PRIMP IT
How to Survive National Absinthe Day

National Absinthe Day falls on March 5th this year and apart from obviously drinking in its honor, it's important to look and feel great for the occasion. Don green if you're feeling spirited and make sure to prep and pamper in green fairy fashion. Spritz on some eau de absinthe, make sure your breath is ready to take on the night, moisturize those hands that'll be all over cocktails all day long and make sure they look fab while you're sipping.

Absinthe Mints: If you aren't quite in for the adventure that is absinthe, try these absinthe mints. Completely harmless, but with an absinthe taste. Bonus - it leaves you with fresh breath to take on the night! ($4.95)

LIFESTYLE
Revamp Your Beauty Regime in the New Year

It's time to put the fated New Year's resolution to the test. While everybody makes them, it's hard to keep up sometimes so breaking them might occur at some point. Stick to something you can actually accomplish this year, like boosting your beauty regimen and giving yourself a fresh start. Commit to spending some time on yourself for just a couple of minutes a day and you will see vast improvements that all your friends will be jealous of.

Cleanlogic Bath and Body Care designs eco-friendly products that you can use in the shower to freshen up your skin. Not only does their Green Collection help you exfoliate and moisturize your skin for a perfect smooth glow, but all the products are completely recyclable and sustainable. Try out the Recyclable Mesh Bath Sponge ($2.99) to help you lather up and brush away dry skin. Look and feel well-rested with their Soft Bamboo Sleep Mask ($4.99), that ensures a healthy, revitalized you each morning. Not to mention, the company's products are practically a steal at these affordable prices.

DO-GOODERS
Ricky Gervais Helps Launch New Global Animal Rights Organization

Ricky Gervais is officially a spokesperson for Cruelty Free International, a newly-established worldwide campaign to ban testing cosmetics on animals. Launched by the long-standing British Union Against Vivisection, CFI will work with governments, companies and partner organizations to place animal testing at the forefront of policymakers' agendas.

On the issue, Ricky says: "Animal testing for cosmetics is still allowed in most of the world. That means thousands of animals can continue to die for the sake of a new shampoo. We urgently need a worldwide ban on this cruel and unnecessary suffering. Get involved. Please join me in supporting Cruelty Free International in its global mission to consign animal testing for cosmetics to the history books.”

While the European Union has banned the testing of cosmetics on animals, 80% of countries still allow the practice. Common test procedures include force-feeding large amounts of chemicals to assess toxicity and applying caustic ingredients to eyes and skin to measure irritation (one now infamous mascara test measures how long a chemical ingredient takes to burn away a rabbit's cornea). Rats and mice are the most frequent test subjects, but guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, and dogs are also commonly used. Cosmetics companies are not required to use animals to test for safety and can instead use human skin cultures. Numerous studies, including several published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal have concluded that animal tests do not reliably predict outcomes in humans due to basic biological differences.

Consumers can now find cruelty-free cosmetics for every need and at every price point. Some mainstream examples include Revlon, wet n wild, Burt's Bees, Prestige, Bare Minerals, Stila, Urban Decay, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Paul Mitchell and Aveda. Because there is no regulation of "cruelty-free" labeling, be sure to check the label for the BUAV's leaping bunny logo. View a complete list of cruelty-free cosmetics and household cleaning products here.

Learn more about Cruelty Free International and how you can get involved.

I <3 BEAUTY
The Body Shop for Sephora

The Body Shop has announced that it will create an exclusive line to be sold through Sephora. The collection will include some of The Body Shop’s signature products, such as Body Botters, Vitamin C Facial radiance Kit, DeoDry Dry-Effect Deodorants, Peppermint Cooling Foot Set, and a Hemp Hand Protector Duo Set.

"[Sephora] is the kind of place our customer would expect to find us," says Phil Kowalczyk, president of The Body Shop. Kowalczyk is hoping that the collaboration will help The Body Shop gain more exposure. "We get a double benefit as our customers get additional outlets and the Sephora customer, in some cases, can rediscover the brand.”

The new collection hits 140 Sephora locations this week.

MOTLEY CRUE
Famous West Hollywood strip club burns down.

A fire on Thursday morning burned through the roof of The Body Shop, a landmark West Hollywood strip club mentioned in a classic Motley Crue song. The blaze was reported at about 6:46 a.m. Thursday December 4th at the one-story club on Sunset Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Firefighters don't believe anyone was in the building at the time of the fire and were investigating the cause of the fire. It took about one hour to put out the fire, which was mainly confined to the attic, fire inspector Frank Garrido said. One firefighter suffered a minor injury. The Body Shop, which has been in operation since the 1960s and fames itself as the longest running strip club in Los Angeles, is one of many clubs mentioned in the 1980's Motley Crue anthem to the strip clubs of America, "Girls, Girls, Girls."