If you saw the article Top 10 Beauty Products for the Face posted here recently, you know that Natural Solutions magazine felt that it was time to recognize companies that are dedicated to making all natural beauty products. With this in mind they created an annual Beauty With a Conscience Awards. With the Whole Foods Market’s Premium Body Care standard (which deems more than 250 toxins unacceptable in personal care products!) as their criteria, they combed over hundreds of products to arrive with a short list of winners.
Although at Care2 we tend to lean towards the DIY, we have to admit that making your own mascara or eyeshadow might require some expertise beyond our skill set. (Although I should let Annie speak for herself there!) With that in mind, we present Natural Solutions’ Beauty With a Conscience Awards: Winners for Perfume and Makeup.
1. Best Foundation
Alima Satin Matte Foundation
Never cakey, this light powder imparted a healthy radiance and all-day coverage. Plus their 60 shades are bound to match any skin tone. ($20; alimacosmetics.com)
We also loved: Larénim Pressed Mineral Foundation ($25; larenim.com); nifty travel-friendly design. Suki Tinted Active Moisturizer SPF ($46, 1.2 oz; sukicolor.com); versatile coverage for everyday wear.
2. Best Eyeshadow
Monave Versatile Mineral Powders
We loved the rich range of colors that perked up our lids with a feminine shimmer without being too glittery. ($8; monave.com)
We also loved: 100% Pure Eye Shadow Palette ($35; 100percentpure.com); six colors pigmented with fruit or cocoa. Oberon Loose Eye Powder ($10; oberoncosmetics.com); deep, colorful choices.
3. Best Mascara
Larénim Mineralash Mascara
Enriched with lash-strengthening biotin, this mascara plumped up lashes without clumping. ($16; larenim.com)
We also loved: 100% Pure Ultra Lengthening Mascara ($21; 100percentpure.com); color from blackberries, blueberries, and açaí.
4. Best Blush
Alima Satin Matte Blush
This color left our cheeks with a lovely glow that garnered us a boatload of compliments whenever we wore it. ($15; alimacosmetics.com)
We also loved: Monave Matte Blushes ($14; monave.com); deep, rich colors. Larénim Blush ($20; larenim.com); subtle pinks and plums that last.
5. Best Lipstick
Earth’s Beauty Lipstick
Moisturizing shea and aloe make this one smooth move for your smacker. We liked Mandarin Coral. ($13; earthsbeauty.com)
We also loved: Primitive Natural Lip Color ($16; primitivemakeup.com);
vibrant color with smooth-as-silk texture.
6. Best Gloss and Tints
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Gloss
Want a subtle sheen without overdosing on color? This gorgeous gloss made from fruit pigments gave our lips the perfect pout without overwhelming our style. ($13; 100percentpure.com)
We also loved: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer ($5; burtsbees.com); fun, flirty tints with peppermint flavor. EcoTints Lip Moisturizer ($4; ecolips.com); the ideal lipstick-chapstick combo.
7. Best Perfume
Tsi~La Eau de Parfum Collection
An exquisite gift or the ultimate self-indulgence, Tsi~La uses a base of coconut oil infused with botanical extracts that fight free radicals. ($75, 0.5 oz; tsilaorganics.com)
We also loved: Aftelier Parfum de Maroc ($150, 0.25 oz; aftelier.com); a spicy Moroccan blend. Pacifica Solid Perfume ($9, 0.3 oz; pacificaperfume.com); portable case makes it great for a quick spruce up after a lunch-hour workout.
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