I was contacted by Allergy UK which is the UK’s leading charity which supports those with allergies, and Allergy UK are currently promoting their campaign where they’re trying to raise awareness about the potential allergy risks of certain types of cosmetics and beauty products, and most importantly how to avoid these risks. The Allergy UK campaign really appealed to me as I’ve been recently diagnosed as having contact dermaitis which I only developed around six to eight months ago so now I’m always worried about what’s going to cause my next nasty reaction, and with blogging I get to try a lot of products so it’s always a little risky incase I end up with a reaction. So Allergy UK very kindly gave me a box of allergy friendly beauty products in return for helping to raise awareness for their campaign, as well as offering another box of Allergy Friendly Beauty Products for one of my lucky readers.
Allergy UK’s national Allergy Awareness Week ran from the 25th April – 1st May 2016 which was dedicated to raising awareness about living with an allergy, which currently affect 21 million people in the UK alone; a number vastly increasing in recent years. On the 27th of April they were focusing on skin allergy, which is something I can personally relate to. I never used to be allergic to anything, infact all of my family have asthma apart from me, but that all changed late last year. I get frequent headaches and used to rely on the cooling headache pads which you peel off and stick to your forehead, but for some strange reason the last one I used caused my forehead to blister and swell; it was not pretty, and I put it down to a one off and tried again once the blisters had cleared up but sure enough the same happened again but it was worse so I never used them again.
Back in October I had my contraceptive implant removed from my arm as it had expired and the nurse dressed my arm, and within 24 hours the adhesive had blistered my skin so badly that it’s left multiple scars on my arm where the adhesive was applied. We are pretty sure my contact dermatitis is triggered by latex/adhesive but I have to go through rigorous allergy tests to be 100% sure so I’m always worried that products I use might cause another reaction which is why I wanted to support the Allergy UK’s campaign and this post is not at all sponsored.
Did you know that cosmetics allergy can strike anyone any time?
Most people have no idea that they can get an allergic reaction at any time from products they’ve been using for years. Just as people think that labels like ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ offer security against allergies or harmful substances. It doesn’t. Some of the most allergenic substances are actually plant extracts.
The first two products I was gifted were from one of my favourite skincare brands; La Roche Posay, and I got the La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour £14 and La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care Face and Eyes £17.50. The La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eyes is described as being an ultra soothing, moisturising cream for the eye contour and it intensely hydrates without weight, ensuring comfort is restored both immediately and cover time. For added comfort the silky formula is infused with Neurosensine, an intense soothing agent, and Niacinamide, an anti-irritation agent, and is paraben-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, colorant-free and lanolin-free.
The La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care Face and Eyes is an ultra-minimalist moisturiser which is perfect for skin that experiences daily discomfort. The formulation has been stripped down to the essential ingredients, removing all potentially irritant or allergy-inducing substances. Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care hydrates with glycerine, restores the skin’s protective barrier with shea butter, and provides anti-irritation protection with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water. The La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra contains Neurosensine, an active ingredient which targets cutaneous irritation mechanisms, and is 100% hermetic, non-comedogenic with 0% preservatives, parabens, fragrances, alcohol, colourants or lanolin.
I must be very naive as I had no idea that you could get an allergy free deodorant but sure enough you can, I have the Native Unearthed Natural Deodorant £6.49 which is a crystal deodorant made solely from volcanic crystal minerals and nothing else. How do Crystal Deodorants prevent odour I hear you ask?! By leaving an invisible layer of natural minerals on your underarms which works around the clock to prevent the build up of odour causing bacteria, and doesn’t clog the pores like normal deodorants and still allows your body to continue it’s normal course of eliminating toxins from the body whilst providing round the clock protection.
The last items in my Allergy Friendly Beauty Products box is a selection of four makeup products from Natorigin which have won the Allergy Friendly Product Award. I’ve never tried or come across the Natorigin brand before, but my first impressions are very good. Natorigin have won so many awards all of which you can see here, and they have a really impressive range of products which includes makeup, skincare and more.
The first two Allergy Friendly Beauty Products Natorigin products are the Natorigin Pencil Eyeliner Pencil in the shade Black £7.95, and the Natorigin Lipstick in the shade Lychee £17.75. When I first saw the eyeliner I assumed it would be super hard as it’s a wooden pencil but I was so wrong, as it’s very soft and pigmented and glides across the waterline or lashline without any tugging. It is described as being an hypoallergenic pencil eyeliner with a formulation rich in beeswax, oily extract of organic arctic raspberry seeds and organic shea butter, for a smooth and seamless application. Formulated according to the principles of bio-inertia to reduce the risk of intolerance and can be recommended for even the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
The lipstick has a nice, bright pink tube and Lychee is a gorgeous pinky brown shade which slightly reminds me of MAC Hue. I do think the lipsticks are a little pricey compared to the rest of the Natorigin cosmetic line, but it is hard to find allergy friendly lipsticks so this might be why, but it has a nice, creamy formula nonetheless. They are hypoallergenic lipsticks which are formulated with orchid extract to give an extremely soft and smooth texture that simply glides on. They are very rich in waxes (organic carnauba wax, organic candelilla wax, organic beeswax), organic shea butter and oils (organic sweet almond oil, organic jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, organic marula seed oil, organic castor seed oil) to both moisturise and protect the lips, keeping them soft and supple. Formulated for sensitive lips or allergies, the natural scent is fresh, subtle and chemical-free.
The lasts products from the selection of Allergy Friendly Beauty Products we have the Natorigin Lengthening Mascara in the shade Black £15.95 and it’s available in six different shades which is really impressive for a mascara. The website’s description for the mascara is amazing; High performance, hypoallergenic mascara with a natural formulation specifically designed to strengthen and lengthen eyelashes. Rich in oil extracted from the seeds of organic arctic raspberries with a high concentration essential fatty acids (omega 3, omega 6, omega 9), extracts of red algae with its high content of biologically active silicium, organic shea butter and organic jojoba oil to care and condition the lashes. Formulated according to the principles of bio-inertia to reduce the risk of intolerance and can be recommended for even the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers and it supposedly scored a perfect 10/10 beating off Max Factor’s Masterpiece Mascara in a Daily Mail feature.
The last Allergy Friendly Beauty Product is the Natorigin Natural Nail Polish in the shade White Waterlily which is a deep pinky purple colour £11. It is a natural nail polish with an ecological formulation containing up to 83% natural-origin ingredients sourced from corn, potato, wheat and manioc. The brush is nice and wide so it covers the nail easily in two strokes to minimise the risk of streaks, and it’s a really pretty shade.
Allergy Friendly Beauty Products Giveaway
So they are all of the Allergy Friendly Beauty Products in my giftbox, and Allergy UK have very kindly offered another Allergy Friendly Beauty Products box to one lucky Miss Makeup Magpie reader so if you would like to win your very own box of products, please make sure you read the terms and conditions and enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below and good luck!
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