Entries from April 29th, 2012

April 29, 2012

fashion for a cause 2012 backstage makeup | kansas city, missouri

Though fashion models typically serve as a beautiful form for beautiful clothes, what’s on their faces and nails are becoming just as important as the fabric on their bodies.

While backstage before the Fashion for a Cause show, I peeped what the makeup artists from Nordstrom were using on the models to get them ready for their strut down the runway inside Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

eyeshadow application backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

The artists focused on creating colorful lips and cheeks while balancing out the eyes with natural shades. This model’s gorgeous mocha skin looked stunning with a flush of purple on the eyelids.

makeup backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

Piles of product filled the makeup station as the artists mixed custom blends of foundation for every girl’s unique skin tone.

makeup artist backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

With precision and focus, this makeup artist applies color to the model’s lips. The artists used mostly NARS, Bobbi Brown and YSL makeup.

mascara wands and lip gloss backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

An army of clean mascara wands await the models’ eyelashes while a rich, lone tube of coral gloss stands guard.

makeup and seventh generation towelettes backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

Amidst all the makeup, a packet of natural Seventh Generation wipes is available for cleanup.

For more pictures from the event, visit the kimberlyloc Facebook page and the Fashion for a Cause Facebook page! Feel free to tag yourself, too.

April 27, 2012

giveaway | tsi-la natural perfume oil

NOTE: GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

To round out this month’s Earth month giveaways, Tsi-La, the natural perfumery, is generously donating a mini collection of natural fragrances.

tsi la natural fragrance mini collection

{Valued at $95, this quartet of fragrances will have you playing mix-and-match every morning to figure out your custom scent. Photo Courtesy Tsi-La}

These natural fragrances contain no alcohol, preservatives, artificial fragrances or colorings — they’re actually good for your skin!

Ingredients like active extracts of goji berry, rooibos, persimmon and blueberry are rich in beneficial antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. These extracts float around in a base of moisturizing oils that nourish and protect the skin — double duty product!

Want to win this mini collection of fragrances? Here’s what you’ve got to do:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me the most-natural ingredient you’ve ever used on your skin (cucumber eye masks? avocados on your face? honey and oats?).
  2. Have a fantastic weekend!

Giveaway begins Friday, April 27, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. CDT, and closes on Monday, April 30, 2012, at 12:00 pm. CDT.

You have to leave your comment by noon Central time on April 30 to be counted!

 

Sweepstakes Terms and Conditions

1. No purchase necessary. A purchase does not improve your chance of winning. Void where prohibited.

2. Entrant must be 18 years old as of sweepstakes start date and a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia as of start date.

3. Sweepstakes begins Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8:00 am CDT and ends Monday, April 30, 2012, at 12:00 pm CDT.

4. Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winners will be selected by random drawing. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within fourteen (14) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

5. Sponsor(s) is/are not responsible for lost or mutilated prizes and none will be replaced. Prize is nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Sponsor(s) in the event that the prize cannot be awarded for any reason, in which case, Sponsor(s) will award a prize of equal or greater value. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of winner.

April 25, 2012

natural beauty buff | katharine l’heureux, kahina giving beauty

“Everything in the Kahina line honors the Berber women. They are the artisans. They are the heroines behind making this beautiful product.”

I’ve been familiar with Kahina Giving Beauty products for the past few years. Thanks to the power of Twitter, I’m thrilled to share a little more insight into brand founder Katharine L’Heureux’s natural beauty routine and beauty philosophy.

Katharine L’Heureux Kahina Giving Beauty

{Do you need much more testament to the power of argan oil? Just look at Katharine’s skin! Photo Courtesy Katharine L’Heureux}

As you’ll see in Katharine’s beauty picks, she believes in using products that do double duty — they have to work hard for you to deliver the results you want, and they have to be gentle on the environment.

For her own line, though, I feel like Katharine raises the bar even higher — triple duty — because she also wants her products to make an impact on the women who help produce them.

