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European women warned off make-up amid growing fears of harm to unborn

Pregnant women are being warned off beauty products amid fears they could lead to birth defects.
Growing concerns over the effects of chemicals such as parabens, commonly used in cosmetics as a preservative, and phthalates, used in hairspray, have led to calls for a new EU-wide cosmetics labelling system.

The move follows the publication of a study which found that women exposed to high levels of hairspray during pregnancy were twice as likely to have babies born with hypospadias, a condition in which the urinary tract grows on the underside of the penis.
High levels of phthalates, also used to soften plastics such as PVC, have been found to affect hormone levels, while parabens have been the subject of concern since 2004, when a study claimed to have detected parabens from deodorants in cancerous breast tissue.
The French government announced last week that the country’s health authorities were considering a labelling system for cosmetics that would indicate whether or not products were safe for pregnant women.
But the UK government said that the EU should address the issue as a whole, adding it to a range of changes currently being made to the European Cosmetics Directive.
Professor Paul Elliott, who led the Imperial College study into the use of hairspray during pregnancy, backs the introduction of a labelling system.
He told the Independent on Sunday: ‘Labels enable people to make informed choices. In the vulnerable period of pregnancy, it makes sense for people to reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals.

‘It is part of a broader discussion about minimising chemical exposure in early pregnancy.’
Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, added:
‘Women who are planning to conceive or who are in the first three months of pregnancy should look at what they are using.

‘The cosmetics industry needs to look at this and clearly label their products. Anything like this raises concerns, but I don’t think people should panic.’

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Beauty Shortcuts: Color AND Protection

Unfortunately, you may not have the time to jet off to the Caribbean for that perfect sun-kissed glow. Even harder is finding the time to get the SPF protection you need before you head outside for the day.

Australian Gold has got you covered—literally. Spray on their SPF 30 Continuous Spray with Instant Bronzer ($9.49) for even coverage, and subtle, instant bronzer. Or try the SPF 30 Spray Gel with Instant Bronzer ($7.99), which combines bronzer and natural oils for radiant color and healthy-looking skin! Now you can save time in the morning by putting on bronzer and SPF all at once!

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A reason to celebrate …‏

Mary Kay Ash was an inspirational businesswoman who sought to empower other women through both her words and her successful cosmetics brand. Mary Kay is offering the opportunity for any woman to celebrate Mary Kay Ash’s May 12th birthday by entering to win their own beauty birthday presents – products from Mary Kay. Each day this week through Mary Kay Ash’s birthday on Thursday, Mary Kay is hosting different product set giveaways to make women look and feel their best every day, as well as for special celebrations.

Mary Kay will be giving away the following (each day’s sweepstakes must be entered into separately):
· Tuesday – TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set
· Wednesday – Mary Kay Eye Bundle including: Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, Firming Eye Cream and Black Ultimate Mascara
· Thursday – Comprehensive set made up of all of Mary Kay’s best-selling products, plus TimeWise Night Solution and Day Solution; eye colors: Honey Spice, Black Pearl and Midnight Star; cheek color: Citrus Bloom; lip gloss: Beach Bronze and eye and cheek applicators

To enter, visit the official Mary Kay Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/MaryKay and click on the “What’s New” tab.


EOS Everyday Hand Lotion

Love the new EOS lotion, the little pod shape is a perfect fit in even the smallest handbag and easy to find in the caverns of my handbag. The lotion absorbs quickly and leaves my hands soft and smelling great.

EOS delight your skin.

EOS (evolution of smooth), known by every beauty buff as the fun and innovative skincare brand that created the Lip Balm Smooth Spheres, just launched a brand new pod-shaped, pocket-size Hand Lotion! Available in two scents, Everyday and Everyday in Cucumber, these paraben-free, hypoallergenic & dermatologist tested lotions contain good-for-you ingredients like aloe, oat, Shea butter & Vitamins C & E to leave skin feeling soft and smooth, just in time for spring!

Leave your skin feeling touchably soft for hours with this natural, fast-absorbing hand lotion.

Designed to fit in your purse, your pocket, or on your desk, eos looks as good as it feels on your skin. Infused with moisturizing shea butter, oat extract, and a generous helping of antioxidants and vitamins C and E, eos hand lotion will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and radiantly healthy long after you apply it.

97% natural formula
For all skin types
Paraben-free
Phthalate-free
Lanolin-free
Dye-free
Dermatologist tested
Hypoallergenic
1.5 fl.oz (44 ml

$3.49