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Peacekeeper is a company that I admire for many reasons but right now I want to talk to you about their V-Day lip gloss!  Peacekeeper launched their V-Day Lip Gloss in honor of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. Peacekeeper Cause-Metics is a company that makes great and safe cosmetics that stand for a cause and use all their profits to support women’s health advocacy and human rights issues. Awesome.

Their V-Day lip gloss is a natural gloss using organic waxes and butters to create a smooth and nourishing gloss that isn’t sticky or heavy. It’s pigmented with natural minerals and has a sheer yet colorful look. The color in the tube looks much like a siren red but on, looks more like a warm sheer pink gloss. For $10 you get a great gloss, and the proceeds go to a great cause.  It’s a win win.

Get It: You can order this and other of their products  including their other Eco-Sheer Glosses on IAmPeaceKeeper.com!

EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1

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Happy New Year!  I want to start off the year with some make up reviews because I know a lot of you are searching for recommendations.  Serendipitously I was contacted to try out a great line of cosmetics called Bailey Cosmetics which was developed to work well and be conscious of safety and of the environment.  The line has no parabens, no fragrance, no nano-particles, no micronized particles, to talc and no bysmuth oxychloride (which is found in many mineral make ups and can be an irritant).  Bailey Cosmetics created a line that was safe and uses only pure grade minerals.

What I was instantly impressed with was the packaging and the tools.  All the containers and brush handles are made with recyclable aluminum compacts (those of you who like to avoid aluminum take note) that feels good to hold and under the cap of each has a mirror.  The brushes are made with either humanely sourced goat hair or synthetic bristles.  They never test their products on animals and they use recycled materials for packaging and shipping.

Beauty Never Sleeps sent me their full collection to try out which included their 2 tone foundation powder, a dual eye shadow that has a shade that doubles as eyeliner, a blush, their Powder of Youth which provides a healthy glow without the extra sun exposure, their graphite eye brow pencil and a set of their fabulous brushes.

I was skeptical when I waited for them to arrive… safe, ok but does it work? Are they too potent? Do they smell like a cave?  Natural make up either falls into two categories for me.  Too much pigment (and I can never find a good balance to use it) or the color is right and it smells like I’m doing a cave painting with mud.  Natural make up can sometimes smell that way.  Not the case on either points.  I followed their step by step insert on creating a day and evening look and both are easy and made me look, well gorgeous.  In fact after my first time trying it all out I met up with my mother later on.  She commented on my make up and said “What do you have on, I need that”. That basically means it looked good and she wants it for herself.  :)

The colors are soft and neutral and bring out your beauty rather than mask you like a clown.  The foundation duo in Medium was perfect for my skin tone and matched just right.  They have a handy illustration on their website to help you chose your colors.

They also have a really nice lip gloss that provides the perfect pink sheen to your lips without looking overdone. It has aloe and shea butter to protect and heal.  These products aren’t vegan (beeswax) but as I mentioned they do not test on animals and take care to chose materials that are as environmentally friendly as possible without compromising the glamorousness. Is that a word? Well, it should be. The Bailey Cosmetic line is a fabulous find… safer than the traditional gunk you find in department stores and you still look just as fabulous.

Get The Look: You can order all their products on their website Beauty Never Sleeps

Someone recently asked me about safe play make up for kids and I started looking around on the Internet for some safe brands.  Then it dawned on me that if you yourself are using safer make up, then it’s going to be safer for your daughters too.  I’ve been trying to really make an effort to make my make up bag as non-toxic and chemical free as possible and part of that meant finding new options for foundation and for lip colors.  I’ve been a big fan of mineral make up for a while but lately I’ve been wondering about those little particles getting in my lungs and felt I needed to find a liquid foundation that isn’t full of gunk.

Erin of Ely Organics was so gracious to send me some samples of the cosmetics offered by Miessence Organics.  It never occurred to me to check with Miessence for make up but lo, they do carry a nice line of cosmetics.  I checked out the Miessence Translucent Foundation and was really impressed. It goes on super smooth and does have a translucent look o it so you don’t look or feel overly made up or caked.  It blended in easily and is virtually odorless.  Ever notice how some foundations are a little, well stinky? Not so with Miessence Translucent Foundation.  It works perfectly by itself or with a powder (if that’s your preference).  If mineral foundations are your thing, they carry that too, along with concealers and bronzer.

