Lisa D Liguori is the organic beauty expert behind Style Essentials. You’ve read her advice on safe skincare before. Now we’re talking to her about just how safe and eco-friendly cosmetics are.
Why should we worry about what’s in makeup?
The simple answer is – anything that goes on your skin is absorbed directly into your body.
Some researcher say we should actually be more careful of what we put ON our body than what we put IN our body. Our digestive system is designed to handle foreign substances we eat, trying to keep them away from vital organs. But some findings show chemicals and nitrates from shampoo can be absorbed directly into the brain.
The more conventional personal care items (nail polish, cosmetics, hair care products) you use, the higher your chemical body burden is likely to be.
Mineral makeups can vary in their ingredients
Before trying Lisa’s makeup, I’d been using a popular brand of mineral foundation for almost a decade. I had read somewhere that minerals were safe. I liked how the product worked. So I checked that off my things to worry about list, thinking I had “greened” my cosmetics.
But during one of my first conversations with Lisa, I asked what she thought about the product I was using. She politely told me that I was getting less for my money, and that it wasn’t as pure as I might think.
I’ve learned that what makes Style Essentials such a green choice is all products are free of:
- talc or other fillers
- synthetic fragrance (phthalates)
- nano particles
Lisa has also researched and posted an expose on the excess packaging that proves how much less you’re getting with that brand. You can read the full post at the link above, but I just have to share the “inside truth.”
The pink rectangle shows the area that holds the powder – everything else is just plastic and air! The Style Essentials line holds about 3 more grams and costs less than the popular brand.
I’ve been using Style Essentials for two months, and I can tell it’s going to last a long time. The best part is that it’s so fine, I don’t think there’s any way it could ever look cakey. That’s my biggest pet peeve about foundation – when women look so made-up, it looks more like powder than skin. I think my skin looks like a brighter, more even version of me.
Another Style Essentials benefit you can’t put a price on is working with Lisa.
Lisa tells me she’s been in the cosmetic industry for 30+ years. I don’t think she looks a day over 40, but I guess I believe her
All I know is that if you give me a choice between a makeup counter or Lisa – there’s really no contest. She gets to know you, your skin type, and your lifestyle – but she does it with just a few questions over email. She sends you samples, so you’re certain you have the right shade or product before you buy. She even answers questions on Facebook from people who aren’t her clients.