Entries from May 30th, 2012

May 30, 2012

beauty scoop | eminence coconut milk cleanser

If you’re like me, you may have come back from the long holiday weekend with a bit of flush to your face.

I spent some time at the lake with my best friend Liz, and I got a bit too much sun (so much for reapplying sunscreen!). While I’m not burnt to a crisp, my face is a bit pinker than normal, and I’m being careful to keep it from drying out by changing up my regular beauty routine.

First thing I updated was my face wash. I usually use a mild, soap-free cleanser, but to give my face a little added moisture, I’ve been using Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser in the morning and evening.

eminence coconut milk cleanser

{The full-size Coconut Milk Cleanser costs $36 for 8 ounces. Photo Courtesy Eminence}

Eminence sent me a sample of its Sun Care Starter Set, which includes five small sample sizes of warm-weather products. I have a few favorites from this kit that I’m considering buying the full size, including the cleanser.

I like this cleanser because it almost feels like lotion as your massage it into your damp skin. It’s got a fresh, tropical coconut scent (made from real coconut milk, which helps moisturize, as well as coconut oil, a protecting antioxidant), and it also boasts soothing calendula — just what sensitive, sunned skin needs for a little pick-me-up.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Milk, Corn Germ Oil, Natural Cream Base, Marigold/Calendula Oil, Glycerine, Natural Moisturizing Factor, Glycine Derivative, Biocomplex (Vitamin Q, Ester C, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid), Coconut Essential Oil, Xanthan Gum, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officianlis) Extract, Salicylic Acid.

This is a great summertime cleanser thanks to the healing coconut milk (and that summertime coconut smell that most of us love!) and calendula oil.

I’m not sure if I’m sold on it for year-round use (the pricepoint of $36 is a bit too much for me for something I’m not totally crazy about), but I’d say it’s a nice summertime cleansing treat that could surely last the duration of summer before it’s time to transition to fall skincare.

What are your post-sun beauty rituals? How do you change up your routine to help heal overexposed skin? Tell me your favorite products and tips in the comments section.

May 24, 2012

beauty scoop | kelly teegarden organics the secret facial cleanser

I finally ran out of my sample size of one of my favorite cleansers, but that means I now have ample face time to dedicate to another simple cleanser that I like: Kelly Teegarden Organics “The Secret” Facial Cleanser.

kelly teegarden the secret facial cleanser

{Kelly Teegarden Organics sent me a sample kit of products to review. The full-sized product, which is 8 ounces, costs $45. Photo Courtesy Kelly Teegarden Organics}

This facial cleanser, developed by cancer survivor Kelly Teegarden (remember her recent profile on the blog?), is scent-neutral though it’s made with good stuff like organic aloe leaf juice, organic avocado oil and argan oil.

I especially enjoy using this cleanser during weeks when I feel like my skin is extremely sensitive — I know my skin is getting clean and nourished with healthy ingredients, but I’m not overwhelming my senses with different scents and smells. I’ll then apply a thin layer of jojoba oil (another virtually scentless oil) onto my skin to help detox and purge it of impurities overnight — trust me, it works!

Besides knowing I have a trusty, go-to cleanser for times when my skin is reactive, I also like knowing that Kelly developed her entire line with chemical sensitivity and natural ingredients in mind. You won’t find parabens or other hormone disruptors in Kelly Teegarden Organics personal-care products — and she’s even branching out into cosmetics, starting with lip gloss (review and pics soon!) to help you make over your entire beauty regimen.

So tell me: Do you use different cleansers for different times/different skin issues? What do you use? Tell me in the comments section!

May 22, 2012

beauty scoop | la bella figura barbary fig renewal serum

Another facial oil has earned a permanent spot on my top shelf.

La Bella Figura’s Barbary Fig Renewal Serum is my latest love — and you know I love my facial oils. But this serum, a “super serum” packed with intense moisturizers, is absolutely incredible.

la bella figura barbary fig renewal serum

{La Bella Figura sent me a few small dropper samples of its Barbary Fig Renewal Serum. A full-size bottle (1 ounce) costs $125. Photo Courtesy La Bella Figura}

La Bella Figura co-founder Victoria Fantauzzi chose barbary fig seed oil (also called prickly pear oil) from Tunisia as the core ingredient for her natural skincare line because it contains tons of essential fatty acids and nearly four times more vitamin E than argan oil. This precious, expensive oil is on track to be “the next argan oil” when it comes to efficacy.

Barbary fig seed oil packs tons of essential fatty acids for collagen support. Combined with broccoli seed oil, the renewal serum helps smooth and prime skin for makeup. In addition, guava oil acts as a retinol while milk thistle seed oil and magnolia oil add brightness and a clean, sweet scent.

Besides these benefits, the best thing about La Bella Figura’s Barbary Fig Renewal Serum is its multipurpose use. It’s the perfect overnight reparative serum, light daytime moisturizer and pre-makeup primer. It’s the least-oily serum/oil I’ve ever used, and its smell rivals that of some of my favorite brands’ oils.

