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Confession: I am one of those girls that has to have a flattering lip gloss stored in her purse at all times. I was an avid Bonne Bell fan in middle school—my favorite flavor was Strawberry Banana—and ever since that first lip gloss discovery in the fifth grade, I have taken great pleasure in applying a flattering pink- or red- hued gloss on my lips.
Just as I am a fan of a quality lip gloss (my years of Bonne Bell usage have long passed), I am equally a fan of avoiding chemical ingredients such as retinyl palmitate red, parabens, and tocopheryl acetate, all of which have been linked to endocrine disruption, skin irritation, and other toxic effects. I’m a huge fan of Stacy Malkan’s Not Just A Pretty Face, which brings to light the dangers of using chemical laden makeup products.
The tints below are my top picks for organic, vegan, and non-toxic lip colors that will leave your lips looking fresh, subtly glossy, and totally kissable.
Tarte Cosmetics LipSurgence lip luster in Pouty
After a massive lip-tint-testing extravaganza at my local Sephora store, Tarte’s LipSurgence lip luster in Pouty prevailed. I adore that it comes in an easy-to-apply stick that adds a subtle layer of shimmery pink. Plus, this stick is hydrating for dry, chapped lips. tartecosmetics.com
Gabriel Cosmetics Zuzu Luxe in Cosmopolitan
The moment my lips felt this smooth, shiny gloss, I knew my pout was in for a pampering. The understated pink is perfect for work or school, yet pretty enough for an evening out on the town. gabrielcosmeticsinc.com
Pacifica Beauty Color Quench Lip Tint in Blood Orange
Think sweet coral with a pop of pink and fresh orange undertones. This company has mastered the art of creating a feminine, flattering hued gloss with long-lasting, moisturizing properties. pacificabeauty.com
Talia Fuhrman has a B.A. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and is a freelance body image and nutrition writer and chef. She’s on a mission to help people understand that eating healthfully and feeling fantastic can be fun, delicious, and easy. She has written for numerous websites and magazines including Psychology Today, Positive Impact Magazine, VegNews, CrazySexyLife.com, GirlieGirlArmy.com, and DiseaseProof.com. You can find her at www.taliafuhrman.com and on Facebook.