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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Open letter to the artist working at Le Labo on Fillmore Street in San Francisco

To the creative soul at Le Labo San Francisco who drew this slightly ratty benevolent catty wearing liquid eyeliner on my envelope containing my perfume samples:

Thank you for your heavenly doodle-- it made my day. And if you would be interested in designing a logo for this blog or a tattoo for me, shoot me an email at eyeliner on a cat at gmail dot com.

Untitled Cat, by Unknown Artist at Le Labo, Fillmore St. in SF

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-up: Weekend of 7/18/14

Beauty Info Zone shares beauties from a name we haven't heard from in a long time Vincent Longo. They've developed gorgeous new products and reformulated many of our old favorites. With a discount code too, you can't help but love Vincent Longo Cosmetics.

OPI has been doing awesome collaboration lately, and this one doesn't disappoint! Check out polish insomniac's swatches of the shades inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang!

Do you have hooded eyes? Phyrra shows you the perfect way to flatter them with her Saucebox Etude Palette Tutorial!

15 Minute Beauty is on the hunt for a new facial cleanser, so she asked around for recommendations. Here are the favorite facial cleansers of dermatologists.

Prime Beauty is not very adept in the kitchen, but she can make BECCA's Beach Tint Shimmering Souffle present beautifully!

Fun fact: Mostly Sunny needs all the corals in the world! When Hourglass launched a lip liner and gloss in their popular coral shade, Muse, she had to grab them! Did they live happily ever after?

The Pink Sith Blog is giving away a full size BVLGARI Omnia Coral EdT to one lucky US reader. There is still time to enter so do it today!

The new Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner in Empress is such a stunning Deep Aubergine that it truly is fit for royalty, but it is also perfect with their vibrant pink Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Ballet! Lola's Secret Beauty Blog thinks that together they constitute the perfect pink pout!

Perilously Pale reviews the new Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection. Does it live up to it's iconic movie inspiration? Check out her review to find out!

In need of a multi-tasking Antioxidant serum? Look no further than Radical Skincare's Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum. Pammy Blogs Beauty tests it out and shares her love for this amazing serum!

The Painted Rogue has been exploring magical desert lands in search of new and interesting brands...and Five beautiful lip treasures from Ana Hilwa are the fruits of her quest! Also: spreadsheets, anyone?

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat likes her fashion with a side of skin care...check out her ode to the open road, featuring True Religion and Adventuress skin care.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Biker Gypsy Style with True Religion + Adventuress + Jane Tran [sponsored]

[post sponsored by True Religion]

I've never been too obsessed with trends when it comes to what I wear, that is, unless we're talking about the classics. Things go in and out of style, but a few incredible pieces are worth investing in, and they will only get better and more comfortable with time. The spirit of True Religion as a brand fits this, just like a pair of their sleek skinnies.

I'm a longtime devotee of biker style with a twist. One could say there is a "uniform" for biker chic, but most who love it place their own personal stamp on it. Take True Religion's Moto Jacket in off-white (below). I don't personally need yet another black leather moto jacket, but white... white is so hot. Its versatility in color, design and style is staggering. I love it with their women's Moto Jean in black, paired with their Hamsa-adorned Crescent Heights Muscle Tank in tango red (shown) or black.

Moto Jacket  in off-white ($695)

Moto Women's Jean in black ($228)

Crescent Heights Muscle Tank in Tango Red ($68)

Then, there has to be a couple of maxi-dress options, because I love them dearly. True Religion's Gypsy Printed Maxi Dress (below) has the kind of worn-in softness that usually only a favorite garment decades old might have. One of the things I love about the brand is that you don't have to fret about things feeling too new and waiting and washing for your pieces to feel more worn in. The Gypsy dress pairs perfectly with the Shelby Studded Western Vest in Optic White, and would also be very smart with the Moto Jacket for evening. In the summertime, you want easy, you need easy. You can neatly fold this lightweight dress into an impossibly tiny bundle and carry it in a bag to take with you anywhere. Toss some little sandals in there too, and you can jump off your bike and into your cool and breezy beach party clothes.

 Gypsy Printed Maxi Dress (on sale for $99.99!)

Shelby Studded Western Vest in optic white ($228)

The Indigo Knit Maxi Dress (below) reminds me so much of my friend Angela, who moved from Brooklyn to Southern California about 8 months ago, and she's been loving it. She is the girl you know who looks amazing in everything, and that's because her smile makes you forget your name or what you were just supposed to be doing... her energy is infectious. The dress has the quiet cool of simplicity and topped with the Shelby Studded Western Vest or the White Moto Jacket, would make the sort of outfit you could really live in all Summer. 

Indigo Knit Women's Maxi Dress ($148)

All of these pieces are mix-and-match-- you just can't go wrong. Of course, the jackets and pants sail straight through Summer and into the Fall season.

