Brands We Love: Lipstick Queen
This week's installment of Local Beauty takes us to Denver, Colorado, where we're visiting the natural apothecary of Fig + Yarrow, a small-batch beauty line made from organic ingredients. We spoke with the brand's owner, Brandy Monique, about creating color from natural sources, minimalist branding, and her daily beauty routine.
After growing up around beauty products her entire life, the next logical step for Lisa Winarick was to co-found her own beauty line. Keeping only the most natural ingredients in mind, Lisa's brand Doll Face focuses on making beauty products that work well with all skin types, using as few synthetic ingredients as possible. We spoke to Lisa about her favorite products, the brand's secret cocktail of ingredients, and her own skincare routine.
Tell us a little bit about how Doll Face started. What's the story behind it?
Our family has been in the beauty business for three generations, and taking care of my skin was passed down from my grandmother and then reinforced by my mom and aunts who all have taken amazing care of their skin. I have so many memories of special beauty days spent around the kitchen table with my mom and sisters. My dad would come in and say, “Wow, look at my beautiful doll faces!”
There are so many clinical brands out there and I thought that taking care of your skin should be a positive, feel-good experience. I've always felt that skincare should be about beauty and glamour, not medicine and problems. Because of that, Doll Face was born! We want women to feel empowered and good about themselves starting from the moment they wash their face in the morning.
You emphasize thinking "outside of the obvious" in sourcing ingredients. Can you share some examples?
Each product contains its own “cocktail” of ingredients, a blend of both natural and scientific, that have been carefully chosen and blended to provide the best possible results. We created our own skin brightening and exfoliating fruit enzyme complex called FruitActiv that we've formulated into all of our cleansers. We discovered Buriti Fruit Oil on a trip to Brazil. It’s an amazing fruit extract that acts as a super anti-oxidant. In its native Amazon basin, it’s called the “Tree of Life” because of its healing properties. We feature it in Nourish, which is our everyday moisturizing lotion.
What three products are in the Doll Face "starter kit," i.e., three products you'd recommend to a new customer, and why?
That’s easy…our Invigorate gel cleanser, Nourish lotion and Soothe under-eye serum. It’s the perfect "little black dress” for your skin; you can’t go wrong. This combo works on all skin types, takes only minutes [to apply] and your skin will look and feel clean and fresh!
What is your own skincare routine like?
I do the 3-step “starter kit” myself, plus I alternate our Brilliance face polish with our gel cleanser 2-3 days a week for extra exfoliating power. I also use our masks once a week to make my skin feel super smooth and glowing! The Reveal peel is loaded with pumpkin and papaya enzymes to maximize its gentle, yet highly effective exfoliating power. It's yummy to put on.
What are your top three tips for skincare, either improvement or maintenance?
I’m a big believer in exfoliation…it really is the secret to keeping skin smooth and radiant. Also, every skin type benefits from a moisturizer; it’s what keeps skin soft and supple and helps fight lines and wrinkles. Lastly, once a week you deserve a little “break," so indulge in a great mask. Put it on and just relax and let the stress slip away…if only for a little while! Also, never go to sleep without taking off your makeup and cleansing your face. It’s absolutely the worst thing for your skin.
We have long been enamored with Love Aesthetics' Ivania Carpio, the Dutch blogger whose signature whited-out color palette and minimalist sensibility have made her an internationally-recognized and respected voice in fashion blogging. Amid her smart observations and posts on style, home DIY, and beauty, it seems there is nothing Ivania can't put her own uniquely clean, simple, and clever spin on; her cooly minimalist aesthetic is a palette cleanser amid the noise of fashion.
We teamed up with Ivania for a three-part blog collaboration that touches on different areas of her expertise: an exclusive interview that explores more about her thoughts on style, living with less, and finding inspiration in the everyday; a copper and leather home DIY; and below, a minimalist nail art project.
What is contouring, you ask? It's that magic beauty trick that makes everyone look like a goddess. Even though contouring is a little bit more involved than just slapping on some blush and heading out the door, it's a great way to amp up your regular makeup look for a night on the town. And since there are now a million YouTube videos for just about every beauty technique out there, the whole process is even easier. Read on for some of our favorite tips and products.
