earth day part I

Earth Day, credited with launching the modern environmental movement, celebrates its 45th anniversary on April 22. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify, and mobilize the environmental movement.

Some companies within beauty industry embrace green values year round. Alba Botanica offers 100% vegetarian personal care products that are cruelty-free and environmentally responsible. I asked Alba Botanica Director of Marketing Sarah Galusha about their philosophy.

1. Why is Earth Day important to you?
As a brand, we like to treat every day as though it’s Earth Day. However, we think it’s a great day to honor the planet and draw awareness to ways in which we can all protect and preserve the world around us. Earth Day serves as a great reminder to appreciate nature and how lucky we are to have it.

2. How do your philosophies contribute year round?
Throughout the year we are always conscious of our impact on the world and as a brand, we are committed to the health of our environment. Our commitment to organic agriculture extends beyond personal care formulation to a passion for home grown sustainability, a cleaner global environment and, of course, personal health. We never test our products, or the ingredients that go into them, on animals. We recognize the need to be good stewards of all natural resources. We do this by reducing our environmental impact in everything we do as a business, from the field to the final product.

Check out some new and current natural products that embrace the Earth Day philosophy:

Alba Botanica’s Fast Fix treatments pack a powerful antidote for the busy naturalista. The collection is formulated with 95% natural ingredients to treat and correct the underlying cause of the problem. The collection includes Fast Fix for a Pimple, Fast Fix for Puffy Eyes, Fast Fix for Undereye Circles, and Fast Fix for Think Lips. The Very Emollient Coconut Rescue Body Lotion delivers hydration and antioxidants with unrefined, virgin Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, and Shea Butter. (Available in May at Whole Foods)

Kiehl’s Since 1851 always honors Earth Day and this year they’ll donate once again to Recycle Across America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy, and expedite progress. The funds will be used to create 65,000 recycling labels to 650 K-12 schools in the United States. Funds will be raised from Kiehl’s Limited Edition Label Art series, featuring art this year featuring earth-inspired designs. The Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado series features designs by Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Q. In addition, the Recycle and Be Rewarded program takes places at Kiehl’s stores year-round. (Available at

Pacifica is known as one of the most innovative and sustainable makeup lines by using safe ingredients in their natural products. They recycle and use post-consumer materials (all boxes are 100% recyclable), offset company travel by purchasing carbon credits, support the local economy, and work with suppliers who share in their vision. Their Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes Facial Towelettes use coconut milk to gently wipe away makeup, excess oil, dirt, and pollutants. (Available at

In an effort to offset manufacturing, the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Collection is supporting Reforest’Action, helping to plant thousands of trees. The Paul Mitchell Tea Tree collection uses natural tea tree oil, lavender, and peppermint extracts to cleanse, style, and hydrate hair. (Available in salons, go to for locations)

With sustainability, fair trade principles and authenticity at its core, Weleda are pioneers of 100% certified natural skin care. The Body Lotion collection features a unique, recyclable and environmentally friendly bag-in-bottle and airless pump, which increases stability for an extended shelf life without the use of chemical preservatives. The Citrus Hydrating Body Lotion and Wild Rose Pampering Body Lotion are for normal skin, Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion is for dry skin, and Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion and Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Body Lotion are for mature skin. (Available at Whole Foods)

G.M. Collin features natural fruit extracts in their products, which are 99% natural and organic. The Bio Organique Eye Contour Cream is a 3-in-1 treatment that hydrates the skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines with Ecocertified Spanish Lavender Oil, lemon oil, and apricot oil. The Bio Organique Energizing Mask protects skin from environmental stressors and revitalizes the complexion with antioxidants that restore skin tone and elasticity. Remove dead cells and impurities with the Bio Organique Gentle Exfoliant. It leaves skin soft and revitalized. (Available at

For thirty years, Kiss My Face has produced naturally effective products that are cruelty-free and ethically sourced. The Kiss My Face Body Washes include skin-balancing botanicals such as bergamot, jasmine, and lavender. Formulas include Anti Stress, Active Athletic, Cold & Flu, Early To Bed, Early To Rise, Peaceful Patchouli, and Silky Soft. (Available at

pant-own your look

“I’ll have the mascara, the liner medium well, and the lipstick marsala.”  The votes are in, and once again Pantone, the world’s authority on the vastness of the rainbow’s spectrum, has spoken.  This is the year of rich and warm Marsala.

