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Origins and Jon McLaughlin—what more could you ask for?

On April 19th, in celebration of Earth Month 2010 and Origins Earth Initiatives, I attended the all–natural beauty company’s first “Origins Rocks Earth Month Concert” in New York City. (For those of you who didn’t know, Origins is uber-green. The company lets you drop off empty cosmetic packaging including bottles, tubes, jars, caps and compacts—regardless of the brand—to any of its retail stores or department-store counters.) There, I caught up with actress and event emcee Juliette Lewis, and the Oscar-nominated singer Jon McLaughlin to get their thoughts on all things beauty. 


Shape/CC: “So I have to tell you, I think you are one of the funniest actresses out there—and I loved you in Whip It. Do you credit your super toned legs to roller derby?

Juliette Lewis/JL: (laughs) “No, actually I’m always on the road with my band and the show is pretty intense, so I feel like I’m constantly working out. Plus, I do Barry’s Boot Camp in LA—it’s my new religion.”

CC: “Ok, so since I’m the beauty editor at Shape, I have to know what you A. won’t leave the house without putting on, and B. what color is on your fingertips and toes?”

JL: “I absolutely can’t leave the house without putting on Origins A Perfect World Highly Hydrating body lotion—my skin just feels too dry if I don’t, and Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation balm. The color that’s on my nails was inspired by my 14 year old niece, Bella. I usually wear red nail polish, but I went with her to get a mani/pedi and she picked out this pale lavender shade from OPI [called Rumple's Wiggin]. Since I had this event I wasn’t sure if I should wear purple, but then she says to me, ‘just get it!’ So I did. 

**Cut to me totally taking a cue from JL and copying her style the next day using Revlon's Nail Enamel in Lilac Pastelle. See below:


Shape/CC: “It’s very nice to meet you, Jon, I’ve been a fan of yours ever since I watched the movie Enchanted, in which you performed your Oscar-nominated song So Close.

Jon McLaughlin/JM: “Well, thank you, it was a honor to be a part of that whole project.”

CC: “Ok, so are you ready to get down to business? We’re talking beauty here.”

JM: “Sure.”

CC: “What does beauty mean to you?”

JM: “Well, when I think of beauty I think of my wife, Amy. Obviously you can’t underplay physical attraction, but I feel like you have to be comfortable in your own skin.”

CC: “Speaking of outer beauty, what feature are you most drawn to on a woman?”

JM: “I’d have to say I always notice teeth first (I didn’t have the best set of them growing up), then probably eyes next.”

CC: “Perfume. Lover or hater?” JM: “Hmm. Lover. There’s one that I notice my wife wearing that’s called [Vera Wang] Princess.”

CC: “Since you are married, I’m sure you have double the amount of products in your bathroom, but is there one that you can’t help but use of hers?”

JM: “There are some that are definitely off limits, like the ones that have a fragrance or are expensive, but one thing I do constantly use is her body lotion, the cheap one, of course.” (laughs)

CC: “Ok, last question: Red lipstick on a first date or au natural?”

JM: “Definitely more of a natural look. Color is nice, but can be overpowering.”


For more Jon McLaughlin log on to and be sure to look out for his new album Oh, the Truth? that’s coming out soon.


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