(Family Features) Under the couch, near the entry of almost every door and randomly scattered throughout your home, shoes can be one of the most difficult wardrobe staples to keep organized.
After assessing your space and the number of shoes you own, consider these storage tips to make containing your favorite footwear a breeze.
An old bookshelf is a perfect shoe organizer for those who have homes with walk-in closets or enjoy displaying their favorite pairs out in the open. Bookshelves with varying depths make it easy to group by height of shoe type – tall boots on one level, short flats and low-top sneakers on the next and so on.
Baby shoe solutions
A visit to your local hobby store can solve your baby and toddler shoe storage woes. The pegs on a simple, wooden thread rack make for easy, space-saving places to hang adorable little shoes. These wall-mounted racks are also easy to paint to match any toddler room’s decor.
Rustic and repurposed
For those with an admiration for a rustic look, find a warehouse pallet. The large wooden frames have slots spaced for various types of footwear. Rest it against the wall for a simple worn-in organizer.
A brightly painted ladder resting on the wall is a unique way to show off some of your prettiest pumps and peep-toes. Simply let the heels dangle off each rung of the ladder for a storage solution that doubles as artwork.
Basic storage makeover
If you have a basic, two-tiered shoe rack, step out of the norm and turn that white or wooden rack into a colorful display that complements your decor. With just a brush and a can of your favorite paint hue, simple racks can be transformed into vibrant pieces of furniture.
For more organization tips to help avoid a heaping pile of sneakers at the bottom of the closet or a mismatched mess of shoes under the bed, visit eLivingtoday.com.
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VASELINE® INTRODUCES ITS MOST PREMIUM LINE YET, CREATED TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF BLACK & BROWN SKIN
Co-created with dermatologists who specialize in caring for skin of color, the new line contains premium skincare actives to deliver deep moisturization and advanced benefits normally found in face care
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Vaseline introduces Vaseline® Radiant X™, a new body care range formulated with premium skin care ingredients traditionally used for your face, created to specifically address the needs and concerns of Black and Brown skin including moisture imbalance, dark spots, and uneven skin tone.
As the go-to product for healing skin for many generations, Vaseline® believes everyone should have access to healthy-looking, radiant skin, but there are few brands that specifically cater to the needs and beauty benefits for melanin-rich skin, and often many skincare lines treat all skin the same.
By working with dermatologists who specialize in caring for and treating skin of color to develop the line, Vaseline led with a scientific approach to curate products made with effective ingredients that deliver skin solutions not traditionally found in body and especially at mass retail.
At the heart of the new line of products lies Vaseline® Radiant X™ Even Nourishing Tone Body Lotion that includes 1% niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, clinically proven to visibly reduce dark spots and even skin tone in just two weeks. The lotion also includes Unilever’s proprietary ultra-hydrating lipids to help skin replenish its own ceramides and foster a more resilient, healthier skin barrier. Using this technology as a building block to nourish skin allows active ingredients to penetrate deeper for better delivery of benefits and up to 72 hours of moisture.
“Through our longstanding work to improve access to equitable skin care, Vaseline knows the key to healthy-looking skin is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Yet, many products on the market treat all skin the same,” said Cara Sabin, President Beauty & Wellbeing at Unilever North America. “This is the insight that inspired Vaseline® Radiant X™. This new line leads with a scientific approach, incorporating the best of science and beauty benefits to effectively address specific skin concerns in the melanin-rich community, who often go underserved.”
Vaseline knows radiance isn’t a quick fix. Radiance is a science. The new premium line features four science-driven products:
- Even Tone Nourishing Body Lotion: This non-greasy & fast-absorbing body lotion is formulated with 1% niacinamide and is clinically proven to visibly reduce dark spots and even skin tone in just two weeks.
- Deep Nourishment Body Cream: This body cream is enriched with 100% shea butter to provide intense moisturization and 72 hours of moisture, leaving you with soft, smooth, and radiant skin.
- Replenishing Hydrating Body Oil: This quick-absorbing and non-sticky body oil is enriched with 1% lipids to help soften and revive dull skin.
- Deep Nourishment Hand Butter: This hand butter is made with 100% shea butter to provide intense moisturization without feeling greasy, providing silky soft, nourished, and radiant hands.
