An average woman is exposed to more than 100 chemicals in their skincare and makeup daily even before they leave their bathroom in the morning. It is alarming to know that the seemingly harmless personal care products we have grown up with are contributors to serious health hazards, such as cancer and neurological damage, that plague many today. The skin is the largest organ of the human body, so just imagine the massive rates at which it is absorbing the chemicals it come into contact with. It is time to make a change.
Below are the top 8 reasons we believe you should choose organic cosmetic products.
1 – Gentle on Your Skin
Organic makeup is made with nutrients that will benefit your skin. From nourishing minerals like magnesium, calcium, mica and zinc oxide to botanical ingredients like tea tree oil, rosemary extracts and green tea, these products of nature soothe and protect the skin.
Most makeup contains harsh chemicals that are bad for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, it is wise to choose organic makeup because it is less irritating. By using products with high concentrations of the ingredients listed above, your skin’s overall condition will naturally improve.
2 – Sun Protection
The three major ingredients found in mineral makeups–titanium oxide, zinc oxide, and iron oxide–offer protection against sun damage and premature aging of the skin, decreasing the risk of skin cancer. Aside from providing long-lasting coverage, titanium oxide also provides ultraviolet protection with its built-in SPF 15. Zinc oxide provides sun protection against UVA rays (ultraviolet A) and UVB rays (ultraviolet B). Last of all, iron oxide provides UV protection aside from giving the mineral foundations and eye shadows their hues.
3 – Protects Our Future Generations
Many chemicals found in our daily skincare have been linked to birth defects, and more recently, one of the well-known household names for baby products has been linked to cancer. It’s scary to think most people in our generation grew up swearing by these well-marketed brands. According to Ronnie Cummins, Director of the Organic Consumers Administration in the U.S., “Pregnant women with higher levels of phthalates commonly found in fragrances, shampoos, cosmetics and nail polishes are more likely to have children who display disruptive behavior years later.” Children are innocent and shouldn’t become victims of the adult world. When you use organic cosmetics you make a silent contribution to the wellbeing of future generations.
4 – Protects the Environment
Many of the products we use daily are petrochemical-based. These chemicals pollute our water supply as they get flushed from our bathrooms. The situation is akin to an oil spill leaking from our plumbing around the size of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
This vicious chain reaction takes the lives of animals, plants and in turn, humans. We are not just harming ourselves, but also the world we live in. Organic cosmetic products are better for the environment because organic farming eliminates the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers. Fertilizers and chemicals all have a destructive effect on our water, soil and health.
Organically grown plants also do not have any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as these may pose a significant threat to both human and environmental health. Therefore, through looking out for your own health, you’re also helping to protect our fragile ecosystem. That is what we call a “win-win” situation.
5 – Heals and Repairs Your Skin
Many of us who use cosmetic products layer our faces with countless products–toner, serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, foundation again, blush then bronzer. Not to mention eye cream, 3 different shades of shadow, eyeliner, brow powder - the list goes on. Imagine how many chemicals have been actively seeping into our skin! We might wake up the next day to severe outbreaks, a sign of rebellion from our delicate skin for mistreating it. Then we wonder why our skin reacts this way.
Our bodies send us clear signals when we mistreat it. We must be sensitive to the needs of our bodies and learn to read warning signals before our skin goes berserk.
When you use organic cosmetics, you skin feels much more balanced and shows less signs of angst. If your skin is used to organic cosmetics and you use chemical-based products again for a day, your skin will likely break out the next day as the organic products have become your body’s new norm. A key benefit of organic makeup is that you don’t need to worry about breakouts or other bad reactions.
6 – Prevents Premature Aging
As opposed to regular cosmetics, Organic cosmetics do not contain harmful chemicals and fillers that can accelerate the rate of aging as these chemicals are absorbed into the skin and clog the pores - causing skin to be sallow and unhealthy. Lines and wrinkles are also emphasized when using regular makeup as they contain waxes and silicones that settle into the ridges on our skin.
Apart from the minerals mentioned above that help to protect from sun damage (and thus slow down aging), Organic makeup also contains natural ingredients that are derived from plants that help to boost collagen production and encourage efficient cell turnover. You can say hello to healthy, supple skin all year round!
7 – Peace of Mind
The beauty industry is not strict on regulations when it comes to the labelling of ingredients. This leads to the omitting of any harmful ingredients from the list, and hence consumers do not have the complete picture of just what they are putting on their face. Many beauty brands are also not required to test their ingredients for safety, and thus the use of possibly harmful chemicals goes unnoticed.
