Switch Up Your Makeup Routine
Mar02

Switch Up Your Makeup Routine

While applying your favorite lipstick or blush, I’m sure you never thought you were trashing the environment. This is unfortunately the case for most women, across the globe, who never even thought their “normal” eye shadow could have caused innocent animals to die in the name of animal testing or the amount of chemicals that are used in your moisturizer could be killing the fish in the ocean. This doesn’t mean you should give up make up. This means you need to take a proactive approach and check the labels and be a smart shopper. Do your research and know what brands are environmentally friendly and which ones aren’t. It is not only good for the environment but also for your skin (by minimizing the amount of chemicals your skin is exposed to). A lot of cosmetic companies have taken a stand against animal testing and are working towards restoring the environment. Organic is Safer. As much as possible, choose organic cosmetics and makeup derived from natural products. They are made from natural products, plants for example, and don’t harm the environment. Mineral makeup is also a great choice. Mineral makeup contains micronized minerals and inorganic pigments without any chemical preservatives. Read the Label. When shopping for a new lipstick, be sure to read the labels. Can you really remember when you flipped your possible lipstick options and read the ingredient list? By reading the label of the makeup product you can learn not only the ingredients but also its stand on environmental protection such as animal testing, ozone depletion and the protection of undersea life. Celebrity Endorsements. Just because your favorite celebrity is endorsing your favorite makeup brand, doesn’t mean that is the best option for you. Try and remember they are a hired spokesperson so they are going to sound convincing, make sure to do your research. Brush Matters. Makeup brushes often contain horse hair or plastic fibers, both which aren’t the best for the environment. Try and look for brushes with biodegradable fibers and brushes that have recycled wooden handles or bamboo handles. Tried and Tested. Some brands, that claim to be eco-friendly, include Maybelline Mineral Makeup, Sally Hansen Natural Beauty, Nature’s Essence, Aveda, Bert’s Bees, and Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Armed with these tips, you can make a better choice in shopping cosmetics and do your part for Mother Nature, and look good doing it!...

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Are You Eating Dangerous Chemicals?
Feb24

Are You Eating Dangerous Chemicals?

Do you know what’s in your lipstick? Did you know that studies have found that many lipsticks contain harmful ingredients including lead? Some manufacturers list the ingredients in their lipstick but they aren’t required to by the federal government. Here’s a list of harmful ingredients you should avoid the next time you are looking for a new shade (you also might want to check your current lipsticks for these ingredients!) Ingredients to Avoid Parabens- On the label, long words with “paraben” in them, like methylparaben or propylparaben, indicate they are a member of the paraben family. According to Skin Deep, these chemicals can act as potential endocrine disruptors (they can mess with your hormones). Phthalates- Phthalates have been shown to damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems in laboratory animals. Phalates can be asbsorbed through the skin, which is worrisome since lipstick is easy to get in your system. Two commonly used types of phthalates found in cosmetics are butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Oxybenzone- If a lipstick claims to protect your lips from the sun’s harmful rays, look out for Oxybenzone. It has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage, according to an Environmental Working Group Report. Fragrance- When listed on an ingredient list, this is a red flag. It can stand in for a number of chemicals, including phthalates. Lead- Unfortunately there is no way to know if your lipstick contains lead, which can occur naturally in some lipstick ingredients; exposure to lead can cause brain...

