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  • Streamlining your touch-up game this Chinese New Year!

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    Chinese New Year – lots of yummy food and fun times with family, but also very long days out going around town visiting all our relatives (most of whom we only see this time of year, so we’ll need to look our best). We all wish we could bring our entire makeup kit with us for those mid day touchups so that we always look picture-ready… but alas, not all of us get to travel with our very own glam squad. It can also be a nightmare trying to pick only the most important products we’ll need so that it doesn’t take up too much space in our handbags.
    Fret not! Reflections to the rescue!
    With the help of our convenient and multi-functional products, we’ve narrowed it down to just 3 items so it’s guaranteed to all fit into your purse – AND leave more than enough room for those red packets!
    1. Camouflage Cream (88% Organic | Gluten-Free | Vegan | Cruelty-Free)
    Concealers are a must have when it comes to covering up that pesky blemish that reappears throughout the day, or refreshing the under eyes from any smudging and panda eyes. 

     
    If you’re going for a bright colored lipstick this year, dab a little concealer all over your lips before touching up to help set the color for a long lasting look (till you get to your next stop and start munching on yummy cookies again!)
     
    1. Powder Dispensing Brush & Powder
    Touching up in a hurry before taking that perfect selfie means there isn’t time to deal with loose powders, or powder puffs falling out of the case. Enter our powder dispensing brush!
    Load this baby up with the powder foundation of your choice (we’d actually recommend our Sun Protection Powder for all day SPF protection), and all you’ll need is to pull it out, lightly dust over the t-zone and any shiny areas, and retract! Simple!
    1. Lip Butter (85% Organic | Gluten-Free | Vegan | Cruelty-Free)
    The best part about organic makeup is that it’s safe for use any way you wish! Our favorite makeup hack is to use our Lip Butter on both the lips and cheeks - swipe across your lips and finish with two dabs on the cheeks (not too much as cream tends to stick to powder that has set on your face for a long time).
     
    Tap to blend out with your ring finger, and you’ll love the glowing finish that cream blushes can deliver. You could even try this with our Lip Glaze for a sheer look!
     
    We love this cheat code because it ensures that your blush and lip colors match, and your skin looks luminous throughout the day! Check out our lip butters in Wild Cherry and Watermelon – pretty shades for that perfect blush!
     
    We guarantee that these 3 items are all you’ll need to look effortlessly fresh throughout the day, even in the humidity! Now you’re all set to enjoy the day of festivities without worrying about your makeup smudging or melting.
     
    Happy feasting, and may the Year of the Rooster bring you an abundance of Love, Health and Prosperity!

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  • 4 tips to start the switch to organic beauty

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    Now that you know about the benefits of organic ingredients and reasons why organic makeup and skin care is better for your skin, it’s time to make that change. However, sometimes this switch can be a little overwhelming and you don’t know where to start! Here are 4 simple tips on how you can slowly begin to introduce more organic products to your makeup kit, and eventually complete the switch without having to waste too many products.

    1. Start small

    And by that we mean don’t go on a radical purge and throw out your entire kit! Start by replacing one or two products that you use the most often. You could start with your facial wash, or your makeup remover – items that get used up quickly, so that you can rotate through different organic brands to find one you like the most.

    We recommend our All Natural No-Rinse Makeup remover if you’d like a convenient answer to removing your makeup and treating your skin at the same time!

    1. Try lipsticks

    It’s always more fun to be able to play with different colors. So to really enjoy the experience, start your new organic makeup kit with different shades of lipsticks and have fun switching them up everyday! What’s even better is that they’re all made with natural ingredients so licking your lips after a meal won’t be harmful at all!

    We have just what you need! Our best selling Lip Butters are 85% organic, and made with a mix of delicious ingredients like coconut oil and mango butter to help heal and soothe chapped lips!

    1. Know how to read the ingredients list

    Many products claim to be organic or natural may not actually be completely so. The simplest way to decipher this is to learn how to read the ingredients list. On every label, the ingredients are listed according to the amount that is present in the product – the most being listed first. Therefore, a product may claim to be natural or organic, but only contain a small percentage of such ingredients. For example, an “organic” lipstick could be made of 70% chemical and 30% organic ingredients.  

    Once you know how to read the ingredients lists, you’ll be able to determine which products to invest in and rest assured that you’ll be spending on authentically organic products. Goodbye to clutters of products that aren’t actually what they claim to be!



    1. Find a brand you can relate to

    Finally, going organic is more than just changing the products in your vanity – it is a lifestyle change. To fully live an organic life, find a brand that has a story or a set of philosophies that resonates with you. This way, you’ll be more inclined to support the brand and live the values that they stand for while getting your products!

    Have a look at our brand story and see if it fits your lifestyle! We promise, you won’t be disappointed!

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  • Keeping the resolution to “Keep Resolutions”

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    How quickly time flies! Just last night you were counting down to 2017 and before you know it, it’s the middle of January and you haven’t quite gotten on track with your resolutions yet. We all start off with declarations that this year is going to be OUR year, and in a blink, it’s Thanksgiving and we’re preparing for the slew of holiday gatherings to come, with nothing to show for the past year… Not as much as we planned to at least.

