July 1st, 2014
File Under // Newness
NYX - masters of funky colored/fantastic products at an incredibly affordable price - have some new releases that I highly suggest you know about.
                    
Macaron Lippie: Do you dare wear green/yellow/grey/black/lavender lips? If you do (there’s a time and place for everything) these highly pigmented lipsticks go on silky smooth, and come in the most unusual, but pretty bomb, colors.$5.99 at Ulta
Proof it! Waterproof Eyebrow Primer: This primer means business. The formula looks a little bit like cement (ironically - clear once on) and it will assure that your brow powder stays safely adhered all day. $7 at NYXcosmetics.com
Honey Dew Me Up: A combination of the magic properties of honey (a natural antiseptic), gold flakes and collagen results in the ultimate dewy touch while priming your face. And there is gold in it so, this rocks. $17 at NYXcosmetics.com
All Over Balm: Find it in three different combos - Macadamia Nut Oil with Honey/Vanilla Butter; Coconut Oil with Coconut/Vanilla Butter; and Argan Oil with Lychee/Vanilla Butter. This balm is for lips, cuticles, hands, dry elbows, anything that needs balming and it comes in a slightly over-sized Moroccan inspired tin.Each $6.50 at NYXcosmetics.com
Renew & Balance Skin Elixirs: Balance with tea tree oils or renew with coenzyme Q10 (fancy). These green and purple primers are means for a pristine/radiant canvas before say, adhering those dramatic eyebrows?Renew $12 at NYXcosmetics.com; Balance $12 at NYXcosmetics.com
Wonder Stick: This evolution of the wonder pencil takes contouring (an intimidating make up move) and makes it so easy. One side of the stick is the highlight, one the contour, and the side of the box shows you exactly how to use it for the ultimate face contour-tion. $12 at NYXcosmetics.com
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-Kristin

File Under // Newness

NYX - masters of funky colored/fantastic products at an incredibly affordable price - have some new releases that I highly suggest you know about.

                    

Macaron Lippie: Do you dare wear green/yellow/grey/black/lavender lips? If you do (there’s a time and place for everything) these highly pigmented lipsticks go on silky smooth, and come in the most unusual, but pretty bomb, colors.
$5.99 at Ulta

Proof it! Waterproof Eyebrow Primer: This primer means business. The formula looks a little bit like cement (ironically - clear once on) and it will assure that your brow powder stays safely adhered all day. 
$7 at NYXcosmetics.com

Honey Dew Me Up: A combination of the magic properties of honey (a natural antiseptic), gold flakes and collagen results in the ultimate dewy touch while priming your face. And there is gold in it so, this rocks. 
$17 at NYXcosmetics.com

All Over Balm: Find it in three different combos - Macadamia Nut Oil with Honey/Vanilla Butter; Coconut Oil with Coconut/Vanilla Butter; and Argan Oil with Lychee/Vanilla Butter. This balm is for lips, cuticles, hands, dry elbows, anything that needs balming and it comes in a slightly over-sized Moroccan inspired tin.
Each $6.50 at NYXcosmetics.com

Renew & Balance Skin Elixirs: Balance with tea tree oils or renew with coenzyme Q10 (fancy). These green and purple primers are means for a pristine/radiant canvas before say, adhering those dramatic eyebrows?
Renew $12 at NYXcosmetics.com; Balance $12 at NYXcosmetics.com

Wonder Stick: This evolution of the wonder pencil takes contouring (an intimidating make up move) and makes it so easy. One side of the stick is the highlight, one the contour, and the side of the box shows you exactly how to use it for the ultimate face contour-tion. 
$12 at NYXcosmetics.com

Products c/o the brand, Image via 

-Kristin

June 24th, 2014

Turning that "beachy" look on its head.

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June 23rd, 2014

File Under // Fragrance Finds

Yesterday I made my unofficial monthly stop - okay, my every time I walk by stop - into C.O. Bigelow and found a treasure that I needed. (needed)

The find - a line of Eau de Toilettes called Societe de Senteur by West Third Brand. Sidenote: eau de toilette’s are slightly less concentrated than perfumes, think body mist with a little more umph. 