M∙A∙C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry, Gregory Arlt (@MAC_Gregory_A), throws some shade on Pantone’s color of the year – Marsala.

On eyes: Go smoky with a marsala colored shadow, like M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Folie. Work this shade into the crease with a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 224 Tapered Blending Brush and under the lash line using a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush. Use a lighter color on lids, and follow with your favorite M∙A∙C Cosmetics mascara to make eyes pop.

To fully commit to the trend, use cream-based M∙A∙C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist all over the lids with a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 252 Large Shader Brush. Blend the outer edges with a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 217 Blending Brush and a bit of M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Cork.

On lips: Line and fill lips in with M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Mahogany, and top with a frosted lipstick, like M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lipstick in Fresh Moroccan, using a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 316 Lip Brush.

On cheeks: Pick a muted marsala hue, like M∙A∙C Cosmetics Powder Blush in Ambering Rose. Dust on apples of cheeks with a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 116 Blush Brush.

See below for some other marsala shades:

All Glossed Up, from Hard Candy, is a high shine lip gloss crayon infused with the hydrating benefits of a balm plus the long wearing power of a stain.  Pulse is a bright red marsala.  The Plumping Serum Gel Stick provides lips with both rich color and shine; wanted is a deep marsala plum.  The Kaleyedescope Eye Shadow in Rock n Roll features highly pigmented shadows in marsala and pink.  Wear them dry for a soft effect, wet for a dramatic finish.  (Available at

jane iredale celebrates Pantone’s Color of the Year with In Touch Cream Blush in Charisma, a rich marsala that’s a cream to powder blush for use on cheeks, lips, and eyes.  PureGloss Lip Gloss in Raspberry has a glossy, non-tacky formula in a cranberry marsala shade.  PurePressed Eye Shadow in Merlot is a rich, long-wearing mineral pressed eye shadow in a wine marsala shade.  (Available at

The Eminence Cranberry Pomegranate Masque brightens the complexion with the antioxidant benefits of cranberry and pomegranate while diminishing the appearance of visible signs of aging.  Papaya exfoliates, and sesame oil conditions to soften and smooth.  (Available at

Mineral Fusion’s new Lip Tints hydrate with cocoa butter while delivering vibrant color.  Flicker is a chocolate marsala.  Their Eye Shadow Trio in provides long lasting color that’s crease free.  Symmetry is a trio of chocolate brown, deep marsala, and off white.  The Glow & Go 3-in-1 Color Stick provides an instant pop of color to cheeks, eyes, and lips.  Berry Glow is a berry marsala.   (Available at health food stores and

The Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals Palettes in Pinks features eight shades in matte and shimmery shades in pink, lavender, purple, and, you guessed it, marsala.  The High Impact Lip Colour takes on marsala with its Plum Nude shade. (Available at Clinique counters and

Pacifica’s vegan Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness is a soft beige marsala.  The full color, hydrating natural lipstick provides creamy hydration.  The Coconut Kiss Creamy Lip Butter features antioxidant properties and long lasting wear.  Blissed Out is a warm plum marsala.  And Enlightened Gloss in Ravish provides super smooth, non-sticky shine in a sheer pomegranate marsala.  (Available at

Pro Performance Lipstick, by Japonesque, is pigment-saturated for stay true color with a light formula.  Shade 7 is a red marsala, while Shade 8 is a plum marsala.  Pro Performance Lip Lacquer has a hydrating formula and saturated color without stickiness.  Shade 6 is a light wine marsala, Shade 5 is a pink marsala, and Shade 8 is a deep burnt marsala. (Available at

By Terry’s Terrybly Velvet Rouge Liquid Velvet Lipstick in Bohemian Plum is a hybrid lipstick with the versatility of a lacquer that coats with a film of bold marsala.  (Available at

The Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon in Plum Freeze is infused with Vitamin E to keep lips soft in an ultra-hydrating formula with a balm-like texture with a pop of marsala color. (Available at

