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The Best of 2016 Awards! Non-Toxic Beauty & Lifestyle Products

THE BEST OF 2016 AWARDS ARE HERE! I've got natural beauty, skin care, hair care, body care and lifestyle products that I loved during 2016 to share with you. And some new awards, too! Grab a snack, because this is a long one!  Without further ado, the awards! Be sure to check out the full length video below for details on each product. 

Beauty

The BEST...

Liquid Foundation: Gressa Serum Minimalist Foundation. See my review or the other liquid foundations that I enjoyed this year. 

Cream Foundation: Honest Beauty Cream Foundation. See my comparison of all the cream foundations that I enjoyed this year. 

Translucent Setting Powder: W3LL People Bio-Brightener Powder

Tinted Setting Powder / Powder Foundation: Zuzu Luxe Pressed Powder Foundation 

Full Coverage Concealer: W3LL People Bio-Correct Concealer

Lightweight Concealer: Nu Evolution Camouflage Cream

Primer: Hynt Beauty Skin Prep Primer 

Blush: Honest Beauty Cream Blush Truly Exciting 

Contour & Highlight Combo: RMS Contour Bronze and RMS Living Luminizer. Check out my review of these here

Brow Pencil: Honest Beauty Brow Pencil 

Brow Wax: Eco Brow

Eyeliner Pencil: Honest Beauty Brow Filler

Mascara: Lily Lolo Mascara 

Eyeshadow Palette: Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio 

Single Pressed Shadows: Root Pretty Eyeshadows 

Lipstick: Nudus Lipsticks. See swatches here

New Beauty Brand (to me): Nu Evolution Cosmetics

Beauty Box Subscription: Teri Miyahira Beauty 

New Beauty Launch: Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Line 

New Way To Transition To Clean Beauty: Clean Beauty Academy 

SKINCARE


THE BEST...

Cleanser: Aleavia Cleanser 

Lip Balm: Henne Organics Lip Balm Tube 

Facial Oil: Ko & Humble Passion Fruit Seed Oil 

Facial Serum: Kypris Antioxidant Dew 

Treatment: Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive 

BODY & HAIR CARE

The Best...

Bug Repellent: Badger Anti-Bug Balm Stick 

Deodorant (Baking Soda Free): Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Grapefruit Deodorant 

Deodorant (Baking Soda): Green Tidings Lavender Deodorant 

Body Lotion: Flourish Honey Blossom Lotion 

Hair Styling Product: Josh Rosebrook LIFT. See my full hair care routine here

LIFESTYLE

THE BEST...

Collagen Product: Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides 

Protein Powder: Vital Proteins Cocoa Coconut Protein Powder 

Protein Bar: Rx Bars

ShopLNL: Detox & Chill Tank Top and The Drinks Market Bag

Fitness: barre3 Online Subscription 

Apparel: yogaoutlet.com 
 

Looking for a specific section? Check the timestamps below for sections. 


Face 1:12-4:18
Cheeks 4:19-6:13
Brows / Eyes: 6:14-9:52
Lips 9:53-10:35
Best Brand, Best Box, Best Beauty Launch: 10:36-12:29
Skin Care 12:30-15:12
Body Care 15:13-16:14
Hair 16:15-16:28
Lifestyle 16:29-20:30

Or check out my favorites from 2015. 

The Best Organic Liquid Foundations

Years ago, when I first transitioned to green beauty, the liquid foundations I tried were awful. I'm guessing you can relate. They were sticky, or thick and goopy. Sometimes they were like rubbing grease on my skin and other times they clung to dry patches.

I didn't know about all the retailers and brands that I do now, but I also believe that liquid foundations have come a long way since I first started trying to find a non-toxic one.  

I've tried just about every green foundation and these are the three are the best of the best. All three of them are made with only natural ingredients and many of the ingredients are also organic. They perform so well, they feel amazing on the skin and the ingredients cannot be beat. 

Let's compare. 

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation

Formulated by Gwenyth Paltrow and Juice Beauty to provide a flawless coverage.  It is vegan & Cruelty Free and there are 10 shades. 

