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Muah! Pucker Up for Charity

Ladies, keep your pout kissable and charitable with one of the following lip glosses or lipsticks!

Afterglow Cosmetics


This all-organic cosmetic line promises beauty vixens quality makeup without the harsh chemicals that could be found in other products. The Organic Lip Love lipsticks are made with ingredients such as apricot, grape seed, and pomegranate seed extracts. There are 15 available shades with the soft pink Muse (right) representing the brand’s charitable side. Afterglow will donate $2 from each sale of Muse to Young Survival Coalition (YSC). YSC is the premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women (40 and under) and breast cancer.

Organic Lip Love Lipstick in Muse, $24

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Bobbi_FEED_glossBobbi Brown has teamed up with world hunger relief organization, FEED, to create the Feed 10 pouch. The sustainable pouch contains three of Brown’s popular lip glosses. With each purchase, the United Nations World Food Program will be able to feed 10 women. The pouches go on sale at Bloomingdale’s in October.

Mary Kay Cosmetics

mkThis classic brand has been an advocate of women since the first woman signed up to start selling products and earning her Pink Cadillac. But, the support didn’t begin and end with the business aspect. Through the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, the company supports causes affecting women. These limited-edition lipsticks are part of the “Beauty That Counts” campaign and will support the foundation’s fight against domestic violence.

Limited-Edition Mary Kay Creme Lipsticks, $13

Bare Escentuals

buxom_charity_glossWhen the product line is called “Buxom,” you know that you’re in for some sexy glosses. Formulated to make your lips seem “voluptuous,” these lip glosses come in 30 flirty shades with names like Candi, Trixie, and Isabella. The star of this post however is Charity, a sizzling red shade benefiting the American Heart Association. Apply this color to get his heart racing and to save someone else’s.

Buxom Lips in Charity, $18


L’Oréal “The Color of Hope” Campaign

L’Oréal Paris has a longstanding participant in the fight against ovarian cancer. Since 1997, the company’s efforts have donated over $18 million to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). This being September and all, the beauty brand is gearing up its “Color of Hope” campaign to provide customers with facts about the disease and ways they can support the cause.

Customers can purchase items from the Color of Hope collection, including eyeshadows and lipsticks. For every item sold, L’Oréal will donate $1 to OCRF. There is also a limited edition cosmetics bag (shown below), with $5 from each bag being donated as well.

Color of Hope Cosmetics Bag

Color of Hope Cosmetics Bag

Not just stopping there, L’Oréal has partnered with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to rollout the L’Oréal Paris OCRF Hope Line. Women with ovarian cancer can call 877-OV-HOPE1 (877-684-6731) for free telephone counseling and referral services. I think it’s great that the company is not just donating a check. The support line is such a great idea because haveing a long-term illness is such a battle. It’s great to know that there will be someone for these brave women to speak with!

For more information on “The Color of Hope,” check out the website!


"YES to Carrots" Seed Fund

Apparently, carrots are not only good for your eyes, but your skin and the community as well! I was first introduced to “YES to Carrots” products when I received the carrot body scrub in a swag bag from Shecky’s. I love the product because in addition to exfoliating my skin, it also infuses it with beta carotene (three cheers for antioxidants). Over the weekend, I was gifted with some lip balms/glosses from their line, and while looking at the packaging, I noticed that there was a little callout that said “YES to Carrots Seed Fund.”


Hmm…Qu’est-ce que c’est? According to the website, the Seed Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations focused on “providing under-served communities with the resources to develop and sustain an organic food source and access to healthy nutrition.” Projects funded this year include community garden/job training programs in “food deserts,” partial scholarships to sustainable design programs, and youth training/employment programs. Two of the programs are actually in Chicago communities so that’s pretty cool!

To check out the product lineup and learn about the Seed Fund, visit!


NARS Wants You Safe and Beautiful

Nars_P223609_heroThe beauty brand with sexy product names like Pillow Talk, Striptease, and more want you to have a safe and beautiful “orgasm.” Yes, that is a very intentional pun. The NARS Safer Multiple Orgasm kit contains the creamy Multiple in Orgasm along with two condoms. The Multiple is a creamy stick of color which can be applied to eyes, cheeks, and lips.

A portion of the sales from each kit benefit the global safe sex initiatives of American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR). The price of the kit is $37, and can be purchased on the NARS website or at your local Sephora.


ULTA Awards Recap

About a week ago, I mentioned that I would be in attendance as ULTA treated its inaugural scholarship recipients to an afternoon of pampering at the 18,000 sq. ft store and salon on Chicago’s State Street. I did and I had an absolute blast meeting some of the young ladies as well as ULTA President and CEO, Lyn Kirby.

