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By Amy Sciaretto

Not all charity initiatives are geared toward breast cancer this month. freshMinerals has teamed up with the National Military Family Association. When you purchase a freshMinerals Starter Kit online, 10% of the sale will be donated to the national Military Family Association. Your complexion will be flawless thanks to the healthy powder and you’ll be supporting those who serve.

MAC has expanded its Viva Glam lip gloss line this season, transforming its Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper Viva Glam lipsticks into glosses. Every cent of the profits of Viva Glam lipstick and glosses is donated to the MAC Aids Fund, which supports the men, women and children living with AIDS. Viva Glam Cyndi is a punchy coral, while Viva Glam Gaga is a frosty yet wearable and fashion forward pink, just like its namesake.

MAC has also added Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation, Concealer and Lipcreme to its permanent offerings. If you don’t have time to reapply your makeup base due to a busy schedule that would weaken the knees of mere mortals, then you need to add the lightweight liquid foundation and full coverage, matte concealer to your daily routine. The products promise to last 15 hours so you’ll look your best long after happy hour or your after hours business dinner.

Oh, and speaking of our fabulous friend Lady Gaga, while we love her messages, we aren’t in love with her meat-as-fabric attire as of late; Lime Crime’s opaque, intensely pigmented Candyfuture Lipsticks are affordable options if you want to be Gaga or some variation of a drag queen for Halloween at the end of this month. I even suggest these shades for those fun weekends with the girls when you want to go antiquing upstate, take a lot of pictures and be silly; these hues will be the focal point of every shot! The cases are embossed with glittery silver unicorns and the vanilla-scented, creamy but bold colors are not for the demure. Airborne Unicorn is an amped up lavender, while No She Didn’t is more runway than realway, with its turquoise, sheen-free flare. These shades are best worn solo and can be glazed with gloss or worn a la carte. Don’t forget to bring your confidence if you attempt to wear them. These fun lipsticks are the exception, not the rule, to your daily makeup look.

This stunning photo of actress Bryce Dallas Howard was captured at the Toronto Film Festival last month and the look is so effortless, subtle and perfect for Fall. It was created by Jeanine Lobell of Stila fame using Kevyn Aucoin products. The nude tones of The Essential Eye Shadow Set in Palette #1 beautifully suits those of us with peaches ‘n’ cream complexions. The Creamy Glow in Bliss allows for the faintest peach flush to kiss the apples of your cheeks. Improve your favorite gloss or lipstick’s staying power with The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Bare; however, if you like a matte texture, line and fill your lips in with this liner and smudge any sharp or harsh lines with your finger and you’ll have a barely there, nude matte mouth. How utterly autumnal!

Erase your face, not the polar bear race! That’s the motto of eco friendly model Josie Maran’s Bear Naked Wipes are natural and organic for your skin and Maran, a fave here at Beauty News, has pledged to donate 1% of the proceeds to The Natural Resource Defense Council’s Polar Bear SOS Initiative. You’ve undoubtedly seen the images of the polar bears clinging to chunks of ice that are melting fast. It’s a devastating image and effect of global warming. Regardless of your politics, though, the all-natural wipes are infused with aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber and vitamin E, so they soothe while they clean. They also smell terrific, to boot.

Originally published October 2010
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