I'm A Certified Health Nut - Here Are My Makeup Staples

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Hi - my name's Sadie, and I'm a certified health nut.

You've all heard the term, and it's likely that all sorts of conclusions of what that means rally to mind. Some might call me a hippie, though I'm a little too particular and attached to regular showering. Others might assume I'm a giant stick in the mud who doesn't imbibe in any pleasures life has to offer - again, not quite. In fact, my habits and peculiarities are not that far off from the rest of the world; I get pedicures and brow waxes regularly, I use fancy hair product, I occasionally overindulge in dopamine, go to the doctor, get dressed up when going on a date with my man...not so different from most.

I won't lie - being a health nut has been rough at times. It's taken a great deal of research, trial and error, and the occasional eye roll from my friends to figure out what works for my body. Luckily, once I find something that works, it's usually a simple and easy alternative to the typical girly girl methodology (which, by the way, is GREAT if it works for you!). What's even better is that the benefits of going HN are plenty:

  • You're more likely to be using sustainable, vegan, cruelty-free, responsibly made products
  • Your intake of pesticides, harmful chemicals, and harmful GMOs will decrease
  • Your overall health will improve as you infuse your body with higher quantities and qualities of vitamins and minerals that you need
  • You'll live longer and have a lower risk of disease and chronic illness
  • You'll be supporting healthier practices that benefit those who suffer from more conventional practices (for example: animals used for lab testing, local businesses who struggle to stay afloat battling major corporations, etc.)
  • You'll have more energy and won't feel as sick, drowzy, or foggy-headed

Now, when tackling something like health nut-ism, it's best to take baby steps. If you're not ready to give up certain food habits, a great place to start is your makeup routine. For the most part, there are blanket products that are relatively safe for everyone and don't require as much experimentation or research. As the world's most sensitive-skinned human, here are my true blues (so you can avoid the trial-and-error portion).


As someone who has struggled with acne for nearly two-thirds of my life, finding a makeup brand that wouldn't aggravate current breakouts has been a huge challenge...until about five years ago. Jane Iredale has been a lifesaver for me for a few reasons:

  • Their makeup is free of parabens, talc, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, fillers and GMO ingredients
  • Extensively tested for safety, stability, efficacy and performance
  • Non-comedogenic formulas won’t clog pores
  • Dermatologist and allergy tested
  • Preserved using only highly effective, natural ingredients
  • Certified cruelty-free by CCIC (Leaping Bunny)
  • Animal-free testing
  • Highly pigmented pure mineral powders offer superior, long-lasting coverage
  • Their SPF products are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective broad spectrum sunscreen

I've found plenty of products that make claims such as these, but this is the only one I can rely on that provides me the full coverage I want to hide breakouts and the formula I need to ensure that they aren't aggravated. My foundation go-to's include the Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, PurePressed Mineral Foundation, the Handi Brush, and the D2O Hydration Spray. I would be seriously lost without these staples, and HIGHLY recommend them.


For mascara, I tend to lean towards Blinc, as the smudge-free tubing method works better for me than the stay-on-until-the-apocalypse regular brands. With Blinc, my eyes tend to be way less irritated, and has lasted through several good cries. All it takes to remove them is a bit of water - no harsh makeup remover necessary.

Eye Shadow

I can be a little bit lenient when it comes to eye shadow, as I don't tend to experience any discomfort one way or the other (unless it's gel, which is a no-no for me). I'm a huge fan of the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and am currently on the lookout for a new go-to, as it has been discontinued.


Cheeks can be tricky, as you don't want anything that's going to clog your pores. Again, Jane Iredale has a great option for blush, though my favorite colors are from the POPS Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks line (La La and Hydrangea are my favies).


Lipstick is probably my greatest struggle as far as makeup, though I've narrowed it down significantly. I tend to get breakouts around my lips if I use something that's old, glossy, or has too many chemicals. My prior favorite was the Jane Iredale lipstick, which has also been discontinued. Since then, I've found a lot of love in the Palladio Herbal Matte Lipstick. Its got great pigment, as well as aloe leaf and safflower oil to moisturize lips with Vitamins C and E.


The great news is that more companies are catching on to the increasing sensitivities of its consumers, which means more brands coming out that fall safely into the health nut realm. If these brands aren't your cup of tea, I recommend doing a little taste tasting; it's highly likely there is something out there that meshes well with your skin.

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Posted by Sadie Upwall

Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.



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