This new ingredient is 2 billion years old…

This ingredient is an extremely powerful whole body healer and protector. That is why I had to call the product ‘bullet-proof’. It is also ancient, and yet it is just being discovered. This is all very exciting! It is the most powerful stone available and it can only be found in an area of Russia. Some wonder if it actually was left their by a meteor.There are some

Using it brings a variety of blessings. It was one of the only known natural materials to have fullerenes. A fullerene is the most potent source of antioxidants. Shungite contains a very strong energy or vibration. The energy absorbs and eliminates anything that is toxic and harmful to life. This stone has 60 atoms so it cannot be destroyed. The molecular structure is extremely strong. It protects against free radicals and draws toxins out of your body through the skin. I think of it as being similar to activated charcoal but much more potent in the way of healing and detoxifying. All forms of illness can be treated with C60 shungite. It assists in evolving spiritually. It removes negative energies and thoughts while shielding from electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) which are changing our actual DNA. The cancer cell is a cell, and then it becomes powered by electromagnetic frequencies. The C60 shungite shields the body from this. It provides healing on all levels, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Everything is frequency. Illness happens when someone is operating on a different frequency, it is an imbalance in the body.

fountain of youth

Shungite protects against radiation and absorbs pollutants. It repairs thinning hair and also does wonders for the reversing premature aging of skin, all because of the incredible cell rejuvenation. It clears heavy metals and other harmful substances not meant to be in the body. So applying it to skin would be like putting on an invisible type of protective armor and potent detoxifier at the same time. Being that I spend a lot of time on the computer, I apply the SHUNGITE C60 + AVOCADO OIL + OLIVE OIL or SHUNGITE C60 + ORGANIC SULPHUR It enhances metaphysical abilities. We have stressful lives and need all the help we can get. It boosts energy and relieves the body of aches and pains. It increases the immune system of all living beings. For those with sore muscles and injuries, I recommend my SHUNGITE C60 + ORGANIC SULPHUR. I find it has done wonders on a stiff neck and shoulders from an accident that left me with severe whiplash. This formula would also do wonders for your hair if you want it to be healthy and full. It repairs and restores, and the various bases I have applied it to allow you to find the perfect texture for you. SHUNGITE C60 + ORGANIC SULPHUR is like applying a rich butter to skin and a little goes a long way. SHUNGITE C60 + AVOCADO OIL + OLIVE OIL is a body oil that absorbs quickly and for those with sensitivities to a lot of different ingredients it is your best choice.

attention all introverts

We are in constant contact with other people and their energies, especially in the workplace, and the protective properties of shungite do wonders in keeping you balanced, grounded, and free from picking up negative energies in your environment. I have also included some flower essences you can have added to your C60 formula to creative even more of a powerful concoction of protection. “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” -NIKOLA TESLA

 

this superfood dissolves cellulite

BENEFITS

This superfood ingredient has magical properties, not just for whole health, but for smoothing and tightening skin. It can be used on a variety of areas of the body including the arms, chin, belly, and legs. The most amazing part is that when you take those fat cells away, they won’t recreate themselves. So there is no upkeep. Phosphatidylcholine (which is the main ingredient in our NATURE’S LIPOSCULPT, functions as both a method for removing fat deposits that remain unaffected by diet and exercise and as an effective technique for treating cellulite. While liposuction treatments generally result in significant post-treatment swelling, healthy skin actually tightens around the site of phosphatidylcholine microneedling, creating a firmer, more toned appearance without the need for lift or tuck surgery.Unlike traditional liposuction, in which fat cells are suctioned out of the body, phosphatidylcholine can be used on arms, belly fat, and a double chin as micro-punctures break down the walls of fatty cells and let the body flush out the fat as waste.

UNDER EYE BAGS

NATURE’S LIPOSCULPT can be used on almost any area of the body that carries a small, but stubborn fat deposit. The treatment is often used to diminish the appearance of a double chin, to remove unsightly underarm fat, or to decrease the width of your waist, sometimes by several inches. It can even be used to improve the appearance of baggy eyes. When using microneedling roller, do not roll any closer than the occipital bone that surrounds the eye.

CHIN

Even on a body that is otherwise fit, a double chin can contribute to an overall appearance of heaviness. Because excess weight in the chin area tends to resist all attempts at body toning, NATURE’S LIPOSCULPT on a double chin, using our holistic microneedling roller, is a good, safe choice for achieving a more proportionate and toned appearance.