Consistency - Thin liquid that is dispensed via a pump.

Coverage - A generous medium with one thin layer, full coverage with two layers. 

Finish- lumious and dewey.

Scent - None.

Price $42 / 1oz. 

Ingredient Score: A+ (none of concern for me, plus organic!).

Cons: No sun protection, two layers (really, really full coverage) can look like you are wearing makeup. 

Pros: The ingredients are fantastic, the coverage is fantastic. It is one of the only foundations that does not settle in my deep forehead lines. Can be conveniently found in many Ulta stores! No need for online shopping...unless you prefer it that way. 

The Bottom Line: I think this foundation is a smash hit if you have normal to dry skin. If you have normal to oily skin, this may too luminious after a few hours. This works well for me in cold, dry winter months, but is too dewey for me in the summer.  You can see my in depth review and demo here. 

 

 

Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation

Organic serum foundation, skin care and makeup in one. Formulated for the product minimalist and the line contains 11 shades.

 

Consistency - Thin serum dispensed via a dropper.

Coverage - Sheer to nearly full.

Finish - Skin like (really, it melts into your skin!) to matte (not dewey).

Scent - Slight, slight slight clay-like scent that is hardly noticeable. 

Price - $54 / 15ml.

Ingredient Score: A+ (none of concern, plus organic!).

Cons: No sun protection, the volume is fairly low for the price. The packaging isn't foolproof. I have spilled mine several times as a result of the dropper bottle. 

Pros: It literally makes you look like you have the most flawless, healthy skin imaginable. The foundation covers redness like no other product I've ever used. The broccoli seed oil gives it an almost silicone like texture. It only takes 3-6 drops of the liquid to cover the whole face. 

The Bottom Line: This is my favorite foundation, but I use it sparingly on its own due to the price. I LOVE mixing one drop of this with any other foundation to enhance the texture and redness coverage. You can see my in depth review and demo here. 

 

 

Nu Evolution Complete Coverage Foundation

Formulated with organic ingredients, this baby is pure pigment and loved by makeup artists. The range contains 8 shades.

Consistency - A little thick, dries quickly.

Coverage - Medium to Full.

Finish - Matte.

Scent - Very slight plastic scent when pumped out, but dissipates very quickly. I'm guessing this is from the packaging, not the product. 

Price - $47 for 1 oz.

Ingredients: A+ (none of concern, but organic!).

Cons: The texture is a little dry, so it is best to work in sections. No SPF.

PROS: Matte & Organic! It's so hard to find a matte foundation without harmful chemical ingredients. Wonderful coverage. One pump is all I need for my whole face. 

The Bottom Line: You can't beat this if you want an organic and matte foundation. You can see me apply this here. 

Are you thinking about trying a cream foundation instead? Check out my round-up of the best natural and organic cream foundations right here. 

The Best Natural Cream Foundations

It's no secret that foundation is my favorite beauty product and that I am addicted to trying as many as I can. It seems only fair that I round up my favorites and let you know which ones you should definitely consider trying. 

Cream foundations are known for their incredible full coverage and flawless finish. The green beauty world certainly has no shortage of cream foundations to try. These four are my favorites. 

HONEST BEAUTY EVERYTHING CREAM FOUNDATION

Consistency - Hard cream 

Coverage- Sheer to very, very full

Finish- Satin (skin like) to slightly dewy 

Price- $30 by itself, or $16.67 when bundled for .31 oz

Scent - Slightly fruity in the pan, but not noticeable on the skin

Shade Range - 8 shades

Ingredients- A- (none of concern, but not organic)

 

Cons: This can get a bit greasy in very humid climates. Can look cakey if applied very full coverage. 

 

Pros: Extremely affordable, Amazing coverage and ingredients. Also can be found at some Ulta stores, however, bundles only available online.  Gives a flawless coverage. 

 

My Two Cents:  This is my go - to product for a full coverage, flawless look. This applies best for me with a flat foundation brush. For the price, I think it would be silly not to try this one! 

