I’m writing for advice on eco-friendly/natural/organic beauty products and makeup. I want to incorporate some “green” products into my routine, but I don’t know where to start. I’m not interested in granola-crunchy stuff made out of hemp that smells like patchouli. I want high quality products that work as well as my regular products, but are also good for my body and the earth. Please share any favorite brands or products. Thanks.
PS – I’m a big fan – so basically whatever you recommend, I’m going to buy.
There are definitely great eco-friendly, organic beauty products out there for you to use and enjoy – and I think in the future we’ll be seeing a lot more beauty companies going green as well.
One of my personal faves is Josie Maran Cosmetics. Her line of makeup is very eco-friendly and the products deliver beautifully as true makeup should. Aside from being good for our environment, Josie’s makeup has tons of benefits for your skin. Most of her products are made with Argan Oil which, thanks to Josie, is becoming very popular for its healing abilities.
As a makeup artist working on sets and photo shoots, I tend to use product that has great pigment and textures over products that are eco-friendly or organic. But Josie’s line totally delivers. Of course, I have to mention the Bear Naked Wipes that I can’t live without. They are, hands down, the best makeup wipes ever! Other great natural brands I like are Tarte, Korres and Bare Escentuals.
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I’m not really a lipstick gal. Don’t get me wrong, I have hundreds of tubes of lipsticks, but I typically reserve them for special occasions. It’s just that I feel more comfortable in a gloss. Plus I’m usually in a rush or on the go – so a lip product that’s a little more forgiving that doesn’t require a mirror to apply appeals to me.
As such, when I do reach for a lipstick, I love a sheerer finish…like MAC’s lipsticks with the Lustre finish. Sheer Plum was my very first MAC purchase way back when…and Syrup, Spice It Up!, Polished Up, Cockney and Lady Bug rank among my other faves. Now, just in time for spring, MAC releases a new collection that’s convinced me to give my glosses a temporary timeout: Sheen Supreme Lipstick.
Gloss is good, but there’s nothing quite as wonderfully, worldly cinematic as a Lipstick – and they’re coming back! We’ve updated formulas to make it all plausible. Sheen Supreme is the combination of the strong, sensually saturated colour of, say, Tilda Swinton’s I Am Love Milanese Lipstick, leavened with the light feel and clear vibrancy, the see-through sheen of a modern New York City Girl Gloss. Imagine no muddy undertones, gliding in pearl or creme finish, moisturizing with no sticky/tacky feel.
The Sheen Supreme Lipstick shades include:
Bare Again: Pinky neutral beige
Behave Yourself: Light blue pink
Can’t Get Enough: Beige neutral
Can’t Resist: Golden purplish red
Full Speed: Bright clean yellow pink
Good to Be Bad: Deep burgundy
Gotta Dash!: Pale coral
Impressive: Neutral gilded plum
Insanely It: Watermelon pink
Look at Her!: Metallic copper
New Temptation: Vivid blue red
Quite the Thing!: Deep blue plum
Supremely Confident: Pale nude
Ultra Darling: Mid-tone yellow pink
If spring has you considering adopting a bright lip color, this is definitely the way to do it. A bold shade in a sheer formula is easier to wear than a creamy or matte texture. It’s also fresh looking and seasonally chic.
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick is $14.50 and available at Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, MAC stores and maccosmetics.com.
This week, I’m rocking Swagger by Ginger + Liz
, a “soft, sexy metallic with rose gold undertones.”
The formula is pigmented as all get-out, so it only took two coats to achieve this gilded gorge-osity. And it’s so hot, every time I peep my own polish, this starts playing in my head:
No one on the corner have swagger like us
Swagger like us, swagger swagger like us…
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Fashion designer Christian Siriano is giving your kitchen sponge an extreme makeover.
The Project Runway Season 4 winner has teamed up with the O-Cel-O brand on new scrub sponges inspired by his 2011 spring collection. Launching now at retail locations nationwide, the scrub sponges offer fun and unexpected style for the sink – perfect for cleaning up your hot mess of dirty dishes.
“African, Indian and Asian influences served as the inspiration for my first-ever sponge designs,” said Siriano. “Both patterns, Leopard and Muse, are meant to captivate the eye through the use of color and the latest trends.”
The limited edition O-Cel-O™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges are ideal for cleaning delicate surfaces from glassware and china to counters and stainless steel cookware. The scrub sponges are available in a 2-pack for a suggested retail price of $2.59 or a 3-pack for $3.60.