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10 Toxins found in common cosmetics

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Why natural makeup is better

With all the 'natural cosmetics' on the market these days, it can get downright frustrating finding which ones are worth the switch... and which ones are just a bunch of green hoopla. Is it time to part with your [inorganic, paraben-filled] favorite lipstick? Or could it be time to switch over to natural cosmetics altogther? Here, Christopher Drummond, celebrity makeup artist and creator of Christopher Drummond Beauty, lists 10 toxins found in common cosmetics, plus 10 natural products you should incorporate into your beauty regimen.

Below are 10 makeup products and ingredients I think every woman should have in her makeup bag.

Top 10 all-stars of the all-natural craze:

10. You

Obviously you can't fit inside your own makeup bag, but you can decide what's in it. It's up to you to read labels and do your research.

9. Dr. Hauschka Eye Cream

It hydrates and minimizes darkness, and is natural and organic.

8. Osea Cleansing Mudd

An amazing cleanser for oily/acne prone skin. All natural and vegan, the company has great products and a wonderful philosophy.

Why natural makeup is better7. Lush Handmade Soaps

Lush Soaps are free of palm oil, which is another ingredient to avoid. While palm oil is natural, harvesting it is devastating to the environment because of deforestation. Lush Soaps are just as decadent for the skin as they are to look at -- and they're made by hand weekly, so they're always fresh.

6. Organic Cotton Balls

Did you know that non-organic cotton is responsible for over 50 percent of the pesticides in the soil, and is devastating to the environment when harvested? Stop using it and go organic.

5. Tea Tree Oil

Another product you should always have on hand. It is a natural, anti-bacterial, and is great to sterilize your makeup brushes, and not dry them out. Great for acne, as a mouth rinse, and to clean and refresh the skin.

4. Korres Ginger and Vitamins Foundation

An eco-friendly, all natural product line that is very chic. This is a great natural alternative to the chemical-laden foundation in department stores. And it looks great on the skin.

3. Un-Petroleum

Instead of petroleum jelly, this non-petroleum jelly is perfect for dry, chapped skin. With soothing natural plant oils and healing vitamin E, your skin will love you for it! Without parabens, harsh preservatives or petrolatum.

2. Shea Butter (From The Organic Shea Butter Company)

Organic, raw and unrefined, it is an amazing product that everyone should be using. Shea butter:

  • Moisturizes dry skin
  • Treats eczema, dermatitis, itchy skin
  • Soothes and promote healing for minor burns, including sunburn
  • Softens rough skin (hands, elbows, knees and feet)
  • Prevents and minimizes stretch marks
  • Minimizes scarring

Why natural makeup is better1. Christopher Drummond Beauty Saude Pele Radiance Booster

A must-have for everyone. It gives your skin a radiant glow, while infusing it with Organic Acai, green tea and soy isoflavones. It's as good for your skin as it looks on. Simply dust a small amount on your cheeks and forehead, and you look instantly revived.

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