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8 Beauty Picks for Earth Day

Troubled Skin Serum With Frankincense and Tamanu

Troubled Skin Serum With Frankincense and Tamanu

This Troubled Skin Serum from Rainwater Botanicals is one of my favorites for treating acne, but better yet is the fact that all Rainwater Botanicals products are super affordable (some are $10 or less), produced in the USA from organic and wild crafted ingredients, and they use recycled packaging and sustainable materials. They have loads of products that I love and you can learn more about them in a post I did here.

The Problem Solver Face Mask

The Problem Solver Mask by May Lindstrom is my favorite face mask to date and with good reason – it’s made with all natural ingredients including cacao, bamboo charcoal, and various natural minerals and clays so it literally comes from the earth. Also, all of the products by May Lindstrom come in reusable glass containers so there’s no plastic waste. Aside from the fact that it’s completely naturally formulated, this face mask works seriously well at clearing, calming, and toning the skin. It’s better than any mask I’ve tried yet. You can see my review for it here. Aside from this mask, they also have other fantastic products including The Good Stuff Radiance Oil which is amazing for getting that dewy glow look. You can see a post I did on how to use it here.

Karen Murrell lipsticks are some of the most sustainable lip products I’ve ever seen. They have some serious high standards set to them and they’ve really held up against them. The lipstick containers themselves and the packaging are all made with biodegradable, recycled or plant materials. The lipstick tube itself starts biodegrading back to the earth in 100 days which is something I’ve never heard of for any product let alone a lipstick. The lipsticks as products are not only extremely hydrating, but they smell amazing and have lovely, trendy colors that look great on any skin tone. I actually haven’t met a KM lippie I didn’t like. They are cruelty free, sustainable, locally sourced and traceable, ECOCERT, green house gas neutral, and made with all natural and organic ingredients. They are my favorite HG lipsticks. You can see the original post I did on them here.

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Konjac Sponges are make facial cleansing simple, clean and green. They’re made from konjac, a kind of potato found in Japan, and various clays so they are entirely biodegradable. In fact, after a few months they actually begin to fall apart and literally degrade. They work really well to cleanse and soften skin without stripping it of it’s natural oils while also brightening, gently exfoliating and calming. Plus, they’re super cheap at only $9 each. You can see my original post on them here.

The Suti Cleanse Organic Balm is, hands down, the best cleansing balm I’ve ever tried. It’s super hydrating, cleansing, calming, and doesn’t clog pores. It comes with a muslin cloth so you can even use it to gently exfoliate skin without drying it out or irritating it. Made with all organic plant oils and butter, this balm can be used as a cleanser, moisturizer, face mask and exfoliant. The balm is made with a certified organic formula and comes in a reusable glass jar. You can see my original post on it here.

Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set

ECO Tools have some amazing brushes and they’re super sustainably made from bamboo and other sustainable materials. They work really well for applying makeup and even skincare products. I’ve used their smaller eye brushes to apply eye cream before and that works really well. Also, their shower gloves are amazing as well for body exfoliation.

Travel Set

 

Living Nature products are some of the best natural products I’ve tried. They offer a wide range of skincare and cosmetic products which are all really nice. They use exotic ingredients found in New Zealand and other naturally sustainable plant oils and extracts in order to soothe, hydrate and heal skin. I love how gentle their products are and they can definitely be used on any skin type, including sensitive. You can see my original post on their products here.

Antonia Burrell‘s Natural Glow Cleansing Oil is the best cleansing oil I’ve found for acne prone skin types, but it will definitely work well for any other skin type as well. It’s very gentle, calming and nourishing without being heavy. Aside from that, it comes in a reusable glass jar, is made from all natural and sustainable plant ingredients that actually work for skin without harming the environment.

