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The Body Shop's "Brush with Fashion" Blogger Event
Shecky's "Girls Night Out"

The Body Shop's "Brush with Fashion" Blogger Event

I had such a blast at The Body Shop’s launch of their new eco-friendly line, “Brush with Fashion,” which they collaborated with the London College of Fashion. The limited-edition line comes with built-in brushes and is made from the finest Community Fair Trade ingredients, such as marula oil. The oil is known for hydrating the skin without causing breakouts. It is derived from the Owumbo women of Namibia and because of the trading with The Body Shop, it has allowed over five-thousand women to build their own factory. Along with being fair trade, the line is designed to be fashionable (hence the name), which is why The Body Shop collaborated with the London College of Fashion. They chose the artwork from 21 year-old fashion illustration undergrad- Katarina Voloder because her sketch of the eye and brush gave the packaging a very fashion-forward feel.

That evening, along with viewing the line and new products (at the Beverly Center store), I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have my make-up done by celebrity make-up artist- Shalini Vadhera. Before speaking with her, my face received some preliminary pampering by MUA Roxie; who cleansed my face with The Body Shop’s famous Tea Tree products and putting on foundation and the Spring 2011 eye shadows from the new line. I was then whisked over get my make-over by Shalini. She has an intense passion for beauty and making women feel empowered and motivated. This passion stems from her Indian background and traveling around the world, in search of the best beauty secrets. She has since come out with her book, Passport to Beauty, which goes through her favorite beauty regimens from all over the world; such as Brazilian women chomp on beetroot to enhance their tan, whereas Indian women massage hot coconut oil into their hair to make it stronger, thicker and shinier, or the fact that Chilean women mash up fresh grapes and add two tablespoons of flour to make a paste that will revive their skin and make it ten years younger. That evening, she was serving as The Body Shop’s spokeswoman, explaining that this Spring’s trend is the ‘no make-up make-up look;’ as well as smokey eyes, but with a lot of color, pink cheeks and bold lips. But she suggests to not put it all together, instead, pick your best feature and make it pop. She also highlighted her favorite picks from the line: the ‘Illuminating Face Base’- apricot in color, which reflects light and evens out skin and helps cover up flaws. It can also be used to replace make-up. The next item is the ‘Tailored Cheek Pen’, which comes out clear and works with your PH level, creating the perfect cheek color. Her last choice is the ‘Big and Curvy Waterproof Mascara’- creating the perfect lashes.

For more information on the “Brush with Fashion” line, new products like: Honey Bronze and the Shower Gels for Earth Lovers, check out The Body Shop’s site. Also, be sure to to read about their Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People campaign; they just launched Phase 2 of the campaign last August and be sure to sign their very important petition here to lobby for “Safe Harbor” laws in all 50 US states.

Special Thanks: Lara and Rita from The Body Shop, The Body Shop-Beverly Center, Paul Nathan, Roxie and Shalini.

**Official after-shot with make-up… Photo by Paul Nathan and The Body Shop **

Shecky's "Girls Night Out"

What could be more ideal for a fun night out….shopping, free goodies and cocktails. I’m talking about the multi-city girls only event- “Shecky’s Girls Night Out.” I attended the recent one held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. After checking in, I walked to the back of the venue to receive my coveted Shecky’s goody bag. Now ladies, when I mean coveted, I mean the goody bag is one of the main reasons to buy the ‘general + goody bag’ ticket (which guarantees a bag) and attend this event. The cute pink tote is filled with over $100 worth of the latest must-have products from brands such as: Dial, Venus, Veet, The Body Shop, Colgate, Rembrandt, Suave and Jergens.

That evening, I had my picture taken on the Shecky’s red carpet and also at the Veet booth, where guests could get their pictures with two gorgeous Veet models. I browsed the vast array of vendors, including The Body Shop Lounge. The helpful Body Shop consultants spoke about their latest campaign, “Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People.” With every purchase of the ‘Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream’ or the ‘Bag for Life,’ Body Shop with donate a certain amount of money to their campaign partners, ECPAT and the Somaly Mam Foundation. For more information on how to help out or to buy Body Shop products (I purchased the ‘Bag for Life’ for $5 at the event and is available online for the same price), go to www.thebodyshop.com/stop or www.ecpatusa.org or www.somaly.org. I spotted a rack of clothing that had been recycled from vintage pieces by designer Bridgett Artise of Born-Again Vintage. Each piece was very unique and creative. Being a designer who loves to deconstruct recycled clothes myself, I instantly became a fan. She is also the co-author of the book, Born-Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe.  Check out her site at www.b-artise.com! I do adore good skincare products…which is why I stopped by the Epicuren booth. I learned that Epicuren is made from natural ingredients (the cinnamon vanilla exfoliant is actually edible!) While one of the consultants, Heather, was telling me about the brand, she also gave me a soothing hand treatment. Afterward, my hands felt relaxed, smooth and smelled really good. Check out www.epicuren.com for more information. I stopped by the booth of accessory designer, Enovia Bedford of Accessory Remix. She was featuring chucky necklaces  with neckties and bowties, ‘Chain Shades’, and chalkboard earrings! Check out www.accessoryremix.com for purchasing and more information. Towards the end of the evening, I happened upon my designer pals, Kami Shade and Rachael Broussard, selling their lines. I “hearted” the leather and sequin mini-dresses. Their websites are www.kamishade.com and www.etsy.com/shop/Supastarclothing for Rachael’s line.

I thoroughly enjoyed my evening. The place was packed and everyone had a blast. I would like to thank J, Blair Riley the Communications Coordinator at Shecky’s, Heather Lindbergh of Epicuren, Enovia of Accessory Remix, Bridgette Artise, swimwear designer Laura Soares (www.laurasoares.com), Kami Shade and Rachael Broussard, the ladies at the Body Shop, Julienne of Veet, Aidan Ivy and Keith Kirkwood-the Veet models, the vendors and Shecky’s volunteers.

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