Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010

Boy, it sure feels weird to type 2010! Especially when you're typing things like 1/01/10 or 1/10/2010; it feels like it should be a typo. About this time of year, I always like to take stock of my life and the things for which I am grateful. Some do this during Thanksgiving, some now, but I think most of us have a tendency to do it at one point or another.

All too often I get lost in the minutiae of the day, and forget to look at the big picture. I've been very blessed during 2009, and for this I am very grateful. My business is continuing to grow and thrive, my customers make me feel valued and loved, and I truly enjoy what I do for a living. Not too many people can say this, and I realize how lucky I am to wake up in the morning looking forward to the day's journey. I've made some great new friends on Twitter, reconnected with some very old ones on Facebook, and though I spend most of my waking hours staring at a monitor, I truly cherish these online friendships as much as those in my "3D" life. I'm also thankful for the aliens that came quietly one night during the summer and replaced my rolling-eyed teenage daughter with a newer version who is focused on school, working hard both in her academic life and her swimming, and can talk hockey even with any Canadian. She's my pride and joy. I have a wonderful man who has been by my side for 20 years, who I love more than words can ever tell.

What's in store for 2010?

Great things, both personally and professionally. I'm looking forward to a well earned vacation to ring in the New Year, chock full of ziplining, white water rafting, and if I can convince anyone in my family to go with me, bungee jumping.

By the time I return from vacation, I should have all sorts of things in store for you:

  • Slick new packaging - but you'll have to wait to see the details;
  • Diamond Perfect Finish in the tinted version hopefully will once again be available (I'm told the backorder is until mid-January); and
  • Cool new cosmetic bags for my kits

I'm sure that 2010 will bring lots more than that. This is just what's expected to be live in January.

From my heart to yours, thank you. I wish that 2010 brings health, happiness, laughter, and personal peace to each and every one of you.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Shipping Update/January Hours

During the holiday season, we are shipping orders several times a day including weekends to get the most orders possible out and delivered in time for the holidays. Unless you are ordering something that is out of stock, all orders are shipped same day (unless, of course, your order is placed too late in the evening - then it will ship the following morning). However, the lines at the post office - heck, the line just to get into the parking lot - is indicitive of how slow mail service may currently be. It's highly suggested that any US orders you want delivered before Christmas be shipped Priority Mail. At this point in time, we cannot guarantee ontime delivery anywhere outside of the United States.


For the first time in what feels like 100 years, we will be closing to take a much needed vacation. The office will be closed between January 1st, 2010 and January 10th, 2010. Orders placed by noon PST on December 31st will be shipped before we leave. All other orders will begin shipping on January 11th. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding while we're closed to rejuvenate and regenerate!

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Campaign For "Safe" Cosmetics = FAIL

Does this logo look familiar to you? Bet you've probably researched cosmetics companies and/or ingredients by perusing through the Skin Deep database. Many moons ago, I signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. I don't do any animal product testing, I use neither micronized ingredients, nor nanoparticles in any of my products. All was well and good with the world.

About a year ago, things drastically changed over there. Products that were once rated as "0's" or "1's" were suddenly in the "6's and 7's" for hazard safety warnings. If the ingredient didn't change, why did the rating change so drastically? Most of it became the interpretations of the studies - dire warning of dreaded diseases one might contract when coming in contact with the particular ingredient of note. If you're working in a lab, surrounded 8 hours (or more) a day, 5 days a week by flying powders, these warnings are worth heeding. That's why we wear gloves and face masks. But since non-micronized minerals do not pass through the skin, how can the amount the average woman is exposed to daily when applying her makeup possibly equate to high doses given to rats - even if they use one of those dispensing brushes that puff powder everywhere but your face? Coal Miner's Disease is from inhalation of coal tar over a period of years; it's not gotten by throwing charcoal briquettes on your BBQ everday during the summer. Personally, I'm more concerned about what I inhale daily in my shower when I spray Shower Saver all over my tile and glass in a small, inclosed area.

Not long after that, the organization became pretty militant with respect to the cosmetic companies. In March of last year, I received a very threatening letter from these folks, threatening that if I didn't upload all of my products and their ingredients, I would be listed as non-compliant.

No longer wanting to be associated with this milita, I fired back an email that I wanted my company and all information removed from their database. Not surprisingly, they never removed me. Since I never uploaded my ingredients, I'm deemed as non-compliant (see the circled area above). Do a search for Purely Cosmetics, and they make me look like the bad boy:

Rather, all of my products are voluntarily listed with the FDA in accordance with their Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program. You know, the people who though don't regulate the industry directly on a product-by-product basis, do regulate what materials are approved for use in cosmetics - and then further break down what's approved as safe for eyes, lips, face and nails. Let's take a look at a very common ingredient used in color cosmetics: ultramarines. Though named many things, such as ultramarine blue, chromium oxide green, etc, they are still all ultramarines. Doing a search on the Skin Deep database will make you think these are very harmless ingredients - just look at all those nice, pretty green circles! Did you know that ultramarines are not safe for use on the lips? Do you see ANY indication of that here?

It appears that not as many people are putting as much stock into Skin Deep as they used to. Maybe they've figured out that this is a self-policed organization who rates ingredients on a whim, because now they're hitting visitors up hard for donations. Their old splash page is what's shown on top. If you visit their website now, here's their splash page:

So what was once started as a grassroots campaign against large manufacturers has turned into a vehicle to scare of any consumer from using any product. Buyer beware: just because it's on the internet, doesn't make it the gospel truth. Do your research, but read carefully and between the lines as well.


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