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Earthly Delights


The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, and was organized as an environmental “teach-in” with scholarly debate. Since then, the annual holiday has gotten a bit sexier. Hippies, vegan rock stars, eco-celebrities, and green-minded types now embrace April 22 (or the entire month) as a chance to pay respects to the planet while also enjoying some sustainably good times. With that mind, we rounded up the ten best Earth Day beauty deals, worthy causes to support with a click, and tree-planting festivities to help make it easy to be green come Friday.

Rock On

Tickets are sold out to the second annual Origins Rocks Earth Month concert with Train tonight, but the gig will be streamed live at 8 p.m. and rebroadcast tomorrow on Origins’ site to extend the global celebration. As added incentive to tune in, Origins will plant a tree through its partner American Forests: Global ReLeaf on behalf of every viewer.

Spring Greening

Here’s a good reason to prune your potions stash on April 22. Bring any skincare product from any brand into any Origins store and you’ll receive one of its full-size, paraben-free cleansers. The tubes are made with limited-edition graffiti-designed packaging that’s derived from 30 percent post-consumer plastics with caps crafted with 100 percent recycled plastics.

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Just Say Yes

The Yes To brand (Yes to Carrots, Yes to Cucumbers…) is taking 25 percent off their antioxidant-rich skincare goods when you shop online from now until April 24. We’re partial to the new Yes to Tomatoes Roller Ball Stick—a genius penlike tool that clears up acne and redness (plus delivers a mini massage). Enter the code “EARTH” at checkout.

Yes to Tomatoes Roller Ball Stick, $9.99,

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Pretty Sick


Very few of us will be able to make it through fall and winter without getting a cold, or worse, the flu. And for those with wimpy immune systems, sickness happens far more than once a season. Since life and work must go on despite red blotchy skin, a sallow complexion, and dark under-eye circles, we asked makeup artist Tina Turnbow to offer a few tips on camouflaging the visible effects of feeling like total grossness. She’s a Chicago native, so she knows a thing or two about frigid weather-inspired maladies. Otherwise, we can’t say enough good things about a steady regimen of DayQuil and Sudafed PM.

With all the friction from persistent tissue-to-nose action, I can’t help but feel that foundation is completely out of the question when a head cold sets in. Or am I missing something?

I would suggest camouflaging with a tinted moisturizer that sinks in and protects the skin and won’t look too cakey or rub off. I love Chantecaille’s Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer because it has great coverage and protects the skin from the environment.

What about general nose redness—what’s the best way to remedy those unfortunate Rudolph moments?

I really like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer pencil. Just dab it on the tip of the nose and blend and it will totally stay put. I have also been using Mineral Fusion concealer, which is really good for the skin and has incredible coverage. You can also touch up throughout the day with a powder foundation such as La Mer’s The Treatment, which has skin-conditioning ingredients, or Benefit’s Get Even powder to eliminate the redness. Any yellow-based concealer or powder is the best option to counteract and camouflage redness.

Gotcha. What about combating dry, cracked skin?

The best thing to do for the dry, cracked skin around the nose is to exfoliate and moisturize. A washcloth rubbed gently on the nose and lips while in the shower is a good way to exfoliate. Then always use tissues that have aloe in them and avoid putting any powder on the scaly areas; it will only make them more obvious.

And for dry lips? Is there any way to give them some much needed color?

Well, first make sure to apply a good lip balm every night, like the ones by Amore Pacific or Burt’s Bees. Then Tarte’s Vitamin-Infused Lip Glosses protect against the environment and add color and healthy shine—or Korres’ Liquid Lipstick is richly pigmented and very moisturizing. If you would rather stick to your own lipstick collection, just make sure the shade you choose isn’t frosty or too dark, so crackage doesn’t show, and layer it on top of Origins’ Underwear for Lips.

With lack of sleep and flulike symptoms come puffy and watery eyes. What’s a girl to do?

Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage is really excellent for de-puffing. You can also try lubricating eye drops by Refresh or Similasan for dry-eye relief. With eye makeup, use shades with yellow undertones, like warm peachy matte hues. Try Three Custom Color’s Clarifying Eye Pencils along the inner rim to eliminate redness, and pile on the mascara—I like L’Oréal’s Voluminous Million Lashes—to distract.

