It’s About to be LIT: Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo Launches

There’s an inspirational quote that’s been around for years that pops up on Instagram every few weeks, “Don’t Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle”.  This quote is the first thing we thought about when we were first introduced to the latest beauty, the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo. A single-step, aloe-based glitter product designed to highlight show-stopping facial looks that’s also a stunning body glitter. We couldn’t help but think, there’s no one that can stop the amazing sparkle we’ll be rocking with this must-have beauty product on.

The Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo launched in three shades:

Commander in Glitter – a multi-sized holographic silver with a blue silica base
Sergeant Sparkle – a multi-sized rainbow shimmer with a pink silica base
Major Gold – a multi-sized gold glitter with a silica base

Not only does the Glitter Camo look great on your skin, but it’s also great for your skin as well. The multipurpose, water-based glitter is vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, and free from parabens, alcohol, and propylene glycol. You’ll love it because it’s comfortable to wear, dries completely, doesn’t flake, is longlasting, and easy to apply and remove.

Lit Cosmetics at The Makeup Show NYC

While at The Makeup Show NYC, we attended Lit Cosmetics’ Glitterology 101 (the science of glitter) seminar. Hosted by Makeup Artist Amber Blanchard with Founder Jodie Perks, they shared everything you wanted to know about glitter. While there, we picked up a jar of the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo in Sergeant Sparkle. We’ve been waiting for the perfect time to rock it (check out on our Lit Cosmetics post on our @guestlistblog insta page)……we’re excited.

Founded in 2002 by Jodie Perks, Lit Cosmetics is a trusted brand; their products are available in top retailers like Sephora, Bloomingdales, and Beautylish.  Lit products are used by Cirque du Soleil and some of the world’s top makeup artists and celebrities. These include Derrick Rutledge on Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Moss, Sarah Nicole Tanner on Lady Gaga, Vittoriio Masecchai on Ke$ha, and Drag Race’s Trixie Mattel.

Green Beauty Products

Glow Green: 5 Tips To Go Green With Your Beauty Routine

While you might not think about it all that often, your daily beauty routine can have a surprisingly large impact on the environment. Between plastic packaging, artificial ingredients, and wasteful practices, your normal beauty routine might be harming the environment more than you realize. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to shrink your carbon footprint while still looking and feeling great. Ready to go green with your beauty routine?

Green Beauty Products

Be Mindful Of Packaging

Most commercially produced and sold beauty products come in plastic packaging since this allows companies to cut down on costs of production. However, all that plastic has to go somewhere, and while most of it can be recycled, less than 22% of household trash is recycled in the U.S. When shopping for your makeup, skin care products, and more, look for products with reusable packaging. With a bit of effort, it’s even possible to go zero-waste with your routine.

Look At Ingredients Lists

Do you actually know what’s in that moisturizer you’re using? Many beauty products will use artificial ingredients, and some products might contain components that can irritate sensitive skin. Whenever possible, look for organic beauty products to integrate into your routine. The USDA has established an organic certification program that requires all organic foods to meet strict government standards. These standards regulate how such foods are grown, handled, and processed.

Go Cruelty-Free

Almost all companies will test their beauty products before releasing them, however, some choose to test on animals rather than humans. Animal testing is often cruel and inhumane, despite being a common industry practice. To reduce your contributions to animal testing, look for products that are labeled as cruelty-free. This means they avoid animal testing so you can feel good about your purchases.

Pay Attention To Sources

Your products might have organic ingredients and not test on animals, but how far did it have to travel to get to you? Many ingredients are sourced from longer distances before being processed, and then your products need to be shipped to a store before you buy them. All that shipping can add up to a larger carbon footprint than you might expect for a single beauty product. When possible, shop local, and always pay attention to where your makeup’s ingredients are being sourced from.

Do It Yourself

Want to go green with your beauty routine, but worried about how much it might cost you? Try making your own products instead. It’s estimated that by 2024, the global skin care market will reach $180 billion. Instead of spending your hard-earned money on beauty products with harmful environmental consequences, try making your own at home. That way you’ll be able to control exactly what goes into the products you’re using and how much waste is produced in the process.

