Pretty Great “Ingredients” Series

pretty great ingredients

Hey Pretty Lovelies!

You may have seen the Pretty Bad Ingredients post which focused on educating our readers on how important reading your labels is! Now on the flip side I’m giving you some ingredients, etc that are good for you! So here are a few things you want to look for when shopping for both skincare and beauty!

1. pH Correct
Did you know that our skin is actually slightly acidic? It sits at a 5.5 on the pH scale. And the reason its slightly acidic is to ward off pollutants, free radicles, environment, etc. So its seriously important to be using a product that is pH correct. When you use a product that isn’t pH correct it strips your acid mantle and can cause problem skin like dry skin, oily skin, acne, break-outs, etc. We aren’t suppose to have problem skin! When I switched to a pH correct product my skin totally changed, I no longer have dry skin, and my skin has a new glow. I only get break-outs when I eat unhealthy or sometimes when its that time of the month.

2. Vegan
I’m pretty sure all of us here LOVE animals, and if you don’t — shame on you! They’re adorable and fluffy and the best. It is so easy for us to turn a blind eye to skincare and cosmetics companies that test on animals. But for me once I found all vegan skincare and cosmetics it was a no brainer, why would I support companies that have shitty morals? Yes I write for a beauty blog and yes I will review and talk about products from companies that do test on animals and that do have animal by-products but on a day to day basis I’m all about vegan. I think from now on I’ll make a note on each post about whether a product is cruelty-free or not.

3. Dermatologist TESTED
Often we’ll see dermatologist recommended on a product. This means that the dermatologist was paid for by the company to recommend it, regardless of whether they believe in or like the product or not. But when you see dermatologist tested you know its a product that has been responsibly tested for you. Tested usually means that whatever the product says it does, it actually does!

Feel free to ask any questions if you have any! Do you have any ingredients, etc that you look for in your products?

Stay lovely,
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Pretty Bad Ingredients Series

Pretty Bad Ingredients

Hey Pretty Lovelies!

As some of you may know within the last few months I started working with a vegan health and wellness company called Arbonne as a consultant. I’ve always been fascinated by how skincare and beauty products impact our health so I love that my job is about educating people. I thought it would be a fun idea to do a series of posts that focus on that! Look out for Pretty Great Ingredients where I’ll talk about things you want from your skincare and cosmetics!

1. Mineral Oil
Skincare and beauty companies are so sneaky because when I first saw the word mineral oil I thought it was a good thing, like mineral water, etc. But it turns out its actually a by-product of the crude oil industry – read Benzene Gasoline! It costs the gas companies a lot of money to dispose of it properly so instead they sell it off to skincare and beauty companies (especially in North America) so they can use it as cheap filler. And if thats not bad enough its linked to cancer, its the 2nd reason for aging after the sun AND it sits on your skin like plastic wrap so your biggest detoxifying organ aka your skin can’t detox and IF there is anything good in the product its not going in to benefit you.

2. Glycerin
Aka Animal by-product. This is definitely the one that upsets me the most and why I strive to use all Vegan skincare and beauty products for my day to day routine. Have you ever heard of Animal Rendering? Its the recycling process by which Animal by-products get into skincare and beauty (this is a HUGE Industry in North America). They take all meat deemed inedible for us like roadkill, euthanized pets, dead zoo animals, rotten meat, etc and they boil it all together and whatever rises to the top — you guessed it, gets sold to cosmetic companies for filler. Also natural and organic products can still have animal by-products so looking for the word Vegan is key. Note: Glycerin (plant) is in the safe zone!

3. Parfum (Fragrance)
This is an umbrella term for a variety of cocktail chemicals, meaning these companies don’t actually have to tell you what they’ve put in the product! That seriously scares me because there are about 3,000 chemicals they can use and leave nameless without even testing to see if they are TOXIC! And if a product says fragrance free or unscented it can still have chemicals to mask smells of the other chemicals in the products.

Now I’m not going to throw any companies under the bus just yet but I strongly encourage you to READ YOUR LABELS! Even if these products aren’t doing damage to your health now, over time they definitely will. So I suggest starting to introduce safer, healthier products into your day to day routine.

If you are curious to know more let me know as I love educating and spreading the word! Do YOU have any ingredients you like to avoid?

Stay Lovely,
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Pretty Lovely Rant: Self-love and Beauty

Self-love and Beauty

Hey everyone!

I just found out that Vanity Fair is doing their annual Hollywood issue and they have gotten some of todays biggest stars to pose without make-up on. And they’ve just released two of the photos. Below you’ll see Scarlett Johansson and Kate Winslet — and I seriously think these photos are amazing and they both look stunning. To me these photos are so refreshing; seeing natural beauty like this is so hard to come by in magazines, ads, etc today. In fact its kind of reminds me of seeing a Unicorn… and I can’t remember the last time I saw a Unicorn.

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Now this is obviously a blog that loves make-up. But I’m about to pull an Alice (defying what is expected of me) and I’m going to jump down the rabbit hole here. Because although I love make-up like a sister, I’m also totally in love with au natural. And although Vanity Fair may be doing this for the wrong reasons (pretending to be morally awesome just to raise their magazine sales), I am still seriously excited to buy this issue. And I don’t think I’ve ever had the intention of going out and buying an issue of a magazine (unless my current Hollywood crush is on the front).

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Like how I slipped him in here? 😉

Here at Pretty Lovely Girls we love make-up, that much is obvious. But we haven’t really touched on the self-love part that really pushed me to start this blog. I wanted to create a space where every person who has a love for beauty can stop by and feel like they are chatting with their best friend. And more importantly I wanted to create a space where self-love was valued just as much as a love for beauty products. Because I think if more of us today practice self-love then our children will be more likely to practice self-love. And that, my friends, would be a thing of true beauty.

I think there is a serious lack of self-love when society targets girls and women with the intention of selling them beauty products. We live in a world where if a woman/girl doesn’t wear make-up that means she doesn’t care enough about her appearance or when a woman/girl does where make-up the measurement of how much she wears is a tool to see how vain she is. To me this is complete bull shit! Why can’t we all wear and not wear what we want? If someone wants to wear drag every damn day because its fun and it makes them happy, AWESOME. If someone wants to keep their skin clean of make-up, GREAT! I mean it says an awful lot that nearly every female politician in the lime-light in criticized more on what she wears and how she looks than her political views.

If you’re struggling with self-image, talk to someone because you are most certainly NOT alone. If you feel like you’re hiding behind your make-up, ask yourself why and work on you! If you feel like you aren’t confident enough to touch any beauty products even though you think it would be a fun and creative way to express yourself, ask us fellow beauty lovers for a push!

We should be in a world where we stand up for each other, where we encourage each other for our differences and our likeness. Imagine a world where girls struggling with weight weren’t told to “eat a sandwich” or “stop being a pig” but instead were told they were beautiful and encouraged and nurtured into choosing a life where they felt healthy and happy? What if overall we encouraged a healthy relationship with self-love? If we stopped judging each other for one fucking second, maybe we’d realize we could create something SO MUCH BETTER, a world full of so much more LOVE.

So make-up, no make-up, lets be friends. And to go back to why this rant started — I think seeing strong confident woman be both strong and confident with or without make-up is seriously important today, especially for our children.

So if you have any children or you know any children, be aware of how you project your body image and your level of self-love onto them. They see, they feel and they deserve to have the right and confidence to choose to express themselves anyway they want, be it with or without make-up.

Stay lovely,
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