Non-Toxic Everyday Makeup Routine


If you’ve been following along this year, then you know that I have been undergoing a path to wellness with the help of Dabney  Poorter of Engage Your Wellness.  We started in the pantry and then moved to cleaning products, one by one successfully detoxifying our house.  The last phase of the wellness home remodel was beauty products…and to be totally honest, I had saved it for last for a reason. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire process, I’ll admit, I was a little nervous about this phase.  Sure, take my Diet Coke, take my Windex, but my high-end eyeshadow palettes? No dice! ūüėČ

In May, Dabney came over to sort through all of my products.  It didn’t take long before the verdict was in…just about everything in my Glambox was toxic.  I always had the assumption that paying for high-end cosmetics meant high-end ingredients, but that is simply not the case. Just about everything I was currently using in my makeup routine contained cancer causing ingredients and hormone disruptors.  In the past, I honestly had never spent too much time reading labels in my beauty products. But after working with Dabney, I have learned that the things we put on our bodies are just as harmful as the things we put in our bodies.  Your skin is your largest organ, and anything you put on it can be absorbed into your bloodstream.  She then introduced me to a brand called Beautycounter, which is a 100% nontoxic brand whose mission is to get safer products into everyone’s hands.  She had actually started talking to me about this brand in January when we first started working on the pantry clean out.  But like I said, I had pushed the personal care section of the wellness home remodel to the end…and now I’m wishing I would have done it sooner!  
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Sephora Beauty Insider Sale

I don’t condone hiding anything from your spouse…but when it comes to the number of points you have at Sephora, I make an exception. ¬†Yesterday was the start of the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale for beauty addicts Rouge members. ¬†If you aren’t familiar with the sale, let me fill you in. ¬†It runs from April 13-16 for Rouge members, and then from April 20-23 for all Beauty Insiders and allows for 15% off of your purchase for Rouge and VIB Members and 10% off for Beauty Insiders. To qualify for a Rouge membership, you must spend $1000 per calendar year and to be a VIB, you must spend $350 per calendar year. ¬†You can also sign up just to be a Beauty Insider, which is free and will grant you access to the sale.

It’s a great membership to sign up for as you can earn a point for each dollar you spend, and then redeem those points for travel/sample size products. ¬†If you aren’t a part of the membership, it’s time to get with the program (literally!). ¬†You can sign up here.¬†(Go to ‘Register’ in the top righthand corner) The Beauty Insider Sale is a great time to stock up on those items that you frequently use, or any items that you’ve been wanting to try. ¬†Yesterday I stopped by to pick up a few things and thought I would share what I got!
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New Year, New Me: Mini Makeover with Kari Ann Shuler

¬†My obsession with makeup started when I was in elementary school. ¬†I remember always playing with my moms makeup and always asking if she had any “old makeup” that she didn’t want anymore so that I could keep it in my room. ¬†Fast forward to my first job in high school when I worked at a tanning salon and every week when I got paid, I would immediately head to the mall and spend it all on makeup. ¬†Despite the fact that I have loved beauty products my entire life, there are still areas of my makeup routine that I felt like I needed improvement on. ¬†For example, I have never been super confident in my eyeshadow routine. ¬†I will buy an eyeshadow palette with 16 colors and practically hyperventilate when it comes time to decide what colors to pair together, so I usually only end up wearing a few. ¬†With two little ones, I couldn’t tell you the last time I had my makeup professionally done, but it has been years! ¬†I reached out to Fort Worth’s top makeup artist, Kari Ann Shuler who owns Kari Does Makeup. ¬†She has been in the makeup industry for 11 years now and knows all of the tricks! She came over to give me a mini makeover and answer all of my beauty questions and as you will see from the photos, we had the BEST time!

I started off with no makeup on except for a little mascara…I wanted to make a good impression! ūüėČ ¬†Kari gave me one of her Lime Light Make-Off Wipes by Alcone and I couldn’t believe how fast my mascara came off. ¬†At night, I usually take off my makeup with my gel based cleanser, dry my face, and then wash a second time to get all remaining product off. I have honestly ruined a lot of towels this way so I told Kari I was going to need to order some of those makeup wipes stat!

One of my biggest questions was what is the correct order of applying makeup. ¬†I have always done my foundation and concealer first and then my eye makeup. ¬†I don’t really know why other than it’s just what I have done my whole life and it’s a hard habit to break! ¬†Kari prefers to do the eye makeup first and then move on to concealer and foundation so that you can easily wipe away any excess product that may have gotten under your eyes and not risk ruining your foundation.
Kari started off by filling in my brows. ¬†Typically, this is one of the last steps that I will do, but Kari said that she likes to start with brows as it sets the tone for the rest of your face. ¬†This totally makes sense to me as you don’t want to overcompensate on the rest of your makeup and then compete with a really strong brow.
Kari Does Makeup Next, she moved on to eyeshadow. ¬†Ahhh! My trouble zone. ¬†She started off by using a Pro Longwear Paint Pot by MAC in the shade ‘Painterly’. ¬†With it’s cream like consistency, it goes on smooth to cover any dark veiling or discoloration on your eyelids while providing a longwear base for your eyeshadow. ¬†Next, she said you want to add in a little bit of depth in your crease by using a shade that is just a little darker than your skin tone. ¬†She then used a light pink shade over my lid and a darker brown in the crease as well as an eyeliner for my lower lid. ¬†She finished with a pop of MAC’s Pigment in ‘Naked’ in the inner corners of my eyes.

