I hate to know how many pounds of chemicals I put on my face by buying all the CVS makeup that was on sale 75% off. The FDA doesn’t approve makeup and I’m not sure if I would trust their opinion if they did. Just like the foods we eat, it’s also important to care about what we’re putting on our skin. Huffpost has even touched on the toxic makeup subject, not to mention that non-toxic and organic living research is fairly new. We…you and me…ARE the research to determine what ingredients can or will cause harm. Ingredients such as BHA, BHT, DBP, Parabens, Triclosan, PEG, Fragrance, and so on have been linked to hormone and thyroid disruption and cancer, which is the main reason I personally decided to opt for non-toxic makeup.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that the whole “non-toxic” lifestyle is easy. It’s a slow transition but worth it. I’ve started viewing it as a game that I’m desperate to win. There are tons of products out there that label themselves “vegan” or “non toxic”, but aren’t. On the other hand, some products (like NYX HD translucent finishing powder) aren’t labeled non-toxic but technically are. You see the confusion here? It’s a complete mess, but there are several companies I go to for makeup purchases (The Organic Bunny, Detox Market, & Safe and Chic). There’s also apps like Think Dirty and the EWG that help a ton!
Tips on Transitioning to Non Toxic:
- Start Slow
Makeup in general gets EXPENSIVE. The first time I transitioned to “non toxic” makeup, I spent $300 on makeup that didn’t work for me. Look around, ask questions, and find people you trust to help you make the switch!
- Start with Foundation
Our skin is a major absorber, so the first thing I would transition is my primer and foundation! After foundation, move to the eyes, lips, then brows and whatever highlighter or blush you’re wanting to use.
- Buy a Few Things Every Paycheck
Try buying a few things every other week or once a month. This will make the process way less stressful and kind of fun! It gives you something to look forward to. And if you don’t have $600 laying around to blow at once on transitioning everything in your house to non-toxic, this is the best route to take.
- Ask for Gift Cards or Even Items as a Gift!
No lie, I keep a note section on my phone of things like makeup, hair stuff, and random things I “could use” or “want”. When it comes birthday or Christmas time, I pass it over to friends and family and to give them an idea of things I’d like! Makeup makes the best stocking stuffers, right?! ;). It also makes that time of a year wayyyy easier on our babes, haha!
- Look for Non-Toxic Brushes at TJ Maxx!
I’ve found a ton of bamboo brushes at TJs for way cheaper than I could get online. Not only that, they also have a ton of non-toxic products like deodorant, toothpaste, and other random goodies!
- Lily Lolo Mascara or 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara: Black Tea
- Lily Lolo Eye Primer
- Jane Iredale Glow Time in BB5 (The JI is amazing for drier skin! I also love this because you don’t need to use primer with it.)
- Lily Lolo Silk Finishing Powder
- Vapour Stick Luminous Foundation (for depth/contouring, I use 135)
- Hynt Concealer (Best I have EVER used, complete game changer! – I use DC02 Light)
- Lily Lolo Bronzer (I use Miami Beach)
- Lily Lolo Blush (I use Tickled Pink)
- Jane Iredale Eye Shadow (love the Triple Cognac)
- Lily Lolo Illuminator (I use Champagne)
- EcoBrow + Eco Brow Brush (I use Marilyn)
- Zuzu Luxe Liquid Liner (also can get at Whole Foods)
- Lip color: 100% Pure Lipstick (Aubergine & Sandstone are my favorite)
- Crunchi Foundation is another great foundation with a matte finish, if you’re looking for that! But it didn’t work well with my dry skin!
Hope this helps and don’t hesitate to ask me questions!
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