I am truly overwhelmed by the response to The Morning Hour giveaway! Your kind comments and notes left me encouraged and thankful that so many of you like-minded friends have a fervent desire to use healthy, toxic free skincare. Thank you all for participating and a big congratulations to our winner Emily Vikre! I wish so badly that I could send a package to each and every one of you but for those of you disappointed readers Tata and her team have graciously offered a 10% discount on items ordered through her online store from now until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, March 31st. Please visit the Tata Harper Skincare website and use the code "roostlove" to apply the discount. I receive absolutely no reward or compensation for any sale, I simply want everyone to have the chance to try some of Tata's products and be swept away!
So, onto part II of how I tend my skin. For those of you visiting for the first time please take a gander at The Morning Hour for an introduction to this series and why I feel it imperative to nourish not only our insides but our outsides as well. Today I share with you my evening swoon, how I add a bit of color to my skin without masking my face with chemicals, silicones, parabens and synthetic colors....all of which have been linked to hormone disruptions, cancer, allergies and pre-mature aging. Even popular mineral makeup can aggrevate the skin. For example, BareMinerals contains bismuth oxychloride, an inorganic pigment bi-product of lead and copper and a known skin irratant. This ingredient is used to give the mineral powders a pearlescent finish; however, it can cause severe itchy skin, acne, burning and rashes. Many favorite foundations contain harmful sunscreens such as PABA, avobenzone and benzphenone, all of which have been known for generating free radicals and causing cancer. So while it may seem you are protecting your skin, you are actually feeding it harmful, oestrogenic chemicals. To read about the Dirty 12 cosmetic ingredients click HERE.
While I am an advocate for letting skin breath and unadulterated beauty shine I do like to add a bit of tint to enhance my natural coloring and glow. During the daytime I try to use little makeup, usually a dab of cream blush and mascara, but in the evenings, especially if we are going out, I like to add some color and coverage while keeping it as simple and natural as possible. So without further ado I give you...
It wasn’t until I was introduced to Rose-Marie Swift’s line RMS Beauty that my search for nourishing makeup ended. Rose-Marie is a world famous makeup artist who tends to the gorgeous faces of Gisele Bundchen and Miranda Kerr, both of whom rave over RMS. A natural beauty herself, Rose-Marie is a huge advocate of coconut oil, the main ingredient in her products, and its healing, moisturizing, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. She is deeply motivated to teach women about the horrifying effects of chemical laden makeup and even those that claim to be “natural” are over heated, over processed and void of essential skin nutrients. All RMS products are gently created using only raw, food grade, organic ingredients that penetrate and rejuvenate the skin. And despite their creamy nature they do not clog pores or leave you a greasy mess! There is no trace of harmful chemicals, preservatives, irritating fragrance or synthetic ingredients, just pure, unadulterated goodness packaged in beautifully recycled glass pots. Additionally, each product is so heavily pigmented that a little goes a long way, so despite their size these small pots will provide the most value.
Before applying RMS products I give a few sprays of Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence onto my clean face. Then using my fingers I gently massage a thin layer of RMS "Un" Cover-Up giving me some color and light coverage while letting my natural skin tone, freckles and beauty marks shine through. "Un"Cover-Up can double as a concealer or light foundation, and because I try to avoid an overall matte look I enjoy the dewy glow this product gives. The coconut oil allows the pigment to glide on so smoothly while it nourishes my skin!
I have tried many cream blushes and stains in the past but I must say the RMS Lip2Cheek gives the most natural "flush" of color. With the added benefit of coconut oil the highly pigmented cream goes on effortlessly leaving no streaks, and it works so beautifully on my lips. My husband is not a fan of goopy, sticky lip glosses so when I wear Lip2Cheek I am most kissable!
My favorite RMS product hands down is the Living Luminizer. It gives an instant radiant glow without the use of sparkles or glitter. I gently rub on areas of my face where light naturally hits such as my brow bones, cheek bones and bridge of my nose. The illumination is subtle and so natural looking, even in these dry winter months I can achieve a youthful dewy glow. My skin looks and feels hydrated and with just the right amount of shine. The Living Luminizer is also a universal shade and will compliment all skin tones.
I have never been a fan of eye shadows, but when I am going out for a night on the town I love to add a hint of color to my eyes. RMS Cream Eye Shadows are smooth, beautifully colored and look so natural on the lid. I naturally have purple undertones to my eyelids so I find the color Magnetic compliments my coloring superbly, and its illuminating and moisturizing properties make it perfect for a candlelight dinner date!
Can you share with us your philosophy and how RMS Beauty was born:
After many years in the fashion and make-up industry, I’ve learned a lot about the impact of daily exposure to chemicals in beauty care products. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t live up to its promises. I see the results of taking a quick-fix approach to looking good. I know first-hand the price our health can pay in the pursuit of beauty.
I got sick years ago. I had so many health issues, and I went to a hair analysis lab to sort them out. At the lab, they asked me if I worked in the cosmetics industry. I said ‘yes’ and they told me I had so many chemicals in my body from the cosmetics. My hair started falling out. I had mercury toxicity, and high levels lead, aluminum, cambium and barium.
