Brown launches new wellness company

Makeup guru Bobbi Brown is set to launch her latest project.

After leaving her self-titled natural beauty brand, InStyle reports that Brown will launch her own wellness company called justBOBBI. To mark the brand’s debut — which coincided with March 8’s International Women’s Day — InStyle says Brown partnered with snack bar company Health Warrior to design bright pink packaging for their Dragon Fruit Chia Bar.

But the collaboration isn’t just about a pretty pink package with Brown’s new logo on it; InStyle says that “100% of profits from the sale of the snack will go to Girls Inc,” a non-profit that Brown herself described as an organization that “empowers girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. It’s so cool to bring my philosophy that beauty starts from the inside out to life.”

To purchase the bars and support Girls Inc., InStyle says the limited-edition snacks are available on Health Warrior’s website in packs of 15 for $19.99, and in April at select Lord & Taylor stores.

Nyong’o pays for 600 kids to see ‘Black Panther’

The #BlackPantherChallenge all began as a fundraising initiative to bring children from Harlem to movie theaters to see the box office smash Black Panther. But one of the film’s stars just took that challenge to a whole new level.

According to Glamour, actor Lupita Nyong’o took to Instagram to announce that, along with her mom, joined the challenge and paid for 600 kids from her hometown of Kisumu, Kenya to watch the film. Urging others to join the movement, Glamour says Nyong’o explained why it’s so important that kids see the film.

“I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen,” she wrote.

In one of the videos accompanying her post, Glamour reports that a girl who was able to watch the film because of Nyong’o’s kindness said that the film taught her about “being a good leader by never giving up in the face of challenges and ‘people coming together to work as a team, to achieve, and to build our nation.'”

 

DeGeneres gives generous gift to studio audience

One lucky studio audience at the Ellen DeGeneres show left with much more than some stellar memories.

According to Cosmopolitan, the beloved television show host filled her audience with do-gooders, people making a difference in their communities and in the world in ways both large and small and decided to give them a little more than just a good time. With guests such as a couple who delivered supplies and aid following Hurricane Harvey and a teacher who donated a kidney to a student, Cosmo says DeGeneres introduced her partnership with Cheerios’ “One Million Acts of Good” campaign, asking audience members to look under their seats for the cereal box.

What came next, reports Cosmo, was a major gift: each audience member left with a share of $1 million to not only commemorate the One Million Acts of Good campaign, but  also to celebrate the kindness and generosity of her audience members. DeGeneres’ one hope for her recipients — to continue to spread kindness wherever they go.

“It’s the biggest gift I’ve ever given anybody, ever,” she said, “and I hope you continue to pay it forward and share all the good.”

 

Nicole’s Favorites: Graphic tees with a message

Graphic tees are a great way to share a cool print or a funny saying, but sometimes, screen printed T-shirts about more than just comfort and style. In fact, some tees can be as charitable as they are fashionable.

As someone who loves to shop with a purpose, I’ve been recently trying to find T-shirts and companies that donate to a worthy cause or organization with every purchase, and in that quest, I’ve landed on a few shops that are doing big things with simple tees. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Outrage

Called an “apparel brand for lovers of equality,” The Outrage fights inequities at every turn with T-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories. The best part is that every item for sale on their site gives back to organizations that fight such inequalities like Black Lives Matter, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

Store favorite: The “Resist” scoop neck pocket T-shirt ($29). This simple style injects a bit of the resistance into your everyday attire, all while benefitting the ACLU.

Otherwild

This New York and Los Angeles-based shop highlights the work of individual artists and designers, acting as one-part retail space and one-part design space. While not all of their products directly benefit outside organizations, they do have a selection of items that delegate a portion of their proceeds to specific charities and institutions.

Store favorite: “The Future is Female” sweatshirt ($60). Modeled after the first “The Future is Female” T-shirt made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City, this sweatshirt allows you to wear your feminism out loud. Twenty-five percent of the cost will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Feminist Apparel

An independently-owned “purpose-driven” apparel company based in Philadelphia, Penn., Feminist Apparel believes in “spreading feminism through inclusivity, positivity, and open dialogue.” Featuring a wide variety of designs that spans issues including rape culture, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights and Black Lives Matter issues, there is something for everyone at Feminist Apparel.