TUMMY

People who carry excess weight around their midsections know that it can be extremely challenging to get rid of – even with the most diligent regimen of sit-ups and healthy, plant based eating. The first place you put extra weight on is the last place you take it off. For this reason, NATURE’S LIPOSCULPT is a safe, NON-INVASIVE alternative for eliminating belly fat.

LEGS

The inner and outer thighs are highly susceptible to cellulite, that bumpy accumulation of fat under the skin. Eliminating cellulite from this part of the body can be particularly difficult. Fortunately, sunflower seed-based NATURE’S LIPOSCULPT can be administered directly into this area through microneedling. The solution effectively breaks down the walls of the fat cells so that the body can simply flush away the waste naturally.

BODYFAT

NATURE’S LIPOSCULPT, the latest innovation in non-surgical cosmetic treatments, removes fat from small areas. It does this by breaking down the bonds that maintain the solid form of body fat. Once the fat is converted to liquid form, the body is able to remove the fat naturally at a much more rapid pace than your normal metabolism is able to accomplish. The body’s fat removal process will take from several weeks to a few months to complete, depending upon the person.

CELLULITE

NATURE’S LIPOSCULPT treatment has an impressive track record for smoothing and removing cellulite, the dimpled “orange peel” skin that often affects the buttocks and legs. Skin actually tightens over the area injected with the NATURE’S LIPOSCULPT solution, which can noticeably diminish the appearance of cellulite.

IV PATCH SUPPLEMENT

Our patch form of this supplement, L-DOPA BEAN + PHOSPHATIDYLCHOLINE + RUSSIAN MOOMIYO is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! This is the MIRACLE MOLECULE of cell function. A major constituent of cell membranes, vital to every cell of the human body. It depletes as a person ages. The lack of Phosphatldylcholine causes skin to lose suppleness. This super substance rebuilds and maintains organs in the human body and it is one of the most important supplements that a person can take to combat aging and to extend life. In addition to its role in the cell membrane, its component choline is necessary for transporting fat to your mitochondria (the powerhouse of your cells). The mitochondria are the bacteria inside of your cells that produce ATP, the energy currency of your body.

This means that, in addition to helping to keep your cell membranes healthy, phosphatidylcholine also directly encourages fat burning. It even has a positive effect on the production of growth hormones. Also, not only is it an effective brain booster and cognitive enhancer, but Phosphatidylcholine benefits are thought to have long-term effects on your neurological system. Phosphatidylcholine is a macronutrient that is important for healthy liver function, normal brain development, nerve function, muscle movement, supporting energy levels and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Phosphatidylcholine plays a part in several important processes within the body that are carried out hundreds of times, every single day. What is phosphatidylcholine most beneficial for? It helps in the process of methylation, which is used to create DNA, for nerve signaling, and for detoxification. It’s also important for the functioning of a key neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which similarly helps nerves to communicate and muscles to move, acts as an anti-aging neurotransmitter, and performs other basic processes.

 

 

the youthful benefits of turmeric…

Here is a list of some incredible properties of TURMERIC:

  1. calms inflammation
  2. fights free radicals
  3. boosts the immune system
  4. eases joint pain
  5. helps treat and prevent cancer
  6. protects the heart
  7. heals the gut
  8. boosts mood
  9. may stave off neurodegenerative diseases
  10. improves long term cognitive behavior
  11. lowers blood sugar levels
  12. helps the liver detoxify
  13. helps you fall asleep faster
  14. acne and psoriasis remedy
  15. treatment for depression

I encourage you to read through that list a couple times and let those amazing benefits really sink in. Maintaining some of them is the difference between being phenomenally healthy and losing your health. This is a spice, one ingredient, which almost everyone already has in their cupboard at this very moment. If this was a drug it would be so horribly expensive and likely with an even longer list of ‘fine print’ listing scary side effects. Sometimes in our pursuit of longevity and long term health I think we often overlook these amazing gifts from nature because it seems too easy. You can ingest this ingredient in so many fun ways. A few of my favorites are a turmeric latte, turmeric in pasta, and added to a smoothie or greens drink. Because of the intense yellow colour, I do not add it to my makeup but I do carry a TURMERIC FACE + BODY MIST and I apply one of my TURMERIC + GINGER + FRANKINCENSE whole food patches once or twice a week.

