Written By , on December 3, 2007

Lip balm, a popular cosmetic, is now tasty, moisturizing and cheap, thanks to Beck Rustic’s “Bag Lunch” a mouthwatering selection of hand poured balms. With a blend of sweet almond oil, beeswax and shea butter, “Bag Lunch” solves the constant annoyance of chapped lips, all while providing a hint of flavor. From pancakes and syrup, to a chilled margarita, there’s no child-like behavior in these products.

Beck Rustic, a lip balm addict, wanted a product that suited her mature taste. “I’ve always loved lip balm and, much to the dismay of my parents, kept tons of them scattered around the house when I was a kid. I still wanted the crazy flavors, but wanted a balm that wasn’t geared towards kids so much.” Rustic attended Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she studied color theory, advertising and marketing. She then began designing her own creation of lip balms that offered the necessary amount of moisture, while being appetizing enough for all ages. “I did a lot of research on ingredients and how beneficial they would be as lip protectants. I then did a lot of trial and error test batches of balm, until I found a recipe that I thought was the most moisturizing and soothing.” In result, Rustic designed creamy balms that go on clear and have a burst of flavor.

The name “Bag Lunch” was merely Rustic’s own interpretation of every day lunch hour. “I find that people eat all sorts of weird things for lunch, like leftover cake and cold pizza. So, it would be a fitting name for a company that would be focused on food.” Both the press and shoppers immediately gobbled up the scrumptious line, which led to the creation of custom party favors. “A few people contacted me asking if I offered a ‘wedding cake’ flavored lip balm,” Rustic states. “They wanted to hand them out as wedding favors. I thought it was a neat idea.” Today, “Bag Lunch” offers a custom label design with colors and fonts that customers could select for personal events and businesses.

Aside from the unique alternative in advertising, what exactly makes “Bag Lunch” different from the thousands of other lip balms on the market? “Bag Lunch” is an independently owned line that offers an array of flavors. For those seeking a local diner feel, “Peanut Butter & Jelly” resembles the warm, gooey union of sweet and delicious. On the other hand, “Cup of Coffee” excites nostrils with an aroma of freshly brewed coffee, minus a sour aftertaste. If you’re seeking a sugar fix, “Fudgie Brownie” is one of the most popular flavors which contains a dose of warm melting chocolate that won’t pack on the pounds. Rustic agrees that flavors, such as “Cupcake Frosting” and “Vanilla Cinnamon Buns” are also frequently purchased by shoppers. “I think that with the onset of all these crazy diets, people still need a hint of sweetness…so anything sugary or cakey does well with ‘Bag Lunch.'”

When Rustic isn’t traveling cross-country to find old diners, she pleases hundreds of mouths with new flavors and gift sets for the upcoming holidays. With limited editions that celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, there’s something for anyone on a budget. Best of all, any purchase of “Angell Food Cake,” a vanilla cake balm, goes to MSPCA-Angell, an international organization in animal protection and veterinary medicine. Whether you’re seeking to satisfy your sweet tooth or want to give a helping hand, “Bag Lunch” has a lip-smacking collection that will keep you, or a special someone, yearning for more.

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Written By , on November 1, 2007

In an industry that’s all about looks, it’s great when its collective vision focuses on a deeper definition of beauty. And when a project is helmed by hair-industry legend Vidal Sassoon and Mary Rector-Gable, everyone looks.

Who Does Your Hair

Hairdressers Unlocking Hope is a charitable initiative bringing some of the world’s most distinguished beauty brands and hair icons together to work for Habitat for Humanity. This November the campaign is set to exceed their goal of building 18 homes in St. Tammany Parish, LA, and victims of the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes. Famous hair stylists lending their personas to the project include Ken Paves, Oscar Blandi, and Nick Arrojo. More than 40 hair professionals are involved in total.

The hair stylists tell many of the stories of the displaced families through photographs in which the stylists appear in body paint on their arms and hands, each displaying a key. Vidal Sassoon even calls on his own troubled history of being left orphaned as a child. The phrases and images painted on their hands relate to a specific family’s hurricane story of loss, sadness, anger, and in some cases, hope. Each house key actually comes from a house destroyed in Katrina. Corresponding text reveals that “these keys may no longer open a door, but they do tell the story of…” an actual address.

