Beautycounter for Target

thumbnail_14344097_10210366548742030_4765591392275668186_nMaggie is on a mission to educate people on what it means to practice safer skincare; for the last two years Maggie has been a Director with holistic brand, Beautycounter. I first featured Maggie and her poignant story on TFIO. Now Maggie is back to talk about the release of a limited-edition Beautycounter collection, available now at most Target stores. It’s exciting to see these quality beauty products come to Target, and unlike the many fashion designer collaborations which I have featured on TFIO, this one truly has something for everyone! Here is Maggie …

MKG: Why should we all know about Beautycounter?

Maggie: Beautycounter is a B corporation dedicated to making safer, high-performing products. We believe in educating and increasing awareness around the important issue of exposure to toxic chemicals through skincare and cosmetic products. Unlike most other brands, Beautycounter products perform to professional standards without the harmful or questionable ingredients typically found in the industry. Having banned over 1,500 questionable ingredients from their product line, Beautycounter believes that they have the strictest ingredient selection process in the country.

MKG: What does it mean for more people to have access to these products, through Target?

Maggie: Beautycounter’s mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone. With Beautycounter’s partnership with Target comes a huge awareness and more than 65 million shopper eyes on us. The exposure Target gives to Beautycounter is huge. We hope every Target customer walks away recognizing our mission toward cleaner beauty and feeling empowered with information about the need for safer ingredients. Continue reading

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SJP To Vogue: “Wouldn’t you Agree?”

810-1I give them far more advice about manners. I have a strong suspicion that if they’re good people out in the world they’ll be considered beautiful. But if they’re monsters, no matter how physically appealing they might be they’ll be considered quite unattractive – wouldn’t you agree?” ~ Sarah Jessica Parker, Vogue UK Interview

Sarah Jessica Parker was in London recently to launch her new, unisex scent, Stash. Vogue UK interviewed SJP to talk about creating her new fragrance, her attitude toward beauty – and, teaching her children about beauty.  Her response: “I don’t really pass on beauty advice to my kids …” She prefers to give them advice about good manners. I love it, don’t you?  I’m buying it!!

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Rosana IS The Girl From Ipanema

Girl From Ipanema

Girl From Ipanema

I have known Rosana Elias for 10 years but I had no idea how her story evolved or how her father envisioned and pushed for a life for her even before she did. Or how much Rosana left behind to start her life in the United States. Until we sat down to talk about her life that is both amazing and full of prophesy. Here is Rosana …

I was born in Brazil to a Brazilian mother and an Egyptian father. I grew up working in my mother’s business, her salon, making wax. I started at age 14 and my sister (who is one year older) and I worked hard to learn as much as we could about the business. In Brazil, waxing is an important art form and is taken very seriously. The wax is as close to pain-free as you can get and girls start waxing at an early age. I loved chemistry and majored in chemistry at the University – my dream was always to formulate my own beauty products. It is still my dream today …

When I was 21 my American friend encouraged me to join him in America to take classes and learn to speak English. Since I was planning to be a biochemist and develop my own brand I thought it could only help me to learn English. I said yes and decided to come to New York  – something I thought I would do for one year at the most. It was on the day of my departure at the airport that my dad changed my life … Continue reading

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Maggie, Her Mother, and Her Makeup

Maggie and Her Mother

Maggie and Her Mother

Maggie’s story starts and ends with her mother. As a child, Maggie Zakhary would love watching her mother’s beauty ritual before she left for work, or church, or on a date with Maggie’s dad. In fact, it became one of her favorite things to do and a special time for Maggie to spend with her mom. It was the 70s and the makeup (which included liquid foundation) was colorful, and yes, there was hairspray! But it was less about being high-maintenance and more about her mother simply taking care of herself and paying attention to her femininity in the way in which she was accustomed. Maggie’s mother (and father) grew up in Egypt; in the Egyptian culture getting fully dressed and applying makeup was the norm. And this custom of putting oneself together became the guiding light for Maggie’s own life and experience. As Maggie grew up and started her own family, she found herself in the position to turn the tables and teach and inspire her mother. Here is how

My mother was forty when she was diagnosed with cancer. Just as I turned forty, I had a lightbulb moment of clarity: it was time to take stock of my own health and the health and care of my young boys ( I count my blessings that today my mother is cancer-free and fully recovered.) Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to be a True Jersey Girl? Just Ask Angela …

Meet Angela, "Hair and Highheels"

Meet Angela: “Hairspray and Highheels”

Southern New Jersey is the birthplace of Hairspray and Highheels, a beauty and lifestyle blog with a mission to bring the latest beauty and fashion ideas to the everyday woman. Creator Angela describes herself as “just a girl, passionate about fashion and beauty, pushing the trends and challenging the norm.” Who also just happens to hoard nail polish! Although Angela grew up in Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey has been her home for the last seven years and she can tell you for sure about being a true Jersey Girl …

MKG: How did you fall in love with fashion and beauty products?

