GIVEAWAY! Emani Gluten Free Cosmetic Kit!

Update: The Winner has been announced!

Y’all asked for it, so y’all get it!  Welcome to the 1st Gluten Free Makeup Gal Giveaway!


A while back I reviewed some of Emani’s products, namely their gluten free mascara and gluten free liquid foundation.  Though I was hoping for good things from them, I ended up being totally blown away by the quality of their products.

Emani features a full line of gluten free cosmetic products, including the rare gluten free mascara and gluten free eyeshadow palettes.  Everything I’ve tried I’ve loved and would happily keep in my makeup bag at all times.

Emani is

  • Paraben free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Natural and Organic Ingredients
  • Professional Grade
  • High Performance & Long Last Wear
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Gluten Free
  • 100% Recycled Paper Packaging
  • No Talc or Cheap Fillers
  • No Harsh Chemicals
  • No Petrochemicals
  • No Synthetic Fragrances
  • Made in the USA


The only drawback to Emani is that they do not test for gluten and have no intention of doing so in the future, that I know of. However, they have a gluten free facility and are very careful in avoiding gluten in all ways.  The ONLY possible way for gluten to sneak into these products is through an ingredient supplier’s slip-up.  While there is always a chance of this when testing is not done, it’s certainly not likely.

Emani is sponsoring this giveaway!  So which product can you win?

Something that’s on my “Top Emani Products To Try” list!

How 2B Guides Brown Brows Kit

Don’t be fooled by the name- this isn’t just a brow kit.  And it’s not even just for people with brown brows!  It includes-

So really, you could use this sorta like a full NAKED kit, like Urban Decay’s famous palette.  Brown brows or not, you’re gonna be able to use each and every one of these products and you’re probably going to use it daily.


And y’all are all thinking, enough already!!  Where can I sign up for the giveaway??  Right down there, folks.  Follow the yellow brick road.  Or not.  Because it’s right there.

Good luck, gluten free cosmetic lovers!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway will run from the 11th (today) to the 15th (Friday).

  All ways of entering can be done once only EXCEPT for tweeting about the giveaway.

You can tweet ONCE DAILY for the duration of the giveaway to get an extra entry!  So keep tweeting to up your chances of winning!


… Gluten free beer, that is.  So, yeah, this doesn’t really affect gluten free cosmetics at the moment.  BUT.  Y’all remember my argument against “gluten-less” barley, right?  On May 24th, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued a ruling that agrees with me.

From the press release by the TTB-

TTB understands that there is a desire both on the part of consumers and industry members for information regarding the gluten content of alcohol beverages. Consequently, TTB has issued a Ruling to allow industry members to provide interested consumers with the best available information regarding the gluten content of their products so that those consumers may make an informed decision about whether to consume the product. Because products made from ingredients that contain gluten may, despite processing to remove gluten, still contain gluten that cannot be detected using available testing methods, the Ruling distinguishes between products that are made from ingredients that contain gluten and those that are not.

Oooh yeah!  :mrgreen:  THANK YOU TTB!!!  Y’all are the FIRST government agency to be as careful about Celiac’s health as we are ourselves.  I could hug y’all.  Maybe I will, someday.

But my very favorite line in the press release?

TTB will not allow products made from ingredients that contain gluten to be labeled as “gluten-free.”

I almost teared up.

This is a major step forward for ALL Celiacs, whether you drink beer or not.  It changes the game for all prospective Celiac laws.  Plus, it’s historical for being the FIRST American government ruling on the subject of gluten free.  This is the first time I’ve felt optimistic about American Gluten Free Laws in a very long time.

You can read the whole press release here, which also includes a link to the actual ruling.


Gluten Free Makeup Monday- The 1st!

Focusing on fun but wearable looks with entirely Gluten Free Cosmetics.

Have you ever read through a brilliant makeup tutorial only to realize that a key product used was not gluten free?  And even worse, you had no way to get it gluten free?  Yeah, that drives me nuts too.  So I decided to fix it.

