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September 18, 2014

makeup of the day | welcome autumn

So maybe I’m jumping the gun by five days, but it’s actually feeling like fall in my neck of the woods, and I’ve been embracing it wholeheartedly.

From putting away my summer clothes and shoes and donning new boots and layers, I’ve just been missing two finishing touches to my autumn look: Updated makeup and accessories.

Until now.

kjaer weis new fall 2014 makeup colors

Kjaer Weis releases its new fall colors today, and I’ve had the privilege of playing with these new colors for the past few weeks.

Meet “Green Depth,” a gorgeous green eye shadow decorated with hints of gold.

Give a big hug to “Embrace,” a soft pink cream blush that kisses your cheeks with a light, believable flush of color.

Kiss “Lover’s Choice” smack on the lips and get a rush of ruby red to your lips if you dare, or apply it very lightly and blend for a berry-stained pout.

kjaer weis fall 2014 makeup colors

kjaer weis fall 2014 makeup colors

In addition to pretty new fall colors, I’ve also incorporated earthy new earrings into my fall wardrobe.

These earrings from Moazen Jewelry & Accessories capture everything I love about fall — texture, mixed media and an overall natural grit that looks just stunning juxtaposed with a bit of glam makeup.

There’s a few other earrings in the collection that beg to be dangling from my ears this season (hello, cool leaf earrings).

If you’ve been around the blog a bit, you know I’m a huge accessories junkie, so updating this part of my wardrobe is key to feeling fresh as the seasons change. The right accessories can completely change a look!

{And if you’ve been around a blog a lot, you know that I like to do fun stuff on Fridays — watch this space tomorrow for an opportunity to update your own accessories collection!)

kjaer weis fall 2014 makeup colors

Get the “Welcome Autumn” look:

La Bella Donna Complete Brow Kit in Brunette

I bought the last La Bella Donna Complete Brow Kit in Brunette that The Detox Market had in stock the day I visited the shop in Los Angeles last month. I’ve been searching for a clean replacement to my beloved Anastasia Brow Kit, and this one from La Bella Donna is close. The brunette powder is a bit darker than I’m used to, so I have to use even lighter, softer strokes, but overall, it’s a nice replacement.

*Kjaer Weis Foundation in Paper Thin & Just Sheer

I detailed my experience with Kjaer Weis’ foundation in this full review, but I will reiterate that I think “Just Sheer” is a bit of a better match for me even though it’s still not perfect. The undertones are right, though!

*Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow in Green Depth

To be honest, I’m kind of a boring brown eye shadow girl, but when I do wear color, it tends to be violet and green to bring out the bits of gold in my brown eyes. This eye shadow helps bring out those flecks even more because it itself has the gold flecks! I think “Green Depth” would make for an amazing smoky eye, too — I’ll try that soon and show you!

*Nvey Eco Eye Shadow in Shroom

I used this color to blend a bit in the hollow and up to the crease of my brow to give my lids a little more dimension. Nvey Eco eye shadows have this soft, velvety finish that I adore.

*Cate McNabb Cosmetics Gel Eye Liner in Black

Though I’m quite married to my liquid liner pens, a good pot of gel liner delivers a sexy, sleek line that stays put. Cate McNabb’s Gel Eyeliner gives me that inky length I like in my cat eyes. Meow.

*Studio 78 Paris Double Effect Mascara

Marissa over at BeauTeaBar sent me this mascara a while back, and it’s on my repurchase list. It’s not a wet, heavy mascara, which is ideal for my short, straight lashes, and it holds a curl well. And, as evidenced by the last picture in this post, it lengthens like whoa!

*Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Lover’s Choice

I’m a sucker for red lips, but I love red lip tints even more when they are buildable. Most of the reds in my collection are extreme red; there’s no in-between. With Kjaer Weis’ Lip Tint in Lover’s Choice, you can layer it on to be as va-va-voom as you like, and the deep, brick red pairs well with popular fall palette colors.

*Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Embrace

Though I only own two Kjaer Weis cream blushes, “Embrace” is my favorite of the two right now. This baby soft, bluish-pink is just so elegant, and I love that it works on my skin tone (imagine that!). I’m sure it would look quite stunning on a pale, cool-undertone gal, too. I feel like this is the light flush of color I get naturally, and now I can enhance that just a bit without overwhelming my face.

*Kjaer Weis Highlighter in Radiance

I’ve rounded up a few highlighters before Kjaer Weis’ “Radiance” entered my life. This luminizer is so different than the other ones I’ve tried because it looks a bit more silvery without being too cool and has almost a cream-to-powder finish to it. It doesn’t slip around, yet gives you that dewy look! You may be able to see where I’ve applied it to the inner corners of my eyes and Cupid’s bow. It just gives my face that glow!

*Indicates gifted sample

What makeup and accessories are you incorporating into your fall wardrobe? Have you started switching out your closet just yet? Have you tried any of the natural cosmetics I’ve mentioned above? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section!

 

September 10, 2014

beauty scoop | cate mcnabb cosmetics lip gloss

“On Wednesdays, we wear pink.”

It’s one of the most-quoted lines from Mean Girls, and Cate McNabb Cosmetics captures the essence of popularity-pink in its “Wednesday Pink” Lip Gloss.

(Are you wearing pink today?! Or at least some form of a cat eye?)

cate mcnabb cosmetics lip gloss in "wednesday pink"

{Cate McNabb Cosmetics sent me a sample of its lip gloss in “Wednesday Pink” to review. It costs $16 for a 0.16-ounce tube. Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses c/o ICU Eyewear.}

A smooth, non-sticky formula, Cate McNabb Lip Gloss in “Wednesday Pink” is made with soothing shea butter and jojoba oil to hydrate your pout while delivering a powerful yet playful shade of mauve-pink.

Glossy, but not overly shiny, Cate McNabb Lip Gloss is youthful without looking young.

“Wednesday Pink” can almost pass for a pale violet, but its warm undertones — topped off with a glimmer of golden mica — keep it from being too serious of a purple; “Pale Mauve” is probably the best call for this pretty lip gloss.

cate mcnabb cosmetics lip gloss in "wednesday pink"

Besides the pretty color — which isn’t too subtle, yet isn’t too heavy — I adore the boxy edges of Cate McNabb’s lip gloss packaging.

Distinct corners make glosses easier to grip, and I for one appreciate not worrying about my makeup rolling around on my vanity when I have everything spread out in the morning.

But aside from the smart packaging, let’s take a look at what’s inside Cate McNabb Lip Gloss.

cate mcnabb cosmetics lip gloss in "wednesday pink"

Ricinus Communis (Castor oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis, Roman Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapeseed) Extract, Essence of Vanilla, May Contain(+/-):Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Mica CI 77019, Iron Oxides CI 77489, CI 77491 CI 77492, CI 77499

Cate McNabb Cosmetics is also cruelty-free (and I never test my beauty booty on Anya — she’s naturally beautiful!); perhaps you’ll be seeing more of this line in some of our favorite vegan and cruelty-free subscription boxes?

I sure would love to!

My eyes are on “Belle Red” and “Face It Fuschia” next — which means, yeap, Cate McNabb Cosmetics Lip Glosses are on my repurchase list!

Are you a gloss person? Have you heard of or tried anything from Cate McNabb Cosmetics? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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.

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.

Nettles

“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.”



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