Every month should be Earth Month, but now's the time when companies roll out their eco-friendly initiatives. My inner hippie is happy that Origins is rolling out its Return to Origins recycling program. Origins counters (except those at Nordstrom) and stand-alone stores will accept clean, empty cosmetic containers — regardless of the brand. From there, the company will have the packaging recycled (or, if not possible, put into energy recovery). And when you drop off your containers, you'll get a free sample of Origins skin care. Jessica Stroup kicked things off yesterday, but the recycling program is here to stay. Yay!
Man is a political animal according to Aristotle and we are pleased to discover that for many fashionistas that doesn't simply evoke zebra stripes. Charles Nolan, fresh from his Americana Cruise 2009 collection has been supporting his life partner Andrew Tobias, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, at the Democratic Convention WWD has a delightful interview with the political animals. Concerns about the economy, rights, and free thinking were thankfully a higher priority thank who wore what pant suit to the couple.
Jil Sander is expanding into inner and beach wear. In license with Italian manufacturer Albisetti SpA the first innerwear collection will launch in September 2009 with beachwear in 2010. We personally can't wait for the minimalist bandeau suit possibilities.
Los Angeles County Prosecutors have dropped half the charges against designer Anand Jon. Accused of a slew of sex crimes, the remaining charges could still put him away for 122 years to life.
Origins wants Coloradans to feel like its a local favorite, just like all the other actual local favorites. But these days you have to be big to afford to be good.
I've never been one to have consistently gorgeous, glowy skin. It's always either a little bit dry, kind-of blotchy and almost always oily on the nose. Oh, and around that time of the month, you can bank on being able to play a fierce game of connect-the-dots. Having been a connoisseur of spot treatments since puberty, these are three of my go-to products that help pacify my pimples without causing dry patches or added aggravation. Which is your all-time favorite topical zit zapper?
Clearasil Tinted Acne Treatment Cream ($5.79) can be found at most drugstores. It doesn't sting or make you teary-eyed from the strong scent when you have to apply it to your face. The best part about using the tinted version is that it really helps cover up the red without having to pile on potentially bacteria-infested concealer.
Origins Spot Remover ($10) is a minty-smelling, transparent spot treatment gel that contains salicylic acid to dry out sebum and help kill old and new bacteria. It tingles just a touch upon contact, but it's nothing you can't handle. It stays clear and won't dry to an embarrassing flaky finish. Also, the tiny bottle is sure to last you through all twelve bouts of PMS per year, since all you need is a super-small amount.
For one more tried-and-true spot treatment that's slightly pricier, read more
You'll be green with envy when you see Origins' latest skin care line, Origins Organics. Although the line launched in late fall, the products are intended to soothe dry, winter skin and hair.
All of the products are certified organic by the USDA, which is a huge step for a beauty company. Now, this doesn't mean that the products are 100% organic; it means that a large part of the products are made with certified-organic ingredients. Make sense?
To find out the highlights and prices of each of the nine products, read more
Okay, seriously, how is it November already? It seems like it was just last week when we were gallivanting in warm weather, and now I'm already planning my Thanksgiving shopping list. Sheesh, time flies. But along with the Tofurky shopping, I'm going to be doing some beauty shopping for this chilly month. Here are my picks:
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Well, I just looked at the national weather map and the country—even the normally cool Pacific Northwest—is almost completely covered in red! Yep, summer is in full swing, with the high temperatures to go with it. When the weather's hot, I like to keep my beauty routine low-maintenance, and if I can find products to help me cool off, so much the better!
I've done a little hunting and found some good double-duty items that deliver a cooling sensation while doing their main task. Some, like this cute-as-can-be ice bag, are old-fashioned, while others are perfectly modern. To check out my list, read more
Even when it's iced, tea is hot right now. The trendy drink is available in an astounding number of varieties — from green to chai to yerba mate — and every day, it seems, I read about another health benefit of drinking tea.
It's no wonder, then, that tea has filtered into cosmetics. On Friday, I told you about three cosmetics with chai-inspired names, and today, I'm serving up a trio of treats that actually contain tea as an ingredient.
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Face Mist ($28) is a tonic for your face that helps to tighten your pores and gives your skin a glow. It's infused with African red tea, white tea, and pomegranate, all of which contain antioxidants.
For two more tea-infused products, read more
I'm a big fan of eye-shadow base, and I'm just getting into this whole foundation primer thing. Now, here's another pre-makeup prepping product that I could see coming in very handy. Origins Underwear for Lashes ($13) is a clear fluid coating that you apply before mascara to get your lashes ready for lift off.
I definitely feel like my lashes need a bit of a boost sometimes before I put on mascara, particularly on those mornings when they seem a little droopy. I can see this stuff helping my mascara pack more of a punch without having to apply extra coats. Underwear for Lashes also sounds like a great option for anyone who's afraid to use an eyelash curler. If you've tried it, let me know what you think. (Thanks to Beauty Snob for the tip.)
Sometimes, the free stuff you get with beauty purchases is just a burden, but some freebies are too good to pass up. Thanks to eBeautyDaily for pointing me to the Summer beauty deal going on at Nordstrom from now through the first week of June.
With any online beauty or fragrance purchase of $95 or more, you get a very cute straw tote filled with an exorbitant number of great samples from brands like Clarins, Bare Escentuals, and Origins. I am a freak about samples, and these look especially good. Plus, it provides an excuse to spend $95 at Nordstrom. If you need to replenish your fragrance supply, this would be a good time. For a list of the samples, read more
First, let me make one thing very clear: I was not blessed with soft skin, particularly on my face. It's hard enough to keep my combination skin looking smooth, with its oily spots, flaky patches, and occasional blemishes. But getting it to feel soft to the touch has always been fairly impossible. That is, until I discovered the life-changing Modern Friction face scrub from Origins ($36).
In the past, I have steered away from so-called dermabrasion products, because I was afraid they would irritate my skin. But this product does quite the opposite: It gets rid of irritation, uneveness, dry patches, and dullness by gently resurfacing your face all over. After the scrub, my face has a ruddy glow, but it looks polished and not the slightest bit angry, so read more