Friday, May 27, 2011

Skincare Products with Built-In SPF

Post by Shecky's blogger, Brittany Thomas of

Skin Cancer Awareness Month means it’s time for us gals (and guys…they’ve got skin too!) to be a little more cognizant about protecting our skin from those UV rays. One of the best ways to do this is to use products with SPF built right in. Check out some of my favorites.

I know it’s a bit on the pricey side but Clinique’s Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20 ($42.50) is absolutely fantastic. It works great for ladies with sensitive skin. Did I mention that it also helps even out your skintone a bit? Prolonged use of this baby means your lovely face will glow like the goddess that you are.

Okay, so I know it’s for guys, but I am absolutely in love with Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 ($7.50 on Aside from containing SPF 25, this lip balm feels super moisturizing on your smacker. We don’t think your guy will notice if his Jack Black balm is missing. Or will he?

Are you a foundation-wearin’ kind of gal? You may want to give Cover FX Natural FX Water Based Foundation SPF 15 ($40 at Sephora) a whirl. This medium-coverage and oil-free foundation has SPF 15 and gives your skin a satiny touch. How awesome are foundations that don’t feel heavy? Cover FX feels lightweight and natural. Love it!

Don’t forget to show your hands some lovin’. Boscia Daily Hand Revival Therapy SPF 15 ($16 on feels absolutely divine on the fingers and palms. I also love that this vegan hand lotion has SPF 15. It makes a perfect addition to your purse’s beauty lineup.

Looking for a moisturizer that is so lightweight that it fits comfortably under your foundation? Look no further, girlfriend. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 ($14.99) is inexpensive and super hydrating for those of us with dry skin.

Do you use any skincare products with SPF in them? What are your favorites? Have you used any of the above products?

About the Author:
Thomas founded the website to spread her love for beauty. A staunch advocate of the power of social media, Brittany has done extensive work as a social media consultant, planning and executing campaigns for a number of organizations. She is just as engaging on camera. Her effortless delivery and flair for the dramatic has earned her more than a million views on YouTube. Brittany hopes that her love for beauty can inspire young women to truly love themselves.

Disclaimer: Glamour Gone Good, Inc. does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions of authors expressed on this blog do not necessarily represent those of Glamour Gone Good, Inc. and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Protect Yourself this Summer with SPF Beauty Products

Memorial Day weekend is just days away (can't wait!), so I wanted to carry on the theme of sun safety from our previous post in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. I've found a wide range of fabulous skin care and beauty products on the market. What makes them particularly relevant when it comes to fun in the sun is that they have an SPF of 15 or more, which makes them ideal for the summer!

5 Great Picks for SPF Skin Care & Beauty products:

L’Oreal Youth Code Day Lotion, SPF 30
This lotion is meant to protect your skin with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 to help prevent future signs of sun damage.

Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Primer, SPF 30
This primer is meant to provide a high level of non-irritating, instant broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection while evening skin tone.

Clinique Even Better Makeup Foundation, SPF 15
This foundation is oil-free, dermatologist-developed and meant to help prevent new skin discolorations with SPF plus antioxidants.

Smashbox Cosmetics Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss, SPF 15
This lip gloss is meant to offer color and shine for up to 6 hours, while SPF 15 protects your pout. The luxurious formula with vitamins A, C & E and sea kale revitalizes and nourishes lips.

Fresh Sugar Lip Collection, SPF 15
The formula is enriched with sugar, a natural humectant that prevents moisture loss, a blend of nourishing oils and protective waxes, and antioxidant-rich vitamins. It is meant to provide essential year-round protection from UV rays.

Which other SPF skin care or beauty products do you use or would you recommend?

Disclaimer: Glamour Gone Good, Inc. does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions of authors expressed on this blog do not necessarily represent those of Glamour Gone Good, Inc. and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

When Having Fun in the Sun, Remember to Use Protection!

May is always such an exciting time of year. The air smells sweeter, the sun feels warmer, flowers are blooming and we know that summer is just around the corner. As we make our summer plans, we often think about the fun stuff like where we want to go on vacation, which bikini we want to wear when we head to the beach for the first time, or which new pair of sandals we want to debut at the season’s first rooftop party.

