Natural Appeal: Try these beauty products … and keep the planet beautiful too

By: Daphne Becker

Bold lips, in my opinion, are always on trend, but what you can expect to see a lot of this spring is fun corals and pinks coming into play. Burt’s Bee’s always has beautiful lip shimmers, which are perfect for someone looking to make a statement but not break the bank. They are also really good at moisturizing the lips. This is more of a lip tint though, perfect for someone who isn’t used to bold colors and is looking to try.

But for those of you who would want something a little more Ba Bam I would have to recommend the Tarte Power Plumper line. These come in super cute packaging and have an amazing color range. The color payoff is said to be amazing. Now this is something a little less budget friendly, but if you’re looking to spend your money, it’s a great eco-friendly option.

A natural, fresh complexion is the look this spring. The perfect way to achieve this is with a nice sheer foundation, something with enough coverage to minimize discoloration on the face without looking like you put your Saturday night face on on a Tuesday morning. Trust me. Been there, done that and it’s not cute.

One thing I think might definitely be worth the splurge is the Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done sheer foundation. It has benefits for your skin but has more coverage than your average BB cream would. If you don’t need the coverage and aren’t looking to spend that kind of money Physicians Formula has a huge array of different BB and CC creams to choose from. They can also be found at local drugstores and Ulta, so you don’t have to order online.

Glowy skin is big this year, so if you’re not a fan, then I’m sorry because it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. Something I use personally and love is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow kit in, “That Glow.” It’s metallic in all the right ways and gives this JLo glow that is just too much for words=, but if looking like a space alien isn’t for you, though I do recommend trying it, Urban Decay makes a body illuminator that looks beautiful on your face or on your whole body, a good thing to keep in mind for prom. It also isn’t as intense as some other highlighters on the market.

Now that spring has sprung, it is time for contouring to take a back seat to bronzer. Don’t take me wrong. Contouring is still here to stay. Just know bronzer will be the main focus for beautiful skin. Too Faced has a great array of bronzers, all eco-friendly so you can pick and choose ones for your skin and how you want your skin to look. Physicians Formula again is coming in for the win with their huge selection of bronzers all eco-friendly, but the best part is that some of them have up to SPF 30 in them.

It’s our job to keep our Earth as beautiful as we can. That doesn’t mean depriving ourselves of the things we love. Buying products that aren’t eco-friendly isn’t a crime, but taking minutes minutes of your time to look up what products are can really make a difference. Just writing this, I was surprised with how many products I use that are eco-friendly. This isn’t a testimonial of me telling you you need to throw out all products not eco-friendly, but maybe if it’s time to repurchase your foundation, check and see if it is eco-friendly. If it’s not, there are a huge number of products out there you can try. You can’t say, “There are no good, eco-friendly brands” anymore. In the end, that’s just an excuse. There are many great brands working to keep our environment safe. 

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