Welcome to the first Gluten Free Makeup Monday!

So here’s the deal:  This is a new weekly series.  Every Monday, I’ll post looks that I’ve put together with completely gluten free makeup.  At the end of the post, I’ll give you the list of all the gluten free cosmetics I used for the look.  There will be original looks from me, but you’ll also see some Gluten Free rehashes of other creative makeup artist’s looks.  Because, you know, there’s way too much creativity out there NOT to try and convert to gluten free.

So!  Without further ado!  Gluten Free Makeup Monday!


This is a look I’ve been playing with for a while now, inspired by the fun trend of using vibrant blue liner.  Monave’s Bright Blue eyeliner is definitely blue, but isn’t a “holy moly it’s BLUE” kind of blue.  It makes for an everyday look that shakes up an otherwise average routine.

Start by prepping your face using your favorite gluten free foundation (in this look I used Emani’s Liquid Foundation).

  1. Using your ring finger, apply either an eyeshadow base or a concealer to your eyelid. I used Afterglow’s concealer.
  2. Sweep Monave’s Versatile Mineral Powder Blizzard #71 across the lid.
  3. Lightly apply Monave’s Mineral Powders Cafe Latte #51 to the crease.
  4. Blend gently, but well.
  5. Line just above the top lash line with Monave’s cream to powder eyeliner in Espresso.  Keep it as close to the lashes as you can, and start to thin the line as you reach the inner third of your eye.
  6. On the outer third of your upper water line, run the eyeliner back and forth a few times.  This will help give the appearance of lush and full lashes on the outer corners.
  7. Take Monave’s eyeliner in Bright Blue and liberally line the entire lower lash line.
  8. Brush two layers of Emani’s Soy Mascara onto your entire upper lashes, then go back over the outer third one last time, concentrating on the tips.
  9. Fill in your brows.
  10. Finish off with the gluten free lip gloss of your choice, a little bit of blush and you are done!


Gluten Free Cosmetic Products Used:

Foundation: Emani’s Liquid Foundation


Base: Afterglow’s Organic Aloe Concealer

  1. Monave’s Mineral Powders Blizzard #71
  2. Monave’s Mineral Powders Cafe Latte #51
  3. Monave’s Eyeliner Espresso
  4. Monave’s Eyeliner Bright Blue
  5. Emani’s Soy Mascara


  1. Red Apple Lipstick’s Brick Lip Liner
  2. Red Apple Lipstick’s Ruby Glass Lip Gloss

Blush: Red Apple Lipstick’s Strawberry Lips Lipstick


Some days, you just feel like you were “meant” to find something.  That cute dress.  That new restaurant behind the grocery store.  That makeup company that pops out of nowhere and is entirely gluten free…  You wanna guess which one just happened to me the other day?

Yep!  I stumbled across Emani out of the blue a while back, through another blogger who happened to mention that they are gluten free.  Having never heard of them, I was quite curious.  But a quick browse through their site had me completely interested.  A full makeup line, including gluten free mascara!! *said in sing song opera voice*


Now, currently Emani does not test for gluten, nor do they have any intention of doing so in the future that I know of.  They focus on using non wheat, rye or barley derived ingredients.  All of these ingredients are mineral pigments and organic plant/flower oils or waxes.  So although the ingredients do not naturally contain gluten, and although Emani takes care to keep their products gluten free, there is always a small amount of risk involved in using their products.  That being said, I myself am using the products they sent me to try out with no problemo, whatsoever.  In fact, I’m loving ’em.

So!  Here’s what I got to try!


Hydrating Liquid Mineral Foundation

I have a history of not overly caring for liquid foundations.  They can look stunning, but it’s so easy for them to go all cakey and plastered.  Plus they tend to feel funky on my skin.  Still, I haven’t given up on them yet, and I know a lot of people prefer liquid.  Emani’s liquid foundations looked lovely and for some reason, I had a good feeling about them…

And ‘ya know what?  My gut spoke truth.  Emani’s Hydrating Liquid Mineral Foundation is fabulous.

