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Luscious lips

I am not a big makeup person, but I do like my lipstick, which is why I pay some attention to all those alarming `facts' about lipstick circulating in web world.


So what is a girl to do? A bit of research,
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and a willingness not to buy your makeup at the drug or department store, go a long way.

I have tried a number of natural lipsticks and found all to be quite effective (at least in the more muted shades that I favour). But my current favourite is made right here in Canada by a company called Pure Anada.

Based in Manitoba, Pure Anada makes a whole range of make-up products and skincare items which it sells on-line and through salons and health/eco stores across the country (though sadly there is no stockist in Ottawa).

Although I have used them, I am not really qualified to comment on Pure Anada's mascara or eye makeup; as a complete novice in these departments, all I can say is that they seemed to do a perfectly good job.

I do, though, especially like the Pure Anada lipgloss. It comes in a whole slew of colours, contains no nasty ingredients and goes on - with a sponge applicator - smoothly. It is somewhat less viscous than many lipgloss products and has a light feel. Maybe, as a result, it does not last quite as long, but it does claim a high mineral pigment content which should help. It certainly does a good enough job for me (though I should add that my longevity expectations for lipgloss are not that high).

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The Pure Anada lipstick is also very nice and moisturizing and comes in a smart stainless case. I have the sugar plum colour. I cannot quite put my finger on why it is that I like the gloss better. Maybe the colour is more intense.

Both products score a 1 on the Skipdeep database, which is very good by lipstick standards (by comparison MAC lipsticks score a 3, Cover Girl a 6....). Both come in over 20 colours (the colours are quite true to the screen shot, on my computer at least) and both cost a very reasonable $12 (so you can maybe afford to sample a few colours). Shipping is free in North America for orders over $50.

Pure Anada is a small, homegrown company and is very helpful with questions and queries. All ingredients are listed on their website and none sound scary. They also sell great bamboo/vegan cosmetics brushes in a variety of styles (I especially like the small flat-topped foundation brush: good for travelling).

Last thing to mention is that they sell a range of pressed foundation powders akin to the Jane Iredale one I recommended a while back. I have yet to try these out but they look very promising. Although for regulatory reasons they are not advertised as having SPF protection, the makers tell me they do (and it makes sense that they should, given their ingredients). They are also quite a bit cheaper than the Iredale product (around $25 for a full compact as opposed to more than $50) and are made closer to home (at least to my home). Perhaps someone else has tried them?

NB. I was sent sample products by Pure Anada after receiving a recommendation to try their products and finding that the company had no local stockist. My review remains unbiased.




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Year-round sun protection

I have to admit that I am not the most assiduous applier of sunscreen, nor am I a big make-up user. But one product that has really made my life easier on all fronts is Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Base Mineral Foundation - SPF20.

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The foundation comes in solid form in a compact and is applied with a kabuki brush (a short, dense brush that you press into the powder and then onto your face). It can be `fixed' with a mist spray; although this feels and smells nice, it is not really necessary.
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The fact that the foundation comes in 24 different colours makes matching your skin tone easy (in the long run...hard when you are faced with so many choices to begin with).

The powder contains physical sunblocks in the form of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Since it is a solid rather than a loose powder there is little risk of inhaling these minerals, which is something you probably want to avoid. It is rated as 2 (on a scale that goes from 0-10), a low health/toxicity risk, by the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database. It scores well on UVA and UVB protection and is fairly water-resistant.

But the great thing about it, as far as I am concerned, is that it is super-easy to apply, barely shows when it is on your face (just enough to make your skin look a little more even - no tell-tale golden coating) and does not feel heavy at all. So this gives me no excuse not to wear sun-block on my face on a daily basis.

Jane Iredale sells in many locations in the US, Canada and internationally. Click here for a Canadian internet option or Google `Jane Iredale' and your city name. You will probably want to buy from a shop/spa to begin with so you can find the right colour match for your skin. Full compacts cost about $57 with refills going for about $10 less. I am just coming to the end of a compact I bought in August last year so it has lasted a good 9 months.
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