I also had the chance to try out their Shimmer Creme.  This might be one of my newest favorite products Ive tried recently.  It’s essentially a lip gloss in pot rather than a tube since its more solid but onc eyou put your finger or lip brush in it you quickly realize it’s versatility. I chose a Shimmer Creme in Berry which is a warm berry tinted gloss that goes on sheer.  You can play with the concentration too… want to go light? You dab a small amount on your lips for a sheer tint of color with some sheen to it.  Need more of a night look? Add a larger amount and the color gets deeper with a glossier look.

What I also love is that it feels nice on your lips.  Not sticky or thick and has a very faint scent (vanilla?).  Either way, this made it as a permanent resident in my purse and will be making an appearance on my lips at a Holiday Party tomorrow night. What’s great is you can also use this as a blush… its sheer enough and light enough to give you an extra little glow.  It’s hard to believe a lip gloss that works this well has only 4 ingredients: certified organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, certified organic unrefined cera alba (beeswax), mica, certified organic vanilla planifolia fruit extract. That’s it.

Miessence uses all natural ingredients, no chemicals and mostly organic ingredients too. I’m beginning a kind of love affair with Miessence products!

Get Them: You can find these and other great Miessence products on ElyOrganics.com!

Skin Deep Rating: 2 – Foundation, 1 – Shimmer Creme

I have several lip gloss reviews coming up and wanted to kick them off this the new glosses from Revolution Organics.  I learned about Revolution Organics a few years ago when I fell in love with their 22+ Uses All Over Body Balm.  Their motto is “Guilt Free Glam” and with good reason.  These products not only deliver but they do so without toxins and chemicals.  I know I’ve said it before but I am a lip gloss girl.  I have thousands of them.  Good, bad and great ones. So when I learned that Revolution Organics recently added lip gloss to their arsenal of products I was skipping with glee.

The technical stuff: These are made with natural and 85% certified organic ingredients.  It’s free of chemicals, mineral oils, petroleum, sulfates and parabens.  It’s packaged in recyclable, biodegradable materials and uses mineral pigments to create the lush colors. I was really impressed with the ingredient content in these glosses because it’s hard to find a gloss that delivers the way lip glosses we were used to, using only natural ingredients.  But Revolution Organics has figured it out.  Using plant proteins and extracts they actually promote healthy lips with antioxidants while keeping them hydrated and moisturized.  They also don’t test these pretty products on animals.

The beauty stuff: They come in 5 great colors and they are all sheer but colorful enough to wear every day (or night). Judging by the vibrancy in the tube you’d think it painted on like a lipstick but in reality it smooths on a sheer rich color that isn’t too over powering. My favorite for my skin coloring is Integrity which is a pretty rose with a subtle gold shimmer.  I can get away with the bright hot pink too for a night out.  It’s pink enough to compliment without making me look like a clown.  The clincher? They aren’t sticky. So many times have I bought a “natural” lip gloss only to put it on and it feel like plastic wrap on my lips. These are truly natural and truly comfortable to wear.

What I also appreciate is their packaging.  I’m a sucker for great packaging.  And while I try to buy only natural and safer cosmetics and skin care for myself, I admit I feel a pang of envy when I see a line with great packaging – wishing it wasn’t laden with petroleum and parabens. But with Revolution Organics – you get the best of both worlds.  Natural and safe and looking chic at the same time.  Revolution Organics is one of my top choices. I’m a customer for life.

