Minimalist Makeup: How I Removed Toxins from my Beauty Routine

November 26, 2018 Mallory 5Comment

Over the past few years I have tried to be more conscious of what I am putting on my skin. First of all, I have really sensitive/dry skin so the wrong product can really dry my skin out. Secondly, I started to become more educated on how parabens can soak into your skin and impact hormones in your body. Once I decided “no thanks” to putting toxins all over my face, I had to start doing a little research.

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Two important non-negotiables for my makeup and skincare included having to be cruelty free and paraben free. After a little bit of searching around, I landed on Follain for my skincare and Tarte for my cosmetics.

Follain is a company I started hearing about more and more so I knew I needed to check them out. The more I looked into their company the more I wanted to be a part of it. The people who founded Follain are well educated (I’m talking Harvard educated) and have a heavy focus on holistic approaches to skincare.

My first purchase from Follain was the “Clean Essentials Kit.” I liked this kit because I got to try a few of their products for a lower price. Right now, Follain is giving my readers the kit for $22 (regular price $45). In this kit I received a cleanser, COQ-10 toner, recovery cream, soap, and a pouch to hold it all in. What I love about this company is they offer several “try it” kits before you have to make a full commitment to the full sized product. Currently, I am using Follain just for skincare but am excited to look more into their makeup soon!

Tarte is the company I use for makeup. I love this company because they always come out with good deals and have quality products. They are one of the few companies where it is truly beneficial to be on their email list because you really can get some good deals as a subscriber. Last week they had a “Get 7 full size products for $63” sale. I could not pass that up. The moment I received my new products in the mail is when I knew……I needed to clean out my makeup and skincare.


Okay, so below is the before picture. This is almost embarrassing to share. I probably have 37 eyeshadows I have never opened, 16 lipsticks I never use, and it looks the same for every other category of makeup. A lot of this makeup I have had forever and have no clue if it contains any toxins. I hate to be wasteful, but this stuff is so old it’s probably best to just pitch it at this point. I did save few products that I have never used so I can bring it to work and see if anyone there wanted it.

Before I began I had to come up with a plan. I don’t get too crazy when it comes to makeup so I didn’t need to keep a ton. I decided I needed to keep one or two products from each category. Gone are the days where I have 37 eyeshadows to choose from (so that I can wear the same one everyday). Here are some of the steps I used to create a major makeup makeover:

Step 1: Choose 1-2 Products per Category

There are several different categories when it comes to makeup. Below are the categories I use. Yours might look completely different but try to figure out what is most important to keep when it comes to makeup.

– Foundation

I don’t use a ton of foundation so I only needed to keep one. The Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation¬†was the perfect fit for me. I have really dry skin so I need to take all of the hydration I can get. They also have a matte formula for people with more oily skin.

– Mascara

Tarte has several mascaras to choose from. Which one you choose depends on what you are looking for in a mascara. I like to have long, full eyelashes with no clumping so I usually go for the “Lights, Camera, Flashes” Mascara.


– Eyeliner


Recently I have started to prefer brown eyeliner over black. I found a eyeliner/shadow duo and started using that to brighten up my eyes. I really like it because I only had to pay for one product but get double the use out of it.

– Eyeshadow

My friend recently went through her makeup and had tons of eyeshadows and asked if I wanted any. To my luck, she happened to have an extra Tarte eyeshadow palette containing most of the colors I use (Thanks Mary). Trading unused makeup with friends could be an affordable way to switch things up. I took this one palette and got rid of every other eyeshadow I owned.

**Bonus** It comes with Blush! So I covered that category as well.


– Radiance Drops

Okay, this one might be a little extra but it helps my dry/dull face out a lot. This really helps to brighten me up and it is so versatile and can be used on any part of the face. If you are every looking for something to give you a little extra glow I would recommend trying this out.


Step 2: Clean Everything Off

I am not sure if you can tell in my before picture, but everything is looking like it could use a wipe down. There is something about having the outside packaging clean that makes me feel better about the makeup itself. Each Sunday, I have added it to my routine to quickly wipe down the products so a build up doesn’t occur.


Step 3: Get Rid of Makeup the Right Way

It is important to figure out a plan for the makeup you won’t be using. The last thing we want to do is create a ton of waste with perfectly good products. If products are old or expired, it is best to just throw them out. If they have never been used though, go ahead and put them in a separate bag and have friends go through and see if they want any of it.


At the end of this process, I was happy to see how clean and complete my makeup set felt. It takes me half the time to do my makeup because I am not searching around a ton of unused products for what I want to use.



If you do your own #MindfulMinimalistMakeup clean out, share the before and after photos on social media using the hashtag #MindfulMinimalistMakeup and tag me @mindfulwithmal so I can see the progress! I would love to share some of the progress pics on my own social media accounts.


Happy Cleaning,

5 thoughts on “Minimalist Makeup: How I Removed Toxins from my Beauty Routine

  1. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I actually paid attention to these things. It’s awful that any company thought it was ok to include toxins in something we put on our bodies.

  2. You do really love Tarte, I wish I could get them here, anyway, you are doing an amazing job with keep it minimal, I won’t be able to do it with my job although my makeup bag (the one that I actually use everyday is pretty minimal)

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