10 Best Non-Toxic Beauty Products/Tips to Get Your Summer Glow

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Let’s discuss and share our favorite summertime beauty looks and products with each other. Let me start it off: we all want to look pretty, but it should not be at the expense of harsh chemicals and synthetics that can clog and ultimately age your skin.

Particularly in the summer’s heat, there’s already a lot on the surface of your skin, what with sunscreen, serums, excessive natural oils, etc. and you don’t need chemicals baking into your pores.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out this prior post where I discuss the chemicals and additives in makeup in depth. The short of it is that in your makeup, there may be copious amounts of heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium.

There aren’t regulations restricting heavy metals in cosmetics in the U.S. There’s also tons of chemicals that comprise fragrances that make these products smell nice, but can unfortunately can lead to hormone disruption, neurotoxic effects and allergic reactions.

Then there’s nanoparticles, which are created by technologies now used in the cosmetics industry. Nanoparticles have the potential to penetrate the brain-blood barrier and can lead to health issues like DNA mutation and certain cancers.

According to a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group in 2007, products containing petroleum-based ingredients may be contaminated with a cancer causing chemical called 1,4-dioxane.

In fact, the study showed nearly ¼ of all cosmetic products may be contaminated with this ingredient. Additionally, the most commonly found petroleum product in makeup is phthalates, which are linked to endocrine disruption and certain cancers.

Yikes! Not what you were bargaining for when you wanted to just smooth out some under-eye circles right? Well that’s why I wanted to share my favorite products with you, most of which are completely non-toxic, to show that we don’t need to use the chemicals to boost your natural beauty.

1. Overall complexion.

It’s true I don’t wear foundation on a daily basis. I don’t think it is necessary. But when you do want to wear it, the Vapour Organic brand Soft Focus Foundation is super awesome- and that includes being compared to natural or non-natural brands! It is made of 70% certified organic ingredients and 30% natural mineral pigments & vitamins. It contains nourishing ingredients such as organic pumpkin and papaya complex, lysine (an essential amino acid), and the mineral silica.

It makes your skin really dewey and radiant, without all the petrochemicals and other scary crap. It’s my fave.

2. Eyebrows

For neat brows try the Brow Set by Mac. I like my brows to not be super skinny. I get them done occasionally at the Benefit Brow Bar in Bloomingdales. I say occasionally because the intent of getting them shaped every 3 weeks never happens in actuality.

I always seem to get sidetracked, or end up traveling somewhere. Whatever! In between I tweeze them myself, to the best of my ability, and I also use and like the Brow Set by Mac.

Mac is definitely not a natural makeup line, but for this product I don’t really mind because it only brushes the top of my brows and never touches the skin!

3. Skin just underneath eyebrow

Highlight the brow bone with Vapour’s Eye Shimmer in Cinder.

I’m also not a daily eye shadow person. But when I go out, I’ll add Vapour’s natural Eye Shimmer in Cinder, just on the brow bone below my brows. It is-of course, or course!- non-toxic, and adds a great highlight.

Another great way to perk up your whole face and add a girly elegance to the eye region without bright flashy colors. Maybe you are a daily eye shadow girl, in which case check this out as well as their other colors!

4. Underneath eyes:

For an undereye and blemish concealer, try the Vapour’s Natural Illusionist Concealer. This is a super smooth concealer that provides great coverage. I use a bit under my eyes when I’ve been up late (which happens more that I like), and if I get an (annoying), zit!

5. Lips

I love the Vapour Siren Lipstick in Desire, toped with Sally B’s Skin Yummies B Glossy lip gloss in Ruby Red. This my friends, is a biggie. You want to keep your lips looking youthful and healthy, and unfortunately, many of the aforementioned petro and other chemicals in lip products can really be a doozey on your lips, and even work to break down the collagen.

There is no reason to use unnatural lipstick. I repeat- none! There are such great options now. I love these lip products, and they work great.

6. Hair

Get a great bouncy haircut for under $100! I firmly believe that an awesome haircut is a must to make your hair look great every day with minimal styling. I have some layers cut all around my hair, so it bounces and so as to avoid the dreaded “Chrystal Gale” one-length look.

