A few weeks back I attended the launch party (and also a blogger sushi lunch!) for The Little Market x Citizens for Humanity where I learned about Lauren Conrad’s latest project: The Little Market, a company she started with friend Hannah Skvarla, that’s mission is to build sustainable partnerships with artisans in developing countries, by connecting them with customers through an online marketplace. They seek to empower women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families. So basically, Lauren and Hannah have been traveling the globe in search of amazing ethically-made products that practice fair trade principles. If you know me, you know I love this kind of stuff and, even better, they’ve sourced a TON of amazing items that would make for perfect holiday gifts. Here are my favorites:
Gifts that give back is pretty much a staple when it comes to my holiday gift guide; charity and giving back is such an important part of MY life, that I feel it’s super important to spread the word about how there are many companies that actually DO care. Here are a few of my favorite beauty products that give back, all of which would make for excellent gifts:
1. Clinique Happy Hearts Perfume: $10 from every purchase goes to the Happy Hearts Fund, a non-profit foundation dedicated to rebuilding schools and restoring hope in the lives of children after natural disasters. To date, Clinique has donated $250,000 to the Happy Hearts Fund and will continue to support programs provided by this wonderful organization.
2. MAC RuPaul The Original Viva Glam Lipstick: MAC’s Viva Glam has raised a mind-boggling $250 million for HIV/AIDS programs since 1994 and they’re bringing their original Viva Glam Girl back! RuPaul’s shade and every cent will go towards helping women, men, and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
3. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Whipped Body Butter: Available in Grapefruit or Coriander, by purchasing a jar of the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps whipped body butter, you can take a step to end childhood hunger in the United States — up to $100,000 from all net proceeds will benefit the No Kid Hungry cause, which provides additional meals to children in need. One jar provides 380 meals, and in addition to the amazing cause it benefits. Done deal.
5. OPI Sandy Hook Green Nail Polish: OPI bottled the rich, bright green of Sandy Hook Elementary’s school colors to support Sandy Hook Promise. All proceeds will aid the families of Newtown and promote an open dialogue about mental health, school safety, and gun safety.
I just wanted to send out a big thank you to all of my friends and readers who came to our Cory Monteith Charity Sale this past Saturday. We were able to raise about $800 for one of Cory’s favorite charities, Project Limelight, and I know he would’ve been very happy about that. On another note, we donated any beauty products that weren’t sold to Goodwill, to help spread the love even more!
We all know how important skin cancer awareness is to me. My Aunt Susan passed away at a very young age from the vicious, yet extremely preventable disease. If you’re in New York on Tuesday, October 15th, you NEED to get tickets to the Skin Cancer Foundation Gala Young Associates After-Party. For one, you’d be supporting a great cause. Two, it’s a tax deduction (my world now). Three, it’s OPEN BAR and there’s an amazing DJ. If I were going to be in NYC, I’d DEFINITELY be at this party. You can get tickets HERE. Oh and my amazing friend April Franzino from SELF magazine is co-chairing the event. She’s awesome, so you should support her!