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ABOUT FACE by Bryan Walsh

It began, as few great scientific discoveries do, with a $400 hair treatment in West Hollywood. Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt had decided to get Brazilian Blowouts — only to find out later that the secret straightening ingredient was formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

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THE DANGERS THAT LURK IN YOUR MAKE-UP BAG by Laura Blue

When two journalists discovered that formaldehyde was the miracle agent behind their sleek hair-dos, they decided to dig a little further into their beauty products’ ingredient lists. What they found was terrifying. That lipstick? That mascara? All full of toxic chemicals, as it turns out.

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HOW DEADLY ARE YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS? by Shannon Donnelly

Is Congress about to invade the beauty industry? Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)recently introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, which, if passed, will require more transparency from cosmetics companies, such as a mandatory listing of all chemicals on the label of each product. It will also force companies to disclose any adverse health effects linked to the chemicals used in their products.

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THE APPROVAL MATRIX

No More Dirty Looks, a shocking investigation of the carcinogens, formaldehyde, brain melting animal botulism etc. found in many beauty products.

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THE READING LIST

When formaldehyde hair treatments became popular, the N.Y. editor of GOOD magazine and an L.A. journalist said enough, and went in search of toxin-free products.

A GOOD CLEAN READ by Kari Molvar

The green beauty movement has been gaining more speed recently, with a trio of Democratic lawmakers introducing the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 before Congress last week. Another conversation starter: the release of No More Dirty Looks, a new eco-guide to finding safe and clean personal care products. Authors Siobhan O’Connor, an editor at GOOD magazine, and Alexandra Spunt, a journalist and marketing consultant, decided to pen the book after getting Brazilian blow-outs and wondering which ingredient in the formula smelled so toxic that it caused their throats to burn.

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DIY SPA: TRY A LUXE BATH SCRUB

No need to pay big bucks for a fancy body scrub. Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, authors of No More Dirty Looks, suggest this DIY skin smoother: Mix an exfoliating ingredient (such as sea salt or brown sugar) with jojoba, coconut or olive oil. Add essential oils in a favorite scent for a fragrant twist.

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MAGYVER YOUR MAKEUP

Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt are bicoastal best friends and the authors of No More Dirty Looks, a new book about the toxic ingredients used in everyday beauty products. Committed to trying everything they recommend in the book, they turned their bathrooms and kitchens into beauty labs to find the best products and recipes out there.

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THE NO MORE DIRTY LOOKS SERIES

The authors of a book of the same name tell the truth about your beauty products, making your life easier—and safer.

A BOOK EVERY GIRL SHOULD OWN by Christine Lepisto

Every girl likes to look her best. That is why she should read No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products, and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics. Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt have delivered an easy-to-read, understandable source that answers the questions…

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NATURAL BEAUTY BOOK AUTHORS REVEAL SHOCKING TRUTHS ABOUT COSMETICS by Emma Grady

Last month, we gave No More Dirty Looks a rave book review, which is why we jumped at the opportunity to sit down with co-authors Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt at their New York City book launch party, Thursday night. After offering our congratulations on writing a comprehensive guide to natural, organic, and DIY beauty products, we delved in to conversation about the lack of regulation in the cosmetics industry, and their kissing cousin the fragrance industry, whose chemical-laden concoctions are left a mystery because they are not required to list product ingredients on labels.

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WHAT’S IN YOUR COSMETICS BAG? by Virginia Sole-Smith

I told you last week about my new favorite book,No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products — and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics (Da Capo Lifelong, August 2010) by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt. I’ve been using their suggestions for DIY conditioner and hair gel with much success, so I was really excited to get a chance for a little email chat with the dynamic duo.

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WHY YOU SHOULD PUT OIL ON YOUR FACE by Virginia Sole-Smith

Last week, I brought you this Q&A with Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, co-authors of the fabulous new book, No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics. Between the you-will-not-believe-it factoids in their book and what we learned in Annie Leonard’s Story of Cosmetics video, I’m feeling newly motivated to clean up my beauty routine. So I circled back to Siobhan and Alexandra for their best advice on clearing up my skin and de-frizzing my hair au naturel… and it turns out, all you need is a little (plant-based not elbow) grease.

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