Monday, 26 November 2018

How To Make Your Skincare Routine More Sustainable ♡





I've always been open about my skincare journey. The fact that my skin type is oily, how I always have redness around my nose and that when I break out it's usually on my cheeks or chin.  I'm sharing some simple changes that helped clear up my skin in a sustainable manner. No dermatologists, no extra costs, no plastic and no added ingredients. In sum, no bullshit. So today, we're gonna look at how you cancreate your own sustainable skincare routine. Being sustainable means taking responsible for your choices regarding our planet, your health and most importantly, our resources. It goes far beyond recycling, far beyond what's in your food, or who makes your clothes. It's work and it's effort as being ethical can and often does play a huge role. The more you know and the more you educate yourself, the more you make informed decisions about what you consume, what you use and how you look after our planet. 




1. CHECK INGREDIENTS
Personally I try to avoid palm oil for various reasons you can read about here. Along with that, I try to opt for anything free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde and any sunblock chemicals. Many of the above ingredients irritate the skin, can be harmful to the immune system and can be endocrine disruptors; meaning that they disrupt hormones or act as carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). Above all, many aren't beneficial to the environment nor to our health.



2. WASH YOUR FACE IN COOL WATER
Washing your face in cool or lukewarm water is super beneficial for your skin. Warm water, or extremely hot water, dehydrates your skin a lot and strips your skin of natural oil. Cool water, however,  tightens your skin, closes pores and can prevent acne. It also makes me feel fresh. Of course, I wash my face in warmer water before a face mask to open my pores in order for the product to really soak into my skin and clean it but rinsing my face immediately with colder water after that has dramatically improved my skin.

3. RECYCLING  AND UPCYCLING 
Sadly not all packaging is sustainable nor recyclable. I opt for glass or compostable packaging if I can and anything that gets recycled usually is. I upcycle by reusing containers and filling it with rose water or witch hazel to use as toners or face mists.



4. RESEARCH CRUELTY FREE OR VEGAN COMPANIES
This is a no-brainer. Supporting cruelty-free or even better, vegan companies, is so good for the earth and the animals. These ingredients are often natural too, which in turn is much better for your skin!

5.  OPT FOR PLASTIC FREE IF YOU CAN
Similar to recycling and upcycling, trying to be plastic free is a huge step towards being sustainable. Sadly, it's not always possible, especially in beauty and skincare. Metal, glass, compostable or biodegradable plastic are all good alternatives. A quick Google search for such products in your area, or online stores that will ship to your country, should be able to help you.


Brands I've Tried & Recommend 
Below are some suggestions. Not all of these brands have sustainable packaging, but all are cruelty-free or have vegan options.
What did you think of today's post? Which skincare brands do you think I should try?

All my love, 
Miah



 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Cruelty-Free Favourites I've Been Loving This Fall ♡



It's crazy how autumn is almost over! I feel like it was the beginning of October just yesterday and yet here we are, almost mid November and on the cusp of winter. With beautiful and festive holiday makeup collections being released (looking at you, Too Faced),  I figured I'd share some stunning high end beauty products I've been loving throughout autumn before winter actually arrives and I go full on Grinch mode.



The first product is this darling Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit. I did an indepth blog post here if you'd like to read more about it. All you really need to know is that I received this last year on my birthday and I use it religiously. I find the highlighter pans to be filled with quite a lot of product so you truly get the most out of your money. I use this almost every day and still haven't hit pan yet.


Too Faced Hangover Primer 

I've honestly only gotten into primers the past two years and they really do make the world of a difference. My skin type is oily and as a result of that, I've tried out quite a few primers. However, this one will always win, hands down. It is by the iconic Too Faced and it is an actual daydream. Not only does it make your skin look silky smooth and helps reduce pores, your foundation applies effortlessly and stays on for ages. I really like that it's silicone free and is infused with coconut water. The product contains 40ml (a little goes a long way, I assure you) of product and retails for €30.90. 



Fenty Beauty Lip Gloss

I stopped wearing lip gloss when I was about thirteen. However, when Riri dropped her makeup collection you bet I was keen to try it out. This Fenty Beauty Universal Bomb Gloss makes my lips feel super soft and smells so good! The product makes your lips plumper than usual, which I personally love. Mine is in the shade 'Fenty Glow' which is a lovely rosey-nude. It compliments my skin tone so well and I love that it's super long lasting. The applicator is that of a normal doe foot and the gloss retails for €17.50.


Too Faced Peach Palette
I must say, I've been obsessed with Too Faced lately and cannot wait to get my hands on their holiday collection this year. They've recently released the Gingerbread Spice palette and while I'm still undecided on whether or not to purchase it, I did go back to my trusty peach palette. It's possibly my favourite eyeshadow palette ever as it's so beautiful and diverse and smells amazing, as I'm sure you've heard before. This is definitely a year 'round staple. This gorgeous palette retails for €43.90 but if you'd like to know more, I did a full review here.




Do you have any products you think are worth the splurge, or specific high end brands that you love?
Thanks for reading,
Love, 
Miah