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
Gold Medal for Botanic Beauty; Team Australia
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).
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.