Download this right now: Think Dirty app

Think Dirty app

If you’re a Poor & Pretty Facebook fan, you’ll have already heard of Think Dirty — the app that tells you how toxic your beauty products are. It’s free to download and super easy to use: just scan the barcode on your shampoo, lotion, nail polish or other cosmetic and Think Dirty tells you how “dirty” it is based on its ingredients. It also gives you a breakdown of the ingredients, and suggests “cleaner” alternatives.

Think Dirty app screenshots

Think Dirty’s quickly-growing database currently has over 113,000 products in it, but if your favorite mascara isn’t in listed, you can add it effortlessly. Just type in the brand, product name, and snap a photo of the front and back (make sure you capture the ingredients!) and one of the superheroes at Think Dirty will add it for you.

Think Dirty mystery ingredients

Right now, Think Dirty is only available for iPhone (get it here), but an Android version is in the works. You can help speed the development, support company growth, and score some truly clean skincare products by supporting the Think Dirty Indiegogo campaign — I did! :)


Indie Spotlight + Giveaway: Joy Atkisson of Purely You Minerals

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You might remember seeing Purely You Minerals’ lip gloss as one of my Friday Faves last week. Like you, I struggle with finding the perfect lip gloss and — even more of a hassle — the perfect foundation! So I’m happy to introduce to you Joy Atkisson, founder of Purely You Minerals.

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Purely You Minerals is a new line of mineral makeup that is not only good for you, it’s good for others, too. Purely You products do not contain talc, powdered starches, clays, bismuth oxychloride, or parabens, and are gluten free and never tested on animals. 10% of profits go directly to Bring Love In, a non-profit organization founded by Joy’s friends. Says Joy, “It is a beautiful thing that we can make a life changing difference in the world just by putting on our makeup. Purely You Minerals brings out the inner beauty in us all.” Today, she chats with us about skincare, running a small business, and of course, makeup! Don’t miss the giveaway, too! Details at the end of the post.

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Poor & Pretty: Like many of us women, you struggled with skin problems and cakey makeup. What made you switch to mineral makeup?
Joy Atkisson: For years, I had been caught up in the nasty cycle of wearing makeup, breaking out, having to wear more makeup to cover it up, breaking out more. I tried every crazy “cure” you can think of… including egg on my face! True story. In 2007, mineral makeup started gaining popularity, so I decided to give it a try. It took a little while to get used to the messy powder and to learn what the heck a Kabuki brush is, but my skin started clearing up.

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P&P: What makes mineral makeup so different?
JA: Quality mineral makeup allows your skin to breath and doesn’t clog your pores. It also appeals to my inner hippy because it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, so it’s about as natural as you can get. What I truly love about it is that I don’t have to hide behind cake makeup. I can apply mineral makeup as fancy or as natural as I want and I still feel like ME! I love that!

P&P: So instead of continuing to buy mineral makeup, you decided to make it yourself. Why?
JA: Haha! I get this question a lot. The truth is…. I was broke! My husband and I had been married for a year, we had just had a baby, and I wanted to stay home with her. There was no extra room in our budget for expensive makeup. Most companies at that time were very expensive. I looked at the back of one of one of my jars and saw that there were only a few ingredients and I thought to myself, “I wonder if I could make this?” I seriously underestimated how hard it was going to be, but I love research so it really became a hobby. I would work on it during my daughter’s naps or late at night. Necessity is truly the mother of invention.

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P&P: How is Purely You Minerals different from other brands?
JA: That is a key question! Purely You Minerals is made in small batches to insure quality control. I have tried to stay away from some of the most common allergens (gluten intolerance runs in my husband’s family, so I am very mindful of that especially). I also don’t use any fillers such as cornstarch (which can clog pores, and don’t even get me started about GMOs!) or Bismuth Oxychloride (it doesn’t photograph well, it’s shiny, and makes many people breakout). Another HUGE factor is price! Because I do the formulating, manufacturing and packaging myself, I can keep my expenses down, which in turn lets me keep my prices at an affordable level. Perhaps most importantly, I have a face; I am not a big company with fancy machines. I am a stay at home mom with a home office/lab. And, I wear my own products!

P&P: What propelled you to start selling your products?
JA: My husband! He and I have never really fit the 9 to 5 mold, but we weren’t sure how to survive without a “normal” job. However, my formula rivaled and out-performed some of the leading mineral makeup lines and my husband saw how it was helping my skin. He said, “You really need to start your own makeup line!” It has been five years (and 2 more babies) since then, but we are finally making it happen.

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P&P: Wow, three kids! How do you balance being a mom with running a home-based business?
JA: I have no idea! Haha! Most of the time, my sink is full of dishes and I’m tripping over shoes and toys. I try to work mostly during naps and at night, but some weeks are busier then others. Family will always be my priority, but I am doing what I love so I am blessed! I am definitely not superwoman; I have help. My husband is a fantastic father and super supportive. My best friend, Melody Spencer is my Marketing Manager and Social Media Coordinator. My brother, David Arnold also owns his own business called Code Luna. He does computer nerd stuff, so he built my website.

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P&P: Okay, let’s talk tips. Finding the right shade of foundation is hard! Can you help?
JA: Absolutely! Order my free samples! The best thing you can do is try and identify your undertone (warm, cool, neutral). I have cool undertones, but I get quite red in the face so I prefer to counteract that by using neutral colored foundation. If you still have a hard time getting the shade just right, I can formulate something just for you.

P&P: What are a few essential skincare tips we should always observe?
JA: Get good sleep. Drink lots of water. EXFOLIATE! I swear by One Minute Wonder gel exfoliator by Max International. Good skincare is essential to good makeup application.

