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Get ready! This is our biggest collection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals ever. What beauty products are you going to grab this week?
What: On Black Friday, get 35% off any order (hello, Dead Sea bath salts). Use the code BFRIDAY14. On Cyber Monday you can snatch up 35% off and get a free Ahava Triple Mineral Body Lotion using the promo code CYBRMON35.
When: November 28th – December 1st
What: Take 30% off awesome skincare for the man in your life — they will thank you.
When: November 28th – December 1st
What: Arcona is offering 40% off Arcona-brand skin care purchases of $200 or more online, in stores on over the phone (check the website for exclusions).
When: November 28th – November 29th
Where: Arcona.com, the Arcona boutique and over the phone (877-272-6620)
Did you know October is National Eczema Awareness Month? Yeah, didn’t think so. I didn’t either until a few days ago. It really gets lost in the hoopla surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Halloween and Oktoberfest. In my house though, eczema is always top of mind. My son has it (so does one of my sisters), and we’ve been trying to figure out a miracle combo to tame his red, itchy, sometimes cracked and bleeding skin since the day he was born. I thought I’d share what’s worked for us in honor of Eczema Awareness Month. I can’t say it’s eliminated the issue completely, but we’ve got it so much more under control.
Here’s what’s worked: (more…)
If you’re looking for a way to end your work week on a positive note, treat yourself to the Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $28.50. Not only is it a rich, hard-working hand cream, but one hundred percent of the net profits benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Kiehl’s just wrapped up their fifth annual LifeRide campaign, which aims to bring awareness and raise cash for amfAR and involves some kick ass motorcycles. Gotta love it when the brands you covet are passionate about giving back.
Check out this video if want to get scoop on what LifeRide is all about — you’ll see some familiar faces in the mix, too. Happy weekend, all!
If you’re looking to earn some gift-giving extra credit this year, pick up these six beauties. They’ll make your mother, sister, friend, etc. look and feel gorgeous while going way beyond that. Together these products’ proceeds support women affected by breast cancer, childhood hunger, artists from marginalized communities and much, much more.
The original version of this whipped body butter is one of my all-time faves. This subtly citrus-y remake is delicious and makes skin feel fabulous. And, 100 percent of the net proceeds go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which works to help end childhood hunger in America.
What makes a better gift than five stunning eyeshadows housed in a rose-colored Swarovski crystal-embellished package? Add to that the fact that 100 percent of the profits are donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an organization supporting women affected by breast cancer. Beautiful.
Glitter eyeliner, check. Metallic nail polish, check. Add a few more dazzling items and the fact that sales benefit the American Heart Association, and you’ve got the perfect stocking stuffer.
The three newest additions to the Nomad Two Worlds Raw Spirit fragrance collection are sure to please even the pickiest of family members and friends. The travel-friendly rollerball design makes them convenient, but the scents inside are anything but ho-hum. Bijou Vert combines Haitian sourced vetiver along with grapefruit, mandarin, geranium, lotus flower, black pepper, benzoin, patchouli and cedarwood; Citadelle also utilizes Haitian sourced vetiver in addition to marigold, pear, bergamot, lemon, spices, amberwood, musk and cedarwood. Both scents will be used to support sustainable Haitian agricultural projects. And, Wild Fire sources premium wild harvested sandalwood from Australia along with creamy amber, ylang ylang, jasmine petals, cedarwood and musk. Part of the proceeds from Wild Fire sales are used to support sustainable Australian Indigenous agricultural projects in collaboration with Essential Oils of Tasmania.
For the gal who loves to send actual handwritten notes. The colorful designs on these cards were created by children affected by HIV/AIDS. And, every cent (seriously, every cent) of the selling price goes toward helping women, men and children who are also affected by HIV/AIDS.
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The Product: Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, $5
Why: As a beauty editor, I try everything — from feather eyelash falsies to the latest tricked-out at-home facial scrubbing brush. But once in a while, I realize I haven’t ever actually tested a tried and true beauty staple. This time, it’s Epsom salt. I still have two more months left of this pregnancy, but the weight of my big belly is a literal pain in my neck — and back, and legs and feet. Over the weekend, my sister-in-law suggested I take a long bath with Epsom salt and lavender oil. I knew she was on to something right away — even though I’ve never done it, this is exactly what I would recommend to you guys. So I happily dumped two heaping cups of Epsom salt and a few drops of oil into her extra-large soaking tub (you can make your own essential oil mix like I did and use plain Epson Salt or buy a pre-infused blend like the Dr. Teal’s above). The sweet scent of the oil immediately relaxed me, and when I got out twenty minutes later, I felt a huge relief in my no-longer-sore bod. I am a total convert. Knowing something so simple can make my treasured baths even better is just awesome. So how, exactly does this magic salt work? Well, first, it’s not actually a salt. It’s named for Epsom, the spa town in England known for its healing mineral springs. Made of the compound magnesium sulfate, which many believe can be absorbed into your body through the skin, Epsom salt is known to regulate the activity of enzymes, reduce inflammation and help muscle and nerve function. I just know that it made my bath super relaxing and I felt less soreness, so I’m sold.
For more cool bath ideas, check out our DIY Bath Tea How-To.