 

 

KJAER WEIS cream foundation

Consistency - Really soft, almost mousse-like cream

Coverage - Light to full

Finish - Satin, skin like

Price - $68 for .26 oz in metal packaging, $40 for refill

Scent - Slight clay scent, not noticeable

Shade Range - 9 shades

Ingredients - A (talc may be of concern to some, but it is sourced from Europe. However, many of ingredients are organic!)

 

Cons: $68 is a big staggering! This can also tend to highlight texture or dry patches on the skin. 

 

Pros: Fantastic coverage with a flawless finish. This product really melts into the skin beautifully. It is also easy to find samples for purchase, so you can try before you buy. 

 

My Two Cents:  This looks absolutely amazing on the skin. However, it is a bit finicky and can highlight texture on the face. I also have gotten milia from using this product two days in a row. I love the look of this and I always feel a little like a supermodel, but my skin can't handle this as a daily foundation. You can see me apply this and the Honest Beauty Cream Foundation in a comparison right here. 

 

SILK NATURALS HD Cream Foundation Stick 

Consistency - Hard cream stick

Coverage - Medium to Full

Finish - Matte

Price - $11.99/ 12g 

Scent - None

Shade Range - 24 shades

Ingredients - A (none of concern, but not organic)

 

Cons: This formula can be really finicky, depending on how textured your skin is. If your skin doesn't have much texture and is quite smooth, you shouldn't have any trouble. 

 

Pros: The shade range is enormous! The price cannot be beat. Samples available on Silk Naturals website for $0.99 each. 

 

My Two Cents: This is a wonderful, affordable option for a full coverage foundation, if it works on your skin. You can see me apply this here

 

 

W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist Foundation Stick 

Consistency- Cream foundation stick

Coverage- Light to full

Finish- Satin to slighty dewey 

Price- $44.80 / 1g 

Scent- Slightly like castor oil (which is one of the main ingredients) 

Shade Range - 8 Shades

Ingredients - A+ (None of concern and several organic)

 

Cons: Can be felt on the skin - a little tacky. 

 

Pros: Super easy application directly from the stick. Great for drier skin types and lovely organic ingredients. Fantastic shade range -  #3 is literally the best match for my skin tone than any foundation I've ever used. Samples can be purchased for $1.50 each. 

 

My Two Cents:  I don't love the feel of castor oil on my skin (in any product, other than brows). However, it leaves a beautiful, almost airbrushed finish and is a great option for a full coverage, cream foundation for those with texture and/or oilier skin types. The formula is very forgiving if you don't have perfect skin! 

To see the best natural and organic liquid foundations, click here. 

Bright + Easy Summer Makeup ft. Nu Evolution

You know me, a sucker for a bold lip - no matter the season! This time, I have a fun, really quick and easy summer look with a bright pop of fruit punch pink. I think pink is a less intimidating bright lip option than say, orange. The beauty of this pink lipstick is that it can be worn really sheer which gives a beautiful fruit punch like stain or build it up the way I did in the video. 

You'll notice that I am using a lot of products from the brand Nu Evolution. I have to say, I have yet to try anything that isn't high quality, high performance and high pigment and I can't wait to try more! The line is formulated with makeup artists in mind and has even been used on fashion week runways! Even better - it's made with all natural and some organic ingredients. It is also free of all the ingredients I don't want to put on my skin like parabens, phthlates, mineral oil and even propylene glycol and phenoxyethanol (and more!). High performance + Pure Ingredients = Pure Gold. 

The Best Natural Beauty Products

In case you hadn't heard, I'm a little obsessed with finding the absolute best performing natural beauty products.  I've compiled the best that I've tried from foundation to eyeshadow and lipstick in to one video, but I will paraphrase in writing as well. Here we go:

1. Foundations. The 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer is fabulous for those who want the purest, organic ingredients, a sheer to light coverage and a dewy finish.  If you're already accustomed to shopping at Ulta and Sephora, you may own the next cult classic product already - Bare Mineral Complexion Rescue. This conventional tinted moisturizer has surprisingly good ingredients and is amazing for summer. Beautycounter Tint Skin is a nice hybrid of a foundation and tinted moisturizer with natural ingredients. You already know how much I adore the Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation and you can watch my review and demo of that products right here. If you prefer a powder foundation, check out Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation. 

