February 26, 2015

Spring 2015: New Kjaer Weis Lip Tints

This is Rapture.
Rapture's pretty.
Rapture and I are in love.

WOW, A KJAER WEIS POST. BET YA DIDN'T SEE THIS ONE COMING! I can't help it folks, I'm in love-

Also, I think my infatuation with lip products is apparent to everyone here... homegirl likes a lipstick. Homegirl also happens to love a good fuchsia. 

I've  been pleasantly surprised at how pigmented and nice these lip tints are (yeah, I've already bought a few). I would say medium/buildable opacity and a natural/demi-matte finish. I thought these were going to be glorified lip tints, but they really aren't. 

Like most Kjaer Weis Products, they are 96% organic and include the following ingredients: 

¨Beeswax: Nourishes and moisturizes, wonderful for drier complexions .
Jojoba Seed Oil: Adds moisture to the skin .
Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil: Excellent tissue regeneration properties; fights signs of aging.
Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract: Antioxidant; works as a natural preservative¨

Although, some shades include a small amount of artificial coloring to achieve that brighter shade which doesn't bother me, obviously.

The other shades Amazed and Beloved had me interested, but Amazed was too pale and Beloved looked too dupable. 

Just being impatient per usual. I have no self control honestly; have to play with my makeup as soon as I open it. 

This was one thin layer with a lip brush. You could use your finger or layer the product to get more pigmentation. 

So what's the verdict? I dig these, but I'm also insane/cosmetic obsessed so who knows if my word is valid. You can get these at Spirit Beauty Lounge, Net-A-Porter, and I believe the Detox Market (click for links)

with a pretentious, nasally accent

February 24, 2015

Barbara Hulanicki and the Incomparable Biba

When Lisa Eldridge completed her vintage inspired series, I was in awe. Especially when she began working with Vintage Biba Makeup and described the bizarre textures and colors.  Blues and greens on the lips, mustard and green tones on the eye and drooping, doll like eyes. The Biba look is not only iconic and mesmerizing, but rather the product of a strong woman and her imagination. So today we're talking about not only the iconic fashion label, but the revolutionary makeup looks and the visionary, Barbara Hulanicki.

Leading Up:

Barbara was born in Poland, Warsaw (1936) and grew up in Jerusalem until 1948. Her family moved here due to her parent's scandalous marriage; her mother was 20 years younger and had pursued a married man. While happy in Jerusalem, her father was assassinated by the Stern Gang. Devastated, she and her mother moved to Brighton, England to live with her aunt.

Inspired by the fashionable women in her life, she attended art school (Brighton School of Art). While a creative and talented individual, she felt dictated by her courses and dropped out after two years. She decided to pursue fashion design and eventually took a job at an illustrating studio in Covent Garden. While only serving tea at the time, she eventually got into sketching. In little time, she would be involved in editorials and create a name for herself.

During this time she met the love of her life, husband Stephen Fitz-Simon, an accountant.  He encouraged her to pursue her own career and would help open up the first Biba shop in Kensington. The two would open four shops within the 10 years Biba stores were open. 
Barbara, Fitz and son Witold
¨Mum made me a feminist. I was in awe of how she juggled the work-life balance so expertly. She was empowered and valued by all. When things with Biba fell apart, their world came crashing down. I was seven and couldn't do anything about it. I put my arms round her, but felt it wasn't enough.¨

One Couple Changes London Fashion:

One of the first dresses she sold is what would define the Biba aesthetic indefinitely. While a dress from a designer like Barbara would usually sell for 25 pounds, she sold it for 25 pence. This was the precursor to a fashion brand that would remain affordable; the first of its kind in London. 
However, what really put the mail order company over the edge was in May 1964 when they designed a pink gingham dress to readers of the Daily Mirror. It was similar to a Brigitte Bardot dress and was so popular, it sold 17,000 copies. Their first store opened four months later. 

