Friday, November 28, 2008

Pur Minerals - 20%, Free Shipping


I'm not a fan of Pur Minerals because they use Bismuth (skin irritant) in their products. If you like them, now is the time to stock up.

They also have a B1G1F on a few products: Here

THANKS20 - 20% off your order - Expires 11/30/08
Free Standard Shipping on any order: Expires 12/01/08



Holiday Palette. B1G1F. $25

Smoky Mountain Minerals - 20% Off

SMM is having a Black Friday sale with a 20% off code. You can see my previous posting on them here. They have good deals on mineral makeup kits.

Free shipping. Code: holiday08

Kit shown: $32.95


Cozy Moments Body Products - Free Shipping

Another shout out to Shizznizzle for posting about the free shipping. Cozy Moments is a seller on Etsy who does the handmade body products - the ones that look like cake frosting. Yummy! I have never purchased from there, but I just picked up the Coconut Cream Foaming Bath Cream and the Black Raspberry Sugar Scrub. The prices are very reasonable, so go check it out.

Most of the ingredients are good, but there are a few body creams that contain Parabens, so be sure to read the ingredients!

From the website: USA and Canada orders ship FOR FREE – no matter how much you buy! No lines. No crowds. No worries. Shop all you want and we’ll ship it to you for free via USPS First Class or Priority Mail. All other international orders ship for ½ off!
Sale begins at 12:00 am November 28, 2008 and runs until Monday, December 1, 2008 at midnight.
*Sale cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Black Friday Beauty Deals

Gathering up all the Black Friday beauty deals I can find. Some of the products from these companies do contain Parabens, so be sure to check your ingredients listings before buying!

I'll post any updates I find.

Bath & Body Works - Free Shipping -
SHIPFREE
Stay away from their body products unless they specifically say 'Paraben Free'. Lots of nice accessories and smell pretties. Ends Thursday.

Yves Rocher - Free shipping on $15. $10 off $50. 10OFF50.
Read the ingredients. They have nice fragrances.

Lure Beauty - 15% off - HOLIDAY

J. Lynne Cosmetics - $20 off - THANKSGIVING

Spell Cosmetics - 40% off on $25 purchase, free shipping. HOLIDAY

Ocean Mist Cosmetics
- 25% off - SAVE25

Organic Girls - 20% off - HOLIDAY08

Earthen Glow Minerals - snatched from Shizznizzle's blog since I didn't get their e-mail. B1G1 Free. EGM i
s having a "Three (3) day Super Sale", starting Wednesday at 12:00 (Noon) through Saturday 12:00 (Midnight).This special sale applies all Full Size Cosmetic and Lip products.With each purchase of a full size cosmetic or lip product, you may select one of equal or lesser value free of charge. Use the code "BOGO" in "Customer Comments", and tell us your free selections.

Honeybee Gardens


100% Natural Lip Balm - 'Tis the season for soft kisses. 33% OFF! Regularly $2.99, now on sale for $1.99 CODE: THEBALM
ShadowColors - Buy 1 Get 1 Free - That's right, get two for only $2.99. At this price, they're going fast! CODE: TWOFER
WaterColors Nail Enamel - 15% OFF Regularly $6.99 With Coupon $5.99 CODE: NAIL15 Unfortunately the price of this item will go up very soon, so stock up now!
NEW Deluxe Pedicure Kit - A sweet treat for your feet (okay, I'll stop saying that). $1.00 off. With coupon, only $5.99 CODE: PEDI
Truly Natural Mascara - Enjoy a great deal on our number one selling product! 20% OFF. Regularly $9.99 With Coupon $7.99 CODE: MASC2
Truly Natural Lipstick - TRY our new shades Dream and Paradise. Or stock up on some of your old favorites. Enjoy $1.50 OFF. Regularly $9.99 With Coupon $8.49 CODE: NEWLIPS
Deodorant Powder - You want to smell good when you're getting all those hugs! Enjoy $1.00 OFF. Regularly $5.99 With Coupon $4.99 CODE: DEO
Herbal Aftershave - How could we forget the men in our life (not like they would let us!) Save $1.00 on our favorite Herbal Aftershave. Regularly $6.99 With Coupon $5.99 CODE: BOYZ
For now, you can only use one coupon per order on the web site. If you call to place your order, you can combine codes. We're working on the web site issue.
Offer Expires: December 15, 2008





Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Check It Out: She Space/About Face Cosmetics

I have seen people discussing 'She Space' and their products 'About Face Cosmetics' for several months, but never bit because I figured the products contained Paraben. I started digging around and found their ingredients list. Most products do not contain Parabens - always be sure to check the list for individual products!

