My Top Four: Favorite All-Natural Foundations

Hello Beauties!

I am back with another segment of “My Top Four” posts. (Past posts; Top Four: Concealers, Top Four: Affordable Facial Oils, Top Four: Blemish Treatments.) This time it’s all about Foundation!

Foundation is a tricky thing. We all want perfect skin but not all of us like wearing makeup. Some of us actually hate it. I, believe it or not, being the makeup lover that I am, do not like the feeling of too much makeup on my face. Foundation especially. I want to be able to hug loved ones and not fear that the makeup is wiping off on their jackets. I want to be able to have my cheeks kissed and not worry that color will be left on lips. These are the things I think about! I also dislike feeling like I am clogging my pores with a bunch of ingredients that are not necessary.

With that said; I do not have perfect skin. I have redness around my nose and severe dark circles, both due to allergies. I get occasional blemishes. I sometimes have really flushed, red cheeks because I am incredibly sensitive and sometimes my skin gets really, really red. I want to feel confident when I am going out and like to know there are options for me to wear on my skin without compromising my comfort.

Thankfully, due to many trials and errors with testing out a plethora of natural foundations, I have come up with four that I not only love, but never make me feel like I am “wearing foundation”, instead, they look like my skin, but better and all of them are perfect for my overly sensitive-self. :)

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1. Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation

“Alima Satin Matte Foundation is hypoallergenic, goes on easy and feels like nothing at all. It evens out your skin tone, enhances your complexion and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores using only the purest mineral pigments.”

I wear three different shades of this foundation. Sometimes I will even blend one or two colors together. My favorite, most-worn shade is “Neutral 2″ although I also use “Neutral 1″ and “Beige 1″.  I find either people love or hate mineral foundation. I have always been a huge lover of them. Even though I have dry/sensitive skin, I find that using a moisturizing cream or even oil before applying my mineral foundation helps it to never look cakey or emphasize dry areas. I also always set my mineral foundation with lots of Rosewater. This helps immensely. This is my favorite foundation of all time. Why? because I have the most sensitive skin in the world (or at least close to it) and mineral foundation, especially Alima Pure, is the one foundation I know will never clog my pores, irritate my skin and honestly, it’s the least likely to cause any sensitive or reaction. Also – the coverage is just amazing! (and super buildable).

 

2. Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

“Kjaer Weis Foundation refines even the most sensitive, delicate skin. Expect a creamy, beautifully blendable, weightless texture with a semi-matte, light-as-air finish. Blends so well no one will notice you’re wearing makeup, they’ll just notice how beautiful your skin is. Sweet almond seed oil and coconut oil naturally moisturize the skin, while jojoba seed oil are rich in fatty acids that promote skin elasticity and reduce signs of aging.”

I am the shade“Like Porcelain” although I can wear “Paper Thin” in the summer if I make sure to really, really blend. This Cream Foundation is unlike any other cream foundation I have tried. It is literally like a second skin. It applies on the skin seamlessly, and although it contains Coconut Oil, it has never made me break out or made my pores feel clogged. It is pricey but once you purchase the compact, you only have to buy the refillables and it makes the purchase much more affordable and honestly, there is nothing like the packaging from Kjaer Weis. Nothing.

 

3. Gressa Skin Corrective Serum Foundation

“It’s a serum. It’s a foundation. It’s a multivitamin for your face. Perfect your face with long-term benefits of this revolutionary serum to powder foundation. GRESSA Healing ComplexTM is a proprietary powerhouse blend of carefully selected botanical extracts that care for your skin by providing it with overall balance, radiance and clarity. Minerals provide a tone-correcting coverage natural finish.”

This is probably the most unique of all the foundations I listed because it is a combination of a a skincare + makeup product in all in one. It applies just like a serum but dries to an almost powdery finish (with a beautiful, natural glow). It covers really well and contains so many amazing and beneficial ingredients for the skin. You can wear this and know that not only are you enhancing your features, you are also treating your skin with skin-loving ingredients. Win-Win!

 

4. Vapour Beauty Luminous Foundation

“Effortlessly achieve the look of radiant, healthy skin and a more even complexion with Atmosphere Luminous Foundation. Atmosphere is like nothing you’ve ever tried — a foundation you’ll adore wearing. Atmosphere Luminous is designed for normal, dry, mature, and sensitive skin. It gives a luminous, glowing, natural finish and comes in a precision stick for maximum control. With Vapour’s Light Reflective Technology, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores is diminished. Skin becomes instantly smoother, softer, and more even.”

