What’s in My Non-Toxic Makeup Bag

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I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding last fall and I opted out of getting my makeup done for a couple of reasons.

One – I never like how I look when I get my hair and makeup done. I always resemble something of a poodle in drag and wind up regretting it.

Two – I’m careful to avoid toxic ingredients in skincare and makeup, especially while I was prego. And most makeup artists aren’t using safe, natural products.

But I also knew that my regular routine of foundation, chapstick and mascara probably wasn’t going to cut it. I didn’t feel like standing amongst a bunch of beautiful women who’ve all just had their makeup professionally done with my adult onset acne blazing. It was time to be a grown up and find some solid makeup.

So I set out to refresh the old makeup bag. Wanted to do a little practicing beforehand. (I may or may not have watched some contouring videos on YouTube. Dude. They never stop the putting on of the makeup!)

The following products are relatively inexpensive in the world of safer, natural beauty. They also rate either a 1 or 2 on the EWG SKin Deep Database. And some are even EWG Verified – currently the safest of the safe in skincare.

Basically, I crushed it at Target. A-thank-you.

So here’s what’s currently in my makeup bag:


Physicians Formula Organic Wear CC Cream

Okay, okay, this one has a rating of 3 on EWG’s Skin Deep App (sorry, I lied a little) but, in reading into it, it’s only because it doesn’t provide the sun protection level they expected (it says SPF 20). The ingredients are all safe though, 1s and 2s, which is my biggest concern.

I have occasional acne breakouts and unfortunately, a decent amount of acne scarring. This CC cream covers it all well. It also sets nicely and my skin still feels great at the end of the day, so it holds up well too.

Only $8.99 at Target!

Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen

This pen has been a workhorse for me since I found it. It works for covering the tougher acne scars and recent breakouts. It acts as a highlighter if you’re into contouring. And my favorite use is adding some brightness under my eyes. I love this thing and it lasts forever.

$32 at Beautycounter

Mineral Fusion Luster Bronzer

This is the new one I’m most excited about. I’d been meaning to give Mineral Fusion a go for a while but had been putting it off. I’m so glad I finally bought some. This stuff is wonderful, EWG verified, inexpensive compared to the bronzers at Sephora, and it’s the perfect amount of sunkissed glow. I’m obsessed. And now I can’t wait to try some of their other products since this one is so good!

Found it for $19 on Amazon

W3LL PEOPLE Nudist Multi-Use Color Duo

This handy little blush duo is a gem for adding a pinch of color. I just rub a teeny little bit on the naturally rosier part of my cheeks. It’s been a staple in my routine since Bridget introduced me to it. It lasts forever. And an added bonus: W3LL PEOPLE is EWG Verified.

$25 at W3LL PEOPLE

W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Stick

I’m pretty obsessed with this delightful product too. I only bought a mini to start and it’s basically lasted forever as well. It’s a highlighter that goes on smooth and doesn’t fade all day. I dab some in my inner eye corner, underneath my eye, just under the brow, and along the top of my cheekbone for a healthy glow. I love the way the light catches it.

$24 at W3LL PEOPLE


Beautycounter Color Outline Eye Pencil

Though I don’t wear it on the reg, I do enjoy having a black eyeliner on hand for fancier occasions. It really does make your eyes pop, no? I bought this pencil a while back to test it out and it’s great. Goes on smooth and thin, which I like. It’s waterproof so it doesn’t smudge easily and it’s super safe.

$23 at Beautycounter

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara

I wear mascara almost every day and was on the hunt for one that was a bit less expensive than those I like from Honest Beauty and Beautycounter. Plus, I run out of this more often so it would be nice if I could just snag it at the grocery store or Target, ya know? This one goes on great, doesn’t smudge and only sets you back about $8!

Found on Amazon for $7.50


Burt’s Bees Chapstick

I always exfoliate my lip with a damp towel and then apply some Burt’s Bees before applying lipstick. One of my biggest pet peeves in life, aside from muffin top, is chap-ass lips underneath lipstick. I just HATE how that feels. Burt’s Bees has been my go-to chapstick for years. Its super safe and affordable and you’ll find them all over the place … and all over my life (purse, car, bathroom, living room, etc.)

$8.99 for a 4-pack on Amazon

Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick

So far, my favorite safe lipstick is from Beautycounter. I’m still on the hunt though, and now that I’m so pumped about the bronzer from Mineral Fusion, they’re going to be my next stop. I just can’t seem to find anything that rivals the NARS matte lip pencils I love so much but just know are full of lead and toxins. So the search continues. In the meantime though, I’ll be sticking with this delightful option.

$30 at Beautycounter

And that’s that, my updated makeup bag. I won’t be rocking all of it every day but, I feel great knowing I have solid lewk ready if I need it. I just felt like if I was going to be a planet in a bridesmaid’s dress, my facial region better at least be on point.

What about you? What are your favorite non-toxic beauty products? Do you have any good options to add? I would love a matte lipstick reco if you have one! Please share in the comments below. 

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