Last week I escaped the Los Angeles area for Truckee, Calif. (basically the Lake Tahoe area). One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to pick up local beauty products. On this trip I stumbled upon Pretty Tahoe Natural Deodorant, $8. Not necessarily a glamorous beauty product to try, but an essential one, for sure. And, as I’ve mentioned in previous deodorant posts, these days I only wear natural deodorants. I’m breastfeeding after all, so I figure it’s safer to stick to the chemical-free stuff.
Unlike some of the other natural deodorants I’ve tried, this one (which is made locally in Truckee, Calif.) is more of a creamy balm deodorant. You scoop out a dime-sized dollop of the stuff and swipe it under your arms. The fragrance I chose is a fantastic, and subtle, lavender mint scent. Fresh and natural-smelling. It definitely doesn’t have the crunchy, hippie vibe you might expect from a totally natural beauty product. That’s due to the fact that the base is made of coconut oil.
I’ve been wearing it for about a week and it’s quickly becoming my new favorite. Scooping the product out of the tin is actually less cumbersome than I thought it might be.
One warning though, it will melt if you leave it in a warm area, so beware.
Kiehl’s is like the grand poobah of high-end gift giving— literally any number of their creams, balms, washes or scents can make someone happy and their skin soft. This year for the holidays, they teamed with artist Kenny Scharf and dreamed up the Kenny Scharf Limited Edition Crème De Corps, $48 (16.9 oz). The playful, cartoonish packaging makes me smile just cause it’s like a more fun, adorable version of the original. And nothing is as effective at soothing your skin in the winter, so it fits the tough balance of practical and decadent at the same time. This year, 100% of net profits will support RxArt, a non-profit national organization, committed to fostering artistic expression and awareness through introducing contemporary art in pediatric hospitals. RxArt is dedicated to placing original fine art in patient, procedure and examination rooms of healthcare facilities, for the engagement and comfort of patients. For more gifts that give back, click here and here.
I first discovered calendula when my son had diaper rash that just wouldn’t. Go. Away. I tried all the bum creams, ointments and pastes I could get my hands on but nothing really worked till some guru-mom suggested California Baby Calendula Cream, $13. Within one day, his diaper rash was cleared. If it ever comes back, just a touch of calendula will take care of it. If it can do that to Ian’s sensitive baby tush, imagine what it can do to your dry skin. With properties that reduce inflammation and soothe irritation, it can calm almost any skin flare up — especially when it’s exposed to harsh winter weather. If this sounds good to you too, here are a few other incredible calendula products to check out:
I flip-flop back and forth between being a total deodorant connoisseur and not wearing any at all. Lately, I’ve been back on the hunt in a serious way. I’ve been searching every tiny apothecary and local beauty boutique in New York for something new and different of the all-natural, non-antiperspirant variety — one that actually works. I’m happy to report that I found a true winner. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, $12 is my new favorite deodorant in the whole world. I actually found this Brooklyn-based deodorant on Etsy, of all places, and realized it’s getting a lot of buzz in elite organic beauty circles. This vegan, clay-based cream uses superfine vegetable powders, along with lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria and ensure you stay dry and smell fresh all day. And it really works. Do you use all natural deodorants or do you stick to the hard stuff?
– Carrie Stern Kleiner
With the Olympics starting today (USA, USA, USA!!!), I can’t help but wish I were in London cheering on our athletes. For those of you who are lucky enough to be there, be sure to stock up on the very best beauty the UK has to offer. Here are our top picks of the most iconic brands — lucky for you, they are all available stateside. Cherrio!
Molton Brown: A totally sensory bath experience, this English company produces the most beautifully fragrant products that are so pretty you just want to keep them on your vanity for looks — until you smell them and then you’re addicted and use them up immediately. With a luxurious lather and exotic fragrances, you’ll want to try them all. Check out their limited edition Global Heroes Collection, $45, a travel-sized shower gel set, so you can.
Jo Malone of London: Timeless and elegant, with a cheeky side too, the fragrances developed a cult following because of their simplicity — distinctly British qualities, no? Try the unisex Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne, $55 (30ml). With hints of fresh lime and zesty mandarin undercut by peppery basil and aromatic white thyme it makes an alluring blend.
Rimmel London: Not only on the cutting edge of fashion, Rimmel London is known for their edgy colors and especially their dramatic mascara formulations. With Kate Moss as the face of the brand what could be more cool? Check out their homage to their UK heritage with Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow, $6, and new Lasting Finish By Kate Moss Lipstick, $5.
Burberry Beauty: With English beauties in mind, this a comprehensive collection of foundations, powders, bronzers, lipsticks and eye shadows that aims to give a natural, just-a-trace-of-makeup look. They are packaged in iconic Burberry plaid, which is adorable to boot. Try Lip Cover in Rosewood, $30.
Illamasqua: This UK-based richly pigmented color cosmetics line that promises “make-up for your alter ego,” has a big following among the beauty-insider set. These bold colors are perfect for a big night out. Try their Cream Pigment in Mould, $24 to wear alone or under your powder shadow.
Butter London: With a high-fashion pedigree, this nail enamel brand makes the most of-the-moment shades and all their lacquers 3 free (made without Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP). Environmentally conscious and fashion forward is our kind of polish. Try Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Macbeth, $14, for a perfect summer watermelon shade.
What are your favorite British Brands?
– Carrie Stern Kleiner