2. Concealers. W3LL People Bio-Correct is a must! It's mousse- like texture and coverage cannot be beat. Silk Naturals Brightening Concealer #2 is an all natural (and affordable!) dupe for Anastasia banana powder and will brighten up the under eye area. 

3. Blush. For loose powders and a wide variety of shades, Silk Naturals is the place to be.  The W3LL People Universalist Sticks are incredible cream stick blushers and come in both matte and shimmer finishes.  

4. Highlight. Silk Naturals Limoncello is a lovely, affordable cream gold highlight. The cult class, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer gives the most healthy glow from within that it's even used on Victoria's Secret models.

5. Bronzer & Contour.  I have an embarrassing amount of cheek favorites, clearly. The Teri Miyahira Beauty Bronzer is an incredible pressed bronzer, however it is currently only available via her subscription box. However, a very similar loose version of this golden bronzer is W3LL People's Bio-Bronzer. If you 100% want a pressed bronzer, check out 100% Pure Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer, but be sure to use a very light hand. 

6. Eyeshadows. If you are new to green beauty, I would 100% recommend starting with the Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trios. They are so affordable if you bundle with other Honest Beauty products. The quality and pigmentation of the shadows cannot be beat. For single shadows, Red Apple Lipstick and Honeybee Gardens have a wide variety of lovely shades and finishes. 

7. Brows. Again, Honest Beauty has a wonderful brow filler and it comes with an attached spoolie. If you don't mind sharpening your brow pencils, Alima Pure's are also beautiful. 

8. Mascara. For volumizing formulas, Lily Lolo is where it is at. If you prefer lengthening, again W3LL People takes the cake. If you want to pick up a green mascara from Target, Pacifica Dream Big has a wand that can be twisted to go from volumizing to lengthening. 

9. Lips. Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipsticks are affordable and a truly great matte formula. Bite Beauty have lovely, pigmented, high performance lipsticks and can be found easily in Sephora stores. Once again, Honest Beauty has an incredibly moisturizing Demi-Matte Lip Crayon. For the purest of the pure, check out 100% Pure Anti-Aging Lipsticks and Lip Glazes and also Axiology Organic Lipsticks. Click here to watch my organic lipstick collection video. 

For more help transitioning to natural, green beauty products make sure to sign up for my free Clean Beauty Boot Camp mini-course! 

Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation Review & Demo

Remember how I've been gushing about this new foundation in my life?  Seriously, the Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation is hands down my favorite natural, organic foundation. I can't put it down! I can't stop shouting from the rooftops how much I love it. 

First, the ingredients are insane and organic.  It has a silicone like texture that comes from broccoli seed oil that allows the product to apply effortlessly.  It's an oil based serum foundation, but it sets matte. Not matte and flat. No, my dear, it sets matte and skin like. When I say skin like I mean that no one will be able to tell you're wearing foundation. It's that good! 

Second, it corrects redness like no other product I've ever tried. Watch the demo below and see just what I mean. 

Gressa offers a color matching service so you won't have to guess on your shade. I wear shade 3. 

 

Kjaer Weis vs. Honest Beauty Cream Foundation

I've seen many bloggers compare the NEW Honest Beauty Cream Foundation, so I had to try it for myself. These are both full-coverage, natural foundations. Honest Beauty has natural ingredients, where as Kjaer Weis has several certified organic ingredients. In my opinion, the Kjaer Weis seemed to melt into my skin and give me an airbrushed look. However, it also seemed to highlight the texture on my face. The Honest Beauty is a much heavier cream, which did not melt into the skin as easily, but also did not highlight any texture. Can you tell a difference between the two on my face? Have you tried either?