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Eco-Trends 2010

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The trend reports are in predicting what will be hot in twenty ten. And we at Beauty Banter don’t see any reason why you can’t have your cake and eat it too, as eco-beauty trend setters. Here are my picks for following the trends while keeping it green.

The Spring 2010 shows were filled with vibrant lip colors. From lipsticks to glosses, you can find fabulous eco-gorgeous shades worthy of any runway. Check out Vinyasa from tarte, Jane Iredale’s Nicole and Coral from KORRES.

For eyes, we’ll be seeing pastel shades with black mascara for a bit of contrast (making me think of the film Umbrellas of Cherbourgh). KORRES Abyssinia mascara in black would be a perfect match for tarte’s lock and roll creaseless shadow in lavender or Josie Maran’s perfect pink Parfait.

While lips are bold, nail polish is all about muted tones from gray to blush pink. Lately I’ve been wearing Pasha by Zoya. I’m also loving eco-laquers like Acquarella’s Bikini and Butter London’s perfect putty Fash Pack.

Pierce Mattie PR’s annual trend report says this year fragrance is all about stopping to smell the violets and carnation (which can be found in single note sprays at Sarah Horwitz Parfums). But since fragrance is such a personal choice, and rarely something I follow by trend, I recommend 2010 as the year you green your fragrance. Check out lines like Pacifica Perfume, Strange Invisible Perfumes and Red Flower. Or, visit someone who can custom blend oils to create the perfect fragrance for you (locally, I like Pure Sense by Paula).

TIP: Describing scent is best done through the senses rather than with words. Whether it be a perfume, a candle or even dryer sheets, bring the scents you love with you to help explain what it is you’re after.

While it may seem like a trend at the moment, green beauty boutiques will soon become a classic. Here in Los Angeles check out Vert, Green Line Beauty and The Organic Pharmacy. And let Beauty Banter know about the great eco-shops in your part of the world. We’d love to share your finds!

While online shopping is fabulous, shopping locally reduces packaging and fuel used in shipping, and most importantly you’re supporting local businesses.

Lastly, pick up some great reusable bags for the New Year! I adore BAGGU bags (and the new baby Baggu is perfect for smaller items), though I am loving the look of these metallic bags my friend Erin just told me about. From Anya Hindmarch to FEED bags, find a tote that you love and give up the shopping bag habit once and for all!

Have a happy, healthy, GREEN new year! xo alex.

ALEX’S HOLIDAY BEAUTY BAG

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You know what I love about December in Los Angeles? First, it’s finally cold enough for the sweaters and coats that disappear 11 months out of the year. Second, between Chanukah, Christmas, New Years and an insane number of Sagittarius friends and family, there’s always a party to attend. Here are my picks for getting made up quickly and out the door without sacrificing eco-savvy….

As soon as the temps drop so do the color of my nails. Zoya ($7) has dozens of deep reds and browns, and I’m loving a vampy shade called Norra on short, squared nails. For toes I opt for Eve, a fabulous red with a hint of sparkle. In a pinch, Sally Hansen’s new Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color ($4.99) is fabulous in Mochachino or Rapid Red. One coat coverage dries in about a minute.

For face, I always start with Eris Collection’s Foundation Primer ($25). It’s oil and paraben free, evens out my skin and fills in any pores or fine lines. To conceal blemishes or undereye circles I grab MAC Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation ($29.50) and apply where needed. While the tarte treasure chest ($52) is perfect for eyes, cheeks and lips, sadly I can’t throw it in my bag and go. But at home it offers enough combinations for a year’s worth of party looks. For beauty at home or away, I’m layering apricot-hued cushion and sparkly brilliant from tarte’s Three Carats Mini Cheek Stain Set ($25) on my cheeks. The result is sunkissed with a bit of glimmer (not glitter).

I love the versatility of KORRES eye pencils to create sleek lines or smudgy, smoky effects. My favorites are the basic black and metallic grey. For brows I use tarte’s The Toolbox ($18) which includes pencil, gel, powder, wax…everything to define, tame and create the perfect brow. I love tarte lashhugger mascara for a great basic black. Normally $18, tarte currently offers two lash huggers for $20 in this limited edition set. If you want more color, KORRES Abyssian Oil Volumizing Mascara ($20) comes in purple, blue ad brown as well.

I finish off with a neutral lip, with KORRES Cherry Oil gloss in Light Pink or Nude. If I’m going bare legged, I love Michael Kors Leg Shine in Classic ($32). The moisturizing bar offers a bit of shimmer and shine to my pale winter legs (for $10 you can get a smaller version of Leg Shine exclusively at Sephora).

I keep a canister of Physician’s Formula Organic wear® 100% Natural Origin Facial Makeup Remover Towelettes ($9.95) on my nightstand. As , they’re gentle on the earth and your skin. No matter how exhausted I am, they’re incredibly effective for removing eye makeup quickly and easily. After a night of merriment…to all a good night! xo alex.

ALEX’S STAYCATION TIP no. 2: How to have happy feet

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The majority of my hair, skin and beauty products are organic or at least free of the worst offenders (such as parabens, phalates and sulfates). So, when I came across the ZOYA nail polish line a few years ago I was thrilled. The company was the first to take out the toxic ingredients found in polish, like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and dibutyl phalate without taking away the staying power or great shine found in the older formulas. You don’t have to suffer when you make eco-friendly beauty choices. And with hundreds of colors there’s something for everyone (including plenty of sparkles for the kids who tend to chew the polish off ingesting all sorts of chemicals).


Whether you have pedicures done year round or wait for summer, here’s a polish to keep you happy and healthy. Right now I’m wearing GIA, a bright coral red but I‘m loving the new La-Di-Da Summer Collection, especially the nostalgic 80s neon pink ALI and perfect with a tan AMERICA. I’m tempted to pick up the sampler collection to try the whole group. For my hands I love a light, clean polish like SADIE.

The ZOYA site has a search engine to help you narrow down colors from their massive catalogue and rates each polish according to tone, finish, color family and color intensity (0=Very Sheer – 5=Very Opaque). Buy online or check their database for a store near you.


When hands and feet need some TLC, I am addicted to . This paraben and phalate free scrub is made with Dead Sea salts, oils and extracts from carrots, sweet potatoes, pomegranates and figs. It’s a one-minute mini manicure. Just massage into hands or feet and as British newspaper The Guardian wrote, “Rub this grainy liquid into your hands, rinse and you’ll be left with a non-greasy coating of moisturiser. Absolute genius.” xo a.

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