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Holiday Gifts That Give Back: Kiehl’s Crème De Corps

kiehls-kenny-scharf-creme-de-corpsKiehl’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.

Beyond Beauty: Celebrities and Women Like Us Solving More Than Just Hair and Makeup Problems

As I mentioned in my post on Friday, I was lucky enough to attend the Variety Power of Women Luncheon as a guest of L’Oreal Paris. This isn’t the first year I’ve attended, which is why I was even more excited to go. Yes, it’s a star-studded event — my photo above is proof. Eva Longoria, Olivia Wilde, Annett Bening, Lea Michele and so on and so on. The room was literally packed with A-listers. It’s surreal to be seated in the same room as so many fabulously talented and gorgeous women.

But, celebrities aside, this is such a moving event because of the amazing stories (and tears) shared. Each of the women who are honored at this event are making a difference in the world — a difference beyond inspiring us to copy their trend-setting hairstyles and makeup looks. Mary J. Blige, as I mentioned previously, was honored for FFAWN. Eva Longoria has Eva’s Heroes, which she was inspired by her special needs sister to create. And Olivia Wilde was recognized for work she’s done in Haiti through Artists for Peace and Justice.

And, each year they give out a Woman of Worth award, which is presented by L’Oreal Paris. This year it went to Lisa Williams of Living Water For Girls. It is an organization that is committed to combating the human sex trafficking of children. They provide young girls who are victims of this crime with a safe place to stay, therapeutic care and education. Truly amazing work and it was moving to see Williams honored.

After the lunch ended, Williams was asking each of the honored celebs to sign a crystal-encrusted Judith Leiber makeup compact to be auctioned off. All proceeds would benefit Living Water For Girls. And, I was lucky enough to get two similar mirror compacts (photo below) to share with you — my lovely readers.

So here’s a little giveaway challenge: Comment on this post by Friday, September 30th at Noon and tell me which charitable organization you are a supporter of. Two winners will be chosen at random. U.S. only. Good luck!

Which organization do I support, you ask? The Humane Society — specifically the Pasadena Humane Society.

Beauty Words of Wisdom from Mary J. Blige

I was fortunate enough to attend the Variety Power of Women luncheon today thanks to my friends at L’Oreal Paris (I’ll share more scoop on this later — and have a fun little giveaway to announce), and I wanted to share a statement that the fabulous Mary J. Blige made when she took the stage to be honored at the event for her foundation FFawn, which “helps women from all walks of life to reach their individual potential”.

She powerfully said, “You can can’t carry a dress or a hairstyle or anything if you don’t feel good about yourself.” Simply stated, but so true.

Happy weekend.