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Team Pink Eye FTW!!!
Charity, Eyeshadow, Giveaways, Hot Lips, Makeup Fun - Comments (20) - October 21st, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this week it’s my turn to do a Passionately Pink look for Team Pink Eye and host a giveaway! I am so excited! The lovely ladies of Team Pink Eye have gathered several bloggers and shops who will be doing looks and donating products for giveaways throughout the month of October. Each Friday a group of bloggers will do looks and host giveaways sponsored by our favorite Indie shops. Be sure to visit the Team Pink Eye Blog to see links to all of this week’s blogs and giveaways.

I’m hosting a giveaway this week from Persephone Minerals! This is so exciting because Persephone Minerals has quickly become one of my favorite companies, so I’m happy that some lucky person is going to win their very own Chibi Moon set! I’ve used some Persephone products in today’s EOTD, as well as products from Silk Naturals and Evil Shades, other companies that generously donated to Team Pink Eye.

I’m using Cupcake from Silk Naturals, and Mars Crystal Power from Persephone Minerals on my eyes, as well as Buttercream Bliss from Persephone to highlight. My cheeks are Tart blush from Silk Naturals and my lips are Caged Gypsy from Evil Shades.

Now onto the giveaway! This giveaway is Sponsored by Team Pink Eye and Persephone Minerals. To enter to win the Chibi Moon Set, simply go to Team Pink Eyes page at Susan G. Komen and donate $5. Please leave the name and email you donated with in a comment on this post. Donating $5 enters you in all of the giveaways running today, but make sure you leave the name and email address that you donated with on the giveaway posts you want to enter. This giveaway will end on Sunday at 10pm CST. At that point Frances and Rebecca will tally up the comments and choose a winner via random.org.

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How A Start-Up Company Seeks To Solve The Global Clean Water Crisis
Charity, Earth Friendly, Guest Post - Comments (1) - June 23rd, 2011

Dear Readers,

I have never before allowed a guest post on my blog, but I decided that this was such an important cause that I wanted to share it with you. For Claire’s Beauty’s first guest post, Aaron Madonna with LifeSoap Company is writing about the importance of clean water and how his company is trying to address that. Please let me know what you think! (I received no compensation for this, I just want to share with you all!)

How A Start-Up Company Seeks To Solve The Global Clean Water Crisis

We are often asked how did you and Juwon come up with the idea for LifeSoap Company? What does the company do? How can others help in LifeSoap’s initiative?

With this article I will answer these questions and hopefully through our story we will be able to inspire you to think about how you can make a difference in the world. Let’s get started.

Why We Started LifeSoap Company

It all began when Juwon took a trip to Nicaragua to engage in service work. He traveled to Nicaragua to meet with a friend who was working with an organization called Arms of Love in December 2010. Once there he was able to witness real poverty and it inspired him to make change. Upon his return to Colorado we had a conversation about his travels and how we could make in impact in the world.

One of the issues people of Nicaragua are facing is the lack of access to clean water. In our country we take for granted the fact that we can walk to the kitchen and turn on the tap for a drink of cool, clean water when we are thirsty. In some developing countries this is not the case. Juwon and I began to research issues of clean water and found out that this is a significant global issue (“1 in 8 people around the world don’t have access to clean water.”Water.org). Due to lack of clean water many are forced to drink from disease-infested wastewater.

With the threat of death and disease, children are making the difficult choice of leaving behind education for survival. Children are spending 4 or more hours per day collecting water for their families. As a result, they are unable to attend school and perpetuate issues of genocide, poor hygiene habits, and disease.

This is a terrible crisis but it is one that is solvable. There are many organizations around the world working to solve the clean water-crisis. Juwon and I decided to use our passion for entrepreneurship to start a new venture that gives profits directly to aid organizations working to solve the clean water-crisis. Juwon and I value the importance of education and we wanted to work with an organization that works specifically with helping children gain access to clean-water.

With this in mind we founded LifeSoap Company.

What Does LifeSoap Company Do?

Juwon and I wanted to create a for-profit business that had a social justice mission. We decided on soap because it is a product that is simple to understand and something that people use on a daily basis. We believe in quality and decided to take an unconventional route by choosing to provide premium organic soap to our customers instead of the chemical based soaps found at most super markets.

We’re proud to be the only organic soap company (that we know of) committed to improving not only the lives of our happy customers, but also the lives of children in developing countries suffering from lack of clean-water. We pledge to give 90 percent of our after-tax profits to bring clean water solutions to children and communities in Central & South America, and Africa.

Our premium organic soap is shipped in “Boxes of Joy” to our customer’s homes monthly. Each box contains three distinct flavors/bars of soap (Love bar, Peace bar, and Sol “Sun” bar). Additional elements in each box include company updates, clean water project progress updates, and an inspirational message of the month. Our customers tell us that they love the way our organic soaps make their skin feel—fresh, clean, youthful, and moisturized. They also love the feeling of making a difference for people around the world through using our soaps.

