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Certified Organic Antonym Cosmetics Launches at Sephora

Two years ago we introduced you to Antonym Cosmetics in our Vive La France: What’s New in French Beauty and Cosmetics feature. This stunningly packaged French beauty brand, known for their famed Certified Organic Baked Blush, is an all natural, organic, and EcoCert certified line of cosmetics that is also highly pigmented. Antonym Cosmetics was founded in 2010 and launched in the US in 2013 by French makeup artist Valerie Giraud who says “Your skin deserves clean ingredients, it just shouldn’t be at the expense of the looks you love”.

The incredible packaging and brushes of Antonym Cosmetics are made of sustainable materials, the chic and sophisticated compacts and brushes and made with bamboo. Most of the collection, sixteen beauty products to be exact, are available now at Sephora, including the newly launched Certified Organic Highlighting Blush Cheek Crush, with more of the makeup line, and more shades of the Organic Baked Blush, becoming available at the beauty mecca next month. The following Antonym Cosmetics products are all available now at Sephora and on www.sephora.com includes:

  1. Organic Baked Blush in Peach
  2. Organic Baked Blush in Rose
  3. Organic Baked Blush in Copper
  4. Organic Highlighter in Endless Summer
  5. Organic Cheek Crush Highlighting Blush
  6. Organic Baked Foundation in Fair
  7. Organic Baked Foundation in Light
  8. Organic Baked Foundation in Medium/Beige
  9. Organic Baked Foundation in Nude
  10. Organic Baked Foundation in Medium/Dark
  11. Organic Baked Foundation in Dark
  12. Certified Organic Quattro Eyeshadow in Croisette
  13. Certified Organic Quattro Eyeshadow in Noisette
  14. Certified Organic Quattro Eyeshadow in To the Moon and Black
  15. Certified Natural Eye Pencil in Noir
  16. Certified Organic Mascara Lola Lash Too

The following Antonym Cosmetics products will launch in select Sephora stores in August:

  1. Organic Baked Blush in Peach
  2. Organic Baked Blush in Rose
  3. Organic Baked Blush in Copper
  4. Organic Highlighter Endless Summer
  5. Organic Cheek Crush Highlighting Blush

Are you excited to shop Antonym Cosmetics’s amazing organic beauty products at Sephora?

emerginC: Helping Your Skin and Healing the Planet

We live in a time where the products we use greatly affects our lives; not just our bodies, but our environment as well. We no longer just have to worry about what we put into our bodies, attention must be paid to what we put on our skin and how we treat our environment. One skincare brand making sure that both our bodies and our surroundings are well protected is emerginC, an ethical and sustainable organic skincare company that incorporates clinically proven cosmeceutical, medical-grade, and fair trade ingredients, active botanicals, and marine extracts into their products. For over 20 years, emerginC has been using only high-quality, cutting-edge ingredients formulated with natural plant-based preservatives.

We had the opportunity to meet Ian Lirenman, CEO, and founder of emerginC, as he introduced the brand’s latest launch, the Scientific Organics Body Firming Serum, an advanced, lightweight body firming serum formulated with Actigym™, Nocturshape™, arnica extract and fair trade aloe, features a unique glass roller ball tube application system to help reduce the appearance of cellulite while toning and firming the skin. We also got to know more about their cult-favorites, the Vitamin C Serum (the most stable and effective vitamin C serums to emerge on the market, and the very first product they created), Scientific Organics Kombucha Cleanser (which we’re currently using and loving), and Scientific Organics Facial Cleansing Wipes.

But creating exceptional skincare products is not all that emerginC does. They are also giving back with the industry-first “buy one, plant one” tree planting program in collaboration with Plant-It 2020. For every emerginC product sold, one indigenous tree is planted in a non-harvest location. As of today, emerginC and Plant-It 2020 have planted over 600,000 trees in such areas as Madagascar, Nepal, Poland, etc. The organic skincare company, known for their history of environmental consciousness, have also started an emerginBees bee habitat initiative as well as an emerginCeeds organic vegetable program.

The brand is headquartered in a wind-powered building near the waterfront in Brooklyn, the company offers its staff accesses to weekly yoga classes, a rooftop garden with vegetables and flowers, and chickens that produce organic eggs all year round. See Founder and CEO, Ian Lirenman, planting Pok Choi on the emerginC rooftop garden below:

We love companies that are doing great things, especially when we, the consumers can be a part of that initiative. So whether you purchase their famed Vitamin C Serum, Facial Cleaning Wipes, or their new Body Firming Serum, you’re helping to save our planet, one tree at a time. Have you tried any emerginC skincare products? Share your thoughts with us.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil: The All Season Hydrator

As one who has used an almost immeasurable amount of body moisturizers to keep our skin hydrated throughout the year and through the various and vastly different seasons, we can 100 percent say there is nothing like the hydrating and protective benefits of coconut oil. Of course, the best coconut oil to use is a high-quality one that leaves the raw nutrients intact; that coconut oil is 100% virgin coconut oil, Skinny & Co Coconut Oil.

