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Bridal Makeup With bareMinerals | Glitter Guide

Bridal Makeup With bareMinerals | Glitter Guide

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Abby got into full-on pampering mode with these adorable pajamas from Plum Pretty Sugar! Here she is bare-faced and ready to get her makeup applied!…

Wet – Deadwater

by sirensofsong @ Sirens of Song

Wet, a Brooklyn-based band featuring lead singer Kelly Zutrau, won’t release their debut full-length album, Don’t You, until January 2016, but in the meantime, check out the lead single “Deadwater.” It’s as smooth and relaxing as a lullaby. Betcha can’t listen just once! Connect with Wet Website: Facebook: Twitter: @wet Instagram: @wet Soundcloud: … Continue reading Wet – Deadwater

The 5 Things Every Girl Needs in Her Purse

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The best travel-size products for your purse or gym bag. A lot of you know I am a Tarte junkie so it should come as no surprise that five of…

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Reviewing Stila’s Infamous “Kitten” Highlighter (With Comparison Swatches)

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

I’ve always wanted to try the ever popular Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in the shade “Kitten”, and I am so happy to be able to try it now that Stila is officially cruelty-free. Plus, its formula contains no animal ingredients and is therefore vegan-friendly! Hooray! At A Glance Brand: Stila Animal Testing Policy: Cruelty-Free, PETA-Certified […]

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Beauty Review: bareMinerals Starter Kit

Beauty Review: bareMinerals Starter Kit

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Ulta Exclusive: The Original bareMinerals Starter Kit by Bare Escentuals, $60 ($165 value) Reviewed by The Budget Babe's Beauty Expert When I first started to see infomercials for Bare Escentuals ...

Nike Black Friday 2017 Sale & Outlet Deals

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2017: Nike’s Black Friday 2017 sale is almost here! And that means you’ll have all Thanksgiving weekend long (and through Cyber Monday) to save on some of Nike’s best selling styles, both online and at their outlet stores. That’s of course assuming we’ll see the same deal as we’ve seen these last few years. So … Continue reading Nike Black Friday 2017 Sale & Outlet Deals


by (green/clean cosmetics) @ green/clean cosmetics

here's a quick read of what Parabens are and the controversy surrounding the use of them in cosmetics. Technically they are preservatives, and the controversy is similar to that surrounding alternative medicine. Pharmaceutical companies are threatened by alternative sources of medicine/preventative medicine because ultimately they think it picks their pockets, so to speak. The same is here with potentially harmful chemicals is makeup/skincare. Those cosmetic companies in the mainstream are going to argue the validity of these studies and discoveries because of the fact that the information can harm their profits. Perhaps nothing is certain but studies are showing enough proof of how Parabens and other chemicals, which i will get in to later, are if nothing else at least contributing to the rise in illness's such as breast cancer.

Breast cancer

Several peer-reviewed studies have reported results that indirectly support a correlation between the presence of parabens and the occurrence of breast cancer. High levels of parabens have been detected in breast tumors,[11][12] with one UK-based study finding high concentrations of parabens in eighteen out of twenty samples of breast tumors.[12]These findings, along with the demonstrated ability of parabens to mimic estrogen, a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancers,[12] have led some scientists to conclude that the presence of parabens does correlate with the occurrence of breast cancer,[6][13] and to call for investigation into whether or not a causal link exists.[14] The lead researcher of the UK study, molecular biologist Philippa Darbre, reported that the ester-bearing form of the parabens found in the tumors indicate that they came from something applied to the skin, such as an underarm deodorant, cream or body spray, and stated that the results helped to explain why up to 60% of all breast tumors are found in just one-fifth of the breast - the upper-outer quadrant, nearest the underarm.[6] "From this research it is not possible to say whether parabens actually caused these tumors, but they may certainly be associated with the overall rise in breast cancer cases. Given that breast cancer is a large killer of women and a very high percentage of young women use underarm deodorants, I think we should be carrying out properly funded, further investigations into parabens and where they are found in the body," says Dr. Philip Harvey, an editor of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, which published the research.[6] A 2004 study at Northwestern University found that an earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis related to more frequent use of antiperspirants/deodorants and underarm shaving.[15] "I personally feel there is a very strong correlation between the underarm hygiene habits and breast cancer," said immunologist Dr. Kris McGrath, the author of the study.[13]

This research has fueled a popular belief that the parabens in underarm deodorants and other cosmetics can migrate into breast tissue and contribute to the development of tumors.

