Monday, May 26, 2014

What's in my makeup bag - Spring/Summer 2014

I generally like to keep my makeup fresh and minimal, but even more so in the hot Californian summer! Here’s a peek at the things I carry around with me:

Rohto Ice Eye Drops: Spring and summer means allergy season and dry eyes, and these eye drops really do the job.  My eyes literally feel refreshed and moisturized after using these drops, but warning:  “ice” is a very apt description, it’s such an extreme cooling effect that it almost borders on a sting, so you may need to use it a couple of times before you get used to the sensation.

Les Anis de Flavigny Rose Breath Mints: I used to eat these all the time when I was little, so they bring back memories of my childhood. They’re called breath mints, but there is no mint! They are rose-flavored breath candy ( for lack of a better word) with an aniseed in the middle, which tastes like liquorice. The taste is not overpowering, in fact, it’s quite delicious, and it makes your breathe smell like roses – what’s not to like?

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in “Tipsy”: This blush goes a long way – I’ve been using it for about 2 years now and have barely hit pan. While Tarte is not THE MOST natural brand, it still uses generally amazing natural ingredients and this blush scores a 3 on the EWG skin deep guide. Tipsy is a lovely peachy-coral shade which is perfect for the warm weather as it gives me a healthy and natural glow.

Dr. Hauschka’s Volume Mascara: This is an amazing mascara that truly does add a lot of volume and impact. I especially like that it doesn’t give me the spider lash look. It does smudge a bit after a few hours of use but that’s something I’m okay with, given the natural ingredients and quality of this mascara.

Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in “Raven”:  This is one of the most pigmented liquid eyeliners I’ve used and its ingredients are amazing. Basically a win-win all around!

Primal Pit Paste in “Vanilla Lavender”: I keep the trial size of this deodorant in my bag because it is discreet and perfect to bring with you in case you need to reapply on-the-go, which you most likely won’t because this deodorant is amazing and really works! The scent is heavenly ( I like lavender, in case you haven’t noticed) and since using this, I’ve noticed my underarms are a lot smoother and softer, which I believe is due to the coconut oil and baking soda in this deodorant.

Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in “Pink”: I have been loving this lip gloss for a while - read an in-depth description of it from a previous post here. It’s sheer and light – therefore perfect for Spring and Summer.

Ilia Lip Conditioner in “Arabian Knights”: I’ve been wanting to try Ilia for a while now and the lovely Liz from “Smells like Green Spirit” recommended this shade to me – so glad I got it! It’s a sheer but buildable red currant color – very natural and it adds a nice warmth to the face. It’s versatile because you can wear it at work, but can dress it up by adding more layers for a vampy night look.  I will definitely have to try more Ilia products soon!

RMS Un Cover-Up in “22”: The packaging makes this perfect for on-the-go! I use this as a concealer; it blends well and looks very natural. It can be layered for a heavier coverage but I have noticed that this leads to creasing and settling into the fine lines around my eyes, so I avoid that by only using a little, which is really all I need. There is a slight scent to it that reminds me of sunscreen, but it’s barely noticeable.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler: This has been a staple in my bag for many, many years now. I’ve used several eyelash curlers and nothing compares to this one!  My eyes look instantly open and more feminine when I use this - it’s crazy what a difference this can make to a bare face. I’ve noticed my eye lashes stay curled longer with this curler as opposed to others and this helps mascara work better. While on the pricey side, it’s built to last, works incredibly, and is certainly worth every penny.

What’s in YOUR makeup bag? And do you have any suggestions for organic blushes?

FTC: all items purchased by me!


  1. I love the RMS "un" cover-up! I have heard mixed reviews about the mascara, though. Is it worth the price tag?

    1. I really like Dr. Hauschka's mascara! I know some people dislike the scent, but it's barely noticeable to me. It works better than many conventional mascaras, as well as the only other natural mascara I've tried ( Physician's formula organic wear). It does smudge a bit after some hours of use, but it's not bad enough that it deters me from using it. It definitely does come with a hefty price tag - I got it while Whole Foods was having a 30% makeup sale - I would suggest looking out for that! :)

  2. What a lovely selection of products! Thank you for the mention, I'm so happy you like it and I'm sure it looks gorgeous on you. Good things are meant to be shared ;) Love Dr. Hauschka's mascara, I'm currently using one from Ilia which is also quite nice. The Anis de Flavigny mints also remind me of my childhood :) Not only do they taste lovely, but I remember keeping the case/box as well because I thought it was so pretty. Zuzu's eyeliner looks fantastic, will put it on my wishlist. Xx