Most people don’t consider the environmental impact of their regular beauty routine, but your trusted products might have a larger carbon footprint than you expect. Use these tips to keep your routine eco-friendly so you can feel great about the steps you take to look great.

Biggs & Featherbelle plant-based body care products

Biggs & Featherbelle: All-Natural, Plant-Based Body Care

We are not morning people. In fact, we can step into the shower and still be asleep; which is why we welcome invigorating scents to wake us up. Of course when it comes to your skincare, the most important isn’t scent, it’s how great it is for your skin. Luckily with the all-natural, plant-based body care, Biggs & Featherbelle, we get the best of both worlds. Get ready to invigorate your skin and your senses with the range of handmade soaps, bath fizzies, body butter, bath soaks, and body scrubs.

Created by sisters, Kelly and Kasey, Biggs & Featherbelle are made only with pure essential oils and plant-based ingredients. The soaps are handmade the old-fashioned way using cold processing to preserve the natural beneficial properties of the ingredients. We had the wonderful pleasure of trying out a few Biggs & Featherbelle products including the Barbados Sweet Orange & Grapefruit Soap, Bar-garita Key Lime & Sea Salt Soap, Lemon Bar Lemongrass & Shea Butter Soap, Lime & Sea Salt Body Scrub, Soul Kiss Sweet Bergamot lip balm, and Lemon Coconut whipped shea butter.

As soon as we opened the package, our entire apartment was engulfed in the amazing combination of sweet citrus scents. It was like having a scented candle burning. Talk about amazing aromatherapy! Of course, we couldn’t wait to indulge in the products and started with the Barbados Sweet Orange & Grapefruit Soap. This amazing cleansing soap is great for oily skin; it features sweet orange to nourish and balance excess oil, pink grapefruit to tone skin, and olive oil to moisturize.

We’re waiting until we’re done with the Barbados soap to use the other soaps; from what our skin has experienced (no dryness or tightness and it feels supple even before applying a moisturizer), we know we won’t be disappointed.

The Lime & Sea Salt Body Scrub is even more incredible than it sounds. It’s not teeming with oil, so there are no worries about possibly slipping in the shower. Its scent is vividly potent and you’ll love how your skin feels afterward. The multitasking Soul Kiss Sweet Bergamot lip balm is a dream. Not only does it moisturize, but it’s also great for reducing inflammation, soothing chapped and cracked lips, and heals, cools and helps prevent cold sores. We’ve never heard of a non-medical grade lip balm doing that!

Finally, the absolutely heavenly Lemon Coconut whipped shea butter. Raw shea butter is whipped into an almost fluffy, lightweight body butter that regenerates the skin, hydrates dry and damaged skin and hair. The lemon essential oil helps to tone and balance the skin.

We are in love with the all-natural, plant-based products from Biggs & Featherbelle. They have 20 soaps and we’re dying to try them all. Plus you can buy raw shea butter or cocoa butter in bulk.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Biodegradable Glitter, the Newest Product to Save the Planet

Festival season is officially here and it’s time to start gearing up with the freshest looks for the affair. But these events aren’t well-known for their eco-friendly initiatives; in fact, the amount of trash associated with these events have made them hard for environmentalists to swallow. Especially now that plastic straws have been banned in many locations.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Unfortunately, this plastic infiltration is nothing new. At the recent Coachella festival, more than a dozen grape farmers picked up shifts each night collecting pounds upon pounds of plastic cups, wrappers, and trash.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

But the California coastline is used to garbage crowding its shores. Among the 3,400 miles of California coastline, most of it has been cluttered with straws, plastics, and waste for years. Amidst the new laws seeking to banish plastic bags and other single-use plastic products, the makeup industry has been among the most difficult markets to sway.

Enter: biodegradable glitter.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

While many companies have been touting eco-friendly glitter products this year, Today Glitter is the first 100% biodegradable glitter product for festival-goers, DIY crafters, and savvy spenders, alike. This glitter has been integrated into makeup brands, body lotions, and more, with FDA approval to be used on eyes and lips. This makes it one of the best products to use during festival season.

