I do not wear makeup.
Yes, I wear an earring.
Yes, I put gel in my hair.
Yes, I’ve had my brows waxed a few times (and based on my experience, my mind cannot even process how anybody would ever get a bikini wax!!)
But the last time makeup has touched my face was back in the 90’s. I was a struggling actor (to say the least) and on the occasional One Life to Live episode or other minuscule job, they’d give me the full cosmetic treatment.
Those were pre-celiac days so obviously, I didn’t think twice about it.
But what do you do if you’ve got gluten issues and you do wear makeup?
Do the department stores have any idea of what they are talking about when it comes to gluten-free cosmetics?
Here is one blog reader’s take/rant on it.
Dear Gluten Dude,
I’ve recently discovered your site after 7 months of GF living following my Celiac diagnosis. I won’t bore you with my list of specific troubles (we only just virtually met!) but let me say it is such a relief to find a community that shares the attitude I’ve come to adopt — sure we need to feel sunny that we’ve got a problem that can be addressed by diet but MY GOD the diet SUCKS MONKEYS! Sorry if the language was too much.
That said, I’d like to humbly offer a rant for your Rant Of The Day feature which I can tell I’m going to like a lot.
Thanks for the community you’re creating! Good job you!
And now — a rant!
Be super happy that you’re a Gluten Dude because being a Gluten Chic comes with one extra special opportunity for annoyance. The makeup counter.
I offer for your entertainment the deets of a recent trip to a a very high end establishment (we’ll call it Charley’s to, um, protect the innocent) where customer service is supposed to be top notch.
One of the first things I did in my GF life overhaul was replacement of all toiletries that could be CC risks. I swapped every lip balm for decidedly less effective, yet safe options. I replaced lotions (what if I didn’t wash my hands well enough after application and then ate something with my hands!? Holy 20ppm!). Moisturizer? Gone. Sunblock? Heck yeah! I even replaced my hubby’s lip balm.
And that was well and good. In the middle of winter in Chicago when, really, the desire for some fresh makeup is low.
But then came springtime. And a girl’s thoughts drift to flowing dresses and lip gloss. And then, if you’re GF, research begins! I spent weeks researching brands I already used only to discover that many had to go. An unopened tube of a surely flattering shade that was a reward for being a loyal Sephora customer — straight in the trash — maybe they need alternates for Celiacs?
But there were options and some from brands that I had familiarity with, so off to Charley’s I went.
Now all the Gluten Chics know there is no way to walk into a beauty department without being descended upon by multiple sales people wanting you to try this or that miracle product. But I had a strategy! I was going to see an associate that was known to me, explain my new situation clearly but with as few unnecessary deets as possible and leave with some lip gloss.
I was hoping for the best possible outcome — that he would be familiar with ingredients and able to make further recommendations. At worst, I had a list and could try the products I had already vetted.
When I arrived he greeted me warmly and asked about a product I had purchased months before. Oh, I thought, he remembers me! Such attention to detail! This is going to go great! So when he asked what was new in my life and I shared my funny new requirements he exclaimed, “it will be no problem! We just got in a new line of products known for their all-natural ingredients.”
WHEAT IS A NATURAL INGREDIENT!
I tried to calmly explain this point, and even throw in a little Tocopherol knowledge for fun, but it was a lost cause. He then proceeded to parade me from counter to counter asking his fellow associates repping other brands if they had any gluten free lippies to which 70% replied a firm yes without blinking — most at counters where I had already run the vetting process and discovered that the opposite was true.
I can not tell you the number of times I have needed to run in to a department store cosmetics counter in the past few months and had similar experiences. I’m there for one thing only and when the dreaded add-on pitch comes, I’ve taken to replying by saying that I have a number of allergies and so don’t try products without researching first. 80% (or more) of the time, I get hit with “our ingredients are natural” or “our ingredients are so pure.”
We’ve already got an uphill battle fight with the food and have a dandy of a time trying to feel safe eating out.
Isn’t that enough?
Need to Vent?
I hate celiac. You hate celiac. We all hate celiac.
With all that pent up anger, people need a place to vent.
Well…I invite you to lie on the Dude’s couch (figuratively speaking) and spew away.
There’s just one rule: Once you’re done venting, you need to move forward and put the negative vibes on the back burner. Positive energy brings positive results.
Don’t you feel better already??