Okay, so you're ready to contour. Great! We're here to hold your hand and pet your hair as you head out on this daunting journey. First of all, make sure you start out with a good brush. At UO, we like to use this angled one from Japonesque, because the angled handle makes it easier to control. (We're not sure why, but we're guessing science.)
Now, when you're contouring, you want to make sure the look you're creating is natural looking. What you're trying to achieve is a slightly more sculpted face. To start off, you want to use a darker product than normal in the hollows of your cheeks, because you want to create a fake shadow (that's what makes the cheekbones pop). Don't get in there with bronzer if you're very fair, because you'll just end up looking like you smeared some dirt on your face. We like this bh Cosmetics palette because of the variety of colors, but there are plenty of options out there for a variety of skin tones. For creating the "shadow" in the hollows of your cheeks, you'll want to stick to a color that has beige or even gray undertones - that'll help it look most like a natural shadow, and not just makeup that's been plopped randomly on your face. The illustration above is a great, quick reference for where to put this color.
While doing this, remember you absolutely don't need to use a lot of product for the contouring, and when you do apply it to your face, make sure it's blended well into the skin. And try to do your makeup in direct sunlight, because contouring can go horribly wrong if you're sitting in a dark bedroom - you'll end up looking very makeup-y the second you step outside. After you have the color applied, you want to make sure all the lines are blended away (we like to use this Stila brush, specifically made for contouring). It definitely takes some practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's like second nature.
After that, top off the apples of your cheeks with some blush. Whatever blush you normally use is fine. Then, top that off with some highlighter to really accentuate the cheekbones. It's a lot to get the hang of at first, especially if you aren't a beauty guru, but it's super fun to play around with and to see how close you can get yourself to looking your absolute best.
So, there you go! Obviously everything is always trial and error, but these tips and resources should send you all on your way to becoming the most beautiful and talented makeup geniuses. Good luck!
Now that we're deep into the summer and have been spending most of our days at the beach and pool, our hair is juuust starting to look a little worse for the wear. This is the time we whip out some of our favorite hair repair products, so our locks can get back to model status in a hurry. Read on for our current favorites below.
1. Alterna Bamboo Beach Sun Recovery Spray
Alterna's Sun Recovery Spray is a leave-in conditioner that can be applied to dry hair, which means it's incredibly easy to use and you have no excuses not to use it on your poor, over-chlorinated hair. Just spray some on before running out the door and you're good to go. (This one also happens to smell really, really good.)
Cocooil is MAGIC in a bottle. First of all, it's fine to use on your hair or your body, so it's a good buy if you like a nice two-in-one product. Secondly, if you have sensitive skin, Cocooil is a smart choice because it's an all-natural coconut-oil blend. There are no artificial fragrance or colorings are in this one, so it should be totally soothing to even the most sensitive skin.
3. Carol's Daughter Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum
Carol's Daughter Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum is a lightweight, silicone-free, hair oil that "reverses and prevents damage caused by heat-styling, color-treating and chemical straightening." The secret ingredient is its monoi oil. We love this serum because it makes our hair incredibly soft after only a couple of pumps.
4. Murray's CocoSoft Coconut Oil
Best for thick, curly hair, Murray's coconut oil is formulated a little differently from regular coconut oils. It's thicker and works as a "light-hold pomade" on top of just moisturizing, which means you don't need a lot at all. If you're looking for a lighter spray or something that's more of a straight coconut oil, then this product isn't for you!
We’re always curious about the daily beauty, hair, and skincare routines of the effortlessly made-up women we know. From concealer to coconut oil, "About A Face" is our insider glimpse into the makeup bags and medicine cabinets of our everyday muses.
I cleanse my face every morning and night with a brand called Cactus Skincare that I found when I was in Australia at the beginning of the year. I do that first thing in the morning. I also use one of their moisturizers. If I'm not working, I try to not wear any makeup unless I have a really bad pimple or something in which case I'll cover up with Laura Mercier's cover-up foundation. I try to not wear any makeup because my skin gets so bogged up when i'm working.
I also do a Cactus Skincare face mask sometimes — it really helps make my skin very clear.
I don't do much to my hair other than wash and condition it most days. I will typically blow dry it and finish with a bit of leave-in conditioner. I use supermarket shampoo! Is that my secret? [Laughs.]
