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A long time favourite, ever since I discovered it years ago. Seriously, just check my Yearly Favourites for the last four years! Full coverage, blendable, lasts all day, affordable – what else would you want? Minimal ingredients too. Review here. Don’t forget the code to save 25%!
Another very full coverage foundation that is housed in adorable “English Rose” style packaging. You need so little of it compared to some of the other brands – and that’s exactly why I love it.
One of the best natural foundations on the market for sure. Really nice semi dewy finish with light to medium coverage and good staying power. Great nontoxic ingredients like hyaluronic acid. natural vitamins, antioxidants & minerals. Review to come your way pretty soon, but please rest assured to know it hasn’t left my #yearlyfavourites or #HolyGrails for at least four years – that says something, doesn’t it? Full review here.
This is my Holy Grail complexion product at the moment and for the last year as well. It does all the things you want your tinted moisturiser to do plus it has a built in SPF30 – perfection if you ask me. I never want to be without it! This might be my favourite BB cream / tinted moisturiser product – and my favourite green beauty product I have tried in a really long time! It is light, but yet gives the most amazing luminous finish to the skin – I can see my skin but it also miraculously blurs all the imperfections – talk about real time Instagram filter? It does not tug or can be felt on the skin, which is exactly how I like my make up to be. Lasts all day. *Update March 2020 – the brand has sold out to ELF, I am watching this space & expect the products be reformulated for the worse.
This is very comparable to Inika certified organic foundation, great ingredients, light coverage (less than foundation, but buildable). Great product all around, but I wish this had SPF in it. If you aren’t looking for SPF in your BB cream (for photography flash or other reasons), this is the product for you. Did I mention 80% of ingredients are organic? Inika review here.
My favourite concealer ever! I could talk about it for days, no kidding. I have stayed with it for the last five years through branding, production and packaging changes and it is still the item I reach for every single day. True workhorse or Holy Grail if I know one. Full coverage, moisturising, creamy and all natural. See my review here.
My second favourite concealer, very comparable to the Hynt Beauty, only this is kind of sticky and does not fully set. Still a great product, if you can’t get your paws on Hynt Beauty, get this one. Full coverage indeed. See review here.
POWDER CONCEALER/ CORRECTOR
Get these brilliant colour correctors made from pure minerals – the most full coverage pigmentation I’ve ever seen, truly amazing! Full size for only 8$ CA – a steal, considering you will get years use out of them! See review here. Again, don’t forget the code above.
It is clear, finely milled, blurs your imperfections like pores like a dream and it lasts. What else could you want? It is the only setting powder I own, and that’s saying something! *Update March 2020 – the brand has sold out to ELF, I am watching this space & expect the products be reformulated for the worse.
- Inika Peachy Keen (loose)
Oh my gosh, where do I begin? This is my most favourite green beauty item ever and I never want to be without it, ever! Want Nars Orgasm alternative without the nasty chemicals in it? This is it – and it looks good on every skintone! See me talk about it and other natural Nars Orgasm dupes here.
It is a so pigmented that you only need a tiny dip with a brush for both cheeks application, promise. Meaning it will last you years! Such a fun vibrant color too, guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Did I mention it is an absolute bargain too? 12$ CA for a whopping 9gr of product when blushes are normally 3gr. Bargain worldwide shipping too. See review here. Video swatch on my FB page here.
Check out my old blog here for lots of reviews 100%Pure products. I’ll be honest, skincare didn’t work for me, but I still dig their make up. Make up with fruit pigments, I mean really? Yes, and this Mimosa blush is a firm favourite in my (natural) make up collection.
It adds a beautiful sun-kissed glow to your skin that looks and feels natural. Perfect for use over your foundation, or simply apply on your fresh-faced skin for an added glow.
A beautiful sun-kissed glow to your skin all year round. Very clean ingredients and very pigmented too. Comes in different shades and pressed format too. Go get it and thank me later 🙂 Inika review above.
