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   Posted 11/8/2017 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,

A month ago I had professional make up done at MAC Cosmetics which included glued eyelashes for wedding event. Make up looked great through the whole event and I cleaned off my face and eyes with clear and clear face wash, also taking off fake eyelashes right after the event. On the next day, I noticed that my face was a bit sore. I applied my regular make up myself (foundation from MAC which I never had a problem with, Maybelline mascara, Tarte blush and eyeshadow as well as Stilla eyeliner), after about 5 hours I noticed that the inner corner of my right eye got extremely shot blood red and the left eyelid was extremely swollen to the point that I couldn't get my eye to open. I was rushed to emergency where I was given benadryl, steroids and IV. Swelling on my eyes and face was there for roughly 2 days while taking benadryl and steroids.

about three weeks after the "allergic reaction" or whatever this was, my eyes were stinging, burning, itching and still sore, bit irritated and red. I went to the eye doctor who did not see anything wrong with the eyes but he did prescribe me eye drops with antibiotic as well as cream for eyelids.

Yesterday I went to allergist for allergy patch test (T.R.U.E Test) for 36 chemicals that are found in cosmetics, ointments etc. I will wear the patch test for 3 days until I find out what chemicals I am allergic to.

Have anyone of you experienced allergies to cosmetics? I suspect the inflammation and "allergic reaction" was due to Duo Eyelash Glue used for application of eyelashes by MAC Cosmetics but I am not 100% sure. I removed a lot of old make up from my collection as well as I no longer use any make up that has harsh chemicals. I switched to Mineral Fusion foundation which works well (not too crazy about their shades selection as there are only about 8-10 shades). I also tried Almay mascara which irritated my eyes a little bit, also tried Mineral Fusion mascara which lengthen lashes perfectly but I was not satisfied how it felt on my eyes - it irritated me just a bit, also difficult time to get it off. Once mascara which I found to work effectively without much irritation is 100% Organic Physicians Formula but unfortunately it does not do any magic with getting lashes to a nice curl or length. I eliminated eyeliner completely and I no longer use any eyeshadow.

I am desperately looking into make up cosmetics that do not have any harsh chemical ingredients. Although I am not sure what I am allergic to yet, I want to completely switch over my make up collection to 100% safe cosmetics. Anyone of you recommends any brands other than Mineral Fusion? I am specifically looking for something that does not include allergens such as formaldehyde (also found in eyelash glue) etc.


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   Posted 11/8/2017 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kim, I cannot answer your specific questions. What I can share is I started having issues with mascara in my late 40's. My eyes would get red & irritated, even with removing it at night the next morning they would be what I called goopy & crusty. And then I started losing my eye lashes. I tried many, many different mascaras after that trying to find something that didn't irritate so much. Back then Almay was the least irritating & I still use it to this day. However, I do not use it daily. I am considering trying Este Lauder again, it was one that did not cause so much of a problem. As for any kind of facial cleaners & make up I have to be very, very careful. I have always had very sensitive skin, most of the facial cleaners make my face look like I have been under a sun lamp, same with moisturizers. I have used some Clinique products & have done pretty good with those. Body lotions I have to be careful with, a lot of redness & itching.

At best you need to see the results of your testing & then perhaps search online for different products. It will be time consuming for sure. Sorry that I am not of any help. This forum runs very slow.

Take care.
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