St. Patrick's Day will have many Tampa Bay residents indulging in corned beef and green beer come Wednesday, but I'd be neglecting my job of keeping you gorgeous if I didn't point out that red meat and alcohol aren't exactly cornerstones on the path to pretty.
No need to imbibe, dolls. I've rounded up a few of my favorite eco-friendly beauty products sure to keep you "green" in a pinch.
Organic Glam is an organic color collection from the United Kingdom's The Organic Pharmacy. The line, which is free of artificial preservatives and fragrances, calls upon minerals, herbal extracts and antioxidants.
I've been using the eye shadow palette in "nude," and loose powder and Ultra Glossy Lip Plump in "honey sparkle," and recommend them all. The lip plump is short on petrochemicals, fragrances, colorants and preservatives — important since the average woman eats pounds of lipstick and gloss in a lifetime — but long on shine.
That said, don't let the "pharmacy" in the name fool you. Products are priced like those found in high-end department stores — think $34.95 lip glosses, $67.95 loose powders, $29.95 eye pencils and more. All available at organicglam.com.
Apply these eco-friendly hues with a collection of earth-friendly makeup brushes called Ecotools. The brushes boast bamboo handles and binding crafted of recycled aluminum cans. Plus, the actual bristles are taklon, rather than the animal bristles commonly used. Bonus: Ecotools is a member of 1% For The Planet, a coalition whose members donate 1 percent of annual revenue to serve environmental causes. Best of all, the collection can help save you some, too — a five-piece set is just $9.99 at Walgreens.
Color Club's eco-chic lacquer formula is "Big 3 Free," a phrase used to describe polishes that are free of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. Best of all, the One & Done color collection serves up oh-so-pretty color with just one coat (available at salons). Believe it or not, you can even remove polish without harsh chemicals thanks to Priti's soy-based polish remover, an organic, acetone-free remover that is also biodegradable. Get it for $11.25 for 2 ounces at beautyhabit.com.
When it comes to "green" beauty, a company called Nvey Eco kicks it up a notch with a commitment to green standards in production, packages and ingredients of their cosmetics, which are certified organic by the Organic Food Chain. The Organic Creative Eye Color System combines chamomile plus vitamins A, C, and E in an easy-to-wear formula that glides on smoothly and stays put for hours. The palettes offer five blendable shades that complement each other flawlessly; sold for $61 at econveybeauty.com.
Should temps decide to head back up to a beach-friendly level soon, be sure to pack my latest discovery in your tote bag. Smart Girls Who Surf is a natural sunscreen and skin care company out of Laguna Beach, Calif.. The chemical-free, paraben-free sunscreen is the crown jewel of the collection, which is produced in the United States and never tested on animals. I'm addicted to the Organic SPF 32 Sunscreen Face Stick ($14.99), a fragrance-free sunscreen that's environmentally friendly and ideal for even the most sensitive skin. Should you venture out for some spring break madness, shop online at smartgirlswhosurf.com.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.