Friday, September 16, 2011

While I'm home...

...I've decided to do a couple of fun things. I'm almost out of foundation, so hey, why not do some online make-up shopping? I've been ordering from Smoky Mountain Minerals, which, although not reviewed on the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, seems to be non-toxic. I like the mineral foundation fairly well, although I wouldn't rave about it. I'm having trouble finding a foundation I want to commit to. Skin Deep has been both my friend & foe; it's hard to know what you're getting into when a lot of the products you love aren't reviewed. It's also been difficult because, for the first time, I've actually got some skin issues. Prior to the past 14 months, I rarely had a blemish, but all of the sudden, my skin has decided to rebel against me. Just part of the bad-health bonanza that has been my recent life. 

I'm a big fan of Benefit Cosmetics, but Skin Deep has reviewed very few of their products, and there was a large range (from 2-7 on a 10 point scale) of toxicity. So while I still use their products, I don't really know how good/bad they are for me. But Confessions of a Concealaholic is something I use daily. Especially the Erase Paste. I get some serious dark circles, and this stuff is amazing. I've tried using purely non-toxic mineral make-up to cover up the circles, and it just doesn't work. It might be one product I'd want to keep, even if it was toxic. Where do you draw the line, you know?

My basic rule of thumb is that a product - whether it be toothpaste, shampoo, make-up, or sunscreen - should be rated 5 or less in terms of toxicity. It's been a rough journey, and I've had to throw out a lot of products. It's hard to find natural, non-toxic products that really work. What's more, I'm left wondering why my skin is worse now than it was before I purged my bathroom. I replaced my deodorant, toothpaste, face washes and moisturizers, and most of my make-up. 

So, I'm looking on Sephora, Benefit, and Smoky Mountain Minerals to figure out what I'm going to order this time around. What beauty products do you guys swear by? 


  1. I've been using Bare Minerals for over a year now and I enjoy it. It's more of a light cover as I do not enjoy a TON of makeup on my face. Depending on the brush you use you can cover most blemishes. I don't use it under my eyes though, for that I used MAC studio fix or something like that. I have dark eye circles too! Damnit! And Isn't it weird how you can have perfect skin forever and then randomly your skin goes INSANE?! All through highschool my skin was fine and now I've had terrible acne for the last 2-3 years :(

    I freaking love online makeup shopping. If there is one thing I wish I spent less money on it'd be makeup. But I like to believe that we are all blank canvases, and we get up each morning and decorate ourselves.

  2. I looked at Bare Minerals, but their rating on EWG's Skin Deep is awfully high compared to other mineral make-up brands. That's why I didn't go with them. I mean, it's still a 3, but most mineral make-ups (other than those put out by L'Oreal, etc.) are at a 0-1.

    My make-up came today! I'm so excited to play with it.