There’s an ugly side to the beauty industry that many may not be aware of: many beauty and cosmetic products contain toxic, artificial chemicals that can potentially be hormone disruptors. The US only bans 11 toxic ingredients, while Europe has a ban on over 1300. This inspired many beauty brands to look for more clean, sustainable, and ethically-sourced ingredient alternatives that don’t sacrifice color and performance. Read on for some of my faves!
ĀETHER BEAUTY: Āether Beauty is a sustainable clean beauty brand. They vet each ingredient to ensure it’s clean and non-toxic but also sustainable in practices. They use organic, fair-trade, and non-GMO ingredients wherever possible and BAN over 2700 ingredients from our formulas. We are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Their packaging is also fully recyclable, and proceeds go to the Surfrider foundation.
I absolutely adore the Solstice eyeshadow palette! It includes a combination of matte and shimmer colors, infused with natural pigments such as Amber, Ruby, and Topaz. The color lasts from day to night, and the pigments blend effortlessly. My favorite thing is that it’s my go-to “every day” palette, but the darker pigments can easily be layered on for evenings and special occasions. Available at Āether Beauty or Sephora.
COVER FX: High-performance meets clean ingredients. Their products are always free of talc, parabens, fragrance, mineral oil, gluten, sulfates, and phthalates. They encourage you to try the right combination of products to fit your skin type, color preferences, and personal style.
I’m personally not a fan of liquid foundation, so I was thrilled to discover Cover FX’s Pressed Mineral Foundation powder – it lasts all day without creasing or caking. I also love the Power Play Concealer – it expertly covers blemishes and dark circles. Available at Cover FX or Sephora.
THRIVE CAUSEMETICS: Conscious beauty – 100% vegan and cruelty-free. For every product you purchase, they donate to help a woman thrive. These women include domestic abuse survivors, women uplifted from homelessness, female veterans, and women fighting cancer.
I recently found the game-changing Filtered Effects Soft Focus HD Setting Powder – simply phenomenal! It truly erases pores and is my very own Insta filter 😀 I also love the Infinity Waterproof Eyebrow Liner – the fine tipped pencil lets me fill in my brows with thin, natural-looking strokes that hold up all day. Another go-to for me is their Cosmo Power Multi-Dimensional Strobing Blush – the pigment is layered so it contours and highlights at the same time. Available at Thrive Causemetics.
ILIA: They believe in skin that looks like skin—and radiance that comes naturally. With transparency as our guide and color as our vehicle, they challenge the conventions of clean beauty to create something radically new, through safe, potent formulas that protect and revive your skin.
I’m obsessed with this mascara – I have thin lashes that easily can get clumped by mascaras, so the applicator is key. This one does the job – it separates perfectly so each lash is coated evenly, and can be layered for a more dramatic look. Available at Ilia or Sephora.
BITE BEAUTY: The new face of clean – Bite Beauty is clean, vegan, cruelty free and gluten free.
Last but definitely not least! This lip crayon is a clean, high-performace, matte lipstick for creamy, bold color that can keep up with you. It comes in a wide range of wearable colors that truly last. The texture is perfect – not too thin or clumpy. Available at Bite Beauty or Sephora.