Get it: You can purchase their new Freedom Lip Glosses from their website Revolution Organics or from other online retailers like Saffron Rouge or Upurea.com

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I don’t wear a ton of make up.  I know there are parts of the country where women tend to wear more make up than others (*cough* Long Island *cough* and I can say that because I grew up there) and I do wear some… enough to make myself acceptable for public consumption.  I do like my girlie must haves and here is whats banging around in my make up bag:

Foundation: I don’t wear a lot of it and I never really did.  But as I’m getting older I have rosacea and some flaws and I just need a light overall cover to make me happy.  I am using mineral foundation which I have recently read to be less than great due to breathing in particles.  But I loathe liquid foundation.  Hate it.  So I hold my breath and hope I don’t get some funky lung disease from it.  My favorite is Alima Pure Mineral Satin Matte foundation after switching from Bare Minerals when I learned that it contained Bismuth Oxychloride which can be an irritant to rosacea sufferers.

I also use SukiColor Liquid Formula Concealer in Flax (which I can’t find on their website right now) for spot treating under eye circles, zits or whatever weirdness shows up. Blends well and has a more respectable ingredients list than most commercial liquid make up.

Blush: I hide from the sun so much so that I need an extra boost (I wear hats and sunglasses all the time) so I use Alima Pure  Luminous Shimmer Blush in DianthusDr Hauschka makes a nice blush bronzer too but the cost difference is amazing.  $15 for Alima vs $30+ its an easy choice for me.

Eyes: NVEY Eco Organic Eye Shadow Palette in Palette 3.  I had a palette of this before which I had gotten as a gift and it lasted me forever.  So when I was digging the last of it out I decided it was a worthy investment.  It’s $60.  Yeah I know.  But it lasted me well over a year to a year and a half.  So I figure I’m spending that over a course of time on different ones anyway and this is organic.  So I splurge.  I also have a small Dr. Hauschka Eye Shadow Solo in Shimmering Ivory.  But I may try the 4 color palettes they have next time instead of the NVEY.  $44 vs $60 on that scale.

Eye Liner: I have a basic black eye liner from Sephora. Nothing green or safe about it.  I need to find a better one.

Mascara: I use Tarte Lash Hugger Eco-Friendly Natural Mascara.  Tarte uses better ingredients than most and avoids things like parabens, phthalates and mineral oils and is in a recycled tube.  It works great… can’t complain.  I tried out one of the “natural” brands at CVS and it was awful so I’ll stick with this.

Lips: My favorite topic!  I don’t wear lipstick.  It’s a pretty rare occasion if I do.  I am a lip balm kind of girl and when I get dressed to go out (haha) I am a fan of lip gloss.  Although since I started greening my make up I haven’t found too many lip glosses that do it for me. I have a million lip balms including: Badger Lip Balm in just abut every flavor but I love Tangerine and Lavender Orange, Bubble & Bee Lip Balm in both Coconut Lime and Rude Raspberry (which is Certified Organic now), a Burt’s Bees Radiance Lip Shimmer as well as a Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Sweet Pink, LuSa Organics lip balm (love) and an Earth Mama Angel Baby Lip Balm which I use at night.

Nails: I know we did a whole round up of safe nail polish but to be very honest – I hate almost all of them.  They don’t stay on and yes I used them while I was pregnant if at all but my vanity is at stake here so I ave been using Zoya Polishes for my mani pedis.  Zoya is Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP Free so I feel somewhat better using them.

Anyone have any eye liner or lip gloss recommendations?  Hope you enjoyed the peek into my bathroom!

Lavanila Lip ShineI am a huge lip product whore.  You’ll learn this if you read this site regularly.  I own enough lip balms and glosses to write 100 entries.  My first one is for LaVanila’s The Healthy Lip Shine lip gloss.  Once I learned about all the gunk in traditional glosses I went on a quest to find one that I could use daily that had a safer ingredients list.  I haven’t tried much of the LaVanila line because typically I’m not a vanilla-scent person but I was drawn to this one for it’s vanilla grapefruit scent.

This is a great day gloss… it goes with me everywhere.  It goes on smooth and isn’t overly heavy or sticky and has a pretty sheer pink hue. Better yet this lip gloss is free of parabens, phthalates, Petrochemicals, Propylene Glycol, Mineral oils, Silicone, Synthetic Dyes, and Sulfates.  The tube is 100% recyclable and is not tested on animals!

It comes in a few other scents including Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, and Vanilla Blossom… all of which are light peachy colors that go on sheer enough for wearing anytime.

Get it here: Sephora.com

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