NYFW Top Makeup Trends Spring/Summer 2014: Best Red Lipsticks, Lavender Lips, Colored Eyeliner, Flushed Cheeks

The makeup looks just keep coming! Shimmery, glitter-packed eyes were all the rage at the Jenny Packham show. Orange, lavender and pink lips packed a punch at Prabal Gurung. Keep it clean! Focus on skin with a clean, matte finish. Teal and blue eyeliner were a hit at the Marc Jacobs show. Read on to […]

How To Get The Makeup, Hairstyle Looks: 2013 Emmy Awards: Best Sleek Bobs, Red Lipsticks, Nail Polish Art Designs

This 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was all about the bob, red lips with black, white and neutral nails — nail art made it to the red carpet this year with SS14-inspired trends! Skin was left radiant and matte with powder highlighter, while eyes glimmered with brown, silver and purple shadow with softly lined eyes. […]

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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