One of the best green beauty mascaras for sure! I am really impressed by it, gives great length & volume, never smudges or flakes – very impressive all rounder really. Rivals conventional mascaras, but is all natural. Why, yes please! #greenlifeindublinapproved *Update March 2020 – the brand has sold out to ELF, I am watching this space and expect the products no longer be natural?
This mascara has been my Holy Grail for years now and a repurchase over and over and over time and time again.. Great length and volume, no smudges or flakes, ever – I mean could you ask for more, really? A pure, mineral-enriched formula, Ideal for sensitive eyes Certified Vegan. Certified Halal. Certified Cruelty-Free. Any Inika mascara is amazing!
The only highlight I ever use, true story! The tube looks tiny, but you are guaranteed to get months if not years use out of it. Not too golden, not too pink, perfect balance in colour to suit all skin tones, and I am yet to see the person who wouldn’t love it. Tiny shimmer particles do not translate to the face, you are only getting healthy and gorgeous glow. You can make it subtle if that’s your thing, or really pile it on if you want to be seen from outer space – your face, your rules! Did I mention that it is certified Organic, Halal & Cruelty Free?
The softest and most pigmented eye liner in green beauty world. I have tried many, but I always come back to this. In all honesty it smudges a bit, but giving you instant rock chick look without you having to do a thing.
SINGLE/ DUO EYE SHADOW
If I were told I could only keep one eye shadow product that’s not a pallete, this would be it! Shimmery neutrals are my jam, as well as Inika, so you get the idea. Very pigmented and long lasting, you can’t really go wrong with Inika! There’s more shades and loose mineral shadows too.
EYE SHADOW PALETTE
One of my favourite things from 100%Pure, perfect every day palette, where you don’t have to think of having to match all the different colours or having to faff around with loose shadows. All pressed, natural and in one convenient palette. Perfect for travels too.
My perfect nude lipstick period, nothing ever can come close to that – purely because of how well the colour suits me. If you have been searching all your life for your perfect nude, you will know what I mean. Creamy, moisturising, all natural, good staying power – I could go on! Comes with a flip top with a mirror and a lip balm too. Hynt review here.
Another of my favourite natural lipsticks. The packaging is out of this world gorgeous, all natural, made with fruit pigments and so creamy. Be mindful with a shorter shelf life and don’t save it for “that special day” – every day is a special day and you should celebrate that with a beautiful lipstick
See above. Another formula of lipsticks from the same brand – with some bold colours and a bit less cute packaging. Whoever said natural beauty world lacks strong exciting colours, clearly hasn’t seen this range!
Oh my gosh, where should I begin? If you loved Lancome Juicy Tubes, you need this in your life! Perfect dupe, only with natural ingredients and made with real gems – say what? I even made a whole post dedicated to these lip glosses here.
Have been a firm favourite for nearly a decade. Moon Balm has a different texture and feel – and is replaced way before I run out if it. A true workhorse.
Both equally amazing. 2019 discovery for me, despite them being around for a few decades! Don’t ask what rock I have been hiding under. I have no excuses.
ISUN Skincare holds a very special place in my heart, peruse reviews on my blog, I have many. High vibrational products produced with only the best ingredients, wildcrafted plant extracts – and the quality reflects it.
My absolute favourite skincare products! Can’t live without them, period. Not only they are suitable for my uber favourite skin, but they help manage my dermatitis in a way no other products did. See full review here and don’t forget my ambassador code “Renata15” saves you 15%
Pricy, but oh-so-beautiful! I really enjoyed using it, see review here. Let’s put it this way, if you pressed me to get rid of all my facial oils and choose only ONE for the rest of my life, it would be this. Enough said!
Much more wallet friendly face oil option – and this is the best rosehip oil I’ve tried to date. A cult favourite not only on the green beauty scene but also on the conventional one too – I think this is the most featured “editor’s favourite” natural product to date. Want natural retinol alternative? This is it – you won’t believe the changes in your skin in one month.