No direct evidence of a causal link between parabens and cancer, however, has been shown. A 2005 review of the data available at that time concluded "it is biologically implausible that parabens could increase the risk of any estrogen-mediated endpoint, including effects on the male reproductive tract or breast cancer" and that "worst-case daily exposure to parabens would present substantially less risk relative to exposure to naturally occurring endocrine active chemicals in the diet such as the phytoestrogendaidzein."[16] The American Cancer Society also concludes that there is currently insufficient scientific evidence to support a claim that use of cosmetics such as antiperspirants increase an individual's risk of developing breast cancer; the ACS, however, goes on to state that "larger studies are needed to find out what effect, if any, parabens might have on breast cancer risk.[17]

While current studies do not causally link parabens with tumors, neither do these studies demonstrate that parabens are safe; the long-term health effects of exposure to parabens are essentially unknown.[18]

[edit]Estrogenic activity

Animal experiments have shown that parabens have weak estrogenic activity, acting as xenoestrogens.[19] In an in vivo study, the effect of butylparaben was determined to be approximately 100,000 times weaker than that of estradiol, and was only observed at a dose level approximately 25,000 times higher than the level typically used to preserve products.[20]The study also found that the in vivo estrogenic activity of parabens is reduced by about three orders of magnitude compared to in vitro activity.

The estrogenic activity of parabens increase with the length of the alkyl group. It is believed that propylparaben is estrogenic to a certain degree as well,[21] though this is expected to be less than butylparaben by virtue of its less lipophilic nature. Since it can be concluded that the estrogenic activity of butylparaben is negligible under normal use, the same should be concluded for shorter analogs.

Some estrogens are known to drive the growth of tumors; however the estrogenic activity and mutagenic activity of estrogens are not the same, with the latter dependent on free radical chemistry and not estrogen receptor activity.[22] Nonetheless, this study has elicited some concern about the use of butylparaben, and to a lesser extent other parabens as well, in cosmetics and antiperspirants. A 2005 safety assessment of parabens concluded that cosmetics containing parabens do not, on the basis of currently available evidence, pose a health risk; because of the low doses involved and the low probability that parabens will penetrate into the tissue, remain intact, and accumulate there.[7]

[edit]Sun exposure

Studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage[23][24].


Nevertheless, the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) stated in 2006 that the available data on parabens do not enable a decisive response to the question of whether propyl, butyl and isobutyl paraben can be safely used in cosmetic products at individual concentrations up to 0.4%, which is the allowed limit in the EU.[25]


The above-mentioned studies have resulted in scientific debate that in turn led to popular controversy largely propagated by mass e-mail.[26][27] The controversy has led to some concerns (both over possible carcinogenicity[28] as well as estrogenic effects[29]) being expressed over the continued use of parabens as preservatives.

The mainstream cosmetic industry believes that parabens, like most cosmetic ingredients, are safe based on their long term use and safety record and recent scientific studies.[30] Public interest organizations which raise awareness about cosmetic ingredients believe that further research is necessary to determine the safety of parabens (see also precautionary principle).[28] The concerns about endocrine disruptors have led consumers and companies searching for paraben free alternatives.[31] The ingredient grapefruit seed extract that is promoted as a natural preservative was identified with the preservative methylparaben.[1]


Does Bare Minerals Test On Animals? | 2017 Policy

Does Bare Minerals Test On Animals? | 2017 Policy

Cruelty-Free Kitty

Bare Minerals is a part of Bare Escentuals, which is owned by Shiseido. Here is their animal testing policy, updated for 2017.

Gerard Cosmetics: Animal Testing Policy & Correspondence

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

Gerard Cosmetics started out as a teeth whitening brand which has now expanded to makeup products built on that same premise including their teeth whitening lip glosses. There is a lot of talk of Gerard Cosmetics being “cruelty-free” on social media, but the official Gerard Cosmetics website does not include an animal testing policy, nor […]

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The 21 Best Deals During Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty 2017

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Makeup, skincare and other beauty products for a fraction of the cost One of my favorite times of the year is during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty! There’s sales better…

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Tarte Cosmetics

by (green/clean cosmetics) @ green/clean cosmetics

Tarte: A full take

So as promised, I went back to Sephora to check out the full line of Tarte Cosmetics. I was pleasantly surprised to see that almost their entire line is now petro-chemical, paraben, gmo and sulfate free. The boxes that are within that genre are marked "health couture".... but I must admit that almost everything had that label. I have to believe that they are phasing out the old stuff and soon the line will be entirely natural. I have tried almost everything in the line and I have to say generally I am extremely happy with almost everything I've used on myself and on clients.

As you can see from the pictures in my previous post, Tarte photographs well and give you a flawless look that is relatively easy to achieve.

