In episode #37 we are learning how to thrive with ulcerative colitis with Natalie Kelley. Natalie (aka Nat) is the 23-year-old wellness blogger, certified personal trainer and certified holistic health coach behind Plenty and Well. Nat is also an ulcerative colitis fighter – an autoimmune disease that effects her gut – and she uses her voice and platform to speak out and help others that struggle with the same, or similar, diseases. She is also a huge self-love advocate, believer in holistic wellness (beyond just food and fitness) and paleo recipe-developer. She loves long-distance running, weight lifting, drizzling her entire life with almond butter, baking, reading, writing poetry and spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Share a little about yourself! Who is Natalie and how did you get to where you are today as a personal trainer and holistic health coach?
A question we ask all our guests- What was your Golden Hour moment of health awakening that inspired you to take action in your own health journey?
Can you share what ulcerative colitis is?
What has your journey looked like navigating life with ulcerative colitis? You’ve experienced some ups and downs but you seem very upbeat!
What are some things that have helped you the most in your journey with ulcerative colitis?
I also love how you used to feel trapped in a world of health and wellness where you had to workout for two hours and be super strict with your diet. What does it look like now for you in 2019? How has this impacted your life?
I love how you emphasize wellness in regards to what your thinking, relationship, self care- all the things. How has looking at life besides food and exercise made a difference in your life?
A question we ask all our guests- what 3 health habits have made the biggest impact on your health?
March Natural Beauty Box roundup is here! Can you believe it’s March?! I felt like January and February flew by- literally. So excited we’re getting closer to Spring! I’ve got the lowdown on all the clean beauty boxes. First up this month is Beauty Heroes! Keep checking back as I update the list.
Excited to share with you Beauty Heroes March Discovery box!
So excited to share this month’s Beauty Heroes Box with you, BLUH Alchemy! I’ve loved getting to know the product and also learning the back story behind this natural beauty brand.
BLUH Alchemy was started by Becky Bluh who had a strong desire to help her daughter’s skin heal from itchy, dry and sensitive skin. Becky knew she was on to something when her daughter’s skin began to heal. She realized she wanted to pursue the power of plants even further and really learn of their medicinal properties.
Besides experimenting on her own, she also was trained in cosmetic chemistry where she collaborated with top natural chemists to create BLUH Alchemy. Not only does this innovative skincare line help protect against environmental effects, but natural aging, and daily oxidative stressors. Using botanicals, BLUE Alchemy treats the skin with intentional products that produce results naturally.
I have never used any BLUE Alchemy products and was so excited to try the products out! Once a product junkie, always a product junkie.
If you thought you knew about Vitamin C, step aside. This is a new Vitamin C you have yet to use! This is a quote about the product:
A breakthrough in botanical technology, Multi C Serum features the world’s first full- spectrum photoactive Vitamin C, a cellular extract from the kakadu plum that boasts 50 x more antioxidant potency than a Florida orange.
It’s actually more stable than any other Vitamin C! This serum has a multitude of Vitamin C’s all wrapped into one. From quandong and sea buckthorn berry oils. When you combine them together they are a force to be reckoned with!
It’s no secret Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can brighten, lighten and create a glowing complexion. Plus, this unique formula has peptides that help to firm the skin, green coffee, and ferric acid. Say bye to dull, ruddy skin and hello to glowing, radiant skin! I use it after toning my skin at night and in the morning. I noticed an improved overall texture, glow and evenness to my skin. I love how it absorbs so effortlessly into the skin. And can we talk about the luxe frosted glass bottle? I love how it pumps how and has a cap- so easy for travel. I can’t wait to keep using it!
The sidekick this month is just as good! This deep hydration toning elixir takes your skin from parched and dry to hydrated and supple. Not only does this toning elixir contain bioactive and antioxidants but hyaluronic acid and hibiscus to keep moisture intact. This hydration helps to firm your skin while helping to fade fine lines and of course when skin is hydrated it naturally glows!
