Brand Spotlight: Kjær Weis

Published in: Kjaer Weis, Makeup

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Kjær Weis is an innovative cosmetics line created by Danish-born, New York-based makeup artist Kirsten Kjær Weis

All we need now are some jingle bells and ribbons! 🎄

I’m a big fan of giving gifts to yourself during the holidays (and giving gifts to other people, too, of course), but, you know…sometimes, if you don’t do it, who will?

In the spirit of holiday self-gifting, have you checked out any products from Kjær Weis before? They’re my new favorite luxury natural beauty line.

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Kjær Weis. Um…how do you say that? Is it a hard “k,” hard “j”? Well, it’s pronounced “kee-yar wise,” and it’s the last name of the brand’s founder, New York-based makeup artist Kirsten Kjær Weis.

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Shiny packaging!

KirstenKirsten said that when she was creating the products for the brand, she wanted to use natural ingredients, but she wanted everything to perform as well as products from the big beauty brands.

The makeup is made in Italy using certified organic or certified natural ingredients from around the world, and everything is labeled either “certified organic” or “certified natural” by Italy’s organic governing body.

They don’t use any artificial ingredients, so no parabens, petroleums, or artificial colors or fragrances, and everything is cruelty-free.

Also, because a common issue with products that contain natural ingredients sometimes is that the colors vary from one individual item to the next, Kirsten hand-inspects every batch to make sure that the colors and textures are all consistent, which I think is pretty cool.

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Here I’m wearing Kjær Weis Cream Foundation in Illusion, Cream Blush in Sun Touched and Lipstick in Love

It’s an elegant “less is more” line with a focus on enhancing your natural features, and the product range has been edited down to the kind of beauty basics a gal might take with her on a weekend trip, like cream foundation, cream blush, cream bronzer and highlighter, lip tints, lipsticks and powder eyeshadow.

They use ingredients like…

  • Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract — A medicinal herb that can stimulate collagen production. It’s an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties, and it’s supposed to be great for sensitive skin.
  • Glyceryl Caprylate — A naturally derived “preservative” from coconut and palm plants that acts as a moisturizer and emulsifying agent with excellent antibacterial properties.
  • Cera Alba — A refined form of beeswax. According to Kjær Weis, theirs comes from ecologically sound apiaries, and it’s used as an emulsifier and consistency regulator. Beeswax has a structure that provides a breathable barrier against outside elements while nourishing the skin.
  • Rosa Damascena Flower Oil — Derived from the rose plant. A natural perfume.

You can find out more about their ingredients here

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Wearing the foundation, cream blush and lipstick

I’m already completely hooked on the line. I’ve only tried three things so far, but I want to try everything else! ERRRRTHANG.

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Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Illusion

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Sneak Peek: New From Maybelline for Spring 2017

Published in: Makeup, Maybelline

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Um…yes, I realize that we’re talking about spring, even though it isn’t even Christmas yet.

I know! It’s weird to me too, but that’s the makeup world. Lots of weird.

Here’s a quick peek at new products from Maybelline coming to drugstores next month. Does anything here strike your fancy?

New from Maybelline for Spring 2017

  • Colossal Big Shot Mascara ($8.49) — Has wavy bristles for boosting volume
  • Brow Precise Perfecting Highlighter ($7.99) — A full-coverage highlighter for brow arches
  • Expertwear Eye Shadow ($3.99 each) — Powder eye shadow singles with jet-milled pigments in bold and satin finishes, available in 20 shades
  • 24Karat Nudes Palette ($11.99) — A palette with a gold theme and 12 new shimmery shadows
  • Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes ($7.49 each) — Warm creamy matte nudes in 10 shades
  • Lip Studio Color Contour Lip Palettes ($13.99 each) — Lip palettes with six lipstick shades, available in Blushed Bombshell (nudes and pinks) and Vamp Fatale (reds and plums)
  • Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquids ($7.99 each) — Liquid lipsticks in statement shades available in 10 new colors
  • Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner ($7.99 each) — Twist-up skinny lip liners in 14 new shades
  • Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon ($6.99 each) — Balm-like crayon for bright, juicy color
  • Dream Cushion Foundation ($15.99 each) — Luminous, lightweight coverage for a smooth fresh glow, available in 8 shades
  • Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer ($7.99 each) — Has light reflecting pearls for brightening, available in 6 shades
  • Face Studio Master Camo Color Correcting Kit ($12.99 each) — Color-correcting palettes with highlighters, concealers and color correctors for light, medium and deep skin tones
  • Face Studio Master Blush Color & Highlighting Kit ($12.99) — Gel-based blush kit with three blushes and a highlighter
  • Face Studio Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99) — Two shades with various levels of shine for a dewy glow