First off, the colors seem to have an excellent variety.  I received “Golden Amber”, though originally I was looking at “Oyster Beige”.  Oyster was out of stock at the time, so Golden Amber was sent instead.  But it still worked fabulously!  Golden Amber is just the right summer shade for me and I am not easy to match.

Secondly, it goes on like a dream.  Silky smooth, easy to spread and dries fast.  When it does dry, my face feels like velvet to the touch.

The coverage is quite good, yet as long as you don’t use a heavy hand does not look cakey.  It looks more like…  Well, velvet!  And it’s beautiful.  I love how it blends into my skin flawlessly, mutes out red spots in the blink of any eye, but does not make me look like a stiff and over made-up doll.

Also (and here’s one of my favorite parts), this foundation does not feel “stifling” to my skin.  It’s heavier than powder of course, but unlike many other liquid foundations I’ve tried this one does not feel like my face is in a mask.  And at night, it washes off perfectly without feeling like it’s still clinging to my pores.  This makes me very happy indeed.  :mrgreen:

The only thing I didn’t much care for was the scent.  There’s some sort of fragrance in the foundation that was so strong, it nearly gave me a headache.  It did not actually give me one, nor did it make me sneeze or my eyes water, it was just really really strong.  People who are more accustomed to liquid foundation may be totally used to it, but for me it was nearly overwhelming at first.  It’s of note though that Emani does not use artificial fragrances in their products.  I’m sure that’s why this one did not make me react in any way.  At any rate, the scent did not last very long and dissipated rapidly as it dried.

I really like this foundation!  In fact, it’s something I’d be quite happy to keep on hand at all times.  Me, who doesn’t really care for liquid foundations.   😉   Can’t say I’m a full convert yet, but Emani’s liquid foundation is pushing me in that direction.


Soy Mascara

I was SO excited to try out this mascara.  Having been on the hunt for an amazing gluten free mascara for ages, I really hadn’t found one that lived up to my standards.  Sure, some of them are OK, but either they’re sticky, or flaky, or clumpy or something.  But Emani’s Soy Mascara?

Folks, I screamin’ love this stuff.

NO clumps!  NO flaking!  And y’all the definition!  My breath hitched in my throat as I watched my lashes separate, lengthen and go all hi-def.  Oh.  My.  Word.  It’s glorious, y’all.

Now, it does not really do much thickening.  There’s a little bit, especially if you go for two or three coats, but not a whole lot.  Now, I always put brown or black eyeliner right at my lash line anyway to give the illusion of thickness, so combining that with the extreme definition of this mascara makes this mascara look gorgeous, without being overbearing.

Also, bear in mind it’s not waterproof.  If you get your eyes pretty wet, it will rub off a bit.  Not terribly, and in fact I’ve had gluten free mascara flake off with normal wear worse than Emani’s mascara rubs off when my eyes water ’cause the wind is blowing hard in my face.

I am, seriously and officially, in love with this gluten free mascara.  I have no complaints whatsoever with it and have everything to love about it.  Can you tell I’m still excited over it!?  😀  LOVE LOVE LOVE Emani’s Soy Mascara!!
I was hoping for good things from Emani, but they completely exceeded my expectations.  And I’m soooo happy they did!  Go check ’em out, folks!  You won’t be disappointed!


If y’all haven’t tried out (seed) Body Care already, you are now utterly out of excuses.  (seed) is now available at Whole Foods!!

from yesterday’s press release:

(seed) Healthy Hand Creams are now available at reputable retailers including Whole Foods, Safeway, Wegmans, Duane Reade, Hannaford, Harris Teeter, and, among others.  Retail prices are between $5.99 and $7.99 for 3.5 oz.

