Natural Makeup Products

Why not replace products that you use every day with products that are not only safe, but also have multiple benefits for your skin? These natural makeup products are formulated without the usual chemicals and toxins that are found in most makeup. Instead these natural products are packed full of ingredients that work together to nourish and protect your skin. Here are a few of my favourite natural products – which I love to store in my cute makeup bag from True Leaf Collection.

Pacifica Eyeshadow Palette 

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market or here
  • Infused with coconut water
  • Long-wearing
  • Gluten & Cruelty-free

This eyeshadow is velvety-soft and creamy. With a primer the shadows remain pigmented and beautiful all day long. The “Skinny Dip” shadow is my favourite as I use it in the corners of my eyes and as a highlight on my cheekbones.

Sweet Leilani Cosmetics Eyeshadow 

This eyeshadow is even more pigmented than the palette mentioned above. This shadow is shimmery, soft and goes on like a dream. This eyeshadow is infused with green tea, grape seed oil and rose hip oil. I really like that this product has minimal plastic and a focus is made on more eco-friendly packaging.

Elate Clean Cosmetics Powders

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty 
  • Made with all natural mineral pigments
  • Made in Canada
  • Products are packaged in seed paper
  • Elate provides a reusable bamboo powder compact which helps to eliminate waste

The pressed powder blush is so pigmented that I only need a quick tap of my brush on  the powder to get enough colour on my cheeks. I know this compact will last me a very long time. I use a darker shade in the pressed powder foundation as a bronzer for contouring. I really love how these products are packaged in seed paper – I put the product packaging in soil and now I have a little herb garden growing!

Sweet Leilani Cosmetics Mineral Powder

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty 
  • Paraben, gluten, cruelty and fragrance-free
  • 100% vegan
  • Contains anti-inflammatory and calming properties

I have the Hawaiian Highlight Mineral Powder in “sky” and I use this as a foundation. It is very lightweight, however it has great coverage. I have been through 8 different natural powder foundations and this is the only one that plays nice with my oily t-zone and dry cheeks. This product has reflective minerals and looks incredible on and off camera (it is the product I am wearing on my skin in my previous 3 blog posts). This product is amazing for people with sensitive skin and it has never made me break out.



Axiology Natural Lipsticks 

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty
  • Made with organic ingredients
  • Cruelty-free and vegan
  • Sustainably made packaging

I have the shades “The Goodness” and “Infinite”. These are unique shades with a bit of shimmer & they go on very smooth. They definitely need reapplication throughout the day – however I would rather reapply a product that I know I can safely eat, rather than slather toxins and chemicals on my lips, which ultimately ends up in my body.

Sweet Leilani Lipstick

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty 
  • Made in Canada
  • Paraben, lead, gluten, fragrance and cruelty-free
  • the sales of these products help to support cancer & trauma patients

This was the lipstick I was wearing in my Lust for Life post. This shade has an incredible retro vibe to it that I cannot get enough of. It also has better staying power than the lipsticks mentioned above. This lipstick smells incredible because it is formulated with peppermint oil, green tea, rose hip oil and grape seed oil. It also contains a chemical-free sunscreen!

Bite Beauty Lipstick

  • Purchased from Sephora
  • Lipsticks contain nutrients, vitamins and omega oils
  • Paraben, sulfate and phthalate-free

These lipsticks are very smooth and pigmented. They definitely moisturize my lips while wearing them. They are definitely my go-to when I want options without shimmer. Only caution is that they easily transfer and smear.
Eye Products

Elate Clean Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner 

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty 
  • Made in Canada
  • cruelty and gluten-free & vegan
  • Packaging made of bamboo

I have the “Origin Liquid Eyeliner” and it is a great liquid liner. The brush took a while to get used to as it is very flexible, compared to more common applicators. It is also a really wet product so I usually wait longer for it to dry and pat a little black shadow over it. I can achieve a great wing with this liner and it is very pigmented!

