Makeup: The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

Want to know my truth? Ok, here goes nothing…I cry when I laugh. Yes, my blog reading friends, it is true. I am not much of a crier in general but when I laugh…oh man, does it get ugly.

I am not talking about one tear trickling down. No, I am mean full blown crocodile sobs. To say it is embarrassing is a massive understatement. I like to believe I cry so much when I laugh because I don’t really cry in any other aspects of my life…so maybe it is my body’s way of freeing the tears? Ok, that is a load of garbage but hey, I’ll believe what I want. (If this was a text message or cheesy facebook post I would insert a winky face to show case the sarcasm.)

In addition to the embarrassing laugh crying. I have hey fever, allergies to dander, and well…just plain ol’ water eyes. It blows.

So as you can you imagine my go-to mascara was ONLY the kind that was waterproof. Ain’t no way I was going to paint my face with mascara tears…(snaps fingers across the body for dramatic pep.)

I know that most woman can relate to me on this, when given the choose, waterproof wins, right?

I guess a big part of me knew it wasn’t the best decision to wear waterproof makeup but I did it anyways. If I am being honest, I basically refused to admit the truth to myself or even bother looking up the reasons why it was bad because I didn’t want to let go of my beloved Better Then Sex Waterproof Mascara (From Too Faced Cosmetics.) I wanted to hold on to it like a trophy. They had a none-water proof version but if I wore it, the it smudged all over my face in a nasty fit of mascara rage.

To be even more frank, every none-waterproof mascara I tried was a complete bust due to my insanely water eyes. So I didn’t bother looking up the ugly truth because I honestly didn’t want to face it.

I was on a date one time and he took me to this sushi bar. This was my first time ever having sushi and it was my first date with this guy. He orders his favorite rolls and some wasabi, all good right? No. I had never had sushi or wasabi…so I decided it was a good idea to put a huge dollop of wasabi on my roll because I didn’t understand that wasabi was best used in small amounts. Needless to say, that was the only time waterproof mascara failed me. I cried, cried, and cried some more because it burned so bad. Plus I was sweating and trying to laugh it off. Gah, I was a disgusting mess by the end of it. Obviously it didn’t work out between us.

Anyways, it tool me a long time to look up this information and put into practice. I have found a new favorite mascara that is smudge proof, not waterproof, and I have never had a problem with it. Best of all, my lashes are thanking me for it everyday.

So let’s dive into this, shall we?

Waterproof Mascara

  • Mascara’s ingredients typically include a carbon black or iron oxide pigment to darken lashes; a polymer to form a film that coats lashes; a preservative; and thickening waxes or oils such as lanolin, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, castor oil, carnauba wax, and candelilla wax.
  • There are two basic choices: formulas with no water, or emulsions of water and oil. The no-water formulas tend to be waterproof and less likely to smudge or flake. But they can be difficult to remove. Emulsions are easier on lashes but may flake or smudge.
  • In the 1930s, lash darkeners contained scary ingredients such as turpentine, lead-containing kohl, and aniline, a hair-dye ingredient, all of which left more than one woman blind. Now regulations strictly limit the ingredients to those that are safe to apply in the eye area, but you should be on the lookout for thimerosal, a preservative that can cause conjunctivitis and eyelid dermatitis (a rash). Thimerosal is still used in some mascaras.
  • Still, experts suggest limiting your use of waterproof, smudge proof formulas made with little to no water. The extra effort needed to remove these products can damage lashes, causing them to break or fall out.  Web MD

What a shocking revelation for me! Like so many woman I wore waterproof mascara DAILY and DID NOT bother to wash it off…dehydrating my lashes…I didn’t think it was making that big of a difference until I made the switch and my lashed started to get way thicker.

Lips Lips and more Lips. 

  • Many name brand lipsticks contain lead, a proven neurotoxin that accumulates in the body because the body does not exhibit chemical processes necessary to break down and assimilate any amounts of lead.
    • Abnormally high levels of lead have been correlated to miscarriages, infertility and cognitive issues. In addition, pregnant women using lipsticks containing lead and other toxic metals may be exposing their fetus to these harmful substances because metals can easily enter the placenta and find their way to the baby’s brain.
    • They cause allergy, irritation, and chapping on the lips and the surrounding skin. Certain harmful chemicals and heavy metals can also cause cancer. CNN
  • The FDA has put limits on other additives used to color lipsticks but these limits permit up to 20 parts per million of lead, an unacceptable amount according to research standards. What makes using lead-based lip enhancers doubly dangerous is the fact that not only are the lips constantly absorbing these cosmetics but we are also ingesting lipsticks and lip glosses when we eat or drink.
    • This increases the impact of the toxins present in lipsticks. The lipstick or lip gloss result in women exceeding the daily intake permitted for aluminium, cadmium, chromium and manganese. These accumulate in the body over time and cause toxicity. The intake of these metals are more than 20 percent of their accepted daily intake (ADI) limits. ADI is the maximum amount of a toxin that a person can be exposed to without any major health risk. CNN
  • Even though nearly 400 lipsticks were found to contain varying amounts of lead,  FDA officials have concluded that the estimated amounts of lead entering the body via lip cosmetics does not present a health hazard. Mayoral Dermatology
  • Heavy metals cause renal failure. Lipsticks contain harmful heavy metals like cadmium, magnesium and chromium. All these metals can cause dangerous diseases and organ damage. Extremely high amounts of cadmium can increase the risk of renal failure. Frequent application of lipstick can cause severe stomach tumours.

