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Actresses are making bold hair changes right and left these days. First we had Sofia Vergara debuting a freshly highlighted and lightened up mane. That was followed by Reese Witherspoon showing off her new brunette hue. But Tinsel Town’s ladies were making more hair-raising headlines this week. Jennifer Lawrence showed up at the GLAAD Media Awards with a newly cropped ‘do that hit right at her shoulders while Minka Kelly revealed a softer, lighter version of her signature long locks. I think both looks are totally of the moment and show off each girl’s fashionably fearless side. What do you think? Whose makeover do you think works better?
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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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The braid is back and better than ever. From milkmaids to fishtails, Kim Kardashian and Emmy Rossum prove your hair can be a little bit messy and still look perfectly polished.  

Buttoned up in a red, lace, knee length dress, Kim Kardashian managed to make a hairstyle named after a maid look elegant at the launch of her fourth fragrance Glam. While milkmaid braids are more popular at outdoor music festivals than beauty launches, Kim’s tailored outfit and polished makeup keep Kim the playful braid professional.     

Emmy Rossum out-laced Kim with her white ruffled collar at the Saving Tails Fundraiser for animals. The messy fishtail braid keeps her prim and proper outfit from feeling too stuffy. With her fresh, red lip and button up shirt, Emmy’s braid manages to tow the fine line between a cool, messy braid and a sloppy braid.       
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Elle magazine’s 4th annual Women in Music Awards party celebrated a few of the hardest working women in the music industry. Rita Ora and Kelly Rowland are definitely two singers who seem to be popping up everywhere lately, not that we are complaining about that at all — especially since these ladies brought their boldest and brightest nail game to spice things up at the Elle event. 

Rita Ora’s fiery red lip may be where your eyes are immediately drawn, but her sky blue nails add a very necessary bit of fun to her otherwise serious Saint Laurent ensemble. For a similar sky blue shade, try China Glaze in Sky High Top for $7. 

Kelly Rowland’s nails were clearly her best accessory, and she made sure to look adorable while flaunting them on the red (well, purple) carpet. For a similar coral color, try CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant polish in Coral Silk for $4.     

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