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August 26, 2014

beauty secrets | 11 nontoxic, natural bronzers for a healthy glow

Though we’re slowly approaching the end of summer, who’s to say we can’t prolong our healthy glow a bit into fall?

Instead of fake-baking or spending way too much time out in the sun during the last few weeks of hot weather, it’s far easier to build a little more color into your skin with nontoxic, natural bronzers.

nontoxic makeup natural bronzers for a healthy glow

I’ve got a crazy collection of pressed bronzers, mineral bronzers, cream bronzers and liquid bronzers to choose from — but some get used more than others.

Here’s my candid take on these 11 nontoxic, natural bronzers. Here’s to a never-ending summer glow!

*Indicates press sample

Top Row:

*bareMinerals READY Bronzer in “The High Dive” ($24)

With just a touch of shimmer, bareMinerals READY Bronzer in “The High Dive” is a perfect pressed bronzer for someone looking for deep color and just a touch of fairy dust (aka mica).

I reach for this one every once in a while; it’s nice for contouring as well as for bronzing. I’m also partial to pressed bronzers. (I am messy.)

I don’t think it’s a repurchase for me, though, because I could easily go cleaner with my pressed bronzer.

If you’re sensitive to bismuth oxychloride, you’ll want to skip this one.

Ingredients:

Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Calcium Ketogluconate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Silica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

*Living Nature Summer Bronze Pressed Powder ($50 NZD)

Living Nature’s Summer Bronze Pressed Powder has been my summer staple. I adore the packaging and whimsical swirl design of the pressed powder, and while it has shimmer as well (thanks to mica), it’s extremely subtle.

This pressed bronzer powder also comes with a mini brush, which makes it excellent for travel.

This is definitely a repurchase for me. Here’s a list of stockists in the United States.

If you’re sensitive to talc, you’ll want to skip this one. (But you should also read Living Nature’s take on talc.)

Ingredients:

Talc (CI 77718), Mica (CI 77019), Squalane, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc stearate, Zea mays (corn) starch, Iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Magnesium stearate, Hydrated silica, Iron oxide (CI 77499), Tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), Olea europea (olive) fruit oil, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Sorbic acid. **Certified organic

Mineral Fusion Bronzer Duo in “Luster” ($29.99)

I’ve had Mineral Fusion’s Bronzer Duo in “Luster” for quite a while, and it’s an oldie-plus-goodie that gives you two nice options in one: a darker, less-shimmery bronzer that’s great for contouring and a golden, more-shimmery bronzer that’s perfect for getting that sun-kissed look.

I haven’t reached for this one as often this summer because I’ve been so distracted by my Living Nature bronzer, but I love that Mineral Fusion is cruelty-free, gluten-free, talc-free, fragrance-free and free of artificial colors.

Plus, this line is readily available at Whole Foods, so it’s much more accessible to me than Living Nature, and it’s a cleaner option than the bareMinerals bronzer listed above. This is an easy repurchase.

Ingredients:

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos Red Tea) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Lauroyl Lysine. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Iron Oxide (CI 77491, 77492, 77499).

Middle Row

*Alima Pure Matte Contour Powder in “Sombra” ($18)

This is the one true contouring powder in my collection, but Alima Pure’s Matte Contour Powder in “Sombra” is the perfect shade of deep tan that I love using it to even out my sometimes-spotty summer glow.

As I mentioned above, though, I’m partial to pressed powders, so it’s a chore for me to use mineral anything (though I’ve gotten a lot better with mineral foundations).

For mineral bronzers and contouring powders, I have to be extra precise in my application, so this is one that I save for weekend when I have more time to apply and perfect my makeup.

I’m just not into mineral makeup unless it’s foundation and some blushes, though, so I wouldn’t repurchase this mineral bronzer (unless someone wants to teach me their mineral makeup ways).

Choose this one if you want something simple and clean with a very fine touch of shimmer.

Ingredients:

Mica (CI 77019). May contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

*Jing Ai Sierra Glow Duo Bronzer in “Halo Sunset” ($28)

I’ve had Jing Ai’s Sierra Glow Duo Bronzer in “Halo Sunset” (which seems to be discontinued?!) for a long time, but I only reach for it when I want a very daring shimmer — and that’s usually for summer nights.

One side of the duo is a darker, more matte pressed powder that’s great for contouring and evening out your summer color.

The other side of the duo is shimmer city, but can be applied quite tastefully and looks sexy on the shoulders and chest. Just apply sparingly and build, build, build!

Because this color seems to be discontinued, it’s not a repurchase for me.