Nails inc NAILKALE Polish has introduced kale into a collection of everyday polishes.  Their marsala shade, Holland Walk, is supercharged with kale extract, Vitamins A, C, and K to stimulate keratin production and hydrate and Nourish nails.  (Available at

Mehron INtense Pro Pressed Powder Pigment in Red Earth is a super long-lasting, matte finish shadow that is edgy, and bright and has a silky finish.  (Available at

The shu uemura drawing pencils line eyes with a smooth finish.  The waterproof formula provides all day wear and is smudge resistant.  Red Purple is a reddish marsala. (Available at

Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick in Manic is a rich marsala shade.  Their proprietary Pigment Infusion System gives the formula creamy texture, rich color, and extended wear.  The Glide-On Lip Pencil in Manic has a long-lasting waterproof formula that glides on smoothly to keep lip color from feathering.  (Available at

Ramy Beauty Therapy Lipstick in Thrive provides lips with a deep, dark marsala and also cares for lips with Avocado Oil, Vitamin E and SPF 8. (Available at

Revlon’s ColorStay Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic is infused with Vitamin E and Aloe for moisture and provides lips with a glossy, wet color.  (Available at drug stores)

Milani’s new Color Statement Lipstick Moisture Matte has a lightweight, creamy formula packed with grape seed extract and Vitamins A and C to keep lips soft and hydrated.  Matte Confident is a burgundy marsala.  (Available at CVS)

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Spice is a brown marsala.  The buildable, long-lasting color has a crease-free formula.  (Available at

weather or not part III

It’s clear that winter and its assault on our senses are simply not showing any signs of retreating.  With that in mind, we’re digging deeper to unveil the best tips for nourishing your best winter skin…just in time for the next storm.Juice Beauty is known for meeting rigorous organic standards, purchasing ingredients locally so they can monitor quality and limit fuel waste, and manufacture the majority of their products with solar power.  In addition, they’re Humane Society, Leaping Bunny, and PETA certified.

Karen Behnke, Founder of Juice Beauty, explains the importance of exfoliation:  “It’s so important to exfoliate in the winter when those skin cells might need a boost to turnover! Juice Beauty’s patented, bestselling GREEN APPLE PEEL with alpha and beta hydroxy acids is the perfect addition to your winter skincare regimen to help reveal a brighter complexion and reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Exfoliate at night, follow with a serum and then a moisturizer and you’ll wake up in the morning looking fabulous!  During the day, it’s especially important to wear an SPF moisturizer to protect your skin from potential sun damage. We only use non-chemical SPF’s such as mineral zinc.”

See below for other treatments to help skin in what seems to be a never-ending winter:

In addition to GREEN APPLE PEEL, Juice Beauty’s new GREEN APPLE PEEL Nightly Brightening Pads are great for dull winter skin by brightening and correcting uneven skin tone with dulse algae and vitamin B3.  GREEN APPLE Age Defy Moisturizer combines a complex of certified organic juices and a powerful antioxidant cocktail.  The Exfoliating Cleanser is a soap-free formula that gently exfoliates and cleans with a blend of pineapple enzymes and aloe vera juices.  (Available at

The Shea Butter Comforting Collection is the new L’OCCITANE skincare line.  For cleansing:  the Shea Butter Ultra-Gentle Face Soap has a creamy lather and is good for normal to combination skin, the Shea Butter Cleansing Milk reduces redness with licorice extracts, and the Shea Butter Cleansing Oil removes impurities and makeup in a single step.  Shea Butter Gentle Toner removes excess dirt and preps the skin to absorb moisturizer.  Top off with Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream, which features a non-greasy, weightless texture and 5% shea butter, or Shea Butter Rich Comforting Cream, with 25% shea butter for dry to very dry skin.  (Available at

Clarins launches their new skin care line.  UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is an ultra-lightweight, triple protection moisturizer that fights free radicals and protects against pollution.  Total Eye Concentrate is an anti-aging eye treatment powered by Harungana, a plant extract from Madagascar, that is effective without irritation.  It addresses wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness.  (Available at

Patchology 4-Treatment Kit makes it easy to take care of skin around the eyes while on the go.  The travel-friendly version of their Energizing Eye Kit features re-useable patches that help with hydration and puffiness in just twenty minutes—no bathroom sink needed!  (Available at

