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November 12, 2014

beauty scoop | rms beauty lip2cheek in diabolique

Though I love lip colors as much as the next beauty addict, I’m usually sporting some sort of pink / nude / sheer red on a daily basis.

But during fall and winter, I love to be a bit more daring with my lip color choices, and that’s why adding RMS Beauty’s lip2cheek in “Diabolique” was a no-brainer for me.

kimberlyloc wears rms beauty lip2cheek in diabolique

{I purchased RMS Beauty’s lip2cheek in “Diabolique.” It costs $36 for a 0.17-ounce glass jar.}

kimberlyloc wears rms beauty lip2cheek in diabolique

This rich burgundy lip color can be as intense as you want it to be.

A thin layer easily sheers out into a berry-kissed stain; a few thin layers results in a brick-burgundy mouth that screams fall and brings out the natural auburn highlights in your hair (if you have them, that is!).

kimberlyloc wears rms beauty lip2cheek in diabolique

I apply RMS Beauty’s “Diabolique” in a couple different ways:

If I want a sheer, stained kisser, I’ll gently pat in the color with my ring finger.

If I want a layered, bold look, I’ll first gently pat in a bass layer with my ring finger and then blot. Next, I’ll take a soft lip brush and pain on two very thin layers of color (blotting in between each) to get a maximum intensity that’s both moisturizing and stunning.

Whoever says natural cosmetics can’t deliver the same color payoff as conventional cosmetics has clearly never tried RMS Beauty Diabolique!

Here’s everything inside RMS Beauty lip2cheek in Diabolique:

*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Tocopherol (non-GMO), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) seed Oil, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/-Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxide CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Mica CI 77019]

If you avoid beeswax for any reason, do note that this lippie does contain beeswax in addition to coconut oil, jojoba oil and shea butter, which give it a silky smooth feel that’s actually good for your lips.

Say goodbye to intensely colored lip colors that are drying!

Besides looking fabulous on your lips this fall, RMS Beauty’s lip2cheek in “Diabolique” is also, obviously, a pretty cheek color that can be pressed in to give your face a healthy shot of warm red color.

Start small with this, as it’s highly pigmented! Just press a finger (or a brush, if you’re a germophobe) into the pot and then gently dot it onto your cheeks, pressing the color in and tapping all around your cheekbones and up onto your temples.

I am wearing Diabolique on my cheeks in these pictures, but it’s wasn’t the main focus of my review, so the color you see is quite subtle — but you can see it there, warming my face, especially in photos 1 and 3.

This was my first RMS Beauty lip2cheek purchase, but it won’t be my last. I’m impressed with the color payoff and the generous amount of product in the cute little glass jar.

Though $36 may seem steep for what looks like a standard tinted lip color, you won’t be tempted to dig your fingers in and waste product — because it’s so highly pigmented, you’ll have to be careful to use a light hand when digging in! A little goes a long way, and you want to build up the color with thin layers.

I’m thinking “Beloved” and “Smile” will be my next additions to my RMS Beauty collection … unless there’s something around the corner for the holidays?!

What RMS Beauty lip2cheek colors do you have? What is your go-to lip color for everyday? For fall and winter? Tell me in the comments section!

 

November 3, 2014

beauty scoop | w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

On those rare occasions when I have a great skin day (not recently!), I like to use a minimal foundation that can be applied only to trouble spots so that the good skin may show through.

My favorite natural, nontoxic makeup for these days is W3ll People’s Narcissist Stick Foundation.

I’ve been using this stick foundation for quite some time (I’ve repurchased it three times!), so I’m not sure why it’s taken me a while to tell you about my experience with it. Blame it on blogger overload?!

kimberlyloc without makeup

{This picture looks different from the other three because I took it about 10 minutes before the others and at a slightly different angle, so the light is very warm and golden. BUT you can still see those massive breakouts on my chin, which is the point of a “before” picture.}

As you can see from my “before” picture above (which is shot in a slightly warmer light — see the caption for explanation), my skin was in decent shape save for two mega cysts on my chin and a tiny breakout on my nose.

Though cystic acne is the bane of my existence, I’m not going to let two (two!) volcanoes on my face detract from the otherwise great-looking skin everywhere else.

Enter W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation.