We have set a goal to inspire more than 3,000 people to buy LifeSoap and join our cause this year. We will give up to $5,000 to bring clean water to primary school in South America this year. The company is based in Colorado as an online retailer. Preliminary research is being conducted on expanding into healthy living shops and stores in the future

How You Can Help Us Make A Difference

It is not difficult to make a difference. The clean-water crisis is something that can be easily solved. With increased awareness, financial contributions and dedicated volunteers the crisis can be solved.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

Share this post with someone you care about.
Research the clean-water crisis and spread the word to others.
Follow us on Twitter: @LifeSoap.
Spread the word about LifeSoap Company on Twitter & Facebook.
Support LifeSoap directly by ordering a Box of Joy at www.LifeSoapCompany.com.

I hope that this post has inspired you to learn more about clean-water and take action by supporting our cause. Thank you for reading! :)

About Aaron Madonna
Aaron Madonna is the co-author of Help! IDK What I Want To Do With My Life, blogger at ThriveOrDie.com and one of the founders of LifeSoap Company. He is a graduate of Colorado State University and currently lives in Fort Collins, CO.

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Acure Organics Dark Chocolate + Mint Lip Balm
Charity, Earth Friendly, Hot Lips - Be the first to comment! - April 8th, 2011

You know, I wanted to like this product. There’s a lot to like. But I don’t. Here’s the scoop.

The product is Acure Organics Dark Chocolate + Mint Lip Balm. Acure Organics is “a family owned and operated company founded on sustainable principles to provide the highest quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. ” This part is good. They don’t test on animals, and they donate some of their profits to breast cancer research. This is all great!

The lip balm itself is called Dark Chocolate + Mint Lip Balm. I bought it specifically for this reason. It’s a nice enough formula, containing beeswax, olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, hemp seed oil, peppermint & spearmint essential oils, vitamin e, and cocoa powder. The high quantity of beeswax makes it a little draggy on my lips, which I don’t care for.

But what I’m really unhappy about is the fact that this is basically a MINT lip balm with nothing chocolate-y about it whatsoever other than the name and the fact that it contains a little cocoa butter. I don’t smell chocolate, I don’t taste chocolate. Nada. I’m really disappointed.

If you want a decent certified organic lip balm that’s minty (but not as minty as say, Burt’s Bees) and that’s a charity product, you’ll like Acure Organics’ lip balm. Me, I won’t buy it again. I think they cheated a little with the name. I will, however, check out other Acure products because I like their mission.

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MAC Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick
Charity, Hot Lips - Comments (1) - March 10th, 2010

cb-maccyndiIf it seems like it’s been all lip products, all the time around here, well… I’m kind of obsessed with lip stuff right now, so that’s why. If and when Fyrinnae ever releases their new eyeshadow colors, then I’ll be obsessed with eyeshadow… but for now it’s all about the lips!

You may or may not know, but MAC has a foundation called the MAC AIDS Fund, founded in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. It’s a pretty cool thing. There are currently six shades of VIVA GLAM lipsticks and two shades of VIVA GLAM lipglass being sold worldwide, and every cent goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.

cb-cyndiThe latest spokesladies/models for VIVA GLAM are two fabulous ladies, Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga. No lie, I have been a fan of Cyndi since I was about five years old. In fact, the first cassette I ever owned (remember cassettes?) was She’s So Unusual. When I heard there would be a VIVA GLAM Cyndi lipstick, I didn’t even care if I liked the color – I just had to buy it!

Lucky for me, I do love the color. It’s a light coral red with a high lustre finish, and it’s just perfect for spring and summer! LOVE IT! MAC Lipsticks never disappoint me – they have the smoothest feel and despite the glossier texture of this one, the color still sticks around for a decent amount of time.

Speaking of Cyndi Lauper, I’m going to see her concert in April! SQUEEEEEEEAL!

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XSProject Bags Make Good Gifts
Charity, Shopping - Be the first to comment! - December 9th, 2009

cb-jakartabagThe subject of this post isn’t itself a cosmetic, but I liked these little bags so much I wanted to share them with you. The XSProject is a charity project that makes various kinds of bags, including some that work great as makeup bags, out of reclaimed flexible plastic collected by trash pickers in Indonesia.

It sounds a little complicated, but it’s actually pretty simple. 80,000 tons of flexible plastic packaging are manufactured each year in Indonesia. Because there are no safe disposal methods for flexible plastic, it may accumulate and then sit in a landfill forever. This type of plastic has little resale market value because there are no traditional recycling techniques for it. The XSProject Foundation acquires the plastic from trash pickers before it piles up in toxic landfills.

Who are these trash pickers? The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to an estimated 400,000 trash pickers, most of whom are undocumented workers surviving on a monthly income of about $35 per family. Because of the dearth of proper recycling programs in much of Southeast Asia, trash pickers look for items that can be sold for recycling to supplement their meager incomes. XSProject seeks out consumer waste materials that can be bought from these communities that will bring them new sources of income.

The collected material is then made into the bags and other articles by craftspeople employed in Indonesia. Pretty cool, huh?

