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It’s so interesting how a journey to become fully gluten-free evolves.
For most people, it starts with changing their diets, and rightfully so, you must get the gluten out.
Then, as someone feels comfortable with what they can and can’t eat, they look at making other aspects of their life gluten-free, as well, such as changing their cosmetics and personal care products.
I know how difficult this can be. You get used to your cosmetics. You know exactly what products and brands you like, what shades they carry, and you just don’t want to have to start over with another cosmetics company. It’s exhausting to switch. Trust me, I know!
But if you’re serious about eliminating gluten from your life (like me), you want to make sure your personal care products are gluten-free as well.
For me, I not only want to avoid eating gluten, but also I don’t want to touch it or rub it all over my skin (more on that in a bit). If you feel the same way, then you should absolutely find a cosmetics company that offers totally gluten-free makeup.
The good news is that I’ve done all the research for you. Yep, I found your new cosmetics company… Red Apple Lipstick!
If you haven’t heard of Red Apple Lipstick, you are going to be so excited to learn more about this do-good company that makes products that are impressive even for the most passionate beauty products connoisseurs (not just us gluten-free folk).
Here’s the most exciting news… when you purchase a cosmetic product from Red Apple Lipstick, you know with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that you’re getting a clean, safe and 100 percent gluten-free product. Every single product made and carried by Red Apple Lipstick contains no petroleum, no animal bits, no gluten, no dairy, no corn, no harsh chemicals and no GMOs. Period.
I’ve dedicated this article to helping you learn a bit more about safe cosmetics, Red Apple Lipstick and some awesome eye makeup that I know you’re going to LOVE!
What’s In Your Cosmetics?
So if you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, you already know to avoid products that contain obvious gluteny ingredients like wheat, barley, rye and oats. What you may not know is that you also need to avoid products containing ingredients such as Triticum Vulgare (wheat), Hordeum Vulgare (barley), Avena Sativa (wild oats), Secale Cereale (rye) and even tocopherol or tocopherol acetate (Vitamin E that is sometimes derived from refining wheat germ). These ingredients are widely used in the formulation of cosmetics and personal care products. Did you know these ingredients are actually gluten? Don’t worry, I had no idea either!
Here’s a little truth serum for you…
While there are no scientific studies concluding that gluten can be absorbed through the skin (gluten must be ingested in order to create an inflammatory response in people with celiac disease), there is still plenty of reason to avoid rubbing gluten all over your face and body.
For starters, this US News & World Report article cites a case study published in the American College of Gastroenterology about a 28-year-old woman who successfully managed her celiac disease through diet. However, after trying a new body lotion, she developed an itchy, blistering rash on her arms, along with stomach bloating and diarrhea. Once she discontinued the use of the lotion, her symptoms disappeared.
OK, so one person doesn’t constitute a full on war against gluten in your cosmetics. I get it.
However, you also have products like nicotine patches and birth control, all being administered and absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. The CDC clearly states that chemicals can be absorbed by the skin as well.
And then, on top of it all, who wants to even TOUCH gluten. I don’t want it on my hands (I use my hands to pick up and eat food) and I don’t want it near my lips or eyes either.
For me, avoiding gluten is essential to my health. I have no interest in rubbing it on my skin and putting myself at risk of ingesting it. Lipstick and lip balm, for example, sit on your lips and you essential “eat” it throughout the day. (Did you know the average woman eats seven pounds of lipstick in her lifetime?!)
Lotions applied by hand (and to your hands) is risky too. What if you pick up something to eat (think sandwiches, burgers, French fries and an apple!) and then the lotion is transferred to the food you eat or you lick your fingers after enjoying some chicken wings. Yep, you might accidentally ingest some gluten. Why risk it?
Then there’s things like blush and eyeshadow powders, which, if airborne, could potentially be ingested or inhaled. Eyeliner and mascara most certainly makes contact with your eye, again allowing whatever is in those cosmetics to enter your bloodstream.
So while I understand you must eat gluten in order to damage your body, touching gluten and/or rubbing it on my skin just feels way too risky to me. Why risk it when there is an awesome, gluten-free option in the wings…
Red Apple Lipstick to the Rescue
As I mentioned before and worth mentioning again, Red Apple Lipstick cosmetics contain no petroleum, no animal bits, no gluten, no dairy, no corn, no harsh chemicals and no GMOs.
Seriously, this stuff is gold!
Not only are Red Apple products clean and safe for my celiac and gluten sensitive friends, but also these products are of excellent quality and work well. Isn’t that what we all want (and need) at the end of the day?
As a gluten-free blogger, I became familiar with Red Apple Lipstick through social media. I heard others talking about it so I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Several years ago, I tried a few products (lipstick and the Rallye lip balm) and enjoyed those products a lot. Then I added a few more products to my collection (with a particular obsession with The Lash Project mascara) and now I’m completely hooked.
I must admit, it was hard for me to let go of a few products I had known and loved for ages, but as I learned more about the importance of gluten-free makeup and avoiding harsh chemicals, it became clearer to me that a switch was inevitable and oh-so-necessary.
The Eyes Have It
I’m pretty picky about the eye makeup I use. I have a long list of demands.
For starters, besides wanting my makeup to be totally gluten-free and free from toxins, such as parabens and other endocrine disrupting chemicals, I also want it to work well for me.
Here is what I’m looking for when purchasing eye makeup:
Eyeliner: I want an eyeliner that works for my makeup routine. I like to put on makeup quickly with little fuss. I can’t stand eyeliner that goes on heavy and makes me look like I just drew black circles around my eyes. Not good at all! I also dislike eyeliners that easily smear. I especially despise eyeliners that require pressure during application and prefer an eyeliner that glides on with ease.