My preferred color is “115” though I can also make “100” and “110” work depending on the time of year. This is one of the very first natural and organic foundations that I ever used. It’s one that I find myself often going back to, no matter how many other foundations I may try out. It has a heavy scent of Frankincense and Holy Basil (both amazing for healing + calming skin) which can be off-putting to some, but coming from someone with a highly sensitive nose and sense of smell, it has never bothered me, I actually really find the scent to be relaxing, and after applying, the scent starts to go away. This is a wonderful foundation for those with dry skin.

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Have you tried any of these foundations? Please share your thoughts and favorites in the comments!

* You can purchase all of these products (except Gressa, which is only available at GressaSkin) at The Detox Market and Spirit Beauty Lounge, and Eco Diva Beauty.

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only review and recommend products and brands I love and use myself! All Photographs are (C) Britanie Faith unless stated otherwise.*

In Love With: True Relaxation Stress Remedy by Hope Gillerman

I have talked (and raved) about the True Relaxation Stress Remedy for quite some time now, so imagine my surprise when I realized I never dedicated an entire post to this miracle worker? Shame on me. This oil deserves so much praise and I am going to give it just that. I am a huge fan of Hope Gillerman and am very passionate about spreading the word about how important essential oils are.

I don’t go a day without using Essential Oils in one way or another. There are so many ways to use them and I will share below the many ways I use this particular potent oil blend. I recommend this for anyone with stress, nervousness, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, or if you just want to smell lovely! I also highly recommend checking out all of the blends of Hope Gillerman! I have reviews coming up soon for the Sinus Remedy and Jaw Clenching Remedy which I use daily as well.

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Ingredients:

100% USDA certified, organic essential oils of;

  • Lavender - Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues. Therefore, it can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity. It has a well-researched impact on the autonomic nervous system, which is why it is frequently used as a treatment for insomnia and also as a way to regulate heart-rate variability.
  • Lavandin Grosso – The most important chemical components of Lavandin essential oil are camphor, lavandulol, camphene, cineole, linalyl acetate, limonene, terpinene, linalool, caryophyllene, ocimene and dipentene. These components contribute to its remedial properties like antiseptic, antidepressant, analgesic, vulnerary, expectorant, cicatrisant, nervine, antispasmodic and stimulant.
  • Lavender Vera – Its sweet, floral scent of true lavender (and essential oil made from it) provides a variety of aromatherapy properties, ranging from soothing, calming, and relaxing, to normalizing, balancing, and healing.
  • Vetiver - The essential oil of vetiver is a well known sedative. It sedates nervous irritations, afflictions, convulsions and emotional outbursts such as anger, anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks, restlessness, and nervousness. It even benefits patients that suffer from insomnia.
  • Red Mandarin - Although the oil is a common sedative, its sedating action is more prominent in relaxing and calming nervous afflictions and disturbances. It can calm attacks of epilepsy, hysteria and convulsions. Furthermore, it removes stress and anxiety.
  • Tangerine – The essential oil of tangerine soothes the body. It soothes all types of inflammation and hyperactivity in the organ systems functioning in the body, namely the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and excretory systems. It sedates inflammation from fever, intrusion of poisonous substances in the blood stream from external sources, convulsions, anxiety, stress, and hypersensitivity of allergies. It also sedates depression, anger and impulsive responses.
  • Sandalwood - This oil sedates inflammation, anxiety, fear, stress, and restlessness. Furthermore, it induces relaxation, calmness, concentration, inner vision, and positive thoughts.
  • Blood Orange – The very smell of orange essential oil reminds you of happy moments and brings pleasant thoughts to mind. That is why this oil is so frequently used in aromatherapy. It creates a happy, relaxed feeling and works as a mood lifter, perfect for people who suffer from depression or chronic anxiety.
  • Clary Sage – Clary Sage oil can induce a feeling of immense joy, confidence, pleasure and high spirits and fill you with the desire to live your life to the fullest. This is why it is frequently used to cure depression or chronic stress and anxiety. It is great for your nerves and It sedates nervous convulsions and other disorders such as nervousness, vertigo, anxiety, and hysteria.

Benefits:

This blend helps you find the composure to make thoughtful choices, so your day can flow smoothly. The serene lavender/citrus/woodsy scent soothe your senses.

The way you carry your bag or hold the steering wheel has an effect on your stress level throughout the day. See poster-sized insert for more relaxation tips and exercises.

Suffering from Anxiety, Stress, Panic Attacks?

I have personally found the Stress Remedy blend to be very helpful in both minor and severe situations involving stressful situations in my life. I have spoken openly on my blog about many of my health issues, including panic disorder which I have had on and off for years. In the past year, the panic came back stronger than ever and I have been doing whatever I can do to find natural ways to remedy the panic.

Of course I cannot tell anyone what will and work for them but I can share with you what has worked for me and what I have seen work for people around me. This blend is in my top 3 favorite Essential Oil blends out there and if you had any idea how many single and essential oils blends I own, you would know how much that means. This is a blend I can absolutely not be without and would (and do) recommend to anyone struggling with any type of anxiety, be it minor or severe.

I had a situation arise recently where I was in a public place and out of nowhere had a panic attack just hit me. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you will know that feeling of overwhelming and all-consuming fear that comes over you and the confusion about why this is happening. Instead of taking prescription medicines, I reached for my Stress Remedy and I, albeit a bit franticly and shakily, dropped 2-3 drops into my hands, rubbed them together, and put them in front of my face. I sat there and just took deep breaths, over and over again. I then took my scarf which was around my neck and added another drop to that. I pulled the scarf closer to my face and the calming, warming scent of the blend started to make me calm down. My hands stopped shaking as much, my heart beat relaxed and I was able to get myself together.

How I use ‘Stress Remedy':

When I am having an anxiety attack or just feeling generally stressed, I will add a drop to the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and cusp my hands over my face while taking a deep breath. I repeat this 5-10 times.

If I am going out for the day and not necessarily feeling anxious at the moment but want to prevent any panic from hitting, I add a drop to my wrist and neck as I would with a perfume. This blend smells so delicious and although at first is very strong, over time it wears down to a subtle Lavender scent with hints of Vetiver that is both calming and grounding. I have had people ask me what perfume I am wearing many times when wearing this blend!

Rub on the bottom of my feet right before bed. So relaxing and makes your feet feel incredibly soft. I dilute with fractionated coconut oil when using as a massage oil on my feet, back of neck or any other larger area of skin to avoid sensitivity.

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Have you ever tried Stress Remedy or any other blends from Hope Gillerman? What are your thoughts? Please share in the comments!

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I received this product to review for free from the company but am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only review and recommend products and brands I love and use myself! All Photographs are (C) Britanie Faith unless stated otherwise.*

BOX Naturals – Feel Gorgeous, Naturally

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If you follow me on social media, you know that I’m the type of woman that thinks “outside” the box! But in this case and with this particular product I’m all about concentrating on what’s inside this gorgeous BOX.

I read recently on their blog that Jackie, a member of the BOX Team is going Down Under (hehe) to visit Australia and she’s bringing lots of samples! Box Naturals ships internationally so the benefits of clean, green, portable cleansing options are available everywhere. If you are an Australian Green Blogger you need to contact them.

Box Naturals is a cheeky & sophisticated women owned and operated small business. They developed a pure & simple product: Beautifully packaged individual towelettes, all natural ingredients, biodegradable and scented with the benefits of organic essential oils. Available in Rose and Lavender scents. My favorite is the rose of course. No alcohol based “not so handiwipes” for these entrepreneurs.

I love the creative packaging and the name just got me! And a cleansing product with the healthy benefits of essential oils is very appealing to me.

I can even leave a few of these towelettes in my purse and if anyone happened to look inside, they would have no idea where and for what I used this cheeky little package ;)

Box Naturals are gentle for use anywhere. Hands, faces, oh and (please don’t forget your special places…). I use mine after a sweaty yoga session (everywhere). Years ago, before I became interested about the benefits of natural beauty, I used to be a big fan of the mainstream “feminine hygiene” products. The kind with names that would make you dream of summer evenings. You know what I mean…  After a very rude awakening of what were actually IN these so called “helpful to women” personal care items, I was appalled. I’m going to put those chemicals, “Where??” “Down there?” Not me, thank you anyway. 

