MAC Cosmetics’ MAC Pro Team was on hand providing the
makeup services during a concert honoring Nelson
Mandela in London on June 27. MAC also armed guests
with makeup essentials including MAC wipes, MAC
Splashproof mascara in blacksplash, MAC Technakohl,
MAC Blushcreme and MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF15.
Proceeds went to the 46664 campaign that raises awareness about the impact of AIDS and promotes effective HIV
prevention measures throughout the world. The campaign
aligns closely with the work of the MAC AIDS Fund, the
heart and sole of MAC Cosmetics, which has raised more
than $115 million since its inception in 1994. More info:
The Yankee Candle Company has donated $125,000 to the
American Heart Association following its 2008 “Light A
Candle for Your Heart” campaign. The campaign, Yankee
Candle’s third, included a variety of company-sponsored
educational outreach programs to live a heart healthy life,
along with the sale of a special edition “Go Red” candle
and car jar air freshener. In addition to the specially-designed “Go Red” candle and car jar air freshener,
Yankee Candle made a donation for all other purchases of
select red candles at Yankee Candle Retail Stores across
the country and online during American Heart month.
More info: www.yankeecandle.com
On July 2, Kate Hudson and longtime hairstylist David Babaii
made their debut on HSN to unveil David Babaii for
WildAid, their new line of eco-conscious hair care products
devoted to wildlife preservation. During the spot, Mr.
Babaii shared styling secrets and demonstrated how to
achieve top looks while Ms. Hudson made an appearance
by phone, joining in the conversation with HSN callers. The
David Babaii for WildAid mission is to help end the illegal
wildlife trade, strengthening the number of threatened
species. The line of cruelty-free products was in development for two years, with Ms. Hudson providing input and
testing products. She will also appear in the brand’s
advertisements. The company will donate 10% of profits
to the animal conservation group WildAid. More info:
Nearly half of all kitchen sinks harbor high levels of poten-
tially dangerous bacteria, according to a new international study sponsored by Lysol. In fact, investigators swabbing for bacteria in the U.S. and around the world found
that 46% of kitchen sinks harbor unsatisfactory or heavily contaminated levels of bacteria, including E. coli.
Americans’ current kitchen
cleaning habits don’t help protect their families from illness-causing germs, according to the
new study from the Hygiene
Council, a group of leading international infectious disease specialists. Despite 90% of U.S.
respondents claiming to clean
their kitchen surfaces at least
two to three times per week, a
quarter of kitchen sinks ana-
lyzed failed the hygiene test for having unsatisfactory or
heavily contaminated levels of bacteria. “This tells us that
while most American families make a concerted effort to
try and keep their homes clean and safe, they are not following basic hygiene habits to help protect themselves and
their children,” said John Oxford, chairman of the Hygiene
Council and Professor of Virology at St. Bartholomew’s &
The Royal London Hospital, Queen Mary’s School of
Medicine and Dentistry.
The Hygiene Council is comprised of infectious disease
specialists from around the globe and is now in its third
year working to dispel myths about germs and educate consumers about basic hygiene practices, such as proper hand
washing, food handling and regular surface disinfection.
For the 2008 Hygiene Council study, investigators examined more than 1, 120 household surfaces in seven countries
around the world (Germany, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia,
South Africa, United Kingdom and the U.S.) to look for bacteria and learn more about families’ hygiene habits.
The study also found that kitchen cloths and sponges
are germ hot spots—nearly 90% of them examined globally
had unsatisfactory or worse levels of disease-causing bacteria. Seventy-five percent of American kitchen cloths and
sponges failed the hygiene test, including 25% of those that
appeared new or visibly clean. Sadly, Americans’ filthy
cloths and sponges were shown to be the “cleanest” in the
world according to the Hygiene Council study.
“Even the cleanest kitchen cloth or sponge is a potential
bacterial bomb because it can spread germs from surface to
surface, cross contaminating everything it touches. People