The Biba look is remarkable because it was so affordable, but also fashionable. Again, brands like Topshop and H&M would fall suit. The Biba look was a hodge podge of old and new. Elements of victorian fashion, art deco, mod and gender neutral clothing defined the iconic look. Not only was the combination bizarre and new, but the color palette as well. She used 'Auntie Colors' (inspired by her Aunt)  which were deep, rich earthy tones. It really contrasted with bright, pastel shades of the mod look. Barbara felt the rusty tones suited the grey, London environment better. 

The Biba line was not gender or age specific and with it's affordable price point, it attracted groups of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Posh conversing with Cockney; there had never been anything quite like it. The Biba store became so widely popular that icons like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Marianne Faithfull and Cathy McGowan were often spotted in Biba stores. 

Another interesting fact about Biba was their marketing. They refused to put out designs in the windows, the buildings alone were enough to lure in a crowd. They also decided to include one large changing room as opposed to individual ones. As an entirety, it was a interesting scene.

The makeup was particularly interesting as it was one of the first companies to embrace alternative colors and vintage ideals. While very reminiscent of the flapper look, the Biba look incorporated those 'Auntie Colors' and other obscure tones. Blue and green lipstick, lavender blusher and mustard eyeshadow; nothing quite like it then and now. 

Like all legendary things, the Biba company closed within a decade. London was experiencing an economic recession and many of Biba's partners were bought out by larger corporations. Entrepreneurs like  Dorothy Perkins and Dennis Day bought most of the company attempting to preserve it. With the Board trying to take over creative input, Barbara closed the clothing empire. Others had tried to relaunch it, but were never successful. Barbara herself reflectively preferred that the company had closed in its high day so that the legend could live on. 

Afterwards, her and Fitz traveled and did designs in various countries. Eventually, the two settled in Miami  and this is where Barbara lives today. She pursued a new career as an interior designer and has tackled many projects like designing hotels for Chris Blackwell,  designed wallpaper for the Habitat store  and is launching a fashion and home range in India. 

My own take from this research session of mine. I feel like I could have included so much more information on the topic and maybe I will at a later date. I can't imagine anyone not being overwhelmingly inspired by the intelligent maverick that is Barbara Hulanicki. 

I also find comfort in knowing that nothing will ever quite live up to the social scene of the Biba stores; it remains legendary. 

February 21, 2015

Get rid of the goop, ladies-- Organic and Natural Skin Care Haul// Giveaway

I think it's been a solid year since I did a post about skin care....what can I say, I'm pretty #basic in the area. Cleanser and moisturizer is the way to go...at least, it use to be. My skin has been a bit problematic lately... flakey, breaking out a bit and I even had some psoriasis going on for a while there 

Needless to say, it was apparent that investing a little more in my skincare would be a step in the right direction. So when I was offered a shit ton (again, a stand unit of measurement) of skin care to be sent to me, I took the opportunity. Don't worry, I'll talk shit when it's necessary and praise a product like wise. 

link included in title

Based in Florida, the skincare company produces products that are formulated without alcohol, parabens or sulfates; they only contain pure, organic ingredients. I was sent products from their Vitamin C line, which is targeted towards discoloration and aging. Here's what they have to say: 

¨Sulfur penetrates the skin deeply for maximum results, allowing retinol and salicylic acid to unclog pores while niacinamide removes redness and inflammation. Simultaneously, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid restore health to damaged skin by repairing sun damage and micro scarring, all while delivering a youthful, radiant glow.¨

  1. Moisturizer ($21.95):
    1. A gel consistency, but is slightly thicker than some other gel moisturizers. I found this to be a great moisturizer for day and under makeup as it was effective in terms of moisturizing, but it wasn't too thick. No radical (heh, surfers) changes, but a great practical product and I wasn't expecting anything crazy from a daily moisturizer. The best part about this fella is the ingredients:
      1. Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5, Aloe Vera, Rosehip Oil,  MSM, Cocoa Butter, Green Tea, and Cucumber
  2. Toner ($17.49):
    1. While I love the feeling in conjunction with my serums, I'm not the best person for telling if a toner is effective or not. I don't have sagging, oily skin or large pores; two issues this product is suppose to address. I can attest to this being non-irritating which was surprising since it is so citrusy. So while I can't tell you if this is effective, it is a great option for someone who is sensitive to skin care like me.
      1. Key ingredients: Vitamin C, Witch Hazel, MSM, Tea Tree Essential Oil
  3. Serum ($21.95): 
    1.  First off, I love the texture of this stuff and how soothing it is. The combination of this and the toner is pretty nice and though I haven't had much time to experiment with them, I think these are nice, consistent products. That being said, I prefer the other serum that I'm about to share with you. Still, the ingredients are worth looking at:
      1. 2.5% Retinol, 2% Salicylic, Tea Tree Oil & Niacinamide and 20% Vitamin C

