Monday, November 28, 2011

Do you know whats in your products?

Everything that goes on your skin, or in your hair goes into your body! So its important to know your products!!

Things you can ask/ or research;

-What are the ingredients in this product?
-If you cant pronounce it, its probably a good idea to Google it or do your research!
-If a product have more that 15-20 ingredients then stay away!
-A lot of rich anti aging or "miracle" products are filled with toxic chemicals that cause aging are tested on animals.
-Has it been tested on animals? Is it cruelty free?

Deadly toxins found in common beauty products to watch out for!!
-Mineral oil (which is petroleum)It coats the skin like pastic wrap & can promote acne and other skin disorders. Industrially it is used as a grease component.
Petrolatum, paraffin or paraffin oil and propylene glycol are other common cosmetic forms of mineral oil. Toxic. Avoid them (Hampton). Has tendency to dissolve the skin's own natural oil and thereby increase dehydration.

-Isopropel Alcohol

-Sodium Laurel Sulfate
(This toxin stays in the body for up to 5 days)This is used in a lot of hair & body washes! It is irritating to scalp and may cause hair loss.


-DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (monoethanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine)

-FD&C Color Pigments

-Fragrance (You can find some amazingly delicious body & perfume oils from places like The Body Shop)


-Sodium Fluoride (MSDS) - used as Rat poison, do you want it in your toothpaste?

-GLYCERIN (synthetic)(MSDS)
Draws moisture from inside the skin, and holds it on the surface for a better "feel". Dries skin from the inside out.

-SODIUM CHLORIDE (Salt - NaCI) Used to increase the viscosity in some cosmetics. Can cause eye and skin irritation if used in too high concentrations (Hampton). Its usually used to make a cheap, watery consistency product look thick and rich instead.
Derived from animal skins and ground-up chicken feet. Both of these ingredients form films that may suffocate and over-moisturize the skin. BAR SOAPS Made from animal fat and lye. May let bacteria feed and grow in it. May corrode & dry the skin.

--->Many of the hyped ingredients found in most cosmetic brands cannot penetrate the skin because of their high-molecular weight, so they are of little benefit. For example: procollagen, collagen, elastin, cross-linked elastin, and hyaluronic acids...

-Other virtually useless ingredients are insoluble oil-based Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), Placental Extracts, and Royal Bee Jelly.

MYTH: Exfoliates the skin to remove wrinkles and expose young skin.

FACT: Removing the outer layer of the skin exposes the young skin to the harsh aging and damaging environmental agents. Use of AHA's could make you age much faster. You could look better today but may not be such a pretty sight in 10 years.
Also be aware of packaging, if its recycled, recyclable and eco friendly that is always better!

-Phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA containers) are endocrine disruptors, also called gender benders, that can cause breast and prostate cancer, infertility, metabolic disorders, disrupt thyroid function and even low birth weight. They are found in everything from fragrances, nail polish, food can linings, flooring and windows. -Phthalates are employed as plasticizers in the production of packaging, which clogs landfills and leaks these toxic chemicals into the groundwater. The NRDC is currently investigating phthalates in air freshners.

-Fragrances are packed with toxic chemicals such as ethanol, acetone and ethyl acetate, which are all chemicals cited by the EPA as hazardous waste. Ninety-five percent of chemicals in perfumes are derived from petroleum. Fragrances have even been detected in the fatty tissue of fish and shellfish. These drastically dangerous scents can cause central nervous system disorders, kidney damage, respiratory failure and mucous membrane irritation

-Triclosan goes in your mouth everyday as it’s in toothpaste and mouthwash. (So if you use both, you get a double dose of this harmful chemical.) Triclosan is also used in other products such as soaps and deodorants. Triclosan is one of those chemicals, yet again, linked to cancer. It also causes development of drug-resistant bacteria, and allergies in children. Besides this, it restrains immune function and can build up to toxic amounts harming the liver, kidneys and lungs.

--->Its hard to keep tabs on EVERYTHING but its always good to be conscious and aware of what is going on and in your body and once you know this its easy to pick more healthful products and choices.
--->I will be posting what beauty products are healthy and not full of toxins & chemicals soon!! :)

--->Here is a link to an awesome website where you can search products and find out what is REALLY in them:

Friday, November 25, 2011

Simone Battle- Behind the scenes

Heres a Behind the Scenes Sneak peak from my shoot with Simone Battle (from X-Factor), it was so cool to work with Simone again and we got through 4 amazing Makeup & Hair looks with young and awesome photographer Nikko La Mere, <--he created some insane set ups for our shoot in the studio I am so so excited to see the finished pictures!

