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Beauty Insider Event Tomorrow at All Sephora Locations

Saturday, March 21, 2009
12 pm – 6 pm
Beauty Insiders Only

Get Naturally Gorgeous!

Looking to make your beauty routine more natural? Get the inside scoop on mineral makeup and other natural and organic beauty with a complimentary one-on-one consultation from a Sephora expert, and score a naturally gorgeous goody bag stuffed with samples of the latest and greatest products in green beauty.

Click here to find a Sephora near you.

New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009

On Monday, I traveled to The Horticultural Society in NYC to report from backstage at Bodkin, a still relatively green collection – designed in accordance with principles of sustainability in materials and production methods. For the Fall 2009 line, Bodkin found a natural partner in Aveda, a brand that strives to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility – not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.

I had an opportunity to speak with John Reyman, lead hairstylist for Aveda, about the inspiration and seasonal trends.

“The idea was a little bed-heady…a little like a girl has been outside all day and her hair is a little wind-blown, but at the same time very healthy and very well taken care of. It looks shiny and it looks glossy, but it doesn’t look overworked or overdone. Like she cares but she doesn’t care too much – so kind of that balance. So the idea was we just put a very loose, loose wave in there with some Volumizing Tonic and then we finished it, actually, with the men’s grooming cream to give it a little bit of texture and some shine.”

For Fall 2009, John said, “A lot of people are putting ponytails in the hair. I think we’re really seeing cleaner hair. The last couple of seasons, we’ve seen really textured, really frizzy, really fuzzy hair…almost like the girl didn’t care at all. And I think as the economy sort of changes, people want to look and feel more put-together – and so the hairstyles are really reflecting that…a little cleaner, a little more refined.”

Andrea Harrison, lead makeup artist for Aveda described the Bodkin Fall 2009 look as really simple and pretty. “She’s so naturally gorgeous. She really has been running around all day…with cold, flushed pretty cheeks. No powder on her skin. Just a very healthy, very natural kinda dewy skin. On the eyes, there’s a light, shimmer. You can really see the skin through it. It’s our Moonstone shimmer, and it’s nice and really smooth. Black mascara just on the top lashes. Just a polished brow which is just really lightly filled in…nothing that you would really look at and say, ‘Oh, that’s hard.’ And Berry Lip Tint on the lips, so it’s very fresh – again, like she’s just been running around. Just an easy look that anybody could duplicate quickly. It would be great for young girls, older, anybody.”

When asked about key trends for Fall 2009, Andrea said, “One thing that you’re seeing everywhere is that the models are all growing out their eyebrows. It seems like another popular trend is, instead of, a smoky eye and a dark lip – you just see one feature that they’ve picked to focus on. Whether it’s eyebrows or just cheeks or just mascara or just lips. So instead of having the full complicated look. So it would be great for everybody. Good for the average woman to pick their favorite feature.”

Before concluding the interview, I asked Andrea to name three Aveda products that every women should have in her beauty arsenal. “One thing is for certain when it comes to makeup…the key to good makeup is beautiful skin. So you always want to make sure that you’re using great skin products. I personally love our Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Creme. I use that on every model before a photo shoot or runway just because you can always add powder if you feel like it’s too much, but it really just makes the makeup go on beautifully. The other thing is mascara…to me, it can make a look that on it’s own. Sometimes you don’t need to anything else. And skin…I really see that being a trend. I love our Tinted Moisturizer; it’s got SPF 15 in it and it’s nice because you can still the skin underneath it. So anybody can wear it easily. Just make sure you match your skin tone. It’s nice and sheer, so everybody can find their skin tone easily.”


100% Pure Kids Line at Bath & Body Works

One of my new favorite brands, 100% Pure, has a new line for the kiddies. Sold exclusively at, products include 2-in-1 Hair & Body Foam, Body Cream and Bubble Bath in yummy scents like Strawberry Ice Cream.

The line is made from the highest quality, organic, all-natural ingredients to give skin all the nourishment it needs; no synthetic chemicals, harsh detergents, artificial fragrances, toxic preservatives or any other harmful ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin are used.

And because the future belongs to the children, all 100% Pure Organic Kids formulas are biodegradable, feature labels printed with soy ink, and come in recyclable packaging made mostly from post-consumer recycled plastic, glass or aluminum. Plus, the entire collection is vegan, natural and food-based, with no ingredients or products that are tested on animals.

For my review of 100% Pure’s adult offerings, click here.

Nail Polish You And Your Man Can Enjoy

For years, I have been blaming Mr. Spoiled Pretty for my raggedy looking nails. I’m too scatterbrained and busy to schedule regular manicures. And whenever I pull out the polish stockpile, Graham makes this face that translates to, “If you care about my brain cells, you’ll put away the polish.”

Most times Graham makes this face, I begrudgingly return the polishes to their hideaway beneath the bathroom sink…not because I’m really concerned about his brain cells (he’s really smart, so he has some to spare). Really, it’s so that I don’t have to hear him yammer on about the caustic smell of the fumes – and how women do such ridiculous things in the name of beauty.

Well, I’m tickled (perfect) pink to report that Sula Beauty has answered my nail polish prayers.

Sula’s collection of non-toxic Nail Colours don’t smell like traditional polishes. In fact, they don’t really smell like anything at all – unless you place the bottle under your nose and take a whiff. And even then, the scent is barely noticeable. Another treat – the polishes are specially designed to be worn with whimsy. The water-based formula can be peeled off in one clean sweep – no harsh polish remover required; which means no funny faces or lip from Mr. Spoiled Pretty when it comes time to take it off. For longer wear, simply apply a protective clear top and base coat.

Sula Nail Colour is available in Perfect Pink, Crimson Red, Champagne Coral and Modern Mauve.

I’m crossing my manicured fingers that Sula adds more colors to the collection.

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