Link included in title

You know that they include good, organic ingredients; but this brand likes to focus and emphasize what they refuse to include in their products: No Petrochemicals, Parabens, Artificial colors, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates, DMDM Hydantoin/Diazonial Urea, EDTA, TEA, DEA, MEA or Phthalates. 

I dig

  1. Vitamin C Serum ($19.25):
    1. With 20% Vitamin E and high levels of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, it sounds pretty stereotypical. With the extremely watery texture in addition, I didn't have high hopes either. Since using it, this product alone has had the most significant improvements. My skin is smoother and more hydrated overall and I'm pretty sure this is the culprit. If you're going to get one thing, this should definitely be high on your list. 

you know the drill; link in title
  1. Anti-Wrinkle Cream ($77.95):
    1. I gotta admit, the glamglow-esc packaging got me swooning. The toothpaste aroma did not, but that's just a personal thing...I think. STILL, the multi-purpose night, day, whatever cream is definitely something I don't want to be without. I use this as a night cream and though I can't comment on it's ability to reduce wrinkles for obvious reasons, I can say that the texture of my skin is already more even and plump (weird word). While it's not an organic product, it's cruelty free and free of all of those nasties (parabens, phthalates, sulfates, etc)
      1. PSSSSssst: $5 off coupon FEBBAC28
ALSO, I will pick a lovely lady or gent to win one of these creams with a random comment/simulator thingy. It's for US residents (sorry) and yeah. Reading this post alone and showing interest is enough for me...but following my blog is certainly not discouraged.

I'll take a screenshot to show that I'm legit, OK???

So yeah, organic skincare...
it's working out for me

Please...never leave me...snow

February 20, 2015

Natural/Organic Cosmetics-- Brands that are pretty intriguing and Bloggers that'll make ya think twice

With so many studies proving that synthetic ingredients in cosmetics are cancerous.... it makes you wanna think twice. Of course, we've all experienced some sub-par organic makeup. Youuuu know the type: bland, streaky, creasing makeup. WELL FELLAS, I've got some luxurious brands that are luxe not only in terms of their ingredients, but in packaging and quality as well. 

Get ready to question everything you know about makeup

 Kjaer Weis

“Ultimately what I wanted to achieve was an alternative that fused beautiful color, texture and design with organic non-harmful formulas. I think it’s the way forward.”
New lip tints for spring! I have Rapture (the pink) and the other two (Amazed, Beloved) are next

Quite possibly my favorite makeup brand of the moment. I currently have 3 lip tints ( I ACTUALLY LOST ONE AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE I EVER LOST MAKEUP. I'M PISSED), 2 blushers and 2 eyeshadows and needless to say, I want more. 

The Danish makeup artist wanted to create a non-toxic/irritating makeup line that performed as nicely as it's chemical ridden counterparts. It took her 8 years in Italy to find the perfect balance of organic ingredients to find a high performance formula.  The line is fairly small but it's obvious that it's quality over quantity. Working with designer Marc Atlan, they created a sustainable, luxurious compact to house the high quality products. I love experimenting with luxury makeup and so far, this brand is the most luxurious I've come across yet. 

La Bella Donna

Not only are their products housed in these beautiful compacts, but they're full of enriching ingredients too.  The mineral makeup line includes beneficial, purely extracted minerals and other organic ingredients. They contain no additional synthetic ingredients and because the minerals are so nourishing to the skin, they recommend it for any skin types. It's also great for those with immune deficiency diseases as the makeup is non-irritating.