Occasionally I'll put coconut oil in my hair when my hair is wet and then wash it again in the morning.
One thing i always use to get rid of spots — in England there's this stuff called Sudocrem, it's a white cream or paste. I think people even use it for nappy rash. But I put it on my spots and it works!
Above: Off-duty face mask, via Joanna's Instagram
I try to drink lots and lots of water for my skin to try and keep it as clear and hydrated as possible. I have started trying to drink more hot water with lemon as well as apparently that is good for your body inside and out. I also try to eat healthily and remind myself to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. I recently fell in love with avocados which are apparently good for skin and hair so have been eating them whenever possible. I also drink lots of tea: lemon and ginger is my new favorite but I love green and mint too.
As for my beauty muses, there are so many beautiful women I could pick as my beauty icons I don't even know where to start... Maybe Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin.
Shop Joanna's Picks in UO Beauty:
We've fallen down the rabbit hole of all things rose-based lately, because with this hot, humid weather, we need all the soothing skin care products that we can get our hands on. Read on for some of our favorite products and to learn all about the magical ways roses can make your skin (and life) a little bit better.
1. Anti-inflammatory: Rose oils are actually very anti-inflammatory, which means that all those rose products you're buying for your face actually help soothe any patches of redness you may have. For example, rose water is an easy, natural way to soothe and soften skin. Using rose water and rose toner is better than using alcohol-based toners because it's not as harsh on the skin and isn't drying. (See? Magic!)
2. Aromatherapy: A rose-infused bath will not only moisturize your skin, but it'll also relax you due to the therapeutic qualities of rose oil. One of our favorite bath soaks currently is this all-natural milk bath from Lola's Apothecary. One of the reasons we love this one so much is because of how goooood it makes us feel after a long, hot day at the beach. Plus, you can totally get romantic with yourself and throw some real rose petals in the tub along with it to make yourself feel extremely elegant and spoiled.
3. Moisturizing: Roses have natural oils in them that moisturize the skin, so any kind of rose-based moisturizer is going to be especially good. One of our favorite moisturizing products that isn't a lotion is the Jurlique Rosewater Mist. It's easy to throw in a purse and spray anywhere, and it's also ridiculously moisturizing. It's our secret weapon for this heat, because we can moisturize without having to completely grease up our already greasy faces with lotion.
4. Scent: Whatever, we love the smell of roses, even if the scent is a little reminiscent of Senior Prom 2003. The nice thing about a lot of rose-based products is that they smell that good naturally, so you can smell delightful without worrying what kind of artificial scents you're rubbing all over your precious skin.
We're excited to welcome Antonym into the UO Beauty lineup, a mineral-based and eco-friendly line founded by the French makeup artist Valerie Giraud and designed in subtly-bold shades that strike that perfect, just-made-up-enough balance. And with a namesake that emphasizes moving away from homogeneity and moving toward people who think outside of the box: it's a movement we can get behind.
We had fun playing around with all the amazing Antonym products, and asking the ladies behind the brand to share what all is in their summer makeup bags.
What sets Antonym apart from other natural beauty lines?
Antonym was founded on strong performance. We set out to create a line of products that uses gentle natural ingredients but still performs as a premium line should. For us this means strong pigments in color and silky textures.
What products are in your makeup bag for summer?
What's in the Antonym starter kit?
What products do you recommend for makeup removal?
I use the Miscellar Cleansing Water from Nuxe or the Melting Cleansing Gel from Nuxe, and follow both with gentle toning lotion. They are very gentle on the skin yet remove makeup perfectly.
Who are some of your beauty muses?
Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn. Both strong, beautiful women.
Can you share any secret-weapon makeup tips?
I have two tips, especially since Antonym products are gentle on the skin:
1. If you use the eyeliner with a small angled brush you can apply a lighter and more define line for daytime.
2. You can use the baked blush as eye shadow and also on the lips with lip conditioner.
For this installment of Local Beauty, we're heading to sunny Southern California to visit three favorite apothecary lines from the golden coast. Below, three behind-the-scenes glimpses inside the studios of Level Naturals, BYRD, and Poppy and Someday.
