Monday, February 3, 2014

Peek inside my makeup bag

This is just like Us Weekly Magazine (except I'm not a celebrity)…

Switching out my makeup for brands free of toxins has been my biggest hesitation to date and I was worried for absolutely nothing! I have been very brand loyal to Bobbi Brown and Shu Uemura for YEARS and breaking up with them wasn't easy. It took me a long time to find the perfect products for me, and I wasn't looking forward to starting that process again. Throwing them out was the hardest part and I haven't looked back since. I'm thrilled with the replacement products I've purchased so far and still have a little more cleaning up to do.

My friend Lisa introduced me to Tarte Cosmetics and I'm cautiously hooked. Trying makeup on at the store is a must for me and Tarte is sold at Sephora - SCORE! I ran out of my blush and bronzer (my neck is about 3 shades lighter than my face, very annoying…) so I checked them out. I really like the founder's "our philosophy" section of their website:
 Today tarte is a leader in healthy, eco-chic beauty, offering cruelty-free cosmetics infused with skinvigorating™ ingredients like superfruit and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients. But it’s not just about what’s in our powerful formulas; it’s what’s not in them that really sets us apart! All of our products are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten, just to name a few. Ingredients are absolutely important to me, but so are formulas that perform. We call it tarte 12-hour power™, but you’ll just notice it lasts. Not to mention that we’ve got budgeproof, waterproof, sweatproof, SPF and formulas with truly compelling consumer panel claims.
When I checked them on EWG's Skindeep site they didn't score as low as I like. The lower the better and I am comfortable in the 0-2 green range. The "Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush" (which won an Allure "Best of Beauty" award) that I bought scored a "limited" 3, ugh. Still way better than what I had been been using, but not quite there yet. I really like it though, stays on and looks very natural. The bronzer was in the green range :) and I'm really pleased with it also.

I went through a mineral makeup phase several years back and it was great until I dropped a container of blush on the floor - was the biggest mess ever. Bare Minerals "Mineral Veil" was one of my favorite products and I was excited to see that it scored a "1" on Skin Deep. It is very light and leaves a really pretty finish to your skin - love it! Not all Bare Minerals products score in the Skin Deep green zone, so be sure to check before purchasing. Same with Tarte - some of their products are in the green zone and others are yellow.

I have worn the same two nail polishes on my toes since the early 2000s - my "signature shades." My Fall/Winter shade is Chanel "Vamp" and when the weather starts warming up I switch to "Orange Fizz." I've been wearing these two polishes for A LONG LONG TIME and I really love them. But I don't love their ingredients. 

Butter London was the first company to sell non-toxic nail polish in the United States and all their lacquers are "3 Free" - meaning they are formulated without formaldehyde (known carcinogen) , toluene, and DBP (both reproductive toxins). These three toxins were banned for use in cosmetics by the European Union in 2004. Sure will be nice when the United States decides to clean up our safety standards for personal care products… They have 116 GORGEOUS shades that you can buy at Nordstrom, Sephora or Ulta and cover beautifully. I found an almost identical matches to my "signature shades" and almost ventured out with a new color, baby steps! Hoping to be able to switch over to my Spring polish soon, so over this cold weather.

Jeffre Scott Apothecary in Charlotte is my favorite source for beauty products and expert advice. They carry an Italian line called Alison Raffaele Cosmetics that I'm loving. From her website:
"Being the daughter of a pharmacist, wellness has always been engrained in me, and when I became pregnant I realized the need to create products I could eventually trust on my own daughter's skin."
YES, I couldn't agree more! She adds her exclusive "Frutta di Vita" anti-aging, antioxidant complex which is made up of Goji Berry, Resveratrol (skin of grapes) and Pomegranate. You look beautiful AND the product is working to keep your skin healthy and youthful.

Since I've started washing my face with honey (I'm serious) my skin tone has never been better and I haven't been wearing a full face of makeup - just mascara and a little blush. On Sundays for church and date nights I'll spruce it up a bit and wear a foundation by Alison Raffaele. To make it last I start with her primer, which has a velvety smooth texture and gives natural SPF 15 protection. When Jeffre tested it on the back of my hand I was sold! Then I put on the foundation, which is light and gives medium coverage. She also has a powder, but I already had purchased the mineral veil. Since I only use it a couple times a week I'm hoping it will last a long time because Alison Raffaele is definitely a luxury purchase ($$$$). 

And this is what's left in my bag…. sigh. Next to go is my gel eyeliner which is really dried out and I'm going to check out Josie Maran and Jane Iredale options. I rarely wear eye shadow anymore, so there isn't much urgency in trading it out. The mascara is a problem for me. I love eyelashes, love them love them and I really like L'Oreal Voluminous Original formula. The Ava Anderson mascara I tried was like water, did absolutely nothing. I haven't tried any other options yet and am on the lookout. Poofy Organics has a mascara that I've heard good things about, but you have to order online and can't sample.

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