18.6.12

Guilty Secrets of a Natural Blogger

This blog post was inspired by a tweet from Mary @pure_makeup and a conversation with a new friend (@lilian129).


My guilty secret as a natural blogger is makeup.  I only wear foundation, concealer and powder but I have only managed to switch my under eye concealer and finishing powder to a natural free from brand (Priia & Funky Fresh).  As you know I experimented with mineral foundations but I have not made the transition.  I have foundation stock piled and can’t bring myself to throw it away.  Damn you No7 £5 off vouchers.  For as long as I can remember I have used No 7 foundation, I have gone through various reincarnations of the brand. In recent years I use the No 7 Mineral Liquid Foundation.  Don’t be fooled by the name it is full of ingredients I would prefer to avoid. 

When it come to more natural brands, I have tried Une and Lavera but neither worked or colour matched as well as No 7.  The other reason I am lazy about my makeup is natural alternatives are pricey and only available to me online. I feel colour matching is impossible and very few places offer samples.  I have fair skin and sometimes even the fairest option makes me look like an Umpa Lumpa.

I do feel a bit of a cheat.  I am religious about my skincare being free from synthetic ingredients yet I don’t apply the same rules to my makeup.  I think sometimes I justify it by how little I wear.  Slapping synthetic ingredients over my body is a larger surface area than my face.  Excuses, excuses *sigh*

I am still plucking up the courage to buy a natural, organic free from foundation.  I would rather try a liquid version as I am still sitting on the fence with mineral powders because of my dry skin.  Funky Fresh mineral powder foundation is by far the best I have tried (review link). In the meantime, below is a list of natural brands, that I am aware of, who manufacturer liquid foundations.  I haven’t shopped around so prices are taken from a variety of websites and you may be able to source them cheaper.  Remember with the No7 voucher my current foundation costs £8. In the grand scheme of things the prices listed below are average for a foundation but in comparison to my bargain No7 these are expensive.
  • Une Skin Glow & Skin Matt £12.49
  • Lavera Trend Makeup £12.90 
  • Living Nature £17 
  • Dr Hauschka Translucent Makeup £19.95 
  • Nvey Eco Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation £25 
  • Madara Tinting Fluid £23 some sites class this as foundation others as tinted moisturiser. I have sampled it and class it as the latter 
  • Inika £29.40 
If you have another recommendation or a guilty beauty secret you would like to confess feel free to leave a comment below.

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11 comments:

  1. Confession time!

    I don't wear makeup everyday. In fact, I only wear it a few times a week, and I've actually stopped wearing concealer.

    I had found some concealers that worked for my skin, but something changed.. and now none of them sit well on my skin so I figured what's the point? Hoping to find a good one though! Any recs? :) I hope you find a good natural foundation! Don't feel a cheat!

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    1. I do skip foundation at weekends but still put on powder but it's awesome you have the confidence to go without more often, more women should do that, in theory I do believe a good skincare routine will mean less makeup overall. I struggle with concealers and foundation sitting on the skin, never really found a solution apart from a powder over the top helps. Aside from Priia (from USA) my concealers are from No7 not sure if that's available to you in US?

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    2. I've been more devoted to skincare recently which does help a little. My main concerns are dark circles & spots, but I stopped trying to cover my spots ages ago because I've found that it usually just makes them more obvious, and I didn't want to have to wear a full face of makeup just to cover one or two spots. It seems all concealers look really cake-y under my eyes which again, defeats the purpose. We can find a few No7 products at Target, but not sure if they have their concealers. I had never heard of the brand Priia, but I've had a look at their website! Thank you!!

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  2. I never liked mineral foundation either until I tried Lucy Minerals' foundation. It somehow manages to be creamy, even though it's a powder. And they do sell samples :)

    For liquid foundations, I've tried several, but I haven't found a perfect natural/free from one...I never feel like they sit right on my skin. But, I do think Gabriel Color has a pretty decent range of shades and it was the best I've tried. I'm pale too and I didn't end up orange, so that's always good!

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    1. Thank you for the recommendations, these are not brands I am familiar with so will have to do some research.

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  3. you can get a sample of the une skin glow foundation on the boots website! x

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    1. Thanks for the tip, I didn't like the brand myself but it may work better for others :)

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  4. I recommend Nvey which I use but I will say it it kind of sticky when first applied but once worked into the skin its fine.
    I have also been recommended vapour cosmetics which I think is the most expensive one but if you dont use much it will last a while.
    Another thing I have thought of trying in RMS un cover up as again I have heard good things. As it sounds like its good if dont use foundation all over anyway.

    I did see that Naturisimo are doing samples of vapour cosmetics but it seems they are popular as they were temporarily out of stock today :(
    Thanks for the mention! xx

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations, I am going to have to sit down and have a proper research into this , I've not heard of Vapour

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  5. I am just as bad. I love YSL make up and I know it is rammed full of nasty chemicals. My excuse is that I use a nice primer with plenty of unmodified silicone that is too big for skin to absorb. It traps my good skincare in and keeps the nasty make up layer away. I know, not the perfect argument, but I have to try!

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    1. I have a similar excuse everything else I am using is natural so I guess the exposure to the nasty ingredients is pretty small in grand scheme of things. I've been experimenting with mineral foundations but I am still guilty of buying high street ones in between

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