Eyeshadows: The color selection is well rounded. They have a variety of palettes with different color schemes....such as warmer soft colors and more neutral colors. A lot of the shadows have shimmer in them, some are more shimmery and sparkly than others. There are matte shadows in the line just not quite as many, which in reality is the case in a lot of makeup lines, green or mainstream. But the secret to eyeshadow with shimmer is that it's absolutely age appropriate for anyone, the adjustment for age/sophistication is just how you apply the rest of your makeup to compensate. So for example, someone with more advanced skin or someone who is a bit more conservative with their style could use a shimmery eyeshadow and then make sure that nothing else in the makeup application on the face has shimmer. In other words, make sure your blush/bronzer is matte and your lipstick has no frost or sparkle in it. Then you will have a well balanced and beautiful makeup and still feel like yourself.

Blush/Bronzer: The one problem with the powder blushes and bronzers is the consistency. The powder blushes are extremely powdery and do not blend very well. The colors are relatively generic and the selection is not that great. But it's workable, so the palettes that they make that have eyeshadows, blushes, bronzer and lipstick all in one are definitely usable but the blushes are just not my favorite.

The powder bronzer has a lot of gold undertone in it. On some skin it looks gorgeous but what I noticed on myself is that it looked dirty and a bit orange, very similar to the spray tanned women I've seen or worked on when they've had too much sprayed on.

The cheek stain on the other hand is amazing! I love the colors....they look so natural and they are easy to blend in to the skin looking as if the color is coming up from underneath.

Lipstick/lipgloss: The colors are really pretty even though they don't have an extensive variety the way MAC or Chanel or any other mainstream makeup line does. But having said that I found 6 or 7 colors that I really liked so I'm confident that anyone could find at least one gloss and one lipstick that they would feel fits their style and looks beautiful.

La Bella Donna (Mineral Makeup) the real deal.....

by (green/clean cosmetics) @ green/clean cosmetics

I’ve already mentioned La Bella Donna mineral makeup on a few occasions with my blog, but I wanted to devote a bit more attention to it. To me, it’s one of the best mineral makeup lines out there. Not only do I have an attachment to it because it was my first real introduction into the mineral/green/natural makeup world, but because I’ve used it for a long time and I’ve seen how it photographs and wears on an everyday level. In both cases, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

The loose foundation powder is wonderful. It has a bit of a shine/shimmer that gives the skin a healthy glow. A little bit of it goes a long way, so you can start with a thin wash of it with a large brush as a natural clean base or you can build on it to make it full coverage. You can also use a small flat brush and use it as a concealer for blemishes and even under the eyes.

If the loose foundation powder is a bit too shiny for you, they also make a pressed powder that has a matte satin finish. It’s mostly matte but there is a slight sheen that isn’t really shiny, it just reduces the chance for typical results of most matte powders which can be chalky and cakey at times. Personally I use both the loose and the pressed. I like to dust a thin wash of the loose powder all over my face for a nice base and then set with the pressed. I find that setting with the pressed eliminates the need for touching up throughout the day.

The eye shadows and powder blushes are really pretty. The color choices aren’t immense but there is definitely enough variety to have a natural/neutral look, a smoky look and a look with a bit of color. They blend so well together and into the skin that it physically requires no work. I mean you place the brush where it needs to go, blend and the color/shadow is perfectly placed on the eye or cheek.

The mascara is great. It has a nice amount of thickening and lengthening and doesn’t dry hard. The only thing is it’s not waterproof so using it for brides has gone out the window for me, but I use it on myself and it gives me just enough “wow” to feel pretty and natural but not too made up.

The same is true with the eyeliner pencils. They are soft and rich and blend very well for a soft smoky look, or you can create a thick bold line that’s full and dark if that’s your thing too. The only problem again is that they are not water resistant so using them for brides and/ or on a very hot day, can get a bit messy just because they tend to melt a bit more easily.

The lipstick and lipgloss is really nice. Most of them are pretty sheer but buildable. So potentially you can use them like a stain just for a bit of color, or you can build the color to a fully rich tone that looks and feels like a lipstick you’d buy from Chanel or Bobbi Brown. Again, like the eyeshadows, the color selection isn’t vast but its enough to give you choices for a variety of looks and I guarantee you will find at least 2 or 3 colors that jump out at you right away.

The most fascinating thing to me about La Bella Donna as a company, is that they provide information about their products that is not only factual about minerals and their benefits but also how simple it is. The explanations of the ingredients are easy to understand and actually fun to read.

