Fergie and Wet N Wild's Major Gift to AIDS Research

by Alexandra Tunell

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Last night, I got the chance to meet Fergie at the launch event for her spring Wet n Wild collection. The new mom to 3-month-old Axl is busier than ever, building an empire of fragrances, makeup, shoes, and even a wine label. And it's not all easy. "I'm still trying to find the balance, to be honest," she says. She talked beauty (she loves the new Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish Lip Stain in Giving Realness), taking a hiatus from recording to focus on her family, and the importance of giving back. Which she then did--in a big way.

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The Foundation for AIDS Research, or amFar, is a cause close to her heart, and she was here in New York City to present the group with a $50,000 check raised through the sales of her very own Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Lip Color in V.I.Pink.

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The gesture got me thinking about how Fergie isn't the only one working to end AIDS through beauty: Twenty percent of proceeds from Nest Fragrances Elton John holiday candles, which smell like pine, winter, and sitting by the fireplace, benefit the Elton John AIDS foundation. And 10 percent of the proceeds of any RED product goes to Global Fund to Fight AIDS. Our pick: Jonathan Adler Product Red Special Edition Pop Handwash + Lotion, which has a perfectly piquant tomato-rhubarb-and-basil scent.

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