The new White Marble Collection from Erno Laszlo is designed to treat uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.  The White Marble Treatment Cleansing Bar and Radiance Emulsion work to vanish dark spots and discoloration while adding sufficient moisture. (Available at

We forget that the sun is still in full effect during the winter months.  If you forget your SPF and get an unexpected burn, Environ’s Intensive Antioxidant Gel soothes the burn with Vitamins C, E and Beta-Carotene and promotes skin’s healing with powerful antixoxidants.  (Available at

Marula’s Pure Marula Facial Oil is a light, hydrating oil that absorbs into skin quickly and provides immediate hydration.  The oil is Fair Trade and is wild harvested, hand-selected, and cold pressed.  (Available at

The AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Body Concentrate Tone & Texture Correcting Serum is a body serum targeting aging and lifeless skin.  Vitamin C and AHA even skin tone and encourage cell turnover to increase collagen production, and Brown Algae Extract brightens the skin.  (Available at

Exuviance Daily AntiOxidant Peel CA 10 defies winter dullness.  10% Citric Acid exfoliates and neutralizes damaging free radicals brought on by daily environmental exposure, and prepares skin for moisturizer absorption and smooth makeup application. (Available at

SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E is an intensive antioxidant night concentrate that helps repair and prevent accumulated damage.  The overnight treatment enhances skin’s natural defense system to diminish the signs of damage.  (Available at

weather or not part II

Whether its 0 degrees or 30 degrees out, old man winter is determined to do a number on our fragile skin. Lilli Gordon gives us helpful tips to arm ourselves, and our skin against this windy winter. A native of Newton, Gordon is the founder and CEO of First Aid Beauty. See below for her tips for treating winter skin.Winter skin issues including dry, itchy, scaly, dull skin, stemming from a weakening and cracking of the skin’s protective barrier, which makes it less able to repair itself. Unless you actively prevent or treat it fast, it can really become a vicious cycle.

Here are my top skin care tips for dewy, supple skin even in the midst of icy New England temps:


While long showers with hot water feel great first thing in the morning, they can actually be extremely drying to the skin, so keep temps mild and shower length to about 10 minutes. Use a mild body wash that won’t strip your skin. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Wash is gentle with a rich, creamy texture. The formulation preserves skin’s natural oils and improves moisture retention while it cleans. Enriched with skin nourishing humectants to hydrate and protect the skin, it is free of irritating ingredients and fragrances, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin.

Right after you get out of the shower and towel off is the perfect time to moisturize – your pores are still open and skin is a bit damp, which will actually help to seal in moisture and prevent dehydration. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Cream, our best-selling product, is the ultimate skin healer. It is your must-have head to toe moisturizer. It can be used to treat dry, itchy scaly skin anywhere on the body, whatever the cause, even eczema and is perfect for anyone looking for luxurious hydration in the colder months of the year.


Cold air, harsh winds, and pumped-up indoor heat can increase facial tissue sensitivity and leave the skin feeling and looking tight, dry, and flaky. Most people can’t really get away with sticking to the same skincare regimen year round. I don’t advocate harsh anything ever, but especially in the winter months, you want to cut down on scrubbing and eliminate anything that can be drying.

Again, cleansing is key. Foamy face washes are drying. Our Face Cleanser gently cleanses the skin, removes surface oils, make up, dirt and grime.

Moisture truly is the holy grail of skincare year round, but particularly in the winter. If you moisturize once a day in the summer, moisturize twice a day in the winter. It’s also important to remember that the sun’s UV rays are almost the same strength in the winter as they are in the summer, so don’t skimp on your SPF! FAB 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30 is the ultimate multi-tasking face cream formulated to help prevent and combat the signs of aging while moisturizing, nourishing and protecting the skin.

The skin on your lips is especially delicate and the cold winter air can cause them to become dry and flaky, just like the rest of the face. Our Ultra Repair® Lip Therapy brings the healing power of FAB’s best-selling Ultra Repair® Cream to moisturize, nourish, and protect your lips.

