fa la la la flawless

Holiday soiree time is more than upon us, and we’re bringing out the big guns for tips on flawless, festive looks. Innovative makeup artist and beauty guru Jerome Alexander has answered the call. A driving force in the beauty business since 1968, Alexander is re-launching some of his favorite products.

See below for his tips on looking fab for the holidaze and festivities year-round:

Highlight and contour

If you want something a little more dramatic for night-time holiday parties, try contouring. Contouring has been making a big comeback lately in the beauty realm. This classic makeup tip has been a makeup artist’s secret weapon for years. The first step, and most important, to contouring is to make sure you know your face shape, from there you can identify where you should contour (appear smaller) and what you should highlight (bring forward). Make sure you add a hint of color to your cheeks afterwards as to not look washed out, which can often happen in winter months when we all tend to be a bit paler than summer months. A blush and bronze duo is great for this. Try Jerome Alexander’s Blush and Bronze Duo compact to help set your contouring and add another dimension to your face.

Smoke out your liner

A smoky eye is always a makeup favorite, especially in fall and during the holidays. However, if you have difficulties trying to achieve a dramatic smoky eye look try smudging out your eye liner instead. Take your favorite black or brown eyeliner pencil and draw a line at the base of the lashes as if you were doing a natural eyeliner look. Next take a small dense makeup brush or smudger brush and diffuse your eyeliner for a smoky effect. Add a small amount of your favorite black or brown eye shadow to intensify the look. Want a darker effect? Try using a gel liner instead such as Jerome Alexander’s Long Wear Gel Liner. Gel liners smudge easier and have a longer lasting effect then regular eyeliner.

Don’t Overdo It

When choosing a holiday makeup look, it’s important not to overdo it. Decide whether you’re going to play up your eyes or your lips, but certainly not both at the same time! Wearing a bold lip with a dark smoky eye can look too dramatic. When going for a bold lip, play down the eyes with only mascara and minimal eyeliner. If you’re going with a smoky eye for the night, try a sheer nude or light pink lipstick or gloss.

See below for other new products to create festive looks (and some gift sets for giving!):

The bareMinerals Holiday Survival Essentials Gift Set includes essentials for the face, eyes and lips with the Mini Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener, Jack Of All Trades Lip Balm in Sure Thing, Hydrating Mineral Veil, and Mini Hydrate & Brighten Face Brush. (Available at ulta.com)

MAC ushers in the holidays with gorgeous, festive gifts.  The Keepsakes Lip + Eye Bag features a quad of four Mineralize Eye Shadows, Mineralize Rich Lipstick in a dreamy pink or dreamy nude, and frosted rose or frosted beige Mineralize Glass all in a gitterized grey clutch.  Keepsakes: Eyes comes in three limited-edition compacts containing eight coordinated shades in palettes of Plum, Smoky, and Beige.  Keepsakes: Viva Glamorous features Rihanna’s red and metallic mauve VIVA GLAM Lipsticks along with six of their most iconic VIVA GLAM shades together in a new Viva Glamorous Lip Palette paired with this season’s limited-edition glittery red Viva Glamorous bag.  All proceeds of VIVA GLAM goes toward helping people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.  (Available at maccosmetics.com)

Pacifica is known for their commitment to the environment by using recyclable packaging, and their commitment to animals by not testing on animals.  Their limited edition gift sets were developed exclusively for Whole Foods.  The Color Quench Natural Lip Tint Trio features three of their lip tint favorites—Guava Berry Lip Tint, Sugared Fig Lip Tint, and Coconut Nectar Lip Tint.  The Enchanted Roll-On Trio includes Indian Coconut Nectar Perfume Roll-On, Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-On, and Tuscan Blood Orange Perfume Roll-On.  And the Stellar Eye Trio features the Stellar Gaze Natural Mineral Mascara, Natural Color Eye Pencil, and Natural Eye Shadow Duo.  (Available at Whole Foods)

Bodyography Professional Cosmetics introduces New Expression Eye Shadow Palettes.  Create the perfect holiday eye  Fashionable, featuring bronze and gold tones, Fierce, with blues and metallics, and Flirty, with gold and purple.  Apply wet or dry.  They not only use recyclable packaging, but they’re PETA certified as cruelty-free.  (Available at bodyography.com)

The LORAC The Royal Eye Shadow Collection features a royal family of four individual, jewel-toned palettes containing 16 velvety smooth eye shadows (Available at ulta.com)

Ramy Gafni is known for her work with celebs like Claire Danes and Nicole Richie.  For holiday 2014 she designed The Ramy Beauty Therapy Lipstick Trios.  They’re formulated with Avocado Oil and Vitamin E and features SPF 8.  The Holiday Reds features three bold red shades and Holiday Nudes features two beige nudes and a sheer balm.  (Available at ramy.com)

shu uemura teams up with Karl Lagerfeld for the holidays.  SHUPETTE BY KARL LAGERFELD FOR SHU UEMURA is inspired by the spoiled feline of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.  The has-it-all eye & lip palette featuring eight eye shadows and six lip shades.  The eye-need-shu eye trio comes in shades of blue in parisienne chic and shades of pink, plum and lime in tokoyo kawaii.  Top off cheeks with rouge bonbonfantasy lip trio parisienne chic or rough bonbon fantasy lip trio tokoyo kawaii.  (Available at shuuemura-usa.com)

The Too Faced Sugar & Spice Collection features it’s award winning Better Than Sex Mascara and a twelve shade eye shadow palette housed in a gold zip bag with a built in mirror.  (Available at ulta.com)

Clinique celebrates the holidays with The Nutcracker Act I and Act II Compacts.  Inspired by the dance of the Snowflakes, The Nutcracker Act I includes a Snowflake Suite eye shadow quad in soft pinks and blush in Plié Pink.  The Nutcracker Act II is inspired by the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy and includes a Sugar Plum eye shadow quad with plum, white, and silver tones and blush in Tutu Pink.  (Available at Clinique counters)

ck one Eye Essentials Gift Set makes it easy to go from day to night with the volumizing mascara in black, powder eye shadown in ambitious, and double ended eyeliner in genius/radical.  (Available at ulta.com)

