Five Reasons To Try Natural Beauty Products

What comes to mind when you think of natural beauty products? If you’re looking into them for the first time, it can be a bit confusing. Sure, there is a lot of buzz about all-natural goods, but what does it mean in terms of make-up and skin care? It means a healthier, more beautiful you. Here are five good reasons to switch to natural beauty products.

Five Reasons You Should Consider Using Natural Beauty Products

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1. Not All Chemicals Are Created Equal

Regular beauty products have synthetic ingredients. A lot of them. Everything from colors in eye shadows to scents in shampoos are often artificial. They can cause anything from acne breakouts to blisters to itchy dry skin. Some of them are known toxins or carcinogens, and many do not get tested for safety. Natural products don’t contain these abrasive, damaging chemicals. They also do not contain artificial preservatives. They are gentler, not harmful to your skin, and much safer to use.

2. They Help You Be Cruelty Free

Thousands of unsafe skin and hair products are tested on animals. This is not the case with natural care items. All the ingredients used in them-bee pollen, honey and milk, for example-are natural and not harmful to animals. And natural beauty products do not contain any ingredients made from animals, either. Not only do they save your skin, they save the lives of innocent animals.

3. A Great Way to Go Green

By eliminating toxic chemicals from what they create, manufacturers of organic products reduce pollutants in water, sewage and trash. Food ingredients are grown organically and do not contain artificial pesticides and fertilizers. This also reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emissions and our carbon footprint. And while many non-natural products have harmful plastic packaging, natural products use recyclable, environmentally friendly ones.

4. You Are What You Absorb

Skin is the largest organ of the body, and it absorbs nearly 60 percent of anything applied to it. Then our bodies must break down what is absorbed and remove any toxins from it. If a beauty product contains a lot of chemical ingredients, this process becomes harmful. These toxins can cause illness and decreased fertility, among other things, and the more frequent the use the greater the overall risks. Natural products remove this danger by using ingredients like citrus fruits and rose hip oil, which promote good health inside and outside.

5. The Natural Truth

If you listened to everything that the advertisements told you, you would have the impression that you simply had no hope of looking fantastic without their (usually expensive) products. Millions of dollars are spent in advertising and marketing synthetic beauty care, and the costs of that are passed down to the consumers. But natural beauty products have been used for centuries by women like Cleopatra with excellent results and no gimmicks or false promises. The manufacturers of these products don’t spend a fortune on advertising, and they don’t make sweeping claims they can’t back up with hard data. Unlike synthetic brands, what you see is what you get: healthy products with healthy results.

Beauty is more than skin deep. It goes all the way to your bloodstream and the environment. Switching to natural products not only helps you be healthier, it also helps the world you live in. What could be more beautiful than that?

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The 41 Best Lip Balms

Girl Gloss is brought to you by lip balm addicts, so isn’t it about time that it had a best lip balm list? I think it is! The following are the best lip lip balms that money can buy!


The Best Lip Balm List

The best balm list is split by tinted and untinted products and is generally in order of favorites as far as the top 5 or so go. But after that it is hard to pick favorites among the items, as they are all good products. You really can’t go wrong with any of these nice balms. Instead of trying to link to each balm, I verified that you generally can find them through the following sources, with the exception of Votre Vu, which has their own website and is also an MLM program.

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Best of the Standard Lip Balms

Below are 30 of the best lip balms. These generally are untinted or refer to the untinted version of the balm.

1: Badger Cocoa Butter Balm: Big, fat, and tasty, plus natural with great moisturizing ingredients and made by a cool company. What else could you want? Badger is our perennial number one favorite!

2: Murad Vitalic Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector SPF 15: For the most part, I tried to keep gel tubes off this list because I classify them as glosses instead of a balms, but Murad’s lip protector is simply too good not to be on the list. This super moisturizing gel tastes great, gives lots of shine and offers SPF 15 protection.

3: Eos Lip Balm: The cool Eos lip balm pods are all the rage and the balm is pretty darn good too! Fun to carry and great to wear.

4: Votre Vu: Votre Vu makes a luxurious, buttery balm with a nice vanilla almond taste that comes packaged in a lipstick type tube. For hand cream fans, you can also get the Duette, which is a tube of particularly nice hand cream with the balm in the lid.

5: Fresh Sugar Rose: A cult classic for a reason, Fresh Sugar Rose has a luxurious feel with a wonderful scent and taste. This is the best luxury level lip balm that you can buy.

6: Maui Mike’s Lip Balm SPF 15, Surfer’s Mint: A popular balm that has a great texture that is not too waxy and not too oily. It wears very well and offers SPF protection.

7: Caudalie Lip Conditioner: This buttery balm has great texture and also is good sized, making it a great choice for those who like a bigger balm.

8: Palmer Coco Butter Balm: A nice standard lip balm. Buttery and long wearing. Look for it at your local drugstore.

9: Mission Lip Balm: A favorite for outdoor activities, Mission balms have a good SPF level and are a bit waxier so that they will last longer and give good wind protection. I wear mission when I go running.

10: Jane Iredale Lipdrink: Moisturizing and soothing. This is a good everyday balm.

11: Tarte fRxtion Natural Sugar Exfoliator & Lip Balm Duo: Exfoliation is important and often over looked. This duo is a great way to exfoliate and then moisturize.

12: Alba Hawaiian: Super tasty is why I love this balm. It also is packed with some nice oils and is a bit on the glossy side for fans of lighter balms.

13: Lorac Vitamin E Stick: A great choice for vitamin E lovers. This stick conditions and protects.

14: Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 36 PA++. Buy this one for its great sun protection. Perfect for tropical vacations!

