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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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We got the inside scoop on how to copy Selena Gomez’s MTV Movie Awards hairstyle. Marissa Marino of the Nine Zero One Salon worked on the punky pompadour and used UNITE Hair Care products to get it just right. Here, from UNITE Hair Care, are the steps to recreate the look:
  1. To create the pompadour, section off hair from the front of your hairline and sprinkle it with the UNITE Expanda Dust ($25) throughout. Tease it back, using a comb. Next, pin this section with a bobby pin to secure it in place. 
  2. Take the rest of the hair and make five small ponytails down the center of your head. 
  3. Create a French braid using all of the ponytails together. (You can find French braid tutorials on YouTube.com).
  4. Spray the UNITE Session Max Hairspray ($29.95) all over to tame frizzies and smooth the sides around the hairline.
  5. To make the braid look undone, pull it apart and pin these pieces down, using bobby pins. 
  6. Finish the look with the UNITE Max Control Hairspray ($27.50) to tame down any fly-aways. 
Image Credit: David Gabber / PRPhotos.com
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Confession time: I used to shampoo my hair daily. The world of dry shampoos seemed a lovely fairy tale that made for a great story, but would do nothing for my very real greasy hair dilemmas. Naturally I sought to prove everyone praising dry shampoos wrong and began testing out as many dry shampoos as I could get my hands on. Some did nothing, some left my hair greasier than it started, and others left a powdery mess. But then it happened. I was proven wrong. Without further ado, I present you with the two dry shampoos that work so well I’ve been able to cut my hair washing in half. 

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: A friend from Switzerland originally introduced me to this French beauty brand. As a dancer and international traveler, she swears by the brand as the most effective in cutting down oil, giving her hair a fresh look despite dancing for hours and the minimal white residue quickly disappears after you comb the product through the hair. I’ve become addicted. 

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray: Advertised as a “brilliant alternative to dry shampoo”, the first thing I fell in love with about this product was the smell. The amazing, luxe fragrance that I’d like turned into a perfume, body lotion, and a candle (please Oribe!) is only one part of the overall ‘brilliant’ experience. The spray left no residue in my hair, left it with more volume as promised, and quickly absorbed any excess oil. This product has become a guilty pleasure that I’ll use in my hair whether its dirty or clean.      

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For many of us our eyes feel some of the most brutal effects of allergy season. But there are ways to manage the symptoms and emerge even more bright-eyed than ever before. 

If your eyes are often watery, itchy and/or red during this time of year, you might want to consider using eye drops. Talk with your doctor about what your best options are. I use an over the counter formula that helps get the gunky feeling out and takes the stinging (as well as the red lines) away. 

After using medicines aimed at lessening my symptoms, I turn to cosmetics to keep me looking the part. Every morning and every night I apply an eye cream (here’s a review of my favorite: Kiss My Face Eye Witness Eye Repair Creme) to my under-eye area. Using only a small amount I dab the cream on under my eyes and then rub it — using the lightest of pressures — in a circular motion in to my skin. 

Because of my eyes heightened sensitivities during spring, I try to limit the amount of eye makeup I apply. I also make sure to remove all my makeup at the end of the day to ensure no irritants are left to agitate my eyes while I sleep. Take the Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips is my favorite eye-specific makeup remover, as it clears away the makeup but doesn’t take any natural moisture with it. I often follow up with a cleansing facial towelette like Say Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Wipes, just to make sure my skin is completely clean before bed. 

I also make sure my brushes are clean and free of particles or dust that might irritate my eyes. Sephora makes a great brush cleansing spray, Daily Brush Cleaner, that cleans makeup brushes nicely and doesn’t require rinsing. 

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