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January 25th, 2010 | By | 245 Comments

Hozell Helping Haiti

Help Hozell Help Haiti…and get a rad shirt too.


From Hozell:
If you’re like us, you wish you could donate endlessly… but don’t have the spare cash to throw down. We’re creating this t-shirt, with proceeds going to The Red Cross and other relief efforts to help the people of Haiti, so you can help the cause and get a great looking tee out of the deal. 

If you can… get one for yourself, one for a friend, one for your mailman, your gardener, the guy at the gas station, and so on. 

[though this item isn't being custom constructed at 100% of our standard hozell retail quality (to keep the cost down and raise more money), these shirts are still soft as hell and super comfortable]

Get the Hozell for Haiti Tee HERE.

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January 20th, 2010 | By | 1,389 Comments

Behind the Scenes Makeup Tips from Today’s Photo Shoot

Get the Swell model look with these makeup tips from our makeup artist Rene.


Although we fully believe that beauty is on the inside, it never hurts to add a little illuminating powder to bring it out from time to time! Our makeup artist Rene was nice enough to share some of her insider secrets on how to get a flawless natural look. Get ready for a pretty good sized list…apparently even Swell models need a little liner-love to be camera ready!


The full deal:

1. Start with a light moisturizer- Garnier Skin Renew Moisturizer

2. Add a solid foundation: Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer

3. Conceal: Apply Smashbox High Def Concealer under eyes

4. Color: Add Shiseido Gold Lights Eyeshadow to lids, followed by Mac Paradisco and a light shade like Smashbox Flirt at inner corners to widen the eyes.

5. Define: Line top and bottom with a dark copper liner, like CK Ultimate Edge in Cocoa Sheer. Add a coat of black mascara, Rene uses L’Oreal Voluminous mascara, for some added drama.

7. Illuminate: Light up your look with a highlighting liquid- Giorgio Armani Radiant Pigments.

8. Lips: Brush on a natural lip color and a little gloss.

9. Bronze: Add a final touch of color with a little bronzer- Laura Mercier Bronzer.

Don’t have time for full shebang?

We asked Rene to pick out one essential shouldn’t be left behind….a good foundation.

10. Smile!

January 19th, 2010 | By | 3,106 Comments

Party Tips from Taj and Stab Mag



Recent reports from Taj Burrow and fellow aussie Stab Magazine have shown a sufficient amount of empirical evidence to prove that they have discovered the answer to the age-old question, “what makes a party off the hook?”
According to Taj, pro surfer / party aficionado, the answer has been right in front of us….a shitload of chicks:
“Well if I’m gonna have a party, and especially one that the whole south-west is talking about, I want it to be a good one and to have a good one you have to have the right dudes, which is all my mates, and a shitload of girls. It’s pretty obvious ingredients and that’s what we went for and that’s what we got. It’s pretty simple.”
And to think, all this time we’ve been concerned with the e-vite invite text. Thank you Taj and Stab Mag. You have once again brought light onto the dark secrets of yet another life mystery. 

Still baffled on the logistics? Read the riveting news at

January 15th, 2010 | By | 2,652 Comments

Help Haiti: A Day Without Pay


Want to help but don’t have the time? Creative thinker and activist Dave Chameides has set up a Facebook-based movement to donate your time…wherever you are:

From Dave Chameides:

We talk so often about how bad the economy is, about how tough things are on the job front, about the problems all around us, and then something like the earthquake in Haiti slaps us back into perspective. Sure things could be better, but the bottom line is, tomorrow morning I will wake up with a roof over my head and my family safe and in their beds. I’ll have food in the fridge and more likely than not, electricity lighting my house. I wish I could say that for everyone in the world, and while I am not naïve enough to think that is always the case, the footage coming from Haiti has made it hard to consider otherwise.

100,000 people dead. I can’t even fathom it.

I’d like to jump on a plane and help, but I can’t. I’ve donated money already, but then wondered what else I could do. So I have created a facebook page called A Day Without Pay and would like to invite you to join. The concept is simple. Give up one days pay and send it to one of the organizations listed to help with the relief efforts, or another that you care about that is helping in the area. Now I know to many of us, one days pay may seem like a lot, and in fact, it is. But if you are reading this, chances are, the people of Haiti need those funds more than you or I do.

Whatever you can afford will make a difference and if you can’t afford anything right now, than donate by passing the site on to as many people as possible. Money isn’t going to solve this problem, but it’s going to get the supplies that are needed to the people who need them as soon as possible. For the short term, that’s what’s important.

And while a day without pay will probably hurt, tomorrow you’ll hopefully work again and earn another days wages. Sadly, over 100,000 people in Haiti will never get that chance again. So put in perspective, it doesn’t seem that bad does it?

A day without pay. Give it a shot.



Click HERE to visit the A Day Without Pay Facebook page.