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DIY Friday: Grimes Shares Her Natural Beauty Secrets

For today’s DIY Friday we’re thrilled to feature our friend and fellow natural beauty advocate Grimes. Like many of us Grimes knows that some of the most extraordinary beauty products can be made simply at home using ordinary ingredients. In addition to being safe and effective these ingredients are all affordable and readily available at your local market or health food store. For those of you looking for a more dramatic look, Grimes shares her newest stage makeup obsession. Enjoy! Xoxo Alexis

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L’OREAL TRIED TO RECRUIT THE WRONG GIRL…

As a student at Harvard Business School, I have the honor of receiving dozens of daily recruitment emails from companies eager to court me for a summer internship. My entire class submits their resumes for a “resume book,” which is purchased by thousands of companies so they can handpick the perfect candidates for their open positions, hoping that we will use everything we learn in business school to improve their operations and in turn, make them more money. I instantly delete most of these emails without even opening them, as they come from the most uninspiring corporations and boring consulting firms that I have absolutely no interest in. Today, however, I saw the word “L’Oreal” flash in my inbox, so I obviously clicked to open the email, and my jaw dropped as I read:

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Game On: Top 10 Best & Worst Beauty Brands

It’s Friday and I have no class today, so I decided to dedicate the day to a little experiment. I took the “Top 10 Beauty Brands” according to Forbes Magazine, and then I found each company’s highest-scoring (most harmful) product on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. The EWG developed Skin Deep to increase public awareness of the ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. After extensive scientific research, they have rated thousands of products from 0-10, 0 being the safest possible and 10 being the most toxic. It remains the best and most extensive resource for learning about this issue. I want to share the highest-scoring products from the “Top 10 Beauty Brands” with you so we can start to think about WHY these companies are so powerful, and WHAT we can do to improve cosmetic safety.

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Pink Ribbon Posers

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we are going to explain the #beautybullshit behind the “PINK RIBBON.”

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Whole Body: The Destination for Beauty and Wellness

Here at Beauty Lies Truth we believe that what you put on your skin is as important as what you eat. Emily Wright, a Global Media Relations Specialist at Whole Foods Market, couldn’t agree more. Emily works with Whole Body, the beauty and wellness department at Whole Foods Market, and is passionate about sharing the best and safest products with her customers. I was fortunate enough to chat with Emily about the Whole Body beauty standards and products, as well as her own personal discoveries within the world of non-toxic beauty. Enjoy!! Xoxo Alexis

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Human Guinea Pigs

When people ask me why I care so much about the ingredients in our makeup and skincare, I tell them that they would care, too, if they knew the levels of harmful chemicals in their bodies. This issue is universal and personal, yet no one knows to question the ingredients in our products, because everyone assumes they are safe.

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Microbeads and Shea Butter: A Love Story in Two Parts

Part 1

It’s fascinating how one day can change your life. I first learned about the dangers of microbeads (those multi-colored mini scrubbers in your face wash) from a NY Times article. Like most people I had no idea that those seemingly innocuous bright pink, orange and blue beads that make our faces tingle with joy are actually contributing to widespread environmental pollution.

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Shit in a Pretty Pink Box

When I was fifteen years old, I found out that my favorite mascara, Maybelline Great Lash, contained an industrial chemical used to wax airplane wheels. I was crushed. I considered putting on makeup a “rite of passage,” and I was so loyal to my beauty products you could almost say I was dating my cosmetics bag. But when I found out that none of my products were regulated or tested for safety, some ingredients were even hidden from the labels, and many of the chemicals used freely in the United States have already been banned in Europe, I was heartbroken.
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REDO: My New Top Shelf

Earlier in the year I had the privilege of being featured on Into The Gloss as a contributor to their Top Shelf series. I was so thrilled to share my favorite beauty products and routines with the world. Unfortunately, I had not yet realized that the products I was using on a regular basis were exposing my body and our planet to thousands of unsafe chemicals.