Petra Strand‘s makeup line Pixi has been around for years. She opened her first Pixi boutique in London’s SoHo neighborhood about 10 years ago but it wasn’t until last year that most us were introduced when the line hit Target last September.
The first time I set my eyes on Pixi, I lost my mind…I wanted it all. Pixi is all about quick-fix products that also deliver real results.
Um, where do I sign up?!
Let me tell you about a few of my favorite Pixi products. (more…)
When makeup is in your blood, you have no choice but to start your own line. That’s exactly what Sara Strand did. With big sister Petra Strand in the business as a makeup artist and creator of the Pixi line (more on that later), Sara Strand went out and created Pop Beauty. It’s clear that the line is all about having fun with makeup but at the same time delivering results. From the packaging down to the products themselves, Pop will put the fun back into your makeup bag.
Here are a few of my personal picks from Pop:
Fall is all about the defined eye and their Cat Eye eyeliner is a great way to get that well defined, come hither cat eye look. The eyeliner is shaped so that application is as easy as pie. The square tip helps you draw a line with just the right amount of thickness so you won’t have a line that is too thick and creeping into your crease. The square tip is also helpful because all you need to do is gently flick your wrist to get the wing done right. Plus the formula just glides on the eye… it does not get much easier than this.
I love the Cat Eye shades as well, they are gorgeous. I picked up Black Dahlia first, it’s a rich plum-brown shade, and loved it so much I went back for Black Olive as well, a brown with a hint of green to it. Of course it also comes in a standard black named Black Onyx. (more…)
Inspired by the tropical richness of Bali, Juara features island botanicals historically used in Indonesia for beautiful skin. All of Juara’s targeted products and treatments–like their bestselling Candlenut Hand and Body Balm–contain natural ingredients that will make you feel like a goddess! Here are a few personal picks:
Rice Facial Cleanser: this rich and concentrated cleanser is gets the job done and works for all skin types. You only need a dollop and it leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean, all without that stripped, tight feeling. Juara’s Rice Facial Cleanser is also completely gentle; it doesn’t irritate skin, has the most amazing gentle smell and softens skin with rice starch. The rice starch in this product actually evokes an Indonesian tradition of rinsing skin with rice water. Start a skincare tradition of your own with this product and keep it going with the Rice Facial Scrub. (more…)
The perfect marriage of organics and science, Jurlique is one of those lines that beauty editors absolutely flip their lids for. The brand is très glamorous–unlike a lot of the natural products you’ll find in eco-marts and in the “green” aisle of stores–but the products actually work, too. When I think of Jurlique, I have visions of a farm with acres and acres of lavender for as far as the eye can see. The world is clean, the sky is blue, and (this being Jurlique-land) everybody has gorgeous skin!