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I don’t wear a ton of make up.  I know there are parts of the country where women tend to wear more make up than others (*cough* Long Island *cough* and I can say that because I grew up there) and I do wear some… enough to make myself acceptable for public consumption.  I do like my girlie must haves and here is whats banging around in my make up bag:

Foundation: I don’t wear a lot of it and I never really did.  But as I’m getting older I have rosacea and some flaws and I just need a light overall cover to make me happy.  I am using mineral foundation which I have recently read to be less than great due to breathing in particles.  But I loathe liquid foundation.  Hate it.  So I hold my breath and hope I don’t get some funky lung disease from it.  My favorite is Alima Pure Mineral Satin Matte foundation after switching from Bare Minerals when I learned that it contained Bismuth Oxychloride which can be an irritant to rosacea sufferers.

I also use SukiColor Liquid Formula Concealer in Flax (which I can’t find on their website right now) for spot treating under eye circles, zits or whatever weirdness shows up. Blends well and has a more respectable ingredients list than most commercial liquid make up.

Blush: I hide from the sun so much so that I need an extra boost (I wear hats and sunglasses all the time) so I use Alima Pure  Luminous Shimmer Blush in DianthusDr Hauschka makes a nice blush bronzer too but the cost difference is amazing.  $15 for Alima vs $30+ its an easy choice for me.

Eyes: NVEY Eco Organic Eye Shadow Palette in Palette 3.  I had a palette of this before which I had gotten as a gift and it lasted me forever.  So when I was digging the last of it out I decided it was a worthy investment.  It’s $60.  Yeah I know.  But it lasted me well over a year to a year and a half.  So I figure I’m spending that over a course of time on different ones anyway and this is organic.  So I splurge.  I also have a small Dr. Hauschka Eye Shadow Solo in Shimmering Ivory.  But I may try the 4 color palettes they have next time instead of the NVEY.  $44 vs $60 on that scale.

Eye Liner: I have a basic black eye liner from Sephora. Nothing green or safe about it.  I need to find a better one.

Mascara: I use Tarte Lash Hugger Eco-Friendly Natural Mascara.  Tarte uses better ingredients than most and avoids things like parabens, phthalates and mineral oils and is in a recycled tube.  It works great… can’t complain.  I tried out one of the “natural” brands at CVS and it was awful so I’ll stick with this.

Lips: My favorite topic!  I don’t wear lipstick.  It’s a pretty rare occasion if I do.  I am a lip balm kind of girl and when I get dressed to go out (haha) I am a fan of lip gloss.  Although since I started greening my make up I haven’t found too many lip glosses that do it for me. I have a million lip balms including: Badger Lip Balm in just abut every flavor but I love Tangerine and Lavender Orange, Bubble & Bee Lip Balm in both Coconut Lime and Rude Raspberry (which is Certified Organic now), a Burt’s Bees Radiance Lip Shimmer as well as a Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Sweet Pink, LuSa Organics lip balm (love) and an Earth Mama Angel Baby Lip Balm which I use at night.

Nails: I know we did a whole round up of safe nail polish but to be very honest – I hate almost all of them.  They don’t stay on and yes I used them while I was pregnant if at all but my vanity is at stake here so I ave been using Zoya Polishes for my mani pedis.  Zoya is Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP Free so I feel somewhat better using them.

Anyone have any eye liner or lip gloss recommendations?  Hope you enjoyed the peek into my bathroom!

picture-1 Alima Pure is fast becoming my favorite makeup.  I totally dig the huge selection of colors they offer.    I must have 97 samples of their eye shadow and a little goes a long way.    I have fun playing with all of the colors and dressing my eyes up to match my mood.  For me this is big.  I’m a neutral girl at heart and generally pick something up to match my brown eyes.   I’ve been trying to be daring and use more color and thankfully, I don’t have to sacrifice my health in order to do that. All of their makeup is free of chemicals and preservatives and are pigmented with mineral colors.

Now Alima Pure has put out their new spring eyeshadow collection and I have to say, I’m loving it!  It makes me long for warmer spring weather and a cute spring outfit.

