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On this episode of Shady, our host, Lexy Lebsack explores the unethically sourced ingredient that's in almost all makeup products. She travels to the mica mines in India to uncover the truth about child labor rings behind this mineral. Watch Shady to see what really goes into making your makeup!
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Maya Stallion
Maya Stallion 2 hours ago
I swear I can't just stop crying it's really breaks my break 💔 to see this innocent children suffer
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE Hour ago
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Pooja Heera
Pooja Heera 3 hours ago
I didn't know about anything like this. It's heartbreaking 💔.
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 hours ago
Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. If you wanna more information, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/ or if you wanna help them, you can watch ruvid.net/video/video-UsqKz1hd_CY.html These children will thankfully your gesture.
nankur
nankur 5 hours ago
Please help himm
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 5 hours ago
Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. If you wanna more information, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/ or if you wanna help them, you can watch ruvid.net/video/video-UsqKz1hd_CY.html These children will thankfully your gesture.
Queen heart
Queen heart 9 hours ago
People don't think especially when they grew up with a silver spoon in their mouth she's trying blow their cover but then how will they eat they can work and they may die in the mine or they'll literally starve to death you got to do what you got to do to survive not just there but everywhere
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 hours ago
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Deleted User
Deleted User 10 hours ago
11:30 baby...that hits really hard. ;(( she had so much to live for
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 hours ago
Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. If you wanna more information, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/ or if you wanna help them, you can watch ruvid.net/video/video-UsqKz1hd_CY.html These children will thankfully your gesture.
Depressed Anxiety
Depressed Anxiety 12 hours ago
Haven't watched this vid yet but I'm just saying I don't wear makeup
Lilee Lisa Mc.
Lilee Lisa Mc. 14 hours ago
there is tons of mica in Arizona???
Coco Nesian
Coco Nesian 15 hours ago
Thank you Refinery 29 for shining a light on real topics, with real journalism, that is relevant and affecting real peoples lives. When things get tough for you, may u realise your making a very real and positive difference in the world!
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 13 hours ago
:) Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. If you wanna more information, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/ or if you wanna help them, you can watch ruvid.net/video/video-UsqKz1hd_CY.html These children will thankfully your gesture.
Jessica Winslet
Jessica Winslet 16 hours ago
I don't get this. The countries with the highest poverty rate also have the highest birth rate. Make no sense. Someone wants to keep it that way so we can continue to get cheap products in this side of the world. By design or as a systemic problem, someone is prospering because of this situation. Not to be a b*ch but why do these people keep having kids??? It makes no sense, I don't have kids because I literally wouldn't be able to afford it, I'm a student and having kids right now, it would mess up my career, I'll have kids when at least have finished my school.
KITTYGUMDROP
KITTYGUMDROP 17 hours ago
Everyone is pretty, makeup doesn't make a difference
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 16 hours ago
:D Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. If you wanna more information, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/ or if you wanna help them, you can watch ruvid.net/video/video-UsqKz1hd_CY.html These children will thankfully your gesture.
Heriberto Palomino
Heriberto Palomino 18 hours ago
We need god!
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 18 hours ago
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David Krosht
David Krosht 19 hours ago
Recommend this video right beside a Jeffree Star vid thanks youtube
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 18 hours ago
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Jamie Browncow
ruvid.net/video/video-IeR-h9C2fgc.html what are the TATA bricks about, I wonder..
evelyn anderson
I try to buy natural products not tested on animals
MICA not MORE
If these don't contain MICA would be the best ;) Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. These children will thankfully your gesture. If you wanna know more information or help these children, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/
LIFETIME
LIFETIME Day ago
DID YOU KNOW ANOTHER NAME OF " MICA " THEY CALLED LOCALLY . MANY ADIWASI USE " MICA " SOIL AS FOR SILKY HAIR AND ALSO FOR BRIGHTER SKIN . THAT I KNOW .
MICA not MORE
Honestly, I don´t know. I watched on makeup´s website this ingredient like MICA. I think you can´t write this mineral with another name. Please spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. These children will thankfully your gesture. If you wanna know more information or help these children, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/
Charan Teja
Charan Teja Day ago
With resources like this we can put jharkhand state at top place, but exactly the same resources are acting like a curse to them their politicians are interested in making money, not in the development of state
MICA not MORE
The most import is to help these children. Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. These children will thankfully your gesture. If you wanna know more information or help these children, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/
2degucitas
2degucitas Day ago
Children's Parliament. What a concept. Love it.
