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.
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emeraldB Empties for 2016 – Skin Care

2016 empties skincare

Many beauty bloggers do monthly posts of “empties”. I’m doing a post of “empties” for the entire year, but then again I don’t consider myself a beauty blogger. I really don’t like to waste products so I try to only buy what I can consume. Since I’m not very heavy-handed with products, I don’t generate that many “empties”. But, here are the skin care products that I did use in 2016. Continue reading “emeraldB Empties for 2016 – Skin Care”

7 Sunscreens for Summer

Natural Facial Sunscreen

Now that Summer is officially here, it’s time to break out the sunscreen!

If you’d like a primer on sunscreen, then the EWG website is a great place to start. Long before I was aware of the greener, cleaner options for beauty products, I found their annual sunscreen guide while searching for alternatives to avobenzene and other synthetic sunscreens. As a result, I’ve been strictly relying on physical sunscreens for several years now. However, since I’ve switched to natural beauty, I realized I needed to find sunscreen options that not only relied on a physical sunscreen as the active ingredient but also minimized other chemicals. Continue reading “7 Sunscreens for Summer”

Skin Cleanse & S.W. Basics Cleanser

Often less is more, especially when it comes to skin care products for sensitive skin. For several months I had been using a DIY cleanser with a rosewater base from a recipe in Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore. (The signed edition of the book is available on the S.W. Basics website.) When I ran out of my last batch of DIY cleanser, I decided to try the S.W. Basics Cleanser as it also has a rosewater base.

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Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Evolvh UltraShine Shampoo & Conditioner
During the last six months I’ve been testing out a lot of different hair products in an attempt to find the ones that work best for my hair type – a top layer that is straight, dry, prone to frizz, and refuses to be manipulated by products or styling tools, an undercoat that is thick and naturally curly, and an increasing number of grey strands that prefer to stick straight out/up, screaming for attention. Add to that a sensitive scalp that suffers from bouts of folliculitis. Oh and there is my sensitivity to smell. While I do enjoy many natural fragrances, I am very particular about the note. I don’t care for the scent of rose, jasmine or a lot of the other essential oils that are often included in more natural hair care products.

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Greener, Cleaner Laundry Alternatives

laundry products
While I’ve been very impressed with the selection and performance of green beauty products, I haven’t had as much success with off the shelf household cleaning products. There is a lot of DIY information for using the basics (vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, etc.) along with essential oils, and for the most part I’ve transitioned to these for cleaning floors, windows and other solid surfaces.  However, I find the idea of making my own laundry detergent intimidating (or maybe just too time consuming). Most of the online recipes I’ve found begin with grating bar soap and my experiences with grating non-food items usually end with an extended clean up of the food processor or scraped knuckles. Also, I prefer to wash my clothes in cold water and I’m concerned that the grated soap will not dissolve. Luckily I’ve been able to find a few cleaner, greener laundry products that are also effective.

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Aila Nail Polish – Prime Base Coat, Bodega & Better Than Gel Top Coat

Today most mainstream nail polish brands are 3 free – free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and toluene. And for green beauties, 5 free nail polish, which is also free of formaldehyde resin and camphor, has become the new standard for greener, cleaner nail polish. Now, a few brands have raised the bar even higher to eliminate additional toxins. Alia polish is 8 free – free of the of all of the chemicals excluded in 5 free polish and also free of parabens, TPHP, and sulfates. It is also vegan and gluten-free, but is the Aila Top Coat really better than gel?

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