Clean Beauty Products for Earth Day – Entertainment Tonight

With Earth Day right around the corner, our minds are on clean beauty. 

Because, let’s face it, whatever goes on our skin, face and body should ideally be healthy formulations that won’t harm us or the environment. 

Discover some of the chicest organic, eco-conscious beauty products that work with nature. 

Lilah B. 

Less is more with Lilah B. The makeup line’s multi-functional products encourage decluttering and minimal consumption, and are crafted with clean, pure formulas made from beneficial botanicals. All items are are vegan and made in Milan, Italy. 

Lilah B.

Lilah B. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek $46

Necessaire 

Necessaire is reminding us that the rest of our body is just as important as our face. The body care and sexual care products are a minimalist’s dream with sleek bottles and no-BS formulas that enhance the health of the skin with clean, non-toxic ingredients. Plus, the company is committed to sustainable packaging, using 85% post-consumer waste boxes and 100% recyclable paper for boxes and shippers. 

Necessaire

Necessaire The Body Wash $25

Go-To 

This Australian skincare brand, founded by a former beauty editor, is all about simple products that work — even with pure, plant-derived ingredients. The clean, cruelty-free line, which includes a cleanser, sunscreen, their bestselling facial oil and more, works to nourish and strengthen the skin without irritating it. 

Sephora

Go-To Face Hero $34

Herbivore

If you haven’t seen this brand all over Instagram already, let us introduce you to Herbivore. The clean beauty brand uses ingredients from ethically sourced, raw natural materials, combining essential vitamins, minerals and botanicals. 

Sephora

Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil $72

True Botanicals 

“Potent and pure” is the theme with this natural skincare line. True Botanicals prioritizes both certified-organic and wild-harvested ingredients to create highly-effective formulas backed by independent clinical trial results. It even offers a range safe for pregnant women

True Botanicals

True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask $90

Henry Rose

Did you know Michelle Pfeiffer has a unisex fragrance line called Henry Rose? The brand prides itself on being transparent about its use of non-toxic ingredients that have been approved under some of the strictest health and sustainability standards — Environmental Working Group Verified™ and Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold. The cruelty-free, hypoallergenic perfumes are also housed in bottles made from 90% recycled glass and are themselves 100% recyclable. 

Henry Rose

Henry Rose Last Light $120 

Kiehl’s

The nature-inspired skincare company has released a limited-edition travel size version of its Rare Earth masque, redesigned by John Legend, for Earth Day. Its key ingredients include fairly-traded Amazonian white clay and aloe barbadensis to purify the skin. The top label is made with 100% post-consumer recycled materials, while the jar is made with 30% post-consumer recycled plastic. Total net profits of the masque up to $25,000 will benefit Earth Day Network.

Kiehl’s

Kiehl’s Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque $25

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This natural deodorant features a patent-pending sweat-activated, aluminum-free, non-irritating formula that applies on smooth and sheer. It is non-toxic, cruelty-free with no parabens, alcohol and synthetic fragrance. Ashley Graham is a fan! 

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type: A The Achiever Full Size Deodorant $10

RMS 

Formulated with raw, food-grade and organic ingredients in their natural state, RMS makeup and skincare products contain the enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients and healing properties in their active state, due to being manufactured in minimum heat. Packaging is minimal, recyclable or reusable. 

Nordstrom

RMS Luminizer Quad $48

MŌDA 

The makeup brush brand is launching a new four-brush kit featuring handles made from plant-based polymer that are 100% biodegradable. In addition, MŌDA will begin a consumer recycling program, where you can send any makeup brushes to their office to be recycled properly via TerraCycle No-Waste boxes and receive a discount code in return. 

MŌDA

MŌDA Renew 5PC Complete Kit $20, available on April 22

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These Modern, Minimalist Cremation Urns Double as Planters – Mental Floss

The Helvetica font family is everywhere. It’s used on everything from subway signage to federal tax forms to advertisements for a diverse group of companies, including Harley-Davidson, Oral-B, and Target. Job seekers are also likely familiar with its clean, sans-serif characters, which make it one of the best fonts for a resume.

“If it’s me, [I’m using] Helvetica,” Matt Luckhurst, a graphic designer, told Bloomberg in 2015. “Helvetica is beautiful. There is only one Helvetica.”

