Q&A Part IIII

Hooray for the last of the Q&A's, so sorry it has taken me a bit to finish these out! I've had a lot of you asking about the makeup I use as well as a hair tutorial for how I curl my hair. I'll get the tutorial up this weekend hopefully so I'll keep you posted on that!

Before we jump into all the details I feel like we need to chat for a minute. I'm sure most of you, if you've been around for a bit, know I did all-natural skincare for a couple years. I loved how I felt, how my skin felt and how my blood test levels looked when I had things checked at the doctor. I have hypothyroid as well as PCOS and some other health things so getting my blood drawn and levels monitored happens quite often for me. I started using Rodan and Fields because my skin needed help, it was dull and showing signs of aging... it looked tired. R+F gave me results, it helped so much and brought back some life and glow to my skin. I have ultra sensitive skin and the skin around my eyes began to get irritated so I stopped applying around my eyes. Then I had my blood drawn and some of my levels were kind of off. My doctor started naming the things that could cause the rise in different levels and the only thing I've really changed majorly is my skincare. So here I am, back to square one of where to go next? I've stopped using Rodan and Fields because although I had amazing results I'm going to really try and get back to a more all-natural approach. 

Some of you have asked what my skincare routine looks like, what I love and how I use them and here's the short answer... I don't have a good one at the moment. I am researching a lot, weighing out the pros and cons and trying to figure out the best route to take next. I will be sure to keep you posted and what I find but until then I just wanted us to be on the same page!

I've always loved using natural products on my body and around the home as much as possible, so a lot of my makeup favorites are on the "cleaner" side. I've been using these for a couple years now so I feel like I've finally found some great ones that withstand the test of time!

Eye Cream: The one thing that has been saving my poor irritated eyes is this Bless Beauty Balm. It is SUPER clean, amazing company, top notch ingredients, beautiful packaging and keeps my skin nice and hydrated. The smell is amazing! Also it can be used as a moisturizer or a cleansing balm, pretty sweet!

Concealer: RMS "Un" Cover-up 22 This was one of the first things I tried when I was switching all my makeup to natural and I have just loved it. It lasts me about 9 months, is nice and creamy, matches my skin well and just covers little blemishes here and there perfectly. I just use my finger to apply in a tapping motion right over the spot and it perfectly fades it. 

Under Eye Concealer:  Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle in the color #2 This is my saving grace with babies and young kids... I don't get enough good quality sleep and my dark circles can get pretty bad. It's lightweight and dewy, doesn't crease and doesn't look thick or cakey. Just apply with ring finger in a patting motion, less is more with this one.

All Over Face Powder: Jane Iredale PurePressed Base SPF 20 in the color Golden Glow I use this as my "foundation" type makeup. It goes on smooth, wears well all day and looks super natural.

Bronzer: Au Naturale Bronzer, I've tried Golden Henna and Kissed and like both! Apply with a loose fluffy brush for a natural looking application. I just dust the outside of my forehead, and right under my cheekbones. I've had the same tube for a year and a half and its still pretty full!

Compact Bronzer: Jane Iredale PurePressed in Cognac I'm aware this is more of a face powder but it is the perfect color and consistency to contour with. A lot of "bronzers" have too much sheen or glitter for my liking, this one is super matte and looks very natural applied lightly under the cheekbones and on the sides of the nose for a more chiseled look. I don't contour everyday but I love it to look natural yet still nice and crisp when I do and this is perfect for that!

Eyeshadow: I still use MAC eyeshadow because I bought them years ago and they last forever. My 3 colors I wear almost everyday are Mulch, Nylon and Goldmine. Mulch in the crease, Nylon under my brows and Goldmine to softly blend the two.

Eyeliner: Almay Pen Eyeliner I LOVE the ball point pen tip on this, it's super easy to control, wears well and doesn't irritate my eyes.

Lips: I've done a full post on these in the past but my favorite ones are NYX Matte. They wear so well, have amazing color payoff, a great color range and inexpensive!

Hopefully this helps for those of you who are having a hard time knowing where to start for some cleaner options. I'll keep you posted on my skincare updates over the next couple weeks!