Review: a few RMS beauty products

5 Dec

So the video above gives you a bit of an impression of what the products are like, and I’ll go into a bit more detail here. I hope you can see that they all go on very easily, you can use just your fingers. It is probably hard to tell from a Mac-filmed video, but when I went out for the day, my skin was glowing. The products feel amazing on your skin, but I do have the following tips:

Un-cover up: blend well, apply a couple of layers (waiting a bit between applications), but don’t expect full coverage.

Living luminizer: DO NOT APPLY TO ENTIRE EYELID¬†– I don’t want to sound dramatic, but if you apply this any higher than the few millimitres closest to your lash line, your eyelid will feel greasy-sticky. Keep it AWAY from your crease! Apply liberally to your cheekbones/wherever you want to glow. It is not shimmery or sparkly, it simply creates a warm glow.

Lip2Cheek in Modest: apply lip balm/make sure skin is well hydrated before applying, since this is a stain-like product. It will not provide much hydration but the colour is gorgeous and a little goes a very long way.

Quick take on RMS Beauty overall:

  • Most ingredients are organic.
  • There is not a single toxic (or potentially toxic) ingredient in any of the RMS products except one of the Lip2Cheek colours (where there is 0.5% synthetic colouring; all the other colours are beautiful so you can easily avoid it if you want to).
  • The packaging is recyclable: the glass pots with metal lids as well as the paper box they come in. You could even re-use the little glass pots if you want.
  • You will receive a sample of another of their products with your order, which is nice since their products aren’t available in any stores where I live, and investing $25+ in something I might not like is hard to do!
What I really appreciate is that RMS isn’t one of those “natural” brands that excludes recognizable toxic ingredients but throws in a whole lot of hard-to-evaluate ingredients instead. RMS sticks to oils, butters and natural colorants that we can be almost certain have few (if any, really) harmful effects.

You can visit rmsbeauty.com for more information (or to make a purchase, if you feel inclined to do so. There is free shipping on orders over $25, which basically means free shipping on almost everything, since most products are $30+ ūüôā )

Hope that was helpful!

(Brief) Book Reviews!

2 Dec

In the video I say that the first book is the least useful, but the last one isn’t particularly fantastic either and might be even less interesting than the first, considering that it doesn’t provide recipes using somewhat uncommon ingredients (which the first book does).

So here’s the list of the titles and authors:

  1. Les Produits Cosm√©tiques au Naturel: jeunesse et beaut√© avec les plantes de Br√©zil et de l’Amazone, by Estelle Guerven.
  2. There’s Lead in Your Lipstick, by Gillian Deacon
  3. No More Dirty Looks, by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt
  4. Bien Choisir vos Cosmétiques: comment préserver votre peau et votre santé, by Laurence Wittner
  5. Les Cosmétiques bio: leur histoire, leur création, leur futur, by Maria Bardoulat
I had a few more thoughts about the two English books since making the above video, so here goes!

The tone in “No More Dirty Looks” is conversational and casual, but I didn’t really enjoy the whole “bear with us we know this law/government stuff is totally boring” thing. I’m thinking, if you picked up this¬†book¬†you’re ready for some serious information, but it did keep the tone light.
At the end of the¬†book¬†they talk about broader lifestyle topics and occasionally get a bit preachy or condescending, depending on how you look at it. While dealing with the topic of eating eggs, they say eat them if you must, but “may we suggest cage-free?” My thoughts were: yes you may, but we cannot all afford it. Overall they seem to mean well and give really decent advice.¬†I really appreciate that they did a lot of testing on themselves. Their anecdotes are fun little asides; they talk about getting all-natural highlights and other stuff.

“There’s Lead in your Lipstick” is a bit dryer, but as I mentioned in the video, it’s very nice to have a¬†book¬†written by a Canadian, I know I’ll be able to find most of the products somewhere in my city or on a site that will ship to Canada.¬†The author’s motivation in writing this¬†book¬†was her research and experience when she found out she had cancer, so I have faith in her good intentions. Both books include do-it-yourself recipes, so if you want to control the ingredients touching your skin as much as possible, they’ll help you do that too.

These are just a few among dozens of books on this topic available at my library. I’ll probably post more reviews as I do more research, and please feel free to give me your recommendations if you have any!

 

What to buy: December

1 Dec

Veggies:

– Dry beans

– Beets

– Cabbage

– Carrots

– Collard greens

– Herbs

– Leeks

– Onions

– Parsnips

– Potatoes

– Winter squash

– Turnips

Fruits:

– Apples & pears until June

Reliable web resources!

25 Nov

This is the second part of my introductory video, and in this one I talk about where you can go, on the internet, to find out more about natural cosmetics, cosmetic ingredients in general, and evaluate products. The web sites I mention are my favourites and two are just databases (ewg.org/skindeep and goodguide.com), but there are several other sites that I’ve found to be informative and really good overall:

nomoredirtylooks.com : By the authors of the book by the same name; reviews, discussions, light-hearted and fun to read.

ecostiletto.com¬†: covers beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and even celebrities; you’ll find out what Miranda Kerr thinks of air travel and what Angela Lindvall does during a detox.

safecosmetics.org¬†: this site is associated with Annie Leonard, specifically her film “The Story of Cosmetics” (which I highly recommend)

lesstoxicguide.ca¬†: A fairly comprehensive listing of all kinds of products. Under “personal care” they list toxic ingredients, Best, Good and Fragrance-Free cosmetics by type.

