So last week on Trash Talk, I threw out a lot of cosmetics with long lists of chemicals. Including my recent obsession, foundation by IT Cosmetics called Bye Bye Foundation. I discovered it had a synthetic form of Vitamin A in it (an ingredient to be avoided in excess during pregnancy). Despite an Ok from by Doc to keep using it, I decided to play it safe and pass on any risks no matter how low.
So that sent me into research mode (this is where I geek out and read all kinds of articles and basically devote myself to becoming an expert on something but can googling multiple things really turn you into an expert?!?!). First I thought I would check out my beloved IT foundation and see if all this time it had lead me astray. I turned to an ingredient list I obtained from IT Cosmetics. I then proceeded to google each individual ingredient. So it may not be the most scientific approach but it gave me a glimpse at what the ingredients were and if there were any huge red flags. Turns out most of the ingredients rate 1-3 on a scale of 10 on EWG.org/skindeep which is pretty good. I also checked out Good Guide which rates IT’s CC cream (they have very similar ingredients) and it rates a 4 out of 10. There are a lot of synthetic ingredients but this stuff claims to do a lot (physical sunscreen, primer, decrease signs of aging, smooth skins texture and more!)
So the long and short of it..I may go back to this foundation post pregnancy/breast-feeding………..because it works really good!
But for now while I host a tiny individual, I am in search of something with a few less synthetic ingredients.
Now, for me the search for foundation is no easy task. Since I hit my early 20’s and returned home to Hawaii, I have dealt with Melasma. It is a hyper-pigmentation of the skin. It is common during pregnancy, in women of child bearing years and people of Native American descent. We are Native American on my moms side and I live in constant tropical sun (very potent!) which is a recipe for ever present Melasma (ironically enough it has never gotten worse with pregnancy).
I could swear off surfing and stay inside all the time or turn to crazy chemicals but for the last few years my approach has been to say f*&k it! (sorry to bust out the big guns but when you deal with daily facial discoloration you have to be bold).
Here is what I am working with:
I found this blog by Hello Dollface where she lists a lot of natural non toxic foundation. I scrolled straight down to full coverage! She suggests this brand called Pure Anada.
Doesn’t she look like she is basking in her own natural makeup glow?! hehe
So check out their range of colors! Eat your heart out ladies! I am so impressed by their range!
Each sample is $1 Here they are swatched on my mug.
I picked up this brush they recommended for $16 to apply it.
I settled on Pacific Tan. Who knew my “undertones” were balanced?!? I think I may start listing this on my resume as one of my strengths. I really think I am qualified for the job because my undertones are very balanced….
Survey Says: I like it a lot so far. It blends nicely and isn’t over the top in coverage plus no ashy look to my darker patches. Plus it is a relatively affordable foundation at $25 dollars for 30 ml.
Here is what most of my “selfies” looked like.
Here I hypnotized myself……
In this one, it looks like I heard a loud crash and wonder what has my son gotten into now!!
Here are the ingredients of the Pure Anada foundation if you are interested:
Water (Aqua), Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, (Derived from Coconut), Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Organic Coconut Oil), Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn), Cetyl Alcohol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Sorbitol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate
Yes, I googled all of these too!