If you’re avoiding phenoxyethanol, this isn’t the bronzer for you.

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Dimethicone, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Zea Mays, (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Tapicoa Starch, Zinc Oxide, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate (In Shade Pink Only), Caprylyl Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract*, Tin, Oxide (In Shade Pink Only), Tocopherol

*Simple Beauty Minerals Bronzer in “Glimmer Bronze” ($16)

If you’re looking for high-impact, party-girl shimmer, you need Simple Beauty Minerals’ “Glimmer Bronze.”

Holy wow does this mineral bronzer give you a glimmer. This one is definitely a nighttime-only bronzer and looks sexy on shoulders and chest as well. As with the bronzer above, apply sparingly and blend, blend, blend!

I think I could get away with justifying a repurchase on this because I’d use it more on my arms and chest than my face. And my arms and chest don’t require as much attention as my face does.

Ingredients:

Mica; titanium dioxide; magnesium stearate; oxides; may contain: ultramarine blue; chromium green.

Bottom Row:

*Purely You Minerals Purely Bronze Bronzer ($7)

Purely You Minerals makes some beautiful, budget-friendly mineral makeup — a full size of this bronzer is $7!

As with basically all of this, yes, it has mica, but it’s extremely subtle — this makes for a great contouring mineral bronzer that imparts just a small shimmer.

I’m most impressed with the minimalist ingredients list (OK, and again, the crazy-inexpensive price!).

While the price is attractive, again, loose mineral bronzers aren’t really my thing. But if they ever become my thing, I’m buying this one.

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Zinc stearate, Iron oxide

Christopher Drummond Beauty Sol Bronzer ($35)

While I’ve had this Christopher Drummond bronzer sample (it was a gift with purchase at a Vegas skincare and makeup boutique), I’ll admit it’s not one I reach for that often.

The color is gorgeous (deep, Brazilian tan) and the shimmer is abundant (hello, mica), but there’s just something about the application of it that doesn’t work for me. Call it user error, but I find it a bit streaky and just difficult to control.

Again, I’m not really a loose minerals kind-of-gal, but I haven’t had this issue with the other loose mineral bronzers. It’s just not meant to be, Christopher.

So, obviously, not a repurchase for me.

Ingredients:

Sericite, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide*, May Contain: Ultramarine Blue, Ferric Ferrocyanide. *This formulation does contain minimal amounts of Titanium Dioxide to maintain the quality of the product.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer ($28)

I was late to the Buriti Bronzer game, but finally gave in and shelled out for it — and I’m glad I did!

Though I typically don’t do cream blushes or bronzers (I’m oily), I’ve been slowly warming up to them this summer, and I’ve found that this formulation, consisting of coconut oil, beeswax, jojoba oil and buriti oil doesn’t slip around too much on my face and adds a warm, believable glow to my face.

The coloring isn’t severe at all, and it blends very well with my cream blushes and atop a cream foundation (if I’m wearing one).

You’ll want to avoid this bronzer, though, if you’re vegan (beeswax!) or if your skin is sensitive to coconut oil.

I’d repurchase this. It’s basically foolproof. Dab on, blend a bit and go.

Ingredients:

*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,*Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, * Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit (Buriti) Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Mica CI 77019

Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint (formerly called Bronze Concentrate) ($39.95)

Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronzing Tint is my No. 1 pick for a year-round bronzer.

You can easily use this on bare skin that just needs a little evening-out and you won’t be left with thick patches of shimmer anywhere — seriously, this is shimmer-free yet offers every bit of sexiness minus the mica.

My favorite thing about the Translucent Bronze Concentrate, though, is how easily it can be mixed with your daily liquid foundation. I like to add half a pump to my foundation and blend it into my skin, watching how I slowly transform into a subtly darker version of myself.

Another reason this is my favorite is because it has beneficial skincare ingredients — anthyllis and witch hazel — packed inside, helping tone and firm the skin.

In case I wasn’t clear — YES! This is a repurchase.

You’ll want to avoid this if you’re vegan (beeswax).

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Alcohol, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Lysolecithin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Fragrance (Parfum), Citral*, Linalool*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Limonene*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Coumarin*, Eugenol*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Algin, Silica, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Have you tried any of these bronzers and contouring powders? What are your favorites? Tell me in the comments section!

 

July 8, 2014

natural beauty buff | josh rosebrook, josh rosebrook skin and hair care

It’s not often that you come across a green beauty founder who knows his chops when it comes to both skincare and haircare.

It seems even more rare to find a male green beauty founder who really gets it when it comes to skincare and haircare.

