Very Exciting Contest from Total Beauty!

In celebration of Earth-Day on April 22nd,, the first online beauty product library, is set to launch an eco-awareness campaign and their biggest sweepstakes to date, the “Totally Green Sweepstakes.” Starting April 17th through June 5th 2008, will launch the eco-beauty feature and sweepstakes, benefiting, while educating women on making eco-conscious beauty choices. One lucky winner will be driving away with a new 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid car filled with a year’s supply of luxurious green and organic beauty products.

To enter, all Earth-Day supporters just go to and search for their favorite (or not so favorite) beauty products, then write and submit a review. That’s it. From April 17th through June 5th, will be giving away hundreds of Earth-Day inspired daily prizes, including conflict-free diamond from Brilliant Earth, eco-spa trips from Spas of America, and more. And, each time a review is written, will automatically enter the reviewer in the Totally Green Sweepstakes that will give them the chance to win the ultimate prize of a 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid car filled with beauty products from Origins Organics, Sephora, Raw Natural Minerals, Suki Skincare, and Tela Beauty Organics. And, with every review written about a green product (these are tagged on the site), will donate $1 for to, a worldwide charity dedicated to protecting the health and well being of children from harmful environmental exposures.

Total Beauty Web Tour

It's that time of week again where we check in with the other most fantastic beauty bloggers on the web. So don't miss out on what the buzz is, and be sure to add them to your daily reads!

The Beauty of Life smiles pretty after discovering the tartly terrific Lemonade Smile Toothpaste by GoSMILE!

Canadian Beauty gives away a gift basket worth over $200!

Tink at Causal Lavish wants to make sure you are summer ready with a cooling SPF!

Beauty's Spot discovers Korres Natural Products for a brilliant Spring Fever Face Mask at home.

Monique at beauty girl musings findsthis mascara's promises not so promising.

Beauty411 reviews Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner and has the 411 on the upcoming Kiehl's Earth Day promotion!

Rediscover the Muse's old post on Dior's Spring Collection 2008 including First Impressions, Product Photos, and More! Sneak a peek at the Dior Flower Blossom Palette if you haven't yet seen it up close and personal!

Jeanne at Periodic Style is a mascara mad scientist! Help her decide which mascara to try for her next experiment...
Toya interviews her first beauty lover of color - Angie! Do you want to be interviewed, too?

Check out a snippet from a Q&A with The Body Shop international artist Chase Aston on The Daily Cookie!

Mischo Beauty shares her recommendations for an at-home skincare regimen to maintain the health of your skin in-between facials!

Kia of Yummy411 tries MAC's new Mineralize Skinfinish Loose Foundation.

The girls at Beauty in Real Life, let you in on the secret to getting your makeup to stay put all day and still look natural.

A Mom in Red High Heels finds an
eco-friendly nail polish
that is even safe for pregnant mamas! Discover the brand and fun color names like Crave!

Win Some Free Stuff at Misikko Beauty!

I love a good contest, don't you? Especially when it involves free stuff. Stuff I get to choose. Kind of like a little shopping spree! Misikko Beauty, a new internet beauty boutique is sponsoring a great contest that could get you $100 or $50 to spend in their store. What do you have to do? Easy. Just visit their website and review products that you're familiar with. Include your email address, and do as many as you can before midnight Eastern time April 27, and you're automatically entered! They are giving away one $100 and two $50 gift certificates to spend on anything you choose in the store.

You can get all the details and information here. Now, go get busy! And let me know what you pick out when you win! I'll be sharing a review of one of their fantastic products very soon.

Just a Test

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Tom Ford Ad Banned in Italy

I love me some Tom Ford. I think he does amazing work, and I'm a huge fan of Tom Ford Black Orchid, as I've blogged about (a great deal) before. And I have serious lust for some of his new sunglasses. But this kind of made me laugh, because he definitely pushes the envelope when it comes to his ads. Radar magazine is reporting that this print at to the left has been banned in Italy. Italian Advertising Institute (IAA) says the ban is for its "explicit and provocative character," and because it "goes beyond acceptable limits for advertising aimed at the general public."

So, what is it about the ad that deserves banning? Most speculation seems to favor the sexual innuendo. I disagree, I think it is about the middle finger. Italians are so expressive with their hands, and gestures have a lot more meaning there than they do here in the good old USofA. So I'm really not surprised that it is considered offensive, but I don't know that it's ban-worthy.

What do you think? Is it offensive? Should it be banned?

H&M's Tribute to Marimekko

I can't keep up with all the limited editions, collections, capsules, and tributes going on out there. But I have been waiting anxiously for the Marimekko tribute to come to H&M, because the fun, graphical prints that Marimekko is known for are right up my alley this season. I'm all about prints and color. Better wear them now, because you know these crazy colors won't last much longer.

The dress you see here is the one that I bought on Saturday. It's very cute, extremely comfortable, and the price was certainly right: $49.90. There are some really great pieces in this collection, so if you are a bright, graphics person, get thee to H&M to check them out.

Be sure to get a preview and listen to the podcast over at H&M's US site.

Do. Not. Want.

I think it's well known that I adore beachy scents. Make me smell like straight up Coppertone circa 1978, and I'm thrilled. It's weird.

So anytime there is a release of a summer scent, I'm usually all about it. So I was pretty excited to try this one out. The notes are listed as coconut milk, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, myrrh, amber, mandarin, bergamot, lemon, orange, tiare flower, jasmine, magnolia, orange blossom and lavender. There isn't a whole lot listed here that I can't get down with, especially with myrrh, amber, jasmine, and tiare flower listed. However, on me, this was straight up sandalwood. Nothing else. Just sandalwood all the way through the dry down. I actually went back to my hotel and washed it off my wrists because it was so very annoying.

However, if you are a sandalwood lover, this is probably right up your alley.

Design Editions White Shirt Interpretation at Gap

I can't help it - I have a soft spot in my heart for Gap. I know most of their sweatshop produced separates are overrated and boring, yet I still go and faithfully go through all their offerings. I said a little thank you prayer to the fashion gods when Patrick Robinson took over as design VP, and continued to hope for the best. I haven't found a single thing I like since he took over.

So I eagerly awaited what I call the "white shirt" collection. The finalists of the 2007 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund each reinterpreted the white shirt exclusively for gap. This year we have 3.1 Phillip Lim, Michael Bastian, Band of Outsiders, Threeasfour, and Philip Crangi. And to our left, we have the white shirts. See any you like?

As for me, if I was in need of a white shirt (I'm not), I would probably go for the one on the far left, second row by Band of Outsiders.

So, are you inspired by this collection? Planning on getting one?

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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites and She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.