MICA not MORE
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Freckles R
Freckles R Day ago
Poor babies and yet Kylie Jenner is a Billionaire because of angels like them. I’m actually crying, we have failed those poor babies as a society😭
MICA not MORE
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Sun Sun
Sun Sun Day ago
feels nice to understand what they’re saying
MICA not MORE
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Ur mom
Ur mom Day ago
i love this reporter sm, she’s actually spreading awareness about real life problems
MICA not MORE
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-- Day ago
I just discovered this channel and I have been watching the whole evening. I find it amazing that you guys show us how some basic products are made. I will definitely think of this episode when I feel like buying a new highlighter just for a shiny cheekbone.
MICA not MORE
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Esmeralda Santana
Some of us don’t wear make up just saying 🤷‍♀️🥺
MICA not MORE
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Ami
Ami Day ago
I love the work that you do, for some reason I have removed myself from vanity and this gives me a better reason to continue.
MICA not MORE
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Txxn4Life
Txxn4Life Day ago
Why is U.S. currency 71.89 to India's Rupee wow there is root of it
MICA not MORE
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Sharks Kamal
Sharks Kamal 2 days ago
It really hurt
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
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Marcus Ng
Marcus Ng 2 days ago
Stop your ranting and bickering! You want it anyway!
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
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MAGALI ABIGAIL
MAGALI ABIGAIL 2 days ago
Thank you for this. I will make sure I never buy from any of those brands.
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
These brands and a lot of more to use MICA. :( Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. These children will thankfully your gesture. If you wanna know more information or help these children, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/
Welcome's House
Welcome's House 2 days ago
Natural makeup is the way; no mica no controversial ingredients God help me.
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
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八木キッドYagikidd
another reason why i don't buy make-up.... cruelty is real in all shapes and forms :( also high exposure to mica dust can lead to respiratory illness such as fibrosis and cancer... none of them have masks on... this really is sad :(
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
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Mars
Mars 2 days ago
Should they be going up to children on their own? If a foreigner came and started poking around an Americans child, whether the intentions were good or not, they would be enraged. And in the long run, this needs to be brought to light but the kids will be the ones punished by their bosses by talking to them which could impact their survival also. They need help but they need food now.
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
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Nicholas Brown
Nicholas Brown 2 days ago
US President Donald John Trump will be in India VERY SOON - this needs to get talked about by President Trump. This is a CUT ALL TRADE type of deal if not fixed... As an American - I call for an all out ban on all products from India if this is not taken care of day 1...
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
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Victoria Shore
Victoria Shore 2 days ago
Esta lauder!! Yay
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
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Nicholas Brown
Nicholas Brown 2 days ago
Hollywood doesn't care - they are DEMOCRATS WHO LET 100 MILLION AMERICAN CHILDREN GET MURDERED before they could see God's great light of day. They like slave child labor so they can look good - a fake face - they also like adrenochrome - harvested from kids who are scared to death before murdered so adrenaline is rich in the bloodstream. Think I'm joking? Research for yourself.
Taylor 8
Taylor 8 2 days ago
NOT SAYING THIS IS GOOD I don’t want those mines to exist either but if we all stop buying Mika products then The mines won’t need to exist and then those people will not have a place to work because they were all saying that was there only option...😥
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
Always there are options. They say that because their boss has told them this. Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. These children will thankfully your gesture. If you wanna know more information or help these children, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/
Baby Girl
Baby Girl 2 days ago
You know what I cannot fully understand....why do those who are already struggling still have kids? THEY HAVE TO STOP SEX. It's either you make children and have them like slaves or sacrifice your yourself and have none. We keep complaining and complaining about poverty but it all boils down too stop having sex, you won't get pregnant therefore your child would not be a slave. 2020 most kids have a "simple" tablet. Stop fucking without protection. I don't care if you married. Don't bring children into the world and then ask for help. It's unfair to the rest of the world
Emily A
Emily A 2 days ago
This is why I don’t wear makeup
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
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Blanca Dena Smith
These kids should be rich. Shame on these makeup companies! Provide a safe workplace for these kids and give them fair high pay
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
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Alpha wolf Girl
Alpha wolf Girl 2 days ago
It's terrible what is happening and it really shouldnt happen but we can raise awareness but if we want to wear stuff we cant do much about the children stuff, I didnt even know this, WE MUST STAND UP FOR THIS
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
Exactly, please spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. These children will thankfully your gesture. If you wanna know more information or help these children, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/
Sha Faishal
Sha Faishal 2 days ago
Modi ka digital India 😂🤣😀 saram be nahi aati faku ko bolne ke time choro ka india bol sab neta chor hai desh mai
chimchim jiminie
chimchim jiminie 2 days ago
INDIAN GOVERMENT SLEEPING-dalallo ke haath bika c hyc sarkari afser bhadve to hijde hy
* sseabreeze *
* sseabreeze * 2 days ago
*If they didn’t give the kids some food or money I swear-*
AMNA IRFAN
AMNA IRFAN 2 days ago
It's so heartbreaking 💔
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
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MIDNIGHT HONEY
MIDNIGHT HONEY 2 days ago
Just give them a hard hat for protection it’s that simple
Chatara Sanders
Chatara Sanders 21 hour ago
are you dumb or something? how the hell is a helmet going to protect you from debris falling on top of a child.