                    

I was initially attracted to the minimalist black & white label with scripty fonts, then the names reached out and grabbed me. “Wanderful” “7 Heartbreaks” “Ropes & Sails” “Road Trip” and “Love First.” I wondered - how does Societe Senteur interpret a road trip? Each fragrance has a completely enveloping top that pulls you in and makes you want to keep smelling until you see how it turns out. The one I walked out with was Love First

You can imagine, love comes with lots of flowers so this scent is entirely floral with a little patchouli and musk. I’m normally not a real floral type of gal but this EDT smells like falling into a bed of petaly soft flowers, and then rolling around in them. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love that..

Does This: Summery light floral fragrance that smells like rolling in flowers
Is This: Societe de Senteur Love First
Get This: In store at C.O. Bigelow or WestThirdBrand.com
Price: $32 for 2oz

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-Kristin

June 20th, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a lovely woman named Negin. She is the creator of product line and spa JustBe here in NYC. 

Negin has created a wholesome little cult within the beauty world, wholesome in its ingredients and its ways. JustBe skincare is entirely organic/vegan AND everything has been energized with good vibes. The result of which, is remarkable for your skin and your chakras. 

                     

A little on her story - Negin became tired of her career as an actress and one day found herself enrolling at the Aveda Institute. Not too long after, she was filling little lunch bags with products made by hand for friends. The products were a hit and they begged her to start making more. This led to a leap of faith and her line JustBe was born. 

I was fortunate enough to be sent home with a little bag of my own (yay). The combination of her Rose Water Mist and Nourishing Face Oil cured this mysterious dry patch on my face I’ve been trying to resolve since April. So I am thankful. (and a little addicted) All of her facials are custom tailored to fit your skin - and her cozy studio is bubbling with positive energy.

If you join the JustBe cult you won’t regret it.

Does This: Vegan/organic skincare line blessed with positive energy & custom facials
Is This: JustBe
Get This: JustBeSkinline.com
Price: Rose Water $22 for 2oz; Nourishing Face Oil $45 1oz

Products c/o the brand, Image via 

-Kristin

June 16th, 2014

Quirky / cute / unlike any other apothecary you will stumble upon..

Meet Meow Meow Tweet - before I divulge any information, visit their site and look at their packaging/logo because it makes them that much cuter.                     

                   

Meow Meow Tweet is a Brooklyn based modern vegan apothecary. They start with a scent then hand mix each product in small batches until they arrive at the perfect aromatic/benefit balance. Everything has a uniquely calming quality that is crafted from 100% plant based ingredients. 

One of my favorite products from the line is the Face Exfoliant. Unlike many exfoliant scrubs, MMT has created a unique variation that has the consistency of a spice - like the kind you scoop out of a jar and put into muffin mix. The main ingredients are oats and chamomile flowers which, YUM, smell amazing. It is powdery soft on your face, but does everything you want/need an exfoliant to do. Except, it might be even better because it’s so gentle (and smells even better than muffins).

Other products to check out (we like them all): Organic Soaps | Coco Skin Cream | Body Oil | Soy Candles

Does This: Gentle chamomile & oat face exfoliant
Is This: Meow Meow Tweet Face Exfoliate (and entire line)
Get This: Meow Meow Tweet.com
Price: $20

Products c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

June 16th, 2014

I love my job. 

No matter how many phenomenal beauty lines I get to feel/use/play with/tell you about, there are always more waiting to be found. (It is the job that never ends, in the best way.)

                 

Herbivore Botalicals is a recent indulgence. Aside from the fact that they are '100% Natural Vegan Handcrafted' - which I love considering my sensitive skin - the line is beautiful. I’m talking next level I want to collect my favorites and display them on top of my dresser next to my jewelry beautiful.

