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5 Makeup Products to Get that Summer Glow

5 Makeup Products to Get that Summer Glow

Summertime is here and you want that beautiful, bronzy glow. Here are some of this season's coveted, natural beauty products to achieve that sexy summer glow!

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1. RMS Beauty Master Mixer

Considered as the “Holy Grail” of beauty, this universally flattering rose gold highlighter was created to give you a "lit from within" look, thanks to the luminous rose gold hue that is this season’s most gorgeous tone for face and body.

Use your fingers to effortlessly blend over the cheek bones, brow bones, down the bridge of the nose and bow of the lips, eyelids and even collar bone for a subtle, sexy summer glow!

Not only can this product be used alone, but it can be mixed with any lipstick to give the illusion of sultry, fuller lips and blends perfectly with powders or creams.

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2. Vapour Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer

This bronzer in a stick is your summertime glow with antioxidant protection! The lush formula contains pomegranate, green tea and Acai berry for natural sun protection. When applied, it’s never streaky or looks fake. It’s bronzing without the harmful effects from the sun! The Solar bronzer gives a vibrant beautiful bronze glow that suits all skin types.

Apply directly from the stick and blend with fingertips. Looks beautiful on your face, neck, collar bone as well as shoulders, arms and legs. A light application gives a healthy summertime glow.

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3. Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer

"Dazzling is the perfect combination of bronzer and contour cream in one, giving you the perfect back from vacation glow,” says Kirsten Weis, founder of Kjaer Weis Makeup. When applied with the warmth of the fingers or a blush brush, this bronzer is great on lighter skin tones and acts as a highlighter on darker skin tones. Want more dimension to your face, Dazzling can be used as a contour.

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4. Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint

This liquid bronzing tint is meant to be mixed in with any moisturizer to achieve a healthy, sun-kissed glow. When applied and blended it highlights the natural beauty of all skin tones and works great for any skin type.

Pumps a small amount into the hand and mix with any lotion or cream. Apply to face or collar bone. Intensity of the bronze effect will depend on the amount of Translucent Bronzing Tint used. The more product you use, the deeper the intensity for a fresh, healthy glow.

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5. W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightening Invisible Power

If you’re not in the mood to wear any makeup or you just want a very subtle glow; then this fine milled powder is just for you. It’s designed to provide invisible coverage that will make your skin look radiant. The soft-focus effect will blur fine lines and soften your skin imperfections. It’s a loose translucent powder that matches all skin tones to create a natural flawless complexion with a youthful glow. Not only is it super lightweight but it will keep your oils at bay! If you are going to wear makeup, this powder is excellent at setting your makeup and will maximize performance wear and coverage.

Pour a little amount of powder into the cap and use a big fluffy brush and dip it into the powder. Lightly brush product all over face for that youthful glow and invisible coverage.

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How Conventional Cosmetics Negatively Affect Our Health and the Environment

How Conventional Cosmetics Negatively Affect Our Health and the Environment

The use of cosmetics is a universal practice. However, cosmetics have a long history of damaging both the environment and health. Women use approximately 12 beauty products daily that contain 168 different ingredients; and some of these ingredients may be linked to cancer, hormonal disruption, or reproductive toxicity. Researchers in the U.S have identified 10,500 industrial chemicals that are used as ingredients in cosmetic products. Those ingredients include pesticides, reproductive toxins, plasticizers, surfactants, degreasers, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors, which are compounds that interfere or mimic the function of hormones in the body. Endocrine disruptors can cause reproductive and neurological damage and can lower immunity to diseases.

In animal studies, chemicals used in cosmetics have been linked to altered pregnancy outcomes and birth defects. A prolonged use of products derived from coal-tar can increase the risk of folliculitis, and prenatal exposure to chemicals like diethanolamine may have harmful effects on brain development. There are 12 chemicals in particular, called the “dirty dozen” which have been linked to environmental and health concerns. These chemicals include parabens and phthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors, cancer causing chemicals like petrolatum, and reproductive toxicants like siloxanes. Loopholes in cosmetic labelling requirements lead to incomplete ingredient lists for many products, and manufacturers do not need to disclose fragrance ingredients on their product labels.

Cosmetics also have harmful effects on the environment. Chemical ingredients that are found in cosmetics, like BHA and BHT, triclosan, and siloxanes can be harmful to fish and other types of wildlife. Plasticizers like dibutyl phthalate affect reproduction in animals, harm development in amphibians and crustaceans, and induce genetic abnormalities. Plasticizers interfere with the functions of hormone systems, and have shown to bioaccumulate in organisms. The chemical components that are found in many cosmetic products do not break down, but instead accumulate. Phthalates in particular have shown to accumulate in fish, and can change enzyme expression and activity in mammals. Microbeads found in products like toothpaste and face scrubs are small enough to not be caught by sewage treatment plants and often end up in rivers and canals where they can cause water pollution. Microbeads are able to stay in the environment for up to 50 years, and threaten oceans and marine diversity.