We're looking to the Pacific Northwest for our latest UO Beauty studio visits, with a trip to two Oregon studios, Wild Rose and Willamina Modern Apothecary, both making natural apothecary products with an eye toward seasonality and locally-minded, high-quality ingredients.
We’re always curious about the daily beauty, hair, and skincare routines of the effortlessly made-up women we know. From concealer to coconut oil, "About A Face" is our insider glimpse into the makeup bags and medicine cabinets of our everyday muses.
With our vast beauty selection continuously expanding, we wanted to take the time to focus on some of the local beauty vendors and companies that are always working hard on making small-batch products with locally sourced and organic ingredients. This week, a few days ahead of their launches at the new UO Herald Square location, we shine a spotlight on two natural beauty brands from Brooklyn, NY, that we can't stop talking about: Goldies and Meow Meow Tweet. We spoke to Sarah Trogdon from Goldies and Tara Pelletier from Meow Meow Tweet to find out a little bit more about each company. —Katie
Lately, we're all about a bright eye for summer. Since most of us don't have the time (or the inclination) to spend hours globbin' on eye makeup while we're simultaneously sweating our butts off, we asked one of our amazing makeup artists to create a wearable look with a fun pop of color and minimal effort. See our process and recommended products below. —Katie
1. Start by using a liner brush to apply the colored eyeshadow of your choosing to just below your lower lashes. We're using a mix of blues here from this bh Cosmetics palette, but any fun shade will work. Make sure to keep the color very close to your lashline - you want a pop of color, not colorful raccoon eyes.
2. To make the color pop even more, you can go even closer to the lashline with a brightly colored eyeliner. We used this Clio Gelspresso liner in "Deep Sea Blue" and "Chic "Navy." Lime Crime also has a liquid eyeliner that comes in some bright colors if you're one of those super talented people who can put on liquid eyeliner without stabbing yourself in the eye.
3. Most of the blue shadows we were using came from the bh Cosmetics Take Brazil eye palette. This is a great, inexpensive option if you're looking to experiment with bolder eye colors.
4. Priming your eye area with concealer will also ensure that the shadow color you choose will stand out against a fully matte background.
5. To give the whole look some extra colorful OOMPH, we layered some bright blue mascara over some regular black mascara. The mascara we used was this bright blue one from TONYMOLY, but Mirabella and NYX also have some good options. (The green Mirabella one in particular is really speaking to me.)
6. Voila, all done! All in all this took about ten minutes to complete and if you're someone who's working your way up to crazier makeup looks, this was subtle enough IRL to wear to the grocery store and not feel like everyone would be staring at you like a monster. Now we're just patiently waiting for the perfect warm day to wear this out.
Nail artist Christina Rinaldi of Prima Creative sat in at our Bing Bang NYC launch party last week and made sure everyone who wanted one received a custom manicure that perfectly matched our newly launched BBxUO jewelry line (think delicate and gold). Since we aren't ready to let our manicures chip away forever just yet, Christina provided us with an easy tutorial, along with some of her favorite tips and tricks. —Katie
Kintsukuroi Manicure Tutorial
Kintsukuroi = "to repair with gold"; the Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.
UO Nail Polish in Optic
White Gold Foil*
Step 1 : Clean, file, buff, base coat.
Step 2 : Paint base color. Keep in mind this look works best with high contrast colors - pick something that’s either drastically light or dark to ensure your foil stands out the most.
Step 3 : Using liquid adhesive, start from one point anywhere on the nail and draw 2 lines extending out from that point. Make the lines thinner at one end to achieve the broken aesthetic. Let dry and apply foil.
Step 4 : Apply your favorite topcoat.**
Step 5 : Admire your Kintsukuroi Nail Art
*Pro Tip : If you do not have foil, you can achieve this look using your favorite gold metallic polish.
**Note : Topcoat will cause foil to shrivel which, in this case, will add to our aesthetic, however it is not recommended for large foiled areas.
I'm originally from the midwest, and have been in Brooklyn for about seven years now. I’ve been painting designs on my nails and friends' nails for as long as I can remember. I became more serious about it when I noticed the popularity my designs were gaining on social media.
My favorite design is anything that has an unexpected element to it, whether it be a beautiful floral with a gold foil handgun or a clean, simple nude nail that has freckles.
The longest I’ve spent on nails was a solid six hours on a very elaborate full set.
