Entries from September 28th, 2012

September 28, 2012

beauty scoop | primavera eucalyptus roll-on

There’s nothing worse than heading into the weekend feeling a bit under the weather.

Luckily, I’m just fighting change-of-season allergies, but you know that feeling of my-head-is-about-to-explode? Yeah, it doesn’t bode well for a happy hour or Friday fun day at work.

However, I’m making it through the sniffling and sneezing by treating myself to some powerful antihistamines paired with some soothing aromatherapy treatments at night.

If you caught my early-evening Instagram last night, you saw a pic of my beauty-loaded bedside table. Three of the eight products pictured are aromatherapy products, and I swear by them for different reasons.

For reasons like today, I’m coating myself in layers of Primavera Eucalyptus oil.

primavera eucalyptus roll-on

{Primavera gifted a set of natural beauty products to me, including its Eucalyptus Roll-On, which retails for $17.}

While I have collections of the usual peppermint and lavender aromatherapy treatments (for energy and for sleep), eucalyptus is a different scent that immediately caught my attention.

It reminds me a bit of the classic Vick’s rub that most of our moms used on us when we were little, but without the conventional ingredients (ew) and with a lighter, more soothing scent.

I believe that scent comes from the beautiful combination of organic eucalyptus plus organic thyme, but there’s also this hint of lavender oil that makes it oh-so-soothing.

Take a peek at the amazing ingredients list:

Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Castor Seed Oil, Fragrance, Organic Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Organic Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Thyme Flower/Leaf Oil, Organic Myrtus Communis Oil, Tocopherol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

My only red flag is the “fragrance” listed as ingredient No. 3, but Primavera’s philosophy has me convinced that there’s nothing to worry about with their high-quality products.

So, what do you do when you’re feeling a bit under the weather? How do you feel about aromatherapy? Ever tried Primavera? Tell me your experiences, tips and tricks in the comments section!

September 27, 2012

natural beauty buff | marie yang, marie natie cosmetics

You may remember my recent lip gloss review of beauty newcomer Marie Natie. The brand offers pretty lip glosses that are high-shine and high-moisture with a sheer wash of color.

Today, I’m excited to introduce you to the founder of the line, Marie Yang, and offer you a peek into her favorite beauty products.

marienatie cosmetics

{MarieNatie founder Marie Yang has a diverse range of beauty products in her bag. Photo Courtesy Marie Yang}

Marie’s beauty bag shows a mix of natural and conventional-yet-somewhat-natural products that is very similar to what I tote around (especially in the makeup space).

I love that Marie included a natural deodorant in her mix (remember my deodorant reviews?) that I’ve been jonesing to try. Remember, natural beauty isn’t just about makeup and skincare — it encompasses all personal-care products!

See what products this beauty loves below.

(As usual, I’ve starred what I also use and love!)

marie natie natural beauty buff

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

“I use this product all year round. It’s lightweight and oil-free and great for under my makeup. I apply it once in the morning, and my face feels hydrated all day.”

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant

“I discovered this organic deodorant at Sephora and fell in love with it.  It smells amazing and it’s free of all the harsh chemicals that the other deodorants contain.”

Benefit High Beam

“I use this as a highlighter on my brow bones, and it instantly brightens up my complexion. This is an everyday makeup item that you don’t need to reapply.”

*Marie Natie Lip Gloss

“This lip gloss follows me everywhere. It’s an all-natural lip gloss with no harmful chemicals. I don’t wear lipstick, so this is the perfect alternative. Best of all, it’s non-sticky!

Marie Natie Eyeliner

“I’ve started wearing eyeliner every day, and when it comes to applying something this close to my eyes, I really care about the ingredients. This is another all-natural product that I can’t get enough of.”

Boscia BB Cream

“This lightweight product acts as a foundation for me. It doesn’t dry out my skin, and in just seconds, it gives me that flawless finish that I’m looking for.”

September 24, 2012

recap | fashionistas on a mission | kansas city, missouri

As you’ve probably seen on Jess’ blog, the kimberlyloc Facebook and the Mimi and Chichi Facebook, Fashionistas on a Mission was a wild success.

fashionistas on a mission donations for rose brooks center

{Photos By P//Courtesy Mimi and Chichi}

We, in partnership with the Kansas City fashion and beauty community (that’s YOU, attendees and online supporters!) and event sponsors the Garment District Boutique Collective, Kansas Whiskey, Au Bon Macaron, La Bella Figura, One Love Organics, eNVe Designs, isshou no yakusoku, simply livly and Whitney Manney| W/M

raised $1,070 for Rose Brooks Center.

fashionistas on a mission presents check to rose brooks center

{From left: Jess of Mimi and Chichi; Annette of Kansas City Garment District Boutique Collective; Marie of Rose Brooks Center; and Kim of kimberlyloc.com. Photo by Derrick Yule via Instagram}


So, what does that even mean? Here’s a breakdown of how the money raised can be used:

$500 — One month’s rent for a family moving into their new apartment
$250 — Three months of meals for a woman and her child
$200 — One night of safe shelter for a woman and her child
$50 — One month supply of diapers for a new baby in shelter
$50 — A pet’s first week of shelter, food and vet care
$10 — One week’s worth of after school snacks for a child in shelter
$10 — Collection of basic toiletries for a family entering shelter

As you can see, your participation in this fashion, beauty and shopping event truly made a difference in the lives of Kansas City women, children and pets.

Thank you for your support. What a way to kick off the fall 2012 season.

September 21, 2012

see you at fashionistas on a mission | kansas city, missouri

It’s been a whirlwind of a month.

In between keeping up with our work, personal lives and blogs, Jess and I have been hustlin’ to bring you the best fashion, beauty and shopping charity event to kick off the fall — Fashionistas on a Mission — in support of Rose Brooks Center.

I cannot believe the event is almost here! On Friday, Jess and I went on NBC 41 Action News to talk with our girl Jiao Jiao about the event.

We’ve been running all over town to get everything ready for the event. We sincerely hope you come!

Expect some tasty drinks, courtesy of Kansas Whiskey; some scrumptious macarons, courtesy of Au Bon Macaron; homemade cake pops, thanks to Jess; gorgeous fashion/jewelry/accessories, courtesy Whitney Manney, Simply Livly, eNVe Designs and Isshou No Yakusoku; and luxurious beauty products, courtesy La Bella Figura and One Love Organics.

Follow along on Twitter #KCFash for sneak peeks of the pre-event planning as well as real-time updates from all the fashionistas who come out to the Garment District Boutique to scoop up some great new fall clothes and bonus giveaway items.

September 20, 2012

beauty secrets | 10 best cities for your skin | daily glow infographic

I’ve been traveling a lot lately (currently in North Carolina, Arkansas last week and Vegas the weekend before).

Travel tends to wreak havoc on my skin because of the interruption to my skin care routine, the tendency to not drink enough water or eat great food (vacation eating be damned!) and the effects of dry, sky-high air.

But actual travel issues aside, have you ever thought about why particular cities may or may not be as great for your skin?

Daily Glow, a fabulous website devoted to all things beauty, put together this interesting infographic and slideshow naming the best and worst cities for your skin.

Where does your hometown rank?

10 best and worst cities for your skin via daily glow

 Don’t like what you see? Tell me the best thing you do for your skin in your city (i.e., when I come to your hometown next, I want to get a great facial!)

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