I love using this to spot-cover the areas that need a little extra camouflage, as depicted below:

kimberlyloc tests w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

I simply drag the stick under my eyes, on my problem areas (damn you, hormonal acne chin), on my nose and around my nostrils and on a few spots on my forehead.

kimberlyloc testing w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

You can see that the color isn’t quite the perfect match (it’s a bit peachy instead of yellow), but the light shade is a good match to my neck, keeping me from having a mask-like look.

I may get another stick in the next darker color (I’m wearing No. 2) and do a little mixing, but it’s also good to note that once blush and bronzer is on, I look a little more normal.

kimberlyloc tests w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

As you can see in the picture above, the W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation in No. 2 lightly blurs my blemishes (though those mounds are still noticeable — no makeup can truly mask cysts!) and evens out my skin tone.

Again, it’s not a perfect match — even though my neck and upper chest is blurred out of focus here, you can see how my face looks peachy and my skin looks yellow — but with additional makeup blended in, it’s not too bad.

Can somebody please make a foundation shade for Asian girls who are light-ish but yellow?!

Now let’s talk blending. If you’re used to using RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-up, you will find that W3ll People’s Stick Foundation is a drier, chalkier formulation that requires a little warmth and a lot of blending to get moving.

If you are oily like me, this will be a positive for you! As much as I love RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-up, it’s very slippery on my skin, due to the coconut oil content, and is reserved for drier climates (it’s a nightmare to use in the summer!).

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I like W3ll People’s Stick Foundation better than RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-up. I haven’t repurchased “Un” Cover-up in quite a while (and I had repurchased it maybe 2-3 times!) since this stick came into my life.

Instead of coconut oil, W3ll People’s Narcissist Stick Foundation has a base of sunflower oil, castor oil and beeswax, which gives it that thicker feel with less slip. It’s imperative to apply this to well-moisturized skin and use a sponge or brush to blend, blend, blend.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Silica, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succi- nate **, Mica (CI 77019), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (and) Organic Aloe Barbadenis (Aloe) Extract, Lysine, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Pro- prietary Essential Oil blend, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)*, Roman Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile)** [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)] *Certified Organic, **Eco-cert

I love this foundation and won’t be without it! It also works well underneath mineral foundations (which I have a better time at matching), so you can still get that breathable foundation look and be covered — and in the right color.

Have you tried W3ll People’s Stick Foundation? What brands are the hardest for you to get the right color match? What are your favorite minimal foundations? Tell me in the comments section!

 

October 30, 2014

natural beauty buff | munemi imai, mun beauty

It’s no secret that fashion and beauty insiders flock to the experts when it comes to skincare and makeup secrets — and for a big beauty industry, it’s the seasoned makeup artists who are regarded as the top resources to reveal the beauty secrets of the stars.

But Munemi Imai, founder of cult hit Mun Beauty, offers so much more than her years of experience as an international makeup artist.

She offers deep insight as a green beauty product formulator herself, combining the best ingredients into a simple yet chic beauty oil that’s earned a place on my top shelf.

And she also offers proof in the pudding: LOOK at her skin. I’ll do whatever she tells me to do.

natural beauty buff munemi imai mun beauty

Munemi’s story is one that’s similar for a lot of us.

During a brief illness at one point in her career, she discovered the beauty of natural ingredients in everything that’s important to our well-being: The food we eat and the personal care products we use daily.

Inspired to take control of her health and own a deeper beauty, Munemi created Mun Beauty to harness the beauty of prickly pear seed oil, argan oil and rose oil to launch her line and is taking her time to expand the line — her companion toner launches this month, and I couldn’t be more excited to get my hands on it.

Besides Munemi’s new toner, I’m excited to try a few of the other beauty items she mentions below as staples in her beauty care routine.

A lot of them are familiar to me, but there are some gems below that are worth looking into — because again, of all the beauty aficionados out there, the ones that rise above the rest are those like Munemi who bring years of experience and depth to table.

natural beauty buff munemi imai mun beauty

As usual, I’ve starred the items I also use and love!

Healthway African Healing Clay TLC Tub

This organic South African green clay does a wonderful job on detoxing skin. You can mix with water and keep them moist as instructed, or I like to mix with honey instead.

*Manuka Honey

I like it both eating and putting on my face as a mask. I’d often mix with clay and a few essential oils for extra nourishing.

