A Day in the Life of Lisa: My Green Product Routine – Part II

by Ron & Lisa Beres on August 15, 2013 · 10 comments

A Day in the Life of Lisa: My Green Product Routine – Part II
Did you catch the first part of this post? If not, you’ll want to read it HERE. After all, you wouldn’t watch Bridget Jones’s Diary 2 without first watching part one, now would you?  Like Bridget Jones, many of us gals have fallen for a bad boy (or two, or three?).  So, dating is kinda like selecting personal care products.  We must be careful not to be wooed by {Hugh Grant-ish} fancy packaging, exterior appeal or slick, sweet-talking marketing terms that prove meaningless when verified against the ingredients label (unless, of course, you want to keep a diary of your broken out, rashy, zitty, oily, dehydrated, toxic skin – blimey!).

I, like Bridget, had (skin) troubles in my college years when using the magical 3-step, over-hyped department store brand proven to make my skin glow –ha!  The only thing glowing was my humiliation. So much for the dramatically different moisturizer (you can see the dramatically high hazard score this product received from the Environmental Working Group for its toxic ingredients). But, I smartened up eventually.  I’ve learned a TON since then about which product ingredients to lose and those to chose. In picking up where we left off in the prior post (after my shower), join me below for my makeup routine. Remember, there are a lot of lines that have individual products rate entirely differently in the Skin Deep Database; it isn’t always a one stop shop when it comes to brands.


Break up with your makeup. Yep! Chances are you have a chemical lab inside your makeup bag. The average woman wears 515 chemicals each day (Tweet this)! There are connections to the chemicals in cosmetics to many health problems including breast cancer.  Good news. There are a ton of good, natural and organic companies, so here are a few I like based on toxicity levels, convenience and price:

  • Mascara: ZuZu Luxe Mascara –or- Jane Iredale PureLash Mascara: free of lacquers, shellac and petroleum based ingredients (vegan/gluten, cruelty free)
  • Eye Shadow: Gabriele Eye Shadow . Vegan and gluten free; 100% natural ingredients; non-allergenic and fragrance-free, free of mineral oil + talc
  • Eye Liner: Gabriele Eye Liner – Vegan and gluten free; 100% natural ingredients; non-allergenic and fragrance-free: enriched with natural plant waxes
  • Pressed Powder: Jane Iredale PureMatte Finish Powder with no oil, talc, FD&C dyes or synthetic preservatives/parabens (vegan/gluten, cruelty free) – or – make your own with this DIY recipe!
  • Lip color & gloss: Jane Iredale Lip Fixation – Vegan/gluten, cruelty free. Or, make your own with this DIY recipe
  • Blush: Rejuva Minerals Soft Rose Blush – No toxins, nanoparticles or GMO’s. Vegan/gluten-free
  • Tools: EcoTools® are 100% cruelty-free, and have handles made of bamboo and recycled aluminum ferrules
  • Nail Polish: New favorite is LONDONTOWN.  Their polishes are Vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free offer the “5-free,” which are:
      • Formaldehyde-free
      • Toluene-free
      • DBP-free
      • Formaldehyde resin-free
      • Camphor-free

*Note: Find more non-toxic nail options HERE>

This is in no way, shape or form a comprehensive list of healthy makeup options; rather a peek into what I currently use.  Other good brands include RMS Beauty, a pure and organic color cosmetics line with mineral color; Josie Maran; and EcoGlow Minerals. Got a favorite brand or homemade recipe?  Let us know below in the comments section.

Like finding a mate, your personal care products are just that – personal.  Finding a product rated a 0-2 in hazard score (Mr. Darcy?) to replace your current 5-7 rating (Daniel Cleaver?) is a step in the right direction.  It’s all about making progress towards healthier choices – even if every item isn’t 100% perfect.  The more you can reduce you own body burden, the better you will feel!  Don’t forget to visit Not Just a Pretty Face to get you started on the right track. HERE are some Greener Alternatives and HERE is a great Nutritional Guide to Beautiful Skin. You’ll want to read the last Part III in this series HERE. Finally, if you have not already seen The Story of Cosmetics, WATCH NOW:

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine August 15, 2013 at 8:15 am

After treatment for breast cancer I started searching for non toxic products and found Ava Anderson Non Toxic! I fell in love with the skin care line, deodorant and the mascara! It never clumps and stays put all day<3 I am now a consultant for the company & am loving all the products they are adding and can't wait for more a larger makeup line! Thanks Lisa, for all you do to educate, inform & inspire:-)


Ron & Lisa August 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your personal story with us Christine! I haven’t tried Ava’s mascara yet (must add to ‘to-do’ list)! I have no doubt it is FAB as all of their products are. We recommend several in Part I of this post in fact. Appreciate your feedback and thanks for dropping by. Every product listed above is rated a 0-1 in the Skin Deep database, but as a cancer survivor, there are some ingredients (even in many healthy and natural brands) that you may need to avoid. It’s all about education, baby steps and doing the best we can each day! Sending you loads of healing thoughts :)


Linda August 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

I am always looking for products that do not harm me, the planet, or the animals. Thanks for researching and posting. I am going to share this with my vegan/organic daughter…she’ll love it!


Ron & Lisa August 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

Hi Linda~
Thanks for dropping by + commenting. Stay tuned for part three also! If your not already on our newsletter you {and your daughter} can sign up here for free: http://greennest.namasteinteractive.com/light/subscribe.htm
Be green + be healthy!


Linda August 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

Oh, and I’m really excited about the nail products. I haven’t had a mani/pedi in months because I don’t want the poison on my nails! Yipeeee!


Ron & Lisa August 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

Yes, I bring my own bag with me every time I go! BYO – lotion (soo important as most are loaded with synthetic preservatives/endocrine disruptors, fragrance, color, etc); base; polish & top coat. It’s easy and also better for the employees, too, as they are not inhaling toxins (at least during my visit) :)


KAH August 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

The problem with these products for me is that they all have a scent to them.
I get migraines from the scent of most makeup & lotions/creams.
DeVita makes a few things that don’t have a scent, but a lot does.
Any other suggestions?


Ron & Lisa August 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

I use all of the products above, and none of them have a scent (perhaps the lip color and gloss slightly and the cucumber toner spray which is 100% natural). Which items are you referring to? I list some DIY recipes above, so if you are extremely sensitive, this is probably your best bet!


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