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Given the claims that conventional mascara makes (“Your lashes will punch others in the face with their girth and length!“), it’s no wonder that our reviews of safer mascara are, well, lacking.  The majority of conventional mascaras work based on the type of wand (most of the volumizing wands are now made of silicone), and I’m sure it does add some semblance of a “clumping effect” albeit slight, so that it gives the illusion that your lashes are longer and fuller.   But no mascara really does that for me so I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to science.

Now that my kids are getting older and allow me five minutes to put myself together (not the whole five minutes to myself, and not without a lot of tattling, screaming, and shoving each other, I might add), I’ve slowly been remembering to wear at least a little makeup every day.    So, I treated myself to some new stuff, one of them being mascara.  And as far as “green” mascara goes your choices are limited and as far as green AND volumizing?  Well, Dr. Hauschka’s volumizing mascara is pretty much all that there is.

Dr. Hauschka’s volumizing mascara will not make the same claims that its conventional counterparts will.  Your lashes will not precede you when walking into a room.  It’s a very simple mascara, and it did give my lashes more volume but realize that I have little nubbins for lashes so anything is an improvement for me and this isn’t a complaint.  I take any mascara at face value because I think what mascara promises is ridiculous.   It smells fantastic, like rose petals, which beats any other brand in my book (I big puffy heart the scent).  Most mascara smells like mud in my opinion.   It doesn’t make my eyes itch and it gives me nice pleasant natural looking lashes without making me look like a drag queen.

So overall?  If you’re going for a more natural look and you’re looking to green up your mascara?  This is a sure winner.  The price isn’t majorly expensive (about the same as a good conventional mascara, more expensive than your typical drug store mascara), about $30. If you’re looking for something that will give you more of a supermodel look? Yeah sorry, you’re going to have to stick with Loreal.

Skin Deep Rating: 6

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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!

big_mascaraI’m an unfortunate soul who has jacked up stubby lashes.   I never really cared too much about what type of mascara I used, because nothing is going to magically transform my stubby puny lashes into something even remotely resembling that of a super model.  I don’t care what sort of promises the commercials make.   They’re so bad that not even false eyelashes stay on.    So in the past, I’d buy something on sale and settle for marginally better lashes.   It’s a curse, but then again, my sister always complains that I got the boobs in the family, so I guess we’re even.

But, then I started to worry about the issue of chemicals in my mascara.   Not only petrochemcicals, but anti bacterials, fragrance,  minute levels of…. mercury?   So I stopped using mascara after my son was born.   Much like everything else, I rarely had time (or reason) to wear it when he was really young.    But for Christmas, I wanted all the girly goodies to feel good about myself again, and one of the things I asked for was some 100% Pure fruit pigmented mascara.   Even though I really love all of the 100% Pure products that I had tried, I was still kind of skeptical about how it would work.   I mean, isn’t chemicals what gives you those so-called fabulously long lashes (well, in other people anyway)?     But much like everything else in this greener journey, the only way I’ll find out is by trying.

Fruit pigment me surprised, this stuff is pretty good.   It hasn’t turned my lashes into supermodel lashes,  but it did make them look more presentable.  It doesn’t clump and it also didn’t irritate my eyes, which has happened to me in the past and I know is also a big factor for a lot of people with sensitive eyes.   It also didn’t smudge or fade.  And came off easily with some soap and water.   Also, I should point out that it smells awesome.   Yes, mascara that smells good.   It actually smells like fruit.  It’s kind of bizarre at first, but it grows on you.   I’ve also heard a lot of people complain about this mascara being dry.  I’m not an expert, but so far, I haven’t found that to be the case.  In fact, most of the conventional drug store mascaras that I’ve used have always been too goopy for my liking, so this stuff works like a charm for me.   I’m definitely loving this stuff,  so why ruin a good thing?

Get it: The 100% Pure makeup line, including the mascara, is only available through QVC, which you can order directly online.  However, my husband was able to find some on ebay for a little bit cheaper, so it’s worth trying to shop around.

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One of the things I’ve been searching for is a safer mascara.  Admittedly I was hooked big time on the big orange LashBlast by Cover Girl (Cover Girl mascaras rate around a 7 in Skin Deep).  Once learning about some of the icky junk in mascaras I’ve been on a holy search to replace mine with something safer.  I picked up Tarte Lash Hugger Natural Mascara at Sephora on a recent trip to San Diego and have been giving it a fair go.  First the good stuff.  This mascara is paraben-, phthalate-, sulfate-, mineral oil-, propylene glycol-, fragrance-, and synthetic dye-free. The tube is made from post consumer recycled aluminum which is definitely an eco-friendly package compared to the usual plastic of others.

I like this mascara but I don’t love it the way I love the performance of some of the traditional ones.  However, the ingredients (or lack of) is what makes me adore it.  This mascara goes on pretty thin so you can go light with it or build up for a more dramatic effect.  And the tube is cute… it’s purple!  Functional, cute and safer that your run of the mill mascara.

Get it: Sephora.com

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