natural beauty

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Clockwise: Glossier Generation G in Cake  Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium  Glossier Boy Brow in Brown  Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium  ColourPop Blush in Between the Sheets  Aritaum Shine Fix Eyes in No. 26  RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer

A few weeks ago, I wanted to experiment to see if I could achieve my own realistic version of the “no-makeup makeup” look. In my opinion, not only did I achieve this, but I also discovered a product that has ignited a newfound interest in natural, organic beauty (keep on reading).

First of all, I wanted a routine that would be quick and relatively simple. All the products shown can be applied with your hands sans brush or beauty sponge; no need for exact precision. After a thorough skincare routine, I apply several drops of the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, which has a water-like consistency and very low coverage (so get ready to show off your freckles). It slightly blurs imperfections and evens out the skin tone. In order to achieve a “natural” look, the key is to minimize the foundation coverage to avoid the dreaded foundation mask and spot conceal specific areas. To brighten the under eye and any spots, I apply a thin layer of the Glossier Stretch Concealer. It is very emollient and can move a bit throughout the day so sometimes I set it with a powder, but I like its dewy finish and light coverage. It won’t fully conceal dark spots or angry blemishes; you guessed it, it has a more natural finish. When choosing a concealer color, I prefer one that is similar to my skin tone or just ever so slightly lighter. To fill in and set the brows in place, I use the cult-status Boy Brow and then apply the matte lip balm in a shade that matches my lips to subtly define them. With all these Glossier products, I should really rename this post “Ode to Glossier.”

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Next, I use my fingers to dab a bit of this cream-putty ColourPop blush on the apples of my cheeks and sweep back towards the hairline to create a flush and to define the face since I’m not using any bronzer. I enjoy blushes that have a beige or brown undertone, because they are more versatile. I usually skip the blush and use bronzer only but this was a nice change.

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Okay, this is THE game changer. I have heard about RMS Beauty for a long while now and finally took the plunge and made my first purchase. All of RMS Beauty products are certified organic with good-for-you ingredients. Their popular product is a highlighter called the Living Luminizer, but I decided to pick up the opalescent champagne toned Magic Luminizer. It provides the most beautiful champagne sheen on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and wherever else applied without glitter or shimmer. This makes it ideal for those of us with acne, textured, or mature skin that enjoy the natural highlight without emphasizing such imperfections. This didn’t have the longest lasting power, but I would gladly trade that for such a beautiful, natural finish. Confession: I have since gotten my hands on more RMS products including the Magic Luminizer. Do you want me to review them here on the blog?

Since the Magic Luminizer worked so well for me, I was intrigued about other organic and clean skincare and makeup lines. I have been reading up on ingredients, reviews, and the differences between certified organic versus natural versus derived from organic farming versus cruelty-free versus just no parabens, sulfates, GMOs, silicone, synthetic dyes, etc. It’s been very enlightening!

Do you have organic skincare or beauty brands or products that you absolutely adore or resources to learn more about organic beauty? Please share it here!

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On the eyes, I applied Shine Fix Eyes in this warm gold-bronze tone. I enjoy this because it appears much more sheer than in the pot. This has some glitter in it but balances out the natural but glowy complexion. This also layers well with other more opaque colors. For those who are not fans of glitter, a neutral matte brown eyeshadow would work just as well.

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This is the final look! I curled my lashes and added a coat of mascara. As you can see, you can still SEE my skin. I love how this turned out. It is light and perfect for daily wear as the temperatures begin to rise here in Southern California. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I will be celebrating dear friends with dear friends at a beautiful wedding.

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