There’s one more thing we always need to remember when thinking about all of this fun in the sun…sun safety. May is rather appropriately Skin Cancer Awareness Month and, for those of us not living in warmer climates, May is when we start spending more time outdoors. So, Glamour Gone Good has thought of some helpful tips to help keep your skin safe while having fun in the sun.

1. Protect Your Eyes with Sunglasses & Wide Brimmed Hats

Everyone, including children, is at risk from eye damage due to too much exposure from UV radiation. Some of the worst case scenarios can include skin cancer of the eyelids, cataract, and photokeratitis (corneal sunburn).

Wearing a wide brimmed hat along with a protective pair of sunglasses is your best protection from eye damage. Plus, it looks so chic! When selecting a pair of sunglasses, consider a pair that is certified to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, decreases visible light, and reduces glares to a comfortable level.

2. Protect Your Body with UPF Clothing and/or an Umbrella

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, clothes can protect your skin against the sun's harmful UV rays, but not all clothing is created equal. The tightness of the weave, the weight, type of fiber, color and amount of skin covered all affect the amount of protection they provide. Look for clothes that are made of tightly woven fabric or, better yet, clearly labeled as UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing.

If you’re on the beach or somewhere outdoors, without much clothing on to protect your skin, bring an umbrella as a great alternative to provide you with shade.

3. Use Sunscreen Regularly and Liberally

Sunscreen can help protect the skin from sunburn and some skin cancers, but only if used correctly. Use it regularly and liberally when outside during the daytime, even if it’s not too sunny out. Always be sure to read the labels and apply accordingly.

Some quick tips to keep in mind when selecting the right sunscreen for you:

* Use a sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” on the label (this will screen out both UVB and UVA rays)

* Use a sunscreen with an SPF between 15 and 50 (between SPF 30 and 50 for the beach and pool)

* Look for the new UVA “star” rating system on the label

*Look for zinc or titanium oxide as key ingredients and avoid suspected skin carcinogens like oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A)

What other sun safety tips would you recommend?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Celebrate Mom's Heart Health this Mother's Day

GREAT NEWS! Our contest has been extended by one week, now ending on Monday, May 16th!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Glamour Gone Good is paying tribute to the women who have raised us, guided us, inspired us – our mothers – by hosting a Twitter contest to #CelebrateMom while raising awareness for women’s heart health.

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, but it doesn’t have to be.

Starting Monday, May 2nd, anyone that follows @GlamourGoneGood and @sisterhearts on Twitter and tweets: Follow @GlamourGoneGood and @sisterhearts to #CelebrateMom & make sure her heart's healthy. RT to #win beauty prizes! will automatically be entered to win a complimentary package full of beauty products, generously donated by beauty blogger, Chrissy Callahan.

The rules are as follows:
  • Tweet: Follow @GlamourGoneGood and @sisterhearts to #CelebrateMom & make sure her heart's healthy. RT to #win beauty prizes!

The gift package includes the following beauty products:

* Dream Angels desire Angel Mist by Victoria’s Secret (8.4 fl. oz.)
* Forever Orchid Shower Gel by Mary Kay (6.5 fl. oz.)
* Glorious Skin Visible Lifting Tensor Mask by Comfort Zone (1.60 fl. oz.)
* Shea Cashmere Hand Cream by Bath & Body Works, Secret Wonderland Collection (2.5 oz.)
* Flirt! Rock-N-Rebel Lipgloss, Rockin’ Pink color (.3 fl. oz.)

The winner will be announced via Twitter on Monday, May 16, 2011 (we've extended it by one week!).

Rules: The contest is open to any U.S. resident with a Twitter account. The winner will be picked at random on May 16, 2011 from tweets and announced via twitter tweets and a direct message to the winner. If a winner does not answer and claim the prize within 7 days, another winner will be picked at random.

More about Sister to Sister: The Women’s Heart Health Foundation:

Founded in 1999 by women’s health advocate Irene Pollin, the Sister to Sister Foundation is dedicated to preventing heart disease in women.

But why does Sister to Sister focus on women? These are some heart disease facts that every woman should know, as well as the men who love them.