The Laura Geller 20 Shades of Baked eye shadow portfolio featuring twenty Baked shades—shadows that begin as liquid pigments and are then baked on terracotta tiles.  The result is a creamy, weightless powder that glides on to deliver vibrant color.  The palette features neutrals, statement hues and bright pops of color.  (Available at laurageller.com)

Reclaim your spot on the naughty list with Urban Decay Vice 3.  The third edition features brand new shades in a mix of brights and neutrals, all formulated with their signature Pigment Infusion System that makes them blendable and long-lasting.  (Available at Sephora.com)

Nails inc celebrates the holiday season with Snowflake Effect Polish.  The polish provides a cool, crisp finish over your favorite nail color, featuring different sized glitter and sequin particles that create the illusion of snowflakes on your nails.  Styled By You allows customers to create their own nail polish and personalize it with a laser etched monogrammed cap.  (Available at nailsinc.com)


hairs to you

Think shampooing is as simple as the old mantra “wash, rinse, repeat?” Think again. Hair health begins at the root, and the way you approach this essential step can make a big difference in its texture, bounce and luster. Common mistakes like over-cleansing, improper product application and scalding water could be damaging your strands daily.

Top dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, MD, FAAD, shows us how to lather up the right way.

Follow these smart cleansing tips for more brilliant, head-turning locks:

1. Rinse hair with warm water before shampooing. This gently opens the cuticle to release trapped product or debris and helps sulfate-free formulas foam better.

2. Focus shampoo on the roots. This is where hair is oiliest and needs cleaning the most. This is particularly true for medicated shampoos that are treating the scalp as well as cleansing hair.

3. Take an opposite approach with conditioner. Concentrate application at the ends where hair is driest and most damaged.

4. Skip the second shampoo. This step is almost never needed and strips hair of natural oils needed for softness.

5.Finish your shower with a quick cool rinse to close the cuticle and increase shine.

I also asked her for tips for taking care of processed hair:
For processed hair, I would advise sticking religiously to my general tips for hair washing as they are even more important to protect chemically treated hair.  In addition to those, be sure to cover your hair with a hat or scarf (no visor!) when out walking, or gardening, or vacationing in the sun.  UV light can really change the appearance of your hair color.  Additionally, if you are swimming in chlorinated water, be sure to rinse your hair off with fresh water as soon as you get out to prevent color change.

Regarding home hair color – unless you are skilled as a stylist, I think it’s best to stick with single process color at home.  Also, I’d still with shades that only vary minimally from your natural shade. To avoid staining your skin, you can dab thick moisturizer around your hairline and wipe quickly if color gets on your skin. Be sure your hair is conditioned when it’s time to color.  Consider using extra conditioner a few days before color to prep your hair to accept the color better. Lastly, hair color can irritate the scalp.  Consider not shampooing the day before so that you have plenty of your natural scalp oils present to protect your scalp.

Here are some newbies and current staples for winter 2014:

Reduce drying time by detangling and de-frizzing with Joico’s Heat Set Blowout Perfecting Crème.  Their IronClad Thermal Protectant Spray protects hair from thermal damage, protecting up to 450 degrees and providing 72 hours of frizz reduction.  Joico ushers in the holidays with the Gold Dust Shimmer Finishing Spray which adds shine with light reflecting particles and provides an ultra-light hold.  The Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray locks in volume, texture, and shine while combating the worst weather conditions.  (Available at joico.com)

Alterna Haircare Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue is like a night cream for your hair.  It deeply penetrates and absorbs instantly to add smoothness and shine while preventing future breakage with its Anti-Aging Complex, Seasilk, and Color-Hold formulas.  It also provides protection from UVA/UVB rays.  (Available at Sephora.com)

eSalon brings the salon experience home with their individually blended color based on your personal hair profile.  They create the most flattering shade based on skin tone, eye color, gray percentage and more.  It was one of Allure’s 2014 Best of Beauty winners. (Available at esalon.com)

The blowpro line is devoted to the art of the perfect blowout.  The award winning line features: faux dry, a dry shampoo recommended by both Glamour and Harper’s Baazar, hydra quench daily hydrating shampoo, hydra quench daily hydrating conditioner, which features a unique protein blend that adds shine, blow out spray, a non-stick light hold hair spray, and many more (Available at blowpro.com)

Iconic French hair care brand DESSANGE Paris has launched a new collection for Target.  The four collections include California Blonde for color-treated blonde hair, Solar Blonde Naturale, a hair care system formulated to progressively lighten natural blonde hair color, Salon Color Restore, which helps defend and protect colored hair, and Oleo Miracle Collection, which is infused with nutrients such as Argan Oil, Camelia Oil, and Pracaxi Oil.  (Available at target.com)

Secret Extensions is an easy way to add length and volume (and take it right off).  The hair extensions attaches like a headband, it holds on with an invisible stretch string.  You can curl or straighten it.  It comes in eleven shades (Available at secretextensions.com)

fall into flawlessness II

As the cooler weather kicks in, it’s time to embrace the rich, lush hues of the season. Both bright and natural hues lend depth to the season’s beauty trends. I asked MAKE UP FOR EVER Vice President, Education and Artistry, Simone Ciafardini about her take on Fall/Winter 2014.

1. What are you seeing for fall/winter makeup trends?There are three really prominent trends for fall:

A. Purple on the eyes. Yes, radiant orchid is the color of the year and we are seeing it all over the catwalk and in editorial. Purple shadows ranging from soft lilacs to rich plum reign supreme.

B. Nude lips. With all this color on the eyes, lips are taking a more subtle route. Creamy, milky textures in neutral hues are the perfect compliment to a bolder eye.

