Toxin-Free Mineral Makeup: NO talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrance.

Let’s talk about toxins and makeup

Did you know the beauty industry is largely unregulated by our government? Ingredients that are unhealthy for you are likely filling your makeup bag.  Let’s chat about some of the concerning ingredients you want to ditch, and I’ll move on to share about how you can still glow without the dangerous ingredients

Talc:

According the Environmental Working Group, “Talc is a powdered native, hydrous magnesium silicate sometimes containing a small portion of aluminum silicate. Talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Studies by the National Toxicology Panel demonstrated that cosmetic-grade talc free of asbestos is a form of magnesium silicate that also can be toxic and carcinogenic.”

Bismuth:

Bismuth Oxychloride is a naturally occurring mineral used as a makeup colorant to vie a shiny, iridescent effect. It is frequently derived from insects, animal and plant sources.  It is widely used in FD&D and D&C coloring and frequently tested on animas due to carcinogenic concerns.  Source: PETA’s Caring Consumer.

Phthalates:

Too Town “Phthalates are used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are used in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, vinyl miniblinds, food packaging, and plastic wrap.”  There are over 18 types of phthalates in BABY products, and while most phthalates are largely untested two pose cited concerns: Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate is”reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” according to the Fourteenth Report on Carcinogens; while the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says high levels of exposure to di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate may affect the development of the male reproductive system.  Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate may not be frequently found in your make up: it does not have to be labeled!

Synthetic Fragrance:

Basically, you want to avoid synthetic fragrance because 75% of the time it is a phthalate, according the the EWG.  IF YOU ARE PREGNANT this is especially important because baby boys tend to be more at risk for problems associated with phthalates.

Parabens:

Paragons are frequently added to cosmetics to inhibit the growth of bacteria.  However they are xenoestrogens which means they mimic estrogen in the body.  The design of the body is for estrogen to rise and fall appropriately, especially for women.  Additional estrogen, especially and unnatural form is a danger to health.

So let’s talk about how to stay looking fabulous without any of the ingredients we just discussed.  Side note, all of the listed ingredients are VEGAN except for the lipstick because it contains beeswax.

Misting Spray

  • Helps provide more control with mineral powder makeup application.
  • Nourishes the skin with 100% pure essential oils
  • Soothes and refreshes skin
  • Aroma provides confidence
  • NO: alcohol, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance or synthetic colors.

Misting Spray

Blush

  • Give Cheeks a perfect flush
  • Provides radiance and a healthy glow
  • Ideal for sensitive skin  (Hooray!!!)
  • NO: talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals or synthetic fragrance.
  • Available in 3 Shades:   I do believe you’re blushin’ (neutral) Smashing (cool pink) and Passionate (dark burnished rose)
  • $27.75 for wholesale members

Lip Gloss

  • Sheer to Light color coverage
  • Helps lips appear more full
  • Moisturizes and softens lips
  • Adds shine
  • NO: talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or synthetic colors
  • Available Shades: Abundant (sheer light pink) and Embrace (nude pink)
  • $27.50 for wholesale members

Lipstick

  • Natural-looking shades enhance lip color
  • medium coverage adds shine and color
  • Creamy texture that glides on smoothly
  • Moisturizes and makes lips appear fuller
  • NO: talc, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance or synthetic color.
  • $22.75 for wholesale members
  • Available Shades: Daydream, On a Whim, Uptown, Wish

    Veil

  • Adds sheer luminosity and highlights to the skin
  • Blurs the appearance of imperfections and blemishes, including fine lines and wrinkles
  • Gives skin an airbrushed look
  • Absorbs excel oils and minimizes the appearance of pores
  • Works with all skin tones
  • NO: parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, bismuth, talc or synthetic fragrance.
  • $45.00 for wholesale members

 

 

Veil

Multitasker

  • Use as an eyeliner, brow filler and eye shadow
  • Richly pigmented
  • Build able color that blends beautifully
  • Long-lasting, all-day wear
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
  • NO: parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, bismuth, talc, or synthetic fragrance
  • $ 20.75 for wholesale members

Multitasker

Eyeliner

  • High color payoff
  • Long-lasting, all-day wear
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Apply with moistened brush for higher impact
  • NO: talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, or synthetic fragrances
  • Shade: Jet-Setter
  • $15.75

Jetsetter

Eyeshadow

  • High-color payoff and build able color
  • Long-lasting, all-day wear
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Blends well
  • NO: talc, petrochemicals, bismuth, parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrance.
  • Available Shades: Best-Kept Secret (matte), Residual, Determined, Diffused, Spoiled Unscripted, Wanderlust, Crushin’
  • $15.25 for wholesale members

Foundation

  • Diminished the appearance of imperfections and blemishes
  • Minimizes pore appearance and brightens complexion
  • Buildable formula for sheer to full coverage.
  • Long-lasting, all-day wear
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
  • No: talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances
  • Available Shades: Cool 1, Cool 2, Cool 3, Warm 1, Warm 2, Warm 3, Dark 1, Dark 2, Dark 3, Dark 4
  • $44.00 for wholesale members

Bronzer

  • Gives skin a healthy, sun-kissed glow
  • Great for contouring
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
  • NO: talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances
  • Shades: Summer Loved (warm) , Crowned All Over (medium)
  • $27.75 for wholesale members

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Whole 30 Easter: Egg Shaped Bath Bombs!

