Easy on the Eyes

This I Wear | Easy On The Eyes

A few months ago, I shared with you how I overhauled my medicine cabinet with new, safer cosmetics after learning about the harmful chemicals in the products I was using.

Today, I’m happy to report that my minimal makeup routine in the morning consists of an eyelash curler, RMS “the un-coverup” wherever I need it, RMS lip2cheek on the apples of my cheeks, a little Korres tinted lip balm, and an eyebrow powder that I have yet to investigate but is probably toxic (nobody’s perfect!). It takes me about 5 minutes total, and the RMS makeup has even improved my skin.

When I first made the natural switch, I threw away the Covergirl mascara that I have used for years, thinking I would replace it with a safer version immediately. A couple months passed and I never did as I learned that lots of natural mascaras can be slow to dry and take some time to get used to. I got spooked and put it off for awhile.

But recently I was inspired to get back in the game. With the advice of Kimberly Loc (one of my favorite natural beauty bloggers) and the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website and phone app, I picked….(drumroll please) the Bare Minerals Flawless Definition mascara, easily found at your neighborhood Sephora or department store, and I love it.

To give you some perspective, on EWG’s 0-10 scale (0=least harmful), my Covergirl was a 7 and the Bare Minerals version is a 2! The red flag on the Covergirl mascara was the ingredient probylparaban, which according to EWG is a 10 on the toxicity scale and is linked to “developmental/reproductive toxicity, ecotoxicology, endocrine disruption, allergies/immunotoxicity” to name a few. Absolutely not worth it.

If you’re shopping for a new mascara, let EWG do the work for you by searching their database. Still not sure which one you should go with? Kimberly has a rundown of the good and the bad of natural mascaras that will definitely make your decision easy.

P.S. I really should replace that brow powder! Any tips? Because, honestly, I won’t walk out of the door without these brows filled in!

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  2. Alden

    Right now I’m using W3ll People, which I really love. And Juice Beauty is great too! I used to use Tarte, but it’s not that clean, unfortunately.

    • Rebecca

      I’ve heard the Juice Beauty one is good too – I haven’t heard of W311 People so will have to check that out. Yep, I think some of the Tarte ones have better ingredients than others, but I don’t feel like the brand is “all in” on safer cosmetics.

  3. kimberlyloc

    So glad you found a great replacement! I love that BareMinerals mascara. It is consistently good! I also like Tarte — again, these aren’t the absolute cleanest, most-natural ever, but they perform and are easily accessible. I just can’t sacrifice performance … aka have raccoon eyes by noon!

    I finally replaced my brow powder. I was using Anastasia, which contains parabens, and I thought, well, it’s just on my brow hair and doesn’t really touch my skin. But, the thought of parabens on my face grossed me out, and it was a simple switch once I found the right brand / consistency. I’m now using the La Bella Donna Brow Kit (purchased at The Detox Market, but easily found online) and am loving it! Only thing is you will have to invest in a nice brow brush, as this kit doesn’t come with a brush.

    Good luck, and as always, thanks for mentioning me and reading my blog! xoxo

    • Rebecca

      Kim, I should’ve known you’d have the perfect answer to the brow kit! I’m using the Anastasia one too and I knew it would be iffy, but I’ve been addicted to it for so long. Curious too if all of Tarte’s mascaras are ok or if it’s just the Amazonian Clay one…

      Thanks for sharing these helpful tips!!

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