To accompany the new product line, Vaseline is also kicking off Two Weeks to Radiance – a launch campaign that touts the Vaseline® Radiant X™ Even Tone Nourishing Body Lotion’s clinically proven claim to visibly reduce dark spots and even skin tone in just two weeks. The program will consist of radiant skin care content and social giveaways. The brand will also be transforming the Malt House in Harlem, New York to Radiance House – an immersive experience that brings to life the science of radiance.
Since first introducing the world to the Original Healing Jelly 150 years ago, Vaseline® has been committed to caring for all skin. As the #1 dermatologist recommended brand for pure petroleum jelly, Vaseline is a trusted brand among doctors and a trusted household staple in homes.
Vaseline® believes that skin health is a right, not a privilege, and the Vaseline mission is to ensure skin health is more accessible to everyone, everywhere. Vaseline is committed to skin health for all through its initiatives, including See My Skin, the only online database designed to search for conditions on skin of color and connect people with the proper care they deserve, and the Vaseline Healing Project to provide affordable and comprehensive dermatological services to those who need it most.
Vaseline® products are available at food, drug, and mass retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.vaseline.com, www.instagram.com/vaselinebrand, www.facebook.com/vaseline, www.twitter.com/vaselinebrand, or www.tiktok.com/@vaselinebrand.
About Unilever North America:
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products, with sales in over 190 countries and products used by 3.4 billion people every day. We have 148,000 employees and generated sales of €52.4 billion in 2021. Over half of our footprint is in developing and emerging markets. We have around 400 brands found in homes all over the world – including iconic brands like Dove, Knorr, Hellmann’s, Magnum, Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Degree, Seventh Generation, St. Ives, Suave, TRESemmé, and Vaseline.
Our vision is to be the global leader in sustainable business and to demonstrate how our purpose-led, future-fit business model drives superior performance. We have a long tradition of being a progressive, responsible business. It goes back to the days of our founder William Lever, who launched the world’s first purposeful brand, Sunlight Soap, more than 100 years ago, and it’s at the heart of how we run our company today.
The Unilever Compass, our sustainable business strategy, is set out to help us deliver superior performance and drive sustainable and responsible growth, while:
- Improving the health of the planet
- Improving people’s health, confidence and wellbeing
- Contributing to a fairer and more socially inclusive world
While there is still more to do, in the past year we’re proud to have achieved sector leadership in S&P’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index, ‘Triple A’ status in CDP’s Climate, Water and Forest benchmarks, and to be named as the top ranked company in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility Sustainability Leaders survey for the eleventh consecutive year.
For more information on Unilever U.S. and its brands visit: www.unileverusa.com
BLOOMINGDALE’S CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF ITS ICONIC BIG BROWN BAG
The retailer rings in the anniversary with the Carousel @ Bloomingdale’s: Big Brown Bazaar, featuring exclusive collaborations, custom experiences, events, and activations
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Bloomingdale’s today announces the 50th anniversary of its iconic Big Brown Bag. To celebrate 50 years of the globally recognized Brown Bag, Bloomingdale’s will be debuting a lineup of incredible partnerships, online and in-store activations at The Carousel @ Bloomingdale’s: Big Brown Bazaar, as well as events celebrating fall fashion trends through the milestone this September.
Bloomingdale’s, a renowned brand and pioneer of modern retail igniting trends and inspiring its customers, has stood the test of time. As an innovator, Bloomingdale’s knew that what you carry is as important as what’s inside, and The Big Brown Bag, featuring Massimo Vignelli’s “bloomingtype,” exudes simplicity in an iconic way. Initially created to accommodate the growing sales of pillows and blankets, the bag was then adapted to include a breadth of sizing with the introduction of both the “Medium and Little Brown Bags” more suitable for other products, cosmetics and accessories. The Big Brown Bag has grown to become a globally recognized and iconic calling card for fashion-conscious shoppers, as well as an incredible branding tool for Bloomingdale’s.
To commemorate this milestone and celebrate the anniversary, Bloomingdale’s has curated The Carousel @ Bloomingdale’s: The Big Brown Bazaar. The Carousel will feature limited-edition products designed and created to celebrate the most recognizable shopping bag in fashion. Shoppers will have access to exclusive collections in- store and online from MOTHER denim, Helmut Lang, Stoney Clover Lane, among others. New York must have items will be available from the Plaza Hotel, Economy Candy, and Kule x Café Panna, accompanied by 70’s inspired finds from Impala Skates and an assortment of merchandise in celebration of 50 years of NY Hip Hop. As part of the Bazaar, guests will also find a curated pickleball shop complete with essentials from Rally and exclusive paddle designs from Recess X Bloomingdale’s.