La Bella Figura’s Barbary Fig Renewal Serum will easily have you reconsidering the mountains of beauty products lining your cabinet. (Or is that just me who hoards beauty products?)

Have you heard of barbary fig seed oil? What do you think of multipurpose products? If one product could serve three important purposes, would it be enough for you to spend $125 per ounce? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.

May 18, 2012

dress to impress backstage beauty | kansas city, missouri

With summer almost here, some of the best boutiques in Kansas City are stocking their stores with lightweight, beautiful clothing.

Last night, Jess, Terra, Rachelle and I hung out at the Dress to Impress Fashion Show, a benefit for the Dave Anders Scholarship Fund. (See Jess’ post here!)

As usual, I hung around with the models and beauty people as they got prettied up for the show.

makeup application by reveau salon and spa

{The models wore makeup by NYC, Dior and Clarins.}

The beauty gurus from Reveu Salon and Spa did the hair and makeup, and the looks varied from tight curls and braids to sleek manes. The makeup was fresh and dewy, with sky-high lashes for a touch of glam.

long eyelashes backstage beauty dress to impress

{Loving her fresh, just-pinched cheeks and long lashes.}

braiding hair backstage beauty dress to impress

{Love the tight braids and tough hair designs.}

finishing touches on hair backstage beauty dress to impress

{Soft curls and sweet coral lips keep the look summery.}

backstage hair dress to impress

{Lots of locks to play with before the show.}

Be sure to check out the rest of the pics from Dress to Impress on the kimberlyloc Facebook page!

May 16, 2012

natural beauty buff | annie morton, tsi-la natural perfumery & organics

Model Annie Morton, co-founder of Tsi-La Natural Perfumery & Organics (last month’s “free stuff friday” sponsor), believes in enhancing both inner and outer beauty.

annie morton tsi-la organics perfume

{Isn't she stunning? Photo Courtesy Tsi-La Organics}

Annie’s commitment to natural beauty stems from her desire to create fine beauty products that help women radiate from within while also offering mind-body benefits.

A classically trained aromatherapist, Annie easily slipped into the natural fragrances and perfumes industry, where she produces 100 percent natural and organic scents made from fine essential oils and plant botanicals.

You’ll notice that her beauty bag picks contain smell-good items in addition to nature-inspired colors and cosmetics.

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

tsi la organics annie morton beauty bag

{Photo Courtesy Tsi-La}

*Tsi-La Organics Fleur Sauvage Organic Eau de Parfum Mini

“A mixture of beautiful flowers like tuberose with delicious neroli and bergamot makes this sultry blend perfect for spring. The rollerball makes it perfect for carrying in my purse.”

RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up

“I absolutely love this product to always provide perfect and natural coverage to my skin. I love to keep it in my travel bag.”

Priti 3 Free Nail Polish Ginger Snap Orchard

“I keep this nail polish in my travel bag —I love the color, it’s a gorgeous neutral that goes with just about everything.”

Tsi-La Organics Absolute Beauty Balm (coming soon!)

“I have been obsessed with creating the perfect beauty balm, and this definitely fits the bill for me. The amazing texture with rich moisturizing oils makes it perfect for me to use daily. I carry it around in my purse.”

*Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

“This mask is absolutely amazing and refreshing — it’s better than a facial! I always pack it in my travel bag.”

May 10, 2012

beauty scoop | sunday riley cashmere mist spf 30

To continue to spread awareness about National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I’m sharing another favorite sunscreen: Sunday Riley Cashmere Mist SPF 30.

sunday riley cashmere mist spf 30

{Sunday Riley sent me its Cashmere Mist SPF 30 to review. It retails for $125 for 50 ml. Photo Courtesy Sunday Riley}

On Tuesday, I told you about my love for Badger Damascus Rose sunscreen, but mentioned my issue with the lower SPF number (16).

While Badger’s Damascus Rose sunscreen is a great everyday, mostly indoor sunscreen, I rely on Sunday Riley Cashmere Mist SPF 30 for those days when I know I’ll be out and about running errands, but still want to have a pulled-together, made-up look.

This sunscreen is extremely lightweight and sheer — perfect for under makeup. It has absolutely no white cast glow or sunscreen smell, and is loaded with incredibly moisturizing, luxurious and exotic ingredients, such as cashmere protein, wheatgrass, stoneroot, rice grass, squalene and ginseng.

I would compare Cashmere Mist to basically any luxe daily moisturizer — but kicked up a notch with the SPF 30 rating and high-end ingredients. I love blending this sunscreen with a small drop of Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid Serum for an extra dewy look, but it’s just fine on its own, too.

As glamorous as this sunscreen is, let’s be real. It’s expensive.

What’s your budget for daily sunscreens, and what extras are valuable to you? Do you like to mix sunscreens with other moisturizers, or do you prefer an all-in-one product, like Cashmere Mist, that protects, moisturizes and feels luxurious all at once?



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