Did you know that you digest a little bit of your lipstick every day? And unfortunately, when you do you are eating lead.  Cosmetic companies are not putting lead in your lipstick on purpose, but they are using preservatives to enhance color and those preservatives contain lead. When Personal Care Product Safety Laws haven't been changed since 1938, you are going to find a lot of harmful ingredients in the U.S, including lead.

We only ban 11 ingredients in the U.S. known to cause health risks. Europe bans 1400, and Beautycounter, the cosmetics company I endorse on this blog, bans 1500 ingredients known to cause health risks.  Education is the key to making us aware of what we are putting on our skin and bodies. Over time, exposure to these chemicals can cause damage to our health.  Because of the need for color, it's impossible to avoid lead altogether because it's a catch 22. You need a lipstick that performs well and colors in a lipstick, of course, are essential.  That's why we buy it.  We want to have beautiful color on our lips.

Starting today,  begin making smarter choices and know what you are buying. The EWG "Healthy Living" app can help you navigate smarter choices. Read up on this educational article about lead in cosmetics.
How lipstick can be dangerous. Know what is in  your products. #BetterBeauty

My hope for you is to make safer choices with your purchases. I don't want this blog to be just a gigantic ad with product promotion, but I share what I believe in here. I became a Beautycounter client a year ago then partnered with the company earlier this year on a deeper level because I will always purchase cosmetics and I trust this company. I trust the marketing, the "Never-List" and more importantly, I have the same passion and believe in changes like they do. I started buying cosmetics when I was 13 and never gave safety a thought. I want to start my daughter out on a different path and be confident that know what is in the ingredients she uses. Take the time to educate yourself on the cosmetic industry. This article from ABC News is GREAT START.

My favorite holiday lip sheer shade is Scarlet.  She retails for $30. Beautycounter offers 10 beautiful shades in its portfolio.

Healthy Lipstick: Scarlet by Beautycounter

The red is not an overpowering color at all.  Despite what people may think about red, it can go dramatic or soft. Here, I went soft.

Start making small changes now. Whether you mean to or not, lipstick enters our bodies. If you've been wanting to try Beautycounter and wasn't sure where to start, I recommend trying a lip sheer. The shades of Currant, Plum and Scarlet are perfect to brighten up a winter. Twig is one of the most popular neutrals sold. Rose is a beauty, but I like to bring her out in the Spring.

Choose Safe lipsticks: Beautycounter offers 10 shades

If you have a passion for making a change, email me at hinessightblog@gmail.com. Beautycounter sold 15 million in revenue last month, and we need more advocates to get safer products into the hands of everyone.

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