“The Big Brown Bag has become an incredible Bloomingdale’s marketing tool, and representing the first sustainable shopping bag, was truly ahead of its time,” says Frank Berman, Chief Marketing Officer at Bloomingdale’s. “We are a company that pushes to innovate and strives to be like none other and the Big Brown Bag is an exemplary product of this ethos. It has become a historical part of pop culture moments and an icon of the luxury lifestyle. The bag itself is synonymous with fashion and the Bloomingdale’s brand and we are thrilled to be celebrating its 50th anniversary with the launch of our incredible pop-up shop, unique merchandise, exclusive customer experiences, and in-store animation.”
To continue the excitement around the milestone anniversary, Bloomingdale’s is activating for shoppers in all stores across the country with the store’s first-ever “Big Brown Bash” on September 9 from 1-4pm. Shoppers are invited to fill up a limited-edition Brown Bag with a range of custom merchandise from brands including the iconic Bloomingdale’s Forty Carrots, Moleskine, and Alexa Leigh.
Throughout the month of September, and as a part of Bloomingdale’s b the change, customers can support Bloomingdale’s x FIT Sustainable Innovation Fund in partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), by rounding up in-store purchases up to the nearest dollar or making a donation at check-out. Donations will directly support FIT’s Genspace Scholars Program, where students research and experiment on creative approaches to sustainable design and materials.
For more information on how Bloomingdale’s will celebrate this iconic anniversary, The Carousel @ Bloomingdale’s: The Big Brown Bazaar or the Big Brown Bash events and activations, please visit Bloomingdales.com and follow along on social @bloomingdales.
Bloomingdale’s is America’s only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store. A division of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE: M), it currently operates 34 Bloomingdale’s stores, 20 Bloomingdale’s The Outlet stores, and two Bloomie’s stores in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. In addition, Bloomingdale’s has an international presence with a location in Dubai and Kuwait. Founded in 1872, the iconic retailer celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2022. Be sure to follow @bloomingdales on social media, become a Loyallist, and for more information, or to shop any time, visit www.bloomingdales.com.
FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Registration and Listing of Cosmetic Product Facilities and Products
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance which, once finalized, will assist cosmetics companies submitting cosmetic product facility registrations and cosmetic product listings, including ingredients, to the FDA. This includes a wide range of products such as makeup products, nail polishes, shaving creams and other grooming products, perfumes, face and body cleansers, haircare products, moisturizers, and other skincare products.
“On average, consumers in the U.S. use six to 12 cosmetics products daily. But, until recently the FDA didn’t have the authority to require manufacturers to submit cosmetic product listings, including a list of ingredients used in these products, or register the facilities where they were produced,” said Namandjé Bumpus, Ph.D., FDA’s Chief Scientist. “Passage of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA) changed this. Later this year, registration and listing of cosmetic product facilities and products will become a requirement, making information about cosmetic products, including the ingredients used in products and the facilities where they are produced, readily available to the agency.”
The draft guidance, “Registration and Listing of Cosmetic Product Facilities and Products: Guidance for Industry,” describes MoCRA requirements for facility registration and product listing, and the exemptions under MoCRA for certain small businesses. Under MoCRA, submission of information about existing cosmetic product facilities and products is required no later than Dec. 29. Facility registration information is to be updated within 60 days of a change and registration to be renewed every two years. Additionally, any updates to a product listing, such as a change in product ingredients, are to be provided annually.
“The FDA is working to strengthen its oversight in regard to the safety of cosmetics,” said Linda Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors. “The agency will rely on registration and listing information to accomplish several objectives, such as identifying facilities producing products potentially causing adverse events, facilitating the recall of unsanitary products, administering product testing and surveillance programs, planning inspections and identifying products marketed in violation of the law.”
Until March, the FDA operated a Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program for cosmetics manufacturers that provided the agency with only a snapshot of the information available about cosmetic products and ingredients, their frequency of use and businesses engaged in their manufacture and distribution. The FDA is developing a new system for receiving registration and listing information required by MoCRA.
Today’s draft guidance is intended to play a critical role in helping to ensure the safety of cosmetic products that many consumers use day-to-day. It also serves as a milestone within the agency’s continued efforts to protect the public health. The FDA is accepting comments on the draft guidance until Sept. 7.
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