What’s in Your Makeup Bag: Danger De Lux Revisited

I wanted to do another and final “whats in your makeup bag”, featuring my makeup bag again. Since my first post, I have changed most of the makeup I use, as I have been transitioning into a chemical free lifestyle. Its a sad truth that the makeup we use it chalk full of chemicals that are very harmful to our bodies. Its also a sad truth that most of use don’t even think twice before buying and using chemical laden products and cosmetics. I posted not too long ago about a book I read, There’s lead in your Lipstick by Gill Deacon, which opened my eyes to the harm of every day cosmetics. Since then, I have begun replacing all the products I use with ones that are chemical free. I have almost finished replacing all my makeup, which has proven to be the hardest part. I have found some really great, quality, chemical and cruelty free cosmetics that have now become part of my everyday beauty regime. You cannot find these products at the drug store or even Sephora; I’ve purchased them at my local organic grocery store and online at well.ca, which offers a ton of great chemical free options, at great prices ( plus if you spend $25 or more, you get free shipping).

1506989_10152608319530872_1073914276374264163_nI’d say about 90% of the makeup I use every day is chemical free, which means it doesn’t contain any sulphates, parabens, talcs, plastics, fragrance, pthalates, SLS, mercury or lead. By default it is also all natural, usually organic, and always cruelty free. I can feel good knowing I am not putting toxins into my blood stream or harming my organs with the cosmetics I am using. I am still using some of the cosmetics I had before, as I do not want to be wasteful or toss it out to simply harm the environment. The tranisition has been long and it is still continuing. Some items, like eyeliner and eye brow products, which are the most important to me, are harder to find;I need a good quality eyeliner and brown pencil to achieve my look, so I am still on the hunt for those.

Here is all the makeup I currently use

20150215_162252 (2)Pacifica Eyeshadow pallets – still in need of more colours though, especially browns, which is what I usually use

Pure Anada Mascara ( a Canadian Company)- while I usually opt for a water proof mascara, that is something I will probably have to give up. This mascara is really nice; its doesn’t clump, but goes on really smooth and is very black.

Pacifica eye highlighter

Pure Anada Foundation – very light and not cakey at all! I apply mine with a foundation sponge.

Pure Anada mineral bronzer – one of the nicest bronzers I’ve used to date; I know not everyone uses a bronzer, but I feel like with my freckles, its needed and looks nice.

Physcians Formula Mineral Powder – I need to replace this though, as Physicians forumla isn’t actually organic, despite it saying so ( companies are allowed to lie about being organic or all natural)

Annabelle Eyebrow pencil –  I need to replace this as well

Anastasia eyebrow pomade and shawdow- this stuff is great and is cruelty free, just not chemical free.

Pacificia finshing powder

Maybelline cream eyeliner and felt eyeliner – I ran out of mine and needed one quick, so both of these will get replaced when they run out

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 Aubrey Moisturizer – which I love! It has the slightest scent and is one of the best moisturizers I’ve used.

Pacifica CC Cream with spf 17

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Beseme Lipsticks in Cherry Red, Red Velvet, and Dusty Rose –  I love beseme but once these are done, I probably wont use them again; they are cruelty free, but not chemical free

Boho Cosmetics in Capucine (light pink) and Groseille; I also have two lip liners from Boho, as this company is all natural. These lipsticks are also quite nice and have good staying power, especially with a liner

Green Beaver lip glosses ( a Canadian company) – these have great colour, are not sticky, and are pretty top notch for lip glosses

20150215_162652 (2)Pacifica Perfume- made with essential oils and not synthetic fragrances, cruelty free, vegan, paraben free, and made with just a handful of ingredients. Look at the ingredients list of your perfume and you will likely not recognize most of the ingredients.

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I’ve heard some people say its hard to buy cruelty free, which would mean chemical free is even harder to buy… it is and it isn’t. Like I mentioned, you will not find this stuff at Sephora or the drug store, so it isn’t convenient to get. But it is worth the extra trip to the organ market to get it. Or order it online like I do, from Well.ca

The brands to look for are: Pure Anada, Green Beaver, Pacifica, Boho, Earth Lab, Gabriel, Sante, Weleda, Audrey, and Dr. Hauschka. Don’t be fooled by brands pretending to be organic or all natural. The regulations for this kind of branding isn’t really protected. Any brand can say they are all natural or organic if they have one, miniscule ingredient which is. Garnier Fructis advertises organic products, which are anything but. Be a smart consumer and know what ingredients are in a product. The chemicals and toxins found in most common cosmetics are known to cause cancer and other ailments; most of these products are also tested on animals, for no good reason.

11002950_901327573220714_1320075877_o (2)Here is a great resource to carry with you about which ingredients to look out for

http://www.gilldeacon.ca/images/Deacon_LeadinyourLipstick_Wallet%20Card_web.pdf

Shop online for the same products I use

http://www.pureanada.ca/

http://greenbeaver.com/

http://www.bohocosmetics.com/gb/

http://www.pacificabeauty.com/

Do you use cruelty free or chemical free cosmetics? Which are your favorites?