I pretty much wash and go, and I rub coconut oil into the dips, a few inches up from the bottom, to keep it from getting dry.

Great hair cuts don’t have to cut hundreds of dollars. New York ladies, my stylist Dee in the East Village is my go-to guy. I get a great cut for under $100 in his adorable three-chair salon called “3”, located at 90 East 3rd Street in the East Village. You can reach him at 646.385.6002.

7. Eyes

My go-to eye makeup: Vapour’s non-toxic Mesmerize Eyeliner in Black, and Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Mascara (available at any drugstore). I love the Vapour offers a natural eyeliner that works so great.

It also has a spongy blender tip on the opposite end of the pencil end, which I find indispensable for avoiding an unattractively harsh pencil line. At night, it’s easy to bump up more of a line for a more dramatic look.

I haven’t found a great natural mascara that I love, so I use good old Voluminous Mascara from CVS. I love the wand and how it separates the eyelashes.

I talk to most of the makeup artists on the film sets I too work on, and many say this it is a great mascara, that is pretty close to the $36 mascaras out there you’ll find at Bloomies.

I for one, will not spend north of $30 bucks on a mascara! I’d rather buy some organic groceries.

8. Cheeks

My all-time favorite blush ever: Vapour’s Multi-Use Blush in Courtesan. While I don’t use foundation every day, I will usually put a tiny dab of blush on.

I think a hint of cheek color is super feminine and brightens your whole look. And when you find an amazing one like this which is non-toxic, why not? I find the Courtesan color will really work great for most of us ladies’ skin tones, but they have other colors too.

9. Nose

Stay shine free with Sally B Skin Yummies Get Even Powder. If you have oily skin like me, then you’ll need a powder to keep your nose and T-zone area from looking like a localized oil-spill.

In the summer especially, I do often wear powder daily. This one is my fave. It really works to control shine, it doesn’t clog your skin and cause acne (the way many other mineral makeups ironically do), and it is non-toxic.

10. Neck:

If you’re feeling a bit pale, try the Solar Bronzer in Simmer. I try to get a little regular sun time, in safe, moderate amounts, so I don’t need the bronzer at the moment. But for my fair-skinned beauties, a little bronzer might add some nice, warming color.



Photo by Ylva Erevall



Last updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2016
  • Rachael

    Hi Kim!
    I really LOVE mascara by 100% Pure. It goes on well, lasts for awhile and the dark brown color is made with Cacao and smells like chocolate. I also end up having this mascara on at the end of the day, and into my hot yoga class and it never smears under my eyes. Its not the most lengthening of mascaras, but I have found that I love the look, and the company better than most I have tried at the drugstore. Check them out, I would love to know your opinion :) I also just purchased some amazing products from RMS that I am excited about.

    Thanks for all these tips! I love your book and have given it to at least 25 people since you started this green movement! So inspiring!


    • Kimberly Snyder

      Wow, thank you Rachael for spreading it!

      I’ll look into the Pure mascara. :)

      • Kim

        Arbonne has great product line. Certified vegan

  • lina

    There are so many great organic/natural mascaras to choose from, from dr.Hauschka to Gabriel (much cheaper), found as easily as at Whole Foods. L’Oreal is unfortunately one of top three the most toxic cosmetics companies, together with Revlon and Dior.

    • Kimberly Snyder

      I had always heard Nars was up there as well.

  • http://greenhausdesigns.etsy.com jenny

    Thanks Kim! I’m so glad to hear you use Voluminous mascara! I’ve been using it for years and I can’t find a natural or non-natural mascara that compares to it. Also glad to hear it’s ok to use!! I’ve been distraught the past few months trying to find a good natural one that won’t also cost me an arm and a leg. Now I know I can call off the search! ;D

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Well until there’s a better option at least, right? I have talked to many other natural beauty people and no one has seemed to find one that is amazing. I shall continue the search though!

