The folks over at Ava Anderson Non-Toxic sent us a wide array of their absolutely delicious products to try and try we did...over and over and over again with great pleasure! And although all of the ingredients checked out as safe...we had one lingering concern we asked Ava to address: nanoparticles.
Nano-particles are altered particles that are so teeny-tiny that some studies have shown them penetrating skin cells and actually altering DNA and other functions of the cells. Scientists fear this may lead to cancer and other significant problems. Currently, there are no requirements in the US for products containing nano-particles to be labeled as such; much like there is no requirement for products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) either. Unless you're up to be a lab rat, which we're not, we highly recommend contacting manufacturers before purchasing their products to inquire about their use of nano-particles. As for Ava and her products, she takes a strong stance against nano-particles.
"We do not use nanoparticles. From what we have read nanos are very dangerous. They are so small they have found them traveling to the brain. I once read a report that suggested nano particles would someday be shown to have been a huge disastrous experiment. We certainly do not want any part of that."
~Ava Anderson, Founder of Ava Anderson Non-Toxic
Having previously fallen for the scrumptiously scented (no synthetic scents added) Ava Anderson Non-Toxic makeup remover pads, I decided to try something new for the "before and after" photos for this review. The "before" photos feature the Ava light foundation, blush, lipstick, lip gloss, and a Zosimos black eyeliner. The "after" photos show not only how well the makeup hides blemishes, but also how well the makeup remover pads work! I'll include a list of everything used in the photos below....
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Pretty in Pink Blush
A little of the blush goes a very long way...just a dab on the brush highlighted both of my cheeks and my brow bone!
Cottage Plum Lipstick
Glides on smooth, enriching the lips with essential nutrients while adding a subtle burst of color!
Tutu Lip Gloss