Help Lavanila Plant a Forest!‏

In honor of Earth Day 2011, eco-gorgeous brand Lavanila Laboratories wants you to help them plant a forest! For each new “LIKE” received on their Facebook page (Lavanila Laboratories) on April 21st and April 22nd (Earth Day), Lavanila will plant one tree through their long-time partnership with The Nature Conservancy. These new saplings will be a welcome addition to their ongoing, evergreen (pun intended) initiative of planting a tree for each purchase made on www.lavanila.com.

So, please: spread the word and help build a forest!


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NEW! bareMinerals Naturally Luminous™ Refreshing Color Collection

bareMinerals Naturally Luminous™ Refreshing Color Collection is a BRAND NEW refreshing, six-piece color collection.!

Let your true radiance come through with this extraordinary six-piece color collection. It includes new eyecolor shades with an innovative water-encapsulated formula to give your eyes a refreshing burst of hydration. Inspired by bareMinerals’ skincare line, this fresh look beautifully illuminates every complexion.

Set contains:
- 2 x 0.02 oz Eyecolor in Restore (golden brown glimmer) and Refresh (dewy mint green glimmer)
- 0.03 oz Miracle Blush (pink fuchsia)
- 0.14 oz 100% Natural Lipgloss in Fruit Smoothie (pink glaze)
- 0.012 oz Big & Bright Eyeliner in Charbronze (antique brown)
- Full Tapered Shadow Brush

Creamy 100% pure bareMinerals Eyecolors provide sheer-to-opaque color. Beautiful alone or layered, their textures range from glowing translucence to high-intensity shimmer to velvety opacity. Big & Bright Eyeliner brightens your whites for naturally brilliant eyes. Creamy 100% pure bareMinerals Blushes give you a healthy tone that looks natural. 100% Natural Lipglosses include natural oils and Cupuacu Butter to deliver lasting hydration and protective antioxidants, polishing lips without stickiness.

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Research Shows Plus-Sized Models Make Women Fat?

A new study out of the University of Bologna suggests that using plus-size models on the catwalk and in advertisements could make women fat. Say what?

PAUSE….. The university of BOLOGNA? Okay, back to the article.

From Huffington Post:

In their paper “Thinness and Obesity: A Model of Food Consumption, Health Concerns, and Social Pressure,” Dr. Davide Dragone and Dr. Luca Savorelli cite the relationships between Italy, Germany and Spain and their respective fashion communities to produce more plus-sized clothes and uphold a minimum size for models. They write:

When reading the content of the agreements, it is clear that both the government and the fashion industry agree that fashion is a powerful trend-setter. It not only influences what clothes, styles and colors are trendy, but also determines how a person should appear to be desirable.

Okay, so fashion is apparently super-influential. Dragone and Savorelli adds:

If people are underweight and stay on a diet, increasing the ideal body weight allows both aggregate welfare and health to be improved. If people are overweight and on a diet, however, increasing the ideal body weight can improve overall utility, but it worsens health because it induces people to become even more overweight.

And, “Given that in the US and in Europe people are on average overweight, we conclude that these policies, even when are welfare improving, may foster the obesity epidemic.”

The pair also said, according to the Daily Mail, in plain language, “To promote chubby fashion models when obesity is one of the major problems of industrialised countries seems to be a paradox. Everyone has to trade off in life a number of things like the pleasure of eating and going to the gym or something as a cost. So if you just fix the average healthy weight then maybe you will throw up some incentives to be thin.”

Um, so far, seeing plus-size models hasn’t made us any bigger. And watching size zero models lurch down the catwalk hasn’t made us any skinnier, either — if anything it’s made us simultaneously revolted and ravenous.

What do you think?


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Procter & Gamble Recalls 10 Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color Shades

If you use Clairol Natural Instincts to dye your hair – take notice! Proctor & Gamble has recalled 10 shades of Clairol Natural Instincts.

According to Stylist the company was alerted in late March that something went awry with their popular hair color line. Someone who had used the product contacted P&G after they experienced an unwanted color result, spokesman Brent Miller told StyleList.

After investigating the claims, P&G discovered that the ColorFresh! Revitalizer — a refresher that is applied two weeks after the initial color to enhance the hair’s tone — was mismatched in 10 Natural Instincts hair color kits.

The shades recalled include:
• Natural Instincts Shade 16 Light Auburn (Spiced Tea)
• Natural Instincts Shade 35 Brown Black (Ebony Mocha)
• Natural Instincts Creme Shade 03G Light Golden Blonde (Honey Creme)
• Natural Instincts Creme Shade 7.5 Dark Blonde (Maple Creme)
• Natural Instincts Creme Shade 21G Medium Golden Brown (Caramel Creme)
• Natural Instincts Creme Shade 23R Medium Auburn (Raspberry Creme)
• Natural Instincts Creme Shade 30R Dark Auburn (Cherry Creme)
• Natural Instincts Creme Shade 31 Darkest Brown (Coffee Creme)
• Natural Instincts Vibrant Shade 9 Natural Light Blonde (Blonde Vibrance)
• Natural Instincts Vibrant Shade 10 Extra Light Blonde (Sun-Kissed Blonde)

However, P&G confirms that the hair color in the kit is correct and anyone who has purchased any of the products with the aforementioned shades is urged to toss it.

But don’t worry that you’re throwing away hard-earned dollars in the trash. The company is stepping up to the plate and issuing refunds and providing color correction services.

“The quality of our products and satisfaction of the women who use them is our top priority,” Miller told StyleList. “P&G corrected the issue and will have product back on the shelf in May 2011.”

Head over to www.clairol.com/alert for more details.


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