September 12, 2013 |
Wal-Mart is pledging to cut down or eliminate 10 chemicals found in household and beauty products currently on its shelves, the mega-retailer said Thursday. At a meeting focused on the chain's sustainability efforts, executives said they would begin monitoring the scale-back in January. The move is “the first chemical policy of this scope by a major multinational retailer,” according to a statement from the nonprofit advocacy group Clean Production Action. “Wal-Mart's policy signals a new era of going beyond regulatory compliance to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals,” Mark Rossi, the group's co-director, said in the statement.
September 8, 2013 |
Fashion designer Michael Kors' aesthetic is all about contradictions. "I like hot weather clothes mixed with cold weather clothes," he said a couple of years ago. "A big camel turtleneck over shorts, beaded pants worn with a casual top, and gold jewelry with a bathing suit. " The same philosophy applies to his new beauty line, a collaboration with the Estée Lauder Companies that includes three fragrances, color cosmetics and body care products. The line, which hit Macy's stores last month, is grouped into three collections: Sporty, Sexy and Glam.
August 16, 2013 |
As fall approaches, there has been lots of publicity about some high-end makeup launches by prestigious fashion designers, such as Michael Kors' Sexy, Sporty and Glam collections (available at Macy's and michaelkors.com ) and Marc Jacobs' 120-piece cosmetics collection (available at Sephora and marcjacobs.com ). Both collections went on sale this month, to much fanfare. But another notable cosmetics collection also launched this summer, a bit more quietly. It's from renowned makeup artist Pati Dubroff , whose celebrity clientele has included Katy Perry, Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron and Drew Barrymore.
August 16, 2013 |
In the Glendale offices of her two cosmetics companies, New York financier Lynn Tilton makes a surprising claim: Not that long ago, she wasn't all that interested in makeup. It's unexpected not just because Tilton owns the Jane and Stila lines of primping products. She also makes the declaration while a professional makeup artist touches up her glossy pout and shimmery eyelids. Rounding out her look are towering stilettos, voluminously teased blond hair, French-tipped nails and a cleavage-baring shirt just sheer enough to show off a belly button jewel.
August 16, 2013 |
A slew of nonsurgical body contouring treatments promising to zap inches on your lunch hour has taken off recently, ushering a flood of new patients - many of them men - into doctors' offices. However not all of these treatments, touted on talk shows and marketed at medical spa happy hours, are created equal, physicians say, and the cost can run well into the thousands, rivaling or even surpassing liposuction but with less dramatic results. "We are not talking about losing weight" with these treatments, says Grant Stevens, a Marina del Rey plastic surgeon whose practice does a booming business in body contouring.
August 7, 2013 |
Makeup artist and cosmetics entrepreneur Napoleon Perdis has a new limited collection out that should make the wearer feel like Cinderella. The collection is inspired by the Australian Ballet's upcoming new version of "Cinderella," set to Prokofiev's score but reimagined by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and with sets and costumes by French designer Jerome Kaplan. Perdis is a sponsor of the production, which is set to premiere in mid-September in Melbourne, and is the Australian Ballet's makeup partner, so a makeup collection based on the fairy-tale heroine seems like a natural.