  • Lisa

    Loved this article… will definitely be trying the Vapour line. I found a great natural mascara that I love, in fact it’s the only one I use. Check out 100% Pure’s mascaras. They are very pretty and smell fantastic!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Okay yes, a second recommendation on the Pure. Will check out, thank you!

  • Lorena

    As a newbie to your site I just want to say I love your site and love, love your book.
    Whenever you come out with your own beauty line, you have someone in toronto to support you!!!!
    Thank you for sharing all your knowledge.

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Thank you so much Lorena! I have a wonderful publisher who is based in Toronto, actually. :)

  • Krista

    Tarte all natural mascara is the bomb! Find it at Sephora

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hmm, will look into it!

  • JulieB

    HI Kimberly,
    I just read a glowing review in Lucky magazine for a new all-natural mascara from Origins called GinZing brightening mascara….I don’t think it’s available till fall, but I’m looking fwd to trying it after reading about the wonders of it :)
    Thanks for all the great tips!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Interesting, thank you JulieB! Origins uses a lot of questionable ingredients in other products, but I am willing to investigate this one. :)

  • Diane

    Hi Kimberly. I recently ordered some of the Vapour products and I love them. I also ordered some of their samples, to try some different colors for the eyes, cheeks and lips. I will definitely be ordering some more!!! In an unrelated subject, I was wondering what your thoughts are on natural progesterone. I was prescribed this from my Naturopath and I get this from an apothecary pharmacy. The progesterone was prescribed to balance out periods, help with adult acne and sleep. I have a mainly vegetarian diet, thanks to your beauty detox book and I am wondering what your thoughts are on this medicine. Thanks for everything you do=)

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Diane,
      Glad you like the Vapour! It is a fab brand.
      You are not the first to ask about natural progesterone, and I will do a blog on it soon, as it deserves more of a discussion. xx

  • Courtney

    Try Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara. It works great! Just as well as the high end commercial ones I used, and it only costs $11. It has a 2 rating on the Skin Deep website due to a few of the ingredients, but I believe L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara scored a 4 (more toxic). I also really like the lip balms and eyeliners from Honeybee Gardens.

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Okay great, I’ll check that out and the Pure. I know the L’Oreal is not natural, but I wanted to be honest about what I use and what works and what doesn’t. In a perfect world we would use all natural makeup- and I would not use synthetic makeup on my skin/lips. But a mascara search will definitely begin! xx

  • Allison

    For mascara I love Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara. The wand is amazing with stiff, long bristles that help separate the lashes. My lashes stay soft, not stiff. What do you think of Bare Escentuals eye products?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      I’m not a fan of that brand’s foundations, etc. because they use an ingredient called bismuth oxychloride. I’m not sure if it is in the eye products however.

  • Sarita Coren

    Hi Kimberly,
    I love your advice and get so much out of it. Your recommended products have been hits with me too. Loving Sally B’s Skin Yummies & Vapour too. For mascara, I love the mascara from JingAi, which means pure love, a new company started by Donna Cristino who is a doll – makeup artist, Thickening, lengthening, & the wand is flexible so it coats lashes easily. Hope you like it too! Xo

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Interesting! Thank you for the recommendation. I love the name.

      And I love your name! My friend is also named Sarita. She said it means “Sacred River.” Have you heard that too? xx

  • Nicole

    Fabulous post! Love the numbered diagram of your face. Skin care is something that is put on the back burner but is so important. And just because makeup is expensive does not mean it is natural or skin friendly!

    Kim, is your skin care line coming out anytime soon? Thank you for the recommendations in the mean time.

    I found a mascara a few years ago by Physician’s Formula that was mineral free and talc free and worked Amazing but for some reason they don’t make it anymore :(

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Nicole!
      Yes, the line will come and in the mean time I will be launching lots of other exciting surprises for you guys!!!
      The PA had a decent blush I used for a time- too bad about the mascara.

      Glad you like the diagram, it was fun putting together. :)

  • Linda-Marie

    Thank you for all the advice on enhancing our beauty without unnessesary chemicals. :)

    Since almost all the products you recommend are natural this question might be …stupid but I still wonder. How about animal testing? Are they cruelty free? I know L’Oreal isn’t.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Linda-Marie,

      Not stupid at all. Sally B’s is definitely cruelty-free and I am almost sure Vapour is as well!

