BAR, the Los Angeles-based company that specializes in vegetable oil-based soaps and body care products, launches a new Lip BAR for the holidays, called Orange Clove ($5). The citrus scent, combined with the warm aroma of clove and the spice of cinnamon, embodies the holiday season. Orange Clove is created with the highest quality essential oils that have natural calming and uplifting properties.
Handmade by creator Dean Harrison, each lip balm is made with organic cocoa butter and other essential oils and vitamins. BAR prides itself on creating products composed of the highest-quality oils, perfect for every day luxury. Key ingredients include: organic cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E. Lip BAR is free from harsh chemical preservatives. Orange Clove adds orange, clove, and cinnamon to the all-natural raw cocoa blend to create a warm, comforting scent with a hint of spice.
For more information, check out BAR on Facebook.
Does your makeup work for or against you? Did You Know? A new analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) of 100 BB (beauty balm) and CC (color corrector or complexion corrector) creams concludes that the products may in fact expose users to fewer toxins than the moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen they are designed to replace. Consumers may wonder what BB and CC creams may mean for their health, as well as for their skin. According to reports, one can reduce their exposure to cosmetic chemical ingredients by nearly half by using one of these products, instead of the usual trifecta of moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen. Still, consumers must do their homework before choosing a product because some BB and CC creams contain ingredients of concern.
The failure of FDA to protect the consumer from toxic or untested chemical ingredients is the biggest hurdle consumers face when searching for cosmetics and personal care products. That is why it’s essential that those concerned about what they apply to their skin do their homework before spending money on products that could expose them to chemicals that can elevate health risks such as cancer, allergies and hormone disruption. Enter Skin Deep, the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) cosmetics safety database, now available as an App for iPhone and Android devices. Checking products against the app may be a good idea for those worried about their exposure to toxic chemicals.
Many BB and CC creams also claim to provide some sun protection. EWG researchers found that while some of these products do offer adequate short-term protection against the sun’s harmful rays, others have poor broad-spectrum protection. Some contain hazardous ingredients such as vitamin A and oxybenzone commonly found in sunscreen products. EWG has published a list of top picks and products to avoid.
1. Pretty Little Darlin’ Gold Stackable Ring Set of 4, $80 | VIA
2. Astral Sapphire Cuff Ring, $395 | VIA
3. Ancient Highway Black Earrings, $45 | VIA
4. Nowhere to Run Cuff, $85 | VIA
5. Walk Along Knuckle Ring - Etched, $25 | VIA
6. Promise Me The World Necklace, $165 | VIA
7. Wherever You Wander Gold Bracelet, $100 | VIA
8. Visions of You Statement Necklace, $220 | VIA
9. The Mystic Gold Necklace, $95 | VIA
Face any Merry Christmas beauty mishap that may come your way this holiday season. Put together by Sephora’s team of beauty emergency experts, their special Holiday Fix-It Kits include 12 samples of must-have items and wrapped them in a chic, limited edition clutch. Contents include small sizes of FIRST AID BEAUTY Ultra Repair Cream, L’OCCITANE Amande Firming & Smoothing Milk Concentrate, CLEAN Skin Eau de Parfum, STILA Convertible Color in Peony, DRYBAR Cream Soda Smoothing Cream, SMASHBOX Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Desire Eau de Parfum Spray by Dolce&Gabbana, LORAC TANtalizer® Body Bronzing Luminizer, GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD™ TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT, BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, Flora by Gucci - Glorious Mandarin Eau de Toilette Spray and YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ÉCLAT - Radiant Touch.
Here’s how it works: Available exclusively online with any $25 purchase, log on to pick one of three clutch designs filled with handpicked goodies. Use code FIXIT at checkout to redeem. Offer is free for Beauty Insiders Only.
It’s now December and you know what that means - it is time to start thinking about what to gift your friends and family this year. We love the 2013 Holiday Gift Set collection ($29-$89) from Kiehl’s. The beauty brand’s most coveted products are available in 10 different sets for all ages, genders and skin concerns and wrapped in an exclusive design for Kiehl’s by Brooklyn-based graffiti artist, Eric Haze. Best known as his tag name, “Haze,” the artist has a Haze Brand store in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan. (Fun Fact: Some of his works include the now iconic early hip-hop logos for Public Enemy, EPMD, Delicious Vinyl and MTV as well as album covers for the Beastie Boys and Tommy Boy Records.)
The Ultra Facial Collection ($39) offers five small skincare products including a cleanser, toner and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Healthy Skin Essentials Everyday ($89) features a perfect mix of products to deliver lasting hydration and maintain more youthful-looking skin and comes with an exclusive canvas travel bag. There’s also a nighttime version of the kit - Healthy Skin Essentials Every Night retails for $73. Topping off the skincare selection is the Hydration Essentials kit ($29), which features key products from the famous Creme de Corps, Lip Balm #1 and Ultra Facial collections.
Featuring Creme de Corps products, the Creme de Corps Collection ($65) offers six essentials for pampering dry skin. Perfect under the tree or as a stocking stuffer, the Lip Balm Giftables ($30) includes four of Kiehl’s #1 best-selling pucker protector. Kiehl’s Greatest Hits Collection ($45) includes some of the brand’s most iconic and innovative formulations (think Creme de Corps, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Amino Acid Shampoo & Conditioner sets) for both skin and hair.
Rev up your man with the Ultimate Man Refueling Set ($58), which includes a collection of 6 classic Kiehl’s formulas for men including Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash and the Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap DLX. The Energizing Men’s Kit ($45) is an ideal mix of classic Kiehl’s Men’s products for the on-the-go man. Lastly, the Essentials For Him ($31) kit is a refueling mix of essentials to keep your man energized and moisturized. Two Facial Fuel products and two Ultimate Man products complete the set.
Each of the limited edition sets are available in Kiehl’s stores and on Kiehls.com. For more information, visit the site, or visit Kiehl’s on FB (Kiehls US), Twitter (Kiehls & KiehlsPrez) and Instagram (KiehlsNYC).
New York-based line Coye Nokes has the cutest designs when it comes to stylish looking feet. Our new favorite? The Hana Sandal from the brand’s SS13 collection (as seen on Rush star Olivia Wilde in Downtown Los Angeles above), which retail for a cool $345.
The expecting mother “paired her pair” with a cool mint suit and “Love Is My Religion” t-shirt. Coye Nokes footwear is known for classic silhouettes, stunning details and unique material combinations; it’s no wonder Olivia is as wild for these sandals as we are.
Half Chinese and half American Bliss Lau’s internalized combination of two cultures manifests itself in each concept, thought, and creation in her collection. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and educated in New York City at Parsons School of Design, her first collection was a group of leather handbags all patterned after the outline of an eye. Four years later, in her exploration of the manipulation of form, Bliss transformed her collection to the trademark body jewelry of today, using chains as lines to draw on the body. A combination of soft and hard, positive and negative, and the idea of sensual armor are the essences of the Bliss Lau collection. Check out our faves below…
1. Sterling Chrysler Bracelet, $605 | VIA
2. Bridge Ring 14K Rose Gold , $368 | VIA
3. Vivid necklace, $658 | VIA
4. Rain Ring 14K Yellow Gold & White Diamond, $1,078 | VIA
5. Elixir Earring Yellow Gold, $485 | VIA
6. Fathom II Ring, $2,665 | VIA
7. Blade Ring 14K Yellow Gold , $378 | VIA
8. Interlude Rose Gold Body Chain, $689 | VIA