As you know from previous posts, I am an avid Instagram shopper. Recently, I’ve been on the search for quality clean beauty products. It is unimaginable to think women have been slathering chemically-laden products on their skin, eyes, lips, and nails since the beginning of time. Just like eating wholesome non-genetically modified food became a trend, now the big buzz phrase in the beauty industry is “clean beauty.” So I vetted some, and in this post, I am reviewing 5 clean beauty finds I bought on Instagram.
What is the Meaning of Clean Beauty?
Clean Beauty means that the products don’t get tested on animals, are manufactured sustainably, and are made from only natural ingredients. To be safer and because I am environmentally conscious, I am slowly converting all of my skincare and makeup products to clean ones. For this post, I tried a healthy amount of clean beauty products from a wide range of vendors and have come up with 5 Clean Beauty Finds I Bought on Instagram.
First Clean Beauty Find
I have been a fan of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics for a long time. I love her make-up colors and her personal philosophy of makeup being an enhancement and a call to celebrate your own beauty.
When Bobbi was just 34 years old, she sold her namesake line to Estee Lauder for a staggering $75 million.
In 2020, during the height of the Pandemic, at the ripe age of 62 years old (a great example of a woman of a certain age), she launched a brand new line named Jones Road @jonesroadbeauty. This new line uses only clean ingredients and is cruelty-free. Once again her philosophy is to enhance your own good looks, not cover them.
So I ordered some products from the line to test them out.
Bobbi Brown Does it Again
Of the four products I purchased, I found 2 of them to be very worthwhile. One of the most popular products in the line is titled Miracle Balm. It is a highly emollient (some would say sticky) balm that smells great and serves multiple purposes. You can wear it as a blush, or all over your face to achieve glowing skin. You can also dab some on your lids and lips as well for that no makeup, makeup look. On her website she shows how to use it by breaking the seal, rubbing it into the palms of your hands and then working it into your face. Here is how she suggests using it
I bought Miracle Balm in 2 colors – one to wear for an all-over glow and one to use as a blush. The first time I wore it I actually received a compliment on my skin from a co-worker. But it is quite sticky and requires you to actually wash your hands before moving on to the next step in your makeup routine.
Next, I tried the Sparkle Wash which is a liquid eye shadow on my eyelids. But, the color is very sheer and it just looked like I had sparkles on my eyes. That was not the look I was going for. I wanted a good amount of pigment with some sparkle. Not the other way around.
Lastly, I tried a product titled the Best Pencil to line my eyes. The color doesn’t transfer easily so I had to go back and forth across my upper eyelid several times before it showed. Overall, I give Jones Road a “Meh.”
Second Clean Beauty Find
My second clean beauty find is not only clean but organic as well. The line is called Ogee @aogee and they explain on their website that there is a difference between a clean beauty line and an organic one. Clean means the product’s ingredients are all-natural. According to Ogee, “an organic beauty line gets the stringent NSF Organic certification for all of their products and covers every facet of product development, from the farm where the ingredients are grown, harvested and processed, to the lab in which they are batched and bottled, the sustainably sourced paperboard in which they’re contained until they end up on the vanity on which they’re placed.” This line is both clean and organic.
Organic beauty lines are rare and mesh well with my own ideology. I was in the market for a contour and bought their Sculpted Face Stick in Amber
And I love it. It goes on so smoothly and is easy to work into your skin. I think the only thing I regret is not getting it a shade darker in the Copper. But since the price is a bit steep at $52, I’ll wait until I run out before buying another one.
Ogee Gets : Thumbs up
Third Clean Beauty Find
I’ve recently fallen in love with Victoria Beckham’s beauty line @victoriabeckhambeauty. I love her apparel too but it is way out of my league. Her beauty line is gorgeous from the packaging to the product delivery and it lives up to each claim it makes about its products. It is also a clean, female-owned beauty line which are important traits for me in choosing what I put on my skin. They also use crystals in products to aid in well-being.
Initially, I ordered 1 product – an eyeliner. I was so impressed, I bought 4 more products.
The Satin Kajal eyeliner goes on so smoothly that I now have it in two colors. It stays put, even if you use it in your waterline.
The posh blush is creamy and blends easily. I got it in Rollerskate – which is a pinky coral. I would get it in Major next time, which is a pink flush.
Because the Jones Road eye shadow color I bought was all sparkle without any real pigment, I tried Victoria Beckham’s Lid Luster eye shadow. The pigments are deep and formulated with actual crystals. Victoria apparently surrounds herself with crystals for good energy and “each shade is infused with a different crystal for aura-amplifying energy.”
I used it sparingly over my liner for extra depth. It comes in 8 colors
The Posh lipsticks are ultra-creamy with rich color, buttery shine, and light-as-air wear. They describe them on the site as ” a clean, nourishing formula powered by superfood ingredients that provide intense moisturization for supremely healthier, happier, fuller-looking lips.”
Overall, I give Victoria Beckham Beauty a “Hell Yeah.”
Fourth Clean Beauty Find
The very first clean beauty brand I bought was Thrive Causemetics @thrivecausemetics about five years ago. In addition to using all-natural ingredients, and being cruelty-free it is a woman-owned company that donates a portion of each sale to one of 5 charities – which you get to choose. They say on their website, “Thrive Causemetics purchase helps us donate to organizations that uniquely uplift women and their communities.” I have included them in a previous post which you can view here.
Their Buildable Blur Color Correcting Cream is a hard-working, multi-tasking product that is a moisturizer, a skin color corrector, and an SPF 35 sunscreen all in one tube. I use the Fair with Neutral Undertones and it makes my skin look smooth without being cakey or flaky. See pic below.
I also love their Lash Extensions Mascara – which is great for sensitive eyes. It is buildable and thickens and lengthens.
Thrive Causemetics is an excellent clean beauty find.
Fifth Clean Beauty Find
Why stop with cleansers and makeup? Did you know about all-natural nail polish? I’ve tried Static Nail @staticnails in 3 colors, plus their basecoat and topcoat. They say on their website that, they have “A breakthrough formula loaded with rich pigments and natural antioxidants for a healthy manicure that actually lasts up to 10+ days without chipping when paired with Static Nails Liquid Glass Primer and Top Coat.”
I love natural-looking nails as well bold colors – but nothing in between. The Milky Pink shade pictured below is a perfect shade with a good amount of coverage, but not too much. It equates to Essie’s color called Ballet Slippers.
I now bring Static Nails base coat, color and top coat with me for my weekly manicures and you can definitely get 10 days out of them.
Putting My Clean Beauty Finds All Together
I decided to test-run everything I bought to see how the products worked together. I used my Thrive CC cream as a foundation. Then I added the Jones Road Miracle Balm for the glow. I placed my Victoria Beckham Cheeky Posh Creamy Blush Stick on the apples of my cheeks. Added my Ogee Sculpting Stick for contour. I used an eye shadow palette I already owned. Lined my eyes with the Satin Kajal Eyeliner in Cocoa and went over it with the Lid Luster in Mink. Lastly, I applied my Posh Lipstick in Sway. And here’s how it came out.
REMINDER– Unlike many bloggers and influencers I am completely independent of the products I review / recommend and do not profit from any of the brands I showcase. I don’t have sponsors or advertisers paying me to be their brand ambassador. My opinions are just that – my opinions.
Let me know if you try any / or all of these products and what your experience was like.
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