Until now. As Wired reports, the typeface has just been revamped for the first time in decades by Monotype, which boasts the world’s largest type library and owns the rights to Helvetica. The new and improved version, called Helvetica Now, aims to better serve modern users while also working out the kinks associated with the old design.

While Helvetica is still ubiquitous, several major companies—including Google, Apple, IBM, and Netflix—have dropped the typeface for branding purposes in recent years. Issues related to kerning, punctuation sizes, and scrunched characters are all common gripes with the old version.

By contrast, Helvetica Now comes in three versions to suit different needs. There’s a Micro version for small screens, a Display version for larger type sizes, and a Text version that makes use of white space to offset visually “demanding” designs. Companies will need to buy the license to the new Helvetica, but the font’s creators are hopeful that everyone will be making the switch in due time.

“Helvetica Now is the tummy-tuck, facelift, and lip filler we’ve been wanting, but were too afraid to ask for,” graphic designer Abbott Miller, a partner at design consultancy Pentagram, said in a statement. “It offers beautifully drawn alternates to some of Helvetica’s most awkward moments, giving it a surprisingly, thrillingly contemporary character.”

The original Helvetica was invented in 1957 by two Swiss designers who dubbed their typeface Neue Haas Grotesk. It wasn’t until 1961 that the typeface was renamed Helvetica, and the font’s last major facelift came in 1982 with the release of the desktop-friendly Neue Helvetica.

Of course, that was pre-internet, and Monotype’s director, Charles Nix, says everyone’s font needs have changed a great deal in the intervening decades. “Neue Helvetica was the first digitization of Helvetica,” Nix said. “That was a long time ago, and so much has happened in our world since then.”

[h/t Wired]

The Minimalist Design Wave Taking Over Classical Rome – Yahoo Finance UK

While Milan might be known as Italy’s fashion and design capital, throughout the last decade, Rome has started punching well above its weight, embracing a unique marriage of old and new.

The open-air museum that is the Italian capital is synonymous with chaos, winding cobblestone streets, and reminders of history at every turn. The Eternal City sits in harmony with relics of the past and has seen its fair share of emperors, popes, triumphs and tragedies. But one trend might go down in this city’s history as one for the ages—and it looks like it’s here to stay.

Touches of minimalist design are popping up everywhere. But don’t let the term “minimalist” fool you into thinking this is an imported Scandinavian or Northern European influence. From cafes to bars, restaurants to hotels, Rome is abuzz with a sexy contemporary design that locals and international visitors are demanding. With a varying mix of neutral palettes, pops of pastels and a smattering of bold primary colors, classic style is out. Simple clean lines, unadorned interiors, geometric shapes, and textures are in.

Newer restaurants and bars on the Roman landscape are a far cry from the expected red-checkered tablecloth trattorias. While those remain a staple of the dining scene, a new breed of establishments are embracing creative lighting, bronze fixtures, open kitchens, and bare tablescapes.

Newer kids on the block include Zia in Trastevere with its dim mood lighting and round, Scandi-inspired wooden tables that serve as a canvas for owner and chef Antonio Ziantoni’s dishes. Bars like Daforma Gallery and Drink Kong have set new standards: The former with an eclectic art space while embracing brunch and cocktail hour; and the latter with neon lights, a private Japanese dining space, and craft cocktails.

Corso 281 Luxury Suites

In the hotel industry, One property redefining opulent design is Corso 281 Luxury Suites. Occupying four floors of an 18th century baroque noble palazzo on Rome’s main thoroughfare Via del Corso, award-winning Milanese architect Chiara Caberlon brought this showstopper to life under the direction of owner Natalino Gisonna. That starpower meant the ultimate in Italian design: Carrara marble, hardwood flooring, plush fabrics, and innovative technology. With Rome as her muse and inspiration, contemporary black and white interiors brush up against carefully selected artworks, adorning the walls creating a rotating in-house art gallery. Service begins even before arrival, when you select the champagne for the minibar or which Frette linens you’d prefer.

“I wanted to create a modern space with luxurious details at every touch point that acts as an ode to the nobility of Ancient Rome,” says Gisonna. “We have managed to meld the old with the new—from preservation of our 1750 building facade to the majestic original marble staircase to the wrought iron railing.”

Caberlon, founder of her eponymous architecture firm CaberlonCaroppi Studio, describes their contemporary projects as each telling a different story.