My holy grail products are Seche Vite topcoat and RGB cuticle oil. I take both with me everywhere I go.
I’m particularly inspired by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari of Toilet Paper Magazine. Their concepts are fascinating and I truly love they way they make me think.
This summer I'm listening to Kelela, Party Next Door, HU₵₵I, Spooky Black.
My favorite spot to go in the summer is McCarren Park Pool.
From snail extract to adorable packaging, the beauty products we’re coveting the most right now all happen to hail from Korea. We sent makeup artist and photographer Robin Black of Beauty is Boring a bunch of products from TONYMOLY, The Face Shop, Holika Holika and Peripera to play with and report back.
It's fiiinally almost summer which means it's almost time to start packing up and heading to the beach. YES. Aside from eating those amazing Spongebob ice cream pops, we all know the best part of the beach is being able to go home with easy, breezy mermaid hair (even if it does sort of smell like fishy sand). Sadly, we can't all sit on the beach 24/7 to keep up the hair of our dreams, because life is cruel. Luckily for us it's 2014 and beauty companies are now giving us plenty of options to keep our hair lookin' beachified without needing to go to the beach. Read on for our top hair inspiration pictures along with our fave tips and tricks for beachy waves. —Katie
1. For more defined waves, it's necessary to use a curling iron and a whole mess of products to keep your hair looking extra voluminous and tousled. Something like this iron from Not Your Mother's makes it super easy for you to give yourself loose waves. (Like, I am a beauty product infant and even I can do it.) For a natural look, make sure to leave the bottom inch or two of hair out of the curling iron and gently brush out your curls afterward; if you don't, there's a strong chance you'll end up looking like Shirley Temple.
2. To make sure your hair stays voluminous and very "I just rolled out of bed like this" even when it's 5 p.m., it's always a good idea to use a volumizing spray (duh) or one of those wacky plumping powders. The plumping powders can be a little trickier to get the hang of (and they feel sooo weird on your hands), but rubbing a tiny amount into your roots will give your hair a lot of textured volume. It'll look like you spent hours letting your hair whip around in an ocean breeze, when really all you did was sit on your bed and watch Netflix.
3. If you're looking for tousled waves that take almost literally no effort, this Beach Babe Texturizing Spray from Not Your Mother's will be your new best friend. It's supposed to be used on damp hair, but I've found that it works just as well on dry hair (in case you're running out the door), and you don't need a lot of it. If you have super straight hair, spritzing some of this onto dry hair and then using a curling iron before setting with a light hairspray is a good way to help waves last longer.
4. If you want to do everything you possibly can to get beachy hair, this Beach Babe Shampoo (also from Not Your Mother's) has Dead Sea salt mixed right in it, so it gives great volume and texture, even before putting any products in your hair. Anything with salt as a main ingredient will obviously give that perfect beachy look, so using these sprays from Captain Blankenship and Brooklyn Beach on top of the texturizing shampoo will do wonders without having to fry your hair with an iron.
5. If you're not in a rush, another good way to get beachy hair is to spritz on some of the aforementioned sea salt sprays or a texturizing spray and then pop your hair up into a few buns. After sleeping on them overnight, you'll be left with perfectly tousled hair with minimal work. Great for those of us who are not morning people.
With a focus on skincare over cosmetics, a commitment to harnessing both natural ingredients and scientific advancements, and a good dose of imagination, the Korean beauty industry is light-years ahead when it comes to innovative products. We fell hard for cult brand Mizon, whose product range includes such peculiar delights as King to the Kong No. 1 Kings Berry Aqua Step-Up Cream, Ultra Wonder Power Jelly Sun and All in One Snail Repair Cream. To celebrate the launch of Mizon at Urban Outfitters, We called on NYLON Korea beauty editor Lee Bo Mi to give us the 411 on her country's beauty bounty.
Since we’ve finally made it through the winter (the horrible, terrible winter) and have a fresh new batch of nail polishes available, we thought this would be the perfect time to get our nails all done up for Spring. Heading out after work with our favorite polishes in tow, we visited Heritage Nails in Philadelphia where nail artist Hani Na worked her magic on us. See the result of her hard work below, as well as some of our favorite tips and tricks for keeping nails lookin’ gooood. —Katie