As an addict to self-proclaimed beauty, I have tried many different products, from Fenty Beauty Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation to Dior Backstage Contour palette, to help me achieve a perfect complexion. But as I began to adapt a more natural and waste-free lifestyle, I became interested in integrating natural beauty products into my daily routine. While traditional makeup can be loaded with dubious and aggressive ingredients (such as sulfates, parabens and fragrances) that can enter your bloodstream when applied to the skin, natural products are made with organic ingredients that are safer for you and the environment. That’s why, on Earth Day, what better way to reduce my ecological footprint than to use all-natural makeup. The question then was how these products compare to my favorite cult products.
To start my green beauty week, I wanted to make sure that my skin was well prepared with natural skin care products. I am quite meticulous when it comes to my skin care routine (my oily skin is to blame), so I was reluctant to replace my favorite products with those containing healthy ingredients. The first thing I did was to apply serum, in this case I used the One Love Organics Botanical E Youth Preservation Serum. This $75 vegetable serum contains vitamin E to treat anti-aging problems such as fine lines and wrinkles. While the product is more expensive, my skin was much more plumped and rehydrated than usual. After all, even oily skin needs hydration.
To better prepare my skin, I used Grace + Tonic Eye Serum and Botanical Facial Moisturizer, which are available in stores and online at Target. It was a good time to take out my gua sha to scratch the skin to help with lymphatic drainage and refine my face.
Without skin care, it was time to unleash my beauty potential with green makeup products. Believing firmly in the power of crystals, I was so excited to see that Pacifica had created a palette of natural eye shadows that would allow me to express my creativity. The Pacifica Love Stoned Natural Mineral Face Palette comes with nine crystal-inspired eye shadows and three highlighters that, according to the beauty brand, “make your aura shine”. Of course, like all the other pallets of the brand, this bad boy is vegan, humane and recyclable, thanks to its cardboard packaging.
At first, I was skeptical that the palette would give me the intense color I need in my shadows, but after spreading a few on my arm, I was pleasantly surprised to see how true the shades were to the color, even competing with my favorite palette of cultivated women, Violet Voss HG PRO Eyeshadow Palette. Although there is no claim to the longevity of the palette, I decided to test its mixability and strength by testing the shadows on my eyelids.
For one of my looks, I applied the golden shadow called “tiger eye” on all my eyelids as a natural alternative to my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Nillionaire. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a natural eyeliner, so I ended up using the black color of the palette to slightly draw the outline of a wing. To finish the look, I gave my eyelashes two coats of Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara mascara, which is infused with coconut oil, kelp extract and vitamin B.
For my foundation, I used W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist Foundation Stick in shade 3. Fortunately, the beauty brand also offers tinted foundations and powders, so you can try all the other skincare products that best suit your skin. Because my skin is more oily, I took a brush with Pacifia’s translucent powder and sprinkled it lightly around my face. Using the brand’s Radiance Powder palette, I applied bronzer and blush to add dimension to my skin. Which took me to the next step: highlighter.
For this glow fresh off the beach, I applied the highlighter in the Pacifica Cherry Cheek Palette directly to the top of my cheekbones. Like the eye shadow palette, the complexion products have had great color payoff in the distance and little to no fall out. The best part? You can get each pallet for less than $20 at Ulta!