C. A softer sculpt. This is just starting to be seen as a trend. Sculpting with softer shades without the harsh edges of the years gone past. Traditionally makeup used to sculpt cheekbones has been very matte for a maximum impact. Fall 2014 and going right through 2015 will be all about the undetectable sculpt – and the use of light and radiance to create a healthy looking dimensionality to the face.

2. Anything else you’d like to add—applications suggestions, favorite fall shades, etc.

Matte black eyeshadow is a girl’s best friend. It is the only eye product needed to take your makeup from day to play. A holiday season essential!

Make Up For Ever’s new Artist Liner is a highly pigmented pencil with a silky, blendable formula for easy application. The twist-up pencil is available in fifteen shades in matte, metallic, Iridescent, Diamond, and Satin finishes. The brand celebrates the brand’s 30th anniversary by revolutionizing the product that made it famous–the Artist Shadow range, a collection of 210 highly pigmented eye shadows with easy blendability and even color payoff. (Available at Sephora.com)

A bevy of saturated styles are on deck! See below for more suggestions for Fall/Winter 2014:

shu uemura celebrates their 30th anniversary with the launch of vision of beauty collection. The brave beauty eye palette features six shades from pearl neutrals to deep matte shades. The gel pencil liner is a smooth gel pencil featuring a waterproof, smudge free formula in green, violet purple, and wine. rouge unlimited lipstick provides moisture and high color payoff in five shades. And the satin radiant stick is a highlight and cheek color stick in light pink, bronze gold, and orange coral. (Available at shuuemura-usa.com)

The PeterThomasRoth new Cucumber De-Tox foaming cleanser is a yummy combination of cucumber and sugarcane extracts along with vitamins C and E to gently clean and protect against environmental irritants. The new Pumpkin enzyme mask exfoliates with pumpkin enzyme, polishes with aluminum oxide, and peels with alpha hydroxy acid. (Available at peterthomasroth.com)

Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy features five plush, superluxe shadows. Each shade palette can be used dry or wet for more intensity. The palettes, ten in all, include multiple finishes, from sheer to deeper tones. (Available at esteelauder.com)

Alterna Haircare has a few newbies for fall. The Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam is a lightweight foam that’s formulated with non-sticky polymers to build volume. The Caviar Repairx Lengthening Hair & Scalp Elixir helps maintain long locks by nourishing the scalp and hydrating strands to prevent breakage. The Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo: Sugar Lemon is a translucent dry shampoo that absorbs oil and product build up with no powdery residue. (Available at alternahaircare.com), Dry Shampoo is available at Sephora.com).

Clarins presents their new Super Restorative Day and Night Creams. The anti-aging skin care duo’s patented and sustainably harvested plant extracts, Organic Harungana and Montpellier Rock-Rose, target the effects of aging skin. (Available at clarins.com)

The new Limited-Edition Mary Kay Midnight Jewels Collection was inspired by Fall 2014 runway trends. The Midnight Jewels Eye Color Palettes in Sapphire Noir and Emerald Noir feature glam shades in both shimmer and matte. The Semi-Matte Lipstick is a color-rich creamy formula in Pink Moonstone and Ruby Night. The Nail Lacquer in Night Diamond and Sapphire Noir has a satin finish and durable finish. (Available at marykay.com)

JĀSÖN ushers in fall with its coconut line. The Smoothing Coconut 100% Organic Oil is one-stop shopping for dry skin, split ends, chapped lips, and brittle cuticles. The Smoothing Coconut Body Wash gently cleans and nourishes with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. The Smoothing Coconut Hand & Body Lotion is an ultra-moisturizing daily lotion that softens extremely dry skin and smooths rough patches. As always, they’re natural and cruelty-free. (Available at jason-personalcare.com)

Urban Decay’s Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion is an oil-free, skin-brightening moisturizing primer. The formula includes Matrixyl 3000, which helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Wear it under foundation or alone. (Available at Sephora.com)

NAILS INC has collaborated with Alexa Chung for the new Alexa Chung fabric collection. The six shade line includes Alexa Lace in Red, with red matte particles to create a delicate lace effect, Alexa Silk in Black is a rich shade with a fine pearl finish, Alexa Camo blends green and nude metallic and matte particles, and others. (Available at Sephora.com)

PanOxyl helps clear acne from skin of all ages. The new PanOxyl Advanced Acne Spot Treatment provides maximum strength effectiveness for target breakouts. The 3% Benzoyl Peroxide kills acne causing bacteria while being gentle on skin. (Available at CVS)

Kiehl’s has a couple of new launches. The Hydro Plumping Re-Texturing Serum Concentrate anchors moisture deep within skin’s surface layers to address age-related dehydration. The Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum is a multi-tasking formula which helps smooth, lift, firm, and restore youthful shape to eyes. (Available at kiehls.com)

L’Oreal Paris introduces the Colour Riche Lip Balm which combines hydration with a hint of color. The Glossy Balm Crayon serves up glossy color in an easy, twist up crayon point tip—it never needs sharpening. (Available at drugstores)

breast cancer awareness 2014 part II

We continue our coverage of Breast Cancer Awareness month with Ouidad Founder, Ouidad.  She explains what Breast Cancer Awareness Month means to her.  “In 2002 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the same disease that took my mother’s life. Fortunately, I was treated and made a full recovery, but I vowed to never let recovery be the end of my battle. We created Curls for a Cure to help raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research Foundation because together we can help find a cure.”

