Oh hello. Hope all of you are well on this 3 day weekend! Huzzah!
A couple months ago when I talked about my hair care routine, I mentioned that I was on a mission to purge my current beauty products and transition to cleaner skincare/makeup. I also promised that I would share my finds with all of you! I’ve always been so focused about what goes into my body, and less about what goes on my body – it is high time I fixed that.
Just for a little history of my makeup routine….
In the past, I have used Bare Minerals (which I love) for all of my makeup products – eye shadow, lips, mascara, blush, foundation, you name it. I have super, super, super sensitive skin so I have to be really choosey with makeup. While Bare Minerals is definitely better than many other lines in terms of ingredients, it isn’t totally clean. Earlier this year, I started doing a lot of thinking about the fact that I was probably consuming most of what is on my lips as well as that my skin was soaking up everything I rubbed into it. So I started trying to read the ingredient lists on my beauty products and there was not a single item in my bathroom that I could totally decipher. Not okay.
As I started to research beauty products, I had 3 goals.
- Good, clean ingredients.
- Staying power. Quality products that work as well as the chemical stuff!
- Products that nourished my skin while wearing them.
For those of you wondering, here is what I consider to be a clean beauty product: free of parabens, sulfates, pthalates, almost completely organic, cruelty-free, gluten free, petrochemical free, mineral oil free, nanoparticle free, DEA free, EDTA free, and made with natural dye.
I realize this is a long list, but I stuck to it, and these stipulations really narrowed down my options. I was so pleased to find that there were companies who actually prioritize these values, which brings me to these products below.
I settled on giving Ilia my first shot in the clean beauty world and I was not disappointed. To start, isn’t the packaging just beautiful? Ilia uses recycled aluminum for their containers and I love the sleek modern style of their lipsticks. So pretty.
I decided to try 3 kinds of their lip color products:
- TINTED LIP CONDITIONER
- LIPSTICK CRAYON
Here’s my natural lip color below for comparison. Hi!
TINTED LIP CONDITIONER $26
The first product I was drawn to was the tinted lip conditioner. As someone with dryer skin, my lips are always seeking moisture and most of the time, I end up wearing a tinted chapstick. When I saw the lip conditioner, I got excited in hopes that this would combine my need for a moisturized lip with the ability to still get a fun pop of color!
Other important thing to note is that there is the option to purchase these with SPF15. I have actually never owned a lip product that protected against sun damage because I honestly have never thought about the need for it! And it really makes sense. This skin on our lips is actually extremely thin and very prone to sun damage. It is just as important (if not more) to protect our lips from the sun as it is our bodies! On a purely cosmetic note, being that our lips are so delicate and easily burned, when they are damaged they actually become thinner (not okay) and age more quickly (also not okay), just like the skin on the rest of our bodies. Again, makes total sense and I have no idea why this hadn’t crossed my mind before, but it is definitely something important for us ladies to think about.
I went for the SPF line for my first try since I’m constantly outside and walking to and from work, but I will definitely be investing in the other non SPF colors as well.
The tinted lip conditioner is sheer, but very buildable and it gives my lips the same feeling I’m looking for from a tinted chapstick. This is my favorite of the products I purchased because it’s so easily wearable for every day life. Blue eyed girls, this majorly makes your eyes pop! I tried to catch that as best as I could in the photos below below. I highly recommend this line and color!
The color I purchased is called Kamikize and is described as a “hot raspberry pink”.
Isn’t that eye pop wild? All time favorite lip product forever. I won’t be going anywhere without this in my purse!
For a lipstick, I was again on the hunt for something that could be worn on a daily basis. I was really hoping to find a sweet pink that wasn’t fake or chalky looking – why is it so hard to find a light pink lip that doesn’t look caked on and gross? I just want my lips to look like lips!
So for the first time ever, I have found a light pink lip color that I love! This lipstick is moisturizing and goes on so smoothly. Staying power is pretty good as the color seems to soak into your lips almost like a stain (natural stain yesssss!!!), but being that its natural it’s not going to be any sort of 12 hour coverage or anything like that. I didn’t have any issues with it catching onto dry spots on my lips (you know what I mean? hate that) which is a major plus as well.
Sometimes I find that as my lipsticks come off throughout the day, it leaves a ring of color around my lips. Not issues with that on any of these 3 lip products.
The color I purchased is called In My Room and is described as a muted pink. I’m super into Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran right now and there’s a line that says “in my room” which is 50% of why I chose this lipstick 🙂 It think it is a really sweet color.
LIP CRAYON $24
So my girlfriend Aimee introduced me to lip crayons and have to say, I really like them because I think they are easier to apply than a lipstick. For this lip crayon, I was after something fun for summer and I just love this coral color! It really pops.
Of the the three lip products, this one has the most staying power. When I watched a youtube video on this lip product, it was described as going on wet and drying to a more matte finish and I found this to definitely be true (and likely contributes to why it stays on well). And while yes, it dries, it did not dry my lips out which is kind of unheard of.
This color is called Karma Chameleon which is described as a red coral.
So just to summarize, I recommend all 3 of these lip items as I think they each serve a different purpose in your makeup bag.
My personal favorite is the lip conditioner being a tinted chapstick/sheer coverage girl. If you’re a lipstain user, you will probably like the crayon the best. If you’re a lipstick lover, go for the traditional lipstick! If you’re indecisive, get all 3 🙂
These are definitely an investment with each costing around $25 so I was ready to be really hard on them, but honestly, I think they are worth it. I would rather have a handful of lipsticks that were moisturizing my lips with coconut and cranberry oils, healing and nourishing my skin, wearing beautifully throughout the day, and serving the earth better than 30 cheap lip products that I can’t feel good about putting on my body. Quality over quantity in my opinion.
Here are some swatches on my hand too so that you can see the colors more clearly. I don’t know about you guys, but it is a Christmas Miracle in my book to find a moisturizing lip product and you can really see that in these swatches. To clarify though, they are moisturizing, not wet.
I purchased these 3 items from Sephora since I had a giftcard (thanks Aunt Anna 🙂 ), but I would recommend purchasing on the Ilia website since you get 10% off your first purchase through their site. Sephora also only carries some of the Ilia products and if you’re interested in checking out their other lines of makeup and skincare, the Ilia website is definitely the better place to shop.
I hope this was helpful to those of you that are interested in cleaning up your makeup. As I keep adding in more healthy beauty products to my daily routine, I’ll keep you in the loop as to what I like!