As promised, here is part two of answering your beauty questions! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask in the comments section below, send me an email, or send me a direct message on Instagram!
What natural shampoo do you recommend? To be honest, I have yet to try a natural shampoo that actually works for me without making my hair feel like straw, but I have friends who use different brands, and they’ve recommended Calia Natural and Rahua which I haven’t tried yet but they say are amazing.
How do you get your makeup to look so natural? I don’t use a lot of makeup! I hate the feeling of tons of makeup on my face. In the majority of my photos, and most days, I just wear concealer, a little powder foundation, mascara and a simple natural colored gloss which you can find details to in the first part of this beauty q&a series here.
What do you do if you breakout? In high school and college my skin definitely used to breakout a lot. Nowadays, I usually just get a pimple or two around that time of the month. I always make sure to not put any makeup on it. I think healing your gut and balancing your hormones has a lot to do with helping breakouts, but in the meantime, I’ve heard that this Zit Stick from Glossier works like a charm in just 3 hours.
What do you do to look AWAKE on tired days? I splash really cold water all over my face first thing when I wake up and splash cold water into my eyes. I use Refresh eye drops, and my favorite concealer!
Ever have under eye circles? Yesss. Very, very dark under eye circles as well as very dark eyelids. So basically all around my eyes haha. My mom’s whole side of the family has very dark sunken in eyes, so I know that’s where it comes from. The only thing I’ve found to help, minus eating well and drinking water the right way that actually hydrates your body (more on this in another post, but in summary drinking hot/warm water throughout the day and never cold or ice cold drinks), is to use a good concealer to help. My favorite is linked in part 1 of this beauty q+a here.
Natural tanning product that works well for body and face? EcoTan!
How much water do you drink regularly? I drink hot or warm water throughout the day and don’t measure how much I’m drinking. The reason for hot/warm water is for a few reasons, but best explained in the book “Idiot’s Guide: Ayurveda” by Sahara Rose Ketabi. She explains, “You may have noticed when you are washing dishes that hot water is much more effective at dislodging debris than cold water. This also holds true in your body. Your body more easily absorbs hot water, making it more accessible and hydrating. Your body does not have to exert any extra energy to warm the water, leaving more energy for healing. Drinking hot, boiled water flushes out your lymphatic system; softens hardened tissues, and dilates, cleanses, and hydrates deep tissues. It also heals and repairs your digestive system and flushes the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), the lymph on the outside of the intestinal wall. When you sleep overnight your body becomes dehydrated. Morning is the time it needs hot water the most. Hot water prevents and treats constipation by hydrating your internal organs. It also hydrates chronically dry skin from within, giving you a vibrant glow. Drinking hot water enhances your digestive fire, the internal flame within you related to your metabolism, digestion, and assimilation. When you put cold water on this fire, you essentially put out the flames. On the other hand, when you kindle this fire with hot water, it burns much more brightly for the rest of the day. Subsequently, you are better able to digest, break down and assimilate your meals, allowing your body to make the most of the energy (calories) you consume and store as less fat. Cold water causes the stomach to contract and become too tight to process food effectively. This inhibits the digestive process, making you feel overly full and bloated after eating. Drinking hot water or herbal tea aids cleansing because it softens the food debris in your system and allows your body to flush fat. When you consume ice-cold water, the food it comes in contact with solidifies and hardens, making the intestines contract tightly. This leads to constipation, bloating and gastrointestinal pains.” … All of this to say, I drink hot water throughout the day! Instead of guzzling a big glass, I simply take slow sips of hot water throughout the day.
Do you wear makeup everyday? I don’t wear makeup everyday. I wear makeup probably max twice a week, and only if I feel like wearing it.
What’s your definition of beauty? There are many different avenues to go down regarding beauty. Beauty found in nature and the world, beauty found in people, beauty found in experiences, but if we’re talking about the definition of beauty regarding physical appearance, to me it just means loving the unique qualities that every different person has, including yourself, and celebrating that uniqueness. We were all created to be different from each other in some way. The world would be so mundane if we were all the exact same!
Do you use night cream or eye cream? If so, what brands are your favorite? I don’t use night cream or eye cream, but have heard great things about this natural product from January Labs
What’s your advice for not getting black smears underneath your eye? (mascara): I don’t tend to have this problem, but I’ve heard that waterproof mascara helps with this!
What lip gloss are you using in the photo? This is the butterLondon lipgloss called Free Fall