Are Organic Beauty Products worth it?

A] They are better for your skin!  What you put on your skin eventually ends up in your body. Certified organic products are made with ingredients that are grown free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms. They also don’t include harmful additives such as petroleum waxes, fillers and artificial chemicals. Simply put, certified organic products are completely healthy and natural, synthetic alternatives are not.

B] They work better! Think of beauty products like food. In today’s world, there are a lot of synthetic, or “fake” ingredients used in food processing. But if you go to a high-end restaurant, you generally won’t find “fake” ingredients on the menu. Top chefs know that creating a top-quality meal requires top-quality ingredients. They don’t use artificial flavors in their cooking, because real spices and fresh herbs create a finer, more exquisite taste. Producing a beauty product is not much different. Certified organic beauty products work better simply because they are made with superior ingredients.

C] They are better for the environment! Therefore you reduce your carbon foot print 🙂  Organic farming eliminates the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers, all of which have a destructive effect on our water, soil and health. Organic plants are also grown without the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as they may pose a significant threat to both human and environmental health. Therefore, through looking out for your own health, you’re also helping to protect our fragile ecosystem. That is what they call a “win-win” situation.

A bit about Make Up Brushes!

Goat Hair: This is very common in makeup brushes and usually distributes powder evenly. It is most effective to pick up powder and deposit it evenly and smoothly. It also brings lustre to your skin naturally and is perfect for buffing and blending. Can be a little coarse.

Pony Hair: is similar to goat hair. They do not come out to a point, which makes them great for cheeks, bronzer and blending. It is fine and soft.

Squirrel Hair: This is ideal for conical shaped brushes and usually is thicker in the middle of the brush, then comes to a point at the top. It is the softest, natural hair used in makeup brushes. They are usually more expensive but a great investment because of their durability. Best for heavy pigmented and blending eye shadows.

Sable Brushes: Hair is usually from mink (Russia & China). There are three types: Kolinsky (highest quality), Red Sable, and Sable. These brushes can last a lifetime as they are resilient, soft, durable and good for wet products. They have fine pointed tips and thick middles. Great for eye shadows.

If you are not into Natural Brushes and want to go faux, Synthetic Brushes are available. made from nylon or talon and less expensive. They still give you a smooth even application but has a harder time holding makeup in the brush because it lacks a cuticle. They are great for liquid foundation, concealer, cream shadows, cream eyeliners, and cream blush. The only disadvantage about going faux is that over time synthetic brushes become stiff and are less durable.

The brush you use can be the difference between the perfect smokey eye, or having a beauty disaster! So save yourself the trouble and make the choice that’s right for you and your wallet 🙂

RMS Beauty

Like dainty pots of finger paints for the post-kindergarten set, RMS Beauty’s cosmetics line is a palatable, pigment-rich palette for the color-obsessed. Packaged in tiny glass jars, the creamy formulations melt into your complexion like butter on a midday sidewalk, adding hydration, coverage, and definition with a few strategic sweeps of your finger.

Cold-pressed certified-organic coconut, jojoba, and argan oils co-mingle with unrefined Shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, botanicals, and chemical-free natural minerals to moisturize, enrich, and tone your epidermis, while adding flushes of color to your eyes, cheeks, and lips. The result? A lush, near-flawless countenance that masks imperfections and reveals healthy skin without veering into three-ring-circus territory. Starting at $30, these products won’t go easy on your purse strings, but they’re also ultraconcentrated, so a little does go a really long way. Tap the satiny, incandescent Living Luminizer around your eyes to perk tired peepers instantly, or get subtle coverage with the “Un” Cover Up concealer, which camouflages dark undereye circles but deftly sidesteps any reverse-panda gloppiness.

The pièce de résistance in RMS Beauty’s arsenal is its collection of rouge/blush stains. Available in six dreamy tints, the Lip2Cheek (in “Promise”) polished off my winter pallor without caking or streaking.

**My only grouse: The containers don’t identify their contents, so unless you remember to replace the paper sleeves, you’ll have to go through the glass tubs one by one to ferret out which product they hold. Otherwise, playing with different looks by dipping, dabbing, and layering has never been easier, or more fun. You might even call it child’s play.

Black List Cosmetic Ingredients!

Info Examples
1. Ingredients that have known or suspected safety concerns. Butylparaben
Propylene Glycol
2. Ingredients prone to impurities that have known or suspected safety concerns. Acrylates Copolymer
Cocamide Mea
Emulsifying Wax
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Peg-100 Stearate
Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
3. Ingredients that are made from petroleum (unless they are nature identical). BHT
Butylene Glycol
C13-14 Isoparaffin
Dipropylene Glycol
Disodium EDTA
Tetrasodium EDTA
Trisodium EDTA
Propylene Glycol
4. Ingredients that are made by treating natural ingredients with petroleum derivatives or synthetics. Hydroxyethylcellulose
Peg-100 Stearate
Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Emulsifying Wax
5. Synthetic colors. FD&C Blue 1
FD&C Red 40
FD&C Yellow 5
6. Synthetic fragrances. Lillial
Vanillyl Butyl Ether
*Typically Synthetic Unless Noted
7. Synthetic preservatives (unless they are nature identical). Chlorphenesin
Diazolidinyl Urea
Dmdm Hydantoin
Imidazolidinyl Urea
8. Synthetic polymers and other synthetic ingredients (do not exist in nature). Carbomer
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Pvp/Va Copolymer
Sodium Acrylate
Acrylates Copolymer
9. Ingredients that are derived from harming animals. Ingredients made from animal fats or oils
10. Ingredients that do not easily biodegrade. Cyclomethicone*
Dimethicone Copolyol*
Phenyl Trimethicone*
Disodium EDTA
Tetrasodium EDTA
Trisodium EDTA
11. Ingredients that could react with other ingredients in a cosmetic product to form potentially harmful substances. Triethanolamine (TEA)
Diethanolamine (DEA)
Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
Nitrosamines are the potential by-products of reactions between these ingredients and other ingredients. Nitrosamines are potent carcinogens.
12. Ingredients that are generally considered to be harsh on the skin. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Can be made solely from natural sources, but is a very aggressive detergent