Kinder, Cleaner Beauty

OK, so I’m not the most makeup-y person, but I do wear it every day. Not much, because I think as we get older, the less makeup the better. That’s what works for me. But beyond that, it’s what’s in our makeup and it’s how it’s made. Certain ingredients that we’ve all taken for granted are pretty darn scary when you really think about it. And I for one don’t want anything to do with products that are needlessly and cruelly tested on animals. So I’m sharing a little test I did this past weekend. See what you think!

These are the kinder, cleaner makeup options I swapped out for my tried-and-true go-tos. Truth be told, I did not see one difference in look, touch, performance. In fact, I did a test to truly compare them side-by-side which you’ll see at the end of this post. So about these products…

Juice Beauty: (Last Looks Blush, Lengthening Mascara) Love her (I do!) or hate her, but this brand is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow. So favorite she has actually designed a makeup collection with them. Juice Beauty was masterminded by a California team passionate about healthy lifestyles and organic products backed by powerful science. Its entrepreneur founder, Karen Behnke, developed a keen interest in personal care products after becoming pregnant with her first child at age 40. (Sound familiar?!?) She was astounded to find that although your skin absorbs over 60% what is placed on  it, there were few available products that married organic and natural formulations with a luxurious, high-performance experience. Juice Beauty does! I particularly love their mascara. It is 86% organic and not formulated with the ickies most other mascaras are, including coal tar dye — with risks that include severe allergic reaction, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, loss of concentration and nervousness. It’s also linked to an increased risk of Hodgkin’s Disease, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Yikes! These chemicals are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the tiny pores around your eyes. I say… try this mascara! You will not miss the one you are currently using.

Beauty Counter: (Tint Skin, Touchup Skin Concealer, Color Pinch Cream BlusherOK, did you know that the USA has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care (women’s!) products since….drum roll…1938! (WTF!) Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1300 chemicals in the formulation of personal care products…but not our country. Beauty Counter has gone beyond that and banned the use of more than 1500 questionable or harmful ingredients. They are lobbying Washington to do more and do it now. But back to their products which really deliver on a luxurious, lasting experience. And their packaging is really tip top. (Used Color Pinch on Lips!)

Hourglass: (Mineral Veil Primer, Arch Brow Sculpting PencilHourglass says they exist at the intersection of  science, beauty and luxury. They are an almost exclusively vegan brand. Their primer goes beyond traditional formulations, even concealing rosacea. For brows, the formula combines powder, pencil and wax to create the look of naturally fuller, defined brows. And wow does it! Love!!

So…I think I’m going over to the kinder, cleaner side. Why not? I can only imagine the chemicals my skin has absorbed over decades of wearing makeup. All basically invented by men. Hmmmm….

But let’s end on a positive note. I won’t diss my day-to-day makeup products. They perform. But are they good for me? Or you? It’s never too late! There are lots of kinder, cleaner brands out there. You can find them at Target or your favorite department store. But best of all  you can find them directly online — when it works for you. That’s a win win in my book.

Please let me know what you think, what you try!

So…I super hate Selfies…and my wrinkles. But this is me with half my face in old school makeup and the other half in kinder, cleaner makeup. Can you guess which is which? OK…my right is cleaner, kinder. I didn’t do any special blending. To me, it’s amazing how seamless the comparison is. Which means you don’t think you have to sacrifice finish and performance for safer beauty. Sounds good to me.

Photos by MP Allegaert

5 Head-to-Toe Summer Beauty Faves

IMG_2866OK, peeps. I am trying to stay calm after my original post did not save properly. But…c’est la vie. So to the best of my recollection…

We’re just starting a 2-week vacay at Point  O’ Woods, a summer community my husband has been coming to since he was two and our boys (Men!) have been coming to since they were born. It’s a very special place with an abundance of meaningful traditions but also a laid back beachy vibe. We all love it dearly.

One of our goals while here is to stay active — tennis, yoga, beach walks, sailing. Whatever gets us out of doors and out on the sand or water is good! But all that activity can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. So here are my current faves…

From My Lips…to Yours

img_2141Smile…pucker…pout. When it comes my beauty routine, other than lip balm now and then, I can overlook my lips. And Northeast winters definitely do a number on them: chapping, flaking, drying. So…inspired by the K-Beauty craze for masks, I decided to give my lips a “spa” experience. The results? Fuller, smoother, and dare I say “younger looking” lips.

Beauty 101: Let’s Get Real


I’m still “sort or/kind of/no really” freaking out that I actually put this post out there. But…I think it’s pretty important to see the world through a non-photoshopped lens, and more importantly, to see yourself. Maybe it’s all my years in beauty advertising, where we’ve tsked tsked over photos of some of the world’s most famous supermodels…before we retouched even them into an unreal perfection. Or maybe I’ve finally come around to not just accepting but embracing the face I see in the mirror every day. I’ve earned those lines and even those dark circles, through hard work and the gift of living. So watch out world… here I come.