Skinny & Co Coconut Oil is the only raw, 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world; it is made with hand-picked wild-Harvested, not plantation grown coconuts. What makes Skinny & Co Coconut Oil even more amazing is that is cold-processed, not just cold pressed, thanks to their patent-pending Nutralock System. You already know coconut oil has over a hundred uses. You can cook with it, substituting it for butter and other oils, condition your hair, Oil pulling, and of course use it as a moisturizer on your face and body.

You will immediately notice the difference between Skinny & Co Coconut Oil and other brands. It absorbs much better into your skin and keeps it hydrated and moisturized all day, even on the coldest winter days. We’ve been using Skinny & Co Coconut Oil for two seasons now and our skin couldn’t be happier. It’s become our go-to lip, scalp, and skin moisturizer, makeup remover, cuticle hydrator, and cooking oil.

The 100% raw coconut oil isn’t the only product we’re loving from Skinny & Co Coconut Oil. You’ll love the Coconut Oil Bar Soaps (available in five scents); the deeply hydrating Skinny Shampoo Bars that delivers intense hydration to your hair without creating excess oils (your hair will love you for this); the Whipped Body Butter that’s perfect to use as an all over moisturizer, hair mask or conditioner, or shaving cream; the Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub, a pH balanced scrub that can be used as an all-over body exfoliant, prep for self-tanner, and as a lip scrub; and a Clarifying Moisturizing Facial Oil for blemish-prone and oily skin types. We know what you’re thinking – why would I put oil on my oily skin? This 100% oil moisturizer helps clarify and balance by removing impurities and congestion from the surface of the skin. These wonderful products are just some of the great skincare products from Skinny & Co, check out their site to see more.

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty or skincare regime? Are you looking to trying a great coconut oil? Don’t take our word for it, check out Skinny & Co’s customer reviews and see who else is loving their coconut oil.

Vive La France: What’s New in French Beauty and Cosmetics

Besides having great cognacs, rich foods, and chic fashions, the French are also very much known for their amazing beauty products. French beauty products are known for their innovation and elegance, and as any French woman will tell you, it’s all about the skincare. The French put a lot into creating their skincare products, making them the most effective skincare products in the world. Today we present new launches from some of our most coveted French beauty brands, including Leonor Greyl, Orlane Paris, Lubin Paris, Talika Paris, Juara Skincare, and Antonym Cosmetics.TALIKA PARIS BIO ENZYMES MASK & EYEBROW LIPOCILS EXPERT

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Being outdoors during the Summer months can leave your skin dehydrated and damaged after sun exposure but thanks to Talika Paris, there is a solution that soothes, relieves, hydrates, repairs and regenerates your skin. Inspired by skin regeneration techniques, the 100% natural nano-fiber, Bio Enzymes Mask® After Sun transforms your skin, thanks to hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin, antioxidant alpine flowers, and water-harnessing sugar that stimulates skin’s natural regeneration. Talika Paris is also known as the expert in eyebrow growth, offering the very best formulas for the past 60 years. The French beauty brand’s new Eyebrow Lipocils Expert Eyebrow Conditioning Gel stimulates the growth of eyebrow hairs. As 2015 is the year of thicker, more pronounced eyebrows, using a product to stimulate growth, intensify natural pigmentation, and leave you with more defined eyebrows is key, especially as we’ve previously succumbed to excessive plucking and sun exposure. Thanks to baobab leaf, coleus forskohlii to boost natural color, various peptides, and horse chestnut, you will begin to get fuller eyebrows after 28 days.

JUARA RADIANCE VITALITY OIL

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Although the fountain of youth has yet to be found, we present to you, complete radiance in a bottle in this Juara Radiance Vitality Oil. This light, miracle treatment oil contains a powerful blend of the purest, most precious oils that have revolutionized the beauty world, including Plumeria, Passionfruit, Candlenut, Coconut, Macadamia, Jojoba, Avocado, Turmeric, and Rice Bran Oils. Joining these amazing oils are Vitamin C, and a firming Five-Flavor-Berry Extract that hydrates, brightens, firms, and restores skin elasticity. Although this treatment product is an oil, it is surprisingly non-greasy and great for all skin types (yes even oily skin). You see this combination of precious oils helps to regulate sebum production, which is what all oily skin sufferers, like us, needs. 2-3 drops every morning and night, makes an excellent Skin-Saving Remedy, whenever your skin looks red or feels dry and stressed. Technically Juara Skincare is Indonesian, but much like the French, they take their skin care, and ingredients, very seriously.