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara 

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market or here
  • Gluten & cruelty-free
  • 100% vegan
  • The company is rooted in creating sustainable products 

This mascara is formulated with coconut oil and vitamin B to condition eyelashes. This product is long-lasting – however it runs easily when in contact with water. I am eager to try their water-resistant mascara because whenever I laugh my eyes water a lot and this product tends to run easily. This product layers really well and you can build it up to create well defined lashes. I accidentally bought the “stardust” mascara, which is dark brown instead of black, however I am really enjoying the shade – it is growing on me. Definitely an amazing colour for the lower lashes!

– Tiara


Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray Oil-Control Review

makeupsprayThe Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray Oil Control claims to be “your most powerful oil-control ally. De-Slick mists on weightlessly to control oil, deflect surface shine and keep skin looking beautifully matte. High-tech ingredients help keep foundation, shadow and blush from smudging, sliding or fading – so you hardly ever need to touch up. Oil & Paraben free. Temperature control technology

Pros: Since I have oily skin, I do like to set my foundation and concealer with a good layer of powder. However that usually leaves my face looking flat and super matte until my oil starts to work through the powder. With this spray, I can mist it overtop of the powder and it takes away any powder look and leaves a slight glow/dewy look immediately which I like. I have realized that this spray also does help keep my blush on for longer. It also helps my makeup look less cakey when I first apply it; it almost makes the makeup look like it’s my natural skin… (For about 3 to 4 hours).

How To Apply: Make sure to only apply this spray before any eyeliner or mascara is applied, as this spray will make them run. Make sure to spray a good distance away from your face, and mist in an “X” and “T” shape onto your face. It will take about a minute to dry so don’t apply anything overtop of it until it dries completely. If it is sprayed too close or too much is used, I get a tight feeling in my skin and it creates a very visible sheen.

Cons: Near suppertime, I will look at my makeup and see that it has separated, broke down and is greasy looking, especially bad around the t-zone. Also this spray did not help with controlling oil, at all. I still got shiny throughout the day and my makeup did breakdown just as it usually would. It was especially bad in the cheek area on either side of my nose. I have to be careful to spray this far away from my face, and only a few sprays or else this spray actually makes my face look sheer and shinier! Basically this spray actually does everything its not suppose to do…
It lasted me about 3 months and I used it pretty much every day. I do not think I will be repurchasing this as it did NOTHING to help control oil. However I am curious about trying the other Urban Decay Setting Sprays.


– Tiara

Favourite Mascara and Eyeliner

Favourite Mascara and Eyeliner

I have been through a lot of mascara and eyeliners and I have finally found 3 products that I am very happy with. For my everyday makeup, I love:
1. Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner
2. Clinique High Impact Mascara
3. Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner has a pointed felt tip and is quite easy to apply. It has great staying power, is very intense and lasts all day! Clinique’s High Impact Mascara is super pigmented and does not chip or melt onto my skin. I then follow up with Covergirl’s Clump Crusher Mascara because I am able to get all the little hairs and comb out any clumps. It is great for separating the eyelashes! I do not have any problems with any of these products and am very happy with them for creating my everyday look!


– Tiara

Olay CC Cream Total Effects Review

T: Olay CC Cream Total Effects Review

I purchased and have been using this product for the last 3 weeks. It honestly drew me in due to the swirled product. This product claims to have colour and correction, with instant skin perfecting coverage and correction to fight 7 signs of aging plus UV protection.

I found that this product has very little coverage. Through experimentation I discovered that the best way to wear this product is to use a makeup primer before it, then to sponge it on. This provides the most coverage, which is still very light. Even with a primer it does not have good staying power and is very oily/greasy. So, when I would apply foundation overtop of it, it would slide off easily. Using a powder overtop of it is a must. However, I do have a very oily t-zone.

This product smells like sunscreen, and in the 3 weeks I had used it, I saw no improvements in the appearance of my skin. This could be due to the fact that I simply did not use it long enough, but I needed to switch to a product with more coverage and better staying power. I believe this product is recommended for people with very dry skin because I have combination to oily skin, and the product made my skin appear very greasy. Definitely meant for a summer ‘barely there’ look or perhaps for a light layer under actual foundation.

– Tiara