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PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA ORGANIC WEAR
If you’re looking for quality natural makeup that won’t empty your bank account, the Organic Wear range by Physician’s Formula offers myriad powders, tinted moisturizers, bronzers, eyeshadows, and lip glosses that are 100 percent free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, and parabens.
MAYBELLINE MINERAL POWER
Available in a great variety of shades, Maybelline’s line of mineral makeup is talc-, oil-, and fragrance-free. The foundations, concealers, and illuminators not only provide great SPF protection but they also absorb shine very well, so they’re great for women with oily skin. Besides offering sheer and natural coverage, they also blend into the skin without caking.
SALLY HANSEN NATURAL BEAUTY
Whether you’re looking for a great powder, long-lasting foundation, or eye shadows with glamourous shades, Sally Hansen Natural Beauty covers it all. Inspired by Carmindy, the makeup artist from TLC’s What Not to Wear, the brand is paraben-free albeit not quite as natural as its name applies. Still, if you’re looking for a healthier version to conventional drugstore cosmetics, this is a serviceable alternative.
CoverGirl’s entree into the world of natural makeup, NatureLuxe offers a selection of paraben-free foundations, mascaras, and lip glosses infused with ingredients like jojoba, cucumber, and honey. Several suspect chemicals still lurk, however, so scan the label for any personal deal-breakers, such as talc and “fragrance.”
Not only does Burt’s Bees sell wonderful skincare products, but it also carries a small variety of lip glosses, tints, and glimmers chockfull of beneficial ingredients like vitamin E, beeswax, and sunflower and coconut oils. The best part? They’re inexpensive and available just about everywhere.
Fresh Minerals offers myriad mineral cosmetics with everything from foundation to eyeshadow. It’s also talc-, oil-, and fragrance-free, so it’s less likely to block pores and cause breakouts. Bonus: The minerals contain natural SPF, which protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino reunite for Entertainment Weekly’s cast reunions issue in custom-made Post-It dresses, now up for auction to benefit P.S. Arts. (EW)
Bring your castoff denim to any American Eagle Outfitters store through October 18 and it’ll be recycled into UltraTouch denim insulation for communities in need. Plus, everyone who drops off their used threads will receive a 20 percent discount on their entire purchase that day. (American Eagle Outfitters)
Macy’s is the first major retailer to roll out True Fit’s fit-personalization technology, which takes the guesswork out of sizing by showing customers how well the clothes and shoes they view online will fit them in real life. (Fibre2Fashion)
More than just shoes? Nike is setting up a venture-capital offshoot called the Sustainable Business and Innovation Lab to support startups focused on alternative energies and more-efficient manufacturing. (Businessweek)
n 1 a:Trademarked name for a lightweight, breathable fiber derived from coconut-husk waste discarded by the food-service industry. b: Reduced to charcoal, combined with recycled polyester, and spun to maximize its surface area for warmth retention and moisture wicking. c: Said to resist odors better than traditional polyester fill. 2: Used in Nau’s insular jacket, a two-layer, sealed-seam shell with a helmet-compatible hood that the Portland clothier describes as “made for the mountain.”
Grab a collared shirt that you already own (Sigl used her boyfriend’s). Fold the collar in half and mark the middle/halfway point with pins.
Place your paper on top of the collar, and with your pencil roughly trace around the collar edges. If you can’t see through your paper feel with your fingers and mark as best you can. Only trace up to the halfway point where you placed the pins (the halfway point will be your center-back.)
Note: You will want to do this for the top collar (part that folds down) and the bottom collar (what connects folding part to the shirt.) Make sure to mark where the top collar ends on the bottom collar.
Now with your ruler, connect the lines smoothly. For the rounded parts, just connect with a steady hand or you can use a rounded ruler. Add a 1/2-inch seam allowance like above. Then cut out your pattern from the paper. You’ll want to make sure they align properly, so adjust if they don’t.
Fold your fabric in half and pin the pattern pieces on top, aligning the center-back of your pattern to the fabric fold (remember that the center-back was the halfway point of your collar.) You’ll need two fabric pieces of the top collar, two fabric pieces of the bottom collar, and one of each cut in interfacing.
Iron the interfacing onto one of the top collars and one of the bottom collars.
Take the two pieces of the top collar and place fashion fabric to fashion fabric. Sew the collar around the edges at 1/2-inch seam allowance. Then notch (to but not through the stitch line) around the edges, and cut the seam allowance to 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch.
Flip right side out and press with an iron. The piece with the interfacing will be the bottom of the collar when it’s flipped down.
Now sandwich the top collar between the two bottom collar pieces. The fashion fabric should be on the inside. Pin the edges and sew with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. When done sewing, notch and trim seam allowance like you did previously with the top collar.
Flip the bottom collar down and press.
Press the bottom edges of the bottom collar inward 1/2 inch. Then cut the seam allowance a tiny bit to reduce bulk. After you are done cutting, press again, leaving the bottom edges flipped up/inwards at the original crease line.
Pin and sew the bottom with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Now the basic structure of your detachable collar is finished. Fit the collar around your neck and mark with a pin where that snap buttons will be. Sew the buttons. At this point you’re all done! You can add embellishments if you want; Sigl glued some lace flowers onto hers.
Photo by Jasleen Kaur
Sure, we’ve heard of stain-resistant fabrics, but what about fabrics that actively fight germs and toxic chemicals? Scientists at UC Davis in California have developed a self-cleaning cotton that kills bacteria and breaks down pesticide residues when exposed to light. Ning Liu, a doctoral student in Gang Sun’s group in the Division of Textiles and Clothing, managed to bind a compound known as 2-anthraquinone carboxylic acid (2-AQC) to cellulose in cotton. Exposing the fabric to light triggers the release of reactive agents such as hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide, putting the kibosh on any lingering germs or organic compounds.
UGG, those again? The infamous—and aptly named—Australian boots have never been easy on the eye, but now there’s a bigger reason for them to weigh heavier on your conscience. Animal-rights group Swiss Animal Protection has uncovered horrifying footage of breeders skinning raccoon dogs alive to make cheap knockoffs of the shoes. Genuine UGGs can cost up to $300 a pair, but counterfeiters are cashing in by substituting sheepskin with raccoon-dog pelts and selling them at cut-rate prices. Despite their name, raccoon dogs are more closely related to foxes, jackals, and domestic dogs than they are raccoons. One animal is shown with its neck pinned to the ground with a heavy boot before it’s flayed alive and tossed onto a heap of carcasses. Divested of skin and fur, it still manages to feebly raise its head.
More than 60 of the world’s leading apparel brands and retailers, including Adidas, Burberry, H&M, PPR Group, Walmart, Target, and Macy’s, along with the American Apparel and Footwear Association, have pledged to boycott cotton knowingly harvested using child laborers in Uzbekistan. The Uzbek government forcibly sends upwards of 2 million children—some as young as 7—to work in the fields for 10 hours a day, for two to three months each year, according to the Responsible Sourcing Network, which coordinated the nearly 900 signatories. The embargo will be in effect until the International Labour Organization verifies the elimination of bonded child labor in Uzbekistan.
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