The cleanser with coconut oil that my skin loves – MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanser
I put off trying this cleanser for years out of fear that the coconut oil would break me out. Until I had a mini MV Organic Skincare facial at a Credo Beauty. The cleanser is mega gentle, and although creamy, leaves no oily residue or breakouts, surprisingly.
The rosey facial oil calms my acne – MV Organics Rose Plus Skin Booster
I also put off trying this for years not out of fear, but more out of “meh, rose? Overrated.” My Credo Beauty facialist and MV founder Sharon both recommended I give it a try for my acneic therefore sensitive skin and I have never been more loyal to a facial oil. You may have noticed my posting volume has been way down the past several months which I have been in grad school. Given my insane stress levels (group projects, ugh), my face should have broken out so much more given how sensitive my face is typically to stress. I’m not complaining.
The face mask that is good enough to sleep in – Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
At another Credo Beauty event (do you see a theme here yet?), Tata Harper advised my acneic sister and I to sleep in the Resurfacing Mask for a month to combat our acne. “What? And then apply facial oil over it?” Oh yes. I was worried about it being too harsh, but nope. I chickened out after a week (relegating the ritual to a once-a-week thing) but my sister kept up with it, with many thanks from her puberty-ful skin.
The hair styling lotion that makes my curls look good even on day 2 – Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion
At the same Credo Beauty event with Tata Harper, a hair stylist from Evolvh recommended this styling lotion for basically everything. I typically never style my hair–my style is usually to grow it out long so that the weight of my hair straightens itself out. But I have been obsessed with the curly bob/lob look, and this makes my usually awful looking second-day curls look pretty swell.
The neutral eyeshadows that make my monolidded eyes pop – Kjaer Weis eyeshadows
At the same Credo Beauty event with MV Skincare, I badgered Kirsten from Kjaer Weis and Natalie from Credo Beauty for eyeshadow color recommendations. I am such a noob at eyeshadow especially since 90% of eyeshadow tutorials don’t apply to my monolids. My initial set of Kjaer Weis colors were, although pretty, sort of awkward, not complimentary, and I didn’t know how to wear them well. They recommended Charmed, Wisdom, and Divine–a nice gradient from neutral to smoky. The secret is layering shades from lightest to darkest, however dark you want to go.
The bronzer that is just right for subtle contouring – Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer
If Kjaer Weis’s highlighter wasn’t gorgeous enough, oh my goodness, the Dazzling bronzer. For subtle shading of my outer face which works better with my face than drawing a contour line, this is gold. Not too ruddy or orange-y or grey, just right.
The tiny lip tint that adds the perfect amount of glam – Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Sensuous Plum
Another product I put off because I figured at least lippies in tubes are more hygienic then dipping my fingers in a compact. But the formulation is super hydrating and the color is so prettily glam, but not glaringly red so that my mother says I have a monkey butt on my face (not even kidding).
The toner that packs a serious burst of hydration – Antonia Burrell Forest Dew Conditioner
This thicker toner is so good for the winter and so good in combination with the Kjaer Weis foundation. It leaves my skin super hydrated (though I might wean off of this for the summer) and foundation just glides like butter over it.
The liquid eyeliner that doesn’t smudge or flake – Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum
My sister and I had given up on finding a good liquid eyeliner, especially liquid eyeliner pens, because they either smudge like crazy or don’t have enough pigment. This doesn’t smudge, has a brilliantly skinny tip for feline flicks, and is jet black. It does erode from my monolid, but that’s my problem. Do my lashes look fuller? I guess?
The perfume that is luxurious and rosey but doesn’t smell like grandmas – LURK Eau de Toilette in RSW005
This was an indulgent purchase that was long on the wishlist. I love, love, love the oil version, but this EDT is the most gorgeous thing ever, especially in terms of packaging. Love how it smells, love how it looks.
The foundation with coconut oil that my face doesn’t break out with – Kjaer Weis Foundation
You may remember this one from my 2013 favorites, but probably wondered why there was never a review. First, Paper Thin was too pink for me. Second, I slowly weaned off wearing the foundation in lieu of treating my acne first. Now that my blemishes are much fewer in number, I have a super hydrating toner (see above) to properly prep my face with, and Silken is a much better match for my skintone, I am back in love with this medium/full coverage foundation.
The brow gel that tames the caterpillars on my face – Glossier Boy Brow
This is the least green of the pack, but so good that I can overlook the phenoxyethanol. My eyebrows are super black and full enough, but I just need a little something something here and there. This defines my brows and enhances my shape without turning me into Spock.
That’s a wrap for 15 of my favorites from 2015. Have any favorites in common? If not, what were some of your #greenbeauty highlights from 2015?
Disclaimer: While many of these products were recommended to me at Credo Beauty events, I bought every single one of them myself. *faints. Also, while there are affiliate links included, I actually do not have any affiliate links to Credo Beauty. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not being compensated for my words.