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THIS DOCUMENTARY REVEALS THE INGREDIENT IN YOUR MAKEUP PRODUCTS THAT COSTS PEOPLE THEIR LIVES

The cost of your favourite beauty buys goes way beyond what you actually pay for it; in some instances, the lives of little children are lost just so it can get into your hands. In a shocking exposé reported by Refinery29, as part of their ‘Shady’ series, Senior Beauty Editor, Lexy Lebsack explores the unethically sourced ingredient that’s in almost all makeup products – mica. 

It’s what gives your eyeshadow that shimmer and your blush that glow, but the truth about where it comes from will shock you. Mining mica has such massive health hazards (including respiratory illnesses, serious injury and even death) involved that British cosmetics chain, LUSH decided to forego this mineral entirely in their production and opt for a synthetic alternative, in a bid to promote ethical responsibility.

Watch as Lebsack travels to mica mines in India to uncover the truth about the child labour rings behind its production and distribution:

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