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September 11, 2014

natural beauty buff | anit hora, mullein & sparrow

When it came to natural beauty products, I never really thought of myself as a packaging person — it was always about how well something performed.

As I’ve gotten more involved in this industry, my thoughts have changed.

A product has to have it all — the packaging, the branding, the story and, of course, the ingredients and performance.

One brand that I’ve been admiring for all of these qualities above (and have been lucky to sample and review) is Mullein & Sparrow, an artisan line based in Brooklyn and founded by the beautiful Anit Hora.

anit hora founder of mullein & sparrow

With just one glance at the Mullein & Sparrow homepage, you’ll be transported to an old-fashioned apothecary, complete with minimal design elements on the labels and an overall clean aesthetic.

A few products, such as the Lavender Hydrosol and Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm, have a bit more styling to them, but in a whimsical, flirty way that totally fits the mood of this gorgeous line.

anit hora founder of mullein & sparrow

Anit’s goal of creating a line that celebrates time-tested skin care traditions, such as those based in Ayurveda, and simple yet effective remedies, comes to life in Mullein & Sparrow, and today she’s sharing a few of her favorite products both from her line and others’.

Enjoy.

what's inside mullein & sparrow founder anit hora's green beauty bag

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

UPDATED: Anit has so generously offered a 15% off code to my lovely readers, valid on any Mullein & Sparrow purchase. Use code “KIMLOC” at checkout!

*RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up

I really love the consistency of this natural cover-up. It is very light, but does a great job at maximizing coverage without feeling very heavy on the skin. Because it has so many great ingredients, you never have to feel bad about wearing it. Also, its small packaging is perfect to throw in your bag when you’re on the go and is great for any quick fix.

*RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

The wear of this product is amazing. It is so light and subtle, but even the littlest bit goes a very long way. It is great for adding a nice glow, but looks very natural. It’s the perfect product to spruce up your look, and you can put it virtually anywhere (i.e. eyes, lips, contour).

*Flawless Volumizing Mascara by BareMinerals and *Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

These two mascaras are the best in the more natural market. They work great and are free from many not-so-good ingredients that you find in most cosmetic products.

*Mullein and Sparrow Face Serum (Get 15% off with code 15% off with code KIMLOC through 9/30/14!)

Our face serum is packed with some of the best natural ingredients and essential oils out there. It is super nourishing and moisturizing. I use it in both the AM and PM and mix it with the Lavender Hydrosol.

Mullein and Sparrow Lavender Hydrosol (Get 15% off with code 15% off with code KIMLOC through 9/30/14!)

This product comes with me everywhere! I use it frequently throughout the day, sometimes as a toner in my skincare routine and other times as a quick pick-me-up when my skin is feeling dry or overheated. It has a wonderful scent and feels so great on the skin. It’s great for any time of the year, but is especially awesome in the summer. It even works as a natural bug repellent!

Mullein and Sparrow Dark Dry Shampoo (Get 15% off with code 15% off with code KIMLOC through 9/30/14!)

Our dark dry shampoo is a life saver! It helps me maintain healthy hair and also gives me great volume when my hair is feeling bit flat. Just a little bit of this product goes a long way and makes your locks look fresh and clean (even if you woke up with some serious bed head).

August 27, 2014

natural beauty buff | garcy fry, eco diva beauty

In addition to all the founders I feature in this “natural beauty buff” series, I’m thrilled to bring you fresh beauty tips from the dear stockists who curate beautiful online (and sometimes, in-real-life) stores for us to let loose.

Many of you know, love and shop Canadian and U.S. green beauty store Eco Diva Beauty, but how well do you know co-founder Garcy Fry and the story behind this luxurious online store?

garcy fry of eco diva beauty

I had the pleasure of meeting Garcy in person at 2013’s “A Night for Green Beauty” in New York City, and was thrilled to chat with her again at this year’s event in Los Angeles.

During our quick conversation, it was lovely to hear about Eco Diva’s birth — the brainchild of Garcy’s whip-smart mother, Charlene — and how Garcy, a professional makeup artist, was leading the site’s growth.

It’s women like this (and especially these mother-daughter teams!) that excite me about the green beauty industry. If you see something missing out there, go forth and create it!

And while you may think “oh, there are plenty of green beauty shopping sites,” each one has a unique personality and style.

Shopping on one may not be the same as shopping on others, and I’ve enjoyed the luxurious experience of shopping Eco Diva Beauty myself. You are taken care of!

And you can only be taken care of by someone who truly knows how to take care of herself.

Below, Garcy shares her natural beauty and health rituals that keep her looking and feeling her best.

Be inspired.

Be healthy.

