December 8, 2011
We've gathered some more stories about people who saw a need or faced a challenge, and created a solution for our "Problem? No Problem!" series. Here are their stories.
—Jenniffer Weigel, Tribune Newspapers
(Got your own story? Send it to us at TribU@Tribune.com with the subject line "No Problem!" and it could be added to the list!)
Sheila Hansen is making gorgeous green
As a makeup artist for more than 20 years, Sheila Hansen knows how to make women look pretty. But now, she's helping people look beautiful on the outside while staying healthy on the inside.
"People are eating healthy and buying organic, but it doesn't even dawn on them that what they are washing their face with can be loaded with chemicals," said Hansen, who got passionate about the topic after suffering from a skin irritation around her eye that lasted for almost a year.
"I took a four-week class on superfoods and personal-care products and I had been to the doctor for my eye irritation, and nothing seemed to work," she said. "I worked for makeup lines in department stores but didn't realize, even the expensive ones are filled with chemicals. So when I stopped using them and switched to a natural, organic line, my eye got better. Eye makeup can be especially high in chemicals."
Frustrated that there was no one-stop shop for all things green in the makeup department, Hansen decided to go it alone.
Now Hansen's If a Goddess Wore Makeup studio can be found at 5247 N. Clark St. in the Andersonville Galleria in Chicago. She offers all organic makeup and skin products as well as consultations.
A big misconception about organic products, Hansen said, is that they are too expensive.
"I sold hundred-dollar eye creams that were filled with chemicals back when I worked in the department stores," she said. "Some of the best natural products can be $20.
"This is an area where we have a choice. We can't control air pollution, but we can control what kind of lotion we put on our face. Why not choose something that's healthy?"
For information, visit http://www.ifagoddessworemakeup.com.
Brian Lieberman is paying it forward
Brian Lieberman likes to give to the needy, but not many 24-year-olds have the same kind of generous heart.
"Once I helped out with a food shelter and they thought I was there because I was court-ordered to be there," he said. "The attitude was that kids were there to just put in their time."
After donating clothes to a shelter in his neighborhood in Washington, D.C., Lieberman noticed there was a room full of bags of clothing that needed to be thrown away because they were too worn out to reuse.
That's when Lieberman came up with the idea for Twice As Warm..
For every item that is bought on his website, Lieberman purchases, then donates the same item to charity. "So you have a winter hat and you're staying warm, and you can know that because of your purchase you're keeping someone else warm," he said.
Lieberman's wear one, give one model helped him gift more than 200 winter items to the needy last year. He's hoping to double his efforts this holiday season.
"Through our blog we are announcing the different places where we are giving away clothing," he said. "Right now it's six shelters in D.C."
For information, go to http://www.twiceaswarm.com.
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