Anyway, the XSProject very kindly sent me a sample product, so I can tell you that they are very well-made and sturdy. The Beauty and The Beast Small bag is perfect for holding cosmetics, and is lined inside. The Facelift is also lined inside, and is a larger option for holding cosmetics and toiletries.

All of these bags are great for giving as gifts to your eco-conscious friends and family, or even if they aren’t so eco-conscious. Each bag comes with a tag explaining in a nutshell how the garbage to finished product process works, so your recipient can appreciate how neat the bags are.

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Everyday Shea Vanilla Lotion
Body Care, Charity - Comments (1) - November 1st, 2009

cb-sheaAfter seeing it pop up first at Whole Foods Market, and then at my favorite New Seasons Market, I finally broke down and bought a bottle of Everyday Shea Moisturizng Body Lotion in the vanilla scent. How fabulous is this stuff? Pretty darned awesome.

Everyday Shea is a sister company to Alaffia Sustainable Skincare, a company that makes products I really enjoy. I especially love Alaffia’s body care products, but because they usually come in smaller jars and I like to slather them on, I can’t really afford to buy them all the time. That’s where Everyday Shea comes in. It was created to offer customers a quality petroleum-free shea butter lotion (and body wash!) at an affordable price.

When it comes to affordable, you can’t beat the value on the Everyday Shea lotions. They come in giant 32 oz. bottles with a pump, in an unscented formula as well as lavender and vanilla.  The texture is light and creamy, but still has a richness that comes from all the shea butter. You can slather it on all you want, but you won’t feel greasy. The price? Just $14.95 for the giant 32 oz. bottle. Can’t beat that with a stick!

As with Alaffia, 10% of sales is given to community projects in Togo, like Bicycles for Education, maternal health, and school supplies and repairs.

Everyday Shea also makes shea butter body wash, and as soon as I find it locally I’ll be buying a bottle. For now, you can order directly from the company or use the store locator on the site to find a store near you!

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Take Your Body Care To New Depths
Body Care, Charity - Be the first to comment! - September 18th, 2009

cb-depthbottlesI’ve been seeing a new brand of body care products at stores like Whole Foods Market and New Seasons, so I’m really happy to finally have more information about this cool new brand! It’s Depth, a line of products born from one couple’s love of the ocean!

Depth products all feature therapeutic sea botanicals, like Brown (Phaeophyta), Green (Chlorophyta) and Red (Rhodophyta) algae, for their mineral and vitamin content. They also contain high quantities of certified organic ingredients and the company does not test on animals.  The Depth collection consists of delectable shampoos, conditioners, hand soaps, body washes, hand and body lotions and shave creams available in four, 100% natural aromatic blends, designed by French perfumer Jean-Pierre Subrenat: Mangrove Citrus, Sea Berry, Ocean Blossom and Bay Coconut. After a quick sniff, Ocean Blossom is the front-runner for me, with Bay Coconut a close second – but they’re all good!

Depth also believes in giving back to their community, through their support of Camp SEA Lab. Camp SEA Lab is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization located in the Monterey Bay, California, that provides authentic marine experiences for children who otherwise might not have the opportunity to do so. Depth and Camp SEA Lab aim to instill a sense of awareness, appreciation and love for the ocean and its inhabitants, in the hopes that the younger generation will become stewards and choose to protect the ocean for a healthy future. Depth product sales directly contribute to scholarships for children to attend the camp. How cool is that?

Overall, I’m thinking this line looks pretty awesome! I can’t wait to actually try some of the products!

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Sean John Unforgivable Woman Perfume
Charity, Perfume - Be the first to comment! - October 28th, 2008

UnforgivableOctober is almost over, but it’s not too late to make some last-minute purchases in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Sean Jean fragrances is donating $10,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation from sales of Unforgivable and Unforgivable Woman. I haven’t experienced Unforgivable (the men’s fragrance) but I have had a chance to try out Unforgivable Woman.

First of all, take the name with a grain of salt. I generally tend to disregard celebrity fragrances, mostly because they usually stink. Literally. Believe was the first one I thought was pretty good, and I like Covet too. The problem with most celebrity fragrances is that they are formulated to appeal to the widest crowd possible, and thus are usually really boring. Apparently Sean John (aka Diddy aka Mr. Combs) was very hands-on with the development of his fragrances, and the result is that Unforgivable Woman is much better crafted than your average celebrity scent.

The notes are bergamot, orange, neroli, cassis, grapefruit, apple, cucumber, piña colada, orange flower, jasmine, violet, muguet, freesia, cyclamen, amber, tonka beans, coco de mer, vanilla tears, cedar, sandalwood, oak moss, patchouli, vetiver and iris. The ones that stand out to me are mostly the cassis in the topnotes, the piña colada and vanilla in the middle, and some light woodsy notes in the base. I’ve seen it described as “sun warmed sand and coconut” and I have to agree.

The perfume is advertised as being “the essence of sensuality”, but personally I find it more quiet and reserved. It isn’t brash or overly aggressive – I think as long as you don’t drench yourself in it, you could wear it to work, although date night with the man might be better. It’s like a figure-hugging cashmere sweater, warm and soft, but a little sexy too.

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