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
- Zuii Organic Eye Shadow Palette: Natural & Fresh are my favorite color palettes! One of the best natural eye shadows I’ve tried.
- Beauty Counter Nudes Palette: The ONLY product I like from BC. It’s my favorite eye shadow palette I own.
- Jane Iredale Eye Shadow: Love the Triple Cognac.
- Jane Iredale Glow Time in BB5: Love this for drier skin! You also don’t need to use primer with it. Glowy finish, but I use a finishing powder with it.)
- Crunchi Foundation: Another great foundation with a matte finish! It didn’t work well with my super dry skin, but when I’m back in the humidity, I’ll purchase it again.
- 100% Pure Matte Foundation
- Lily Lolo Silk Finishing Powder
- Vapour Stick Luminous Foundation: Great for contouring. I use 135.
- Hynt Concealer: Best I have EVER used! I use DC02 Light.
- Lily Lolo Bronzer: Favorite is Miami Beach.
- Lily Lolo Blush: I use Tickled Pink
- Lily Lolo Illuminator: More of a matte, shimmery finish. I use champagne.
- RMS Illuminator Palette: Great for a dewy, glowy highlight. You can buy it at Sephora, Anthro, Nordstrom, etc. It lasts forever.
- EcoBrow + Eco Brow Brush: I use Marilyn.
- Zuzu Luxe Liquid Liner
- Pacifica Black Pencil Eye Liner
Other alternatives I use:
I truly do strive to use natural ingredients and opt for cruelty free companies. But that’s not always possible and it gets super expensive. I’ve had a hard finding foundation and mascara that works for me and spending $20-$30 on mascara every few weeks is a bit ridiculous, so I wanted to share some safer alternatives with you guys that are from mainstream brands.
Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation: This is the only foundation that works with my skin right now. It’s only rated a 2 or 3 on the EWG app and I really like it! Only $5 too. I finish it off with the wonder powder and it works well for me. All the colors of the Velvet foundation are pretty dark! I use a 15 and could have probably dropped down to a 5.
Mascara: Maybelline Colossal, Maybelline Falsies (fave), Maybelline Lash Sensational. All of these are rated a 3. Color does matter though! For instance “blackest black” is rated higher than “very black”, so I stick with the “very black”.
Hope this helps and don’t hesitate to ask me questions!
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