  • Emily

    Hey there Kimberly!

    I loved all your makeup tips! BUT as a Kimberly Snyder advocate and fellow follower I do believe you should be using an all natural mascara. There is just as many contaminants in mascara as there is in other products! I have a couple tried a lot of different natural mascaras and some of my favourite are
    -Physicians formula-100% all natural, no animal testing
    -Tarte-Amazonian Clay Gifted mascara, no animal testing
    -Josie Maran mascara, no animal testing

    Perhaps you can add an all natural mascara to your makeup bag soon!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Emily,
      Tsk Tsk! Yes, as I mentioned above I wanted to be honest and share what I really do use.
      There are a few great reco’s here that I will look into!

  • Tammy

    Great advice! Do you have a referral code/discount for the Vapour line of products?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Yes there is a discount if you click on the links here!

      • Annie

        Hi Kim,
        I love what you have in the book, and would like to try those products you recommend above.

        I couldn’t find the promo code you mentioned on the Vapour web site, I am in Canada, their shipping fee is an extra charge on the top, it will be great if I can have the promo code to give their product a try.

        Many thanks.

  • Denise

    W3LLpeople brand is also wonderful.

  • http://healthyblossom.com Ana

    For mascara I love the physician formula organic masara! it works a lot better than others and they’re also available almost every where like walmart target and walgreens!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Okay I will try! Some said it was discontinued but maybe it was that location.

  • Pia

    I use Physicians Formula Organic wear mascara. It is organic, has no parabens, harsh chemicals, perservatives or fragrances and GMO free. It is usually about $15- and I usually find the pack with a bonus mascara in it (meaning 2 for 1)!

    • Kimberly Snyder


  • Jennifer


    I love your book and thank you for the great information you are sharing. I was disappointed with the Ojon haircare line as they have some chemicals so I had to return the product. Any other recommendations?


    • Kimberly Snyder

      Try Hamadi instead.

      • Kim K

        I was looking into Hamadi on the web and the shampoos have hydrolyzed wheat protein. I have terrible reactions to nearly every shampoo, natural or not. I’ve tried sulfate free and frangrance free but still have reactions. I’m thinking maybe I’m sensitive to the wheat protein. Do you know any brands that are all natural, soap free, fragrance free and that don’t contain wheat?

  • Megan

    Great story!!!!! Where can you find vapours brand? Just online??? I like to try to color on my skin tone…..

    By the way I love eyeko skinny brush mascara!! It does not have:
    – Sulfates
    – Synthetic Fragrances
    – Synthetic Dyes
    – Petrochemicals
    – Phthalates
    It’s the best! And it’s made with natural oils and will last 2 days if I wanted it to!!! Best of all it’s on 19$ at sephora!!!
    – GMOs
    – Triclosan

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Great, thank you. I’ll check out!

  • Karissa

    Great tips – as always! I have to say this summer I’ve been at the beach a TON and my hair is SO dry. I just picked up some totally organic Argan Oil from sevanibeauty.com and it’s made such a difference just on the first few uses. I chose this Argan Oil because it was pure first off but also its from a company that’s cruelty free and all their other products are vegan – something really important to me. Anyway – just thought I’d quick add that but love all your tips for a real summer glow!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      I brought back argan oil from Morocco when I was there in December. I’m glad it works for you- I have to say that I didn’t think it was any better than coconut oil for me, but we all have different hair.
      Thanks for contributing! xx

  • Rachel

    Hi Kimberly,
    I would be very interested in hearing your take on helping pms symptoms. About ten days before menstral cycle starts my digestion gets very slow, bowels get more stuck, anxiety and my appetite shoot up and I feel ravenous! My sweet tooth tends to be the hardest to control. I try not to deprive myself but make good choices by having your macaroons, truffles, dark chocolate or chia seed delight instead. Problem is I feel my cravings get so intense I overeat them and make the problem worse.I have the GGS every day and eat a mostly raw, living and properly combined diet. Any advice on certain foods to take in or avoid during this time?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hey Rachel,
      I have a few blogs on this subject. Check them out!