But this stuff is just in Josh Rosebrook’s DNA.

josh rosebrook, josh rosebrook skin and hair care

A budding beauty entrepreneur at age 10,  Josh is one of those founders who uncovered his passions early on and found a way to make it his career — to the benefit of all of us.

He’s made his mark as a hair stylist and green beauty king, counting people such as Olivia Wilde, Sofia Bush, Mila Kunis and Ru Paul (yeah, I said Ru Paul! #legit) as fans, and now, he’s brought that magic touch to skincare — have you tried his Cacao Antioxidant Mask?

The proof that his skincare line is the real deal is in Josh’s skin itself; not very many women, let alone men, have the glow that Josh has.

But if you want to define “real deal” a bit more, just check out the beautiful ingredients he sources for his various oils, toners, cleansers and masks — this isn’t a simple DIY, folks!

The exotic herbal infusions he includes in his collection conjures up images of a beautiful potion-master mixing away some of the most potent ingredients, and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on the serum and accelerator he mentions in his routine below.

But besides the skincare Josh shares in his routine, he digs a little deeper — as many of us in the green beauty world do — and shares his love for supplements; high-quality, durable accessories; and healing crystals that can take us a little beyond what internal and external health care can.

I’m more than thrilled to share the routine green beauty and health must-haves of kimberlyloc.com’s first male “natural beauty buff” — what an example you’ve set, Josh (in so many ways).

Any other male green beauty founders out there care to step up?

As usual, I’ve starred the items I also use and love — and I’m kinda surprised Josh didn’t mention any items from his lovely haircare line! I also like his hairspray.

rms beauty un cover up

*RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up

“This is the best concealer I’ve ever used. The ingredients are incredible and the performance is flawless. This product balances perfectly with the skin and helps moisturize. The “Un” Cover-Up wears all day and blends so well, giving off a natural glow that only a pure, exceptionally formulated product can do! I love this stuff! This goes with me in my handbag everywhere.”

spirulina

Spirulina Manna

“Spirulina is such an incredible superfood with an unbelievable list of phytonutrients and benefits. I get it at Nature’s Health Food and Cafe when I’m in Palm Springs.”

Temecula County Bee Pollen

Temecula Valley Bee Pollen

“I add this to my green smoothies regularly, and I really feel like that it helps with my seasonal allergies and contains tons of nutrients. Giving your body a small dose of all the local pollen helps the body build up an awareness that the seasonal pollen is not a pathogen.”

“It’s also a whole food powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and oils, carbohydrates, amino acids and over 5,000 enzymes and coenzymes! The bees are dying in record numbers due to pesticides. Help save the bees! Beyond the incredible health products they create, the bees are crucial to the survival of the ecosystem. Most fruit and grain crops require pollination; without the bees, we are doomed.”

josh rosebrook deep hydrating serum

Josh Rosebrook Deep Hydrating Serum

“I have been addicted to the benefits of my oil serum for years. Nothing on the market is more nutrient-dense, regenerating, moisturizing or hydrating when paired with my Hydrating Accelerator. I selected active herb and plant extracts and oils for their unique, skin-transforming ability and the ultra-powerful synergy they create together. This highly concentrated oil serum is irreplaceable in my life and incredible for all skin types as it absorbs quickly into the skin and is calming, brightening, plumping and protecting.” (Also available on Amazon)

josh rosebrook hydrating accelerator

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

“This is a must-have and always in my bag. I am always talking about this crucial step in skin care that is overlooked way too often (right up there with weekly exfoliation.) Hydrators loosen skin tension and deliver vitamin-infused water into the skin. Our moisturizers’ nutrients are then allowed to move deeper into the skin and trap in that hydration, moisturizing our skin. I spritz my face with this a few times a day and lock it in with my Deep Hydrating Serum; fine lines disappear instantly and my skin glows!”

josh rosebrook nutrient day cream

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream

“I worked on this multi-benefit moisturizer for years to get it perfect. Lightweight, non-sticky and extremely nutrient-dense, the synergy power in the selection of herbs works wonders healing the skin. It brightens and you feel it work, firming your facial skin instantly. The non-nano zinc protection and moisturizing benefits keep my face plump and protected all day. This goes everywhere with me — I am completely obsessed with it.”

josh rosebrook deodorant cream

Josh Rosebrook Deodorant Cream

“I’ve been perfecting this simple deodorant product over the last few months, and I’m really excited about it. I pretty much take it everywhere with me now. It goes on smooth, keeps me dry and the aroma is intoxicating. Not sure when it will be finished and available!”