ANGELA: For as long as I can remember I have been playing in makeup. I remember wearing my mom’s Maybelline Great Lash as a five year-old (smeared all over my face!) and thinking that it was just the greatest.

MKG: What inspired you to start Hairspray and Highheels?

ANGELAI was spending hours and hours hanging out on makeup forums just to feed my addiction of talking about makeup. Most of my very close friends are male and they could care less about the hottest new trend in nail polish or how to contour so I’m sure they and a few girlfriends were tired of hearing me. Hairspray and Highheels began as a place to just let it all out. Continue reading

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Hate dry skin? Try coconut oil!

The power of Coconut Oil

The power of Coconut Oil

When The Universe sends you messages, especially in threes, it’s a good idea to listen. I first heard about the benefits of coconut oil over the weekend when I was getting a pedicure. The woman next to me was saying that she started rubbing coconut oil on her feet, and they have been silky-soft ever since. Next, I read about the marvels of coconut oil in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar. And number three? I found this giant, 54 fl. oz. container of coconut oil at COSTCO today. So, it was time to try it!

Coconut oil locks in moisture without petroleum-based ingredients or chemicals. And coconut oil has benefits for diet, hair, and skin, because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.  Continue reading

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High school girls represent

Leaders of the Fashion Club and the Diversity Club: from left, Linden, Denver, Anisa and Ashley

Co-Presidents of the Fashion Club: Linden, Denver, and Ashley, and the Diversity Council,  Anisa (missing: Shayla, Diversity Council)

As you know, I am the mother of teenage boys. I wouldn’t trade that for anything, but there are times when I really miss having important conversations with young women. That is why writing Turning Fashion Inside Out continues to bring me so much joy. Today was one of those days, and I was honored to join a meeting with a group of spirited and thoughtful high school women of Kent Place School. The meeting was a combined effort of the Fashion Club and the Diversity Council and the topic was diversity (or lack thereof) in the fashion industry.

The leaders first identified startling facts and then they opened the floor for discussion, feedback and conversation. The facts are these: that even though white people represent only 16% of the global population, white people dominate the runway at 94.6%. There is a very small representation of women of color on the runway, including black, Asian and Latina models. Continue reading

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Accepting who we are, according to Jillian Veran

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Jillian Veran

Jillian Veran

Acceptance. Who am I? Where am I in my life?” These are the words of my friend, Jillian Veran, who recorded this podcast last September. Jillian is a beauty authority and media spokesperson, and in this conversation we talked about what it means to age gracefully and how we can keep our inner and outer beauty alive. It remains one of my all-time favorite moments on Turning Fashion Inside Out.

I share it with you again today, because not only is it a special conversation, but because Jillian has been battling a very difficult personal issue: she is fighting cancer. At the end of our talk, Jillian says that she sees so many possibilities for herself. And as we listen today, I am hoping that we all create these infinite possibilities for wellness for Jillian. And when Jillian is up to it, she and I will meet again, and take our conversation further.

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Jillian Veran

Jillian Veran, beauty expert and media spokesperson

Jillian Veran, beauty authority and media spokesperson

When you first meet Jillian Veran, beauty authority and media spokesperson, you are  drawn in by her gorgeous, twinkling brown eyes. And before long you are wishing Jillian can spread some of that same makeup magic on you. As a world renown beauty authority Jillian’s professional resume includes well-known beauty and makeup experts Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Prescriptives Cosmetics and Philosophy. She has traveled the world and done everything from education, special events, awards shows, Fashion Week, and editorial. Yet even though her twenty-six year career has reached great heights there is so much more ahead for Jillian, whose spiritual attitude says all is possible; you simply say yes to opportunity. In tomorrow’s podcast you will hear how Jillian said yes to Chanel and began her brilliant career …

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What is beauty?

Ceylone - Spokesperson for Kick Cancer Overboard

Ceylone – Spokesperson for Kick Cancer Overboard

Ceylone - Spokesperson for Kick Cancer Overboard

Ceylone – with Kick Cancer Overboard team

Knowing Ceylone has inspired me to ask the question, ‘what is beauty?’ We met last December when Ceylone was the guest/motivational speaker for a group of women from Dress for Success. I watched as she brightened the room with her presence and touched us all by her personal story and her desire for every woman to reach her purpose and potential. It was magic.

She is not only a motivational speaker, but a makeup artist, wife, mother, and spokesperson for an organization called Kick Cancer Overboard.com, all of which give her purpose and reward. Ceylone has won the titles of Mrs. New Jersey America and Mrs. New Jersey United States. And tomorrow, Ceylone leaves for Chicago to compete with 70 other women in the Mrs. International Pageant 2013. Continue reading

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