  • http://www.rawfoodbyjana.ch Jana

    Hi Kim, check out une cosmetics, it’s controled by ecocert. Unfortunatly it’s not yet available in the US, but if you are in Europe you will find it in certain countries. The blushes are amazing, and they have a tons of different shades. The mascaras are awesome too. I’m a professional make-up artist and love working with those products.
    Cheers, Jana

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Well that’s great to know for my Euro friends! I will check into when I am in Europe, hopefully this fall! thank you. 😉

  • http://lkaminski.myarbonne.com Lisa Kaminski

    Hi Kim and other lovely ladies!
    I love this article. I have your book in hard copy and on my kindle, so I can share! I have been recommending your site and book to everyone!

    I would like to suggest arbonne’s mascara and skin care and cosmetics. Vegan, lots of organic ingredients, no animal by products or petro-chemicals, no dyes or perfumes!

    I love and represent this line…the tinted moisturizer, bronzed and mascara are my go to summer products. Simple and stunning!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Thank you so much! I have heard of Arbonne and will investigate further. :)

  • sarah

    Thanks Kimberly for all these great recommendations :) About mascaras, I personally recommend Fiberwig mascara which only needs to be removed with warm water as opposed to having to remove it with an eye make up remover. It’s also really good and is the only mascara Ive tried that doesn’t irritate my eyes..which I think says a lot! It comes in several versions; including one with a curved brush (my favourite). Don’t know how “natural” it is but it’s worth a try.. :)


    • Kimberly Snyder

      Interesting! Where is that available?

  • kathy Goll

    Great suggestions! I just ordered some samples from vapourbeauty.com, so I can test some foundation and lip colors!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Great, that’s a good idea!

  • Shannon

    Looooove soft focus foundation by Vapour- will never buy anything different now!!!

  • Meg from Ridgefield

    Hey Kim!! Thanks, this is awesome! Also, have you tried any of the 100% Pure cosmetics? I’m not affiliated, I just love their stuff. (Natalie (from Ridgefield/Georgetown) introduced me!) Hope you’re doing well!! oxo

    • Dien

      I agree with 100% Pure. I hope they stay in business forever!

      • Kimberly Snyder

        Thanks Meg and Dien,

        Will have to check out the Pure which is getting rave reviews left and right! xx

  • Ashley

    Thanks so much for posting this about natural makeup, I appreciate it and can’t put into words how much it means to me that you took the time to do this. I have tried every single product line and have been constantly dissapointed and now am trying to find natural products. I will order from Vapour and see how those products work, thanks again!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Thank you Ashley for reaching out! I hope that you love, as I do!

  • Alise

    Thank you, Kimberly, for sharing all your wonderful finds!
    (I am drinking a Skin-Plumping Smoothie as I write!)
    And thank you ladies for all the posts about alternative mascara choices,
    as in addition to being toxic, L’Oreal also tests on animals :(

    Happy Summer to everyone!

  • Jeanine

    I am surprised that nobody has even mentioned Korres. It is a Greek natural makeup brand. They are not organic but their products rate well in EWG’s database. They definitely have some of the best performing natural products on the market!I have tried zillions of mascaras out there and all smudge on me except these. To me these are the best comopromise, maybe not as natural as 100% pure or Afterglow, but they work much better w/o the toxic stuff that L’Oreal and others have. Give them a try.

  • Kim K

    Kimberly – Have you heard of Carnosine? I’ve been reading on the web about it being essential to aging properly and vegetarians being lacking in it. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on it? I don’t want to say that it’s a bogus claim, since I know very little about it. It seems to me, everyone should be aging perfectly in the West, since the diet is very meat rich, which obviously is not the case.

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Yes, exactly. There are a lot of studies on isolated, fractionated nutrients, but the main thing is to see how whole foods affect your health/beauty overall. People that eat very high meat diets age faster- in more ways than one.

