Une Way Of Life: Burnt Red Nails

3 Mar

By Paige Donner

We love (as in love ! love !) Une’s Slightly Burnt Red nail enamel. Red livens up any outfit and adapts to all clothes and makeup, regardless of coloring. Deep and almost brickishly red, it’s a perfect color for early spring and on into the summer. Did we mention how nicely it wears with a deep brown tan ?

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Something else you’ll find with UNE nail poishes is an XXL brush that applies your enamel varnish on your nail in one easy stroke. Its not-too-hard, not-too-soft brush fans out over the nail so you’ve got full color coverage precisely and in a flash of one brush-stroke.

And since it’s UNE, ethical is part of the product and part of the packaging. For instance, on the back of each nail polish bottle label is the figure that indicates the percentage of natural origin ingredients for each varnish shade : C09 our Slightly Burnt UNE Red lovely is a whopping 72.1% natural origin.

The Base and Top Coat otherwise known as C00 is 85% natural origin. This adds a natural Ultra-Shine to any of the nail enamel colors.

The color pigments ? They are mineral.

The petrochemical derivatives found in most nail varnishes ? UNE replaced them with equally effective natural origin ingredients : cotton, potato, manioc, algae.

New for this Spring are the 4 shades to match skin color, ranging from NUDE to cocoa brown. Forbidden and exciting shades to wear on your hands as we cruise towards warmer weather.

Other members of the UNE nail enamel color wheel are the SHIL family of shades. These are 2 Natural Shades (soft pink, light beige), 2 Shades Inspired by Lips (blush red, slightly burnt UNE red), and 4 Inspired by Eyes (taupe, khaki, smokey, denim).

SHIL stands for Skin, Hair, Iris and Lips. It’s a sort of (shhh ! secret) code invented by UNE to create natural colors that enhance women of all ages. These shades take their inspiration from the natural shades of Skin, Hair, Irises and Lips.

You can rely on your 3-in-1 UNE nail color formula – that’s Base, Color and Extreme Shine – to be formaldehyde-, phthalate- and toluene-free.

Oil-Based Nail Polish Remover

And now for the real kicker ! UNE likes to say that they don’t know the meaning of impossible. So when faced with creating a natural nail polish remover, they went in the direction of OIL-Based and all natural.

The First 100% natural origin, zero fragrance remover.

What’s more, it not just respects your nails but your cuticles too. Want to know what’s in it ?

80% natural origin solvents extracted from plants.

20% sweet almond and apricot oil

On the light, blossom green bottle you’ll find listed the ingredients, detailing the percentage of natural origin ingredients : 100%

It’s also 100% effective in removing the UNE nail natural ingredient nail polishes. Even my Spring-Summer fave, the Slightly Burnt UNE Red. If only for a color refresh !

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Couvrance – For A Complexion Worthy of The Big Screen

14 Feb

by Paige Donner

Cake-free and doll perfect. That’s you, right ? Of course it is ! And if you feel you need just a tiny little nudge of help in getting there, look no further than Couvrance, the clean pure makeup by Avène, and its line of complexion correcters and foundations.

Couvrance is based on the premise that a woman’s skin is one of her most sensitive and prescious organs. Hence, tender loving care are the operating words here for this line of medical makeup.

The other philosophy is to use the correcter sticks that come in Coral, Yellow and Green to neutralize those small flaws, bags under the eyes and tiny blemishes. Once these small imperfections are made invisible through the delicate application of counter-balancing correcters, a light sheen of Couvrance Compact Foundation Creams can be applied to achieve that flawless Big Screen finish.

Since Valentine’s Day this year is yet again smack dab in the middle of Awards Season, here are some tips that will keep you looking your fresh, radiant and thoroughly seductive self, whatever the occasion :

Dark Circles Under The Eyes

First – and always – thoroughly moisturize under the eye before applying complexion correcters.

For brown undereye circles – Use the coral concealer stick which works for darker skin, the type of skin that tends toward brown undereye circles. The Couvrance Coral Concealer stick creates a very luminous and natural anti-dullness effect.

For blue undereye circles – The Couvrance Yellow Concealer stick works wonders in neutralising the appearance of blue undereye circles.