From their website:

Mineral Lipstick - $12

About Face Cosmetics Product Ingredients (we do not use micronized particles in any of our formulations)

Mineral Lip stick:
Castor seed oil, vegetable oil, meadowforan seed oil, zinc oxide, jojoba oil, candelila wax, beeswax, shea butter, soybean oil, rosemary leaf extract, grape seed oil, cranberry seed oil, sunflower oil, peppermint oil, stearic acid, mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides

KISSY FACE LIP GLOSS: Lanolin Oil, Polyisobutene, octyldodecyl steraol staerate, beeswax, myristal lactate, ozokerite, carnuba wax. tocopheryl acetate, propylparaben, mica, castor seed oil, and iron oxides

Powder It Finish: Sericite, Mica, Silk, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Powder It: Heat It Up: Sericite, Mica, Silk, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Powder Blush: Mica, Sericite, Titanium Dioxide, may contain Iron Oxides, Ultra Marines, and Ferric Ferrocyanide

Powder Pigments: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultra Marines, Chromium Oxide Green, and Ferric Ferrocyanide (FF is generally only used in our brightest blues and purples)

Powder Glow Highlights: Mica, Sericite, Iron Oxides

Cashmere Stockings: Silica, Mica, Iron Oxides

Cashmere Kisses: Silica, Mica, Iron Oxides

Black Out Shadow Primer: lanolin oil, caprylic capric triglyceride, silica, copernica cerifera, carnuba wax, hexadecene copolymer, candellia wax, algae extract, water, propylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, may contain mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides.

Nude Mood Primer: octyldodecanol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, talc, cyclopentassilocane, castor seed oil, candellila wax, microcrystalline wax, stearalkonium hectorite, tocopheryl acetate, propylparaben, triclosan, titanium dioxide, iron oxides.


Spell Cosmetics - Big Sale Tomorrow!

Starting Wednesday, Spell Cosmetics is offering 40% off orders over $25 with FREE shipping. That's HUGE! The special code is 'Holiday'.

Snatched directly from the Spell Blog:

Its the Spell Cosmetics Holiday Sale!! No more waiting until Cyber Monday or Standing in line the day after Thanksgiving. Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), the Spell Sale starts! 40% off Storewide on all orders of $25.00 or more, and even better if your order totals $20.00 when you checkout, then choose your gift!! You can choose from the "Holiday Gloss Trio" of Silver, Gold and Red--or-- The "Holiday Shadow Trio" of Gold, Deep Green and Holiday Red! The Spell sale this year will run through Monday and Yes! Free Shipping!
So come tomorrow and join us by clicking the photo and shopping away!!! (The Shopping Code to use....is (Holiday)....

Spell Cosmetics 'Spell Girl Contest'

Spell Cosmetics is giving away a makeup kit on their blog. It's a very nice 'I'm a Spell Girl Kit'. Drop your name and e-mail on the link below:

Spell Girl Kit Contest

One entry per person. Contest ends Wed Nov 26 15:53:00 EST 2008, so get on it!

Final Thoughts on Ly-Na Pearl Cream

Just wanted to put in my last 2 cents on the Ly-Na Pearl Cream I purchased a couple weeks ago. I used it every day for a week before giving up on it. It's not a bad product, it just didn't do anything for my skin. I would put it on at night and left it on for a minimum of two hours. I didn't want to sleep in it since I would get it all over the bed. After using it for a few days, I noticed that I had a layer of dry skin that I didn't have before I started using it. If you have oily skin, this might be useful. I tried using it on a pimple I had squarely between my eyes (wouldn't you figure, a pimple bullseye). The cream didn't do a thing for it and the pimple ran it's usual course.

I guess I'll go back to searching for that elusive Paraben-Free miracle cream out there!