Store favorite: The “Cinnamon Scrolls, Not Gender Roles” T-shirt ($29.95). While this tee is certainly cute with its animated cinnamon roll on the front, its message is still powerful — especially since proceeds benefit The Equality Institute, which works to secure gender equality and eradicate violence against women.

So whatever causes you support or issues you care about, you can wear your heart on your sleeve, thanks to these fabulous shops.

Happy shopping!

XO,

Nicole

 

Lipstick company offers help to Harvey victims

Beauty products are about more than just adding a pop of color to your lips or a shimmer to your cheek.

That’s certainly the case with a lipstick from Lime Crime, which InStyle reports will be helping victims of Hurricane Harvey. With each purchase of their Matte Velvetine Liquid Lipstick in Beet It between now and Sept. 12, InStyle says Lime Crime will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the American Red Cross.

Additionally, Lime Crime’s products are both PETA verified vegan and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free, so you can rest assured that your purchase is beneficial in more ways than one.

Ready to continue supporting victims of Hurricane Harvey? Snag your $20 Lime Crime lipstick here.

Bullock, Beyoncé support Houston relief efforts

As citizens of the world and citizens of the United States, offering a helping hand is woven into our fabric as a people. So when the Gulf Coast of Texas and the city of Houston were hit by Harvey, the former Category 4 hurricane and current tropical storm, some of the most well-known among us stepped up to facilitate relief efforts.

First to make headlines was Beyoncé, a Houston native, who told The Houston Chronicle that while her heart is always with her hometown, she will be making an extra effort to help those affected by the record flooding.

“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said, according to HuffPost. “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor [Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston] to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”

But Beyoncé isn’t the only one to make headlines in helping Houston. According to People, Austin resident Sandra Bullock donated $1 million to the Red Cross relief effort. While the storm comes in the midst of a polarized political climate, Bullock said relief efforts should mobilize people to support their fellow Americans.

“There are no politics in eight feet of water,” she said, according to People. “There are human beings in eight feet of water.”

Others who have donated thus far include Kevin Hart, the Kardashian family, Wendy Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, The Rock and Nicki Minaj, reports ELLE.

To find out how you can help, click here.

Dior revives chain letters for charity

Dior is getting creative in order to raise money for charity.

Using social media to revive the infamous chain letter, ELLE reports that Dior launched their all-new Dior Love Chain, a social media movement that asks the questions, “And you? What would you do for love?” all in the name of charity.

Dior kicked off the Instagram campaign on Aug. 24 with a short video by Natalie Portman, says ELLE, while Robert Pattinson, the face of Dior Homme, answered the question by saying he’d try to become a better person for love. Jennifer Lawrence also took part and gave a more humorous response, saying she’d “pretend wearing sexy underwear was comfortable.”

With a star-studded campaign underway, it’s only natural that it’s all for a good cause. According to ELLE, for every response social media users post with the hashtag #diorlovechain, Dior will donate $1 to WE Charity, which “leads global initiatives that aim to break the poverty cycle.”

 

Uber to donate $1.2M to Girls Who Code

Uber is finally getting a bit of good PR while also doing some serious good to encourage women and girls in STEM careers.

According to Glamour, the ride-sharing company is “moving forward with their multi-year partnership with Girls Who Code and giving the nonprofit a $1.2 million grant to help make their vision—closing tech’s gender gap—a reality.”

The move follows several reports of sexism and harassment within Uber, says Glamour, but with the company under new management after CEO Travis Kalanick was ousted and a March 2017 diversity report forcing them to double down on making a gender-inclusive workplace, Uber is taking steps in the right direction. Uber’s three-year endeavor to end the diversity gap in the tech world starts with Girls Who Code, reports Glamour, with Uber’s donation helping to “teach over 60,000 girls the skills they need to break into the tech world.”

Glamour also reports that Uber’s new chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John will also be joining the board of directors of Girls Who Code, marking another attempt to encourage girls in tech.

Small steps in the present will help make a bigger impact in the future! Good going, Uber.