This year, she introduces KRLY Kids and the Pink Curl Extension to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  The KRLY Kids collection includes No Time for Tears Gentle Daily Shampoo, No More Knots 2-in-1 Conditioner, and Pump N’ Go Styling Spray Gel.  The Pink Curl Extension is a temporary, clip-in extension that complements curly, wavy and textured hair.  (Available at www.ouidad.com)

Other companies show their support to benefit various BCA charities:

RevitaLash Advanced are launching a Pink Ribbon Promotion, which donates portion of sales to breast cancer research and education.  RevitaLash Advanced conditions eyelashes to promote strength, shine, and flexibility.  (Available at revitalash.com)

G.M. Collin skincare is donating $2.00 of each sale of Daily Ceramide Comfort Capsules to Pink Ribbons Inc.  The Daily Ceramide Comfort system is a replenishing and nourishing skin care supplement in a practical single dose.  It moisturizes with olive oil and Vitamin E to give the skin a silky texture and improve the skin’s epidermal moisture barrier.  (Available at gmcollin.com)

Morgan Taylor Fight Like a Lady Trio is a trio of professional polishes featuring P.S. I Love You, a periwinkle lilac, Lip Service, a rich pink, and Fight Like A Lady, with fushia, silver, and pale pink glitter in a clear base. A portion of the proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen in its mission to fight for breast health and against breast cancer.  (Available at loxabeauty.com)

During the month of October, AHAVA will donate 10% of proceeds from their Mineral Hand Cream to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in support of their mission to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need.  The Mineral Hand Cream is a rich and moisturizing hand cream that sooths dry, chapped skin and absorbs without leaving a greasy feeling.  (Available at ahavaus.com)

The makers of The Wet Brush are doubling up their efforts to support BCA and Prostate Cancer Awareness this year with the His and Her Collection.  The dual pack features The Wet Brush and The Wet Brush for Men, which will provide a portion of the proceeds to both breast and prostate cancer early detection programs (Available at TheWetBrush.com)

suki will be donating 100% of proceeds from October sales of the suki ultra-protect body balm to benefit Breast Cancer Action, an organization whose mission is to achieve health justice for all women at risk and living with breast cancer.  The multipurpose balm provides all day moisture and relief for sore, chafed, and damaged skin and helps shield from environmental stressors.  (Available at sukiskincare.com)

breast cancer awareness 2014

One cannot underestimate the importance of breast cancer awareness.  Many step up by attaching it to the announcement of beauty products to raise awareness and funds for the BCA organization of their choice.  See below for companies doing good by raising awareness for the cause during the month of October, its signature month.

The eos BCA Collection pack contains eos’ Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, Berry Blossom Hand Lotion, and a limited edition Strawberry Smooth Stick Lip Balm.  100% of net profits will be donated to breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  (Available at evolutionofsmooth.com)

Elemis honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating $16,000 of proceeds from their best selling anti-ager to the Breast Cancer Care fund to help the organization provide support and information to those affected.  The Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is clinically proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles and increase hydration and moisture levels.  (Available at timetospa.com)

jane iredale celebrates seven years of partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national education and support organization whose mission is to connect people with breast cancer information and a community of support.  100% of the profits from Smell the Roses Hydration Spray will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.  The moisturizing facial spray features organic Rose Damascena Flower Water to calm inflammation and reduce redness.  (Available at janeiredale.com)

DECLÉOR has launched the DECLÉOR Sensorial Travel Collections during October to benefit Cancer and Careers, a program of CEW Foundation.  The skincare program includes five full and travel-sized DECLÉOR products in a large zippered travel pouch.  The Sensorial Travel to the Orient Collection features products that hydrate the skin and the Sensorial Travel to the Mediterranean Collection is designed for anti-aging benefits.  (Available at decleorusa.com)

Big Sexy Hair transforms five of their top-selling red cans for the month of October.  This year, Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play, Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Harder, Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus, Big Sexy Hair Powder Play, and Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal will feature a bright, jewel-toned pink with “CARING IS S*E*X*Y” branded on all five products.  A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit Look Good Feel Better, a national public service program that helps patients struggling with the appearance-related challenges of cancer treatment.  (Available at loxabeauty.com and sexyhair.com)

Celebrity Makeup Artist, Brow Expert, and cancer survivor Ramy Gafni presents Hit of a Cure…Face Gloss for Eyes, Cheeks, Lips!  During the month of October, 80% of sales of the pink gloss will benefit Young Survivor Coalition, an international organization focusing on women ages 40 and under who are diagnosed with breast cancer.  (Available at ramy.com)

The “Brave” Acquarella limited edition Nail Polish was made for women undergoing chemotherapy.  The polish, which is water-based and non-toxic, hydrates the nail, helping to prevent nails from chipping, peeling and yellowing commonly associated with harsh conventional nail products.  It’s free of Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) or other phthalates – no Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde like derivatives – no Toluene, Ketones or petrochemical solvents.  (Available at curediva.com)

Joico has joined forces with illustrator Bella Pilar for the Breast Cancer Awareness Collection.  This year’s limited edition “Power Up For Hope” features Power Spray fast-dry finishing hairspray and Power Whip whipped foam offered in a metallic pink sheen can illustrated by Bella Pilar. (Available at loxabeauty.com)

fall into flawlessness

While we’re all about the beautiful, Crayola burnt-sienna tones of fall foliage, autumn’s brisk air reminds us that summer skin’s dewiness has passed.  Thankfully, your favorite brands are introducing new products to combat the dry, crisp air and usher in fall’s color trends.  L’Oréal Paris Consulting Makeup Artist Billy B. offers up an application tip for fall’s eyeliner trend:  “Bold statement eyeliner is still going strong!  Don’t be intimidated. Use a pencil first, at the base of the lash line using a brush to smudge and extend.  A pencil is easier to manipulate and shape. Like a coloring book, create the outline template with the pencil, then simply go over that with a liquid, or felt tip using short strokes, creating the shape you desire.”

Billy is a fan of the Infallible Silkissime liners.  The silk inspired liquid pencil, available in ten shades, has a smudge-proof formula that lasts for up to 16 hours.  (Available at drugstores)

Check out some other new products that are new for fall:

MAC helps kick off the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a collection of hues and products specially designed to recreate the looks of your favorite characters from the 1975 cult classic film.  Matte lipstick shades include Strange Journey, a brick red, and Oblivion, a bluish-red, Sin, a dark blue red.  Nail Lacquer comes in Formidable, a teal green with pink  multi-changing pearl, and Bad Fairy, a red with multi-changing pearl.  Chromagraphic Pencil Basic Red is a primary red, and Black Black, a (you guessed it) jet black.  Gold Glitter is a sparkling chunky gold, and the It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time Pigment is a sparkling burgundy.

