Love those Lead-Free Lips

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Time for seasonal makeup overhaul. And whether you’re into nearly nude or ruby red, make sure to color your pout with a lead-free, lip-loving formula.

Lead in lipstick? Indeed. According to a 2007 FDA study, the neurotoxin—in varying levels—showed up in more than 400 lipsticks tested.

And while the FDA claims the level of exposure is low enough to be deemed safe, given the fact that lead accumulates in our bodies over time, we’ll follow guidelines established by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Steer clear when you can.

Lead isn’t the only lipstick ingredient to eschew. Also commonly found in many conventional formulas are artificial fragrances, parabens, and retinyl palmitate, all of which have high risk—five to eight—ratings on EWG’s Cosmetics Database.

So what’s a girl looking for a little color to do? Opt for natural options with clean ingredients, such as Alicia Silverstone for Juice Beauty’s new Purely Kissable Lip Color. In a universally flattering pale pinky-mauve, it goes on smooth with great shine. And of course, as all things Alicia, it’s vegan.

Two other amazing faves with cult-like followings are Primitive MakeUp and Ilia, both with hues and wearability to rival any top-tier tube. We’re obsessed with Primitive’s vegan Lip Treatments, especially Juneau, a sheer pearl that adds a beautiful shimmer over matte lip pencil or stick.

Pucker up.

Alicia Silverstone for Juice Beauty Purely Kissable Lip Color ($16)

Danger! Brazilian Blowout Is Hazardous

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Is straight hair worth the risk? Salons across the country are being called upon by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop using hair straighteners that cause serious health damage to those individuals unfortunate enough to use or be around them. Continue reading “Danger! Brazilian Blowout Is Hazardous” »

Color Yourself GREEN with These Tips

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Jill Kirsh’s clients don’t have to opt for an extreme make-over by a plastic surgeon, they just need to make some color corrections with their wardrobe and make-up choices. Continue reading “Color Yourself GREEN with These Tips” »

Feed Your Face: Do-It-Yourself Skin Care

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Who needs those chemical-filled body products when you can go out to your own garden or farmers market and whip up some wonderful “food for your skin”? Not only will you save money, but your body will thank you.

Each day we begin our routine by using at least half a dozen to a dozen products (this includes  men, too)—from shampoo to soap to make up to hairspray to moisturizer. Continue reading “Feed Your Face: Do-It-Yourself Skin Care” »

Beautiful Skin Needs To Be Chemical Free

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In our ever advancing and constantly changing society, let’s get back to some of the basics—the basics of food and the earth. While technology and growth are amazing, chemicals and hormones in our food and body products is not so amazing. If we are trying to “eat organic” and “healthy,” why are we okay with putting chemicals onto our skin?

What goes onto our skin goes directly into our bloodstream, including all our wonderful smelling lotions, shampoos, cleansers, toners, make up, and perfume. Even if something says it’s “organic” you still have to read the label—unfortunately! The Organic Consumers Association’s Coming Clean Campaign explains this confusion and mess: Continue reading “Beautiful Skin Needs To Be Chemical Free” »

It Stinks! The Hidden Chemicals in Fragrance

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but this might not be true for your perfume or cologne. Your favorite fragrance could be concocted with hundreds of chemical ingredients, which might make it smell sweet but also make it extremely harmful to your health. Continue reading “It Stinks! The Hidden Chemicals in Fragrance” »

Chemicals in Cosmetics

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Make Up Safety

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INGREDIENTS TO AVOID

DMDM hydantoin and Imidazolidinyl urea toxic contaminants

Fragrance and dyes, allergies, cancer, nervous system

Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone - allergies, nervous system

Parabens or “-paraben” hormone effects

“PEG” and “-eth” toxic contaminants

Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate –  skin damage, toxic contaminants

Triclosan and triclocarban thyroid and environmental concerns

Triethanolamine (TEA) allergies, toxic contaminants

With no required safety testing, cosmetics companies can use almost any chemical
they want, regardless of risks.  Make sure you read the labels before you decide to purchase.

PRODUCTS TO AVOID

Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA, and BHA acids

Hair dyes with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene; all dark permanent hair dyes

Liquid hand soaps with triclosan

Nail polish and removers with formaldehyde

Skin lighteners

For more information on this list, visit cosmeticsdatabase.com and the Environmental Working Group.

Beauty/Style – Hair

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Fake Bob – Look made popular by Eva Longoria.

How to have fun with hair extensions.

How to create an updo in minutes.

Short Hair cut trends 2009-2010

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