Sustainable Beauty Swaps from a Makeup Artist

Jen, a wonderful member of the Bower community, has shared her thoughts on how to make sustainable swaps in your beauty routine. As a professional make-up artist - she really knows what she's talking about!

Within the world of makeup artistry and beauty there is a fundamental flaw. Whilst we are beautifying wonderful human beings, creating enticing images and making people feel great, the industry can be wasteful and toxic to the world we live in.  A makeup artists kit is extensive, not only do we require many products to suit all skin types and tones, but we also apply then take off makeup on repeat using wipes and cotton pads. This can lead to so much waste going to landfill.

I have always strived to use safe, ethical products that are mainly derived of natural ingredients. I believed in upcycling and recycling from the start of my makeup career in 2007. Unfortunately, there were some things that you could not avoid back then, but fast forward to the present and we CAN do something that will help lessen our waste and be as sustainable as possible.

I use the Bower collective refills for laundry, fabric conditioner, sanitising hand soap (it smells superb plus they contain no nasty ingredients that add to dry cracked hands) toilet cleaner, washing up soap (I also recently tested this to clean my makeup brushes with, it worked a treat).

But whatabout in your beauty + makeup kit I hear you say? Ok, let me tell you a few of the sustainable swaps that you can also easily do.

Bambaw Reusable makeup pads

One important swap is to stop using throwaway disposables. Endless cotton pads and cotton buds are used and discarded all the time. I have swapped over to reusable face pads for cleansing skin, as well as bamboo cotton buds for cleaning up makeup smudges on clients, plus I use them in my home too. Something you can easily swap over to. Disposables are to clean faces and to maintain hygiene, however the reusable makeup pads are washable so tick all boxes.

These Bambaw Reusable makeup pads are the best I have tried.

In each pack you have 12 soft bamboo velvet pads – super soft so no excessive dragging of the skin, then 4 scrub bamboo terry pads that are good for cleansing with water and a cleanser.  Talking of which Beauty Kitchen do an awesome one, read on to find out more.

Prime-Time beauty cleanser

The Prime-Time beauty cleanser by Beauty Kitchen is the perfect cream cleanser. Just splash some water on your face, rub with clean fingertips and massage into skin to melt off makeup and grime from the day. Then rinse off and repeat if required following by sweeping a wet bamboo terry pad to clean off the residue. Great for taking off makeup and leaving your skin hydrated and nourished from the outside.

Beauty Kitchen products ethos is about being effective, natural, and sustainable. So you can send your used bottle back (along with your empty Bower collective refill pouches too) and they clean refill and reuse them. One less item of packaging to land fill! #ReuseRevolution

Secondly, they are all vegan, so no animals harmed at all or exploited in any way. Finally, they are a UK made brand. I always try to search and use UK products to support our local businesses and it makes me feel better knowing that they have not been shipped over.

Seahorse Plankton High Definition Facial Oil

Next, I would like to give a major shout out to the Seahorse Plankton High Definition Facial Oil. I recently used this on models and clients after I had taken their makeup off. Not only is it putting pure goodness back into their skin but provides a moment of calm too after a busy working day.

This is a remarkable product, a few drops in the hand to warm it up and press onto your skin and neck, I also hold my hands in front of my nose- inhale and exhale a few times into the palms of my hands. It smells so divine it immediately relaxes you. Ideal after a hectic day, treat yourself by cleansing away the day and renourishing your mind and skin. This product also supports the Seahorse trust. I mean, come on can it get any better?

Up Circle Face Moisturiser

Everyone should be using a moisturiser every day, and it is a key product for a makeup artist to create that glowing healthy base before applying makeup. Well, Up Circle is now in my top ten.

One cream for all skin types – skin soothing, deep hydration with fast absorption, that is important for a makeup artist, I do not want a sticky thick moisturiser that creates a greasy layer on the skin. I love that it uses finely ground powder from discarded Argan shells, which is a natural by-product of the Argan oil industry and is rich in antioxidant Vitamin E. No waste here! Again, this is a UK made product that is Vegan, sustainable, and fighting waste!

So, if you want an all-round effective moisturiser then this is perfect. If you prefer a day cream, night cream and eye cream for more targeted nourishment then there are more available from Bower, including Bramley, Evolve and Neal’s Yard (all UK brands) that you can browse through here.

To conclude…

I have got to say I am truly delighted to have found Bower Collective. Not only do I have confidence that products have been chosen carefully around their values and ingredients but the bonus of getting them on subscription gives you no excuse as it actually makes your life easier! It is perfect for anyone especially a busy working makeup artist and mum like me.

Hopefully you will find some top beauty products and swaps for yourself here too and start sustainable beauty swapping if you haven’t already. Take care of your skin and take care of our planet at the same time!

Written by Jen at LoLo & Co 

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