July 18th, 2014

Sometimes skin care gets incredibly scientific. Even though I don’t always know the ins and outs of whats really going on when I put XYZ serum on my face, if it’s made by a brand I trust, I’ll do it. 

Clinique (creators of the infamous 3-step-system - everyone’s first solution to adolescent acne, am I right?) just created one of these magically scientific products. It’s called Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum

                    

True to all of Clinique’s products, this serum is fragrance free and very kind to your skin. It was five years in the making - and, based on the ingredient army inside, I’m surprised it didn’t take longer. Scientific rundown of this formula is it’s ‘Smart’ because it is designed to respond to whatever your skin happens to need. A little red reduction, a little dark spot correcting, a little moisture, a little glow, even a little tightening!  Maybe it knows your face better than you do?

Unscientific rundown is it feels lovely and knowing that over time it will fight off whatever problems my skin is going to have before I know I am going to have them is a pretty great perk. This formula is just so… Smart

Does This: Daily serum formulated to respond to your skins specific wants and needs
Is This: Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum
Get This: Sephora
Price: $89

Product c/o the brand, Image: Visionaire

-Kristin 

July 16th, 2014

I have never experienced DIY in prestige skincare until now. 

this is scientist + skittles taste the rainbow + custom serum for your face

What could I possibly be talking about?

Skin Inc, a Japan based company (always on the cutting edge) just released the world’s FIRST skin supplement bar called My Daily Dose

                    

Here is the game. See the little droplet bottles above with the different colored circles floating about? Each one of those is a different type of serum specialized for a different type of skin need. For example, the purple one is Licorice serum for sensitive skin, the green one is Collagen serum for wrinkles, etc. 

After taking a quick quiz, Skin Inc helps you identify your top 3 skin needs and recommends your 3 corresponding serums, THEN (and this is the fun part) you can choose one of these rainbow colored bottles and combine the 3 serums to make your own custom Daily Dose

My Daily Dose consists of a little purple, sky blue, and red.

(This is one of the coolest beauty systems I’ve played ever with)  

Does This: Create a serum customized for your skins needs
Is This: Skin Inc My Daily Dose
Get This: www.iloveskininc.com
Price: $85 per 20ml serum

Product c/o the brand, Image via FGR

-Kristin

July 8th, 2014

I tried something new this weekend that I had never tried before, and I’ve been telling everyone about it since. (Spread the word!)

NYC based Cecilia Wong was born to work in skincare. She figured out at the age of 14 that if eating fruit is good for your skin, it must also work as a product. Cecilia started making blueberry/papaya masks later that day. Since then, she’s graduated from fruit masks to her own skincare line and cult facial spa.                  

                 

Cecilia specializes in 3 different types of unique non irritating facials - Microcurrent, LED Light Therapy, and Oxygen. I went for Door #3 Oxygen. This is what happened: Cecilia spent the first 15 or 20 minutes massaging my face with a gentle cleanser (amazing), followed by extractions (necessary), and then she did the Oxygen Treatment. This treatment entails using a small oxygen dispensing devise (similar to what they use to blow water off your teeth at the dentist) mixed with Vitamin C and aloe. She infused every pore on my face with 100% pure O2. Treating your skin with pure oxygen is like feeding your cells an extremely healthy meal - it gives them the energy they need to replenish. She finished by applying her Black Currant Serum to my face. 

I left with healthy/glowing skin and two days later I do not have a single red/dry patch in sight. O2 really works! Huge thanks to Cecilia Wong for my dose of oxygen. I hope to see you again in the near future. Maybe for Microcurrent :)

Does This: Cleans, replenishes, hydrates skin with oxygen - reduces signs of aging, redness, dryness and promotes new cell growth
Is This: Cecilia Wong Oxygen Facial
Get This: Cecilia Wong NYC
Price: $200 + tax (worth every penny)

Service c/o Cecilia Wong, Image from Vogue Turkey June 2014

-Kristin

July 2nd, 2014

I’m oddly obsessed with elephants (I might or might not have a board dedicated to them on Pinterest.) When I came across Drunk Elephant skincare line, I mean. It was a given. 

                  

I’ve always considered elephants to be the nicest animals on earth (despite their incredibly large size), this skincare line is just that. So friendly! Everything uses minimalist, non-toxic ingredients. The star ingredient is Marula oil - a fruit elephants love to eat that makes them a little tipsy. (Hence, Drunk Elephant) 

I’ve recently adopted the Pekee Bar as my new AM face cleanser. It is made with blueberry extract, honey, aloe vera and virgin marula oil. Sounds delicious doesn’t it? The bar is very gentle, and there is an elephant engraved into the top. So along with being an effective cleanser, it just makes me happy. 

All products support the International Elephant Foundation - cult products for a terrific cause, fellow elephant aficionados. 

Does This: Gentle, non toxic face cleansing bar
Is This: Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar
Get This: Drunkelephant.com
Price: $32

Product c/o the brand, image Arthur Elgort via Sand & Smoke (check this cute elephants and fashion round up!)

-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 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  

May 28th, 2014
File Under // Cult Brands
I came across Mullein & Sparrow on Instagram (points for brand tagging), immediately pulled up their website, and saw a bag full of dried flowers. To my pleasant surprise, these were not for potpourri but for a facial steam. 
                      
Mullein & Sparrow is old world herbal remedies meets new world beauty. The founder, Anit, is an herbalist who quit her corporate fashion job to travel the world where she discovered and studied plant based healing practices in countries spanning from Asia to South America. Upon her return to NYC, she started her career in skincare. Cue —> new brand, old practices.
If you are a believer in yoga/western medicine/holistic thinking/the power of a strong cup of tea - this line is for you. All natural ingredients, essential oils, and unique herbal remedies combine to meet all of your basic beauty needs including: body oils, bath salts, exfoliants, face masks, face cleansers, even dry shampoo powder and cheek tints. All delivered in little brown boxes stamped Mullein & Sparrow. (points for packaging)
If anything, try this facial detox steam. Aside from detoxing it is sooo relaxing. My apartment smelled other worldy afterwards - in a great way. 
Does This: The result of herbal practices and modern skincare - good for you beautyIs This: Mullein & SparrowGet This: MulleinandSparrow.com Price: $18 - $140
Products c/o the brand, Image via Tim Walker W Magazine May 2014
-Kristin 

File Under // Cult Brands

I came across Mullein & Sparrow on Instagram (points for brand tagging), immediately pulled up their website, and saw a bag full of dried flowers. To my pleasant surprise, these were not for potpourri but for a facial steam. 

                      

Mullein & Sparrow is old world herbal remedies meets new world beauty. The founder, Anit, is an herbalist who quit her corporate fashion job to travel the world where she discovered and studied plant based healing practices in countries spanning from Asia to South America. Upon her return to NYC, she started her career in skincare. Cue —> new brand, old practices.

If you are a believer in yoga/western medicine/holistic thinking/the power of a strong cup of tea - this line is for you. All natural ingredients, essential oils, and unique herbal remedies combine to meet all of your basic beauty needs including: body oils, bath salts, exfoliants, face masks, face cleansers, even dry shampoo powder and cheek tints. All delivered in little brown boxes stamped Mullein & Sparrow. (points for packaging)

If anything, try this facial detox steam. Aside from detoxing it is sooo relaxing. My apartment smelled other worldy afterwards - in a great way. 

Does This: The result of herbal practices and modern skincare - good for you beauty
Is This: Mullein & Sparrow
Get This: MulleinandSparrow.com 
Price: $18 - $140

Products c/o the brand, Image via Tim Walker W Magazine May 2014

-Kristin 


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