I get asked a lot about what I do for my skincare and makeup routines and how I keep them zero waste, so I thought I’d share my daily routine and the products I use to get ready for the day. Check out my routine and the products I use below:
I want to address that most beauty products are not perfect. Right now, in order to get totally package free makeup, you’d probably have to make it all yourself. The beauty industry is still snailing behind other industries when it comes to packaging and waste, so the brands I’m using aren’t necessarily perfect, but they are the best options that I have right now. I focus on products that come in 100% recyclable or refillable packaging that use organic and cruelty-free ingredients.
Below are all the products I mentioned in the video and why I love them.
The first thing that I do in the morning is wash my face with a handmade, activated charcoal and tea tree facial bar soap by one of my favorite brands, Meow Meow Tweet. The combination of charcoal and tea tree help to remove impurities and prevent breakouts, and because I can buy it without packaging at Package Free Shop, it’s 100% zero waste.
Once my face is all fresh and clean, I moisturize with just a few drops of Meow Meow Tweet (can you tell I love this brand?) Face Oil. It’s jam-packed with nutrient-dense organic and vegan ingredients like hemp seed oil, jojoba oil and carrot seed oil, and helps to keep my complexion bright. I also love that I can refill it at Package Free Shop in the bulk section so there’s no need to ever buy a new bottle!
For the first step of my daily makeup routine, I’ll start by applying some Vapour Organic Beauty foundation to my face. I don’t use any type of applicator sponge or brush, I just squeeze some onto the tip of my finger and rub into my skin. The reason I love this brand is because not only are their ingredients organic and cruelty-free, and their products are made with wind-power (so cool!) all of their packaging is 100% recyclable.
Once my foundation is applied, before adding on any other makeup, I moisturize my lips and skin using Meow Meow Tweet’s Rosemary Eucalyptus lip balm. As you can see from the photo above, I take this product with me everywhere and absolutely love it. I start by dapping a little on my finger and applying to my upper cheekbone as a base highlighter, then I’ll moisturize my lips with it.
Next, I’ll add some color to my cheeks with Kjaer Weis’s Cream Blush in Blossoming. I love this brand and particular product because it’s refillable. You buy the gorgeous metal compact once, and simply buy product refills that come sent to you in 100% recyclable paper packaging rather than buying a whole new compact each time. It’s brilliant! I just use my finger to apply a small amount to my cheeks.
After applying blush, to give me a healthy, dewy glow, I’ll use some Kjear Weis refillable illuminator in Radiance. I’ll put some on my finger and simply dab along my cheekbones, in the inner corners of my eyes around my tear ducts to make them look brighter and just above and below my brow bone.
For my everyday look, I normally don’t wear lip color, but if I’m going out at night, have an on-camera interview or am just feeling extra fancy, I’ll wear some Vapour Organic Siren Lipstick in Hint. I like a lip color that’s just slightly darker than the natural shade of my lips, and this color is so pretty. Once again, I love this brand because they use organic and cruelty-free ingredients, and all of their packaging is 100% recyclable which can be very difficult to find in a lipstick.
I learned this last trick from my mom who’s a Southern Belle with big, beautiful, Brooke Shield’s brows that she’s passed on to me (thanks mom!). Growing up, she’d use an old toothbrush to brush her eyebrows and set them in place. I take one of my old bamboo toothbrushes, add a little water to the bristles, and give my brows a good grooming to get them shaped just how I like them.
To remove my makeup at the end of the day, or to fix any makeup mishaps or wipe some off when I’ve maybe gone a little cream blush-crazy, I use reusable organic cotton rounds. They’re the perfect alternative to using cotton balls, cotton swaps and single-use cotton rounds. Use them with organic coconut or olive oil to remove makeup, and simply throw them in the wash when they’re dirty.
I’d love to hear your favorite sustainable beauty brands, or any recipes you might use if you make your own skincare or makeup products, so make sure to leave a comment below!