Pacifica Stellar Eye Trio

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     I picked up this kit at my local Whole Foods on an after Christmas clearance sale for only $5 (originally $20)! I was looking for a new mascara and eyeliner, and I figured it was a steal so why not. I have never tried Pacifica before, and figured there really isn’t a better way to get a feel for a company that to try a few different products at once.  They are a natural makeup, skincare, and perfume company from Portland that is 100% vegan and cruelty free; and portion of their proceeds go towards keeping the oceans clean.

     Because this was a holiday item, the kit is no longer available, however, the mascara and eyeliner are apart of their regular line and can be purchased on their website, or in store/online at Target and Ulta, or at your nearest Whole Foods. In comparing their ingredients online with what is on the packaging, it appears that they have since reformulated, however the ingredients remain quite similar and the products have the same names and packaging. The eyeshadow is the only item that is now longer available, but that doesn’t really matter and you will soon see why.

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     My immediate thoughts after trying this kit is that I should have bought more, if not just for the mascara, because I really truly like it. It has a naturally pleasant and mild smell, is exceptionally creamy and goes on well.  Even though it has great staying power, it is quite easy to remove with a cotton round and some face oil. I like how pure black the color is.  In addition, it looks great and never caused any irritation.

Stellar Gaze Mascara in Supernova (black)

Ingredients:  Aqua, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sorbitan Olivate, GLycerin, Citric Acid, Acrylates Cross Polymer, Xantham Gum, Tocopherol,  Jojoba Esters, Panthenol, Arabia/Acacia Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Cocos Nucifera, Chamomilla Sativa Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyze Oriza Sativa Extract.  May Contain:  Iron Oxides, Mica.

     The eyeliner is the perfect companion to the mascara because it is also exceptionally creamy, yet firm enough to draw with. It goes on gently and stays on well, yet also comes off quite nice with my oiled up cotton round. Overall, it is the best eyeliner I have had in recent memory.

Natural Minerals Eye Pencil in Jet (black)

Ingredients:  Hydrogenated Simmondsia Chinenesis Seed Oil, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil,Simmondsia Chinenesis Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Canola Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Iron Oxide, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera, Glyceryl Caprylate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

     The eyeshadow duo is just ok. I LOVE the sugar plum color (at least that is what I call it), but the golden, yellowy highlight shade is just not flattering on me or with the purple. In addition, the case leaves something to be desired as the lid is quite flimsy and keeps popping off. Also, the two colors are in the same pan, so I can’t even just take one out and put it in a magnetic palette and ditch the other one.

     But even despite all of this, I really love the purple.  The texture, although a powder is not powdery. It is one where you really need to get your brush in there, I think that is due to the oils in it. It is build-able though and lasts all day.

Natural Eyeshadow Duo

Ingredients:  Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Stearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol Acetate.  May Contain: Iron Oxide, Manganese Violet, Titanium Dioxide, Ferroferric Oxide.

     Looking at their other palettes online, they all seem to have color schemes that are quite odd, and contain colors that I do not care for. So, I would not buy one of their palettes for full price for only a couple of colors. Also, the trios online are a creme to powder finish, and cremes just don’t stay on my eyelids. I really hope they create singles so I can choose my own colors, or start making better paired sets.

     The ingredients overall are also just ok. I have found myself having a bit more leniency lately with ingredients (i.e. not being a purist) because it is really hard to find products I genuinely like. For example, I am not liking the Hydrogenated Oils, but at the same time, there are no artificial colors or fragrances, parabens, petroleum/mineral oil, or talc. So, it seems like a good compromise.

     Overall, it was a steal, and a great way to try multiple products from a company I had never used before. I discovered that I love their mascara and eyeliner, and their powder eyeshadow formula, I just need more freedom with the colors since their pairings don’t do it for me. I hope to have the opportunity to try some of their skincare products and perhaps their nail polishes because some of the colors just look amazing.

Fragrance Ingredient

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    One thing I tend to avoid when I make beauty purchases is the ingredient: parfume/perfume, or fragrance. Why? Because it can mean practically anything.  It is kind of a catch all term for anything that masks an odor or emits a fragrance. This means that it can be something as innocuous as a blend of essential oil constituents to a blend of chemicals. EWG gives it a score of 8, due to it being potentially a combination of toxic chemicals, and lists it as a respiratory irritant.  As I can attest it can also cause contact dermatitis as well.

     So, when a natural company says “fragrance” should you presume it to mean essential oil components or some chemicals developed in a laboratory to tickle your olfactory senses?  Well you can always ask, but then you are “trusting” whatever the company tells you, and that can be a mixed bag, because the proof is in the pudding.  Let me explain.

     There were some products  I really wanted to try and the only ingredient I genuinely had an issue with was that they included fragrance.  So I decided to contact each company and ask them the nature of their ingredient. This led to me buying a shampoo and conditioner from Deep Steep, after they told me it was a proprietary blend of essential oils.  Before I even got it out of the package I developed a headache after nearly being knocked over by the very un-natural smell. So I returned it.

     Another item that I had issue with is the NUDE Cleansing Oil. They also told me it was from a blend of proprietary essential oils. When I opened the bottle, there was an odor and it didn’t smell “natural”, but it also wasn’t unpleasant, overpowering, or headache inducing so I decided to keep it.

     Within 6 days of use, I developed an itchy dry skin rash all over my face up to my hair line and jaw. I discontinued use right away and back to the store it went. It took my skin a week to recover. I know it was the fragrance because the ingredient list was very short (unlike the one from Deep Steep), and it was the only one I could imagine giving me a problem.

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     So, for everyone I have had a problem with, there have been products that I have used that say fragrance, and the company has assured me that it is natural and I have had no problems with.  I think that the best option in this situation is to do your due diligence and contact the company, but also to look at the company at a whole.  Do they seem to be transparent? Are they trying to appear natural because it is trendy or are they really committed to providing their customers with non-toxic products?

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara

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     You have no idea the trouble I have gone through trying to find an all natural mascara.  The problem being that a lot of the “all natural” ones are not nontoxic, or if they are they cost a ridiculous amount of money that I don’t feel like shelling out every few months.  Well I finally have settled on one.  It is not without its flaws but until future notice it is my mascara of choice.

     I ended up going with Physicians Formula Organics Wear.  The “green leaf” variety is the one I chose, it seems to have the best ingredients.  Even though the ingredients are not as perfect as I would like (soy) it relatively nontoxic.  I am ok with the Soy because it is non-GMO and I am putting it on my lashes using and applicator and not in direct skin contact with it.  .

     If you have eyes that tear a lot from allergies and such then it may not not be the right choice for you because it is not water proof, however if your eyes tear from being sensitive to ingredients in your mascara then maybe this will be your answer.  Beyond its clumsy exterior, it is really a great product.  It is also not expensive at all, just $10.

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     Also compared to regular toxic mascara it looks just as good maybe even better (very build-able and creamy), and smells great.  My only problems with it are getting used to using the weird shaped leaf handle, and that it is not water proof.  However my natural lashes are looking better than ever because it washes right off and my lashes don’t accidentally get pulled out in the removal process.  So there you have it.  Have you tried any of their other Organic Wear varieties? Let me know!

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