Another new MAC line is A Novel Romance.  The lush shades include An Amorous Adventure Eye Shadow X4 in a combination of sea foam green and plum, A Novel Romance Eye Shadow X4, mid-tone grey and deep browns, and A Passionate Quest Eye Shadow X4 with rich eggplant, violet navy, and light pink.  Lipstick shades include Yield To Love, a deep plum, Good Kisser, a cherry red, the neutral Myself, and others. (Available at maccosmetics.com)

Philip Kingsley’s new Exfoliating Scalp Mask helps flaky, itchy, and dry scalps.  The mask is formulated to effectively remove flakes and excess oil, soothes irritated skin, and fortifies hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth.  (Available at philipkingsley.com)

Urban Decay ramps up your lashes (times three!).  The new Subversion Lash Primer adds weight to your lashes while giving mascara something to hold onto.  The new Perversion Mascara adds volume and length with its triple-black pigments, all in a clean, clump-free finish.  And the Perversion False Lashes are dominatrix-worthy lashes handmade with cruelty-free synthetic hair.  (Available at ulta.com)

ChapStick launches two new fall products from the ChapStick Hydration Lock line.  Hydration Lock Day & Night offers an advanced hydrating formula for protection and long-lasting moisturization.  The Day formula features SPF protection, the night formula softens with shea and mango butters.  The Hydration Lock Moisturize & Renew has a lightweight anti-aging formula which helps improve the appearance of fine lines.  (Available at drugstores)

ALTERNA’s CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Milk is a leave-in conditioner that absorbs instantly and hydrates to treat dry and brittle hair, leaving dry hair soft and silky.  It does it all without parabens, sulfates, and mineral oil.  (Available at Sephora.com)

Pacifica introduces it’s new Enlightened Gloss Nourishing Mineral Lip Shine.  The lightweight formula hydrates lips with a pop of color.  As with all Pacifica products, it’s 100% vegan and free of animal ingredients and testing.  (Available at target.com)

Hang onto your summer tan without the rays with Miami Beach Suncare.  The Instant Color Sunless Bronzer Glow Lotion enables you to get temporary instant color with the benefit of a traditional sunless lotion to build color.  (Available at miamibeachsun.com),

cool to be kind part II

LUSH knows the score when it comes to looking good and looking out for our animal friends in both land and sea. LUSH contributes to Cool To Be Kind Part 2 with their steadfast commitment to cruelty-free glam.1. LUSH is against animal testing, please tell me more.

At LUSH, we believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in testing our products on humans. Unfortunately, it’s become commonplace in the North American cosmetics industry to test products and their ingredients on animals in labs. Laboratory testing is done to substances that make up these cosmetic products, to see whether they are likely to harm people, or damage the environment when they are disposed of.

We’ve been against animal testing for over 30 years and will continue to inform, encourage and participate in the fight for animal rights. We’re proud to say that the founders of LUSH have been passionately fighting against animal testing during all of this time, long before LUSH was even an idea. Since the movement to stop animal testing started, policies have been created to work with cosmetics companies and raw materials suppliers to end animal cruelty.

While we have spoken out against animal testing for years, most of our efforts have been focused on our own strict policy and avoiding animal testing. But it is no longer enough for us to passively wait for animal testing to end. We decided to put our money where our mouth is and now offer the LUSH Prize, awarded annually. The £250,000 prize fund, the biggest prize in the alternative testing sector, focuses pressure on safety testing for consumer products in a way which complements projects which already address alternatives to the animal testing of medicines and awards prizes for Science, Training, Lobbying, Public Awareness, and Young Researchers. It is a way that everyone at LUSH, our customers, and the wider public can become involved in the fight to end animal testing.

2. Please tell me more about LUSH animal rights ethical campaigns.

Some recent campaigns in the area of animal rights are:

Shark Conservation:
LUSH has partnered with United Conservationists to raise awareness of shark finning. We’ve partnered with Discovery
Channel’s Shark Week to spread the message and have also created the Shark Fin Soap to raise funds for United Conservationists efforts. (Shark Fin Soap is available at LUSH stores and lushusa.com)

Fur Trim Is A Trap:

In December 2012, we turned all of our shops in Eastern Canada (25 shops in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia) into campaign centers where employees, customers and supporters came to sign postcards urging Dani Reiss, the CEO of Canada Goose, to stop using fur trim on his products. We also transformed our Queen Street location in Toronto into a live performance for 24 hours to share the brutal cruelty of the fur industry.

Check out more products from other companies who are also employ the cruelty-free philosophy:

The Badger sunscreen line is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free in addition to being biodegradable and featuring 98% organic ingredients. The Active Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is now available unscented. The Active line, which is water resistant for 40 minutes, also is available in SPF 30 Lavender, SPF 34 Anti-Bug, SPF 30 Kids, and SPF 30 Baby. The Sport line is water resistant for 80 minutes and is available in SPF 35 Sunscreen cream and SPF 35 Face Stick Unscented. (Available at Whole Foods)

Pacifica is always cruelty free, 100% vegan, and their products are developed according to the strict Whole Foods guidelines.  The new Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara builds volume and length and conditions with coconut oil and Vitamin B.  The Charmed Eye Shadow Palette features mineral shadow in a rainbow of seven shades.  The Golden Lotus Highlighting Powder is a pressed powder that highlights and brightens with antioxidants.  (Available at Target)