Be an Eco Diva.

green beauty products that garcy fry of eco diva beauty keeps on her nightstand

On Garcy’s Nightstand

Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment

This has become a bedtime ritual for both my husband and me. It almost immediately puts my mind at ease and helps me sleep better.

Vapour Organic Beauty Lux Lip Conditoner

The last thing I do before bed is put on lip balm — I’m an addict. And I’ve been addicted since Lip Smackers were introduced to the market. I don’t know if that damage is reversible, but at least I’m eating organic lip balm now.

Earplugs

Now these are an essential piece on my nightstand, not because I love them, but because I love my husband. If they are not in my ears at night, then the love for my husband decreases ever so quickly.

Good Book

I need to read before bed to help turn my mind off and go to sleep. I love anything written by Khaled Hosseini and stories about life in the middle east.

Liquid Calcium Magnesium (kept in the fridge, but part of the nightly ritual)

Just recently I’ve had some troubles sleeping. I toss and turn all night long, so my naturopath suggested magnesium to help sleep better.

favorite green beauty product picks from garcy fry of eco diva beauty

In Garcy’s Purse / Beach Bag

Consonant Skincare “The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30″

My sun-worshipping days are over, and this sunscreen helps block UVA and UVB rays without all the toxic chemicals. It’s ultra-smooth, grease-free and leaves absolutely NO white residue! And that’s why they call it perfect.

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

This has been a staple for me for years now. I just love its creamy consistency, the fresh scent and how I can sweat my tush off and still smell dandy!

prtty peaushun lotion from eco diva beauty

PRTTY PEAUSHUN Skin Tight Body Lotion

I love to keep PRTTY PEAUSHUN in my bag and slather it on any parts of my body that are showing to give me a luminescent glow. It also helps soothe burns and is a natural bug repellant — how cool is that?!

La Bella Figura Tesoro Mediterranean Blend

In Garcy’s Bathroom

La Bella Figura Tesoro Mediterranean Blend

This summer I’ve used this oil more than anything else. I love how light it is and how well it hydrates without leaving my skin feeling greasy.

kahina giving beauty night creamKahina Giving Beauty Night Cream

This is what I call preventative medicine. Wrinkles can take a hike while I sleep, because I’m sleeping with collegan-boosting ingredients like resveratrol. This is by far the best night cream I’ve ever used. Its whipped texture is so lovely and the scent its magical, like all of Kahina’s products.

May 28, 2014

beauty secrets | best pixie hair styling products, part 2

It’s been nearly a year since I chopped all my hair off into a pixie cut.

In that time, I’ve tried several styling products — some clean, some conventional — and have finally arrived upon my favorite three products for keeping my short ‘do sassy and stylish.

View what I used in the beginning and see how the pixie cut has evolved.

best pixie hair styling products

1. Pre-heat Styling Aid

I like the idea of using a heat-resistant spray, but coupled with what I actually need — a pre-heat styling aid to get my hair a bit gritty before drying and styling — I have opted to only use Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment.

Nope, it’s not “natural,” but it is free of sulfates, silicones and oils.

The oil-free thing is necessary for someone like me with fine hair, so I don’t mind that bit of marketing (and you guys know that I love my hair oils — for overnight use only).

I happened upon Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment via a swag bag I received during Kansas City Fashion Week back in March and have been using my trial size daily since then. It’s a repurchase for me (unless some clean beauty brand tells me it has something amazing that mimics this stuff!).

2. Texturizing Agent

After navigating the wonderful world of creams, pomades, pastes, waxes and so forth, I finally landed on one that has the perfect strength, consistency and performance for my fine, oily strands that tend to fly away and bend in funny ones: Aveda Control Paste.

I’ve gone through two tubs of this stuff (purchased at my local Aveda salon, Xiphium, and as my favorite natural spa, Milagro Midwestern Spa & Collective, purged its Aveda inventory in favor of cleaner hair products).

While yes, Aveda is part of big beauty now and could be a lot cleaner, I find that this sticky putty keeps my fine hair under control without weighing it down or making it look greasy.

Side note: I was inspired to try Aveda Control Paste after seeing how well it held up a faux hawk on the young man behind the counter at Miette in San Francisco. Yes, I’m that girl who asks about all your beauty products when you’re just trying to sell me a sweet treat!

3. Hairspray

In my previous post about pixie cut styling picks, I mentioned Davines N°7 Crystal Fixative Lacquer.

I still like this hairspray, but have found that Aveda’s Control Force Hairspray has a better spray mechanism; it’s more evenly distributed in a fine, wide mist.

