25 March 2013

Products I'd Repurchase: A Green Beauty Collab

Brianna from iluvjesse444 had the great idea of doing a green beauty collaboration highlighting our favourite products that we'd happily repurchase.  As much as I love testing new products out, there are quite a few favorites that I stay loyal to as well.  These are products that I use regularly - things I either can't imagine being without or things that I'll stray from temporarily before inevitably returning to.  I had a hard time choosing, but I finally narrowed it down to these fifteen.  A lot of these I've done full reviews on, so if that's the case, it'll be linked down below, should you be looking for more information. 



1. Yarok Feed Your Roots Mousse   [Review]
I might have a lot of hair products in rotation, but on a day-to-day basis, I'm really pretty basic.  Shampoo, conditioner, and this mousse to style with. Basically, it hits every single one of my bucket points for a styling product.  It defines my curls and gives a light hold without leaving any crunchy or sticky feeling, and though it smells great, the smell doesn't linger on my hair.  I've actually just purchased the full size of this after finishing up the mini, travel size I'd originally bought.

2. Balm Balm Fragrance Free Multi Purpose Lip Balm   [Review]
Not only is this a great lip balm, but it really is multi-purpose as the name suggests.  It has a soft balm consistency that melts on contact with your skin and I've used it on my lips, random dry patches, all over my face, and even as a makeup remover.  Not surprisingly my tube is starting to run low, but I'll definitely be buying another when I run out! 

3. Bare Minerals 100% Natural Lipstick in Bavarian Creme   [Review]

I doubt I ever would have tried these lipsticks if I hadn't had a Sephora credit note to spend, but thankfully I did!  They're a little on the pricier side at $15USD/$19CAD, but I do think they're worth it.  In particular, I love Bavarian Creme, which is an amazing pinky-mauve.  It's that perfect "my lips but better" color on me.

4. Loose Mineral Eye Shadows

Although I can appreciate the convenience of pressed shadows, I really do love my loose shadows.  Pigmentation is generally not something you need to worry about with loose shadows and I really don't find them that much more difficult to work with.  Since I probably could have made a list of just the 15 eye shadows I would repurchase, this is kind of a cheat item.  Pictured here are a few of my top picks from Shiro Cosmetics, The Chequered Lily Apothecary, and Persephone Minerals (which is no longer around, unfortunately.)

5. Aura Cacia Organic Argan Oil   [Review]

Considering all the hype, I actually waited quite a while to try argan oil, but once I did, I was hooked!  I use it on my hair after every shower and occasionally on my face too, if it's feeling dry.  I also used it in the homemade body oil I made to combat winter dryness.  I haven't tried a ton of brands, but I really like Aura Cacia's oil and I'm fairly certain it's the one I'll be repurchasing once I use up my current bottle.  It's great quality, affordable, and I prefer the pump top to a dropper or other dispenser.

6. Lucy Minerals Lucy Light Finishing Powder   [Review]
I know I've talked a lot about Lucy Minerals' foundation, but I don't think I've given enough love to their finishing powder.  I originally bought it to use in combination with their foundation, but recently, I've also been using it as a setting powder for a few other foundations.  It looks peach in the jar, but it goes on translucent, so it doesn't add any extra coverage or make you look cakey.  It just sets your foundation, extends wear time, and slightly blurs any imperfections or fine lines, making them less apparent.

7. Silk Naturals Sleep in a Jar in Light Peach   [Review]

I use this under my eyes, pretty much every single day, whether I'm wearing a full face of makeup or not.  I'm one of those people who always has some degree of dark circles to conceal and this does a fantastic job brightening the whole under eye area.  I've been using it for nearly two years now and I've only just recently started on my second jar, so it's a product where a little bit really does go a long way!  On a slightly related note, I've also just recently discovered what I think is the dream team of undereye concealers: Vapour Illusionist Concealer + Sleep in a Jar.  More on that another time!

8. Silk Naturals Lip Products   [Review]
Silk Naturals is also one of my favorite companies for lip products.  The majority of them are under $5 and the quality really is top notch.  I wouldn't repurchase every single colour I have, but there are at least a good 5-6 shades that I wouldn't want to be without.  Pictured here are Shrieking Violet Liquid Lip Gloss and Dame Buttercream Lip Glaze (which seems to be discontinued, rats!)  I've accumulated several more than I what I had when I wrote the original review - let me know if you'd be interested in seeing an updated collection post.

