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Friday, July 30. 2010

Good for Your Skin, Pocketbook, and the Environment.

Good for Your Skin, Pocketbook, and the Environment: Top Ten Cosmetics Brands


There are millions of cosmetics brands out there, and when you make a stop over at your local convenient store or cosmetics retailer, you may be hard-pressed to navigate which ones are of good quality, won't damage your skin, and also don't participate in any sort of cruel animal testing. The following are ten brands that in some way meet these criteria, with the added bonus of being very affordable. These brands prove that you don't have to break the bank for bringing out the beauty in you.


1. Physicians Formula


Physicians formula brand cosmetics are designed with sensitive skin in mind. Their Organic Wear line of products are 100% free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, parabens, and are completely cruelty-free. What's more Physicians Formula can be found at nearly any drugstore for very reasonable prices.


2. Almay


Almay is another brand that is especially good for those with sensitive skin. The prices of their products range from about $5 to $20. They are carried at most drugstores, and their entire line is cruelty-free. Almay also has an organic line and is highly rated in many beauty magazines.


3. Revlon


Revlon is an industry giant in the cosmetics industry, but notwithstanding its dominance among such products, it's cheap and also the very first large company to stop testing its products on animals, which it did in 1990. Revlon's specific goal is to provide quality products at affordable prices.


4. Hard Candy


Although Hard Candy is not quite as well known as the industry leaders, Hard Candy is becoming more and more popular. Hard Candy can be found at most Wal-Mart stores. Their products are not tested on animals and they are particularly well known for the edgy packaging and fashionista bent.


5. Oil of Olay


Oil of Olay is a reputable brand of cosmetics that is highly renowned for its affordable facial and anti-aging products like its Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream and several eye serums. Although most of these types of products come at a heavy price, Oil of Olay is particularly affordable and can be found at most drugstores, too.


6. Burt's Bees


Burt's Bees is a brand of healthy and beauty products that you can also find at most drugstores and other retailers. While Burt's Bees emphasis is mostly on hygiene, they do offer cosmetic products like lip glosses, eye creams, facial moisturizers, etc.

Burt's Bees is a bit pricier than most cosmetic lines, but their products are natural and they have a history of environmental friendliness.


7. Bare Escentuals


Bare Escentuals is a popular brand of cosmetics known especially for its mineral based makeup, which is also not tested on animals. Bare Escentuals emphasizes the natural look and can be purchased at affordable prices. Their products available at most outlets, including drugstores.


8. Maybelline


Maybelline is another giant in the affordable cosmetics industry, but it delivers quality products all the same. It's Mineral Makeup is especially highly praised, although it is best reserved for those without very oily skin. According to one reviewer, Maybelline Mineral Powder Foundation "takes the cake in terms of value.


9. Afterglow


Although this company is smaller and most of its products can be found more easily online through such retailers as Amazon.com, Afterglow is tops when it comes to organic value and sensitive skin. Afterglow is also noted for its outstanding customer service


10. Neutrogena


Neutrogena is a very affordable brand of cosmetics that can be found virtually everywhere. The best aspect of Neutrogena's line is its non comedogenic emphasis, meaning that their products are excellent for sensitive skin and have been shown to reduce acne over long term use. While Neutrogena's line is cruelty-free, it must be noted that its parent company, Johnson and Johnson is not.


This guest post is contributed by Tisha Dotson, who writes on the topics of medical coding certification.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: tishadotson86 @gmail . com. 


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