  • Rachel

    Hey kimberly! I read our article in a brochure at Elliot’s here in my town. Im Hooked on your blog now, and just ordered your book. I have a question…. I’m 25 and have major discoloration and sun spots on my skin. Soo going without makeup just won’t happen with me because my insecurities with my skin. But I wanted to know what you would suggest to get rid of this mess on my face? I just want to get a glow to my skin and be able to be comfortable not wearing any makeup. I
    Trying to eat better and have been making your green smoothies and reading your recipes. But should I be putting anything on my skin hat might help?. I know you may never answer this question but I have tryed everything! What can you suggest?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      HI Rachel,
      A great diet with lots of beta carotene especially can help encourage new cell turnover for your complexion. There are also some non-invasive laser therapies that may help correct sun spots. You may want to research them! xx

  • LiliUK

    Hi Kim, check out the Inika brand- 100% organic, mineral make-up and their mascara is fab. The range is recommended by Jess over at the Wellness Warrior blog. You should check it out.
    Oh by the way- watch out for Korres; I used to love their poducts till some of the formulations changed and are no longer as natural as they make out. They also claim not to use parabens yet use grapeseed extract as a preservative which is made with parabens! So yep, Korres is one of those brands that claim to be organic or natural but dig a little deeper and it all starts to unravel.

  • http://thegrassskirtblog.com Erin @ The Grass Skirt

    I love Vapour for my cosmetics! Their products are so wonderful. You’re a great person to give advice on this subject. You’re gorgeous!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Thanks Erin! You are very sweet. Love the pic- is that a GGS??

  • Karina

    Re: Mascara:

    For the Aussies out there I highly recommend the Ere Perez almond oil black mascara. I used to use the L’Oreal one as well so my expectations to mascara are pretty high. I get it from my local organic supermarket, but it’s readily available many places online as well.

  • Lo

    So, I can honestly say that you have me officially hooked on Vapour makeup products! They are terrific, thanks a million! I just recently started using your envision beauty “The Solution”. So far I’m very pleased, its a wonderful product. My only concern is I just noticed it contains Dimethicone. I have been advised by a holistic nutritionalist to avoid this ingredient at all costs. She deems it unsafe and its advice I’ve received numerous times by several individuals. What is your take on this subject, I really value your advice and appreciate the time and energy you put into helping others, like me. Thanks in advance!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Lo,
      I think you’ve come across some false information- as I am in no way affiliated with that product and do not recommend using it. Surely they do accept returns, which is what you can do!

  • Yiselle

    i live up in seattle and for some reason the weather here just dries put my eyes :( what do you reccommend? any products, etc? i really appreciate all your super helpful and interesting advice. i think ive read all, or almost all your blogs now!

  • Ashley

    HI Kimberly,

    I absolutely love your books and all of your tips. I was wondering if you had any less expensive options for make up? The Vapour line sounds great, but it is very expensive. Please let me know if you have any ideas!

    Thank you so much!

  • Ashley

    Hi Kim!

    Love all your advice and tips. A great natural mascara I love is made by Honeybee Gardens, run by herbalist Melissa J. Hertzler, out of West Reading, PA You should check out their web-site and the various natural cosmetics they carry. My personal favorites are Truly Natural Mascara in Chocolate Truffle, Luscious Lip Gloss in Viper (tastes good too) and finally Vanilla Pie Lip Balm (smells divine)! Seriously great stuff, affordable prices, and natural ingredients!

  • Iryna


    Just wanted to thank you for recommending Vapour Organic brand Soft Focus Foundation. My skin loves it! It is amazing!


  • Clare

    Hi Kimberly, thankyou for this blog and for sharing this information with us :) I am interested to know your thoughts on the ingrediants used in Miranda Kerr’s skincare line Kora Organics?

  • Romy

    A friend bought me your book and so far I’m loving it.. it all makes sense, and I love your website too. If you were ever to come out with your own makeup or skincare range, I will deff be a customer! But if you do pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease make a foundation for us pale ladies…..