9. Young Living Moisturizers   [Review]
Young Living's moisturizers have been favorites of mine for years now and I've repurchased them multiple times.  The Boswellia Wrinkle Cream used to be my top pick, but this winter, I really loved the Sandalwood Moisture Cream, so I'm not sure which one I prefer anymore.  Both of them are on the expensive side, but I haven't found another moisturizer I like as much as these two.

10. George's Always Active Aloe Spray Mister   [Review]
This is another fantastic multi-use product!  I first bought it to use as a makeup setting spray, and while it works great for that, it's also become a much loved step in my daily skincare routine.  I use it morning and night, in between my toner and moisturizer.  It's great for adding an extra kick of hydration that gets sealed in when you apply moisturizer on top.  I also love using it before applying any facial oils, since it helps them rub in a little easier, much the same way that applying body oils to damp skin does.  If that's not enough, I've also used it in my hair and it's great for skin irritations and burns too! 

11. Faerie Organic Forty Winks Eye Primer   [Review]
This is a fairly new discovery for me, but it's something I already can't see myself being without!  With Forty Winks, my eye makeup doesn't budge for a good 14 hours.  It also has super clean ingredients and is seriously the best eye shadow primer I've ever used.  

12. Lip Liners

When I hear people complain that natural lip colors/glosses/tints don't last long enough, I always point them to lip liners.  On their own, they aren't the most hydrating of lip products, but for times when I really want my lip colour to last, I always opt for filling in my entire lip with a lip pencil and then applying lip balm or a sheer gloss on top.  I especially love this technique for bolder lip colours, since you don't have to worry about them sliding around on your lips.  Pictured here are are Zuzu Luxe in Fraise and LUVU Beauty in Classic Red.

13. Zuzu Luxe Mascara in Onyx 

I hope you aren't sick of hearing me talk about this mascara!  It's a true black colour, thickens nicely, is decently buildable, lasts all day, doesn't smudge or flake, and doesn't irritate my eyes.  I've probably repurchased it ten or more times.  

14. Badger Balm Cocoa Butter Lip Balm in Creamy Cocoa

Along with the Balm Balm, this Badger lip balm is what I used to keep my lips hydrated through this cold winter.  It's creamy, super hydrating, and thick enough that it lasts a nice while on your lips too.  The Creamy Cocoa one has no added essential oils or fragrance, which lets the amazing cocoa butter smell shine through.  Love it!

15. Humphrey's Witch Hazel Astringent

This is another product I can't see myself being without.  Recently, I've been using it to mix up a homemade witch hazel and glycerin toner, but even when I wasn't using it on a daily basis, I still enjoyed using it as an occasional treatment.  Witch hazel is phenomenal for keeping your pores clean and there are also tons of other uses for it.  My favorite brand is Humprey's, which is literally just witch hazel extract in a small amount of alcohol.  I've actually just bought a new jumbo size bottle of this stuff!


So, those are my top choices for products I'd repurchase!  Do any of these make your repurchase list too? 

Also, make sure you  check out the list of other green beauties participating in the collab by clicking here!




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27 comments:

  1. So many wonderful products! Heard so many talk about the aloe Vera spray....I think it's time for me to try it also haha~ great list! Now you made me add more eye shadows to my wish list >.<

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    1. With all the great companies out there, it's so easy to accumulate a massive eye shadow wishlist! And, you should definitely try the aloe, it's fantastic. I'm not surprised it ended up on a few of these lists today! :)

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  2. The products I'd defo be buy again are

    Face
    Cleasing gel "a fior di pelle" - alchimianatura
    Tonic from Spiezia Organics
    Face Serum from Green Love
    Just eyes from herbfarmacy
    Scrub from Pukka

    Body
    Rodin Olio Lusso Body Oil
    Baby body gel from handmade naturals
    Rahua volumous shampoo
    Biofficina Toscana Hair conditioner
    Skin rescue balm from Herbfarmacy

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    1. I haven't tried any of those, but I'll have to give them a look! I've heard good things about Rahua and Herbfarmacy from a few different people now :)

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  3. Love your list! I use the same Badger lip balm, I just did not include in my list, but I have repurchased it so many times! I think I am going to order some lip liners from Luvu to try. I love lip liners and I have never tried anything from that brand. Lovely post, as usual! xx

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    1. Thanks! I've used other Badger products for years, but somehow I never tried their lip balms until this year. Not sure how I managed that, but I'm hooked now!