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Danger De Lux goes all natural

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have noticed lately I have been posting about natural cosmetics…face wash, feminine products, shampoo, toothpaste, perfume…. It is all because I read a book I had heard about years ago. I saw it in the Library last month and figured I may as well read it ( I love to read, btw). The book that has changed every thing for me was There is Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon… Now I know it sounds silly to say one book has changed my whole perspective on makeup and toiletries, but it completely opened my eyes to how much chemicals are in our beauty products and how most companies are lying to us about the ingredients they are using.

lipstick-coverCompanies are allowed to say they are all natural or use natural ingredients even if they arn’t or don’t. Cosmetic companies are allowed to use ingredients that cause cancer and illness and sometimes don’t even list this ingredients. There is some special loop hole that a product with a scent can simply list perfume or fragrance, as it is the brands ” secret scent”….one which is usually laden with chemicals. It’s a shame because so many people believe companies when they say they are natural or organic, when most of the time its a lie, or perhaps one or two ingredients are natural. I think it is important to know what you are putting on your body and essentially in your body as your skin absorbs all those chemicals.

cosmetics-inline-5Some of the most common chemicals in cosmetics include SLS, parabens, phthalates, tar, formaldehyde, and well, I could go on. In the very basic form of it, these toxins cause cancer, hormone disruption, damage to vital organs such as the liver, etc. It’s really scary when you think about it… How many chemicals are you using every day? Gillian Deacon states that the average women uses/applies 126 chemicals before leaving the house each day. I am not okay with this and that is why I am changing my entire beauty and body care regime. I poured out most of my old chemical filled products and have replaced them with homemade ones or truly 100% natural, chemical free ones.

dangers_of_lipstick_heavy_metalsThe cosmetics industry is not required to prove an ingredient is safe for human health before it is used in a consumer producthttp://www.gilldeacon.ca/projects-lipstick.php

I have switched about half or more of my products over to 100% natural, and while yes, some are more expensive ( like deodorant and toothpaste)  I have found some great deals and quality products at great prices. Thus far I have been shopping at Planet Organic ( my local organic grocery store) and Well.ca. Planet Organic carries essential oils and all the ingredients to make my own products- and they often have products on sale or offer 10% customer appreciation days. Well.ca offers free shipping on orders over $25 and are always having sales. I have found great products at both of these places without breaking the bank. All the products are also Cruelty Free, which is something I think is very important- no animals should have to suffer for our vanity…ever!

lead-in-lipstickI highly recommend you all read There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by G. Deacon and really think about what you are putting on and in your body. Keep an eye out for more posts on specific products and beauty rituals- shampoo and hair washing. nail polish. feminine products. getting a pinup look with all natural makeup. perfume…oh goodness how I love perfume!

Follow Danger De Lux on facebook and instagram to see new products I try out, links to website and sales, tips on going natural, and tons of other fun things!

why shopping local matters

As I grow older, I think more consciously about my purchases- do i really need this? can I afford it? is it cruelty- free? is is organic or natural? could i find this somewhere local? I live in a bustling neighborhood- the hot spot of the city, if you will. Because of my locale it makes it easier to buy local and support independent business. Almost every thing  I need I can find in my community.

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There are three groceries stores in a 10 block radius- two of them being organic. I buy the majority of my clothing at the store I work at, which is an independently owned and run shop. I buy all my toiletries at the pharmacy in my neighborhood. I go to the yoga studio and gym near by. I buy all my book at the book stores a few blocks away or go to the library literally 2 blocks from my apartment. You get the idea.

When I see something in the mall I know I could also get at an independent retailer, I will usually wait to buy it. While I do occasionally shop at box stores, I prefer not to. Sometimes it will cost more to shop at a small business, but think about how your money is helping them and the neighborhood they are in thrive. Shopping local helps build the community, creates jobs, fuels the economy, and keeps small businesses open. When I buy produce at the Farmers Market I am giving my money to a person and not a corporation, I am helping to ensure they can keep growing the vegetables they do, I am eating seasonally ( which is so good for our bodies), I know I am buying quality products, and I supporting the endeavors of others in my community.

abe05290652e90c79e4ad716f8d67277As I mentioned, I work at a small, independent store, which sells rockabilly, pin-up, and vintage reproduction. I have heard many times, customers say they just want to try an item on so they can go buy it online or they saw it cheaper on line, so they refuse to buy it at the store. Blank stare. You’re kidding right? When people shop online they are NOT supporting their own community and in the long run, they are contributing to putting independent companies out of business. Yah, sometimes you can find something cheaper on line, but after the shipping and the possible duties, you don’t save much. Not only is it important to shop local, but if you do shop online, shop Canadian.

keep-it-local-logo-conceptsI can’t say I shop local 100% of the time or I buy from Canadian websites all of the time, but I do make the effort to do so. I think we all should. Why wouldn’t you want to support your own economy- the one you are directly effected by. I know that money sometimes is the issue…it is cheaper to shop at Walmart or a big box store than a small grocer or independent pet store, etc. Do some comparison shopping, sign up for newsletters, watch for sales, and get a ‘reward’ card.

I plan to compile a more complete list of Canadian companies and local, for Edmonton, companies, but here is a small start:

Barefoot Venus- made in Kelowna, British Columbia

Rowena and Retroglam.com– Edmonton, Alberta

Wild Prairie Natural Skin Care– Canadian made natural soap and other body care

Lux Beauty Bar–  boutique selling cosmetics and other beauty products in Edmonton, AB

Keep an eye out for a more complete list and feel free to comment with some Canadian companies you love!