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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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Now that we’ve unofficially kicked off summer, I’m ready to dive head first into a sunnier makeup look. Think sheer skin, glowing cheeks and a warmer skin tone (created with the help of makeup, of course). To get this look, I’ve recently stashed these two makeup products in my bag. I’m already addicted and it’s not even June.
From the day I started using this BB cream, I was hooked. It offers up the perfect amount of coverage — more than a tinted moisturizer and less than a foundation, SPF 50 (yes, 5-0) and it contains vitamin C to help fade dark spots. If that’s not a triple whammy, I’m not sure what is. Having one product that can do it all is exactly what my busy schedule calls for.
If you want sun-kissed-looking skin that glows, but doesn’t shimmer or sparkle, this is the bronzer for you. What I love even more than the texture and finish is that it comes in four bronze shades, and Bronze 01 is perfect for my very fair skin. It doesn’t make my skin look muddy and it blends in seamlessly. I look instantly more rested and happy with a little bronzer. It’s a small miracle, really.
What products are you banking on to get you through summer?
Answer: For most women, a mild exfoliation from a peel or microdermabrasion kit one or two times a week (at home!) will do the trick to make your skin healthy and glow. And it can save mucho time and money. These at-home treatments don’t go deep enough to tackle major wrinkles and acne scars — those are better left to the pros — but they are strong enough to visibly freshen your skin.
Here are the basics: At-home Microdermabrasion kits use physical exfoliation to help slough away the top layer of skin, letting fresh baby skin show through and encouraging your body to create collagen. It gives skin a healthy glow and will help increase cell turnover. A chemical peel does the same thing, but with acids — usually Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Trichloroacetic Acids (TCAs) — to remove built-up dead skin cells and excess sebum. Salicylic acid, another oft-used ingredient in peels is good for those with a history of acne, brown spots or sun damage.
Here are the exceptions: A word of caution, “Over exfoliating can result in acne or very dry skin,” warns New York dermatologist, Ariel Ostad, MD, so make sure you don’t overdo it. Skin needs time to recover between treatments so don’t use a peel or microdermabrasion more than two times a week. Always see a dermatologist if you need a more intense exfoliation that goes deeper into the dermis to treat serious skin conditions like severe acne, scaring, or dark patches, explains Ostad. He also recommends checking with your doctor or practitioner before you use any home kit to avoid any side effects or reactions.
Here are your options: Most peels and microdermabrasion kits target specific skin problems, so read the labels and ingredients to get a product most tailored to what you want. Here are some to try:
Kate Somerville Clinic-To-Go resurfacing Pads, $48 (pictured above)
Do you do at-home treatments or prefer the spa?
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.
As the weather starts to chill in New York, I go bananas for lip balm. I always find if I start off on the right foot protecting my pout, I won’t have to deal with those peely, cracked lips we all complain about come January. I’ve typically been true to a few old standbys: Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $7, Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, $9, and, of course Cherry Chapstick, $2, yum. But this season, I have a new favorite that just might trump the rest this year: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, SPF 15, $23. Yes, it’s ultra-pricey for a lip balm, but it lasts for ages and ages — and it truly works. This special balm is packed with reparative oils, waxes essential fatty acids, and real sugar, a natural humectant. When you apply it, it practically melts into your lips, keeping them moisturized for hours. And the sweet, lemon-y flavor is nice, but not overpowering. If you prefer a tinted balm, this also comes in a new shade, Sugar Berry Tinted, a pretty, sheer raspberry mauve — the perfect shade to freshen your face when you aren’t wearing any makeup.
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— Carrie Stern Kleiner
You know when you smell something that is subtle, but so amazing? Like the scent of the ocean in Montauk or a flower lei in Maui? Well, that’s what you get from Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends, but way more exotic. Inspired by ingredients sourced from around the globe, they’re launching with four scents: Orange Flower & Lychee (Morocco), Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit (Japan), Vanilla & Cedar Wood (Uganda), and Fig Leaf & Sage (France). Trust me, they all smell beyond awesome. With simple and clear constructions and far fewer ingredients than a typical fragrance, these scents are pure and warm, but won’t overwhelm you with their fancy complexity. They smell alluring, yet mellow. The line includes a Skin Softening Body Cleanser, $24, Skin Softening Body Lotion, $26 and Fragrance, $75. Maybe it’s my love of travel, but even though they are meant to be layered in one family, I’ve been mixing Fig Leaf & Sage Body Cleanser with Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion to great effect IMO. I dare you to pick just one.
– Carrie Stern Kleiner
In celebration of earth month, a ton of brands launch limited-edition earth friendlier products, have exciting offers running and more. But, one of the programs that caught my eye is from Kiehl’s. They just kicked off (or brought back by popular demand) their Recycle and Be Rewarded plan. Basically, if you save your empty Kiehl’s bottles and take them into a Kiehl’s location, you’ll get free products. For every three full-sized bottles, you’ll get a free Lip Balm #1 (a favorite in my house). For every five you’ll get a travel-sized product (plus the lip balm) and for every 10 you’ll get a full-sized product (plus the travel-sized one and the lip balm).
The best part? You don’t have to collect these empties in your home until you have enough of them to get a freebie (unless you want to). If you take your first one into a store, they’ll give you a card that displays stamps for every empty you turn in. Pretty sweet for those of us who like to avoid clutter like the plague.
Oh, and if you make a purchase of $65 or more now through May 18, 2012 in the store (or April 30, 2012 online), you’ll also be able to snag a free Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, $7.
You don’t have to be a Birkenstock-wearing dread head to do your part to make the world a little bit greener (while getting rewarded, of course).
Reader Question: “My pores are huge. Is there anything I can do to shrink them?” — Lauren
Answer: I reached out to New York City-based dermatologist Arielle Kauvar to answer this super common question. And, she said that basically there are two things that cause larger, more visible pores — aging and oil.
If you have oily skin, your pores are likely larger because the pores are actually the opening of the hair follicle and oil gland complex, says Kauvar. In order to help make them appear smaller, you need to exfoliate regularly. Try a scrub you can use daily like the Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, $18.50 to do the job. Then, follow the scrub with a toner like the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner, $16. The two products together will remove trapped oil from your pores to allow them to shrink up a bit.
If you think aging is to blame for your large pore issue, a laser treatment is your best bet. Because thinning collagen is the reason why your pores are stretching, you need to stimulate new collagen growth, says Kauvar. She recommends the use of a fractional laser like Fraxel, which does just that.
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