Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Great Makeup Swap Begins

After reading the book, It Starts with the Egg, by Rebecca Fett, I knew that Daddy Bun and I needed to make some changes to our lifestyle to ensure the quality of not only his swimmers, but my eggs, were in top shape.  This book was recommended to my by my friend Monica all the way up in Ontario, Canada!  If you haven't read this book, you simply must check it out.  If you're trying naturally or progressing into more aggressive attempts at fertility, this book is full of hints and clues as to what could be impacting your success.

Check it out here in paperback or even electronic form through Amazon: It Starts with the Egg

As a makeup addict and eyeliner junkie, I was nearly in tears at the horrible chemicals I apply to my face on the daily!  Soaking up into my skin were ingredients like parabens, phthalates and titanium dioxide...even Teflon...yes TEFLON!  These preservatives and chemicals are directly linked to reproductive health and here I was just smearing and spraying and blending them right into my skin.  These are HARMING my reproductive health.  Literally, my egg quality is diminishing at every swipe of color across my eyelids.  Is having a pretty face THAT IMPORTANT?

Well, actually YES IT IS!  And that, my friends, is why I started the hunt to replace every makeup product in my arsenal.  From the primer to the blush to the highlighter.  If it's chemical laden, it's going to the Makeup Graveyard.  The makeup graveyard is where makeup goes to die.  In all my years of collecting mascara after mascara after mascara (yes there are that many) those that don't make the cut go straight the the graveyard (more commonly known as the second drawer in my vanity).  So let's review my current hoard of makeup to be replaced.  Now, don't get me wrong, there are tons of products in my drawer but these are my go to products, my tried and true favorites, my "needs" which must be replaced.

To give you a realistic view of the costs of these items and the costs to replace these items, I am fully disclosing the cost of the makeup which will be going to the graveyard.  This means a lot of makeup costs will be out in front for Daddy Bun to if you find I never post again, it's likely because I too, have gone to the graveyard after these costs are disclosed.  But THISSSSS is the stuff I am willing to do so that we can all have chemical free faces!

So let's get to it!  Again, these are not ALL the products, who has time for that, LOL, but these are what I would consider my must-haves.


Primer: Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36) - This is my holy grail of primers.  I have yet to find anything to match the work that this primer does.  Unfortunately this primer has two kinds of parabens....Methylparaben and Propylparaben which make it a NO-NO for Hunny Bunny.

Foundation: Dior Airflash Foundation ($62) - Again, my HG of foundation.  It took me years to find that perfect formula to make my skin look so perfect and GUESS WHAT...Methylparaben and Propylparaben again.  Which means this lovely can of perfection must go.

Finishing Powder: Ben Nye Banana Powder ($12) - suggested by a friend which quickly rose to HG status, this loose powder is riddled with parabens like Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and Butylparaben...making yet another product achieving Holy Grail status stricken from the vanity.


Benefit Hoola Powder ($29) - this was my favorite matte bronzer and I have hit pan on this several times meaning I've used this OVER and OVER again.  But alas, the ingredients include at least FIVE, yes FIVE, parabens which means the Hoola gotta hula out!

Blush: Nars Blush ($30) This was not a HG item, it just happened to be the blush of the moment so I'm really not sad seeing this going to the graveyard because guess what, PARABENS!

Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector ($38) I like how this proclaims boldly on Sephora that it has no that really important when one of the ingredients is Tetrasodium EDTA... which is formaldehyde and sodium cyanideRead that again...formaldehyde and sodium cyanide!!!  Sure let's just swipe that across my cheekbone tomorrow...NOT!!


Eyeshadow Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (original) ($20) - I feel like I finally hit a product that isn't loaded with parabens and toxic ingredients, but there are a few ingredients that hit a nerve with me including Cyclopentasiloxane and PEG-40 Stearate (WHATTTT??  These are potential cancerous products and they don't effect reproductive health, but since we are cleaning it out, this primer has got to go too).

Eyeshadow: MAC Cool Neutral Palette ($85) and Urban Decay Smokey Palette ($54) - I was so hesitant to look these up as these are my absolute favorite eyeshadows.  If I had another palette before these, it hit the graveyard long ago.  Both of these products contain talc, Phenoxyethanol, and Sorbic Acid.  These additives are going to my eyelids, the most delicate part of my face and they all have toxic properties that affect organ health, while it's not reproductive organs, it is still my body and I want this body to be as safe as possible for a little bun in the oven.  So bye-bye palettes, I am sad to see them go but I can't wait to be free of the toxins on my face.

Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($20) - Holy Grail of eyeliner, noting makes a qing quite like this and now it must go directly to the graveyard as it contains parabens as well.  I am slowly sinking into a depression as each item in my must-haves is being discarded for the toxic ingredients.

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash ($23) I was really excited to see that this is formulated without parabens, phthalates and sulfates, and as I searched out each ingredient I felt this COULD BE A KEEPER in my vanity...until I hit the Phenoxyethanol.  I don't want Phenoxyethanol in my makeup products!

Total Makeup Staples: 11.  Total cost: $409

As I review this list of my staple products and realize they all contain at least one or more toxic ingredients I wonder how badly I've affected my egg quality just by trying to "be pretty" by slathering makeup on my face every single day.  I'm disheartened by the ignorance of my quest to find a HG product without even consulting the ingredients.  Parabens affect egg quality.  Parabens I sweep on my cheeks or brush on my eyelids.  I must set out and replace all of these products with natural alternatives and I must do it without breaking the bank.

So if you're looking to find alternatives to your makeup, if you want to find products that are safe for your face, safe for your body and safe for the quality of your eggs, make sure you follow along as I find, purchase and compare items to do The Great Makeup Swap.  Not only do I seek to find products that are healthy for you, I am also trying to do it without breaking the bank.  I'll be trying drug store brands and high end brands in search of the best.  I'll be using small companies, large companies, local and international if I need to.  The quest is on y'all and I'm here to see it through.