This means they’ve been Whole Foods approved!!!  I am seriously excited about this.

Now, of course not all Whole Foods are carrying (seed) right now, but because they have passed the approval process if you bug them about it they can get it for you.  So bug your local Whole Foods to carry (seed) ’cause you will SO love it!  Tested and proven gluten free lotion that 100% rocks!


Here are a few more excerpts from the exciting press release:

While the market offerings and access to gluten free products in Food are growing for wheat and gluten sensitive people, there is increased demand for gluten-free body care, as they avoid gluten and wheat when applying things like cosmetics and hand cream that may incidentally be ingested, or, importantly, because people experience skin sensitivities when using gluten and wheat on their skin.

(seed) is a line of all natural body care developed for people seeking new, high performance body care options for Health Related reasons – including allergies.

“Through research and extended interaction with consumers, pharmacists, and retailers, we have come to understand that there is a growing need for people who are avoiding specific allergen ingredients, like gluten and wheat, in their skincare products.  Our products were formulated gluten-free, and now we will be calling it out on our packaging,” Rebecca Gournay, co-founder of (seed) shared.  “Importantly, we are validating our rigorous internal testing with third party validation at even higher criteria to assure sensitive consumers of our purity.

  • The FDA requires that foods labeled “Gluten-free” have <20 PPM (Parts Per Million) of gluten protein

  • Traditional gluten free certification requires <10 PPM

  • (seed) Healthy Hand Cream batches are tested to ensure <10 PPM and have just recently received third party validation (contact us for a copy of our certificates of analysis) that all (seed) Healthy Hand Cream formulas have <5 PPM of gluten.

Benjamin Gournay, co-founder elaborates, “Our goal is to provide superior body care products at a great value, and part of our value is to take ingredients out of body care that you just don’t need, and put in ingredients that are nourishing and moisturizing. That is why, for example, our (seed) Healthy Hand Creams are gluten free and soy-free.”

See why I love this company, folks?  So head on over to the nearest Whole Foods, or Safeway, or whatever you have in your area and pick up some (seed)!


Why Gluten Free Cosmetics are a Must

Last week, Red Apple Lipstick contacted me to contribute to “the Mother of all posts” about “Why Gluten Free Cosmetics”.  Since I adore and trust their Tested Gluten Free company, I gleefully said YES!

And folks, it is an excellent post.  My part is stellar of course (heh! 😛 ), but so is everything else!  With insightful comments from Connie of, Rachel of GFreeGal and research from one of the greatest pioneers in Gluten Free Makeup, Red Apple Lipstick themselves, this is an article you don’t want to miss.

Here’s my contribution:

We all know about the gluten free diet.  Those who live with Celiac have become serious Gluten Finder-Outers, scanning long lists of ingredients, calling companies and standing firm on the need to live completely and utterly without gluten in their diet.

But what about gluten from other sources?  Have you ever thought about getting it from your makeup?

It’s true:  Gluten in cosmetics is extremely common.  Wheat acts as a source of vitamin E, a stickiness/holding agent, while Oats are used for skin refinement and nourishment.  It can hide in dozens of complicatedly named ingredients, can contaminate even “naturally” gluten free products and is accepted as a normal ingredient for every type of cosmetic, skincare, hair care and everything else.  It is everywhere you look, if you take the time.

Now, gluten molecules cannot penetrate the skin as far as we scientifically know, but some products such as lipstick are actually on, in or around our mouths at all times.  At some point or another, it’s going into our bodies.

Not only that, but many Celiacs- diagnosed as having the autoimmune disease and not allergic -have inexplicable trouble with gluten when it comes in contact with their skin, causing what would be medically classified as “allergy” symptoms.  Such as terrible rashes, eczema, dry and itching eyes, swelling, bleeding sores and more.  As always with Celiac, the exact symptoms vary from person to person.