In short, the FDA leaves the inclusion of lead in lipsticks unregulated and essentially, up to the company manufacturing the product. So make you sure you know what is in you lipstick. Can you stop to think about this for a minute? How many times have you put on some kind of lipstick, gloss, chapstick, on in your lifetime? What have you been ingesting all this time?  Now think about the waterproof lipsticks you have been wearing. The lipstick just sits on your lips for a long period of time while your body silently absorbs its chemicals. I have mentioned this before, but it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals to enter your bloodstream. 26 seconds! Don’t believe me? How do you think nicotine patches work? Or put a piece of garlic between your toes and I promise you will be able to tase it.

Best practices for waterproof makeup

  • DON’T: USE WATERPROOF MAKEUP EVERYDAY
  • DO: USE AN OIL-FREE MOISTURIZER
    • Be sure to slather on an oil-free moisturizer first. This will help prevent your foundation from feeling (and looking) slick and streaky.
  • DON’T: FORGET TO USE PRIMER
    • Because some waterproof products can be heavy and drying, applying a primer will not only prep your face for longer wear, but it will also act as a barrier for your skin and keep it hydrated. Makeup Primer
  • DON’T: RELY ON REGULAR METHODS OF REMOVAL
    • Waterproof formulas are pretty much infamous for being stubborn to remove.  So take the time to use a safe, pure, makeup-remover. Please be sure to actually take the time to remove ANY and ALL waterproof makeup DAILY. Why? Because if you don’t you could loose you lashes, clog your pores, and dehydrate your skin.
      • “Because waterproof mascara is designed to last, removing it can cause more damage to the lash compared to regular mascara,” says Dr. Engelman. Taking off waterproof formulas is a multistep process that requires lots of rubbing. Typically, I start with a makeup-removing wipe. Then I go back over my eye area with a cotton pad and a special eye makeup removal formula. Self.com
      • With waterproof mascara it’s important to use an oil-based makeup remover first. Try using a cleansing oil like RE9 Advanced Prepwork Micellar Water ($20) or makeup remover like Easy on the Eyes Eye Makeup Remover ($26). Make sure to give the oil about 15 seconds to break down the water-resistant ingredients. Finish up with a gentle face cleanser to remove any remaining oily residue.
  • DO: USE A FINISHING SPRAY
    • Opting for a spray then a full face of waterproof makeup will still help the makeup late longer and keep the look fresh WITHOUT being harmful for you skin. The one I use personally,  Finishing Spray

KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS

  • Take the time to read the itty-bitty writing on the makeup you plan on using. Look up things you don’t understand and take the time to take care of yourself.

 

Makeup is such a fun and amazing part of our culture. I could sit for hours watching makeup videos on Youtube, it is a favorite past time of mine (when I have time to pass.) The thing is though you need to make you are taking care of yourself in the process. There are a lot of good makeup brands out there, you just have to hunt them out and decide what is best for you and your personal belief system. I would encourage to take the time to find makeup that BENEFITS you and does not HARM you. Find a company that has goals to put the best products out there.

 

Two of my Makeup Favorites

  • Speak Volumes Mascara ($30) Fun fact this gem was fetured in The Wall Street Journal! This was and is the mascara that changed EVERYTHING for me. The first and ONLY none waterproof mascara that I have LOVED and that does AMAZING things to my lashes. Below is a photo of my cousin with no coats, one coat, two coats, and then three coats! Seriously I love this mascara, I WILL NEVER NOT HAVE THIS IN MY HOUSE!
    INGREDIENTS / INGREDIENTES : Aqua/Water/Eau, Stearic Acid, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de candelilla, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Polyurethane-35, Acacia Seyal Gum, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba, Aminomethyl Propanediol, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Peptide, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Larix Europaea Wood Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycine, Panthenol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Phosphate, Disodium Phosphate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylpropanediol, Phenylpropanol, Benzoic Acid, Zinc Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides 72874608_10162328558815317_4568471217136205824_n.jpg73375556_10162328558995317_970079524135895040_n.jpg
  • This has been my go-to daily use ever sense it was gifted to me last summer. AMAZING and so simple. I literally use it for everything, blush, bronzer, highlight, shadow. LOVE IT.  Starlight Glow Palette ($65)
    • Ingredients:
      Stardust
      Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Magnesium Stearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Lauroyl Lysine, Stearyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
      Moonstone
      Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Stearyl Ethylhexanoate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).
      Twilight
      Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Stearyl Ethylhexanoate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
      Meteor
      Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Nylon-12, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Stearyl Ethylhexanoate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

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