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Beauty Obsession: Mineral Fusion Concealer

I’ve mentioned this before, but I inherited a lovely family trait: discoloration around my eyes and dark undereye circles. Sometimes, if it’s particularly bad, people think I have two black eyes or ask if I’m tired. And so, just like I feel like I’m on a quest to try every single eye cream in the world, I have a similar quest to test every concealer in the world, too.

I was cruising through Earth Fare a few weeks ago and picked up this concealer by Mineral Fusion on a whim—I’d just run out of the last bit of my non-natural concealer (see? my journey to all-natural cosmetics is still evolving, too), and I was not excited about facing another work day without it. Turns out? I’m in love.

What I tried: Mineral Fusion Concealer in Cool ($24.99)

First impressions: I studied the ingredients list before I decided to bring this little two-tone palette home with me, and I do have to say that I’m making a bit of a compromise, because it does contain phenoxyethanol, which I do not love. On the plus side, though, I like that it offers two shades—a pale, brightening shade, and then a deeper shade that matches my skin tone. In my previous, not-natural beauty life, I used a little pot of concealer in the same salmon shade from a brand I don’t go near nowadays, and loved the results. Now I feel like I’ve been reunited with an old friend!

Here’s the full ingredients list: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Silica, Jojoba Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract (Pycnogenol), Zinc Oxide, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice Root), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos Red Tea) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Phenoxyethanol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

What caught me by surprise: Its staying power. I put it on in the morning, top it with a little translucent powder, and don’t need to re-apply all day long. Plus, the creamy texture means I don’t have to use much.

Bonus: No fragrance, parabens, gluten, or animal testing!

Do you have a favorite natural concealer? I’d love to hear all about it! —Aleigh

(Images via Mineral Fusion)

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Link Love: March Mascara Madness

I’m so thrilled it’s March, you guys! It’s my favorite month: Springtime + my birthday = happiness. I’m also excited about this month’s Take the Boot Challenge at EarthFare—they’re offering a free Honeybee Gardens mascara if you trade in a not-so-clean mascara. (Love!) This is a mascara that’s been on my list to try since I read about how much Siobhan at No More Dirty Looks loves it. I agree with her that I’m not super enthusiastic about seeing phenoxyethanol on the ingredients list, but I’m also willing to at least take it for a test drive, comfortable that I know what I’m getting—and that it’s still a much better option than most of the traditional mascaras out there. Now if I can just dig up an old tube of synthetic mascara to exchange…

Here’s what else I’ve been reading+enjoying lately:

What have you been reading lately? —Aleigh

(Image via incurable_hippie)

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Spot This • Sport That

SPOT this Hunter Metallic Rain Boot ($145)…

…SPORT that Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Lana from Alima Pure ($11).


(Images via Nordstrom and Alima Pure)

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12 Bad Beauty Habits to Break in 2012

Freshly cleaned brushes laid out to dry—took 10 minutes to clean them!

As 2012 approaches, we’re starting to think about the year ahead and our hopes for it—including the habits we want to give up. Here are 12 bad beauty habits to break next year.

  1. Sleeping with your makeup on. Even if you use natural or organic makeup, it’s best if you take off the makeup you’ve worn all day before your head hits the pillow. Sleeping in your makeup can cause breakouts, but it also means you’re not using any restorative and soothing nighttime treatments that can help your skin regenerate while you snooze.
  2. Not cleaning your makeup brushes. It helps them last longer, work better and gets rid of the oils they pick up from your skin, which contributes to breakouts. We shared two brush-cleaning techniques back in October—they’re both pretty quick!
  3. Washing your hair every day. Julie says if you’re washing your hair more than twice a week, you’re probably over-cleansing. She recommends wetting your hair and using just conditioner on the days between shampoos—just be sure to rinse well. (Her favorites: Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Shampoo and John Masters Lavender and Avocado Conditioner.)
  4. Not getting enough sleep. Don’t take your sleep for granted—without it, it’s harder for your body to function. And it’s while you sleep that your body has a chance to regenerate and repair your skin cells. Less sleep=faster aging.
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Toxic cosmetics on

I was thrilled to discover Bloomberg’s slideshow on toxic cosmetics yesterday and had to share it with you. I’m always happy to see mainstream media pick up a story about the chemicals in conventional cosmetics, because I think it’s a topic that most of us are typically preaching about to the choir. Chances are, if you read this blog, you already know that there are some unsavory ingredients in many cosmetics products—or you’re curious about those products you’ve spotted in the health food store and wonder if they’re actually worth buying (they are!).

Check out the slideshow and let me know what you think—did you learn something new? Did you feel compelled to share this with your mom, your sisters or friends? Do you use any of the products mentioned? —Aleigh

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