    Lots of love

    All the way from Australia

  • Christina K.

    Hi Kim,

    Just stumbled on your blog today and I have a beauty question – do you recommend any Josie Maran products? I use a few of her products, but it looks like you really like the Vapour brand. I have also stopped using foundation every day about 3 months ago and have noticed a complete transformation in my skin. With beauty products less is always the better choice!

    Thank you!

  • Karen

    Hi Kim,
    Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge/expierence. If you havent tried it, I’ve just started using Blinc mascara, it forms a tube over your lashes, never flakes and washes of clean with water and slight massage. I love it and cant see using anything else ever again!

  • Maureen Moore

    L’oreal tests on animals and so does MAC. Why would you endorse these products???

  • Irina

    Dear Kimberly,

    first of all, thank you for a great blog. I really love to read your tips what ever comes for a healthy life. I´m going to order some makeups from Vapour organic beauty. I´m intrested about the Vapour’s Natural Illusionist Concealer and the Vapour Organic brand Soft Focus Foundation. I live in Finland and we don´t have a possibility to test or see the colors, so I would like to know which numbers of colors you use in these products?

    Wishing you a great and sunny day! All the best, Irina

  • http://www.aunaturaleglow.com Ashley Heather

    Kim: Many Thanks for highlighting the health concerns associated with beauty products, especially here in the USA. There are other brands besides the wonderful Vapour that features powder and creme cosmetics. For instance, Au Naturale Cosmetics features a broad range of healthful cosmetics from foundations to lipsticks to eyeshadows to lip glosses. The products are not only organic, cruelty-free, and non-toxic, but they are also vegan and manufactured in the United States with 10% of profits going to environmental and humanitarian projects.

    Ashley Prange

  • Lauren Skender

    Hi Kimberley,

    I am from Australia and use a brand called Jane Iredale. I swear by this brand and best off all it is used with natural products. The Mascara range is amazing – I use the Pure Lash Extender and Conditioner (this works by really giving your eyelashes the full, plump look and extends before then applying the Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara!!

    You can buy all online and shipping to your front door.

    Let me know what you think.

    Peace and Love
    Lauren :)

    • cas

      Hi Lauren, I also love Jane Iredale and am in Melb. It’s so expensive in store, what website do you buy from?

  • J

    I really like JLU Skincare’s Orange and Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser. Their products are made of natural and organic ingredients, and actually work! The cleanser leaves my skin feeling soft and I can see that my bigger pores are becoming smaller! YAY!!!

  • http://www.aupair-australia.net Au Pair in Australia

    Dear Kimberly

    I have been looking for a day cream with SPF, in Australia all women need it, I currently use one from Clarins but has lots of stuff, do you recommend one that is safe?

  • http://www.withbritt.blogspot.com Brittney

    Hi Kimberly!

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      I am having a hard time going natural inexpensively but also looking pretty! Natural products average around $20 and up and unfortunately I cannot do that. I appreciate your suggestions but I just can’t afford it. I am resorting to not wearing much makeup at all because I am so nervous but I do want to look put together. I am using Aveeno oatmeal bar to wash my face but I think its been drying me out but I am can’t really afford the good stuff and the medium stuff is rated pretty high on the EWG site. I am using coconut oil at night to moisturize but I would love a better night and day moisturizer that won’t break the bank. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much! By the way, I am 33…don’t know if that helps or not. :)

      • Sarah

        I’m sorry Erin, I meant to make a general comment. Not reply to your comment. I will try to move this to the general comments.

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    I am having a hard time going natural inexpensively but also looking pretty! Natural products average around $20 and up and unfortunately I cannot do that. I appreciate your suggestions but I just can’t afford it. I am resorting to not wearing much makeup at all because I am so nervous but I do want to look put together. I am using Aveeno oatmeal bar to wash my face but I think its been drying me out but I am can’t really afford the good stuff and the medium stuff is rated pretty high on the EWG site. I am using coconut oil at night to moisturize but I would love a better night and day moisturizer that won’t break the bank. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much! By the way, I am 33…don’t know if that helps or not.

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