Finally the FDA Cares about what’s in our Cosmetics

Great news for all aspiring organic beauties! The FDA is FINALLY going to start monitoring the ingredients in our beauty products. A lot of us involved in the beauty, lifestyle or fashion industry find it very peculiar that this hasn’t been happening all along. Well, at least I have be wondering. Unfortunately, it is not common knowledge how little the government regulates cosmetics. Kinda disturbing when you think of how much makeup an average woman wears on the daily.


The U.S. is probably the worst country when it comes to banned beauty ingredients– having only 10 banned ingredients compared to the 1,200 in Europe. Alarming AND disturbing, right?! For years, skincare, cosmetic and beauty lines have been able to make ridiculous claims about products that were never scientifically validated– all the while adding any toxic ingredient to the products being sold regardless of their potential harm to our skin, bodies or the environment. And without any sort of accountability from the government!! Horrible, disgusting, outrageous.


The FDA has finally wised up in deciding to step in and control what’s going in products and on our skin. According to a recent article on, a big change to the beauty biz is on the horizons. The Obama administration’s fiscal 2013 budget includes a proposal for the cosmetics industry to fund enhanced monitoring. This means that the ingredients in our products will require registration with the FDA.

Since the FDA is getting a better grip on beauty products in the U.S., it could also—HOPEFULLY!– mean a huge shift in beauty advertising as well. The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus should be working on controlling the fictitious beauty ads that promise to erase wrinkles in one week or melt away cellulite with a cream. Those claims would actually need to validate with real scientific studies that support the claims. Which for us is truly an amazing thing! No more harmful ingredients, and real scientific evidence to back up the product claims in beauty advertisements. I am hopeful that the days of consumers being manipulated by false promises are finally coming to an end!


There are amazing companies like Intelligent Nutrients that are USDA food certified organic that you don’t have to worry about toxicity in their products. More people need to think like IN. For more information on this subject, visit: and and Intelligent Nutrients.

by Nkechi Njaka

Understanding your Unique SKIN by Kate Johnson

When I meet a new client, the first question I always ask is: ” If there was one thing you could change about your skin, texture or color, what would it be?”

As you read this blog, I’m sure that your answer popped up immediately in your head. In fact, I don’t know anyone who honestly looks in the mirror first thing in the mornings and says… “Yes! I’m perfect!” If that is you ….. Honey, tell me where that fountain of youth is!

I think that we all look at celebrities, see how beautiful and perfect they look and wonder what is it they use! If it works for them, it will work for us.

And of course, then, there are the covers of the “rag mags” where they show how “horrifying” celebrities look without makeup. My goodness! To be honest, when I see those, I usually think… ugh… that’s what  my white blonde eyebrows and I look like in the mornings, too. I mean come on, cut a girl some slack!!

But we are used to seeing these perfected beings, and we are told to look up to and idolize. Yes they are  (mostly) talented and, yes,  they are lucky (always) but I think that in reality, they have people on staff to tell them what to do every day….

Dont have that? Well, that’s why we are here to make you your own expert. The secret for us regular, non-celebrity beauties is knowing your skin and its habits. And I mean REALLY knowing your skin. So over the next few blogs I’ve decided to focus on skin types. Not only what we think we are but what we really are. I promise you that often these are quite different.

We will review the following types:

  • Dry skin / Dehydrated Skin
  • Oily Skin/ Acneic Skin Combination
  • Thin skin ( Rice Paper)
After that bit of education, you will know which skin type group you fit in and some of the best products that will have your skin loving you. After all, you should be in charge of your skin not your skin in charge of your life right?

So let’s explore this and take our beauty by the reigns! Because you can’t rock that fabulous red lipstick for your next event if your skin is looking less that fabulous.

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by Kate Johnson of Kate Johnson Artistry
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