emeraldB Empties for 2016 – Make-up

2016 Empties Makeup

I don’t wear a lot of make-up on a daily basis. As you will see below, it’s usually foundation, concealer, and mascara (and lip balm but that’s not very exciting).  I do enjoy playing around with make-up but I’m not a morning person. When forced to choose between extra sleep and a fully made up face,  sleep always wins.  As a result I don’t have many “empties” in the make-up category but here is what I do have.

Sappho Liquid Foundation

Sappho Organics Liquid Foundation
I’ve always preferred liquid foundations, but when I switched to more natural products there weren’t many options in a liquid foundation. I had read positive reviews for Sappho but was hesitant to order it without trying out any samples. Eventually I took the plunge and ordered it online. I was hooked. The Sappho liquid foundation applies evenly, provides a light to medium coverage with just a small amount of product, and has decent staying power. The only downside is the pump, which stopped working within the first week. Not surprising as I’ve had problems with these types of pumps before.

Unfortunately, when I was ready to re-order the Sappho foundation it was no longer available. The line has now been revamped as Sappho New Paradigm and this product has been reformulated. The replacement, which should be available in January, is the “Essential Foundation“. The company has also added another foundation, the “New Paradigm Liquid Foundation“, that provides medium to full coverage and it is currently available on the website. I hope to try out samples of both once the Essential Foundation becomes available.

RMS Uncover-up

RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up
Probably the most famous foundation in the natural beauty realm, RMS “Un” cover-up is a coconut oil based cream that works equally well as both a foundation and a concealer. RMS was the first natural foundation that I tried and I was fortunate enough to find a perfect match with shade 11. Others may not be so lucky, as the shades are limited. I prefer to apply it sparingly, only to those areas that need coverage and blend it out from there. You can achieve a fuller coverage but it is best to use a brush to do so because the heavier the application,  the more effort it will take to blend or buff it out. The only drawback for me is that because I live in a very hot, humid climate, I can only wear RMS in the winter months. Any other time time of the year it turns my face into an oil slick by lunchtime. But whenever I travel to a cooler, drier climate, this RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up goes with me.

Jane Iredale Circle Delete

Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer
The Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer isn’t exactly an “empty” but as I’ve used it for a year and it has a 12 month “period after opening” date, it’s time to say goodbye. While I used it daily for most of the year, only a small amount of product was required. When I first opened the Circle/Delete Concealer (shade #1 – yellow) I thought that it was going to be too dark and that at best I might be able to use the lighter shade during the summer. However, looks can be deceiving. As it turns out, the darker shade was the better match for me and even it was too light by the end of the summer. The Circle/Delete Concealer is a creamy formula that works equally well for both under eye circles and for spots on the face.

Lily Lolo Mascara

Lily Lolo Mascara
The Lily Lolo mascara meets all of my requirements. Doesn’t transfer. Doesn’t clump. No smudging or flaking in an 8 hour day. And no need for a special eye make-up remover. I don’t think anyone is going to mistake my lashes for falsies, but this Lily Lolo mascara does provide a decent amount of length, volume and definition. I just wish it was available locally (or from more online retailers).

Kjaer Weis Mascara

Kjaer Weis Mascara
Kjaer Weis Mascara is another mascara that ticks off all the boxes. No clumping, smudging or flaking and it can be easily removed when you want to remove it. The price point on this Kjaer Weis is higher than I would like, especially for the initial investment. However, I’m impressed with the fact that you can purchase refills instead of disposing of the packaging. (I’ve already purchased one and they are easy to install.) I also like the small yet elegant container which takes up very little space.

Tarte Gifted Mascara

Tarte Gifted Mascara
So the Tarte Gifted Mascara isn’t as “natural” as the other two. But it is cruelty free and free of parabans, mineral oil,  phthalates, triclosan, sodium laurel sulfate, and gluten.  I purchased this locally when another mascara I tried didn’t make the cut and I needed a replacement asap. Again, no clumps, smudging, or flaking and easy to remove. I do believe this Tarte Gifted Mascara provides slightly more oomph – not sure if it is the formula or the brush. I just bought another.

That’s it for make-up but check back soon for more of emeraldB Empties for 2016 – Body Care!