Argan oil, the star ingredient in Kahina Giving Beauty products, has a strong connection to empowering Moroccan women. Kahina Giving Beauty helps tell the story of the Berber women of Morocco who extract argan oil to sustain their families and their cultures.

Because she believes in the power of women helping women, Katharine also put philanthropy at the heart of her brand.

She funded the organic certification of a women’s cooperative to allow them to more successfully participate in the international argan trade. This is good for both the women working to extract this precious oil and for the women (people like you and me) who choose to use certified organic argan oil on their skin.

Though Katharine has an amazing beauty company under her belt, she uses more than just argan oil in her everyday routine. Check out the other double- and triple-duty natural products she swears by on a daily basis.

And if you haven’t already, I strongly encourage you to try Kahina Giving Beauty 100% Organic Argan Oil. It will change your life — and the life of women in Morocco.

(As usual, I’ve starred the items that I also use and love as well.)

Inside Katharine L’Heureux's beauty bag

{I love the gorgeous paisley print on Katharine’s bag, as well as the pared-down stash of beauty booty. Photo Courtesy Katharine L’Heureux}

Inside Katharine’s Beauty Bag

Katharine carries her beauty stash in a limited edition Destiny Project for Kahina Giving Beauty paisley cosmetic case (launching later this year).

 

RMS “Un” Cover-Up in #33

“This creamy coconut oil-based formula evens out skin tone and hides any redness. I like that it’s a spot treatment, non-drying and made from top-notch ingredients. I know RMS’ founder, Rose-Marie, and completely trust everything she puts on the market.”

RMS Lip2Cheek in Promise

“I love multi-functional beauty products and this can go, as the name suggests, on lips or cheeks, and application is a cinch. I dab on apples of cheeks and then blend for a natural flush.”

*Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist

“Toning Mist is my savior, especially as it gets warmer and warmer out. I am constantly on the move — on planes or just running errands — and I spritz this on throughout the day as a refresher. The rose smells amazing, aloe vera calms and the sodium hyaluronate acts as a weightless moisturizer.”

*Ilia Lip Conditioner in Shell Shock

“Ilia’s lip conditioner is 100 percent non-drying, packs a nice color punch and is formulated with clean ingredients. I can apply and reapply throughout the day without worrying about lead or any other harmful chemicals. Shell Shock is a sweet, punchy pink — perfect for spring.”

Jane Iredale Eye Pencil in Black/Brown

“Everybody needs eyeliner. Jane Iredale’s clean formula gives some definition to my eyes. Kristen Arnett from Green Beauty Team recently showed me how to do a cat eye, so I’ll be experimenting with that next.”

Couleur Caramel Long Eyelashes Mascara in 01/Black

“A natural mascara is hard to find. Makeup artist Jessa Blades, my original green beauty guide, introduced me to this one, which she swears is the best out there.”

h.wood.beauty Eye Shadow in Muholland

“I just discovered this brand at ABC Carpet & Home’s apothecary, one of New York’s top destinations for clean beauty. I swipe some on my lids to give crease definition. Bonus: It’s totally affordable.”

April 23, 2012

electropop: china glaze spring 2012 nail polish

It’s pedicure season! I spent some time at the nail spa in my neighborhood yesterday getting my feet and nails buffed, exfoliated and polished in anticipation of spring sandal season.

My manicurists know that I always bring in my own polish (have you seen my polish collection?), and yesterday I opted for a bright red-orange, creamy color called “Make Some Noise” from China Glaze’s spring 2012 “Electropop” collection.

china glaze spring 2012 electropop brights

{From left to right: Techno; Aquadelic; Sunshine Pop; Gaga for Green; Make Some Noise; and Wicked Style. Photo Courtesy China Glaze}

China Glaze’s “Electropop” collection is divided into “Brights” and “Lights.” “Make Some Noise” comes from the “Brights” side (above), but there are also some really great colors in the selection of “Lights.” I almost went with the creamy, sky-blue “Kinetic Candy,” but decided to save that for my fingernails in a few weeks.