The project is run in conjunction with Mary Rector-Gable’s WhoDoesYourHair.com, where you can go to donate or purchase shirts and jewelry to benefit the cause. The fact that there are still displaced families two years later should be impetus enough to help, but if you need more encouragement, check out www.whodoesyourhair.com for participating salons where you can do good while getting your hair done.

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Written By , on November 1, 2007

Beauty

With a plethora of skin-care products in department and drug stores these days, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in deciding which product best suits your skin care needs. No longer is it a simple choice of which cleanser, toner and moisturizer to choose. With a wide selection of facials, masks, scrubs, microdermabrasion kits to enzyme peels at your disposal the decision becomes more difficult. Not to mention having to select from the multitudes of brands suggesting their beauty-in-a-bottle concoction will do the job.

Why spend a half hour in the skin-care aisle contemplating what to buy? Some in-store products contain ingredients that may or may not be right for your regimen. Most stores do not allow sampling the items before purchasing and some products can make your skin worse.

There are plenty of options right in your kitchen that can help with your facial woes. At-home options offer a peace of mind because you know what you are getting. Understanding your skin type is all you need to determine which ingredients will work best for you.

NORMAL SKIN

Blemishes rarely occur with this skin-type. Just a simple boost to your complexion here and there is required. At home treatments to refresh your skin is sometimes all you need.
For a Marie Antoinette mask- blend one egg, juice of one lemon, four tablespoons of non-fat dry powder milk and one table spoon of witch hazel. Apply to face, neck, and chest for fifteen to twenty minutes. Use the remaining mask to cleanse your face. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

A strawberry butter mask calls for one tablespoon of unsalted butter and one mashed strawberry. Beat together and leave on for ten minutes. Finish off by rinsing with lukewarm water and patting your face dry.
Rose water and cucumber make wonderful toners for normal skin. Rose water hydrates the skin while increasing circulation. Fresh cucumber mixed with plain yogurt refreshes. Mix one small cucumber with the yogurt and apply for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water.

OILY SKIN

Oily skin is caused by overactive sebaceous glands that produces more oil than your skin actually needs. This can leave your skin looking and feeling greasy. Your pores are enlarged and it also causes blemish problems. The following recipes are recommended for you.

A quick mask for oily skin is a banana mask. This mask calls for 1/2 banana, preferably ripe, 1/2 tablespoon of honey and an orange or lemon. Mix the banana and honey together, add only a few drops from the orange or lemon. Apply to face and leave on for fifteen minutes and rinse off with a cool washcloth or steaming warm washcloth.

Just because you have oily skin does not mean you should stay away from all oil-based products. Bergamot, lavender, lemon and sage oil, to name a few, are great for oily skin. Lavender water, especially, can be spritzed all over your face throughout the day.

To create a sauna ambiance, gather some lemon grass, licorice roots, and rosebuds. Two to three times a week simmer two to four
tablespoons of the dried or fresh herbs in two quarts of water. When it starts to steam, place on a table. Cover the pot with your face at a comfortable distance for about fifteen minutes. Rinse off with cool water and allow face to air dry or pat dry. This mixture can be used later as a toner lotion once it’s cooled down. Just moisten a cotton ball and apply.

DRY SKIN

Dry skin is caused by an underdevelopment of oil produced from the oil glands. This can be a serious problem, especially in the winter. In the face it affects the eye and cheek area the most…causing cracks and scaliness.
A great mask for dry skin contains green clay powder and raw honey. Just mix the ingredients together and apply to your face avoiding the eye area. Leave on for fifteen to twenty minutes, and then rinse off with lukewarm water.

Another remedy simply calls for applying a mashed ripe banana to the face and leaving it on for few minutes. When ready, rinse off with lukewarm water.
Oils are also essential for dry skin-care. Grape seed oil is recommended, but for more severe cases, castor oil or avocado oil should be used.