Though I haven't purchased anything yet.... these buddies need to come home with me soon:
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This brand is being liquidized so if you're interested GO TO THE DETOX MARKET. These beautiful $85 compacts are currently on sale for $50 and if it's your first purchase, you can use an additional 10% off. 

I picked up their silver highlighter (review soon) 

From Helsinki, Finland comes a truly eco luxe brand. All of their products are housed in a nordic design wood compact which they claim can be reused for other purposes afterwards. They also proudly claim that no plastic is involved with the production of these products. Baked on terracotta in Italy, the mineral products all include the following ingredients: ¨green and white tea, a range of skin nourishing vitamins and natural sun protection (equivalent to SF10)¨ Some of their products even include diamond powder.

The brand is also talc, paraben, fragrance and other pore clogging ingredients..free (that was a weird sentence) 

Ilia Beauty
Strike It Up Lipstick

“Somebody once said to me, that because its organic it's good for you, and it doesn't matter if it doesn't work as well as the mainstream stuff - I intend to change their mind.”

High on my wishlist is the Ilia beauty lipsticks. Housed in a brushed, recycled aluminium case and contains up to 85% bioactive organic ingredients. Organic, metal packaging, LIPSTICK??? My kinda brand ;) They also sell cream cheek products, a mascara and a few base products... but it's obvious that the highlight of the line is their on trend lip products.

Launched in 2011, the brand has already become very successful and by looking at their packaging/colors, it's obvious why. 

Alima Pure

Pure is just the word for this brand. With a European BDIH "Certified Natural Cosmetics Seal", you know that what you're putting on is really pure.  No toxins, no irritants, and no preservatives. It appears to be an overall solid line and I can't wait to get my hands on some stuff ;) 

Velvet Lipstick

100% Pure

100% Pure is based on the philosophy that our skin absorbs what we put on it, so shouldn't it be natural? All of their makeup is made of fruit dried textures and pigments.  

 ¨Our corporate offices are run by 100% solar energy, our company is 100% electric and our pure, biodegradable formulas are packaged with post consumer recycled plastic, glass, soda cans, paper and printed with biodegradable non toxic vegetable ink. 100% Pure loves animals - we are completely cruelty free and charitable towards animal welfare.¨

While I've heard amazing things about their products, I've also heard that their foundations are not too great for us with...pasty complexions. Still, their color products have me intrigued!

RMS Beauty

Not only are the ingredients natural, but are raw. They claim that many 'organic' companies go through unnatural processes to get their desired texture. RMS claims: 

¨RMS Beauty products are formulated with raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their natural state, allowing their living, healing attributes to penetrate and rejuvenate the skin. In their purest form, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and their healing properties remain fully intact, encouraging amazing potential for anti-aging effects. RMS Beauty has also taken extreme care in the use of minimal heat in the manufacturing process of this product in order to keep all nutrients and healing properties alive¨

Their minimalistic glass packaging is recyclable and their shades are intriguing. I'm dying to get my hands on a few goodies!

Other high end brands worth peeking at are Jane Iredale, Gabriel/Zuzu Luxe, Vapour, Antonym and W3LL People. 
Now onto my current favorite natural beauty blogs:

Makeup artist Dasha shows all of her favorite organic makeup brands at a variety of price points and even country origins.  With editorial looks, product recommendation and other natural remedies, it's quickly become a favorite. 
Genuine Glow

The Italian Beauty, Lilly, offers great organic makeup and skin care recommendations. I SWEAR EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BLOG IS PRETTY; she's pretty, her photos are pretty, EVEN HER LIFESTYLE IS PRETTY

 Teri Miyahira
First off, I love how you can see youtube's recommendations for me. Buzz Feed's Gay Men Explain Tampons, Bjork and Hippies... sounds about right. 

ANYWAY, Teri is a natural youtuber who focuses on makeup and skin care at a variety of price points. She's well spoken, concise and a great resource (unlike me)

Alright, that's enough of me for today