Sunday, 22 April 2012

Earth Day Resolutions

Earth Day is a good time to take stock of your personal impact on the environment and what you can do to better the planet. In terms of makeup and the beauty industry in general there is a huge amount of waste. Looking just at makeup we expose problems such as animal testing and animal rights, production of non-biodegradeable synthetic materials, excess packaging entering landfills, dangerous chemicals, and more.
There are a few things you can do to clean up your beauty habits and clean up the planet:

  •  Do some research into the products you use regularly: Are they certified cruelty free? 
  • Look for products that come in biodegradable or recycled packaging. 
  • Recycle packaging wherever you can, look on the bottom of the package to find out. It may be as simple as rinsing out your empty foundation bottle and putting it in the recycling.  
  • Make beauty products yourself whenever you can! 
  • Try bamboo or vegan makeup brushes.

Happy Earth Day!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Review: Suncoat Gel Nail Polish Remover

Everyone knows that nail polish remover is full of chemicals. You know the minute you unscrew the lid and are hit with the acrid smell of acetone. Even brands that are labeled as being acetone free can contain ingredients such as toluene (a neurotoxin), phthalic anhydride, and petroleum byproducts. Inhalation of these fumes is bad for your health and can cause headaches, nausea, and throat or eye irritation. 

When I saw this product I was hesitant to try it because it wasn't clear if the product would remove all nail polish or only Suncoat brand. I'm happy to say that this product does remove all types of nail polish both natural and not. The packaging is mess-free, unlike many nail polish removers and the gel spreads easily on each nail. The product is corn and soy based and removes polish well, though on tough polish you may need to repeat the process. Best of all there is no chemical smell!