Monday, November 24, 2008

My Unfortunate Chemical Romance

I'm back from my short vacation! Good visit, lots of snow, but I had a run-in with a nasty shampoo. I managed to run off and forget to bring my Jason's shampoo and conditioner. So, I used what was available, which was Pantene. I felt the shampoo sting as soon as it hit my head, but being stupid and stubborn, I went ahead and washed and then slapped conditioner on top of it. A couple hours later, I felt the welts on my scalp and around my hairline.

I just used the Pantene once and here I am four days later with welts and infected pimply things all over my head. I just want to cry. There is a trail of destruction going from the back of my head, down my neck and halfway down my back. Back in the old days, I used to use Pantene regularly. I had spots and pimples all over my neck and back, but the dermatologist told me it was just regular acne. It went away when I started using Jason's a few months ago. All those years I thought I just had crappy skin. Aaaagh!

Pretty certain the culprits for my burns and irritation are the MCI and MIT common in most shampoos and body washes. If I can finally heal from this, I swear I will never use any product with these ingredients ever again!

Pantene Ingredients: Water , Ammonium Laureth Sulfate , Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate , Sodium Chloride , Glycol Distearate , Citric Acid , Cocamide MEA , Panthenol , Panthenyl Ethyl Ether , Dimethicone , Fragrance , Cetyl Alcohol , Sodium Citrate , Sodium Benzoate , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , Disodium EDTA , Hydrogenated Polydecene , Trimethylolpropane Tricaprylate/Tricaprate , Ammonium Xylenesulfonate , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Going on Vacation!

I will be out of the state and away from the computer for the next few days. I will be back on Sunday. Hopefully, I will run across some great Paraben Free products along the way!

GDA: CVS - Vickery & Clarke

Thanks to Charisse for dropping a comment on this! CVS has their Vickery and Clarke line on sale this week. These products are comparable to Bath and Body Works and The Body Shop - without the Parabens. Oprah is apparently a fan as well. I looked at most of their product line, and the ingredients are good, but always read the label before you purchase.

If you are a CVS shopper, they have $5 in bucks for every $15 in V&C that you purchase. From the sale flyer:

When you buy $15 worth of Vickery and Clarke
get $5 extra bucks
Extra Bucks® offer limit of 1 per household with card.
thru Nov 22

Haul: Zoya Nail Polish


Colbie, Jasmine, Kalista, Yasmeen, KI, Color Cube Sugar Plum Party - Casey/Visa.

I've meant to post this Zoya haul for some time now, but I never got around to taking a pic of it. These are the nail polishes I ordered from back on this post. I am kind of surprised at how well the colors photograph. They actually look very similar to each other when you are just looking at the bottles.

I have to say, Zoya is probably my favorite nail polish brand. I like the Honeybee Gardens polish for their lack of polish smell, but Zoya has the best color choices by far. These are rich and you can get decent coverage with one coat. I normally use two.

Out of these, I like Kalista (mahogany brown) and Jasmine (copper red) the best. The wear is good. I can usually go at least a couple of days before touching up small chips.



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Check It Out: Afterglow Mineral Cosmetics

A friend of mine recommended that I check out Afterglow Mineral Cosmetics. She swears by them. The prices are a little steep for me, though.



Foundation- $32
10 grams, .35 ounces

Ingredients: mica, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), organic grapefruit seed extract*, organic rosemary leaf extract*, inulin, organic grape seed extract*, organic jojoba extract*
*made with certified organic ingredients


Lip Gloss - $22
.5 grams, 14.2 ounces

Ingredients: organic canola oil*, silica silylate, bentonite, trioctyldodecyl citrate, candellilla wax, organic pomegratante (punica granatum) seed extract*, usinic acid, ascorbyl palmitate (vitanim C), organic flavors*. May contain [+/-]: mica, titanium dioxide (CI77891), iron oxide (CI77491,CI77492, CI77499) * made with certified organic ingredients.

J. Lynne Cosmetics - 20% off Lip Glosses Samples

J. Lynne Cosmetics has a 20% sale on lip gloss sample sets until November 23rd. They have some very nice colors.

Neutrals, Peaches, Reds
Pinks, Berries, Mauves

From their website:

SALE EXTENDED! Our lush, all-natural Gloss FX® Lip Glazes have been formed into new collections based on color groups, which makes choosing your ideal shades a true breeze! And now through November 23rd, both Gloss FX® sample jar sets are available at 20% OFF full price!