I realized that what women need are skin care, color cosmetics, toiletries that are as pure as possible, lines that create a solid foundation for anti-aging and long-term beauty. Skin is a living organism. It breathes, interacts, and absorbs information from everything it encounters. It’s in constant communication with the environment. Without healthy skin, we are vulnerable to the effects of everything we encounter.
Unfortunately, it is still believed that the skin acts as a barrier to the outside world, blocking out whatever was applied to it. We now know that what we put on the skin can be absorbed in the skin and in some circumstances into the bloodstream. You only need to look to medical patches, anti-smoking patches and hormone replacement patches for proof.
My background as an advocate for cleaner cosmetics came when my own health deteriorated years ago and through my research I realized many of the chemicals that were in my body were also found throughout the beauty industry. I started studying ingredient labels in depth and the extent of the use of unregulated chemical ingredients (FDA does not regulate our beauty industry; it is self-regulated by the actual people that are adding all these ingredients and deeming them safe). In fact, many ingredients are downright harmful. Some ingredients, like phthalates found in synthetic fragrances and nail polishes, are known to disrupt the hormone system, and are a factor in reproductive diseases and breast cancer.
Sadly, the list of harmful ingredients in your personal care products is long and we continue to use them daily. I am trying to educate every woman to be more aware of not just what they put on their skin, but also what they put in their bodies.
What does your evening swoon entail:
My evening swoon is a special color of red lipstick. I have been working for a long time on my new tubed lipsticks that are coming for fall. There is a red beyond reds and the compliments haven't stopped since I have been wearing it. I might call it "Rose-Marie"!
How does diet and exercise play a role in your daily routine:
"The skin is a mirror to your gut" so that is one, if not the most important thing to remember. Probiotics (to balance the gut flora) every morning on an empty stomach but make sure they are not made with flowing agents because those are made with GMO ingredients. Quality probiotics are a must. Green juices (ORGANIC)….every day if possible. Lots of water that is pure as possible as our drinking water is full of crap such as pharmaceuticals and fluoride to name a few of the nasties. 100% for sure Chlorella…….this little algae can pull heavy metals out of the body and is full of amino's and vitamin B12. No sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no soda pops….EVER. Dump the processed food for clean healthy fruits and vegetables and if you eat meat definitely go for organically certified meat to avoid all the chemicals, steroids, hormones, antibiotics etc. That is what I follow pretty well every day ( I treat myself to a little sugar every once in awhile but usually in the form of coconut sugar, honey or maple syrup) I will exercise at the gym sometimes but mostly I am just charging around burning up calories.
What is the most common mistake women make when it comes to skin care:
The most common mistake is using too many chemical laden skin care products…mostly the hyped-up anti-aging ones. Those are no more than "hope in a jar". Try to aim for organic products that really can give a strong start in anti-aging by using natural ingredients such as antioxidants and vitamins in their natural form rather then in synthetic form.
An exquisite beauty herself, Rose-Marie knows makeup more than just about anyone, but what makes her unique is that she understands the dangers and pitfalls of traditional cosmetics. She is a proponent of revealing beautiful skin not masking it, and with her line you can truly achieve a youthful glow that lets your naturally beautiful self shine through. I am comforted knowing that when I do put on some color, I am quenching and nourishing my skin!
Rose-Marie has a site called Beauty Truth where she shares more on the harmful effects of toxic cosmetics. You can also learn more about Rose-Marie and her story on her Website, Twitter, and Facebook.
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The RMS Beauty team and I have a delightful giveaway for you including:
- Lip2Cheek in Smile: A sheer coral, pink tone that blends beautifully and can be made as subtle or bright as you prefer.
- "Un" Powder: A translucent powder suitable for all skin tones.
- Cream Eye Shadow in Magnetic: A taupe silver with a hint of mauve.
- Living Luminizer: "Glow" in a jar, suitable for all skin tones.
- "Un" Cover Up in #11: The lightest shade of the four options with yellow undertones. However, color will adapt to a wide range of skin tones.
- Rosewater and Jasmine Water made by yours truly: Use the rosewater as a refreshing toner and add the jasmine water to a warm bath for an aromatic soak.
Everything pictured above is included in the giveaway so if you would like to participate simply leave a comment below. To increase your chances of winning you can also share this giveaway on your social media or personal blog and then leave an additional comment!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU!
* International readers: I will gladly ship to you if you cover the cost of shipping, thank you!
A huge thank you to the beautiful Tristan of Besotted. She graciously hand lettered both the title of this post and labels of the floral waters. Self taught and insanely talented, Tristan curates a haven of a blog called Besotted where she shares her adventures in novelty calligraphy, film photography and more! When her fair hand is not delicately grasping the nib she runs the Besotted Brand shop where she offers custom stamps, paper goods, and even an apothecary (coming soon!).
Please do pay Tristan a visit and shower her with comments and notes of praise, she has such a natural gift and keen eye for all things beautiful, and I am so grateful for our collaboration!