As with many things, when my first baby was born, I started to re-evaluate my makeup and what I put on my face. I enjoy wearing makeup, but didn't want to be putting toxins on my skin, since what we put on our skin enters our bloodstream. There are many brands out there, but I'll show you what I've been using (which is pretty much drugstore priced, as well).
Everyday Minerals: I was skeptical about a powder foundation, but their free samples (when you pay a few dollars shipping) overcame those doubts. It's a great strategy of theirs! I love it and you can use a very light amount or layer it for more coverage. I like the semi-matte base, which gives the slightest glow. Unlike some mineral makeup companies, which are still filled with toxins, Everyday Minerals has very simple ingredients, and the minerals are non-nano. A plus is that if I use a full enough coverage, it doubles as face sunscreen!
I also use their blush (Wild Vines), and have an eyeshadow (Jane Eyre) and powder concealer, although I don't use them much (I was not impressed with the powder concealer, but they have a new line of cream ones which I have not tried). I have a lipstick of theirs which I forgot to picture, but I don't believe it's made any more (they have a new line, however).
Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner by Gabriel Cosmetics: I would love to find an even more pure option (I have not tried making, though I know you can do that!), but I really missed my liquid eyeliner for doing a simple cat eye. This works perfectly.
Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara: I have only tried this and Reviva Labs as far as natural mascaras go. I prefer Honeybee Gardens and find it more build-able if I let it dry a few minutes. Neither measure up to a drugstore mascara's extraordinary volume, but the ingredients are worth it to me. There are many more natural mascara options and I will probably try a new one, but they go up in price from these two. (Many of these things can be found on Vitacost!)
Honeybee Gardens Eyeshadow: I love this eyeshadow! It's very shimmery and has a nice peachy color. I would like to get a shimmery brown version from them. Also very affordable.
Etherealle Lipstick: This is a popular Etsy seller who makes mineral make up. Although I prefer Everyday Minerals foundation, her lipsticks are wonderful and there is a huge variety! I ordered three samples and took forever deciding between them. I haven't ordered yet, but I plan to get Darling, a nice everyday tone, and perhaps Serenade, which is a more berry shade for dressing up. I would love to try many more of hers!
I use homemade lipbalm from this book, and have two Everyday Minerals vegan brushes (I never use the eyeshadow one), and an old Sonia Kashuk brush which I love. My bag is a gift from my lovely aunt!
Miessence has a line of organic makeup, and I fell head over heels for the liquid Translucent Foundation that I sampled. I've been content with powder, but I miss liquid foundation! I also hope to order their concealer soon, since that is what I miss most from the drugstore makeup days.
What is your favorite piece of makeup?