1. Each year, significantly more women than men die from heart disease and stroke. Lack of knowledge amongst the public that the largest healthcare threat to women is heart disease allows it to claim many lives that could have been otherwise spared.

2. 80% of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more heart disease risk factors that can be controlled or reduced. Risk factors that can be controlled include salt intake, smoking, high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels or low HDL (“good”) levels, high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, uncontrolled diabetes and high stress levels.

3. Women are far less likely than men to be tested or treated for heart disease in a timely manner. Women who are at risk for cardiovascular disease are often not referred for diagnostic testing that would be standard in men.

4. Women have more heart attacks that go unrecognized, more repeat heart attacks, and greater risk of stroke after heart attack. Physicians may under-evaluate and treat women because they don’t appear to be as high-risk as a man, especially if they are young and “appear healthy” with a slender build.

5. Women don’t know that heart attack symptoms may be different than in men. Women are more likely to feel shortness of breath, fatigue, abdominal pressure, nausea or heartburn, or jaw, neck, back, or upper shoulder pain. Call 911 if you think you are having any of these symptoms, and do not hesitate for a minute when calling for help. Trust your intuition that something is “not right” and do not be concerned about looking foolish or “bothering” anyone. And do not drive yourself to the hospital. You can be attended to while riding in an ambulance, and every minute counts when diagnosing and treating a heart attack.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Haute Ways to Help Those in Need

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Whether you think volunteering isn’t for you, or you’re already involved and want to do more, there are so many other ways to give back with a few simple clicks of your mouse. Yep, online shopping is easy, fun…and it just got even better with these fashionable picks that give back to support those who need it most.

-Lynden Halpern

We couldn't miss an opportunity to shout-out Dermalogica’s amazing FITE products. One of our fave products is the Skin Hydrating Booster ($54), but other than purchasing any of the FITE products, be sure to join Team Shecky’s!

The Somaly Mam Foundation sells products made by sex trafficking and slavery survivors, and the profit goes right back to the cause: raising awareness, building shelters and helping those still in crisis. The Silk Empowerment Necklace ($25) is beautiful and unique, just like the survivors who crafted it.

You may already know all about NEST and the amazing handmade goods that women around the world have created. This spring, pack up for a picnic using the Raquel Tote ($10), a fashionable way to support a female entrepreneur’s success.

Make a purchase through UNICEF’s store and the profits will do children in need a world of good. Handmade in India, the Wool & Silk Wrap ($50) features a bright, multi-colored pattern, and is bound to become your go-to spring accessory.

Do you buy products that donate to charities? What have you purchased that went to a good cause? What do you think of our picks? How do you choose to volunteer your time?

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Glamour Gone Green: Celebrating Earth Day 2011

Every year, Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22nd. This year, Earth Day is themed after A Billion Acts of Green: a people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20. (For more info, visit

In celebration of Earth Day 2011, Glamour Gone Good is giving you a taste of how the glamorous worlds of beauty and fashion are going green. While Earth Day is a great time of year to think about how to minimize our individual carbon footprints, these innovative brands are helping us live more eco-friendly lives 365 days a year.

Spa Ritual®
Dedicated to the spa tradition, SpaRitual is committed to creating eco-friendly products. They use Vegan ingredients from around the world, including many specially sourced and selected plant essences that are wildcrafted OR organic. The formulations are naturally colored and free of synthetic dyes. SpaRitual is constantly monitoring sustainability issues and strives to be on the cutting edge of environmental awareness. To learn more, visit

Advanced Cosmetic Technologies

This hair color brand celebrates itself as being the only PPD-free, 100% plant-based permanent hair color available. They use no PPD, ammonia or resorcinol and their plant-based dyes are all-natural, not synthetic like other hair color brands. Made from renewable and sustainable ingredients, they have an ultra-low environmental impact. To learn more, visit

