Mascara is my life. Ok, mascara and eyeliner. Add coffee to that. Yes, I love my husband and kids too,of course! But I can quite honestly say that before leaving to go to the hospital to deliver each of my 3 kids, I feverishly applied an extra coat of mascara, lined my waterline in the darkest black I could find and only THEN was I ready to push out babies. No lie.
It’s sort of been my “thing” for as long as I can remember and if you ask my husband how many times he’s seen me without mascara or liner on, he will probably not be able to recall more than a handful in over 13 years. As I made the transition from Standard American Diet to gluten free to predominantly paleo, I also started looking at some of the chemically based crap I was consuming (yes consuming – skin is our biggest organ and both absorbs and detoxes) and started becoming really insecure about some of the choices I was making – for myself and my kids. After all what’s the point of a squeaky clean diet if your skincare and cosmetics contain cancer-encouragers and hormone disruptors? That’s just dumb.
But let me back up. I was a ballet dancer for 20 years; I have a true passion for the aesthetic, for beauty, for making things pretty along with being functional. And after that I worked in high end designer and couture retail sales management, where again I got to create aesthetically appealing combinations on the canvases who were my clients. People like Lady Bird Johnson and the 1st Lady of Texas trusted us to make them look and feel the roles they were hand picked to fill. In a world of heavy stuff, I’ve always enjoyed escaping to a place of creativity and beauty, where life is light and captivating.
Now that you have half my life story, I have a confesh. I have had a real hard time letting go of my favorite cosmetics, namely my mascara and eyeliner. Believe it or not I gave up deodorant years ago and have not used antiperspirants in probably a decade. And I wash my hair once a week so that’s cut back on exposure to toxicity too. But mascara? NO. That I can’t go without (refer to sentence one of this post).
In my time as a wellness advocate, I have had opportunities to promote MANY products. And I mean many many. Do I use essential oils? Yes, but I do not promote. Do I use a variety of food products that I love? Of course, but I keep my “advertising” to a minimum. I promised myself that my integrity need always come first. I began blogging to help people, not to become a walking billboard. However, I also promised myself that if there was something I used personally that others could directly benefit from, then I would share it. I’ve included specific supplements, collagen, and other tidbits that have helped me on my journey and I love seeing y’all benefit too.
I’m here to say I’m finally taking the plunge to the other side. The hippie in me can’t do it anymore. I’ve found products I want to stand behind because I see the integrity in them that I seek to practice daily. Aside from eating delicious food that keeps my body healthy, I also am committed more than ever to creating a healthier immediate environment and making better choices about what going ONTO my body, not just into it via my mouf. I’ve taken the plunge into safe skincare and cosmetics, and if you aren’t familiar yet, you should definitely seek to learn more!
I have been working with Crunchi, Beautycounter, and 100%Pure who are committed to providing safer cosmetics (and skincare) for those who are taking control and refusing to be poisoned by our daily products and sundries. I have been experimenting with all 3 and and I am loving them! I am going to break each one down so you can see what their mission statements are.
So how do you choose? What are the differences?
Well in my opinion, there is no good, better, best. HONESTLY! It’s all about what your needs are and what your tolerances are. For some people some synthetics are ok as long as they are well tested and have lots of studies behind their safety and efficacy. For others any improvement from drugstore makeup and department store makeup is amazing. And still others have a very specific set of needs for their skin and beauty care.
Here’s some other things to consider!
So the best bet is to learn the chemicals in common cosmetics and what you’d prefer to avoid. Here are some of the things avoided by each company:
100% natural and 100% cruelty-free, all products are completely, 100% free of artificial colors, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins
As you can see, these companies are committed to transparency, advocacy, action (on Capitol Hill), AND BEAUTY!!! They all believe that quality and performance MUST go hand in hand – that it is not necessary to sacrifice one for another.
If you have specific questions about products, just ask me! I will help you or find out the answer. I am here to help you find the perfect fit.
To check out each of the companies, you can click on the following links:
Products I am loving…
- Mascara, Primer, Lipgloss in Juxtaposition +Foundation from HERE
- Charcoal Bar, Lip Shine, Sunstick (awesome for the kids), Lustro Face Oil (Ylang Ylang) – (also check out their baby care) from HERE
- All Over Glow (Lightly Sunkissed), Lipgloss (Peacock Ore), Mascara, Nail Polish in Souffle from HERE
Have fun exploring and let me know what questions you have!!
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