Lipstick Collection + Arm Swatches Part 2: Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipsticks

Silk Naturals in Canoodle and Marsala -simple packaging belies the high-quality natural lipstick inside.
Left: Canoodle – a plummy nude on me Right: Marsala – a deep, brownish red, like the wine

Continuing with my lipstick collection, today I present to you two Silk Naturals lipstick arm swatches.

Located in Trumansburg, NY, Silk Naturals has been creating natural and vegan cosmetics batch by batch since 2006. Although the small indie company is mostly lauded for its affordable and highly-pigmented eyeshadows by Youtubers and natural beauty bloggers, it carries beautiful lipstick shades and formulas as well.

Silk Naturals offers several lipstick and gloss formulas:

  • Organic vegan lipsticks
  • Slick sticks
  • Lip stains
  • Lip balms
  • Kisser Slicker – Lipgloss Sticks
  • Black Label and Nourish Luxury glosses
  • Amplifying Lip glazes
  • Velvet matte lipsticks
  • Hyper glosses

Of all these, I’ve only tried the velvet matte lipsticks, of which I have two in my collection. These lipsticks are pigmented and creamy, but once they apply they look nice and quite matte. I really like the velvety smooth feel of these lipsticks. They come in a slim, black tubes. Packaging is not where Silk Naturals shines. It doesn’t matter to me, as the formulation is one of the best out there, especially as Silk Naturals Velvet Matte lipsticks are just $5.99 each!

Swatched outside on a typical sunny day – Left: Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipstick in Canoodle, a plummy “nude” Right: Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipstick in Marsala, a deep, brownish plum red.

These are great on-the-go lipsticks – pop them in your purse, apply anywhere. They are semi-matte, but not drying, and have good staying power. They are fun to put on and not fussy. I think Silk Naturals are perfect for travel! Here’s another comparison of the two shades in sunlight:

On me, Canoodle is a light, plummy nude indeed, which looks subtle and is great for wearing running errands, at the beach, and doing almost anything!

Indoors: left, SN Canoodle. Right, Marsala.

On me, Marsala looks exactly like it’s supposed to be – a deep, sultry color which gives a depth I don’t get with a lot of lip shades. Although it says on the Silk Naturals site that Marsala is a good my-lips-but-better (MLBB) on deeper tones, my tone is not deep enough – more of a medium-deep tan, so I’m happy to report I have a more “vampy” look when I wear this wonderful shade.

Indoors, with flash: Canoodle and Marsala, from left to right.

Both Canoodle and Marsala ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, Castor Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax, Vanilla scented fractionated coconut oil. Also contains: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet

The shades Canoodle and Marsala don’t, but be aware that some lipsticks contain carmine (crushed up red beetles) and some even contain a small amount of FD&C. However, there are plenty of vegan and dye-free options to search from.

What I’m Lusting After: August 2017 Edition

Would you believe summer is almost over? Not in the seasonal sense, because the heat down here is going to punish us for another few months – sigh. However, our local public school’s starting in a little more than a week.

Of course, in addition to caring for my household and family, I’ve been thinking of adding some beauty products for this fall – my favorite season ever. I also adore fall colors! Without further ado, here are the natural beauty products I’m lusting after, in August:

Elusive by Axiology – described as a burgundy-drenched tone, it looks amazing on many skin tones. $30 a pop – curious on how it applies from the gorgeous tube.
Infinite by Axiology – a rich mulberry stain with a dark violet base, with hints of black and brown – how can I resist?
Bam Vegan Lipstick by Silk Naturals – perfect for Halloween, and beyond. Described on its site as rich, creamy, pigmented black lipstick. Bam!
Notion by Silk Naturals – a deep warm peach – I’ve never owned a shade like this, especially as on its site, SN claims this doesn’t turn orange – consider me intrigued.
90s by Silk Naturals. A Velvet Matte Lipstick too, it may just become my favorite brown nude. Having been a teen throughout the nineties, I feel the nostalgia as well.


Strawberry Blond by Silk Naturals. This medium peachy shade with golden highlights is just what I need to complete my eye shadow lid collection. At only $4.50 for a 3/4 teaspoon in a 5-gram sifter, I’ll be set for a good, long while.


Antidote by Silk Naturals – a beautiful, nearly brown burgundy red. Just what I needed to complement the rest of my eye shadows.

And that was all, folks. Let me know in the comments which one you like the most.

My Lipstick Collection: October 2016

As far as natural lipsticks go, they don’t last for an extremely long time – 18 months to two years – and I like it this way. There are so many opportunities to use the beautiful colors I own, and I’d rather have perishable lipstick than lipsticks bathed in chemicals to preserve them which last for years. Frankly, I’d be weary of using these. You put these colors on your lips, ladies.

Hence, I wear natural and as-non-toxic-as-possible lipsticks. These are all the lipsticks I own and wear, not counting samples:

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

Juniper Water





Magenta Rush
Magenta Rush
Lily Lake
Lily Lake
Ruby Ripple
Ruby Ripple

Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick

Vintage Merlot
Vintage Merlot

Pure Anada (old formulation – now they are formulated with rosehip seed oil and castor oil)








Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipsticks



Red Apple Lipstick


Back to the Fuchsia
Back to the Fuchsia
Coral Crush
Coral Crush
Wine & Dandy
Wine & Dandy
Plum Sexy Crazy
Plum Sexy Crazy
After Hours
After Hours
Ooh La La
Ooh La La

On My Wish List: Lily Lolo Filthy Rich Eyeshadow Palette

Lily Lolo's new Filthy Rich eyeshadow palette - just in time for fall
Lily Lolo’s new Filthy Rich eyeshadow palette – just in time for fall

As far as non-toxic eyeshadows go, many people immediately think of colored powders in tiny jars and a bit of a mess as far as application goes. Although I do like the eyeshadow samples I’ve received from Pure Anada and Silk Naturals, I not-so-secretly prefer the ease and convenience of pressed. (On a side note, Pure Anada does offer pressed shades you can customize into your own palette, and Silk Naturals offers a pressing kit which is not for the faint-hearted.)