Box Naturals avoids unnecessary chemicals, are naturally preserved, Paraben, soy, petrochemical, animal ingredient, mineral oil, sulfate, artificial & fragrance FREE. And pH balanced to accommodate the fine delicate balance of delicate feminine skin.  This company has become another favorite of mine. I love that they give back a portion of each sale to women’s issues all over the world.

They also encourage customers’ ideas for a particular female focused charity that is close to your heart. For me my choice would be: Women for Women International. I love the work they do: http://www.womenforwomen.org

BOX Naturals is offering a special: Buy 4 boxes and save 10% plus you get free shipping.  

*All orders over $29 ship for free when you use FREESHIP29 at checkout.  

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I love BOX Naturals!

Have you tried them and if so, what do you think? 

xoxo,

Britanie

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Sensitive Skin Line

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I was recently contacted by Andalou Naturals and asked to partner with them to help spread the word about their incredible company and to celebrate Non-GMO Awareness Month for October 2014! Andalou Naturals was the first 100% Non-GMO Project Verified beauty brand and that is something to be VERY proud of indeed. They are also the premier manufacturer of innovative fruit stem cell-based skin, body, and hair care. I am so excited to share my thoughts about the products I was sent and also to let you know of the generosity of this very special Brand. Andalou Naturals has offered 25% off your entire order (for BeautybyBritanie readers!!)  during the whole month of October with this special promotion code at checkout:  nongmo14. 

With this campaign they specifically want to educate the public to the importance of accurate ingredient labeling. When we as consumers think of GMOs, food is often what comes to mind.  Andalou Naturals want to point out that crops grown for personal care products and food are from the same farm and whether topically applied and absorbed through the skin or ingested directly as food, GMO crop effects on human health and the environment are of great concern! They put tremendous value on knowing where their ingredients come from. From the farmers who grow them, and connecting the human chain of hands that make every step possible for labeling transparency.

Look at these credentials! Andalou Naturals is: Certified Organic, Natural Origin,  Vegetarian + Vegan, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free, Bioactive, Fair-Trade and has Eco-Friendly Practices. Yes, and I do think this is a very admirable company (if you can’t tell!).

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Beauty Obsession: Zweena Argan Beauty Elixirs

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‘Zweena means “beautiful” in Moroccan Arabic and brings together our love for ancient beauty traditions, pure natural ingredients, sustainable harvesting and support of women in fair-trade cooperatives.’

The beautiful and creative Jayme Barrett, author of Feng Shui Your Life, (a favorite book of mine) has always believed in helping people simplify and energize their spaces and lives. So it naturally follows that she would eventually discover a way to simplify women’s beauty routines. And I’m happy to say she has done just that for me. You may actually remember a post I did over a year ago dedicated to Zweena. This was before they changed their packaging and added new products into their line. I have to say, I didn’t think the packaging or products could get any better but they have. I am truly head over heels in love with this brand and every product in it.

Welcome to Zweena Body Care….

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Brand Spotlight: BEAUTYCOUNTER

I’m happy today to share with you details about an innovative company that I’ve recently discovered: BeautyCounter. This business creates safe and effective skin care and cosmetics and  was created not only out of a desire to be 100% transparent in ingredients, be environmentally conscious, but also to raise the bar in health standards to the highest in the personal care industry. They have done just that and more. Oh, and I forgot to mention the products really work!

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Wellness | Sleeping Monk Herbal Formulas for Health, Vitality and Beauty

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The secret is to be proactive with our health, (as opposed to reactive). This idea was described by the ancient modality of Chinese Tonic Herbalism, which states: ‘Assist the positive to eliminate the noxious.’ By taking responsibility of our health in this way, we become so fortified, balanced and protected that disease doesn’t come near us. Sleeping Monk’s High Potency Herbal formulas use many SuperTonic herbs, (the highest class of health-building herbs on the planet), to assist us in optimizing the physical, mental and spiritual components of our being to achieve health that is truly transformative. Through our products and philosophy, our mission is to assist you in the best ways possible to “Be Healthy, Have More Fun!”