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Check It Out: Earthen Glow Minerals


I was checking out Shizznizzle's blog and saw great photos and swatches of her Earthen Glow Minerals haul. The EGM site was new to me, so I wanted to share! I was going through their products list and pricing and they have a lot of great colors at standard prices. Definitely worth taking a look.



Blush
Full size jar - 10g - $8
Sample jar - $1.50
Sample bag - $.75

Sheer Lip Glaze Set: A Premium Lip Set of 5- Deliciously Sheer & Flavored lip colors. You will love how this sheer wash of color glazes on your lips for summer. Soft, sheer and scented! A $35.00 value -$15

Check It Out: Ocean Mist Cosmetics - 25% Off


I just LOVE the holiday season, all these great codes! Ocean Mist mineral makeup is having a 25% off sale Nov. 15 - Nov 30.

From their newsletter:
Starting today November 15, 2008 and ending November 30, 2008 you can save an additional 25% off everything at Ocean Mist Cosmetics and this includes our items that are already on sale. You won’t believe the savings. You can see our sale items on our home page listed as hot deals. To get this special offer, just enter the promo code save25 when prompted for the promo code and your final price will reflect your savings.







Pure Cosmetic Grade Ingredients.
Blush Ingredients: Please see the product description for exact ingredients.
24k Bronzer Ingredients: Mica (and) Magnesium Myristate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Silica, Allantoin
Please Note: Blush products with ultramarines are not approved for use on the lips in the United States.
Full Size - 20g Sifter Jar $8.50
Travel Size - 10g Sifter Jar $6.50
Samples - 1/4 teaspoon in a sample bag $1.00

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Spell Cosmetics Lip-a-Palooza!

Spell Cosmetics is really trying to drive me insane. Along with their Polish collection and the Shadow collection, they are now offering the all of their Obvious Lip Glosses. The Spell lip glosses are the best of any I have tried so far and they have great color.

You get all 11 colors for $5 each. They are normally $7.99. $55 for all and an extra 25% off with their VIP card. Free shipping included.

From the website:

Get all 11 Spell Glosses at a discount! You've seen the Youtube reviews, you know that they are unbeatable, and you know that they are the newest fad! Buy today and we'll throw in priority shipping, Same Day! Individually for $7.99 each- You pay $5.00 each when you buy the kit!!! HUGE DISCOUNT FOR VIP MEMBERS WITH YOUR 25% OFF!

Elegant Minerals 50% Off Sale

Elegant Minerals is having a 50% off sale Nov 13 - 14. I have ordered from there before. The turn around time was a bit slow, but it was during another large sale. The items I purchased were clay based. It wears as well as other minerals, but becomes a bit like plaster when wet.

Our final 50% OFF Sale of 2008!
This includes all GIFT SETS, and items already on special.
It's the perfect time to get those gifts for family & friends and Save!

Just Enter nov50off into the coupon box during checkout.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Meow Cosmetics Veteran's Day Sale


Meow Cosmetics is having a Veteran's Day Sale through 11/12. They have a ton of mineral makeup in great seasonal colors. I'm surprised that I haven't talked about them before since I regularly receive their newsletter.

I like that they have a link for product information and colors separate from the products themselves.


Vandal Eyes

Full Size (6 gm sifter jar): $7.00

Only one coupon or per order.

CatsLuvVets10 : Save 15% on orders over $35

15offMeow75 : Save 15% on orders over $75

Vets20Meow ; Save 20% on orders over $135.00

Are You Doing Paraben Free This Christmas?

Working on my Christmas shopping list tonight. I am trying to give family and friends Paraben Free products for Christmas instead of my usual basket of Bath & Body Works Paraben-palooza. I was wondering what you guys were giving this Christmas/Holiday Season? Hit me so I can post any new finds.

I just put in another big order with Vitacost. Per my previous posts, I just love them. I picked up several sets of Desert Essence body wash and lotion. They are comparably yummy to the BBW products I gave up.

Vitacost is flat $4.99 shipping and they have a discount code for 5% off your total.


