Makeup

Glitter - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Truth

Glitter is a showgirls best friend.  But if you're not using the right kind it can be more like a frenemy or even a mortal enemy.  

 
 

I know that sounded dramatic but this is legit.   We've all heard that using craft glitter on our eyes is bad.  Some of us still use it though.  For some the chance that you could scratch your eyeball with the metallic and sharply cut stuff is not enough to dissuade them from using it.  And I get it.  It's cheap and easily purchased.

So what if I told you that getting craft glitter in your eye could result in you losing that eye?

What about if I told you that if you inhaled craft glitter you could end up in a coma?

Florida woman Erica Diaz lost her eye after a piece of the craft glitter she was using to make Valentines Day cards with her daughter got lodged in her cornea. Her initial examination by doctors didn't show any scratching on her cornea so she was sent home.  When she returned after her eye went milky and lost sight, doctors found a 1mm hole in her cornea which grew to 7mm within a week.  The eye became infected and after many medications and operations (including 2 cornea transplants) her eye was removed.  This was 1 month and 2 days after the piece of glitter got stuck in her eye.  Erica has detailed her journey in photos that you can view here.  (The photos are graphic so keep this in mind before you click.)  Also there is a lengthy article on the Daily Mail website that Erica's friend who set up her GoFundMe campaign has linked to and referred to as "authorised".  

Mauro Lopez Banegas from Santiago del Estero, Argentina was 7 years old when he died from inhaling craft glitter.  He filled a whistle with glitter which he accidentally inhaled.  The glitter contained toxic copper and zinc which blocked the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide and dramatically lowered the child's oxygen levels.  After being in intensive care  for 2 weeks and beginning to show some positive signs he was declared brain dead and later died.  

Glitter is very popular at the moment which has resulted in a lot of stupid people doing a lot of stupid things.  Glitter capsules to insert into your vagina and glitter tongues are making the rounds on social media, but little is said of the safeness of inserting and ingesting glitter.  Heavy metal poisoning is definitely a possibility though, especially if you're using craft glitter.

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If you do buy glitter that is eye and lip safe though that still isn't the end of the story.  Lit Cosmetics is a reputable brand that sells a lot of top quality cosmetic glitter.  There are no heavy metals in their ingredients other than aluminium powder which is found in many cosmetics.  In the FAQs on their website they state that all of their glitters are made from rounded plastics so there is no issue with getting them in your eye.  But just because their glitters are eye safe doesn't mean they're off the hook.  Glitter is a micro-plastic.  Like micro-beads, glitter in the waterways is a problem.  Micro-plastics are polluting the oceans and lakes and fish are are starting to preferentially eat these plastics over real food.  And even if your glitter doesn't end up down the drain it still adds to the never ending supply of plastic waste in landfill.

So what do you do?  If you want to avoid damaging yourself and the environment the easy answer is biodegradable glitter.  Bioglitter contains very low amounts of heavy metals and is antimony-free.  It is cosmetic safe and complies with the cosmetic regulations of the EU, USA, Australia, China, Japan, and Korea.  It therefore poses very little threat of damaging your eyes or body.  It is also more comfortable to wear than plastic glitter ans is in fact  30-40% softer than plastic glitter.  Even though it is so different to plastic glitter it still has the same precision cut and sparkle.  

Biodegradable glitter is made from plants - primarily eucalyptus.  The eucalyptus is sourced from responsibly managed plantations in southern Europe (so no need to worry about the koalas losing a food source).  This plant-based material is completely biodegradable in the presence of microbes, meaning it will break down in ocean and freshwater as well as in compost. But it is stable in clean water and glues and wont dissolve away.  As it's made primarily from plant materials, it is also vegan and cruelty-free! 

Biodegradable glitter is a product I believe in so much I have decided to  start stocking my own range  which is available to purchase here.  The launch collection is all about glamour and includes all the colours you need to make a statement.  There's Golden Age - the perfect gold that's not too yellow or brassy; Silver Screen Goddess - a silver made for glamourous eyes and shimmering bodies; Rose La Rose - named after the bawdy babe of burlesque herself and perfect for a red glitter lips; Kitten - a black glitter that's perfect for cat eye flicks and beauty spots; and the Great Pretender - a clear glitter that will transform any eyeshadow and is also a great highlighter!  They are packaged in 5mL jars with special stoppers to avoid mess  and of course are available all together in the Ultimate Glamour Kit. 

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I'm starting out small but have big plans for the future with new colours, sizes, and adhesives.  I'll also be filming some tutorials so  stay tuned!

If you want to find more about Glitter au Gogo, click here to visit our website!

xo Margeaux

5 Essential Eye Makeup Brushes

If you've ever watched a makeup tutorial where the YouTuber reaches for brush after never ending brush to complete a simple eye look and wondered 'Do I really need all those brushes?' then this is the post for you.

 
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Amassing a large collection of makeup brushes is not necessary to pulling off great makeup looks.  And your brushes don't have to be expensive.  My personal collection consists mainly of Crown Brush brushes, which are both great quality and inexpensive.  Crown Brush may not be as commonly used by YouTube beauty guru's as a brand like Morphe, but let me spill a little T for you.  Morphe is very likely a private label brand of Crown Brush. 

