Friday, January 22, 2016

The Great Makeup Swap - The Completed Project

This is a project I started after reading the book It Starts With the Egg by Rebecca Fett.  So, if you're just arriving you can get the scoop on this new series by checking out my first three posts:

The Great Makeup Swap Begins

TGMS - First Steps - Where to Shop

TGMS - The New Holy Grail of Bronzers

I went crazy during this Two Week Wait as this was our first round at TTC with Science.  On Friday January 8 we did an IUI at FertilityCARE in Winter Park, FL.  I had two weeks before I could test for a BFP....and let me tell you, every day was like a year!   In an effort to stay AWAY from symptom spotting and peeing on anything that resembles a stick, I focused all my energy in switching all my toxic, paraben laden beauty products with new, safer options.  Today marks the end of my TWW and the beginning of a new cycle as this IUI was not successful.  We will continue the TTC journey in February.

For a makeup addict like me, this was an exercise in patience and disappointment.  Patience because not every product is going to be entered in the databases you search for toxicity and thus I'm left searching individual ingredients...let's just say I have spent hours checking products only to learn that they are not suitable for the vanity any longer.  Disappointment because I LOVE makeup and the thought that these products contain things like Triclosan, which is directly related to diminishing reproductive health are just disheartening!  I'm paying upwards of thousands of dollars to achieve a viable pregnancy and I'm actually working against my efforts with beauty products.
So let's review a product that made the cut!  What?!  There were products that were safe in my arsenal already?  Well, not exactly, but let me explain...

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not going 100% on this routine.  And let me tell you why. For starters, I think I would drive myself crazy, as indicated by my weekend activities.  I think making some immediate changes are a great start and I will continue to do that.  But secondly, I have come to realize that some of the products rated in the half-way point between "Toxic" and "Safe" are simply not applicable to me.  So I will be keeping some products that are simply paraben and phthalate free and I am OK with that.  A great example is my Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation (pictured on the right).  This is a wonderful full coverage foundation.  It holds well in the humid Florida sun which is great for this gal!  This gets a rating of 4 on Think Dirty.  I reviewed the ingredients and I'm OK with it being a 4.  Now that you've met one the product to stay in my vanity, let's meet a few more products making an exit and what skin-friendly products that replace them.

On the left we have a few bumped out of the vanity and their replacements.  Starting at the top left are the OLD highlighting products I used above my cheekbones to give me that sparkle in the light.  Becca Shimmering Pressed Powder, L'Oreal Lumi Highlighter and Starlooks...two of these products just sat in my vanity because I'm a Stage Five Highlighter Clinger.  Top left are the REPLACEMENTS!!  First by Vapour Organic Beauty.  Vapour is a great product and I am really growing to love their twist up stick products.  This is called the Halo Illuminator and runs $36, which is steep in the beauty bin.  Vapour will give you FIVE samples for $15 plus shipping from ANY of their products.  I've tried several products and this was my favorite.  The second was a Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow, I just like saying the name PONG PONG!  This is a paraben and phthalate free natural formula that I received in a Boxy Charm box.  While I'm not a huge fan of this product, I did keep it in my vanity as a backup to the Vapour.  I am still on the lookout for a good drugstore choice in the highlighter department.

Moving on to the bottom left you will see me bid farewell to Ben Nye Banana Powder, unfortunately, this formula is no longer safe for Future Little Bun what with the Methylparben, Propylparaben, and Butylparaben ingredients.  It was an easy switch to Root Pretty Setting Silk which is a white powder but applies translucent.  This cuts the shine right off my face which is GREAT when you're not a fan of shimmery dewy makeup.  This Setting Silk is $10 y'all so it's a great deal!

Last but surely not least is the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer.  I cannot live without eyeshadow primer y'all, my eyelids are like tiny oilslicks by the end of the day so I was THRILLED TO BITS to find that Elf Cosmetics made an eyeshadow primer that was free of all the GUNK in the UD primer and costs a fraction of the price.  This was a $3 replacement of a $20 product.  You really cannot beat that, and IT WORKS.

Notice the similarities between the UD Smokey Palette which is a paraben laden product and the Coastal Scents Smokey palette, I mean talk about a perfect dupe without the parabens and phthalates.  The concern I have with that Coastal Scents palette is the list of products it "might" contain.  Most brands have one or two ingredients that "might" be in a product, but The Coastal Scents palette was actually longer than the ingredients.  Also exiting stage left is the SmashBox Double Exposure Travel Palette, a Nyx eyeshadow in a beautiful green and my MAC Carbon eyeshadow.  While I haven't received my replacement for the Nyx, I have ordered Pine, a single pressed pan from Root Pretty that will most certainly become a favorite in my vanity.

So what the heck made the cut?  How does one replace all of this color in a two week period?  Simply put, you don't.  Acquiring a collection like this in organic products is going to take a little time.  But I have some replacements that blew my mind and I'm excited to share them with you.

Meet The Replacements!  These are three brands from three price levels.  First, is Lily Lolo.  This 8 color palette available HERE is 100% natural and is while it lacks   gmo, gluten, nano particles, talc, additives, harsh chemicals, and other questionable is NOT LACKING in pigment and quality.  This little palette packs a PUNCH in the organic department and runs $34.  The palette is smaller but in my opinion it perfectly replaced both the UD Naked Smokey Palette and the questionable Coastal Scents palette.

