Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: OPI Into the Night

OPI's Into the Night is another from their The Amazing Spider-Man collection. Again, mine is a mini bottle from the set that I have. Into the Night is a beautiful pearlescent midnight blue with a purple hue - or 'Frankenberry' as my mother called it. While I love the color, the formula was extremely disappointing. It's very streaky and hard to work with. Even with two very heavy coats, it's only about 90% opaque. On the up side, much like Just Spotted the Lizard, Into the Night dried very quickly. On my nails below I have a Sally Hansen base coat, two heavy coats of Into the Night, and then a Sally Hansen top coat. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: OPI Just Spotted the Lizard

OPI's Just Spotted the Lizard is an amazing color and an exact dupe for Chanel's Peridot (which I don't own but have seen side by side comparisons of). I have the mini bottle that was part of the OPI The Amazing Spider-Man Collection and like the polish so much that I plan on buying a full sized bottle before they're all sold out! With careful application, it's not streaky and is completely opaque after two coats. It also dried fairly quickly. On my nails below I have a Sally Hansen base coat, two coats of Just Spotted the Lizard, and then a Sally Hansen top coat. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mission Statement

My name is Rebekah and I was diagnosed with celiac disease in early 2011. Now, there are a million and one beauty bloggers out there, but none - to my knowledge, until now - that only review gluten-free products. I plan on committing to fill this need and niche. Because I cannot use or consume any products or food containing gluten, I guarantee that every product reviewed here will be gluten-free according to its ingredients list. I don't plan on only focusing on products marketed as gluten-free, but I simply won't be using (therefore reviewing) anything that isn't. This blog is not only for those with gluten-related issues, but for any beauty enthusiast. As most products tend to be gluten-free, there will be something for everyone.

Now, what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, bulgur, durum, farina, graham, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale, einkorn, emmer, kamut, and oats. What is celiac disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where when gluten enters the body, the body attacks itself.

For those with celiac's, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, etcetera:
Some ingredients recognized by the FDA to contain gluten (list provided to me by L'Oreal Paris during an inquiry) include: avena sativa (oat) kernal flour, avena sativa (oat) kernal extract, avena sativa (oat) kernal oil, avena sativa (oat) bran, cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat protein, cyclodextrin, dextrin, dextrin palmitate, disodium wheatgermamphodiacetate, hodeum vulgare extract, hydrolyzed malt extract, hydrolyzed oat flour, hydrolyzed oat protein, hydrolyzed oats, hydrolyzed wheat flour, hydrolyzed wheat gluten, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein/PVP crosspolymer, hydrolyzed wheat starch, hydroxypropyltrimonium hydrolyzed wheat protein, laurdimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat protein, malt extract, maltodextrin (which, according to my own research, does not contain gluten), secale cereale (rye) seed flour, sodium C8-16 isoalkylsuccinyl wheat protein sulfonate, sodium lauroyl oat amino acid, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ extract, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, triticum vulgare (wheat) gluten, triticum vulgare (wheat) starch, wheat amino acids, wheat germ glycerides, wheat germamidopropalkonium chloride, wheat protein, wheatgermamidopropyl ethyldimonium ethosulfate, and yeast extract (which again, is actually gluten free unless it is brewers yeast). I've contacted several companies regarding what they say is gluten-free and what is not (many were incorrect, but simply added ingredients to their lists of those containing gluten that did not actually - like above). The best list I've found so far belongs to a company called Gluten Free Beauty (none of their products I have used yet or can vouch for). My advice is to be wary, keep up to date with FDA regulations, and of course, read a lot.