Cosmetics pamper us. They make us feel beautiful. Many women cherish the time spent applying cosmetics; putting on lipstick and slathering on lotions makes them feel luxurious. Makeup and skin care products make us feel we are taking care of ourselves in a special way. Yet many cosmetic products contain dangerous ingredients. Below, we list three unhealthy ingredients commonly found in cosmetics.
While many women have heard the rumor that many lipsticks contain lead, few realize that independent and FDA studies have verified that this urban legend is true. Lead is a neurotoxin that builds up in the body over time. Research suggests that lead poisoning contributes to lowered IQ, increased aggression and diminished school performance. Considering that most women wear lipstick on a daily basis, the potential for lead poisoning is very real.
You may be aware of lead’s toxicity thanks to public education campaigns on lead-based paints. The EPA regulates renovation activities to prevent lead exposure, which is especially threatening to young children, whose brains are still developing. Yet because the FDA does not conduct pre-market testing for cosmetics, lipstick manufacturers are not prevented from putting lead in their products. Fortunately, a few manufacturers now offer lead-free lipsticks.
If you’re looking for a luscious, safe product to nourish your lips following years of lead-filled lipsticks, look no further than Reve de Miel ultra-nourishing lip balm from Nuxe Paris. Safe enough for children aged 36 months and up, this Nuxe Paris product uses grapefruit peel oil as a preservative rather than parabens – which, as explained below, may cause cancer.
How can makeup that's organic and 100% recyclable be so good? Trust us, it can. In a world where cosmetic ingredients are slowly being looked at more heavily under a microscope for their purposes, Vapour Organic Beauty is leading the way in providing makeup that is literally worry free, both on an eco-conscious level as well as from a personal health standpoint. We have been praising these easy to wear and apply formulations that don't sacrifice color or longevity. My personal go-to has been the Aura Multi-Use Radiant Blush since I'm always in a hurry and I love having one product in my purse that will touch up my cheeks, eyes and lips. I'd been waiting for them to venture into nail lacquer so I was thrilled when we got the just launched Vapour Organic Beauty Vernissage 3 Free Nail Laquers in! It looks like Jessica Alba was too since Eternal was the perfect shade to match her lavender Gucci gown this awards show season. Featured in People magazine, this polish is long wearing and chip resistant, not to mention 3 Free which means it doesn't contain carcinogens. If lavender isn't your color then there's a fabulous gray option in Trance!
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She was beautiful, mysterious, voluptuous, a sex icon, a hopeless romantic, overtly sexual for her time and most importantly gone to way to soon. Almost fifty years after her death, Marilyn Monroe has never been more present in our lives. We were given a glimpse at a part of her life that was made into film, My Week With Marilyn, played by Michelle Williams; her signature red lip and pin curls are constantly seen throughout one fashion spread after another, and in a wonderful show of respect, Marilyn Monroe was named the face of the Cannes Film Festival for their 65th anniversary. She is truly timeless and her great taste in skincare has not been forgotten either…
Skincare brand Erno Laszlo has been taking care of the skin of classic Hollywood dating all the way back to 1939. Dr. Erno Laszlo, a Budapest cosmetologist treated Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, and basically all the glamour girls of that era entrusted him to keep their skin silver screen worthy. Perhaps none more so than Miss Monroe who after her death, an Erno Laszlo skin cream was found on her night stand.
With the history of the skincare brand now transcending current times, it's only befitting it pay homage to it's old Hollywood history and Marilyn by bringing out the Erno Laszlo Hollywood Collection. With 5 items in the range tailor made and specifically formulated to address the signs of premature aging, a person can wear it and feel just a little bit closer to these screen sirens who wore it before us. With 85 years of experience behind it and a timeless legacy that continues to this day, we're thrilled to offer our clients a little piece of Hollywood with the Erno Laszlo Hollywood Collection.
And to Marilyn.....we're so glad you're back.
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Sheswai nail lacquer is so shes-chic, especially the latest Spring Collection that was just given the polished thumbs-up by stylist and tastemaker Rachel Zoe in The Zoe Report! This eco-conscious brand certainly doesn't sacrifice non toxic ingredients for color as the Sheswai Spring Collection proves with three ethereal and pretty chic shades of So Pretty, a sheer opalescent creme that leaves nails looking naturally glowing; Babe, a watermelon coral that screams give me some attention; and Stoked, a chic turquoise befitting any laidback vacation by the sea. There is something for every girl in the spring collection and really will suit any stylish occasion..