Private labeling, for those unaware, is the practice of buying a bulk amount of another brand's product and getting them to put your brand's label on it.  Businesses that have a great brand but no manufacturing facilities commonly do this (i.e. Mermaid Salon).  It is something that is offered on the Crown Brush Australia website.  If you look at the products available from Crown Brush you will see that they are identical (or at least very similar) to those available from Morphe.  One example is the Crown Deluxe Soft Fan brush (C143).  This brush is exactly the same as the Morphe Deluxe Sort Fan brush (M143).  Even the brush number is the same.   If you want to go more in depth into private labeling and the similarities between Crown Brush and Morphe I highly recommend Stephanie Nicole's Morphe brand review video.  

 

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Screenshot from crownbrush.com.au

 

You'll notice that the Morphe brush is priced a lot cheaper than the Crown brush, but postage for this brush alone is $27.31 USD.  The cost of postage on the Crown Brush Australia site is a flat rate of $12.95.  Alternatively, if you live in SE Queensland you can visit the Crown Brush store at Burleigh Heads.  There are Australian stockist of Morphe, but none of them sell this brush individually.  

Their eyeshadows are the same too.  The 1st photo below is of the 35 Colour Neutral Palette from Crown Brush and the 2nd is the 35N from Morphe (both photos are from their websites).  While not identical in layout and not all the shades are the same, they are very very similar.  

Another great source of inexpensive makeup brushes is E.L.F.  E.L.F can be purchased at Kmart and online at elfcosmetics.com.au and Adore Beauty.  Brushes can be bought for as little and $3 and are still great quality.  I have quite a few E.L.F. brushes and haven't had any issues.  I did destroy the eyeliner brush, but that was because I left gel eyeliner on it to dry then pulled the bristles out completely when I pinched the bristles to see how dirty the brush was.

So on to the essential eye brushes.  If you buy these 5 brushes you will be able to achieve any eye look. The brushes I recommend will be Crown Brush unless otherwise stated and are all extremely affordable and perfect for those just starting their makeup collection.

1.  Large blending fluff

This brush is great for setting down your base colour and blending transition shades.  With it's soft and fluffy bristles it will add soft colour to your eyes and help to blend out for a diffused, blown out look. A natural or synthetic bristle is fine for this brush.  My current favourite is no longer stocked on the website but a good alternative is the BK30 -  Luna Badger Oval Shadow brush.  It's very soft and fluffy and only $6 AUD.  Another option is the C529 - Pro Jumbo Blending Crease brush ($13.30 AUD).  It's a little more pointed but would also be good for the purpose.  If you're wanting a synthetic alternative, the C459- Infinity Chisel Fluff ($8.75 AUD) would be a good option, although I do not own this brush.

 
 

2.  Blending fluff

 A stiffer and smaller blending brush is essential for adding definition in the crease and blending out shadows in a less diffuse way then the  large blending fluff.  My favourite is the C433 - Pro Blending Fluff ($9.90 AUD).  This brush is a dupe of the commonly used MAC 217 ($37 AUD). You can get away with only buying this brush and forgoing the larger blending brush.  You could even use this brush under the eye - it really is the best multipurpose eye shadow brush you can buy.  If you're looking for a synthetic version - which I use with my Colourpop Super Shock Shadows - then the SS027 - Deluxe Blending Crease  brush ($8.75 AUD) is what you want. 

 
 

3.  pencil brush

The pencil brush is used for more defined shadow applications including cut-creases, lower lash lines, and inner corner highlights.  It is another multipurpose brush that you will get a lot of use out of.  I use the C431 - Precision Pencil ($8.50 AUD).  I also use the synthetic C461 - Infinity Precision Crease ($7.95 AUD) for cream products. 

 
 

4.  Flat shader brush

This brush is for packing colour onto the lid.  I have a few in different sizes and sometimes use concealer and lip brushes.  A good option and the brush I use for cut creases is the C170-10 - Oval Taklon ($5.65 AUD).  This brush is made from a synthetic fibre called taklon so is great for using with cream products and is the perfect size for covering the lid with colour. Another great synthetic brush is the SS011 - Syntho Series Deluxe Oval Shadow ($6.25).  Flat synthetic brushes are pretty easy to come by so any brush will probably be fine.

 
 

5.  Angled brush 

I use this brush for creating a new crease for cut creases as well as mapping out my eyeliner,  filling my eyebrows. lining the lower lash line, and creating a new inner corner.  I have 2 brushes I use: the C160 1/8 - Taklon Angle Liner ($3.95 (AUD), and the Small Angled Brush from E.L.F. ($9 AUD).  I use the C160 for my eyebrows and the E.L.F brush for my lids.  It may be a good idea to get 2 of these if you're using a cream product for you brows so that you don't have to try to clean the brush to use it for something else.

 
 

Bonus brush -   Eyeliner brush 

This brush is only essential if you're using gel, cake, or cream eyeliner (sounds delicious).  I use a Napolean Perdis Sable Liner 2H FR ($29.00 AUD) and it's likely the most expensive brush I own.  I tried to use my C160 1/8 for winged eyeliner but found it difficult.  You may have better luck than me though.  Another option is the C438 - Pro Deluxe Liner ($5.20 AUD) which is very similar to the Napoleon brush but way way cheaper.  I personally use the Maybelline HyperSharp Wing Liquid Liner ($17.95 AUD) pen as it has a brush tip and is waterproof, so I don't need an eyeliner brush.

 
 

So if you went ahead and bought a set of these 5 brushes from Crown Brush it would set you back $34 AUD ($35.65 AUD if you bought all synthetic).  This is less than the cost of 1 MAC brush.  Postage is a flat rate of $12.95 AUD so your total is $46.95/$48.60.  So for less than $10 per brush you can now achieve any eye look you want!  Be sure to check out all the brushes on my Pintrest board. 

Happy blending!

xo Margeaux