Friday, February 26, 2010

Dr. Oz Warns About Mineral Makuep Dangers

Did you know that Dr. Oz recently listed mineral makeup as one of the "3 most dangerous beauty products"? That's quite a statement!

Before you run to your bathroom drawer and start tossing jars, let's take a closer look at the doctor's concerns. Quoting directly from his website Dr. Oz states:
Mineral makeup is a big trend. Made from minerals such as mica, which are used for industrial purposes as well, these tiny particles are a thousand times smaller than predecessors from even 10 years ago. Their small size makes for a smoother, more flawless look, but it has one serious unintended consequence. The particles are so tiny they fall quickly through the air and can be inhaled easily into your lungs. When construction workers use mica in products such as spackle, they wear masks to protect their lungs from scarring over time. Though there are no studies showing damage from makeup use to date, experts say the long-term use and inhalation of minerals in makeup can lead to inflammation, irritation, and lung disease in women and girls.

While the quote does state "there are no studies showing damage from makeup use to date," and I find that encouraging, I am a "DES granddaughter" (have genetic deformities of my reproductive system due to a drug my grandmother was given to prevent miscarriage a full generation before I was even conceived) and don't necessarily want to wait around for a few decades to see if mineral makeup is really safe or not. I would rather err on the side of caution when it comes to possible long-term consequences! I want to take time to really investigate product, and potential problems with these products now.

It seems that Dr. Oz is taking issue specifically with the size of mineral makeup particles. What he is describing are minerals that has been taken through the process of "micronization". While some mineral makeup brands proudly promote their micronized products for smooth application, one more thing I love about Affordable Mineral Makeup™ is that it offers great coverage and smooth application yet doesn't sacrifice safety, intentionally choosing not to use nanoparticles or micronized minerals.

Still worried? I only made the mistake of breathing in my mineral makeup once before learning a simple technique of breathing out as I applied my makeup! Micronized or not, it isn't fun to breath anything other than air. And as far as that air goes, we aren't talking about industrial application here where huge factory manufacturing processes are leaving microscopic particles hanging thickly in the air. We are talking about small quantity application in home usage where common sense and practicality (like not wanting to waste product) are going to positively regulate air quality.

I'm not a medical professional, but Dr. Oz, when I read through the very dangerous ingredients of so many chemically-laden products out there, I really have to wonder how mineral makeup made it onto your Cosmetic Culprits hit list???

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Handmade Soap Giveaway

My friend Carissa over at Stone Street Soaps it truly a beautiful lady, inside and out. She's sponsoring a give-away for a FREE 16oz bottle of Liquid soap in the fragrance of winner's choice. Find out more and enter at

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Greater Love

February is the month we think of "love". I would like to write an eloquent article on love, but the truth is I just don't have the energy right now in between IV treatments and days down in bed. So I offer a "replay" or an article I shared last February, What's Eating You Up Inside?, and pray it will be a blessing or encouragement to you this month no matter what situation you find yourself in - happily enjoying the love of your life, longing for love you have yet to find, or grieving a lost love. But most of all, I pray it will remind you of the Lover of Your Soul who paid the ultimate Price, choosing to endure ultimate Heartbreak, because of His great Love!

"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him."
John 3:16-18 (The Message)

:Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13 (NIV)

"Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn't, and doesn't, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn't been so weak, we wouldn't have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

"Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we're at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!"
Romans 5:7-9 (The Message)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Lovely Sale

Affordable Mineral Makeup™ is offering you a 10% discount off your entire order from now thorugh 23:59 EST, Feb. 14, 2010 when you use coupon code: valentine

Not sure where to start? Consider our beautiful First Love Blush for a soft glow. :) Need more help, check out the options on my sidebar including How to Apply Mineral Makeup and Choosing Colors.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

10% Mineral Makeup Discount

Save 10% off your entire Affordable Mineral Makeup order from between now and 23:59 EST, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 by using coupon code: