Entries Tagged as 'makeup'

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!


February 7, 2014

free stuff friday | jane iredale starter kit

I’m excited to present my first giveaway of the new year to you thanks to the sweeties at Jane Iredale.

When I received Jane Iredale’s new Starter Kit, the press materials contained this oh-so-true quote from Jane herself:

“I’ve always said makeup should be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.

How spot-on is Miss Jane in this thought?

While us beauty babes are minorly obsessed with makeup, skincare will always be my No. 1 concern because without a healthy complexion, no amount of makeup is going to look that great on your skin.

That’s not say that you must have perfect, pimple-free skin to have a healthy complexion; does that skin even exist?

It’s to say that you must treat your skin well first and then choose the healthy, clean makeup to layer atop it to enhance your glow.

And that’s where Jane Iredale’s Starter Kit comes in.

jane iredale new starter kit

{Jane Iredale shared its new Starter Kit ($55) with me and is offering one of my beautiful, lucky readers a chance to win a Starter Kit of her own!}

Jane Iredale’s new Starter Kit contains the essentials you need to enhance your natural glow, including Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, Amazing Base SPF 20 Loose Mineral Powder, PurePressed Base SPF 20 Mineral Foundation, POMMIST Hydration Spray, a mini powder brush and a travel-size cosmetic case with extra-large mirror.

Primer is one of those things that’s a bit underrated when it comes to keeping your foundation smooth and in place all day. Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener glides on easily and provides a great base for your foundation.

Another step that I think is so important in achieving a luminous complexion is spritzing your face post-makeup application. Sometimes you can look a little too “done,” so misting on a hydrating spray, such as POMMIST, gives you a bit of dew and liveliness.

POMMIST is a great little product to have for refreshing your makeup after lunch and at the end of the day before you head to happy hour.

What’s in between — your loose or pressed minerals — is what gives you that even, healthy glow, and you’re definitely in good hands with both Amazing Base and PurePressed Base. I do tend to prefer a good pressed powder, but loose minerals give you that effortless look that sometimes hard to replicate.

So are you ready to get your hands on this lovely little Starter Kit from Jane Iredale?

To enter, use the handy-dandy Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway begins Friday, February 7, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. Central Time, and closes on Friday, February 14, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. Central Time.

Sweepstakes Terms and Conditions

1. No purchase necessary. A purchase does not improve your chance of winning. Void where prohibited.

2. Entrant must be 18 years old as of sweepstakes start date and a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia as of start date.

3. Sweepstakes begins Friday, February 7, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. Central Time, and closes on Friday, February 14, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. Central Time.

4. Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winners will be selected by random drawing. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within fourteen (14) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

5. Sponsor(s) is/are not responsible for lost or mutilated prizes and none will be replaced. Prize is nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Sponsor(s) in the event that the prize cannot be awarded for any reason, in which case, Sponsor(s) will award a prize of equal or greater value. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of winner.

February 7, 2014

beauty scoop | jane iredale purepressed base mineral foundation spf 20

As a skincare fanatic, one of my goals is to be able to bare my face to the world, showing off a healthy, blemish-free face.

While these days do happen every once in a while depending on my diet, stress levels, exercise habits and beauty routine, more often than not, I need a little help evening out my skin tone.

Lately I’ve been using Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in Warm Sienna for featherlight, semi-matte coverage that allows my skin to breathe.

jane iredale purepressed base mineral foundation

{Jane Iredale sent me a sample of its PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in “Warm Sienna” to review. It retails for $52 for a 9.9-gram compact.}

Below is my “before” on the left and “after” on the right, taken inside and without Photoshop editing beyond increasing the exposure (because again, it was taken indoors under fluorescent lights and was kind of dark).

jane iredale purepressed base mineral foundation kimberlyloc before and after

You can see that I’m experiencing a decent skin week save for a few blemishes on my chin and some breakouts along my hairline that you can’t see thanks to my bangs.

In the “before” picture, you can notice some redness, darkness under my eyes and the blemishes on my chin.

After a light application of just the Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in Warm Sienna, you can see in the “after” pictures how much more even and clear my skin looks!

Here’s what’s inside Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation:

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 14%, Zinc Oxide 3%. Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens

I love that I’m getting SPF 20 with this lightweight foundation, but I’m even more thrilled that I really can use only Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation as a foundation, concealer, touch-up powder and SPF all in one.

Talk about a multipurpose beauty product!

I’m typically very ritualistic when it comes to applying cream concealer before a powder, but I took my chance with this testing period, and it was surprising to me how much “less is more” rang true here.

I really didn’t need the additional layer of a cream base, and when you’re getting a decent skin day, it’s best to let it breathe as much as possible.

Bonus points to Jane Iredale for making a lovely pressed mineral powder that eliminates the constant state of mineral makeup mess my sink is always experiencing.

While I did receive a full-sized sample of Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation to review, I’ve been a paying Jane Iredale customer for years and will happily repurchase this product.

I’ve had great experiences with other Jane Iredale foundations in the past, and PurePressed Base is no exception!

Have you tried Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation? What are your favorite pressed powders? Tell me in the comments section!


February 6, 2014

beauty scoop | haut cosmetics bio-cocoa balm

I gave you a little preview of this rich lip color a few months ago, and I’m thrilled to share a full-fledged review of Haut Cosmetics’ Bio-Cocoa Balm in “Love” today!

Haut Cosmetics’ Bio-Cocoa Balm in “Love” is my go-to natural tinted lip balm for cold winter mornings when everything is gray and sad-looking outside.

What better way to put a little pep in your step (and bring some much-needed color to your face!) than a hot pink lippie that commands attention and makes you feel hotter than Rihanna?

haut cosmetics bio cocoa balm in love

{Haut Cosmetics sent me a small sample of its Bio-Cocoa Balm in “Love” to sample and review. Samples are available for purchase for $6; a full-sized balm is $29.50.}

One of the biggest myths about natural lipsticks and lip colors is that they lack the power to deliver concentrated, highly pigmented color that lasts.

Haut Cosmetics’ Bio-Cocoa Balm in “Love” clearly busts that myth. I’ve never been more impressed with a natural, vegan tinted lip balm than I am with Haut Cosmetics’ Bio-Cocoa Balm!

haut cosmetics bio cocoa balm in love

Because it’s a tinted balm, you get both the benefits of extreme color and extreme moisture.

You really don’t need to apply lip balm before Bio-Cocoa Balm, but you do need to make sure your lips are well-exfoliated and flake-free.

The pigment is intense and will highlight any dry areas (as would any lipstick, conventional or natural), so when you’re going bold like this, exfoliation is key!

(You can use a DIY treatment of coconut oil and brown sugar to gently scrub your lips or even just brush them with a toothbrush loaded with warm water and coconut oil.)

Here’s what’s inside Haut Cosmetics Bio-Cocoa Balm:

Organic Olive Oil, Candelilla Wax, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil, Cocoa Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Vitamin E, Rosemary Oleoresin, Neem Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Carnauba-coated Serecite, Zinc Oxide, Arrowroot, Organic Canadian Glacial Marine Clay, Canadian Glacial Clay, Kaolin Clay, Iron Oxides, Vitamin E

Not only does this list of clean ingredients give Haut Cosmetics Bio-Cocoa Balm the power to perform on your lips, but it also gets it the attention from the folks at Clean Care, Canada’s new seal of approval for safer beauty and personal-care products.

Clean Care screens brands that apply to carry the Clean Care seal by measuring its product offerings against David Suzuki’s “dirty dozen” list.

Haut Cosmetics obviousy passed with flying (highly pigmented!) colors.

Beyond meeting Clean Care’s standards, Haut Cosmetics holds itself to high standards on its own, which means we get the best of the best from a founder who truly “gets” clean beauty and an outside organization that champions the cause (and is looking for more Canadian brands to carry the seal!).

So, bottom line: Is Haut Cosmetics Bio-Cocoa Balm in “Love” a repurchase for me?

Are my lips hot pink in the pictures above?

That would be a resounding yes, yes, yes!

Watch out, Rihanna.

Have you tried anything from Haut Cosmetics? What are your favorite lippies lately? Tell me in the comments section!


December 16, 2013

holiday gift guide 2013

We have just a little more than a week left before Christmas — are you anywhere near finished with your shopping?

Just in case you aren’t, I’ve rounded up my top style and beauty picks for the holidays and beyond.

Some of these items are on my actual wish list this year, while others are tried-and-true favorites that I think your loved ones will love, too.

Happy last-minute shopping!

kimberlyloc holiday gift guide 2013

From top row to bottom row, left to right:

1. Jane Iredale Glamour Eye & Lip Palette, $75

I’ve been playing with this palette for a few weeks now. It’s got such a great little sampling of perky eye and lip colors that make me excited to paint my face in the mornings.

While the color pots are small, you get a great range of colors — 15 eye shadows and 15 lippies! — to experiment with. I’m sure you can nail the perfect holiday looks with this pretty palette. (Also available at Nordstrom!)

2. Roots Rose Radish Jasmine & Clary Sage Perfume, $50

Roots Rose Radish’s packages its solid perfumes in cowrie shells and houses its various fragrance oils in cold-pressed, unrefined jojoba oil for a slow release of scent.

While it’s no secret that I covet the Jasmine & Clary Sage scent, Roots Rose Radish also offers gorgeous perfumes in Ylang Ylang & Grapefruit and Rose Frankincense & Patchouli.

3. H. Gillerman Organics Remedy Pack, $160

Introduce a loved one to the power of aromatherapy with H. Gillerman Organics’ Remedy Pack, which features full size essential oil remedies — Sleep Remedy, Tension Remedy, Stress Remedy and Sinus Remedy — in a cute little Brooklyn-made pouch.

I swear by Hope Gillerman’s aromatherapy treasures; she keeps me pepped up with peppermint at work (Tension Remedy) and soothes me to bed at night (Sleep Remedy). Sinus Remedy and Stress Remedy must be equally amazing.

4. Prada Sunglasses, $290

I would feel transported to a magical land every time I slipped on these Prada shades.

With its whimsical side designs and square lenses, these sunglasses draw a little more attention to your well-hidden eyes and shield you glamorously from the sun’s rays.

Gift these to someone who isn’t notorious for breaking or losing her sunglasses …

5. Osmia Organics Greenest and Cleanest Soap Set, $130

My favorite bar soaps, hands down, are made by the hands of Sarah Villafranco, founder of Colorado-based Osmia Organics.

These soaps are special; the curves on the top of the soap showcase Sarah’s artistry and care. Each scent triggers different memories and feelings while cleansing your body with saponified oils and butters blended with various clays and essential oils to nourish your skin.

6. Hobo “Farrah” Bag, $248

Also available in Caramel, Stone, Black and Peacock, the Hobo “Farrah” is big enough to use as an everyday bag yet sleek and compact enough to use as an evening clutch — just remove the strap!

I’ve had my eye on this bag for a few months now. The striking violet color spoke to me in so many ways — namely “take me home!”

7. May Lindstrom Skin “The Good Stuff” Radiance Oil, $110

What better time than the holidays to splurge on a sexy, scrumptious body oil from May Lindstrom Skin?

I’m a huge fan of this sweet body oil, reserving it for special nights when I want to amp up the flirtation and see my skin glisten and glow. “The Good Stuff” gives you that feeling of power and beauty typically found in sexy perfumes or lingerie; May calls this her “fabric-free lingerie” and could not be more on-target with that description!

You can also count on May to deliver this cocoa-scented body oil to you wrapped in gorgeous black and gold and with a handwritten note; who knows, if you ask, she may even address the note to the lucky gift recipient.

8. Red Dirt Shop “The Escapist by Jenn Porreca” iPhone 5/5s Case, $37

Kansas City-based Red Dirt Shop partners with local artists to create stunning cell phone cases that are sure to spark conversations.

Beyond talking about the beauty of your new cell phone case, you can talk about how a portion of the sale of your case went to helping build wells in countries like Ethiopia, India, Haiti and Uganda so that families there could have access to clean water.

Every five cases sold gives one person clean water for life and exposes individual artists to more people who may adore their work.

9. Shinola “Runwell 28mm” Watch, $600

Made in Detroit and now available in Kansas City, Shinola offers timeless timepieces for men and women that command attention.

With their sleek lines, bold faces and supple leather, Shinola watches are bringing back a bit of American pride to high-quality watchmaking and are sure to catch attention.

10. Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves, $54

You can never go wrong gifting gloves (as long as you know the right size!), but a pair of cashmere-lined leather gloves steps it up a notch.

In a classic or bright color, leather gloves show off style and sophistication that comes with age — and the right pair of leather gloves will get better as the years go by.

11. Clare Vivier Simple Tote, $368

Made in Los Angeles, this suede and leather Clare Vivier tote is effortlessly chic, with rich colors from eco-friendly dyes.

The Simple Tote can works for everyday laptop-schlepping to and from work as well as for those long errand-running days when you just need a roomy, yet stylish, bag to run around town.

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