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Green Beauty Makeup Routine


After having some health issues, I decided to do my best and reduce exposure to chemicals. Makeup was one of those things that I never cared that much about until after undergrad. For some reason finding Green Beauty products made me super passionate about makeup and now I absolutely LOVE it. I’ve kinda become obsessed with trying new products and my hubs thinks it’s a problem hehe. Just a little background, the FDA actually doesn’t approve makeup and I’m not sure if I would trust their opinion if they did (money is always involved). That’s why you even see people like the Kardashians advocating for safer make up. For me the products I put on my skin have become as important as the food I eat. Non-toxic and organic living research is fairly new. That just means we…you and me…ARE the research to determine what ingredients can or will cause harm. Ingredients such as BHA, BHT, DBP, Parabens, Triclosan, PEG, Fragrance, and so on have been linked to hormone and thyroid disruption and cancer, which is the main reason I personally decided to opt for non-toxic makeup. Trust me, I believe in balance in ALL things. This includes makeup, so I am going to throw in a few things from the toxic world that I still love.

I have some tips below on how to transition to Green Beauty! It’s a slow transition but worth it. There are tons of products out there that label themselves “vegan” or “non toxic”, but aren’t. On the other hand, some products (like NYX HD translucent finishing powder) aren’t labeled non-toxic but technically are. You see the confusion here? It’s a complete mess, but there are several companies I go to for makeup purchases (The Organic Bunny, Target, & Amazon).. There’s also apps like Think Dirty and the EWG that help a ton!

I want to give you guys a round up of my favorites because I have tried a lot of natural products that suck. Most items are on Amazon, Target, Sephora, or Nordstrom. Here we go!

xx- ♡Kait



Tips on Transitioning to Non Toxic:

  1. Start Slow
    Makeup in general gets EXPENSIVE. The first time I transitioned to “non toxic” makeup, I spent $300 on makeup that didn’t work for me. Look around, ask questions, and find people you trust to help you make the switch!
  2. Start with Foundation
    Our skin is a major absorber, so the first thing I would transition is my primer and foundation! After foundation, move to the eyes, lips, then brows and whatever highlighter or blush you’re wanting to use.
  3. Buy a Few Things Every Paycheck
    Try buying a few things every other week or once a month. This will make the process way less stressful and kind of fun! It gives you something to look forward to. And if you don’t have $600 laying around to blow at once on transitioning everything in your house to non-toxic, this is the best route to take.
  4. Ask for Gift Cards or Even Items as a Gift!
    No lie, I keep a note section on my phone of things like makeup, hair stuff, and random things I “could use” or “want”. When it comes birthday or Christmas time, I pass it over to friends and family and to give them an idea of things I’d like! Makeup makes the best stocking stuffers, right?! ;). It also makes that time of a year wayyyy easier on our babes, haha!
  5. Look for Non-Toxic Brushes at Target!
    I’ve found a ton of bamboo brushes at TJs for way cheaper than I could get online. Not only that, they also have a ton of non-toxic products like deodorant, toothpaste, and other random goodies!



Product List:



Blush, Bronzer, Highlighter


Other items I LOVE that aren’t the “Greenest”: 

I truly do strive to use natural ingredients and opt for cruelty free companies. But that’s not always possible and it gets super expensive. I’ve had a hard time mascara that works for me and spending $20-$30 on mascara every few weeks is a bit ridiculous, so I wanted to share some safer alternatives with you guys that are from mainstream brands. 

  • Mascara: Maybelline Colossal (tried-and-true), Maybelline Falsies (takes some getting used to but now I adore it),  Maybelline Lash Sensational. All of these are rated a 3. Color does matter though! For instance “blackest black” is rated higher than “very black”, so I stick with the “very black”. I’ve linked the exact ones I use! All links are from Target, which is MUCH cheaper than drugstore on mascara, plus if you have the Target card you always get free shipping.
  • Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette Highlighting Quad: Got it at Sephora! Best freakin highlighter on the planet. Highlighter is always my last step and I have several layers blocking it from direct absorption (foundation, concealer, primer, skincare) so I’m not worried about it. This is my FAVORITE and it’s never made my skin breakout.
  • Stila Glitter On the Go Eye Shadow Sticks: Also at Sephora, but they’re hardly ever in stock at the actual store. I am obsessed with these and always use them for date night or when I want super glistening eyes. Stila is forumlated without parabens, sulfates, & phthalates. I know that doesn’t mean it’s green, but the other ingredients on this aren’t bad either and it could be worse. Again, for me it’s all about balance.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: This is the best primer I have ever used. It’s only rated a 3 on the EWG. You can get it at Sephora or Ulta.

Hope this helps and don’t hesitate to ask me questions! For the makeup brushes I use and other beauty-must haves click HERE.

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