Chemicals used in cosmetics are washed into rivers, lakes, and streams. Cosmetic chemicals that have been introduced into the aquatic system are transferred to other regions through rain and have been found in oceans, rivers, streams, and agricultural soil. Coal-tar derived chemicals causes harm to aquatic species and diminishes animal plankton populations, and chemicals like triclocan have been linked to genetic mutations in plant and animal plankton and amphibians. Diethanolamine is used in almost every cosmetic product; however it creates nitrosamines when it reacts to nitrate, which is carcinogenic and has been linked to reproductive and behavioural changes in plant and animal plankton. As the demand for natural products increases, companies need natural ingredients cheap, quickly, and in large quantities. This demand increases the amount of farming and mining needed, which leads to the use of more pesticides and problematic labour practices. Lastly, unsustainable methods of requiring non- renewable natural resources can also deplete and disrupt ecosystems.

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Aluminum Free Deodorants that Work

Aluminum Free Deodorants that Work

Get one of these tried and tested top picks to ensure you stay dry and odour free all day long.
 
If you’re on the search for a more natural deodorant that’s aluminum free, with none of the harsh chemicals often found in many off-the-shelf deodorants, then it may take some time to find the right one. 
 
We connected with Reviews.com and they consulted with a dermatologist, a chemist, and two natural deodorant creators. They tested 23 formulas to find the top picks.
Read more to find out what they found natural, aluminum free deodorants works best.

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A Guide to Removing Toxins from Your Life

A Guide to Removing Toxins from Your Life

Did you know that personal care and household products contain industrial chemicals like pesticides, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens? Sure, you might think that because it’s available on store counters it’s safe to use. But the chemicals used in these products have been linked to hormone disruption, cancer, and reproductive issues. Government regulations do not require manufacturers to label or disclose the complete list of ingredients used in many products; and allow virtually any ingredient to be used to create these products. These toxins are found in everything from hand lotions, soaps, and shampoos to laundry detergents and air fresheners. Luckily, there are steps that we can take to avoid our exposure to these toxins, such as reading the labels on the products that you purchase.

Chemicals

Here is a list of toxins that you should avoid

Phthalates

Used in plastics, to soften and increase the flexibility of vinyl and plastic. Used in: cosmetics and other personal care products. Concerns: can damage reproductive system, kidneys, lungs, and liver, and developing testes.

Parabens

Found in cosmetics, shampoos and conditions, hand and body washes, toothpaste, shaving gel, moisturizers, and anti-aging products. Used in: body care products. Concerns: mimics estrogen hormones, used in a wide variety of products resulting in accumulative impact.

Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate

Found in shampoos, toothpaste, facial cleansers, laundry detergent, shaving foam, and dish detergent. Used in: industrial floor cleaners, car wash soaps, engine degreasers. Concerns: Eye and respiratory irritant, organ system toxicity.

BHA and BHT

Synthetic anti-oxidants in moisturizers, cosmetics, lipsticks, and food. Concerns: allergic reactions, possible human carcinogen

Triclosan

Found in hand and body washes, soaps, toothpaste. Concerns: eye, skin, and respiratory irritant, toxic on inhalation, classified as hazardous by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme in Australia.

Coal tar dyes

Colours in hair dues and cosmetics. Concerns: human carcinogen, may contain heavy metals

Siloxanes

Used in cosmetics to soften, moisten, and smooth. Concern: endocrine disruptor

Polyethylene Gylcols

Found in anti-aging treatments, baby products, moisturizers, hair conditioners. Used in: pharmaceutical solvents, automotive anti-freeze, oil dispersant for oil spills.

Concerns

Toxic to organs and skin

Petrolatum

Mineral oil used in moisturizers and creams. Concerns: skin irritant, allergy, long term exposure associated with cancer

Mineral Oil

Found in moisturizers, baby products, and makeup. Used in: hydraulic fluid, industrial lubricants, and transformer coolants. Concerns: Toxicity to immune system and organs, carcinogenic, clogs pores.

Optical Brighteners

Found in laundry detergent to make clothes appear brighter and whiter. Used in: industrial markers for tracking by reflecting UV light. Concerns: irritates skin

Additional Steps to Remove Toxins from your Life:

  • Switch to all natural, organic cosmetics and personal care products. Be sure to read the label and make sure the ingredients are listed as certified organic or have the USDA organic certified or Eco-Cert label
  • Switch to eco-friendly, natural household products
  • Avoid microwaving plastic of any sort
  • Avoid anti-bacterial or germ killing products
  • Check nail polish, cosmetics, and all personal care products for the listed toxins
  • Avoid PVC shower curtains
  • Avoid germ-killing or anti-bacterial products
  • Avoid use of air fresheners
  • Avoid wrinkle-resistant and no-iron fabrics and clothing

Avoiding these chemicals and toxins will ensure the health of you and your loved ones. Discover household products that are natural and better for your health when you subscribe to EsthoriaBox Lifestyle.

