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

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

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

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

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

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 and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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 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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 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

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


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


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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

heat proof make up

It’s that time of year again!  Country 102.5 ushers in the summer concert season with the Country 102.5′s Country Music Festival 2014.  With the sun beating down on the Xfinity Center, you’ll need to make sure you’ve “got it covered.”

I asked MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro & Media Educator Jessie Powers for tips (Instagram: @jessiepowers).

1.    Now that the weather is getting warmer, how do you recommend people keep their make up in place?

The most important thing to consider is how humid and hot the weather will get.  If the heat and humidity go up I recommend switching your foundation formula to a matte finish.  Matte formulas tend to hold up the best in this climate and will still look natural.  The other thing to consider is setting your makeup with a true setting powder.  This powder should contain some talc and nylon powder.  These are both key ingredients that help to absorb excess oil while setting makeup.  Finally, how you apply your setting powder will make a difference.  Instead of using a brush to dust powder lightly over the skin, try applying setting powder with a velvet powder puff.  Pick up some powder on the surface of the puff, then fold the puff in half and gentle rub the sides of the puff together.  This will work the powder into the puff and help to spread it evenly over the puff’s surface.  This ensures that you won’t end up with the “I Love Lucy” floured face effect.  To apply, gently press the powder puff onto your skin.  Start applying in the areas that you usually see shine appear first.  For most of us this will be the forehead, nose and chin.

2.    Which products are your favorites for long wear in the sun?

MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet Foundation, Super Matte Loose Powder, Aqua Matic waterproof shadow sticks, Aqua Brow eyebrow gel and Aqua Lip lip liner.  Your best option for summertime weather will always be a waterproof formula.  This doesn’t mean that you won’t ever have to retouch your makeup, but it does mean that your makeup will last longer and require far less maintenance.

3.    Any suggestions for application tips?

When working with waterproof formulas, less is more.  Apply creamy waterproof products in sheer layers.  If you’re using waterproof cream shadows use your fingers, the warmth of your hand will help you quickly blend the shadows before they set.  Keep your makeup simple and fresh looking in the summer – it’s easier to maintain and makes sense with most of the outdoor activities that we save for summer weather.

Lots of new summer shades to choose from:

Add some SPF to your foundation with Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15.  The light, breathable formula protects with its moisturizing formula and is available in 26 shades. (Available at
Estee Lauder welcomes the warm weather with the Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Collection.  It features The Nudes EyeShadow Palette (five sunlit nudes plus three high-impact metallics) and Bronze Goddess Cheek Glow.  The Limited Edition Pure Color Lip Shine comes in two super glossy colors—Mandarine and Luscious Plum.  (Available at

The Colorescience Sunforgettable collection makes it easy to remember your SPF.  The Mineral Sunscreen Brush is a mineral powder conveniently packaged in a self-dispensing brush for on the go coverage.  It comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50 and is available in a variety of shades/shimmers.  The Mineral Eyescreen SPF 30 camouflages dark circles while providing UVA/UVB protection.  The Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35 keeps your lips glossy (in seven shades) while protecting them from the sun. (Available at

Erno Laszlo Controlling Face Powder helps control oil and shine.  The silky, triple-milled formula gives skin a matte appearance.  Wear it alone or over make up to minimize the appearance of pores.  (Available at

And for your hair, Ouidad’s new Color Sense uses technology to preserve color and enhance vibrancy.  The trio includes Color Sense Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner that provides a shield against fading from UV exposure and styling, and the Color Sense Shine Boosting Color Extender creates a high gloss finish, extends the life of hair color, and is sulfate and silicone free.  (Available at

Achieve bright, sunkissed hair with the new OGX Sunkissed Blonde Lemon Highlights Collection.  The lemon extract enhances highlights and eliminates discoloration caused by mineral deposits.  The Sunkissed Blonde Lemon Highlights Shampoo and Conditioner locks in moisture and locks out humidity, and the Highlight Activating Citrus Oil Mist is a peroxide and ammonia-free formula which brightens with coconut oil and citrus extracts.  (Available at Walgreens)

spring it on

The weather is finally catching up to the calendar!  Celebrate the signs of spring with floral tones and dewy complexions.

NYC Makeup Artist & Beauty Expert Neil Scibelli talks about a couple of his favorite products for spring:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: These waterproof gel liners are on trend and perfect for spring and summer because they come in a variety of fun colors and they don’t smudge! The UD formula is creamy but dries quickly after applying, ensuring long wear and easy application. Try the emerald green or electric blue as a liner across the top lid or smudge it out as an all over eye shadow.

H20 Plus Face Oasis Mist: this hydrating blend of water and minerals helps to rescue dry skin in the summer and also serves as a skin pick-me-up. I love keeping the mist in the fridge for the instant cooling effect. It calms redness and also sets makeup nicely.

