26 July, 2013

Make up II / summer update



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Normally I use no make up, or now and then I make my own eyeliner and eyebrow make up with simple, grinded charcoal.
I have very little eyebrows. For some reason they fell out over time (mostly due to seb derm I think) and I often experiment with black charcoal. Normal mascara or eyeliner or any sort of make up usually makes my facial skin more red, but the charcoal is less of a problem.
I also tried blueberry juice for lipstick and it looks fairly hideous I think.. On me at least. Literally like I ate too many blueberries and smeared them all over my lips. I am not the only one who uses charcoal, this beauty blogger does it too.

I also use more regular natural make up now and then. Some years ago, I ordered make up from a 100% natural company called 100% pure organic cosmetics. I received today their fruit pigmented, ultra lengthening 100% natural mascara and eyeliner and lip creme stick (color perfect naked mauve). See links and ingredients list below. It looks a lot better than the charcoal amateurism eyeliner I had used so far and I haven't felt too flushed yet. Intend to keep the eye make-up on all week and see how I do then (scroll down for an update on that one). I'll add some pictures of what the make up looks like, a close up of the eyes and you can also see the mild redness.

I don't use the foundation yet and neither the moisturizer I posted about earlier. The weather is warm and humid here and I sweat enough to leave my skin alone and I'm still afraid that a full face mask of foundation will set me off, so I leave it for a special occasion I think.. I'm not sure if my hair isn't too yellow looking from the peroxide dye. The intention was sun kissed honey, or something in that direction, but in some light it seems more orange lol. One friend said she preferred the old pepper and salt color, as this blondish tint washes me out. Couldn't have been happier, washed out means the red of the cheeks won't be as markedly standing out as before (I hope).



Btw, I don't use deodorant. I don't sweat much and prefer to keep hygiene good with a wash here and there. I worry that antiperspirants cause breast cancer. Here is some more on it. Please be careful with all the parabens, aluminium, chemical perfumes and plastics you spray onto your armpits and the area so close to your lymph nodes and breast tissue.. They can be found back in (cancerous) breast tissue after inspection. They don't belong in our body and god knows what bad they can cause there.
This article in Time Magazine tells me I am not completely bonkers for doing this:

"Research has detected parabens—a category of chemical that acts as a preservative in some underarm and personal care products—in women’s breast tissue, though how those parabens got there and what happens when they are in breast tissue is unknown. In Darbre's experiments, combining different parabens with human cells creates activity that may contribute to the development of cancer. 

Harvey has looked into the ways cosmetics interact with your body. He says wiping these chemicals under your arms and on the sides of your chest or breasts “could provide a route of almost direct exposure to underlying tissue containing estrogen receptors.” Both parabens and aluminum are “estrogenic” chemicals—meaning they interact with your body’s hormones or cells in ways similar to estrogen. That's concerning, because excess estrogen plays a role in promoting the growth of cancer cells, according to the National Cancer Institute. While many experts think cosmetic chemicals like parabens have only "weak" estrogenic activity, Harvey doesn't agree. He says, "It is often quoted that parabens are thousands of times less potent than estrogen in terms of their estrogenicity. This can be misleading and ignores actual exposures."

Harvey says his own calculations suggest these cosmetic chemicals may "significantly add to estrogenic burdens." Because of that, he says he questions the wisdom of including any chemical with known hormonal activity in your personal care regimen. But until he and other researchers are able to explain—and demonstrate—the ways these chemicals cause health problems, no regulatory changes are likely. That’s because unless a chemical is proven harmful, regulators allow you to eat it, smoke it, brush with it or slather it on your body. Finding that proof of harm is a difficult, costly and time-consuming proposition. Darbre says researchers can’t simply mix some human cells and some chemicals in a test tube and watch for cancer to pop up. So where does that leave deodorant and antiperspirant users? Largely in in the dark, Darbre says. “People want a simple fix,” she says. “Unfortunately it is not simple.”

