Maybe it’s not Maybelline

June 28, 2009


A lot of the girls I know always say they don’t wear much makeup other than lipgloss and mascara, or concealer and mascara, or a tiny bit of blush and mascara — but for whatever reason, the mascara is a must. I’m not sure if this is a North American thing, or if the need for dark, long and voluminous lashes has been ingrained in my generation, but this product has definitely become a staple of the average woman’s makeup kit. Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan; coating these teensie, fragile hairs that are supposed to protect my ability to see with dark guck that will probably smudge or work its way into my eyes somehow just doesn’t seem right. If it’s a special occasion, sure, I’ll use it, but I tend to rely on the classic pink and green tube of Maybelline Great Lash mascara that I’ve had since high school, which has pretty much dried up completely. This does the trick, but it gets a mediocre score of 5 on EWG’s Cosmetics Database, which makes my nose crinkle a bit.

However, the fine folks at one of my new favourite online green stores, Green Cricket, just sent me a few beauty products to try out, and while I normally don’t like to write posts that sound like advertorials, I just need to say that I am fully sold on this sugar-based Suncoat Natural mascara. It gets a much more respectable score of 2 from EWG and there’s a lot of suction power when you pull the brush out, which means less of the stuff gets used each time, and if any of it does end up in my eyes, it’s not really toxic enough to do any harm.

It’s still not something I’d use every day, but it makes me happy that I can finally say: My makeup kit is 100% complete with as-natural-as-it-gets cosmetics. If you want to get this stuff, you can find it online here or most likely at your nearest health food store.

In the mean time, speaking of avoiding toxins in our everyday products, check in at Green as a Thistle soon for my interview with Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie of Environmental Defence — they just released a fantastic book called Slow Death By Rubber Duck and I asked them all about the evils of non-stick frying pans, flame-retardant pyjamas and estrogen-mimicking hormones in our baby bottles. Stay tuned!

Image yoinked from this here blog.

No makeup! (I’m not making this up) (Day 342)…

February 5, 2008


All right, kids, we’ve got just over three weeks left of this challenge, so it’s time to start getting a little crazy. Time to do stuff no sane person could ever be expected to keep up for a year, time to make some changes that are over-the-top impractical and outrageous, because I’ll never have to do this again! I think I’ll call this the “You’ve Gotta Be Kidding Me” series.

The first installment? No more makeup.

For the boys, and some of the more confident girls out there, this is totally no biggie. But try to understand that I’ve been wearing eyeshadow, eyeliner, concealer and blush almost every single day since I was 15. As you can tell from the occasional photo of me on this site, it’s not as though I wear tons of makeup, but there’s no way I leave the house without it.

Fortunately, I’m working from home this entire month, and by home I mean a friend’s cottage up in Creemore, so basically no one will see me except the guy who comes to plow the driveway and the cleaning lady.

The green reason behind this? Well, to use less product, of course. I realize this negates some previous changes, like buying all-natural eyeshadow, lip stick and bronzer, but at this point in the game, I’m hoping you can forgive the occasional bit of redundancy.

Photo of an eyelash curler courtesy of Taiyo! on Flickr