Let’s just be real here: Orange is not an easy color to pull off.
But this year, with the emergence of coral as a go-to color for clothes, nails and lips, orange-ish has become a little more attainable for women of all skin tones.
I first started to notice coral begin to take off in the blogosphere when Emily continually wore and swore by Maybelline’s Coral Crush lipstick. I’d be a cheat if I told you I immediately found a natural alternative and looked the other way when it came to Maybelline.
I bought it.
I tried it.
I liked the color.
I hated the chemical taste.
I had a reaction.
After my first reaction (I’m pretty sure my sensitive lip skin was thinking “what the hell?”), I knew it was time to toss the lipstick (hey, I’m still making over my natural beauty bag) and search for alternatives.
My search ended at ILIA.
While researching cosmetics for a freelance beauty story, I contacted ILIA for samples, and they generously sent three of their beautiful tinted lip conditioners for me to try: Bang Bang, a cherry red; Blossom Lady, a rose pink; and Shell Shock, a bright coral. The tubes retail for $24 a pop — comparable to department store prices sans the irritating toxins.
While this brand as a whole has earned prime real estate in my ever-overflowing beauty bag, I find that the shade I reach for the most is Shell Shock. It’s the perfect everyday shade of coral that feels luxurious on my lips without overpowering neither my face nor my senses.
And, thankfully, no reaction thanks to the amazing list of natural and organic ingredients, including:
Organic Castor Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Sesame Seed Oil, Organic Cocoa Seed Butter, Vitamin E, Pomegranate Seed Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Orange Fruit Oil, Jasmine Oil
It’s been a long, painful process (blog post detailing it to come!), but thanks to all the natural, inspiring beauties out there, I’m finding some of the best natural and organic beauty products on the market.
Please tell me: What are some of your favorite natural and organic cosmetics staples? Or, if you have yet to detox, what products are the most difficult for you to part with and why?