The make-up industry has changed dramatically over the past few years especially…not that it hasn’t always been popular, but I feel that due to popular reality T.V. shows it has definitely increased in sales. But, how safe is the make up that many use on their skins daily? Knowing what we are using on our bodies is very important, so what goes on our face should be just as important…if not more due to the fact that our faces are the first thing people see. Of course there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look nice, but putting your health at risk should not be a factor in order to look great either. Sadly a lot of brands don’t use safe ingredients in their beauty products. We all usually pick a brand based on how popular it is, but these popular brands that are also pretty expensive by the way unfortunately have a lot chemicals. Yes I too years ago fail for the popular department brand line…until I had a very bad reaction to a lip glass from this line. I didn’t know what was going on with my lips and had to seek medical attention about the issue. They did allergy tests and everything came back good, so why was I having this reaction in the first??? Finally my doctor suggested for me to stop wearing lip gloss. I thought how crazy is it for her to suggest that, I couldn’t just discontinued the use of lipgloss…I’m a female! Being that lipgloss is pretty much an important part of my make up routine, had to find something without all the harsh chemicals. I’ve never been into make up…make up as popular as it is, but I had to find an alternative to that popular brand I had been using.
Now, since I couldn’t wear that popular line anymore what was, I going to do? Well here’s where the research comes in. I started to Google natural make up…although I wasn’t really interested make up, but just a lip gloss.I wanted to find more Green beauty lines. I then learned about brands like Pixi, Burt Bee’s ,Korres and Pacifica, but I wasn’t really impressed the selection of those. I haven’t wore lipstick since the early 2000’s and looking back at some old photos recently, I see why. And a lot of these brands mainly had lipsticks. It took a while before I found something to replace the MAC brand I use to wear. I mainly used natural based lip balms that were slightly tinted for a while. Then I found out about a brand called 100% Pure. 100% Pure gave clear insight as to why my lips reacted the way they did to the MAC lip glass, I use to wear. I had an entire new perspective about beauty and the beauty industry. I advocate for animals all the time, so I was aware of the ads that showed how the beauty industry would used animals to experiment on. I remember animal rights ad with the bunny with really bad irritated eyes from all of the make up experiments. Not thinking what could be in those products to make that bunny look so horrible, but then it’s sold to consumers to use it on their skin.
Which is why I’m so glad I learned about 100% Pure, because throughout the years I have only been primarily concerned with my lips, but then I thought about my eyes. I wear mascara and eye liner, so now I have to start looking for natural products for those. I tried brands like Korres for their mascara. Pacifica is another brand I decided to try for their mascara line, but it was something about them I didn’t like. It’s in the natural brand category, but the eyeliner and mascara were both too heavy for my liking. Lucky for me 100% Pure has a Black Tea Mascara that’s fruit pigmented and made from Black tea leaves and it smells like fresh berries…I LOVE IT!!! They were having a promotion where you buy a lipstick and receive the mascara free, so I tried it and I’ve been using it every since. Another favorite of is Shea Moisture for their skin and body care line. They have the best natural eyeliner in my opinion. It doesn’t run and stay’s put all day. Also, they make colored natural glosses that are on the sheer shade, but natural and non irritating. I have at least four of their shades and they make six or seven different colors. Their called Superfruit Sheer Tinted Gloss which contains of course shea butter, jojoba oil, sunflower oil and vitamin E…things I can pronounce. I like how it feels on my lips and it’s not sticky like the leading brand. I would suggest adding a lipliner to give the lip glosses more color.
Not everyone one is the same and that’s what makes you unique from others. Many people can use different things and not have a reaction to them at all and then there’s me…again we’re all different. I have gotten into what, I feel is a very good habit of being mindful about the ingredients I use on my body. I check the labels often to identify ingredients in products and yes this sometimes limit my choices as far as product selections my go, but health over all. I would highly suggest 100% Pure website to get a better understanding of their philosophy of what #cleanbeauty is. Using fruit pigmented ingredients is a great idea and think of the long term health benefits of that. Over time our bodies start to react definitely to many things, so what may not bother you right now…could later down the road. Being proactive before issues occur is always best! Be mindful of the beauty products you purchase and the history behind the line. Just because it’s popular doesn’t mean…it’s the best option. Until next time…..