Five Things: Beauty Products that Give Back

Coco Chanel once wisely observed that, “nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”

So when it comes to beauty products, it’s a topic we gals take very seriously.

Lucky for us, the luxe and healthy options for getting your gorgeous on – with meaning -are unlimited.   In the push to make a positive impact, numerous cosmetic and boutique companies are stepping up to the plate and introducing beauty and skin care products that are giving back in a big way. These multitasking do-gooders in today’s Five Things have managed to create quality cosmetics products housed in environmentally aware packaging that benefit worthy causes all the while helping us gals to look and feel our best:

(M-A-C Viva Glam Nicki (Minaj) lipstick. Proceeds help those affected by HIV and AIDS.)

(The Body Shop Lily Cole Lip & Cheek Dome.  Vegetarian and 100% cruelty-free.)

(Shea Terra  Madagascar White Clay Drawing Masque.  Shea Terra collaborates with NGOs that teach locals how to support themselves while respecting the environment in which they live.)

(PeaceKeeper “Paint Me Provocative” vegan nail polish.  PeaceKeeper donates all of its after-tax, distributable profits to women’s health advocacy and urgent human rights issues.)

(Philosophy “green” Fresh Pear Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath. 100% of philosophy’s net proceeds from the sale of green go directly to the rain forest foundation.)

Campus Cool: Esperos Bags

Class is in session, and my tip on being the coolest kid on campus this year – dominating the halls in the latest philanthro-chic gear.  Case in point: The fabulous line of ESPEROS bags and backpacks that do a world of good.  You’ll simply swoon for the rugged style and chic tree-hugging vibe of the sleek canvas bags, and with a padded sleeve on the interior that fits laptops, a discreet pocket on the front flap perfect for your iPod, and a side pocket for any other goodies you may be packing, the ESPEROS bags and backpacks ensure that you’ll be well equipped to hit the class in style. More importantly, you’ll be providing children in need with one of the greatest gifts of all: Education.  With every purchase of an ESPEROS backpack, you’re helping to send one child in Haiti to school for an entire year!  Yah, you rock! One bag. One child. One year.  Work it!


(Photo Source: Esperos Bags)



L’oreal Paris ~ Color of Hope Collection ~ Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

A sobering statistic:  More than 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year – and only about half will live to see the five-year mark.  To suport research, L’Oreal Paris is donating a dollar of every purchase from its Color of Hope Collection – a line of glosses, shadows, lipsticks and laquers – to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  Check the products out at your local drugstore.