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What started it all off for you?
My story is pretty different from most everyone else's that I've read! Growing up, my parents were always very into being natural, eating healthy, and using chemical-free products. I moved away from all this when I started getting into makeup in my early teens and used a lot of drugstore products, but there was always a thought in the back of my mind that those weren't the best choices. By the end of high school, I'd stopped wearing toxic makeup...really, I wasn't wearing much makeup at all! Getting back into makeup - and specifically, natural, non-toxic makeup - in my early 20's was a great feeling. I had more spending money and was able to research and shop online, plus I got to get excited about makeup again without that niggling guilt of using dirty products.
What was the first thing to go? (Ingredient or product)
Really, the only thing to go has been mainstream makeup. My skincare/bodycare/haircare has always been basically clean, although I've gotten more particular over the years about specific ingredients that I will or won't use.
What are you or what did you struggle to let go of?
Honestly, I don't think I struggled very much. There were a couple drugstore lip products and a MAC eye shadow that I held onto for a while in the hopes of finding natural dupes. (I was successful with the MAC, but I ended up giving up on the lippies.)
What has been your best find? (i.e a green product or a tip that you're really glad you've found/learnt)
Face oils! I was admittedly slow to fully embrace them, but now that I have, I can't imagine ever going back. My skin is super soft and radiant and looks the best it ever has.
What has been the worst thing about going green? What has been the hardest to transition or find an adequate green replacement of?
For me, the worst thing has been adapting to mainly shopping online. I'd love to walk into a store and just buy things again, but these days, I purchase probably 90% of my cosmetics/personal care products online. Even for items I can find locally, I usually hold off and order online, since I know how much cheaper they'll end up being! (A couple examples: Zuzu Luxe mascara is $16.70 online vs. $29.99 locally. Desert Essence conditioner is $6.05 on iherb vs. $12.99 in Canadian health food stores.)
The hardest thing to transition was probably nail polish remover. There are a lot of natural alternatives, but to be blunt, most of them just don't work very well. I tried several others before discovering Priti NYC's remover, which is amazing. Natural concealers have also been a challenge, but are something I struggled with before going completely natural too, so I'm not sure they really count!
Anything else to add? Any tips or tricks to pass on?
Nothing revolutionary, I'm sure, but -
1. Research, research, research. There's so much marketing that goes into any product label that the only thing you can really count on is the ingredients list. If you're just starting, make yourself a list of ingredients you want to avoid and carry it with you so you can crosscheck it against product ingredients. Even now, I'll sometimes pull out my phone and google an ingredient if I can't remember what it is or where it falls safety-wise.
2. Go at your own pace. Don't feel like you have to replace everything all at once, but equally, don't feel like you have to wait for things to run out before replacing them. Do whichever works for you, your circumstances, and your budget, or even a combination of the two.
3. Don't be afraid to DIY. I love luxe beauty products as much as the next girl, but sometimes I find myself reading ingredients lists and thinking "I could make this." And so, I try. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but it's always a fun effort. It's also a great way to get to know your ingredients and figure out what does and doesn't work for you.
Now to pass it on...I tag: Vivi of Eco Beauty Secrets, Ru of Short, Small & Sweet, and Marcella of Naturally Marcy. I can't wait to read your answers, ladies! :)