Archive of ‘Beauty & Style’ category

KB's Journey: Partying for a Cause

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of hosting my favorite ladies for my Johnson and Johnson Cause Party. The idea behind the event was to gather my girlfriends for food, drinks, laughter, and, of course, a great cause.

PhotobucketMy ladies gathered at my place around 1:30p, began introducing themselves, and started digging into the snacks! For all of my Chicagoans, if you have not had the fresh salsa and guacamole from Hyde Park Produce (1226 E. 53rd), you have not yet lived! Of course, with me being completely scatterbrained, I was still running around the morning of the party picking up tables, chairs, and other random items. So, I actually spent the first hour and a half of the party in the kitchen cooking with a sweatshirt and baseball cap on. Looking pure crazy! Hahaha!

PhotobucketAs far as the menu was concerned, I prepared my take on a Mexican fiesta. You know, fajitas, black beans, rice, etc and the wine was definitely flowing! As we talked and ate, it became clear what the objective of the event was. J&J wanted to our gathering to really focus on nurturing our bonds in a relaxed, comfortable, and fun atmosphere!

In between the girl talk convos which ranged from dating to Beyonce, I gave my guests some background on why J&J believes in these cause parties and some information on the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, the party’s beneficiary, and women and HIV statistics in Chicago.

If you’re familiar with The Red Pump Project, then you know that Luvvie and I adopted CWAP as our Chicago AIDS organization. The funds that were raised on Saturday will help offset the cost of CWAP’s annual conference for HIV positive women which is this Saturday, the 16th.

PhotobucketMy guests were really pleased with their J&J gift bags! They received samples of Johnson and Johnson’s Be Radiant Cocoa and Shea Butter Lotion and Body Wash. I’m smiling because I’m a huge fan of both cocoa and shea butter in itself and have a fetish for any product which includes them in their formulas.

Hours later, when the last guest left, I was super-tired but in a great way. I had a great time catching up with old friends and sharing stories with new ones. Thank you, J&J for sponsoring this event. And, thank you, ladies for coming out and supporting CWAP (and me)!

I’ve included more pictures from the event below! To learn more about Johnson and Johnson’s Body Care line, visit

Photobucket Photobucket


Kiehl's Gives Back

A couple of weeks ago, I started following Kiehl’s on Twitter (@kiehlsnyc), and noticed every now and then they would donate 100% of sales of any given item to the Waterkeeper Alliance. They called the campaign “10/10/10,” which essentially meant that for 10 days they sold 10 products for only $10 and donated 100% of the sales to the Waterkeeper Alliance, up to $10K. Got it?

Well, the 10/10/10 campaign is over, but that doesn’t mean that Kiehl’s commitment to charitable causes has ended. While browsing, I learned about two other initiatives that the company is sponsoring.

The first, in continuing support of Waterkeeper Alliance, is the donation of 100% of sales of limited edition bottles of the Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion line ($55). Kiehl’s partnered with 3 celebrities (Adrian Grenier, Erykah Badu, Kelly Slater) and Parsons School of Design to develop artsy labels related to each person/institution (Clockwise: Grenier, Badu, Parsons, Slater).


The lotions, developed with argan oil and Vitamin E, are said to create an ultimate barrier of softness for your skin. Knowing Kiehl’s reputation with eco-friendly and amazing products, I don’t doubt this!

kiehlslipbalmIn addition, Kiehl’s has partnered with YouthAIDS, an organization committed to reaching and education youth in over 60 countries about HIV/AIDS. The brand has created new limited edition packaging of their Classic Lip Balm ($8.50) to benefit the organization.

So, folks, there you have it! Be sure to pop on over to to learn more about their dedication to the environment and various causes over time! And, if you’re in Chicago, click here to find out details for tonight’s (5/12) screening of Sundance’s new original series Eco Trip: The Real Cost of Living at the West Armitage store (907 West Armitage). Cocktails will be provided AND attendees will receive 10% off of all purchases!


the Balm: Cheeky Beauty for a Cause

I stumbled across the Balm website last week and immediately fell in love with two things on the home page: the cheeky 40s/50s pop art and the image of the limited edition eyeshadow for charity. So, embracing my new obsession with beauty products, I decided to take a look at the collection and I found some products that I’m interested in trying (Bahama Mama bronzer and Hot Mama all-in-one). In addition to those products, there are the two which incorporate fabulous giving.

Kiss MS Goodbye – Overshadow Mineral Eye Shimmer ($15)

-Benefits The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NYC Chapter


the Balm to the Rescue – Vegan Lip Treatment ($16)

-Benefits Pug Rescue


You can learn more about this company and the product offerings on their website at


Wow…150 Ways?!?

Marie Claire has come up with a list of 150 products to support breast cancer awareness and research! You can view the entire list by clicking here! Some of the featured products include:

Special edition Shiseido Lip Gloss, $20.50 (Available at Macy’s or Sephora)

Shiseido Lip Gloss

Coach Lexington Breast Cancer Awareness Watch, $398 (Available at Macy’s or Coach stores)

Coach Breast Cancer Watch

Teleflora Pink Blush Bouquet, $49.99 (Available at

Teleflora Bouquet


Philosophy's Charity Lineup

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

From Left:

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 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.


1 2 3 4