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Red Apple Lipstick | Review

I received three beautiful lip glosses from Red Apple Lipstick. Every Red Apple Lipstick  gloss is gluten free, paraben free, soy free, GMO free, and vegan. They come in a variety of shades ranging from sheer to high pigmented. I like to keep lip glosses in my makeup stash for days when I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup but still look a little glamorous. Plus I love the green and black packaging as I’m a sucker for pretty things and boxes 🙂

 

Gemazing is a bright fuchsia lip gloss that is highly pigmented. It reminds me more of a liquid lipstick because it’s thicker than a typical gloss, leaves a nice color on the lips, and has a nice smooth application.

Kissyfit is a bronze lip stain with an orange undertone. If you like bronze or copper colors then this is perfect for you! I also think this would make a create color for the Fall or Winter season.

Amor Caliente is a sheer lip gloss with a red undertone. I chose this one because I always like to have a stash of go to lip gloss. I don’t wear makeup everyday so on days I don’t this works for me. As a sheer gloss with a light tint this would pair well as a topper for your favorite red lipstick.

If you haven’t tried Red Apple Lipstick products now is your chance. Check out the other items in their makeup collection. Feel free to use coupon code: HOLISTICHONEY to save money on your next order.

 

Green Beauty Starter Kit | Organic Makeup for Beginners

I get so many questions about what makeup I use, product recommendations, how to start using clean makeup products. In an effort to help my green beauty sisters out; I decided to compile a list of basic non toxic makeup options. This is great if you are new to green beauty or a makeup beginner. And of course this is women of color friendly. I understand how hard it is to find the perfect shade that compliments your skin.

 

Primers

Bare Minerals Prime Time

Evelyn Ionia Green Tea Primer

 

Concealer

Au Naturale Cosmetics Creme Concealer 

100% Pure 2nd Skin Concealer 

 

Foundation

Plain Jane Beauty Creme Minerals

Zuzu Luxe Oil Free Liquid Foundation

Plain Jane Beauty Mineral Loose Powder
Plain Jane Beauty Translucent Powder

 

Eye Shadows & Liners 

Mineral Fusion Eye Pencil

Plain Jane Beauty Just Mascara

Pacifica Beauty Eye Shadow Palettes 

100% Pure Naked Palette 

 

Lipsticks & Liners 

Mineral Fusion Lip Pencil

100% Pure Pomegranate Lipstick

Zuzu Luxe Lip Pencil 

Zuzu Luxe Lipstick 

 

In this video I outline my basic makeup routine and green beauty products I use:

 

These are basic suggestions just to get you started. I consider myself a beginner in makeup also and these are the tools that I use on a daily basis. I hope you found this helpful. If you have any makeup recommendations you’d like to share, please leave me a comment.

 

Beauty Bakerie and Gabby Douglas Make a Sweet Collaboration

 

If you’ve been following my blog then you know I’m all about non-toxic cruelty free beauty. Vegan beauty brand Beauty Bakerie has just teamed up with a MEGA star! Three time gold medal Olympian Gabby Douglas is the new face of this growing beauty brand.

Beauty Bakerie is known for their bakery themed items including their smudge proof liquid lipsticks called Lip Whip. Check out the hashtag #WhatSmudge on Instagram to see how folks are raving about this lipstick.

Cashmere Nicole, CEO of Beauty Bakerie excitedly said “Signing Gabby on as a creative partner aligns on a deeper level to Beauty Bakerie’s roots. In Gabby I see both beauty and confidence; drive and determination. She’s got it. It makes her such a force to be reckoned with.” This is the brands biggest collaboration to date with Gabby Douglas’ 1.9  million Instagram followers  and her 3 Olympic gold medals!

In a press release Gabby said, “I am so excited about this partnership with Beauty Bakerie! Being Better not Bitter is very similar to my personal motto, ‘Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made. ‘It’s easy to allow negativity or hard circumstances to keep you from chasing your dreams. However, it is very important that you always stay positive and surround yourself with others who share the same mindset. I have actually always wanted to have a lipstick line, so this partnership fits together in many ways! I’m honored to be able to partner with a brand that has an amazing product.”

 

First up in this collaboration is Gabby’s five piece Lip Whip Set which will launch on March 14th priced at only $80. A single Lip Whip sells for $20.

 

To read more behind the scene details about this partnership check out Gabby’s Q&A on BeautyBakerie.com! 

Best Natural Foundation for Women of Color

Finding the perfect shade match can be a challenge especially if you are a woman with a darker skin tone. The beauty industry as a whole doesn’t always oblige to darker hues. Most cosmetic companies barely have any shades to match darker complexions. After going green with my beauty routine I notice that it was even harder to find a natural cosmetic brand that actually carried a foundation shade that suited me. I recently received a request on Instagram for a list of cosmetic brands that are women of color friendly. So here’s a list of green beauty brands that are the best for women of color:

 

Plain Jane Beauty: Not to sound bias but this brand is hands down one of my favorites when it comes to foundations. Lake Louise founded this company on the premise of creating a natural cosmetics brands that can match any complexion from olive to deep mahogany.