More Tips on the Concealer Sticks:
Green – neutralises redness, spots, small blemishes

Yellow – neutralises bruises and dark spots
Coral – neutralises brown spots, melasma

Technique « Since your small imperfections have now been neutralised, there’s no need to apply coat after coat of foundation. Instead focus on texture and application techniques, with the desired results in mind. »

Use a brush to apply the Couvrance Fluid Foundation Corrector. This will achieve the appearance of a flawless complexion by casting a veil over your skin. If your complexion tends towards the grey or dull (such as during winter months!), choose a shade with a hint of pink to freshen up your complexion. Choosing a shade that is slightly ligher than your skin tone can help your face appear younger. (Darker shades tend to add years.)

Now, for the finishing touches, you can actually « draw » on your face with the Couvrance Concealer Pen.

These work by applying them to your face after your foundation (to avoid running). The areas of application are on these points : the forehead, nasolabial folds, tip of the nose, corners of the mouth, hollow of the chin.

This adds contour and illumination to your face.

Last step – Mattify your makeup with a dusting of the Couvrance Mosaic Powders. *Hint – these can be used as an eye makeup palette as well.

Whether you set your makeup with the translucent Mosaic Powder, the Radiance or the Bronzer, each are sure to have your makeup lasting all night long and a quick re-dusting of the Mosaic Powder in its slim white compact case during the evening, or any time, will keep your face shine-free.

Nooowww you’re ready for your Big Screen close-up, you doll, you !

*Couvrance are high-tolerance formulas designed for sensitive skin types. They contain no preservatives, no fragrances and are hypoallergenic. They do not smear ; they offer UV protection and are resistant to water and perspiration.

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Une Way Of Life – Skin Ideal Youth Serum Foundation

5 Feb

by Paige Donner

What do buddleiia davidii and thymus vulgaris have to do with your skin’s flawless finish ? Read on and I’ll tell you what…

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Bourjois’ UNE line of cosmetics includes the newly released Skin Ideal Youth Serum Foundation, a youth-extending formula. Aptly named, this elixir is as much a foundation that gives your complexion a radiant clean flawless finish as it is a serum that incorporates these plants harvested from the Swiss Alps that help fight the dangerous effects of pollution with their anti-oxidising properties.

Cultivates the Natural Look and Reaps Youthfulness

How does Skin Ideal diminish signs of age as a mere foundation ?

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« It’s a question of lightness, affinity with the skin, harmony with the complexion and respect for each woman’s natural look…

UNE’s Skin Ideal Youth Serum Foundation brings out the youthfulness of the face with very little make-up, resulting in a natural, ageless grace.

The dominant magic component in Skin Ideal is a product of green chemistry called Hyaluronic Acid. Do you love to see your skin « plumped up » looking dewy and hydrated ? The Hyaluronic Acid in Bourjois’ Skin Ideal is obtained by biosynthesis from lactic acid. It has a specific affinity with the skin, which it naturally and intensely hydrates, re-inflating and « plumping up » your complexion.

Light As A Feather

Skin Ideal is an EcoCert product, meaning that 98.2% of the total ingredients are of natural origin. So its featherweight qualities and ultralight emulsifiers are unique and offer a revolutionary glide and smoothness in a natural formula.

How ? UNE’s Skin Ideal uses a derivative of rice oil combined with arginine. The rice oil and arginine combination is a new generation of natural emulsifiers that give comfort to your skin and emollience to the Youth Serum Foundation. Your morning’s application, good for the whole day, glides on and blends into your skin in perfect homogeneity. It leaves a delicious sensation of feather like comfort and sensations of « nothing on the skin ».

To add to the magic effect of your flawlessly finished skin, UNE has included silica and mica combined in the form of powder micro-beads for an ultra-radiant soft focus effect. It’s an optical effect, but one that takes off a few years in an instant.

Skin Ideal is a youth enhancer, a friend to your complexion. It brings out natural light, freshness, radiance and, as a result, boosts your self-confidence. It is not a veil for your complexion nor is it a second skin. Its Organic Jojoba oil nourishes the skin without a greasy effect. Organic Argan Oil helps protect the skin’s youthfulness. Beeswax, the ultimate natural product, forms a protective film against external effects.

Makeup Tips from UNE :

« More is the enemy of good.

To look younger, it is necessary to lighten makeup and take particular care with the choice and apply foundation evenly without adding thickness.

