If you’re new to green beauty, the options to switch out your beauty can feel intimidating and daunting. So many items are not available in-store and then you wonder if your switch is green enough. We here at TERIMIYAHIRA.COM are all about balance and finding products that are cleaner while having the high performance that you expect, especially if you are paying twice or thrice the amount of conventional beauty you can easily pick up at Target.
While some of these items are not accessible in-store, they are available at bigger online retail shops where return policies are generous and hassle-free. In terms of “green”, we feel these items range from “very clean” to “green enough”. We want to make this a friendly, guilt-free introduction to the beauty that green beauty can actually provide. Baby steps towards transitioning is key and we do not recommend making the leap cold turkey as that can be overwhelming and disappointing if you find your entire makeup collection doesn’t work for you.
Check out the top 5 easiest swaps for green beauty beginners that we’ve compiled.
Red Apple Girls: The Lash Project
We’ve tried a bevy of natural mascaras and sadly, so many of them did not work for our lashes. Then, we tried Red Apple Girl’s The Lash Project mascara and our lives changed. This mascara does not budge or smudge whatsoever. On top of that, it lengthens, volumizes, and stays on all day through all different kinds of weather and moods. The best aspect of this mascara is that it works like a tank during the day and then easily washes off with your regular face wash at night. It is cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and free of ingredients that are known to harm the human eye.
Jane Iredale: Pure Lash Extender & Conditioner
We’re sure some of you have tried some kind of lash primer in your life time to lift, lengthen, and fatten those babies up. This is the first one in our lifetime that’s left up proclaiming “OMG!” in the mirror. We are kicking ourselves for waiting so long to try this and now that’s come into our lives, it’s never leaving. It applies white, as you see the tube, but then dries down to an invisible magical coating on your lashes. Now, apply any mascara though we highly recommend the Red Apple Girl’s Lash Project Mascara, and even the tiniest of lashes will look like super model legs. This product is cruelty-free and vegan.
Charlotte Tilbury: Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation
If you’re new to “green beauty”, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see this made the list. The hype is real behind this product along with the entire Charlotte Tilbury line. The coverage is light but enhances your skin in a way nothing else can. It feels comfortable on the skin and keeps it moisturized all day. The longer you wear it, the better your face looks. If you’re a green beauty expert, then the great news is that although this isn’t natural, it is cruelty-free and vegan. So if you’re guidelines fall within the CF-Vegan realm, we are pretty sure you’re about as excited as a 2-year-old in a candy store right now.
Hourglass Cosmetics: Luminous Flush Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass is a brand that is accessible at Nordstrom and Sephora. A great portion of their line is cruelty-free and vegan. This blush shade in Luminous Flush is CF and vegan. This shade with the mix of golden marble-y highlighter is about the most gorgeous thing we’ve ever laid our eyes on. Go ahead, run to Sephora and swatch this in person. Then, swirl this on your face for the most incredible flush of luminous color that’s ever lived on your cheeks.
Gabriel Cosmetics: Metamorphosis Palette
We love this for the fact that it’s cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. We will get into the best organic beauty picks later, remember baby steps to green beauty. This palette has everything for eyeshadow, cheeks, and even shades that could work as bronzer/contour at a great price point that won’t make the green beauty newbie cringe at. This palette has amazing color payoff, great packaging, and just look how cute this is.
Switching to green beauty doesn’t need to be a compromise from what you are used to using at local drugstores or department stores in any way. It should be fun and satisfying. And it should definitely be on your own terms, your own pace, and without a lick of guilt. After all, this is your face, your choice, your body, your health, and your wallet.