when it comes to mascara, i go for a smaller brush with either plastic or natural bristles. but the smaller brush is always key. i want my lashes to look natural, but a little longer and a little thicker. my all-time favorite mascara was/is the bare minerals flawless definition (i actually reviewed this a few years ago), which unfortunately is no longer available, so i usually turn to the w3ll people expressionist mascara which is quite similar. but a few weeks ago i felt the urge to return to an old favorite – mac extended play. so excited little me made my way over to an ulta and purchased. and then i realized that mac mascaras still use black 2 – which is essentially fine particles of carbon. and that is sooo not something i want near my eyeballs. please note, when it comes to mascara i don’t make myself use something perfectly clean, since i don’t wear it everyday, but do try to use ingredients that are on the cleaner side. the mac mascara rates a 7 on ewg, which is far beyond what i want.
so insert my usual challenge – find a cleaner product that i feel safe using but still get good results from. so little me went back to ulta to return my mac mascara and do some exploring. i purchased 2 cleaner (again, not completely clean) mascaras that i feel are dupes, if not better, to mac extended play. the first mascara that came to mind was the cliniquefit workout 24-hour mascara ($22). this has almost an identical brush to the mac extended play, i.e. very thin and quite long in shape. this is the only waterproof mascara i’ve ever used, but i don’t feel like it is actually waterproof in removal – it is very easy to get off with just warm water, but has the waterproof benefits of not smudging or flaking during the day. i wouldn’t usually go for waterproof, but now that i am full-time teaching and need to look fresh all day, it fits my needs perfectly.
as this is a clinique product, it is allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, and ophthalmologist tested. though not the cleanest, clinique is a brand that i trust for being on the cleaner end and this product has many good ingredients and few bad ones. it rates a 2 on ewg which is pretty darn perfect in my opinion. the ingredients are as follows:
Water\Aqua\Eau, Acrylates Copolymer, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax\ Copernicia Cerifera Cera \Cire De Carnauba, Silica, Beeswax\Cera Alba\Cire D’Abeille, PEG-15 Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Nylon-12, Alcohol, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Alcohol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Kaolin, Sorbitol, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Sucrose Distearate, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vp/Va Copolymer, Nylon-6, Simethicone, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Carmine (CI 75470).after choosing my clinique mascara, i wanted to also find a non-waterproof option. i wandered over to bare minerals, another cleaner but conventional brand that i trust to have better ingredients. i haven’t checked out their mascaras since they discontinued my favorite, but was immediately drawn to their love every lash micro defining mascara ($19). i am shocked that this doesn’t have better reviews online – it is a great every day mascara offering length and volume, while featuring a drier formula that doesn’t get clumpy or flaky in my experience. the brush is small while being a perfect rectangle, which makes my lashes look super fluffy and makes me look like i have more lash hairs than i actually do. as always, bare minerals is free of: parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, chemical sunscreen, triclosan, triclocarbon, propylene glycol, mineral oil, coal tar, microbeads, and animal cruelty or testing of any kind. oh bare minerals, how i love you! this product also rates a 2 on ewg. ingredients for this mascara are:
Water (Aqua/Eau), Beeswax (Cera Alba/Cire D’abeille), Cetearyl Stearate, Synthetic Wax, Stearic Acid, Acacia Senegal Gum, Palmitic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba), Glyceryl Stearate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499).. . .
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