Organic makeup brands use organic ingredients that have been checked, tested and certified against a regulatory standard. This gives you peace of mind knowing that the beauty products you use and consume are safe, and will not cause long-term or irreversible harm when used on a daily basis.
Especially for women who wear makeup on the daily for extended periods of the day, this is an added bonus when it comes to their beauty routine.
8 – It's All About A Holistic Lifestyle
Most of us understand and agree with the need to live a healthy lifestyle. We take all precautions to look after our bodies by watching our diets, getting regular exercise and sufficient sleep, and living an active lifestyle. But taking care of our internal wellbeing alone is not enough.
We have to also look after our external wellbeing to complete this holistic lifestyle. Just like we need to watch what we eat, we also need to give consideration to what we apply on our skin everyday as the harmful chemicals found in regular cosmetics do get absorbed and have adverse effects on our immunity, our organs and our health.
Now that you know, it's time to make the switch! Here's to a lifestyle that is beneficial not only to yourself, but to the planet as well!
As summer comes around, it’s time to ‘heat and humidity’-proof our makeup pouches for those mid-day touch ups! From sun protection to makeup fit for a day at the beach, Reflections has got your covered with our picks for your makeup essentials this summer!
1. Sun Protection
At the top of our list is SPF! SPF! SPF! That’s right ladies, you can never have too much protection from the sun! Harmful UVA/UVB rays from direct exposure to the sun have been proven to cause health problems in the long run the likes of pigmentation, premature skin aging, and skin cancer.
Thankfully we have our best-selling Sun Protection Powder! This all-natural formula minimizes pores and fine lines by tightening skin from within, and protects from harmful UVA/UVB rays and environmental pollutants. Just re-apply over bare skin or makeup with our handy Brush Dispenser every few hours for all-day protection!
2. Effortlessly Flawless Skin
While we all have an inner lazy-girl who wants to skip makeup entirely because of the humidity, we must not succumb!! Step out as your best self with radiant, glowing skin that only takes a minute to achieve!
With our 3-in-1 Anti-Aging BB Cream, you will have sun protection, skin care, and flawless skin before you can say “Do I really have to?” What’s better is you’ll have skin perfection that lasts all day long and keep others guessing if you’re perspiring in all the right places, or just that perfectly glowing!
3. Bright, not Burnt!
Go one-step further to highlight your beautiful face by brightening up in strategic areas. The use of highlighters will accentuate your bone structure and create an illusion of the sunrays illuminating your skin – so you’ll look like you’re right in your element, and fresh all day! Think mermaid, not lobster!
Try our Camouflage Cream on the t-zone, under the eyes, and on the cheekbones! Chock full of beneficial ingredients such as Vitamin E, organic coconut, and jojoba seed oil (to name a few), this hydrating concealer heals and nourishes skin while keeping it flawlessly dewy!
4. Bronze Goddess
For our fairer friends out there (or even those who wanna turn up the heat!), definitely incorporate bronzer into your makeup routine this summer!
Bronzers are a quick way to bring back life to your pale complexion, and create warmth for that added glow. With our Sheer Mineral Bronzer, unleash your inner sun goddess and conquer the heat while looking absolutely breathtaking!
5. Shine-Free Coverage
Need that added coverage for summer nights out on the town? We’ve got you covered!
Transform your makeup from day to night with a light application of our Matte Mineral Powder Foundation to add coverage, and oil control. With sun protection and healing qualities, this studio perfecting makeup is also great for smoothing out mature and textured skin!
6. Bright Eyed Beauty
Keep those peepers pretty even behind your sunnies! Nothing opens up those eyes like bright natural tones, to help you look and feel young and fresh all day!
Take your pick from our selection of Mineral Eyeshadows for intense pigments and longwearing eye makeup! How about turning things up a notch by layering one of our Mineral Sparkle Eyeshadows over your eye makeup? A little glitter never hurt!
7. Stay-on definition
There are few things worse than having eyeliner/mascara smudges that look like you’ve been crying over smudged eyeliner (it IS a vicious cycle), and creasing that looks like your eye makeup cracked under the heat. Both eyeliner and mascara are every girl’s best friend to instantly defining her eyes to look prettier and more awake; but the intense black pigments can be a hassle to deal with when heat and humidity come into play.
Thankfully we’ve got our 100% smudge-proof Liquid Liner, and smudge-proof, water resistant Infinity Lash Mascara as the perfect pairing for your eye-definition needs. These babies are made with organic, cruelty-free ingredients too so you can wing your eyeliner as high as you want, guilt-free!
