Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Why is mineral makeup itchy and irritating?

mineral powder foundation with brush
Loose powder mineral foundation is touted as being a safe, natural makeup with minimal natural ingredients that is perfect for sensitive skin. Not for my sensitive skin!!! Many loose powder mineral makeup brands irritate my skin and make it itch like crazy!

My skin has reacted terribly to Bare Minerals and Youngblood loose powder mineral foundations. There are many people who use both of these brands with no problems at all and truly love them.
youngblood mineral powder foundation
We carry Youngblood makeup at the salon and our clients rave over the loose mineral foundation. It makes my skin itch and it has an occlusive feeling on my face. I can't wait to wash it off! It's the same reaction I have to the Bare Minerals powder foundation.

Using mineral powder foundation is a quick and easy way make your skin look great. It gives you decent coverage with just a little of the product as you swirl it on with a kabuli brush or powder brush. It has a barely there feel, if you are not sensitive to it. It is especially good in the summer when the skin is more oily. That's why I like to use it.

Now, I have used Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Loose Powder with no problems at all. Physicians Formula products are hypoallergenic, formulated for sensitive skin and are free of 150+ known skin irritants. 

I had to get to the bottom of this. Why are these 'good for sensitive skin' powder foundations irritating my skin? What is the problem ingredient?

The minimal ingredients in the Bare Minerals and Youngblood mineral makeup made it quick and easy to analyze each ingredient.

BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation Ingredients
Titanium Dioxide
Zinc Oxide
Mica
Iron Oxides
Bismuth Oxychloride

Youngblood Natural Loose Mineral Foundation Ingredients
Mica
Titanium Dioxide
Iron Oxides
Bismuth Oxychloride

Let's have a closer look at each ingredient in the Youngblood and Bare Minerals powder foundations.

Titanium Dioxide is a mineral from the earth used in mineral makeup as a brightener and as a broad spectrum sunscreen. It is safe and non irritating to the skin.

Zinc Oxide is a mineral from the earth used in mineral makeup to create an opaque look and as a broad spectrum sunscreen. It is safe and non irritating to the skin.

Mica is a mineral from the earth used in mineral makeup to create sparkle. There are a variety of colors of mica and it can be ground into different sized particles creating varying degrees of transparency. It is safe and non irritating to the skin.

Iron oxides are mined from the earth or can be made synthetically. They have red, rust and brown colors. It is safe and non irritating to the skin. 

Bismuth Oxychloride is a white pearly coloring agent commonly found in powdered mineral makeup. It is also known as synthetic pearl. It is actually rarely found in nature but is manufactured by combining bismuth, chloride and water. Bismuth is a by product of lead and copper metal refining. 😲

It is a fine white powder with a soft feel that adheres well to the skin. Bismuth Oxychloride has a crystalline structure. The crystals have many spokes. The fine powder easily settles in the pores when applied to the skin where it's crystal spoked structure pokes the skin causing itching and irritation.

BINGO! 

It's the Bismuth Oxychloride. I suspect that this ingredient could cause an acne breakout as well. Those spoked crystals are bound to get stuck in the pores causing your natural oils clog in the pores.

Bismuth Oxychloride is not in the Physicians Formula Mineral Powder.
physicians formula mineral wear loose powder foundation
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Loose Powder Ingredients

mica
lauroyl lysine
zinc stearate
boron nitride
phenoxyethanol
caprylyl glycol
ethylhexyglycerol 
hexolene glycol
o-Cymen-5-ol
iron oxides
titanium dioxide
zinc oxide

There are many people who are not bothered by Bismuth Oxychloride. Their skin is just not sensitive to it.

tarte amizonian clay airbrush foundation
I have recently tried out Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation which also contains Bismuth Oxychloride. It was included in gift box of Tarte goodies my daughters gave me  for Christmas. Surprisingly, I can use this one with very little reaction even though it contains Bismuth oxycloride.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation Ingredients:
mica 
camellia sinensis leaf extract
caffeine
pearl powder
kaolin 
quartz
ruby powder
sea salt/maris sal/sel marin
tourmaline
smithsonite extract
ultramarines
bismuth oxycloride
iron oxides
ferric ammonium ferrocyanide
titanium dioxide
zinc oxide

I have a theory about why is doesn't irritate my skin. 

My theory is that #1 it contains much less Bismuth Oxychloride than the Bareminerals and Youngblood products and #2 there are so many more ingredients, particularly  kaolin which is a clay, that I believe sticks to and surrounds the Bismuth Oxychloride crystals so that they are not as sharp.

So there you have it! If you find that your skin get irritated and itchy when you use powdered mineral makeup, go right to the ingredient list and check for bismuth oxycloride. 

