Dark lips are backkkk! Is this exciting or what? I mean, for a lipstick lover like myself, it sure is! Not much into dark lips? Don’t worry, there are neutral eyes to look forward to. Plus, I’ve got options for ya!
I’m soooo excited about this post! Remember that trip to Nashville I took a couple of weeks ago?! Well, it was nothing short of incredible! Not only did I spend time with family and see friends…but on that Friday, I had the pleasure of co-hosting the launch of Kjaer Weis‘ line at Nashville’s green beauty shop Lemon Laine. Laura Lemon, the lovely owner of Lemon Laine and I dreamed up this event for the past few months and it was incredible seeing it all come together! Thanks to Kjaer Weis and their gorgeous organic, clean makeup line, I was able to do two beautiful makeup looks on a model (the beautiful Jessica) – transitioning a day makeup look to a night look. The ever-so-loved (and gorgeous, might I add) Cafe Roze catered some delicious little bites and we had some tasty wine by Tavola Wine. The invited guests weren’t left empty handed, they each received curated Kjaer Weis goodie bags and were offered a divine Elements Truffles chocolate bar. (You’ve GOT to try these chocolates if you haven’t! They’re Ayurveda inspired, sweetened with honey, incredibly beautiful and so decadent!) Seriously, this event was beyond what I could have even imagined. Thank you to everyone for coming out! Can’t wait to host more like these in the near future!
It’s not every day you can find an all natural beauty shop that solely features the best, most luxurious organic and toxic-free products – AND provide makeovers, consultations and more!
“Citrine Natural Beauty Bar opened their flagship store at Biltmore Fashion Park’s UNION in Phoenix AZ in November 2012. Quickly becoming the “it” place to go to get all things naturally glamorous, Citrine strives to always carry the latest and best in all natural and clean beauty products. We carry lines such as Jane Iredale, Tata Harper, RMS Beauty, Kjaer Weis, May Lindstrom and many more. This is your one stop shop for all your beauty needs. With knowledgeable and highly-trained staff, your experience at Citrine is truly like none you’ve ever had.”
One of the things I love about Citrine, is its founder and owner Melissa Lenberg. She not only is passionate about her shop and the wonderful products in it, but she truly values her customers and maintains a great relationship with them!
I was so kindly sent this (pictured above) box of products (that I was able to pick out – how awesome!) and have been using them now for a couple of weeks. I have had some GREAT results and I’d love to share them with you!
I cannot tell you how long I’ve searched for the PERFECT skin-like finish organic foundation. One that not only covers decently, but doesn’t look cakey or too shiny. Kjaer Weis Like Porcelain foundation is my new holy grail! It is definitely one of the most luxurious, glamorous line of foundation I’ve ever come across! Some of the things I love about this foundation:
- Creamy, blendable, weightless texture with a semi-matte finish.
- Contains the highest quality of natural and organic ingredients possible.
- It has a luxurious and chic refillable packaging.
- Can be used as a concealer, and eyeshadow primer.
- Formulated with moisturizing and age-defying ingredients such as Sweet Almond Seed, Coco, and Jojoba oils.
- Can be applied by hand or with the Kjaer Weis Foundation Brush. (I love the brush technique the best!)
- And…fun-fact! The creator of Kjaer Weis, Kristen, is a renown makeup artist with work featured in Elle, Lucky, Marie Claire and Vogue magazines.
Looking for the perfect hot pink (magenta) pop of colour for your lips this summer? Ilia’s got you. Neon Angel is my new favourite bright lipstick of the moment – a statement piece all in itself. Paired with a minimal, lashy eye, and a glowy bronzed face..you’ll be looking fresh faced and gorgeous!
One of the many reasons I love this lipstick, along with all of Ilia’s lip products is their aesthetic. First and foremast, their packaging is beautiful. I read somewhere once that beauty should be a multi-sensory experience. Personally, I agree! It only adds to the wonderful experience if the packaging looks and feels good. Secondly, I love the texture and finish of this lip product! Neon Angel is more of a creamy matte, perfect, in my opinion. Thirdly, the lipstick is long-wearing! Of course, like any lipstick it can come off eventually (especially if you’re actively eating and drinking), but it still leaves a nice stain of colour at the end of its wear. Gotta love that! And last, but definitely not least (cus this is huge in my opinion), the taste! I’m super picky about how lip products taste and smell on the lips. This one is pretty neutral, with faint hints of vanilla.
I know I’m not the only one wanting to achieve these flawless looks with flawless skin! Kypris Clearing Serum promises to heal blemishes, reduce evidence of older blemishes, and reduce redness. It’s supposed to be good for both fussy skin, and recently shaved, waxed, or threaded skin. You can also use it as a spot treatment.