I have often thought about that expression, ‘you don’t know what you have until it’s gone’, in regards to my health. It is because I 100% had no idea. I completely took my health for granted in my twenties until it was gone and I found myself in emergency a few times a month. I had no idea how powerless and deeply depressed you can feel without your health. What is even more difficult is that while you are in limbo, the rest of the world just keeps on going. I recently had an allergic reaction to something over the holidays and found myself in emergency which brought back a flood of memories. That used to be my second home. I forgot how cold it is and I waited seven hours to see a doctor. It is a very depressing place to be, especially on the holidays. However, that long wait made me reflect on how far I have come since my twenties. I do not mind being called a health nut because it keeps me out of emergency and changing my diet gave me a second lease on life. In fact, I believe that neglecting myself and always trying to be a people pleaser is part of what led me to getting sick. My body gave me a lot of signals and I continually ignored them. So for anyone who is making some substantial changes this year in regards to your health, please do not worry about inconveniencing others. Chronic illness is so far beyond an inconvenience. It is something that some never recover from, so your goal should be to not get to that point.

I have not even touched on what TURMERIC does for the skin and hair. I love using the TURMERIC FACE + BODY MIST in my hair and letting it soak in before I wash it. It is wonderful for the scalp too. It is a natural brightener and protector of skin and creates a healthy glow, likely because of all the detoxifying it is doing on the inside of the body. I also recommend supplementing my TURMERIC + GINGER + FRANKINCENSE  whole food patch so that you are getting a time-released dose of TURMERIC plus other superfoods and herbs. This really comes in handy when traveling to stay healthy and keep your digestive system happy. You can apply it anywhere to your body right after your shower and leave the patch on for 12 hours. I like to apply the patch to the top of my feet in the winter because I do not feel it. The warmth of your skin is what activates the ingredients to be absorbed by the body. The back, tummy, or upper thigh works well too! Apply on bare, dry skin (hair-free), ideally not over a cream or oil so it stays put.

I will end with this…proof! Here is an interesting article about a woman with blood cancer who started supplementing with TURMERIC: woman beat cancer: Sufferer, 67, turned to kitchen cupboard staple turmeric after five years of failed treatment Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4726136/How-curry-spice-helped-dying-woman-beat-cancer.

fake news….fake foundation?

 

So I have had others try to copy my formulas before but this company has taken it to another level. Word for word, they copied the product page of my BIO-FOUNDATIONS, pasted it to their website to make it look like their product, and inserted their brand name. Same product name, same ingredients(???), and same page content. I suppose imitation is the sweetest form of flattery. However, being that my suppliers are local Canadian farmers and this company is based in Florida in the US, I would question whether our formula of unique ingredients is even what is in their foundations. Seeing the lack of ethics thus far, I would be concerned as to what they are actually selling. I wanted to give my HAUT family a heads up in case you have already come across them and are thoroughly confused.

Here are my BIO-FOUNDATION ingredients (created 14 years ago):

Zinc Oxide, Arrowroot, Pyrophyllite Clay, Canadian Glacial Clay, Aquiterra Clay, Kaolinite, Bentonite Clay, Rhassoul Clay, Yellow Clay, Siberian Chaga*, Iron Oxides + Our Signature Fermented Blend: Purple Carrot Root*, Purslane Flower*, Sea Buckthorn Fruit*, Whole Coffee Fruit*, Alaskan Blueberry*, Tomato Fruit*, Cantaloupe Fruit*, Cocoa Seed*, Amla Fruit*, Marigold Flower*.

Here are the foundation ingredients of I’M FABULOUS (created this year):

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Arrowroot, Pyrophyllite Clay, Canadian Glacial Clay, Aquiterra Clay, Kaolinite, Bentonite Clay, Rhassoul Clay, Yellow Clay, Siberian Chaga*, Iron Oxides + I’m Fabulous Cosmetics Signature Fermented Blend: Purple Carrot Root*, Purslane Flower*, Sea Buckthorn Fruit*, Whole Coffee Fruit*, Alaskan Blueberry*, Cocoa Seed*, Amla Fruit*, Marigold Flower*, Arnica*.

