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Keeping the Peace

peacekeeprThere’s something to be said for a lipstick that not only makes you look good, but makes you feel good, too. And I’m not just talking about the kind of confidence boosting, more sass-in-my-step “feeling good” that lipstick can bring about. PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics’ bright, bold lipsticks do that, but they also represent something more: all of the company’s distributable, after tax profits go toward supporting women’s health advocacy and human rights issues. (They’ve given $55,584 in cash donations to date.) To top it off, their manufacturing practices are ruled by strict “slavery-free” and fair wage policies, and their products are cruelty free and vegan (no animal ingredients, and no animal testing). This means that with each swipe of my favorite shades (Paint Me Healed and Paint Me Compassionate), I’m reminded that I don’t have to succumb to the cosmetic status quo of shady practices and ingredients to add a little color to my look.

peackeeper2Paint Me Healed is a subtle, summery coral that is perfect for work or a day about town. (I think I’ve worn it everyday since getting it—it’s that good.) Paint Me Compassionate is a pleasant, feminine red that can range from a simple tint to a deep, dark hue depending on how much you apply. Their lip gloss (made from a cocktail of good stuff, including organic castor oil, organic beeswax, and organic shea butter) is the perfect add-on to the somewhat dry lipsticks if it’s a shiny luster you’re going for. My favorite way to wear the lipsticks is over a good dose of all-natural lip balm (I like Badger’s Creamy Cocoa, available at most health food stores), allowing for some moisturizing but keeping the classic matte look.

Beyond lipsticks, the company also boasts natural and eco-friendly nail paints and nail paint remover (a rare find). From one peacekeeper to another, their entire inventory is worth checking out.

Find all of the products mentioned here and more at iamapeacekeeper.com.

 

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