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Toxic Makeup Best & Worst: Revlon review

How toxic are Revlon products?  Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

How toxic are Revlon products? Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Since my last toxic makeup review was on a high-end brand (Urban Decay-to read it, click here), I thought I would review a popular drugstore brand next.  Below is a quick rundown of some of Revlon’s best and worst rated makeup products.  The ratings were obtained from the Skin Deep database by the Environmental Working Group (which can be found at www.ewg.org/skindeep).  The rating scale is simple, ranging from 0-10 with 10 being the most toxic product score.  As always, please keep in mind that formulations in cosmetics are constantly changing.  Consequently, I encourage looking up product ratings before you buy them either on Skin Deep or www.goodguide.com (which also includes the company’s eco and social responsibility ratings).  While Revlon has quite a few low-toxin products (168 out of the 1022 current products rated), overall most of their products were in the moderate or high toxin range.  For the sake of brevity I did not list all 1022 products, but here are various examples of Revlon’s products and their ratings, starting from the worst scores.

10: Hair color.  Do you really want this absorbed into your head?

9: Colorstay Mineral Blush in Roseberry, Colorstay Blemish Concealer, Silky Powder Bronzer in Sunkissed Bronze, Age Defying Makeup Foundation with Botafirm for Dry Skin

8: Certain Moondrops crème lipsticks

7: Some Super Lustrous Lip Glosses (ex. shade Nude Lustre 040), Photoready Powder, ColorStay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin

6: New Complexion One-Step Compact Makeup, Nail Care Liquid Quick Dry, Cream Blush in certain shades (ex. shade Rosy Glow)

5: Nearly Naked Makeup (ex. shade Warm Beige), PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector, Illuminance Creme Eye Shadow (ex. shade 725 Va Va Va Bloom), Just Bitten Lip Stain & Balm (ex. shade Dawn),  ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick (ex. shade Flashing Lights), Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin Makeup with SoftFlex (ex. shade Sand Beige), ColorStay Liner For Lips

4: Matte Eye Shadow (ex. shade Vintage Lace), Colorstay 12-Hour Eye Shadow quads in certain shades, Luxurious Color Eye Line (ex. shade Black Velvet), Lip Butters (many hearts may be breaking over this, these are so popular!)

3: Certain shades of  PhotoReady Concealer Makeup, PhotoReady Cream Blush (ex. shade Coral Reef), PhotoReady Mousse Makeup in certain shades, ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup in certain shades, Colorstay Aqua Mineral Finishing Powder-Translucent,  ColorStay 16-Hour Eye Shadow Quad (ex. shade Bombshell), Age Defying with DNA Advantage Cream Makeup, and nail polishes scored at least 3, at most 9

2: Super Lustrous Lipstick in many but not all shades, here’s a few: Sky Pink, Wine with Everything, Violet Frenzy, Peach Me, Smoky Rose, Coffee Bean, Apricot Fantasy, Sassy Mauve, Just Enough Buff, Cherries in the Snow; Photoready Kajal Intense Eye Liner & Brightener (ex. shade Purple Reign), Grow Luscious Waterproof Mascara, Custom Eyes Duo Shadow & Liner Palette (ex. shade Naturally Glamorous 020), Custom Eyes Mascara (ex. shade Blackened Brown 003), ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in many but not all shades, here’s a few: Nude, Perfect Peony, Premier Pink, Prized Plum, Stellar Sunrise, and more; PhotoReady Eye Primer & Brightener, PhotoReady Makeup foundation (all shades)

1: ColorBurst Lipstick in the following shades: True Red 090, Rosy Nude 065, Fuschia 030

0: Remover for Lash Adhesive, Color Allure Nails, Medium nail glue

Please note I did not include products considered by Skin Deep to have an old formula (more than 3 years old), and also that not all shades of the same product will have the same score.  Approx. 16.4% of the products I viewed were low toxin, which is honestly more than I thought there would be.  But Revlon can certainly do better!  Poor scores resulted from toxic ingredients such as multiple parabens (linked to reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption), BHA (linked to cancer, organ toxicity, hormone disruption), methyl methacrylate (linked to developmental toxicity, for example, fetal exposure in utero, breastfeeding infants, direct application exposure while still developing), and many more.  Good Guide (www.goodguide.com), which rates product health, social, and environmental responsibility 0-10 (but with 10 being the best, no-toxin score) gives Revlon the following overall ratings: Health 1.9 (extremely poor), Environmental 3.9 (poor), and Social 3.9 (poor).  Visit their website for more information.

