Did you Know?

What does "Paraben Free" mean?

November 18, 2014

I'm sure you noticed that most of the makeup we love and use says it's "Paraben free". Which is probably why one of my lovely readers asked me a good question.....

Q: When makeup is "paraben free" what exactly does that mean?

A: Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives by cosmetic and pharmaceutical  industries. Parabens are effective preservatives primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, moisturizers, shaving gels, pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup and much more

When looking for a good quality makeup it should be "paraben free" because parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors (an average of 20 nanograms/g of tissue). Parabens have also displayed the ability to slightly mimic estrogen (a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer). No effective direct links between parabens and cancer have been established, however. Another concern is that the estrogen-mimic aspect of parabens may be a factor in the increasing prevalence of early puberty in girls. 

So the next time you walk up to a sales representative for makeup be sure to ask them if the product is Paraben free. The good news it that most cosmetics are jumping on the paraben free bandwagon!

For more info on parabens go to The Good Human

Expiration Dates

Does Make-Up expire?

November 14, 2014

Hey Fresh Faced Beauties...

Have you ever dug in your make-up bag and found some lip Gloss/lipstick you forgot all about, used it and as a result your lips begin to swell or feel tingly? Honey, believe it or not Make-Up does EXPIRE!

The expiration time starts from the time it is opened.

Foundation: 1 year

Powders and shadows: 2 years

Cream shadows: 12 to 18 months

Lipstick, Lip Gloss & lip liner: 2 year

Liquid Mascara & eyeliners: 3 months

Eye & Lip pencils: 3-5 years

Nail Polish: 1 year

Nail Polish remover: Last forever

Shampoo: 2 to 3 years

Facial moisturizer: 12 Months
Concealer: 1 year

Blush/Bronzer: 18 Months

Hairstyling products: 3-5 years

Anti aging & Acne treatment: 3 months to a year. If it changes color then discard!

If the expiration date is not displayed then call the products customer service number.

Make-Up can harbor harmful bacteria that can lead to infections if you don't pay attention to expiration dates. It can also be harmful if you share your cosmetics with friends. So you might want to think twice before you allow your friend to use your make-up.

If your cosmetic product has a slight odor then leave it alone!!! You also want to be careful of where you buy your cosmetic products. Some stores don't have a lot of customers and as a result the owners don't replace products not knowing cosmetics expire. I went to a unpopular little dollar store and purchased some clear Lip gloss. After applying it to my lips, my lips got a rash all over them. (TMI, I know lol) I say all that to say stick with stores who have keep fresh stock of cosmetics or specialize in them. Places such as, CVS, or any drug store, Ulta, Sephora...and well you get the idea.

As always I hope this helps :-) Follow me on Instagram  @facesbymoni

QUICK Beauty Tip...

November 10, 2014

HEY Beauties, Simple lifestyle changes like incorporating fruits in your daily diet can give you glowing skin.

Fruits help with Clear complexion; Skin rejuvenation, Natural hydration; Improvement of Skin texture and making the skin appear youthful and glowing. 

Fruits are safe with no side effects and are cost-effective at the same time. 

They are free from toxins and have a host of skin and health benefits.

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