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RGB Cosmetics latest nail lacquer, Dew, is sure to get some pastel lovers hearts a flutter. I've always loved and am on the lookout for the perfect "Tiffany and Co" robin's egg shade and never know if it's more blue or green. Surely it has to be somewhere in between but Dew is kind of similar, just more of a muted version. It's a very pale, mint green that is so popular right now and surely one of the perfect shades to rock this spring. If the color reminds you of an Easter egg you decorated as a child, then it's on trend for this season. As winter slowly starts to fade away, it's time to slowly add in pops of color to your nails like this one!Read More »
Tanda light therapy has revolutionized how we fight off signs of aging and eliminate acne but their latest product targets a part of the body that is known to be one of the first things that a person notices, their smile, and the unfortunate discoloration of teeth in that smile, that is less than appealing. The Tanda Pearl Ionic Teeth Whitening System is revolutionary in that it uses ionic technology to give you professionally whiter teeth in just five to ten treatments. Many teeth whitening systems that use light such as Zoom has to be done under the supervision of a dental professional, whereas the Tanda Pearl is enamel safe, built for at home use and has zero sensitivity or irritation. Dental whitening can take many hours of discomfort while this treatment only needs to be done for 5 minutes a day in the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule.Read More »
If it's possible to light up a room with scent then Antica Farmacista's latest addition, the Coriander, Lotus & Cucumber Home Ambiance Fragrance will do just that. Coming in a large and small diffuser size, this freshest of fresh green fragrance will bring out serenity and calm in any household or office space. Spicy notes of coriander and watery notes of cucumber and crenshaw melon fills any space with a beautiful softness that is long lasting.Read More »
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t's like Christmas for beauty junkies all over again when new limited edition Clarisonics enter our offices! Three new Mia2 shades, ideal for Spring have just arrived in Coral, Mango and Peony! Even though Clarisonic is a hand held skin cleansing device they are still on the pulse of the latest spring color trends for 2012 as reflected in these three new gorgeous limited edition shades. The Mia2 is the latest product addition from Clarisonic and like they say, the power of 2 is better than 1. Not everyone has the same skincare regimen so the Mia family has expanded to make room for a customer who loves the size and travel convenience of the Mia but wants a T-Timer as well as two different speed options. If you haven't caught on to the Clarisonic bandwagon yet then it's about time you got on it! Seriously, forego your designer jeans for a month and try out one of the Clarisonic Mia2 Limited Editions. It removes six times more makeup then manual cleansing, gently exfoliates and allows your skincare to penetrate deeper and work more efficiently. The power of anti-aging is in your hands when you beging using a Mia2 or any Clarisonic on a regular basis!Read More »
It has certainly been a month for the kitty cats since the very popular launch of Paul & Joe's Tenth Anniversary Meow Collection. We can barely keep these products on our shelves due to public demand as well as all the magazine beauty editors that have fallen in love with this purr-fect range. The Face and Eye Color Palette was featured in Oprah's 'O' magazine and now the Paul & Joe Lipstick C in Sex Kitten has just graced the pages of Lucky. In the Beauty Spy section, the kitty lipstick was featured amongst others items that had a certain floral 'je ne sais quoi' about them. The beautiful paper packaing that surrounds the lipstick is on it's own a collectors item. In fact, many of the prints that are used on the makeup line are actually taken from the prints used on the latest Paul & Joe clothing seen on the runways! All three of the kitty lipsticks are gorgeous with Sex Kitten (nude beige), Meow (a natural pink) and Catwalk (a glamorous orange hue).
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If we had to pick just one beauty tool to bring in our purse on a deserted island, we’d choose the Model Mirror by Les Tai Tai. As one of the biggest cosmetic sensations to emerge from the UK, the Les Tai Tai compact is the ultimate beauty accessory because of its ingenious LED lights, which are embedded into the mirror. With the push of a button, barely-see-yourself lighting is no longer an issue. Now, no matter where the night takes you, you can ensure your look remains flawless with the Les Tai Tai Model Mirror.
Not convinced? Here are five situations in which you’ll be grateful for your Les Tai Tai compact:
1. Romantic restaurants. While the dim, romantic lighting in restaurants provides invaluable ambience, it’s not ideal for inspecting your makeup in an ordinary mirror. If you’re like many women and like to perform a quick face check while your date slips away to the restroom, the Les Tai Tai lighted mirror will compensate for the candlelight’s inadequacy.Read More »