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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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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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tswift.jpgTaylor Swift is infamous for two things: her long, blond mane and stealing your celebrity crush (sigh, Jake Gyllenhaal). Revenge has long been in order and now is the chance to get even with a little stealing of our own. Swift’s red carpet worthy ponytail at the Academy of Country Music Awards is versatile, on trend for spring, and best of all easy to copy on your own. This sleek ponytail easily goes from an average day at the office to a crazy night on the town and only takes a few tools you probably already own: styling lotion (a favorite: Living Proof’s styling cream), a blow dryer, and a flatiron. To fully commit to the T. Swift style, a clip-on bang is an optional but encouraged addition.  

How to steal the style: 
  • Apply styling cream to damp hair and blow dry with a flat brush. 
  • Section and flatiron hair until your desired level of straight and sleek has been achieved. 
  • Carefully brush hair up into a ponytail, ensuring all bumps are smoothed out. 
  • Optional: Apply clip-on bang. 
  • For extra shine and to tame flyaways, finish the look with a high gloss spray, like Ojon’s Color Sustain gloss spray.   
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Achieving a healthy glow is a lot harder than Rosario Dawson makes it look. Sure, you should drink lots of water, eat healthy, make sure you maintain a regular skin care routine, and get plenty of sleep. But let’s be real for a second here — as much as this is the golden standard we all strive for, who has time for all that? While working towards a healthier lifestyle that will reflect through perfect skin, I’ve been cheating. I’ve tried, tested and found these five beauty products offer the best glow with minimal excess shimmer particles. For good measure, don’t forget to drink a glass of water while you get your glow on.  

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If you’ve caught even a snippet of this season’s Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo, you have probably noticed one of the fashion stylist’s mainstay accessory of late: navy blue eyeliner. For ‘brown-eyed girls’ like Zoe, navy eyeliner highlights and brightens the eye area, creating a subtle but striking contrast to the darker color of the iris. For individuals with lighter eyes, navy eyeliner can often make the subtle colors in your eye come to the forefront. Navy transitions well into the spring, providing a similar effect as black eyeliner without looking harsh and overdone. Take a cue from stylist and designer Zoe — shop the navy blue favorites below.  

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