Any good ideas for making lackluster skin look a little less…meh?

Try adding a touch of color with the Chantecaille Just Skin tinted moisturizer in Glow or something a shade warmer to blend into your usual color for a healthier tone. Add a nice cream blush with a golden peachiness; you don’t want anything pink on already pink cheeks! I recommend either Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy or NARS Cream Blush in Cactus Flower. Also, fair-skin types can add Fresh High Noon Freshface Glow or warmer types can use Twilight—they both have rosewater, cucumber, and algae that balance moisture.

Do you have any all-around favorite cold-weather combating products?

Definitely. It’s all about conditioning the skin, protecting it as much as possible, and using the nighttime to intensely hydrate and treat it. For serums, I like Intral Darphin Redness Relief Soothing Serum or Juice Beauty’s Soothing Serum. During the daytime, there is NUDE Skincare’s Advanced Smoothing Complex, which has loads of hyaluronic acid to trap moisture, or REN’s Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream. For the eye area, try La Mer’s Eye Balm Intense, the name kind of says it all; and Aquaphor is definitely the best lip protectant. Cleanse your face at night with a gentle moisturizing cleanser like Jurlique Soothing Foam Cleanser or NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser, then moisturize with WEI White Lotus Hydrating Cream. White lotus is an ingredient that helps the skin retain moisture. I also love a soothing mask like Arcona’s Wine Hydrating Mask, and misting several times a day with Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist.

Photo: Getty Images

Michelle Williams Goes Ginger; Genetic Beauty Tests Have Arrived; And More…


Remember Michelle Williams’ adorable, platinum cropped cut from Cannes a couple of months back? Well, it’s gone—replaced by a page boy in a shade of strawberry blond. We miss the pixie. [Pop Sugar]

Bad news for Paris-based fans of Origins. The skincare company is pulling out of France at the end of the month, even giving up its prime counter space at Le Bon Marché. Thankfully, London’s Origins-stocked beauty counters are but a Eurostar ride away. [WWD]

If you’ve ever wished for a way to find out if you are predisposed to cellulite, hair loss, obesity, psoriasis, or even melanoma, this one’s for you. New genetic beauty tests are hitting the market to help fend off pesky health and wellness issues before they start. [StyleList]

Unfortunately, those newfangled swab tests don’t trump environmental factors when it comes to the condition of your skin—and neither can lucrative spokesperson deals, apparently. Despite being the face of Proactiv, Katy Perry can’t seem to shake those occasional breakouts (stars, they’re just like us). [NYDN]

Photo: Sean O’Neill / White / INFphoto

Origins’ Answer To The Summer Slick


SAW PALMETTO / (saw pal-met-toe) / n. / 1. An extract from the berries of the lush, leafy plant Serenoa repens, which is found primarily in the southeastern part of the United States; / n. / 2. A known anti-inflammatory used by the Mayans and the Seminole Indians for medicinal purposes to treat everything from loss of appetite to infertility issues; / n. / 3. A pungent-tasting fruit that’s packed with beneficial fatty acids and can help reduce excess oil production in skin, e.g., “Curb breakouts, be fruitful, and multiply with saw palmetto.”

Try it: Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser with Saw Palmetto and Mint, $18.50,

Photo: Courtesy of Origins

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, And Rock Out


April 1 ushered in not only the official arrival of spring, as the cold rain gave way to 70-degree temperatures here in New York, but also of Earth Month, the annual celebration of our planet and its many precious resources. This means we’ll be using our blog space over the next few weeks to bring you news of green initiatives, noteworthy natural products…and a free rock concert, as the case may be. Origins announced this morning that it will host its first ever Origins Rocks Earth Month Concert on April 19 with a special free performance from Macy Gray at Webster Hall. Apparently it was Gray’s new single, “Beauty in the World,” that attracted Origins. In a repeat of its 2009 Global Earth Initiative—in which 7,500 pounds of empty cosmetic packaging were collected to be responsibly converted to energy—Origins will give out free tickets to the show in exchange for at least one used cosmetic package, regardless of brand. Bring your empties to Origins retail stores in Manhattan, Westchester, and the Garden State Plaza Mall ASAP while supplies last, and get ready to rock on the 19th.

Photo: Jonathan Mehring / Blixah / AP Images