Aveda Control Force Hairspray also has a slightly better hold (they weren’t joking with that “Control Force” naming!). Anyone with a pixie cut knows that the final spray around the head is essential to locking in a style; to have a hairspray that does this without making your hair hard / crunchy / helmet-like is an instant winner!

Do any of my readers have pixie cuts? If so, tell me what you’re using and how it works for your hair type in the comments below!

 

May 14, 2014

beauty scoop | saavy naturals moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

One part of my apartment that isn’t overly cluttered with beauty products is the shampoo and conditioner area of my shower.

No, the stacks of hair masks don’t count.

With a pixie cut, I don’t require much natural shampoo or natural conditioner, so it takes me quite a while to get through a bottle of product.

After finishing up my previous bottles, I was excited to move on to the prettily packaged Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner.

saavy naturals moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

{Saavy Naturals sent me samples of its Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner to review. Each 8-ounce plastic bottle costs $15.}

As you can see on the labels, Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner is formulated for (shocker) dry hair.

If you’ve been on the blog for a while, you know I’m the oiliest person in the world.

However, I feel that it’s important to drench your locks with a great hydrating wash and rinse if you heat dry a lot (every day for me), and because my scalp can get a bit dry, I like the extra attention a formulated-for-dry-hair duo can bring to my own mane.

Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner definitely delivers hydration and a gentle cleanse to my heat-shocked hair — and does so without the help of synthetics or sulfates.

In fact, the ingredients list for both the shampoo and conditioner is so nourishing that you’d want to eat it — which makes sense, as the founders of Saavy Naturals come from epic foodie backgrounds.

Here’s what’s inside Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo:

Alchemilla vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Extract, Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil*, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract, Aqua/Purified Water, Argania spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Aspartic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caryodendron orinocense (Kahai) Nut Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Gluconolactone, Glycerol laurate, Glycine, L-Arginine, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Moringa pterygosperma (Moringa) Seed Oil*, Quillaja saponaria Wood Extract, Quinoa Protein, Rhamnus frangula (Buckthorn) Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract

Here’s what’s inside Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Conditioner:

Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil*, Aqua/Purified Water, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Protein, Brassica Alcohol, Brassicyl lsoleucinate (Cabbage) Esylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Coffea arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Dl-Panthenol, Glucono delta lactone, Glycerin (Kosher Vegetable)*, L-Arginine, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Moringa pterygosperma (Moringa) Seed Oil*, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Pyrus malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Quinoa Protein, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract

As you can see, Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner take advantage of luscious oils such as kukui seed, argan, moringa and coconut to drench your hair in a sea of moisture.

Neither the shampoo nor the conditioner, though, weigh your hair down, and the shampoo offers a nice, gentle lather and subtle scent of vanilla.

The creamy conditioner has a stronger vanilla scent that lingers a bit after rinsing, giving your head that come-hither scent (even if the only thing coming hither is your Siamese cat, whatever).

All joking aside, one thing I do want to point out in Saavy Naturals’ shampoo and conditioner is the fact that they do both use honeysuckle extract, a somewhat controversial ingredient in the green beauty community.

There’s several schools of thought out there, and I don’t have a fully formed opinion on it, but those who prefer to leave honeysuckle extract out of their clean beauty routines do so because honeysuckle extract acts as a paraben, though it is obviously a natural ingredient.

It contains para-hydroxy benzoic acid, which is readily found in nature yet is said to look structurally similar to synthetic parabens and is said to act in the same way — as an endocrine disruptor.

Those who don’t mind seeing honeysuckle extract on their ingredients lists note that it scores a “0” on the EWG Skin Deep Database and it may not produce the same health risks as synthetic preservatives.

So, you can see why there’s some back and forth on this ingredient. I’d like to learn more about it — and see what you think, too.

And for that reason, Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner are on my “maybe I will repurchase it” list.

When it comes to product performance, I loved the formulas — the scent, the moisture, the gentle cleansing and deep hydration.

When it comes to packaging, I appreciate the pretty designs and bold colors — though I was disappointed that the paper labels disintegrated in the shower.

When it comes to ingredients, we’ve got to figure out this honeysuckle thing.

Have you tried anything from Saavy Naturals? What are your thoughts on honeysuckle extract? Please do tell me in the comments section!

 

November 21, 2013

beauty secrets | the evolution of a pixie cut

I’ve been rockin’ the pixie cut for almost six months now, and as I look back at my outfit posts featuring the pixie cut, I see some highs and lows and definitely know a little more about which pixie chop is best for me.

Though I must admit that I proceeded with caution with the pixie cut (Not too short! Give me some fringe around the face to play with! I need to be able to tuck something behind my ears!), I’ve learned that with a pixie cut, you have to go short to get the best look.