Cruelty Free Powder Mineral Foundation Brands with No Bismuth Oxychloride

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Loose Powder
Shop for Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Foundation

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation
Shop for Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation

Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation and Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder
Shop for Jane Iredale Mineral Foundation

Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation 
Shop for Honeybee Gardens

Gabriel Cosmetics  Dual Powder Foundation
Shop for Gabriel and Zuzu


I hope this post helps you find the perfect powder mineral foundation for your skin.

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xo
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Monday, January 27, 2020

Spring Nail Polish Colors for 2020: The Zoya Calm Collection Spring 2020

Zoya has created a beautiful soothing collection of nail polish colors for spring 2020. It is the Calm Collection. Calm is good. Calm is something we all need.

zoya calm collection 2020
There are six pastel colors in this collection. Five of the six colors are creams. The 1 shimmer has a soft copper micro shimmer.
zoya calm collection 2020
All of the opaque spring nail polish colors go on smooth and easy. Some of them contain a lot of white pigment so you may see some streaking on the first coat that is easily corrected with the second coat. They are all light colors but they have a nice intense brightness to them.
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These colors would be just perfect for a wedding! I could see bridesmaids and the bride wearing any these colors. My daughter, who will be getting married in 2021, was eyeing up AJ for herself.
zoya calm collection 2020

The Zoya Calm Collection for Spring 2020


Colleen
zoya colleen zoya calm spring 2020
Colleen is a soft pretty warm toned pink cream.

Emerson
zoya emerson zoya calm spring 2020
Emerson is soft cool toned baby blue cream.

Leif
zoya leif zoya calm spring 2020
Leif is a light soft sage green cream.

Vee
zoya vee zoya calm spring 2020
Vee is a muted lilac cream. Vee is the color with the most intensity in the bunch.

Laura
zoya laura zoya calm spring 2020
Laura is a warmed toned nude pink cream.

AJ
zoya aj zoya calm spring 2020
AJ is a blush nude pink with a soft copper micro shimmer.

I have these colors with me when I'm at the salon if you would like to see them and try them on. 

Speaking of the salon, Zoya is a client favorite nail polish brand at the salon for its beautiful colors, its durability and the fact that it has non toxic ingredients.


Zoya professional nail lacquer wears quite well on natural nails and is free of the harmful ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. 

You can find Zoya products at salons, spas, zoya.com and on Amazon   

We carry Zoya nail polish at Styling Point in Media, Pa. Come see me to get your nails looking pretty with a beautiful Zoya nail polish color.


       Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day! 
xo
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Esqido Gel Eyeliner Pencil Review: Waterproof Eyeliner

I love a good eyeliner, don't you? I recently tried out the Esqido Gel Eyeliner Pencil. Esqido tells me that the benefits of this eyeliner pencil are that it is highly pigmented, it is long lasting with all day wear, it is water resistant/waterproof, and is smudge resistant. 
esqido gel eyeliner
I was excited to test this liner out because a good waterproof eyeliner is something I like to use for my brides and their wedding parties on wedding day.


esqido gel eyeliner black and brown
I tested this liner out for a week to really get a feel for it. It comes in black and brown. The black is very dark. The brown is a nice rich brown. The brown actually works great on my dark brown eyebrows, too. This product is cruelty free, of course, or I wouldn't be trying it!

A gel eyeliner pencil tends to have a softer feel than a regular pencil eyeliner when it is applied. It also should create a smooth line with ease.

The Packaging 
This pencil is a plastic twist up pencil. I like the packaging of this liner. It is has many features to keep the product from drying out.


esqido gel eyeliner wrapping
The pencil is packaged in a box. The pencil inside the box is wrapped in plastic which is nice because I find gel liners can dry out and become hard quickly when exposed to the air. 


esqido gel eyeliner seal ring
There is also a soft silicone like ring on the pencil that forms an airtight seal when the cap goes on the pencil. 


esqido gel eyeliner sharpener
There is a handy sharpener on the end of the pencil. I recommend that the pencil be sharpened before each use to get a well controlled, nice line. 

The Application
This pencil feels comfortable when it is applied and it goes on fairly smoothly. Both colors have a lot of pigment and both create a bold line. I am wearing the black liner in the photos.
esqido gel eyeliner on eyes

esqido eyeliner black on eyes
My eyeshadow is from the Tarte Flirt Palette.

My lipstick is Becca Ultimate Lipstick Love in Blaze.

If you like to smudge your line a bit to soften the look like I do, you have to do it quickly. You have about one minute to smudge it before it sets up. It will start to flake off when you try to smudge it after it has set up.

The Wear
Does it smudge?
This pencil wears pretty well for me. The claim is that it is smudge resistant. They don't say smudge proof. I found this liner was mostly still on at the end of a long work day at the salon.

I always have trouble with any liner staying on at the inner and outer corners of my eyes. I did experience some smudging  and wear in these areas but it was still there at the end of the day. 