PD8KBWB7
5% off (exp 11/30/08)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Haul: Ly-Na Pearl Cream

The Holy Grail for clear skin?

Finally got my Ly-Na Pearl Cream in from the Taiwan. I bought it off E-Bay and had forgotten about it. I have it spackled across my nose right now. It's my worst place for blackheads. It has a slight smell, which isn't that bad considering it does contain Sulfur. It is kind of perfumey and really, really greasy. Not quite so bad once it sets up on your skin. I don't see wearing it overnight, though. It would get all over the place.

I'm not expecting a miracle from this stuff, but I do feel a tingle. Does that count? LOL. The Sulfur ingredient is a standard ingredient for prescription acne medication and has been used forever in skin remedies. I have read that pearl powder provides moisture along with being a skin lightener.

The container is much larger than the actual product inside. The box states 12 grams of product. The ingredients on the box are listed as Sulfur 1.5% and Pearl Powder .1%. No mention of Parabens. I can't guarantee it's Paraben Free, but I can't find it listed anywhere.

Read my previous entry for more details and a link to Vanessa's blog where she does a demo of it here.

Paint Cosmetics Penny Samplers

Through November 15, Paint Cosmetics (formerly Electric Cosmetics) is offering penny baggie samples. You can never have too many samples! They are also offering a special gift to anyone who purchases these samples to do a review, so keep that in mind if you do a blog or videos.

From the website:

Here we have a select amount of cosmetics you can choose from to try for 1 cent each. Whether it be
for reviews, gifts or for your own personal pleasure. All you need to pay for is shipping and handling.

Samples pigments will be in a small baggy filled with 1/8 Tsp of any item you choose.
(Select up to 4)
Gloss's will be in a small b
aggy filled with 1/8 Tsp. (Select up to 1)
Foundations will be in a small baggy filled with 1/8 Tsp of product. (Select up to 3)
Stickum Primer will be in a small baggy with 1/16 sample of product. (One sample only)


Note: This is a limited time offer. You
may only select the amount of items listed
in the introduction. If you select more,
those items will be refunded.

Offer ends: 11/15/08

If you are doing a review please contact
us and we will send you a special gift!

Garden Girl - 15% Sale

Catching up on all the e-mail newsletter sales I have in my box! Garden Girl has a one-day discount sale with 15% off $75 and under and 30% off over $75.

My previous Garden Girl entry along with choice products is here.


SAVE15 for any order under $75 to save 15%

OR

SAVE 30 for any order $75 or more to save 30%

You can see the full details on their blog here.

Lumiere Grand Re-Opening - 20% Off

The Lumiere website has been revamped. I haven't ordered from them before, but have been to their website many times.

Sample mineral baggies are .01 each.

Discount 20% Code: HAPPY

**$10.00 minimum and not valid with any other discount code**

Below is info from their newsletter:

All of the products are categorized into color groups, we hope this will make it easier on our customers that are searching for certain colors/products such as "pink blushes" -

We also have made other color suggestions in the foundation descriptions, so you will now know what blushes, enhancers and finishing powder colors we recommend for your skin shade/tone.

In the foundations, we have also included a picture of a woman that would wear that particular foundation shade - again, we are hoping to make this as easy as possible for you to shop with us - as always though, if you are still unsure, please email us - we will be happy to assist you further.

We have a great new "Daily Special" - 5 loose mineral (your choice) sample baggies for only $.01! (only 1 per order) This is to help those of you needing to test out colors - you can reorder this as well!

And lastly, we are doing things a bit different around here! We have ditched our old packaging (can I hear cheers?? :) to try out a new idea! We are now offering all of our loose minerals in recyclable vials - these are pharmaceutical grade and heavy duty. I really think you are going to love this idea, I have been using mine for months now and just love the quick and easiness of them - no fussing with lids & messy sifters - your minerals are EASILY identified, they are more compact and stay clean.......FINALLY!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Still Alive and Kicking!!!

Thanks to everyone who has sent me messages asking if I am still doing the blog. I'm still here and I have tons of things lined up. I got lazy for a few days and then got sucked into my job. I work for an international company, so I am expected to be available 24/7. I will try to get caught up this week.

