Thursday, November 29, 2012

Budget Beauty: Part 2

Looking great doesn't have to break your bank account. If you know the right brands to look out for and the right products to buy, you can find products that will cost you less than ten dollars! Here is a roundup of our favorite beauty picks that are under $10—some are even under $5—ranging from acne products to haircare. Head over to Vista Magazine for the rest of this article.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DIY Beauty Products

Every woman should know how to make DIY beauty products from the ingredients lying around in her kitchen. Not only are DIY recipes cost efficient, but they're also more natural and—generally speaking—they don't have any extraneous ingredients or added chemicals. What's more, if you ever run out of your store bought beauty product, you'll know exactly how to make ends meet with a few select pickings from your kitchen.

To learn how to make a quick and easy hair mask, face mask, body scrub, lip stain and how to remove yellow stains, click here.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Budget Beauty: Part 1

Getting a glamorous look on a budget may seem like a daunting task, but with the right products you can score a fabulous look with little investment. Doubtful? Look at Sofia Vergara and Jessica Alba, the spokeswomen for Cover Girl and Revlon, respectively. Both Latinas look ravishing at every red carpet event.

To see the best of the best, take a look at our roundup for the best budget makeup available at drugstores around the country that are suited for women of all colors. Click here for the rest of this article at Vista Magazine

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Clothing Concerns: Are our garments filled with hazardous toxins?

Most people know the importance of toxins in products we ingest, but we often don't consider the toxins in products we wear. According to Greenpeace, chemicals used in dyes and processing fabrics can cause cancer and disrupt hormones.

Greenpeace has released a new report—"Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up"—that investigated the presence toxic and hazardous chemicals in low-priced clothing brands, and the results are shocking. The report, which is a part of Greenpeace's Detox Campaign, reveals that "textile manufacturing facilities using hazardous chemicals and the presence of those chemicals in the products of those facilities."

Greenpeace tested 141 clothing items from 20 major brands, including Zara, Levi’s, Mango, Calvin Klein and H&M, looking for evidence of phthalates, nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) and azo dyes, which can break down into cancer-causing amines. The report explains the process:
A total of 141 items of clothing were purchased in April 2012 in 29 countries and regions worldwide from authorized retailers. These were manufactured in at least 18 different countries, mainly in the Global South, according to the garments’ labels. However, the place of manufacture was not identified for 25, which is symptomatic of an industry that is not as transparent about its manufacturing practices as it should be. The garments, designed for men, women, and children, included jeans, trousers, t-shirts, dresses, and underwear, and were made from both artificial and natural fibres; 31 of the samples bore a plastisol print, and for these items it was this part of the fabric that was tested for phthalates and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs).
What were the results? The investigation found that there were high levels of toxic phthalates in four of the garments, cancer-causing amines from the use of certain azo dyes in two garments, and NPEs were found in 63 percent of garments. What's more, the brands with the highest concentrations (1,000 ppm or more) of NPEs were C&A, Mango, Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Zara, Metersbonwe, Jack & Jones, and Marks & Spencer.

Read the rest of this article at Greener Ideal