The product line falls within a very affordable price range (roughly $18 - $38 per item, $60+ for gift sets) but every item feels very high quality, in the jar and on your skin. It could be that I am particularly attracted to this line because it has an upscale free-spirited vibe, like a California flower child with remarkable taste. But I really think there is something here for any & every beauty fanatic (men included). 

The products are simple, smell delicious, and yield great results. A few of my favorites —>
Pink Clay Mask (it’s pink!)
Luminous Body Oil (mmm smells like jasmine)
Calm Bath Salts (I actually do have these sitting on my dresser)
Sea Salt Spray (for hair that always looks straight off the beach)

You can shop Herbivore Botanicals on their website or (which I didn’t realize until this moment - coincidence that they’ve come up twice recently) at Urban Outfitters

Products c/o the brand, Image via 

- Kristin

June 13th, 2014

Summer fridays

Image: Marie Claire via LPH

June 9th, 2014
Something about perfectly stick straight hair is just … sexy.  A serious confidence/ego booster, when you’re in the mood for it (vs. those sexy curls, beachy waves … and all the other flavors in the candy shop of looks).
The key to achieving perfect straightness is having the right tool. Nothing is more infuriating than a straightener that can’t do its one job without a ton of work on our part. Finding the balance between perfectly straight and still having intact-and-un-fried hair is the challenge - because yes we can make it straight, but at the end of the day we’d like to keep the hair on our heads, yeah?
                    
                    
A not so little gift came across my desk the other day, it is called the Ferrum Professional Styler. (Great hard two piece box - awesome typography. Points for packaging.) This is one of the only flat irons I’ve used that authentically addresses two concerns: 1) Straightness (well duh) and 2) Damage Control. I say authentically addresses because you can see that it has one ceramic plate, and one non-heated fabric plate. This balance of heated and non-heated is put in place to minimize damage, seal in moisture and make things super shiny. 
After using it this morning - halleluiah it works! I had my doubts that having half the plate strength could achieve my desired straightness but it does - and adds mega shine.
Does This: Flat iron for hair that minimizes damage while creating beautifully straightened locksIs This: Ferrum Professional StylerGet This: Ferrum Iron dot comPrice: $189
Product c/o the brand, Image via
-Kristin 

Something about perfectly stick straight hair is just … sexy.  A serious confidence/ego booster, when you’re in the mood for it (vs. those sexy curls, beachy waves … and all the other flavors in the candy shop of looks).

The key to achieving perfect straightness is having the right tool. Nothing is more infuriating than a straightener that can’t do its one job without a ton of work on our part. Finding the balance between perfectly straight and still having intact-and-un-fried hair is the challenge - because yes we can make it straight, but at the end of the day we’d like to keep the hair on our heads, yeah?

                    

                    

A not so little gift came across my desk the other day, it is called the Ferrum Professional Styler. (Great hard two piece box - awesome typography. Points for packaging.) This is one of the only flat irons I’ve used that authentically addresses two concerns: 1) Straightness (well duh) and 2) Damage Control. I say authentically addresses because you can see that it has one ceramic plate, and one non-heated fabric plate. This balance of heated and non-heated is put in place to minimize damage, seal in moisture and make things super shiny

After using it this morning - halleluiah it works! I had my doubts that having half the plate strength could achieve my desired straightness but it does - and adds mega shine.

Does This: Flat iron for hair that minimizes damage while creating beautifully straightened locks
Is This: Ferrum Professional Styler
Get This: Ferrum Iron dot com
Price: $189

Product c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

June 4th, 2014
You will notice if you pull up the Badricks website their header reads “Products For The Timeless Man”.. I beg to differ. I recently came across Badrick’s Lock Stock and Barrel Bar soap in Tobacco & Vanilla, smelled it, stole it, and now it’s all mine. (And I’m not a timeless man.)
Cue —> the most recent installment of For Him And Then You Steal It.
                    