This to me is one of my most exciting reviews because I’m so truly passionate about this brand and these special formulas. I first became aware of Sleeping Monk through one of my favorite blogs: Free + Native. When I saw the mention of the beautiful ingredients, I became immediately interested and went directly to the Sleeping Monk website and read until my eyes hurt. I was so intrigued that I had to reach out. I contacted Louis Lenard, owner and creator of Sleeping Monk, and he was extremely helpful and was kind enough to send me his original tonics to try out.

You can read here Louis’s very inspiring story about what he personally went through and how he came about creating these original and life-changing formulas.

First I began my experimentation with the Immortal and Well-Rested Formulas. These were the only tw0 products they were selling at the time so I continued for a few months with very positive and noticeable results.When I heard that Sleeping Monk was going to be releasing two new formulas: I immediately bought both! The Super Immunity Tonic and the Mind Sharpener Tonic are the two newest additions to the Sleeping Monk family and they are just as phenomenal as the first two…. Keep reading to find out how madly in love with these I really am!!  [Read more…]

R.L. Linden & Co’s Autumn Box (Limited Edition)

Presenting R.L.Linden & Company’s Limited Edition Autumn Box. On sale late September. (Be patient – this box is worth it, I PROMISE!)

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” -F.Scott Fitzgerald

The beautiful souls that make up the R.& L., (Robin and Lynn) behind the name of this company are two of the most creative and inspiring woman that I know. They just keep coming up with these superb brews and potions that get me so excited that it’s hard to put into words. I’m encouraging you to wait just a little while longer while they get these wonderful products all set and ready to ship. Fall is my most favorite season of all and this limited edition box is packed full of coziness and olfactory loveliness. You don’t want to miss this one. Trust me!

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Botanical Me

I’m so excited to introduce you to two very inspirational sisters, Jill and Carly the founders of Botanical Me. Botanical Me is a collection of vibrant aromatherapy products inspired by the unique healing plants of Africa. This brand was born in 2012 out of an ephiphany from a conversation between Jill and her husband (a native of Nigeria and a Malaria survivor). That light bulb moment sparked her to team up with her sister, Carly.

They used their nine years of aromatherapy business experience to source, design and formulate the Botanical Me collection. The “botanical sisters” intention was to create a natural body care and aromatherapy company that would contribute part of their proceeds to support malaria prevention and treatment in Africa. They partnered with, Malaria No More. This organization supports prevention programs and treatments in communities. Jill and Carly want their donations to potentially save thousands of children’s lives and help with the education and ultimately the eradication of this devastating disease. The “Me” to the Botanical-me is short for Malaria Eradication!

Their motto is, “Natural body care that inspires, heals and gives back!”. I think this is some pretty admirable stuff! It is so incredible to me when a company can use their combined ingenuity to create a brand that not only give us clean and green beautiful beauty products, but that can turn their passion for helping into reality! Win and win, again!

Now on to the innovative products that are my favorites…

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RMS Beauty Sublime Lip Shine

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RMS Beauty Sublime Lip Shine is my new favorite lip color for Summer! When I first spotted the fuchsia, hot pink color in the pot, my first thought was “there is no way I can pull off that strong color!”. It seemed so bold. Boy was I wrong!  It is incredibly flattering on all skin tones and it instantly brightens the complexion. If you are scared of it being too pink, don’t be! It’s very buildable. You can wear it sheer to create a slight baby pink color or add more layers to make it more pigmented. It never looks like too much product is on my lips no matter how many layers of this I apply and the best part is that IT IS SO MOISTURIZING. It feels like a lip balm + lip tint all in one. It also lasts throughout the entire day on me and I find that by the end of the day while some of the pigment may have lessened, the pink color still lasts and looks natural and beautiful on my lips. You could also wear this on your cheeks as well!

Ingredients: castor seed oil*, coconut oil*, moringa oil*, carnauba wax*, cocoa seed butter*, beeswax*, centella asiatica extract, rosemary extract*, vitamin e. may contain + / – : red iron oxide ci 77491, yellow iron oxide ci 77492, black iron oxide ci 77499, titanium dioxide ci 77891, mica ci 77019. *Certified Organic. This product is gluten-free.

Where to buy: I purchased my Lip Shine on Spirit Beauty Lounge for $25.00!

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What do you think of this color? Have you tried any of the Lip Shines from RMS Beauty?

xoxo,

Britanie

*This post was not sponsored. All products mentioned were purchased with my own money. All opinions are 100% my own, as always!!*

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