While searching for a cosmetics company that would test for heavy metals that I would feel comfortable using (I want to use makeup after all), I found Crunchi.  No, they do not test for heavy metals, at least not yet.  (They would love to when they become more established and have more resources.)  However, their mineral pigments are EcoCert-certified and are NOT sourced from China.  The background levels of environmental pollution in China are so high, and the laws over there are so lenient, that a lot of products that come from there are suspect, in my opinion.  EcoCert is a European standard that guarantees that the ingredients are free of synthetic components/additives, and they require documentation on heavy metals presented to them before they issue a certification.
That is true," said Vivaldo; and as he was about to read another paper of those he had preserved from the fire, he was stopped by a marvellous vision (for such it seemed) that unexpectedly presented itself to their eyes; for on the summit of the rock where they were digging the grave there appeared the shepherdess Marcela, so beautiful that her beauty exceeded its reputation.
Sunscreen Lotion: Beautycounter’s Protect All Over Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30: Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and antioxidant-rich California Poppy, this non-toxic formula is gentle and actually rubs into your skin without leaving that white, ashy residue common in natural sunscreens. Plus, it smells AMAZING (a light citrusy scent), and most importantly, it actually works!
Finally, you were critical because I did not approve your comment within four minutes of you sending it to me. You may have a misunderstanding that I was simply waiting for your comment and made a determination on whether to approve your comment the instant you sent it. Far from it. I am at present a one-person operation. I approve many comments, even from those who disagree with me. My criteria on whether to approve a comment is whether a comment adds to the discussion of ideas discussed on this blog.
Many women in the 19th century liked to be thought of as fragile ladies. They compared themselves to delicate flowers and emphasized their delicacy and femininity. They aimed always to look pale and interesting. Sometimes ladies discreetly used a little rouge on the cheeks and used "belladonna" to dilate their eyes so it would make them stand out more. Make-up was frowned upon in general, especially during the 1870s when social etiquette became more rigid. Teachers and clergywomen specifically were forbidden from the use of cosmetic products.

Porous minerals is a subcategory of mineral makeup ingredients where the porosity of the mineral particles enables extraordinary absorption capacity compared to non-porous mineral materials. This feature improves sebum control, long-lasting mattifying effect or gives a matte texture when used in makeup. Porous minerals can also act as carriers, absorbing a wide range of substances into its porous network.
Instead of agreeing to the “safe harbor” language on March 24, 2017, Beautycounter again offered to walk me through the requested test results showing the product name, compound, and result with proprietary partner information redacted (I think that means that they would “white-out” the name of the testing facility) on a web/video conference, or I could fly to Santa Monica – at my own expense – to see the actual test results, again with proprietary partner information redacted.  However, they said in this email that, “As for sending any copies of the test result outside of the office, we will need to abide by our internal protocols and respectfully decline, given that it contains proprietary partner information and the company has not provided such documentation in this manner.”

In East Asian cultures, familial pressures and cultural norms shape beauty ideals; professor and scholar Stephanie Wong's experimental study concluded that expecting that men in Asian culture didn't like women who look “fragile” impacted the lifestyle, eating, and appearance choices made by Asian American women.[53][54] In addition to the male gaze, media portrayals of Asian women as petite and the portrayal of beautiful women in American media as fair complexioned and slim-figured induce anxiety and depressive symptoms among Asian American women who don't fit either of these beauty ideals.[53][54] Further, the high status associated with fairer skin can be attributed to Asian societal history; upper-class people hired workers to perform outdoor, manual labor, cultivating a visual divide over time between lighter complexioned, wealthier families and sun tanned, darker laborers.[54] This along with the Eurocentric beauty ideals embedded in Asian culture has made skin lightening creams, rhinoplasty, and blepharoplasty (an eyelid surgery meant to give Asians a more European, "double-eyelid" appearance) commonplace among Asian women, illuminating the insecurity that results from cultural beauty standards.[54]

I have been using the Beautycounter Skincare line for 5 months now, and I have yet to find a product that I don't totally love. Not only does this company stay true to their mission of, "Getting Safer Products into the hands of everyone", but they provide high quality, affective products! Since using Beautycounter products, my pores have cleared and are noticeably smaller, my dark spots are lighter, my skin is brighter and I can't tell you how good it feels knowing that I am no longer loading my body up with chemicals and all the other crap that I've been unknowingly putting on my skin for years. After reading some of the negative reviews on here about their customer service, I can't help but think each of those people must work for a competitor or something... because my experience has been nothing short of exceptional from day one- customer service, my consultant, the products, and everything! Thank you Beautycounter!!!


Hi, Kelly: I’m sorry to hear that. Just to be clear I am not saying that Beautycounter products are unsafe. What I am saying is that they did not disclose their test reports to me and from I what I hear, they do not disclose them to their sales reps either. I settled on Crunchi. Apparently, it is a challenge to find makeup made with pigments that are NOT made in China. Currently, they are in a process of expanding and add new products almost every month. You can read my review of them here: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/crunchi-non-toxic-makeup-review/ Have a wonderful day! ~Irina
Sheet masks are a relatively new product that are becoming extremely popular in Asia. Sheet masks consist of a thin cotton or fiber sheet with holes cut out for the eyes and lips and cut to fit the contours of the face, onto which serums and skin treatments are brushed in a thin layer; the sheets may be soaked in the treatment. Masks are available to suit almost all skin types and skin complaints. Sheet masks are quicker, less messy, and require no specialized knowledge or equipment for their use compared to other types of face masks, but they may be difficult to find and purchase outside Asia.
The characterization of a person as “beautiful”, whether on an individual basis or by community consensus, is often based on some combination of inner beauty, which includes psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, grace, politeness, charisma, integrity, congruence and elegance, and outer beauty (i.e. physical attractiveness) which includes physical attributes which are valued on an aesthetic basis.
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