Until more is known, consumers are in a bind. “Avoiding certain publicized chemicals is only the tip of the iceberg,” she says. Darbre says she switched to a twice-daily regimen of underarm cleaning with soap and water. (“No one has yet complained!” she jokes.) Frequent pit scrubbing may seem unnecessarily laborious—or just plain weird. But if you're concerned about the chemicals you rub on your body, regular bathing might seem like an attractive alternative.


I still use the fan when needed and flush maybe a few hours a day and for the rest am just rosy and warm. The redness is a lot less than in the winter, but I can't go out in the warm wind or I'm bright red and swollen in my face. The pictures were taken with the lovely even skin tone filter. It still shows some redness but makes it all smooth out a bit (skin can look rough at times although not at this moment, but I will take normal pictures in the future again anyway, as this might not be too useful for a rosacea blog actually, I'm thinking now..). My hands have eczema spots and some of the skin is peeling off in red rash like structures. I keep it moisturized with Vaseline.







I keep busy with uni writing work, penpals, online papers, writing articles, helping out with my friends work, music, tv
series and movies. I meet friends either somewhere in the shade for a bit, or in the evenings, as long as I can handle not being in a cool area with a fan. I do miss taking a nice late afternoon walk but it's impossible with these temperatures. I sleep with a fan on low and have a mobile aircon unit if needed. It makes the sound of a pre war Spitfire so it's tough to fall asleep and stay asleep at night when it's spinning. I also drive to the sea when possible for a swim. Chloride and swimming pools cause red rashes and bad flushes but the sea water is not a problem at all for me. I try to swim at the end of the afternoon, when the sun is low and have a cap on my head to protect my face from any left over sun. Loving waves but I try to keep my face from becoming wet. If that's not possible I clean my skin with bottled water and cotton pads afterwards, to remove sea salt.





Here is a MakeupAlley review on this product. And here on amazon.com.
 



I bought this lip stick
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Stearic Acid, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Rosehip Oil, May contain all or some of the following fruit pigments : Cherry, Cocoa, Strawberry, Plum, Blueberry, Blackberry, Peach, Apricot, Tomato, Pomegranate, Acai, Raspberry, Chokeberry and Cranberry, Rice Strach Powder.

I bought this mascara   
Ingredients: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Organic Green Tea), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cera Alba (Honey Beeswax), Rubus Fruticosus Fruit Extract (Blackberry Extract), Ribes Nigrum Fruit Extract (Blackcurrant Extract), Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract (Raspberry Extract), Hydrolyzed Oat Protein (Oat Protein), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Wheat Protein), Pantothenic Acid (Pro-vitamin B5), Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (Seaweed Powder), Coconut Stearic Acid (Coconut Acid), Mica, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa Butter), Pearl Powder, Oryza Sativa Germ Powder (Rice Powder), Theobroma Cacao Extract (Cocoa Powder), Coffea Arabica Seed Extract (Powdered Coffee Beans), Mel (Lavender Honey), Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract (Oregano Extract), Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract (Thyme Extract), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary Extract), Lavandula Angustifolia Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (Lavender Extract), Hydrastis Canadensis Extract (Goldenseal Extract)


And this eyeliner Ingredients: Black Tea, Dark Cacao Pigment, Aloe Vera Gel, Rose Hydrosol, Candelilla Wax, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Red Wine Resveratrol, Extracts of Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Goji Berry, Acai Berry and Goldenseal, Peptides of Snow Pea, Black Rice and Hibiscus, Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Rice Starch, Mica, Japanese Honeysuckle Extract.





How do I justify my 'selfies'? Not really, its partly a 'documentation' of my skin and face
and me wanting to keep track of how it all transforms over time. Memory is pretty limited and I wouldn't otherwise remember when things started to get worse or better in the past. Not that you would need to document that, but I like that kind of stuff. To a degree. But there is also
a part of me that wants to look better in it than when I look in the mirror 
every morning. Less red, less puffy, less grumpy, more normal. The worst is only showed
in some blog posts about the good the bad and the ugly, and then the ugly was still
relatively bearable. I always hated my own pictures in the past (too fat/bloated/awkward etc)
and then when you find them back X years down the line you see them for what they
really are. Well, I at least. And the melancholia machine starts turning again. So
despite not feeling like making pictures of my rosacea face, I still try to and have something ten years
down the line.


