Three Tips for Natural Winter Beauty

                

The thought of winter brings about memories of hot chocolate and presents. 

Unfortunately, for most, winter also brings chapped lips, dry skin and a dull complexion, just to name a few.

Keeping your skin supple during the chilly winter months is not an impossible task.  With a few natural skin care tips in your beauty arsenal, you’ll be able to successfully overcome the unappealing side effects of mother nature.


        1.  Drink water.  

  • According to Naturalskinsecrets.com, staying hydrated will ensure enhanced health, increased energy, bright eyes and a radiant complexion.  Naturalskinsecrets.com states that water carries nutrients to every cell in the body, flushes out toxins and improves circulation and blood flow.  Keeping in mind with the environment, remember to avoid plastic water bottles.  Filter your water at home.  It will save money and the earth. 

    2.  Moisturize your skin with natural moisturizers.
  • Moisturizing your skin, especially during the winter months, will help control dryness and keep your skin supple.  Be sure to use moisturizers with natural and organic ingredients, such as Kiss My Face Olive/Aloe Natural Moisturizer.

    3. Use a natural chapstick.
  • The ingredients in natural chapstick will lock in the moisture in your lips or repair rough lips the way nature intended.  Try Aveda’s Lip Saver SPF 15.  According to the Aveda website, this chapstick will refresh your lips with cinnamon leaf, clove and anise oils.  This product has a waxy texture which will provide a thick barrier to protect your lips from the weather.

    IMAGE CREDIT: Fabulous & Frugal

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Aveda Lip Glaze Spotlight

If you’re looking for a natural and eco-friendly way to spice up your pucker, Aveda Lip Glazes are your best bet. 

The various colors are semi translucent and can be layered over your favorite lipstick.

According to the Aveda website, all of the lip glazes:

  • contain berry anti-oxidants and the flavor of certified organic peppermint and ginger.
  • have an angled-tip wand, for smooth, controlled application
  • are infused with Aveda’s U.S. patented Berry/Lipid Moisture Complex to help protect and replenish
  • contain plant emollients to lend moisture
  • are housed in 50% post-consumer recycled resin tube and a 100% recycled newsprint shell.

As a devoted and avid user of Aveda products, including the Lip Glazes, I can say with certainty that this product is fantastic.  When using this product, you are not only nourishing your lips naturally, but you are benefiting the environment as well. 

According to the Aveda website, there are two types of lip glazes available, Nourish-mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze and the regular Lip Glaze, which can only be purchased in Aveda salons, spas and stores.

The following photos are swatches of every Lip Glaze I own, some of which are discontinued and no longer available.
           
          

Available:  Raspberry Tea, Mango Juice.
Discontinued: Oregold, Papaye, Tangerine Tea, Loomed Fuchsia, Hollyhock, Ginger Lily.

Even though the majority of colors I own are now discontinued, there are still many beautiful colors to choose from that are available on their website.

IMAGE CREDIT: Francesca Ascione 


Eco-friendly Beauty Tips

                

Whether you are a eco-friendly makeup queen or novice, these tips will help you green your makeup routine.


These tips, found on Glamology.com's article “Kelly Ripa and Eco-Beauty Expert Josie Maran Team Up for Green Idea Swap" features 
Josie Maran, “eco beauty maven”, who answered questions and gave practical tips on how people can go green.

Here are Josie Maran’s eco beauty tips:

  1. Your makeup is one of the easiest ways to go eco.  Try products made with organic ingredients and housed in biodegradable packaging.
  2. Look for lead-free lipsticks to make sure your pucker is chemical-free.
  3. Always start off with a primer using Argan Oil, the Moroccan cure-all, it naturally nourishes and hydrates skin while smoothing fine lines.
  4. You can’t go anywhere without mascara.  Look for mascara with a fragrance-free formula containing organic ingredients like Jojoba oil, Argan oil and Beeswax – these condition and strengthen lashes!
  5. Brush your teeth with organic and natural toothpastes and look to use a toothbrush made in the USA from recycled plastic.
  6. Make the switch from a body wash to a bar of soap to save on excess plastic packaging.
  7. Switch out your regular shampoo for an organic and natural one.
  8. In lieu of conditioner, massage your scalp and locks with coconut or almond oil with lavender before washing the oils out with shampoo.
  9. Organic and fair trade coconut oil is truly pure and makes an excellent moisturizer for the face and body (it’s also great as an eye makeup remover).
  10. Use a non-toxic, natural & organic ingredient deodorant which is free of chemicals.