I haven't been buying much since I am saving up for Christmas presents. I did get my Ly-Na Pearl Paste and a bunch of polishes from Zoya. Holla at you later!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Making Your Mineral Eyeshadow Last

This one is for Kikobrat. She wanted to know why her mineral eyeshadow disappeared when she tried to blend it. The trick to increasing the color payoff and lasting power of eyeshadow is to foil it. This just means using water or a mixing medium (water and glycerin) when you apply it. I use Milani Runway eyeshadow most days for work. I always use a mixing medium and apply it wet. One day I was running late and tried to use them normally - dry. I brushed and brushed color color onto my lids and barely any color. By the end of the day, it was all gone. When I apply wet, it's there all day and only comes off when I remove my makeup at night.

You don't necessarily have to press your mineral eyeshadow for this to work, I just find it more convenient. You can use the loose mineral just fine. The trick is to use very little of the minerals. Below is the step-by-step I use with loose minerals. Try it, adjust it and see if it improves your color and wearability.

Tools used: 3 eyeshadow brushes - An old ratty brush, a Lowe Cornell goat hair paint brush, an Elf eyeshadow brush. Mixing medium - 3 parts water to 1 part glycerin in a squirt bottle. Tissue. Plastic top from old makeup palette - or something to mix on.

1. I start with the lightest colors and work my way up. I take the ratty brush, touch it to the mineral eyeshadow and tap the contents onto the plastic top. You don't need to dip, just touching will give you more than enough. Wipe it on tissue before using next color.

2. I put a single drop of the mixing medium on the back of my hand. You can put the drop anywhere, but I use my hand. I take my Lowe Cornell brush and dip both sides in the drop. If it get too wet, touch it to the tissue.

3. I touch both sides of the Lowe Cornell into the minerals and apply in smooth strokes. I repeat application of the color if necessary.

4. I wipe the brush on the tissue and move to the next color until look is completed. I don't try to blend at this point, I am just applying.

5. You will be able to tell whether the shadow is still wet without actually needing to touch it. Once your eyelids are no longer wet, you can blend your eyeshadow as usual. I use the Elf eyeshadow brush for this.

6. Be sure to wash your wet brush after you are done. I wash mine every day and the others a couple times a week.

Cosmetic Restriction Diet - Less Is More

I was going through my bookmarks and re-read an article from the NY Times about the Cosmetics Restriction Diet - how the fewer products you use, the better. It's always been my philosophy that the less you mess with your skin the less problems it will cause you. Same for hair, nails, etc. You use a cleanser because your skin is oily which strips the natural oils making you use a moisturizer that breaks you out and you use an acne product which causes your skin to product more oil so you use more cleanser... Get the picture?

It's the same deal with cosmetics. You don't need to use 20 different products when only two or three will do everything you need. Remember that when you are packing on the makeup, you are packing on the chemicals. Even if you only use organic and Paraben Free products, you are still rubbing a pretty interesting mix of possible irritants into your skin.

I recommend you don't use any of the products mentioned in this article. They all contain Parabens.

"The Consumer Reports study found, for example, that a three-step regimen of Olay Regenerist products costing $57 was slightly more effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles than a $135 tube of StriVectin-SD or a $335 combination of two La Prairie Cellular lotions."

Consumer Reports Busts Sunscreens on Nano Particles

I read an interesting article on The Consumerist a few days ago about sunscreens who advertise as Nano Particle free actually contain them. It just never ends. Nano and Micro Particles are also in many forms of makeup these days. These are being linked as causing possible nerve damage since they can enter the bloodstream and travel to the brain.

It makes you wonder exactly what is in our makeup and beauty products. Consumers really don't have a way to verify product ingredients - aside from paying $$$ to have products tested at a lab. The only available home test kits are for lead. A reader brought this up a few weeks ago, wondering if what we were using is actually what is on the ingredients list. I spent hours searching for ways to test cosmetics and it's just not possible without a lab.

"Four of them, all labeled natural or organic, actually did contain nanoparticles: Aubrey Organics Natural Sun SPF 25 Green Tea Protective Sunscreen, Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen, Kiss My Face SPF 30+ Sun Screen with oat protein complex and Mexitan SPF 30 Sunscreen. Only one product—Zinka Colored Nosecoat—turned out to be actually free of the
particles."

Consumer Reports article.