Always choose the shade as close as possible to the natural skin tone : paler it looks dull, darker it ages.

Be sure to spread it evenly up to the base of the throat to avoid marking. »

More at UneBeauty.com/fr

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Mascara: Green Is The New Pure Black

21 Jan

by Paige Donner

With awards season fully underway and the first of 2014’s runway shows revving up for the world’s hottest fashion weeks, a girl needs her go-to makeup product right at hand. Yes, mascara.

Of course ! Mascara .

According to Premium Beauty News, 54% of women say they couldn’t go without mascara. And counting all distribution channels combined, a whopping one billion little tubes of mascara are sold each year.

Still, one woman out of two claim to have sensitive eyes and who doesn’t want to pamper their peepers ?

So for all you awards show and fashion divas, and all the rest of us lovely creatures who prefer just to watch the parading down runways and red carpets from our perfectly made up eyes, Greening Beauty has scoured the makeup world to find our top picks for green glam when it comes to mascara.

They are Bourjois’s UNE Green Pride Volume Mascara and Avène’s High Tolerance Mascara in its Couvrance line of cosmetics.

UNE is a lusciously lip-smacking green line of makeup, available in Europe (not yet in North America but can be found online) created by Bourjois, one of France’s most established makeup manufacturers. And now they’ve reinvented Black, for the Ultra Black Green Pride Volume Mascara.

Avène is a leading French cosmetics house that specializes in sensitive skin and is one of the pioneers of cosmeceuticals. Their full name is Laboratoires Dermatologiques Avène and for their newest mascara, High Tolerance Mascara, just released in November ’13, they have focused on a product that wears easily not just for women with sensitive eyes or contact lenses, but also for women who want their eyes to sparkle and shine from behind lush, long, black (or brown) lashes.

A few highlights of UNE’s organic and Ultra Black Mascara :

  • Ecocert certified. Means 100% of total ingredients are from natural origin.
  • Boosts lashes by 14x using a combination recipe of three natural waxes : shea butter, carnauba and beeswax. These sculpt, coat and maximize the sheen of the lashes.
  • Holds for 16 hours thanks to the natural polymer, xantham gum.
  • Absolute black for the Ultra Black pigment achieved by pure iron oxide.
  • Brush is small and equipped with supple fibers and « reservoir spaces », a technology that evenly distributes the mascara to avoid clumping, applying the perfect amount in a single sweep.
  • Easily removeable. No rubbing, just dab with spring water and the makeup dissolves gently, respecting sensitive eyes and keeping eyes young looking.

A few highlights of Avène’s High Tolerance Mascara

  • Dedicated to dermatology since 1743, Avène has pioneered the concept of « sterile cosmetiques » or ultra pure cosmetics.
  • The Ultra pure pigments for both their black and brown mascaras have a minimum of metal content.
  • No Paraben. No Phenoxyethanol. No chlorophenesin. No fragrance.
  • Acacia gum allows for full lashes with no clumping. Even after applying several layers. The sheathing and film producing of the natural polymer – acacia gum – mean each lash is coated for perfect definition.
  • Ultra light micro beads in the silica powder increase volume while maintaining a natural effect.
  • Volumising effect : +42% Lengthening effect : +39%
  • High precision brush curved in the shape of an eyelid. Concave side works to make the lashes fuller and lusher. Convex side works to separate the lashes for better definition.
  • Long-lasting : More than 8 hours. Guarantees no clumping while giving high-volume and curl.
  • Easily removeable. Spray a bit of Avène Eau Thermale (natural and very pure French spring water) on your eyes and gently dab with cotton pad to remove.

And Voila’ ! You will not only have the mirrors to your soul shining like rock stars, but your eyes will be saying thank you the whole time to you, too.

http://cosmetiques.ecocert.com

http://www.unebeauty.com

http://www.pierre-fabre.com (Laboratoires Dermatologiques Avène)

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What Handcrafted Luxury Looks Like

28 Jun

Ever wonder what one-of-a-kind handcrafted luxury looks like? Calleen Cordero’s new video takes you behind the scenes on a tour of our N. Hollywood factory; where over 45 skillful artisans hand-make your favorite footwear, handbags and accessories.

See for yourself the time, dedication and beauty that goes into making each piece.