8. Pretty Puckers
Our go-to tip for tying together a look is to add a pop of color to the lips! For the summer, you’ll want a non-sticky formula that stays on and is moisturizing at the same time. To that we say: Look no further!
Our Lip Butters are made with certified organic ingredients to nourish and protect lips against UV rays while at the same time hydrating, and healing chapped lips. Top it off with our Lip Glaze, which is infused with certified organic ingredients, and delivers hydration and superior shine without the stickiness! With 8 delectable shades of Lip Butters, and 14 luscious shades of our Lip Glaze to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
This summer, keep your makeup lightweight with a matte finish, and achieve glowing, sun-kissed skin with highlighters and bronzers! Dress up your eyes with natural tones and sparkles, and turn up the gaze with smudge-proof eyeliner and mascara. Lastly, complete your look with pops of color on the lips and add to your glow with some gloss!
Above all, remember to just have fun with it!
As a makeup artist, I get to meet clients from different walks of life, and get exposed to many different preferences when it comes to what they deem “pretty”. The one consensus across the board however, has always been: “How can my makeup help me look younger”?
It’s no secret that the hunt for anti-aging skin regimes and make up for that Korean dewy, “I haven’t aged a day since I turned 30” look has been on an exponential rise in the past few years. Make up used to be an art of piling it on as thick as possible to add dramatics to our look. Today, make up is more of a tool to help ladies look and feel just that little bit fresher – and younger. Because why not?
Follow these 5 simple steps and watch your instant make up transformation that will leave you going, “Hey! Who turned back the clock?”
1. Clean Skin
No, we don’t mean unrealistic Photoshop airbrush makeup (though who wouldn’t want that?) We mean pampered skin; radiant and glowing through a religious routine of gentle exfoliation and skin care. Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too early to explore Anti-Aging options – prevention is always easier to manage than cure. Your skin will be thanking you in the long run, especially if you’ll be wearing make up most of the time!
With our Anti-Aging BB Cream by day, and our Night Treatment powderby night, you’ll have healthy, youthful looking skin round the clock!
2. Conceal & Correct
The bane of nearly every woman’s existence? Dark circles. Yup! While we ladies should be proud of how much we manage to accomplish in 24hours, nothing spells A-G-E like tired looking eyes with panda rims to match. Instantly take 5 years off with the right colour-correctors and concealers, which neutralize discolouration and brighten under-eyes, to look fresher and more awake!
Try our organic Camouflage Cream, which hydrates, heals and nourishes skin while concealing those pesky pigmentations.
3. Stay away from the cake
As our skin matures, lines and wrinkles tend to be enhanced with the use of powdered products. A common misconception is that packing on powder on the entire face adds coverage and helps face makeup last longer. Sure, but what you end up with are accentuated lines and wrinkles, and flaking skin.
Instead, only use a light dusting (and by that we mean just one swipe of the brush) of loose powder in shine-prone areas like the T-zone and the chin. This will leave skin looking radiant and glowing in all the right places.
For a lightweight matte finish, which smoothens out mature and textured skin, you’ll want our all-natural Matte Mineral Powder Foundation (sold handy with a dispensable brush),
4. Get an instant “eye-lift”
As much as we hate to admit it, our eyes aren’t like they used to be when we were younger. Thankfully, we have some tips for eye makeup too!
Instantly get an “eye-lift” by keeping your eye shadows to bright earth tones (think cream, pearl, beige, yellow gold). Darker shades may bring out the dark circles under your eyes, and anything too colourful makes your makeup look dated.
Lift even higher by keeping your eyeliner close to the lashline, and then flicking the ends just a little to create the illusion of less droopy lids.
For all our eyeliner fans out there, our 70% organic Liquid Liner promises all day, smudge-proof definition!
5. Fuller brows and brighter lips
Eyebrows frame your face and can instantly make you look more put together even before any makeup. Thicker, fuller brows can help shave off years as it conveys an image of youthfulness, fresh out of puberty.
Fill in any sparse areas with a powder that is a shade lighter than your natural hair color, and go ahead and experiment with a thicker brow shape. This creates the illusion of more hairs, and hence more youthful looking brows!
Lastly, many of my mature clients always tell me they stay away from reds and pinks when choosing lipstick because well, in short, “those days are long gone”. And I tell them that there is nothing further from the truth!
I love playing with a pop of colour for these ladies. Nothing too loud, just a shade or two brighter than your natural lip colour. This instantly pulls the entire look together, and brightens up your face so you look radiant and youthful!
Fill in sparse brow hairs with our 70% organic Brow Powder, and finish off with a swipe of one of our Lip Butters or Lip Glaze!
Remember ladies, practice makes perfect!
