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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. 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?

Sarah x