Factory Video

New Retail Locations!
Sunset Plaza: 8659 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood CA 90069 T: 310.360.0527

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Elle Magazine 2013 Green Star Winners

28 Jun
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Sirius XM Satellite’s Green Is Good Radio Features Paige Donner, Founder Local Food And Wine

28 May

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Paige Donner, journalist, blogger, eco-activist, actor/filmmaker and more, returns to the show from Paris to discuss her passion for local food and wine. Donner became more interested in the marriage of regional wines and local food when she was in British Columbia to cover the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Three and a half years later, her Local Food and Wine media platform and blog has spanned the globe, covering the world’s great winemaking and local food producing regions. As her knowledge of the globe’s wine regions grew, so too did her concern for how climate change could potentially impact viticultural areas.

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Paige Donner

Founder, Local Food And Wine

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“Wine grapes have long been recognized by scientists as being the most sensitive agricultural crop in terms of climate change,” Donner reveals. “What you see happening in wine regions [could preview] what is coming down the pike for other agricultural regions.”

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DIY Healthy Shiny Hair Summer ’13

6 May

re-published from Hungry For Change

1. All Hair Types: Avocado and Honey

Neutrogena’s Naturals Acne Collection

30 Apr

Lots of high school grads are going to need to be looking their photogenic best real soon. Why not pick them up some of these new Neutrogena Naturals products to try out for the big day?!

By collaborating with an integrated panel of specialists and dermatologists, including experts in integrated medicine, biochemistry and micronutrients, NEUTROGENA® developed natural alternatives to treat acne and help prevent breakouts. Formulated with 1% naturally-derived salicylic acid from the Wintergreen plant, the Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser, Scrub and Treatment are proven to enhance the proper function of healthy skin and meet the need of consumers of all ages seeking an efficacious, natural alternative to traditional acne remedies.

NEUTROGENA®Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser

· Fresh, citrus natural fragrance

· Pearlescent, white creamy cleanser formulated with natural menthol that leaves skin feeling refreshed and cool

· Fortified with 1% of naturally-derived Salicylic Acid clinically proven to penetrate deep down into pores to treat breakouts and help prevent new ones from forming

· 93% naturally derived product

Suggested Retail Price: $7.99/ 5 oz.

NEUTROGENA®Naturals Acne Spot Treatment

· Fresh, citrus natural fragrance

· Gentle, water-based formula smoothly glides onto skin

· Fortified with 1% of naturally-derived Salicylic Acid clinically proven to penetrate deeply for targeted treatment

· 93% naturally derived

Suggested Retail Price: $8.99/ .75 oz.

NEUTROGENA®Naturals Acne Foaming Scrub

· Fresh, citrus natural fragrance

· Contains natural Jojoba beads to gently exfoliate skin by sweeping away excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells for smoother skin

· Fortified with 1% of naturally-derived Salicylic Acid clinically proven to penetrate deep down into pores to treat breakouts and help prevent new ones from forming

· 93% naturally-derived product

Suggested Retail Price: $8.99/ 4.2 oz.

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Earth Day Free Passes to The NYC Green Festival!

19 Apr
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You are the winner of a free weekend pass to Green Festival, Earth Day weekend April 20-21 at the Javits Center North.

To accept your free weekend passes for New York City Green Festival… just click on the link: FREE TICKETS TO GREEN FESTIVAL NYC and sign up with your unique promo code: AMY13

Once you have received your confirmation email, your FREE weekend pass will be waiting for you at Will Call!

This FREE offer is limited to the first 250 people to sign up, so get your pass now!

You can see the entire New York City Green Festival program of activities at http://grnfe.st/nyc-2013-guide or by visiting www.greenfestivals.org.

JOIN AMY AT THE NYC GREEN FESTIVAL!

SHE WILL BE SPEAKING ABOUT CONSCIOUS BEAUTY IN AN INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION WITH REBECCA CASCIANO, GREEN BEAUTY EXPERT AND CELEBRITY MAKE-UP ARTIST AND JODY WEISS, FOUNDER OF PEACEKEEPER CAUSE-METICS.

Spring Shiatsu Special!

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Take advantage of this amazing offer! Sessions are usually $120! Amy was trained at The Ohai shiatsu Institute over 10 years ago and she has beautiful offices in Manhattan. Gift certificates are also available.

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