The suspense is over. I had my bangs cut. I'm very happy with the results and will post an update soon. I'm also going to take your advice and buy a small pair of hair scissors so I can learn to trim them myself. Thank you for helping me make my decision!
Today's post is about makeup. If you've been reading awhile, you understand I'm not big on makeup and know next to nothing about it! I only started wearing makeup when I decided to embrace my gray hair, but even now, I don't wear a lot. I started with Laura Mercier, because I read about it in How Not to Look Old. I've since become much more conscious about the health risks of parabens and other nasty toxins. If I don't want to absorb poison through my hair, why would I want to absorb it through my skin? I've been using only jojoba oil as my facial moisturizier for months now -- and with great success.
My local upscale groovy grocery store has a well-stocked natural and organic beauty section, and it was there I found the German makeup made by Lavera. Amazon and other online retailers sell it as well. It's not organic by USDA standards, but it passes the German certification, which is quite strict. I like it, but as I said, I didn't have a whole lot to compare it to. I don't expect much out of makeup, and I don't use a lot -- I dab it on using a sponge wedge and then blend to even my skintone. It does everything I want it to do, and I'm happy to be using a nearly organic product.
I also bought the mascara and concealer, and I'm equally delighted with these products. Again, mascara nuts will probably hate it, but I only want to darken my lashes a bit. It's the least clumpy mascara I have ever used! I'm also using Cindy Joseph's Boom! color, which is close to organic. I smear some of that on my cheeks, forehead and neck, as Cindy demonstrates in her video. I like this product because it's moisturizing and not powdery. It looks very natural.
Lipstick is a challenge. Several of you have recommended that I wear it, and actually I do, but it's so faint you almost can't see it. I've become accustomed to wearing this very light product, and now I'm almost ready to try something more bold. Lipstsick that says I'm wearing lipstick! This is a huge shift for me, but I've been looking at a lot of photos of women with gray hair as I populate my Pinterest board, and many of them look fabulous with well-defined lips. We shall see.
I don't think there's a whole lot out there in terms of organic makeup. If you live in a small town, you're probably out of luck other than online shopping. Have you tried any with good, bad or mixed results? Or are you thinking organic makeup is not worth the bother?