It has been extremely warm and humid so far these last weeks. I had periods in the past where I absolutely didn't seem to sweat. There were some posts on the rosacea forum about the flushing issues some think this might create. Well, I have been sweating like mad. On the bike to town; sweat all over my back, chest and even the upper lip. Never been so happy with this in my life :) Taking cold showers which are great. I also cut most carbs from my diet, apart from a little bit of whole grain ones or some potatoes in the evening. I only crave frozen yogurt or smoothies nowadays, I'm sure many people don't feel like eating in this heat. 
I make my own smoothies by buying frozen fruits when I can find them, blending them with milk or rice milk or soy milk for those who don't want to take dairy, and I like a thick substance so you need to stir the mix with a spoon a lot in between blending. Tastes great and if I don't overdo it I don't have much flushing problems with it. 

   

Frozen yoghurt is available in my town and low fat/low calorie. I don't want to show my face there every single day so I found some recipes to make it myself without an ice making machine. Make sure you let the yogurt leak out enough, because excess water in it will produce ice crystals which don't taste great. 





There are tv series which we watch and its really one of the great moments of escapism to watch them at night. Things we follow(ed) are Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, The Tudors, The Borgias, The White Queen, Breaking Bad, The Village and last year we watched a very old fashioned British series called Upstairs Downstairs.
I'm mad for everything about both the First and Second World War. The Second was so heavily covered at school that I never realized until much later how incredibly heroic, tragic and insane the First World War actually was. Again, the Germans were at the root of it, but the trench war and the massive scale in which men and boys were slaughtered there really gave it a special type of tragedy. Upstairs Downstairs was interesting and is situated in these years. It starts with the Titanic disaster and ends somewhere in the 30’s if I
remember correctly. Its about a London household, both the upstairs rich family and the downstairs employees are depicted and followed. Downton Abbey is a bit of a poor contemporary rip off. It looks very dated and old fashioned initially but after some time it did captivate me, the dialogues and character development is great and I do like a bit of the old fashioned, calm style. It covers some of the terrors these young soldiers were going through and how anyone trying to run off was executed as a deserter by their own commanders. The second world war is just fascinating and grizzly, you always wonder what you would have done yourself in that given situation. A good Dutch writer called Willem Frederik Hermans wrote a very special, thriller like novel about the war time in Holland, called The Dark room of Damocles.
My grandparents were active in the resistance, they never really talked much about it apart from showing me as a kid where they had been hiding Jewish people in the cellar. They dug a hidden tunnel from it to the church across the street and hide them in the attic there. Gran biked around with illegal papers etc and at some point my granddad had to go into hiding himself as he was sought by the Germans and I only recently heard that he successfully hid at a farm, but had to hear how the farmer had his tongue nailed to the table by the Nazi's and his family had to watch him bleed to death as they refused to given away his hiding place. I  long thought my granddad was a boring old man, always sitting in his chair, smoking and drinking, but after his death and these stories that view changed.

Despite not always actively participating in all aspects of life, I still find that reading about every day life in newspapers and about history is fascinating and it gives you a much bigger understanding of the way people are, the errors they made, the behavior they are likely to show in the future and I am very romantic in the sense that I like to look back at the past and imagine what it would have been like to live back then (and of course I imagine myself then rosacea free as well). You can escape the real world when you read or watch history and especially when its packed in a good story/movie/series. People are curious by nature, well some more than others of course, and I always found it fascinating to wonder what life was like before I was born. There is so much we missed out on in historic terms, its mind boggling sometimes. When you read a good book, from the past, you are transported back in time as well, it has something magical. I like art as well that works with these aspects; times fading, images being erased etc. They had a nice article some time ago in the Daily Mail, Ill see if I can find it back, where artists had made a collage of old pictures taken at a specific spot in London and they mixed it with a current picture taken at the same spot, and molded them together. That can really touch me for some reason.

I tend to watch such series late at night in bed with a laptop and ear plugs in and really allow myself to be sucked up by that world. I started with The White Queen last week and the first episode was very mushy and overly romantic, but further episodes improved. It deals about Elizabeth Woodville, the great grandmother of Henry VIII of England and it depicts the very complex 15th century; a complex era, full of  intrigues and power struggles. Shakespeare's 'Richard III' was based on it, such fascinating times (although most people had a short and grim life back then). 





