ZERO WASTE: Makeup vs Beauty. It Takes Years. Advice, Triumphs and Fails

img_8163.jpgBefore we dive in (warning: this is a long one), let’s clear this up. Lets change the way we look at Beauty. I just welcomed another baby girl to my extended family. I don’t want her or any little girl growing up unsettled about her looks, insecure about flaws, and worried about makeup. I do NOT like that the word Beauty has taken over in the makeup/skincare industry. The term ‘beauty products’ now means the same to almost everyone, me included, until I realized it. Literally, I just posted a week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: beauty edition. Ha! This is a societal or even a worldly NO-NO. The crap we smear on our face is NOT a ‘beauty product’. It’s a cosmetic, makeup, blemish hider, balancing product, foundation, mascara I really don’t care what it’s called, just as long as it’s not Beauty product. This stuff covers, uncovers (whatever you want to call it) only about 1/16th IF THAT of our actual beauty. I’m into women empowerment. So let’s start by changing our verbiage to do just that?

ZERO WASTE: Makeup vs Beauty. It Takes Years. Advice, Triumphs and Fails.

BONUS: 4 practical steps to reduce your waste and rethink beauty and 3 all natural product reviews below.

If you are like me, zero waste kind of hit you over the head, and you fell into it full on. I had a platinum membership plan with ULTA (really?) and was buried in half used, unopened, free samples. I was always searching for the best products, the prettiest, the easiest, the cheapest, but it was all an empty cover up and distraction of what really mattered to me. Inner beauty. Inner beauty that I was trying to portray outwardly in all the wrong ways.

Over a year and a half ago I started to become very interested in reducing my waste and plastic consumption as well as the health concerns about toxic chemicals used in every day consumer products. ESPECIALLY cosmetics. As well as my journey with animal cruelty! So whoever you are and wherever you are on the spectrum of zero waste and healthy home, mind, body and spirit, I urge you to take a look at your goals in life. To be freed from consumerism and poisonous self rituals. To be a part of the greater good for the environment, our children’s, children’s children and so on for physical and mental security and nourishment from this earth. Embracing the lighthearted adventure and pure beauty of nature. Most of all, make time for the things that really matter to you, things that are actually life; chasing your passions, volunteering, raising a family, creating art, making things, fixing things, nourishing relationships.

I’ve been wanting to BE zero waste at home and ideally out and about as well. I have learned many things but this one thing may be the most useful; You don’t just become zero waste. It’s not in an instant, I would even argue that to do so would be extremely wasteful. You don’t just BE zero waste. Not in a day, a week or even a year. You can’t, not really. You research and you take baby steps, and you try, and you fail, and you try again, and keep trying until you’ve reached your goals, then you make new ones, and you try all over again. It takes years. Beauty in creation and progress is outstanding. I pray we all strive to do that in all aspects of our life, but with most things, it takes time.

What are the practical steps I can take?

  1. Use what you have. Its definitely a personal battle of what you want to ditch right away and what you want to use till the end. Using what you have is most likely less overwhelming and more frugal, this I like. I had two eyebrow pencils when this all started. I decided to use them to the very nubbin. I still have one for VERY special occasions. Still trying to figure out a zero waste alternative (not all of them are this hard). Check out my DIY eyebrow/mascara fail. Another example is that I gave a friend my Q-tips, she uses them all the time and was grateful. I didn’t want to partake in that trash but I also recognized that wasn’t the perfect solution since she most likely will throw them away. Is anything really a perfect solution, except in math equations?
  2. Make better future choices/purchases. In my attempt of semi- minimalism, I take a month or two to buy something. I like to do research and narrow down if I really need it. In a perfect world all makeup would be; carbon neutral, zero waste, cruelty free, all natural, organic, fair trade, give back for charity, plant a tree, (you get the picture). This doesn’t exist, yet. In the meantime, you search and keep eyes and ears open. You try DIYs and email a lot of companies if you can’t find information on packaging, production, ingredients, shipping etc. That’s the useful part of the internet most Americans have access to. Try Think Dirty app. It rates products 0-10 by their toxicity.
  3. Less is more. Simplify your routine. Spend less money. Do less. Say no to subscription boxes that send you samples every month. Ask yourself; Do I really need 3 different face primers, eye highlighter, cheek highlighter, lip liner, lip stick, lip gloss, on top of lip exfoliating daily? No. Change your priorities and seek after the top ones. Everyone’s routine will be different and THAT’S OKAY. My old makeup face routine used to be WILD, 20 steps minimum. Now its my DIY’d powder, liquid foundation, powder again, blush, eyelash curler and mascara. Still looking and trying different eyebrow, mascara and lip color options. That’s the journey though!
  4. Oh Baby You Should Go And Love Yourself. With being more simple, sustainable and eco-friendly I advise to take time reflecting on your self perceptions of your appearance, I’m not going to pretend like they don’t matter at all because it all does (to a certain point). I’m also not a psychiatrist, but I do know that everyone could benefit from revealing what they think about themselves. And get the negative ones OUT, recognize them, acknowledge them, process through. Can you change it? Great, maybe start eating healthier, IDK? So you can’t change it without surgery? Well than embrace the heck out of it, come to terms with that amazingly long nose, that lopsided smile, that awkward seeming chin. You’re probably not a model for Vogue (sorry to break the news, but you probably wouldn’t want to anyway!) and to be honest most people probably don’t notice it at all or care, they love you and if they do seem to notice or care you say (mentally) screw you or BYE BYE BYE. You should strive to have positive influences and healthy relationships in your life. It builds an armor of confidence and self worth. Priceless things. Inner beauty and YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL.

Eco-friendly, Natural Products I’ve used

(and I don’t even like to promote brands)

RMS Beauty “un” cover up. If you get it from their website directly and select no free sample than there won’t be any plastic. I’ve ordered from DermStore one time and they sent me free sample of other products in non-recyclable pouches, I was quite mad. So I will be going through RMS directly. It lasts from 1-3 months, depending on how much and how often you’re using the product. It comes in a glass pot with metal top. I re-use the empty ones for things like my DIY Lip Balm. I really love this product. My skin felt better using this than other icky chemical foundations like Born This Way. It’s not greasy and is long lasting. I have acne and it ‘un’ covers it very well. The “best seller” shade 22 is perfect for my skin color/tone and 33 for tanned-skin Kelly, welcome summer.

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pot Rouge Blush. I have a store locally in the mall. It was interesting going to the mall because it had been so long but I will only go to this store like once a year, their makeup lasts so long- a little goes a long way, at least the blush pot does. It comes in a glass little pot with plastic lid, within a circular cardboard container. They have a recycling program that you can return empty containers of their makeup or even other brands to recycle. After ten times of doing this you get a percentage off your next purchase. I also re-used the cardboard container for my DIY’d powder.

Zao Organic Makeup Organic Pencils: EYES, LIPS, EYEBROWS – dark brown. Downsides are it has a plastic BPA-free lid that’s recyclable and comes in a Kraft Paper Bubble Mailer (info about Recycling them here). Not the best, but better than most. The dark brown is too warm/redish tint for my eyebrows but I will use for eyeliner or what not and maybe get a different color. The good thing is its texture, goes on smooth and easy! And the nature of their company is wholesome and has great customer service with questions.


Eating this up and want more?

In June, I will be doing a month of ZERO Makeup Challenge. Like literally not wearing makeup for a month. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. Stay tuned for more about DIYs, zero Waste tips, shopping, reviews, and more! Wanna join me or interested for more info? Contact me to dive into the challenge. Follow me via WordPress, Pinterest or email to join the community. Thanks!

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