It seems that my eyelids have decided to revolt against all the nasty chemicals makeup manufacturers put in their eyeshadows. No matter what brand I have tried from expensive (Bobbi Brown) to cheap (CoverGirl) seems to make my eyelids red and irritated at the end of the day.
I had almost given up being able to wear eyeshadow, until I read the customer reviews on Sephora’s website about Josie Maran Cosmetics. One customer wrote that she had the same problem I have and that Josie Maran eyeshadows did not irritate her skin. I immediately dropped two eyeshadows (Beach and Pewter) into my shopping cart and eagerly awaited them to arrive. I have used them for over two weeks now and they work beautifully without causing any irritation. The eyeshadows are vibrant, velvety and easily glide on and stay put.
Josie Maran Cosmetics was formed with the idea of creating innovative formulas that use natural, non-toxic ingredients without parabens and fragrances in their cosmetics. They also do not do any animal testing and much of their packaging is biodegradable and recyclable. I am certainly a fan and plan to order more of her products! You can purchase Josie Maran Cosmetics online at www.josiemarancosmetics.com and www.sephora.com.
Waste not, want not, does not really apply to fashion. Every season designers give us a delectable new array of goodies to choose from and even though most of my clothes (ok, all of my clothes) from last year are in perfect condition and able to be worn again I am usually tired of them and ready for something new. So I clean out my closet (I do keep and re-wear quite a few pieces) and then re-stock with all the new must-haves my wallet will allow!
This does however make me feel a tad wasteful and I was only too thrilled when I found a designer who uses recycled cashmere fabric to create gorgeous, artsy and eco-friendly sweaters. Burning Torch creates, each season limited edition sweaters that are patched together with luxurious cashmere extras left over from production thus not wasting any fabric. Plus, these sweaters are so gorgeous and timeless you will reach for them season after season. It’s a win win, look good while doing good! Burning Torch recycled cashmere sweaters available at www.bluebee.com and www.burningtorchboutique.com.
I have a secret…I am a t-shirt connoisseur. I LOVE t-shirts in all styles, colors and brands. I am infatuated with t-shirts and spend a great deal of time and money researching all the best t-shirt brands and when I find one I love, I promise the brand is worth checking out.
One of my absolute favorites is Zooey. They are made of super soft, thin 100% supima cotton and are cut to just barely skim the body giving shape while retaining comfort. They are usually extra long in length and are great to layer. Needless to say I was thrilled when I saw Zooey making a t-shirt that helps the environment. Zooey has teamed up with stopglobalwarming.org to create a t-shirt that helps raise awareness and money, since Zooey makes a generous contribution for every t-shirt sold. Spread the word with “A World of Cool” Zooey t-shirt and look socially responsible and trendy! Available in a tank, short sleeve and long sleeve version. They range in price from $46-$52. They can be purchased at Zooey’s “A World of Cool” website and also check out all the t-shirts at www.zooeytees.com.
All this talk about global warming and “going green” has got me thinking that I need to re-examine how I can be more eco-friendly. I wondered could I still be fashionable and a friend of the environment? To answer this question I embarked on a “green” fashion excavation and found that yes I (and you too) can be fashion forward and “go green”!
My first find is Thea Grant jewelry, which is theatrical, sculptural and spectacular! Designed by Brooklyn native Thea Grant with help from her husband Nicolas Bazzani, they help give back to the environment by using vintage objects, fobs, curios and charms that they find around New York and then recycle into gorgeous wearable art. Their materials range from vintage brass to sterling to gold, according to their website www.theagrant.com. Thea Grant jewelry is quirky and whimsical and extremely unique. Throw one of these necklaces on with a basic black tee, dark blue straight leg jeans and a great pair of stilettos and you will be a friend of the environment while looking radiant! Stay tuned for more eco-friendly fashion finds. Sold at Barney’s and www.shopshine.net. Check out Thea Grant’s website for more store locations.