Update: I have been wearing the eye make up for 2 days and nights now and so far my skin is definitely not reacting. I'm pretty unflushed and don't feel any burning or stinging either (apart from the obvious triggers which I try to avoid). So, I'm really happy :)  :) I have hardly any eye lashes and the ones I do have are short and in small numbers but this mascara makes them longer and more distinct. Its not a super lash duplicator who makes you look like you wear fake eyelashes but for an all natural, fruit pigment product I think it looks very good actually. 

The lip creme thing doesn't seem to stir anything up either.  I actually think the eye make up looks about as good as the regular more expensive brands I used in the past (Lancome, Chanel etc). Its all made from fruit pigments and natural oils and ingredients but it actually looks like normal make up to me.I actually want to try their 100% pure foundation too now.. (reviews here). Despite really liking the one I posted about in my last post.

Here is some info about regular, supposedly toxic mascara's. And an article in the Daily Mail about the toxins in make up here. Some of the baddies that are mentioned in the article are:

*Toxic ingredients such as Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, and Propylparaben can cause allergic reactions and have been linked to skin rashes such as contact dermatitis. In addition, parabens are known as endocrine disruptors because they resemble human estrogen and can easily penetrate the skin, our largest organ. These chemicals are absorbed directly into the body via the tiny pores around the eyes and enter into the bloodstream where they mingle with your hormones and can cause problems.

*Furthermore, synthetic colours are often used. These are usually labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number (e.g. FD&C Red No. 6, D&C Green No. 6). These are believed to be carcinogenic, meaning that they can cause cancer!

The article goes on explaining the good alternatives in the form of natural make up like 100% Pure:
"Good News: There are healthy alternatives that work great. Hooray!
Natural mascaras are slowly surfacing in the market and are starting to make way in the beauty industry. In fact, they have come a long way in recent years. The ingredients found in natural mascara are not only natural; they also provide a whole host of antioxidants and other health promoting elements. They are filled with rich ingredients derived from fruit and vegetable pigments as well as lash stimulating oils that allow for the same beautifying effect as regular commercial brand mascara, minus the hazardous toxins. The colors are derived from the pigment of nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. Some of the fruits that are commonly used include blackberries, blueberries, acai berries, boysenberries, pomegranate, grape skin, blackcurrant, raspberries, etc. All of which are packed with antioxidants and help to provide a variety of colour options for your peeps. Not only do the mascaras made with these ingredients smell like dessert, they are smudge proof, they nourish your lashes by preventing them from falling out and they don’t cause harm to your body. Awesome!
The protein component of natural mascara is often derived from oats, wheat, and seaweed powder. These nutrient dense proteins perform an excellent job at giving you fantastic, sexy, flirty, long lashes, as well as helping to strengthen hair.
Shine and extra moisturizing nourishment is often delivered by Vitamin E, green tea, coconut and mica.
Some natural mascaras may also have even more added helpful ingredients such as the extracts of lavender, rosemary, thyme, oregano and goldenseal. These natural herbs help to stimulate hair growth and help with capillary growth. That’s right ladies, you won’t need to purchase costly eyelash growing mascara any longer because the natural mascara does the trick for you!

Suggestions for Natural Mascara

There are a number of natural mascaras on the market. Some are better than others. My personal favorite is called “100% Pure” and I love the Blueberry version which smells like blueberry pie! Another option that many people like is Pure Anada. This one has a slightly lower price point, is natural, but isn’t quite as food based as the first option.
In summary, many commercial mascaras are toxic and harmful. Natural mascara on the other hand, is healthy and provides the same aesthetic benefits of longer, flirty, shiny lashes. Va-va-voom!
Share a comment below to let me know the name of your favourite natural mascara. Also, if you have any special ladies in your life that currently use harmful mascara, please help me spread the word by emailing this article to them or sharing it on facebook and twitter. Their eyes will thank you."
