china glaze spring 2012 electropop lights

{From left to right: Fuchsia Fanatic; Dance Baby; Electric Beat; Kinetic Candy; Sweet Hook; and Gothic Lolita. Photo Courtesy China Glaze}

(On my fingernails now: OPI’s “Wooden Shoe Like to Know?” from the spring 2012 “Holland” collection)

In an effort to spare you a picture of my feet, I’ve found a great representation of how this gorgeous tangerine-red nail polish looks on your nails:

china glaze electropop spring 2012 make some noise

{I love how bright and juicy this color appears! Photo Courtesy Vampy Varnish}

What I love most about the China Glaze “Electropop” collection is how bright and funky the colors are. While it may take me a bit to muster up the courage to wear “Gaga for Green” on my nails, this collection embodies the spirit of spring: luscious, juicy colors in every shade of the rainbow!

Have you gotten your first spring mani/pedi yet this season? What colors are you wearing? Tell me what colors you are loving for spring in the comments section.

April 18, 2012

beauty scoop | yarok feed your youth hair & scalp serum

At least once a week, I try to nourish my hair and scalp with a serum to stimulate growth and wake up my natural oil production. This keeps my scalp healthy and flake-free while boosting my hair’s shine and elasticity.

Yarok’s Feed Your Youth Hair & Scalp Serum packs pure avocado, apricot kernel, wheat germ, ylang ylang, yarrow, orange blossom and bitter orange oils into four ounces of pure bliss for your tresses.

yarok feed your youth hair & scalp serum

{A four-ounce dropper bottle of Yarok Feed Your Youth Hair & Scalp Serum is available online for $86; the smaller size, which is one ounce, costs $26. Photo Courtesy Yarok}

I usually use Yarok Feed Your Youth Hair & Scalp Serum (which I received as a sample) as a deeply moisturizing 10-minute pre-shampoo treatment to restore vital moisture to my locks.

However, last night I massaged this treatment into my scalp and combed it down into my ends post-shampoo for an ultra-hydrating, overnight treatment. While I was nervous to appear a bit oily this morning, my mane just seems smooth, shiny and super-touchable.

A special oil treatment once a week may seem like a lot, but with summer (chlorine) pool season sneaking up on us any minute, it might be wise to get into the habit of prepping your hair with tons of moisture to keep it in top shape.

Do you use oil treatments? Ever tried Yarok? How are you prepping your strands for summer? Tell me what you know in the comments section.

Bonus: Take a look at this yummy ingredients list:

Avocado Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Wheat Germ, Ylang Ylang, Yarrow Oil, Orange Blossom Oil, Bitter Orange

April 16, 2012

natural beauty buff | michelle witherby, o & n collective

“I am a bubble bath girl from way back, and a good bath not only ends the day in a perfect way, but also provides a sanctuary to relax and tune out.”

From the moment I saw the phrase “bubble bath,” I knew I would be in for a treat as I put together this week’s natural beauty buff post.

Michelle Witherby is the founder and CEO of Organic & Natural Collective, or O&N Collective, a thoughtfully curated shopping site for natural and organic beauty products. She launched the online apothecary to bring together a community of conscientious thought leaders in the natural beauty space.

michelle witherby o & n collective

{Michelle’s skin looks absolutely radiant. See what products she uses to get this fresh-faced look. Photo Courtesy Michelle Witherby}

O&N Collective not only provides a holistic shopping experience for people like you and me, but also exposes you to a panel of natural beauty experts to engage on the site, as well as an active blog for you to surf while you shop.

Michelle pared down her list of favorites (how difficult to choose when you run a stellar natural beauty e-commerce destination!) to share with me and you — and as always, I’m intrigued by some of the more under-the-radar brands she mentions. Check out her picks below!

(As usual, I’ve starred the items that I also use and love.)