Yogurt with orange-peels makes a great moisturizing exfoliant for dry skin. Leave a few orange pills in a windowsill in the sun to dry. Grind the peels to a powder and mix with yogurt. Leave on for about fifteen minutes and rinse off.

COMBINATION SKIN

Combination skin is just that, it’s a combination of oily and dry skin. Usually the forehead, chin and nose are oily. While the cheeks, mouth, and eye areas are dry. This skin type can be treated using the same treatments above in the respective facial areas.

EYE CARE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES

Dark circles and puffiness in the eye area are a problem no one wants. There are a number of factors that can contribute to dark circles and puffiness. Lack of sleep is the most common reason. The following are ideas great for combating these issues.
Cut one fresh fig in half. Place each half under the eye. Leave on for about ten to thirty minutes. Rinse off with tepid water and apply a little peanut oil to under-eye area.

Frozen cucumbers and cotton balls dipped in cold water are both easy solutions for puffiness. Take the cucumbers and massage onto eyes (this works for dark circles as well). With a cotton ball, just dip in cold water and leave on for about fifteen minutes and you’re all set to go!

Turmeric powder can be mixed with pineapples juice to create a paste and apply to get rid of dark circles. While almond oil, applied at bed time each day for two weeks, can work wonders for dark circles.

These recipes are simple and do not require much time. They are relaxing, refreshing and make you look good. What more can you ask for? Next time you go out to find another skin care treatment, skip the trip to the drugstore and go straight to your grocer’s market!

Recipes from:
www.associatedcontent.com
www.skin-caretoday.com
www.about.com
www.1stholistic.com
www.natural-homeremedies.com
www.disabled-world.com
www.herbal-home-remedies.org

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Written By , on October 17, 2007

The Fall season is a time of drastic transition for the skin. Several things happen that can make the change a relatively smooth one or one that causes damage to the skin.

Being the off season of extremes, Fall is a sort of prep time for the skin. The days go from (depending where you live) higher temperature based to being more moderate. The Sun rays are also less direct and so the level of protection needed may not be as important as the level of moisturization.

Less Humidity

The transition to Fall means less humidity. The air becomes more arid and dry. The lack of moisture in the air means that it is necessary to watch hydration of the skin more carefully. A good example of hydrating the skin is moving away from lotions and more towards cremes. Cremes offer several advantages over lotions. Some believe that they are both one in the same. They are not. Cremes are moisture-intense than lotions. Depending on the creme used they can provide ample moisture to the skin while also providing a sealing-in effect. Lotions need to be applied several times a day during dry seasons. A creme provides longer protection. Those with oily skin, combination skin or skin easily prone to breakout may want to talk to a dermatologist about changing their skin care regiment.

More Lip Balm

With the dry air also comes dry lips. Cracked lips then become a major annoyance and can be very painful. Some people speak of a lip balm addiction. This is an addiction that you want to have. Most lip balms will work very well. Mentholated lip balms won’t provide added protection but can help in soothing the lips. There is also colored lip balm that provides a certain hue to the lips while also working its’ magic in preventing chap lips and keeping them moist. This is another highly recommended product.

No Vitamin A

It is said that the more Vitamin A, the better, that’s not necessarily true. Vitamin A for the skin helps, but during the fall is can be a hindrance. Vitamin A has a drying effect on the skin. Vitamin C is better during the season as it helps boost the immune system. Chapped skin and broken skin will heal just a bit faster with help from Vitamin C. It also helps during the cold and flu seasons.

Exfoliate, Pamper and Repeat

Exfoliate the skin at least once a week and maybe twice during the season. More can irritate depending on the type of skin that you have. You are literally sloughing off dead skin cells and sometimes healthy live ones, so it helps if you do it, but do it sparingly. Exfoliating is the key to radiant skin in the fall.

Sunscreen As Necessary

Just because it is the Fall doesn’t mean you put the sunscreen away. The Sun still comes out during the season and sometimes the Sun in combination with the dry air can cause for a difficult skin day. In such cases the best relief and protection is sunscreen. The heavy duty high numbered SPFs might be overkill, but the normal SPFs will do well for the season.