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
They are children. What are you saying? When you were in 5 or 7, were you working or studying and playing?
natalie kokedoodles
they shouldn't just make money off a document they made about these kids and then just leave them. they should also give the children a safety helmet like the kinds people wear in construction sites.:(
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
No, these children need to go out of mica mines not wear a helmet. This would keep slavery. Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. These children will thankfully your gesture. If you wanna know more information or help these children, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/
GlossyPinkPrincess
Lush choosing to use synthetic mica in their products is that safe for people using it?
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 2 days ago
Yes, this is no danger, especially for Indian children. Please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. These children will thankfully your gesture. If you wanna know more information or help these children, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/
GlossyPinkPrincess
The children’s parents are allowing them to do this
2FACED_ MUA
2FACED_ MUA 3 days ago
Father Lord, if I’m ever ungrateful, please forgive me 😭🙏🏽
Chatara Sanders
Chatara Sanders 21 hour ago
amen.
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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Arthi Arthi
Arthi Arthi 3 days ago
In India no one cares all this. People are more interested in building temples demolishing mosques, killing beef eater, calling Christians as missionary slaves, spreading information like girls should not be educated to so that divorce cases will be less and kicking university scholers for standing against ruling party and many more. And Indians call foreigner who help poor as Christian missionaries and people who get help as anti Indian and converting for money.
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
Children are children and no matter their nationality. We have the "moral responsibility" to spread these cases and save them. If you agree with this, please spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. These children will thankfully your gesture. If you wanna know more information or help these children, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/
Twin Taurus
Twin Taurus 3 days ago
Now Hollywood celebrities could do something about this, instead of preaching morals to us "common folk".
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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The Curious
The Curious 3 days ago
Ministry of India is completely Fake. They only know about corruption and speaking lie.
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
Exactly, please, spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. These children will thankfully your gesture. If you wanna know more information or help these children, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/
Behind Ph
Behind Ph 3 days ago
I love this journalist of how good person she is
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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Claudia C
Claudia C 3 days ago
CAnadian dollar $$$$$ 1 Mac highlighter costs 40$ eye shadow 13$ to 18$, At Lancôme a shadow goes for 25, highlighter 35-50-60$ James Charles pallet for 60$
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 18 hours ago
@Chatara Sanders Exactly, please spread this information. All consumers must know the truth. If you wanna more information, you can visit satyarthi-us.org/news/ or if you wanna help them, you can watch ruvid.net/video/video-UsqKz1hd_CY.html These children will thankfully your gesture.
Chatara Sanders
Chatara Sanders 21 hour ago
and these kids dont even make 50 cents for a pound my goodness
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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Anirudha Sarkar
Anirudha Sarkar 3 days ago
6:50
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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Hirawati Y
Hirawati Y 3 days ago
And our system and government r blind
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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Lindy Perez
Lindy Perez 3 days ago
Who else cried ? All I could think about is my children while watching this video. This isn't right. 🥺
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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Nolan Xiong
Nolan Xiong 3 days ago
Week jog to
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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Aliah
Aliah 3 days ago
This is really sad.
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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Sumida Ryogoku
Sumida Ryogoku 3 days ago
Gosh..and that shitty country even want to be considered as one of the world's superpower !!
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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opy rahman
opy rahman 3 days ago
Great job...
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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shankar kollaboina
Really happy to exposing biggest issue in India... Our currupt politicians are biggest bastards in the world there is huge cast discrimination in India... Best documentary I have ever seen
MICA not MORE
MICA not MORE 3 days ago
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