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Keeping the Peace

peacekeeprThere’s something to be said for a lipstick that not only makes you look good, but makes you feel good, too. And I’m not just talking about the kind of confidence boosting, more sass-in-my-step “feeling good” that lipstick can bring about. PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics’ bright, bold lipsticks do that, but they also represent something more: all of the company’s distributable, after tax profits go toward supporting women’s health advocacy and human rights issues. (They’ve given $55,584 in cash donations to date.) To top it off, their manufacturing practices are ruled by strict “slavery-free” and fair wage policies, and their products are cruelty free and vegan (no animal ingredients, and no animal testing). This means that with each swipe of my favorite shades (Paint Me Healed and Paint Me Compassionate), I’m reminded that I don’t have to succumb to the cosmetic status quo of shady practices and ingredients to add a little color to my look.

peackeeper2Paint Me Healed is a subtle, summery coral that is perfect for work or a day about town. (I think I’ve worn it everyday since getting it—it’s that good.) Paint Me Compassionate is a pleasant, feminine red that can range from a simple tint to a deep, dark hue depending on how much you apply. Their lip gloss (made from a cocktail of good stuff, including organic castor oil, organic beeswax, and organic shea butter) is the perfect add-on to the somewhat dry lipsticks if it’s a shiny luster you’re going for. My favorite way to wear the lipsticks is over a good dose of all-natural lip balm (I like Badger’s Creamy Cocoa, available at most health food stores), allowing for some moisturizing but keeping the classic matte look.

Beyond lipsticks, the company also boasts natural and eco-friendly nail paints and nail paint remover (a rare find). From one peacekeeper to another, their entire inventory is worth checking out.

Find all of the products mentioned here and more at iamapeacekeeper.com.

 

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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