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How this savvy mom found a dangerous substance in her daughter’s makeup kit from Claire’s

By Elise Solé From Yahoo News

Retailer Claire’s is pulling more than a dozen makeup products, thanks to one conscientious mom who discovered asbestos in her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kit.

Kristi Warner, 30, is an operations manager at Deaton Law Firm in Providence, R.I., whose firm represents clients diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the heart and lungs, often as a result of exposure to asbestos, a toxic mineral present in household appliances and industrial materials.

It can also be found in cosmetics such as blush and eyeshadow because of the use of talc, a mineral that gives makeup an opaque finish without looking cakey. According to the Food and Drug Administration, both talc and asbestos are in close proximity underground, which increases the odds of asbestos contamination during the mining of talc.

The FDA also clarifies that most cosmetics don’t need FDA approval, and, despite one study that showed no asbestos fibers in cosmetic products containing talc, there is no proof that all talc-based makeup is asbestos-free.

So, when Mackenzie was given a glitter makeup kit from Claire’s, an international makeup and jewelry company for kids and tweens, Warner’s radar went up. “Mackenzie has started to become interested in makeup — she occasionally wears it for ballet and tap recitals and she watches me get ready for work in the morning,” Warner tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “She had used the kit before I had a chance to review the ingredients, and when I looked, I only saw that the product was made in China.”

At the time, Warner was handling a case involving talc, so when sending her client’s evidence to the lab, she added her daughter’s makeup kit as a personal request. “Mackenzie overheard me talking to my co-worker and ran over and said, ‘Do you think my makeup has asbestos in it?’” says Warner. “I explained to her that we had to test it, but it crushed me because she kept asking for it back.”


One mom tested her daughter’s makeup kit from Claire’s and discovered it contained asbestos. (Photo: Courtesy of Kristi Warner

Kristi Warner’s daughter’s makeup kit from Claire’s tested positive for asbestos. (Photo: Courtesy of Kristi Warner)

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