I've tried to take my time and make my makeup makeover fun! I decided against throwing out all my current "toxic" products and plan to use some of them up while slowly switching over. I did collect a bag full of products to give away. So as I use up one type of product, I begin researching a better alternative before buying anything new. I started with my most used products and so far I have switched my concealer, blush/bronzer, finishing powder, some eye shadows and a few of my most common application brushes. Here are some of my favorites: (all "3" or under on the cosmetics database scale or "clean" according to these guidelines.)
CVS Cleansing Towels | These are great for nights you're to tired to do a full wash and moisturize, just wipe off all your makeup with these towels (including water-proof mascara); they're great for traveling; only $5.99 at CVS stores, but I see a lot of BOGO 1/2 off sales!!!
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover | I use this with a cotton ball (if you haven't tried organic cotton balls, you should - it is SO much softer), and gently wipe off my water-proof mascara; actually gets a 4 on cosmetics database; $5 at Target (and many other stores).
EcoTools Brushes | I LOVE these! I had a few coupons for them, and I've seen BOGO sales for them at ULTA; You can buy them for $2-15 at drugstores, Walmart, Target, etc. (sold individually too); Super soft and almost never lose bristles; Environmentally friendly!
Physicians Formula Concealers | I actually purchased a 2-pk of these at Walmart (in store) for the same price as 1 at most other stores ($5-$6); I purchased the Green for red marks and Light for dark circles; goes on great with the EcoTools Foundation brush!
Almay Pure Blends, Sunkissed | I'm not sure if Almay is discontinuing this product or not, but I purchased this for $3 at Target or Kroger from a cosmetics sale table; I LOVE this product, perfect "sunkissed" look; I use my own blush brush for a smoother look
E.L.F. All Over Color, Pink Lemonade | This is one of my favorite finds, goes on cheeks, lips and eyes; a perfect dewy glow; only $1 at drugstores, Walmart, Target and some grocery stores; 3 on the Cosmetics Database scale!
E.L.F. Mineral Eye Shadows | I have three shades, Wild, Elegant, and Seductive; $3 at eyeslipsface.com but they offer a lot of promotions - I got my mineral purchase 50% off; no harsh chemicals, goes on & stays on great (especially with their Mineral Eyeshadow Primer!)
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Translucent Powder | I rarely use a finishing powder, but if I do I use this or E.L.F. Mineral Glow Shimmer; I purchased on sale for less than $3 at Target but it's usually $9.98 at Walmart.
I am still switching over my Foundation, Everyday Moisturizer (face and body), Deep Conditioning Moisturizer (body - for winter months), Mascara, and a few more Eyeshadow Shades. Do you know of any good-for-you beauty secrets?
And my Five-Minute Makeup Favorites are.....(drum roll please)
Concealer - Bronzer - All Over Color on Cheeks/Eyes/Lips - Lip Balm - Mascara! Done!