Pretty Good Idea: Cargo's eco-friendly PlantLove cosmetics; Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss

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Feel the love: Are you interested in finding quality green cosmetics that won't put you in the red? Cargo's new organic PlantLove line will really grow on you. This brand is serious about its Earth-friendly mission.

The Natural Origin Collection includes lipsticks, foundations, eye shadows, blushers and bronzers, and they're all free of parabens, phthalates, petro-chemicals, synthetic dyes and fragrances. The 100% Natural Origin Baked Illuminator is a blush, bronzer and highlighter in one. Made with kranaja, grape seed and sunflower seed oils, it comes in three colors: Earth (gold/copper), Wind (terra cotta/champagne) and Fire (pink/pearl).

PlantLove takes things a step further with colorful, groovy bio-plastic containers made from corn. It won't take 100 years for these to return to Mother Earth once you toss them in the trash.

But here's the most amazing part: The lipstick box is infused with wildflower seeds. Just wet, plant and watch 'em grow. Now that's truly green.

The Botanical Lipstick comes in 20 shades for $20 each, of which $2 goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; the multi-tasking Baked Illuminator runs $28. Go to Sephora.com or CargoCosmetics.com.

Lips don't lie: Feeling frisky? Or maybe you're all Hot & Bothered. Tell the world without speaking a word with Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss. This slick operator goes on clear and changes colors right before your eyes, from cotton candy pink to a deep fuchsia, depending on your mood. The box says light pink is Totally Zen, while a deeper hue shows Dirty Thoughts. Now that's lip service. Mood Swing is $18.50 at TooFaced.com and Sephora stores.

Doreen Christensen

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