healing crystals

*Crystals

“The power of crystals can assist and heal us in many ways. Crystals have a higher vibration. Carrying them and meditating with them can help keep your energy up, help boost the immune system and clear your mind and help balance you emotionally. When your mind is clear and calm, if you are sensitive enough, you can feel the energy of crystals. I keep crystals on my nightstand and choose specific ones to carry in my pocket with me and in my handbag wherever I go. I also keep some in my car in the cup holder! When I’m in Palm Springs, I go to Crystal Fantasy on Palm Canyon — they have a great selection.”

jack spade bag

Jack Spade Handbag

“I love Jack Spade’s clean, casual design. I need my bags to be well-made because I tend to fill them up with many things at once. These bags haven’t busted on me yet! I have three Jack Spade bags; brown, black and this blue one.”

warby parker sunglasses

Warby Parker Sunglasses

“I love Warby Parker eyewear.  You select five pairs of eyewear and they send them all to you to try on. You decide over five days what you like and then place your order online. Warby Parker eyewear is understated, chic and just my style.”

June 30, 2014

beauty secrets | 3 luminizers for glowing skin

Though I can be pretty minimalistic when it comes to building my everyday makeup look, one product that I seem to use almost every day is luminizer, which the Kim from several years ago would have written off as a frivolous, unnecessary product.

Boy was that Kim wrong.

Luminizers help attract and reflect light from your skin, giving it a radiance that helps you appear more awake and glowing — traits that this night owl loves to see come to life on much-too-early Monday mornings.

These three luminizers are my go-to products for bringing back a little life to my skin. Which ones have you tried?

kimberlyloc's favorite luminizers

The Balm “Mary-Lou Manizer”

the balm mary-lou manizer

{I purchased The Balm’s “Mary-Lou Manizer” at a random Walgreens in Chicago for $24.}

So, The Balm isn’t exactly a green / clean brand, but its Mary-Lou Manizer highlighting powder scores a “1″ on the EWG Skin Deep Database and does a wonderful job of delivering a brightening sheen to my temples and undereye area.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Mica, Isoeicosane, Polyethylene, Boron Nitride, Polyisobutene, Ptfe, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

I like to sweep this onto my skin using my Real Techniques Setting Brush, which is the perfect size for applying a small amount of luminzer (you don’t need much!).

The Balm’s “Mary-Lou Manizer” is definitely my go-to, everyday luminizer because on most days, I use a mineral powder foundation and mineral powder blush and can blend this a lot easier.

Jane Iredale Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion

jane iredale golden shimmer face and body lotion

{Jane Iredale sent me a sample of its Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion. It costs $32 for a 1.7-ounce bottle.}

New this season, Jane Iredale’s Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion is a gorgeous peachy-shimmer liquid that can easily be mixed in with your daily SPF and/or liquid foundation for a hint of glow and flush of color.

I love that this luminizer is made for face and body and applies like a lotion; I use it on my chest and shoulders when I’m going out for the night and baring some extra skin.

I also like to massage it into my forearms for an additional shimmer that picks up the moonlight.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Coconut Alkanes (And) Polysilicone 11, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pectin, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Sambucus Nigra (Elder Flower) Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (And) Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (And) Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil. [+/- (May Contain) Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850)(Aka 201)]

For daytime, I stick to using it on my face mixed in with my liquid foundation, and I go very easy on it (you need maybe 1/4 of the squiggle I photographed above).

Sometimes I’m a bit more deliberate about where I apply it — think temples and cheeks — if I don’t want an all-over shimmer. This is definitely a fun one to experiment with this summer!

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

rms beauty living luminizer

{I purchased RMS’ Living Luminizer for $38 from Birchbox way back in the day.}

Easily the most famous luminizer in the green beauty world, RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer has been in my makeup kit for more than a year, but I must say, it’s taken me a loooooong time to develop warm feelings for it.

As an oily-skinned gal, I struggled with getting this ultra-wet, coconut oil-based luminizer to stay put and not look greasy.

I’ve learned to dab it on using my ring finger and only pat it in where I absolutely want some shine, or else risk appearing slick instead of sleek.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019]

I tend to stick to keeping RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer near my undereyes and tops of the apples of the cheeks, but sometimes I get adventurous and add it to my Cupid’s bow and even dab it into the middle of my bottom lip to add some dimension and fullness to my kisser.


So, these are the top three luminizers in my makeup kit, and I rotate all of them in and out of my routine.