Do what you wish with this material.  Perhaps it will spur you on to changing your Revlon purchasing habits.  If you feel inclined to take further action, there is a form letter on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website that you cane-mail to Revlon asking them to remove harmful chemicals from their products.  They also have more information on the kinds of toxic ingredients in Revlon products as well as their linked health concerns (and much more).  Here is the page: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5500/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=15670

What did you think of Revlon’s ratings?  Were you surprised?  Please leave a comment below with your thoughts, questions, and requests for other brand reviews.  Be good to one another and thanks for reading.

Resources/For More Information:

www.ewg.org/skindeep

www.goodguide.com

www.safecosmetics.org

Not Just a Pretty Face by Stacy Malkan

“Be kind and compassionate to one another,” Ephesians 4:32

The video featuring some of the products mentioned:

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LUSH Halloween Bath Items 2013

As Halloween rolls around again, LUSH has released some new limited edition goodies to celebrate the season.  While they did not bring back Pumpkin soap or the Jacko bath bomb (such a bummer!), they have cooked up a new bubble bar and 2 new bath bombs that you are sure to enjoy if you are a fellow lushie.

Pumkin Bubble Bar is an adorable sudsy treat designed to fill your tub with the scent of ylang ylang oil and orange flower absolute.  Pumkin is no spelling error as it was designed as a counterpart to the Mother’s Day Mumkin bubble bar.  This 3.5 oz product is good for multiple baths, depending on the amount of suds you want, the size of your bathtub, and whether or not your tub has jets.  Plus it’s just plain cute!  And it shares its scent with Figs and Leaves soap-one of my favorites.

pumkin

Pumkin bubble bar, photo by LUSH

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb is a much spicier product chock-full of black pepper and patchouli.  I did not pick this one up because I ordered online and this seemed like a gamble (I am not a bug patchouli fan).  But this sounds like a good one for those who enjoy a small, warm scented ballistic.

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Misrule bath bomb, photo by LUSH

Soot Ball Bath Bomb is derived from the soot gremlins of the Japanese animated film Spirited Away.  I love this scent because it is simultaneously sweet and savory.  Frankincense, tonka absolute, and burnt caramel make an excellent combination for relaxation on a chilly October evening!  Don’t let the color fool you; instead of turning your bath water black as it may seem, this little guy turns your water a beautiful gold.  Unfortunately this item is not available on the Lush North America website, but you can order it from across the pond at https://www.lush.co.uk/product/6354/Soot-Ball

Soot ball bath bomb, photo by LUSH

Soot ball bath bomb, photo by LUSH

Lush is also promoting some of their Halloween-themed permanent items such as the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb and Buffy body butter, among many others.  Limited edition Halloween items usually launch in North America in mid-October.  They launch much earlier in the UK (September).  I find this strange as they could potentially sell more items by releasing them earlier.  And why wouldn’t they sell Soot Ball here?  Nevertheless, I will put these items to good use as I always take more baths in autumn and winter.

Did you pick any of these up?  What do you think about Lush’s decision not to bring back previous Halloween limited edition items?  Leave a comment below, and as always thanks for reading.

My video featuring these items:

“But those who put their hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40: 31

Toxic Makeup Best & Worst: Urban decay review

Urban Decay's logo

Urban Decay’s logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello, Lovelies!  I’m back with another makeup brand review.  I previously reviewed E.L.F. Cosmetics (to read this review, click here).  This time we are looking at Urban Decay and spotlighting some of their best and worst health rated products.  As usual I use www.goodguide.com and www.ewg.org/skindeep to get these ratings.  Below I have listed current ratings as of this writing.  Don’t forget: product formulations are constantly changing so you may want to double check scores before purchasing.  For Good Guide (gg), 10=no toxin, 5-9=low toxin, 3-4=moderate toxin, 0-2=high toxin so the higher the number the better.  As for Skin Deep (sd), the ratings are opposite of Good Guide; 0=no toxin, 1-2=low toxin, 3-6=moderate toxin, 7-10=high toxin so the lower the number the better.  I included prices if available, but don’t fret, ebay and amazon are always loaded with discontinued makeup.  I included ratings on d/c’d products in case you have them in your stash.  Let’s highlight some of their low-toxin products first.  Urban Decay has quite a few low-toxin products.

The Best:

24/7 glide on lip pencils in all colors except Wicked (gg 7, sd 1 or 2); $19

Lip junkie lip glosses (gg5+); $19

Naked 2 eyeshadow palette of 12 shadows (all shades score well except for Blackout-gg 4; could not find score for Bootycall); $50

Most of their false lashes (gg 8); $15

Urbanglow cream highlight in the shades sin, wicked, and brown sugar (gg 8); $24

Cannonball ultra waterproof mascara (gg 8); $20

24/7 glide on eye pencils in the shades: zero, lust, perversion, ransom, rockstar, stash, demolition, underground, yayo, flipside, gunmetal, graffiti  (gg 6+, sd 2); $19 (some shades are on sale on www.sephora.com for only $6!)

