Bridal makeup: some natural makeup tips

Bridal Makeup

On  your wedding day you want to be looking your most beautiful, natural, glowing best! This is always achievable with the right steps and products.

Rose was my gorgeous subject a couple of months ago for her London wedding at the stunning Athenaeum Club. Rose has been using organic skincare products for some years now and wanted her bridal makeup to be as ‘green’ as possible. She also wanted a natural bridal look, some enhancement around the eyes, clean skin with a rosy glow and a natural lip. This is what I used…

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Why do lips get dry and chapped? My 3 Best Natural Lip Balms

Winter, ’tis the season of dry, cracked, chapped lips! Why do they get so dry? Well the most common reason is the weather and exposure to the elements like wind and UV rays.

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The lips do not (hopefully!) have hair covering them to provide protection nor do they contain oil glands to give moisture. The skin of the lip area is similar to that of the eye, in that it is more delicate than the rest of the face and body, therefore it needs extra attention.

Some other reasons lips may get dry is:

  • dehydration, so make sure you keep up your water intake
  • or from digestive issues, you may notice that you have dry patches around the lip area
  • or from allergies to beauty products that you are using. (You may notice that as much as you apply a lip-balm your lips are still dry!)

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When choosing a lip balm be sure to always go as natural as possible or preferably organic. As a lip balm is on your lips remember that you ingest a small amount of the product from your fingers, licking your lips, drinking from you coffee cup, kissing etc. So this means you want to find one with NO:

  • mineral oils such as petrolatum or paraffinum liquidum
  • parabens
  • synthetic perfumes such as phthalates – sometimes you will just see ‘fragrance’ on the label, no no! (unless the product is certified organic)
  • If the lip balm has an SPF, beware of the chemical sunscreen ingredients such as oxybenzone, mineral sunblocks such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are better for you.
  • If you are vegan then you may also want to avoid beeswax and lanolin.

If your product has a lot of strange looking ingredients then you may want to do a quick ‘google’ and check out what those are! EWG’s Skin Deep is great website that has information about ‘suspicious’ ingredients.

Look for products that contain natural vegetable oils like coconut, olive, jojoba, apricot kernal etc. and essential oils, lavender, rose, geranium for example. These ingredients will actually nourish and help to heal the lips.

So here are my chosen 3 that I love to use! I find for me they work great 🙂

  1. Dr Hauschka – a cute little pot that fits everywhere!dr-hauschka-lip-balm-4-dot-5ml
  2. Sanoflore – French certified organic brand.baume-a-levres-miel-nourricier-12g-sanoflore-12705-l
  3. Bio Beauté by Nuxe tinted lip balm – this comes in a neutral shade, a pale pink (Apricot) or this one which has a higher purple/pink colour density.

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What are your favourite lip balms?

Coconut Oil for Baby’s Skin

Silvi said, ‘I want to use some cream for my baby’s flakey skin.’  I replied, ‘use coconut oil!’ It’s safe and uniquely moisturising and extremely nourishing for babies skin, as well as for the Mamas! Cold-pressed, virgin, unrefined, organic coconut oil is perfect for massaging into your baby’s skin if it appears a little dry or if your baby has cradle-cap. Best used after bath-time on damp skin and/or when your baby is quiet and it’s possible for you to lightly massage a small amount of the coconut oil into the skin to help with dryness.

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Organic Makeup Brands

I often get asked about what brands of organic, natural, eco-friendly makeup there are available. Of course nowadays there are many but here is a short list of some brands that I have used and recommend!

Benecos, RMS, Dr Hauschka, Neal’s Yard, Lavera, Inika, Pacifica, Nuxe Bio, Bellá Pierre, Burt’s Bees, Jane Iredale, Ilia, Nvey Eco, Well People, Organic Pharmacy, Delilah…and the list does go on as there are new brands appearing, but all of the above are available readily in Europe either in stores or online.

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Do try them out as you won’t be disappointed and you’ll feel better knowing that you are not putting so many nasty chemicals on the biggest organ of your body – your skin!!

The only beauty product you need!

…product for your beauty regime. Well, maybe a couple more but definitely not as many as a lot of people have. I want to extol the virtues of sweet almond oil. It could be my ‘product of the month’ but it’s my product of the year really! You can use it for everything!

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Beauty That Lasts

I have been inspired to write this post in response to two things I saw last week.

One was a documentary about Greece (with the dishy Simon Reeve on the BBC) in which I saw the most enormous landfill site, in fact the biggest in Europe, just outside Athens. A truly disturbing site, that made me feel nauseous.

Second, on a lighter note, was the great website by Tara Button called ‘Buy Me Once’. A site which sells only items from manufacturers that can guarantee that their product will last a lifetime, if it breaks it can be mended to full, operational functionality. Adios planned obsolescence!

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