Hands Down (and wrapping up)

The hands still get a workout during the fall. This being the case, it would do well to keep some handcreme on the side specifically for the fall. Every time the hands are wash, apply the handcreme liberally. This will help prevent discoloration, cracked skin on the hand and helps against the signs of aging.

All these tips can really help give you the best skin for the Fall. It’s also essential to know your skin. Not every thing works for every skin. If you have combination skin on your face, you may want to go with a less aggressive skin regiment. Speak to your dermatologist first and foremost about using new products. Different chemicals react with different skin types in different ways. Your skin will be wonderful this season, if you take care of it!

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Written By , on September 10, 2007

Eyes are the beginning of attraction between men and women. Makeup that dresses the eyes in the past have been lacking in terms of ability to comfortable match the range in nuanced eye color and shape. This fall cosmetics companies have listened to women and have created what we think will be the definitive eye help for the everywoman.

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Written By , on August 13, 2007

Hair styling is full of contrasts. You have curly hair and wish you had straight. Or, you achieve a smooth look through a myriad of products and styling tools and then have to fight your mane’s natural inclination to puff out in the humidity. So it comes as no surprise that hair trends for fall are also a study in contrasts – the return of the ladylike, head-to-toe polished look (think Anne Hathaway) in competition with a more boho, free-spirited approach to hair styling (think Mary Kate Olsen; okay now stop, I wouldn’t inflict that on anyone for too long).


The ladylike look was championed at Marc Jacobs, Peter Som and Versace. Anyone who watches Breakfast at Tiffany’s on repeat will love this look. Even if you’re not brave enough to don a hat and gloves, a few tips can make the hairstyle achievable.

For a sleek chignon, blow dry hair straight and smooth with a blow-dry lotion. Pull it back into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and neatly wrap it into a bun, adding hair spray for lasting control and frizz-free shine. Redken recommends their satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion and forceful 23 super strength finishing spray.

On the other side of the spectrum a matte, dull texture was seen on runways such as Prada, Balenciaga and Pringle of Scotland.


To get a rougher, textured look begin by applying a thickening lotion to damp hair and roughly dry the hair using high heat and your hands. No shine serums here! For this look try Redken’s thickening lotion 06 body builder.

As fall welcomes dryer, colder weather for much of the country, perhaps these hairstyles will actually be attainable! It’s hard to imagine as the humidity attacks your follicles, but practice these techniques and you’ll be styling your hair like the chic set this autumn.

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Written By , on June 13, 2007

Being that the summer season is fast approaching (global warming advocates will insist it arrived in January with 60 degree weather in New York), a list of the top scents for the summer is not only desired, it is mandatory. Wearing a delightful scent for summer can please even the most disagreeable perfume hater.

Several items to note when looking at this list: the bouquet of the scent was most important in evaluating its summerworthiness. The scent could not be dramatically overpowering. Price was not a consideration, but overall value, product longevity and consistency played a major role in this small compilation of summer scents. So without further ado, here is a simple guide to perfume for the summer.

Dior J’adore Summer Fragrance

This prized scent comes in a wonderfully whimsical bottle shaped very similar to a bowling pin. While it may not have the panache of a Chanel No. 5, the bouquet has a delicious light plum scent, and a hint of orchid to complement it’s range. The J’adore Summer Fragrance is all about the classic woman. The plum is not a heavy overpowering scent but noses will notice with a pass. It is recommended for summer as an afterwork extender for the evening. $45 – $50.

