Wow, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I’ve chatted about new releases out in the green beauty world! Of course there have been lots of amazing products on my radar in the past few months, but here are a few that are at the top of my list:
I’ve been a bit MIA recently but that doesn’t mean the new releases in green beauty haven’t been churning out this summer! (How is it already August?!) Here are some new products that I’m keeping my eye on:
Is Spring really here? Not sure if I can say so with all this frenetic weather we’ve had, but there are tons of new green beauty releases for Spring that have me more than optimistic! (And lusting all over again.) Check out these new releases:
It was a gloomy, rainy Thursday and I was having another terrible day at work and all I wanted to do was go home, climb under my sheets and wake up to a sunny Saturday morning. Fortunately, I’d bought a ticket to a beauty event at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue that I knew I shouldn’t miss. W3LL People (read my review on their amazing foundation stick here) along with Refinery 29 and Well + Good NYCcreated the Supernatural Sessions, a beauty wellness series combining the very best in non-toxic skincare, beauty and hair brands while providing attendees with an exclusive chance to mingle with the brands’ founders, learn more about the benefits of natural products and to try out everything with mini makeovers.
As soon as I entered the event space, I left behind the drizzly, dismal night and was greeted with some champagne and a friendly welcome from James Walker, one of the founders of W3LL People. As more attendees arrived, I noted some other bloggers, journalists and green beauty enthusiasts in the room. We all found our seats and were introduced to the most important people in the room: James Walker and Shirley Pinkson 2 of W3LL People founders, One Love Organics founder Suzanne LeRoux and Beauty Bets blogger and OLO collaborator, Elizabeth Dehn and Mordechai Alvow, the founder of Yarok Organic Haircare. The evening’s hosts, Well + Good co-founder, Melisse Gelula and a girl from Refinery 29 launched a Q+A.
Shirley explained that the purpose of bringing these three amazing natural brands together for one event was to illustrate how skincare, makeup and haircare are complementary and that all these brands coupled together can give you great, natural results. She noted that although makeup is fun and is pretty, in the end we all need to stop heavily covering up our complexions and start at the root of the problem: our skin, in order to attain healthier, radiant faces.
Armed with a checklist of products offered by each brand, attendees visited three beauty stations to experience each brand’s specialty and the products for sale. One Love Organics featured a facial massage and cleansing using their Elizabeth Dehn collaboration skincare line (the products I’d specifically been lusting after), W3LL People had makeup artists giving mini-makeovers using all the makeup products from their line (including a sneak peek at their new mascara which will be launching soon) and Yarok Haircare styled everyone’s hair using their organic products.
I had a great time chatting beauty and skincare with Elizabeth Dehn, meeting blogger friends Katie, Sarita and Jackie and getting to know more organic beauty enthusiasts. It was truly a fun night of indulging in knowledge, shopping and playing with pretty products. For more recaps of the event visit Sarita’s blog hereand Jackie’s bloghere.
I was glad I went because I left 10 times happier than I’d been all day and on a beauty high all the way back home. Someone at the event even came up to me to tell me she recognized me and loved reading my blog! (Ah!) It’s events like these that remind me why I am passionate about educating and showing others that green beauty can be fun, luxurious and beautiful while also benefiting your health and well-being.
Suzanne noted that One Love Organics products do not contain emulsifiers but rather contain more natural oils and ingredients that do not strip the skin but easily blend into, moisturize and heal the skin.
Elizabeth commented that she began gravitating towards more natural products as she noticed they worked better and gave more beneficial results than less natural products. This led to her amazing collaboration with Suzanne and One Love Organics which features powerful vitamins, fruit enzymes and antioxidants.
Mordechai asserted he noticed the biggest problem consumers have with haircare is that they don’t actually know how to apply products. Consumers apply too much and are using products with harmful ingredients. This is what led Yarok products to have obvious names so consumers will know how to apply and for what function each product is for. His one piece of essential advice for the night: don’t forget to shake your hair upside down a few minutes during the day to give hair more volume.
In anticipation of colder months and drier skin, I sadly felt it was time to transition from using my tinted moisturizers to creamier foundations. I only need light coverage on my face most days so I wasn’t looking into any heavy-duty formulas.
Let me introduce you to my new favorite skin product: the Narcissist Foundation Stick by W3LL PEOPLE ($38 for .375 oz). I had never tried a foundation stick before but I immediately loved how creamy and buildable in coverage this was and how it matched my skin tone to a T. I love multipurpose products and this stick easily doubles as a concealer or full-face foundation. I’ve been wearing this everyday and sometimes only dabbing it on certain areas of my face.
The Narcissist consists of natural and organic ingredients and it smells AMAZING! Others have said there’s no scent at all but to me, there’s a subtle, fresh flowery scent and it does not linger once applied. I often find myself just sniffing my little tube of foundation because it’s so good, is that strange?
This foundation stick is easy to apply (especially for lazy people like me) because you can just warm up some foundation on your fingers and apply directly to your face. The packaging is super portable and sleek, it’s so easy to slip in your makeup bag for on-the-go application or for traveling.
The coverage is enough to hide my redness and any problem spots without caking up my skin. I enjoy the light texture of the formula and that it is not drying. The foundation gives my skin a flawless, almost-photoshopped glow always making me feel like a true narcissist after glancing at my reflection.
The Narcissist Foundation Stick also comes in a nice range of colors (8 shades) that will suit many skintones. I was lucky that I’m close to a Henri Bendel store where a W3LL PEOPLE associate helped match me to my correct color: Narcissist 5. I was grateful that I could physically test out the colors because it’s difficult to choose based on only the images online. There is also an option to purchase samples from the website.
Comparing the foundation swatch to a W3LL PEOPLE highlighting stick.
Bottom line: if you’re looking for a light weight, creamy concealer or foundation, you NEED this! It gives you a flawless finish and looks great for everyday and evening wear. The coverage is buildable and provides light to medium coverage.