Our new Ultra Repair® Hydra Firm Sleeping Cream is truly beauty sleep in a jar! It draws on the healing and intense moisturizing power of Ultra Repair and is a super charged blend that combats key signs of visible aging during skin’s nightly repair phase.

Treat winter skin with some new and current treatments below:

The Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System takes their patented sonic technology and delivers two speeds for added cleansing customization along with the Pulsing T-Timer for 60-second cleanse. The travel set also includes an international pLink Charger for worldwide use, sensitive brush head, 1 oz Refreshing Brush Head, and protective travel case. (Available at

The L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil combines the skin surface renewing ingredient Lip Hydroxy Acid with hydrating essential oils to make skin feel smoother, softer, and firmer. (Available at drug stores)

The Alba Botanica Good & Healthy Range includes five moisturizers developed for different skin types. Anti-Oil Weightless Moisture is for normal to oily skin, Oil-Free Radiance Cream is for normal to dry or sensitive skin, Tinted Perfector is for combination skin, SPF15 Moisturizer is for daily sun protection, and Spots Be Gone Corrector is for dull, uneven skin tone. (Available at

Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème contains an exclusive blend of Caudalie’s three patented ingredients to yield firmer, smoother skin. Every Premier Cru product purchased contributes to the protection of the planet under the 1% For the Planet movement; 1% of its world wide turnover goes toward ecological associations. And the Premier Cru L’Elixir amps up moisture with anti-aging ingredients such as Stabilized Vine Resveratrol, Viniferine, and Grape-Seed Polyphenol. The lightweight texture absorbs quickly into skin for a smoother, more radiant complexion. (Available at

Vichy ProEVEN Night Dark Spot Corrector treats brown spots and uneven skintone. The ultra-hydrating serum contains LHA and Ceramide Bright to boost cellular renewal. (Available at

The JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Body Wash is an ultra-moisturizing wash that gently cleans with botanical cleansers and deeply nourishes with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut 100% Organic Oil is an all purpose moisturizer for skin and hair that nourishes chapped skin, tames frizz and fly-aways, and smooths chapped lips. (Available at

Farmhouse Fresh introduces Ruby Red Grapefruit Sea Salt Scrub just in time for National Grapefruit Month in February. The 95% natural scrub is a vegan and gluten-free blend of salt, grapefruit extract, ricebran and soybean oils. (Available at

Pacifica is known for their commitment to the environment, investing in the community, and supporting local women’s shelters. Their Sea Foam Face Wash is sulfate-free and removes daily toxins and make up gently with coconut water and marine extracts. (Available at Target).

The WEN SIXTHIRTEEN Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Treatment is an intensive treatment for distressed, lackluster locks. It can be used for added hydration as a leave-in conditioning treatment or rich moisture mask. The delicate, velvety texture with a fresh scent gives hair the perfect amount of pampering. (Available at

Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil moisturizes hair, skin, and scalp without leaving a greasy residue. The time-honored moisturizer is suitable for sensitive skin and can be used as an aftershave moisturizer. (Available at

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion targets chronically dry skin with emollients and humectants that bind moisture to skin. The non-greasy, non-irritating formula is lightweight, fact-acting, and long-lasting. (Available at CVS)

weather or not part I

Now that temperatures have dropped below, you know, zero…we thought a refresher on protecting your skin during Armageddon, er, winter…would be advised. Read on for expert skin-saving advice from dermatologist-dermapathologist (and founder of VMV Hypoallergenics) Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell.

• Keeping skin moisturized is key! Every day, most importantly in temperature-controlled environments like airplanes and office buildings, moisturize frequently to help fill up defects in the barrier layer to restore luster, make skin smooth and soft.

• Limit exposure to heat, which dehydrates the skin. Obviously, you can’t be expected to avoid heat sources completely but you can limit the risk by taking shorter hot showers, using tepid not scalding water, and avoiding long periods spent directly in front of fireplaces and heaters.

• Be sure to choose moisturizers that delay the evaporation of water from the skin such as petrolatum, mineral oil and virgin coconut oil (VCO).

• Aside from aiding with moisture, Virgin Coconut Oil is a beneficial ingredient because it has additional anti-microbial benefits. This is important because microbes produce inflammation that exacerbate itching and scratching — this creates more breaks and microbes in the skin and thus causing a vicious cycle.