LEONOR GREYL BAUME BOIS DE ROSE

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Say goodbye to hair gels that leave your hair stiff, and waxes that are difficult to wash out. You can get the hold that you want without the stiffness and residue, as well as moisturizing benefits. Leonor Greyl has developed a styling product that applies like a styling wax, will not leave your hair stiff, leaves no residue in your hair, and easily washes out. Baume Bois de Rose is a radically innovative hair care product boasts properties of four exceptional active ingredients: berry wax to protect and soften, Brazilian Carnauba (Copernicia cerifera) palm wax, for its structuring power, Jasmine wax for its amazing moisturizing properties, and Amazonian Cupuaçu butter, a strong antioxidant which provides anti-UV protection, and hours of continuous moisturization to the hair cuticle.

ORLANE PARIS TEINT ABSOLU TREATMENT FOUNDATION

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A French beauty must-have, this lightweight treatment cream foundation that moisturizes, protects and regenerates your skin. This foundation that reduces wrinkles, redefines facial contours, enhances skin radiance, and evens out your complexion, while providing a long-lasting, natural satiny, and luminous finish. Tient Absolu contains vitamins and antioxidants to protect the skin without leaving it greasy, it stays on all day, and doesn’t dry the skin. The Orlane Paris Tient Absolu Treatment Foundation is available in four shades:

  • 11 Beige absolu naturalness and elegance for fair skin tones
  • 12 Beige sable enhances tanned light skin tones
  • 13 Beige doré gives a kiss of sunshine to olive skin tones
  • 14 Beige noisette brightens amber skin tones

LUBIN PARIS GRISETTE PARFUM

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Inspired by and named for the fresh-faced, yet risqué Grisette girls of 19th century Paris who would dash from work to bars for fun-filled nights of dancing, drinking, and debauchery, the feminine and floral Grisette by Lubin Paris fragrance is comprised of a variety of roses from Morocco and Bulgaria. Top notes include citrus, grapefruit, and bergamot, the heart or middle notes include Moroccan rose, Bulgarian rose, iris, and incense, and base notes include musk, amber, cedarwood, and Madagascan vanilla. This is definitely not your other’s rose-scented fragrance.

ANTONYM COSMETICS ECOCERT ORGANIC BAKED BLUSH

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If you’re looking for a universally flattering blush that compliments all skin tones, look no further than this rosy organic baked blush. Thanks to the combination of a transparent and colorful finish, a weightless feel, and certified organic ingredients, your cheekbones will be left with a natural flushed look. An innovative baking process transforms the blush crème into a finely textured powder transforming it into an ultra smooth and silky when applied to the skin. The new Antonym Cosmetics Rose color of this Organic Baked Blush joins shades: Copper (shimmery bronze) and Peach (matte).

What are your thoughts on these French beauty brands?

Kroma Beauty: Natural Botanicals, All Organic

I recently received a Kroma Makeup Sample kit to indulge in. Kroma Makeup is a mineral based makeup line, which uses only natural and raw materials from the Earth. Overall, I was quite pleased with the quality of the samples, Kroma Makeup, you’ve got yourself a new fan. The kit I received was in the shade “medium: ethnic”, and included two blushes, a powder foundation, a cream concealer, and a mascara. Details and makeup swatches for individual products are highlighted below:

The first product I opened was a Botanical Concealer, in “Taboo”. At first glance, the concealer seemed a bit light for my medium/dark skin-tone. A concealer should typically be two shades lighter than your skin tone so it can erase blemishes and act as a “white out” for your face in pictures. When I swatched the product, I was pleased to see it did appear lighter when blended than it looked in the pot. The consistency is creamy and thick, making it great for the ladies who desire a fuller coverage in their concealer.

Next was the Pressed Powder in shade “#14”. I swatched the pressed powder side by side with the concealer to show you guys the contrast of the two face products (see below). The biggest problem I usually experience with powdered products is the “white cast” they tend to leave in photos, and the streaky application. Fortunately, Kroma’s Pressed Powder did not have a streaky application at all. The pigment was consistent and smooth throughout the application process. It appeared to provide a buildable coverage, so you can choose how light or heavy you want it to look.