Now that we've got the clothes, you may need something specially suited to your skin's needs if you're going to be traveling on the open road or exposing your skin to the elements in any way. Adventuress Skin Care is a company which directly addresses that need. Their products are all portable, all formulated with the traveler in mind, and all designed to protect and nourish your skin. I recently had the pleasure of attending a webinar all about Adventuress and its founder, Michele Carter, who is an avid biker herself. She had the ingenuity and foresight to see a gap in the market for a very niche group of people, but what Adventuress' collection of products turned out to be is something that everyone can use-- especially frequent travelers by any method.

Sunscreen Swipes, Facial Wipes, Cleanser, Skin Purifier (like a toner/serum) and Moisturizer comprise their well-priced introduction kit. It all comes inside a really (REALLY) cute bag that you can stash anywhere. I love the idea of Adventuress and also the practicality of their offerings.

Intro Offer Collection ($85)
Includes: Cleanser, Skin Purifier, Moisturizer, You Vee's Sunscreen Wipes and Facial Wipes.

Adventuress Intro Offer Collection

Here are a few quick features of  the products:

The Naturally Liberating Cleanser has hempseed and olive oils.

The Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier has quince, willowbark and sugar maple.

The Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer contains a host of micronutrients, antioxidants and vitamins.

You Vees Sunscreen Swipes have 4% micronized titanium dioxide and 3% octinoxate to protect against UVA and UVB rays with sunflower oil and vitamin E to hydrate and soothe.

The Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes contain gentle, soothing natural ingredients to comfort reddened, sensitive and rosacea skin, removing dirt and debris without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Also available on the Adventuress website (but not in the Intro Offer Collection) is the Wickedly Protective EnviroBalm, which contains ingredients like aloe, beeswax, jojoba and olive to act as a skin protectant for your face (and other areas too!).

And for a finishing touch, how about a fabulous hair accessory you can use once you take off your helmet (or hat, etc.)? I absolutely love Jane Tran's hair accessories.Something you can wear as jewelry and then put your hair up with it is the order of the day. A perfect, pretty, fuss-free accessory with major points for coolness. You can wear all three of the options below as bracelets, with the headbands wrapped 2 or 3 times around the wrist.

Beaded Mosaic Stretch Headband: $65

Beaded Array Headband: $47.50

I love how just a few key pieces invite so many cool combinations, proving that low-maintenance can translate into high style.

[All photos are property of their respective brands. This post was sponsored by True Religion. Adventuress Skin Care and Jane Tran are not sponsors.]

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Jessika from Polish Insomniac shares a favorite collection

When Jessika from polish insomniac was asked to share one of her favorite collections, she stared around her room, wondering how she would decide. Nail polish? How many? Which brand? Can't show them all! Blush? Lipsticks? As her eyes wandered around her room, she silently started counting her pieces of IKEA storage. Yes, she thought, that's a collection worth sharing.

Click HERE for the story!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-Up: Weekend of 6/20/14

The Painted Rogue has been gadding about in the desert, and as such has had to give some serious thought to the best travel skincare for parched skin - wouldn't want to end up like one of the mummified undead, now, would we?

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat gives us her list of 5 Problem-Solving Skin Care Products You Need Right Now...and they're all under $40!

Looking for your perfect eye cream? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her Top 10 Eye Creams as part of the collaborative Top 10 Tuesdays blog series.

Sunny from Mostly Sunny had a real déjà vu moment when she sprayed Jo Malone's latest limited edition creation, Silk Blossom Cologne, on herself. The fruity/floral/mossy scent reminds her so much of her beloved (and discontinued) Miss Dior Chérie!

Want to know how to fake great skin? Check out Phyrra's Current Complexion Routine!

Prime Beauty pumps up the volume (or lack there of) of her fine tresses with the new Kérastase line of Couture Styling Products. See the before and after pics!

If creamy-dreamy powder blushes with superior texture and pigmentation are your thing, and if you have a penchant for pink blush-- then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends Surratt Artistique Blush in Guimauve! It's the game-changer that you have been waiting for!

It was discovery time at Beauty Info Zone when Marcia uncovered Josie Maran's Coconut Water Eyeshadow among the other treasures at Sephora.

Pale beauties have to stick together! Jessika from polish insomniac shares with us The Best Bronzers for Pale Skin.

Dislike limited edition collections? Perilously Pale shares the fabulous L'Oreal Collection Exclusive Nudes that L'Oreal has brought back due to popular demand.

All of us can use a refresher. Join 15 Minute Beauty to read Makeup 101. Face products, color makeup and application order are all covered.

Friday, June 20, 2014

5 Problem-Solving Skin Care Products You Need Right Now (All Under $40!)

It's time for my newest short-list! This time, it's all about inexpensive solutions to common skin-care issues that I'm occasionally plagued by. Below, you'll find products that are new to me and quite impressive-- and everything can be had for under $40 (sometimes well under $40).

Ginger Chi Argan Wrinkle Roller $20

Ingredients: Argan oil, rosehip oil, hemp oil, vitamin E, rosemary oil, frankincense, geranium, German chamomile, fresh ginger oil, myrrh oil

One of the biggest surprises of the year so far for me has been the brand Ginger Chi. I'd heard the name before, but had I known how gorgeous and reasonably priced their products were, I would have jumped on them when I first heard of them. Their closely-edited selection of ginger-based, natural skin care products are so tasty, you'll have trouble choosing just one, so I made the sacrifice and did the work for you. (I know, I'm very self-sacrificing like that).