Living Libations is on another level when it comes to the true natural products and ingredients. You might balk at the price first, but soon you will be a convert, trust me. This oil is a true multitasker, you can wash with it and use as your only one product if you like – it is good for face, body or as a hair treatment. Ingredients are fantastic. Living Libations review here.
WATER/ ALOE BASED SERUM
Great healing ingredients like turmeric supercritical CO2 extract and german blue camomile oil, if you only get one thing from the brand, I recommend this one.
Oil free serum packed full of anti-aging and regenerating ingredients. A true natural powerhouse.
Very healing gel packed full of great ingredients! It was a key player in healing my dermatitis, so I recommend it highly. Can be used to treat itchy sensitive scalp too, so it’s a true multitasker well worth the money.
OIL BASED SERUM
- see facial oils
Get this, one sample pot of this was enough for me to put this into my Yearly Favourites! Amazing healing properties like no other, so so good for my #dermatitis that I consider it as my Holy Grail product ever since I discovered four or five years ago. Went through a few full sizes and I never want to be without it ever again. Pricy, but worth every penny to me.
Holy Grail product for my dermatitis prone skin, it works like magic healing it in no time. Can’t be without it. won’t be without it. Expensive, yes, but worth every penny to me.
*PS – I don’t have them both at the same time, only one, as not to waste a good product. I get whichever is on a good deal at the time (always watch deals like a hawk, haha!) – I find that in terms of efficiency they are both equally impressive.
Pricy, yes, but once you try any of Living Libations product, you won’t want to go back to whatever you had before. The quality is far superior to anything else on the market and this 15ml bottle of pure essential oils blend is guaranteed to last you over a year. Review.
See descriptions above, both are way better than any dermatitis products I’ve tried to date. Both worth every penny. Watch the deals if you are on a budget like me. One jar lasts a year and doubles up as an under eye “cream”, so I deem them both worth the price.
My love for Bella Aura products knows no bounds – they are so well suited for my dermatitis prone skin, in fact they healed it is a matter of days. As long as I stay on Bella Aura train, using their products exclusively, my skin is happy and healthy. If I fall off the wagon, testing other products, my skin protests very soon. I never want to be without those products, ever. The best skincare a green beauty world has to offer. truly.
FACE CLEANSER (GEL /CREAM/ LIQUID)
My favourite gentle cleanser – see review here. My love for Bella Aura is infinite for one simple reason – this is the best line a green beauty has to offer. If the products suit me, uber sensitive skin gal, chances are they will suit you too.
My second favourite, a very gentle milky cleanser that does not irritate my uber sensitive skin. A rare find indeed, as 98% of them do that. Very good value for money as you get a huge 200ml bottle.
If you are into a balm cleansers, this is a good one. Rosehip oil based, so excellent for the skin. See my review here – and please know it is a true multitasker too – can be used as a balm, on the face, body, lips, elbows, cracked heels, hands, etc.
Another great multitasking product with amazing healing ingredients! This oil can be used as a cleanser, moisturiser for the face or the body, hair treatment and so on.
MOISTURISER WITH SPF
Possibly the best city face SPF product – you get a giant 120ml bottle with a sanitary pump, the product is non drying, quickly absorbing, no dreaded white cast, no breakouts – could you ask for more? I always come back to this. A firm favourite for the last five years.
BALM WITH SPF (BEACH BALM & LIP BALM)
FACE EXFOLIANT (GENTLE)
MAKE UP REMOVER
- Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm
- followed by Bella Aura cleanser
EYE MAKE UP REMOVER
UNDER EYE CREAM
It really does make a difference – see review here. Plus you get 30ml of product, double the standard size, so it does last you a good while.
Gets your skin red carpet ready, no less! Whenever my skin is at it’s worst – red, inflamed, patchy, dry in places – I always reach for this and it always helps. Not everything from this brand worked for me, but this mask is the reason I come back time and time again. Read my full review and tip how to make this mask last 3x longer here.
Great mask with turmeric, I really love it. Please keep your eyes peeled for a review in a near future.
Equally as good as the Caffeine Sheet Masks, I try to have one for special occasions.
