Coup of all coups, La Bella Figura has formulated a small makeup collection with ingredient lists that read like high performing skincare products. We’ve all been hip to makeup that multitasks like BB creams and blushes, and it’s not uncommon to see some stellar botanical ingredients in some of our favorites. But what if makeup was truly made to nourish as much as adorn? Like, nourish in the same way that your night cream or treatment serums do? Look no further, ladies. The ingredients in LBF’s new collection tell the story.

La Bella Figura designed their 100% vegan and gluten free More Than Makeup collection on the premise that getting gussied up doesn’t have to be a surface-level endeavor. Each piece in the collection is naturally enhanced with vitamins, minerals, omegas, and breathable waxes. Ingredients include some of the most antioxidant-rich, glow-inducing botanicals around, like Acai, Kakadu Plum, and Rooibos extracts. A blend of hydrating butters and oils (hello again, wondrous Barbary Fig seed oil) allow the makeup to spread and melt into the skin for a dewy affect, while rose flower wax keeps the formulas petal-soft and ethereal. The highlighter even contains arnica and watermelon seed oil. Bonus: it’s also free from some ingredients we frequently see in clean cosmetics that can be troublesome for some skin types, like coconut oil and beeswax. Are you getting the picture? This isn’t just makeup!

Let’s get real, though, because if we want to wear it like makeup, it needs to work as such.  Here are my thoughts on two items from the collection that I’ve dubbed my “cheeks for days” look thanks to the fresh-faced effect of the duo.

Radiant Crème Blush – Just Jenna: Described as an orchid pink hue, this color leaves the most natural flush on my cheeks—not too purple or pink, just fresh. The blend is emollient, almost like a balm, but never waxy or too shiny. It applies sheer but builds for more intense color without becoming heavy on the skin. In fact, this blush is really hard to screw up thanks to how easily it blends into skin. With its gorgeous color and texture, I am 100% in love with Just Jenna and carry it everywhere for touch ups throughout the day. Touch ups are necessary, but I love reapplying something so effortless and nourishing to my cheeks.  I also dab Just Jenna on my lips, which brings them to life instantly, again without looking too made-up.

Golden Corrective Highlighter – Brazilian Denise: The effect of this highlighter is so subtle yet transformative. Of all the highlighters I’ve tried, the Brazilian Denise gives the most lit-from-within glow, like a softening halo for the face. Highlighters have not played much of a role in my makeup routine until now because the colors I’ve tried are usually too obvious or shimmery and shiny, which makes me feel more glaring than glam. To be honest, the first time I applied Brazilian Denise, I almost couldn’t see it. Then I stepped back and compared my highlighted cheek with the un-highlighted cheek, and I finally realized what this highlighting business is all about. Like the Just Jenna blush, Brazilian Denise feels gorgeous going on and blends seamlessly with whatever it sits atop. I swipe it over my blush and dab it around my orbital area. I also love to use it on bare eyelids, which really enlivens the eyes.

La Bella Figura’s Radiant Crème Blush and Golden Corrective Highlighter are super portable and go from day to night without a hitch. The formulas are gentle, nutrient-dense, and elegant. The colors are made to work on any skin tone and go from sheer to bold with ease. Never fussy, always fun. There’s one more thing that makes the LBF More Than Makeup collection stand out. Each compact has a light fragrance that’s fresh and subtle — a bit powdery, floral, and green. Maybe I smell the rose flower wax, and maybe a little of the lavender extract. I love that I’m creating olfactory memories with every application. The scent is already familiar and comforting, like a favorite scarf or the scent of your best friend’s hair when you hug.

Have you tried something from the More Than Makeup collection? Do you plan to? We’re featuring La Bella Figura in a special deal this Friday!

IMG_3179This is going to be a great makeup season for me, and all you lovelies that dig on orange and purple.  Even if you don’t think they are for you, give something a shot.  Two of my fave super clean companies are at the forefront of this color extravaganza.

These are not the drugstore makeup colors of my 70s childhood.  They are fresh and hip, and will make you feel that way, too.

top to bottom: Curious, Royal, Perfect Day, Around the World

top to bottom: Curious, Royal, Perfect Day, Around the World

RMS Beauty:  The “wearable brights” are now available from their website, but I was so intrigued I nabbed them up in the preview launch on net-a-porter.  Curious (lip2cheek) is a very buildable orange, so you can go subtle or all out as desired.  It has a very slight shimmer to it, but wears like a semi-matte when applied lightly.  The lip2cheek designation is a true one for me.  It is a fresh alternative to pink.  Royal (lip shine) is a purple with a pink base, maybe not quite as much shine as some of the other lip shine shades (a good thing in my book).  It has more shimmer than I was expecting or desired, but I still think I can carry it off.  If you like shimmer, this is the one to go for.  I can see this as a good one to layer on top of your other favorite lip colors.

Ilia Beauty:  Ilia lipsticks are buildable and have my favorite semi-matte finish.  These colors are less obvious versions of orange and purple on me – more of a suggestion, really.  Perfect Day is advertised as a toned down coral red, but I feel its orangey tones.  This is a great one if you don’t want take the full orange leap (if you do, try Ilia’s Voila).  I actually had to rescue it from my pretty-but-not-me bag that I take to parties to share with friends.  On a blah day I dug it out and added it to my small collection of colors that travelled with me on a recent trip.  When I got up at 3am to make a 6am flight, I blearily dabbed on some Perfect Day, and it brightened my attitude.  Around The World (exclusive to net-a-porter) is described as rose with a bold lavender undertone.  For me, it works as a more summery version of Ink Pot, a personal favorite (and the one to try if you are going full purple jacket).