Revolution Organic Cosmetics
This line of organic cosmetic products chooses only certified organic plant-based ingredients that meet the rigorous standards of the USDA to ensure the integrity and purity of its products. Each ingredient is carefully selected for their skin benefiting properties and all of its formulations combine highly concentrated blends of nourishing organic butters, oils, herbs and certified organic perfume blends. Revolution Organic Cosmetics considers itself ‘revolutionary’ because its products are all multi-tasking. They do more so you can use less. To learn more, visit

derma e®
derma e celebrates itself as a pioneer in the development of natural antioxidant formulations and as the leading innovator of natural topical antioxidant moisturizers and anti-aging skin care products to increase hydration to your skin, help reduce the damaging effects of aging, and improve your skin’s texture and appearance. Currently, derma e offers a full line of natural, therapeutic skin and hair care formulations rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and botanicals. To learn more, visit

reco jeans®
reco jeans promotes an eco-friendly lifestyle by introducing a green line of denim that minimizes the use of fresh cotton and that reduces the amount of excess fabric that would end up in a landfill. Cotton is delicate, soft, and fuzzy and yet it is hazardous to the environment.

Did you know more than 20% of the entire world’s pesticide usage in a year is used to maintain cotton? Recycled cotton and other materials do not use pesticides and minimizes excess fabrics which would normally end up in a landfill. reco jeans prides itself in reducing that amount by nearly 60%. To learn more, visit

Are there any other brands you would add to this list?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Every girl deserves an education

She’s the First is a not-for-profit organization that funds education sponsorships for girls in the developing world. In most cases, a girl who benefits from She’s the First will be the first female in her family to graduate from secondary school. In a world where 70 percent of out-of-school youth are girls, She’s the First is taking immediate action to ensure a future of universal education that will put an end to global poverty.

As a Millennial-led not-for-profit, She’s the First attracts a core audience born between 1980 and 1995, whose relatively small donations stretch far to make a huge difference. The cost of a year’s sponsorship can be as low as $80, but averages $200 to $300 a year.

She’s the First hosts two marquee events each year, the GIRLS WHO ROCK benefit concert and the She’s the First Soiree in New York City. Beyond events, She’s the First is a storytelling platform, where people see the efforts that make a sponsorship possible, and then see how it impacts a girl. She’s the First is a brand that is personally relatable: Women celebrate the achievement that makes them a first, attribute it to their education, and then have an intense desire to pay it forward by giving another girl her opportunity.

In 2010, She's the First raised more than $13,500 to sponsor at least 37 girls for one year!

To help She’s the First continue its amazing work to empower girls around the world, Glamour Gone Good will donate $1 to She’s the First for every new follower @GlamourGoneGood gets between March 29th and April 12th.*

Every @GlamourGoneGood Twitter follower who completes this tweet: “I am the first…” will be entered to win a free gift from Glamour Gone Good that includes the following Bath & Body Works products:
  • Cucumber Melon Eau de Toilette (1.7 oz.)
  • Magnolia Blossom Body Lotion (8 oz.)
  • Coconut Lime Verbana Bubble Bath (10 oz.)

Follow @GlamourGoneGood and tell us what you’re the first to do!

* As of March 29, 2011, Glamour Gone Good has 2,044 followers. The maximum donation Glamour Gone Good will make to She’s the First during this promotion is $500.

Rules: The free gift is available to any U.S. resident with a Twitter account. The winner of the free gift will be picked at random from re-tweets and announced via twitter tweets and a direct message to the winner. If a winner does not answer and claim the free gift within 7 days, another winner will be picked at random.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Celebrate Women with Glamour Gone Good

Did you know that March is Women's History Month and that March 8th is International Women's Day? And, it just so happens that this year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.

If you're not familiar with International Women's Day, here's the scoop: Each year, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur on this day and throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments and women's groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues. The United Nations has declared 2011's theme: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women

In honor of International Women's Day, Glamour Gone Good is paying tribute to the women who helped launch and continue to nurture its growth by hosting a Twitter contest to #CelebrateWomen.

Starting March 8, 2011, anyone that follows @GlamourGoneGood on Twitter and re-tweets: Follow @GlamourGoneGood to celebrate women & enter to #win a Bath&Body Works gift basket. RT to win! #CelebrateWomen will automatically be entered to win a complimentary gift package full of Bath & Body Works products, generously donated by beauty blogger, Chrissy Callahan.

