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Make this your healthiest year yet. Follow these five green beauty resolutions for a naturally beautiful new year!

1. Scrutinize Skin Care and Cosmetics Labels

The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database receives about 10 hits a day from me. It’s become my best friend this year, as I’ve weaved through numerous skin care labels. I admit, though, I can be lax when it comes scrutinizing makeup. It doesn’t make sense to take care of my skin with organic products, but then paint my face with petroleum.

Luckily, I’ve been discovering more and more eco-cosmetics lines every day. One of my new favorites is Monave. Monave mineral makeup is weightless, beautiful and has an excellent color payoff. It’s made from pure, oxidized mica and crushed minerals—same active ingredients conventional makeup contains, minus the added chemicals. I love jazzing up my eyes with shimmery versatile powders. Simply layer the shadows to produce bold, smoldering eyes—and custom colors!

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Monave mineral eyeshadow is healthy for your skin and fun to apply. Photo Courtesy Monave.

2. Whip Up More Natural Home Remedies

I’ve shared a few natural home beauty tips in the past, but have recently begun concocting natural home remedies again. When winter wind and drying indoor heat made my oily skin become flaky, I knew no conventional scrub could help me. That’s when I decided to mix two tablespoons of olive oil with kosher salt to make my own natural face exfoliator. It worked! For two nights, I gently scrubbed my skin with this two-ingredient miracle, and topped off my face with a light layer of olive oil—so long, dry skin! (And just in case you're wondering, no, spreading olive oil on oily skin won't result in breakouts.)

Before I resort to buying a new product to treat the skin care trouble of the day, I’m going to take a look in my cupboards for natural solutions. Keep your bathroom and kitchen stocked with olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, kosher salt, essential oils, honey, tea, lemons and cucumbers—all of these little wonders will work magic on your skin. Stay tuned for more recipes with these natural ingredients. I have some great ideas for deep conditioning your hair, de-puffing your eyes and drawing out impurities from your skin.

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