MUN No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner (available mid-November)

This is our brand new product. It’s the perfect synergy with No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum. It has a rosewater base with hydrating and anti-aging ingredients such as prickly pear stem extract, goji berry extract and hyaluronic acid. Rose, jasmine and daisy flower extracts work together for skin softness and radiance. I can’t wait for the launch date!

*MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

I just believe in this. I have fewer fine lines than four years ago, and it keeps my skin looking youthful. It’s so pure and so clean, but it’s powerful. It’s great for both morning and night. I use it as a makeup primer on models and celebrity clients all the time. Before I launched this, I thought to myself, “Even if the business doesn’t take off, at least I am set for myself.” {Editor’s Note: Read my full review of this serum!}

Illuminare Concealing Mineral Foundation SPF 20

I got introduced to this from Miranda Kerr when we worked together. When I want extra coverage — and in sunnier weather — I like to use this one. It gives a great coverage and is easy to spread, blend and layer.

*rms beauty “Un” Coverup 44

I use this as shading on the temples to under my cheekbones to give a little contour.

*Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant Herbal Scent

This is a clean, natural, safe and effective deodorant choice. I like the roll-on applicator, too. {Editor’s Note: See my “ultimate guide to natural deodorants” to get my take on this deodorant and many others!}

September 29, 2014

beauty scoop | mullein and sparrow tinted lip & cheek balm

As we ease into autumn, I’m finding myself reaching for the lighter shades in the purple drawer of my lip color wardrobe.

(Yes, I organize my lippies by color.)

A new multipurpose plum in my collection is Mullein & Sparrow’s Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm, which delivers a sheer wash of violet goodness while hydrating your lips with organic sunflower oil and shea butter.

mullein & sparrow tinted lip and cheek balm

{Mullein & Sparrow sent me a sample of its Tinted Lip and Cheek Balm. It costs $22 for a 1-ounce tin.}

mullein & sparrow tinted lip and cheek balm

Packaged in a gorgeous, vintage apothecary-style tin, Mullein & Sparrow’s Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm offers a natural flush of color that hints of purple.

I’m wearing it only on the lips in these photos, but it’s lovely on the cheeks as well, giving the skin a dewy, balmy glow and natural pinch of color.

(And in case you’re wondering, my happy yellow cat-eye sunnies are from my friends at ICU Eyewear — you know I love a good cat eye!)

mullein & sparrow tinted lip and cheek balm

Mullein & Sparrow’s gorgeous 1-ounce tin is packed full of this non-sticky, ultra-smooth balm, but its appearance in the tin is deceptive.

As you can tell, again, the color payoff isn’t this intense at all.

Instead, it’s a soft wash of “my lips but better and a bit plummer” that’s perfect for non-fussy makeup types (like me) who just don’t have time to paint on intense lips every day.

mullein & sparrow tinted lip and cheek balm

Here’s what’s inside Mullein & Sparrow’s Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm:

Helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, Olea europaea (extra virgin olive) oil*, Vitellaria paradoxa (shea) butter*, Cera alba (beeswax)*, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter*, Batschia canescens (alkanet root)*, Copernicia prunifera (Carnauba wax)*, essential oils of: Pogostemon cablin (patchouli)*, Citrus sinensis (orange)* (*Organic)

The light plum color originates from organic alkanet root, a plant that can deliver shades of pink, purple or blue. Alkanet root is common in lots of natural cosmetics, yet I haven’t seen this particular shade achieved in many of the natural lippies I’ve used.

As a fan of lippies in general, but especially of balms and glosses, I would repurchase Mullein & Sparrow’s Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm. The price is reasonable ($22) for the size you get (1 ounce), and the fact that it’s super multipurpose (lips, cheeks, moisture all around) makes it a nice buy.

I’m also a bit of a sucker for pretty packaging, and I just swoon over the aesthetic of the entire Mullein & Sparrow collection anyway.

There’s also something about this being in a tin that draws me in; a lot of sheer wash lippies that are in tubes mess with my mind — I somehow expect them to be deeper and more intense because they’re in bullet / tube form.

If it’s in a pot or tin, it just feels more like a lip balm or lip tint, and the idea that the color just isn’t supposed to be too intense fits better with my mind.

How’s that for some random consumer research, beauty brands?

Don’t forget! You can save 15% off of any Mullein & Sparrow purchase through September 30. Use code “KIMLOC” at checkout!

What do you look for in tinted lip and cheek balms? Have you tried anything from Mullein & Sparrow? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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!

 



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