Kiss My Face has been cruelty free for over 30 years. The New Kiss My Face Bare Naked Continuous Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 is a lightweight, air powered spray sunscreen that includes green tea, Vitamins C and E, aloe and cucumber to provide sun defense in hard to reach areas. (Available at Whole Foods)coconut oil and Vitamin B. The Charmed Eye Shadow Palette features mineral shadow in a rainbow of seven shades. The Golden Lotus Highlighting Powder is a pressed powder that highlights and brightens with antioxidants. (Available at Target)

Parissa hair removal products belong to the Leaping Bunny program. The Quick & Easy Wax Strips for Legs & Body quickly zips away large areas of hair and Quick & Easy Strips for Face & Bikini instantly removes hair from smaller areas. (Available at Walgreens)


Desert Essence has also been certified by Leaping Bunny along with being partnered with Renewable Choice. Their two new yummy scents, Italian Lemon and Island Mango, are featured in their Soap Bar and Hand & Body Lotion. The new Coconut Travel Essentials features Coconut Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, and Body Lotion, all is 1.5 oz size and housed in 100% recyclable packaging. (Available at desertessence.com)

The new Green Tea Milk Wash from FarmHouse Fresh is an ultra-gentle, vitamin and antioxidant rich cleanser with coconut and green tea extract. It’s great for sensitive skin with it’s 97% vegan formula that’s gluten free and free of parabens, sulfates, and mineral oil. FarmHouse never tests on animals! (Available at farmhousefreshgoods.com)The new Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen SPF 45 is offers broad UVA/UVB protection with botanically moisturizing ingredients such as Green Tea, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, and Chamomile. It is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. (Available at Whole Foods)

cool to be kind

Shopping cruelty-free brands is simply a no-brainer, given all we have learned about animal-testing through the years. An early supporter, Kiss My Face, has been steadfast in offering a bevy of beauty options for the cruelty-conscious.

Kiss My Face are cruelty-free leaders–please tell me more about that and what it means to you.

As you know, Kiss My Face has produced products that are naturally effective and cruelty free for over 30 years. From its inception to date, KISS embodies a 360 degree view of their personal care products – taking not only the consumer and the effectiveness of their products into consideration, but also how the packaging, manufacturing and shipping affect the planet and its natural inhabitants as a whole.

In support of their long commitment to being cruelty free, minimizing the brand’s footprint on the earth and observing appropriate human rights practices, Kiss My Face promises to leave animals out of the cosmetics picture – meaning no animal testing of any kind!

For many consecutive years, Kiss My Face has been noted on the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny List. Offering safe products without testing finished products on animals, and refusing to sell in countries where animal testing is mandatory, is a pledge the brand is proud to maintain and uphold. Ultimately, we want what you want — clean, natural, effective and cruelty free products that are affordable for everyday use – and we are delighted to be able to provide that for you.

How are you involved with the Humane Cosmetics Act?

Kiss My Face continues to join efforts to end animal testing for cosmetics in the US by supporting The Humane Society of the United States’ Be Cruelty Free campaign and the Humane Cosmetics Act. Proudly working hand in hand with the Be Cruelty Free campaign, Kiss My Face aims to make the US the next cruelty free marketplace.

The Humane Cosmetics Act is inching closer toward being put into practice and if passed, The Act, started by Representative Jim Moran, would ban all animal testing for cosmetics in the USA changing the cosmetic industry for the better. In all, KISS is a proud supporter of the effort to stop animal testing of cosmetics and happily endorses the Humane Cosmetics Act.

Check them out at kissmyface.com.

Check out some products from other companies who also employ the cruelty-free philosophy:

Organic Doctor guarantees that their products are completely organic, meaning no harsh chemicals, animal ingredients or testing. The new Organic Doctor Dead Sea Mineral Face Wash leaves skin feeling refreshed with Siberian Pine, Mandarin, and Thyme Oil. (Available at vitaminworld.com)

Nature’s Gate is a 100% cruelty-free brand. The Lemon Verbena Cleansing Gel is a biodegradable cleanser derived from sustainable palm oil. The Lemon Verbena Moisturizer is a lightweight, fast absorbing lotion. Both are ideal for normal/oily skin. The Rice Bran Cleansing Milk is a non-foaming, hydrating cleanser with rice bran oil and Vitamin E for normal/dry skin. Follow up with the Rice Bran Moisturizer, also for normal/dry skin and featuring essential fatty acids and plant-based ingredients. (Available at Whole Foods)

green&glam is an eco-friendly, vegan, and cruelty-free bath and beauty line that uses only 100% natural and organic ingredients. The green&glam Hair Repairing Mask features Acai Berry oil, Ginger extract, and Organic Neroli oil for hair in need of repair and moisture replenishment. (Available at organicbeautynow.com)

Sebamed, the dermatologist developed skin and hair care brand, has received the honor of Cruelty-Free Certification by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program. The Program is a respected animal protection group dedicated to animal rights. Sebamed’s Everyday Shampoo, Repair Conditioner, Liquid Face & Body Wash, and Moisturizing Body Lotion all maintain a pH value of 5.5, the ideal pH for healthy skin and scalp in all skin types, especially sensitive and problematic skin. (Available at sebamedusa.com)

For over 50 years, JĀSÖN has created face, body, and hair care products that stay true to the JĀSÖN Code of Honor which use safe and gentle ingredients and never test on animals. The new Gluten Free Face, Hair and Body Collection is free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates. The line includes the Facial Cleanser, Facial Scrub, Facial Lotion, Facial Crème, Daily Shampoo, Daily Conditioner, Body Wash, Hand Soap, and Hand & Body Lotion. (Available at Jason-personalcare.com)

Avalon Organics are part of the Leaping Bunny program, and they don’t test their products on animals nor allow ingredient suppliers to do so. Their Anti-Dandruff Itch & Flake Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner are also biodegradeable with a safe and effective 2% Salicylic Acid to treat and prevent dandruff, Seborrheic Dermatitis and Psoriasis. Aloe Vera, Tea Tree and Chamomile Extract helps relieve scalp dryness, itchiness and flaking. (Available at Whole Foods)

facing the truth: it’s a skin-win part II

Sunny day…chasing the clouds away! Just make sure you’re ready for its warm and wild ways. This week we continue to stress the importance of sun Dr.-Michael-Taylorprotection.