• Use products with humectants (ingredients that attract water to their molecules so there is more water to give to the skin) similar to those present in the Natural Moisturizing Factor of the skin. These ingredients are glycerin, amino acids, ceramics, hyaluronic acid, urea, glycosaminoglycans and sodium PCA (pyrrolidone carboxylic acid). Look also for these ingredients that mimic and can replace the lipid content of the skin such as coconut oil that your skin’s bacterial lipase enzyme break down into fatty acids which because they are short to medium chain length and mostly saturated are stable and less easy to oxidize.

• Use creamy or liquid soaps with a neutral pH (7) or lower, as the normal pH of skin is acidic: averaging 5.5.

• Avoid skin irritants and allergens in products, clothing, and other materials you use as much as possible. The most common are: fragrance, preservatives, antiseptics, dyes, resins, metals like nickel and chrome.

• Though we might not realize it, clothes can often cause irritation to the skin. Try to wear clothing made of natural fabrics, such as silk and wool, to avoid irritation.

• For those with chronic, severe dry skin: consider asking your dermatologist for a patch test which can show exactly which ingredients, chemicals, products and clothing you need to avoid. Avoiding irritants can be a huge help in improving the condition of skin.

• Lastly, eat more oily fish and vegetables rich in omega 3 oils, which have been shown to help improve eczema and to prevent water loss from the barrier layer.

See below to protect winter skin further:

Know It Oil is VMV Hypoallergenics’ 100% pure USDA certified cold-pressed virgin coconut oil. The Creammmy-Rich Intensive Moisture Milk for Dry Skin is an intensely hydrating skin butter with virgin coconut oil and glycerin. It’s frangrance-free and preservative-free. (Availble at vmvhypoallergenics)

By Terry Cellularose Cleansing Oil is a mild-action oil designed for delicate skin on the face and around the eyes. It instantly melts away impurities and dissolves even the most tenacious makeup, including waterproof products. Jojoba Oil and Cherry Blossom provides a deep down clean without leaving a greasy feeling. (Available at

Vichy Idealia Life Serum is their first treatment to combat behavioral skin aging. It targets skin tone, refines pores, and moisturizes dry, normal, and combination skin. (Available at CVS, Walgreens and

Avalon goes the natural route with their Age-Less Cleansing Milk. The multivitamin complex of Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, and K plus powerful antioxidants in a soap-free formula lifts away impurities while replenishing skin’s nutrient balance. (Available at

For the eyes, Lumixyl Revitaleyes is formulated with Decapeptide-12 to treat dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness for smooth, firm results. (Available at

Caudalie’s Polyphenol c15 Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Flud is a multi-purpose antioxidant-enriched cream that incorporates sunscreen to preserve skin from free radicals generated by UVA and UVB radiation. The oil-free formula includes Caudalie’s exclusive stabilized Grape-seed Polyphenols joined forces with stabilized Vitamin C to block damaging free-radicals. (Available at

blisslabs active 99.0 Restorative Night Cream is part of the new the active 99.0 line. The rich, nourishing nighttime treatment features algisium C, niacinamide, and kojic acid to help repair the signs of aging and make skin look dramatically younger. (Available at

Phelityl Day Lotion SPF 15, from Erno Laszlo, is a super light, vitamin rich moisturizer that combines UV protection to soften fine lines. Phelityl indicates Erno Laszlo’s unique moisturizing complex with a pH level nearly identical to that of the skin, which maintains the fatty acids essential for skin function. (Available at

Vita Coco’s new Coconut Oil is one stop shopping for hair, skin, even cooking! It’s cold pressed, extra virgin, and 100% organic. Use it on skin as a moisturizer and on hair as a conditioner or mask. (Available at Amazon)

The Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Anti-Aging Sleeping Mask is an intensive moisturizing and firming overnight treatment that helps replenish moisture and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. Sweet Almond Oil and Aloe help repair the look of dry, damaged skin and Sepi-Calm S* helps reduce irritation. (Available at

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is a unique fusion of fragrant oils and waxes designed to break down micro-particles of make up, absorb excess sebum and lift impurities without stripping skin of essential oils. (Available at

hairs to you part II

EcoTools are known for their eco-conscious beauty products; their products are inspired by nature and are 100% cruelty free.  Christine Symonds, EcoTools Beauty Team member and celebrity hair stylist has worked with Kristen Bell, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, and Ali Lartner.  Read on for tips on keeping your party hair blown dry to perfection.

