Natural Beauty Favorites

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Last month I was inspired by Glossier to write a post about my favorite natural makeup and skincare products, and to be honest I don’t know why I haven’t written this post sooner. I love eye shadow and bright lips, but 80% of the time I roll out of bed and use a few standard products before heading off to work. I could easily wake up 10 minutes earlier and go all out, but my love for sleeping always wins.

In my opinion, there are 4 key components to rocking that “I woke up like this” look – skincare, a breathable base, lightly flushed cheeks, and smooth lips.

First step to a natural look (which should be the first step to all looks) is cleansing and moisturizing your face. Starting off with a fresh face is very important because it gets rid of all of the dirt and grime that gets stuck to your face, even when you cleanse before bedtime. I always start off with a gentle cleanser like the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel to de-gunk and soften everything. Then I go in with a lighter moisturizer like this Key West Aloe day moisturizer. I love that this stuff has 40% aloe in it, because it gives me a good kick of moisture without being overly greasy.

Next up is one of my favorite bases, the Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream; It gives the perfect amount of coverage! It’s light enough to let my actual skin breathe but gives a solid wack of coverage with some added skin benefits! FYI – Glossier has a similar product called the Perfecting Skin Tint that I’ve been eyeing up for a while; I will be purchasing this and reporting back!

I guess I wouldn’t say blush is necessary for a natural look, but I do think a teeny bit of color can really make facial features pop! I love the Becca Beach Tints for a light dose of color that’s also low-maintenance. It doesn’t move your base around and it doesn’t slide off after an hour, win-win.

Finally, well pampered lips bring everything together! My makeup and outfit can be on point, but if my lips are feeling all crusty I won’t be able to think about anything else. A great budget option is the Nivea Lip Butter in CoCoa Butter Kiss; It smells incredible and gives a good amount of moisture. I don’t really like how the product is just dumped into a tin, since it’s almost guaranteed I’ll somehow end up with dog hair or lint stuck in it – but hey, you get what you pay for. Another (and seemingly delicious) option is the Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom skin salve. For starters, it’s in a tube (no dog hair!) and secondly I love anything coconut to an alarming degree. It’s sold out at the moment – cry – but there is the original Balm Dotcom to hold us all over until they restock the coconut one!

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I’d be smiling too if my face smelled like coconuts.

Are there skincare or beauty products you love for a natural look? Let me know in the comments!

*I have been asked by a few companies to do a featured or sponsored post in the past, but I’ve passed on all of them because they either didn’t fit in with my theme or they weren’t brands I could recommend with a good conscience. I read Into the Gloss every day and feel like their mantra of enhancing beauty instead of covering every freckle is something I feel comfortable getting behind.