Today I did something daring.

I emptied out my makeup bag and used this app and this site to determine how toxic the items were. Many of the items I had purchased through Etsy and would not be on the website since they are homemade. But the major brands I had: Maybelline, L’Oreal, Revlon, etc. were all on there and didn’t score well at all. I can’t say I am surprised. The FDA doesn’t regulate what goes into body care, makeup, or supplements so it ends up being a game of chance. Reading the ingredients it seems like you need a chemistry degree to determine how safe products are.

A lot of the items I have are in glass, since I try to avoid any plastic. But they are still toxic. So it ends up not being much of a win if the products will kill me in the end, right? The price tag of products like E.L.F., Wet ‘n Wild, or even NYX are so low you can’t help but get excited. And afterwards, immediately suspicious.

I know doubt everything.

I doubt what I read, what I see, what I hear–I advise you to doubt what I write as well. Be skeptical of all the things!

So, although I have my heart set on wonderful zero waste beauty companies like RMS or Elate, my wallet laughs at me. So, as a certified granola (making), crunchy, goth hippie–I had to make my own!

I started simple: powdered foundation. Two ingredients. Both in my kitchen. Pennies to make.

The foundation requires: arrowroot powder as the base and cocoa powder for color. All I did was get a large mason jar and fill it half way with arrowroot powder and started to mix in cocoa powder with a tablespoon mixing, and stopping every so often to put a swatch on my forehead. You can add beet root powder for a more red tint (and hey adding that makes blush)! Turmeric and ginger can also be added. It’s all about experimenting and finding what works for you.

You can also add a couple of drops of Vitamin E Oil to moisturize. Oh the possibilities!

My face before foundation and some homemade lip balm.
You can see my foundation is light coverage. It does give me more of a “sun kissed” look and covers some lovely red spots.

I am in the middle of experimenting how to make my own mascara, eye liner, lipstick, etc. and once I perfect recipes, I’ll share my mess ups and successes!

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