Here is the LINK to their product page: https://imfabulouscosmetics.com/collections/makeup/products/bio-mineral-foundation-1

I noticed they have deleted my comment on their Instagram and blocked me since I expressed my feelings regarding their naughty behavior. I am hoping eventually they will attempt to use their own imagination and come up with their own formulas. I was watching the movie THE WORDS the other night and couldn’t help relating. This act is a different form of plagiarism but it is really very much the same. It is not like they stole my whole ‘book’ and published it as theirs (maybe I should be thanking them) but they still stole a few pages. Creating that one product, my first, took years of my life to perfect and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Just looking at their product photos is painful. I can tell the texture of their foundation is completely different than mine. It looks heavy and chunky.:(

They have copied my content I wrote on the product benefits word for word onto their website also – sadly not a lot of creativity on the part of I’M FABULOUS. My client had mentioned that at first she thought our companies were affiliated. NOPE, absolutely not. We don’t seem to be cut from the same cloth. I’M FABULOUS COSMETICS is not a plant based or natural line. I noticed one product even contains Clostridium Botulinum, a bacterial spore or virus that grows on food and produces toxins that, when ingested, cause paralysis. And then there is my bio-foundation right next to it. But even before my client emailed us she felt something was a little off about I’M FABULOUS (thank goodness) and wanted to alert me. I have received worried messages in the past of ‘copycats’. I appreciate all of you looking out for me and my brand. Like I said, it does sting, but I am more concerned with the trusting people who are not aware this is going on. Try to get to know a company through social media and their blog before you invest in it. If something just doesn’t sit right, go with your gut. Feel free to reach out to us too if you need a recommendation. There are a lot of amazing companies who care about each individual’s well being but there also seem to be more and more cropping up which just see dollar signs. They are in disguise – wolves in sheep’s clothing. Please be careful out there. Because there are no regulations in the cosmetics industry, I think we are going to see the creation of ‘FAKE HAUT FOUNDATIONS’ and other products happening more and more.:(

DHA TAN VS DHA-FREE TAN

First of all, the active tanning agent in our DHA-FREE CARAMEL TAN is a yellow to reddish sugar found in red berries, most commonly raspberries. Like DHA, it tans the skin due to a reaction with the amino acids (proteins) in the skin’s dead surface layer, producing a brownish tint.

Our DHA-FREE formula works in much the same manner as a DHA TAN. Neither ingredient uses the skin’s normal pigmentation or UV exposure to produce the tan coloration. It rather works as a chemical reaction on the skin’s dead surface cell layer, and changes the dead skin cells to a brownish tone.  This is a similar reaction to how cut fruit can turn brownish when exposed to air.

With any self tanner, as the skin’s colored (tanned) dead cells flake off (millions a day) the lighter un-tanned skin appears, which is what causes a sunless tan to fade or lighten. This can take anywhere from 5-10 plus days, depending on skin condition, products used, the active tanning agent and formula used, and skin care practices before and after tanning. Proper exfoliation right before your application of HAUT CARAMEL TAN can help the tan tone appear richer, deeper, and last longer. Depending on the client, the tan fade rate may be slower, and smoother.

When compared to DHA, ours is a slower working tanning agent that can be less drying to the skin. Our formula is also unique in that it does not create that familiar smell that DHA does on the surface of the skin. This is something all DHA sunless tanners do. Some have said it smells like baking bread. We also do not add any type of perfume or essential oil to our formula. Our sunless tan coloration may be more visually pleasing and ‘natural’ looking, as our unique formula is a slightly different tonality than DHA. It can add a warmer/redder tone to the final sunless tan. The colour of tan can vary depending on the individual client, as each person’s unique skin’s tone is mixing with the tan our formula creates. When used alone, the tan developed is more red and warm in color than a DHA based tan which is more orange. Our formula generally takes 2-3 days to develop a tanned color, and reaches its maximum intensity after 4-6 days. DHA takes 8-24 hours to completely darken, and intensifies for 2-4 days.