UPDATE 2

After about 5 or 6 days and nights, I today had quite a lot of p&p´s... Very unusual for me, as I normally just flush and get red overall. Until yesterday I had been waking up pale and I didn´t see any negative influence from the make up. I didn´t remove the mascara and eye liner though, as it´s a pain to put on and I´m so busy these weeks and just wanted to see if I kept tolerating it well. But this morning I woke up red and burning and had already quite some rashes and red area´s, yet tonight I looked in the mirror and was quite surprised by the amount of red p&p´s.
There are two possible culprits I think, given that I normally never get these paps, not even when when hormones are at its worst during the month. So either it is the eye make up, or it could be the one other thing I changed this week, being the daily yogurt I eat and the smoothies I now make with organic milk instead of water or rice milk. So either dairy/yogurt or the make up. I remember painting my nails a long time ago, about 7 years at least and I did that with some cheap, overly chemical one. Day 2 and I woke up with bad acne, and it increased the next days until I started to wonder if the nail polish could have been causing it. I actually made a picture of the rashes at the time, will see if I can find it back. (Ok, found it. I sulk very badly in it and look like a blue Sesame Street character, apologies). Will add some close ups of the current paps too. Its not a real acne outbreak or anything but I had zero paps before. Hmmm, please don´t let this be the make up :( I can´t even think what ingredient could have caused this, perhaps the mica.. I will stop eating yogurt and milk for the next week and then once things are calm again use the eye make up again. But remove it every night before sleeping and see how things go then.
Today
Today





Update.
The natural eye make up gives me no problem when I put it on and take it off the same day. Once I leave it on for days and nights on end, it gives me acne/p&p's. The ones in the last picture of the make up thread subsided within a few days of not wearing the make up anymore, all by itself. 

 

And for those who still think that make up is just a minor embellishment:

http://www.boredpanda.com/stunning-before-and-after-makeup-photos-vadim-andreev/




 

 

  This is an interesting blog by a girl who has (had) rosacea and who uses only natural make up and cosmetics now. 

She writes about her current beauty regime: 

"What I’m doing now that has drastically changed my skin:

Perfume: None. My natural smell is great since I eat well and take care of my body. Every once in a while I will use a vanilla essential oil, but usually I just don’t fuss with it. My 13 year old cousin Paige even told me recently that if she hugged a bunch of people with her eyes closed she would know which one was me because of my smell, and she said that was a compliment. Adorable.
Deodorant: Primal Life Organics Pit Stick in Lavender. The ingredients for this are coconut oil, baking soda, lavender essential oil, and beeswax (not in that order). I absolutely love this deodorant. It lasts for months, smells wonderful, and is just what I need to smell fresh all day long.
Body wash/body lotion/sunscreen: In the shower I either use some sort of lard or tallow soap (I love Grandma’s Lye Soap made with lard), or I will use Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap or unscented bar. I also use Dr. Bronners liquid soap to shave my legs and underarms. For body lotion I use coconut oil. You will smell like “a tropical traditions egg” as Bill will call me when I lather up in coconut oil. Shea butter is also great for moisturizing. For sun protection, I use Badger sunscreen (can be found at Whole Foods), clothing, or hats. Dr. Mercola also makes sunscreen that is non-toxic that I have tried, and I believe Epicuren makes a pure Zinc suncreen (don’t quote me on that). Your best bet is to get out of the sun when it is the strongest, or when you feel like you are burning. Nobody needs to be a hero with the sun, vitamin D is super important, and having a glowing tan is nice, but cooking yourself in the sun all day long isn’t cute.
Shampoo/Hair products/Hair color: I love, love, love Primal Life Organics Dirty Poo, and shampoo bar. Dr. Bronners is okay for shampoo as well–Bill likes to use that. I also love using baking soda for shampoo, and rinsing with apple cider vinegar. The smell from that isn’t the best, but ACV is super great for your hair and scalp, it really has helped with my itchy scalp. Currently I have been trying out the 100% Pure healthy scalp shampoo which I like. All the ingredients are clean, and it is gluten free (not all of their shampoo is gluten free so make sure you read ingredients if using it). I rarely put product in my hair anymore. For straightening my hair I will do some Holistix brand lite oil (this is argan oil, but has some non-ideal ingredients), but I’m going to try the Kinky-Curly brand hair oil. I love the tropical traditions hair oil for deep conditioning overnight, and I like the Kinky-Curly hair spritz for when I leave my hair natural, which is curly. I only use henna for color now. I absolutely love it. It is a bit of a pain to apply and wash out, but it’s worth it. It gives my hair beautiful rich color that still looks natural, and it fades evenly. I use Lush brand Caca Noir henna for a deep brown color.
Makeup: I have been using Jane Iredale mineral makeup for almost 10 years. I use it on all of my brides and for all photoshoots. It photographs beautifully, lasts all day long, and doesn’t feel like you are wearing any makeup. It is meant to act as a barrier on your skin to protect it from airborne pollutants, and still allows your skin to breathe while you are wearing it. 100% Pure and Caren Minerals have some better ingredients than Iredale, but I haven’t tried those brands yet. I do not wear makeup everyday, and often not even every week (perk of working from home). I also NEVER recommend sleeping in your makeup. It doesn’t matter if your makeup is the most magical mineral makeup ever, it will congest your skin if you sleep in it. Always go to sleep with a clean face so your skin can recover and rejuvenate during sleeping hours.
Teeth: I mentioned on Facebook that I just went to the dentist the other day and the hygienist told me my teeth were beautifully white. She said “keep doing what you are doing!” What I am doing is using PLO Toothpowder and Gum Serum. We tried the orange toothpowder before and really loved it, but found that the peppermint one really made our mouths feel fresh, just like toothpaste. I often will rinse with peroxide to kill bacteria as well (a trick my grandpa told me to do to prevent cavities and whiten teeth), and also will brush with baking soda for extra polish. My daily routine is to floss with organic floss, and brush with PLO toothpowder and gum serum. I also brush my tongue, and/or gargle with the gum serum mixed with water, or OraWellness mixed with water. Both of those products are great for killing bacteria in the mouth.

