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When I learned that the newly launched Karora Cosmetics collection with products focusing on a faux glow for your skin by way of self tanner, bronzing gel, and CC cream came from Dublin, Ireland, I was a bit surprised. While you don’t generally associate Ireland with a tan, it makes perfect sense that a country more known for drizzly nights than tropical beaches would become experts in faking a tan. Karora Cosmetics adds another dimension to their self tanning products by including botanical ingredients to help skin’s appearance even after your self tan has worn off. 

One of the highlights of their U.S. launch in my personal opinion is the full body CC Cream. Providing instant tanning results for a wide variety of shades with color correction technology, the cream dries to a matte finish which conceals uneven skin tone while adding color. Though it is labeled for “all skin tones”, it tends to work best on light to olive skin shades. The key botanical ingredients in the CC cream include green tea leaf extract, jojoba seed oil, argan oil, and acai berry, providing skin care benefits on top of an instant tan. Karora Cosmetics can currently be purchased in store at Henri Bendel and online through Organic Skincare U.S.
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Make some room on your mantle, Ms. Swift. Or should we say on your bathroom vanity. The six-time Grammy winner was awarded the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year title at the 2013 Fragrance Foundation Awards held in New York City on June 12th. The honor is given to ‘a celebrity who has uplifted the world of fragrance’ according to The Fragrance Foundation. 

The timing could not be more perfect for T. Swift. While the award honored her first two fragrances, Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted, her third fragrance, Taylor by Taylor Swift, is set to launch at the end of June on Ulta.com. Taylor by Taylor Swift is a more evolved fragrance that embodies Taylor’s personality and style.
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With three new fabulous, tropical-inspired scents, Bath and Body Works is aiming to make you beach babe ready. The new fragrances coming soon to stores are Coconut Water Chill, a blend of coconut water, iced acai berry and watery melon frozen with jasmine petals and Madagascar vanilla, White Mango Chill, a mix of white mango, kiwi sorbet and strawberry frost frozen with muguet blossom and blue sugar cane, and Citrus Orchid Chill, a combination of iced blue orchid, lemon granita and watery starfruit frozen with lotus flower and sunny musk. Each fragrance comes in the following formulas: Shower Gel ($11.00), Body Lotion ($11.00), Fine Fragrance Mist ($14.00), Shimmer Cooling Mist ($18.00), Travel Body Lotion ($5.00) and Travel Fragrance Mist ($7.00).
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Also part of the summer line is the Pure Paradise Collection. The collection features a Beach Glow Body Lotion ($16.50), which has a little bit of a sheer tint to give your skin a sun-kissed glow, a Beach Waves Hair Mist ($14.50), which claims to create incredible volume and tousled texture, and lastly the Beach Bronze Leg Shine ($16.50), which adds a slight tint of bronze shimmer to your legs.
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Am I the only one who gets immediately overwhelmed when it comes to thinking about going green and ‘doing the right thing’, especially when it comes to cosmetics? Earth Day is the perfect excuse to take a step beyond neurotic thinking about how you should have recycled that soda can and into proactive research on how to start making better decisions for our health and our environment. Thankfully there are several websites that have taken this complex issue and simplified decision making with their informative databases and articles. These three sites are dedicated to helping you make safe and informed decisions about the products you use every day, without needing a degree in chemistry or environmental science. 
 
1. Skin Deep Cosmetics Database: Reporting to be the world’s largest personal care product safety guide, Skin Deep was launched in 2004 by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group to provide “practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals”. Their aim is to fill in where the beauty industry and government have left off by creating online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. They have eight categories including: Sun, Makeup, Skin Care, Hair, Nails, Fragrance, Baby & Mom, and Men’s.

2. GoodGuide: This site states that it “provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on health, environment, and social impacts of consumer products.” With over 145,000 products rated using a combination of scientific experts and a “sophisticated ratings system”, the Good Guide helps consumers make purchasing decisions that reflect their preference and values”, whether it be issues related to health, environment, or social responsibility.

3. No More Dirty Looks: As opposed to the first two recommended websites which are databases of product ratings and reviews, No More Dirty Looks is a clean beauty and lifestyle blog. Written by Siobhan O’Connor, an editor of Prevention.com and Alexandra Spunt, art director for Everlane clothing, the authors believe that “making safe, natural, and responsible choices can not only be easy but also luxurious and — the part that matters most — effective.” Easy to navigate and fun to read, the website turned into a book deal for the duo, No more Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products— and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, your guide to greening your beauty shelf.   

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Found in the fruit of the marula tree in southern African and parts of West Africa, marula oil has been used for thousands of years for moisturizing, cooking, and even as a leather treatment. Often referred to as a ‘miracle oil’, this beauty elixir is packed with omega fatty acids, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. 

Pure marula oil is similar to the ever popular argan oil which in its pure oil form is an all-in-one product: body, hair, face — you name it, you got it moisturized. Marula oil has made its way into a range of beauty lines being sold in the US, including Clarins, Fiafini, African Botanics, and Marula Pure. Get in on the trend early by shopping these marula-infused beauty picks.  

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