La Bella Donna is an approachable line. Even though they are located at Bergdorf Goodeman which is a rather intimidating and fancy department store, you can still feel good about yourself because everyone that comes to shop there is treated equally. The people who work for the company (including myself a few years ago) truly stand behind this product and are excited to impart their knowledge of it to everyone. You can also purchase it online at the website There is a lot more info about all the ingredients on the website…..take a look and enjoy!!! ☺

BAREMINERALS Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, 02 VANILLA (35ml)  | eBay

BAREMINERALS Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, 02 VANILLA (35ml) | eBay


High coverage, deep hydration, effective anti-oxidant protection. It's easy to blend the foundation, and it lets the makeup stay long. 100% female users agree that their skins are improved after use. | eBay!

Pairing Digital with Event Marketing is a Thing of Beauty

Pairing Digital with Event Marketing is a Thing of Beauty


BareMinerals drives brand awareness and customer engagement with a nation-wide tour and digital campaign.

Ulta Platinum Perks and Other Sales for Non-Platinum Shoppers

by Isabella Muse @ Musings of a Muse

There’s a wide range of Today Only Deals for Platinum Members today at (Free Shipping on orders of $35 or more)! And there are also plenty of steals and deals for non-platinum ones too as the Faul Haul Event started yesterday! Today Only Platinum Deals Online Only (Be sure you’re signed into your account […]

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Breast Cancer

by (green/clean cosmetics) @ green/clean cosmetics

My mother is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed almost 3 years ago and had a short but intense round of chemotherapy. She’s doing very well, and has had a clean bill of health for going on 2 years. I can’t begin to describe the effect it’s had on my life let alone hers. Once this disease gets close to you, it never really goes away. My mom is extraordinarily strong and since the diagnosis she’s been able to move forward with her life….. and so have I.

These days it seems that every time I stumble upon information pertaining to or playing a part in furthering our awareness about breast cancer, I jump at the opportunity to read it. There are various small adjustments we can make in our day to day routine to improve and maintain our health that don’t interfere with our general enjoyment of life. For example, by switching out certain cosmetics for more “green” and healthy alternatives, we can trim the fat……so to speak, and perhaps prevent complications in the future.

Having said all that, I came across a small, yet gem of a publication specifically dedicated to Breast Cancer patients, survivors, and all those affected by the disease. The writer, Julia Chiappetta, also a Breast Cancer survivor, collaborated with an Oncologist, Dr. Merrick I. Ross, M.D., F.A.C.S, and wrote Breast Cancer The Notebook. It’s a comprehensive and simple way to get as much information about Breast Cancer, treatments, healthy living suggestions and maintenance into one place as possible. She covers all the bases including information on certain chemicals in cosmetics to avoid as well as clarifying why we should really try to stay away from antiperspirant deodorants.

“Antiperspirants contain chemicals and toxins that are absorbed into your body in your armpit area and may cause a concentration of toxins that lead to cell mutations.” Julia Chiapetta

Most antiperspirants contain aluminum.

“Despite its natural abundance, aluminum has no known function in living cells and presents some toxic effects in elevated concentrations. Its toxicity can be traced to deposition in bone and the central nervous system, which is particularly increased in patients with reduced renal function. Because aluminum competes with calcium for absorption, increased amounts of dietary aluminum may contribute to the reduced skeletal mineralization (osteopenia) observed in preterm infants and infants with growth retardation. In very high doses, aluminum can cause neurotoxicity, and is associated with altered function of the blood-brain barrier.[61] A small percentage of people are allergic to aluminium and experience contact dermatitis, digestive disorders, vomiting or other symptoms upon contact or ingestion of products containing aluminium, such as deodorants or antacids. In those without allergies, aluminium is not as toxic as heavy metals, but there is evidence of some toxicity if it is consumed in excessive amounts.[62] Although the use of aluminium cookware has not been shown to lead to aluminium toxicity in general, excessive consumption of antacids containing aluminium compounds and excessive use of aluminium-containing antiperspirants provide more significant exposure levels. Studies have shown that consumption of acidic foods or liquids with aluminium significantly increases aluminium absorption,[63] and maltol has been shown to increase the accumulation of aluminium in nervous and osseus tissue.[64] Furthermore, aluminium increases estrogen-related gene expression in human breast cancer cells cultured in the laboratory.[65] The estrogen-like effects of these salts have led to their classification as a metalloestrogen. “ Internet research

I know it’s a difficult concept, especially in a city like New York where you’re running around all day, to consider switching from antiperspirant to regular deodorant but here’s why it should be something to think about. Let me explain by summarizing what Julia Chiappetta has written:

Armpits are one of four areas in our body where toxins are released in the form of sweat. Armpits are also the closest of these areas to our breasts. If we clog that area with an antiperspirant, we are literally stopping the natural occurrence of toxin release. Therefore the toxins build up and deposit themselves throughout the body, most commonly in the lymph nodes that are closest to the armpit. To quote Julia Chiappetta, “ A high percentage of breast cancer tumors are found in the upper outside quadrant of the breast area because about 80% of breast tissue is located in that area.”

