In my on-going hunt for the perfect beauty regimen, I am so encouraged by the natural beauty tricks that just keep working. I am now further solidified in my thinking that natural beauty products and healthy eating are the only way to invest in your appearance. Expensive products claiming marvelous results may help the appearance of your skin now, but what about in twenty years? I don’t know about you, but if I am going to spend money on beauty products, I want to know I am not doing myself any harm further down the line.
Maybe I shouldn’t think about it so much. Maybe I should just be content with whatever my skin looks like in twenty years. And I do think I will be. The thing is, I wear products on my face on every day. And if I am going to continue using them, I might as well spend a little extra time (and even money), learning what products might actually help my skin along the way.
When I first read about RMS Beauty, I was sucked in by the story. Rose-Marie Swift (RMS) worked in the fashion and make-up industry for years. In an interview on Roost Blog, Rose-Marie says this:
“I got sick years ago. I had so many health issues, and I went to a hair analysis lab to sort them out. At the lab, they asked me if I worked in the cosmetics industry. I said ‘yes’ and they told me I had so many chemicals in my body from the cosmetics. My hair started falling out. I had mercury toxicity, and high levels lead, aluminum, cambium and barium.
I realized that what women need are skin care, color cosmetics, toiletries that are as pure as possible, lines that create a solid foundation for anti-aging and long-term beauty. Skin is a living organism. It breathes, interacts, and absorbs information from everything it encounters. It’s in constant communication with the environment. Without healthy skin, we are vulnerable to the effects of everything we encounter.”
This prompted her to created her own make-up line using only raw, food grade, organic ingredients (like coconut oil, and vitamin E) that is not only safe to wear, but nourishing to your skin. I would encourage you to read the entire interview to see what RMS is all about, and why this unique make-up line is the perfect fit for everyone.
So let’s get started. I was a little hesitant to purchase make-up much more expensive than what I am used to paying. However, as I said, if it was worth it, I was willing to pay. And who am I to turn down “all-natural”? I ordered two of her most popular products to start with: the “un”-cover up in shade 11 ($36), and the living luminizer ($38).
When I received them in the mail, the packaging was just darling, and I love the quality of the little jars the product sits in. However, I was slightly horrified by their tiny size. In other reviews I had read, people said that because the products are so highly pigmented, they last a long time. So, I am holding out that that is true.
This is the “un”-cover up in shade 11 (the lightest shade). I have naturally dark circles under my eyes (thanks, genetics!), so concealer is a very important product for me. I have been using it under my eye, and in the inner corners of my eye, along my nose bone. It blends in beautifully, and does not look like I am wearing anything. I have been so pleasantly surprised with this product.
Sometimes I blend a little into my cheeks as well, and it truly looks like my skin, just upgraded. It is a wonderful texture: not sticky or cakey, or too thin, either. It really is just perfect. And there is no need to reapply all day.
As for the living luminizer, I had read that it was the miracle product everyone did not know they needed. I am always skeptical of such claims, but I must say I fall into that category. I love a good highlighter, but find it difficult to find one that is not too white, too glittery, too unnatural looking.
This product does not look like a product on my face at all. How do you explain a product that is at the same time so subtle, and yet so game-changing? It simply reflects light in the most natural way, and makes your entire face look dewy (but not wet or oily). I really cannot say enough about this product. I am hooked.
This is what I do with it: I swipe a little bit along my cheek bones. I also run a line down my nose, and under my eyebrows. You can use it as a subtle eye shadow, on your forehead, on your chin, to outline the bow above your lips, or anywhere else you want light to reflect naturally (think collar bone with V-neck dress).
So here is my new everyday make up routine: I use my bentonite powder (from my last beauty from scratch article!) first thing after I rinse my face with water. I was using it as my second step, to set my “un”-cover up, but found that it works better if I use the powder first, since the “un”-cover up is naturally slightly moisturizing.
I use the RMS “un”-cover up, and then the living luminizer. Next, I use a tiny amount of Maybelline cream blush just under the apples of my cheeks (and am now thinking about replacing this with the RMS version…). Then, I apply mascara and call it a day! The result is the perfectly natural look I have been trying so long to achieve.
The only con to RMS that I can see is the price. However, this may not prove to be a draw-back at all if it lasts me a few months. I save a lot of money using the bentonite clay as a facial powder, and I use so few products on my face in general, I can easily justify adding RMS to my healthy beauty routine.
Alright, to so tell me! Have you tried RMS Beauty? Will you try it?
Jenny Williams is an Oklahoma-native who moved to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to fulfill her dream of living in her favorite city and working on Capitol Hill. It took her two-and-a-half-years, however, to realize her true passion was not in writing someone else’s policies behind a desk all day, but rather, in the thing she has always loved: observing the beauty of the world, and writing about it. Leaving politics without glancing back, she entered the less glamorous private sector which allows her more time for writing, and her other favorite things: making breakfast, tearing up while reading Anne of Green Gables for the fiftieth time, and exploring the District with her husband. She can be found elsewhere on the internet at Jeneric Generation.