Clean Beauty (and why you should be using it)

2019 was the year of “clean” beauty, and to some, that still may not mean anything. However, a huge number of men and women have turned to this novel descriptor of cosmetics in an effort to protect their overall health.

Clean Beauty is defined by products that are mindfully created and produced without any proven or suspected toxic ingredients. Clean Beauty products include ingredients ethically sourced and are made with the health of our bodies and the environment in mind, so this means no synthetic dyes, no harmful fragrances, etc. The cosmetic industry is NOT regulated at all, by any organization, but specifically the FDA. Because of this, brands are able to cut corners and use cheaper, more harmful products in order to make a higher profit. This oversight in quality assurance is passed on to consumers by means of breakouts, dry patches, and overall deterioration of sought-after features in our skin.

Why does any of this matter? What does this all mean? Because when you’re shelling out coin at Sephora, you want it to be for quality products that are going to make you look and feel beautiful from the inside out. That means not using things like Talc on your skin (which is found in most “toxic” powdered makeup) which will dry out your skin!

Here, I’m going to share some of my favorite “clean” beauty products – all of which you can score at Sephora right now for up to 20% off! Let’s get started…
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Caudalie Beauty Elixir – This product is great for prepping the skin to accept all of the other products that you’re going to put on top of it. An essence or “beauty elixir” is an ancient beauty trick that has made a comeback in recent years. It’s truly elevates your skincare routine to the next level.
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Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara – This one is an Allure Best of Beauty winner, and to be clean, says a lot. It’s super hard to get a clean mascara that actually works, and this one does NOT disappoint.
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Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops – This is for my self-tan loving girls. Isn’t it so weird to have a tan body with a pale face because we don’t want to put that stuff on our precious skin? Well, no more. You mix these drops in with your moisturizer (or use alone for a deeper color payoff) and you’re golden. And it’s clean, so no need to fear about clogging your pores.
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Aether Beauty Solstice Eyeshadow Palette – This palette is BEAUTIFUL and it’s even prettier because it’s CLEAN! The gemstone colors are gorgeous on any eye color, and because it doesn’t contain talc, it won’t dry your eye area out, which happens with most eyeshadows!
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Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation – This is a new favorite of mine. A seamless lightweight foundation that provides a high-SPF – can we say beach? Yeah that’s what I was thinking too.
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Aether Beauty Supernova Crushed Diamond Highlighter – This is super comparable to the Dose of Colors highlighters from 2018/2019, but without any harmful ingredients. Quality, color payoff, you won’t need another highlighter.
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Ilia True Skin Serum Concealer – This concealer stole my heart because of it’s moisturizing capabilities. As someone with super dry undereyes, finding a hydrating concealer is KEY, and this one is prime.
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Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid – I was looking to add a higher concentration of ceramides into my skincare routine and this baby met all expectations. I use this after my essence and it soaks into the skin SO WELL. It’s plumping, smoothing, moisturizing. A truly key skincare product for me.

Another brand that I love (and am actually partnered with) is Monat. Monat stands for Modern Nature, and the brand is entirely comprised of naturally-based hair and skin products that are non-toxic, anti-aging, vegan, and cruelty free. The Monat skincare matrix harnesses the natural power of revitalizing botanical oils, nutrient-rich exotic fruits, plant-based stem cells, and a rejuvenating exclusive peptide.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these products, I’ll link them through my sales page, but you can also message me (as I can hook you up with a better deal). I am surprised daily by the quality in these products, but I’m going to share a few of my favorites here:
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Makeup Vanishing Balm – Uses the unique-to-Monat Rejuveniqe Oil which truly nourishes the skin as well as natural fruit acids (AHAs) to smooth and brighten the complexion while melting makeup away. This is a great alternative to makeup wipes, as (1) they are not eco-friendly, and (2) they are actually pretty tough on your skin when it comes to pulling and tugging.
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Rewind Age Control Nectar – This is the botox-in-a-bottle product that has been raved about. This features the patented oil, AHAs, peptides to tighten and plump the skin, hyaluronic acid to attract moisture, but it contains Kakadu plum which is an extremely hard-to-get ingredient which brightens the skin beyond belief. While this nectar sounds like it would be working overtime on your skin, because of it’s natural composition, it’s safe to use every day without fear of breakouts or dry patches.
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Eye Smooth eye cream – Truly my saving grace. This eye cream has plant stem cells, plant-derived squalane, and caffeine to depuff and brighten the undereyes. I noticed within about two weeks, my dark circles were GONE, and since then, have not returned. If you’re going to buy anything from Monat, this is the PRIZE product.
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Berry Refined Scrub – OK I lied. This is the prize product. This is a scrub which doubles as a 5-minute mask and OH EM GEE. It uses AHAs and cranberry seeds to gently chemically exfoliate the skin without using abrasive ingredients that damage the skin. It gives you an entirely new, smooth face. You need to try this.

I hope you guys enjoyed this more “informative” blog post – as always, just sharing some of my favorites and hoping that you like them as much as I do! If you guys have any questions or try any of these products, please let me know!
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