One of my favorite things I found to be in this toning elixir was Niacinamide which is vitamin B3. This is a powerhouse ingredient for your skin! It has long been applauded for it’s ability to soothe the skin, calm inflammation and help clear acne. Not too mention helps strengthen the skin. This really is such an amazing toning elixir! I spray this on my skin and pat in with my hands morning and night. I can’t get enough of it!
This is a bi-monthly box. I really love that it’s bi-monthly! It makes you really savor each product. This month we are seeing two different brands in the box. Flowerspice and Malaya.
Flowerspice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturizer- This moisturizer is so lovely! It completely hydrates your skin but doesn’t leave it feeling greasy or oily. The scent is so nice too. Very different but I love it. It’s a mixture of rose and coriander. It comes in a glass jar. I would scoop some out and apply it to my skin after my serums at night. My skin would feel so hydrated and supple in the morning. I even have been using it for my hands as they have been drier and loving how moisturized they feel. This isn’t your average moisturizer. It’s filled with aloe, prickly pear and Swiss Mountain Spring Water. A serious treat for the skin!
Malaya Advanced Repair Mask- This mask is unlike any mask I’ve used. It is both clarifying and nourishing at the same time. Made with neem flower honey, bentonite clay and aloe, this mask really is a powerhouse when it comes to hitting all the skincare needs. I love how my skin feels cleared, yet hydrated and glowing after using it. And the smell! I just love the smell. It’s a lemongrass, blue tansy smell that I can’t get enough of! I love how the ingredients are soothing like aloe and blue tansy, but at the same time clarifying from the honey, and clay. Can’t stop using it!
This month’s clean beauty box is filled with Beneath Your Mask. This brand is known for really repairing and rejuvenating the skin and helping to reverse damage caused by environmental toxins. The brand fits so well with the theme, Indulge. It’s all about indulging your senses and your skin.
Total Body Elixir- This elixir is such a indulgent skin treat. It not only deeply nourishes your skin with 18 pure plant oils and botanicals but it also help protect it from the environment. Your skin is left glowing and radiant! The ingredient deck is stacked too. With Baobab seed oil, white camellia seed oil, pomegranate seed oil and sea buckthorn berry co2. These oils not only hydrate but also help heal stretch marks and scars and calm redness. I apply the oil to slightly damp skin after showering and my skin is left feeling so soft.
Skin + Hair Serum- This is such a unique product. Not only can you use it on your skin but also your hair. With nourishing ingredients for your scalp like neem this is perfect for calming scalp inflammation but reducing dandruff. I applied it on my scalp and ends of hair at night and then slept in it. I would shampoo my hair the next day and it would feel so hydrated. I didn’t need to apply that much since my hair is fine and thin. A little goes a long way. For my skin I would apply as the last step in my skincare routine at night. My skin would feel hydrated and moisturized but not greasy. It has such a nice vibrant scent with the lemongrass oil in it. Really adds a glow to the skin. Such a great product for travel too! A two in one!
I always love seeing what’s in the Detox Box! Sometimes it’s makeup, other times it’s skincare and then sometimes you get hair products. This month it’s all makeup and I couldn’t be more excited!
We are seeing W3ll People in this month’s box. It’s all about the 5 minute face! You get the Bio Baked Bronzer Powder, Bio Brightener Loose Powder, Expressionist Mascara, Luminaria Eyeshadow, and then you also either get the Optimist Lipstick in Soulmate, and a Kabuki Brush, or Optimist Lipstick in Choose Love, Expressionist Liquid Eyeliner and the Eye Contour Brush. Your basically set with all you need to create the ultimate green beauty makeup look! You get all of this for $49.95!
Ok, you asked for this best natural beauty concealers post! I’ve been working on this post for a while, excited to finally share. I get this question several times a week.
What is the best natural beauty concealer?
I get it, I once was there too. The thing is everyone looks for different things in their concealer. Some want an under eye concealer and some want to hide imperfections.
And yes, under eye concealers are a lot different than a concealer you want to use to cover your zit- just sayin’. I mean you can use a lot of under eye concealers on your face too but you probably don’t want to use a lot of your heavy concealers under your eyes.
So I’m outlining my absolute favorites in natural beauty. What they’re best at when concealing and how I use them.