My skin tends to be on the oily side. Oils dissolve makeup, both waterproof makeup and regular makeup. Skin care creams, concealers and foundation can also dissolve eyeliner. I feel it is impossible to have no smudging at all at the end of the day with a pencil liner unless you have dry skin.

Is it waterproof?
Yes! I find this liner to be waterproof. Go ahead and cry or swim with it. You need an oily makeup remover to take it off easily and gently. Olive oil is my go to oily eye makeup remover. I would have liked using this liner when I was on vacation in Jamaica!

Click here for my favorite waterproof mascara


The Ingredients
This liner is free of parabens and other harmful ingredients. I have not experienced any irritation from this product. This product is made in Korea. 

Black liner ingredients: 
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, C30-50 ALCOHOLS, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, SILICA, POLYBUTENE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, ACETYLATE GLYCOL STEARATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, MICA (CI 77019), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510) 

Brown liner ingredients: 
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, C30-50 ALCOHOLS, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, SILICA, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, ACETYLATE GLYCOL STEARATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492) 

I found that the Esquio Gel Eyeliner does live up to it's claims. It's worth a try if you are in the market for a waterproof eyeliner. Just remember to work quickly with it to deliberately smudge and soften the line. Also, expect a small amount of wear after a long day. You can purchase it from esqido.com or Amazon for $16.00.

Watch my quick Esqido Gel Eyeliner Pencil video on facebook and instagram to see it in action.


       Have a Beautiful, Cruelty Free Day! 
xo
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Monday, January 6, 2020

Pantone Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue, Nail Polish and Decorating Ideas

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 is Classic Blue. They described it as being like the color of the sky at dusk. It's a calming, peaceful color which is what we need in our crazy world right now. Color psychology, if you will. Last year's color was Living coral, a bright lively color.

See the 2019 color of the year, Living Coral and coral makeup ideas


 pantone color of the year 2020 classic blue
Another shade of blue, Cerulean, was the Pantone Color of the year 20 years ago. Many of us were freaked out that the computers were going to crash when they had to turn over to 2000. We needed the tranquility of blue then too!

I am a fan of blue. I always have been. You will frequently find my fingers and especially my toes, a shade of beautiful blue nail polish. I'll show you a few of my favorites that have the Classic Blue look.

Here is Zoya Aire from the Innocence Collection. It's similar to the Pantone Classic Blue.
Zoya Aire

Shop for Aire on Amazon.

Here is Zoya Elliot. It's a deeper version of Classic Blue.
Zoya Elliot

Shop for Elliot on Zoya.com

Zoya Mallory is also a nice blue with the Classic Blue feel.
zoya mallory

Shop for Mallory on Amazon

I also love a little blue eye shadow. Click here to see my post on blue makeup 

I also decorate my house in shades of blue including Classic Blue. Even though I hate the tile counter top from the '80s in my kitchen, it happens to be a shade of Classic Blue so I'm right on trend, sort of. If only it wasn't tile!!!

Feeling bold? How about a blue wall? I painted a blue accent wall for my friend last summer. The inspiration piece was her blue vase. Flashy Sapphire from Behr Paint was a great match to the deeper color in the vase.
blue vase with matching paint
The paint came out fantastic!!! It's bold and beautiful yet it has a soothing quality about it. I really love how that vase looks on the mantle with the blue wall.
blue accent wall
It went from mediocre yellow to bright, colorful blue!
yellow walls

Not feeling that bold? You can still be trendy by adding little touches of blue.

glass blue cats
It is easy to add touches of blue throughout your house with simple accessories like pillows, candles and art pieces without spending a lot of money.

You can add some pretty blue knobs to your cabinets for a touch of Classic Blue in the kitchen or bathroom. I saw these cute ones on Amazon along with other pretty blue things to design on a dime.

blue and white knobs

Here's a beautiful blue candle I like.

blue candle

I'm loving these blue pillows.

blue pillows

blue pillows

Even a blue accent rug would be an inexpensive way to add some blue to a room.

blue area rug

You can even add some blue towels to your bathroom. The blue towels along with the blue cabinet knobs would look amazing in the bathroom!
blue bath towels
Here's a great thing about blue, blue coordinates with so many colors. You don't need to go painting and changing everything in your house. Adding some blue to your existing color palette will work beautifully. The brown, green and vibrant flower colors of the landscape go perfectly with the blue sky. 
negril jamaica sunset
And how gorgeous the orange, pink and purple colors of the sunset go with the deepening blue sky. This is a sunset from my favorite vacation spot, Jamaica. So beautiful!

It's easy to get with the Classic Blue trend on yourself and in your home. I'll be looking in the stores to see if fashion follows the color of the year.


You can find Zoya products at salons, spas, zoya.com and on Amazon.  We carry Zoya nail polish at Styling Point in Media, Pa. Come see me to get your nails looking pretty with a beautiful Zoya nail polish color.

       Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day! 
xo
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decorating with blue