Benefit Cosmetics Kit Power!

Happy New Year Makeup Junkies! Benefit Cosmetics is starting 2013 just right with these absolutely gorgeous kits exclusively available at Sephora! From sultry eyes to glowing skin, there’s definitely something for all your beauty needs.

Trend Review 2014: Best Fashion Week Survival Beauty Products: Ouidad Double Detangler Comb, Mary Kay Finishing Spray, Free Your Mane Glitter Hair…

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center is an event to remember for ANY fashionista! Twice a year in September and February, designers, models, makeup artists, stylists, photographers, bloggers and editors ALL mingle for a glimpse of fashion MECCA! I was blessed to attend 19 fashion shows backstage to witness first looks and chat with celebs […]

Gluten-Free Products

Last week, I started hearing a lot of buzz about gluten-free this and gluten-free that.  So I just wanted to write a post about what is “gluten-free”.  From a marketing standpoint, gluten-free is used to target a specific segment (those with celiac disease).  Without going into a lot of details, celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, and maybe oats, etc.  There are a lot of substitutes and gluten-free grains out there (see here for a list).

That being said, were you also under the assumption that gluten-free products only make sense if these products are INGESTED?  As in:  they have to be consumed through your digestive tract in order for it to be an issue!  Why, then, do I see so many cosmetics and personal care products being branded as “gluten-free”?  Does that really matter?  Unless I’m eating my makeup and lotions (okay, so maybe some lipsticks/lipbalms make their way to your stomach…the amount should be insignificant anyway), how is normal absorption through the skin suppose to give you celiac disease symptoms?  Are people just too cautious?  Maybe I’m just not getting it because I’m not a sufferer.  But I’m here to help, so here are three skin products that are gluten-free:

  1. AminoGenesis Simply One 10 in 1 Skin Perfecting Treatment (although I’m not sure if their Vitamin E and Glucosamine come from plants/algae source, at least they’re GF!)
  2. KaplanMD Clinical Skin Therapy
  3. Pangea Organics Egyptian Calendula & Blood Orange Facial CleanserImage

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Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow…

It’s with bittersweet feelings that I announce the farewell of my beloved blog, Makeup Junkie. It’s hard to believe I started MJ 6 years ago. I can still remember sitting at my computer and publishing my first post

Fall-Winter 2013 Nail Polish Trends, Swatches: All About Matte Nails: Nordstrom Beauty, Jin Soon With Tibi Collection: Gray, Burgandy, Black,…

When it comes to Fall 2013 nail trends, one thing is for certain: a matte finish will get you noticed! Blushing Plum, Feeling Flushed & Grey Haze Fashion designers and nail artists alike know that a shiny lacquered finish is becoming a trend of the past. If you feel like you can’t depart from your […]