Natural Beauty: The New Foundation I've Been Wearing and Loving

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Way back in January I did a discussion post on natural beauty products and my desire to start changing the way I buy makeup. I was on the hunt for skincare and makeup products that were free of parabens, fillers or any other synthetic materials. After I wrote that post I went to a local natural beauty store and got matched with RMS and Jane Iredale foundations. I felt like I was getting more coverage from the Jane Iredale BB cream so I decided that when I ran out of my current foundation I would make the switch. Well, I'm happy to report that it's now September and I finally using my new foundation! 

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At the end of August I ran out of my Bare Minerals foundation, which apparently lasted me a lot longer than I anticipated! My reason for switching isn't because I was unhappy with the product--Bare Minerals was actually the first foundation I had ever used after being mesmerized by the infomercial I watched with my mom when I was in elementary school. It's a product that I've worn for a very long time, but this year I have been wanting to switch things up and try the all-natural route. 

I had always heard wonderful things about Jane Iredale's products and how they are non-GMO, free of synthetic fragrances and only use ingredients from nature. I've been wearing the Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream and love how smooth it goes on! I feel like the product enhances my complexion without feeling like I'm caking on product and wearing a mask. I definitely prefer a more natural makeup look anyway so this product is suitable for that. I also love that it has SPF 25 which is something we need here in Arizona! I mean, I'm inside pretty much all day but it's nice to know I'm still protected :) And a little bit goes a long way--I watched this application video and it's amazing how such a small amount can give you all day coverage. 

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I'm very eager to try more Jane Iredale products after having success with this one! The highlighter, eye concealer, and lash conditioner are on my list of things to try, hopefully before the year is over! I'll keep you posted as I test out new products, and with the onset of cooler weather I'll be changing up my routine slightly to keep my skin hydrated. xo

My Spring Beauty Wishlist

Back in January I wrote a blog post about natural beauty and how it's really gained momentum in the last few years. I talked about wanting to try more products that are organic and all natural, so I've been doing some research and in the process have discovered new brands I want to try! In January I also tested two different foundations I had been eyeing, the RMS 'Un-Cover Up' and Jane Iredale BB cream, and fell in love with the BB cream! I've been waiting to run out of my BareMinerals foundation to purchase it, and I'm soooo close! So once I get the BB cream I will definitely write a post on that to let you guys know my thoughts on it. 

Just in the past couple weeks I discovered Kora Organics, which was created by Miranda Kerr, who you probably remember as one of the popular Victoria's Secret models! There's a Calming Lavender Mist that I'm dying to try (the perfect bedtime remedy!) and the Rose Quartz Luminizer. You may have also heard the buzz surrounding the Jet Lag Mask from new skincare line, Summer Fridays. I want to try this product SO badly, and it just got re-stocked! It's been selling like hot cakes, and with all of the reviews I've read, I'm not surprised! It's an antioxidant-rich mask packed with tons of vitamins; I seriously can't wait to try this. 

The products I've mentioned barely scratch the surface of everything I want to try, but I have this thing called a #budget haha, so one thing at a time :) I'm linking more products below, and I'd love to know what beauty items you're dying to try this season! Happy Monday! xo

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Lip Color That Lasts

You know the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Without realizing it, this has pretty much been my life motto. When I find something I like, I stick with it and don’t really change things up. When I go to a favorite restaurant, for example, I order the same thing 99% of the time because I know I love it and don’t want to potentially “ruin” that experience by ordering something I’m unfamiliar with and be disappointed with it. The same is true for my beauty routine. 

My beauty routine has been pretty consistent for awhile now; I like to stick to products I know I can trust and that work for me. I have been using BareMinerals foundation and eye shadow products since I was in middle/high school, and I love that their products are all natural. I’ve always admired natural-looking makeup—something that feels fresh on your skin while still looking put together. When it comes to my lip color, I’ve never been very adventurous in that department. I think the most lip color I’ve ever put on was for my dance recitals when I was young! I usually stick to softer, neutral tones for everyday wear, and an occasional bright pink if I’m feeling a bit more sassy. Recently, my friend Christine turned me on to a new lip product that has livened up my beauty routine that I’m excited to share with you!

LipSense is a long-lasting lip color that is smear-proof, waterproof, kiss-proof and lasts up to 18 hours, which means never having to re-apply throughout the day (PTL!). If I’m being honest, when I first heard about it, I was skeptical. Aren’t there other lipsticks out there that claim to have the same benefits? What makes this product so special? After wearing only LipSense products for the past month, I have truly noticed a difference in how my lips feel, which I didn’t think was possible! 

Living in Arizona has it’s perks, like mild winters and beautiful mountains, but as you’ve heard me say before, the summers here are brutal. The air is extremely dry, and my lips usually take the brunt of that by being chapped all. the. time. However, since using LipSense on a daily basis, my lips have become smoother and fuller, feeling moisturized even when I don’t have anything on my lips! During the first few weeks of using the product, I definitely noticed a transformation beginning to take place right away. As Christine warned me, your lips will shed the first couple weeks of use, getting rid of wax build up from years of using various chapsticks and other lip glosses. But once my lips stopped shedding, they felt so much smoother and more alive (if that’s even a thing!). 

There are so many colors to choose from, and the great thing is once you get a few colors, you can mix them together to create a color that’s unique to you. I started with First Love, and just recently added Aussie Rose to my collection, which is what I’m wearing in these pictures. But there are so many more colors (& glosses) that I can’t wait to try, which you can see below! To learn more about LipSense or get a starter kit of your own, Christine would love to help you, and you’ll be able to see the results for yourself! I never really used to get excited about putting on a lip color after I finished putting on my makeup each day, but now it’s something I look forward to doing. I’m even excited to start mixing some colors together to see what combinations I can come up with! Let me know in the comments below which color you’d love to try! xo

Thanks to Christine's Wonderfully Made Long Wear Cosmetics for sponsoring this post.

August Beauty Pick

Have you ever found a lip color that just speaks to you? The moment you put it on you realize that it's something you've been missing your whole life? It sounds silly to talk about lipstick that way, but it's amazing what an impact the perfect shade of lip color can have on someone! I've only come across a few lipstick colors in my life that I've truly loved, and worn all the time. I've just added a new one to my collection from Laura Mercier called 'Raspberry Ripple'

I found this lip pencil (shown in 'Naked') and color duo on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I almost didn't even buy it! I didn't test the color out before purchasing since I was in a rush, but the rosy hue looked like something I would go for. The second I got home I put it on and instantly loved it! It's a great everyday shade that isn't too bold or overpowering. Plus, the creamy balm-like texture goes on smooth, and leaves my lips feeling moisturized all day long. This is my first time trying out a lipstick product from Laura Mercier, but I can honestly say I'm super impressed, and I can't wait to get more colors!

What's your favorite go-to lip color? Let me know in the comments below!

Blushfully, 

Belle