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Organic Glam With Lisa O'Connor!

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

This week is National Organic Week and The Afternoon Show team are doing their part to help viewers "Organise" their lives.

Lisa O'Connor- has an 'organic make-up'.
Lisa O Connor has worked as a makeup artist for the past 14 years with most of the top prestigious cosmetic companies. In 1998 when M.A.C first arrived in Dublin she began her 7 year career working as Makeup Artist and Manager. While working with M.A.C Lisa developed her makeup artist skills as well as working on exciting projects from the MTV awards and The Brown Thomas Supermodel shows.

In July 2004 Lisa decided to move on and start a freelance career under the company name The Beauty Source. In those 2 years she specialised in Bridal, photographic and Fashion makeup. She has built up a regular clientelle including Sile Seoige, Hazel Kaneswaren and also worked with international celebrities including Natalie Imbruglia, Carrie Fisher and Anna Friel. She does regular work in television on Sky News, Take 6 ( new movie review show on channel 6) and created makeup looks for RTEs "You're a Star" and "Celebrity You're a Star".

Lisa also travels Internationally with Peter Mark top stylists were she designs looks for hair shows and competitions as well as working with them in Dublin.

- Lavera Trend Make Up Fluid, €14.90, Health stores nationwide

- Lavera Trend Compact Powder, €18.30, Health Stores nationwide

- Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Merlot, €6.95

- Burt's Bees Lip Gloss Sweet Pink €9.95

- Dr Hauschka Eye Shadow Palette €29.86
- Lavera Trend Mascara, €14.55, Health Stores Nationwide

- Dr Hauschka Rouge Powder in Soft Terracotta, €19.76

What does 'organic' mean in terms of cosmetic products?
Organic produce is grown without using artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It must also comply with EU/ jurisdictional regulations. Regulations governing organically grown products also prohibit the use of genetically modified ingredients. Currently there are no EU regulations for natural & organic cosmetics. Because of this, organic products are competing with conventional cosmetics marketed as 'natural' because they contain some natural elements. Until legislation does exist, consumers should read labels carefully before buying what they believe is 'organic'.

What are the benefits of using organic products both to you, and the environment?
Organic farming is sustainable and doesn't cause soil contamination. It's kinder because it tends not to result in the loss of topsoil, or toxic runoff from fertilisers (and the resulting water pollution that causes). The land stays healthy and can sustain insects, birds, animals and beneficial soil organisms. Plus produce grown on organic farms doesn't contain residual fertilisers or herbicide or fungicide residues which end up inside you when you eat them. So, makeup and cosmetic items created from organic produce reap all these benefits too.

One of the main tenets of organic farming is that chemicals are not used. And by extension, an organic personal care item won't contain any either. So you're guaranteed no parabens, formaldehyde or other heebie jeebies in your mosituriser.
Organic cosmetics and makeup are created from purer ingredients, therefore the risks of allergies or reactions are lessened. Natural products are more likely to work in harmony with our skins and body chemistry as well.

If you're vegetarian, you're well served too. Organic producers don't animal test because they don't need to - they use safe and effective ingredients derived from plants and minerals. Animal by-products are used though, such as beeswax and carmine (a red colour derived from the Cochineal insect), so vegans may still have to check labels.

We're not 100% sure that organic cosmetics are actually better for us than conventional cosmetics. However, rather than take the chance, more and more people are opting for the organic option. There is little scientific evidence to suggest that cosmetics claiming to be organic are better/worse for us - but if it is the case that we ingest considerable amounts of lipstick pre annum and that our liver absorbs much of what we put on our face- would it not be better to be safe than sorry??

What do the labels mean?
If a product claims it's organic ie 'organic face cream', it must contain at least 95 per cent of organically grown produce. For a product to claim that it has been 'made with organic ingredients', it must contain over 70 per cent of organically grown produce.
How long will organic products keep?
Due to the lack of preservatives, most products will keep un-opened for up to 18 months. Opened it is thought that they'll last for around four months. It is however, worth checking the dates on individual products.

Are there any downsides?
Yes - organic cosmetics are not so easy to buy - you won't find them on every supermarket shelf. In general they do tend to be a bit more expensive as well given that organic brands have smaller market shares and contain more expensive ingredients. But that should all change given time - sales of organic cosmetics are increasing constantly, and the transition from healthfood shop to high street chemist and supermarket should follow as an extension of that.

The average woman eats throughout her live 5 pounds (450g) of lipstick, using a natural and organic lip stick is important.

All products available from Nourish stores nationwide:
16 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. - Ph: (01) 670 3223
You can contact Lavera Ireland directly on 012011201 or lo-call 1890252193
Dr Hauschka can be contacted directly at
Heaven and Earth on 012843333