There are a few chemicals found in cosmetics that I was unfamiliar with that Julia Chiappetta lists as ingredients to avoid:

To quote:

“ Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea
These are the most commonly used as preservatives after the parabens. They are well established as a primary cause of contact dermatitis. Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall II and Germall 115. Germall 115 releases formaldehyde at just over 10 degrees.

PVP/VA Copolymer
A petroleum-derived chemical used in hairsprays, wave sets and other cosmetics.

Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH level, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base, for a cleanser. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. “

I’d like to thank Julia Chiappetta and her collaborators for this book. It is a great resource for so many people and it’s accessible, not too clinical. Here’s the website for the book:

and just a reminder, from her and from me….please read your labels! Make sure you know as much as you can about the ingredients you are ingesting and absorbing everyday…..

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FabFitFun Editor’s Box Review + Coupon Code

by Kayla Smith @ The official website for Kayla Smith

The subscription box that gives you the most bang for your buck! I am excited to announce that I recently joined FabFitFun! I’m sure a lot of you have seen…

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The Secret on How to Get Thick Hair without Extensions

by Kayla Smith @ The official website for Kayla Smith

These little-known tips will have everyone wondering how you did it. People constantly ask me my secret for having thick hair. Genetics? A super secret hair mask recipe? Many girls…

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Crate & Barrel Black Friday 2017 Sale & Furniture Deals

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2017: We are still waiting for Crate & Barrel to officially release their 2017 Black Friday ad. However, looking back at the last few years, we are 99% certain that we will once again see a 15% off storewide sale lasting through the entire Thanksgiving weekend up through the end of day on Cyber Monday. … Continue reading Crate & Barrel Black Friday 2017 Sale & Furniture Deals

Bare Minerals Foundation from Bare Escentuals - An Honest Review

Bare Minerals Foundation from Bare Escentuals - An Honest Review

The Natural Makeup Review

Have you heard the hype about Bare Minerals foundation? If you are curious about how good it is and want to know if it is worth trying read my full review.

 3 brand-new sites for big travel savings

3 brand-new sites for big travel savings

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Every dollar saved is crucial to place a much-needed vacation within reach.

How to Love an Imperfect Body

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This is the path less-traveled by, but the journey is so worth it! This is the biggest struggle I see in a vast amount of people. “Why doesn’t my body…

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Fall Outfit Ideas with Pink Blush Clothing

by Kayla Smith @ The official website for Kayla Smith

Versatile pieces for every stage and season of life. I love summer, but fall is a hidden gem! I have never had a true “fall” until I moved out West.…

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BareMinerals | Shop BareMinerals Products Online - House of Fraser

BareMinerals | Shop BareMinerals Products Online - House of Fraser

House of Fraser

Shop the BareMinerals range online at House of Fraser. Spend over £50. delivery or Buy & Collect in store.

Celcom Online (Malaysia) Customer Service Number, Toll Free Phone Number, Office Address

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Celcom Online customer service phone number, corporate headquarters HQ office address, mailing, postal and physical office address is listed here with head office of Celcom Online and 24 hours toll free helpline number of Celcom Online, Celcom Online customer support email id, Celcom Online headquarters office address and related contact information of Celcom Online customer … Read More

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Crocs Black Friday 2017 Sale & Outlet Deals

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2017: Crocs Black Friday 2017 sale is just around the corner! And although we don’t yet have the official details on what will be offered this year, we do expect to see something similar to last year – Specifically, up to 50% off the list price on some of their best selling clogs storewide. They … Continue reading Crocs Black Friday 2017 Sale & Outlet Deals

Are There Any Harmful Ingredients in Mineral Foundation

Are There Any Harmful Ingredients in Mineral Foundation


Mineral foundation is a type of makeup made from powdered minerals. You apply mineral foundation powder with a brush, using as little or as much as you need to even out your skin tone and ensure even coverage. Some brands of mineral makeup contain manmade chemicals that could be harmful to people with sensitive skin. If you experience skin...

Cover FX

by (green/clean cosmetics) @ green/clean cosmetics

Cover FX

2 years ago at the makeup show in NYC I stumbled across a makeup line called Cover FX. I chatted with the sales rep for a bit and had her try some of the products on me. I found out that they not only sell it online but that Sephora carries it as well. They do not make eyeshadows and blushes. They do make a bronzer in a few different shades but it is primarily a foundation, concealer and powder line. I wasn't in love with all of the products but I could definitely see the potential and absolutely get behind their goals.