IMAGE CREDIT: Freedigitalphotos.net


Eco Manicure

In the world of eco-friendly beauty, nothing is off-limits!  I’m talking about eco-friendly nail polish!  

A strong whiff of any kind of nail polish is enough to give you a headache for the rest of the day.  There’s no way something that smells that bad isn’t toxic.  

In fact, most nail polishes are toxic!  According to The Budget Fashionista's article “Eco-friendly Nail Polish”, nail polishes contain dangerous chemicals.

"…dibutyl phthalate (DBP), used to prevent chipping in nail polishes, formaldehyde, a preservative, and toluene have all been known to cause cancer in lab animals, as well as developmental and reproductive toxicity,” according to The Budget Fashionista.


The Budget Fashionista compiled a list of five eco-friendly alternatives to toxic nail polishes:

1. Manufactured in the U.S., water-based and non-toxic, Acquarella nail polish is also non-flammable and free from toxic fumes. Acquarella comes in twenty-five shades, including metallics, crèmes and shimmers. They retail for $18.

2. Polished Mama water-based nail polishes were designed for moms-to-be (which is, of course, is code for this is so safe you can have it near your unborn child). A true family business, Polished Mama was started by an RN, with help from her husband and his father, and organic chemist. The polish is available in twelve colors and retails for $8.50 a bottle.

3. Zoya is not only free of all the aforementioned nasty chemicals, it’s also vegan friendly. Of the brands highlighted here, Zoya is the most recognized and easily found in nailsalons, and their website is the most accessible as well (try their live chat customer service if you need help – ahhh, a real human being, how retro). Zoya offers nail polishes in a plethora of colors. Purchase them in packs of six for $36 for the best savings. Individually they sell for $7.

4. If you’re lucky enough to be located near them in New York City, you should go to Rescue Beauty Lounge to get a clean, good pedicure. Not from NYC? No prob…you can still benefit from Rescue Beauty’s awesome line of nail polishes. When you see colors like Frugalista, a gunmetal color shot through with purple glitter, or Grunge, described as “a moody pinkish grey with a dash of lilac” you won’t mind the $18 cost per bottle.

5. The most eco-friendly nail polish, overall, goes to Priti nail polish. Priti’s entire product line is non-toxic with ingredients derived from organically grown sources. Promotional and marketing materials for the company are printed on 100% recyclable paper, their nail polish bottles are completely recyclable, and even their website utilizes ThinkHost, a web host that provides solar and wind powered energy. Priti nail polishes are available in over 100 colors and cost $12.50 per bottle. Four Priti Princess colors, targeted at young girls, cost $10 a bottle.

IMAGE CREDIT: Acquarella

 


Recycled Beauty: Halloween Edition

After all of your Halloween festivities have died down, you might be left with a carved pumpkin or two.  

Instead of throwing your pumpkin in the trash, you can transform it into a do-it-yourself beauty treatment!

Part of being sustainable in your beauty choices is utilizing materials in a way that can benefit you and the earth.  By indulging in one of these luxurious pumpkin facial masks, you are not only contributing to a better earth by reducing your waste, but you are helping to “nourish and brighten your complexion”, according to eHow.com’s How to Make a Pumpkin Facial Mask article.

Follow these simple steps for the mask of your preference:
(Via eHow.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin pulp
  • 1 whipped egg white
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. ground oatmeal
     

Instructions:

Papaya Pumpkin Facial Mask:

  1. Mix a 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree with 1 beaten egg.
  2. Peel and mash a fresh papaya, discarding the seeds, to create 2/3 cup of pulp.
  3. Stir into the pumpkin-egg mixture and combine well, making sure to eliminate lumps. For extra smoothness, put mixture into a blender or food processor until a creamy paste forms.
  4. Pat facial onto clean skin of face and neck, leaving on for 20 minutes. Rinse off mask in the shower or use warm water and a wash cloth.

Egg and Milk Pumpkin Facial Mask:

  1. Take 1 medium slice of fresh pumpkin and remove the skin.
  2. Cut up into small chunks and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth and free of lumps.
  3. Add 1 egg yolk and 2/3 cup milk. Blend again until egg is well incorporated.
  4. Apply the mixture to cleansed face and neck skin, keeping away from the eye area. Leave this facial on for 30 minutes before removing with warm water.

