Fruit Gorilla: the caring lip balm

Cosmetic companies are not usually synonymous with environmental campaigns.

But one brand is working hard to change that, by putting the environment at the heart of its products.

After three years of careful planning, Fruit Gorilla, distributed by agence de parfum, has developed a lip balm that will make you look good and feel good inside and out – thanks to its worthy cause!

As the proud partners of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DGFG), the Swedish-based cosmetic company will aid conservation efforts to help protect one of the world’s most beloved creatures:

“Together with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International we adopt one orphan gorilla for every 1,000 products that we produce,” the company proudly says of its new venture, adding, “We make a small contribution to help the gorillas to a better life.”

The DGFG was founded by the late Dr. Dian Fossey, author of Gorillas in the Mist, more than 30 years ago and is dedicated to her heroic struggle to preserve, protect and study the mountain gorilla – fewer than 800 of which are left in the world.

In collaboration with other government organisations, the fund also helps provide assistance to local African communities through education, health, training and development initiatives.

The best part is, you won’t find any harmful or unusual lab-created ingredients in these products.  Containing 100 per cent natural ingredients, like Shea butter, beeswax, sunflower and jojoba oils – 98 per cent of which are derived from organic farming, all Fruit gorilla lip balms are ECOCERT Greenlife credited and scented with a lovely natural fruit aroma.

Available in six cute flavours, like Raspberry Night Fever, Sex On The Peach, Appily Ever After, and Banana Said Knock You Out, the cute little gorilla tins also boast the ‘I helped Save a Gorilla’ trademark.

Fruit Gorilla lip balms retail for $14.95 and are available for purchase from agence de parfum’s retail arm Libertine Parfumerie as well as at select perfumeries throughout Australia and New Zealand wide.

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Backstage with Estee Lauder

Charting a unique course at this year’s New York Fashion Week, Tom Pecheux made a memorable debut for Estée Lauder creating a vivid look for Derek Lam’s autumn / winter 2010 collection.

While other designers chose the “no makeup look” this season, Pecheuz opted for shimmering copper lips paired with bold blue eyes. Matte skin, bare cheeks and neutral nails illuminated the 70s-feeling, sun-kissed look.

Here are the Estée Lauder products the makeup pros used to get the look:

Eyes: A new shadow that was tested backstage (shades will launch this fall); Double Wear Stay-in-Place eye pencil in Midnight Blue; TurboLash All Effects Motion mascara in black.

Lips: Pure Color Crystal lipstick in Crystal Beige

Cheeks: Bare 

Skin: Double Wear Light foundation