Calvin Klein cK One Summer

This stalwart comes back again for the season with plenty to love. A wearer knows what he/she is getting when they put on the ck One Summer perfume. The light citrusy airiness, the afterscent of musk and a bit of melon thrown in makes this package the predictable goto scent for an average day running errands or simply for that barbecue or leisurely get-together. This is not a dress-up scent. $35-$50

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer

Another perennial favorite from Calvin Klein is the Eternity brand. Spruced up for summer, Calvin Klein Eternity Summer pulls back the strong scent of the past and begs forgiveness for overpowering the nasal passages when last you met. This reincarnation of sorts for the Eternity scent consists of jasmine, green island fig, mimosa and gardenia. There are several ingredients fighting for schnoz attention, it’s a wonder how it all fits in such a narrow bottle. This is a casual-to-dress scent that must be sparingly worn for risk of overpowering the senses. A delicate spritz will do. Too much and it quickly loses its allure.
$50-$60

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Tutti Kiwi

This is truly the cadillac of mid-priced perfumes. A paradox to be sure, it appreciates the senses without ever attempting to overpower them. Scents of light lemon, mandarin, kiwi and other citrusy mixes figure into this concoction of entertaining perfume. It is lively, it is noticeable and it says wonderful evening dinner for two on the Riviera or around the corner. $49-$59

Kenzo Flower by Kenzo Eau d’Ete Summer Fragrance

Saving the best for last means a detailed description of this exquisite scent is in order. Completely alcohol free, the Kenzo Flower fragrance says long wear from morning into the evening. It will never let the wearer down. It has a deceivingly light bouquet that accumulates as the scent is absorped into the olfactory regions. Consisting of rose, vanilla, gardenia blossom and a pepper that strikes just as the initial combination wears off, Kenzo Flower is the definitive summer fragrance. It wears well and long.$52-$62

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Written By , on May 22, 2007

There are a myriad of lipstick products on the market that make an even larger variety of promises when it comes to what they can do, how long they last and how you will look one you get it on your lips. Lipstick that functions well won’t end conflict in the Sudan, nor will it predict the winner if an election, but it does can make the wearer, namely you, feel absolutely fabulous.

Mojo cosmetics became acutely aware of this and dedicated itself solely on lips. They created three lines/products that attend to finding perfection (if attainable) at the lip level.

Titan


The Titan is not a pure lipstick product per se’, it is more of the location for the lipstick. With the lipstick conveniently tucked inside. Superman’s heat vision won’t get through this thing because it is heat resistant, and according to the mojo cosmetics website contains a “heat tempered aerospace grade alloy”. You have to love a company that benefits from the billions of dollars used in space ship missions and in turn puts it to good use… your lips.

Bullets


No, they won’t hurt you. They are actually the refills that the lipstick products come with. You literally buy the bullet, make sure your titan is completely emptied out and shoot your bullet in. As you can see from the colors in the photos, Mojo has figured out the colors wanted for the season. It gets better as the seasons go on because different bullets can be used, thus preventing the unnecessary purchase and clutter of more lipstick.

Platinum


This lip gloss/plumper will take even the flatest/lifeless lips and make them blonde movie starlet sexy. While the end result may be up for a robust debate, one can not disagree that mojo is on to something with this “sheer gloss”. No cracking, no smearing or smudging will happen and the lips actually look as if they are puffing up Lisa Rinna style.

Having tested out each invdividual product in the Papierdoll Magazine labs (i.e, my bathroom) it can safely be said that Mojo may give the majors a run for their money with a strict focus on getting a woman’s lips right.

visit the mojo cosmetics website here: www.mojocosmetics.us

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Written By , on May 20, 2007

For months and months, it’s all about the dress. Then perhaps reading a magazine or standing at a beauty counter, it occurs to you – it’s all about the makeup!

Whether you’re the type of girl to swipe on some lip gloss on your way out the door or to use two different contour eye shadows every day and change your foundation with the humidity, your bridal beauty look is an important one.

Of course everyone will think you are beautiful and that the term blushing bride had to have been invented for you, but little will they know it was your Cargo blush and Diorshow Powder Brush that did all the work.

A beauty consultation is a great way to try out something new or to perfect your present routine for an extra special wedding day look. If you have a favorite makeup counter or your usual salon offers makeup application, by all means start there. But in either case, you may be limited to one or two brands.

