Clean beauty blogger confessions: non-organic beauty products that I cannot live without

This may not be what you expect to hear from clean beauty blogger. However, I have to honestly admit that since I’ve replaced the majority of my toxic cosmetics with organic ones (and I’m so happy about that!) there still are some products that are nearly impossible to replace, or after replacing them I miss the non-organic formula that I got used to years before.

Better, but worse alternative?

There are many products that are clean, organic and USDA certified, which is great, BUT… not all of them are good quality products, even though they are more expensive than drugstore brands. Don’t believe me? Let’s start from hair wash routine. I’ve tried dozens of natural shampoo brands, and since they are great for natural hair, after I had my highlights done (another thing that is potentially toxic – bleach, because how do I naturally get cool/silver blonde shade…?!) these usually herbal based shampoos made my hair yellowish and brassy, that I do not like. So I had to go back to my more ‘toxic’ color protecting shampoo made by professional brand that is not 100% clean (no silicones and parabens, but it has some other stuff). hair-1744959_1920
Another thing that I have really hard time with is… nail polish. There are organic nail polishes or less toxic ones like Zoya which I really like, but because of hard water and the fact that sometimes it happens that my dishwasher is broken or I just cook a lot and need to constantly wash my hands, (or any other non toxic or even toxic) nail polishes simply last up to one week. Then, I have to do them again, wait until each layer dries which takes a lot more time than I would like it to… and I am not patient. I do my own shellac that lasts me 3 weeks, so the question here is: is it better to put on nail polish every week and breathe it in (even if it does have less toxic ingredients it isn’t as clean as water, believe me) or is it better to do shellac once a month and enjoy strong nails? I cannot get over that idea, shellac takes me 40 mins and there is no need to dry, just led lamp and you look gorgeous!
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Last thing that I find pretty annoying is mascara. Yes, there are many organic, clean brands, or at least vegan, but every time I try one, I struggle. It works at beginning and then it flakes, dries super quick or blows up… like tarte 4in1 mascara for 23$ did to me. And the price 23-27$ is not cheap at all! I am really tempted to go back to my favorite Dior or Lancome mascara and just kind of forget that those are not clean. At least I will have pretty lashes all day, no clumping, flaking and itchy eyes…cosmetics-2116368_1920
In my opinion it is great if you can replace at least some products that you use daily with organic ones, however 2-3 exceptions won’t make you die. Isn’t it right? Of course if someone will invent organic shellac, hair bleach for highlights and super volumizing, but natural mascara that does not clump and flake, I’ll use them, let me know! 😉 But for now… I do not think I can get over these three products.
Do you have any non-organic products you cannot live without or they are so hard to replace? Let me know in the comments.

Introducing: Safer Beauty by Beautycounter

Winter is not too gracious for skin and I bet you can feel it and notice on yourselves… Since the temperature in Texas is bellow 30 F, I was happy to be able to try Beautycounter cosmetics including moisturizer for two weeks now. Effects? Read bellow!

About Beautycounter

You may think it is another company like Avon with consultants trying to sell you low quality, toxic products. In this case the only similarity is that you may become a consultant, but you don’t have too. Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone and they’re really doing it. The online store is available for everyone, at any time. Formulas are clean and explained on their website. No hiding and no lies about ingredients. How about that? 🙂Category-HeaderImage-Desktop
From 3 products that I received from Ashley who reached out to me via Instagram (check out her profile  @frostbeautyco) I definitely loved the moisturizer the most.

What I’ve got

  • Lash power couple:
    Volumizing Mascara: 6 ml / 0.2 fl oz
    Instant Eye Makeup Remover: 30 ml / 1 fl oz (20$ value)
  • Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion full size: 50 ml / 1.7 fl. oz. (48$ value)

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Let’s start from moisturizer, because I’ve liked it the most. It naturally adapts to your skin’s hydration needs, without using silicones or synthetic polymers. The result? Smoother skin in 2 weeks. I was using it recently everyday and I love everything about this moisturizer (OK, maybe except the regular price that is 48$), but it’s worth it!

Light as a cloud

The lotion is super lightweight, so it doesn’t leave any sticky layer on skin. It’s great to use under makeup during the day if needed, as well as for night. I like the packaging that comes with pump which gives you just perfect amount of the product every time (I use 1-2 pumps for face and neck). I also like delicate scent that comes from plum oil (plum oils smells like almonds).

Great results

My skin feels way better hydrated and smoother. I did not notice any acne even though formula contains plum oil – it does not clog pores at all!

Lash power couple

Mascara is suppose to give volume, but it didn’t do much to my lashes to be honest. I don’t know if anything can beat 4in1 by Tarte, so I’m very picky now. For those who love VERY delicate and natural look- go for it, elegant packaging, good brush is what you need and Beautycounter has it!
Makeup remover – it works, however I’m not a big fan of water + oil formula because it makes my eyes feel oily and ‘unclean’ after using, so this is not my favorite product. It also has pretty strong, floral scent that makes me wanna sneeze. Only if you like flower scents and kind of oily cleansers formulas you’ll be pleased with this product.
To sum up, I’d definitely buy the lotion! I think it’s one of the best natural face moisturizers I’ve ever used.
What are your favorite cosmetics from beautycounter? Have you tried any yet? If not, you can buy some of the best products with 30% off discount using code WINTERSALE.
⚠️Disclaimer: all products have been provided for free, but review is 100%  honest opinion of mine.

