I’m a big fan of the highlighter/illuminator category of cosmetics, as you may have noticed way back in this post. Both of these new kids are from well known clean beauty brands and are gluten free. One is vegan. They are quite different from one another, and different from any other highlighter I’ve tried as well. I think they will both work on a variety of skin tones, though to different effect.
One of my favorite uses for a highlighter is to press it gently into my un-mascaraed lashes and all around the eyes, close to the lash line. On its own it makes me feel polished and standard workday appropriate, adding brightness to the eyes and making me look awake, even when that’s barely true.
Kjaer Weis Radiance: This is my first Kjaer Weis product. I’ve been wanting to try the brand for a long time (I drool for the packaging alone), but the presence of carmine in the cheek and lip colors held me back. The highlighter does have beeswax, but is otherwise vegan. When I heard that there was a new highlighter on the market with a little lavender to it, I knew I had to have it. Radiance is very creamy and feels nice on the skin, and that pearly beige and lavender undertone is really unique. It is the most shimmery highlighter I own, and that makes it more of an evening or special day treat for me. But it is gorgeous and a worthwhile purchase. ($56)
La Bella Figura Brazilian Denise: This is part of LBF’s new “more than makeup” line, and is versatile addition to a brand I already love. It is more gold than the other highlighters I’ve tried, so if you desire that warm honey look, I highly recommend it. It also stays on the best of any highlighter I’ve used, with its drier texture, and remained nearly unchanged at the end of the day. It does have what I would consider a strong scent, from the flower wax that keeps it vegan, so be aware of that if you are sensitive. Keep in mind, I’m practically the scent police – most people probably wouldn’t think much of it. ($38)
Have you tried these? How do you use a highlighter?
Who is psyched for the Labor Day weekend? What do you have planned? Do you savor the last bits of summer with an epic garden party or close out the beach season on the shore? Maybe you just take the holiday to relax quietly and get a little organized, making way for the seasonal shift in your life. Whatever you do, don’t miss this hot hot hot Labor Day sale from La Bella Figura!
La Bella Figura is giving No More Dirty Looks readers 20% off all orders over $75 and $4 holiday shipping on U.S. orders. Just enter the code NMDLLDS at check out! This exclusive offer ends Monday at 6pm CST. Run and get your favs or something new.
You know, it’s kinda crazy how much we love La Bella Figura products. If you haven’t tried this line before, we suggest you read our reviews of their new makeup line, the Barbary Fig Seed Oil and Bio-Active Healing Mask, the Decouverte Eye Serum, or the Modern Radiance Treatment. P.S. Do NOT miss everyone’s favorite, the Travel Therapy. Blue tansy, Italian blood orange, and rose delight in this blend.
What’s going in your shopping cart? And what are you doing for the holiday? Tell us everything!
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!
We’re just a lucky bunch of blog readers to get a glimpse inside the beauty mind of La Bella Figura co-founder Victoria Fantauzzi. We’ve raved about LBF’s products before and if you’ve tried them yourself, you know that they’re all winners. Victoria is also a co-founder of A Night For Green Beauty (she’s leading the organizing charge with her team, Goodebox, Pressed Juicery and The Chalkboard Mag!), and we’re so excited to celebrate with her come August 7 in LA (you’ll be there too, right?). But to tide us over, here’s her nighttime skin, hair and makeup routine (including a peek at LBF’s new makeup line!)—exposed!
I’m going to be really honest here, these days I’ll would much rather take a nice bath over going out on a Saturday night any time! Alone time, good music and a bath is pure heaven for me. I play a little bossanova or old school jazz and light a gorgeous candle. My favorite is called Yucatan Peninsula by Coqui Coqui and it really sets the mood for relaxation and indulging. I like to infuse my bath water with essential oils or if I’m really needing it some scented bath salts. I then saturate my hair with a DIY mix of coconut vinegar, rose water, a dash of baking soda and hibiscus tea and put it in a bun. My hair, I recently found out is thin and prone to limping much faster these days so a little baking soda boost for volume is much needed plus it cleanses well so I don’t need to wash everyday. I love using Strange Invisible Body Wash in Frankincense and Coriander or Sage and Rose. It’s not too sudsy, feels silky and smells delicious. I also love Osmia Organic soap bars. They lather so well are not drying and smell amazing. My favorite is the Juniper Shea Soap, but you pretty much can’t go wrong with Osmia. Once in a while I scrub down with a Turkish washcloth and Odacite’s Jasmine and Mimosa Body Scrub or May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt. They both smell so good and are gentle enough on my skin.
I rinse my hair outside of the bath in my sink with fresh cool water then wash my hair with either John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructing Shampoo, which is so rich and good for dry hair or my most favorite, International Orange Restore Hair Wash, it’s from a Spa in San Francisco. I’ve been using their hair products for years and used to buy it from Vert, but when they closed just ordered online. After I wash my hair, I condition with John Masters Organics Rose and Apricot Hair Milk (which I do rinse out although you don’t need to) or Broo IPA conditioner, it has beer in it and it makes hair shine like crazy!
