Okay, okay. I’ve been a woman obsessed with finding the perfect skincare and beauty routine for the greater part of a year now. I’ve written a few scattered posts, but it’s about time to have a specific place for all of my findings. I am a scientist, first and foremost, so I’ve laid out my experiment below.
Purpose: Find environmentally conscious beauty products that work for my skin to create a minimal, green routine. Products should have a friendly ingredient list and meet skincare needs.
Background: Skincare needs include appropriate moisture to soothe tired skin, cleansers that completely remove makeup but are still gentle, and face makeup should contain SPF. Target areas include undereye circles, tired skin, and signs of premature aging (preventative measures here, friends).
Methods: Sources include Think Dirty App, Good Guide, and every YouTube video that includes swatches of makeup. Products are sourced at local stores and online sites that present a friendly ingredient list and decent reviews. Items are tried on an individual needs basis and used over a trial period of at least 1 month. Local friend experts are consulted throughout the experiment.
Results: In the skincare category, products tried include Lush Angels on Bare Skin, Honest Refreshingly Clean Powder Cleanser, Honest Dependably Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer, Honest The Younger Hydrating Eye Cream. In the makeup category, products tried include Honest Everything Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer, Honest Everything Primer, Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mascara.
Of the skincare products tried, the Lush and Honest cleansers both performed well for their purposes. The Lush cleanser was a gentle exfoliator and is an ideal shower product. The Honest powder cleanser created a nice lather and would be ideal for travel. The Honest moisturizer was disappointingly thin and did not leave any lasting feelings of moisture. The smell of the moisturizer was also rather pungent. The Honest eye cream had a nice level of moisture and seems to keep the eye area looking more refreshed. In terms of powerful anti-aging properties, this remains to be seen.
Of the makeup products tried, the Pacifica mascara was a clear standout product. The mascara did not flake or smudge throughout the day and provided good definition and length for lashes. This mascara would be ideal for everyday wear. The Honest tinted moisturizer had the same repulsive odor as the moisturizer mentioned above, though it wore off as soon as applied. The tinted moisturizer has very thick coverage, a slightly dewy finish, and provides SPF . When the Honest primer was combined with the tinted moisturizer, the resulting coverage was too dewy for preferred wear and maintained a slightly sticky feel throughout the day. The primer alone is a well-performing product, but would not be recommended to mix with the tinted moisturizer.
Conclusion: As the data collected throughout the experiment is entirely qualitative, there is a significant margin for error. However, for personal use the following conclusions can be made. The following products had outstanding performance and would be recommended for purchase (and will be included as permanent fixtures in the beauty routine): Lush Angels on Bare Skin and Pacifica Stella Gaze Length & Strength Mascara. The following products performed reasonably well and would be recommended on a trial basis: Honest Refreshingly Clean Powder Cleanser, Honest The Younger Hydrating Eye Cream, Honest Everything Primer, Honest Everything Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer. The following product did not meet the beauty standards of this experiment and would not be recommended for purchase: Honest Dependably Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer.
Sources: Lush, Target, and Honest Beauty – referral link if you need one 😉