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June 10, 2013

What's In Your Lipstick? | Try Carmine-Free Lipstick

What's In Your Lipstick?


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Eco-friendly, carmine free cosmetics by Barbie's Beauty Bits
PINK and RED makeup often contains the color additive cochineal extracts, which is derived from crushed cochineal insects (beetles).  Now before you get bugged out, these additives are safe, however, they can be a common allergen.  So, if you’ve ever found yourself sensitive to a red lipstick or blush, it could be because of this.   The FDA does require manufacturers to list these colors on the labels, but you need to know what to look for.  For example, you may see an ingredient listed as carmine or natural red 4, (AKA bugs.)

Although I am not a vegan, and honestly, we could be putting worse things on our lips then bugs.  The allergy part intrigued me, as I have been allergic to some makeup colors; and after looking for the ones that bothered me, they all had carmine listed as an ingredient.  So, this made me wonder are there any Eco-friendly, carmine free cosmetics I should consider to see if there was a difference?  The search was not that easy, but I was able to find Carmine Free sites/products, please see them below.

  
  1. Aveda's Uruku Lip Pigment: This collection features products derived from organically grown Uruku Seeds.  Click Here To See Product Line   
  2. Alba TerraGloss: This company features a lot of products, including some naturally tinted lip products.  Click Here To See Product Line 
  3. All Natural Natural Cosmetics: This website listed all kinds of goodies, including gluten free, fragrance free, carmine free and more!  Click Here To See Product Line 
  4. 100% Free: All of their cosmetics are colored from antioxidant rich fruit and vegetable pigments.  Click Here To See Product Line  
  5. Kiss My Face: This company has been around for over 30 years and their products are made from the finest ingredients from mother nature. Click Here To See Product Line   



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June 7, 2013

How To Blend Your Way To A Flawless Face!

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No more caked on makeup with the Beauty Blender, by Barbie's Beauty Bits

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It's Time For Another FRIDAY FAVORITE... 

With a foundation applicator LOVE


This Weeks Favorite: The Beauty Blender, this is my secret weapon; it is a makeup tool must have!  This little pink beauty leaves you with a professional look and a flawless complexion. I PINKY swear by it!

About:  Now your face can have a smooth, flawless finish each time you use this beauty!  I’m sure at one point in time you’ve experienced a bad foundation applicator, whatever the reason.  But not any longer as this sponge is fool proof. I think it has a lot to do with its shape; the curves allow you to get easily in all those difficult areas.  Furthermore, the sponge eliminates all streaks, and when it’s wet, it expands to double its size for full face coverage.  Plus, it is latex free and non-allergenic. Can we say YEAH? This is probably why, this is the most used item by professional makeup artists, and now you know our secret!






How Do I Use This? 

  • I prefer to use it damp as it doesn’t absorb a lot of unneeded foundation, considering the costs of some foundations, why waste it on the applicator!  It’s important that if you want to use this wet that you squeeze out the extra water before using. 
  • Next, you want to pick up a small amount of your favorite foundation and apply to your face (make sure you have applied primer to your face first)!  
  • Apply your foundation using the stippling approach, which is basically tapping the sponge to your face, allowing for spectacular blending, with no streaking! 
  • The pointy end of the sponge permits you to get near your eyes, nose, and other small areas. This end also works wonders when it comes to covering blemishes. (I'm telling you this is one makeup applicator you must have in your makeup arsenal).

Cleaning:  As with all makeup brushes and applicators, cleaning them correctly and more importantly, often is essential.  I mean, why would you want to continually apply oil and dirt to your face?  You will if you don't clean your sponge regularly, so please clean correctly.

The Beauty Blender brand has a few options for cleansers. There is a liquid product as well as a travel-friendly alternative to the liquid, which is called Solid. The Solid comes with a custom grid to dry the Beauty Blender; I also use it to deep clean my other makeup brushes!   

BONUS: One really neat thing about this bad boy is you can put it in the dryer! However, make sure to use an air-dry setting.  NO HEAT!  

So there you have it beauties the secret to blending your way to a flawless face.  

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