Award recipient enjoying her makeover

Award recipient enjoying her makeover

First of all, if you’ve never been to the ULTA store, then you do not know what you are missing. It’s like a giant candy store, but obviously for beauty. The first floor is all about makeup and as you move upstairs, you pass through hair products and more, before ultimately arriving on the top floor at the ULTA Salon.

The girls were so energetic and in awe of their awards! It was really great to be around such positive energy, especially coming from gals who are already leaders in their community. I had an opportunity to talk with 5-6 girls and they discussed their community involvement. These high school gals volunteer with pediatric cancer patients, teach children in wheelchair how to “ice skate,” teach dance classes, and much more. And, all of this is in addition to their educational achievements.

They most certainly earned the spoils provided by ULTA. Spoils which included a trip to Chicago, lunch on the 96th floor of the Hancock Building, a $100 ULTA gift card, and a hair/makeup makeover! Whew…So much! Next year, ULTA plans to expand the program in order to award more young women across the country. Applications for the 2009-2010 scholarship program will be available this month on!

You can read my official take on the celebration in my Examiner article.


Credit: (AP Photo for ULTA/Stacie Freudnberg)

"Look Good…Feel Better" Turns 20!

While treatments such as chemotherapy are an essential part of fighting cancer, no one denies that it can and will change your appearance. And, of course, outer beauty isn’t everything, but things like the loss of hair or skin changes definitely have some effect on the way some women see themselves. And, studies have found that addressing the non-medical effects of cancer can be just as important as addressing the actual physical symptoms.

Look Good…Feel Better started in 1989 when a physician “prescribed” a makeover for a cancer patient who experienced depression related to her change in appearance. Twenty years later, the organization has helped many women offset appearance-related changes from cancer treatment through makeovers and one-on-one beauty sessions.

The cornerstone LGFB small group program is offered in all 50 states and DC. There are also international LGFB programs as well! The show doesn’t stop there. In select cities, individuals can also participate in bilingual (Spanish) or teen programs!

Participants spend two hours in a hands-on workshop that includes a 12-step skin care/make-up application lesson, demonstration of options for dealing with hair loss, and nail care techniques. Additionally, the ladies receive advice on wigs and scarves, along with free cosmetics kits! Each year, More than 50,000 individuals participate in the program. That’s a whole lot of beauty for a great cause 🙂

"Hope Is Beautiful" Execution

"Hope Is Beautiful" Ad

In celebration of Look Good…Feel Better’s 20th anniversary, the organization just launched the “Women of Hope is Beautiful” campaign and blog which encourages past program participants and cancer survivors to share their stories of hope and survival. You can share your story by clicking here. They’ve also unveiled a great ad campaign! My favorite execution is above, but you can view the rest here.

There are three main organizations which serve as a partners in making all of this happen. There’s the Personal Care Products Council, the nation’s cosmetic industry leaders; the American Cancer Society; and the National Cosmetology Association, which encourages member cosmetologists to volunteer their services. Each year, cosmetic companies, such as Mary Kay, Elizabeth Arden, and Benefit, donate over one million individual products (valued at $10 million) and raise more than $2 million for LGFB.

To celebrate their partnership with LGFB, OPI has designated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of its Bubble Bath Nail Lacquer in July and August to benefit the organization with a minimum $25,000 commitment.


OPI Bubble Bath Nail Lacquer

LGFB is always looking for volunteers. Whether you’re a licensed cosmetologist or just looking to do more general service, there is an opportunity for you. I could probably go on and on about all the great things that Look Good…Feel Better is doing across the country, but I’ll let you explore it for yourself! If you head on over to, you will find studies, videos, photos, beauty tips, and MUCH more!

You can also follow LGFB on Twitter at! Happy 20th birthday to such a great cause!


Bobbi Brown Discusses Giving Back


Entrepreneur and beauty maven, Bobbi Brown, is involved in many charitable causes, including Dress for Success. She recently chatted with to discuss how she balances her career with giving back, and why it’s important for women to make a difference.

Here’s an excerpt:

Why did you want to get involved?

Just look at what I do for a living and who I am as a person. I can help a woman take care of herself and help her to get a job. Keeping her looking and feeling confident is what I’m all about.

I heard the stories of the women who were involved with the Dress for Success program and how it was really able to help. I saw that I could make a difference.

What do you say to women who claim they simply don’t have the time, energy or money to give back to their community?