We do not know why Celiacs have issues with topical gluten.  In fact, some doctors flat out deny the possibility.  Others, such as Dr. Rodney Ford, simply follow the evidence they see in their practices- which is that some Celiacs do have reactions.  Perhaps someday studies will be done that can explain it for us and solve the puzzle.  But for now, a quick look into the Celiac community is proof enough.  Hundreds of Celiacs have removed gluten from their skincare, hair care and cosmetics and found their acne melted away after a few days, their watery eyes cleared up, or their inexplicable and seemingly random headaches vanished.

But even if a Celiac does not have reactions to topical gluten, allowing it to stay in cosmetics is asking for trouble.  Every time you apply foundation, don’t let it touch your mouth!  When you scrunch styling gel into your hair, wash those hands and wash ‘em GOOD before you eat those hot wings.  And lipstick?  Pfft, forget it!  It’s over and done with pretty much the instant you put it on.

If gluten is in your lipstick, it’s game over- you’ve been glutened.

Sadly, very few companies truly realize the importance of gluten free makeup.  They understand that it’s a market and they want to cash in on those desperate to find safe cosmetics.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to turn a profit!!  But so many companies are quick to claim the “gluten free” label without really understanding what that means.  For Celiacs, this is not an issue to be trifled with, especially in the case of products that will certainly be ingested (such as lipstick).  This is real and this is dangerous.

If you are Celiac, gluten free cosmetics are a must, especially in the case of lipstick and similar products.  Lucky for us that Red Apple Lipstick is TESTED gluten free, huh?


Read the Full and Fabulous Article HERE

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Are you looking to amp up your makeup this season?  Pump a little heat into your summer look?  Try swiping on a new lipstick shade!  It’s a easy way to drastically change your look without any effort.

Here’s some blazin’ hot gluten free lipstick shades that will do just the trick!

Disclaimer:  I have not tried all of these.  However, I am personally very interested in trying them all at some point.



Tomorrow is the big day!  But as you stand in front of the mirror, all the excitement you should be feeling is draining out through your toes.  A bad dinner choice has made your face break out into a rash that itches mildly, but is flaming red.  A few major pimples also seemed to have popped up out of nowhere, with angry skin burning and hot.  Massive amounts of oil is seeping through your pores, shining on your face, and all you can think is…  “How can I fix this?”

This review is far too long in coming, because y’all needed to hear about this weeks ago.  In that, I have failed you and I’m sorry.  But maybe this will be so awesome as to make it up to ‘ya.  😉


Gluten Free Beauty’s Balancing Facial Serum

Now, I’m gonna be honest with y’all:  Usually, for me, this product is one that would seem to be counterproductive.  When I opened the box (yep, the one with lovely pink wrapping inside!), I ooh’d and ahh’d over the smoothing stick, but eyed this with doubtful thoughts.  Oil.  To balance skin?  Even skin that tends at times to be oily?  Skin that has previously proven to not be improved by supposed “oil treatments”.  But hey, the claims sounded good and the oil smelled lovely, so with a shrug I set out to try it.

Y’all.  This is NOT what I expected.



In the past, serums for me personally have always been a bit…  Much.  My skin would feel super oily afterwards, and sometimes would stay that way for days.  And then the results?  Eh, never really good enough to be worth the discomfort of uber-oily skin.  But Gluten Free Beauty’s Balancing Serum?  Pure wow.

First off, using just three or four drops is super easy

It spreads over my entire face without any trouble and is just the right amount to not be too oily.  It smells lovely and does not have a “heavy” feel to it.  Good start!

It makes an overnight difference in any redness on my face.

Literally, I gently spread a bit of oil over flaming red skin at night and the next morning it’s usually pretty much gone.  At the very least, it’s significantly reduced.  As in, last night it was “Oh, gee, what happened to your face?” and this morning it’s “What, that little faded spot?  Oh, I didn’t even notice it until you mentioned it.”

It’s never made my skin feel overly oily, but soaks in quickly and cleanly.

