Non-Toxic Makeup Routine

A couple of years ago I discovered the Environmental Working Group. A non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. With groundbreaking research, it guides consumers to make healthy choices and helps us understand what is in the things we consume and the products we use. I soon realized that in the beauty world, the word “organic”, didn’t really mean non-toxic, and that a lot of the products I thought were good for me, were actually filled with scary ingredients like formaldehyde and parabens (both labelled as carcinogens).

I decided it was time for a change, so I started doing research and began paying attention to the ingredients in the products I was buying. EWG has a great app which gives you the option of scanning a product or entering its name into the search bar. It then shows you a score in terms of its health concern. The rating system is from 1-10. 1 – being a low concern and as clean as it gets, and 10 – being a high concern and quite hazardous for your health. They break down products by their ingredients and rate each one individually. I started researching the products I was using on a daily basis and was shocked to find out that none of them were clean… My makeup bag was in need of a serious makeover!

Since I am not one to waste, I decided to replace my products one at a time. I would use my old products up until they were finished and replace them with a clean alternative. Over the last 2 years I have replaced each and every product in my makeup routine. I have now curated a non-toxic makeup collection and a simple everyday routine that is good for me and my health! I thought it would be fun to share it with you. Here is my personal roundup of clean makeup for an every day, dewy, sun kissed look:

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  1. I start with the Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer made with coconut alkanes instead of silicones and botanical juices. Primer is a great way to even out my skin and get it ready for foundation and concealer and this one is great. It hasn’t been rated by EWG but I checked all of the ingredients and they are all a 1 or 2 rating.
  2. I use RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up in #22 as a concealer for my everyday routine, but it doubles as a foundation so when I am going out and I want to look more made up I will apply it all over my face. Daily, I dab this under my eyes and over redness or blemishes. This is the product I started my clean transformation with and I love it. It’s light weight, spreads evenly and looks really natural. It’s made with ingredients like coconut and castor seed oil, beeswax, and cocoa seed butter. It has a rating of 1 on the EWG site.
  3. For bronzer, I had been using the Bare Minerals Warmth powder for many years, which is actually a good rating of 2, but I loved my RMS concealer so much, I switched to their Buriti Bronzer which is a really lightweight cream bronzer that seeps into my skin and feels great. It too is made with all natural ingredients including coconut and castor seed oil, beeswax, and cocoa seed butter.
  4. For a natural blush to my skin I use bareMinerals Blush in “Hint” which also has a rating of 1. It goes on really nicely and has a warm pink hue.
  5. To add some depth to my cheeks and create a nice dewy look, I use the W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick. I love the way this product illuminates and enhances my cheek and brow bones and it has a rating of 1 and is EWG verified!
  6. For my eyes  I use the Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeliner in Soft Inky black and apply it as an eyeliner by using a liner brush dipped in water. It can also be used as a powder for a smokey look. It has a rating of 1 on the EWG site.
  7. Finally I swipe on some Organic Wear mascara by Physicians Formula which I buy at the pharmacy, in black. This product is great, cruelty free and has a rating of 1 of EWG

For a daily makeup routine that’s fast and natural looking, these products do the best job, and if you’re like me, and live in Canada, you know that these products are not as readily available as they are in the states. Luckily, I recently discovered Detox Market, which is a great website for all things clean! I am able to find the majority of my items there and the rest are in stores near me; like Annie Young, Sephora, the pharmacy and Holt Renfrew.

Do you have any non-toxic beauty favourites to share?

JFK Glam Jam; For the Kids

A few months ago I got involved with the Just for Kids Foundation when I sat on the committee to help organize their annual hockey tournament. JFK is an amazing foundation which is dedicated to raising funds to purchase high-priority medical equipment for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I had so much fun on that committee that I couldn’t wait to get involved again! I was really happy, when I was asked if I could photograph their next event; Glam Jam, which was held at the brand new AVANTI spa in Decarie Square. Of course I said yes. Not only was it a great way to practice, but it was an fun way for me to give back! It was a night filled with beauty and fun, and it was a pleasure to shoot! Here are a few of my favourites from the evening.

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If you are interested in getting involved with Just for Kids or if you would like to see the rest of the photos, be sure to check out their website and Facebook page here: JFK Foundation!

 

Mickey Smith: Darkside of the Lens

Sometimes you come across something that speaks to you, that moves you in one way or another. Something that sends chills down your spine, and you feel some sort of connection to it. I remember watching this short film for the first time over 4 years ago, and feeling just that. I was in the final year of my undergrad degree and I was at a point where my career was all I was thinking about. Fast forward 4 years and nothing has really changed, I still think about my career all the time and this film still brings chills down my spine. Figuring out what it is you want to do for the rest of your life is a big deal, and while money is an important factor, it has never been my driving force. I believe that if you love doing something, the money will come through the passion, drive and focus you have for what you are doing. If you care about something enough you can move mountains and you won’t mind the hardships that may come, because you know in the end they will all be worth it. This is what came across to me in Darkside of the Lens and why it spoke to me so much.

“If I only scrape a living, at least it’s a living worth scraping. If there is no future in it, at least it’s a present worth remembering. The fires of happiness, the waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point on earth at that moment in time, to do something worth remembering with a photograph, or a scar. I feel genuinely lucky to hand on heart say I love doing what I do. And though I may never be a rich man, if I live long enough, i’ll certainly have a tale or two for the nephews. I dig the thought of that.”

-Mickey Smith

Mickey Smith, a surf photographer released this short film, quietly on the internet in 2010. What was created for his nephews in memory of his sister, who was his biggest fan, ended up winning multiple awards and drawing heavy attention to his work from all corners of the globe.

Every aspect of this film is beautiful. The narration alone is powerful, but combined with the mind blowing imagery of a cold, wet paradise it delivers a strong message of passion, gratitude, determination and the desire to do something that is worth living for.

If there is anything that keeps me motivated to continue searching for that passion, to continue practicing gratitude, and to take full advantage of the cards i’m dealt every step of the way, it’s this film.

Enjoy,

Darkside Of The Lens from mickey smith on Vimeo.

Inspiration; Blue Crush

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Images: {row 1} Place Mat; William Sonoma, Popsicle Sticks, Kitchen Aid Mixer {Row 2} Paint, Table Setting; Sunday Supper, Bird {Row 3} Blueberries, Wedding Cake; Style Me Pretty, Mascara.

I have a bit of a blue crush right now and keep finding myself drawn to both the cool and the vivid tones being spotted everywhere this season. Blue is the perfect infusion to both your home and wardrobe, since it adds a nice punch of color. Think cool breezy summer days, clear blue skies, and some fresh, ripe blueberries to snack on! Here is a blue inspired board just in time for spring!