Entries Tagged as 'lips'

June 9, 2014

makeup of the day | coral calling

After being out of commission for most of last week thanks to a sudden case of sickness, I’m ecstatic to be back to blogging this week — and happy to be bring you the first “makeup of the day” post of 2014.

(I’m really bad at keeping this series going.)

kimberlyloc makeup of the day

Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I don’t feel like I’m that adventurous with my makeup, or maybe it’s because it’s kind of a pain in the ass to set up a tripod and take selfies on the balcony (#noshame), but my daily looks are pretty much centered around neutral lids and cat eyes.

I tend to play with color on my lips more often than on my lids, though there was one Sunday a month ago when I smoked up the eyes and looked very biker chic.

Guess I’ll recreate that soon for you to see, but alas, here’s a summery look that incorporates fresh coral and winged eyes like whoa.

kimberlyloc makeup of the day

Here’s what I used to create this “coral calling” makeup of the day look:

how to get the coral calling makeup look

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen in Light

I picked up this primer / tinted moisturizer at an Ulta Grand Opening in my area, and while I can usually wear it alone, I used it as an actual primer to give my skin an extra layer of coverage as I’m dealing with a few breakouts on my chin. I like how this preps my skin for foundation with its super-light yet effective coverage and helps my pores seem to disappear.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen in Light-Medium

As mentioned in my full review of this foundation, I rely on this full-coverage foundation during breakout time and it never fails me. Without feeling heavy or thick, Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation gives me back a bit of confidence in my skin and has a perfectly matched shade for my light olive skin tone.

*Gabriel Cosmetics Dual Finish Powder Foundation in Light Beige

Though this is a foundation on its own, Gabriel Cosmetics Dual Finish Powder Foundation is a great finishing powder when you need a little bit extra coverage. I apply this with a fluffy mineral foundation brush on my problem areas (damn chin!) and call it good.

Anastasia Brow Ex-press Kit (similar)

Not natural at all. Have had it forever and like it. Should probably get the Jane Iredale kit (linked above) to replace it, but I’m just not overly concerned about brow powder.

Shu Uemura Gold Eyelash Curler

The best lash curler, period.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer

I was late to the Buriti Bronzer game because I’m just not a huge bronzer gal, but I’m warming up to it more and more and have really been digging this unassuming, non-shiny cream bronzer. Applied under the eyes and on the nose, it delivers that gorgeous I-just-came-from-the-islands sunkissed look.

*Alima Pure Satin Matte Blush in Pink

There’s something refreshing about a blush that’s just called what it is — Pink. Alima Pure is one of my favorite mineral makeup brands, and this pink blush captures the classic beauty of a color that looks good on everybody.

Ilia Beauty Lipstick in Perfect Day

It’s with supreme confidence that I proclaim that Ilia Beauty’s lippies are my absolute favorite. The color payoff and moisturizing properties are second to none, and the packaging is chic to boot. What’s not to love? “Perfect Day” inspired my title for this post, as it’s the perfect coral-red that calls my name day in, day out, because it just looks that good.

*BareMinerals Eye Shadows in Queen Phyllis and Moss

Rarely do I dig into my small collection of loose mineral eye shadows (I hate how messy they are), but these two colors are too pretty to pass up. I love a bit of shimmer on my eyes, and the creamy look of “Queen Phyllis” blends well with the earthy brown hue of “Moss.”

CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara in Very Black

My dirty little secret. (Though I do have a few favorite natural mascaras.)

*Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-up Gel Liner in Black

As you may have seen in yesterday’s Instagram post, I’m a bit smitten with Benefit Cosmetics’ new They’re Real! Push-up Gel Liner. While I’m still perfecting my gel-lining skills (I’m an eyeliner pen girl), I love how fine and slanted the tip on this baby is and the lasting power of the gel. I ran the ingredients through EWG and most are just fine besides the usual suspects dimethicone and phenoxyethanol (and of course there’s artificial colors and bismuth oxychloride, which some people may be sensitive to), but for me, this is just fine for my eyeliner collection.

