It’s already been two years since Hurricane Sandy, and the nightmare it caused for New York City and its neighbors is far from forgotten. When Beauty Bar founder Jennifer Walsh lead a six-month volunteer movement in the hard-hit Rockaways, she saw the storm’s massive devastation firsthand. Walsh was inspired to give back, so she launched a charity-driven line of bath and body products that supports local communities. Pride & Glory offers a series of collegiate bath and body products (made in the USA!) for college students and university sports teams’ biggest fans. Each school featured on the products chooses a favorite charity, and two percent of the profits from each item sold is donated to that charity. The company also aims to give back by reminding college students how important small acts of kindness can be, and Walsh is currently on a college tour educating young people about exactly that. What makes me so gushy about this line is that it start with just one person’s voice. I can’t speak for Walsh, but I tend to feel very small in the face of devastation, and I love that she channeled that feeling into creating something bigger than her. We can all take a major cue from that. Maybe beauty can change lives!
You know what they always say ― The Best Things In Life Are Three. Soap & Glory, Britain’s hottest beauty brand, has packed up three of their most popular bath & body formulas into a fun, zip-top tall tote. The Righteous Butter Body Butter, Clean On Me Body Wash, and Hand Food Hand Cream are the perfect size to take anywhere this holiday… or for staying at home, if that’s more your speed.
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Leave it to LUSH to formulate the perfect antidote for those autumn-onset blues with a sweet starry-night-in-a-bottle ― and to make it a bittersweet limited edition, so that we’ll have to ration it all spring and summer long. Twilight Shower Gel, the sudsy incarnation of the brand’s beloved Twilight Bath Bomb, only comes around once a year, but it’s impossible not to get attached to the warm, slightly herbal tonka bean and lavender fragrance. With a twinkling dark purple gel formula that would make Edward Cullen jealous (don’t worry, the iridescence washes right off), you might not want to leave the bath until May. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. [$18.95 for 8.8 fl. oz., LUSH]
Sometime in the next few months, you may want to consider exchanging your current (cold, dark, wintry) location for something just a bit more tropical. (Hawaii? The Caribbean? Just some ideas…) Whenever and wherever you decide to take flight, make it a Soap & Glory Shower Trip. Don’t fret about siphoning your favorite bath products into tiny plastic bottles ― all you need are these five flight-sized beautifiers, plus a sudsy puff, all packaged in a pretty zip panel tote. And before you ask, yes, they’re all under 100ML, meaning you can toss this set in your suitcase and take it anywhere, no bag-checking necessary. With Soap & Glory’s beloved Clean On Me Shower Gel, The Righteous Butter Body Butter, The Scrub Of Your Life Smoothing Body Scrub, and Hand Food Hand Cream, you’ll never feel dirty or dry… and with their bestselling Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker in limited edition shade Punch Bowl, you’ll never look worse for the wear.
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Some of us were born with those wonderful genes which keep us looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, even on one hour of sleep. I am not one of those people. The worst compliment any guy ever gave me was that he “loved the dark circles under my eyes.” I wanted to crawl in a hole and die. If I miss even five minutes of sleep, shed one tear, or have a touch of congestion I get monster bags under my eyes. I can’t help it! It’s genetic. I’ve tried to combat this with every kind of expensive lotion or potion on the market.
Next up is Goldie’s Bright Eyes bar, which boasts of being a miracle product. Made from all-natural ingredients like carrot juice and aloe, this facial soap protects against wrinkles, smooths uneven skin and soothes any skin irritation. I normally hate anything that’s referred to as a miracle product (what’s the catch?), but in this case, it might be true. For under $10, I’m certainly willing to find out. [$8, Goldie’s Soap via Outblush]
If you catch me with my fingers pruned and my heart rate sluggish, chances are I just got out of the bath. Yes, I have been known to linger in the tub for well over an hour… sometimes approaching two. Sylvia Plath summed it up best in The Bell Jar when she said, “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” Light some candles, pop a bottle of champagne, set the tap to 95, please, and I’ll see you in a few hours. Keep reading »