Till next time!
We were (and still are!) super psyched about our official launch of Reflections Organics over the weekend.
As part of our mission, we have decided to incorporate some humanitarian work by supporting the needy children of Bantayan, Cebu at our launch. We collected a stash of really nice clothes, bags and accessories for sale from our very generous donors, whereby all sales proceeds go to charity. Reflections Organics have also committed to donating part of our sales proceeds from the event to the kids. We would like to extend our gratitude to all who have so generously contributed to our charity drive!
We would also like to thank the following peeps who have so kindly volunteered their time in the name of charity and love for humanity!
We were in for a treat when the vegan chefs of The Awake Method agreed to help prepare the food for the event! We received rave reviews about the food and many were pleasantly surprised as they couldn’t even tell that it was vegan and mostly raw! Thank you Emilie and Luke for spreading the love in your masterpieces and showing us that healthy, high vibrational food can be so yummy!
Alex Shao was the official photographer for the event. We were very blessed to have him considering the first time we met was only about 2 weeks ago when we did my dog Cocoa’s photography at Fort Canning. It was lovely of him to offer to cover our event at such late notice in one of our casual conversations on Facebook, and he did a wonderful job even though most of them were impromptu! He covers both private and corporate events, so interested parties may contact him firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Makeup Artists
Tricia, Michelle and Fiona for helping the gorgeous ladies with their on-the-spot makeovers! We received feedback from the guests that they learnt a lot from your simple yet effective makeup tips.
Donations and Charity Drive
A Big Thank You to Jace, Liyen, Linda, June and Pauline for helping at the donations and charity drive booths! Operations was definitely massive and we need trusted and able people to drive the sales for the kids. Your time and efforts are much appreciated!
To all the amazing guests who have taken the time to attend our launch and for spreading the word to your friends, and all for your kind support and generous donations! So far we have managed to raise enough so far to sponsor 6 kids for a year. Due to the overwhelming response, we will still be accepting private sales and donations for this week and we will keep you posted on the total amount donated. Stay tuned to find out!
Valentines’ Day is commercially marketed as a day where couples are encouraged to perform ostentatious displays of their affections to their partners in the form outrageous bouquets, opulent gifts, and overpriced dinners.
New couples are inadvertently sucked into an unspoken competition of a bouquet or gift war, and older couples find it harder to top what they did for their partners in the previous year. Of course, this is not representative of everyone, but lets face it, whether you are a new couple or one that has been in your relationship for decades, a little spark and affection never hurts. Here are some ideas of how you can creatively add some spark into your V-day date without emptying your bank account.
1) Role Play
Partners in the previous year. Of course, this is not representative of everyone, but lets face it, whether you are a new couple or one that has been in your relationship for decades, a little
spark and affection never hurts. Here are some ideas of how you can creatively add some spark into your V-day date without emptying your bank account.
Do a pre- Valentines’ dates where you switch the traditional roles around and instead of having the guy buy you flowers and take you on a date, do the opposite! Now, well this sounds like a bad deal for the girls, think about it from another perspective! Taking your man out on a date and treating him like a king gives him an idea of how you should be treated. Give him tips and show him how he can do the same for you, and when it comes to your turn on Valentines’ Day, sit back and enjoy the benefits. He will feel obliged to make you feel as good as you did for him!
2) Take someone you love out on a date!
Commercialized romance has such a limiting effect on what love really means. This Valentines’ day, show your loved ones- other than your partner, that you truly care and appreciate by taking them out on a date instead!
PS: This is not limited to just human beings- your pets will appreciate a day of fun and quality time with you too!
3) Do a Photo Collage- Together
While it is absolutely lovely to give or receive a collage album of your memories as a couple, won’t it be even better to spend an afternoon reminiscing of those fun times together? Create a video montage of your favorite photos with your favorite songs, and guess what, instead of scrambling to find old photos for your wedding montage, you can just use this one and save much needed time at your “busy- enough” wedding preparations!
4) Couple Monopoly
Create your own board game with all your hopes and dreams that you would like to fulfill together as a couple! This is a great way to get to know what each other wants in your future together and to see how you can work towards it. Replace the streets you see on Monopoly with holidays you wish add to your bucket list and build houses and dreams together.
5) Write a love letter
In this day of Whatsapps, emails, Facebook messaging and other technological gimmicks, it is easy to lose the human touch in our everyday communication. This Valentines’, go “old school” with HANDWRITTEN love letters to your loved ones, and I guarantee the last thing they will notice is your bad handwriting.
Spread the love this Valentines!
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and let it come in”- Morrie Schwartz