Benefit Cosmetics is not new to giving cash for a good cause. The cause of choice this time is Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation's largest youth mentoring program.
To benefit the organization, Benefit is offering a new color of its classic lip gloss called Big Magic. All the proceeds from the sale of the $14 gloss go to the group.
The gloss itself is pretty much perfect. It's a sheer, dusty rose color that looks good on just about everyone. And it goes on in a thin coat, with minimal stickiness -- even after it's been on your lips for a while -- and the scent is pleasantly reminiscent of apricots.
Splurge and pick up a gloss for yourself and a friend -- in honor of the group's Bigs and Littles, of course -- and help out a good cause. Get the gloss at www.benefitcosmetics.com.
Recently Fred Flare held a "Call for Entries" on their search for the Next Big Thing. They chose 24 uber hip designers as their winners.
The youngest of the elite was 14-year-old Kelsey Kirsch. Her winning design is a perfect back-to-school product (we know, you only just got OUT of school -- we're thinking ahead). It's a messenger bag sure to help you to reminisce about those "lawn" days of summer, since it features a pattern including the John Deere logo.
Kelsey said her mom taught her how to sew and she's been making her Kel-C messenger bags ever since.
The bag, which carries a hip price along with the prestige, goes for $60 at www.fredflare.com.
"I just raced in Long Beach [Calif.], and I'm severely depressed that Frankie Muniz beat me. He's, like, 19. I'm seeking therapy to overcome the loss." -- Actor Patrick Dempsey ("Grey's Anatomy"), in People magazine.
"We have a new generation [of movie executives] coming into power that's grown up on hip-hop, and they are changing attitudes about who should be in front of these movies." -- Ice Cube on rappers as movie stars in People magazine.
"I don't think I'm that cool. I think TV makes me look cool. I was never in the in crowd in high school or anything like that. ... That's the power of entertainment. Anyone can be cool." -- Musician Andre 3000, in People.
If you need guidance figuring out your life, Quizbox (www.quizbox.com) can probably help. The easy-to-use Web site is loaded with personality quizzes, games, horoscopes, even a quiz maker so you can create your own tests.
The quizzes, from "Hot or Not?" to "The Clothes You Wear," are meticulously detailed, and their results seem disarmingly true. Some quizzes can apparently discern a personality with one multiple-choice question ("What is your favorite ice cream flavor?"), but others have long lists of queries.
The games are deviously simple and actually quite challenging. I couldn't change "three words to two words." Can anyone else make two words from "nor do we"? The horoscopes section can evaluate the meaning of names, birthdays and zodiac signs. And if you and your crush aren't clicking, there is advice for dating each zodiac sign and Chinese zodiac compatibility tests.