You aren’t really supposed to be able to tuck anything behind your ears with a pixie! That’s what a bob is for.

long pixie cuts

The look on the left (from June 10) was the first outfit post I did post-pixie. I’m kind of floored that this cut on the left is the same as this cut — you always look better straight out of the stylist’s chair!

The look on the right (from June 24) haunts me. There’s just way too much hair on the sides and a bit of poofery happening. I’m feeling borderline helmet here. We live and learn, yes?

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • Go easy on styling product, especially with fine hair. Look for low-hold, low-shine pomades or waxes, and apply a pea-sized amount to your hands and fingers.
  • Invest in a good small/medium metal round brush to use during blow-drying. This is key for volume at the crown and for shaping fringe up front.
  • You have to get your hair cut shorter in the beginning. Remember, it grows out, and even if you are going every four weeks, you will acquire some shag, especially around the ears.
  • Keeping with the point above, forget the hair around the ears! Cut it short. You will look more mushroom / crazy short bob than pixie if you keep it long.

medium length pixie cuts

As you can see from both pictures above, I’m still holding on to the side-swept bangs and glorified pixie-bob.

While I love softness in this look (particularly in the picture on the right), it’s still too long to call it a proper pixie.

What’s great to see, though, is how my shorter pixie may grow out. I’ve heard that phase gets very awkward and frustrating!

The look on the left is from July 8 and the look on the right is from July 17. This is the same haircut just aged by a week!

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • When you have a pixie-bob, play with it a bit more! Use a flat iron or curling iron to add waves, and dress up the long locks with pins.
  • With longer hairs like this — and a bold attitude — consider a fun side shave. I haven’t been able to commit to this, as I feel a little too girly to pull it off, but I admire the badass look of a side shave + long hair.

medium length pixie cut

Aw, a trim! The look on the left could be perfected with shorter hair around the ears (are we seeing a theme here), but the poofery isn’t quite there so this cut was very fun while it lasted.

The look on the right was my attempt at swooping my bangs off my face in some sort of hip fashion. My fringe was too long to spike, but with the right amount of hairspray, anything can be swooped!

The look on the left is from July 22 and the look on the right is from July 29.

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned

  • Know what shape you want your bangs / fringe to be. If you will be spiking your pixie most days, opt for shorter bangs that require less product. If you prefer to wear your bang down and soft, don’t let your stylist cut them too short or risk them not sweeping to the side the way you like.
  • Experiment with styles! So what if your hair is too long to spike? Maybe you can make a fun swoopy thing that you think is cute. Hair is all about fun and creativity; in the end, it’s just hair.

medium length pixie cuts

Here’s a basic before and after of a look from September 23 and a look from September 27.

If you can’t tell, I fancy the side-swept bang and finally went in for the shorter side hair — can you see the difference it makes in thinning out the hair around the ears? It seems to make my face appear thinner, too.

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • Take pictures as you cycle through the weeks post-pixie! You can better see how your hair grows and edit your style from there.

medium length pixie cut

These two looks, from October 4 and October 11, were taken the same weekend as the post from September 27 above!

I must say that this has been my favorite cut in my pixie cut journey thus far. The bangs are soft and feminine and the perfect length; they can spike somewhat easily (hairspray becomes a good friend).

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • When you love your pixie cut, take a lot of photos!

long and very short pixie cuts

Here we go again with this swoopy hair thingy (left, from October 15). I’m going to retire that look; seeing it now, I see that it’s kind of a silly style with the longer hair, but hey, that’s hair styling for you!

The style on the right is new as of last Saturday and the debut of the style on the blog was November 18. I’m still figuring out how to style this ultra-short, buzzed-and-razored pixie.

I have extremely short, spiky layer on top that make it easier for me to — you guessed it — spike my hair.I may or may not have had a few meltdowns post-cut because I was overwhelmed by how short it was, but I’ve had some very good hair days with this style, too.

This tutorial has helped me figure out how to get the spike I wanted without sacrificing the softness in the front. I hope to get photos of that style on the blog soon!

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • Get rid of the swoopy thing when you’re in need of a cut. It will only accentuate the long ear hair that is growing straight out (thanks, fine, straight locks!)
  • Don’t be afraid to go ultra short! I didn’t communicate with my stylist that I just wanted to replicate my previous cut, but I’m glad she cut me this short — it’s made me figure out how to spike without losing some girlish edge, and I know that as this cut grows out, it may be the perfect length every week (as long as those damn ear hairs don’t poof out).

That’s it, folks! If you’re interested in learning more about what products I use to style my pixie, stay tuned for an updated post to come.

For now, you can reference this post on the best pixie styling products I used during the beginning of my pixie haircut journey!



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