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Target Gives Back with the Harlem Designer Series

Beauty & Style, Shop for A Cause

Always pairing with new designers to roll out great lines, Target is now showing Uptown a little love, both literally and with its Harlem Designers Series collection. This limited-edition series, commemorates Target’s first Manhattan store located in East Harlem, and features designs from Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Stephen Burrows and chef and Chicago favorite Marcus Samuelsson.

Tar-jay will be donating 5 percent of each product’s purchase price to a Harlem non-profit of the designer’s choice. The colorful items range in price from $3.99 to $34.99 and will be available for purchase in the East Harlem store beginning July 25, followed by select stores and on Target.com on August 1.

The non-profit selected by the Toledos is El Museo del Barrio. Stephen Burrows selected The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. Marcus Samuelsson also chose to make a donation to public schools by selecting The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at Harlem PS 180: Hugo Newman.

Here’s a sample of the collection:

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Placemats designed by Marcus Samuelsson

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Swimwear (and beach towel) designed by Isabel and Ruben Toledo

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Colorful dress designed by Stephen Burrows

That last dress makes me think of West Side Story. I feel like it belongs in the “America” scene.

Are you planning to grab an item from this collection? Please share pics if you do!

Muah! Pucker Up for Charity

Beauty & Style, Shop for A Cause

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

Afterglow Cosmetics

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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

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Look Good…Feel Better Turns 20!

Beauty & Style, Cancer, TFG Spotlight

Look Good…Feel Better (LGFB) 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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 www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org, you will find studies, videos, photos, beauty tips, and MUCH more!

You can also follow LGFB on Twitter at twitter.com/lgfb! Happy 20th birthday to such a great cause!

Bobbi Brown Discusses Giving Back

Beauty & Style

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Entrepreneur and beauty maven, Bobbi Brown, is involved in many charitable causes, including Dress for Success. She recently chatted with Forbes.com 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 Forbes.com.

To TOMS or Not to TOMS?

Beauty & Style, Charitable Companies

I love TOMS’ commitment to donating one pair of shoes to children for every pair sold, BUT I’ve struggled with buying TOMS because of the style options. For the most part, the ultra-casual slip on has not managed to impress me. When I gathered opinions from my Twitter peeps, the majority of the responses centered around “great cause, not-so-great style.” Nooo.

What’s a girl to do? Well, enter my friend, DG. I hung out with her yesterday and noticed that she owns the glittery TOMS in silver and gold. So, of course, I had the this same conversation with her, only to find out that she’s low-key obsessed with the shoes! She owns four pairs, bought a pair for her son, AND a pair for her brother. So, in honor of DG, I am re-examining the TOMS collection and digging up a couple of pairs that I would be interested in. You know, for the ultra-casual days!

Of course, there are the sparkly options:

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Gold Glitter TOMS, $48

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Silver Glitter TOMS, $48

And, a couple of ones perfect for the spring/summer time.

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Egg Yellow Stripe TOMS, $44

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Gabe Lacktman TOMS Neon Aqua Fade Womens, $68 (web exclusive)

DG made me a believer as she talked about how the shoes give her a comfy break from the 4 and 5 inch heels that she loves to wear. I think I’m starting to drink the Koolaid because while writing this post, I’ve wholeheartedly convinced myself that I need the neon aqua fade TOMS in my life immediately!

For those of you all who still don’t believe that the company donates a pair of shoes to children for every one sold, BELIEVE IT! Since 2006, they’ve donated 140,000 shoes to children around the world, and this year, their goal is to distribute 300,000 shoes! It’s hard to argue with numbers like those. You can read all about their commitment here. They also have tons of videos from their “shoe drops” on their YouTube channel.

You can either buy the shoes online at tomsshoes.com or at a boutique/retailer near you. For my Chicago peeps, the AKIRA women’s shoe store (North Avenue) carries them!

So, are you all thinking of buying TOMS now? I’ve always loved the cause and now that I’ve found some nice styles, I’m sold! All thanks to DG 🙂

Philosophy’s Charity Lineup

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It should be no surprise that Philosophy has a line of products dedicated to raising funds for charity. I mean, this beauty brand wants you “to live a better life by being better to yourself.” And, there’s no better way to be better to yourself than to be better to someone else.

Philosophy carries various products to benefit charities…See below for the lineup!

Inner Grace Shower GelJoyful Heart CandleJoyful Heart Shower GelMessage in A Bottle GelShower for the Cure Gel

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Inner Grace Shower Gel ($22-$30): Benefitting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Joyful Heart Candle ($22): Benefitting the Joyful Heart Foundation

Joyful Heart Shower Gel ($20): Benefitting the Joyful Heart Foundation

Message in A Bottle Shower Gel ($20): Benefitting the Rainforest Foundation

Shower for the Cure Shower Gel ($20): Benefitting the Women’s Cancer Research Fund

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the above items goes directly to the charitable organization! Visit philosophy.com to view these products and more!

P.S. The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Law and Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson). It’s an organization to “heal, educate, and empower” survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. It’s great to see that she’s leveraging her television role and celebrity for a great cause.