Apple and Honey Pumpkin Facial Mask:

  1. Peel and cut into chunks a small slice of fresh pumpkin.
  2. Add a peeled and cored apple, also cut into chunks. Puree in a blender or food processor to make a smooth paste.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. honey and 2 tbsp. powdered milk. Mix well to create a rich texture.
  4. After cleansing the face and neck, pat the facial onto skin and relax for 15 minutes. Rinse off mask in the shower or with warm water, using a wash cloth.

Almond and Honey Pumpkin Facial Mask:

  1. Grind up 12 almonds in a food processor or coffee grinder until texture is more fine than rough, but not powdery.
  2. Add 1/4 cup honey and 1/8 tsp. olive oil and blend well.
  3. Mix in 8 oz. of canned pumpkin puree, stirring enough to combine all ingredients.
  4. After cleansing face and neck, smooth the facial over the skin, working away from the eyes. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse in the shower or with a warm water splash.

Egg White, Honey and Yogurt Pumpkin Facial Mask:

  1. Cook enough fresh pumpkin, without skin and seeds, to make 1/2 cup of pulp.
  2. Cool and mash with a fork. Mix with 1 whipped egg white, blending well to incorporate egg and remove most of the lumps.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. plain yogurt and 2 tbsp. ground oatmeal. Use a coffee grinder or food processor to grind the oats.
  4. Mix all ingredients well into a thick consistency.
  5. Cleanse face and neck and pat the facial paste onto the skin, excluding the eye area. After 10 minutes, remove with a warm wash cloth and rinse skin with cool water.


IMAGE CREDIT: 
Suddenly Slimmer Day Spa 


I change myself, I change the world.
Gloria Anzuldua

Cruel Beauty Is Never Green

If you are a compassionate individual like myself, then you know that animal testing is one of the most cruel and inhumane practices that is still practiced to this day.

You might be asking yourself how animal testing has anything to do with eco-friendly cosmetics.  It’s simple.  Green cosmetics use natural products, and companies who produce natural products, in general, have a strict code of ethics.  This code of ethics, in most cases, frowns upon the use of animals for cosmetic testing.


In such a technologically advanced age, the procedure of submitting animals (mostly rabbits, rodents, and sometimes dogs and cats) to pain and torture for human advancement seems so barbaric. 

Peta.com
reports, “Many household products and cosmetics companies still pump their products into animals’ stomachs, rub them onto their skin, squirt them into their eyes, or force animals to inhale them as aerosol sprays.”

You, as a consumer, have to power to choose cruelty-free products.  In most cases, these products are sitting on the shelf right next to their heartless counterparts.  

By choosing cruelty-free products, you are not only selecting better products, as most cruelty-free brands have higher standards of quality, you are sending a message to the companies that you do not stand for outdated and appalling treatment of animals.  If there are products that can be produced without hurting an animal, then all products can be produced without hurting an animal.

Below is a list of companies that do and do not test on animals. Please review the list and make the right choice the next time you are shopping.


The following list is from Beauty Fool.


Demand Safe Cosmetics!

The issue of toxic cosmetics has been prevalent for years.

The Story of Stuff Project, 
created by Annie Leonard, “aims to amplify public discourse on a series of environmental, social and economic concerns and facilitate the growing Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world”, according to The Story of Stuff website.


The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics was organized to address the issue of toxic cosmetics.  According to their website, the campaign is a coalition effort launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.

The Story of Stuff Project, in conjunction with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Free Range Studios, created an eight-minute video describing the broken system of the cosmetic industry.

The video explains that the simple rule of the cosmetic industry system is “toxins in, toxins out”.  

According to the video, the average American woman uses approximately 12 personal care products daily.  The average American man uses approximately six products daily.  Each product contains at least a dozen chemicals.  


What is most shocking is that less than 20 percent of chemicals in cosmetics have been assessed for safety by the industry’s safety panel, according to the video.


We know that some chemicals are not harmful, but the majority of them have not been tested.  The video suggests that consumers are “a giant experiment”.  Some products contain carcinogens, which means cancer causing toxins.  Some products contain neurotoxins and reproductive toxins that are proven to be detrimental to brain development and reproduction in animals.