For brides, or anyone wanting to achieve the perfect tan for a special day, evening, or event. doing two applications over two days can make the tan appear its darkest on days 2-4 of application. It is a huge benefit also for those wanting to stay tan for a week. Our DHA-FREE formula creates a significantly slower fading tan than a DHA TAN, as the coloration peaks later in the tan development cycle. The best time to do an application is in the morning, right after an exfoliating shower. You want to leave the formula on the skin, just like you would a body butter. Drinking a lot of water and moisturizing well will extend the life of your tan and richly hydrated skin will also show off a deeper, more natural tan. You can read about KRIS CARR’S SELF-TANNER REVIEW HERE.

protect your feather stroke brows

I love everything about the face and it’s expressions but I have always been especially infatuated with the brows. Brows have the ability to change the look of the entire face. It is almost magical. I believe it is because they frame the ‘windows to the soul’, the eyes. When I was younger my girlfriends would often catch me studying their brows as they were trying to share something with me and would say “Hey, my eyes are down here!” I understand why more and more women are turning to brow tattooing. It is wonderful to be able to create the perfect brow with makeup but it is a huge time saver if your brows are already done when you wake up. Some are blessed with beautifully lush brows that just need a touch of evening out here and there. Others, like myself, over did it with tweezing, and when you over tweeze, the hairs do not always grow back over time. Sickness can also cause brows to become thin, or sparse brows can be a reminder of having been sick.

I tried brow tattooing myself but the procedure was done almost two decades ago. Back then, it was done in a blocking or stippling pattern. I like the new method much better because it doesn’t look like a tattoo if done correctly. It looks like tiny brow hairs. Also, it is important to make sure that the technician you go to uses crushed earth pigments and not synthetic ink. The pigments should be vegan and 100% natural. Feather stroke is about creating the look of actual brow hairs with fine strokes. After getting my brows done twenty years ago, I moved to the west coast to go to makeup school. So when it was time for a brow touch up session a couple years later, I had to go to a different technician. Her style of brow was much different than the first time I had them done. I didn’t want to hurt her feelings but I honestly couldn’t wait for them to lighten up to the point of disappearing. I opted to grow out my natural brows as much as possible in hopes of covering up the tattoo. At the time, I was doing a lot of traveling to hot and balmy places. I was not applying sun protection to my brows so my brow tattoos actually disappeared at warp speed all on their own. So thankfully nature stepped in and naturally erased my brows tattoos for me.

If you have recently had your brows done with the new feather stroke method, this same thing could happen to you, even if you love your new brows. They are an investment so protecting them with natural SPF daily is of the utmost importance. I recommend apply our RASPBERRY ELIXIR as soon as you begin the healing process {and this goes for any type of tattoo-not just brows}. Your brows will be crisp and dark at first as the tattoo heals, as well as being a little sore and sensitive. You will go through a period of tingling and itchiness as the skin renews itself over the next week. I recommend applying one spray to the inside palm of our hand and then gently tapping the product into your brows with your index finger.

Our RASPBERRY ELIXIR  contains 35-50 spf but it also reduces inflammation in the skin. Nothing is added to the oil and nothing is taken out. Our oil is cold pressed and certified organic red raspberry seed oil from certified organic red raspberry seeds, which are grown locally without the use of synthetic chemicals.

 Red Raspberry Seed Oil is a rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids and antioxidants; including Vitamin E, polyphenols and ellagic acid. These natural antioxidants mop-up skin damaging free radicals that are caused by sunlight and other environmental stresses. Its anti-inflammatory action soothes irritated skin.

 Due to Red Raspberry seed oil’s high antioxidant content, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory effect, and its natural UV protection, it is included as an ingredient in skin care products for anti-aging, brightening, moisturizing and balancing. The potential UVA and UVB protection afforded by raspberry seed oil is reportedly similar to titanium dioxide with an SPF protection factor of 28-50 (Oomah et al 2000)*. This nourishing and healing oil is also a main ingredient in our HAUT CARAMEL TAN. It treats irritated skin such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.