My current evening skin routine:

  1. If I have makeup on I will do the typical oil cleansing method to remove my makeup. This means I massage coconut oil into my skin to lift all of the makeup, including my eye makeup (people with contacts, make sure you take them out before doing this).
  2. I then run a wash cloth under warm water, wring it out, and place it over my face. I then press the warm cloth into my skin lightly to steam my face, and then wipe away all of the makeup.
  3. After that I will then cleanse with Primal Life Organics Earth cleanser, sometimes using my clarisonic machine to remove any residual makeup, and to exfoliate and polish my skin lightly.
  4. After cleansing I use the Primal Life Organics Infiniti Toner (this is extremely refreshing and can be used to freshen your skin in the afternoon after a long day).
  5. After toner I apply either the beyond moisturizer or serum. Every now and then I will also use Fire and Ice, which I love. It really makes your skin glow! Often I will use Green Pastures Beauty Balm before bed and apply Beyond for daytime. If I have a slight breakout I will apply Neem Oil to my skin, which is great for breakouts, and a bug repellant (you will know why when you smell it).
  6. If I have not worn makeup all day then I just go through the Primal Life Organics routine without the makeup removal step of course.
Morning routine: Sometimes I cleanse with the Earth cleanser, sometimes I splash with water, and sometimes I just give myself a spritz of the Infiniti toner. I always wash my face after a workout, and will also keep an extra bottle of Earth cleanser in the shower to wash my face in the morning easily in the shower, but now that my skin has normalized I don’t have to wash it all the time, and I can get away with just a splash of water."

To me the Primal Life Organics Pit Stick in Lavender sounds great, I will order one and see how it goes. I never use chemical deodorant either and for a long time used an organic natural one made from alum, a natural plant. Many people switch to natural deodorants because they have heard of the possible risks of absorbtion of aluminum and breast cancer (women may absorb more of whatever is in a deodorant because it is applied directly after shaving armpits—which results in microcuts — that allow chemical directly into the bloodstream), and some are so sensitive that they actually flush from the chemicals and perfumes in normal deodorants. I stopped using them about 8 years ago.

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