This makeup line originated as a medical makeup line used in hospitals for burn victims. So it is quite literally a medical grade makeup line. All of the products include minerals in the ingredients and some of the creamy products contain moisturizing properties such as vitamin E to soothe the skin as it color corrects. I've used the concealer on photoshoots and on myself, and have learned recently that this product line is used by makeup artists working in Television. I can see why they use it for TV because it is mostly a full coverage kind of makeup best for the very bright lights used when filming that medium.

In my experience, what I've learned from working on films being shot in HD is that you have to be careful on set when the lights being used are not the extremely bright TV lights. When working with cameras like the newer, very popular Red camera for example, a key point to remember as a makeup artist/hairstylist is that the lens will pick up every single strand of hair out of place or a dry patch of skin and magnify it. So the goal is to be able to manipulate the full covering effects of this kind of makeup and blend it in to submission not only for Film and TV but also for everyday wear. In other words, to apply it in a way so that it's there but not really there.

here's what i've experimented with from this line:

1. Concealer/ Cream Foundation: With this particular line, the cream foundation is also the concealer. It is extremely full coverage so the trick is finding the best way to achieve both concealing and balancing the skin using a few different tones of color. And as a matter of fact they have a starter kit that helps you step by step with this. But let me start from the beginning.

For years I've used one color of foundation all over the face on myself and on clients as most people do, but what happens is that it creates a flat face ( if you've seen news casters on TV recently you know what I mean by a flat face ). As time has gone by I realized what was missing and have been working to perfect the art of blending 3-4 colors to create the best flawless skin tone possible.

We tend to forget when we are trying to create flawless skin, that we have bone structure. So when we only apply one color we eliminate that bone structure and have to recreate it by highlighting and contouring which can look very made up as the end result. Having said all that, the starter kit, is the perfect introduction to blending 3 shades of foundation together to get the perfect skin tone.

The starter kit comes in Fair, Medium and Dark. It contains a palette of 3 foundation colors with a mineral translucent powder, the skin prep which is their primer for makeup, and a foundation brush. On the back of the box they give you step by step instructions with a picture of where and how to use the 3 colors. Ultimately you will find the best method for yourself as you practice blending but as a beginner their instructions are pretty accurate.

2. Skin Prep: Their skin prep is their primer. It is meant to be applied directly to the skin to prepare the skin for makeup. The consistency is much like a serum. A serum is a sort of liquid meant to hydrate the skin as the step before moisturizer. In this case they are using it as a way of making it easier to blend the makeup. Of course, that was not my experience. Let me elaborate......

I wasn't a fan of the skin prep. Not only did I try it to prep the skin using Cover FX's makeup but I also tried it underneath other foundations from various companies and found the same problem. I found that even though it felt good on the skin it really just sat on the surface almost creating a slippery base for the foundation which then made it hard to blend. I found that as the day wore on my skin went back to appearing dry and dehydrated because the skin prep wasn't doing the job they said it should. And on a photoshoot I found I needed to powder more than usual because the models skin was extra shiny from the prep.

So the other night, not wanting to give up on this stuff, considering it covers my blemishes very well, I tried my old faithful standby. I washed my face and then used Dr. Hauschka's Rose Day Cream to moisturize. I then applied my "fair" palette from the starter kit using my own modified version of the blending technique, powdered my face and took a look. As I've said before, the Rose Day Cream is amazing. It made all the difference. My skin was balanced, hydrated, glowing and the makeup didn't look heavy at all. It lasted all night without touchups and I was very happy! It just goes to show you that when you find something that works well with makeup you should stick with it. Using the Rose Day Cream as a base, I would definitely recommend the cream foundation for sure!

3. Translucent powder: It's a really nice powder. It sets the makeup well but doesn't look chalkey. It's a mineral powder so it's not too matte, it has just the slightest hint of a glow but not shimmery. I really like it.....:)

4. Mineral Foundation Powder: The mineral foundation powder that they carry is very beautiful as far as how it finishes the skin but it's extremely full coverage. Most of the mineral foundation powders I'm familiar with have the capability of being full coverage but you can build it that way, it's not like that from the first stroke of the brush. This one is. The packaging needs a little help. They don't make it easy to not get powder everywhere , making a mess, and the applicator is strange. I think it's supposed to be a sponge applicator that is shaped like a brush but when you use it it's like you're painting the powder in thick streaks across your face. I had to then take a regular blush brush and forcefully blend the powder away. It didn't work very well and I looked very made up. As I said the finish is beautiful, like a porcelain doll with a bit of sparkle. But the work isn't worth it. There are better mineral powder foundations out there, but give it a try......maybe it'll work for you.

