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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.”

July 2, 2014

beauty scoop | lina hanson global baby serum

During a recent yoga class, my teacher made a joke about my slippery skin while adjusting me.

“Is that baby oil?” he asked.

“No!” I said in between deep breaths. “It’s organic.”

What I really wanted to tell him was that I was testing out Lina Hanson’s new Global Baby Serum that day, and after a 7:30 a.m. application, it was keeping my sweaty yoga legs hydrated around 6:30 p.m.

But you don’t really get a lot of time in between poses to preach the goodness of organic beauty, which is why I have this post today.

lina hanson global baby serum

{Lina Hanson sent me a sample of her new Global Baby Serum. It costs $35 for a 2-ounce dropper bottle.}

While I wouldn’t recommend using a body oil on a day you’re going to be wearing shorts to yoga class, I do recommend using a body oil every other day.

(I also don’t recommend wearing anything scented when you’re going to be in a crazy hot yoga studio — the mixing of the smells … no, no, no.)

The benefits of daily body oil use to your skin are immense, but basically, anyone who is lucky enough to graze your epidermis (wow, isn’t that a sexy phrase?) is going to notice how soft you are.

If you’re the type who has extremely sensitive, reactive skin, Lina Hanson’s Global Baby Serum could be the perfect solution to your skincare woes.

Lightweight and fragrance-free, Lina Hanson’s Global Baby Serum is packed with seven beautiful plant oils that deeply nourish without feeling greasy (again, unless you’re sweating profusely in 90+ degree yoga class — atypical for most days).

lina hanson global baby serum

{Please note that I have a sample here — the market-ready product has prettier packaging!}

The dainty yellow color is likely from the rich color of jojoba and watermelon seed oils mixed with lighter-colored oils like safflower and camellia. It goes on clear, of course, and dries rapidly — this is an oil that’s easy to layer with creams if you wish.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Citrullus vulgaris (watermelon) seed oil, organic carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, organic camellia oleifera (camellia) seed oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, non-gmo tocopherol.

I’ve always been intrigued by watermelon seed oil’s properties; Lina included this wonder oil in Global Baby Serum for its beneficial fatty acids that can help reduce mama’s (or my …) stretch marks as well as deliver a fast-absorbing hydrating oil to a finicky baby.

While I’m not expecting surprises in my tummy anytime soon, I’ll keep using Lina Hanson’s Global Baby Serum on my inner thighs (yeap, stretch marks are for real) and on those days when I want my natural perfumes to take center stage and not compete with my daily body oil’s scent.

I also think Lina Hanson’s Global Baby Serum is a lovely oil for those beauty junkies out there who test a ton of products (you ladies and gents know who you are!) and need a “neutral” oil break in between product testing.

I’ve used this on my face and neck in between testing cycles, and it’s refreshing to have something simple yet effective to go back to every few weeks.

For that, this is a repurchase for me. Think of this as your organic baby oil, friends.

Have you tried Lina Hanson’s new Global Baby Serum? Have you tried anything from her collection? What do you think of fragrance-free oils? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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 24, 2014

beauty scoop | mullein & sparrow body exfoliant

Even though I’m not a morning person, it’s very rare for me to have my morning coffee before I leave my apartment for work; I just don’t make enough time to brew a cup amidst the morning struggle of getting ready and out the door.

However, with the addition of Mullein & Sparrow’s Body Exfoliant to my growing collection of natural body scrubs, I get a jolt of stress-easing coffee smells before I manage to down a granola bar and ease into my morning commute.

mullein and sparrow body exfoliant

{Mullein & Sparrow sent me a sample of its Body Exfoliant to sample and review. It costs $20 for a 4-ounce glass jar.}

Besides the delicious scent of coffee, thanks to organic coffee Arabica beans, Mullein & Sparrow’s Body Exfoliant offers up a gentle, polishing treat to your skin.

The combination of finely ground coffee beans, organic cane sugar and walnut shell powder makes for a pleasant exfoliation experience — never scratchy and never any huge chunks that won’t melt down.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic coffea arabica (coffee) bean, organic saccharum officinarum (cane sugar), organic vitellaria paradoxa (shea) butter, organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, juglans regia (walnut) shell powder, essential oils of: organic mentha spicata (spearmint), citrus sinensis (orange)

Though texture is always a big concern when it comes to natural body scrubs, equally important is how the scrub leaves your skin feeling once you’ve rinsed away the scrubbers.

Most natural exfoliators are housed in some sort of oil or shea butter concoction; Mullein & Sparrow’s Body Exfoliant is no different.

What sets it apart, however, is the perfect scrub-to-oil-and-shea butter ratio.

This natural body exfoliant leaves your skin silky smooth (you can skip the post-shower or hand-washing body oil or lotion!) and never overly oily.

That’s a big feat, as many body scrubs are heavy on the oils and creams and leave your body (and shower) an oil slick.

Not so with Mullein & Sparrow’s! It leaves the perfect amount of shea butter and oil goodness that seals in the moisture from your shower or hand-washing.

Plus, you’re also left with a light scent of coffee with a hint of mint and orange — it’s quite a sexy aroma.

You may even want to skip your regular fragrance, though if you wear a spicy scent, it could be perfect to layer atop.

(I personally think it smells amazing and brings out the spice in my favorite La Bella Figura perfume, Istanbul.)

Besides the performance of this product (which we know is what truly matters), I can’t go without mentioning the elegant, simply chic packaging.

Mullein & Sparrow’s product design is a beautiful blend of old-world apothecary meets clean, minimalist style. This is a jar that you want to prop up on display!

When a relatively new green beauty brand (Mullein & Sparrow came to life in 2012) nails it in both the performance and design departments, you’ve got to pay attention.

I can’t wait to share more reviews of this line with you! And if you’re wondering, yes, the Mullein & Sparrow Body Exfoliant is a repurchase for me.

Have you tried anything from Mullein & Sparrow? Would you use a coffee body scrub? Do you actually drink coffee at home before work like a sane person? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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!


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