    Fret not, ladies! We’ve all been there. The year has only just begun and we’ve got some simple tips for you to keep your resolutions going one little step at a time!

     

    1. Group your resolutions and keep them simple!

    To help organize your thoughts, it would be useful to split your resolutions into various categories in your life. For example: Physical (exercise, weight goals, nutrition), Social (communication, healthy social life, relationships), and even Intellectual (self improvement, creativity, learning something new).

    Once you have your categories, decide on 4 to 5 resolutions and keep them simple, but specific. The more complicated the resolution, the less likely you’ll be able to really keep to it.

    1. Check in on your progress

    You may even want to write your resolutions on a quarterly basis, and check in on them regularly. If you feel that you have too many to juggle, pick one to focus on for that week/month and work it into your daily schedule so that it becomes part of your every day lifestyle.

    1. Work in pairs or groups

    If you’re more motivated when others are sharing the same experience as you, why not make a pact with your bestie or a family member to keep your resolutions? Leverage on teamwork to figure out specific ways to achieve resolutions, and hold each other accountable. Challenges and failures are going to be a common occurrence as is with most commitments – but having a friend there to help you back on the wagon will make your journey that much easier, and a whole lot more fun!

    1. Take it easy!

    Lastly, have fun with it! Sure, these are important goals to have and they will shape your year – but don’t beat yourself up or give up on it altogether just because you’re falling behind on your plans. As they say, “Falling down is part of life, getting back up is LIVING!”


    More power to you this year, and may 2017 truly be YOUR year! 

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  • Understanding Skin Types

    Posted by Reflections Organics

    One of the banes of shopping for makeup or skincare is being asked “What’s your skin type?” Surprisingly (or not), as common as this question is, many of us don’t actually know what our skin type is. Or for those who do, what it actually means and how to take care of our skin.

    If you’ve ever been confused when selecting foundation formulas or skin care regimes, fret not! Here are a few basic tips to understand your skin type, and how to care for it!



    To understand the different classification of skin types, perhaps it would help to understand HOW they are classified – that is, depending on:

    Moisture Levels in the skin – which affects skin elasticity
    Natural oil production - which affects texture and pore-visibility
    Sensitivity – which affects redness, outbreaks, or allergic reactions

    It is also important to note that our skin type changes and never truly remains the same. Simply put, our skin is our largest organ, and it too is subjected to environmental and biological factors. With this understanding, you will be able to take better care of your skin and regulate your skin health!

    1. Normal
    While ‘normal’ is subjective, ladies with this skin type usually have balanced skin texture with a radiant, matte appearance. They have barely visible pores, and are not prone to sensitivity.

    This skin type poses little to no limitations with regards to the type of skincare and makeup formulas that can be used. Simply put, whether it is a gel or foam cleanser, an oil-based or matte finish foundation, ladies with ‘normal’ skin can explore just about any formula and find the one they like best.

    2. Oily
    Ladies with this skin type tend to experience a layer of naturally secreted oil over the skin throughout the day, especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). If proper care is not taken, the oil can start to clog up in the pores and cause them to be enlarged, resulting in large visible pores and a tough skin texture that feels rough. Other problems that may occur include blackheads and pimples.

    Therefore it is extremely essential for ladies with oily skin to keep to a weekly routine of exfoliation (the gentle process of scrubbing that sloughs off dead skin cells at the top most surface of the skin) to prevent build up of dead skin and clogging of pores.

    Gel or water based cleansers and moisturizers, along with oil-free or powder based foundations are the best bet for oil control. Mid-day touch ups with a pressed powder just in the T-zone are also an effective way to keep the shine at bay!

    For the ultimate oil control without drying out your skin, as well as maintaining a healthy radiant glow, try our Matte Mineral Foundations, and our Pressed Mineral Foundations!



    3. Dry
    Dry skin type can be identified by tightness in the skin, which is a sign of reduced skin elasticity. Ladies with dry skin might also experience flakiness, a dull complexion, and visible lines and cracking in the deeper layers of the skin. In certain extreme dryness, it may even lead to itchiness and peeling.

    Gentle care must be given to dry skin to prevent a worsening of its condition. Avoid extremely hot or cold water when washing your face, and refrain from foaming cleansers as they tend to dry out the skin even more. A gentle weekly exfoliation will also help to remove all the dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant complexion!

    To supplement hydration, use serums and moisturizers which are high in antioxidants and collagen-boosting ingredients. Avoid powder-based makeup like compact foundations when choosing your makeup. Instead, use liquid foundations or BB creams, and use minimal powder when setting makeup – dust mostly in the T-zone, and avoiding the cheek area. Throughout the day, spritz on a face mist to keep the surface layer well hydrated and not looking flaky.