April 29, 2014

natural beauty buff | tara pelletier, meow meow tweet

Besides the obvious cat lady connection, Meow Meow Tweet co-founder Tara Pelletier and I seem to have a lot in common.

Like most green beauty-loving people, this Brooklyn-based pixie-bob babe knows that it’s important to treat your insides as well as your outsides to keep your skin happy.

Tara Pelletier of Meow Meow Tweet

{Photo by Danny Rico // Courtesy Meow Meow Tweet}

Her mention of natural remedies that aid both digestion and complexion issues piqued my interest, as it seems those of us with breakout-prone skin tend to have gut issues.

Her mention of random lip balms in every last pocket had me feeling a bit sheepish about my own lip balm addiction (she makes the damn stuff, what’s my excuse?).

She really had me, though, when she mentioned her sweaty-girl tendency and actually offered a solution for how to keep herself feeling fresh.

Time to add a face and body toner to my deskside collection!

see what's inside meow meow tweet co-founder Tara Pelletier's green beauty bag

{Photo by Danny Rico // Courtesy Meow Meow Tweet}

I could go on about how I also have what could be the beginnings of arthritis in my left knee and also carry around an idea book and iPhone, but perhaps that’s a silly conversation to have with Tara herself when I make it up to New York City again (get a peek at the MMT studio via my girl Marcella!).

But we can totally feel free to talk about that and Tara’s picks and more in the comments section.

As always, I’ve starred the products I also use and love.


“I drink the tea and I take the tincture. It’s the only natural remedy I’ve found for my seasonal and cat allergies (yes, I said cat) and for the beginnings of what could be arthritis in my young but cranky right knee.”

*Dr. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

“I drink a tablespoon in warm water every other morning. This has greatly helped my digestion and my complexion.”

Anita’s Creamline Coconut Yogurt

“Sorry if you’re not in NYC as it’s only available here, but this vegan yogurt is seriously swoon-worthy. It’s thick and tangy like greek yogurt and made without added sugar.”

Anything from LayerXLayer

“We seriously have almost every style of bag they’ve ever made. Each one is crafted impeccably, sturdy, smartly designed and looks amazing.”

“I literally pulled what was in my Brimfield Bag by LayerXLayer. As you can see, I carry around a lot of unlabeled MMT stuff.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Geranium Basil Face + Body Tonic

“I use this to freshen up when I’m running around. It was a godsend on a recent long flight when I started getting that recycled-air, sticky-skin feeling. I sweat pretty easily, so it’s a good thing to have in my bag when I’m popping between business meetings on foot or on bicycle. I also use it every night after my shower and before moisturizing. I like the geranium basil because it’s complimentary to my combination, blemish-prone skin. (Jeff uses the bergamot vetiver and carries the same miniature size in his identical bag!)”

H. Wood Beauty Mineral Powder Foundation

“I have to admit, I carry this religiously and don’t really use it. When I do, it’s mainly as a concealer (I mix it with a little balm) if I’m going to have my picture taken and I look especially tired or sallow. Generally I don’t wear makeup.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Little Tin of Tea Tree Deodorant Cream

“This tiny little thimble of deo is something that I always have, especially in the summer for bike commutes and hot subway rides. I’ve also used it as a toothpaste in a pinch. Don’t be grossed out!”

Lurk TBPV1

“This is the only product that I use on a regular basis (besides sunscreen and toothpaste) that’s made by someone else. Anne (of Lurk) is a scent-smith, and I’m truly in love with this perfume. This winter, I would put it on my scarf so I could smell it while I was bustling around town. It smells of peppery candied flowers.”

*Random Meow Meow Tweet Lip Balms (two tangerine limes and a cinnamon mint)

“I have lip balms coming out of my ears. One of the benefits of making these things is that you end up with one in every pocket.”