TOP 5 tips to make switch from toxic to natural makeup & skincare products easier

Is that even possible? Are these products as good as the ones I am using now? How will I find a good replacement product? What am I gonna do with a bunch of toxic cosmetics I still have in my bathroom? Why even bother? If these are the questions you’re asking yourself, I got a good news for you. I was there not that long time ago. And now, I completely switched to organic beauty and skincare products. How and why did I do this?

Why it is good to switch

First of all, I found many articles about harmful ingredients added to our body/hair/ skincare and makeup products. Some researches shown that many carcinogenic (cancer causing) ingredients are present in most known, popular drugstore and high-end brands (like chanel, dior, YSL). At first I was skeptical, but when I started analyzing I realized that if something is linked to cancer or being toxic it’s really not worth the risk and putting it on skin is just unjustified. Also there are many real testimonies from cancer fighters claiming that breast cancer is caused by toxic deodorants, skin cancer is caused by lotions, perfumes etc. I personally already have hormonal imbalance (thyroid disease), so endoctrine disruptors in cosmetics really are not what I’m looking for. I’m lucky now to live in the US where USDA certified cosmetics are truly safe and more available. If I get to chose – obviously I’d rather buy organic, certified and safe products.

Take it slow

You probably think that you’re used to some brands, they work for you and you are not sure where to start replacement. I suggest: take a deep breath, check the ingredients and do start to switch gradually. It doesn’t happen in one day. Also, some carcinogenic ingredients really have to be used in huge amounts to cause damage (of course I do not recommend to wait for it :D), the point is do not panic and do not throw away all your supplies right away. Start slow, but definitely DO IT.

How to start

  • You may want to download app like Think Dirty and scan your products barecodes to find out how toxic they are from 0 to 10. Over 7 – throw them right away, the rest you can finish before you’ll find a good replacement. Think Dirty app has its own base of products users recommend as a good replacement and the rate is usually not higher than 3 – so non toxic. Even though not all brands are in the data base yet, most of them you can find and eliminate dirty ones. However, there’s a trick! Not all of the brands are associated with the app that means some of them do not have control of what ingredients are put into think dirty app – for example, I checked my favorite ZOYA nail polishes and app says 9 for talc in them. It is not true, because zoya does not add talc to their products (at least that’s what they claimed – I asked the brand directly). Also, some other ingredients has been added to zoya chart in think dirty app, so just letting you know – check after scanning product if the ingredient list is the same in the app and on product before you judge the toxicity. Anyway, I still think that app is useful, since it shows you most of the brand’s correct ingredients list.
    Look at my screens bellow. You may also be quite shocked how some ‘natural’ brands are 9 on the scale just because they added toxic fragrance to the product to smell nice, and ruined whole formulation by that… Very disappointing, but true story.

     

    Only one from these brands is safe to use: Pacifica. St Ives, Kirkland, Almay and Guerlain… you know what I did with them  >>> bye cancer!
  • Research brands that are truly organic and safe. Check if the ingredients are USDA certified! Other ‘certifications’ or vegan labels do not really matter – bran may have bought it. Check out my post for more.
    I really did not realize that there are so many amazing and natural brands available in decent prices. I always post the best products on my instagram account, so you’re more than welcome to check them out!
  • Ask for samples. There’s nothing wrong in asking for samples. If you’re one of those lucky ones who has Whole Foods or other Organic Market around your neighborhood, go and get samples. If not, there are so many brands offering free (or very cheap) samples on their websites.
    Check out for makeup: 14ecosmetics, alimapure, integritybotanicals
    Mapleholistics for shampoos, conditioners and other body care products.
    You can find a really great quality, organic stuff over there! 🙂
  • Check what organic beauty bloggers and clean-living fanatics (like me :D) recommend. Seriously, the brands they follow may be a great choice for you. Be curious, that helped me to find so many brands of which I had no idea before, and now I use them everyday.
  • If you’re not familiar with [toxic] ingredients names, simply research your product ingredients (ulta or particular brand’s web), copy them and go to website like cosdna. Paste list, click analyze and… there you go! From 1 to 9, how toxic your cosmetics are? I love that web, because I have acne prone skin and this shows me how comedogenic (pore clogging) any product is for my skin! I avoid ones over 4 points and … I do not have acne anymore.

Not as difficult as it seems

Many people including some of my friends and family are afraid that excluding silicones from their shampoo/hair mask will make their hair dull, or switching from Clinique brand ‘hypoallergenic’ (oho!) foundation won’t be good for their skin. I said that before and I’ll repeat myself – silicones in hair products do not treat your hair condition, they only make them look shiny, that’s it. Foundations – same story. Silicones makes skin look smooth, but they clog pores and cause blackeads. There are plenty of brands that do not add silicones and offer non-toxic alternatives for makeup like: 100%pure, Pacifica, Vapour Beauty, Jane Iredale, Au Naturale and I could point out many more…

It may sound complicated, but it is really not. Just avoid stores like Sephora or popular Drugstore’s brands and try to go to Whole Foods or other organic Store and if not, order online. I did that some time ago and I won’t ever go back to what I used, because these products are not worth it. I use organic and I am aware of what I put on my skin. Skin represents you, so isn’t it worth it?