MakeUp

I’ve been asked what I use on my skin. As a cancer patient, I’ve become much more mindful of what I use and how clean the products are. It took me a while to find what I like, so I am happy to share. I am Asian and I can tan easily, so my skin olive. I haven't yet found one makeup line that I use for everything, below is a breakdown of the products I use for hygiene and makeup.

For every product I buy, I check it against the EWG website, a database of thousands of products and it'll tell you the rating of how clean and non-toxic a product is, the lower the number the cleaner it is. All of these brands are on the cleaner side based off of EWG's website, I aim for a score of 3 or less. Anything higher are products I am working on finding a replacement for and I am open to suggestions.

Micellar MakeUp Remover

Removes waterproof makeup, cleanses skin without over drying.

EWG Score: 1


Garnier Micellar Cleansing Towelettes

These are great for travel. When you don’t have time to wash your hair, use these on your scalp.

EWG Score: 3


Zuzu Luxe Concealer

For Medium olive skin, I use the shade C-30. The tube is convenient to use but because of the EWG score based on the 2015, I have been shopping for a cleaner alternative.

EWG Score: 5 (2015 formulation)


RMS Contour Bronze

This can be used for contouring and eyeshadow. I have medium olive skin and as eyeshadow it gives a subtle brown shade on my lids with a little shimmer. It needs to be worked in well. The container are recycable and it’s small for the price, but I don’t mind for a clean product like this.

EWG Score: 1


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Eyeshadow, Laura Geller

Baked Cake Eyeshadow/Eyeliner Duo in Grape Fizz & Blackberry

Use a dry brush for a smoky, smudged effect or wet for an intensified, water-resistant finish. Blackberry/Grape Fizz features a shimmery, blue-violet shade and a deep, amethyst shade. The score for this is unknown but based off of another Laura Geller product, I have been shopping for a cleaner alternative.

EWG Score: unknown

EWG Score: 5 for Laura Geller Beauty Sugar Free Matte Baked Eyeshadow Duo, Biscotti & Toast (old formulation)

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Zuzu Blush

Paraben Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-free, Non GMO. This color Bella Donna gives a warm glow.

EWG Score: 2 (2015 formulation)


 

Benecos Black Eyeliner

Vegan and long lasting color. I don’t mind this being a pencil to be sharpened, since I prefer a thicker stroke. Made with plant-based ingredients such as jojoba, Meadowfoam seed oil, macadamia seed oil, and vitamins E and C. Pigment is created naturally from pure minerals.

Ingredients: Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oll, Mango Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax Jojoba Seed Oll*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Carnauba Cera, Macadamia Seed Oll, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Non Nano), Iron Oxides, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Chromium Oxide Green, Ultramarine

* certified organic, ** component of natural essential oils

Formulated without: methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, dimethicone, polymers, BHT, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colors, mineral oil, petrolatum, triethanolamine, mercury, cadmium, and other heavy metals.

EWG Score: unknown


Zuzu Liquid Eyeliner

Precision liquid liner with a fine calligraphy tip, not like those hard to apply soft brushes. Quick-drying, water resistant. Natural, Paraben Free, Vegan, Gluten-free, Cruelty-free, Non-GMO.

EWG Score: 2


 

Stila Waterproof in Dark Brown

The Dark Brown color complements my hair and the fine tips allows for hair like brush strokes that last longer than the Anastasia Brow Wiz but does not have a brush to brush through and fade out mistakes.

EWG Score: unknown
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner, Cobalt (old formulation) has EWG Score of 1


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Brow Wiz, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Dark Brown is the perfect color to match my dark brown hair. This pencil lets you create ALMOST hair like strokes. No need to sharpen, the pencil is ultra-slim. There is a brush to take away excess and help groom, so this Brow Wiz is more forgiving. But if you can easily draw in hair like strokes with control, maybe the Stila Waterproof Brow is a better fit for you; it lasts longer.

EWG Score: 2


Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Some eyelash curlers don’t curve around the eyes enough, they are too flat. These work perfectly and I don’t find that I need rubber on the handles with these.

EWG Score: N/A


Waterproof Mascara by Mineral Fusion

I use this waterproof mascara on my lashes first, then my eyebrows and if I have greys showing that day, I run the wand over those strands. Don’t bother with the Lash Curling version also by Mineral Fusion. It does not work, at least for my lashes, which tend to go flat easily.

EWG Score: Limited


Lip Balm, Dr. Bronner’s

Made with 100% certified organic and fair-trade ingredients including beeswax, jojoba, avocado, and hemp oils to provide instant moisture to dry, cracked lips, as well as protection against cold, windy weather.

Use these lips balms as a quick dose of moisture for dry cuticles or cheeks, too.

EWG Score: 1


Moisturizing Lipstick by Burt’s Bees

I keep my lip colors to 3; salmon, pink and red. This covers the pink category and is called Sunset Cruise. It’s moisturizing, more than other lipsticks. I sometimes use it as blush too.

EWG score: 1


Lip Crayon, Burt’s Bees

Napa Vineyard color is a deeper red with a blue tone. Glides on smoothly and despite the chunky tip, you can line your lips accurately.

EWG Score: 1


 

Lipliner, NYX

I use the Dr. Bronner’s lip balm and fill in with this lipliner in the color Pumpkin and it gives a nice salmon color.

EWG Score: 2