*Badger Sunscreen Lotion

“A great, non-greasy, no-funny-stuff, sunscreen. I have tattoos and don’t like to get caught in a sunny situation without protection for them. I’ve kept my colors pretty vibrant over the years by being rigorous about the SPF. I also make my own sunscreen, but it’s not as travel friendly in a jar — I wear that one on my face.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Relief Balm

One of our oldest recipes but newest launches. This is a vegan “tiger balm.” I use it on my hands, on my knee, as a headache soother and as a lip balm. It’s definitely one of my favorite recipes.”

*Idea Book

“This is where I jot down recipe ideas, write parts of songs, sketch or make random lists. It’s like a practical diary.”

*iPhone 5

“We’re being authentic right? Well, this thing comes with me everywhere and is a large part of my life. For better or worse.”

April 25, 2014

beauty scoop | nvey eco lip lustre

I’m not sure at what point I’m supposed to switch to being a bold lipstick queen, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a natural-lip-gloss-color-kinda girl.

I have to force myself to choose bolder colors for review and to take a chance on buying something not in the neutrals category, but for everyday wear, I just always reach for a my-lips-but-better gloss that doesn’t require a mirror to apply and that offers some moisture and shine.

One lip gloss I’ve been loving lately is Nvey Eco’s Lip Lustre in “Lolita,” a pretty, rose-coral shimmer that amps up the natural color of my own lips.

nvey eco lip lustre in lolita

{Nvey Eco sent me a sample of its Lip Lustre in “Lolita” for review. A 0.28-ounce tube costs $17.}

nvey eco lip lustre in lolita

nvey eco lip lustre in lolita

nvey eco lip lustre in lolita

Nvey Eco’s Lip Lustre in “Lolita” is an easy everyday color. I’m convinced it can look beautiful on any skin tone, and I love that the formula isn’t thick, goopy or sticky.

In fact, it’s quite thin without being slippery or sacrificing color. I chalk this up to the castor oil and beeswax combination that creates a perfect texture and delivers maximum moisture.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Ricinus Communis (Organic Castor) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Dibehenate (Vegetable Oil Origin), Copernicia Cerifera (Organic Carnauba) Wax*, Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax)*, Organic Citrus Sinensis*, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Glycerin. *Certified Organic Ingredient

May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide), CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue).

While I usually wear Nvey Eco’s Lip Lustre in “Lolita” alone, it’s also lovely layered over your favorite bold lip color. I love the dimension a light, neutral gloss can add to your lips — talk about insta-fullness!

At $17 a pop and readily available online or at Ulta, Nvey Eco’s Lip Lustre’s are an easy repurchase for me. I love the pretty colors (I also have “Berry Delight” c/o the brand and will be buying “Flirt” on my own — see, I can do color!) and soft texture of these glosses.

Plus, the certified organic ingredients inside make me feel just fine about having this on my lips all day!

Have you tried any lippies from Nvey Eco? Are you a gloss or lipstick kinda gal? Tell me in the comments section!


April 8, 2014

beauty scoop | ora’s amazing herbal lip balm

With so many clean, green lip balms on the market, it takes more than the usual combination of beeswax and shea butter to get my attention.

Unconventional flavor combinations attracted me to Ora’s Amazing Herbal Lip Balm.

Basil Rosemary, Chai Spice and Earl Grey stand apart from the usual berry-flavored suspects and deliver an infusion of goodness and protection to your pout.

ora's amazing herbal lip balm

{Ora’s Amazing Herbal sent me three lip balms to review. Each 0.15-ounce tube of balm retails for $3.99.}

Ora’s handcrafted lip balms have a dense feel, meaning the product doesn’t carelessly slide around on your lips. However, the balm has enough slip to it that it’s easy to apply.

Take it from a bona fide lip balm addict — not all balms’ textures are created with as much love and care!

Herbal infusions  — think calendula, comfrey, chickweed, St. John’s Wort, burdock, the works! — aid in relieving chapped and irritated lips while pushing the ingredients envelope.

