MY CLEAN BEAUTY ROUTINE

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       I have been getting lots of inquiries lately about my skin care routine, and what clean beauty products I use. As flattering as it is to hear, "You have beautiful skin.", I can't stress enough that, I too, have had more than a few years of trial-and-error perfecting my skincare practice. Every skin type is different. Every person's skin is different. I have combination, dry and oily skin that is sensitive to harsh chemicals, and dark circles under my eyes that never go away. I firmly believe that plant-based nutrition, staying hydrated, exercise, and adequate sleep are far more important than any topical treatment will ever be at giving someone good skin. Products are often expensive, and it's wasteful to buy something that doesn't work only to throw it away. But I also really love enhancing my natural beauty with a little bit of makeup and know that cleaning and moisturizing are also essential to maintaining radiant, healthy skin.  

       I have tested and used all of these products for the past year, and know they are good investments. They all last for at least a few months if not longer, are cruelty-free, non-toxic, and are easy to purchase online or in a local store. I hope this list is useful to you, and that you can find some items that also work for you. Let me know, in the comments below, if you want to learn more or if you have any other thoughts on clean beauty routines! Here is my daily skincare routine, and the best products I've found for my skin type:


Face Wash Powder

Day and night. Apply a quarter-sized amount of powder into the palm of your hand. With your other hand, run water over your fingers, and allow a few drops of water drop onto the powder. I only use enough water to make a paste. Too much water added can make this difficult to apply. Massage gently on your face and neck, then rinse. Avoid rubbing vigorously and be very gentle around your eyes. Optionally, you can leave this on your face for 10 minutes as a mask. 

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Facial Moisturizer

Day and night. In the mornings I combine a quarter-sized dollop of this with my bronzing tint shown below. Rub between the palms of your hands, and gently apply in small, circular motions on your face and neck. At night time I do the same application, minus the bronzing tint. This lotion is not oily, but still wonderfully moisturizing. Ideal for sensitive skin.

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Renewing Night Conditioner

Night time only. One month treatment, 3 times a year. Applied before moisturizer after washed face. Open dropper and squeeze just enough drops as one hand can hold in its palm, without dripping out. For me it's usually about a nickel's size. This has the same consistency as water, so be careful not to waste it. Use your other hand's ring finger to dip in the conditioner, and apply it on the face... then neck. Repeat until dropper is empty. Follow with moisturizer above. I really love this product as it makes my face look healthier, my pores smaller, and my skin more supple.

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Bronzing Tint

Used daily with morning moisturizer. Apply 1-3 squirts with lotion listed above, depending on how dark you want the tint to be. Blend thoroughly with a dollop of moisturizer, and then apply all over face and neck. Play around with how much you add of this to your moisturizer. Start with less, blend with lotion, and if the color is still really white, add more. If the lotion looks too dark, you probably added too much. A little goes a long way! 

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Under-eye Concealer

Used when makeup worn. For covering dark, under-eye circles and other blemishes that may occur. Squeeze a pinhead-sized drop onto index finger and hold on under-eye area for a couple of seconds to help it warm. Then lightly blot with same finger to cover purple under-eye circles. Use lightest pressure possible to blot and blend. Use same technique for blemishes. I use the "light" shade.

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Brow Pencil

Used when makeup worn.  sharpen pencil every week, to get best application. Start by nose and work your way out, using light upward strokes that match the grain on your eyebrow hair. This stuff lasts all day, but is easily wiped off with your finger if you color our side of the lines. Use opposite brush end to comb brows and blend. I use the "flax" shade.

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Bronzing Stick

Used when makeup worn. Suck in cheeks to make cheekbones more visible. Apply a line of bronzing stick, starting in line with the center of your eye, and draw to hairline. Blend with ring finger down and evenly. This makes cheeks look naturally bronzed. Apply elsewhere on face depending on your face shape. I love my jawline, so also use same technique along jawline close to ears. I don't use under my chin. In the winter, I also use alone hairline to give a sunkissed look. Always blend thoroughly. More is easily added on top of the old.

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Contour/ Highlight Duo

Used when makeup worn.  I like this as a more natural-looking eye pallet, to contour eye crease and highlight eye lids. Use small makeup brush, or finger tip, to apply darker shade in creases of the eyes. Blend outward and don't apply close to eyebrow. Use same brush, or fingertip, to apply highlighter on eyelid. These can also be used as a highlighter on cheekbones, and a contour along cheekbones/ jawline/ hairline as described with bronzing stick above. I use a finger and not a brush for this. Blending again is key for a subtle enhancement. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE


Mascara

Used when makeup worn. Do NOT repeatedly dip wand in and out of tube, as this makes your product dry out faster. This will last you for at least 3 months if you don't allow it to dry out. Simply shake the tube when closed to get more mascara on wand, then open. Apply with wand in light, upward strokes. I only apply it to my upper lashes, but it may also be applied on lower lashes as well. Use light, downward strokes when applying on lower lashes. If one coat isn't enough, repeat until satisfied.  This mascara isn't waterproof, so it can be easily removed and doesn't cause lashes to break. It also doesn't smear throughout the day unless you cry or go underwater. I use the "pro black" color.

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This look achieved using products and techniques above.

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     I hope you enjoyed this look into my clean beauty routine, and that I've demonstrated how simple making a mindful makeup switch can be. What does your clean beauty routine consists of? What are your favorite products? Let me know, in the comments below, if you have any questions or thoughts about this post. 