“When you’re talking about design, you must take into account a city’s personality,” explains Caberlon. “Rome isn’t just any city: here, the past, present and future co-exist. You cannot simply take all that is Rome out of the equation.”

Marriott Pantheon Iconic Hotel/Mattia Aquila

But not everyone has abandoned classical Roman style. At the Marriott Pantheon Iconic Hotel, Milanese designer Marco Piva looked to blend ancient and modern, looking to the dome, oculus, and columns of the Pantheon for inspiration in geometric features within the hotel hallways from gleaming archways to circular motifs and mirrors. His lustrous lines extend to the Divinity Bar, a sixth-floor patio ideal for apertivo hour at sunset, with the unobstructed views of the influential edifice.

The Hotel Vilòn’s unassuming entrance off a cobblestoned street is a design feast awaiting the eye. The 16th century palazzo and former Borghese family home has been given a new life. Milanese designer Giampiero Panepinto created the velvet adorned and gemstone colored public spaces, set designer Paolo Bonfini’s touches of cinema characterize the suites, and artwork from Florentine photographer Massimo Listri completes the look.

Hotel manager Giorgia Tozzi says the look is inspired by a new brand of classic: “It’s modern and retro-chic where Roman aristocracy no longer lives, but you can feel it. It is luxury that is elegant, practical, colorful, dynamic, and understated.”

A minimalist house is converted into an office in Mexico City – Wallpaper*

Mexico City-based architecture firm Archetonic has overhauled a minimalist family home into a workspace in a western city suburb. Defined by its domestic previous life and verdant surroundings, the new design segues the pensive quality of nature into fluid working facilities.

To passers-by, the office’s minimal façade and residential backdrop suggest no trace of the building’s professional occupation. ‘The idea of generating a more cosy and homely working experience naturally and unwillingly comes from recycling a residential structure,’ explain the architects, ‘otherwise the result would have been a more conventional office solution.’

From the wide sliding doors that open up to a patio, to the steel girders overhead, and the small dipping pond, the office indeed breaks convention. Daylight abundantly drapes over dark marble flooring and light wooden wall fixtures in the entrance, producing an interior ambience more akin to a spa or hotel lobby than a reception. Meeting rooms in various configurations orbit this central space, each with an individual outdoor terrace overlooking the east-facing garden flooded with sunlight and calming tree views.

‘We wanted the vegetation, outside garden and terraces to be part of a strong contemplative experience’

Design drama unfolds beyond the western wall, which slides to a reveal a proportionate meeting-cum-living space. Furniture design by Esrawe, Blu Dot and Dejate Querer instills a homely character to the left, and a formal space to the right. A two-tone sculpture by Mexican artist Rodrigo Garagarza from the ‘Matatenas/Jacks’ series sits between the two, acting as a bridge between the room’s twin personalities. Gentle contrasts can be found on the first floor, where white furniture design and fittings are juxtaposed.

Focus is quickly shifted, however, to a façade of green woven plastic cables beyond a swivelling glass wall at the end of the corridor. This winds around to the building’s reverse, filtering in natural views to another set of private workspaces and their corresponding terraces. With a rooftop garden topping the space off, it would be easy to assume that the focus of the project is to encourage an outdoor working ethic. Archetonic rather sees this piece of office design acting as a stimulus for new ideas.

‘We didn’t quite want to inspire outdoor working, nor to deny it. The objective was to blur the limits between in and out, in a way that allow the user to enjoy the outside while inhabiting any space of the project. We wanted the vegetation, outside garden and terraces to be part of a strong contemplative experience.’ §

Minimalist unit inside SoMa Saitowitz-designed building asks $1.04M – Curbed SF

Much ink has been spilled over this Stanley Saitowitz-designed metal box in SoMa known as 1234 Howard. The building, which was awarded the American Institute of Architects Merit Award in 2008 is “a study in transparency, light, and negative space,” as Curbed noted in our guide to the noted designer.

Now a condo inside the building, comprised of jewel box-like units stacked on top of each other and separated by an open-air shaft and patio, is on the market.

Featuring one bed, one bath, and 888 square feet, unit 3D comes with sparely accents like stained bamboo flooring, glass sliding doors, black granite countertops, and a private patio overlooking the courtyard. It also comes with one-car parking inside a secured garage.

An excellent opportunity to live inside of one of San Francisco’s starchitect’s best works.

Asking is $1,049,000 through Kevin Gueco and Marcell Neri of Gueco Real Estate.