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Three Organic Products for a Flawless Base

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I have been in the process of taking out the junk in my makeup routine.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all products and Urban Decay’s new Heat palette has been getting me hot under the collar! But I’ve come to the realisation that I’ve put my skin through a heck of a lot in the last few years. I have been looking around me for answers as to why my skin continues to be so bad without questioning the products I put on it every single day.

Recently I’ve been looking into natural and organic makeup alternatives to wear when I’m at home (which is half of the week) and I have to tell you, I’m a bit obsessed!

After playing around with a few samples to get my shades and formula right, I’m super excited to have a brand new foundation routine that I wear on the days I’m not working.

I think you might like them!

VAPOUR ATMOSPHERE SOFT FOCUS FOUNDATION

After I read a few descriptions and reviews I was super eager to try this foundation. It’s a liquid formula with medium to full coverage #winning. I find it is quite ‘glowy’ on my skin so I always pair it with the powder below, otherwise it has a tendency to separate a little on my chin, nose and forehead.

This product smells absolutely divine. It is herbal and luxurious – like I’ve walked straight into a day spa every time I put it on. I like to apply it with my hands (despite being a brush girl) and find that one pump will do my whole face.

Made with 70% organic ingredients and 30% natural pigments, it includes organic pumpkin, papaya. There’s also camellia to brighten, frankincense to soothe, lotus to calm and tulsi which has also been referred to as the ‘elixir of life’ in Ayurveda..

This foundation is on the pricey side so make sure you play around with some samples first to be sure you match your shade and like the finish.

LA MAV ANTI-AGEING MINERAL FOUNDATION SPF15

Because I love my full coverage, I knew I’d be looking for a powder to use in combination with a liquid. With a bit of research, I came across this baby from La Mav which promises to be an organic concealer, foundation, sunscreen and powder in one. I gave it a try in a sample first and then went back and bought it the following week.

You could absolutely use this on its own. As a mineral powder foundation, it’ll even out the skin tone, minimise imperfections and reduce excess shine. If, like me, you’re used to a flawless coverage you will fall in love with using this on top of the Vapour liquid foundation.

Anywhere that I feel like the liquid may be letting me down a little, this powder swoops in to blur and perfect it all.

I’ll admit, it took me a few goes (and a chat with my beauty therapist) to realise I was applying it wrong. I’m used to dusting a soft and gentle coat with a powder brush, but that wasn’t giving the flawless effect I was after with this product. She suggested I use a kabuki brush instead and I noticed a huge difference.

With vitamin C and rosehip oil, it doesn’t feel drying or mask-like. It lasts almost as long as my conventional powders but without all the fillers and nasty toxins.

AU NATURALE CRÈME CONCEALER

This is the most recent addition to my routine because I was loving applying my foundation and powder but felt like I was letting them down when I went in with a conventional concealer. These beautiful, non-toxic formulas needed another friend so I decided to give Au Naturale a go after a recommendation from Depths of Beauty.

I was mostly drawn to it because, again, it promises decent coverage but it can also be used for blemishes and under the eyes. I’m a bit lazy and preferred the simplicity of this little pot.

While I’ve only had it for under a week, I’m definitely impressed with it.

It’s highly pigmented and easy to blend. It has very little scent so I think it would be great for sensitive skins, especially if you react to highly fragranced products.

These three gems have got me well and truly excited to do my makeup each morning. They work in harmony together and I’m not left worrying about coverage throughout the day.

Not only am I feeling good about what I’m putting on my skin, it also feels good to put my dollar behind a brand that’s making a difference in the beauty world. All three companies are walking their talk when it comes to ethical, organic/natural products and that’s something I think we can all get behind!

Have you got a favourite organic brand? Let me know where you shop in the comments!

 

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Rachel Hodgens

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