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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!

 

September 11, 2014

natural beauty buff | anit hora, mullein & sparrow

When it came to natural beauty products, I never really thought of myself as a packaging person — it was always about how well something performed.

As I’ve gotten more involved in this industry, my thoughts have changed.

A product has to have it all — the packaging, the branding, the story and, of course, the ingredients and performance.

One brand that I’ve been admiring for all of these qualities above (and have been lucky to sample and review) is Mullein & Sparrow, an artisan line based in Brooklyn and founded by the beautiful Anit Hora.

anit hora founder of mullein & sparrow

With just one glance at the Mullein & Sparrow homepage, you’ll be transported to an old-fashioned apothecary, complete with minimal design elements on the labels and an overall clean aesthetic.

A few products, such as the Lavender Hydrosol and Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm, have a bit more styling to them, but in a whimsical, flirty way that totally fits the mood of this gorgeous line.

anit hora founder of mullein & sparrow

Anit’s goal of creating a line that celebrates time-tested skin care traditions, such as those based in Ayurveda, and simple yet effective remedies, comes to life in Mullein & Sparrow, and today she’s sharing a few of her favorite products both from her line and others’.

Enjoy.

what's inside mullein & sparrow founder anit hora's green beauty bag

(I’ve starred the items that I also use and love.)

UPDATED: Anit has so generously offered a 15% off code to my lovely readers, valid on any Mullein & Sparrow purchase. Use code “KIMLOC” at checkout!

*RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up

I really love the consistency of this natural cover-up. It is very light, but does a great job at maximizing coverage without feeling very heavy on the skin. Because it has so many great ingredients, you never have to feel bad about wearing it. Also, its small packaging is perfect to throw in your bag when you’re on the go and is great for any quick fix.

*RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

The wear of this product is amazing. It is so light and subtle, but even the littlest bit goes a very long way. It is great for adding a nice glow, but looks very natural. It’s the perfect product to spruce up your look, and you can put it virtually anywhere (i.e. eyes, lips, contour).

*Flawless Volumizing Mascara by BareMinerals and *Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

These two mascaras are the best in the more natural market. They work great and are free from many not-so-good ingredients that you find in most cosmetic products.

*Mullein and Sparrow Face Serum (Get 15% off with code 15% off with code KIMLOC through 9/30/14!)

Our face serum is packed with some of the best natural ingredients and essential oils out there. It is super nourishing and moisturizing. I use it in both the AM and PM and mix it with the Lavender Hydrosol.

Mullein and Sparrow Lavender Hydrosol (Get 15% off with code 15% off with code KIMLOC through 9/30/14!)

This product comes with me everywhere! I use it frequently throughout the day, sometimes as a toner in my skincare routine and other times as a quick pick-me-up when my skin is feeling dry or overheated. It has a wonderful scent and feels so great on the skin. It’s great for any time of the year, but is especially awesome in the summer. It even works as a natural bug repellent!

Mullein and Sparrow Dark Dry Shampoo (Get 15% off with code 15% off with code KIMLOC through 9/30/14!)

Our dark dry shampoo is a life saver! It helps me maintain healthy hair and also gives me great volume when my hair is feeling bit flat. Just a little bit of this product goes a long way and makes your locks look fresh and clean (even if you woke up with some serious bed head).

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!

 

September 8, 2014

beauty scoop | kjaer weis foundation

It just so happens that I picked the most trying week to show my bare face on the blog for the sake of a foundation review.

But you know I like to keep it real around here…

And what would a true foundation review be without testing against a spotted face?

Kjaer Weis Foundation was up to the test. Do you think it passed based on the before and after below?

kjaer weis foundation review

I’m going to go ahead and call it a “yes!”

(And, to be clear, there’s been no retouching on the “before” or “after” — I kinda ran out of room in my image’s canvas!)

Kjaer Weis’s velvety cream foundation has been in my arsenal for a few months, and it’s one I reach for when I want a polished look and have time to indulge in meticulous blending.

The lightweight, buildable formula gets its grip thanks to a mix of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, carnauba wax and corn starch.

Applied in thin layers, Kjaer Weis’ foundation can offer a sheer, evened-out look or high-impact, maximum coverage that still looks and feels light.

Wanna guess which route I went in the picture above?

Though hopefully you can’t tell, I applied a couple of thin layers, concentrating additional coverage on my chin and forehead where active breakouts where bringing me down.

I also added a bit more under my eyes (always so prone to dark circles and puffiness!) and around my nostrils.

kjaer weis foundation in paper thin

I blended out “Paper Thin” all over my face; it’s not quite the perfect match, as its cool, pink undertones look a little funny on my skin, but with a layer of “Just Sheer” on top (which has the correct olive undertones but is a tad too dark for my skin), I created a somewhat-perfect mixture for my complexion.

Applied with a BeautyBlender knockoff, Kjaer Weis’ foundation instantly melts into (properly prepped — think oiled-up and misted) skin.

I cannot stress enough that you must massage and blend this foundation in to ensure no clumps gather on your face. Take your time! The results are fabulous.

Remember, build, build, build. You can always add more, but it’s a bit more difficult to remove!

Once you get a feel for the texture and how to work it into your skin, Kjaer Weis’ foundation can easily become your all-in-one foundation and concealer for light and full coverage days.

The only drawback, for some, is that it contains coconut oil, which disagrees with some people’s skin (not mine!).

Here’s the full ingredients list for “Just Sheer”

Mica , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil·, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil·, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch·, Cera Alba·, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax·, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil·, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77492) · organically grown

Here’s the full ingredients list for “Paper Thin”

Mica , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil·, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil·, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch·, Cera Alba·, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax·, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil·, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77492) · organically grown

Another thing to consider is the price. At $68, it’s on the luxury side, but it’s well worth it. The heavyweight, glamorous (and refillable!) packaging makes it a standout on your beauty counter.

Foundation refills cost $40, so once you’ve settled on the color (or colors) that are right for you, the repurchase isn’t as heavy on the wallet.

I’m hoping that Kirsten, the mastermind makeup artist behind Kjaer Weis, releases new color options soon.

While I’m smitten with the formula, look and feel of the foundation, I long for a closer match to my half-Asian, half-Scottish skin. Until then, my blend will do!

What do you look for in a natural foundation? Have you tried Kjaer Weis Foundation? What were your thoughts? Tell me in the comments section!

 



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