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New Year, New Foundation - Everyday Minerals


I have been reading "No More Dirty Looks" and it got me think that I slightly fell off my natural beauty wagon during 2012. The hard part about going natural is knowing your ingredients. Parabens, Petroleum and SLS/SLES are common knowledge but what about the likes of Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These are ingredients which I am spotting in my Free From products. When I wrote about Sukin's cleanser they later sent me an article about their use of Phenoxyethanol. Their justification "Sukin use this ingredient at less than 1%, well under the limits set for this preservative." Trouble is companies do not have to tell us this, there is no way of knowing what percentage of ingredient a product contains by looking at the labels.


Some of my favourite products contain Phenoxyethanol and correct me if I am wrong but it’s increasingly difficult to avoid this preservative. From now on if a product contains a majority of good natural ingredients but one nasty then I will view it from how long the product stays on my skin. For example a shower gel does not stay on my skin for a length of time so I assume my body absorbs very little.

Where am I going with all this? Well, I am spring cleaning my skincare products. First on the list is ditching my high street foundations. They have gone in the bin. I broke out with eczema on my face. It’s only a small patch and probably not noticeable to most but blooming annoying to me. High street foundations are full of chemical fillers that scare the hell out of me. Now Boots has discontinued my No 7 foundation there is no longer an excuse to buy this crap any more. 

I am sure I have mentioned it elsewhere on my blog but when shopping for mineral foundations the advice is to avoid bismuth oxychloride. It is non toxic but it can cause irritation and dry skin. Non mineral powders will contain parabens, silicones and PEG. According to No More Dirty Looks (page 138) acne prone girls should avoid cornstarch (zea mays) as it can feed acne causing bacteria. 

I am currently using Green People foundation, which I reviewed HERE. I am still not happy about it containing Talc. The concern with Talc is the link with asbestos although these days it is likely to be asbestos free. That being said, I decided to look for something different. I already experimented with Funky Fresh, Karma Naturals, BM Beauty, Lily Lolo and Elemental Beauty but wanted to keep looking at the market. 
Everyday Minerals is often talked about by bloggers across the pond and I tracked down a UK stockist (cocktailcosmetics.co.uk). I was slightly overwhelmed by the colour choices so opted to buy some samples. My advice is study the information available on the Everyday Minerals website before making a purchase, you will find better instructions regarding colours for specific skin tones.

Yesterday I tried the Jojoba Base in Nude. I like the coverage and feels silky on skin but the colour is not correct for me. My boyfriend said I looked like I was wearing more make up than usual. I took that to mean the coverage was heavier than I usually wear. My foundations are normally very light plus I think the colour was not helping matters. I have yet to try the two other samples. I ordered semi matte base in Fair Medium and Fairly Light. My suspicion is my colour choices may be a little off the mark. Once I get the correct colour I do intend to buy the full size.

Samples are inexpensive at 30p each and postage costs £1.50 unless you opt for recorded delivery. Also before I forget Everyday Minerals is a cruelty free brand. Have you tried Everyday Minerals? Any suggestions which colour may suit a light complexion with red undertones?



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15 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah - Great post. I have been trying to find a make up brand which is paraben and chemical free so I'm reading all this with interest. Like you I don't like the fact Green People's powder has talc which is a shame. I've noticed that Phenoxyethanol is a preservative used in a lot of creams / lotions that are paraben / chemical free. It seems to be needed as a preservative. It is supposedly derived from a plant source so considered acceptable & studies have so far found it to be un-harmful but I still battle with this. I have a blog which also looks at paraben-free toiletries along with other bits for babies, children and parents and it does concern me that there is very little out there which is completely and utterly free from all chemicals. Keep up the good work :0)

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    1. There does seem to be a lot of confusion over Phenoxyethanol and I am not sure who to believe. I think if I can't avoid it 100% then I'm going to try and reduce the amount of products containing it. I'm now following your blog, it's always nice to connect with people who have an interest in these issues.