“At Today Glitter, our mission is to enhance the inner beauty of each individual without contaminating our environment,” notes Victor Alvarez, the spokesperson for Today Glitter. “With 100% plastic-free biodegradable glitter, beauty gurus, families, and everyone in between can experience the joys of glitter without risking harm to the planet. It’s our passion to give fans useful and creative alternatives to live a sparkly life without the waste.”

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Best of all? This glitter degrades in fewer than 30 days. While it means you can’t stock up on your favorite products, it ensures that traditional glitter made from small pieces of plastic stay out of the environment.

These microplastics are terrible for the environment. Anything from plankton to fish to birds regularly ingests these plastics which contributes to bioaccumulation throughout the ecosystem. They can take up to 200 years to photodegrade in the environment where they break into smaller plastic particles before they’re finally gone. Scientists have been calling on a ban for glitter for years. It was thanks to their efforts that microbead exfoliants were banned back in 2015.

These biodegradable glitters are also much more comfortable to wear with some reports claiming that they’re up to 40% silkier than traditional glitter. Starting at $10, this affordable option will hopefully push plastics out of the beauty realm for good. This festival season, invest in eco-friendly products.

Why Should You Attend The Makeup Show NYC On May 5th & 6th?

First of all, if you love beauty you definitely should but there are several other reasons to attend The Makeup Show NYC. For starters, The Makeup Show is the largest pro beauty event in the world! The two-day beauty experience introduces beauty lovers to both indie brands and pro-favorites. Over 120 beauty brands will be showing their products. As an attendee, you will be among the first to see these beauty brands launch their new products. You will witness pro-artists setting new beauty trends, and so much more.

Want to know more about the beauty industry from the Pros? The Makeup Show NYC will have 8 stages of hands-on beauty education and workshops. These workshops will feature strong women in the beauty industry, including Tabatha Coffey, Natasha Denona, Erin Parsons, Danessa Myricks, and more. Get the inside scoop on bridal beauty, makeup for photography, color correction and theory, complexion and skincare, etc. Check out a peak of a part of the show’s layout and some of the brands:

For the first time, ever The Makeup Show welcomes an International Stage where makeup professionals from all over the world are featured. These global artists include Vanessa Davis, Mia Connor, Einat Dan, Darya Kholodnykh, Isabelle De Vries, Lorcan Jude Devaney, Pepe Gutierrez, Daniel Takahashi, Bastian Russ, and Ederson Oliveira.

If editorials and beauty shots are your weakness, you’ll love the Art Gallery with Photographer Matthew Jordan Smith. Along with his work with Revlon and HBO, Matthew has shot many major celebrities; some of these celebrities include Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, and Angela Bassett. He’s also published three books, one of which you can see above.

Last but certainly not least, beauty brands and local makeup artists come together to present the NYC Nights Fashion Show. To celebrate the iconic New York nightlife, The Makeup Show NYC presents a cocktail event with a fashion presentation. The fashion show will take place on Sunday, May 5th, 6:00pm-7:30pm on the 5th Floor in the Main Stage area.

The Makeup Show NYC will be held Sunday, May 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday, May 6, from
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 W. 18th Street. Get a complete list schedule of events and scheduled and your tickets to the world’s largest beauty event today.

These Unconventional Acne Treatments Could Clear Up Your Skin

Whether you’re a teenager or you’re in your mid-30s, there’s no doubt that acne can put a real damper on things. In fact, 96% of people with acne have reported feeling depressed due to their skin issues. And while there are plenty of topical treatments on the market, many of the most common over-the-counter and prescription remedies may fail to do the trick. So if nothing you’ve tried has worked and you’re feeling discouraged, you may want to check out one of these lesser-known acne treatments to see whether it might clear things up.