Portland, Maine dermatologist, J. Michael Taylor, M.D., M.P.H., recently launched his first skin care product, Ocean Elements Sheer Daily Moisture SPF 30.

I asked him about the importance of sunscreen, how to apply, more about Ocean Elements Sheer Daily Moisture SPF 30, and his philanthropic work.

The importance of sunscreen:

Sunscreen is an important part of sun protection. With daily use of sunscreen, you can protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays, and if used correctly, minimize the chances of sunburn, premature aging of the skin, wrinkling and most importantly, skin cancer.

Application tips and tricks:

• Most people don’t know that it is best to apply sunscreen to damp skin
• It is important to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours
• Ears and eyelids are high risk melanoma areas. They are typically forgotten about because they are not always in direct sunlight. It is extremely important to cover these areas with sunscreen and to reapply throughout the day
• If you’re trying to decide what SPF you need, it is important to remember that FDA requires sunscreen products meet an SPF of 30 or more to be approved
• Beyond SPF ratings, a sunscreen labeled as “Broad Spectrum” will insure protection from UVA rays, as well as UVB rays
• If you have sensitive skin, there are products out there that will still work for you. A little ingredient investigating will keep your skin irritant free. I suggest a sunscreen like Ocean Elements Sheer Daily Moisture SPF 30, that contains zinc and titanium because neither causes allergic reactions

About Ocean Elements™ Sheer Daily Moisture SPF 30:

I participated in a free melanoma screening at the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum after I had already begun researching marine life that has beneficial properties for the skin. During the screenings, I noticed that the hands of seaweed harvesters were smooth and moist while those of lobstermen and fishermen were rough and dry. These observations inspired me to investigate other marine sources and properties in which I found a treasure trove of beneficial ingredients including SPF boosters, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and anti-inflammatories and moisturizers.

This research, along with years of clinical experience in skin care, led to the development of Ocean Elements™ Sheer Daily Moisture SPF 30, which provides extensive benefits:

• Five marine ingredients that increase sun protection, provide long-lasting hydration and restore sun damaged and aging skin
• Gentle non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that protect against photo aging
• Effective moisture from cocoa seed butter and sweet almond oil, as well as marine and other natural ingredients
• Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that even skin tone, alleviate redness, calm and rejuvenate skin
• Sheer formulation that combines superior hydration and serious sun protection that is water resistant for up to 80 minutes
• Free from fragrance, PABA, parabens, BPA, phthalates and other harmful chemicals.

As a dermatologist, I have seen individuals of all ages who recognized the importance of daily sun protection, but struggled to find sunscreens that weren’t greasy, thick, or filled with questionable chemicals. Even with scores of products available, I found it impossible to point my patients to an effective, cosmetically acceptable, natural and hydrating sunscreen. So we developed Ocean Elements™ Sheer Daily Moisture SPF 30 to address this need.

Ocean Elements proceeds:

Up to 50 percent of the profits from the sale of Ocean Elements Sheer Daily Moisture SPF 30 will benefit non-profit organizations involved in health care or the environment, including Konbit Sante–-a health care initiative in northern Haiti founded by Dr. Taylor and his wife Wendy Taylor.

About Konbit Sante:

Founded by Dermatologist Dr. Michael Taylor and his wife Wendy Taylor, Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership helps to support the development of a sustainable health care system to meet the needs of the Cap-Haitien community with maximum local direction and support.

More in the new and current sunscreen and sunless tanning department:

Get an easy sunless tan with Comodynes Sunless Tanning Towelettes. Throw the individually wrapped towelettes in your beach bag or luggage for tanning on the go. The paraben-free formula allows you to show off your tan in as little as three hours. The Radiant Glow Body: Instant Body Bronzing Gel is also paraben-free, is fast-absorbing, and washes off with water. (Available at www.comodynes.net)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Lotion Spray with Cell-Ox Shield is body sunscreen spray that uses micro-shield technology and ensures a smooth application that remains uniform in both intense UV conditions or in water. The Cell-Ox Shield technology is a powerful patent-pending antioxidant complex featuring the Senna Alata plant extract that has a self-defense mechanism to protect against cell damage and environmental aggressors. (Available at www.laroche-posay.com)

The Hydration Sprays from jane iredale, including POMMISST ™, Balance, and D2O ™ refresh and hydrate skin post-sun. They have earned the ECOCERT Natural and Organic Cosmetics certification. ECOCERT is an independent, natural, and organic certification body and was the first to develop a standard for natural and organic cosmetics. ECOCERT strives to promote the use of ingredients derived from renewable resources and organic farming in addition to using production processes that are environmentally safe. (Available at www.shop.janeiredale.com)

Cygalle Healing Spa Sun Crème 30+ is a sheer, absorbable oil-free/PABA free crème that provides light moisture while helping prevent premature aging caused by sun exposure. It contains oxybenzone, which provides maximum protection against UVA radiation as well as UVB protection. (Available http://cygallehealingspa.com/)

 Meaningful Beauty® by Cindy Crawford Skin Brightening Décolleté and Neck Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 15 features a new, advanced formula to diminish the appearance of age spots and SPF 15 to help protect the often neglected chest and neck area. Meaningful Beauty® Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20 Broad Spectrum has luxe ingredients and broad-spect rum protection to help rejuvenate, firm, and reveal younger looking skin. (Available at http://www.meaningfulbeauty.com/?grcid=mbc)

The new Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25 is medium to full coveragein twenty shades.It brightens, reduces the look of lines, and provides oil-free hydration. (Available at www.esteelauder.com)


Elemis Liquid Layer Sunblock SPF 30 is a lightweight, broad-spectrum sunscreen formulated with naturally occurring titanium dioxide. It’s water-resistant and features cellular-protecting antioxidants to help defend against daily pollutants.  (Available at http://www.timetospa.com/)


The new H2O Plus Total Source UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 is a weightless fluid that quickly absorbs into the face to create a transparent veil of chemical-free UV protection and blocks up to 98% of UVA and UVB rays. The powdery, matte finish can be used alone or under makeup. (Avilable at http://www.h2oplus.com/)

facing the truth: it’s a skin-win

Chances are you’ve gotten in the habit of applying sunscreen prior to heading to the beach or a summer concert. But, the giant orb is up there 365 days a year. Read on for tips on skin cancer prevention and ensuring you are prepared for the sun’s sneak attacks.