How many times have you picked up a lip balm that costs less than $5 and seen such thoughtful ingredients packed into the tube?

I also appreciate that Ora’s Herbal Lip Balms are unsweetened, which keeps me from wanting to lick my lips too much.

They are instead subtly scented with therapeutic essential oils and spices.

While I chose to try Basil Rosemary, Chai Spice and Earl Grey, Ora’s Amazing Herbal also offers lip balms in Berry-Lime, Clove, Minty Cocoa, Vanilla and Unscented.

Here’s what’s in each of my Ora’s Herbal Lip Balm picks:

Ora’s Herbal Lip Balm in Basil Rosemary

Beeswax, Grapeseed Oil Infused With Organic Calendula, Organic Comfrey, Organic Plantain, Organic Chickweed, Organic St. John’s Wort, Organic Burdock and Organic Thyme, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils Of Basil and Rosemary

Ora’s Herbal Lip Balm in Chai Spice

Beeswax, Grapeseed Oil Infused With Organic Calendula, Organic Comfrey, Organic Plantain, Organic Chickweed, Organic St. John’s Wort, Organic Burdock And Organic Thyme, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils and Spices Of Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove, and Ginger

Ora’s Herbal Lip Balm in Earl Grey

Beeswax, Grapeseed Oil Infused With Organic Calendula, Organic Comfrey, Organic Plantain, Organic Chickweed, Organic St. John’s Wort, Organic Burdock And Organic Thyme, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils Of Bergamot and Mandarin Orange

Ora’s Amazing Herbal doesn’t test on animals and the lip balms are also gluten-free (because I mean, you are going to naturally lick your lips from time to time.)

So, will I repurchase these lip balms? You betcha! I love the soft, pastel packaging as much as I love the healing product inside.

Currently, Ora’s Amazing Herbal appears to be available online only. Wholesaling is available — which of my favorite retailers is going to pick up this special line?!

Have you heard of Ora’s Amazing Herbal? What do you look for in a lip balm? Tell me in the comments section!


April 1, 2014

beauty scoop | gabriel color lip gloss treatment

While I love a deep, red lip as much as the next girl, I’m much more of a neutral-lippie-kind-of-gal, especially during warmer weather.

I like to be able to swipe, smack and go, yet still look warm and put-together; the best color I’ve found to give my pout a come-hither glow is Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia” by Gabriel Cosmetics.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

{Gabriel Cosmetics sent me a sample of its Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia” to review. It retails for $16.75 for a 0.27-ounce tube.}

Ambrosia” has a pinkish-nude base that mimics the natural color of my lips, but amps up the kissability factor with a hint of gold shimmer that catches the light so beautifully that you can’t help but gaze a little longer.

While I’m pretty fair until summer hits, my yellow-undertone skin works well with this neutral, especially when paired with a brighter pink blush. I think “Ambrosia” would look even more beautiful on deeper skin tones — I love a shiny, neutral gloss against mocha skin.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia” has a medium thickness but isn’t sticky. If you’re a bit heavy-handed with application, though, the color can look a little milky (likely due to the titanium dioxide included for an SPF 8). Layering is key!

Speaking of layering, “Ambrosia” can help you create a dramatic lip when layer atop a deeper color of your choice. Simply dab it in the center of your lips to create an illusion of thickness and depth.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

Here’s what’s inside Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia”

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Iron Oxides, Mica, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Titanium Dioxide.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

{I would have let Anya use some gloss, but she’s too naturally beautiful.}

I’m looking forward to trying more of Gabriel Cosmetics’ lip glosses — “Nectar” is next on my hit list!

So, bottom line, would I repurchase Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatments? Yes! At $16.75 a pop and readily available at Whole Foods, I am going to have to hold myself back from hauling them all!

What are your favorite lip gloss colors? Have you tried anything from Gabriel Cosmetics? Tell me in the comments section!


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