Light Therapy

Many acne sufferers have to be careful about their sun exposure. Although more than two-thirds of U.S. adults believe that the sun can’t damage their skin when they’re inside, people with acne tend to know better. Even though there’s a misconception that tanning can hide acne and acne scars, that practice can actually make acne worse. As a result, many people with skin issues stay out of the sun or slather on the non-comedogenic sunscreen when they know they’ll be outdoors.

But there is one light source that could actually help people with acne. Homeowners have embraced LED light in recent years, as LEDs use only 15% of the energy used by standard halogen bulbs but provide up to 85% more light output. But LED light is also becoming a popular way to treat acne. Phototherapy, or light therapy, is sometimes used by dermatologists to target and treat acne. Experts will use blue light to fight acne-causing bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation, combat redness, and heal the skin. If you’re not keen to undergo this treatment in a medical setting, you could also try Neutrogena’s light therapy mask, which uses the same technology to treat acne (albeit on a slightly less powerful scale). Dermatologists caution that you might not experience the same results with the mask as you would with phototherapy sessions and that these treatments work best if utilized in conjunction with other treatments (like topical gels). It’s also important to be patient when trying out any new form of acne treatment, as it could take up to three months to see effective results. But if you want a more affordable way to try out light therapy, this might be an option.

CBD Oil

It seems like CBD products are popping up everywhere and are being lauded as a cure-all for any number of conditions — particularly anxiety. But evidently, CBD oil might calm your nerves and calm your skin. It’s thought that CBD oil has an effect on how the body produces sebum (the oily substance that, when combined with dead skin cells and dirt, is often blamed for acne development). And since CBD oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, it makes a lot of sense that it could make a viable acne treatment.

One 2014 study found that CBD prevented sebocytes, the cells that create sebum, from creating too much of this oily material. What’s more, CBD oil triggered anti-inflammatory reactions in cells and kept cytokines (an inflammatory component blamed for triggering acne) from activating. A review conducted in 2016 involving the cannabis plant focused on its antifungal and antibacterial properties, which further points to the idea that products derived from cannabis could reduce infections caused by pollutants and harmful bacteria on the skin.

Ultimately, there have been too few studies of the effects of CBD oil on the skin to reach a definitive determination as to its effectiveness, but many acne sufferers have reported positive effects after using it. You can apply CBD oil directly to the skin, though it’s essential to use what’s known as a carrier oil with it to ensure safe usage. Olive oil, coconut oil, and argan oil are all examples of carrier oils that can be mixed with CBD oil and applied to the skin. Others may find that taking CBD orally may improve acne. If you do decide to use CBD for acne, you should ensure that the distributor has conducted third-party testing to confirm the content of the CBD and that no other compounds are used (like THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis).

Vitamin-Infused Serum

So what if you’re able to clear up your acne but are still dealing with the scars left behind? Although there are some invasive dermatology treatments that can help, other former acne sufferers want to go a more soothing route. Face oils have been catching on for a while, and there’s a new vitamin oil that’s become extremely popular with those hoping to fade their acne scars — so much so that the company that makes it has had to limit how many bottles each customer can order.

Slurp Niacid

The serum in question, made by a Korean skincare brand called Slurp, has been flying off the internet shelves and has been applauded as a miracle cure for stubborn acne scars. Niacid, their clear-colored formulated with vitamin B3 and tranexamic acid, is said to “cure inflammatory trauma” and actually raise the indentations in the skin caused by acne. It also regulates sebum production, exfoliates the skin to prompt new growth, and minimizes pores. Despite the fact that the product is currently on pre-order, the reviews look promising. It’s recommended that users apply only three to five drops to the skin after cleansing and use a gentle pressing technique to evenly distribute the product. The makers note that it’s essential for users to wear SPF 50 sunscreen (or higher) to protect their skin in the sun, as the serum does contain acid. It, therefore, might not be the best choice for those with sensitive skin, but it may give hope to those who still aren’t pleased with their appearance due to the lingering after-effects of acne.

These unconventional acne treatments may work well for acne sufferers who want to avoid invasive treatments or who have not experienced success with other methods. But ultimately, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a dermatologist to tackle the root causes of your acne before trying out a bunch of different methods.

