My cosmetics.

I haven’t posted anything from a “life in the USA” category so I decided to finally write something and I think this post is a great one to put in there. This time I’m going to show you what I use for my make up and body care.

For the start I want to admit that some time ago I liked having a lot, tons of different lipsticks, lipglosses, a few powders, plenty eye shadows even though I don’t use any eye shadows on almost ever. Now I prefer a quality. Things I use are mostly organic, most of them don’t have any chemicals, none of them are tested on animals and they don’t have any ingredients coming from animals, at the same time they have decent prices. Over a year ago I started learning more about what they use to make make-up stuff, how they do it, where they get ingredients from, how they get them, how all those things they use influence a human’s body and so on. In general, most companies are going for profit, obviously, so they’ll do everything they can to make more and more money not paying attention to how brutal animals are treated or how bad their products affect people’s health. I don’t want to be a part of it. I got rid of products with parabens, SLS and some other things. On the Internet there’s a lot stuff about it and each cosmetic item has a list of ingredients on it so it’s very easy to learn about this if you ever want to. I got seriously scared. I realized that I was the one who was destroying my own skin, hair and often the whole organism and later I tried to fix it by putting more stuff on me or, what’s even worse, taking meds. Because you know how it works – you use one shampoo that will dry your hair so you’ll buy a conditioner from the same series that will fix what the shampoo did. If it doesn’t fix anything, they’ll recommend buying a serum… from the same series, of course. And this is how they make more money. It shouldn’t be this way because if we ate right food and if we didn’t destroy our health with other stuff, our hair would be healthy and we wouldn’t need any conditioners or serums (but here a big influence comes from the environment as well and this is hard to change). When I changed all my cosmetics completely, I limited significantly the amount of them and I changed my diet, I saw a big improvement in the condition of skin on my whole body, my hair and nails.

Remember, though, that this post is an informative post where you’ll find my own opinions, lists of ingredients and prices*. I’m not teaching anyone, I’m not forcing you to change the way you live, what you buy and so on. I’m only sharing what works for me and I do recommend learning more but I’m not pushing you to do it so you can take something out of this post but you don’t have to.

Let’s get to it!

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I don’t use a tap water to wash my face (unless I take a shower because I obviously don’t put a mask on my face) and the tonic in the picture above is something I use instead of water. It cleans very well and it leaves the feeling of a very fresh face. Skin is tight and what’s different between this one and the ones I used before is that this doesn’t leave my skin being sticky.

To buy: Amazon, Nonie of Beverly Hills

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Hamamelis Water, Castor Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Citrus Mix of Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Bergamot & Neroli Oils & Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

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I don’t really use body lotions either and it’s not because I have some weird theories about it 😉 but because I don’t think I need them. My skin is just soft and moisturized just by itself (or because I eat a lot of fruits) and also when I pole dance I can’t use any body lotions anyway. Anyways, if I want to, I use this one. I can’t count how many lotions I used in my life but what I can say for sure is that this is my favorite and I hope they’ll never stop making it. This smell!!!

To buy: Ulta, Target, Pacifica, Whole Foods

Ingredients: pufiried water, caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut source), sunflower seed oil, glycerin (vegetable source), glyceryl stearate (vegetable source), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, stearic acid (vegetable source), stearyl alcohol (vegetable source), shea butter, cocoa butter, hyaluronic acid, jojoba seed oil, xanthan gum (vegetable source), algin (algae source), riboflavin (plant source), mango butter, rose seed oil, carrot seed oil, kukui nut oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, flax seed oil, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), panthenol (pro-vitamin B), parfum (Pacifica’s own fragrance blend with natural and essential oils), cucumber fruit extract, arnica montana flower extract, chamomilla recutita flower extract, white tea leaf extract, phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin (plant source)

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I use this to remove my eye make up only when I decide to put it on. Man, I hope you don’t think I’m some kind of a slut lol I don’t think that going shopping with a kid without a make up on means that. Anyway, I don’t have much to say about it instead of the fact that this is not what I’ve been looking for yet mostly because of the ingredients but it cleans well. Anyway, I think it’s ridiculous that a product indented for removing eye make up has a warning: “avoid contact with eyes”. This is a good sign that this is not the best thing.

To buy: Target

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Butylene Glycol, Poloxamer 184, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

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Toothpaste! You know that if you have acne on your chin, neck… well, around your jaw in general, the reason might be a toothpaste you use? I chose the one you can see above for a few reasons. The main one is that it doesn’t have any fluorite that affects human’s body in a bad way when it gets to your bloodstream (and it’s very easy while brushing your teeth), and also our teeth don’t really need it anyway.

To buy: Publix, Kroger, Whole Foods, shops with organic foods

Ingredients: certified organic aloe vera, silica (natural whitener), CO-Q10 (for healthy gums), peppermint (natural flavor), horse chestnut (for healthy gums), tea tree oil (cleansing and antiseptic), and menthol (natural flavor)

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This is a gel I’m using to wash my face after I remove my make up to make sure that I got rid of everything. I don’t have any special feelings or problems about it but I’m happy it doesn’t make my skin be dry.