Inside Michelle’s Bathroom

inside michelle witherby's bathroom

{I love how neatly curated Michelle’s bathroom picks are — what a chic lineup! Photo Courtesy Michelle Witherby}

Neom Sensuous Home Candle

It is not often that a candle comes in a sexy black glass, not to mention one that looks great in the home and is also good for the senses. Neom’s all-natural vegetable wax candles are packed with essential oils, and the mainstay for “Sensuous” is frankincense, ylang ylang and patchouli (not the patchouli from a reminiscent Grateful Dead concert, but a refined, sophisticated note).

Vitacare Multicare Toothpaste and Mouthwash

My favorite flavor is cool mint/acai and cool mint/key lime. Trust me, I know it is oral care, but you have never had anything like it. Fresh breath is in! No way will you find SLS, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, artificial color, flavors or sweeteners in this fluoride-free toothpaste.

*Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil and Strengthening Body Lotion

I use these in tandem to keep my skin super moisturized and to battle that little monster called cellulite. Both regenerate dry, dehydrated skin and are packed with ingredients like grapeseed oil, which is a natural antibiotic; calendula oil, which is a natural anti-inflammatory; and mango butter and avocado oil, which help the skin produce collagen. And they both smell heavenly.

Deep Steep Grapefruit & Bergamot Bubble Bath

This is infused with organic herbs and aloe leaf juice so you can pamper yourself guilt-free. There’s no SLS to create a fake foamy wonderland in your tub.

Moksa Organics Amazon Lemon Body Bar

Ingredients like organic poppy seed and ground lemon peel make this a wonderfully exfoliating soap that smells divine.

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush

This particular brush is made with cactus bristles and is great for circulation and improving skin texture. Ground coffee used simultaneously with the Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush is great for combating cellulite.

*Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask

I slather this argan oil-enriched clay mask on before slipping in the tub. It’s perfect for detoxifying and balancing the skin while gently exfoliating.

Inside Michelle’s “Day at the Beach” Bag

inside michelle witherby's day at the beach bag

{Only the essentials when you’re packing for the beach — and always, always, always have sunscreen! Photo Courtesy Michelle Witherby}

Sprayology B-12+Folic Acid Oral Spray

I use his homeopathic spray daily for a boost in energy or for stress maintenance.

Badger SPF 30+ Lightly Scented Lavender Sunscreen

A little goes a long way. A girlfriend turned me on to the brand. Because I spend so much in the sun, I can contest that this works!

CV Skinlabs Rescue+ Relief Spray

This is your rescue remedy to comfort itching or burning in those areas forgotten while sunbathing. Founded by our dear friend and cancer survivor Britta Aragon, this spray simply drenches your skin in goodness with all-natural ingredients. Key ingredients valerian and comfrey soothe, while water lily has purifies and helps remove heat.

*La Bella Figura Barbary Fig Renewal Serum

Coming from the South and being an ocean aficionado, I have spent the majority of my life in the sun. Because of this, I accumulated freckles and sunspots on my decolletage and face. This wonder serum improved the look and feel of my face through its namesake ingredient barbary fig seed oil, an essential fatty acid which builds collagen and support suppleness, and its reparative broccoli seed oil, which heals.

Coolibar Wide Brim Sun Hat

Lightweight, easy for travel, breathable and rated up to UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) 50+. This hat also looks good on the beach!

Custom Organic Contessa Tote

Made from all-natural jute and lined with cornstarch (zero plastic!), this tote is great for a day of sun and fun and is also handy for a market visit. Available by special order only (send me a note at info@oandncollective.com).

TKEES Flips

Dress ’em up, dress ’em down, these are the best flips that I have found to date. Sexy, fun and their company tagline is “TKEES cosmetics for your feet,” so venture to guess, I own many colors and flavors.

Reading Material

You must stay enlightened and in the know with my two favorites: my stock library on Kindle (great for the sun — no glare), and Inc magazine where O&N Collective received a mention.



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