Micro-Concealing Must: Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer

Nowadays, it is imperative to save money wherever you can, so products that multitask are a godsend. Your moisturizer should do more than just moisturize; your cleanser should do more than just cleanse, and your concealer should definitely do more than just conceal. Thankfully, there is a multi-usage concealer that corrects, conceals, and brightens your skin, Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer.

The Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix correcting concealer and highlighter fuses skincare with color science. This all over face pen evens out and brightens the skin instantly and over time, while weightlessly veiling areas of concern with amazing buildable coverage and light-infused pigments. You will love the instantly brightened, hydrated, and soothed skin. Other benefits include superior, an HD quality finish, and it lets your skin breath. Plus, it is also oil-free and water-based, which helps to improve your skin’s natural properties.

The Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix is available in 30 shades in five color groups – light, medium, porcelain, tan, and deep. Each color group comes in three undertones – pink, neutral, and gold. Since we have more of an orange undertone, the 5N was perfect as it has undertones of pink and gold. The Gold correctors are perfect for sallow/olive/yellow undertone complexions and purple/brown dark circles. Pink correctors are perfect for redness/sensitive prone skin and pinkie/blue dark circles.

“Complexion Fix is the original micro-concealer star,” said Sébastien Tardif, Co-founder, and CEO of Veil Cosmetics. “I launched Veil Cosmetics in 2012 with Complexion Fix, using it as a micro-concealer to reveal great skin. The resulting fresh glow is why I called the brand Veil. It’s all about our superior texture that makes micro-concealing with Complexion Fix so effective.”

So say goodbye to dark circles, and hello to a smoother skin surface, and an instant brightening effect. We’ve been using it for a week now and this micro-concealer has wonderfully covered all our late night sins. We look forward to the other benefits we’ll experience, the longer we use it. You’ll be happy to know that Veil Cosmetics products are not only great, but they are also vegan and cruelty-free. For additional information, visit www.veilcosmetics.com.

Time To Glow Up: Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils

We know Summer is months away but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sensual, glowing summer skin now. You don’t have to wait for the warm summer months to show off sun-kissed skin. You don’t have to go away to somewhere tropical either. With the new range of Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils, your skin can look summer-ready, right now. In Brazil, glowing skin is a year-round obsession, and Sol de Janeiro wants you to join in on this infatuation now. These oils come in an easy-glowing pump for perfect, no-mess application. You’re left with deliciously scented glowing skin, every day!

The skin-softening and hydrating glow oils, were originally available Copacabana Bronze (a warm bronze tint) and Rio Sunset (a translucent champagne shimmer); now they are also available in three special edition Summer 2019 shades: Samba Sway, Goldie Rocks and Master Flash! The best part? These limited edition shades smell incredibly delicious and you can mix them all for even more glow shades and effects.

There are many things o love about the Sol de Janeiro GlowMotions Glow Oils. It’s hydrating and leaves your skin feeling soft to touch. It’s non-sticky, super blendable, and transfer-resistant (your clothing is safe). The five unique shades is complimentary to a range of skin-tones and glow moods and it boasts the Brazilian Beauty Blend of Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí Oil, and Coconut Oil. We are obsessed with the Samba Sway, it smells heavenly, and gives our orange undertone a lovely rose gold-ish shimmer. Get to know the three limited edition summer shades below:

Samba Sway (Natural Sun-kissed Glow) – A natural for all skin tones, this luscious, illuminating light creates a soft, sun-kissed glow. No one will be able to resist this irresistible glow. It evens out skin tones and red undertones, too.

Goldie Rocks (Pop Icon Golden Glow) – A rock starry light shimmer that transforms into pop icon glow that’s amazing on all. Flecked with scintillating light for a golden-luscious sheen and skin-lit effect.

Master Flash (Hip Hot Kaleidoscope Glow) – This hip hot illuminator spins a see-and-be-scene glow with strobes of light and flashes of color for high-volume funk.

Get all five shades for $35.00 each on www.soldejaneiro.com.