April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day: Earth Day Beauty Picks

Happy Earth Day chicklets!

Earth Day is a day to appreciate and raise awareness about the Earth’s environment. What better way to appreciate both the environment and ourselves than with a round up exciting products with green friendly packaging and ingredients.

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

Jump for a peep at some fun Earth Day Beauty Picks!

Cake Beauty’s goal is to create brilliant little products that are 90-95% high quality, natural ingredients plus a 100% paraben-free formula. Read more about Cake Beauty’s dedication to good for you beauty by visiting www.cakebeauty.com

Lush has always been dedicated to strong green values including never testing on animals! This Earth Day stop by your local Lush and check out the new Knot-Wrap. Just in time for Earth Day (and Mother’s Day) Lush has replaced it’s traditional gift wrap in stores with a new Knot-Wrap station that will use stylish, reusable scarves to wrap up your goodies!

A Japanese Furoshiki-inspired technique, Knot-Wrap ($6.95) uses LUSH-ious scarves, either made of recyclable materials or vintage fabrics, to package your products in a fashionably and environmentally-friendly way. These scarves can be used and reused in a variety of ways (purse, grocery bag, décor, etc.) and can be wrapped (in origami-style) to carry products of all shapes and sizes.

Lumene Finland recently introduced a new line called Excellent Future, which takes a natural approach to anti-aging. The line features the exclusive Applexcell™ technology, which combines modern Apple Stem Cell Extract from a rare and endangered apple species known as Uttwiler Spätlauber with hydrating Arctic White Peat. The products are over 85% natural and deliver impressive results for less than $30, whereas competitive products offer similar technology for $250+.

Beyond offering premium skincare products that are composed of 80% natural ingredients, Lumene Finland is also committed to reducing its environmental footprint. The clean rivers, forests and marshlands of the Finnish wilderness offer an abundance of rare ingredients that Lumene has found to offer a refreshingly potent and effective solution to skincare. The company takes great strides in ensuring that those natural resources are used wisely. Also, this past year, the company launched the WaterSmart Program, which focuses on reducing water consumption in product development and production. Lumene Finland encourages consumers, along with other beauty companies, to invest in smart water consumption and other positive environmental practices, not just during April Earth Month, but all year long.

I’ll be showing you a few of the new Lumene Excellent Future products this week and tomorrow giving away an entire gift basket of them. Happy Days!

Lancome Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin are a new limited-edition collection of Lancome’s popular glosses made with honey as its main ingredient. The formula, flavors and pigments are 100% natural origin and preservative-free.

For Earth Day 2010, has partnered with Lancôme spokesmodel and environmentalist Elettra Wiedemann’s charity, JustOneFrickinDay.com. Its mission is to unify and concentrate available resources onto a small number of special charity projects around the world. By logging on its website, you can calculate and donate just one day of your daily pay to make a difference. The charity’s latest project will raise funds to help install Solar Electric Panels that will provide sustainable power to a hospital in one of world’s poorest countries, Burundi.

Tarte has always been committed to being beautifully green. Tarte’s eco-friendly products have high performance natural ingredients and green friendly packaging! Tarte also has a recycling incentive program which allows you to trade in your empties to get discounts on new Tarte products! Read about it by visiting tartecosmetics.com/reduce-reuse-recycle.php

On Earth Day, Jurlique will take 25% off all orders placed via Jurlique.com and will donate a portion of all sales to help support local botanical gardens in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The donation will be used toward protecting and preserving these urban sanctuaries that cares for thousands of varieties of flowers. For those of you in New York, Jurlique will also give away free day passes to the New York Botanical Gardens with every purchase made at the Jurlique Concept Store and Spa located at 477 Madison Avenue. Consider the limited-edition Earth Day Bundle which contains 4 of Jurlique’s best-selling products: Lavender Hand Cream, Rosewater Balancing Mist, Balancing Day Care Cream, and Herbal Recovery Gel.

Burt’s Bees celebrates 40 years of Earth Day with a nod to their namesake and co-found, Burt Shavtiz. Burt look-alikes are all over the streets of New York today handling out samples and urging folks to be eco-friendly. Look for Burt lookalikes near Rockefeller Center and in Central Park. Burt’s Bees will also be offering people-powered natural smoothies at a “Bike Blender” station in Times Square (the pedaling action actually powers the blenders), where visitors can stop by and enjoy a smoothie featuring natural ingredients. Visit www.findyourburt.com for more information and to learn ways you can be more eco-friendly!

Celebrate Earth Day with Korres and enjoy Jasmine Showergel free plus free shipping using promo code GREEN. Korres is dedicated to green friendly makeup, skincare, and bath and body products, what better company to celebrate your Earth Day with?

This year QVC celebrates Earth Day with a series of 24 hour programming to help customers live a little greener!

Tune in for the J.R. Watkins presentation and enjoy some great buys such as the J.R. Watkins Set of 4 Natural Beeswax Lip Balm Tints ($16, Item V28713). Visit www.qvc.com for the complete schedule line up!

What are some of your favorite green brands?

Any great Earth Day Beauty Picks you have?

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Happy Earth Day from the Muse!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • jonnie

    Those Lush wraps are sooo cute! I just bought stuff from them though… Don’t need anything else right now. Oh well, I suppose they’ll be around later.

    As I said in some other post today, I’ve been loving on Korres Q&O stuff lately. I may have to buy the night cream with the free shipping (I was holding out hoping there would be a sale!). My face seems to adore the day cream and the primer, and at 31 it’s high time I started focusing on aging preventative measures! I don’t seem to need the same kind of skin care I used to. I really like their cherry lip gloss too…

    Lush I have a love/hate thing with. I want to like their stuff, but the soaps and shower gels dry me out horribly. The face care I used to love (other than moisturizers… I could never find one of those that did it for me), but I guess my skin changed or something because now I don’t really care for it (other than Mask of Magnaminty!). I started using Aveda hair products because all their hair care stripped the color out of my hair, even though I loved the smell and feel of them. Now pretty much the only Lush products I use are the MoM, Breath of Fresh Air (I’d used Eau Roma Water a lot before but was feeling pretty meh about it and stopped. I decided to try BoFA on your opinion and I LOVE it!), Lemony Flutter, massage bars on my BF, and the occasional bath bomb as a treat (love Sex Bomb!).

    Burt’s Bees is my favorite lip balm… I love the tingly peppermint feeling. 🙂 I also like their lemon cuticle butter, but I like Lemony Flutter better.

    Tarte I haven’t had good luck with. I used Juice Beauty SPF lip balm when I was deployed… it was nice but I wouldn’t leave Burt’s for it, SPF or no. Other than those, I don’t think I’ve used too many “green” makeup products.

  • Kelly

    So many good things. I really like the colors of those Lancome glosses.

  • Kaylie

    I need more makeup thats not tested one animals, as I have decided that all my cosmetics need to be cruelty free. But that leaves only lush! Any more affordable ( I’m a teenager) cosmetics not tested on animal?

    • jonnie

      Urban Decay is cruelty-free and they have a lot of vegan products as well, if that’s something that also interests you. I don’t know what your level of affordable is, but if you’re good with the cost of Lush products you probably wouldn’t be appalled at UD’s pricing…

  • Ally

    Hey Muse,

    I was just wondering, do you use cruelty-free products? What with your great reviews and the amount of exposure your site receives, it would be great if you advocated the animal-friendly route 😀

    • the Muse

      I’m an animal lover but it’s very hard to be completely conscious of cruelty free products as well as ones with good ingredients since I over expose myself to everything for my site.