      Luvu has some really nice products and, for me, it's neat supporting an almost local company - they're only a couple hours from me. It's sometimes hard to get a clear idea of the colours on their website, but the lip liners are really lovely :)

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  4. I get very jealous of some of the brands you can get in the US, I love the balm balm products, I adore anything multi-purpose. x

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    1. I feel the same about all your lovely sounding UK brands! Naturisimo's free worldwide shipping is what's finally spurred me on to try Balm Balm and a couple others :)

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  5. Definitely with you on Balm Balm, Badger and Bare Minerals. Really want to try Zuzu Luxe, hoping I can find them available over here soon! Great choices :) x

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    1. I hope so too, they're a great brand. They really need to make it to Europe already :)

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  6. Awesome list! Badger is on my list too. They sell the big bottles of George's aloe at big carrot in the vitamin shop. Really wanna try sleep in a jar, might have to bite the bullet and pay the ridic shipping charge.

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    1. Haven't seen the George's aloe at the BC, but I'll keep an eye out next time I'm there!

      When I first started ordering from Silk Naturals, the shipping was a lot cheaper. It's pretty bad now, but at least the actual products are affordable. I figure it more or less balances out :)

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    2. valid point! I'm trying to use up a bunch of samples and then I'm definitely ordering.

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  7. I'm especially wanting to try out Yarok's hair care products after reading about them on your blog! Also, after I finish up my Kahina Giving Beauty argan oil I'm definitely going to try out the Aura Cacia one. And definitely the Zuzu luxe mascara! Xo, Audreiana from True Beauty By Nature

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    1. Definitely some of my favourite products :D Can't wait to hear what you think of them!

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  8. I am really surprised nothing of ours overlaps, actually. We normally have similar taste! I see that George's Aloe is very popular throughout these posts, its something I will definitely buy once I get through some of my other facial mists.

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    1. That's true! I've been kicking myself that I didn't include Dr. Bronners. I ran out and haven't replaced it yet...it completely slipped my mind when I was gathering products. I think you'll really like the aloe :)

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  9. yay for silk naturals peach concealer! I use it a lot, too, although recently, been finding it hard to find a good base for it. When I use it on its own, it tends to make my eyes look dry (I've got super thin skin around my eyes) and when I apply it over my cream concealer, it creases super fast. But I love the peachy color. Brightens my eyes instantly and helps counter most 'degrees' of dark-circleness :>

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    1. I've pretty much always used it on its own, since I've had the worst time finding a cream concealer I like, but it doesn't cover as much as I'd like. I've been using it with Vapour's concealer just the last few days, which has been working well (coverage is amazing together!) but I do get a tiny bit of creasing...I'm still trying to sort that out!

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  10. Seen this post everywhere,sounds interesting to do the same post.It's just i've been pretty much occupied with my works these days :( I even rarely blog walking these days :'(

    Oh,btw i've bought samples of lucy minerals foundation.8 colors of them,it's pretty confusing to choose which shade that matches to our skintone,isn't it?

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    1. I can relate, it's hard to keep up with blogging when you get busy!

      A lot of people recommend doing stripes on your jawline to see what blends in the best. That's how I start and then once I've found a colour that looks like it could match, I apply it to only one side of my face and see how it looks compared to the other, no makeup side. That's the easiest way I've found to tell if it's a match:) How do you like the foundation?

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    2. Right,my twitter is more active than anything else these days since it can only hold short msgs :D

      Jawline?how to do that?mind to show the techniques by pics?:O I just simply apply each color everyday to see which one that matches to my skintone.And it got me dizzy since they all look similar @_@..
      I think the coverage is better than TANF,however I haven't found color that matches to my skintone,especially for my dark eye circles.Ugh,this is what I hate about online shopping.We have to order many colors just to find the right shade for us :(..

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    3. CaitieMarch 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM
      It's so difficult matching online, absolutely! Not so much the actual article, but the photo here is basically what I meant:
      http://mylaupshaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/foundation1.jpg

      Lisa Eldridge also has good video on finding your foundation shade if you feel like giving it a watch :)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVVnn0myFeI

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  11. I have to try the Sleep In The Jar. I keep hearing such rave reviews about it. Also the George's Aloe Spray is so great. I forgot to mention it in my repurchase post!!

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    1. You should! It really is a lovely product:)

      There are a couple things I forgot to mention too!

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  12. Too bad that Persephone Minerals isn't around anymore, they had some awesome stuff! I'm also a big fan of Silk Naturals.

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    1. I realized recently just how many companies that I've bought from aren't around anymore! Persephone shadows are some of my favourites

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