Team Pretty

Beijing may be hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics, but when it comes to beauty, we’ve got your Gold Medal Winners. And while the Chinese government hands out booklets with their own advice on looking good – such as no spitting, avoiding white socks with black shoes and skipping public displays of pajamas -- we’ve rounded up the best in beauty, certain winners in the competition to keep you looking gorgeous.

Gold Medal for Skincare; Team Great Britain
Who:
Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare (www.lizearle.com)
Why:
From King’s Road, London hails one of the hottest skincare collections in Europe, Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare. Crafted of natural botanicals sans animal testing, animal ingredients, chemical sunscreens and mineral oils, the collection  has been approved by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, one of the most respected animal protection groups in Europe. Founded in 1995 by Liz Earle and Kim Buckland, Naturally Active Skincare has garnered a cult like following in the UK and beyond. We swear by EyeBright Soothing Eye Lotion ($18.50), a soothing herbal lotion that cleans and refreshes eyes with the herb eyebright as well as witch hazel, organic aloe vera and cornflower. Store yours in the fridge to keep the liquid cool; soak two cotton rounds and apply to eyes anytime you need to cleanse, soothe and de-stress the delicate eye skin.

Gold Medal for Cruelty-Free Hair Care; Team USA
Who: 
David Babaii for WildAid (www.db4wildaid.com)
Why: 
What do you get when you team up an uber-talented hair stylist (David Babaii) with a stunning starlet (Kate Hudson) and their do good/ look good mantra? A must have hair care collection free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and animal products.  With a mission to celebrate nature and sustain it, the David Babaii collection calls upon natural and renewable ingredients. David Babaii for WildAid also donates 10 percent of all profits to WildAid, a non-profit organization aimed at reversing wildlife devastation. We’ve tried the entire collection and we adore the Hydrating Moisturizing Shampoo ($13.95) and Hydrating Moisturizing Conditioner ($14.95).

Gold Medal for Botanic Beauty; Team Australia
Who:
Jurlique (www.jurlique.com)
Why: 
Founded in 1985 by husband-wife/chemist-horticulturist duo Jurgen and Ulrike Klein, Jurlique grows its own ingredients at two biodynamic farms that extend over 150 acres.  Inspired by Rudolf Steiner, an Australian philosopher who believed in connecting people to the life cycles in nature, Jurlique’s founders set out to impart “living energy” into their skin care collection. One of my favorites from the collection is Jurlique’s Purifying Foaming Cleanser ($40). The cleanser calls upon lavender and tea tree oil to banish bacteria and rebalance excess oil. The Clarifying Day Care Lotion is another winner ($40). This light moisturizer is infused with calendula, daisy and chamomile to hydrate skin and control oiliness.

 

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