Makeup & Hormones?

How can what makeup we use impact our hormones?

I believe that everything that we put on skin enters the blood stream and our organs as has some effect on our health it one way or another.

Those chemicals that are suspected in disrupting our endocrine or hormones are BHA and BHT, Dibutyl phthalate, Parabens and Triclosan from the David Suzuki Foundations.


Please check article on the World Health Organization web site


For more information check out this site;


  1. BHA and BHT

Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

  1. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number

In addition to coal tar dyes, natural and inorganic pigments used in cosmetics are also assigned Colour Index numbers (in the 75000 and 77000 series, respectively).

Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits.1 The U.S. colour name may also be listed (e.g. “FD&C Blue No. 1” or “Blue 1”). Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. Read more »

  1. DEA-related ingredients

Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Look also for related chemicalsMEA and TEA. Read more »

  1. Dibutyl phthalate

Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

  1. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. Read more »

  1. Parabens

Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions. Read more »

  1. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)

Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as “unscented.” Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

  1. PEG compounds

Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Also for related chemical propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., polyethylene glycol). Read more »

  1. Petrolatum

Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer. Read more »

  1. Siloxanes

Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

  1. Sodium laureth sulfate

Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate). Read more »

  1. Triclosan

Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

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Ingredients to look out for in makeup are;

What are ingredients people can look out for when it comes to makeup that they should avoid?

Please check out David Suzuki ‘Dirty Dozen’ cosmetic chemicals to avoid

Some of the ingredients in beauty products aren’t that pretty. U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment.”

Ingredients to look out for in makeup are;

  • Talc
  • Parabens
  • Bismuth oxychloride
  • Alcohol
  • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • Mineral oil
  • Formaldehyde


Warning sign: did you know your favourite lippie may contain high levels of lead? Health Canada recently released a study that found 21 out of 26 lipsticks contained lead, which is linked to numerous health and reproductive problems. In Australia, it’s mandatory for cosmetics to list all ingredients on labels, so check before you buy.





What should you look for in mineral makeup!

What should people look for in a mineral makeup!

In my experience not all mineral makeup is mineral makeup as some still use fillers, talc, parabens, fragrances and oils. What I look for is a mineral makeup that contains natural occurring mineral such as;

  • Zinc oxide
  • Mica
  • Iron oxide
  • Silica
  • Serecite

Titanium & zinc are anti-inflammatory so they calm and soothe skin, titanium dioxide is a chemical free sunscreen that shields skin from ultra-violet rays. Iron oxide is used for colour in mineral makeup rather than using FD&C dyes. Silica or Serecite are used to set the makeup giving it a lovely finished look and adds to it staying power.


Mineral Makeup why?

Will Mineral Makeup be beneficial to my skin?

What I have seen over the years with clients is that their skin improves with no more break outs and their skin looks calmer and clearer.

Women that usually change to mineral makeup firstly don’t like the feel of traditional makeup on their skin that heavy feeling, that by the end of the day I just want to get my makeup off feeling. Offer women going through hormonal changes and experiencing hot flushes & sweating will go over to mineral makeup as it will stay on all day over traditional makeup. Many traditional makeups contain irritant such as bismuth oxychloride when you heat up the skin starts to itch and you just want to get your makeup off, you don’t have this problem with good quality mineral makeup.

Women with sensitive skin or skin problems benefit greatly by changing over to mineral makeup as it doesn’t inflame the skin. Mineral makeup actually calms the skin down reducing redness this is due to the zinc oxide in mineral makeup.

So I find it suitable for all skin types.


My Story


My Story – Brain tumour & Drpression KNQR’D now Optimistic & Greatful for @knqrnow #KNQR

Once upon a time I was a workaholic working three jobs part time, studying at university, caring for a disabled husband and helping my dad care for my mum who had Muscular Dystrophy. I never stopped. I felt that if I stopped I would see how hard things where and never start again. I just had to keep going as my family relied on me and I was the strong one!

Funny enough… the universe had another idea. I was suffering from headaches I was blaming on my studies, and taking aspirin to relieve pain. I was 30 at the time and stopped in my tracks. I had a brain tumour the size of a golf ball….It was one big wake-up call. I saw my surgeon on Good Friday. He wanted to operate straight away…sent home to get my affairs in order and if I made it through that Easter weekend, he would operate first thing Tuesday morning. I believe I was told this as I work in for Neuro Physio Therapy practice where we dealt with rehab for patients.

The tumour was successfully removed, however, following the operation, I unfortunately I got an infection which traveled through the skull – meaning they needed to remove the affected area, and insert a plate in six months’ time. It took me five years to recover. For the first two years, I couldn’t drive; I could not cope with loud noise or making decisions. I have dyslexia and this became so much worst during this period. I tried going back to university to finish my studies; it was too soon and had a break down which lead to major depression… which would be another wake-up call I ignored.…The side effects from my brain tumor caused fatigue, and still to this day, I don’t cope well with stress or pressure.

Seven years after surgery, I trained as a makeup artist and started a small business with a girlfriend. We put an ad in the paper and booked five weddings from the first ad, which was fantastic… I love this work. But I was still struggling with everyday life… I was always looking for someone or something to make me happier or ‘whole’…Thankfully however, I realized this was not going to just happen. I need to change things; take responsibility for my own happiness and well-being. Firstly, I decided to improve my health and dropped 30 kilos in three months. I did a 5 km run then 10 km run and took up rock climbing (as one does when life doesn’t exactly plan out the way you intended) I did two bungee jumps in one day and decided to close down the business partnership and go out on my own, which ended a friendship. My marriage of 21 years also ended – a decision that was purely for my peace of mind. I need to stop. I felt like I walked off a cliff without knowing where I would live or even how I would support myself but everything would be ok as I just needed to trust myself….and be on my own. I had gone from being with my parents to being married; never being on my own and never really know who I was…

Being on my own for two years was fantastic; trusting that everything would be ok from running my business to paying my way in life. The biggest lesson I learnt was to trust the universe and be grateful for each moment that each day brought me. I learnt to trust myself and the decisions I made; how to say no and take time for myself – at my pace. My words to myself became “If it’s not life threating, it’s not important,” and there is always a solution to every problem.

I met my second husband 15 years ago and married six years ago. He’s such a supportive and understanding man, and our life has be a wonderful journey, full of opportunity. Opportunities – that in my former life, I would have been too scared to try…or risk! Life has opened up the world to me with travel both in Australia and oversea. I learn from and meet interesting people, and my business takes me in directions I never thought possible.

So what have I learnt over the 26 years since having a brain tumour? I’m no longer the person I was before. Every morning, I am grateful for what the day may bring. I, take time to enjoy the moments; to be still for a while and just be. To be open to opportunities and go with them and if your gut tells you otherwise be brave and listen to it! Life is good, wonderful, and enjoyable and every day I learn more……