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I get asked the question, “What beauty products could you not live without?” all the time. It’s never easy for a beauty blogger and makeup artist to just pick out ten beauty products they love...mainly because I love makeup, skincare, and beauty, so that definitely makes choosing tough! I obviously want to pick out ALL of it and chat about it! I mean, I only wear what I love anyhow.

But, in honor of that question, and this RAD new Lady Hustle site, I did my very best to narrow it down to my top ten beauty products. So let’s get to it! (In no particular order.)

May Lindstrom Skin - The Problem Solver:

Photography by Caitlin Van Horn
Photography by Caitlin Van Horn

Let’s start with the fact that May Lindstrom Skin products are really special, in more ways than one! First off, the packaging is beautiful. Done in a black glass with gold lettering. I mean, can you say "luxury?" It really does bring a glamourous side to green beauty - especially considering that every ingredient in May’s products are earth-loving and natural. So, let’s get to the actual product. Have you ever had so many skin issues that you didn't know how to start treating them? You tried all the serums, oils, cleansers, spot treatments, masques, and more, but somehow, it wasn’t clearing up your skin? I’ve felt that, and have been there. But let me just tell you… This. Masque. Is. Life. Changing!

Better yet, it’s a true problem solver! This intense corrective masque effectively tightens pores, extinguishes inflammations, fights and heals blemishes, jump-starts circulation in the epidermis, and detoxifies skin with delightful ease and power. Talk about a super masque, right!? It does it all, and well too. What I think is so unique about this masque is that it's a powder-to-mousse formula. Yes, powder to mousse! It activates on contact with water, only releasing its magic at the exact moment of use so you experience full potency every time. Can't find that with any other masque... this one is truly one-of-a-kind. This jet-black fusion is made up of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, healing bamboo charcoal, and rhassoul and Fuller's Earth clay detoxify. It helps remove blackheads, and absorb excess oils. An exotic blend of warming cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove go deep on a mission to reveal your most radiant self while increasing blood flow. Turmeric and marshmallow root complete the experience by relieving inflammation to promote an even skin tone. It’s an experience for sure!

Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream with Grapefruit:

Photography by thegreenjunglebeautyshop
Photography by thegreenjunglebeautyshop

Okay. Deodorant. A tricky area for me because I reaaaally love a great smelling armpit. That always proved a bit difficult for me when it came to natural, organic deodorants. But not anymore! This baking soda free deodorant cream made the switch to natural deodorant A LOT easier. If you have ever struggled with underarm sensitivity from baking soda, then this is definitely for you! Meow Meow has taken their well-loved classic deodorant cream and made a few modifications to create this new formula, perfect for those with sensitive skin and just as effective. It's designed without baking soda and clay - what can cause sensitivities on some - this recipe uses dietary magnesium and arrowroot powder to help control moisture and odor. Interesting, right? Nourishing plant oils and butters soothe and condition the skin, and a really lovely blend of citrus-y essential oils keeps you smelling so fresh and so clean-clean throughout the day! Two thumbs up!

Dusty Girls Sunshine Natural Mineral Bronzer:

This Australian based company sure knows how to make amazing cosmetics. They create Natural Mineral Makeup from quality, safe, and effective ingredients that encourage and promote healthy skin so that you can look your best even when your makeup comes off. (WOO!)

This wonderful “Sunshine” bronzer is made to suit all skin tones. It’s a warm, glowing, not too glittery formulation – don’t worry, the glittery part isn’t scary – trust me, I would stay away if it was glitter-tastic! Depending on your skin colour, this will determine the amount of product you apply, as this bronzer has quite the pigment! Let me explain. So, I’m quite fair and if I want a sunkissed-beachy look, I will lightly dust my brush onto the bronzer and then apply/blend it to the areas where the sun would naturally touch. What I love about this bronzer is that it not only gives you that sun kissed look, but it allows contouring of the facial features to give you that healthy outdoorsy look as well!

I love that Dusty Girls doesn’t think there is a need for talc or bismuth in a bronzer – amen! I mean, who wants skin irritation?! Not me! So they figured out a way to provide the same function by naturally using ingredients such as Jojoba and Macadamia oil esters, micas and oxides. Ladies, this bronzer is seriously the best. I can’t rave enough about this product, I don’t know where I’d be without it! GET IT!

Dusty Girls Tinted Earth Cream:

Oh my lands, I LOVE THIS STUFF! It is a tinted moisturizer containing natural ingredients to combat acne prone skin (which, I don’t necessarily have – but it doesn’t hurt to prevent any spots!), as well as offering sun protection throughout the day.  It is free of any silicones and UV filters (as these are common skin irritants). Instead, Dusty Girls included natural ingredients like Manuka tree leaf oil and Nigella sativa oil (great for reducing acne) along with Magnolia Acuminata Extract and Chaulmoogra tree seed oil (idea for soothing and repairing). I think the best about this stuff is that it will replace your moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation all in one application! — Much like BB Cream, this “Earth Cream” feels like nothing on the skin. It’s lightweight, made with great ingredients, comes in the best little packaging with A PUMP – YES! – and oddly enough, I like the scent of it too! It kind of smells like clay/earthy minerals…I don't know, call me weird, but it’s pleasant to my nose. This cream provides light to medium coverage – depending on how much you apply – and it gives you a beautiful light glowing satin finish. It just looks luminous and natural. You can get this in two shades, light and medium (I own the light), and this caters for most skin tones. I promise! It may look dark on your finger, but it rubs in quite clear and miraculously evens out your complexion. Make sure to start with less than a pea size amount. — It’s so nice to know that wearing this cream not only gives you coverage, but your skin is also being cared for and not clogged or damaged in the long-run. Love, love, love this product!