 

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Tampons & Toxins: Why You Should Make the Switch to Natural Tampons

Tampons & Toxins: Why You Should Make the Switch to Natural Tampons

Women today are making decisions to live in a more organic, toxic-free way. From the products that we put on our bodies, to the food we eat, women are choosing to live a way that is as green and toxic-free as possible. However, one area that is often overlooked is feminine hygiene products. Tampons are a product that are used on a monthly basis, but rarely get a second thought.

Recently, tampons have gained attention for their potential health risks for women. Tampons are not the average cosmetic, because they are used in a very absorbent and sensitive part of the body that may be prone to absorbing toxins more easily. Substances may not go through the typical metabolic and elimination processes in the body, so chemicals in tampons are absorbed and can pass almost directly into the bloodstream. Vaginal and vulvar tissues are more permeable than the rest of the skin, which makes it especially sensitive to irritants and chemicals. Chemicals that can be found in tampons today include alcohols, hydrocarbons, fragranced additives, and aluminum.

Research has shown that women’s exposure to endocrine disruptors can increase with the use of feminine care products. Endocrine disruptors are compounds that mimic or interfere with the function of hormones in the body and can cause reproductive damage, neurological damage, can lower immunity to disease, and have been linked to brain disorders, cancer, and obesity. Phthalates, one particular class of endocrine disruptors, have been linked to higher asthma rates and lower IQs. Women’s exposed to phthalates may increase with the use of fragranced feminine care products.

Dioxins are another group of chemicals that are also found in tampons. Dioxins are the byproducts of the bleaching process that is involved in the manufacturing process of tampons. There is no safe level of exposure to dioxins, and they are highly toxic and are known to damage the immune system, cause cancer, interfere with hormones, and can cause developmental and reproductive problems. Once dioxins enter the body, they last a long time because of their ability to be absorbed by fat tissue and their chemical stability.

Most tampons are made from cotton, rayon, or other pulp fibers. Besides dioxins, those materials may also contain pesticides from non-organic cotton and furans. Tampons are recommended to be free of dioxins, herbicide, and pesticide residues. But that is purely a suggestion and not a requirement; and reports have revealed that toxic chemicals still exist in tampons, even with the recommendations of the FDA. Artificial fibers that are used in tampons are abrasive, and when a tampon is lengthened, it pushes against the cervical area. This causes small cuts and imbedded pieces in the tissue. Small tears in the vaginal wall from a tampon can allow bacteria to enter and grow.

Tampons also have a negative impact on the environment. The production process for tampons needs large amounts of water, fertilizer, and pesticides. The bleaching process, production of the plastic applicators, and the production of the materials like rayon and other synthetics takes metric tons and tons of water. Chemicals used in the production process end up in water ways, and harm marine life when they pollute ocean water.

Tampons also produce a large amount of waste because they are not recyclable or reusable. In a lifetime, a woman will use anywhere around 8,000 to 16,000 or more pads or tampons. That means that 7 billion tampons and pads end up in landfills every year. A tampon can take up to 6 months to decompose, and that does not include the packaging or the applicator. The plastic applicator takes longer to decompose, and oftentimes end up in the ocean, where they also harm marine life.

Tampon Tribe: A Clean Alternative

One emerging company that is devoted to tackling this issue and providing a solution to the toxins in our tampons is Tampon Tribe. Tampon Tribe produces 100% certified organic tampons that contain no perfumes, no dyes, plastics, additives, or bleaches. The manufacturing is ICEA certified, which means that it follows international environmental, organic, and ecological standards. Only pure ingredients that are tested with microbiological and dermatological tests are used.

The use of water is strictly monitored and limited, and no chemicals leach into the waterways. These guidelines also apply to the packaging materials – so only recycled and ecological packaging is used. The tampons are biodegradable and every part of the tampon, including the tampon itself, the applicator, and the packing are all compostable. The company is also certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard that is the world’s leading processing standard for textiles that are made from organic fibres. Tampon Tribe hopes to use this to empower women and keep the environment clean, and strives to make sustainable and organic tampons and pads accessible and affordable to all women.

 

Right now Tampon Tribe is running an Indiegogo campaign, it’s a great way to support organic feminine hygiene as well as get a sweet deal.

If you want to show them some love on social media, you can reach them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter via @tampontribe

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