15: NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm: A nice balm that generally gets good reviews.

16: Kiss My Face: If you love natural products, this is the balm to buy. It provides good moisture though natural oils in a lightweight balm.

17: Bliss Fabulips: Yet another nice buttery balm.

18: H2O Plus Lip Treatment: Provides extra conditioning for extra dry lips.

19: Dr.Hauschka Skin Care Lip Balm: This is a nice standard balm that is generally well rated.

20: Banana Boat Lip Balm: Great for outdoor activities, this balm is a bit waxier in order to last longer and it has a good does of SPF. I often wear this one in summer and alternate it with mission balms for outdoor activities.

21: ChapStick Fresh Effects: A super minty balm to freshen breath while keeping your lips fresh as well.

22: Classic Chapstick: The old standby, I still love my cherry Chapstick!

23: Badger Classic Balm: A lighter, slightly oilier balm, good for those who like smoother and glossier balms.

24: Philosophy Kiss of Hope Therapeutic Lip Treatment: An all around good conditioning lip treatment.

25: Maybelline Baby Lips: Soft and soothing, this is a nice standard balm.

26: L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick: I love shea butter, and this balm packs it in. Great for overall moisturizing.

27: Peacekeeper Eco-Sensual Lip Balm: Another nice daily wear lip balm with a lot of fans.

28: Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer: If you need an easy to find lip treatment, this is always  a good option.

29: Yes To Carrots:  A lightweight balm that can be found at most drugstores. Comes in a variety of flavors, including carrot!

30: Jack Black Intense Therapy Balm: A highly conditioning treatment balm.

Best Tinted Lip Balm

Here are 11 great tinted balms.

1: Benetint Balm: Benetint is the original lip stain, and their balm packs in the pigment for pretty rose colored lips with a dose of moisture. Don’t be afraid of the red pot, the tint is very natural looking.

2: Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Lip Protector: A balm that wears very well and gives off a good amount of tint.

3: Yves Saint Laurent VOLUPTÉ SHEER CANDY Glossy Balm Crystal Color: Expensive, but the choice of pretty and sheer shades makes it worth it.

4: Korres Lip Butter: lightly tinted natural balms.

5: Dior Addict Lip Glow: Claims that the tint will adjust to your perfect color. I don’t buy into that, but I still love this product for its pretty tint and great conditioning.

6: Laura Mercier Stick Gloss: Good tint in a quality balm.

7: MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner: These pot balms have a good amount of pigment and moisturizing properties.

8: Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain: I love Totkidoki, and their lip balm stain does a nice job at providing color and conditioning.

9: Chapstick True Shimmer: A balm with a shimmery tint to it. Try it over standard lip stain for comfortable and neat look.

10: Nivea Tinted Lip Balm: Nivea makes several tinted items, each of which gives a nice bit of color in a light weight balm.

11: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer: Offers a decent range of shades in a slim balm.

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Sponsored: The Most Innovative Beauty Brands

I was asked by Sprint (via Glam media) to write about the most innovative beauty brands. These brands on multiple occasions have been the first to try new creative ideas, leading to further innovations in the realm of beauty. Innovation in beauty products happens all the time and across many different brands, but I chose these five brands based on their fairly constant innovations, whether that be in technology, ecology, color selection, or packaging and marketing. So, here are my five choices for the the most innovative beauty brands:

MAC Cosmetics

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MAC cosmetics leads the way in innovation, both in the creation of new products and in the development of color. With multiple special collections and limited edition products released every month, the brand is constantly putting out new shades and new types of cosmetics. MAC led the way in creating tinted blends of pressed mineral powder, blush, and eye shadow, and their lip products  have evolved from their standard excellent quality lipsticks and glosses into specialty high dazzle items such as dazzle glass and the beautiful creamy cremesheen lip glass. No other brand has the range of shades as MAC, who also leads the way in affordable pigment packed makeup. Their innovation is a primary reason why they have so many fans.

Make Up For Ever


Make Up Forever innovated the concept on high definition makeup, which has become a recent hot item in the cosmetic world. Beginning with smooth and illuminating high definition foundation, the line quickly moved into smudge proof and incredibly waterproof items such as the beautiful Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes, which glide on effortlessly and come in 25 shades. The aqua eyes liners set the standard that many other brands now try to follow . Another lovely item from the company are their water resistant lip liners which make for a great long wearing lip color when applied to the entire lip.

Kiss My Face

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Kiss My Face has led the way in the realm of eco-friendly cosmetics and skin care. I first knew the company as one of the leaders in biodegradable shampoo and soap and would purchase those items for camping trips. Then, after learning that they were just plain nice items, I explored their wonderful natural lip balms. Over time, the company has put out increasingly more natural products. They were on of the first on the scene before natural makeup became a sought after item and have grown accordingly as demand for those products has risen.


benefit makeup kit

Aside from having quality cosmetics and interesting items, Benefit Cosmetics is a leader in packaging and marketing. The company in one of the few to package creative palettes and kits that contain not just pressed powder items, but also tubes, pencils, and glosses. They were the first company I ever saw mass market cardboard and magnetic packaging for palettes as well—something that is durable, lightweight, easy to open, and also more eco-friendly. Each package is unique and creatively named, and is distinctively part of the Benefit brand.


chanel nail polish

Chanel is an innovator in luxury cosmetics. As a luxury line, Chanel has led the way in creating quality high-end cosmetics with a wide range of shades and interesting items. In particular, Chanel has been an innovator in luxury level fragrances, something they have always been known for. Chanel also is the leader in high end nail polishes, putting out several limited edition shades each year that are highly sought after and quickly sold out.


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o “Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sprint via Glam Media”

o “The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sprint”


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