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Another Announcement!

July 27, 2015

My website is moving back to this address!

I had purchased the domain beautycleric.com and some hosting, but unfortunately, when school is in session, I just don’t have the time to keep up with the website enough to justify spending money on a domain name and paid hosting.

I’m definitely still interested in keeping up with a blog and a Youtube channel, so I’m planning on building more slowly. Maybe in the future I will purchase hosting and a domain name again! For now I am content with free hosting and a wordpress website. WordPress is easy to manage, so I’m good with that. I’m thinking of giving the site a makeover. We’ll see.

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[Tips] Cosmetic Ingredients You Should Avoid

April 23, 2014

cosmetic-ingredientsSo back when I started my blog (Beauty Cleric), it was actually called “The Beauty Scholar.” I chose that name because I was going through a silly crisis where I was afraid to use any makeup/skincare product because they all had harmful chemicals! I have since calmed down, though. =)

Although I don’t avoid “bad” makeup ingredients altogether, I do still care about what’s in my products. Before I purchase something, I at least take a look at the ingredients label. I don’t buy only natural/organic products, but I try to steer clear of some of the bigger red flags. In this post I figured I’d cover some of the ingredients that are said to be bad for you. You can of course make your own judgment calls about what products to use/not use, but I just wanted to make everyone aware. Before a couple of years ago, I had no idea there were potentially harmful ingredients in my makeup…I also didn’t know that the FDA doesn’t monitor makeup ingredients!

Without further blabbering, here’s a list of ingredients you may want to avoid!

Oxybenzone

This chemical is commonly found in many sunscreens, which is problematic since we should all be wearing some form of sun protection to prevent skin cancer! Oxybenzone has been linked to problems with cell development, allergies, and hormone disruption. While many still believe oxybenzone is safe in small amounts, it is better to just avoid the ingredient altogether if you’re concerned and choose a more natural sunscreen. Look for titanium dioxide or zinc oxide sunscreens.

Parabens

Parabens come in several forms with the three most common being methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben. There are several other types of parabens, so you should try to avoid any product that contains the ending “paraben” in any of the ingredients. Parabens can be found in a large number of beauty products ranging from cosmetics and skin cleansers to deodorants and toothpastes. While there has recently been an increase in the number of “paraben-free” products, there are still many brands which use these preservatives. The danger of parabens lies in their alleged tie to increasing one’s risk of breast cancer. They have also been linked to hormone disruption. Look for alternative brands and products that carry the “paraben-free” label, and if you must use products with parabens, check the label to ensure that more than one type of paraben is on the ingredients list. Parabens are less harmful when mixed together!

Fragrance

Lots of beauty products list“fragrance” somewhere on their labels, but did you know that there can be as many as 200 ingredients mixed together to form the fragrance? The multitude of ingredients mixed to create fragrances for products are not on the ingredients list and are instead covered by one just word… This means there can be many hidden and potentially dangerous chemicals in your products! It is best to look for “fragrance-free” products in order to avoid the dangerous chemicals that are often used in synthetic fragrances. Many of these chemicals can cause allergic reactions, rashes, and possibly hormone disruption.

Phthalates

(Don’t ask me how to pronounce that. I have no clue!!)

This ingredient is not usually listed on the label, even if it’s in the product. However, if it is, you may want to think twice about using that product. Phthalates are used in some cosmetics to help prolong colors and scents, but they have been linked to hormone disruption and birth defects. Pregnant and nursing women should take  special care to avoid products with this ingredient. Look for abbreviations such as DBP, DEHP, and DEP–these abbreviations indicate the use of phthalates.

Summary

Anyway, as I stated above, I’m not so strict about my products as I used to be when it first scared the daylights out of me. I do still read the labels and try to find safer alternatives when I can. I also like to order cosmetics from Korea, because I know that in many other countries in Europe and Asia, cosmetic ingredients that are okay in the US are banned! I usually feel safer with foreign products!

If you want to check the safety of ingredients or specific products, you can try looking at the Skin Deep database. They list harmful ingredients and rate products on their safety.

Thanks for reading!

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Ipsy Bag – March 2014

March 17, 2014

Here’s my March Ipsy bag unboxing! I will have another post on here soon with more details/swatches and later on, some reviews!

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Empties Video – March 2014!

March 17, 2014

My first empties video! =)

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Korean Beauty Haul!

February 22, 2014

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So…since it’s not easy for me to film/upload videos right now, I figured I’d write a haul post instead! (But I did film and upload my first vlog, on my cellphone today! Check it out on my second channel here). 

I placed an order through an online website that specializes in Korean beauty products, since I love Asia products and I can’t get them where I live. I also shop around on Ebay and Amazon, too. All of the products listed below were purchased from a specialty website, except for one which I believe came from Amazon!

Read on to see my haul!

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