Friday, July 20, 2012

What Kills Us Doesn't Make Us Beautiful!

Model: Frida Gustavsson

Can you imagine your make-up routine sans all the chemical nasties invading your bloodstream? These days it's hard to find a good product to live up to our expectation of texture, smell, staying power without containing some of the following: parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic preservatives and silicone.
The latter is virtually included in the ingredient list of potions claiming to be all natural and organic. We shouldn't trust any brand, well, at least not until we have thouroughly read the text in small font sizing on the back. If you have concerns about any of the bottles in your make-up bag, take the time to find out to what extent you are loading your liver, and hence - your skins' long-term appearance, with unsuitable chemical cocktails. Make your choice conciously.

1. Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation 

Why we love it: 
From foundations to eye-shadows, hair pomades to shampoos, silicone is what companies go for to obtain the silky smooth texture that simply glides. These days it's hard to find a good base that doesn't contain silicone or in case you find one, you can't afford the splurge, or dislike the color range. Laveras' foundation is affordable, the shades are brilliant and free of silicone. The product gives a seamless dewy look that doesn't feel as if you've placed a mask. It's a bit tricky to apply, if you're already a silicone addict, but you'll get used to it quickly. It is recommended to use your finger-tips instead of a brush.
Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Alcohol*, Myristyl Myristate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Saffl Ower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetyl Alcohol, Silica, Tricaprylin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glucose Glutamate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Algin, Xanthan Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil) , HippopHae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Liquorice) Root Extract*, Lecithin, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Lysolecithin, TocopHerol, Algae, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Magnesium Gluconate, Maltose, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Citral**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Limonene**, Linalool**, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499)]
 * ingredients from certified organic agriculture ** natural essential oils.

2. Lakshmi Kajal Coleurs

What it is: 
an eye-lid pencil
Why we love it: 
With revitalizing ingredients such as demeter-Ghee, organic oils and waxes, Lakshmi Kajals soothe your eyes. They have a cooling effect due to camphor that has antibacterial properties and helps prevent inflammation. Its astringent properties also help rid the eyes of unsightly red capillaries, leaving them clear and bright.

3. Josie Maran Argan Color Stick

What it is: 
A cheek and lip color
Why we love it: 
Packed with moisturizers including vitamin E and argan oil, this lip and cheek color gives a natural sheen for a look that glows beatifully. Gives great coverage to the lips, while easily blendable on the cheeks.The chubby stick will last for years, even if it becomes your daily go-to product. Wear it on a bare face too, it unites with your skin to bring out the most natural rosy flush.

Ingredients (shade "Rosy"):
Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil**, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Beeswax**, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter**, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)**, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter**, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Butter**, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate)**, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil**, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil**, Leptospermum Petersonii**, (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil**, Menthol**, Tocopherol**, Ethylhexylglycerin**, Caprylyl Glycol (and) Phenoxyethanol (and) Hexylene Glycol** May Also Contain: Mica (CI 77019)**, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)**, Carmine (CI 75470)**, Blue # 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate**, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate** (*Organic **Natural).

4. Dr. Hauschka Volumizing Mascara

Why we love it: 
The mascara does not contain parabens, petrochemicals, paraffin, silicone, synthetic fragrances or colors and is also free of ethoxylated ingredients, GMOs and preservatives. Why go organic? Thimerosal, a mercury derived preservative used to keep mascaras bacteria-free and is still used by some companies.Other nasties you'll find for sure in your eye-lash wand:

Methylparaben – allergies, toxicity, irritation (and this is in an eye product!)…Propylparaben – developmental/reproductive toxicity…
Fragrance – associated with synthetic chemicals
Triethanolamine – cancer, allergies, toxicity

Ingredients (Jasmine shade): 
Water/Aqua, Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Seed Extract, Alcohol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Sorbitol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Mica, Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Lysolecithin (Hydrolyzed Lecithin), Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Silk/Serica Powder, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba Wax), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil (Rose Essential Oil), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Wax, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Hectorite, Maltodextrin, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Carmine (CI 75470), Silica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007)

5. Korres Lip Butter

What it is: 
a lip balm
Why we love it:
Melts as rich butter, conditions with its' shea butter based formula,
soothes and keeps your lips soft and glossy.This little jar can double its' function as a blusher and has a lovely delicate scent to it.

Polybutene , Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Wax, Tocopherol, Flavor (Aroma), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides, Red 7 Lake.

6. RMS Living Luminizer

What it is: 
a highlighter
Why we love it: 
100% natural, organic, glitter-free - a must-have highlighter that you may apply along the collarbone, under the eyebrows or use for the inner corners of the eyes - just play with it to enliven your skin.Gives an irresistible, subtle and sexy glow. Definitely one of the best products we've tried. It has plenty of fans around the globe, so don't even think whether it's worth the splurge.

*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Tocopherol (non-GMO), *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract. May contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019 *Certified Organic

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