Lastly, here is a downloadable list of 100 ingredients to avoid, always handy to have around:

http://thegreenbeautyguide.com/100-ingredients-to-avoid-download/

NerdyVegan has a YouTube channel!

21 Nov

Over the last year or so I’ve been doing a lot of research on safe/non-toxic cosmetics, household products, etc. This can get very overwhelming really fast, since there seems to be something bad in basically everything you use on a daily basis. Particularly troubling is the fact that all of this is having a visible impact on human health. So a few weeks ago I decided that I needed to share this info with as many people as I could; this is something a fair number of people have done, I admit, and generally in book format. I created the naturalcosmeticsnerd YouTube channel to communicate what I’ve learned in as easy-to-digest a format as possible. Like a lot of people, I don’t have enough time or attention to commit to reading long-winded blog posts (I am absolutely guilty of this, I can’t help but be drawn to more-is-more in terms of words), so I’m hoping short(-ish) videos will communicate this info in the best way.

Here’s a little intro I filmed to give an overview of the purpose of the channel. It cuts off short at the end because at that point I launched into another 7 minutes of discussion on web resources, so I chopped that part off and I’ll post it separately.

 

Soothing face mask

22 Dec

Winter’s just started and it’s already got your skin feeling tight and dry? I’ve got the face mask for you, and you might even have all the ingredients on hand already:

1/2 an avocado

1/2 a banana

1/4 cup oatmeal

– Mash all the ingredients together in a bowl using your potato masher or fork. Really try to eliminate all the lumps. Apply to your freshly washed face and leave on for 10 minutes.

– Rinse off and pat your face dry.

Feeling “off”?

18 Nov

Whether’s it’s anxiety, fatigue, mild depression or mild panic, there are some foods and vitamins that will help rid yourself of what’s dragging you down.

Anxiety:

  • tryptophan in: brown rice, peanuts, soy
  • tyrosine: almond, avocado, banana, lima bean, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • kava-kava, ginkgo biloba

Fatigue:

  • get your vitamins: A, B, C, D, E!
  • iron (liver, fish, cocoa, oysters, molasses)
  • magnesium (dried fruits)
  • fibre (fruits, veggies, whole-grain cereals, yogurt, probiotics in general)
  • sleep, of course (regular sleep schedule, light dinners, relax before bedtime)

Depression:

  • B1: wheat germ, brown rice, whole cereals, dark leafy greens, corn, peas, legumes
  • B3: whole cereals, soy, broccoli, peanuts, coconut, asparagus, legumes, potatoes
  • B5: yeast, wheat, oats, soy, lentils, avocado, corn, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, brassicas (turnips, kohlrabi, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, brocoli)
  • B6: whole cereals, wheat germ, soy, molasses, nuts, bananas, grapes, prunes, avocado, spinach, cabbage, potato, lettuce, tomato
  • B9 (folic acid): yeast, whole wheat bread, wheat germ, buckwheat flour, legumes, brown rice, almonds, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, avocado, root veggies, soybeans, legumes
  • B12: animal products only (meat, dairy, eggs, cheeses, seafood) – supplements available; look for packaged goods that have been fortified with B12 (cereals, veggie burgers, margarines, soy milks)
  • C: citrus, red fruits/berries, kiwi, melons, peppers, cabbage, peas, red radish, asparagus, tomato, lettuce, brocoli, parsley, black olive
  • Magnesium: cocoa, dark chocolate, almonds, hazelnut, dry figs/apricots/dates, lentils, favas, kidney beans, dark leafy greens, tofu, peanuts, unpeeled potatoes
  • Omega-3: fatty fish (mackerel, sardines, anchovy, pacific salmon, Albacore¬†tuna, herring, sea trout, cod liver), flax oil, flax seed, hemp oil, hemp milk, hemp seed.
  • keep your blood sugar levels balanced/even; favour slow-release carbs like brown rice (anything non-white, bread, pasta & rice-wise);
  • breathe well

Panic attacks:

  • sleep & exercise regularly
  • avoid caffeine & booze
  • breathe consciously; try yoga, meditation, massages
  • eat tryptophan (serotonin precursor) & tyrosine (adrenaline & dopamine precursor)
  • consider going for a hormone test (to evaluate levels of melatonin & DHEA)
  • fish oils are believed to stabilize your moods & improve brain function
  • plant-based aids: millepertus/St. John’s Wort, gingko biloba, valerian, kava kava (may conflict with certain medications – consult a naturopath)
  • B-complex vitamins: especially folic acid (B6) & B12
  • calcium & magnesium may have a relaxing effect on the nervous system

Hope this helps, veggies!