Things to keep in mind in your quest for the right technician from a makeup artist’s point of view:

-certification

-experience/before and after photos

-only 100% vegan and natural pigments are used

-choose a level of colour that will suit you without makeup

-do a rough sketch first and do not just go with the current brow trend shape

 

 

 

 

where to start on the path to fresh, luxury vegan beauty

I am still amazed when I look around at how far makeup has come since I started my line. I remember working for a line fresh out of makeup school that evoked this simplistic, natural feel in its marketing and packaging. However, when I dug deeper I was confused as to why I could not pronounce the ingredients. I was kind of looking around, thinking, ummm – is it just me who is feeling a little betrayed here? Even after I started my line, I was doubtful anyone out there cared about the same things as me, or got excited about the same things as me when it came to beauty. I would start to explain about the potency of the raw ingredients I had lovingly hand blended into each unique formula. Often a client would cut me off and say, “I don’t really care what is in it dear, what I want to know is if it works.” I have learned over the years that everyone is on their own path and as excited as I am to make someone feel naturally beautiful, I need to be patient and let them come to me when they are ready. Usually the point where someone was fully on board and believed in what I was doing was when they bumped into a friend, also a client of mine, whose skin glowed and looked youthful and vibrant. They wanted to know what they were doing differently. When makeup has truly beautiful, clean ingredients and zero crud, it speaks for itself.

WHERE DO I BEGIN?

We get so many emails from new clients who are wanting to clean up their makeup bag and are not sure where to begin. Most start out by saying they are having a hard time figuring out what shades would suit them best online. Take a deep breath and let us handle that part! It’s free and we have been doing this for twelve years for people all over the world without ever seeing them in person. We have been able to match all their unique skin tones with the perfect colour and coverage for their lifestyle and they have been our clients for years. We have a pretty good feeling we can do it for you too.

#1 READ OUR CONSULTATION PAGE

The more background you can give us on what you have been struggling with regarding your makeup routine, or if you do not even have one, the better we are able to help. Once we match you up with a colour palette, you can start with samples and see what textures work the best for your skin type. If you decide you would like to customize the colours a little more before you order the full size, you will have the ability to do that too. Make sure that when taking photos, your source of lighting is 100% natural and that you take a photo in two or three different areas, close to a window. Light can reflect off the skin in different ways depending on the climate and the time of day.

#2 MAKE SURE YOU USE PLANT BASED SKINCARE

If you are using products underneath our makeup products that still contain Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, and other ingredients that are not compatible with your body, you will not get the results you could be getting out of our products. It is important that your skincare routine is as simple and clean as your makeup routine. If you are not sure if a product is clean, feel free to ask, or browse the new apps online which will give it to you straight! Like I mentioned above, if there are ingredients you cannot pronounce, chances are the product is not 100% natural.

#3 BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE PUTTING INTO YOUR BODY

If you want to achieve better skin, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it. Make sure you stay well hydrated through the day. Drinking teas like Organic Dandelion Root will keep your liver cleansed and this will make skin glow! Add some fresh aloe to your smoothie in the morning to make it extra- alkalizing! Try to choose all different colours of vegetables and fruits to get the most variety of potent antioxidants. I am also a huge fan of fermented juices as they give the body what it needs to create its own vitamins. The added benefit is that it does not only improve your skin’s health, it will improve your energy and even your mood.

#4 LAST BUT NOT LEAST, DO NOT FORGET YOUR TOOLS

I honestly feel lost without my brushes, like I am all thumbs. Makeup brushes allow you to create a polished look in a minimal amount of time. If you invest in good quality vegan brushes and look after them, they will last you a lifetime. I put a lot of thought into the making of every brush. Our luxury vegan brushes allow you to create so many different types of coverage, colors, and texture. We want you to have fun with your makeup and the way it is applied. We are just an email away to help with any questions or concerns you may have and hope this helps take the guess work out of it so that you have more time to PLAY!

 

 

 

how makeup can age you

In makeup school I learned how to do a lot of different types of makeup. ‘Pretty’ makeup was actually a really small part of the course. The makeup portion I learned the most from was the aging makeup for film and TV. What stayed with me the most was how it only took a few steps to really age the face.. I decided that THAT would be how I would focus on makeup application. I would do the exact opposite of those steps when teaching others how to apply their makeup. I will be going over the steps in my next post, MATURE MAKEUP PART II. Application is an important part but to me it is 80% the ingredients that allow me to create glowing looks on all ages. There are a few ingredients I have worked with in the past that I was constantly told were safe and would make skin look ‘more youthful’. Now I am often asked why I have chosen to leave these popular ingredients out of our formulas. I will explain to you first my feedback on an ingredient as a makeup artist and then from a green chemist perspective.

BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE

ARTIST: This became the natural alternative to talc. I saw this on the ingredient list in all the first mineral makeup brands that started cropping up two decades ago. It is what sort of confused me at first about mineral makeup. It was supposed to be ‘pure’ but I would notice it made my own combination skin look like an oil slick. It was also impossible to create a ‘matte look’ for editorial and film makeup. Bismuth also has a strong pink undertone. Not only does it clog pores, it can permanently stretch pore walls, as well as causing acne and redness. If you notice a line requires a mineral ‘veil’ over the application of foundation, this is a sign the foundation contains Bismuth.

GREEN CHEMIST: This is very similar in chemical composition to ARSENIC. The biggest concern about using Bismuth Oxychloride is that it frequently causes irritation and sensitization such as redness, itching, rashes and inflammation. The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) lists it as a potential irritant to humans when come into contact with the skin and/or eyes. Because of its molecular crystalline shape, experience itching from this ingredient, particularly when they sweat.

MICA

ARTIST: Although I did a lot of bridal makeup in my younger days, my calling and my passion has always been mature makeup. Women of all ages should feel beautiful.. However, I would become so frustrated with the presence of this ingredient in the products i used because it enhanced fine lines to the max. Now there are more MICA-FREE lines like mine but it is one of the reasons I actually started to mixing my own makeup. I noticed Mica could make someone look decades beyond their years in just a few quick swipes (see photo below). All too often a bare-faced, 40+ client would hop in my makeup chair and confess that she just kind of ‘gave up on makeup’ because it made her look older. Because it is very inexpensive it is used as a filler and has no benefit to skin.

GREEN CHEMIST: This mineral breaks into the thinnest of flakes which are then wet ground finer and finer but they remain flakes. And flakes have edges. So they shimmer. But what do fine edges do, as well? They cut. This causes inflammation and irritation on the surface of the skin, much like with the ingredient Bismuth Oxychloride. When Mica dust is breathed in, what its tiny flakes do is scar the lungs. No studies yet show the same dangers for cosmetics, but Cosmetics Database website lists mica as moderately hazardous.

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TITANIUM DIOXIDE

ARTIST: Titanium Dioxide gives mineral makeup sunscreen and coverage and is used in most sunscreens, paints, plastics, and even food.This is the an ingredient I was not sure I would ever figure out how to do without because when I looked around, almost every other line listed it in the ingredients. Surprisingly, after a lot of experimentation, I was able to create a formula for each product that performed just as well, if not better, without it. I have found that TD is similar to Talc and Bismuth Oxychloride. What I have noticed about our Titanium Dioxide Free formula is that it is not as drying and ultimately ‘aging’. Makeup is lighter and bends more easily.

GREEN CHEMIST: Research suggests that TD dust, if inhaled, is a group 2B cancerogen = a possible cancerogen. French scientists proved that TD nanoparticles could be just as toxic as Asbestos (a close relative of TD), accumulating in the lungs and causing lung irritation, inflammation and, ultimately, cancer. Instead of repeating a previous post HERE is a link to the lowdown on Titanium Dioxide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pumpkin dessert mask recipe

COOL SKINCARE

Refrigeration for most of our products is not required to preserve the product from spoiling; the function is to extend the potency and efficacy of the raw ingredients. In our research we find products that are kept fresh with refrigeration are up to twice as effective over non-refrigerated products.

MINIMALISTIC SKINCARE

I love caring for the skin with the same ingredients I am putting into my body to care for it. I squeeze half a lime into my water every morning. Then I take the freshly squeezed lime rinds and lightly whisk them over my face. I leave it on for a few minutes and then use a little Glacial Clay Cleanser to cleanse and exfoliate. I like to do the same thing with the inside part of an avocado skin if it is evening and I am not going anywhere. It will have the best results if done on a bare, freshly cleansed face. What is more potent than antioxidants coming directly from a fresh fruit or vegetable?

SEASONAL SKINCARE

Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants like Beta-Carotene, Zinc, Vitamins A & C, and Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), which leave your skin healthy and soft. Pumpkin will make your skin glow and it will be so grateful for this seasonal, therapeutic balm!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin (puréed)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy yogurt or ¼ teaspoon of soymilk

Optional additional ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon of brown sugar (helps exfoliate) or
  • ¼ teaspoon cranberry juice (helps keeps skin from looking dull) or ½ teaspoon gluten-free oatmeal (if you’d like a thicker mask; oatmeal is great for dry skin)

 

 COLORED SKINCARE

Choose makeup that also works as skincare, just with coverage and color. If it is being absorbed into your skin all day, every day, you want it to be purely beneficial with natural protection and healing properties. When products are handcrafted in small batches it maximizes quality and freshness. With a mission to create the healthiest, non-toxic products that also deliver real results using powerful organic superfoods and raw ingredients, our products transform the skin and complexion.