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P&P: The Purely You Minerals lineup currently includes foundation, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, and lip gloss. Any new products on the horizon?
JA: We will be launching our all-natural pressed eyeshadows and blushes in the very near future. It will be a build-your-own pallet sort of thing where you can purchase refills and not have to purchase a new pallet each time. Also in the works is pressed foundation, nail polish, and all-natural mascara!

Want to try out Purely You Minerals for yourself? Joy is giving away one of her products to a lucky Poor & Pretty reader. Just “like” Purely You Minerals on Facebook, pick out your single favorite Purely You product from their online shop {choose from foundation, silk veil, blush, loose eyeshadow or lip gloss} and tell us what it is in the comments below. Hurry, though! The contest ends Sunday, February 10th at 10:00 pm EST.


Friday Faves 2.1.13: Valentine’s Day

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? I, for one, love an excuse to get all gussied up! Plus, I can’t wait to wear my new tights! Here’s what I’ve got planned for Valentining.

1. Timex Weekender™ Slip Thru watch in pink/gray. This is one of my favorite watches because you can so easily swap out the straps to match your outfit. Remember this outfit? I wore the strap from this watch with a multicolored dial. What’s not to love?

2. LUSH Heavanilli Massage Bar. I’m not surprised LUSH named this “Heavanilli” because it smells absolutely divine. The combination of Shea and cocoa butters will make your skin fall in love, too. I hope Stan & I can make time for massages! ♥

3. Pink Tulip mineral eyeshadow by Madison Street Beauty. Pink Tulip makes for fun, dramatic eye décor. I’m going to blend it in with other eyeshadow colors and also wet it and use it as eyeliner. I love that it’s all-natural, vegan, and chemical-free.

4. Blushing lip gloss by Purely You Minerals. Introducing my new favorite lip gloss! Purely You Minerals leaves all of the nasty chemicals out of their products and uses only ingredients that are beneficial to your skin. Their lip gloss contains Vitamin E, olive fruit oil, and Rosehip seed oil, which is high in Vitamins A & C. I’ve been using “Blushing” daily, so I know I’ll use it on Valentine’s Day!

5. Gipsy Sheer Heart Tights from ASOS. I originally bought these from ModCloth {they were called “Achilles’ Zeal”}, but they’re no longer available from ModCloth. Happily, I found the exact same ones from ASOS so you can have them in time for Valentine’s Day too! I don’t think I have to explain why they’re perfect. ;)


How to use a cupcake soap {video}

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Okay, so you think the idea of a cupcake soap is pretty neat, but you’re really not sure how to go about actually using one. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one! That’s why Jillian Farrell of 60b Photography & I made this short & sweet how-to video for you. Enjoy!


DIY: Lip Balm

{Win a free homemade lip balm! Details at the end of the post!}

I have always been a lip gloss/lip balm addict. I can’t even begin to tell you how many different brands and flavors I’ve had throughout my adolescence. I used to collect Lip Smackers, and every year when I was younger, I would get a stocking full of different flavors for Christmas. I’ve used Chapstick, Burt’s Bees, Blistex, Avon/mark., Clinique, Cover Girl, Maybelline… I can go on and on! I always had rough, dry lips and so I had to carry two lip balms with me wherever I went {in case I lost one!}

Lately, I’ve been trying to cut down on my spending {as you know} and consider the environmental effects of my cosmetics in general. I mean, think about it – what do you do when you’re finished with your lip gloss or balm? Probably just throw out its container, right? I know I do. And, most of the time, I don’t even know what goes into the lip gloss that I’m putting on my lips. So, today I made my own lip balm in a tin container, which I can reuse when I run out. I called it “Sami Jo’s Mind-Your-Own-Beeswax Lip Balm!” :D


Yes, I realize it’s not a huge step towards cutting down my carbon footprint, but I feel that every little bit counts. I’m beginning a mission to create all of my own cosmetics, and this is my first step. Here’s how I did it:

Ingredients: {yields 1 oz of lip balm}

  • 1 oz tin
  • 2 tablespoons grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
  • 3 tablespoons coconut, castor, sunflower, or jojoba oil
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil {optional, but I recommend it for its super-moisturizing effects}
  • 12-14 drops essential oil {I used about 10 vanilla and 4 coconut, optional, just for scent}
  • 2 teaspoons honey {optional, adds a little flavor & scent}


  • Melt the beeswax and oils {but not the essential oil} together in the top of a double boiler, stirring semi-frequently to combine. If you don’t have a double boiler, put the beeswax and oils in a Pyrex measuring cup within a pot of water like so:pyrex-in-pan
  • Once melted, carefully remove from heat and add in the essential oil(s) and honey, stir until honey has melted into the rest of the mixture.
  • Poor into your tin, let cool for about 20 minutes and voilà! Your very own lip balm!

A tip on finding ingredients: most can be found at your local organic supermarket (Whole Foods) or farmer’s market if you live near one. I had a hard time finding beeswax, so I ended up buying most of my ingredients online from Mountain Rose Herbs. They are wonderful! They stock practically everything you could ever dream of using to create your own cosmetics, plus tons of dried herbs, teas, incense, etc., and everything is certified organic. They also sell tins, jars, and plastic bottles. I love them.

To win the free Sami Jo’s Mind-Your-Own-Beeswax Lip Balm, just leave a comment, and make sure you leave your e-mail address so we can contact you for shipping information! There’s only one up for grabs! Winner will be selected Saturday, December 12th!