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Is your makeup making you moody?

When you apply your makeup in the morning, does your skin feel irritated? Do your eyes feel bogged down from the under-the-eye concealer? Are your eye lids heavy from the eye shadow?Does your head feel foggy or do you get headaches often?

I have never been a girl that wears makeup often, but definitely am an occasional wearer. About a year ago, I ran out of my Afterglow (mineral-based and gluten-free) concealer, mascara, and eye shadow. I didn’t totally love it, so I ended up just buying some mainstream cosmetics. It took me awhile to figure out what was causing my sporadic feelings of head heaviness and eye sluggishness. One day I took a “time out” to retrace my steps. What did I do to feel this way? Luckily, after too long, I finally pieced it together and sought out answers.

The makeup that I had purchased wasn’t the worst out there, but it still was making me feel weird. According to the Environmental Working Group, my makeup posted an average of 3 on the danger scale and any health hazard was a bit lower than moderate. Not ideal but it doesn’t read as a threat to my health, per say.

I thought, can I really blame these feelings on my cosmetics? Because I couldn’t find any concrete data on the ingredients in my products and the symptoms I felt, I decided to be the test “guinea pig.” I bought new (organic and gluten-free) under-eye concealer, mascara, eye liner, and lip gloss from Gabriel Cosmetics. I applied it the same as other product, wore it for the same amount of time, and removed it the same way. My eyes, skin, and head felt the same as no make-up and I had no “heaviness” or “fogginess.”


I used my new product several times and have had no residual effects from them. Why? There are no hard facts about the ingredients in the product that I was using; however, unlike mainstream cosmetics, many organic, vegan, and gluten-free cosmetic lines are free from:

  • Coal Tar Derivatives or FD&C agents
  • Parabens
  • Soy
  • Mineral Oil
  • Peanuts & Tree Nuts
  • Lanolin
  • Talc
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Hydrogenated Oils
  • Gluten
  • Phthalates
  • DBP
  • Toluene
  • Lead
  • Formaldehyde
  • Nano/Micro sized particles
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Dimethicone
  • Petroleum
  • Bismuth Oxychloride
  • Nanoparticles

Instead, these natural and/or organic lines use ingredients from plants. For instance, Gabriel Cosmetics uses almond oil, jojoba seed oil, wax, shea butter, and chamomile extract in their lipstick. Alima Pure is all about nature and only uses natural, pure minerals. Now those ingredients I can feel safe and excited about!

To feel our beautiful selves, wearing cosmetics that are free of toxins, irritants, and preservatives is a big step (for some of us) that’s definitely in the right direction.

Give us the scoop on your favorite cosmetic line!


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5 Thoughts For Celiacs

I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002, so I get the frustration. But, I’m writing because I’ve read one too many posts about people feeling bad for themselves for having celiac disease. It can definitely be a bummer at times, but what can we do to not make it feel that way?

  • Be strong: don’t give in to temptations. Your health isn’t worth the crappy calories in that typical American diet dish anyway.
  • Be confident: who cares what anyone thinks. If you walk into a situation without a single care about having to eat a certain way, no one else will care either. Adapt the attitude that you’ve made the choice to follow a gluten-free diet, because you did. Yes, it’s been recommended by a doctor due to having celiac disease, but ultimately you made the choice to take care of your body.
  • Be Proud: do you know how many people are prescribed a certain diet, whether they are diabetic, have heart disease, etc… and ignore those sugesstions, paying a price for it later? A LOT! Be proud knowing that what you are putting into your body, is not damaging your condition further.
  • Be a Vegan: You don’t have to literally be a vegan, but that attitiude that we plant-based foodies have is indisputable. We’ve definitely gotten some criticisim for going plant-based, but in the end all data shows that plants do absolutely no harm to the body and actually protects against various cancers, diabetes, and heart disease, unlike dairy & meat products. Adapt that same attititude for being a Celiac. Data proves that maintaining a completely gluten-free diet heals the intestine and eliminates symptoms. Why would you do anything different?
  • Be Empowered: Take control of this gift to bring health to your body. Own it. The minute you take ownership and dive into making your body your temple, is when everything else will fall right into place.

Here is a picture of my latest and favorite recipe. I’m plant-powered so, this was made only with plants. Organic, Gluten-Free & Plant-Based Pizza: Chickpea crust made with chickpeas and a little millet flour, and spices. Toppings: homemade tomato sauce, homemade pesto, red peppers, mushrooms, spinach, olives, squash. People who loved it: my husband, my 6 year-old and my almost 3 year-old, and ME!



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