What's In Bianca's Make-Up Bag?
By Bianca Alexander
Ready to update your look? Then now is a perfect time to clean out your medicine cabinet and update your old, chemical-laden make-up bag with more natural cosmetics. Making the switch may require some effort, but it will keep harmful toxins away from your body and the environment. Here are a few favorite cosmetics from my make-up bag:
Foundation: Since denser make-up tends to clog pores, I skip heavier foundation for Dr. Hauschka’s Bronzing Fluid. www.DrHauschka.com. Mixing it with a few drops of their Rejuvenating Mask gives me flawless coverage (and a natural skin treatment) without the toxic build up I used to get from my old favorite, Laura Mercier. To freshen studio make-up when I’m on location: Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist, which replenishes moisture and calms my skin with biodynamic lavender and marshmallow. www.jurlique.com.
Eyes: Dr. Hauschka’s Eyeliner pencils are made with mineral pigments fused with natural quince wax so they glides on effortlessly, and botanical extracts that soothe the tender skin around the eyes. For defined lashes I use their Mascara Intermezzo made with soothing neem leaf extract. It conditions and strengthens my lashes so they actually grow longer and fuller! Dr. Hauschka’s entire line of decorative cosmetics—including blushes, eyeshadows and lipsticks--are so healing, you could even fall asleep wearing them without getting breakouts.
Lips: On days when I’m not on camera, I skip make-up altogether and go au naturale except for one thing I don’t leave the house without: lip balm. I picked up samples of Green By Nature’s Lip Butter in mint green tea and lip glaze in cherry mint last year at Natural Products Expo West and have been hooked ever since. Unlike most lip balms, all of their products are paraben, DEA, and sulfate-free. Their emollient lip butter protects against chapped lips, and their peppermint infused lip glaze gives great shine, while doing triple duty to cool and moisturize lips and freshen breath. www.greenbynaturebeauty.com.
For a matte finish: Jurlique’s Rose Silk Finishing Powder keeps me ready for my close-ups with the oil absorbing power of corn and rice starch combined with biodynamic essential oils that help balance skin. Best feature: this loose powder compact comes with a handy mirror and powder-puff for just the right amount of coverage. I also love Palladio’s purse-size rice paper blotting tissues. They’re made naturally from rice and control oil on two sides—a matte side that blots and absorbs excess oil, and a powdered side that comes in four skin tones to finish any look. www.palladiobeauty.com
To take it all off: After trying Comodyne’s 100% natural make-up remover cloths just once, I tossed my old Pond’s cold cream for good. Since they don’t contain harsh chemicals, they’re ideal for dry and sensitive skin but gently remove even the most stubborn eye make-up. www.comodynes.net.
Sustainable Make-Up Bag. I keep all of my fave cosmetics at my fingertips with a funky black and gold vintage Fendi purse I discovered when Feng Shui-ing my parent’s house this spring. It also doubles as a retro accessory. For great eco-friendly make-up bags, check out www.ecoist.com.
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