Eyelash primer potion (gg 8) $20

Meltdown Make-Up Remover (gg 8); $24

Lipsticks in the following shades: gravity, trainwreck, jilted, vinyl, voodoo, wanted, buzzkill, requiem, revolution, midnight cowboy, lovechild, hot pants, rush, sellout, naked, apocalypse, peroxide, confession, and gash (gg 6+); *note: these are the old lipsticks, not to be confused with the brand new Revolution lipsticks that, to my knowledge, have not yet been rated.

Ammo eyeshadow box/palette – 10 Shades (gg 7); $34

Eyeshadow singles in the following shades: buck, darkhorse, roach, woodstock, foxy, baked, virgin, zephyr, s and m, smog, loaded, lost, tease, naked, verve, evidence, asphyxia, toasted, freelove, rockstar, blunt, bust, mildew, x, ydk, peace, flash, pistol, fishnet, bender, scratch, snakebite, busted, vanilla, mushroom, gravity, shattered, bordello, height, secret service, half baked, swf, radium, sellout, kush, snatch, suspect, last call, abc gum, psychedelic sister, acdc, twice baked, gunmetal, sin, grifter, midnight cowgirl, chopper, oil slick, stray dog, polyester bride, midnight cowboy, rodeo, midnight cowboy rides again, and the stardust eyeshadows (gg 5+); $18. *Note the older formulations of these shadows have much worse scores

Eyeshadow Primer Potion in sheer nude, eden, and greed (gg 6+); $20 (greed is on sale right now at www.sephora.com for only $10)

De-slick, All Nighter, and Dew Me setting sprays (gg 6); $14-29 depending on size

Revolver fragrance Oil (gg 6)

Guardian angel spray moisturizer SPF 8 (gg 6)

Stardust sparkling lip glosses in andromeda and space cowboy (gg 6)

Midnight cowboy body shimmer lotion (gg 5)

Rollergirl eyeshadow palette of four shadows (gg 5)

Worst:

It would take too long to list all 500 or so poorly rated products, so I’ll highlight a few.

Naked 1 palette of 12 shadows (gg 0); $50

Urban brow styling brush and setting gel  (gg 4); $20

Urbanglow Cream Highlight in the shade Moonshine (gg 4); $24

Many eyeshadow colors (too many to list), here’s an example of a few: cobra, blackout, chase, maui wowi (gg 0-4), $18

Big fatty waterproof mascaras (gg 2-4); $20

24/7 glide-on shadow pencils (gg 4); $20

The black palette (gg 4)

Loose pigments (gg 0)

Surreal skin mineral makeup and Surreal cream to powder foundations (gg 0, sd 3+); $31 and $35 respectively

De-slick mattifying face powder (sd 3); $32

Naked skin beauty balm (sd 5); $14-34 depending on size

Afterglow glide on cheek tint (gg 3-4); $24

24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (gg 0); $19

Ultraglide lip glosses and xxx shine glosses (gg 0)

These bad scores are due to ingredients such as silica, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), propylene glycol, triethanolamine, and multiple parabens.  These are linked to health concerns such as cancer, organ toxicity, hormone disruption, and cellular level changes.  Overall, Urban Decay health product ratings are 2.8, their social responsibility rating is 3.2, and their environmental responsibility rating is also 3.2 (none too impressive).

So judge for yourself if Urban Decay is the right brand for you.  Most of their low-toxin products, while costly, are highly pigmented, beautiful, and have great staying power.  And remember that not all high-end makeup makes for good health quality products.

What are your thoughts on Urban Decay?  Leave a comment below.  As always, thanks for reading.

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the most high, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling for He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:9-11

References:

www.ewg.org/skindeep

www.goodguide.com

Malkin, S. (2007). Not Just a Pretty Face: The ugly side of the beauty industry. Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers.

Quilty, D. (n.d.). What Is BHT And Why You Should Avoid It. In The Good Human. Retrieved September 24, 2009, from http://thegoodhuman.com/2009/09/24/what-is-bht-butylated-hydroxytoluene-and-why-you-should-avoid-it/

Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7: First impressions review and swatches

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7.  Picture by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Picture by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs is launching his own beauty line, Marc Jacobs Beauty.  When I got the e-mail from Sephora about this it piqued my interest.  The collection preview on Sephora’s website consists of Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow palettes (7 refers to the number of shadows), two Style Eye-Con No. 3 trios, the Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Sheer lipgloss, the Magic Marc’er Precision Eye Pen liquid eye liner, and the Lip Lock Moisture Balm. The full collection will be available August 9 and will include 122 products.  I opted for the shadows.

The No. 7 palettes are a better value.  At $59 you get seven shadows in a range of finishes and .24 oz of product.  This comes out to about $8.50/shadow; not a bad deal for a high-end eyeshadow.  The No. 3 trios cost $42 for only three shades (though I am unsure of the product weight).  For an additional $17 you get four more shades.  Also, I was not in love with the choice of shades in the available trios.  If you are going to spend money on a high end product, you better love it.

The seven shadow palettes preview come in two color ranges: #202 The Tease and #204 The Starlet.   Tease is chock-full of with purples and pinky-tones: a purple sheen, matte grayish purple, matte pale pink, iridescent champagne sheen, metallic pastel pink w/gold shimmer, matte bright aubergine, and deep aubergine w/iridescent shimmer.  Starlet has a larger range of shades: a metallic muted lilac, metallic champagne pink, metallic dark copper brown, metallic bright copper, metallic gold, metallic bluish silver, and metallic gunmetal gray.  I purchased The Tease (see below for swatches and additional pics).

The packaging is very slender, glossy, and lightweight.  This would be a great palette to travel with as it is much less bulky than, say, the Urban Decay Naked palettes.  This can easily be stored in your purse and has a mirror inside.  The downside is that, even though it comes with a fabric protective case, as soon as you touch it there are big time, noticeable fingerprints.  This makes it look not so sleek and dirty in a hurry.

As for the shadows themselves, overall these are great.  The colors are absolutely beautiful.  Most of the shades are smooth and easy to blend; the shade #7 is the only one that is gritty.  Some have better pigmentation than others.  I find numbers 2,3, and 7 need to be built up a bit, but once they are they provide a gorgeous finish.  I wish the palette would have included a matte mid-tone brown for blending, but it does offer a couple of matte shades so it is not all shimmer and sheen.  These shadows have great staying power (I’m an oily girl, so that’s saying something!).

Is this palette worth picking up?  If you are in the market for high-end eyeshadow and could use an easily-blended palette to spice up a neutral collection-sure.  While not all high end makeup equals high quality, this definitely is (and it’s certainly more affordable than Dior).  Plus purples look great on every eye color.  It can be found here.  If you already own plenty of decent shadows then I wouldn’t break the bank for it.  Remember, at some point it’s just makeup.  You don’t need it to be beautiful.

Have you purchased any of the Marc Jacobs Beauty products?  Let me know what you got and how you like it in the comments below.  Thanks for reading.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Concert Review: Coldplay Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay Mylo Xyloto Chicago, Il 2012.  Property of Kristen DeLange

Coldplay Mylo Xyloto Chicago, Il 2012. Property of KDL

August 8, 2012                  

United Center                 

Chicago, IL

Opening Acts:

Marina and the Diamonds

Charli XCX

The Band:

Chris Martin-lead vocals, piano, guitar

Jonny Buckland-lead guitar

Guy Berryman-bass

Will Champion-drums

As you probably know, Coldplay is a British alternative rock band with a sound that is simultaneously pensive and high energy with a bit of pop and passion.  They have earned numerous awards, including seven Grammys.  Mylo Xyloto is their fifth studio album since their inception in 1997.

Beginning with Hurts Like Heaven, the band performed with an electricity that was contagious to the crowd.  They played a great mix of new songs and old favorites: Paradise, Princess of China, Yellow, In My Place, Amsterdam (played in full for the first time since 2005).  They even snuck in a Louis Armstrong cover of What a Wonderful World, a sweet rendition featuring only Martin and his piano (for a complete playlist see below).

The main stage was huge with a long walkway, plus a small mini-stage within the crowd for a more intimate set.  The sound was incredible live, which certainly cannot be said of every band.  Vocals were spot on, music was perfect, sound and speakers well balanced.  How awful it is to attend a concert with distorted sound!  The laser lights timed to the music added to the visual intensity, as did the numerous confetti eruptions and graffiti symbols that covered the album.  They even provided bracelets, or xylobands, for the crowd that also lit up to the music.

Overall this was an excellent concert experience that I highly recommended.  While I must admit Coldplay is one of my all-time favorite bands, that was also the consensus of those we met at the concert.  They ended with Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, somehow still with tons of energy.  The only diappointment was that it had to end.

Songs Performed:

Mylo Xyloto

Hurts Like Heaven

In My Place

Major Minus

Lovers in Japan

The Scientist

Yellow

Violet Hill

God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

Princess of China

Up in Flames

Amsterdam (played in full for the first time since 2005)

Don’t Let It Break Your Heart

Viva La Vida

Charlie Brown

Paradise

Us Against the World

Speed of Sound

Clocks

What a Wonderful World

Fix You

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

Thanks for reading.  Have you seen Coldplay in concert?  Leave a comment below!