Lots more going on for the spring season:

Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Matic is a new collection of long lasting, smudge-proof color eye shadow pencils.  The creamy texture includes Silica, Oils and Polymers to create a flexible film that locks water out to create crease-proof color.  Aqua Matic is available in ten shades from neutral to vibrant with a satin, matte, diamond, or iridescent finish.  (Available at

Simple is a range of facial skincare products that are sensitive to skin’s needs.  The new Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer provides hydration in a fast-absorbing gel and the new Nourishing 24-Hour Day/Night Cream is an ultra-rich cream with a non-greasy formula.  They join the line along with the Replenishing Rich Moisturizer and Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15.  (Available at drugstores)

MAC celebrates spring with Playland, a whimsical new line of cotton-candy shades.  Casual Colour is in all-in-one color for cheeks and lips in three shades, the Lipstick comes in six shades ranging from Playland, a golden frost to Head in the Clouds, a deep plum, and Pigment comes in four shades including Hi-Def Cyan, a sky blue and Golden Olive, a bright chartreuse.  (Available at

Elemis has a few newer products for glowing skin.  For the face, the Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm acts as a primer, moisturizer, and boosts radiance with Acai, bergamot, and Noni extract.  For the body, the Elemis Spa @ Home Skin Nourishing Body Scrub polishes with bamboo, apricot and cherry powder, and nourishes with sweet almond, macadamia and wheat germ oils.  The Elemis Spa @ Home Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow uses mineral rich salts and hibiscus to cleanse and exfoliate and Tahhitian Monoi Oil and frangipani flowers leaves skin with a light fragrance.  (Available at

bliss gears up for sleeveless weather with the new fatgirlslim armcandy. “Arm” yourself with a formula of caffeine, white sapphire, and moisture beads to reduce redness and provide a firmer, smoother and more toned appearance.  The fabulips ‘pout’-o-matic lip-perfecting system includes with the fabulips ‘pout’-o-matic exfoliating tool and sugar lip scrub to smooth and exfoliates for soft, full lips.  (Available at

The new Flower Eye Marker & Crème Eyeshadow features a smudge-proof eye marker on one end and luminous, long-wear eye shadow on the other.  Available in Lovely Lilac, Poolside Kiss, and Steel A Kiss.  (Available at Walmart)

Urban Decay introduces the newest addition to their NAKED line, NAKED Lipgloss.  The luxe gloss has a creamy non-sticky texture, like a gloss and balm rolled into one.  It’s available in nine shades ranging from pinky nudes to berry nudes to naked nudes (Available at

Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish provides nigh shine with a glossy finish.  The extra wide brush ensures easy application and the high levels of solid pigment prevent streaking.  The five new shades include Mercer Street, cobalt blue, Downtown, bright fushia, Mayfair Lane, a dusty pink, Soho Place, aqua, and Kensington Passage, a deep coral.  (Available at

And for the guys, Dove has partnered with leading barbers and dermatologists to create the new Dove Men+Care Expert Shave Range.  The line is a three-step approach that delivers a superior shaving experience for men.  It includes the Expert Shave Exfoliating Pre-Shave Scrub, Expert Shave Softening Pre-Shave Oil, Expert Shave Smoothing Shave Cream, Expert Shave Total Comfort Shave Cream, and Expert Shave Intense Post-Shave Repair Balm.  (Available at Target)

hair springs eternal

In many ways, the warm weather ushers in thoughts of lightening the load–spring cleaning, shedding layers, shorter sleeves, and lighter hair.  Read on, and color yourself spring- ready with these tips from one of New York’s hair apparent experts.

Joel Warren, Co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons (in New York, LA, and elsewhere), answers a couple of questions about spring color trends.

What color trends do you see for the spring?

I’ve been doing a lot of “baby” blondes recently in preparation for spring.  Women bring in pictures of their children to mimic that irregular, beautiful color they have. Everyone loves going lighter with her color in the summer– it seems more natural and looks like you’ve been spending time outside. Besides blondes, pastels are going to be a huge trend for spring.  Whether all-over color, highlights or ombre – you’ll be seeing a lot of ‘unnatural’ color in the spring/summer months.

What suggestions do you have for women who do their own color at home?

I would encourage doing a test patch on your hair before committing to the color all over.  The picture on the box is never 100% accurate and it’s hard to tell how a color will look with your complexion or how your current color will react. In terms of brands, L’Oreal Paris is classic and has the best formulas I’ve seen.

Spring welcomes some of the new products below:

The Body Building Collection from Phillip Kingsley provides hair with volume, bounce, and shine.  The Phillip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo is ideal for fine or lightweight fly away hair, and the Phillip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner is a lightweight conditioner that adds volume and reduces static.  The Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defense is an anti-breakage, heat protecting conditioning spray and the Phillip Kingsley Maximizer prolongs the life of color treatments.  (Available at

Bigen is no longer Japan’s best-kept secret.  Their new hair treatment line features naturally derived ingredients from botanical sources.  The line includes the Bigen Protect & Repair Shampoo, Deep Conditioner, Sheen Spray, and Polishing Serum.  (Available at

Celebrity hair stylist Umberto has launched U Color by Umberto, a line of foolproof professional color.  The one-step Sachet Packet System of Color, Developer, and Equalizer comes ready to use making the system quick and easy.  (Availble at

The L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Txt It Deconstructing Gum is an ultra-pliable gum that can be used to create a sculpted braid.  With its elastic texture, hair is easily shaped and reshaped.  (Available at drug stores)

The Alterna Bamboo Volume: 2-in-1 Volumizer is a versatile, all-in-one volumizing styler that can be used on wet or dry hair to achieve buildable volume.  The rich formula includes Organic Bamboo Extract and is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic color, petrolatum.  (Available at

Speed through security with the TSA approved OGX Travel and Trial Collection.  The line is an affordable line includes Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner, Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil, and others.  (Available at drug stores)

Ouidad’s new Superfruit Renewal Clarifiying Cream Shampoo is a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser that removes product build up without stripping hair.  It’s infused with concentrated superfruit acids such as acai, blueberry, cranberry, papaya, and pomegranate.  (Available at

AG Hair Beach Bomb creates bombshell-worthy waves that are natural and full of texture.  The lightweight, alcohol-free cream is infused with keratin protein and silk amino acids to condition and keep hair healthy.  (Available at  Click here for a tutorial on AG Hair Beach Bomb Waves.