Consider yourself checked into concealer school!
Fitglow Beauty Conceal + delivers when it comes to a natural beauty concealer.
Holy moly! This is my newest fave concealer find in natural beauty and let’s just say it straight delivers. It comes in a wand form, which I love. It isn’t super thick but not runny thin either. It dries nicely though and doesn’t feel wet. I like this for under the eyes and for covering lighter blemishes or hyper pigmentation. It’s not going to cover a tattoo, (yes one of the concealers I’m going to recommend will). It just stays put so well and blends nicely into the skin. If you do apply in underneath your eyes, you still need to set it with a translucent powder. Like this one. I also like applying this underneath my nose for combating redness. This one is also pretty non-comedogenic friendly for anyone prone to breakouts. Get it here!
RMS Beauty Un Cover UP was one of the first concealers I tried in natural beauty.
This was the first natural beauty concealer I used. It’s been a long favorite of mine. It comes in a glass pot. It melts so easily into the skin. It literally looks like you’re not wearing anything. Yet, it covers redness well. It feels very smooth and a bit oily. Not bad oily but it is made of coconut oil so it does get a little oily feeling as you work with it in your hands. It will cover blemishes but I don’t recommend it for people with blemish prone skin because it is made of coconut oil, a high comedogenic ingredient. This is great under eyes too, as it looks smooth and seamless. I would just be sure to set it with a translucent powder as well. This is really like a foundation, concealer in one. Often I’ll just wear this and not wear any foundation. It makes my skin feel pulled together but not overdone. Get it here!
This is another concealer I discovered last year and have been loving! It also comes in a wand form. It feels similar to the Fitglow Beauty Concealer but thicker. It feels a little wet initially but then as you blend it in it dries matte. It covers blemishes so well and redness! It I have tried it under the eyes but it was a little too matte for me and looked cakey. You could add a little oil to it- just a smidge to make it a little less matte. I really like this for everywhere else! It’s easy to work with, lasts all day and covers it all! Get it here!
Beautycounter is one of the best under eye concealers in green beauty!
This is a new fave for under the eyes! I don’t like it for covering blemishes or redness on the face, it’s too wet of a formula. But it works great for under the eye area because it is a little wetter of a formula. I can blend it in really well and it covers dark circles and discoloration under the eyes. It comes in a pen/brush formula. You push the cap on the bottom and the formula comes out easily on this paint brush like applicator. You then apply that to the eye area and pat the formula in with your fingers. It brightens up your eye but doesn’t look cakey! I also dust a little translucent powder on top of the concealer to help set it. Get it here!
This has been a long time fave. It literally can cover tattoos- yep it’s true. This is the thickest concealer by far. It comes in a glass pot. You can use your finger or a concealer brush to apply it. I like using a concealer brush since it’s a little on the thicker side- less messy. I just apply wherever I have a blemish or redness and blend in. It’s not for under the eye area at all. Too thick. This will last all day too. When I talked to the founder before she said makeup artists especially liked it for movie sets because of the longevity and coverage. If you’re looking for a heavy duty concealer that will completely cover it all, this is it! Get it here!
W3ll People Concealer is great for under the eyes.
Last but not least is the W3ll People Concealer. This concealer comes in a tube form and is more of a wet formula. It squirts out of a tube. I don’t like this as much for covering redness or blemishes. I find it doesn’t last all day and it is too thin to offer me the coverage I like. Instead I like using this for underneath my eye area. I just squirt the formula out and then use my fingers to tap under my eyes. It helps to even out discoloration under the eye area and perk up tired eyes. Of course I add a little translucent powder to the under eye area too to set it. You don’t have too but I find I’ll get creasing if I don’t. Get it here!
Well, that sums up the best natural beauty concealers! See any faves? What is your favorite?