Dunkin’ Donuts & Haut Cosmetics have something in common….

I try to spend at least an hour a day reading about plant based ingredients that have been newly discovered. I also do my best to stay on top of any new information that surfaces on the ingredients that I already use in my products, just to be safe. When these products are applied every day, even if the quantity is small, they can have a cumulative effect over time in our bodies.

Titanium Dioxide is an ingredient I have consistently been looking for new research on as it is not only in cosmetics and skincare, it is in literally everything. It is in almost every white consumer product, including sunscreen, toothpaste, powdered sugar and various sweets, as well as children’s toys, other plastics, and even our CLOTHING. Food manufacturers use food grade Titanium Dioxide to make white items appear brighter. However, in 2012, researchers at Arizona State University found that much of the food-grade Titanium Dioxide on the market includes nanoparticles. While Titanium Dioxide has been deemed safe for human consumption, the safety of Nano Titanium Dioxide has not been studied, and activists are concerned that nanoparticles are now essentially being TESTED on the public.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT NANO PRODUCTS

The ‘nano’ effect is where some particles are smaller than 100 nanometers and seem to be more ‘potent’ – or capable of doing more damage in the body – than larger particles of the same material. It’s an effect that is particularly clear when particles like Titanium Dioxide deposit in the lungs. But it can also occur elsewhere in the body. Depending on what they are made of and what shape they are, research has shown that some nanoparticles are capable of getting into parts of the body that are inaccessible to larger particles. And some particles are more chemically reactive because of their small size. Some may cause unexpected harm simply because they are small enough to throw a nano-wrench into the nano-workings of our cells.

Researchers have found that children have the highest concentrations of Titanium Dioxide and that it persists in the environment. “Although several of these product classes contained low amounts of Titanium, their widespread use and disposal down the drain and eventually to wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) deserves attention,” the ASU report said. Something that has frustrated me lately is that Titanium Dioxide has actually been showing up in ‘healthy’ vegan foods too. When digging deeper I discovered that if it is added at 1% or lower it does not even have to be included in the ingredients.

So this year Dunkin’ Donuts announced that its powdered sugar would no longer feature Titanium Dioxide — after an environmental nonprofit requested its removal from the chain’s baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts reformulated its powdered sugar following advice from As You Sow, which raised fears regarding the toxicity of Titanium Dioxide when ingested as a ‘nanomaterial.’

 The American Cancer Society has listed Titanium Dioxide among the five most carcinogenic substances on the planet. It is considered a cause of asthma, cancer, kidney disease,  Alzheimer’s and fertility loss. Peer-reviewed research available on PubMed reveals that Titanium Dioxide has been linked to a number of conditions including DNA damage. Through sourcing GreenMedInfo on the subject, a database which indexes available research on toxic substances and beneficial ones alike, you can find that seven pieces of peer-reviewed research has linked Titanium Dioxide to DNA damaging effects.

Like Dunkin’ Donuts, we have gone 100% Titanium Dioxide Free. Removal of the ingredient all together means that for those stumbling upon Haut for the first time, concerns about nano-sized Titanium Dioxide are removed too. Not only has the quality and sun protection of our products been maintained, it is better. When a foundation (even a 100% natural one) is made with Titanium Dioxide in the base, the finish tends have a more pastel pink tone on the surface of the skin, even though the particles appear white. Many have olive undertones and when coverage is used that contains TD, you need more yellow-based products to counteract the pastel tone in natural lighting. When added to powder foundations, TD can make skin look ghostly white in photos, which can make a makeup artist’s job that much more challenging. Though there are benefits to the ingredient, like sun protection, all this confusion that surrounds this one single ingredient seems to outweigh anything positive. I feel good about this decision. I hope more detailed research is underway on Titanium Dioxide and that if it is truly harmful, that investors will pressure more food and beauty companies to remove it and find a safe alternative.