• Storm Stories

    November 2, 2012
      As Hurricane Sandy swept through the East Coast, residents evacuated or hunkered down and braced for the worst. And that is what they got.   Lives have been lost (the numbers continue to rise as of this morning) and ther…

  • Sweet and Delicious Snowcake

    Sweet and Delicious Snowcake

    October 25, 2012
    A classic and bestseller at natural marketer Lush, Snowcake soap ($7.95 for 100g) is a holiday favorite. It smells like almond marzipan but features rose absolute to sooth dry winter hands. Berry-scented cassie absolute adds sweet, powdery, honey/f…

  • Great Lash Gets A Pop of Color

    Great Lash Gets A Pop of Color

    October 12, 2012
    America’s topselling mascara was out in August in four limited-edition shades, inspiring shoppers to stock up before supplies ran out. Taking its cue from runway trends, Maybelline New York introduces The Great Lash Color Collection ($6.40 ea…

  • Someone to Watch Over Me

    September 25, 2012
    By Tom Branna Editorial Director With the Presidential election nearly upon us here in the States, there’s been lots of talk of the role of the Federal Government in citizens’ everyday life. Certainly the Republican charges…

  • Yankee Candle Goes Cuckoo for Coconuts

    Yankee Candle Goes Cuckoo for Coconuts

    September 17, 2012
    The Yankee Candle Company, Inc., recently rolled out a limited edition collection, Coconut Numerical. Bringing together two growing trends in one contemporary line, this collection is inspired by the popularity of coconut as both a fragrance and a…

  • A Greater Grapefruit From JR Watkins

    A Greater Grapefruit From JR Watkins

    September 4, 2012
    Nestled in the Mississippi River Bluff town of Winona, MN., JR Watkins has been America's pioneer in natural living since 1868. As America's original natural apothecary manufacturer, Watkins uses natural ingredients in its diverse lines of…

  • Endless Summer With Terranova

    Endless Summer With Terranova

    August 15, 2012
    Right on trend for Summer 2012, Tiare Lei is  the newest island-inspired collection of natural bath and body care by Terranova.  Originally grown in Tahiti, tiare is the crowning glory of gardenia flowers and is found throughout the Pacif…

  • Shadow Shields Foil Fallout

    August 3, 2012
    Glitter fallout – it’s a "no-no" term when it comes to color cosmetics. While women love the look of shimmery eyeshadows, the tiny particules of glitter that fall underneath the eyes is less than pretty. You can tap the brush…

  • Glow and Go: Sun Care Classics

    Glow and Go: Sun Care Classics

    July 20, 2012
    Even though there’s a variety of new contenders in the sun care marketplace, some products become classics that you can rely on each summer to deliver a natural bronze as well as sufficient sun protection. Kao’s Jergens Glow and Energizer…

  • Avene Hits It Big With Tinted Compact SPF 50

    Avene Hits It Big With Tinted Compact SPF 50

    July 9, 2012
    Sensitive skin care brand Avene combined mineral makeup with a broad-spectrum sun protection in its new High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 ($29). This water resistant, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic facial foundation is formulated with 100%…

  • A Century in Red

    A Century in Red

    June 19, 2012
    Like red lipstick? Then Three Custom Color’s A Century in Red Lip Palette ($45) is for you! This palette features a collection of “the most stunning reds of our time, celebrating the beautiful women of the 20th century, the trends we co…

  • The Whole Kit and Caboodle

    The Whole Kit and Caboodle

    June 7, 2012
    The 90s are back in style, so why not round out your retro-infused collection of artsy nail lacquers and deep burgundy lipsticks with a classic Caboodles travelling case? Sold at major retailers, this handy plastic cosmetic organizer called “…

  • LA Fresh Nail Wipes Make The Grade

    LA Fresh Nail Wipes Make The Grade

    May 24, 2012
    I’m a little skeptical about nail polish remover wipes. I think of those sponge dip products from the 1980s where if you’re wearing a fuchsia or red polish the sponge turns that color and stains your fingers. However, modern times call…

  • Putty Soap Isn

    Putty Soap Isn't So Silly

    May 8, 2012
    A solid liquid soap is the closest way to describe Lush’s latest innovation, Putty for Hands…but it’s not even soap. This solid hand cleanser is a little bit crumbly at times but a unique formulation, nonetheless. Just place it i…

  • A Highbrow Glow

    April 30, 2012
    Get “wow” brows with High Brow Glow ($20), a soft but strong highlighting pencil from Benefit. The original incarnation was a matte ballet pink; its sister SKU is bolder and brighter in a glowing champagne-pink shade. A single stroke un…