I first stumbled upon Bella Vérité while looking for non-toxic mascara options that I didn’t already know and love. I’m always excited to discover places where I can explore new beauty gems, interact with brands that I can’t get just walking into any beauty store, and of course source eco-friendly, ethical, and cruelty-free beauty. The site checked all those boxes. So when I finally got my hands on some items, I was excited to try them and see how they stacked up against my existing arsenal of beauty go-tos.
Not surprisingly, they are now part of that arsenal, with 7 items solidifying permanent spots in my beauty and health routines. While some are splurges, most are average price. All are worth the coins.
Honest Hazel Eye Gels
These eye gels had me at aloe vera, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Whenever my allergies get so bad they start to irritate my eyes and the area around them, I lay these soothing little pads down and let them go to work. I also use them in the morning when my eyes are a little puffy and feel weary. As the site instructed, I keep them in the fridge, which I think makes a big difference in how soothing they feel.
Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi-Use Stain
I can’t stress enough that multi-use sticks are your best travel companions. I like this one for both lips and cheeks. The day you have to put red lipstick on your cheeks and you realize how less than ideal many lipsticks are on the face because of their sticky formulations, you’ll wish you had this stick. The deep color gives me the perfect pop for my pout, and I can apply just a little to warm my face against a full beat or subtle makeup. I suggest applying with a brush.
Keeko Morning Mint Oil Pulls
One of our expert dentists told me that if you rinse your mouth with just water for 15 minutes it will improve the health of your mouth, oil pulls aren’t special. But something about rinsing that long with water is just unappealing, not to mention does nothing for severe morning breath. I prefer the cool minty flavor of these coconut pulls. Initially, the idea of rinsing with oil was weird to me. There were all these instructions, and 15 minutes seemed like an eternity. Then I stopped being a baby and really leaned into it. Now I love it, and the small packets are great for travel because they save room in my beauty bag.
Indie Lee Blemish Stick
It has taken a long time for me to find a blemish stick or roller that comes even close to my old tried-and-true Bullet acne spot gel. When I get an acne blemish, it scars. So it’s ever so important that I don’t pick at it or do anything to make it worse. But I’m only human and pimples are bullies. I let this wonderful little aid fight that battle for me, applying just a little at night before bed. I’ve had monstrous pimples start healing in just 24 hours. This blemish stick is giving the old Bullet a run for its discontinued money.
Fitglow Beauty Night Lip Serum
When it comes to lip treatments I often try to save money by making my own sugar and lemon scrubs. But every now and then I just want someone else to do the work for me, so I splurge. There are a lot of things I can put on my lips at night but when I specifically want something that will sooth and treat while I sleep, a homemade lip scrub is not ideal. I like the ease of use most about this night lip serum. It’s hydrating, and it smells really sweet, which is important if it’s going to be on my face.
Lily Lolo Black Vegan Mascara
If you’re looking for junk free mascara that also delivers in volume and drama, this is the one for you. I love a great mascara but I’m pretty vocal about the trouble I have with it because of how curly and unruly my lashes can be. This mascara builds on primer better than many of its chemical-filled counterparts, and lengthens even the short hairs on the inner-corners. Tip: make sure you scrape off the excess mascara before you apply to your lashes. It can build up on the wand because of all the natural ingredients.
Baudelaire Dry Brush
Dry brushing has a bad rep in the beauty world for touting benefits in regards to fighting cellulite. But that didn’t stop me from wanting to give this spiky little brush a try. Turns out, it’s wonderful for dry brushing after a day after the beach. Instead of using baby powder, which can get messy, I use this little baby to get sand out of unwanted places, including the back of my neck and between the toes. It’s also good for applying oily scrubs so you can avoid slippery hands in the shower.