Second is my new favorite small time organic seller, Root Pretty.  Y'all I swear I do not work for Root Pretty but this has quickly become a favorite brand for me.  Pictured are three eyeshadow samples which arrive FREE with every order as well as Stiletto, her matte black pressed pigment (currently waiting on a restock of her empty palette to store my lovely pressed pigments).  These also pack a punch of color without punching your wallet!  Each color runs between $8 for loose powders and $12 for pressed pans.  That's over 30% less than my staple MAC carbon powder!
And finally, the little three shade palette you see at the bottom right is by Pacifica Beauty.  I bought that at Target which stocks the brand making it my favorite department store organic brand.  It's not as pigmented at both Lily Lolo and Root Pretty, but it is available at your local Target (store finder) which makes it easily accessible and it was ONLY $6!!  Score!!

Old mascaras on the left, new mascaras on the right!
Moving on to the mascaras, you will only see a FEW of my stash in this photo because I recently did a mascara search and destroy, meaning I searched for the perfect formulas and destroyed everything else standing in my way.  I was a big Better than Sex fan by Two Faced.  There were about six mascaras that were cut from the stash as they were no match for my replacements seen on the right by Lily Lolo (again) and Physician's Formula Organic Wear.  Be careful to choose the Organic Wear for the Physicians Formula as they have SEVERAL products that are paraben filled.  I'm not a HUGE fan of the Organic Wear but I want to have a product available via drug store for my friends who shop locally and don't have time to wait for shipping.  The Organic Wear has one of those big plastic brushes and I'm just more of a classic lash wand gal.  The formula is soft and doesn't make your lashes feel hard so it's easy to apply several coats without getting those ghastly spider lashes.  Now, the Lily Lolo, that is a mascara I can love.  It's got a soft wand, thickens and lengthens my lashes and leaves them soft and natural.  It won't give you extreme falsie looks but just enough to say WOW, those are fabulous lashes.  I receive compliments on them today!  These will make a nice little home in my organic arsenal.    

The biggest cuts were in the Lips and Liners area.  Check out this BEFORE and AFTER collage!  I literally dumped all my lipsticks, lip glosses and lip stain and started fresh after I realized that most, if not ALL of them were riddled with ingredients that do your body BAD.  I'm not a huge lipstick fan anyway, unless it's RED and I will be on the hunt for that perfect stain as time marches on.  But for the most part, I'm just a simple gal who doesn't care for a ton of color across my lips.  I switched out for Root Pretty's Pretty Balm and Burt's Bees gloss and tinted lip balm.  I was surprised to find a few items made the cut from my BirchBox by BellaTerra Cosmetics but as you can see, my lipstick container was naked by the time I was complete.

In the liner department, as I may have mentioned I am an eyeliner JUNKIE, I have over 15 different liners, some were not even pictured in this hazy powder coated mess.  Black liner is a NECESSITY for me and I was thrilled to replace those with three, count them THREE perfect alternates.  First is Root Pretty Liquid Liner and this liner is the BOMB.COM.  I was blown away by the ease of application, the staying power and the matte black pigment. I use a pencil from time to time so Lily Lolo is a great recommended product for those who love that application!  I also don't hesitate to use a wet eyeshadow as a liner as well, my Root Pretty Stiletto powder is a perfect compliment if I'm feeling lazy with the liquid.

Check out this amazing wing I got from my Root Pretty Liner?  Talk about sweeping me off my feet with that pigmented matte black finish!  SWOON!!

How did it all shake out?  Here is my Organic Face (except that Kat VonD Foundation).  Everything in this collage is linked up below.  What do you think?  I was THRILLED with the final results from my Great makeup Swap!  I never thought I could get this look using organic beauty products!  While my collection is smaller and less "glamorous" without those prominent names you see in Sephora and Ulta, I am really excited with the way this project ended.  I feel like I've made some great strides in improving my reproductive and overall health!! 

Primer: Root Pretty Pretty Minerals in Lightly Medium ($22)
Foundation: Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation in #44 ($35)
Under Eye Concealer: Root Pretty Hello Pretty Under Eye Brightener ($18)
Bronzer: Root Pretty Sunkissed Bronzer (featured in this POST) ($11)
Blush: Root Pretty Blush in Macy ($12)
Highlighter: Vapour Organic Beauty Halo Illuminator ($36)
Eye Primer: Elf Eyeshadow Primer ($3)
Eyeshadow:  Lily Lolo Laid Bare Palette (using Stark Naked, Shy Away, Birthday Suit) ($34) AND Root Pretty Pressed Pan in Stiletto (on the corners) ($12).
Eyeliner: Root Pretty Liquid Liner ($16) on the top and Lily Lolo black liner on the waterline ($16)
Mascara: Lily Lolo  ($19)
Lips: Burts Bees Lip Gloss in Strawberry ($5)
Setting Powder: Root Pretty Setting Silk ($10)

Thank you for taking this journey with me and helping me enjoy my TWW without worrying about peeing on sticks or what kind of cramp I was feeling...focusing my energy elsewhere is a big help.  If you're on your TWW and you're looking for ways to spend it, check out my post HERE on The Infamous Two Week Wait.

I was not paid to use or review these products, they're just part of my journey to a more healthy lifestyle.

Do you have a favorite product you want to switch out?  
Let me know and I'll be happy to research for you!

Do you have a favorite natural product you think I should try?  
Comment below and share your faves!