted to share some great (but simple) updos and ways to rock hair accessories like scarves in flowers at work! We hope you enjoy 🙂

Flower Hair Accessories – We love this look featured in the Washingtonian. It is so classy and simple. Just toss your hair up into a messy high bun, secure with bobby pins, and add a chic flower just off to the side. Absolutely perfect.

Image from the Washingtonian What I Wear To Work Series.

Bows! – Bows aren’t just for little girls! We love the reverse braid and bun combo! If you need instructions (with pictures) for creating the updo just click here.

Image from Puppy Club

Scarfs: The Summer Edition – We love head scarves, and this link will show you three fabulous ways to wear a scarf this summer. We think all three looks are perfect for a summer BBQ or the office!

Image from The Shine Project.

Which is your favorite accessory to rock at the office?

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3 Natural Nail Care Recipes

Manicure

Manicure (Photo credit: trec_lit)

Happy Friday Ladies (and Gentlemen)! We hope your week was beautiful, and if it wasn’t then perhaps trying out these recipes this weekend will send it back in the right direction! Many of the products that nail salons use are effective but full of nasty chemicals. What’s a girl to do? Abandon all nail care? We think that isn’t really an option. Instead try out these simple, natural DIY recipes to give yourself a manicure at home.

Follow it up with some eco-friendly ZOYA polish and your hands will be good to go! So here are the recipes 🙂

Natural Cuticle Softener

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – yup that’s all you need. Soak your nails in undiluted apple cider vinegar for a few minutes and then clean up the cuticle bed with a nail pusher. Don’t like the smell of apple cider vinegar? Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil… or just follow this up with a delicious smelling hand scrub!

Natural Nail Strengthening Soak

  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbs honey

Just mix the ingredients in a small bowl and soak your nails in it for 10-15 minutes. Follow up with cuticle oil. We love using apricot or almond oil as cuticle oil!

Natural Apricot Hand Scrub

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbs lemon juice

     

  • 2 tbs apricot oil

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and then massage into your hands! Rinse with warm water and dry with a clean towel! Try not to eat this delicious scrub!

Have you ever given yourself a complete manicure at home? Or do you usually just head to the salon?

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Nourish Your Locks With UNITE’s 7 SECONDS Leave-In Conditioner

UNITE 7SECONDS Conditioner – Leave-In Conditioner & Detangler

Every girl needs a good leave-in conditioner to recharge and nourish her hair, especially in the summertime! UNITE’s 7SECONDS Conditioner locks in hair color, detangles tresses, and provides UV and heat protection. Besides its many purposes, another reason to love UNITE’s 7SECOND Conditioner is they have made a promise to never test on animals! This leave-in conditioning spray moisturizes without weighing your hair down and smells perfectly fresh and clean.

To use UNITE’s 7SECOND Conditioner: shampoo and condition normally and towel dry your hair. Spray 4-6 times moving from the ends of your hair up towards the roots. Brush the conditioner through your hair and style your hair as usual.

You can pick up a bottle of this amazing leave-in spray at many eco-friendly salons or online through Amazon for about $26/bottle. While that might sound like a lot, a little goes a long way and the bottle lasts for many months! What is your favorite leave-in conditioning spray?

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Product Review: Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar

Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar in Tin - Image by Jackie Blizzard

LUSH Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar in Tin – Image by Jackie Blizzard

Happy Friday everybody! We hope your week was beautiful! Two weeks ago we reviewed LUSH’s Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar, a traveling girl’s best friend. It’s a great shampoo for normal hair, but what if your locks need a little more love? We’d recommend going with LUSH”s Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar then. It has jasmine for a divine scent and shea butter to give your hair a moisturizing boost.

We tested this shampoo bar out on our last adventure and it was awesome! Simply rub the bar between your hands while you are in the shower to create a lather. Then apply the suds to your hair and shampoo as normal. If your hair is on the drier side follow up with conditioner, but if your hair is more oily, the Godiva bar provides plenty of moisture! To care for your solid shampoo bar leave the lid off and let it dry for a few hours. Then put the tin lid back on and it’s ready to go! We had no issues with leaky shampoo using this method!

So have you given thought to switching to solid shampoo? If not, what is holding you back?!!!

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