Even when my face feels balanced in the moisture department, using this serum never caused my skin to feel icky and oily.  Major plus!!

Now, another confession:  This serum is made to be used nightly, but there are some days that my skin is just SO oily I don’t feel comfortable putting more oil on it.  So I am not sure just how much this serum has helped in my recent decline of trouble spots, but I think it highly likely to be a large part of it, if not entirely to blame for it.  😉

My one complaint is that Gluten Free Beauty used soybean oil in it, and non-organic at that.  In other words, I’m putting GMO soy on my face every time I use it.  And frankly, for me that is a pretty big concern.  Granted, I’d be much more against it if I were ingesting the oil, but then again, there really hasn’t been enough testing to know for sure how much I should be concerned about it on my skin.

 Update:  Kristen (the owner of Gluten Free Beauty) has let me know that the soy-derived vitamin E is in fact CERTIFIED GMO free!  I am so incredibly pleased.  Please excuse this silly grin on my face.  😀

All in all I’m pleased with this serum.   😀   It works beautifully, feels lovely and helps make me look good.  What more could I want?  Check it out for yourself!



First off, I want to apologize for vanishing like that.  We had a huuuge project come up at my other job (you know, the one that pays the bills…  :tounge: .) and I honestly thought, “Eh, it’s cool.  I’ll have time to keep up with Gluten Free Makeup Gal”.  Pfft!  You can see how that worked out.

But I’m back now and I have SO much to catch up on!  Reviews to be written, people to reply to (though I tried to keep up with all of y’all in spite of not posting!) and articles to share!

I’ve missed y’all SOOOO much!!  It’s good to be back.  :mrgreen:


How many times have you dusted on your powder foundation only to find that the mild dry spot by your lip is now looking like a pale cornflake stuck to your face?  Every crack, every line, every rough surface enhanced by the dry powder, while the rest of your face is glowing and flawless.

Honestly, for a long time I wasn’t sure what to do about that problem.  All the options I had were so time consuming and bothersome, I just usually ignored the elephant skin spots that gleefully proclaimed the presence of foundation.

But no longer.

Gluten Free Beauty has handily solved this problem once and for all.


Meet Gluten Free Beauty’s Facial Smoothing Stick.



This awesome stick melts onto any lines, dry spots or wrinkles on your skin, then works to hydrate and help repair them. As it works, it lightly fills in these spots and gives the powder foundation a smoother, flatter surface to dust over.  Dry spots are smoothed away, large pores diminished without clogging and lines filled in.  Plus, the creamy, waxy-ish texture of the stick causes the foundation to stick in such a way that it nearly doubles the coverage.


How to use the Facial Smoothing Stick

It’s pretty rare to find a product that claims so much and fulfills all it’s claims.  But this one does.

One swipe over the larger pores- whish!  Powder applies over and covers them instead of accentuating them.  A wiggle of the tip over the dry spot by my lips- slish!  Elephant skin gone.  I even take my concealer brush, dab it over the stick, dip it into my foundation and use it over any red spots.  Works like a charm!  And with my hard to color match skin, concealers can be challenging to make blend without being an obviously different shade.  This worked every bit as good as the concealer I am currently using, though it took a few layers to get to the coverage I needed on the really angry spots.

If there was ONE thing I would have to say negative about it, it would be the orangey/yellowy tint it has when you first put it on.  But after using the flocked sponge to work it in, the color goes away and melts into your skin without a trace.  Just don’t skip the sponge step (which is for best performance anyway)!

How have I been living without this for so long?  It combines the light freedom of my preferred mineral powder foundation, with the coverage and the troubled skin forgiveness of liquid foundation.

I’ve been waiting for this product ever since I started wearing makeup, but didn’t know it until now.

In short?  I’m never letting it leave my makeup routine.

So check out Gluten Free Beauty’s Facial Smoothing Stick and kiss your elephant skin goodbye!