I like to regularly shake things up with my beauty and skincare routine, especially with the change of seasons. Today, I’m sharing some favorite new cruelty-free beauty finds and old favorites I’ve replenished. I like to buy my makeup and skincare from Nordstrom because they carry an extensive collection of my favorites, their customer service can’t be beaten, and they always offer free shipping!
Bye Bye Pores
A summer glow is a wonderful thing, but I always prefer to knock down the sheen on my face, so I’ve just replenished this powder. I find that even a dry sunscreen leaves a bit of a shiny look, so my weapon of choice has always been this Bye Bye Pores Translucent Powder. IT Cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand I’ve loved for years.
This powder is a universal translucent shade that really is invisible. Some powders make your lines more visible. This one doesn’t and, in fact, helps my pores look less obvious. It’s the last thing I apply, and it stays pretty much all day. The compact includes a little sponge, but I prefer my large Sigma brush, which applies a thinner dusting.
I would love to wear a signature fragrance from an iconic brand that comes wrapped in the luxury and cache of a famous French brand. In fact, I did…until I committed to going cruelty-free. Then the hunt was on to find beautiful, kind, and safe perfume. I’ve had lots of luck over the years, but this spring, I wanted to branch out.
I discovered Henry Rose at my local Nordstrom, which carries quite of few of their scents. Henry Rose is unique because they use only safe ingredients that don’t contain any of the unacceptable personal care products on the Environmental Working Group’s list.
Henry Rose fragrances are Peta certified cruelty-free, and Cradle to Grave certified, which “considers impact at each stage of a product’s life-cycle, from the time natural resources are extracted from the ground and processed through each subsequent stage of manufacturing, transportation, product use, and ultimately, disposal.” They also meet Nordstrom’s sustainability and responsible manufacturing criteria. These are all a huge plus in my book!
Ok, ok, this is all great, but does it smell nice? Yes, it sure does. I spent several days going back and forth sampling the fragrances and brought small samples home to try before I zeroed in on Jakes House Eau de Parfum. Here’s how they describe it…watery, clean freshness encounters honeyed neroli for a light and clean, musky finish. It’s a rather unique scent that’s fresh and non-toxic, which makes me happy. It turns out they also make a candle and body cream in this scent.
I’ve been reading about this amazing moisturizer for several years. It’s so highly touted that I’ve been curious to try it. Then a reader mentioned how much she loved it, so when I needed to replace my moisturizer, I bit the bullet and bought it.
You can’t really tell if a product is improving your skin unless you use it for a month or so which gives your cells a chance to turn over. This Agustinus Bader Rich Cream comes in three sizes, and I bought the medium so I could use it long enough to give it a fighting chance.
It’s described as a deeply moisturizing cream that helps stimulate your skin’s natural rejuvenation and protects it from free radicals. Their products are all free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, talc, fragrances, and gluten, plus it’s cruelty-free. I will report back after I’ve used it for a month and let you know what I think. For this price, it needs to make a big improvement in my skin to be worth it.
I haven’t kept my love for the Ilia Beauty line a secret. It’s a clean beauty line that’s free of nasty chemicals, and it’s cruelty-free.
This month I replenished my Ilia Lip Wrap Hydrating Mask, which sits on my bedside table. This mask has papaya enzymes which help exfoliate my lips as it moisturizes. This is a permanent staple in my lip routine because it has no taste, virtually no smell, and leaves my lips feeling fabulous.
New Eye Palette
My love for all things Ilia continues with my new eye shadow pallete. This is available in a warm or cool tone. I bought the cool palette with grayed-down shades.
For this look, I coated my entire lid with the upper left shadow, Undo, which is a nude blush matte. Then I applied the left middle shade, Teardrop, which is a soft grey lavender matte, in the crease. I dampened a thin brush to line my eyes with the right middle shade called Just, which is a slate brown matte. Finally, I used my finger to dab a small spot of the upper right color, Infinity, in the center of my lid, close to my lashes. It’ll be fun to play with other colors in this palette for different looks. I also ordered their new Fullest Volumizing Mascara to try and will report back.
MORE ILIA ON MY RADAR
Nordstrom is my favorite department store for so many reasons. They offer BOPUS, ROTUS (reserve online, try on in-store), and curbside pickup, along with free shipping and returns, on everything! I highly recommend you join the Nordy club here, which is free and allows you to earn points towards notes you can use on future purchases.
Have you updated your beauty products lately? I’d love to hear what you’ve found.