GIVE YOUR MAKEUP BAG A MAKEOVER
Spring is finally here! Who else is all over that spring cleaning/ organizing? It is such a good feeling to go through and simplify your closet, kitchen, the junk drawer, so why not give your makeup bag a fresh start as well? I'd love to give you some simple ways to look at what’s in your makeup bag and help you decide whether it should be or not! Check out my 4 makeup bag makeover tips below, plus one extra one to help out the industry.
1. EMPTY YOUR BAG AND SEE HOW MANY PRODUCTS YOU OWN.
How many of these products do you actually use, have you used them in the last week..? month? The three concealers, a dozen eye shadow singles, and 5 old mascaras you have, do you really need them all? I have been so guilty of this in the past, when you are paying good money for products you don't want to just throw them away, but if you aren't using them why keep them? Makeup does go bad so that foundation you've had for 3 years that you never wear, you should probably toss it.
2. RESEARCH THE INGREDIENTS IN YOUR PRODUCTS
Each day, the average woman uses a dozen beauty products containing 160 chemicals! I can't be the only one who thinks this is insane... The easiest way to check if your putting toxic products on your skin is by looking them up on the EWG or an app like Think Dirty. If you are looking for safer alternatives to what you are currently using try Beautycounter. I started using their products almost a year ago and it is so nice to not have to research every single product before I purchase because I trust them to not put ANYTHING on their never list of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals in their products. Did I mention they are chic, luxurious, high performing and vegan? There are many natural brands put there just beware of heavy metals, specifically in color cosmetics. A range of heavy metals have been found in both traditional and natural brands after testing. Whats the big deal with heavy metals? I'll work on a post to explain the dangers soon!
3. REPLACE AS YOU RUN OUT
Not ready to toss all your makeup and start over? Replace as you run out with better, cleaner options. When I first started switching over to more natural makeup I could not find a mascara I liked so I was still used a drugstore one until I found the one I now love (Beautycounter lengthening mascara) Having some or most of your products be clean is better than none! I like to buy products that have multiple uses as well, like my eyeshadow pallet, the dark brown shadow I double as my brow filler! This keeps me from having a ton of makeup.
If you are like me and you want to start new with your makeup give Beautycounter's Flawless in Five a try. It includes everything you need to create an effortless look in 6 simple steps!
4. CLEAN OR REPLACE YOUR BRUSHES
You should be cleaning your liquid brushes once a week and dry makeup brushes twice a month. I know its yet another thing to do but dirty makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. Why would you want to rub bacteria all over your face...? I use Dr. Bronner Sal Suds, a great, inexpensive non-toxic way to clean all my brushes, plus I use it in a ton of diy recipes so it's a great product to have on hand!
5. HELP GIVE THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY A MAKEOVER
Support companies who are are fighting to make the beauty industry better, that do not compromise on product performance or safety! Where you put your money can really affect change. That is a huge reason I stand behind Beautycounter (well and their products are amazing). The cosmetic industry is virtually unregulated, in fact only 30 toxic ingredients are banned by the United States, thats it! The United States hasn't passed a federal law governing the cosmetic industry since 1938. So what else can you do to help give the beauty industry a makeover? You can text “BetterBeauty” to 52886 to ask Congress to act, our voice matters and the only way to ensure change is by pursuing it! Feel free to comment or message me any questions, share this post and help others not only give their makeup bag a spring cleaning but the beauty industry as well!
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