After a successful year where Lily Cole promoted the Body Shop through her channels, the ethical beauty retailer has announced that Leona Lewis will be its new ‘brand activist’, to use the company’s term.
It’s not altogether inaccurate: instead of simply posing in photo shoots for the brand, the Body Shop expects that its activists will use their own networks to promote the company’s initiatives.
Lewis is no exception: she will help the Body Shop and Cruelty Free International in their global campaign to end animal testing in the cosmetics’ industry, building on the EU ban that comes into effect on March 11.
She will also hold an exclusive gig for fans, to be streamed on March 26.
As with Cole, Lewis will put her name to a cruelty-free make-up and fragrance collection, which uses 100 per cent vegetarian cosmetics. The Limited Edition Collection by Leona Lewis features a floral deer motif on its packaging, highlighting that the Body Shop uses man-made musk, not musk derived from deer.
Lewis said in a release, ‘I’m passionate about beauty and I’m all about animal rights. As a result, I’m really conscious of where the products that I use come from. The Body Shop sells cruelty-free, ethical products containing amazing Community Fair Trade ingredients. The collaboration is a natural fit!’
Lewis says she is an animal lover and life-long vegetarian. She has netted 20 million album sales since winning The X Factorâs third season in 2006.
The area around Palm Springs, California has made a gradual transformation in recent history from retirement community to trendy retreat. Known internationally for its film festival, music festival, as a tennis and golf paradise, gay destination, and popular health tourism mecca, the desert community has a new aspect that goes beyond simple cosmetic surgery. Call it over-the-top medicine. Executive Foresight, a bespoke medical practice catering to the ultra-wealthy and luxury traveller, now quietly offers the most extensive and exclusive physical examination available anywhere on planet earth. According to the companyâs website, ‘âŠ members receive first-class, personalized, bespoke healthcare in a luxurious environment modeled after top-tier five-star hotels. The cornerstone of the practice is a comprehensive health evaluation which delivers a composite picture whose resulting data enables âŠ specific recommendations which can optimize and improve your overall health and decrease the risk of illness and disease.’ Executive Foresight refers to itself as a very private practice, where members experience unrestricted access to a world-class medical team, 24â7â365. The clinic also has anti-ageing and weight-loss programmes, and other related services including medical evacuation and dedicated physician care anywhere in the world.
The service does not come cheap. No Medicare or insurance accepted, and itâs US$100,000 for the first year. But low-profile, high-net-worth individuals are lining up for the practice, which scrupulously protects your privacy and will not share records without your consent. Dr David H. Tang, an internationally known ER physician who is also SWAT-certified, serves as Executive Medical Director. While the client list canât be disclosed, suffice it to say these are individuals accustomed to the utmost discretion, names you would recognize but which cannot be spoken.
On another therapeutic front, many talk but few act to show appreciation for returning veterans from foreign wars. Hacienda Inn and Spa of Desert Hot Springs (above), about whom I have previously written, wonât openly publicize its offers to returning vets in need of a zone of rest and healing waters, but a phone call to GM Karl is the way to find out the latest. It wonât be advertisedâword of mouth only.âStanley Moss, Travel Editor
Stanley Moss is travel editor of Lucire. His novel, The Hacker, is now available in Kindle (via Amazon) and print (via Uread) formats.
These smell fantastic and fruityâand their formula contains vitamins E and B5, and Community Fair Trade organic virgin coconut oil. The Body Shop’s latest lip glosses are released in nine new shades in flavours (this is not an understatementâyou should see how this office smells) of plum, peach, strawberry, mango, lychee, coconut and watermelon, among others. The formula is non-sticky and lightweight. Each retails for NZ$23.
Meanwhile, the Body Shop has also released its Rainforest Coconut Hair Oil, which contains coconut oil and pracaxi oil, giving a softer shine and nourishment. The coconut oil is sourced from Samoa’s Women in Business Development Initiative, a Community Fair Trade provider. The Body Shop reminds us that Samoa has had two centuries’ experience in coconut oil extraction, and purchasing the oil (retail NZ$28Â·50) helps the people there, something that’s particularly poignant after the severe storm their country has had.
The hair oil works as an overnight leave-in, a pre-wash treatment or as a scalp massage.
The British media have been going all out in the last day covering the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, with news that she has been admitted to King Edward VII Hospital with acute morning sickness.
Journalists, photographers and TV camera operators were stationed outside the Hospital to catch a glimpse of the Duke of Cambridge leaving wearing a grey sweater.
ITN supplied this footage without its trade-mark commentary, on the expectation it would get viewed regardless, thanks to the fascination with William and Kate.
The Duchess will remain at hospital for a few days to get extra liquids and nutrients before being discharged home to rest.
Summer Rayne Oakes’s environmental short art film, Extinction (or eXtinction to give the official title), has just gone live at Vimeo and YouTube.
Summer Rayne, who appears in the 2013 Pirelli calendar shot by Steve McCurry, made Extinction in 2011, when it did the circuit at various film festivals across the world.
The film, directed by Clayton Haskell, is particularly beautiful and powerful, telling a story about our greatest environmental challenges. It briefly featured at Lucire last year as a teaser.
âIt reveals that the most pressing environmental issues are not happening thousands of years from now, but are in fact happening within our lifetimeâand specifically, on the timeline of one young womanâs life, from birth to death,’ according to its description.
The main link, at Vimeo, is https://vimeo.com/26854560; the YouTube version can be viewed at http://youtu.be/4IxFQGrzL4w. Extinction has also been released with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles, with German, Italian and French in the coming month.âJack Yan, Publisher
Creative Director: Sir Richard Taylor Director: Leo Gene Peters Co-director: Fingal Pollock Producer: James O’Connell-Cooper Co-producer: Eleanor Cooke Weta Production Manager: Cathrine Mitchell Character Design: Dan Falconer Model Hair Design: Craig Stinson Model Make-up Design: Amber Hill
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