We are on day 12 of Whole 30 and Easter is approaching this weekend.   Even without being on Whole 30, I know my stance on sugar for my kids: recipe for disaster! So, I perused Pinterest and found a fun and healthy solution: Egg Shaped Bath Bombs.

Choosing to do a Whole 30 in April, I took into consideration the challenge of a commercialized sugar-filled holiday.   I considered their disappointment and still chose their health over temporary bliss.

We only needed to make 1 purchase for this recipe, because everything else was on hand. It was a little messy because my helpers were 18 months , 2.5 years, 3 years and 5 years of age.

We used the extra to play with in the sink 🙂

You will need:

  • Plastic Eggs (we used 6, 8 probably would have worked better)
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • Food Coloring
  • Young Living Lavender* Essential Oil. (any oil you would like for your kids, Lavender is so versatile, great for the skin and relaxing)

I only use YL because their Seed-to-Seal promise gives me 100% confidence that what goes on my children’s bodies is pure, safe and therapeutic.

You can set up an account to purchase essential oils using this link. Http://yldist.com/sparklystefka

I recommend the starter kit since it’s 50% off retail on 11 oils (perfect for every need in the home be body)and a cool-mist Diffuser!!

For instructions pop over here

 

*EDIT* I think I used too much water spritzing, because mine did not harden after 30 minutes, they expanded and oped up the plastic!

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Grace and Essential Oils: Keep Going When It’s Just Too Hard

grace-essential-oilsGrace and Essential Oils are the reason I’m sitting here, propped up on my mom’s couch. Life is just too hard lately, but I have to keep going.

It’s just a few minutes past 10, my son and youngest daughter are sleeping on the futon, and my oldest is keeping my mom awake in another room.

I’m supposed to give my mom a massage, a 30 minute one.  She gave me one, then I wanted to put the kids to bed, around 7:30.  The littlest fell asleep around 9.  My son fell asleep a few minutes ago. My firstborn is still awake.

I can hardly turn my neck, I think I overdid it on Saturday. I saw one of my amazing chiropractors this afternoon, she confirmed that my neck is a mess.  It is so uncomfortable, I feel like I could vomit.

My day was actually pretty good, aside from needing a new neck.  My husband works overnights at Amazon Fulfillment, so he crawled in bed at 5:30 this morning.  I woke up and nursed the baby, and then went to pick my mom up to drive her to work.  Her truck wasn’t starting, so we are thankful to have this car to make life easier when it’s bumpy. GRACE, that car is grace.

Deep Relief

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Have you tried Deep Relief?  It’s amazing and it usually works essential oil magic on my aches.  Apparently something else is needed though, because ouch…I’m still achy, and also I should have washed my hands before touching my eye.  Carrier oil for the win, Thank God it was in my bathroom.  That is grace again, saving my day.

Clarity & Coffee

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After taking my mom to work, I brewed a cup of coffee, served my kids bread and butter, which I also enjoyed.  I took care of a business call and got the kids ready for their playdate.  I love calling it a playdate, it’s really a childcare trade.  She takes mine for 2-3 hours on Monday, I take hers for 2-3 hours on Wednesday, so we can do our WAHM thing. GRACE, those two hours working without interruption were lovely.  I used a drop of clarity on the back of my neck and paused to inhale it to keep me going while I worked. I was really pleased with the amount of work I got done, but there is always more.  I tend to put my self-worth in the things I do.  I tend towards a very protestant version of salvation by works.  I think the inability to finish most tasks as a mother and a working mother is God’s special design, to remind me: GRACE.

“And he gives grace generously.  As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposed the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6

I’ve been proud for far too long, and that sin slips into my heart far too easily.  I think that is part of why God gave me children.  They are an enormous blessing, and I am so thankful for each of those miracles.  Being a mom is a joy, but it is the most effective way to show me my inadequacies.

Motherhood has revealed so many sinful tendencies in my heart.  For a long time, I tried to “do better, try harder.” The salvation by works I mentioned earlier.  In that crazy cycle, I am set up for pride or self-hatred.  Both are self-focused.

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God is so gracious towards me, and gently reminds me over and over again of my need for him.  He has called me to motherhood, he has called me to be his child, he has called me to rely on him.  Yes, I still have strength and I ought to use them for his glory.  Yes, I have weaknesses, and like Paul I begged God to take them away.  His word to Paul, Paul’s word to the Corinthians is everything this essential-oil loving, natural leaning, grace-filled mama needs:

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 NLT

The essential oils are wonderful, they really do help my mind and body in so many ways.  All I really need is God’s grace.  Calling me to repentance, calling me to walk with him, calling me to rest when I am hurting, calling me to be Christ before my children.  His grace holding me while I miss my husband who works long, awful hours and sleeps while we are awake.

It is all I need. On a day where I fell asleep writing a blog post.  On the happiest moment I could imagine, I can’t do anything without God’s amazing grace.

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