Badrick’s specializes in men’s beard products ie. Badrick’s Beard Kit, Mug Scrub and Da Balm - they even have a Beard Blog. The Lock Stock and Barrel Bar is the fourth and final product in their bearded line up- it is a shampoo and body bar, yes two products in one! This bar soap has an updated mix of ingredients that includes shea butter, tea tree leaf oil, and sweet almond oil. In other words, pure shower/skin softness. 
My favorite part is the light tobacco and vanilla scent. It does veer masculine with a touch of smokey warmth from the tobacco. But the mix of true vanilla and the softness of almond oil makes it delicious in the most unisex way. 
Does This: Tobacco and vanilla scented / ultra hydrating bar soapIs This: Badrick’s Lock Stock And Barrel BarGet This: Badricks.comPrice: $12.95
Product c/o the brand, Image via
-Kristin

You will notice if you pull up the Badricks website their header reads “Products For The Timeless Man”.. I beg to differ. I recently came across Badrick’s Lock Stock and Barrel Bar soap in Tobacco & Vanilla, smelled it, stole it, and now it’s all mine. (And I’m not a timeless man.)

Cue —> the most recent installment of For Him And Then You Steal It.

                    

Badrick’s specializes in men’s beard products ie. Badrick’s Beard Kit, Mug Scrub and Da Balm - they even have a Beard Blog. The Lock Stock and Barrel Bar is the fourth and final product in their bearded line up- it is a shampoo and body bar, yes two products in one! This bar soap has an updated mix of ingredients that includes shea butter, tea tree leaf oil, and sweet almond oil. In other words, pure shower/skin softness. 

My favorite part is the light tobacco and vanilla scent. It does veer masculine with a touch of smokey warmth from the tobacco. But the mix of true vanilla and the softness of almond oil makes it delicious in the most unisex way. 

Does This: Tobacco and vanilla scented / ultra hydrating bar soap
Is This: Badrick’s Lock Stock And Barrel Bar
Get This: Badricks.com
Price: $12.95

Product c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin

June 4th, 2014

File under // Retailer Beauty Round Up

What’s not to love about Urban Outfitters? All those lose fitting floral dresses + Chuck Taylor’s + beaded hair pieces of sorts + hilarious books..

Okay, never mind the books. Has anyone else noticed that their beauty section is um - amazing recently?                     

                    

Here are five cultish pulls that are worth taking a glimpse of (if not purchasing) the next time you are in your neighborhood UO. 

1. EVO Hair Care - With clever names like “the therapist,” “root canal,” “easy tiger” and “shape vixen,” these products are difficult to walk by without reading. EVO has an extensive hair care line filled with great products that address your hair care needs in a laughably creative way. 
Find them in stores at Urban Outfitters or online at Look Fantstic | Most products $29.95 - $32

2. Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask - You probably haven’t heard of them until now, and for good reason - they’re actually a Korean skin care line. Of course Urban was cool enough to recruit Mizon for their store and embrace the unknown characters on the packaging. The Good Night Sleep Mask works wonders while you dream, turning you into quite literally a sleeping beauty. 
Find this at Urban Outfitters or Urbanoutfitters.com | $24 for larger size - tube picture above sold out online!

3. Lime Crime Lipsticks - yes the colors are brilliant and yes there is a holographic unicorn adhered to the cake-pop-purple tube. Need I say more? 
Find these at Urban Outfitter or Urbanoutfitters.com | $18

4. Cocooil - Coconut oil is everything. But you beauties already knew that. This particular genre of Cocooil includes a few additional fruit fueled oils like apricot and grape, making it a turbo charged version of traditional coconut oil that you really should consider putting all over your body, because your skin/face/hair will love it that much. 
Find this in stores at Urban Outfitters of Urbanoutfitters.com | $25

5. 3D Ampoule Face Masks - if you find traditional mud masks to be a complete bore, pick up one of these funky masks and I guarantee you will be amused. Unlike a mud mask, expect to stay put throughout the duration of the masking process. Or go to a costume party as a ghost/mask face. Your choice.
Find these at Urban Outfitters or Urbanoutfitters.com | $5 

Products from Urban Outfitters, Image via

-Kristin  


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