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!
Posts for April 3rd 2009
Bikini Line Maintenance, the Musical! This razor commercial from Down Under (no, really!) turns bikini hair removal into a sing-along. But just who does the Wilkinson Sword company think it's advertising to? Very few women consider "mowing the lawn" a "favorite thing to do." With the cheery suburban setting and lyrics like "whatever shapes your topiary," we just kept waiting for a curtain-matches-the-drapes joke.
We hear that Stila has gone bankrupt. ... We hear employees were given little advance notice, and arrived to offices that were shut yesterday morning. Several attempts to contact Stila via e-mail and phone calls went unanswered.
The site also points out that Stila's e-commerce site is down for maintenance, with a note saying that some already-placed orders may be canceled. I'm taking this news with a grain of salt until the rumor is confirmed, especially because I don't want to imagine the loss of Kitten eye shadow. Let's hope that Stila isn't filing for bankruptcy — and if it does, that this won't be the end of this cute, clever makeup line.
Update: Stila reps say that the company is refinancing and not bankrupt. More details to come.
Christian Siriano's new endeavor is kind of a big deal. WWD reports that Project Runway champ Christian Siriano has created a line of cosmetics for Victoria's Secret Beauty.
Due in August — around the same time that his Payless shoe collection debuts — Christian Siriano for VS Makeup will feature shades inspired by his Fall clothing collection. The ferosh lineup will include five shades of eye shadow ($14 each); three lip gloss shades ($14 each); black eyeliner ($12); a bronzer-highlighter trio ($24); a face brush ($32); and a ruffled cosmetics bag ($16).
Also, expect to see the Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Makeup line revamped as VS Makeup, which will feature makeup items all under $20, and include more shades (180, to be precise), finishes, and updated packaging. As for Siriano's makeup, how fierce do you expect it to be? Will you be first in line to buy it — or at least give it a try?
When it comes to statement accessories, they usually speak loud and clear. Such is the case with this hybrid hair piece — it shouts "Look at me!"
Re-creating the Top Hat Headband ($6) would require a doll (or dog-sized) feathered hat, ribbon, and probably a slew of hair pins to hold it in place. I’m betting I won’t spot this on just any head in town. Would I see it on yours?
Fragrance-free products? No problem . . . or that's what I thought, anyway, when I was asked to recommend some. A friend is dating a man who is allergic to fragrance, and it's thrown a wrench into her beauty routine. Even though these still conjure up noticeable "smells" — after all, what's really odorless? — fragrance-free items get any scents from essential oils and natural extracts, nothing synthetic. Check out my top picks to treat your body without artificial fragrances when you start this slideshow.
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to wear sunblock every day. But with warm weather around the corner, even the SPF slackers will want to wear sunscreen to protect their skin. Here are three that I've tried recently.
If you want ultra-light texture...
La Mer's SPF 30 UV Protection Fluid ($65) isn't a traditional sunscreen. Sure, it blocks UVA and UVB rays, but true to La Mer's heritage, it's high on the luxury factor. The mint-colored fluid is incredibly lightweight, and it sinks into skin right away; small reflective particles give skin a light-catching glow. A friend of mine spied my sample, tried it out, and tried to sweet-talk me into surrendering it. Fat chance.
If you need reassurance of the age-fighting factor...
You probably know that SPF stands for sun protection factor, but do you know what PA means? Well, it's big in Japan — really! The PA rating describes how well a sunscreen blocks UVA rays, which cause skin discoloration. Bliss Best of Skintentions ($35) is rated PA++, the medium rating. While I generally go for SPF 30, the light citrus scent and lack of greasiness make this one a winner for rainy days. (Yes, I wear sunscreen even when I'm staying inside.)
If you're concerned about anti-aging
Sunblock generally helps prevent signs of aging, but to get full protection, look for a broad-spectrum product that filters both UVB (burning) and UVA (aging) rays. L'Oreal Dermo-Expertise Revitalift UV ($13.99) is one of the few American sunscreens to feature Mexoryl SX, a photostable ingredient that won't break down in the sun. It's lightweight enough to wear under makeup, and it doesn't leave white streaks. The only drawback is the miniscule pump opening; it doesn't dispense as much as I'd like, so I wind up pumping like crazy.
Put some spring in your step with these DIY tips, just in time for the warmer weather on the horizon (I hope). From ways to beat the heat beforehand to treating effects afterward, check out these homegrown ideas just in time for some sunshine.
Makeup palettes usually offer pretty good deals, giving you more makeup than you'd get from buying items separately. Witness Sephora's color play palette ($22), which provides 36 eye shadows, 12 lip glosses, three blushes, and a bronzer in one kit. If that's not an insane deal, then I don't know what is.
I like to travel with palettes because it's so much easier than packing separate products, but on a day-to-day basis, I confess that I barely use them. They sit neglected in the bowels of my beauty cabinet, passed over for whatever makeup I feel like wearing on any given day. And so, while I love the idea of palettes, I am unable to commit to them. Are you a fan of the all-in-one concept, or do you like the idea better in theory than in practice?
It's time to address one of the most serious questions of our age. A question that has divided spouses, lovers, roommates, and families for decades. A question that simply must be answered! Do you hang toilet paper so it dispenses from the top of the roll, or so it comes out from underneath and behind the roll?