March 1st, 2012

Style Essentials Mineral Makeup Review and Giveaway

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non-toxic mineral makeup

There has been a lot of talk recently about toxins found in our makeup. There’s a known carcinogen nitrosamine (banned in Canada and the European Union) in our mascara, concealer, sunless tanning lotion and baby shampoo. There’s lead in our lipstick. There’s arsenic in eyeliner. The reason why: the FDA isn’t regulating our cosmetics.

I wear makeup

There I said it. I do like makeup. Maybe it goes against the stereotypical ‘greenie’, but it’s who I am and I’m not going to change. Having said that, I do care what goes on my body just as much as I care what goes in my body. I have spent tireless hours researching make-up to make sure it’s safe.

Lisa LigouriStyle Essentials

When I find a company that’s dedicated to personal care products that are safe, eco-friendly and green I know I’m in the right place. My friend Amity from Green Gifts Guide introduced me to Lisa, the owner of Style Essentials. Style Essentials is a green, healthy, beauty marketplace featuring two full lines of mineral makeup, a selection of mostly organic skincare products and a bit of carefully selected BLING. Lisa has been in the cosmetic industry for 30+ years and let me tell you she knows her stuff.

Lisa is truly dedicated to safe, non-toxic personal care products. She gives each customer personal attention, helping them select the products that are just right. I’m not an easy sell. I have a lot of questions and Lisa was there to answer them all.

Lisa was kind enough to send me a few samples to test out. I tried out Dash Natural Minerals blush, Dash eyeliner, Eyeliner brush, Dash Frosted Peach lip gloss and Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara.

If you haven’t used mineral makeup before it’s a bit different then your conventional makeup. The blush and eyeliner came in a powder form. The blush was easy to apply-I generally use a brush. The eyeliner was a little trickier. I have always used an eyeliner pencil and this was a brush and powder. I asked Lisa for some help and she was on it. My first few go rounds with the eyeliner made me look like someone had punched me in the eyes. Now I have it down and it goes on with ease. The mascara is great-not too clumpy and thickens without smearing.

The lip gloss is one of my favorites-it goes on so smoothly and my lips feel great.

Style Essentials products are non-toxic

Style Essentials products are non-toxic.  None of the products on Lisa’s site contain:

  • bismuth oxychloride
  • parabens
  • petroleum derivatives
  • synthetic fragrances/phthalates
  • nano particles

10% of Style Essentials profits are donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Overall the products are wonderful. I’ve been looking for a new mineral makeup that’s reasonably priced and non-toxic. I took a look on EWG’s Skin Deep, as I do for all my personal care products, and  found the Honeybee Gardens Mascara received a 2, which indicates that it’s a low hazard. Lisa let me know that Dash and her line, Style Minerals, aren’t rated since they are relatively small companies.

I think Style Essentials fits the bill-the company gets a green thumbs up.


The giveaway is closed and the winner is Hoa! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Lisa from Style Essentials has graciously offered to giveaway a few Style Essential products-now’s your chance to give them a try.

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*Disclosure: I was sent samples of Style Essentials mineral makeup for review. The opinions expressed in this review are my very own.

12 Responses to “Style Essentials Mineral Makeup Review and Giveaway”

  1. Oh, now I have to try the lipgloss!

  2. I keep checking out Lisa’s products, but I haven’t need any lately. But when I do, I will be sure to have a look. Do you know if any of her products are vegan?

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    thanks for such a good question! Many of my products are vegan. I have just began going through my site to specify which ones are and which are not. I will get hoppin on that!

  4. I have been intrigued by the concept of mineral makeup for a while but have not yet taken the plunge. Style Essentials sounds like a great company, maybe now is the time to finally try it.

  5. Lori, it is so funny that you are confessing that you wear makeup, as I feel I have to apologize for the very same thing at times! Being green does not mean we can’t play with the fun part of being feminine. At least, to me, it is one of the fun parts 😉

  6. thanks for the great giveaway

  7. You are so right Lisa! I love wearing makeup. It makes me feel great!

  8. I hope you entered the giveaway Marsha. I really like the few products that I’ve been testing out.

  9. Love the lipgloss Amity!

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  11. I wish I win them, I wear very little due to ingredients; but I will love to enjoy make up again.

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