Makeup hoarder turned minimalist ... see inside Meredith's green, organic beauty makeup bag!

What’s in my minimalist, eco-friendly makeup bag

You know that thing where you go to someone’s house and want to peek in their drawers and cabinets and see what kind of stuff they have? In this case, I’m inviting you to look through my stuff so it’s not weird, I promise.

A little while ago I posted a picture of my make up bag on Instagram and you wanted to see what was inside. Ask and you shall receive, friends. I love talking about this topic, as you’ll see from this extensive and rambling post. Hope you enjoy it!

Minimalist, eco-friendly and organic makeup collection

I have always loved playing with makeup and used to have a huge make up collection. While I did use many of the items regularly, I often fell into the trap of buying something new as a pick-me-up or believing that “this lipstick will change my life/mood.” 

I got into the habit of buying things that I thought were cute but I knew deep down weren’t my style. I bought things for some future Meredith that didn’t exist yet. I imagined future Meredith wearing a particular lipstick shade to some fabulous event or occasion that never came. Even when I was going to a fabulous event or occasion (or out on a date night), I wore the colors and products that I felt comfortable and pretty in, not the colors that were more adventurous and theatrical. Most of my collection didn’t fit into how I actually used make up.

Once I got really serious about minimalism, downsizing and using a capsule wardrobe for my clothes, the mentality of streamlining to the things that you really love and use spilled over to my cosmetics too.

My go-to minimal face now is concealer, brows, curled lashes (and mascara if I want more definition or extra awake-ness.) Or I go makeup-free. If I’m going anywhere, or I just feel like it…#becauseselfexpression, I do get myself a bit more dolled up.

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The all natural ways I am healing my skin

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve been experiencing an out-of-character bout of acne the last few months. THE BACKSTORY: I can’t be 100% certain but a variety of factors (isn’t it always a combination of things?) lead to my skin breaking out. One was that I was going through a hormonal change due to my daughter weaning herself from … Continue reading The all natural ways I am healing my skin

What if all red carpet beauty was with organic, non toxic makeup? Academy Awards 2016 //

Get the Oscars 2016 Look … with Green Beauty

Even though I didn’t watch the Oscars this year, I am still totally drawn to the beautiful clothing and makeup showcased on the red carpet. Maybe it’s the theater lover in me, but I just like the whole spectacle. Here are a few of my favorite looks from the evening with organic, natural, non-toxic, green beauty product recommendations to help you achieve the look at … Continue reading Get the Oscars 2016 Look … with Green Beauty

Greenwashing and feeling duped

Have you ever felt “duped” by a company or product claiming to be green, clean and healthy? In my journey to live a healthy, happy life I have become more mindful and careful about labels and ingredients — in my skincare, makeup, food. But sometimes, if I’m in a rush/tired/generally feeling meh, I make mistakes. Like that time a few years ago when I asked … Continue reading Greenwashing and feeling duped

Meredith Tested: Vapour Organic Beauty Foundation

A while ago I was on the hunt for the much-applauded Vapour concealer stick but as my color was out of stock*, I opted for the Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation (stick) instead. I’ve been testing this out for about a year and here’s what I think. First, this foundation is pricey at $40 (website now says $44, I might have an older version … Continue reading Meredith Tested: Vapour Organic Beauty Foundation

Green Living Giveaway! {Closed}

{This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone for entering!} Over the past few years I’ve gotten serious about healthy eating, paying attention to the potentially harmful ingredients all around me from makeup and skincare to plastic food containers. I started buying fewer high-quality clothing and other goods that will last versus lots of fast fashion or disposable items. … Continue reading Green Living Giveaway! {Closed}

Gift Guide 2015: Mom (Mama, Mommy, Mom, Mum…)

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a new mom you know, or maybe your mom, this list is chock full of thoughtful, beautiful ideas. Plus, everything is under $50! ONE: This Logan and Lenora Clutch will get a lot of use – it’s perfect for everyday outings, as a travel makeup and toiletry bag, or for anything wet/gross that you want to contain. Swimsuits, … Continue reading Gift Guide 2015: Mom (Mama, Mommy, Mom, Mum…)

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New Mom Makeup

I can see the headline now… “New Mom Wears Full Face of Glamorous Makeup, Wins Award for Being Most Ridiculous Amazing Robot Woman Ever!” Hahahah. But seriously. Let’s talk about what (all natural, green/clean, non-toxic) makeup a REAL new mom would wear. Two words: skincare makeup. Two more words: SO TIRED. Okay, back to the makeup. 1. Pick a foundation and/or concealer that has some … Continue reading New Mom Makeup

Drugstore Finds: Non-toxic Beauty and Skincare

((EDIT: Hello! It’s Meredith, dropping in to say that there might be products on this page that I no longer use or recommend due to sneaky ingredients that may be unhealthy or potentially toxic. Companies change their ingredients and formulas, so for the most up-to-date information, please feel free to send me a message on Twitter, Instagram or email. You may also want to download … Continue reading Drugstore Finds: Non-toxic Beauty and Skincare

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August Goodebox Review

As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy subscription boxes (made popular by companies like Birchbox) and am happy to see more companies popping up with exclusively eco-friendly, non-toxic, and high quality items. I’m currently getting a Goodebox every other month. Here’s what I got in August 2014 along with my experiences with the products. Yes this review is a little late but I didn’t get a … Continue reading August Goodebox Review