 

Alima Pure: Specialize in all natural mineral makeup. The color range is like no other. Their website has a great color matching tool and sample kit that includes 10 samples of their satin matte foundation. Their foundations are vegan and gluten free.

 

Modern Minerals: Strives to formulate makeup with the most natural ingredients possible. The founder Diane wanted to create a line of cosmetics that inspire conscious beauty, positivity, and presence. All of their makeup is vegan and cruelty free. You can also purchase small travel size foundations for only $2.

 

BLAC Minerals: Cosmetics brand that produces all natural makeup for women of color. Founded by a black woman, Merced Saint Boyce wanted to create natural makeup that is powered by healthy-skin loving ingredients. Their shade options are amazingly in depth, from light to deep dark. You can also purchase sample sizes.

 

Law of Nature Cosmetics: Organic makeup that is all natural and gluten free formulated for women of color. They carry creme foundation and mineral powder. 91% organic with no parabens, talc, mineral oil, or animal by products.

 

Gabriel Cosmetics: Offers organic skincare and vegan & gluten free cosmetics. Created to bring out a woman’s natural existing beauty. The moisturizing liquid foundation shade offers a small variety of various deep skin tones. Their Zuzu Luxe oil-free foundation comes in shades that go from a honey complexion to deep dark.

Lack of Healthy Beauty options for Black Women

Recently the Environmental Working Group did a study on the market for black cosmetics. According to the studies less than 25% of products marketed to black women score low in potentially dangerous hazardous ingredients. This means that the majority of products currently on the market targeted at black women contain ingredients that can potentially cause serious harm to our health. They also updated their Skin Deep database to include over 1,000 products marketed to black women. This is awesome news because now you can check the hazardous levels of the products you probably use regularly.

I’ve been pushing the green lifestyle for a while now and it amazes me just how much women of color are still not aware. Even in my everyday life I meet women who have no idea that their personal care products are not safe. The looks on faces is one of shock and astonishment when I proceed to tell them that they cannot trust crafty marketing or even the government for that matter when it comes to beauty product shopping. Just a few days ago I was having a conversation with a black woman from my church about Secret deodorant. I stopped using traditional deodorant and actually go without most days. I wrote an article on the blog discussing the dangers of using traditional deodorant and natural alternatives. To sum it up I explained to this woman that she should stop using Secret deodorant because of the aluminum and other carcinogens that are linked to breast cancer and other diseases. Thankfully her response was one of gratitude as if I saved her life. In actuality I pretty much did in the long run.

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Even though I’m still able to educate people I come in contact with in person and online via this blog; what that conversation and EWG’s report tells me is that there is still more work to be done. Research has mostly focused on chemical hair straighteners for black women and girls. As a woman sporting her natural hair, I think it’s awesome how the natural hair movement has exploded. However it’s bigger than just our hair. While it’s great that we are embracing our curls and staying away from parabens and sulfates in our hair products, what about our lipsticks, lotions, etc.?? And truth be told not even all the natural hair products are actually “natural”. You still have to read your labels and be cautious when purchasing those items as well. It’s sad that it feels like you need a degree in chemistry in order to buy beauty products but unfortunately until better regulation is in place this is what we have to do. We have to continue to educate ourselves about the ingredients in everything that we use.

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image from ewg.org

As I look around at the various blogs, events, and social media platforms I don’t really see a wealth of information about being conscious when it comes to every other beauty product that is used in the black community aside from our hair. This gives off the message that all we are focused on is our hair. So as long as our hair is slayed then we’re good. Sorry (not sorry) ladies but this is not enough! With black women being the highest on the list of fibroids, infertility, and other health concerns we should be much more prevalent about the practices of our whole body not just hair.

source: ewg.org

source: ewg.org

“This report makes clear the lack of safer alternatives for black women. Demand for these products is increasing and the cosmetics industry needs to provide healthy beauty options for black women” –Women’s Voices for the Earth. This is one of the many reasons why I created my holiday gift guide featuring black owned green beauty brands. While there aren’t as many as others there are still options.

You may be reading this article and thinking; well what can I do about it. Continue to support green beauty bloggers like myself and other organizations such as Women’s Voices for the Earth and Black Women for Wellness. Stay up to date on what hazardous ingredients are by checking websites and databases like Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep and the ThinkDirty app. Think twice before just picking up an item at your local retailer and placing it in your shopping cart. Take the time to read the label, read the ingredients in the product. If you’re not sure what an ingredient is look it up through one of the databases I mentioned. If you see that a product has harmful ingredients start looking for safer alternatives. Start supporting organic natural beauty brands like the ones I mentioned in my holiday gift guide.

Major companies only see and understand money. People always tell me that buying organic or going green is expensive. I admit that yes at times it can be a bit pricier than traditional items. However I believe in the buying power we have. The beauty industry is a trillion dollar business with black women accounting for the majority of that. If more people made conscious decisions when it comes to buying beauty products a lot can change. If you can get companies to stop using sulfates I believe we can push them to create all beauty products without toxic ingredients. Trust me they will take notice of people opting not to buy toxic beauty products when they start losing money.

 

Have you read EWG report? What are your thoughts?

Resource: ewg.org Big Market for Black Cosmetics but less Hazardous Choices Limited