Get it: You can get your own samples (which are a great size and are rather inexpensive) directly from

BONUS! We’re giving away 3 sample sets of Alima Pure’s “April in Paris” gift collection.   To enter simply send an email to with the subject “Alima Pure Giveaway“.  In order to qualify we need:

1. Your full name, and address.

2. Your favorite Alima Pure product.  (If you haven’t tried them yet, you can go to and pick something you’d like).

Your name and address are only needed so that we can notify you if you win.   LovelyMama does not sell or otherwise use your information in any way.  Contest is open to US residents only and ends at midnight on March 4th. Winners will be chosen at random.  Good Luck!

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nveyI received an Nvey Eco eye color palette from Statia for my birthday last year during our “make up greening” frenzy and have been using it ever since.  Nvey Eco is a certified organic make up company that produces a wide range of cosmetics with high quality in mind.  Not to mention their products are free of talc, parabens, preservatives, SLS, propylene glycol, gm’s (genetically modified), petroleum based ingredients and they don’t test on animals or use nano technology.  That’s make up I can use without too much worry.  But do they work? YES.

I really love the performance of Nvey Eco’s eye shadows… they have a nice range of color palettes and each palette comes with 5 shades that are coordinated to fit your style for day or night.  I’ve abused the palette I own but the investment is worth it… it has a lot of miles left on it.

Nvey Eco also creates foundation, powder, blush, and lip colors and treatments.  All for a top  price but the products stand up to the challenge.  I’ll be an Nvey Eco customer for sure.  I’ve got my eye n eye shadow palette No. 5…

Get It: Buy their products on the Nvey Website, on Amazon or on

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AlimaOur friends at Fig+Sage are doing a great giveaway of two gorgeous sets of the new Alima Pure Gift Sets they just released for the holidays.  There are 3 sets in total and they all have really beautiful color palettes.  We reviewed Alima Pure not too long ago and we were both really pleased with the products and the natural feel of this line.  Alima released 3 Holiday Gift Sets that are beautifully complimentary without being overly bright.  Very subtle rich colors.

Head on over to Fig+Sage to enter to win two sets: Fig+Sage

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This is my first real and true foray into mineral makeup.  Sure I’ve bought makeup, but it was mainly the occasional lip gloss or something small.  I have to admit, since my son was born, I’ve been going au naturel, and not because I’ve wanted to.  Mainly it’s due to time, but it’s also a large in part due to the fact that I haven’t gotten around to replacing my old paraben laden makeup with something better for me.  I figured it was better to just go without, rather than slather my old MAC studio fix on my face every day.

The thing about mineral makeup, is there’s really only a few brands out there that would pass our stringent ingredients list and Alima is one of them.  Alima’s products are about as pure as they get.  No artificial pigments or fragrances.  And best of all, no preservatives.  Just pure minerals.   It’s great for people who have sensitive skin.

I tried out some of the loose powder foundation and some loose powder eye shadow.   Because the sample was a little small, I have limited experience with the foundation, but what I’ve tried I’ve liked so far.  It goes on evenly and smoothly.  There are definite techniques to using mineral makeup as it’s a different texture than regular conventional makeup.

The eye shadows come in really great colors and a little bit goes a long way since it’s a loose powder.  When I first put it on, I was kind of taken back by the sparkly of it, as I tend to be a matte girl for every day use.  I kind of felt as if I was going out to do a show in Vegas.   But it soon grew on me and I love it.  It gives my eyes more depth.  I definitely plan on getting more.

Kathy Weighs In

I’m a habitual mineral make up gal.  While I absolutely HATE the mess of it, it works better for me than any liquid foundation has.  My sensitive skin can tolerate it and it covers evenly without looking like I caked a layer on with a spatula.  I don’t think I’ll ever go back to liquid, and now that there are a bevy of mineral lines that are natural I won’t have to.

I’ve been using Bare Minerals and really do like it, but the thing that I love about Alima is the color selection.  With Bare Minerals you have to put yourself into one of only 3 shade groups.  That has worked well for me since I fit into the niddle range pretty well, Alima has 60 shades, so no matter what color your skin is, there is a foundation combination to match it.  I’ll be investing in this line for sure.

Get it: Order any of their products on their website

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