Why I'm Switching To Chemical-Free Makeup

Why I'm Switching To Chemical-Free Makeup

An interview with Cynthia Sansone about her new makeup line, Life On Mars.

For more than 20 years, sisters Cynthia Sansone and Rachel DeMolfetto have been running Racine’s Salon and Spa, located in Islip, New York. In 2003, they thought about how their mother had been mistreated in her salon when her hair began to fall out due to chemotherapy. They decided “Why not do something for people enduring cancer?” and began Mondays at Racine’s. The first Monday of each month, free services are offered to people battling cancer.

In 2010 Racine’s became globally known, after HBO produced a film called “Mondays at Racine,” and was nominated for an academy award. The sisters were able to expand the Mondays at Racine program to 15 spas, and they are still growing.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cynthia and talking to her about her new makeup line. She incredibly welcoming and down to earth.

Cynthia and Life on MARS

“I’m here with my line, not just for women in treatment but for anybody who wants to take an active role in being forceful and taking care of their body.”

“It is about time that the beauty industry takes it’s rightful place in creating products that are safe for women to wear, and stop glamourizing things that are killing us.”

Cynthia Sansone has been a successful makeup artist for many years, and in 2003 she began creating her own products. Her clients consisted of many women in treatment, so she created a set of fake lashes that someone could wear up to 15 times, even if they don’t have eyelashes. However, until about 3 years ago, Cynthia was still using different department store makeup on her clientele, but a thought clicked in her head. “Why am I putting poison on these woman’s faces? Their bodies are compromised, their immune systems are fighting the chemo, now I’m adding formaldehydes, dyes, camphors, etc, into their systems? How dare I? Hence life on MARS was born.” Her skincare is as organic as can be, and many of her products rate less than a 1 on the EWG scale.

Peaceful Warpaint

Cynthia’s first development was peaceful warpaint, a crème compact that comes in 8 different colors. It can be worn on the lids, cheeks, and lips! Chemical free and multi-functional, what more could you ask for in a makeup?

5 Free Nail Polish Line

The 5 Free Nail Polish line is free of All Chemicals. Cynthia knows that the chemicals in typical nail polish can enter the nail beds and compromise one’s immune system. “It’s not what’s in the nail polish, it’s what’s not in the nail polish.” Cynthia states. She claims that she used to be a shellac wearer until about 7 months ago, when she started to wear her own nail polish. She says that her nails have been growing out of control. “I took the polish off yesterday, but my nails have never been so strong or long,” noted a woman in the salon. The Nail Polish line comes in a variety of colors.


White Star

Brenda Star

Prettiest Star Nail Polish and Nirvana Lip Treatment

Nirvana lip treatment is an amazing alternate to Chap Stick, which can contain harmful ingredients.

Lip Plumping Nirvana in tube

MARS also offers treatments, foundations, creams, brushes, face washes and oils.

Weightless Foundation

Wearing natural, organic, chemical free makeup can lead to an overall healthier life.

You can keep up with Cynthia and Life on Mars beauty on Facebook, Pinterest, and their website, LifeonMarsBeauty.com

Cover Image Credit: Cynthia Sansone

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Ultimate Disney College Program Bucket List

*Quits college for a semester to work for Walt Disney*


Less than two months and I'll officially be a Walt Disney World Cast Member!! I'm so excited but super nervous to live alone on the other side of the country. So to keep my mind off of everything I'm going to be missing at home, I came up with a short and to-able Disney College Program bucket list. It's everything I want to do during my program, but it's things that regular people can do on their Disney trip too, so I'm sharing it.

1. Four parks in one day.

Challenge accepted.

2. Take a picture with the Mickey Balloons.


3. Meet as many characters as you can.


4. Get as many autographs as you can.


5. Stay in the parks from open to close.


6. Visit the parks alone.


As scary as it may seem, I'm going to try to enjoy the parks alone.

7. Obviously get a picture in front of the castle.


8. See as many shows/parades as possible.


Okay so maybe you aren't going to Paris but Disney World in Florida has this too lol.



10. Character breakfast.


What better way to start your day than with the most important meal with your favorite characters. But obviously look happier than this little girl.

11. Eat around the world.


Maybe you'll have a Lady and the Tramp moment.

12. Eat at every restaurant.

Dinner and a show anyone? But maybe not every restaurant, considering Be Our Guest is just one that has like a 4+ month reservation.

13. Ride every ride, no matter what.


14. Take a picture on Main Street when it's empty.


15. Find as many hidden mickeys as you can.

16. Take a picture with all the cool walls as backgrounds.

Basic but necessary.

17. Resort hopping!


Bonus: Find/meet as many celebrities as you can.

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