To buy: Target, Amazon

Ingredients: organic acai berry, organic blackberry, organic rosehips, organic pomegranate, organic calendula, organic chamomile, fair trade certified organic rooibos, lauryl glucoside (vegetable derived), decyl glucoside (sugar soap), fair trade certified organic olive oil, organic chlorella pyrenoidsoa

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If it comes to make up removing I use these wipes first. They’re pretty cool and my skin is very soft about it but you need to like the smell of coconuts because it’s very strong. It doesn’t stay on your skin after it dries off, though, so you won’t smell it later.

To buy: Ulta, Target, Pacifica

Ingredients: Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin (Vegetable), Coconut Water, Aloe Leaf Extract, Papaya Fruit Extract, Calendula Extract, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum (All Natural)

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It removes nail polish very fast and is acetone free. They say it smells like mango but let me tell you, it stinks. The smell is very strong and I can’t breath through my nose when I use it, I’m serious. So I’m glad it doesn’t last long.

To buy: Whole Foods, Amazon, Mineral Fusion

Ingredients: Methyl Acetate, Isopropyl Myristate, Frangrance

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Antiperspirant was the biggest problem because I found it very difficult to find one as natural as possible and that would work the way I want it to. I don’t really have any problem with an odor but I hate having moist armpits! I tried several natural antiperspirants and I didn’t like anything. This is the only one that satisfied me but… not all the way. It works when I’m not physically active or when it’s not too hot – then it’s fine. Otherwise I don’t like it and then I go back to my Lady Speed Stick, unfortunately.

To buy: Amazon, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts

Ingredients: mineral salt

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If it comes to wet n wild not all their nail polish are vegan and with better ingredients. Some of them have what I don’t want to use so it’s worth it to read the label. My favorite ones are from 100% Pure. They have all the colors you can imagine and stay on pretty long. The ones from Mineral fusion are okay as well if it comes to how long they stay on. None of them have formaldehyde or a few other harmful ingredients but it’s kind of hard to have a nail polish made of plants only ;).

Wet n Wild Nail Polish:

To buy: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Target

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Triphenyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Silica, Etocrylene, Diacetone Alcohol, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish:

To buy: Whole Foods, Mineal Fusion, Sprouts

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic, Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol Styrene, Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Citric Acid, Benzophenone‐1

100% Pure Nail Polish:

To buy: 100% Pure, Amazon, sklepy stacjonarne 100%

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Styrene/acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral. May Contain: Aluminum Powder, Bismuth Oxychloride, Oxides, Red 34 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Mica, Blue 1, Yellow 11, Titanium Dioxide, Violet 2, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Ethylene/Va Copolymer

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I have two foundations and both of them were bought during winter months when I have to use “porcelain” color because other ones are too dark. Now even if I wanted to use them I can’t because they’re too light. Any case, I recommend both. The one from Everyday Minerals is a mineral foundation that makes your skin look fresh and it stays long, I don’t use any powder over it at all. The other one is a liquid foundation I used when I wanted to have a better coverage and lasting. I’m very happy about both of them and I love the ingredients in the one from 100% Pure.

Everyday Minerals Base:

To buy: Everyday Minerals, Whole Foods

Ingredients: mica (may contain**: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides)

100% Pure Healthy Fundation:

To buy: 100% Pure oraz sklepy stacjonarne, Amazon

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Rice Starch, Pigmented Extracts of: Peach Fruit, Apricot Fruit, Cocoa Bean and Goji Berry Fruit, Acai Berry Fruit Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Extracts of: Candelilla Wax, Ferment White Tea Leaf*, Coffee Cherry Seed, Maqui Berry, Muscadine Grape Skin, Mangosteen Peel, Acerola Fruit, Elderberry, Grapefruit Seed, Japanese Honeysuckle. Active Ingredients: 15% Titanium Dioxide, 10% Zinc Oxide

*Certified organic ingredients***

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Powder and blush. I don’t have anything special to say about them, I’m happy about both and I’m not going to change them to any other ones.

Juice Beauty Organic Powder:

To buy: Ulta, Juice Beauty

Ingredients: powders of organic tapioca*, organic corn starch*, organic aloe powder*, organic grape seed oil*, organic blueberry seed oil*, organic pomegranate seed oil*, organic raspberry seed oil*, organic kiwi seed oil*, organic cranberry seed oil*, organic strawberry seed oil*, organic acai berry*, organic goji berry*, tocopherol (Vitamin E), organic castor seed oil*, thyme extract, tea tree extract, rosemary extract and sweet orange oil. (may contain titanium dioxide, mica, iron oxides)

*Certified organic ingredients

Everyday Minerals Cheeks:

To buy: Everyday Minerals, Whole Foods

Ingredients: mica (may contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines)

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I can’t really tell much here besides the fact that I’m happy about these products. I don’t really use eye shadows too often mostly because I don’t know how ;), but when I do use them they’re fine, they stay in place for a long time. I still keep searching for a mascara and an eye liner that would satisfy me fully because even though e.l.f. is a very cheap brand and they don’t test or animals and don’t use animal derived products either, I don’t like ingredients too much. I haven’t found anything better yet though.