That’s why Papierdoll took our bride-to-be, Denise Robinson, to Sephora, where we could dip our makeup brushes into Too Faced, Smashbox, Lancome, Lorac and more. Color Expert Judy Simpson was our guide from primer to finishing powder.

Judy first asked Denise what type of look she was thinking of for her September 8 wedding, and the two decided on floral colors. After ascertaining Denise’s skin type and usual makeup routine, the two took a walk through the store to pick out products to be used. In doing this, the focus was on waterproof, sweat-proof formulas that would stay put and look nice in photographs.

Some products Judy recommends brides add to their usual arsenal is a primer to help makeup last through the day, products to layer on the lips (liner, lipstick, and lip gloss even if you usually only use one), and a highlighter for brow bones.


At the end of Denise’s consultation Judy went back over everything she had used to create the romantic, luminous look, listed it for us, and even created an easy-to-follow color chart. The products and chart are kept on file at Sephora in case Denise decides in a few months that she can’t live without that eye cream after all and would like to purchase it.

If you have a consultation – makeup or hair – that you’re not happy with, be sure to voice your concerns immediately. That way there’s still time to try a different eye shadow or updo, or even change stylists before the wedding if you need to. And don’t be afraid to do the job yourself if you know what you want and know you can achieve it.

The products used on Denise:

Moisturizer: Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion
Moisturizer Eye: Lancome Resolution Eye

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish
Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Bisque
Concealer: Maquicomplet in Light Buff
Powder: Too Faced SnowBunny

Eyeshawdow: Lorac Croc Palette
Eyeliner: Nars Kyoto
Eyebrow: Anastasia Brunette Brow Gel
Mascara: Diorshow Chestnut

Blush: Lorac Cheek Stamp in Coral

Lip Liner: Lancome Charme
Lip Color: Dior Addict lipstick 750
Lip Gloss: Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Lacy Apricot

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Written By , on April 20, 2007

Working out is the most important thing you do to look great. But how do you look great while doing it? Our post-workout beauty tips will help you to look your best during your workout and do some quick touch-ups afterward.

We all know a girl who wears a full face of makeup to the gym. Okay, some of us are that girl. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that even oil-free foundations can have damaging affects on our skin. Add the excess oil and sweat from working out into the picture and you’re just asking for a breakout.

One thing you can do to reduce the damage is try mineral makeup. Mineral makeup particles rest on top of the skin, the particles are too large to be absorbed into pores. Thus, no clogged pores.


A favorite of ours, Von Natur, recently came out with a line of mineral makeup that includes color cosmetics like eye shadow and lip stain as well as some great soon-to-be basics. Choose from their powder or liquid foundations, plus a Goodbye Concealer perfect for covering up imperfections while keeping breakouts at bay and The Complete Setting Powder to avoid shine and keep makeup in place.

A long-lasting lipstick formula and waterproof mascara may seem like no brainers, but just look across the treadmills and you’re sure to see some raccoon eye and ring-around-the-lips victims.

While you probably keep your hair up if it’s long enough to get in your way during a workout anyway, this is also important to keep your hair from picking up sweat off your body. Carry a fresh towel to wipe away sweat from your shoulders, neck, and chest. Never touch your face at the risk of spreading bacteria! Pat and blot at your face with your towel instead.


If you’re more concerned with staying fresh after a workout, consider throwing some cleansing wipes in your bag for days when a shower isn’t in your schedule. L’Occitanemakes Verbena Refreshing Towelettes for hands and body, while many varieties for your face can be found in the drug store. If you want something more, Sundari’s Neem
and Aloe Vera Tonic Water
is a natural facial freshener that helps skin restore its luster, while the healing body exfoliator from the same neem line ensures that skin sheds dead cells.


Your nails can reveal a multitude of sins, so be sure to throw one of Poshe’s new on-the-go kits into your workout bag. Their Shine Me Up and Travelin’ Tootsies sets make hands and feet look like they’ve been relaxing at the spa, not punching high-kicking at tae bo.

Luckily, working out gives you a healthy flush and leaves skin glowing, not to mention your confidence, so you can walk out of that gym with your head held high even if your eye shadow has disappeared.

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