Ginger Chi Argan Wrinkle Roller is comprised of simple, organic, powerhouse ingredients that frankly, is just not available anywhere else in this exact combination. And it is this combination that works so well against wrinkles, blemishes, acne scars and much more. The rollerball packaging allows precise application of the product directly to the areas that need it, which is a nice bonus. Very neat, and nothing wasted. Argan, rosehip and hemp oils... just saying those words together out loud gives me a tingle at the base of my spine. If you love a smartly blended facial oil, buy this. Then, snag one or two of Ginger Chi's great little sets so you can try the rest of the line.

Wild Naturals Manuka Honey Eye Serum $39.95

Key ingredients: aloe gel, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, Vitamin E, manuka honey, cehami, vitamin E, retinyl palmitate

Not long ago, I expounded on the virtues of micro-micro brand Wild Naturals' only other product, their Manuka Moisturizing Cream. I've been waiting very excitedly for this eye serum to come out. Not only is it fabulous, but it's not just for the eye area. I heartily recommend that it be used on the entire face and neck. It's not a sticky gel, nor is it loaded up with silicones to create unnatural texture. It's soothing, cooling and comfortable on the skin while it's firming and toning. It blends and layers well with other products, and it's brilliant on its own. If you have sensitive eyes or sensitive skin in general, this gel-serum is a must-have. It works wonders on puffiness and brightens the entire eye area-- any time of day.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery $38

Key Ingredients: Glycerin, red algae extract (Ahnfeltia Concinna), oat kernel extract, hyaluronic acid, propolis, feverfew, licorice root extract, green tea leaf extract

I've been quite enjoying several First Aid Beauty products lately, and am really smitten with this one. It's meant to heal and smooth troubled skin, meaning: acneic skin, sensitives, rashes, clusters of hormonal breakouts, dry patches, psoriasis, and the list goes on. When you've got skin that has a compromised barrier, you just can't use very many things. Of the things you CAN use, even fewer don't hurt, sting, or itch when you do use them. That's why Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery rules. It's got the consistency of a toner, and you just pour some into your cupped palm, bring your hands together, then pat into the skin. It's helped me to heal areas of my facial skin that couldn't tolerate anything else. I love it so much that I'm now using it every day to keep my skin hydrated without needing to use much else on top. Sometimes, creams and oils can't do the job that a liquid can do. And I suppose that is the main reason why I've cleared a space for this one into my daily regimen.

HandcraftedGoodies on Etsy Hemp & Organic Cotton Facial Cleansing Rounds $12.50 for 25

I love these super-soft hemp/cotton rounds! They have a slightly different texture on each side. One is really soft but is still absorbent, and the other is a bit more exfoliating, but still soft. They're washable, eco-friendly and very inexpensive. I use them for toners, cleansers and masks, then I just collect the used ones in a mesh bag and toss it in the washing machine. Super easy, and NO lint that you get with disposable cotton rounds! There are several makers of these on Etsy and elsewhere, but I use and love the ones pictured here, by HandCraftedGoodies on Etsy.

Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish $18 for 7oz

Key Ingredients: walnut shell powder, bamboo stem extract, green tea, panax ginseng, ginger root, rice bran wax, geranium, glycerin, camphor

Japanese brand Yu-Be is the maker of one of my all-time favorite lip balms, so I was really excited to try their very popular body scrub. Its scent is very mild, yet incredibly, enticingly fresh, and it's a fairly low-foaming formula. I happen to think foam is a bit overrated, so it's actually perfect for me. It's pretty intensively exfoliating, so I won't be using it on my sensitive facial skin, but it feels so wonderful everywhere else. It leaves my skin feeling softer and silkier than pretty much every other body scrub I've tried, so it's a slam-dunk. If you are prepping your skin for swimwear, self-tanning, shorts, a cute minidress or generally just going out in public with any measure of your skin exposed, treat yourself to Yu-Be's Foaming Skin Polish.

Samples of Wild Naturals eye serum and Yu-Be polish provided by respective companies for my consideration. All others were purchased by me.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Beauty Spotlight Team: Lola's Secret Top Picks for Glowing Skin!

When Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog was seeking inspiration for The Beauty Spotlight Team's latest Favorites Series she thought long and hard about it, but it wasn't until she was holding her office hours on campus that it hit her! As she sat and met with a countless number of her students she observed their beautiful and vibrant complexions, their barely-there makeup, and their general luminosity. Perhaps this is in part a function of attending a university in Southern California since fashions tend to be quite relaxed and casual (read: beach attire), and the weather tends to be warm. However, as she pondered their lovely faces, it occurred to her that her contribution to this new BST series should be inspired by, and in honor of, her students. Therefore, she selected her current favorite products that emphasized beautiful glowing radiant skin and minimalist barely-there makeup. Can you guess which products that she selected?

Click to find out!