A great blow-dry is the foundation to any holiday look.  My two favorite holiday looks are big voluminous strands or sleek straight strands.

1. For voluminous strands, use the Ecotools Full Volume Styler and concentrate on over directing the hair in the opposite direction from where you want it to lay. This will give you the most body. Add an embellished headband or bobby pin and you are ready for the festivities.

2. For a sleek straight look, you can also use the Ecotools Sleek and Shine Finisher. The synthetic boar bristles leave the hair super shiny and straight. Do not use any over direction on this style. I like to tuck the hair behind the ears and wear it behind the shoulders. It’s a great chic and modern look.

Tip: To maintain your blowouts, brush out the following mornings with the Ecotools Smoothing Detangler hair brush. It gently glides through the hair, keeping your blow dry looking fresh and won’t cause any frizz. (Available at

See below for some more goodies to help keep hair happy and healthy:

Avalon Organics Lavender Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner is chock full of good stuff like Lavender Essential Oil, Wheat Protein and Aloe and is made with at least 70% organic ingredients.  The moisturizing formula is good for normal to dry hair and leaves smooth, shiny results.  (Available at Whole Foods)

Celebrity stylist Chaz Dean presents Wen by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner.  The 5-in-1 formula is a shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, and leave-in conditioner and can also be a mask.  The combination of herbs and natural ingredients helps with increased strength and color retention.  (Available at

Give your hair some flair with Elle’s Beaded Gold & Pink Headwrap.  The chic headband makes it easy to hold hair back with ease and style and is sure to become your party staple.  (Available at

Gloss & Toss Shine is the brainchild of Hollywood hair stylist Billy Lowe.  He developed the serum to keep actors’ hair looking flawless during a long production day.  The light weight formula adds shine while fighting frizz and humidity.  The cruelty-free formula earned certification from The Leaping Bunny Program. (Available at

Keep your beauty tools organized and manageable with the Hot Iron Holster, partner!  The holster clings to a smooth, non-porous surface, making it easy to place, use, and remove as need be.  It safely holds hot irons and curling irons up to 500 degrees.  It comes in a variety of fun colors.  (Available at

ProRituals has a wide range of professional products.  Cleanse with Clarifying, Color Therapy, or Daily Shampoo, and for conditioners check out Color Therapy, Daily or Hydrate Intensive Treatment.  Hold everything in place with Mega Hold Silver, Mega Hold Hair Spray (and Mini Mega Hold), or try Adapt for medium.  (Available at

Balanced Guru’s collection features all-natural, sustainable and cruelty-free hair oils.  It includes the No Frizz Oil, an organic sesame and lemongrass balancing oil that tackles oil without weighing it down.  Oil Under Control helps balance oily hair and scalp without over drying featuring Thyme, Basil, and Rosemary.  And Razzle Dazzle Oil helps dry hair and scalp with Jojoba and Argan Oil.  (Available at

Alterna Haircare Caviar Repairx Lengthening Hair & Scalp Elixir helps maintain long locks by nourishing the scalp and hydrating strands to prevent breakage.  (Available at

With the founding of Eufora in 1997, owners Don and Beth Bewley committed to providing innovative products that respect the environment.  The Nourish collection joins the Thickening, Curl’n and Smooth’n collections.  Nourish products use ingredients like Chamomile, Neem, and Cranberry Oils in their wide range that includes shampoo, conditioner, serum, repair treatment, and hydration, all 100% biodegradable.  (Go to for a salon near you)

The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Volume Filler Fiber Amplifying Concentrate is an in-shower treatment that fills and thickens each strand from within, instantly creating a thicker feel.  It lasts through five washes.  The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Color Vibrancy Root-to-Tip Fixer is a leave-in spray that smoothes the cuticle to provide root to tip conditioning. (Available at


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, Dry Shampoo is available at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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