Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mary Kay Ingredients 2012

Many thanks to reader M. M.  who sent me the ingredients list for Mary Kay eye shadow and Botanical Effects products.  I didn't need to run the ingredients through the Cosmetics Safety Database,  I was able to identify enough ingredients on sight to verify that Mary Kay continues to pinkwash with their product lines.  

If you have the ingredients for other products, please drop me a line so we can educate our sisters.

Mary Kay is currently 'Enriching Women's Lives' with the following hazardous ingredients:

Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color Matte:

Talc , Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate , Zea Mays (Corn) Starch , Dimethicone , Isononyl Isononanoate , Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate , Zinc Stearate , C26-28 Alkyl Dimethicone , PCA Dimethicone , Methylparaben , Imidazolidinyl Urea , Nylon-12 , Dimethiconol , Trimethylsiloxysilicate , Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate , Octyldodecanol , Tocopheryl Acetate , Ascorbyl Palmitate , Retinyl Palmitate , Iron Oxides

Link to the Mineral Eye Shadow.

Botanical Effects Cleanse 2 for Normal Skin:

Water , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil , Glycerin , Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate , Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glyceryl Isostearate , Glyceryl Stearate , PEG-8 , Stearic Acid , PEG-100 Stearate , Plumeria Alba Flower Extract , Nymphaea Gigantea Flower Extract , Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract , Momordica Grosvenorii Fruit Extract , C14-22 Alcohols , C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside , Tocopherol , Butylene Glycol ,
Triethanolamine , Carbomer , Xanthan Gum , PEG-4 Laurate , Disodium EDTA , Sodium Benzoate , Phenoxyethanol , Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate , Methylparaben , DMDM Hydantoin

Botanical Effects Hydrate 2:

Water , Glycerin , Butylene Glycol , Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Glyceryl Stearate , Dimethicone , Isostearyl Alcohol , Stearic Acid , Betaine , PEG-100 Stearate , Plumeria Alba Flower Extract , Nymphaea Gigantea Flower Extract , Momordica Grosvenorii Fruit Extract , Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract , Triethanolamine , Cetyl Alcohol , Carbomer , Tocopheryl Acetate , PEG-4 Laurate , Xanthan Gum , Disodium EDTA , Sodium Benzoate , Citric Acid , Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol , Methylparaben , Diazolidinyl Urea

Botanical Effects Mask 2:

Water , Kaolin , Isocetyl Stearate , Magnesium Aluminum Silicate , Glycerin , Stearic Acid , Paraffin , Triethanolamine , Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Powder , Bentonite , Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder , Cetyl Alcohol , Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Wax , Propylene Glycol , TEA-Lauryl Sulfate , Plumeria Alba Flower Extract , Nymphaea Gigantea Flower Extract , Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract , Momordica Grosvenorii Fruit Extract , Xanthan Gum , Butylene Glycol , Sodium Benzoate , Methylparaben, Propylparaben , Diazolidinyl Urea , Titanium Dioxide

Link to the Botanical Effects products. 


Monday, February 20, 2012

New Love: 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer

I have been faithful to the Carmindy brand since it first came out, but it is becoming very difficult to find in stores.  Not a good sign.  I decided to try a tinted moisturizer instead of a regular foundation since I am running low.  I use several of the 100% Pure face products and decided to give theirs a try.  I LOVE it.  

I have been using it for two weeks now and my skin is noticeably smoother.  The product comes out very airy, almost like a mousse.  Two pumps usually does it for me.  The coverage is very light, so I still use my Carmindy for spot coverage.  I wouldn't recommend a tinted moisturizer if you need heavy-duty coverage, but if want to even your skin tone and get an extra SPF boost, this is a great product.

  1. 100% natural ingredients
  2. SPF 20
  3. Easy skin match
  1. Pricey - $32 
  2. The pump feels cheap

US $32.00    Net wt.1.8 oz / 50 g

Ingredients: Pigments of Peach, Apricot, Carrot, Pomegranate, Cocoa Bean, Goji Berry and Tomato, White Tea, Cucumber Juice, Aloe Juice, Acai Oil and Pomegranate Oil, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Rice Starch, Candelilla Wax, Extracts of Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Grapefruit Seed, Japanese Honeysuckle, Goldenseal and Cinnamon

SUNSCREEN ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: 15% Titanium Dioxide and 10% Zinc Oxide

UPDATE: NYX Pearl Shadows - Now With Parabens

I wanted to do a follow-up post on the NYX Pearl Shadows.   Readers are reporting that these shadows now contain multiple Parabens.  Full ingredients list on the link.  I am disappointed but not surprised.  The ingredients in the NYX products have progressively become worse as their lines have become more popular. Don't waste your money - or your health on this brand.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Warning: NYX Lipstick Contains a Dangerous Ingredient

I apologize for the hearts I am about to break with this one.  I was answering reader comments when I saw EmmeFatale had posted asking if the NYX Jumbo Pencils contained Parabens.  No, they don't contain Parabens, they contain something much, much worse.  

NYX lip products contain a chemical called BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole).  It's primarily used as an antioxidant to prevent fatty products from going rancid and developing a funky smell.  BHA is banned in Europe in the use of cosmetics and California has it on the list of 'known carcinogens and reproductive toxicants'.  The Environmental Working Group has BHA topping out at a 10 on their health hazard scale.  But hey, let's put it into lip products where women can slowly ingest it throughout the day.

Other NYX cosmetics contain BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene), also an antioxidant.  Along with being in cosmetics, it is also in jet fuel, rubber and embalming fluid.  Yummy.  It is a Toluene-based product. Toleune is a neuro toxin that is especially dangerous to pregnant women.  Those of you who are into nail polish should recognize Toluene as the chemical the majority of nail polish companies removed from their products.  Most nail polish actually boasts a 'Toluene' free label.

NYX Lip Products Containing BHA:

The above list is not inclusive. If you use NYX products, please search out the ingredients list on the NYX website so you can make an informed decision about your products and your health.