-The different Makeup looks we did were inspired by Twiggy- the big lashes all around the eye, white liner &with our own modern twist! ;) & different vintage outfits that you will see in the final pics!

Makeup by Phoebe Dawson

Simone's latest music video----->
It so cute!! =)

Seeing Red

Makeup by Phoebe Dawson

Banana security

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giselle Claudino Interviews Fashion Photographer Tim Sabatino

Check out this interview with my agent who is also a Celebrity Photographer- Tim Sabatino interviewed by Brazillian beauty & TV Host Giselle Claudino ;)-
(I am in the background working on the model!)

Some of Tims amazing work from his trip to India

This is probably my favorite collection of Tim's Art Work. I LOVE this series! So simple but beautiful!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Raw Vegan Pesto Pasta

=) Salt, additive,fat & nut free!!

With more sauce & cherry tomatoes added

-4 Medium Zucchinis spiralized in noodles
-1 lb baby spinach
-1 lemon
-Small handful basil
-1 garlic clove (optional)
Blend together
-chopped up cherry tomatoes to add into pasta at the end

So for dinner tonight I tried a new recipe from a blogger that I love!=)
I made some Raw Vegan Pesto Pasta here is a link to the Recipe from Teri's blog;
She has some other amazing recipes on there as well as so much cool information on health & fitness etc!

-What I love about eating light n healthy raw food is that is digests so easily and you feel awesome afterwards not all heavy and tired, ready for a nap! Plus raw food still has all the minerals & enzymes intact. (They get destroyed and dehydrated when cooked.)
-The basic deal of raw-food, is that by not heating your eats above 104 F (40 C), the natural enzymes in the food are still functional. This preserves the ‘alive’ state of food. These digestive enzymes are extremely important because they break down the sugars, starches, proteins and fats that accompany them, making digestion of these items much easier on your body!

-Otherwise, your inner systems (namely the pancreas) have to produce these enzymes from scratch. In doing so, a lot more energy is required and the rate of digestion is slowed.

New Makeup Light

My agent Tim showed me this amazing light one day while I was doing Makeup that creates natural day light, its amazing so I can really see my client's skin and match their makeup perfectly! It actually is to go on top of Camera's to eliminate red eye and create beautiful natural lighting!
So I got one today to bring with me on jobs so that I can have amazing lighting with me no matter where I work, makes my job so much easier!
Cant wait to use this!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My trip home to New Zealand!

Everytime I fly back home to New Zealand it seems even more beautiful than when I was there last! Here are some shots from my last trip home :)It was like heaven to get a break from my crazy, busy life back in LA, turn off my cell phone,see family & be in Nature!

with my Lunch at Wholemeal Cafe in Takaka on our way to the Batch

Some fields by our long walk in Appleby a place close to my home town

An awesome hut on one of the only Boulder Banks in the world that happens to be in my home town! It was also one of the biggest full moons ever that night! We watched the sunset, then turned around and watch the moon rise!

Stunning Sunset at the Boulder bank

Tree Huggers!!

Jumping over a sandhill ;p at one of my favourite beaches!!!

Mum Jumping

Roger & I Jumping

All Raw Zucchini Pasta with Sundried Tomato Marinara sauce that I made for Mum.

The cutest sheep posing for the camera. There are so many sheep in NZ!

Our lunches at The Mucsle Inn, one of my fav places to eat growing up

With Astrid after a 2 hour bike ride around Nelson area

Some cool beachfront livin' I wouldn't complain if I lived there!!

The Beautiful view from the weekend batch we stayed at!

This is the amazingly cool batch we stayed at for a weekend, right on the beach, it a place called Lager bay, Heaven!!!

Looking out from inside a stunning cave!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

40s Inspired Wedding

A few months ago I got to work on a 1940s inspired Bridal look I did natural clean Makeup with bright red lips for the bride and 40s Marcel Waves inspired Hair.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Simone Battle - He Likes Boys

Support Simone Battle from X-Factor & check out her awesome Music Video~!!!
Hair & Makeup by Phoebe Dawson