What Are Your Top Eco Beauty Picks?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna

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  1. Krups Espresso Machine { from West Elm via Pinterest } $299.95
  2. “I Bloody Love Tea” Mug { from AliceMaplesdenPots on Etsy via Pinterest } $24.79
  3. BECCA Sandalwood Gift Set { from BeautyHabit.com via Pinterest } $70
  4. Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit { from Back To the Roots via Pinterest } $19.95
  5. Multicolored 10 Piece Knife Set { from Fab.com via Pinterest } $28
  6. Roques Oneil Pamper Me Xmas Gift Set { from Roques Oneil via Pinterest } £48
  7. Rachel Bow Day Bag { from Forever New via Pinterest } $69.99
  8. “I Would Cuddle You So Hard” T-Shirt { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $19.50
  9. “Amber” Eau de Parfum by Prada { from Nordstrom via Pinterest } $118
  10. Vitamix Professional Blender { from Wayfair.Com via Pinterest } $498.95
  11. “Freak Out” Pajama Set { from TopShop.com via Pinterest }
  12. OCC Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set { from Sephora.Com via Pinterest } $49
  13. Waterproof Ipod Shuffle with Dual Layer Protection { from WaterFi.Com via Pinterest } $144.95
  14. Aquaovo Therm-O Terra ECO Friendly Thermos { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $20
  15. RMS Beauty Essentials Gift Set { from SpiritBeautyLounge.Com via Pinterest } $150
  16. Samsung Galaxy Note II { from Samsung via Pinterest } $299.99 (with contract) or $649.99 (without)
  17. Trilogy Xmas Everything Balm Gift Set { from LoveLula.Com via Pinterest } £12.50
  18. “Bonne Nuit” ERMINE French Slippers { from TopShop.Com via Pinterest } $28
  19. Nanda Home Clocky Rolling Clock { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $45

For more gift inspiration, check out my Pinterest board “Gift Ideas” for more gift inspiration!

What’s on your gift list this year?

Today I’m reviewing a lovely natural loose powder foundation by Priori Skincare.

This natural foundation utilizes seriously minimalist, but awesomely natural ingredients: natural minerals from the earth (iron oxides, zinc oxide, mica), natural coffeeberry extract, and that’s it! There’s no harmful, pore-clogging talc included in the formula so this powder foundation is super gentle. The added benefits of coffeeberry include brightening, softening of fine lines and potent protection from free radical environmental damage to the skin. Aside from that, another cool feature of this product is that the powder is packaged in biodegradable plant plastics which I think is pretty fantastic!

Here Are Some Awesome Features of This Foundation Powder: 

  • 100% Natural Minerals
  • Anti-Aging.
  • Highest, natural free-radical protection with CoffeeBerry® extract
  • Broad Spectrum UV Protection: SPF 25, UVA 10, PA+++
  • Skin Cancer Foundation seal ofrecommendation
  • Earth conscious, Eco friendly, Environmentally safe
  • Eco-friendly packaging made from biodegradable plant plastics
  • Paraben Free
  • Clinically tested
  • No animal testing
  • No animal derived ingredients
  • Eco-friendly, cruelty free brushes
  • Non-Comedogenic
  • Non-Acnegenic

Packaging: The packaging is quite nice. The box it comes in is sleek and earth friendly, while the powder sifter itself is a smooth sleek plastic. You get a seriously good amount of powder so I really think there is a lot of good value there. The powder brush that comes with this foundation is horrible. It feels cheap, synthetic (not in a good way though), and doesn’t hold powder well. I binned it.

Product Effectiveness: I really enjoyed this powder foundation! It has quality ingredients that are gentle and protective on the skin while excluding those that might harm or irritate it. It also has a nice amount of coverage and a decent soft finish to it. The only thing I really didn’t like about this powder is the fact that even though I received the lightest shade, it was still pretty dark. It actually worked for me for awhile given I had a mini tan from Summer still, but now that my skin is going back to its usual paleness, this is simply too dark. I think it’s a great option for Summer or if you happen to be darker in skin tone, this would be a nice option. For Winter, I’ll be going back to my usual Alima Pure. Other than that, I do like that this didn’t break me out nor did it irritate my skin in any way. I love that it includes a natural sunscreen within the formula so I can be a little more lax on my sunscreen application and that it includes coffeeberry to protect my skin from premature aging.

Overall: This is a really decent powder foundation. The finish is a nice, soft and velvety one and it gives really decent amount of coverage. I would say it’s medium to full coverage, actually, and that’s great as it’s hard to come by in a powder foundation. Personally, the lack of shades for lighter skin tones put me off a bit, but I do think the quality of ingredients and the eco friendly green approach in their packaging is fantastic and, if you’re in the mid to darker shade of skin tone, definitely worth a try.

You can learn more about the CoffeeBerry Perfecting Minerals – here.

You can locate stores near you (USA and internationally) that carry Priori by using their locator here.

What do you think of this eco friendly powder foundation?

Do you prefer liquid or dry powder foundations?