Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lookin' Pretty Green: Part II

Time to shop.

After reading "No More Dirty Looks" by Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt (Da Capo Lifelong Books, $14.95) and hyperventilating over my lack of nontoxic cosmetics and products, I've been trolling the World Wide Shopping Web like a mad woman.

Some sites to browse:

RMS Beauty. The authors raved about makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift's line, which contains pretty much everything you'd need: a concealer/foundation, lip gloss, cream eye shadow, a luminizer and intriguingly, raw coconut cream, which can be used as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer.

Spirit Beauty Lounge. The site not only carries many of the products recommended by "No More Dirty Looks," but you can order sample sizes. Brilliant. I bought a slew Thursday night, and there they all are! Such fast shipping, Spirit Beauty Lounge. Impressive. And only the coconut cream melted. I'm sure it will firm up again. Expect reviews soon.

Beauty Kat. I only came across a handful of stuff in the medicine cabinet that was "safe" and Japanese label Komenuka Bijin was among those precious few. Komenuka offers a very, very clean line. I've used the body cream and moisturizer and liked both. This site offers wickedly cheap shipping ($2.88 or free for a $40 order), so it's worth checking out.

Soap.com. Fortuitously, I got a coupon in the mail for Soap.com on the same day I finished up this book. It carries Alaffia coconut and shea butter shampoo, which is recommended, along with Dr. Bronner's soap, also recommended (you can find it at Target and Ulta, too). I pulled together an order (I don't need much prodding when coconut is involved) and also received a referral code to share — KCXX8864. It's good for 15 percent off your first purchase. Feel free to use it if you can't find a better offer out there. I allegedly get $10 credit if people use the code, just to be completely forthcoming.

• Thanks to S, who shared the link for the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep cosmetics safety database. It's a good place to do some sleuthing and find safe stuff because, let's face it, we're not gonna go makeup-less and stop coloring our hair, are we? Of course not.

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