I don’t believe in excuses. I believe in choices. It doesn’t matter what you do. Just do it.

You can read the entire interview on by clicking here. While you’re there, make sure you check out the “Busy Woman’s Guide to Volunteering.” There are some great tips in there for all of my busy Queen bees out there!


ULTA Awards Scholarships to Students

This Friday, ULTA will host 16 scholarship winners at the unofficial flagship store on Chicago’s State Street (114 S. State). High school students from across the country had the opportunity to write an essay discussing what the words “enrich, empower, and enlighten” meant to them. The awardees will receive a $5000 scholarship and are being flown to Chicago to join ULTA CEO, Lyn Kirby, for a luncheon and an afternoon of celebration.

The students in attendance will be treated to makeovers, a shopping spree, along with a tour of the 18,000 sq. ft store! These are some very lucky students! That’s all that I can say about it. Wow. 🙂

I will be in attendance tomorrow, so you know that I will provide a recap and photos for all of you! However, I am praying that all the lipglosses and eyeshadows don’t distract me…


The Body Shop Fights Domestic Violence

The Body Shop is an advent supporter of various charitable causes. I’ve featured their items which support HIV/AIDS initiative, MTV’s Staying Alive. Did you know that they also have products which support domestic violence organizations?


Hi-Shine Lip Treatment, $13

As a self-diagnosed lip gloss addict, I want you guys to take a look at the gloss to my right. I don’t have this particular color, but I like the glosses from The Body Shop because they aren’t too sticky, but I can still feel something on my lips. Does that make sense to anybody but me?

The Body Shop started the Stop Violence in the Home campaign 10 years ago as a way to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence. For the past six years, the company has partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and used products to benefit NCADV’s work.

You can purchase this gloss and other products for a cause by visiting!


Jeannette, Juvenesse, and a Journey

“When you decide to do something for the good of mankind, the universe comes behind you and supports you.” – Jeannette Kravitz Last month, I attended a charity spa event at Juvenesse Spa (520 W. Erie, Chicago). The  proceeds of the event went to a nonprofit organization called Peace Journey. That’s really all that I knew. That is, until I was introduced to the owner of the spa, Jeannette Kravitz. She is full of energy and life, but at the same time is extremely centered. As we sat there talking, I found myself being more and more drawn in to every sentence.

Jeannette Kravitz

Jeannette Kravitz

Jeannette, like myself, had a background in corporate America and often wondered what was her life purpose. While traveling the world with her husband, she encountered many individuals who slammed the US for its policies without knowing about the many giving and selfless individuals who were proud Americans. In an effort to increase the dialogue between America and the world, she started Peace Journey in 2000.

After 9/11, she decided that she would use this organization to introduce middle schoolers and high schoolers to teens around the world, and build partnerships based on open and honest communication. On Peace Journey’s first overseas trip, students from Chicago high schools, Roberto Clemente, Kennedy, and Latin, participated. “It was like the UN of students,” Jeannette chuckled.

Peace Journey continues to sponsor groups of students and teachers  on trips to select foreign countries. They travel with a computer lab as our gift to each culture, opening doors to communication and lasting friendships online and offline.

With Peace Journey underway, Jeannette came across the opportunity to purchased local Juvenesse Skin Care line in 2006. Within 2 years, the Peace Spa collection was added and Juvenesse Spa opened on International Peace Day in September 2008.

Juvenesse’s motto is “beauty with a conscious,” and it absolutely rings true. The skincare line includes cleansers, toners, masks, and much more. You can also purchase makeup products including mineral eyeshadows, skin primer, and gorgeous glosses. The products can be purchased at the spa or online at Proceeds from the skincare line, as well as the spa, benefit the great work that Peace Journey is doing around the world.

In the past, Peace Journey has visited countries such as Tanzania, Morocco, and Mexico, and produced a documentary which received a Telly Award for Excellence in 2006. So, what’s next?  Well, all eyes are looking towards 2010 when Peace Journey will mark its 10th anniversary! Celebratory plans include starting an organic farm in Brazil, along hosting with a concert in conjunction with UN International Peace Day.

So, a nonprofit, a skin care line, and a spa? Whew! That’s a lot! With so much going on, I asked Jeannette about her keys to success. Her response? “Reaching out to the right people, not getting caught in an ego, and collaborating with other organizations.”

Sounds like a good strategy to me. 🙂

You can learn more about Peace Journey by visiting their website at To browse the Juvenesse Skincare line and to learn about the spa offerings, be sure to stop by!

(Make sure that you check out the Rescue Gel, for on-the-spot blemish treatments…I’m a fan!)


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