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In episode #36 we are hearing how to practice wellness without losing your mind with Phoebe Lapine. Phoebe is a food and health writer, gluten-free chef, wellness expert, culinary instructor, Hashimoto’s advocate and speaker, born and raised in New York City, where she continues to live and eat. On her award-winning blog, Feed Me Phoebe, she shares recipes for healthy comfort food and insights about balanced lifestyle choices beyond what’s on your plate. Named by Women’s Health Magazine as the top nutrition read of 2017, Phoebe’s best-selling debut memoir, The Wellness Project, chronicles her journey with Hashimotos Thyroiditis and how she finally found the middle ground between health and hedonism by making one lifestyle change, one month at a time.
Phoebe is a frequent contributor to Food and Wine, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Health, and Mind Body Green, who named her one of 100 Women to Watch in Wellness. Her recipes and writing have also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, SELF, Shape, Glamour, and O! Magazine, among others. She is a regular host of cooking shows and wellness programming for Healthination and AOL.
Tell us a little about yourself. Who is Phoebe Lapine and how did you get to where you are today?
This is a question we ask all our guests- what was your Golden Hour moment or health awakening that has had the biggest impact on your health?
So you have an amazing book called the Wellness Project- what made you want to write the book and give us a brief synopsis of what it’s about?
Would love to hear your biggest takeaways from writing the book and what you learned about living out a healthy lifestyle in the modern world?
I LOVE your approach to wellness and just finding a balance between as you say, “what nourishes your body and what feeds your soul.” Can you talk more about the term you coined for this?
After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s myself your book was such a breath of fresh air. I love your balanced approach to health and healing. What piece of advice would you give to those who may be diagnosed with something and feel completely overwhelmed by “all” the things they should do for their health?
Ok, so you are a gluten free chef, I would love to know how you go about actually eating the healthy food daily? Do you meal prep, plan? Can you share some tips with the audience.
So excited for your recent launch of your podcast all about SIBO- tell us all the details and why you started it!
This is a question we ask all our guests- what are three health habits that have made the biggest impact on your health?
My organic beauty foundation guide is officially complete…at least until I try another foundation that I like! I’ve tried a ton of foundations since going green 7 years ago and I’ve narrowed it down to the products that performed. After all you shouldn’t have to sacrifice a good foundation when transitioning to green beauty.
I really wanted to give you guys all the tools to make the best decision when choosing a foundation. I broke it down into easy to read categories, getting specific on skin type even. Also, all the photos below are taken in the same light up until the W3ll People BB Cream. After that I added new foundations and they are in a different light. However, there is no filter on any of them. The foundations are on the right side in the photo for the first half of the reviews, then for the second half of the reviews they’re on the left side. If I’m wearing foundation on one side then I’m wearing nothing on the other side. I wanted you guys to see the comparison. This is literally what the product looks like on my skin. I really hope it helps you to find a foundation that works for your skin and that you love!
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment below, or email me- I would love to help you out!
*Also, I even created a free download for you guys on how to achieve flawless foundation application! I’m sharing my 3 step process to ensure your foundation stays looking good from start to finish. Plus, all the brushes I use for each foundation. Download it below!
The Beautycounter foundation is creamy and gives your skin an overall dewy look.
Formula: Comes in a tube form. It’s a liquid foundation.
How it looks on: It gives a very natural dewy look.
Coverage: It gives light to medium coverage depending on how you apply it.
Skin type: This foundation is great for those with dry to combination skin who like to be able to build their coverage.
Why I like it: I love how easy this is to apply and quickly get my face pulled together in no time. It is creamy and gives my skin an overall real skin look and doesn’t look like a mask. It provides enough coverage depending on how you apply it. I like applying with a brush for a little heavier coverage. It wears well throughout the day too!I’m wearing the colors Linen.Get your Beautycounter Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation!
Formula: Comes in a stick form. It feels like a thicker cream.
How it looks on: It gives a very natural dewy look.
Coverage: It gives light to medium coverage.
Skin type: This foundation is great for those with dry to combination skin. I like applying a finishing powder on top to help set it for the day since it can wear off by the end of the day.
Why I like it: I love how easy it is to use and the buildable coverage you can get with it. You don’t have to worry about anything spilling out since it’s in stick form. A great option for those who want a natural look but with some coverage. It’s also quick to apply, so good mom option for when you only have 5 minutes to get ready. Get your Vapour Foundation Stick here!