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The Truth About Hair
Jan24

The Truth About Hair

Do you wash your hair every day? We’re here to tell you why you shouldn’t. Not only is it not good for the health of your scalp and hair but it also can get expensive. Daily shampoo sessions aren’t always necessary and we have the scoop on why. Easier to Style. If you’ve ever washed your hair prior to going to the salon to get an updo or another more formal look, you likely got a talking-to from the stylist. Freshly washed and dried hair isn’t nearly as easy to work with as hair that was washed a day or two ago. Squeaky clean hair can slip out of pins and is notorious for not cooperating. Even creating a braided or more intricate look at home will be a lot easier to manage if you do it on a day you haven’t washed your hair. Your color will last longer. If you color your hair, whether it’s your whole head or just regular highlights, washing daily can dull your color and lead to more frequent trips to the salon. Keep your locks looking bright and freshly dyed by only washing every other day (or less if you possible). When you do wash your hair, do so with a shampoo formulated for color-treated hair so you ensure color doesn’t fade. Check out Ulta for some great shampoos for your hair. Be healthier. The more you wash your hair, the more you’re stripping your strands of their natural oils. That’s right — too much time with the shampoo bottle can actually mean less-than-lustrous locks. Over-washing can actually dry hair out, which isn’t ideal. Keep your hair healthy and looking their best by avoiding daily shampoo sessions. Save time. Washing and drying hair takes time — for those of us with long hair, a wash and blow dry session take a lot of time. By cutting back on styling time, you end up with more time to get ready, sleep in or even fit in a quick jog or trip to the gym (or just to linger over breakfast). Some Helpful Tips: If the thought of skipping a few shampoos a week freaks you out, there are a few things you can do to make life between washes a bit easier. Invest in some dry shampoo to revive yesterday’s style and stock up on hair accessories to give your locks a new look on days you don’t wash your hair. Also invest in a shower cap, so you can shower without getting your hair wet! By washing your hair every other day you can not only can save time, money, and energy but it’s actually better for you.  Use these...

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Clean Out Your Make-Up Bag
Dec20

Clean Out Your Make-Up Bag

Have you cleaned out your make up bag recently? Have you had a swatch of eye shadow since the 1990’s? Well like any other products, make up does have an expiration date. The FDA  does not require cosmetic companies to list the expiration dates on their beauty products, however a few companies do! Thanks to Blossy, we have a guide line for when it’s time to toss your make-up. If you use your make-up every day, you probably won’t get to the suggested expiration. However, it is very important to keep in mind the expiration dates of your makeup because it can cause some major problems. Expired makeup can cause infections, breakouts, pink eye, skin rash, and even skin sores.  It’s time to clean out your make-up bag and clean your brushes! Foundation.  3-6 months. Depending on the type of concealer you are using depends on the shelf life of the product. If you are using a wand concealer it can last for about 6 months however stick, twist-up tubes, or compact concealers can last up to 12 months. You should only keep these products for a maximum of one to two years. The reason you can keep these makeup products a little bit longer is because you are normally using make up brushes to apply these products which helps eliminate some bacteria. You still have to clean your make up brushes (check below for how often they have to be cleaned). Do not keep your mascara longer for 4 months! With the frequency this product is used and the close proximity of your eye, when used longer than 4 months it can cause pink eye and eye infections! Also do not pump your mascara (it exposes the mascara to air) but swirl your mascara instead. Nail polish should generally only be kept for 12 months. I know of many people that keep their nail polishes longer than that but the chemicals in the nail polish can cause skin damage if kept too long. Thanks to the ladies over at Blossy for the information on how long to keep make-up!  Watch the video below to learn about what you should toss and what you should keep! It’s a little long but it’s worth it!...

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Naked 3 Pallete
Nov21

Naked 3 Pallete

Adrienne Loren over at thesundaygirl.com, shared with us the exciting news! Urban Decay is going to be releasing a Naked 3 Palette! For those of you who might not know what the Naked Palette is, let us enlighten you. The Naked Palette, offered by Urban Decay, is a collection of gorgeous neutrals. This palette is my go-to palette for both day time and evening make up. The colors all flow together and are easily blended to create a variety of different looks. The palette includes 12 different neutrals, including my favorite, Toasted. However if you’re into the more rosey tones, the much anticipated release of the Naked 3 is going to be your cup of tea. Here’s what thesundaygirl.com tells us about the newest Naked palette: “Our Naked palette revolutionized neutrals forever and went on to become one of the best-selling palettes ever! When fans demanded more, Naked 2 delivered. Even now, three years after the frenzy first began, the requests for “MORE Naked palettes!” keep coming. Finally, the wait is over. Urban Decay launches Naked 3, featuring 12 TOTALLY NEW rose-hued neutrals. Our previous Naked palettes have always included new shades, but this is the first time we’ve done a Naked palette with 12 never-before-seen shades that aren’t available anywhere else. Choose from every finish imaginable: ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics. From the palest, shimmery pink to deep, warm black, these neutrals will make you want to get Naked all over again.” Musings of a Muse gives a detailed review of the entire palette, she even show you what the newest colors will be. I know I’m excited about the newest addition of the Naked line. I can’t wait for the mid-December release, I know what I’ll be asking Santa for this year! Check out the video below for a full-length turotiral on the Naked 3...

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