Out of the bath… the first thing I do outside of the tub is moisturize my entire body with our Skin Aficionado Body Oil or during cold winters I’ll use a little coconut oil on my legs and feet while I heat up socks in the microwave so they are well conditioned and warm me up. Then I detangle my hair with another DIY spray of coconut water, rose, neroli and lavender waters with a few drops of Bohemia Verde. I use a comb to detangle and leave my hair to air dry. I hardly ever use a blowdryer. I then cleanse my face with either our Gentle Enzyme Cleanser or raw manuka honey and use night treatments on my skin, a little LBF eye serum and done. If it really is a Saturday night and I’m alone I’ll have a glass of cava and a bit of Vosges Matcha Green Tea and Spirulina Dark Chocolate (superfood chocolate that is amazing and good for you) while reading through the latest fashion magazines otherwise I brew a cup of my favorite Kusmi tea and eat fruit. I have a theory that eating antioxidant rich fruit at night makes your skin look glow in the am. Anyone else do this?
While my hair is drying and I’m drinking tea or wine, I apply another DIY blend of barbary fig seed oil, organic olive and lavender oils to my naked eyebrows and eyelashes for nourishment. I think its important to nourish your eyelashes and brows so they don’t fall out so easily. You can use a cleaned out mascara tube for this. I like to text a few friends or my Mom and sisters funny messages before the day is done. I’m very anxiety filled about death so I make sure to tell the people I love that I love them as often as I can just in case. Then when my hair is finally dry and I’m ready to fall sleep I apply a little perfume on. I really love Aftelier’s Tango and Wildflowers perfumes, Lurk’s RSW005 is another incredible scent and of course the one I created myself called Buenos Aires which is smoky with a hint of mate, roses and violet leaf. This routine puts me to bed instantly.
Nighttime Makeup Routine
When I was little my favorite thing in the world was to watch my Mom get dressed for a night out. She would lay her outfit on her bed and pick her shade of pantyhose (remember pantyhose?) and then decide what color nail polish and makeup she was going to wear. It was the 70’s and everyone was into glamour big time and liked overdone makeup, but my Mom was just so chic with how she applied her products. I just couldn’t wait to grow up and do my makeup at night. I have a lot of fun with evening makeup much more than daytime because I don’t wear much other than mascara, blush, concealer and eyebrow powder. (I have unusually light eyebrows that don’t match my naturally dark hair, so do my sisters. It’s weird.)
Right now since it’s summer I like to show off happy, clear skin and focus on my big brown eyes. I like a tinted moisturizer with a little concealer. I mix up my own tinted moisturizer with a few different colors and an organic moisturizer cream made for babies. I really like the concealer by Studio 78 Paris, it isn’t too chalky, waxy or creamy.
I tend to choose a lot of earth tones like biege and browns for eye color, but at night I go violet or all out with a sultry, smoky eye. I’ve really been loving Studio 78 Paris Tea Time or Mulberry by Modern Minerals. I also like to apply our Brazilian Denise Golden Highlighter right over for a modern disco look. There is just something about violet and gold that looks so good together, especially if you have dark skin and brown eyes.
I’ve also been playing around with our Damn Elvia Eye Shadow which is a silver-black metallic with a bit of violet and looks spectacular as a smoky eye. Very soft and chic and not so raccoon-like for me. I always looked like a crazy raccoon with smoky eyes when I had them professionally done and I’ve never been good with doing my own, but I’m learning. Less is more and using fingers is a great tip and q-tips for underneath your bottom lashline is another good trick.
I’ve also been curling my eyelashes I try not to poke my eyeballs out, but I do notice my eyes look spectacular with thick curled lashes. I really like the Kjaer Weis mascara. It smells amazing, holds well and doesn’t flake and I use it all the time, but if I’m being completely truthful my favorite mascara is not a clean one at all. I don’t use it anymore, but I really do miss it.
If I wear dark smoky eyes I like a toned down look for my blush. Mimosa by Modern Minerals or the gorgeous Demure by RMS are both so pretty. If I wear a violet eye I like our Just Jenna Creme Blush because it’s fun and orchid hued without looking harsh then I apply a little Brazilian Denise highlighter to the top of my cheekbones, forehead and inside my eyes. Suddenly I have magic cheekbones, which is a big deal for me since I have really round cheeks. Then I use a little balm and just a touch of nude lip color and done.
Another Monday, another Deluxe Beauty Box from Goodebox and A Night for Green Beauty! We wanted you to be some of the first to get the deets on the next round of amazingness from some of the #ANFGB participating brands. The boxes go on sale at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET so sign up NOW to receive notice and get on the list to snag one for yourself!
The box features six full-size products from natural beauty brands that are participating in A Night For Green Beauty (August 7 in LA! Be there!). The third box in a series of four, these products are worth more than $350—and you can snag them for only $110 (includes shipping + handling). And, just like with boxes 1 + 2, #ANFGB and Goodebox are donating all the proceeds to Baby2Baby. Kind of the best of all worlds, right?
So, what magical products grace this box? Let us tell you:
- La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate
- Osmia Organics’ Black Clay Facial Soap
- Beautycounter’s Lustro Face Oil 2
- Strange Invisibles Body Wash
- Indie Lee’s Calendula Eye Balm
- S.W. Basics’ Exfoliant
Don’t forget to take photos of your Deluxe Beauty Box and tag #ANFGB, #Baby2Baby, or #Goodebox. A few lucky lovelies will be selected as winners in upcoming contests to celebrate #ANFGB. And, don’t give this too much thought—the second Deluxe Beauty Box sold out in 19 minutes! Make sure you don’t miss out on this awesome offer.
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