The rules are as follows:
  • Follow @GlamourGoneGood
  • Tweet: Follow @GlamourGoneGood to celebrate women & enter to #win a Bath&Body Works gift basket. RT to win! #CelebrateWomen

The gift package includes the following Bath & Body Works products:

* Chocolate Escape 3-in-1 Body Wash, Bubble Bath & Shampoo
* Secret Wonderland Sensual Swirl Body Lotion
* Temptations Vanilla Ice Cream Body Splash
* Liplicious Cupcakes Pink Chiffon Lip Gloss

The winner will be announced via Twitter on March 16, 2011.

NOTE: The #CelebrateWomen giveaway contest has officially closed. Thanks to all those who participated.

Rules: The contest is open to any U.S. resident with a Twitter account. The winner will be picked at random from re-tweets and announced via twitter tweets and a direct message to the winner. If a winner does not answer and claim the prize within 7 days, another winner will be picked at random.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

CARE Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

Source: PRNewswire-USNewswire

Soulful Songwriters, Citizens Storming Capitol Hill for Change and a Twitter Celebrity Auction Highlight CARE's Celebration of the Accomplishments of Women and Girls Around the World

The Empire State Building will glow orange for one night. Concertgoers will gather to hear Grammy winner India.Arie, hitmaker Michael Franti and others perform a tribute. Twitter users will participate in a TwitChange celebrity auction. More than a thousand people will descend on Capitol Hill to demand a better world for millions of marginalized women and girls around the globe.

And that's just a taste of what's planned in honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day through CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that fights poverty by empowering girls and women.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a time to recognize the political, economic and social achievements of women past, present and future. It also serves as a reminder of inequities that remain. And it is the growing movement to close that gap that will take center stage this March as people across the United States recognize this historic occasion.

"We are so excited about CARE's International Women's Day celebration this year," said CARE President and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle. "Not only will we honor the accomplishments of girls and women during the past century, but everything we do will be designed to inspire others to act on their behalf."

On March 8, CARE will kick off its annual conference in Washington D.C. with a tribute concert by recording artists India.Arie, Michael Franti, American idol alum Crystal Bowersox and, in an exclusive U.S. premier performance, Idan Raichel. Here CARE also will unveil a first-of-its-kind report entitled, "The Top 10 Myths About Women & the Heroes Who Bust Them," which identifies some of the most prominent myths about girls and women and sets the record straight through facts, figures and remarkable stories of mythbusters.

On March 9-10, the conference will unite more than a thousand advocates at the Washington Hilton to discuss pressing global poverty issues, such as the importance of foreign assistance, quality education for girls and economic opportunities for women. Conference participants will hear from notables such as: CARE's Dr. Gayle; Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Former First Lady Laura Bush; and Judy Woodruff of PBS' NewsHour. Advocates will then head to Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and take an active role in influencing U.S. policy to improve the lives of millions of vulnerable women and girls around the world.

CARE's partners also are using the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day to inspire others to improve the lives of women globally. CARE is joining forces with TwitChange in an online auction to generate interest – and dollars – for CARE. Fans will bid on the chance to be followed, mentioned or retweeted on Twitter by their favorite celebrities. The auction will run from March 2-12, 2011.

CARE is working with Vivanista, a charitable fundraising resource, and Sprinkles Cupcakes to spark a movement during the month of March, encouraging people everywhere to host Parties For A Purpose™ that raise awareness and funds for CARE. Party hosts can download a simple digital toolkit, containing fun party ideas; trivia and discussion questions, a social media guide and Sprinkles Cupcakes signature recipes. In addition to contributing a portion of cupcake and mix sales to CARE, the first 50 people to sign-up to organize a party using Meetup will receive a free gift from Sprinkles Cupcakes.

There will be gifts too. Packages, actually. CARE is planning a special announcement: A modern twist on the original CARE Packages that defined CARE's early years and grew into a symbol of American generosity.

And shining like a giant candle amid the celebration will be the Empire State Building. The evening of March 8, New Yorkers will see it lit in orange — CARE's signature color — in honor of International Women's Day.

To join CARE's International Women's Day activities, visit

About CARE: Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve education, health and economic opportunity. To learn more, visit