Pacifica Eye Shadow Palette:

To buy: Ulta, Target, Pacifica

Ingredients: mica, zinc stearate, caprylic/ capric triglyceride (coconut source), lauroyl lysine (coconut source), rice starch, coconut oil, brown kelp extract, ginseng root extract (may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides, manganese violet, silica, tin oxide)

e.l.f. mascara and eye liner

To buy: Target, Ulta, K Mart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, e.l.f. website

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I have several lipsticks and lipglossses and I’m showing you my favorite two. The ones I have are from Everyday minerals, Pacifica and 100% Pure. I’m happy with all of them and the best lipbalm I ever had is from 100% Pure and you can find it HERE. All of their lipsticks have great colors that stay for a long time and they also smell good. There’s no tiny mixed bugs that they use to produce “normal” ones ;). The ones from 100% Pure are made mostly of plants and they’re my favorites.

Everyday Minerals Tinted Lip Balm:

To buy: Everyday Minerals, Whole Foods

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Candelilla Wax/Candelilla Cera, Jojoba Seed Oil, Mica, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Orange Peel Extract, Elderberry Berry Extract, Tocopherol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Tangerine Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Titanium Dioxide

Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick:

To buy: Ulta, Target, Pacifica

Ingredients: caprylic/capric triglyceride (from coconut oil), diiostearyl malate (plant), shea butter, jojoba oil/ esters, sunflower, pomergranit sterols, candelilla wax, coconut flavor (all natural), plant cellulose, hydrogenated vegetable oil, rosemary leaf extract, tocopherol (vitamin E). (may contain: silica, tin oxide, iron oxides, titanium dioxide, melia azadirachta fruit extract, cranberry extract, coccinia indica flower extract, beetroot extract

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I don’t think you’ll be surprised when I say that I don’t use perfumes too often. I don’t know, I never a huge supporter of them on me and I never could find anything that I’d like more, also I never wanted to spend so much money on them. Pacifica has several kinds of perfumes in all kinds of forms and I chose the one you see above. The smell is incredible, sweet and pretty strong so you need to be careful. In general I’m very happy about it but I use it for bigger event only.

To buy: Target, Ulta, Whole Foods, Pacifica

Ingredients: natural denatured alcohol and pacifica’s own fragrance blend with natural and essential oils including juniper, grapefruit and heliotrope

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This is the gel I’m using to wash April and myself. Great smell, not too strong. I really like that it leaves my skin being very soft and this is one of the reasons why I don’t use any lotions or oils. I really recommend. I use diapers, wipes, laundry detergent and other things from The Honest Company and I’m happy with all of them.

To buy: Sprouts, Whole Foods, Target, The Honest Company

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Orange Peel Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Matricaria Flower Extract*, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Coconut Oil*, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Lauryl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Coconut Acid, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Citric Acid

*Certified organic ingredients

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This is shampoo that works for me the best out of all I used so far. During my pregnancy my hair was perfect but after I gave birth not only that they started falling out but also became very dry, frizzy and… started growing curly! The shampoo obviously didn’t straighten it but it did fix the rest.

To buy: Walgreens, Target, hair salons, Sprouts, Whole Foods

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Retain, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Apple Fruit Extract, Abe Vera Leaf Juice*, Matricaria Leaf Extract*, Valencia Orange Extract*, Grapefruit Fruit Extract*, Lemongrass Extract*, Echinacea Purpurea Extract*, Ginkgo Biloba Extract*, Soybean Seed Extract*, Lavender Extract*, Rosemary Leaf Extract*, Sea Kelp Extract*, Mango Extract*, Willow Bark Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Glycol Distearate, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance

*Certified organic ingredients

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I bought this creme when the skin on my face was dry. Now I don’t have any problems with it but my complexion is very light and so I need to protect it from the sun (by the way, I have to sunscreens – Kiss my face and The Honest Company) and… after the sun too. That’s why I put this cream on every night and I noticed that a discoloration I had went away. And I love the smell too!

To buy: I think you can find it somewhere online but 100% Pure doesn’t make it anymore

Ingredients: Aloe Leaf Juice*, Rose Hydrosol*, Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn, Coffee Cherry Leaf/Seed and Green Coffee Leaf/Seed, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Vanilla Absolute Fruit, Green Tea Leaf*, Rosemary Leaf, Thyme Flower/Leaf, Oregano Leaf, Goldenseal, Japanese Honeysuckle and Camdelilla Wax, Hyaluronic Acid

*Certified organic ingredients

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* Prices vary depending on a store, etc. Some of the ones I gave you are indicative.

** May contain – it means that a manufacturer warns you that an item was produced in a place where they make other stuff containing those ingredients claimed as “may contain”. It’s the same thing when you want to buy, for example, a spaghetti sauce and you see “may contain peanuts”. It doesn’t but the manufacturer warns you that in a factory where they make the sauce they make other things that contain peanuts. So they want you to know that in case you’re allergic and so they secure themselves from getting sued in case someone gets an allergic reactionn.

*** They have a USDA certificate.

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That’s all for today.

Talk to you next time!

Aga

Post’s main photo: Mylene F.

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