Before moving on to the other products, I want you guys to know that Kroma Makeup offers specialized shades for each customer, for each of their facial products. This means that every concealer and foundation, liquid or powder, is available to be custom blended, since each of us has a unique skin tone. The next was the Teen Lip Gloss in the shade “Cotton Candy”. I typically like pigmented, bold lip colors, and this was more of a sheer, clear gloss. The formula is hydrating, and great for those who want a subtle lip color on bare lips, or to gloss up a matte lip color.

I also received a Mascara in Blue. The formula consistency of this mascara is nice and thick, which makes the lashes appear super full and dark. I haven’t done colored mascara since high school, so I was a little apprehensive about using this, as I felt like it might make me look a little childish since I’m in my twenties, but was very happy with the results. This color is great for brown eyes.

Last, but not least, were the two Mineral Blushes in the shades “Ideal”, and “Peachy”. Ideal is a peachy/rosy color with a matte finish, it is extremely pigmented, and beautiful! Love that it came in a refillable tin compact. I believe this color complimented my skin tone wonderfully, and it is my favorite product out of the entire kit, and definitely one I would purchase again. Peachy on the other hand, was significantly less pigmented than Ideal. It appears to be a light peach color in the tin, however when blended, it’s much less pigmented on my skin tone. As a darker skinned girl, this color is too pale for me and would look great on lighter skin tones.

Overall, the Kroma makeup products I received are a good investment. What I liked most about the products is the range of products available for every skin tone. Their custom blend service is well worth the higher price, we’d definitely recommend it. Have you guys tried any Kroma beauty products?

Written by Contributing Writer, Mariam Sardar
Edited by Glasgow Skinner

Lip Service | eos’s New Basket of Fruit Balm Collection

Are you guys ready for some totally cute lip care products? Take a look at these adorable sphere shaped lip balms from eos (evolution of smooth). Say hello to eos’s Limited Edition Basket of Fruit Lip Balm Collection, a set of four must-have, 95% organic, 100% natural, paraben and petrolatum free lip care cuties that are sure to be a makeup bag essential.

 

USDA-Certified Organic, the lip balms are enriched with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil. The twist-off cap and soft-touch, sphere shaped packaging allow direct application to lips which makes it more hygienic than pot lip balms. The fruit-inspired lip balms glides on lips with precision and are available in the following flavors: Fresh Watermelon, Strawberry Sorbet, Summer Fruit and Pomegranate Raspberry. All four comes in an eye-catching box printed with basket-inspired graphics.

These adorable lip balms are only available from July – October 2013, each set retails for $10.99 and can be purchased at Target, Drugstore.com and evolutionofsmooth.com.

It’s Easy Being Green – Organic Body Moisturizers

Whole Foods is known as the go-to store for the best in organic foods but did you know they’re also the best location for green and organic beauty products? Whole Body carries several beauty brands that adhere to both Premium Body Care and Organic Body Care Standards. Check out a few of what’s available now at Whole Body

Get to know these and several other amazing organic skincare and makeup brands that are available at Whole Body, conveniently located inside Whole Foods.

Restore Your Hair’s Beauty with Avalon Organics

Want to thoroughly cleanse and refresh your hair without stripping it and keep it hydrated without adding excess weight? Then look no further than the hair care products from Avalon Organics. I am lucky enough to be blessed with a lot of hair but unfortunately also with dry scalp. Because of this, my bathroom cabinet is filled with tea tree oil which I add to all my hair products and sometimes directly on my scalp. Why you may ask?  Because of its amazing cleansing abilities of course (tea tree oil is not just for acne prone skin). Avalon Organics has launched a Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Shampoo and Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Conditioner, the perfect duo for anyone suffering from dry scalp, oily scalp, or if you experience a lot of product buildup – the perfect hair refresher.

The Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Shampoo contains Tea Tree Essential Oil, Beta-Glucan, Oat Wheat Protein, Aloe and vitamins that cleanse, purify and balance moisture levels for lasting scalp comfort and strong, shiny, healthy-looking hair. The Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Conditioner contains Tea Tree Essential Oil, Calendula, Aloe, Shea Butter, Eucalyptus, Wheat Protein and vitamins that soothes skin irritation for lasting scalp comfort and stronger, shinier, healthier-looking hair. What’s more, both products contain No parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic colors or fragrances, phthalates or harmful sulfates and has 100% vegetarian ingredients.

So if you’re like me and suffer from a dry or oily scalp, are plagued with product buildup, head over to Whole Foods and Whole Body to try these wonderful products.