Dr. Gary Rogers from Tufts University shares some tips on summer skin protection:

Prevent future exposures – Wear sunscreen, hats or other protective clothing, limit time in the sun and avoiding tanning beds.

Learn how to detect skin cancer – The warning signs for melanoma are changes in shape, size or color of a mole and for non-melanoma skin cancers, the warning signs are a reddish, irritated area or a shiny bump or scar-like tissue. Any sudden or continuous changes in a mole or lesion are a sign you should see a dermatologist.

Conduct frequent skin cancer self-exams – Watch videos on how to check your skin, or go to AAD.org to learn how to examine your skin.

Attend free skin cancer screenings – Check for screening sites in your area or schedule an annual appointment with a local dermatologist.

Know your treatment options – Most skin cancers cases can be cured if caught and treated when the disease is limited to a small area of the skin. However, if the disease advances, it may have devastating consequences and could become deadly. Knowing what treatment options are available can help you decide if surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, topical or targeted oral treatments are the best option for you.

Sunscreen technology keeps improving; see below for some new and current sunscreen and sunless tanning ideas:

Coppertone’s CLEARLYSheer For Sunny Days line is targeted for acne-prone and sensitive skin. The sheer formula is matte and lightweight and can be used under makeup or alone. It’s available in body lotion, body spray, and face lotion. Its counterpart, the CLEARLYSheer For Beach & Pool, is water-resistant, and is available as mentioned (along with a min-spray). The Sport AccuSpray is a body spray featuring a controllable continuous spray for high performance, durable protection that is sweat and water-resistant. (Available at drugstores)

Self-tanning is a breeze with Vita Liberata pHenomenal Tan Lotion and Rapid Tan. The Tan Lotion provides a long lasting tan in a hydrating formula good for sensitive or dry skin. It’s odorless, easy to apply, dries on contact, and has a unique moisture-lock system for a two to three week tan and 72 hour hydration. The Rapid Tan Mousse allows you to choose your shade—leave it on for one hour for a sunkissed glow, two hours for a golden bronze tan, and three hours for a dark tan. (Available at Sephora.com)

DERMAdoctor Brazilian Bombshell Skin Perfecting Body Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 combines rainforest botanicals and Flawless Sapphire Complex to help enhance the appearance of skin and mask imperfections. (Available at Sephora.com)

The new Amarte Ultra Veil Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ is a super light, water resistant facial sunscreen. Six botanical plant extracts protect and condition skin while offering antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The mild formula is good on all skin types including sensitive skin. (Available at amarteskincare.com)

NEOVA approaches the sun’s rays in a couple of ways. The sunscreen line includes DNA Damage Control Silc Sheer (Broad Spectrum SPF 40), an oil-free, color-correcting cream with a sheer tint. DNA Damage Control Everyday (Broad Spectrum SPF 44) defends against the sun and restricts the appearance of sun-inflicted damage. DNA Damage Control Active (Broad Spectrum SPF 43) is 80 minutes water-resistant and is ideal for active lifestyles. And for post-sun, DNA Total Repair is a skin care treatment that features DNA repair enzymes and antioxidants for damage inflicted to the skin by UVA/UVB rays. (Availble at neova.com)

MB Suncare has teamed up with the city of Miami Beach; a portion of the proceeds from sales will go to help clean up local beaches. MB Suncare’s line includes the SPF 15 Salt Water Sport Sunscreen Gel which provides a natural cooling effect while protecting from the sun. The SPF 30 Triple Action Sea Kelp Sunscreen Lotion provides the benefits of seaweed’s natural sunscreen while firming the appearance of skin and protecting against photo-aging. The SPF 50 Sport Spray Sunscreen is a long lasting, quick drying, water resistant protection spray. The Instant Color Sunless Bronzer Glow Lotion provides temporary instant color that’s easy to customize. (Available at miamibeachsun.com)

L’Oreal Paris has a couple of new sunscreens. For the face, the Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion is a lightweight tinted face lotion that contains color-equalizing pigments to correct, even, smooth, and brighten the skin. It’s available in SPF 30 and SPF 50+. For the body, the Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Sheer Finishing Spray is an alcohol free aerosol spray. It provides a non-sticky matte finish. It’s also available in SPF 30 and SPF 50+. (Available at drug stores)

The new SkinCeuticals Physial Eye UV Defense SPF 50 is designed specifically for the thin, delicate skin around the eyes. Though the skin around the eyes represents 1% of the skin’s total surface area, 10% of skin cancers occur in the area. The 100% mineral filter base defends the entire eye area and offers SPF 50 protection without irritating the eyes. (Available at skinceuticals.com)

Illuminate and protect the delicate skin on the décolletage with the Erno Laszlo Luminous Intensive Décolleté Treatment SPF 20. The treatment helps soften, firm, and brighten the skin, while the UV protection guards against discoloration and photo-aging. (Available at ernolaszlo.com)

Bring relief to sunburn, redness, and inflammation with the Le Mieux Iso-Cell Recovery Solution. The alcohol free formula contains organic zinc, which activates natural enzymes, and polyol, which reduces itching and nourishes the skin. (Availble at myskincarebox.com)