    For the ultimate hydration and repair, try our Best-Selling Anti-Aging BB cream! With 5 functions in 1 product, from moisturizer to sun block, it heals and protects with just a light application!



    4. Sensitive
    Sensitive skin covers a range of symptoms; from redness and itchiness, to roughness and puffiness. The causes for sensitivity are also variable – factors such as climate, ingredients in products used, and even hormonal fluctuations. Remember that our skin is a living organ, and so its condition is also very much dependent on both the internal and external environment. Hence, levels of sensitivity can vary by the day.

    One of the most important steps in your skincare regime would be Sun Protection! To prevent further aggravation to your skin from harmful UV rays, be sure to apply generous amounts of sunblock! More importantly, touching up on sunblock throughout the day will guarantee round the clock protection – thankfully we have our fan favorite Sun Protection Powder to help you do so without dealing with grease!



    5. Combination
    Probably the most common skin type, combination skin is exactly as its name suggests – a combination of 2 of the above skin types. For example: Normal/Oily, Normal/Dry, Oily/Sensitive etc. There are skin care and make up products that are catered to combination skin, which help to regulate moisture and oil levels.

    It is important to note that while we may have a certain skin type, environmental and biological factors will play a part in our skin types changing from day to day. It is thus important to know the different ways to care for your skin depending on how it feels that day.

    Organic makeup is also an option to consider, for the sole reason that ingredients used are plant derived and naturally cultivated from the earth. The elimination of chemicals and foreign ingredients from these products mean little to no damage to your skin, now and in the long term. Make the switch to organics today, and you’ll start to see an improvement in the appearance of your complexion, and dwell in the knowledge that you are protecting your skin from accelerated damage in the long run!

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  • 7 Harmful Chemicals in your Cosmetics

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    Most of us are aware that there is a myriad of toxic chemicals in our daily care products. But are they really that dangerous since they are so widely used in the world?  In the list below we will explore the harmful effects of chemicals such as parabens, petrolatum, PEG compounds, BHA & BHT, phthalates, mercury and lead commonly found in fragrances, shampoos, cosmetics and nail polishes.

    Studies show that pregnant women who use products that contain chemicals like these, their children will display more disruptive behavior than should be expected years later. Chemicals like nitrosamines found in many inorganic cosmetics are implicated in brain & kidney cancer according to the U.S. President’s Cancer Panel. An ingredient contaminating 22% of all personal care products is 1,4-dioxane, a cancer-causing substance.

    Read on to learn about other ingredients in your cosmetics that, when used continuously for many years, are almost guaranteed to harm you and your body.

    1 – Parabens: Preservative found in about 75%-90% of cosmetics.

    Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but this is usually not listed on the label as fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets which manufacturers are not required to disclose (see also Fragrance/Parfum). An estimated 75 to 90 percent of all cosmetics contain parabens.

    Effects: Parabens penetrate easily into the skin and can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone and have been detected in human breast cancer tissues. Studies also indicate that methylparaben, when applied on the skin, reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.

    2 – Petrolatum: Found in lipsticks, lip balm, hair products & moisturizers.

    Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly (i.e. petroleum jelly).

    Effects: May be cancer-causing when contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

    3 – PEG Compounds: Used in cosmetics as thickeners, softeners, solvents and moisture-carriers such as cosmetic cream bases.

    PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds.

    Effects: The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen that can harm the nervous system and interfere with human development.

    4 – BHA & BHT: Found in lipsticks and moisturizers.

    BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are closely related synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives.

    Effects: Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA).

    5 – Dibutyl phthalate: Found in nail products.

    Phthalates are also used as fragrance ingredients in many other cosmetics, but consumers won’t find these listed on the label. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the ingredient list.

    Effects: Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. It can enhance the capacity of other chemicals to cause genetic mutations, even though it has not been shown to be a mutagen itself.

    6 – Mercury: Found in mascaras, lip gloss, lip liner, lipstick eye liner, eye shadow, brow liner, moisturizer and even baby lotion.

    The preservative thimerosol is a mercury-containing product.

    Effects: Mercury is associated with a host of health concerns including allergic reactions, skin irritation, toxicity, neurological damage and bioaccumulation. Mercury readily passes into the body through the skin, so normal use of the product results in exposure.

    7 – Lead: Found in lipsticks cosmetics, batteries, plastics, insecticides, pottery glaze and soldered pipes.

    Lead is a neurotoxin and is poisonous when ingested. No safe blood level of lead is known. Even the lowest levels have shown to affect the fetus and the central nervous system in children.

    Effects: Small amounts are recognized as hazardous to human health. Infants, toddlers, children, fetuses and pregnant women are most susceptible to its chronic low-dose effects. Chronic low-level exposure may affect the blood, kidneys, immune system, cardiovascular system and especially the central and peripheral nervous systems. Lead exposure has also been linked to miscarriage, menstrual irregularities, reduced fertility in men and women, delays in puberty onset in girls, hormonal changes, memory loss, nerve, joint and muscle disorders, skeletal, cardiovascular, kidney and renal problems.

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