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(Soft) Helping Hands

Kiehl's Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve If you’re looking for a way to end your work week on a positive note, treat yourself to the Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $28.50. Not only is it a rich, hard-working hand cream, but one hundred percent of the net profits benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Kiehl’s just wrapped up their fifth annual LifeRide campaign, which aims to bring awareness and raise cash for amfAR and involves some kick ass motorcycles. Gotta love it when the brands you covet are passionate about giving back.

Check out this video if want to get scoop on what LifeRide is all about — you’ll see some familiar faces in the mix, too. Happy weekend, all!

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Do-Gooder Beauty Gifts I’m Giving This Year

If you’re looking to earn some gift-giving extra credit this year, pick up these six beauties. They’ll make your mother, sister, friend, etc. look and feel gorgeous while going way beyond that. Together these products’ proceeds support women affected by breast cancer, childhood hunger, artists from marginalized communities and much, much more.

kiehls-creme-de-corps-grapefruitKiehl’s Creme de Corps “Grapefruit” Whipped Body Butter – Limited Edition, $ 38

The original version of this whipped body butter is one of my all-time faves. This subtly citrus-y remake is delicious and makes skin feel fabulous. And, 100 percent of the net proceeds go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which works to help end childhood hunger in America.

_8383297Jane Iredale Bright Future Eyeshadow Set – Limited Edition, $30

What makes a better gift than five stunning eyeshadows housed in a rose-colored Swarovski crystal-embellished package? Add to that the fact that 100 percent of the profits are donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an organization supporting women affected by breast cancer. Beautiful.

s1553254-main-LheroSephora Values Inside Out You + Sephora Cosmetic Collection, $20

Glitter eyeliner, check. Metallic nail polish, check. Add a few more dazzling items and the fact that sales benefit the American Heart Association, and you’ve got the perfect stocking stuffer.

RS_LAYOUT_001_NEW_V4_4WEB_3products_WHNomad Two Worlds Raw Spirit Collection of Fragrances, $35 each

The three newest additions to the Nomad Two Worlds Raw Spirit fragrance collection are sure to please even the pickiest of family members and friends. The travel-friendly rollerball design makes them convenient, but the scents inside are anything but ho-hum. Bijou Vert combines Haitian sourced vetiver along with grapefruit, mandarin, geranium, lotus flower, black pepper, benzoin, patchouli and cedarwood; Citadelle also utilizes Haitian sourced vetiver in addition to marigold, pear, bergamot, lemon, spices, amberwood, musk and cedarwood. Both scents will be used to support sustainable Haitian agricultural projects. And, Wild Fire sources premium wild harvested sandalwood from Australia along with creamy amber, ylang ylang, jasmine petals, cedarwood and musk. Part of the proceeds from Wild Fire sales are used to support sustainable Australian Indigenous agricultural projects in collaboration with Essential Oils of Tasmania. 

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MAC Kids Helping Kids: Greeting and Gift Cards, $10

For the gal who loves to send actual handwritten notes. The colorful designs on these cards were created by children affected by HIV/AIDS. And, every cent (seriously, every cent) of the selling price goes toward helping women, men and children who are also affected by HIV/AIDS.
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Problem Solver of the Week: Epsom Salt

dr-teals-relax-epsom-saltThe Product: Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, $5

Why: As a beauty editor, I try everything — from feather eyelash falsies to the latest tricked-out at-home facial scrubbing brush. But once in a while, I realize I haven’t ever actually tested a tried and true beauty staple. This time, it’s Epsom salt. I still have two more months left of this pregnancy, but the weight of my big belly is a literal pain in my neck — and back, and legs and feet. Over the weekend, my sister-in-law suggested I take a long bath with Epsom salt and lavender oil. I knew she was on to something right away — even though I’ve never done it, this is exactly what I would recommend to you guys. So I happily dumped two heaping cups of Epsom salt and a few drops of oil into her extra-large soaking tub (you can make your own essential oil mix like I did and use plain Epson Salt or buy a pre-infused blend like the Dr. Teal’s above). The sweet scent of the oil immediately relaxed me, and when I got out twenty minutes later, I felt a huge relief in my no-longer-sore bod. I am a total convert. Knowing something so simple can make my treasured baths even better is just awesome. So how, exactly does this magic salt work? Well, first, it’s not actually a salt. It’s named for Epsom, the spa town in England known for its healing mineral springs. Made of the compound magnesium sulfate, which many believe can be absorbed into your body through the skin, Epsom salt is known to regulate the activity of enzymes, reduce inflammation and help muscle and nerve function. I just know that it made my bath super relaxing and I felt less soreness, so I’m sold.

For more cool bath ideas, check out our DIY Bath Tea How-To.

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Road Trip Beauty Find: Pretty Tahoe Natural Deodorant


Pretty Tahoe Natural Deodorant

Last week I escaped the Los Angeles area for Truckee, Calif. (basically the Lake Tahoe area). One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to pick up local beauty products. On this trip I stumbled upon Pretty Tahoe Natural Deodorant, $8. Not necessarily a glamorous beauty product to try, but an essential one, for sure. And, as I’ve mentioned in previous deodorant posts, these days I only wear natural deodorants. I’m breastfeeding after all, so I figure it’s safer to stick to the chemical-free stuff.

Unlike some of the other natural deodorants I’ve tried, this one (which is made locally in Truckee, Calif.) is more of a creamy balm deodorant. You scoop out a dime-sized dollop of the stuff and swipe it under your arms. The fragrance I chose is a fantastic, and subtle, lavender mint scent. Fresh and natural-smelling. It definitely doesn’t have the crunchy, hippie vibe you might expect from a totally natural beauty product. That’s due to the fact that the base is made of coconut oil.

I’ve been wearing it for about a week and it’s quickly becoming my new favorite. Scooping the product out of the tin is actually less cumbersome than I thought it might be.

One warning though, it will melt if you leave it in a warm area, so beware.

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