I love a good lip gloss, don’t you? But I hate the overly sticky feeling of many and the way my hair gets caught in my lips when the wind blows. Yuck.
I recently got to try the new lip glosses from the Urban Decay Naked line. I was pretty excited!
First, they are so so pretty! All of the colors are in the neutral/naked range – so they are light and perfect for spring. I tried a few and personally, some were a little too light for me – I preferred those with a tiny bit more color – something closer to my natural lip color. Rule34 and Beso fit the bill nicely. Naked is pretty, but just too nude for me.
Second – They smell nice. I’m generally off put by lip products that have funky and/or a chemical smell. Naked glosses smell fresh, with a hint of mint. But nothing so strong it’s all you can smell. It’s just a nice, clean fresh scent.
Third – They’re not overly sticky. This is huge. Glosses appeal to me (and maybe you) because they’re easy to apply, give some color and moisturize. But sometimes that moisture comes with stickiness. No thanks. The Naked glosses feel slick when applied – a definite selling point.
Fourth – The applicator is great. It’s a paddle applicator and it picks up just the right amount of product so you don’t have to double or triple dip to get the right amount of gloss.
Want to get yours? Visit Urban Decay and pick a few up. They’re $20 each and come in nine nude shades.
Organ donation is not a subject that usually pops up in casual conversation, something Todd and Tara Storch – founders of Taylor’s Gift Foundation – know well. So ‘Taylor Blue’ was born.
The couple established Taylor’s Gift after losing their 13-year-old daughter, Taylor, in a skiing accident in March 2010. Taylor’s Gift supports and promotes official Donate Life organ donor registrations in the United States.
“We knew we needed a ‘conversation starter’ about organ donation,” Tara says. “We’re aware that this isn’t an easy topic for most people, so we decided we needed something that could make it easier to talk about.
“Since our largest support group comes from women 18-44, we decided that a nail polish would be a great way to spark conversation. Taylor had the most beautiful eyes in a gorgeous blue and always got compliments on them, even as a baby. Only a week before the accident, she said to me, ‘Mom, I love the color of my eyes. That’s the color I want for my bridesmaids dresses some day.’ From that point on, that color was precious to us, and there was no question the color of the nail polish would be ‘Taylor Blue.’
“We introduced ‘Taylor Blue’ last year for our Paint It Forward Legacy Gift campaign, hoping it would spark conversation. And boy, did it! Even men painted their thumb!”
April is National Donate Life Month. ‘Taylor Blue,’ created by OPI, will be available for purchase on www.taylorsgift.org from through the end of April. The 2013 Paint It Forward campaign raised $40,000. ‘Taylor Blue’ was sold and shipped to every state in the United States, every province in Canada, and also had worldwide sales. The goal for 2014 is $100,000.
Net proceeds from Paint It Forward support the mission of Taylor’s Gift and its Legacy Gift program, which provides financial help to families touched by organ donation.
“The name of our Legacy Gift campaign – Paint It Forward – is a play on the words Pay It Forward,” Tara explains. “To us, it means that people are spreading the message of Taylor’s Gift with this great tool called ‘Taylor Blue.’ They have the opportunity to help someone else’s life one day. This color became the link that made organ donation an easy topic to talk about, discuss and share. And it all started with a conversation on how you can ‘outlive yourself.’”
About Taylor’s Gift Foundation
Taylor’s Gift Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Taylor’s Gift Foundation was founded by 2010 with a mission to ‘Regift Life, Renew Health and Restore Families’ by increasing official organ donor registries. Taylor’s Gift Foundation also sponsors the Donate Life Rose Bowl Parade, provides Taylor’s Gift Scholarships to graduating seniors and is launching Taylor’s Legacy Gift Grants to help those touched by organ donation with financial difficulties. For more information, visit www.taylorsgift.org or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaylorsGift