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A Beauty-Blender dupe, an elf primer showdown, nail polish with a swatch in the cap, and more from the Lipstick League
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Some favourite naturals: Lano All Over salve, Consonant HydrExtreme

Some favourite naturals: Lano All Over salve, Consonant HydrExtreme

This week in the Lipstick League's Help a Blogger Out thing, Jen from My Beauty Bunny says “Let’s talk green beauty. Is there an all-natural brand you just love?” 

Not particularly – at least I wouldn't say love in reference to a natural brand, simply because I haven't met one that doesn't misuse the word "toxic." That damned fear-mongering makes my cortisol spike, and automatically takes love off the table. 

I do like several green-beauty products, though. For instance, I've bought several bottles of Consonant Skincare HydrExtreme over the years, and I've enjoyed the Consonant Come Clean wipes too because they don't sting my skin and they're biodegradable. I also regularly re-stock Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Targeted Spot Treatment, which gently encourages zits to move along without stressing my skin. 

I quite enjoy the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask  (um... I've used it in an Uber), and Lano The Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm, as well as the Golden Dry Skin Salve Allover. Oh, and I'm obsessed with plain, medical-grade lanolin as my favourite lip balm, but the brand InVitamin isn't fun to buy in Canada. A 277g jar of lanolin retails at just $12 USD with free shipping in the US; in Canada via, the price was about $34 CAD including shipping, but as things do on Amazon, it's gone up to more than $50, which is ridiculous.

Then there's RMS Living Luminizer and Lip2Cheek colour in Beloved: they're two of my favourite things, staples in my makeup go-kit. And Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick is pretty great (100% natural), as is Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (99% natural).

Huh. That's a pretty decent collection of naturals that I actually rather adore, despite my frustration with how the brands market themselves. And I've purchased and repurchased all these items (excluding Lano Golden Dry Skin Salve and Tata Harper mask because I haven't finished my PR samples yet, and InVitamin lanolin because our Liza Herz bought one and generously shares with me).

There are, in fact, a few more green-beauty things I really, really like, but they'll crop up in other posts soon.

Wait a minute: Weleda. I don't have anything Weleda in my rotation right now, but I adore and have bought their Sea Buckthorn Body Oil (wonderfully citrus-y) and SkinFood, a wonderfully rich ointment (love the herbal scent, too). I'm going to dig those out right now! And maybe Weleda is a brand I could love... when I was first introduced to it, "toxic" marketing hadn't yet become what it is today.

EauMG I know you see this brand featured basically in every shelfie and vanity shot on Instagram, but what does their stuff smell like? Well, I have a review of a Byredo perfume that doesn’t smell like its name…it smells better.

My Beauty Bunny bought a supposed Beauty Blender dupe on Amazon for under eight bucks. Did it stand up to the cult favourite? Click on through to find out!

Painted Ladies  Sheila shares a makeup tutorial based on the new Makeup Revolution The Emily Edit The Wants Palette.

Phyrra  Do you love romantic and edgy makeup? Check out Courtney's Lime Crime Venus III Palette Review. You’ll love these cool tones!

Prime Beauty  I’ve found the first-ever nail lacquer with a swatch cap. LBK Nail Lacquer has a hinged cap that is the colour of the nail lacquer inside so you can try before you buy and there are 48 shades!

Slashed Beauty  There are still a few music festivals left this summer! Here’s an easy festival hairstyle tutorial: side braids for a faux side shave look.

we heart this  It’s an elf primer showdown! How did four of elf's most popular primers hold up against 9 hours of wear on an oily gal’s skin? We Heart This brought the receipts…

Beautygeeks has Manigeek's swatches (and a video link) for the OPI Metamorphosis collection of nail polish toppers for your perusal.

Blushing Noir  This month I got the Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Eyeshadow Palette, a Laura Geller Blush, a Butter London liner, a set of makeup brushes and the best liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried for only $21. All FULL SIZED and BRAND NEW. Click to find out how you can get it too!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

EauMG is Currently Craving  Help! Sephora is already putting holiday gift sets on their site! And the Sephora Favorites Glow for It kit ($34 CAD and $28 USD at is full of old favourites and stuff Victoria's been wanting to try.

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Is there a particular "green" or all-natural beauty brand you love? Or like a lot, all things considered?

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