Formula: Comes in a solid cream compact. It feels like a solid cream foundation opposed to liquid.
How it looks on: It gives a very covered, more matte look. This is great for those who like a heavier foundation and full coverage.
Coverage: Medium to full coverage.
Skin Type: This foundation is great for those with oily to combination and even dry if you make sure and apply an oil or moisturizer before application.
Why I like it: I can literally apply this in the morning and still look fresh faced by 7 at night. It really keeps you looking polished all day long. It’s great for days you need long wear and days you just need more coverage. Snag your Kjaer Weis Foundation here!
Formula: This is a liquid foundation and is creamy and moisturizing and comes in a glass container- which I love!
How it looks on: It looks dewy and natural.
Coverage: It offers medium coverage.
Skin Type: Great for all skin types.
Why I like it: This is a great everyday foundation. It literally glides on the skin and offers good coverage, while still looking like you don’t have a ton of makeup on. It also has a slight hint of vanilla- but not strong at all and not synthetic. It quickly dissipates after a while. Get your Crunchi Foundation here!
Formula: This foundation is a creamy liquid foundation.
How it looks on: It gives your skin a put together look but at the same time doesn’t look overdone or heavy.
Coverage: Provides light to medium coverage depending on how much you apply.
Skin Type: Great for all skin types, but especially those who have oily skin. Since this is oil free there’s no extra shine to worry about.
Why I like it: This foundation looks good on everyone, is easy to apply and can be found at most Whole Foods or health food stores. Plus, it’s budget friendly. A great all around pick! Get your Zuzu Luxe Oil Free Foundation here!
Formula: This feels like a very thin paint, almost like a paint thinner- I know sounds strange but the best way to describe it. It comes in a glass dropper bottle.
How it looks on: It looks very natural and dewy on. It will feel like you aren’t wearing foundation at all.
Coverage: It offers light to medium coverage.
Skin Type: This is great for any skin type. Although it is a liquid it dries more matte. So it’s good for oilier complexions or dry.
Why I like it: It creates such a natural flawless dewy look. You’ll feel like nothing is on your skin. It’s a lit from within glow. Plus, it offers a vitamin for your skin with all it’s nutrients. Always shake it up as the product can separate naturally. Get your Gressa Foundation here!
Formula: This comes in a pump bottle and feels like a very creamy lotion.
How it looks on: It gives a dewy pulled together look.
Coverage: Light to medium.
Application: We like applying this with our fingers or beauty blender.
Why I like it: This goes on so smooth and is a great foundation to have around for everyday wear. Your skin will look polished and not cakey. Great for sensitive skin types. It’s so easy to apply too, feels like a really great tinted moisturizer but with solid coverage. Get your Ilia Foundation here!
Formula: A very creamy consistency in a pump bottle.
How it looks on: It gives a dewy, natural look to the skin.
Skin Type: This is great for dry to combination skin types that don’t want a lot of coverage.
Why I like it: Although the formula is too light for me(I like at least a medium coverage foundation) I really like the consistency and the feel of the product. It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything and the ingredients are great. If you do like more of a medium to full coverage look you could always spot conceal where you don’t get enough coverage or you could try mixing your concealer with the bb cream. Get your BB Cream here!
Why I like it: This is a newer product within the last year for W3ll People. I like that it offers SPF30, some great protection, yet it doesn’t feel too heavy. Great for summer, but also if you live somewhere that’s constantly sunny and want sun protection in your foundation on the daily. I really appreciate that it is a little thicker and offers some decent coverage too. Get your BB Cream here!
Wearing Ilia True Skin Serum Organic Foundation in SF3 on the left and nothing on the right.
How it looks on: Looks velvety and like your skin- very natural.
Coverage: Light to medium coverage.
Skin Type: All Skin Types.
Why I like it: I actually prefer this over Ilia’s Vivid Founation because it doesn’t feel greasy to me and the longevity is great. It is a liquid but then it sets after a while and you get a great long wearing foundation. It really feels and acts like your skin, yet I still feel like it gives my skin great coverage. Get the Ilia True Skin Serum here!