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    2. I follow for the same reason - it's good to connect with others on a similar journey and I think there are more and more people who are taking that route now. There are so many companies out there but it's finding those that work for each individual and they're not all the same :0) Glad you're following me too. Do stay in touch x

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  2. I love reading your blog posts so much! You always teach me so much about ingredients and why I should avoid them, for example, I had no idea that cornstarch can break you out and as someone who has skin that easily breaks out this is great to know! You're really helping my transition to more natural products.

    Have you heard of the brand Hourglass Sarah? They sell it on Space NK and I was watching a Youtube the other day and apparently they are natural? I love a bit of luxury with my skincare and makeup so if they are a natural brand they're definitely a brand I'll be checking out.

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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    1. Thanks Gem, I am really pleased that I can make you aware of these ingredients. It's still a learning process for me even after all these years. It's nice to at least educate you to make informed choices about what products you decide to use. I have not heard of Hourglass, I will have to look into that :)

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  3. I love Everyday Minerals!! The foundations are amazing and they have awesome blushes and eye shadows too! Great company! They have a sample set online you can purchase!

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    1. I can see why you like these foundations. Samples are cheaper when purchased from a UK site (as I am in UK) that way I avoid international shipping & custom charges.

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  4. I love Everyday Minerals foundation, I think it's the best natural, cruelty-free mineral foundation that I have tried so far. I use the semi-matte base as I prefer a fuller coverage and I like the slightly dewy finish it gives. I am very fair skinned and have red undertones too and I go for Ivory, I think it is just right for my complexion xx

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    1. Thanks for the tip I will have a look at Ivory, I'm determined to find a colour that fits as I am very impressed after one try :)

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  5. Phenoxyethanol is definitely slipped into a lot of "natural" products, and it takes some effort to avoid! I also am really wanting to try Everyday Minerals foundation because I want a powder one for when my skin is really acting up. For lighter coverage I use a liquid one by Real Purity that has super great ingredients.

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    1. I've been shopping around for a few bits and you are right avoiding the Phenoxyethanol is an effort. We seem to lack choice of natural liquid foundations here in the UK plus they are double the price of mineral powders.

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  6. Everyday Minerals foundation have a nice texture, makes your face look glowy and has decent coverage. However the shade description is off! All the samples I ordered was too dark and I think it oxidised further after an hour. I have to order more samples now :)

    I have been reading your blog for sometime now and it has helped me try to find the appropriate skincare for me. I have suffered from eczema on the face since a child and it had recently flared up again! My dermatologist prescribed Cetaphil and steroid mixed with antibiotic cream but I don't think I want to go on with the steroids anymore. However, even natural or organic products haven't cleared it up. Makeup looks horrible on my skin because of the raised dry red patches on my cheeks!

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    1. I've tried fairly light this morning and it seems a good fit but I will see how I get on during the day. If your foundation is oxidising then consider it could be that you have a more acidic skin, you are using A pink foundation over a yellow undertone skin, Foundation components reacting to the sebum in our skin, Oils in our skin or moisturiser intensifying the colour of the pigments.
      Have you looked at your diet as a way of possibly managing eczema? Mine is linked to allergies. Natural skincare may not work for everyone I am fortunate that it does for me. I still recommend you cut out skin irritants like SLS or mineral oil as they are known to cause problems.

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  7. I also read the book and like it. For a quick search I recomend to look att cosmetic-check or EWG skindeep. But it is like you said that the more you read the more things you find to avoid!

    I also tried samples of Everyday minerals foundation in their Jojoba base , but I didn´t find a good match. Hope you have better luck with their Semi-Matte.

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    1. I use the EWG website but it can be confusing at times. Shame about the sample you tried. Fairly light seems like a good match for me but I think I prefer the look of the Jojoba base. Decisions, decisions, I don't want to pay for a full size until I get it right :)

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