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. 


A FAT FLUSH WATER RECIPE FOR SUMMER

   Looking for the perfect compliment to your workout routine? Try this recipe for fat flush water!

 

Looking for the perfect compliment to your workout routine? Try this recipe for fat flush water!

      Your body needs enough water everyday to keep hydrated and cleanse itself of unwanted materials. Fat deposits that form on the body can be tough to break down and eliminate, but proper nutrition and exercise can help greatly with this.


     Fat is broken down when the body uses its fat deposits to produce energy. Oftentimes products are leftover from the chemical breakdown of this fat. If the byproducts are not used by the body as energy, they are then considered waste products that need to be removed. 
This is where the role of water comes in.

The Role Of Water
 

     Water is the vehicle used to remove these waste products from the body. The leftover materials from the fat breakdown are then filtered out of your organs by the water that you drink. The water carries the waste to your bladder where it is then expelled from your body through your urine.

How It Works

    Tangerine increases your sensitivity to insulin, stabilizes blood sugar, and increase your fat burning capabilities during exercise. Also high in Vitamin C, grapefruit increases your metabolic energy, burns fat, and increases energy. Cucumber helps you feel more full. Cucumber also reduces bloating and water retention as it is a natural diuretic.! Mint and Spearmint leaves aid in digestion and help the body eliminate fats naturally through the digestive process.

Fat Flush Water Recipe

2 Liters (64 oz.) Purified Water

1 Tangerine, sectioned

1/2 Grapefruit, sliced

1 Cucumber, sliced

4 Peppermint or Spearmint Leaves

Ice, (made from purified water) optional

Mix in a pitcher before bed and drink throughout the entire next day. Please consider using organic produce for this, if it is unavailable to you, thoroughly wash the produce before adding it to the water.

     Please be advised that you still need to exercise for your body to break down the fat. Once it is broken down through exercise,   fat can then be eliminated by the body faster and easier with the help of this water. Proper nutrition also plays a huge role as well.

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     I hope you enjoy the Fat Flush Water Recipe!                                                                                                                                              ...at the very least, this tasty recipe will give you some added nutrients and help you drink more water.

 
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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.

MAKING THE MAKEUP SWITCH FROM TOXIC TO VEGAN, ORGANIC

     As you all know, I try to be an advocate for green living in every aspect of my life. I am vegan, organic, and sustainable in almost every purchase I make. Up until now however, that has not been true when it comes to my make up. 

 Today I am excited to share with you the first purchase I have made in vegan organic cosmetics. 

RMS BEAUTY 

I was first introduced to RMS by a makeup artist and fellow vegan on a photoshoot here in NY. She has so much experience in the industry and knows that their products really work. 

My question was are they practical and long lasting in every day life? I know they look great on camera, but will they do the  job for me throughout the day? I have become so accustomed to my more Toxic but but long-lasting eye liners and mascaras that I am a bit skeptical when it comes to organics' staying power.

I purchased the RMS living luminizer, mascara, and karma eye liner/ cream shadow.

I really want to make the switch to an organic and vegan, non-toxic makeup. I have high hopes for my RMS makeup and will keep you all posted after testing out their wearability and staying power on myself. 

Check out my PRODUCT REVIEW SECTION to see my review of the RMS beauty products mentioned above!

 


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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.