Beauty In My Bag

In My Bag | [No-Makeup] Makeup Bag

For those of you that know me, or know anything about me, it would be no surprise to you to hear me say the words “I’m no fan of make-up”.  But it would also be a lie to say that I don’t spend any amount of time on my appearance in an attempt to feel fresh and put-together.  So today I’m sharing all of the cosmetics (?) I use on a regular basis. As you may have guessed I’m a stickler about what I use on my body in the same way I am about what I put in it.


DIY facial wipes | I stumbled upon this diy makeup remover recipe probably about 6 months ago.  I personally never wear foundation, etc. but I do wear mascara a handful of times throughout the week. And what with wearing sunscreen almost every day I really wanted a way to rid my skin of dirt and excess before bed at night that didn’t involve washing it — since I’ve determined that it aggravates my skin unnecessarily. So I decided to give this a try.  I swapped the tear-free baby wash for Dr. Bronners All-in-One lavender soap because I liked the idea of using something with lavender essential oil on my skin + because I thought it would be calming to use at night.  That said, I think I may use the unscented the next time I go to whip this up — lavender is tricky to use around the eyes (for mascara removal) and burns when you get it in them! Yikes!

I use them to wipe my entire face down almost every night before bed.  It feels good to get dirt and grime off my face but also have that super moisturized feeling (because of the coconut oil) before getting into bed at night.

Medicine Mama’s Bee Magic | I really only use this stuff in the winter time for dry patches on my skin, but once in a blue moon I will use it around my eyes before bed (not super thick, but absorbs slowly) if I think they are looking extra tired. I wrote some more about this stuff  in this post a while back — I’ve still barely made a dent in the thing!

Burt’s Bees lip balm | I just reverted back to using the plain old version of this stuff like last week because I finally looked up the pomegranate version on the EWG Skin Deep website and wasn’t totally sold.  For everyday things I like to stick with scores of 0-1.  Of course the data on much of the products they rate is limited, but I tend to trust their scoring system.

Ecco bella mascara | This is a recent switch as well.  The only makeup I’ve worn in over a year is mascara, and for the longest time my thought process was: I only wear mascara and I only wear mascara 3-4 times a week so I don’t really need to find a “natural” mascara.  Right? Meh… Turns out once you find out this stuff is no where near as toxic as most mascaras out there and is the same price or even cheaper than a lot of “fancy” stuff in the store you abandon your drugstore mascara too. :)

Redken BodyFull hairspray | I use this a handful of times throughout the week as well for typical uses you might expect: when I curl my hair, touch ups, etc. It works great and does everything you’d want a hairspray to do without all the scariness that can come along with some other hair products out there. I bought this bottle probably almost a year ago, so it definitely lasts a long time.

John Masters Organics Sea Mist spray | I was skeptical when I bought this but I really wanted a hair product that helped aid the natural wave I have in my hair when air drying.  I can honestly say I don’t remember the last time I blew dry my hair, and while I obviously do style my hair other ways (note above) most of the time I wear my hair air dried with its natural body. I love this spray and the texture it brings out in my hair.

Also, I used a dry shampoo (Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak) for a couple of months earlier this year and loved it! I used the same thought process there as I did with mascara (I used it once a week.)  However I have not been using it for about two months now. In fact, when I learned it’s EWG score I promptly threw it out.  I’m “off” dry shampoo for now, but if I ever decide to try it again I want to try out this one.

Have any [no-makeup] makeup tips or finds to share?

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    Kristan Kremer
    July 16, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Great post! I’ve been looking for more recommendations on products. That mascara looks great. I use something similar to the Bee Magic, mine is called Egyptian Magic. My skin is so oily and acne prone, but I gave it a chance. I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else! I actually use it during the day too – it gives me a glowy look (used super sparingly of course). I just added One Love Organics dry shampoo to my wishlist. It’s pricey for dry shampoo. The brand doesn’t show up on EWG, but the ingredients do and they’re all pretty clean.

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    Samantha Roberts
    July 16, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I love this! I have been looking for a way to simplify my make-up bag and transition over to more natural products, and this post really helped clarify some priorities for me. Thank you!

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    July 16, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I love posts like this!

    I can’t live without a good hand cream. My current one was a gift from my husband, handy gurugu from lush, I love it!

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    July 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I wish I could just stop using makeup as I’m not a makeup person and every morning of applying and evening of removing it is a struggle for me… But there is no other option if I want to feel better with my self esteem due to my [not curable] acne abd acne scars.. (sigh)

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    August 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I love this! Where did you get your cotton makeup remover pads? The ones I bought weren’t great and I would love a recommendation! :)

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      August 3, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      I just used some I had lying around leftover from a long ago drugstore purchase… Not too helpful I realize. Sorry!

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    August 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I love Bee Magic. It is great stuff. I try to go as natural as possible, especially for those things I use often, but so far no luck on the mascara front. I will have to give Ecco Bella’s a try.

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    Lauren @ Lauren, Etc.
    November 30, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I’m a little late to the party on this post, but I’ve tried a ton of green and not-so-green dry shampoos and Zabana Essentia’s dry glow shampoo is outstanding. It’s less than $10, and I’ve been using if twice a week for a couple months with over half of the bottle left. You should definitely try it if you’re still searching for a safe, natural dry shampoo.

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