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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gluten Free Beauty: Tools, Tips, and Tricks

If you're a Gluten-Free Girl like me- you know that "Gluten-Free" doesn't stop with food! We've got to watch out for Gluten in our beauty products, shampoos, soaps, lotions, etc. Here are some of my favorite Gluten-Free make-up products, along with some tips for using simple household items in your beauty routine.
Illuminare Cosmetics makes my favorite GF foundation. It's a liquid mineral make-up, so you get the best of both worlds. Full coverage and the "no-make-up" mineral look. It glides on smoothly and lasts all day long. I can't live without this foundation! The Matte is my favorite because it has natural oil-absorbing minerals. The foundation also comes in a moisturizing formula for people with dry to normal skin.  They also make a fabulous concealer that will cover up any blemishes. 

Illuminare also makes some fantastic lip products. I love both their ultra shine mineral lip gloss, and the all-day mineral lip color. Both keep your lips shiny, smooth, and nourished. These come in a lot of flattering colors - great for any skin tone!! 

Since Illuminare products are only sold online - it's a good idea to order the samples of all of the foundations,  lip colors, and / or blushes first. Samples are only about $10 each and actually lasted me a couple of months. If you're looking for a really great quality make-up - you will not be disappointed in  Illuminare! Now that I have found this makeup - I'm not going back!! 

Bare Minerals is also a great choice for Gluten-Free makeup. I love their weightless foundations, blushes, and mineral veil. Just watch out for some of their lip colors - some contain ingredients like barley - which is GLUTEN!!  Always remember to read the labels on every new product you buy.

Maybelline has a wide variety of lip products that are Gluten-Free. Their mascara is also gluten-free (YAY!) However, products change from time to time, so make sure to watch out for these ingredients - if any of them are listed - Stay Away!

Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour
Dextrin Palmitate
Hydrolyzed Malt Extract
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour
Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch
Wheat Amino Acids
Wheat Germ Glycerides
Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride
Wheat Protein
Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate
Yeast Extract

Another Favorite of mine is the Victoria's Secret eye shadows. 
These and ALL of their products are gluten-free. GREAT NEWS! ;) 

Since I like to splurge on high-quality Gluten-Free cosmetics like Illuminare - I like to be frugal with the rest of my beauty routine. And after all, I like knowing what's going into my body - because as you know "What goes on, also goes in!" And so the fewer ingredients that I can't pronounce, the better! ;) 

Pond's is my favorite deep cleanser and make-up remover. It keeps my skin soft and youthful looking.

Now don't laugh - this actually works! I once had a friend who went to beauty school and found out that baking soda was an excellent exfoliant (and very cheap, of course!) It's also safe enough to use every day. I also looked into getting a Clarisonic Brush because I have the big-pore problem in my T-zone area (forehead, nose, and chin). Since those things can run up to $200 - I decided to use an electrical toothbrush instead. (It's pretty much the same thing, just smaller, right?) So now for deep exfoliation, I use the baking soda + warm water + electric toothbrush on my t-zone, and it works great! Give it a try! 

Vaseline (also very cheap!) works like a charm as an overnight moisturizer. I put this on before bed and wake up with silky smooth skin. Don't skip your eyelashes when applying this at night - it will help them grow thicker and longer! 

 A few more tidbits - Bath & Body Works products frequently have gluten. 
Make sure to read their labels!
When it comes to soaps - keep it simple with Ivory. With lotions - most Suave products are safe, too. They are clearly labeled - so just read the ingredients. Once you find the products and brands you can trust - it's pretty simple. I hope you all find the right GF products that will work for you
 to help you feel and look your best!

Have a Happy & Beau-tee-ful GLUTEN-FREE Day!

♥ Christie