Mascara: Giving up my mascara was one of the hardest things I had to do. But, what I soon realized after switching to Red Apple’s mascara about a year ago, is that I was missing out on an even better mascara!! More on that soon… but I want a mascara that goes on evenly, doesn’t clump, adds volume and color to my lashes, and one that absolutely doesn’t smear. I don’t want racoon eyes!
Eye Shadow: I’m not as picky about eyeshadow, but I do like neutral colors and eyeshadows that stay put for the day without smudging.
Do I sound like a diva yet? Seriously, I am not a makeup expert, but I do want to wear makeup that works for me… one that I don’t have to tend to all day, one that I don’t have to reapply midday, and above all else, one that doesn’t smear. Is that too much to ask?
Here’s how Red Apple’s eye makeup stood up to my makeup demands:
Eye Liner Pencil by Red Apple: The Eyeliner Pencil is AWESOME! It glides along the lash line with ease. Seriously, just one careful swipe on my upper and lower lid and my eyes are perfectly lined. My eyes look so much bigger after application too, which is especially helpful to someone with almond shaped eyes and a slightly droopy left eyelid (yep, that’s what G-d gave me!). I like makeup that makes my eyes bigger. Ironically enough, I’ve only been using eyeliner for the last year. I don’t know why I avoided it for so long, but I think I look better and more awake when I wear it. Over the year I’ve tried so many brands, and so I know that The Eyeliner Pencil is the cream of the crop. Keep it sharp and it will work like a charm each and every time.
The Lash Project Mascara by Red Apple: The Lash Project Mascara is an ABSOLUTE favorite product of mine and, like I said, I’ve been using it for awhile now. It was hard for me to let go of my drugstore mascara as I was so attached to it, but after getting recurring pink eye for years, I decided that a switch was necessary. Something in the drug store mascara, whether gluten, other allergen or chemical, was impacting my health in a negative way. I don’t know why I was so slow to make the switch because I LOVE this mascara. It’s conditioning, it doesn’t cause any eye irritation (I haven’t had pink eye in so long!), it goes on smoothly (no clumps), and it stays put. Red Apple says to try this product for eight weeks and you’ll have stronger and healthier lashes. I’m not sure if this is the case with me, but I do like how my eyes look with this mascara. And because it doesn’t smudge, flake or smear, there’s no raccoon eyes here, this stuff stays put!
Prime Time Eyeshadow Primer by Red Apple: I decided for the sake of this post, I wanted to try an eyeshadow primer. I’ve never tried one before, but I had heard good things about them. Red Apple says its Prime Time Eyeshadow Primer is necessary for eliminating mid-day eyeshadow creasing or eyeshadow disappearing acts, offering a solid color base for eyeshadows to be applied on top of. I found the eye primer to work a lot like a concealer. You simply pat a little on top of your eyelid before applying eye shadow. Doing so creates an even color for which you to apply the eyeshadow. I like this because my eyelids are naturally a little dark pigment. Putting the primer on first makes my lids lighter, allowing the eye shadow to really stand out. Brilliant!
Eyeshadow by Red Apple: Red Apple has made owning eyeshadow so fun because you can design your own eyeshadow palette. What you do is select the colors you like best, then add them to your palette. The palette and eyeshadow refills are magnetic, so you simply place the refill inside the palette and it sticks… and best of all, there is very little waste as you just replace the refills inside the palette as needed. Just buy the colors you use and nothing more. There are so many colors to choose from (I counted about 30 shades) – making it hard to decide which ones to settle in on – good luck choosing – I landed on the following colors: Twinkle Taupe, Vamp, Dirty Girl and Bronze Bombshell (my favorite of the bunch!).
Makeup Expiration Dates
Just like a carton of milk, your makeup should be consumed upon opening as it has an expiration date.
Jay Harper, the co-founder of Red Apple Lipstick says to look for color and smell changes in your makeup (if you find either, it’s time to toss it). Eye makeup, in particular, can accumulate bacteria and lead to infections, so it’s important to replace these products if they’ve been sitting around for too long. Always replace eye makeup after any sort of eye infection, too.
Harper says, as a general rule of thumb, these are the average expiration dates for makeup products for once they’ve been opened and exposed to air:
- Lipstick, lipbalms, lipsgloss and lip pencils: 1 year
- Eyeshadow: 2 years
- Blush & Bronzer: 2 years
- Eyeshadow Primer: 1 year
- Mascara: 3 to 6 months
- Eyeliners: 1 year
Want This Gorgeous GF Makeup?
Are you ready to add some gorgeous and gluten-free beauty to your personal care routine?
If so, please visit Red Apple Lipstick online and replace one, two or three of your current beauty products with Red Apple products. Don’t feel like you have to replace everything… just start somewhere and eventually you’ll have a bag of makeup devoid of gluten and harsh chemicals. Click here to shop now and don’t forget to join the RAL VIP club to get coupons sent to you monthly!
I know, I know… you want to own some of this beautiful gluten-free makeup for yourself. Guess what, my friends at Red Apple Lipstick have given me a $100 gift certificate to give to one of YOU so you can try some of the company’s awesome makeup (hopefully some of the eye makeup – I swear you’re going to love the mascara!!).
Follow the instructions below to enter to win a $100 Red Apple Lipstick gift certificate. Good luck!
GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Winner is Emily O.