There are 25 Active Natural Ingredients. Some of the key ingredients are:
- The immune system’s mineral friend, Zinc, balances sebum production while inspiring skin’s natural protective mechanisms to modulate inflammation whether caused by blemishes or irritations.
- Apple Fruit extract imparts Alpha Hydroxy Acids to minimize the appearance of blemishes, old and new.
- A proprietary blend of lavender, niaouli, and tea tree essential oils minimize the appearance of scars and reinforce skin’s barrier function all while challenging acne-causing bacteria.
- Willow Bark extract delivers its active salicins to smooth, heal, and restore imbalanced complexions.
- Liposome encapsulated Centella asiatica extract supports the health of skin’s connective tissues for calm, plump skin.
Citrine Beauty, amongst these wonderful three full-sized products, also included a sample of Tata Harpers Resurfacing Mask. Of course, all the hype you’ve heard on this mask is spot on. This award-winning beta-hydroxy treatment works like a traditional peel to provide an instant solution for dull skin – without causing downtime or irritation. It delivers an instant glow, minimizes the appearance of pores and improves texture for smooth, glowing skin. It’s formulated to deeply purify and help decongest surface debris and dead skin for a refreshed, instantly revitalized appearance. I love this stuff and will definitely be buying more in the near future!
If you’re keen on shopping this product, and all of the other products mentioned in this post, definitely head over to Citrine Natural Skin now to shop everything 15% with code sammie at checkout – valid until June 28th, and valid on everything except Tata Harper! You can find Citrine Beauty on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
Any questions you may have on any of the products, just leave me a comment below! I’ll be happy to answer them! :)
This look is super easy, and always complimenting of all skin tones.
Step 1: Moisturize + Prime
I’m pretty combination so I like to focus on keeping my t-zone fairly free of moisturizer unless it is a mattefying one. Ursa Major’s Face Balm is my favourite right now, with the highest quality ingredients, a little goes a long way! I especially love how light it feels on my skin, refreshing and cool – plus it mattifies my face wonderfully. If I am more dry, I’ll use One Love Organic’s Vitamin C Facial Serum – my favourite! Brightening and moisturizing and so, so good for your skin! Primer is not always something I apply, if I’m going for a lighter, fresher look, I typically skip it. But, if I want a more flawless, concealed look – it does wonders at keeping makeup put and on for awhile! Do what is most comfortable and what suits your skin type best.
Step 2: Brows
Fill in your brows, if you feel that they are sparse in some areas. I love using a brow wax/pomade, EcoBrow in Rita, in particular. It’s like Anastasia’s DipBrow Pomade, but free of all of the parabens and other chemicals. If you’ve got a great set of brows, then girl…rock it. (Also, I may be jealous!)
Step 3: Mascara
I like quite a lashy look for this bright-eyed effect we’re going for! The lashier, the better. Oh, and curling my lashes is KEY for me – such a game changer. But, again, it’s what you feel comfortable with. My go-to mascara right now, and probably favourite mascara ever is the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea. Ladies…it not only does an amazing job at lift and curl, but it holds well AND smells sweet (like fruits, haha)!
Step 4: Conceal
This isn’t super necessary unless, like me, you’ve got some blue/purply under eye bags..or any little spots you want to hide. For me, concealing is important. It not only brightens up this look (any look, really), it keeps the canvas clean and fresh. RMS’ “Un” Cover-Up is killer for achieving a great conceal – and it doubles as a foundation too (warms up and literally melts onto your skin)!
Step 5: Blush
You want a natural flush, glowy, rosy cheek kind of situation to be happening here…so, pick your favourite ‘cheeky’ shade and apply on the apples of your cheeks. Alima Pure’s Satin Matte Blush in Mimosa is my favourite for achieving that ‘blushing from within’ look.
Step 6: Highlight
Again, not necessary, but I love me a good highlight! It gives you a soft, radiant, glowy look – and who wouldn’t want that? I know I do! I used the ever so loved bareMinerals Flawless Radiance for this look.
Step 6: Lips
Lip balm, lip tint, lipstick…how about all three of them in one? I’m obsessed with Kjaer Weis’ Lip Tint in Romance – a vibrant reddish pink tone (almost coral) that gives you that pop of colour you want for this bright, fun look!
And that’s all, folks! Have fun with this look, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to rock it. If you feel confident and happy, do it up!
Hope you’re having a great night. Here’s a little tune I’m digging right now by the band Unknown Mortal Orchestra – I hope you like! Thanks for dropping by and I’ll see you soon. Xo
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