Fruit Pigmented Mascara - Black Tea:

Photography lukbeautifood
Photography lukbeautifood

Fruit pigmented? Yes! This mascara smells good enough to eat...and probably would taste good too. (Just don’t..because then you won’t have any mascara left for 'dem long lashes!) Anywho, fruit pigmented mascara means that the color comes only from antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetable pigments; no synthetic dyes or minerals. That's one of my favourite things about this brand! 100% Pure claims that this mascara “lengthens, separates, thickens and glosses lashes with fruit pigments and Black tea pigments. It contains Lash conditioning ProVitamin B5, Vitamin E, Oat and Wheat protein conditions for healthier lashes. It is super gentle, all natural, and has a good for you formula which makes it suitable for everyone - even if you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes. The mascara also comes in different shades: Black Tea (“blackest black”) - the one I use and love, Blackberry  (“shimmery black plum”), Blueberry  “shimmery blue black”), andDark Chocolate (“shimmery black brown”).

Ella+Mila - Samba “Copabikini” 5-Free Nail Polish:

Photography by Ella+Mila
Photography by Ella+Mila

This nail polish line was initially inspired by the twin daughters (named Ella and Mila) of one of the founders - so cute! With a passion for color and dedication to healthy beauty, the founders strive to provide fashion-forward lacquer without compromise. Their polish formulas have been compared to the staying power of gel, which is so true! I painted my nails with this colour and two weeks later it was still 75% there! That’s really impressive.

The highly appraised Ella+Mila formula is a luxury innovation that lasts long without harmful chemicals. In addition to being chip-resistant, quick dry, and high shine, Ella+Mila nail colors contain no Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor, making it a five chemical-free product. But the advantages don't end there! Ella+Mila polishes are also cruelty-free, vegan withPeTA certification, and proudly made in the USA.

Copabikini, is definitely my favourite shade for the summer, and one of my favourite colours in general. I love the fluorescent, neon yellow - it pops against my pale skin and looks SO good to me with a put together outfit or little black dress. It’s definitely a more translucent formula, so it does require a white base color for pristine finish - but it looks SO much more vibrant and you get the true neon colour when you apply a base!

Clay Facial Blemish Drying Lotion “French Green:

Got a zit?! Zap it with this powerful drying lotion (ironic name, right?)! This stuff treats and heals blemishes, reduces redness, inflammation, and irritation. It's infused with healing, detoxifying, toning, and revitalizing essential oils of Tea Tree, Clary Sage, Lavender, and Grapefruit. This stuff is truly potent (in the best way), and miraculous. It really, really works, you guys. I highly recommend getting this!

The All Natural Face Vegan Eye shadow Primer:

I love this primer! It not only stays on forever, but the original (white) is perfect for if you want an eye shadow to go on totally true to colour. The formula is so smooth, and easy to apply and holds makeup on for hours with little creasing! I say little because I have somewhat of a hooded, oilier lid, so creasing is almost inevitable for me.

This product is a cream base, and a full five gram jar. It’s lasted me forever - and I use it on any days I wear eye makeup. The cool thing too about this product is you can use this on your lips as well! It will prime them and whenever you apply your lipstick, it will apply true to colour. It’s such a great product, with such great organic and natural ingredients, and SO affordable. (All of The All Natural Face products are extremely affordable.)

The All Natural Face “Fix - It” Eye shadow/Eyeliner Spray Sealant and Foundation Hydration Mist in One:

So, remember MAC’s Primer Fix Spray? Well, this is a natural, non-toxic version! But, even better and improved! Fix-It is a natural alternative to keeping your eye shadow and eyeliner smudge-proof and in place all day long, and it also doubles as a hydration mist and sealant for your foundation too! I love a product that does more than one thing! If you’re looking for a super foiled look for your shadows, use this stuff and you won’t believe the results - so amazing! Fix-It comes in either a 1 oz. or 2 oz. bottle and has a spray top. All you have to do is spray both sides of your brush, dunk in minerals, and apply. Simply mist your face after you are done applying your cosmetics, and whenever you would like to feel refreshed during the day. This will really set your makeup for the day, and it will give you a beautiful, flawless look to your foundation. So many possibilities with this product. I can’t get enough!

Lapis Facial Oil Roller:

Photography by ShopNava
Photography by ShopNava

I kid you not, this oil has been a lifesaver for any inflamed, red, problematic skin I've had. Lapis Lazuli is a favorite stone of ancient Egypt, known for its gorgeous deep blue colour. Lapis Facial Oil is named for the precious blue oils it contains, including Blue Tansy and Blue Yarrow. These oils contain a component called Azulene which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that aids in reducing redness and clarifying the complexion. It’s formulated for combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin types or any skin in need of relief from inflammation. The ingredients in this facial oil are unbelievable and truly one-of-a-kind - it’s a must have, not to mention this little roll-on size is perfect for spots or targeting smaller areas on your face.

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Sammie is a proud Canadian living in North Carolina. A freelance makeup artist and stylist who loves to make people feel and look beautiful. She also specializes in organic beauty and skin care and strongly believes that what you put on your skin is just as important as what you eat. Sammie has a slight obsession with lipstick, the beach, good music and good food (especially tacos and sushi).