Many of you have asked me my thoughts on green beauty, and while I support the cause, I don’t discriminate products based on them being cruelty free or not. However, when a brand is green and absolutely amazing, I cannot wait to tell you all about it. Over the past few months, I have spoken with Melodie (the owner and creator of Elate Clean Cosmetics) about a potential collaboration, and we finally made it happen. I could not be more excited to share her incredible brand because you will absolutely love everything, especially if you’re looking for a green brand!
This post is in collaboration with Elate Cosmetics. As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
The products use only clean, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients such as Organic Castor Seed Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Seed Oil, Unrefined Organic Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Mica, Iron Oxides, Vitamin E, and Organic Peppermint Essential Oil. If these ingredients don’t make you want to put everything on your face, I don’t know what will.
When I first saw the fresh tint foundation, I didn’t think it was foundation due to the packaging. It threw me for a loop. Initially I thought it was a spray, but the packaging does have a pump to put the foundation on a beauty blender or brush. My shade is in bare, which is perfect for light to medium skin tones. Given my lack of sun exposure these days, I am definitely on the lighter skin tone side. I used to be so tan back in the day, but after moving to Arizona I stay inside more often than not simply because I have no interest in skin cancer. Who does right!? When using a beauty blender, or fingertips, the formulation will provide a light coverage. However, depending on the brush used it can be built up to medium coverage. I think it’s a great foundation for work, or days you don’t want to cake the makeup on. The formulation is very lightweight and helps to even out my skin tone (you know I have a lot of redness.) It also helps to prevent irritation and gives a little natural protection from the sun.
While I’m not always so keen to try loose eye colours, I definitely gave the loose eye colour in the shade magic a go. This product has natural minerals and bamboo extract which is helping protect the skin. It’s a sparkly pink with some light purple undertones, aka the best color for me and my obsession with pink. Because of Elate’s care for the environment, the glass jars they place the pigment in is reusable and they encourage you to resend the empty containers so they can be refilled with more pigment.
When it comes to blush, I am not too hard to impress given I love just about every single blush I try. The awesome thing about Elate blushes is they are made with mineral pigments. Specifically, fruit and vegetable extracts, and then pressed with organic jojoba oil which I think is really neat. Ingenue is a hot pink with that slight touch of purple you’d see in red wine (mmm wine!) and it looks so beautiful against my skin tone. I feel that this blush could be a bit too dark for paler complexions but it would be great for medium to dark complexions. If you use just a tiny bit, it would be a beautiful color on lighter skin tones, but be conscious of the amount. Since I’m lighter, I try to be gentle with my brush and it was beautiful. The formulation of the blush is truly amazing, and lightweight. As I swatched the blush, it felt like I wasn’t applying anything. That’s the best because I never want makeup to weigh my face down.
When it comes to the packaging, Elate Cosmetics has really got it going on! The bamboo, wood-like feel is incredible and makes the usage of the products so much more rewarding. It’s incredibly chic.
Because I’m a picky mascara fiend, I always like to judge a brand’s ability to create a good mascara, with their brand overall. Elate’s mascara wand is on the thicker side and definitely plumps and lengthens lashes without caking on too much mascara or making them look unnatural. Whether you need the mascara for a work day, a workout, or a night out, this mascara will do just the trick.
If you’ve been over on my Instagram, you know that I’m not a big fan of eyeliner. It seems like no matter what, my eyeliner somehow gets messed up and causes me more grief than it’s worth. Elate’s liquid eyeline is an unlikely match for me, but somehow it works out beautifully. It’s perfectly gentle even for the most sensitive eyes (that’s me!) and it applies easily with the lightweight brush applicator. It’s dark black and really makes my eyes stand out even more.
The lipgloss in the shade Charm is a raspberry pink, but not too loud of a raspberry which makes it ideal for every day wear. It’s lightweight, and does give full coverage should you want it. It will leave a stain after a few hours wear, but will need reapplication (just as any lipgloss would!) One of my favorite things about it is the obvious peppermint oil inside, and how I get a comfortable cool and tingly sensation on my lips. The castor oil in this product gives my lips a softening effect that I really need, so not only will I have a beautiful shade on my lips, I also have softer lips after wear. Win-win!
This season’s makeup collective is called Bloom (Elate Collection S/S 2017) and it’s vibrant, fun and perfect for spring! Which of the items mentioned above is your favorite?
Before you go, make sure to visit my YouTube channel to see the latest video which is a huge beauty giveaway.