Want to try Korean Beauty but want natural stuff? This is the way to go! Certified organic, no less. Review.
- Isun Skincare Ormus Myst
- Alteya Organics Certified Organic Chamomile Water
- Alteya Organics Certified Organic Rose Water
One of my favourite things of the moment, it is really beautiful! Definitely going into my Current Favourites very soon. Did you know it has an incorporated oil too?
FACE /NECK TOOLS
- Kathleen Natural Facial Sonic Cleansing Device
- Kathleen Natural Facial Ionic Treatment Device
- Ermana Jade Face Roller
- Ermana Rose Quartz Face Roller
- Living Libations Rose Quartz Facial Roller
Another budget option, the brand is a pleasant discovery of 2019, see here.
Yet another budget option with a scent to die for! Review here.
Luxe option if you want to treat yourself!
for the purists of us out there
for the green beauty luxury lovers
Ayumi is a pleasant (and budget!) discovery of the 2019 and Sandalwood range is my favourite. See more here.
Work amazingly well and no baking soda in sight! See more here.
A deodorant as you never knew it – pure essential oils blend. Not kidding, see Copal Musk one reviewed here.
Reviewed here, it is one of my favourite products from the line. Actually, the whole line is a favourite! Budget friendly too, but not purist level natural, so be sure to read review first.
See a review here.
A treat for the body that I don’t want to run out of. See me talk about it more here.
Shimmery option with mica:
Evolve Organic Beauty Satin Gloss Body Oil (smells amaaazing!)
My new favourite because of the amazing scent, Tahitian monoi with hibiscus. I consider it a wellness product, because there is nothing better than applying it post shower. The scent lasts a few hours, the softness, a few days!
BODY SPF PRODUCT
Both trusty faves in Casa Green Life In Dublin. Green People is a true workhorse used every summer for a decade. 100%Pure is much easier to use on kids, as it is in a spray format, but a bit harder to get (for me)
My favourite AM hand cream. It is perfect for the daytime – sinks in quickly, leaving no residue and thus not getting in a way of what you want/ need to do. Some hand creams are too oily and might interfere with your tasks – driving, typing, etc. This is not those things.
It is perfect for the night time. Or Winter time. Rich, buttery, sinks in quick leaving hands soft, supple and happy. I want an endless supply! See post here.
DERMATITIS/ IRRITATIONS TREATMENT
- Dr.Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel
- Pure shea butter
- Laboratoire du Haut-Segala Organic Body Butter with Coconut Oil
- Living Libations Everybody Loves The Sunshine With ZInc Beach Balm. Not kidding, review here
Reviewed here. Long story short, this is my best natural shampoo! Pricy, not going to lie, but totally worth it in my opinion. More thoughts in that blog post.
Also good, a bit more affordable and a bit more drying version of Rahua shampoo.
This changed my mind about the solid/ bar shampoos, none of them worked for me, until this beauty came along. Full review here.
Really nice light organic conditioner that you can use as a leave in or styling product. It is a winner for me!
HAIR AND SCALP OIL
Great formula, the oil is not greasy, washes out well leaving hair silky soft, not greasy like most of the other hair oils do. Full size lasts for absolutely ages!
Reviewed here. How about a truly natural dry shampoo with probiotics? Say what?
DERMATITIS/ SENSITIVE SCALP
NATURAL(ISH) NAIL POLISHES
HEALTH & WELLNESS:
- Better You Magnesium Spray
- Ener C vitamin C
- Better You Magnesium Flakes
- Better You Vitamin D 300iu spray
- Better You Turmeric Spray
- Any Living Libations essential oil
- NYR Organic Defence EO Blend
- Pure Chimp Matcha
- Saint Come Essential Oils Sprays
- 1001 Remedies Pur Air
- Natura Siberica Revitalising Bath Salts
- Kiss The Moon Glow Bed Time Bath Salts
- Bloomtown Meadow Pink Himalayan Bath Salts
- Joik Warming Foot Bath Salts With Ginger & Mustard
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