5. Liquid Foundation: I'm not sure what they were doing with this product. It's pasty and thick but doesn't cover very well. It also doesn't blend very well. it just sort of stays in the spot where it was applied and doesn't move. I think it could have potential with a bit of time and experimentation but I found what I needed with the cream foundation mixed with the Dr. Hauschka Rose day Cream. This just seemed like an unnecessary step.

I'm glad I was able to make the cream foundation work for me because I understand the importance of a line like this. It's primarily for people with skin discoloration from serious burns to simple genetics. But genetics doesn't have to mean big dark spots or big white spots. It could be something minor like my red apple cheeks that every girl in my family has. They get super red at times and I get self-conscious. Everyone wants to feel beautiful but also it's hard to find a good foundation in the green/clean makeup world that covers well, can be the right color scheme, and still make you feel like yourself.

Cover FX will work if you use it correctly. :)

continuation of Vegan...

by (green/clean cosmetics) @ green/clean cosmetics

while i'm starting a new skincare regimen to blog about...I though I'd post a list of some vegan companies that I've used/discovered recently.

1. Lime Crime (
this line is 100% Vegan

2. OCC/Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
this line is 100% vegan

3. Urban Decay
much of this line is Vegan....the products that are vegan have a Paw print on the packaging

4. Tarte Cosmetics
again, same as with urban Decay...some of their products are Vegan so just check the website that has all of their vegan products listed on one page

Lego Shop’s Black Friday 2017 Sale & Deals

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2017: Black Friday is quickly approaching and so are the deals from the official Lego Shop. If it’s anything like what we saw the last few years then you can expect to see online exclusive sets at up to 50% off, a free holiday set with minimum purchase (probably at the $99.00 threshold again), and … Continue reading Lego Shop’s Black Friday 2017 Sale & Deals

BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipgloss review

BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipgloss review

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Lipgloss is not typically my favorite, but this shade from BareMinerals is my absolute favorite! Marvelous Moxie has a smooth buttery feel.

Thoughts on Green Makeup

by (green/clean cosmetics) @ green/clean cosmetics

Over the past few weeks I've done a couple of fashion/beauty photoshoots with professional photographer friends of mine. I asked them (River Clark and Shiran Nicholson to help me because I wanted to experiment with all of the green makeup I've been blogging about in a more work-related way. In other words, I wanted to see how this green makeup "stuff" would measure up with hi-end digital photography & lighting.

For the most part, the end result is beautiful. The makeup holds up pretty well and photographs nicely. At the same time, as a professional and more to the point a perfectionist and my own worst critic, I noticed slight differences in how the makeup was photographing.

The textures aren't quite as smooth, meaning I see the makeup more. It sits on the surface of the skin even after it's been blended well. I'm sure it has something to do with the ingredients. I found myself manipulating the products a lot more through the application. I kept adding more moisturizer to help me blend the foundation further into the skin. I was alternating between either the Rose Day Cream from Dr. Hauschka or the Rare Minerals moisturizer from Bare Minerals. I found myself working a bit harder to even apply the powder just for setting the makeup so that we wouldn't see any chalky white powder bits in the photo.

In general with hi-def cameras both for still and moving pictures, makeup artists have had to change the way they look at makeup in those situations. These cameras pick up every strand of hair that's out of place so there is no room for overlooking the small details.

There are no unnecessary oils or preservatives in green makeup, which is great, but I'm starting to think that our bodies or skin rather, absorb those chemicals more quickly than we absorb cosmetics that don't contain them. And for photography purposes, plus what we need for time efficiency, we almost require the fast absorption for a more flawless end result.

So not only is green makeup healthier in general because of the ingredients but the fact that our skin doesn't drink it up as quickly is a new discovery. Ultimately I think that is great for everyday makeup and skin care users but I'm still on the fence about it for fashion photography. I have to admit that when I was using the green makeup I was tempted to grab my Chanel and MAC stuff to make it easier. I didn't, and I'm glad I didn't but in makeup artist terms I was just plain frustrated.