These colors are taking me seamlessly from summer into fall.  Will you be working orange and purple into your transition?

Do you remember when Siobhan introduced us to Skincando back in the early days? Skincando remains a player in our world of clean skincare companies we love, and we’re happy to put them back in the spotlight with a special Friday Deal. Here’s the deal:

Skincando is offering 20% off and free shipping through Wednesday, August 27th. No code necessary, just shop and go!

You know it’s time to do a Friday Deal when the moment you mention a company Alexandra starts gushing about how their balm is a daily staple. We asked her to share what makes Skincando the jam.

So, I’ve been meaning to write a review of the Combat Balm for several months. But because the deal is happening RIGHT NOW, I’m going to try to summarize my love for this product. I’m on my third jar and I use it diligently every single day. I am a balm fanatic, as some of you know: There was a time when I would have squandered all my savings on Tammy Fender’s balm, and I will happily use a quality lip balm right on my face. This though, has been my one and only, and my hands-down favorite. It goes on a little thick (which I like) and leaves skin looking dewy NOT greasy. I mix it with my foundation for the most glorious, photoshopped-face effects. Everything about this balm makes me happy, even the fact that it contains fish oil (sorry, to the strict vegan crew) because I’m pretty sure that’s why it nourishes my skin in a way I’ve never experienced. Don’t be confused by the tough-guy, swiss-army knife packaging! (I was—and had a sample that sat for some time in my cupboard before I tried it.) This is a sophisticated clean product at a super fair price—and a downright DEAL today. Happy balming! - Alexandra

Got it? Get it. Also, watch this lovely video about Skincando over on the American Made site. We love seeing artisans at their craft.

Have you tried Skincando? Tell us what you think!

 

Sometimes our best intentions can complicate life. (Of course I want to get up early, but I also want to stay up late! And I’ve been trying to find the time to make this loaf of bread for weeks, but… sheesh. You can relate, I’m sure.) One of our readers, Susannah, wrote to us about this very subject — bumping into logistical challenges in pursuit of health goals — and we aim to help her figure this out. We’re recruiting you, too. Here’s the challenge:

Please help! I have just started a new exercise program and aim to attend every weekday – the only downfall is I am a SWEATY SWEATY girl and all this health and fitness is ruining my hairdo. I have long, thickthickthick curly hair and I used to wash only 1-2 times a week. Now I am either forced to wash daily or wear a sweaty bun all day. I cannot forgo washing and just rinse either because I air dry my hair and that can take all night long. Dry shampoo only takes me so far because I literally have to blow dry the sweat from my hair beforehand, and I can’t really comb the dry shampoo through either because then I am left with a frizzy, yucky mess. Am I alone in this or are there other sweaty girls out there trying to get fit and have nice hair at the same time? 

What’s a lady to do? We know some of you must have already found the ideal strategy for this lifestyle conundrum. Help a sister out!


Have you tried any skincare products from KYPRIS? This newish natural line has been on our radar, and we’re giving you a chance to be one of the first to try it out. As a line, KYPRIS has been sold for the past two years to the natural medicine market. Just this month after updating their gorgeous packaging, they launched into their first apothecary with BeauTeaBar. (If you haven’t ordered from BeauTeaBar yet, you’ll be delighted with your experience. Promise.)

With ingredients that are 100% natural and nature-derived from plants that are wildcrafted or organic, KYPRIS boasts some serious phytonutrient power. Sustainability is core to their mission, too, and they source ingredients accordingly. For example, the rose oil in the 1,000 Roses elixir is from biodynamically grown roses on an organic certified farm in Bulgaria whose owner works with the United Nations to transition Afghani poppy fields to roses. We have major love for this kind of thinking.

Another aspect of KYRPIS’ sustainability is how they talk about beauty. Says KYPRIS founder Chase Polan, “We don’t talk about or try to sell anyone on the concept of ‘anti aging.’ As a brand, our position is that aging is a privilege and has little to do with what you look like or feel like. So our attentions are more acutely focused on how we can best nourish our patrons’ skin and experience of themselves.” Can I get an amen to that?

To celebrate the launch of KYPRIS at BeauTeaBar, we’re offering one reader the chance to win the KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I – 1,000 Roses!

KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I – 1,000 Roses is full of natural actives that repair signs of environmental damage to deliver a healthy, dewy complexion. The only US-made CoQ10, Vitamin C Ester, a plethora of botanical extracts, and the essential oil of more than 1,000 organic Bulgarian roses are just a few of the ingredients that work to rejuvenate dull, tired skin. The experience doesn’t stop there… the aromatherapeutic benefits of this elixir open the heart chakra and promoting feelings of self-love. Roses forever!

The details: From now until midnight on Friday (like when the clock changes from Thursday to Friday) you can enter to win. You have a few options for how to enter, but the more you complete, the more chances you have to win: follow BeauTeaBar, KYPRIS, or No More Dirty Looks on Twitter, like BeauTeaBar, KYPRIS, or No More Dirty Looks on Facebook, or tweet about it. You’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win the KYRPIS Beauty Elixir I from BeauTeaBar. You’ve got less than 48 hours so get on it! We’ll announce the winner on Friday, August 22.

U.S and Canada residents only.

And the winner is… Kali Langevin! Congrats lady!

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