However, if I had to choose just one (no beauty blogger ever has to choose just one, though!), I’d say that my favorite is The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. I’m just kind of partial to powders.

What are your favorite luminizers? Have you tried any of my top three favorites? Tell me in the comments section below!

 

 

June 23, 2014

trend report | boho chic makeup and accessories

If you know me well, you know that I adore accessories almost as much as I obsess over clean, green beauty products.

My dresser proudly displays my jewelry while my closet stores bags and clutches in little cubes on the top shelf.

(Remember seeing everything in this feature?)

Though it seems I’m overflowing with bright bags and blingy jewels, I can’t help but ooh and ahh over earthy accessories that bring me back to nature and put the spotlight on beautiful raw stones, warm wood and delicious metals that complement my fair-with-olive-undertones complexion.

I’ve found that Lovely Hunt, a new online shop that specializes in handmade jewelry, bags and home decor inspired by nature, satisfies my craving for meaningful accessories that don’t look like what every other blogger or girl on the street is wearing.

Here’s four of my favorite accessories from Lovely Hunt and how to draw inspiration from them for two different boho chic makeup looks that feel playful and warm.

Earrings + Makeup Look 1 | Bejeweled

lovely hunt dimensions crystal earrings

lovely hunt dimensions crystal earrings

Lovely Hunt’s beautiful Dimensions Crystal Earrings, handmade with raw quartz and brass, inspired me to keep my eye makeup light and my lips a medium-strong jewel tone to keep the attention on these stunning little works of art.

To complement the brass, I went with Ecco Bella’s “Merlot” lipstick with a light layer of BareMinerals’ Marvelous Moxie Gloss in “Stunner” on top.

On my lashes and lids are Studio 78′s natural mascara (review to come!) and Sunday Riley’s “Fool’s Gold” eye shadow blended with Alima Pure’s “Venus” eye shadow.

For a soft kiss on the cheeks, I used Tarte’s “Fearless” Cheek Stain.

With such eye-catching earrings as these, you really have to keep your makeup subtle, yet still highlight a main feature with a strong-ish color. I could also see myself doing a light-smoky eye with these and just pale pink lips.

Earrings + Makeup Look 2 | Garden Goddess

lovely hunt vintage sequins earrings

lovely hunt vintage sequins earrings

Never would I have imagined using the words “sequins” and “earthy” in the same sentence, but Lovely Hunt’s Vintage Sequins Earrings strike the perfect balance between earthy and glam by taking advantage of muted tones and low shine.

Matte black vintage sequins anchor a half-circle of hammered and recycled brass while a vintage brass chain adds movement and a little additional texture.

The mix of black, brass and pewter tones had me reaching for my olive green eyeliner and eye shadows to stay within the color family without being matchy-matchy.

My staple cat eye came back for this “Garden Goddess” look thanks to Eyeko London’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner and a mixture of a couple of discontinued eye shadow colors from Urban Decay (not clean, I know — sorry) — a bright green that I toned down with a coppery shade.

To keep the neutral color palette at play, I chose Ilia Beauty’s “Nobody’s Baby” for my lips and Kjaer Weis’ “Sun Touched” for my cheeks.

I think these earrings could also be taken a whole different direction with sexy, vivid makeup, like a bold red lip and kohl-lined eyes. That’s the beauty of a neutral, vintage pair of earrings with subtle glam (thanks, sequins!).

Lovely Hunt Accessories Picks

lovely hunt palomino bag and dipped wood necklace

While Lovely Hunt’s Handmade Wild Palomino Bag and Grove Wood and Brass Necklace don’t have accompanying makeup looks, I was drawn to these two pieces for several reasons.

First, the Handmade Wild Palomino Bag has such interesting textures — genuine leather with an embossed design plus tan and white cowhide — and is the perfect crossbody bag for all those summer music festivals on deck.

I think it would look perfect with the right pair of worn-in cutoffs, some tough, light-colored booties and a flowy crop top.

And with the right flowy crop top (one without any embellishments in the front), you could easily wear Lovely Hunt’s Grove Wood and Brass Necklace with your festival ensemble.

Handmade from three layers of wood, the Grove Wood and Brass Necklace got my attention with its strong triangular shape, and the triangle-within-triangle look adds some dimension.

See anything you absolutely love? Take advantage of a special 20% off discount code through July 15, 2014 — just for kimberlyloc.com readers — and update your accessories collection! Enter code “kimberlyloc” at checkout. Enjoy!

This post is kindly brought to you by Lovely Hunt, who compensated me for this sponsored post. All product picks, tips and opinions are my own!

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.



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