Article: Makeup Tips for Glasses Wearers

In , / 9/29/2014
I am a part-time glasses wearer.
When I was in the third grade, I went to a fashion show at a local mall. There were signs for each clothing line, but I couldn't read them when everyone else could. A week later, I got fitted for glasses. Everyone in my family needs vision correction, but contacts have been my weapon of choice since the fifth grade. But every once in awhile, I like to give my eyes a rest. I may not be a full-time glasses wearer, but I have some personal experience wearing makeup with glasses.

So when a reporter asked for my advice, I gladly offered some tips. One of my ideas was featured here, in this article on Self.com.
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Review: Ecco Bella FlowerColor Lipstick

I've recently heard that FD&C dyes are from coal tar, and some people recommend avoiding them. I like to play it on the safe side, so I was shocked to discover just how many "natural" brands use FD&C dyes, particularly as a replacement for carmine in vegan lipsticks. It seems it can be tough to get certain shades of red and pink without either carmine or FD&C dyes, but a few companies have managed this feat. One such line? Ecco Bella's FlowerColor Lipstick.

Pros:
  • Over 10 vegan shades
  • Gentle formula
  • Gluten-free/no FD&C dyes
  • Sleek black packaging
  • Smooth application
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Article: When to Toss Makeup

In , / 9/22/2014
Mascara often lasts 4-6 months.
If your beauty bag looks anything like mine, there are several items of unknown origin. Or perhaps you remember exactly when you purchased them--and it was way back in high school. Whether your beauty bag is in need of some autumn cleaning or you're looking to discard toxic products, it's vital to go through your makeup once in awhile.

For tips on how and when to toss your makeup, check out my guest post on The Joyful Organizer.

Here's a quote from the article:
If the product needs to be trashed, the containers can usually be recycled. If a product has a recycling symbol, it might be eligible for curbside recycling. If not, clean it out and bring it to a store such as Origins, which accepts empty cosmetic packaging (regardless of brand).
Click here to check out the full post on The Joyful Organizer!

For more info, check out my posts on makeup expiration dates and how to dispose of makeup.

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Review: Benecos Nail Polish

Vintage Red
I have a love-hate relationship with nail polish. It seems like every time I decide to start wearing it, I take up a new hobby like playing the ukulele--which just happens to destroy polish. Most nail polishes chip off after a couple of days on my hands, and only a few have ever risen to the challenge of daily wear and tear. One of these special contenders is Benecos Nail Polish, which claims to be long-lasting and chip resistant.

Pros:
  • Long-lasting
  • Chip resistant
  • Smooth, silky finish
  • 5-free: No formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, phthalates or colophony
  • Large variety of colors
  • Vegan and gluten-free
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Review: Acure Superfruit Cleansing Gel

It would be nice if my blemish problems were limited to my teen years, but, unfortunately, they never seemed to vanish entirely. I have combination skin, so I seek out products that help with oil control in all the right places (forehead, nose, and chin). Acure sent me their Facial Cleanser Gel (Superfruit and Chlorella Growth Factor), which is targeted to combination and oily skin types. I put it to the test.

Pros:
  • Contains many organic ingredients
  • A little goes a long way
  • Lathers well
  • Pleasant fruity scent
  • Cleanses without drying
  • Vegan and gluten-free
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Article: The Difference Between CC creams, BB creams, and Tinted Moisturizers

In , / 9/08/2014
It might seem like you’re splitting hairs, but there are often subtle distinctions between these three un-foundations. Tinted moisturizers, BB creams, and CC creams will all typically have less coverage than a regular foundation. Foundations often have medium to heavy coverage, while these alphabet lotions will offer sheer to light coverage—with a few rare exceptions.
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Review: Zosimos Botanicals Lipstick (updated formula)

Like a great work of art, many cosmetics require iteration to reach their full potential. Sometimes a company listens and incorporates customer comments, reformulating products to create something even better. Zosimos Botanicals is one such company, and they recently reformulated their lipsticks to be even creamier than last time I reviewed them. Read on to see how the new version stacks up.

Pros:
  • Creamier formula
  • Broad color range
  • Eco-friendly refills available
  • Sample sizes offered
  • Gentle formula with organic ingredients
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