However, pressed natural, non-toxic eyeshadows are not as ubiquitous as non-toxic lipstick, and if you do happen to find them, many times prohibitively expensive (ahem, Kjaer Weiss), especially for a mother of three ready for a steady writing job.

After some research, you can imagine my joy when I discovered Lily Lolo’s eyeshadow palettes! Lily Lolo is a natural and non-toxic cosmetics company based in the UK.  I’ve been eyeing Laid Bare and Smoke & Mirrors since spring. At $34 for 8 little shadows, they’re a bargain, especially when you consider the quality of the ingredients. From the description:

“Organic botanicals, Pomegranate oil acts as an anti-oxidant while Manuka oil is anti-bacterial.  Silky and creamy consistency   Oil free, Non-drying, comfortable formula suitable for all skin types.  Non-comedogenic, allows skin to breathe easily.   Winner of the Green Beauty Bible Award.  Does not contain chemicals, bismuth, talc, or dyes (FD&C, Lake).   Vegan Friendly.  GMO-Free.  Gluten Free. Organic.  Preservative Free.  Fragrance Free.  8g”

This is quality stuff, gals.  I was game, but I couldn’t decide which palette to choose. I contacted Lily Lolo and I received a quick response.  Happily, the company was coming out with new palettes for the holidays.

Luckily, fall 2016 is here, and Lily Lolo features a brand new palette: Filthy Rich.  Oh my shadows, this palette is just what autumn ordered. Aptly named, it contains rich bronze, copper, sumptuous chocolate, and gold.

Compact enough to stick in your purse
Compact enough to stick in your purse

These colors are beautiful and versatile. I find this comparable to Laid Bare, only better for me, as my skin is medium-deep tan. I can see pulling these off for daytime as well as glamming it up for those fall and winter parties.  Some reviews claim these eyeshadows are not extremely pigmented, but Lily Lolo offers an eyelid primer to increase both wear time and depth of color.

Check out the swatches on a fair hand – gorgeous, no?

Lily Lolo Filthy Rich eyeshadow swatches
Lily Lolo Filthy Rich eyeshadow swatches


Clean Dozen: My Current Top 12 Nontoxic Beauty Brands

I’ve recently gotten into natural, non-toxic make-up -henceforth makeup for ease and convenience. In my quest for truly non-toxic products, I found natural means different ingredients to different people. Others are concerned about being cruelty-free – a worthy goal – but without caring much about the safety of beauty products for general health. Others are the opposite. Ideally, all beauty products would be cruelty-free and non-toxic, but until Monsanto gives up its hold on US agriculture and Trump’s hair looks great, we have to settle for sleuthing each and every product we encounter.

I also learned natural doesn’t mean products are going to be good for skin or not toxic for you. There are plenty of toxic, natural ingredients in nature – poisonwood oils anyone?

As a result of my research, I came across multiple brands I had never heard of. I also saw some familiar ones. Origins is not as non-toxic as I’d thought previously. This is a brand I’d been using for years, albeit sporadically as just recently, at the ripe old age of 39, I started using makeup regularly again. Why, you ask? Why the sudden interest in makeup when I wasn’t interested, since my first makeup experiences in early adolescence? (With the nasty smells and icky applications of the early nineties, that past interest died a quiet death.)

It all started when I received Origins trial skincare sets for my birthday. So exciting! I’d mentioned I loved Checks & Balances frothy face wash and I was only too glad to start using it again. It’s the best face wash I’ve ever used. It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed, not dry, and a little goes a long way. I bet that trial size is going to last me six months.

My Origins gift also includes Andrew Weil skincare products, which smell fine with essential oils, but stings my skin. After washing my face every day, I felt so clean and moisturized. There was this ball coming up soon and alas, my Origins makeup was too old. Off to get new makeup. The subject of my budget-conscious (hastily made) natural make-up choices is best left for another post.

This post is about the natural, non-toxic brands I was exposed to and I either ordered (first three) or I’m ordering samples from in the near future (the rest):

  1. Honeybee Gardens (ordered samples, currently using several lipstick colors, including Burlesque, and the mineral pressed foundation)
  2. Red Apple Lipstick (several sample shades, including Back To The Fuchsia, plus the Rallye Lip Balm)
  3. Pure Anada (ordered several liquid foundations and two lipstick colors, including the shade Sienna)
  4. Lily Lolo (haven’t ordered yet, but intrigued by company – and it’s British!)
  5. Alima Pure
  6. Pacifica
  7. Silk Naturals
  8. 100% Pure
  9. Axiology
  10. Zuzu Luxe (eyeing the eyeliner – see what I did there?)
  11. Nudus (Dirty Diana lipstick shade is to die for)
  12. Burt’s Bees (drugstore brand with an organic line and some good products)