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Celebrate Beauty and Earth Day 2013: 5 Brands That Are Fabulous and Eco-Friendly

#1  Tarte Cosmetics – This brand specializes in “good-for-you glamour,” makeup and beauty products that are eco-friendly and cruelty-free. We can’t get Tarte Maracuja Oilenough.  Made from ingredients like Amazonian clay and maracuja oil, the textures and performance of these products are impressive. I am a huge fan of the eye shadows – highly blendable and satiny smooth.  Also, the BB Cream (which is sold out everywhere) is glorious, it just melts into a light powdery finish that leave skin super soft.

Find online and at Sephora.

#2  Privé – Created by top stylist, Laurent Dufourg, as a line of hair care formulas that could perform to the expectations of the most elite stylists and the clientele, this line of products is made from a delightful mix of herbs and innovation.  The company is a staunch supporter of environmental responsibility and has created programs and products to support these beliefs.  The new Concept Vert line is taking beauty editors by storm and winning tons of awards.  The coolest new product is the Volumizing Froth.  A volumizing non-aerosol mousse that leaves your hair soft, shiny and full of bounce!

$24.00 – online or click here to find a salon.

#3  Josie Maran – Created by supermodel and namesake, Josie Maran, this line is truly luxurious and eco-friendly with products that are pure, gentle, nontoxic, and sophisticated. Maran also believes in doing some good along with her business and has partnered with many organizations, such as the National Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Teens for Safe Cosmetics, Global Green USA, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and City of Hope. You must check these out and make sure to see the Earth Day promotion – they will throw in a free gift!

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#4  Korres – This company got its start in the in the oldest homeopathic pharmacy in Athens, Greece. Korres is committed to developing natural skincare, color, and body products that have proven effectiveness and are based on active ingredients. Their formulations are among the most environmentally friendly and skin compatible available today. My personal favorite is the Quercetin & Oak Anti-Aging & Anti-Wrinkle Firming Face Serum.  The light serum absorbs quickly and completely into the skin prepping it for a moisturizer and makeup.  Unlike other serums that contain a lot of silicon, this won’t pill under makeup. Remember ladies, serums are critical once you pull into your 30’s and 40’s.

$62 at Sephora

PRITI NYC SHERBET HOMEPAGE2#5  Priti NYC – Think it is impossible to have a natural nail polish?  Well Kim D’amato founder of Priti NYC figured it out.  Leave it to a pregnant woman desperate for a manicure to go on a mission to create such a glorious and safe product.  Known among beauty insiders as the pioneering leader in luxury eco-friendly nail polish, Priti NYC launched in 2005 with one simple mission: to support organic farmers and to decrease the amount of chemicals poisoning the Earth – and it’s inhabitants- one manicure at a time.

$16 per bottle – found online at Gaiam