updates to my natural beauty routine

February 25, 2015

natural beauty products / kapachino

Last year I wrote a long post about all the natural personal care products that I use. Recently I’ve made a few changes and wanted to share those with you. I still stand by all the products in my original post, and if a change is not mentioned, I still use them.


The only change I’ve made to my facial care is that I’m now using handmade body butter as a moisturizer at night, and in the morning too if I feel extra dry (which is often, during the winter). I also started using a tinted moisturizer during the day, but I consider it more of a makeup item.


My skin has been too dry recently to use powder foundation; all my little wrinkles were standing out clearly. I switched to Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer with spf, which has a light coverage but it gives me just what I need. On top of that I still use a little powdered sunscreen to take away the shine and set it in place.

Right now I’m using bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara. I think it’s just as good as Tarte Lights Camera Lashes (what I’d been using before) and it’s cheaper.

I also added a brow pencil, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, to the mix. I’m in love! My eyebrows have been thinning as I get older and this looks so natural but really defines my face.


I started using Everyone Lotion for my body (apart from face). It’s perfect.

I carry around Honest Company lip balms. Still love Lanolin but these are easier. :)

Two things I’d like to try:

1. A physical facial exfoliator, like a Clarisonic Mia, or maybe this cheaper version by Olay. Anyone have either of these? I wonder why there is such a price difference?

2. Lipstick! I’ve never worn it, but I think it might be fun for church and outings.

Anyone use any of these products? Anything else I should check out?

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Comments on updates to my natural beauty routine

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    From Spring:

    Just heard about a dupe for the Brow Wiz yesterday! It’s Nyx’s new Micro Brow Pencil. I don’t think it’s available yet, but it will be soon, and only $10!

    I have a Clarisonic Mia, and I really don’t know how my face ever felt clean without it. I use it only a few times a week, but nothing else cleans the pores on my nose as well. Natalie Holbrook did a review video of the two here: http://www.babble.com/babble-voices/olay-vs-clarisonic-the-great-face-brush-face-off/

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    From Nora:

    I have a Clarisonic and I love it! I’m not sure the merits of Clarisonic vs Olay but I’ve had mine for over a year and the battery life is fantastic, I love that I can get the whole thing wet (as in, use it in the shower in the morning on my face if I want) or not. It definitely makes a difference in the smoothness of my skin, in getting my face really clean and just feels refreshing overall. I’ve also been known to use it on my lips for a few seconds this winter to help get the chapped lip situation thing taken care of.

    I use mostly Arbonne products for my face when it comes to cleanser, moisturizer and anti-aging, and I love their lip balm. Everything has SPF which I really love. I don’t do a lot of lipstick, either. More of a lip gloss or lip balm girl. I probably could stand to get a makeover one of these days as my routine is fairly boring: powder, blush, some eye shadow and mascara. Maybe eyeliner if we are going out. I’m really exciting :)

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    From Caiti:

    If you have dry or sensitive skin, I’d REALLY recommend researching whether the Clarisonic is right for you first. I got one last year and liked it at first, but within a few weeks it became far too drying and painful for my skin, even using it only every other day. And my skin isn’t even *that* sensitive normally. I couldn’t justify the price of the Clarisonic when I was only using it twice a week, and I ended up returning it to Ulta (who has a generous return policy, even with open products, which is why I purchased from them). Instead of the Clarisonic, I started using Konjac sponges, which are an entirely natural and biodegradable facial exfoliator that are becoming quite popular in the natural beauty world. I love them; they feel so good on the skin, last for 3-5 months, and only cost ~$10 each. I wrote a post on my blog about them with additional info links if you’re interested: http://www.rootswingswanderings.com/2014/03/going-natural-konjac-sponges-vs-clarisonic.html

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    From Kathleen:

    Wow, thanks so much for the info, Caiti! I don’t have sensitive skin at all, and only slightly dry in the winter months, but I am still REALLY liking the sound of the Konjac sponges. They seem more in line with my overall values. The reviews seem like they work just as well too, yes?

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    From Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout:

    I won a mini exfoliator in a blog giveaway and I agree with the commenter above, they’re pretty rough on sensitive skin. Those sponges sound cool, though!

    I’m a big lipstick fan, but if you’re new to wearing it, try the Black Honey Clinique almost lipstick. (I know that’s not very natural. Maybe the Burts Bees tinted moisturizers?)

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    From Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout:

    I found the hard lotion recipe I was looking for — it’s called massage lotion but really it’s a slightly softer version of a hard lotion bar. You can make it yourself pretty inexpensively. http://www.hardlotion.com/blog/2013/2/16/how-to-make-massage-balm.html

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