When it comes to eyeliner, I dabble back and forth between this MAC pencil and the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner. ¬†I think the liquid liner allows for more precise line but I told Kari I always stray more towards the pencil as to me it is easier. ¬†Today, Kari used¬†LimeLight’s Perfect Eyeliner Pen and said when it comes to a liquid liner, her tip is to dab the applicator straight down, as if you are making a dashed line across your lash line, then connect the lines. ¬†I was really impressed by the control of this liquid eye pen and highly suggest it if you are on the hunt for a new eyeliner!
Now on to my complexion. Before she started, she wiped away any excess eyeshadow that landed in my under-eye area. ¬†This is why she always prefers to do eye makeup first, so that the still has the flexibility to wipe away product without compromising your concealer. ¬†Kari says there aren’t many rules when it comes to the order of application for concealer and foundation. ¬†She prefers to start with the concealer and follow-up with a foundation. ¬†The main areas you want to apply concealer to are the under-eye area, around the nose and on the chin. ¬†Once my concealer was applied, Kari moved on to the foundation. ¬†She used LimeLight’s Botanical Foundation which is completely made from two vegetable oils, pure waxes and FDA approved colors. ¬†One really interesting thing that she pointed out was that most foundations have an average of 18-23% pigmentation, whereas, this foundation by LimeLight is 50% pigmented, which means you can use less. ¬†I was extremely blown away by how light the foundation was; it didn’t feel like I had any makeup on at all. ¬†I was also really impressed with how natural the finish was and it truly lasted all day.
Next we moved on to blush.  Kari used a cream blush which I had never used before.  Cream blushes are more pigmented and will also allow for a more natural finish.  You can also layer a powder blush on top for a more defined look.  The cream base will hold that powder in place longer.
Next we moved on to eyelashes. ¬†We almost put on false lashes, but decided that since I didn’t have anywhere else more fabulous to go than Target later that day, we would just opt for mascara. However, I still told Kari I wanted all the tips which I plan to reveal in a later blog post so I can demonstrate with photos. ¬†Today she used this mascara by LimeLight that contains lengthening fibers. ¬†I told Kari that I usually have to do 2-3 coats of mascara so I was so impressed that we only had to do one coat of this mascara! When it came to my bottom lash line, I needed all the tricks. ¬†I always take my mascara wand and just barely touch my bottom lashes. ¬†It is usually a hot mess because I walk a fine line between not getting enough on them to using one too many strokes and making them look like spider lashes! ¬†She kind of blew my mind when she took one of her business cards, ripped it in half and proceeded to place it under my lower lash line while moving the wand up and down across my lashes. ¬†Not only did it fully cover my bottom lash line, but there was no mess under my eyes…it was like magic!
Aside from doing makeup for weddings and special events, Kari says her favorite service that she offers is called the “Makeup Bag Makeover”. ¬†This is basically a 2-3 hour process where Kari will come raid your makeup collection and teach you how to properly use those palettes that have been collecting dust. ¬†She uses a very hands-on approach that will step-by-step allow you to learn and establish a routine. ¬†She will also give recommendations on what you can do to improve your makeup routine working with what you have. ¬†Before we applied my lipstick, I showed Kari what I was working with and we had a mini “Makeup Bag Makeover” with my lip products. ¬†I have about twelve lipsticks, 6 glosses and multiple lip liners currently in my Glambox, however, I always rotate between the same 3 which leaves a lot of my products unused. ¬†Kari thought that all three of my go-to’s were great for my skin tone, she just recommended when they would work best for me. ¬†For example, my splurge-worthy Tom Ford lipsticks are great for everyday, but my Chantecaille Liquid Lipstick is more pigmented which will show up better in photos. ¬†Which brings me to my next point, never wear nude lipstick for photos! It will totally make you look ill and washed out.

To end our mini makeover, we used Charlotte Tilbury’s lip liner¬†in ‘Pillow Talk’ and Chantecaille’s Liquid Matte Lipstick¬†in ‘Christy’.

And now it’s time for the final reveal…drum roll please! ūüėČ
But first, can we talk about this mirror? This is the Glamcor Riki Mirror and you need it in your life now. ¬†It has 5 different light settings as well as a rechargeable battery. ¬†It has Bluetooth capability and comes with a stand, an attachment for your phone (hello selfies) and a 3x magnifying mirror as well. ¬†This is the perfect mirror to put on your vanity, or travel with as hotel lighting is usually awful. ¬†I ordered mine the other day and I can’t wait to get it in!
Overall, I could not be more pleased with my Mini Makeover! I had the best time working with Kari and I highly suggest you give her a call! ¬†To learn more about Kari’s services, you can visit her website here and visit the “Shop” tab to order any of the LimeLight Products mentioned today. ¬†Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



My Outfit
Top: Anthropologie | Jeans: J Brand | Shoes: Gucci

Photos by Maria Ciszek

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