THE BEST NATURAL VEGAN BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO TRY IN 2016

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We're almost a month in to 2016 and if you're anything like me, you're feeling more motivated than ever to be your best self. Maybe you've been hitting the gym again or finially trying that Yoga or Pilates class that you've been wanting to try. Maybe you are setting financial goals or picking up a meditation practice. And my biggest dream... maybe you've decided to take the plunge like I did and are finally trying the vegan diet (even 1-2 days a week benefits you and our planet!).

Although I can personally vouch for the amazing benefits of all the New Years resolutions above, I know how hard it can be in our busy lives to accomplish mindfulness, fitness and diet plans... no matter how dedicated we may be. That's why I am here to suggest an easier change for 2016. Why not get rid of all of those toxic beauty products you have been using, and replace them with some of my tried and tested favorites?

Not only are they better for you and our environment, but they work amazingly too. Check out my favorite natural vegan hair, makeup, and skincare products listed below for a new, greener you in 2016! 


Skin Care

Biodara's Creme de Clay Mask is an organic, vegan, purifying face mask that works wonders on all types of skin. Made with bentonite clay and roasted bamboo salts, this mask penetrates pores and detoxifies skin by extracting impurities. Organic bioactive oils and plant extracts further aid in the exfoliation of dead skin cells, and organic sea kelp and ionic trace minerals help soothe and moisturize the skin. 

I use this mask each night before bed. It feels so soothing to my sensitive skin, and it leaves my face felling refreshed with a revitalized glow. "BIODARA is an eco-conscious luxury skincare line that perfectly blends modern science with natural and organic bioactive botanicals." To find out more, view other products, and shop, please visit Biodara.com.

 

Lavett and Chin’s Coconut Moisturizing Facial Mist is perfect to moisturize and refresh your skin, both before and after makeup. It is a blend of seven amazing natural ingredients, and has been designed to be both refreshing and light for all types of skin. It features coconut extract, Aspen bark, and organic Bulgarian rosewater, all to aid in the absorption and retention of moisture in the skin. 

This mist is the perfect touch to finish off a dewey, youthful makeup look, or as a moisturizer after cleansing. It penetrates the skin and immediately delivers antioxidants, nutrients and moisture leaving skin feeling rejuvenated. I personally love to use it in the morning after I have applied my makeup, and as a refresher throughout the day. Visit LavettAndChin.com to purchase and find out more.

 

Makeup

W3LL People’s Expressionist Mascara instantly creates big, bold fluffy lashes. The high tech brush design precisely separates the thinnest, shortest, hard-to-reach lashes by expertly scooping up and lengthening each one. Lashes are nourished thanks to a synergistic botanical blend, and hyper pure mineral pigments create the “blackest of black” color for highly defined luxurious look. 

There are no harsh artificial chemicals or petroleum derivatives that can irritate the sensitive eye area. I love this mascara not only because it is 100% cruelty-free, petroleum-free, paraben free, coal tar-free, and aluminum-free; but also because it give me amazing, long, clump-free lashes that last all day long. Visit W3LLPeople.com for more information.

 

W3LL People’s Bio Bronzer Stick is an easy-to-use bronzer that gives your skin a natural sun-kissed glow. A multi-use cream stick, it can be applied as a bronzer to create a tanned look, or as a contouring shadow to give the face depth and dimension.

I personally use this bronzing stick as a contouring tool, concentration it below my cheek bones and along my jawline to create added dimension. Organic aloe leaf extract and olive oil help hydrate and protect skin, and its pure pigments adapt to virtually any skin type. I also love the portable stick design, as it is great for fool-proof application on the go. Visit W3LLPeople.com for more information.

 

Hair Care

Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner are 100% natural and organic and are especially effective for color-treated hair.

The shampoo is natural cleanser derived from coconut oil. It cleanses gently without removing color pigmentation, while Rahua oil molecules penetrate deep into the hair shaft, strengthening and fortifying weak, damaged strands. A light-lather shampoo that creates and maintains healthy, bouncy and lustrous hair while regenerating the scalp and hair follicles.

The Conditioner is a double-duty product, as it works as both a conditioner and a medium hold styling cream. The thick, super-rich formula creates manageable, soft hair without any build-up while protecting the strands.

It is hard to find a natural shampoo, and especially a natural conditioner, that preserve hair color, detangle knots, and strengthen my hair without them being oily and leaving my hair flat. Rahua shampoo and conditioner however have done wonders for my hair. It looks beautiful and feels stronger than ever before. Visit Rahua.com to try for yourself and to learn more about their products.

 

Lavett and Chin’s Sea Salt Texturizing Mist was formulated in 1999 to recreate the beautiful texture and body hair gets from a day at the beach. It thickens fine, limp hair by accentuating hair's natural texture. Years of research went into its development and have resulted in a formula that contains many vital minerals and nutrients to promote healthy hair and aid in hydration.

With pure maris sal, which is harvested from north america's only active sea salt bed, this hair mist is wonderful at achieving a “beachy” waved look, and is perfect for adding texture to any look. Visit LavettandChin.com for more information and to try out the salt spray for yourself.


Thank you for reading, and here's to an amazing 2016... a bold New Year in Beauty!

 
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Renee Peters

Renee Peters is a NYC-based model, blogger, and advocate of mindful, sustainable living. She strives to be a role model by using her platform for positive change. Through her blog, Model4GreenLiving, Peters seeks to reshape the way people think about environmental issues and provide practical tips and everyday actions for readers.  Peters uses social media to promote that same message, as well as one of self-love and body-positivity. She also volunteers, is an environmental activist, and is an avid learner of anything relating to the planet and its health. For booking inquires visit Muse Models NYC or Nomad Management Miami.