Wearing Inika Organic Liquid Foundation in Nude on the left and nothing on the right.
Formula: Feels creamy and more like a thicker lotion.
How it looks on: Looks dewy and soft on.
Coverage: Offers light to medium coverage.
Skin Type: Normal to dry skin types
Why I like it: The formula is so hydrating with hyaluronic acid. It feels like a cross between a great facial lotion and foundation. I like it better for me because it offers better coverage than the bb cream. This is great for those wanting a more hydrating liquid foundation with some decent coverage. I feel like I have a glow while wearing it! Get it here!
Wearing Fitglow Vita Active Serum organic Foundation in VF2 on the left and nothing on the right.
How it looks on: Looks so natural and healthy. Does settle into some of my fine lines after a while.
Coverage: Offers light to medium coverage.
Skin Type: All Skin Types.
Why I like it: This formula is so good. I’ve only been testing it for a week and debated whether or not to put it in the post but honestly even after a week of using it I love it! My skin looks so natural. It acts like your skin but covers up the redness, and imperfections- creating a smooth even canvas. The one thing I did notice was it settled into my fine lines. What I’m excited to see is how my skin improves from wearing it. It’s really a skin serum and foundation in one. Filled with skin healthy ingredients like vitamin C, seaweed brighteners, and beta carotene. It’s no surprise if your skin starts to look better after using it! Get your Vita-Active Foundation here!
Wearing Kosas Tinted Face Oil on the left in 03 and 05-mixed together and nothing on the right.
Formula: An oily paint thinner like feel more liquid feel then creamy- I know so weird but that’s an accurate description. 😉
How it looks on: Looks so natural and dewy. Very hydrated look.
Coverage: Light to medium coverage.
Skin Type: Normal to dry.
Why I like it: This is a new find for me and I’ve been loving how dewy it makes my skin feel. I thought I wouldn’t like it because I didn’t think it would offer enough coverage for me, but it actually gives a good amount of coverage. It makes my skin glow. I’v gotten so many compliments since wearing it! People always say my skin is glowing. I’ll take it! Get it here!
Wearing Clove and Hollow Pressed Mineral Foundation in 04 on the left and nothing on the right.
Formula: A pressed powdered mineral foundation, very finely milled.
How it looks on: It looks so natural and soft. A light matte finish.
Coverage: It provides light to medium coverage.
Skin Type: Normal to oily.
Why I like it: It’s been hard to find a pressed powered foundation in green beauty. This one is nice because it is pressed but still feels light and airy on the skin. Also great to wear over liquid foundation to help set it. I love applying this to my oily eyelids too to help set them! Get it here!
Wearing Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation Powder in Neutral 2 on the left and nothing on the right.
Formula: A loose mineral powdered foundation- super fine powder.
How it looks on: This powder looks so lovely on. Very natural and velvety even though it’s a powder.
Coverage: Provides light to medium coverage.
Skin Type: Normal to oily.
Why I like it: Even though this is a loose powder foundation, it still doesn’t get messy. I just tap the powder into the cap and swirl the brush around and then apply the foundation. Doesn’t feel cakey or heavy for a foundation but light. The fish is flawless. For a powdered foundation this one is pretty great! Get it here!
Wearing Inika Organic Pressed Baked Mineral Foundation in Patience on my left side and nothing on my right.
How it looks on: This powder looks so natural. Very lightweight, gives more of a mate finish.
Coverage: Provides light to medium coverage.
Skin Type: Normal to oily.
Why I like it: This is another pressed mineral powdered foundation that’s come on the scene. It’s feels feathery light and is a great powder to apply over liquid foundations. The coverage is lighter than Inika’s loose mineral foundation. A very soft look overall. Get it here!
That sums up my foundation guide. See anything you want to try? What’s your go to green beauty foundation?
Sharing the best natural beauty foundations on the blog!
Did you like this? Then I think you’ll LOVE my Tips & Tricks to get Flawless Foundation Coverage. I share how I prep my skin, what brushes I use for which foundation.