The Best Products for Combination Skin

by Kayla Smith @ The official website for Kayla Smith

Skincare for all types I always had concerns taking care of my skin. Sometimes it’s really dry and other times it’s super oily. Recently, I found out combination skin may…

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Our Week Adventure on the Best Dates in Utah

by Kayla Smith @ The official website for Kayla Smith

After living here four years, we needed to hit up these famous spots. I had a week off of work (Hooray!) so we decided to spend a week fulfilling our…

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Handmade Clothing Made Custom for You + Your Mini-Me

by Kayla Smith @ The official website for Kayla Smith

Pieces tailored to your needs I think handmade clothing is underrated! Don’t get me wrong about the ease of walking into a store and buying something. However, 15 of your…

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Search for Cruelty-Free Companies, Products, and More | PETA

Search for Cruelty-Free Companies, Products, and More | PETA


There are thousands of cruelty-free companies in our database, including The Body Shop, Tom's of Maine, wet n wild, and many more!

JoJo – When Love Hurts

by sirensofsong @ Sirens of Song

JoJo recently released the music video for “When Love Hurts,” one of three new singles that precedes her forthcoming album – her first official studio album in almost 10 years. “Say Love” and “Save My Soul” complete the ‘Tringle’, as she calls it. Tour dates have already been announced throughout the month of November. Visit … Continue reading JoJo – When Love Hurts

bareMinerals the Natural High Blush Review and swatches on pale skin

bareMinerals the Natural High Blush Review and swatches on pale skin


bareMinerals the Natural High Blush Review and swatches on pale skin. This is a cruelty free, universally flattering blush shade.

Teacher Discounts - Simply Kinder

Teacher Discounts - Simply Kinder

Simply Kinder

Teacher discounts are just one of the many perks of being a teacher!  As a frugal teacher, I have learned to ask over the years, “Do you offer a teacher discount?”  (I actually think my husband asks more than I do!)  So I though it was time to put all those teacher discounts in one …

Why You Should Wear Sunscreen in the Winter

by Kayla Smith @ The official website for Kayla Smith

You can get some of the worst sunburns when it’s the coldest. Along with the first day of autumn came our first snowfall in Utah…(sigh) I’m not a fan of…

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20% And Three Free Eyeshadows at Bare Minerals

by Isabella Muse @ Musings of a Muse

Get 20% Off with any $60 purchase plus choose three Free Eyeshadows shades at (no promo code needed, discount taken at checkout). There Holiday selections are live like the Box of Wonders Advent Calendar and Go Nude or Make a Statement Lipstick Set so, you can grab some early Holiday gifts! You may also […]

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The Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lip Collection Launching Soon – Musings of a Muse

The Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lip Collection Launching Soon – Musings of a Muse

Musings of a Muse

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss, Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick, and Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor are three brand new lip products launching in th

Bare Minerals

by (green/clean cosmetics) @ green/clean cosmetics

So this week I contacted my friend Kerrie Urban ( She is a hair and makeup artist based in NYC with Artists by Timothy Priano. I contacted her to help me with my blog because I knew she used Bare Minerals cosmetics on a regular basis.

To be perfectly honest, I was never really a fan of Bare Minerals....I found it drying on my own skin which is already dry and sensitive, and that it didn't photograph very well on photoshoots. I found that the faces were reflecting a lot of light and almost looked metallic. Then I saw that one of the ingredients in one form of their loose foundation powders was Aluminum. I was surprised by that because La Bella Donna, another mineral makeup line that I LOVE, does photograph well, is not too shiny and does not contain Aluminum. The aluminum made me nervous and a bit ticked off that they were calling themselves a mineral line which they very well may be (obviously) but that they were still using relatively harmful ingredients.

Having said that, when I saw that ingredient, it was at a photoshoot with kerrie 2 years ago. Since then I've shopped at Sephora many times, furiously reading the ingredient list on the Bare Minerals packaging and never once saw Aluminum again on the list.

So I made the decision to start trying Bare Minerals. So far I've tried the Foundation Powder, Mineral Veil, Moisturizer and Eye Cream. They are all really nice, good quality products.
One thing I'll say about the foundation powder and mineral veil is that for photography purposes you have to be careful because of the light. In my pictures of Kerrie I used natural light which seemed to not have too reflective of a result so it was fine...but for studio light i'm wary because it almost casts a film that looks greasy.

But for everyday use here's what kerrie said, " I like using bare minerals for my everyday foundation because it's not too heavy. It doesn't clog my pores and it doesn't dry me out. I have oily skin so the nice thing is that the powder absorbs some of the oil but not so much that I look made up. What I do wish they'd do is create a travel compact of the foundation powder because it just get's so messy in my bag carrying around the loose. It would be nice to have a compact with a mirror and a little application brush, that way I can touch up at work and not worry about getting powder everywhere on set." Kerrie Urban 2010 (

I'm looking forward to trying more of the bare minerals line and getting back with more info....stay tuned for more on Bare Minerals soon.....


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