The video states that there are no laws to get rid of the chemicals in cosmetic products.  The Federal Drug Administration doesn’t even assess the safety of personal care products or their ingredients, according to the video.

According to the video, since 1938, the FDA has banned only eight of over 12,000 ingredients used in cosmetics.  The video states that they don’t even require that all ingredients be listed on labels.

What does this all mean? It means that the cosmetic industry is a broken system.  They are creating the rules and then deciding whether or not to follow them, according to the video.

Consumers need to aware of the ingredients in the products they choose to put on their face and body.  

On a positive note, there have been improvements in the issue of toxic cosmetics.  The video states that green chemists are now developing substances  that are designed to be safe and non-toxic in the first place.  European governments have required the removal of many toxic chemicals as well.

Educate yourself, research your products and always go green! 

For more information visit safecosmetics.org and storyofstuff.com.
 

 

 

 


The Guide to Green Cosmetics on Any Budget

If you are planning on taking the natural route with your makeup, you can be assured that they will not contain any of the aforementioned toxins. 


In general, there are three categories for cosmetics and beauty products: salon brands, drugstore brands and high-end brands.  It’s great to know that there is an eco-friendly makeup and beauty alternative on any budget.


Here are some eco-friendly brands and products to help you get started:


Salon brand:  Aveda

According to the Aveda website, “Aveda, The Art and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences, was founded in 1978 with the goal of providing beauty industry professionals with high performance, botanically based products that would be better for service providers and their guests, as well as for the planet.  Aveda manufactures professional plant-based hair care, skin care, makeup.  Aveda believes that authentic beauty is one that works in harmony with the greater web of life. It does not qualify as beauty if it hurts any of the diverse life forms that the best beauty artist of all, Nature, created. Authentic Beauty cares for the environment which we inherited from elders and will leave to generations that follow us.”

The following product descriptions and photos are taken from the Aveda website.

Uruku Lip Pigment

 

"100% color from the earth—from non-petroleum based mineral and plant-derived pigments.  Base up to 65% post-consumer recycled aluminum.  Lip color case 85% post-consumer recycled resin; up to 65% post-consumer recycled aluminum.  Full case, with cap made of flax-infused resin with 30% natural fiber."



Inner Light Loose Powder

"Talc-free; non-acnegenic.  Packaged in a polyethylene (PET) jar and a 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) carton"







Drugstore brand:  Physicians Formula

According to the Physicians Formula website, “From its inception in 1937, Physicians Formula remains steadfast in its pledge to create and manufacture high-quality, hypoallergenic cosmetic and skin care products.  It is committed to creating innovative products that meet your specific needs while the more rigorous standards of the cosmetic industry.  Physicians Formula products are formulated without over 100 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today.”

The following product descriptions and photos are taken from the Physicians Formula website.

Physicians Formula Organic wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara

"Organic wear is the first ECOCERT Certified Organic Line of Makeup in the U.S."

"Hypoallergenic.  Safe for Sensitive Eyes and Contact Lens Wearers."






Physicians Formula Organic wear Tinted Moisturizer

"Organic wear is the first ECOCERT Certified Organic Line of Makeup in the U.S."

"100% Free of Harsh Chemicals. 100% Free of Synthetic Preservatives. 100% Free of Parabens. 100% Free of GMO’s. 100% Free of Synthetic Colors. 100% Free of Synthetic Fragrances. 100% Cruelty Free."



High-end brand:  Korres

According to the Korres website, “Established in 1996, out of Greece’s oldest homeopathic pharmacy, KORRES today offers advanced natural formulations that deliver maximum results. The active natural extracts used in the formulas ensure enhanced product performance, bringing you clinically proven, advanced skincare benefits, while also avoiding harmful synthetic compounds, to ensure maximum skin compatibility and environmentally- conscious products.”

The following product descriptions are from Sephora.com and photos are taken from the Korres website.

Lip Butter

"Formulated without Parabens (all), Sulfates (all), Synthetic Fragrances (Guava, Wild Rose, Quince, Pomegranate), Synthetic Dyes (Wild Rose, Quince, Pomegranate), Petro-Chemicals (all), and GMO (all)."




Sunflower and Evening Primrose Eyeshadow

"Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petro-Chemicals, and GMO."