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Recharging My Well With Beautiful Things

Published in: Hourglass, Just For Fun

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A few beautiful things

Lately I’ve been feeling like my well is running low…

Not like an actual physical well (because I don’t have a well in my condo!), but I mean the well for, like, my soul — the deep place inside of you that soaks up and stores inspiration and keeps you going. The part you can draw from when you want to do something creative.

I really haven’t been good about refilling my well lately or, to mix metaphors, I really haven’t been good about recharging my batteries. Or adding gas to my creative tank.

Reading helps. And listening to music. And watching brainless TV. And laughing. And any downtime, really. And going for walks. But one of the things that also helps is surrounding myself with beautiful things, and here are a few things I’m surrounding myself with this week to help me “refill my well.”

This notebook by Denik, for starters. I found it on my trip to Tahoe this fall, and I’ve been saving it to use on a rainy day. I love the colors on the cover and the message, “Don’t Quit Your Day Dream,” and the lovely silvery font. The purple and blue speak to me.

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Don’t you love new notebooks? — the blank pages and all the possibilities? I’m calling this my “Silver Linings Journal” because I’m going to use it to write about any positive things that happen to me.

It’s so easy to fill journals with bad things, isn’t it? I totally get that, and I’ve done it many times before because it feels good to unload when you aren’t feeling great, and when you don’t want to burden your friends and family. It’s just easier sometimes to lay it all out in a journal.

But I really want to use this journal to celebrate all of the silver linings and good things that happen throughout the day.

Next up…

Plants. When I surround myself with plants, I just feel…happier, so while I was at Trader Joe’s last weekend I took some time to smell the roses, so to speak, and admire their beautiful flowers and greenery.

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You can never have enough glitter

This little glitter tree came home with me!

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No really, you can never have enough!

I had to do it. Isn’t it the cutest!? It’s sprinkled with glitter. There’s glitter in the leaves, glitter in the pot. It’s glorious! There’s glitter everywhere.

It’s here on my desk with me right now. I still have to name him (I’m pretty sure it’s a him)…

Speaking of TJ’s, I also got myself this tiny bouquet of flowers while I was there. It was about $5 and has little hydrangeas and other cute, springy sprigs. There’s also a little pinecone in it, which is hidden in this picture for some unknown reason… I guess she was shy!

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Flowers usually help

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Have You Ever Had a Major Makeup Oops Moment When You Left Makeup on Somebody’s Clothing?

Published in: Just For Fun

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I can’t remember one time in particular, but I seem to remember doing it a lot in the late ’90s and early 2000s, perhaps due to the number of frogs 🐸 I was kissing… You know, like when you’re hugging somebody, and you leave blush or lipstick on their collar or their shirt.

Nowadays, if I leave makeup on somebody’s clothes, it’s El Hub or Connor, and neither one seems to mind. Neither does Tabs.💖

How about you? When you hug somebody or give somebody a peck on the cheek, are you usually aware of your makeup, and do you try to keep it off their clothes? Have you ever had a major makeup-clothing oops moment, babe?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Trader Joe’s Holiday Heart Palpitations

Published in: Just For Fun

My reading this week... The holiday version of the Fearless Flyer!

My casual reading this week… The holiday issue of the Fearless Flyer!

As a friend, I’d like to warn you: if you go to Trader Joe’s soon, you will lose your damn mind over the plethora of holiday goodies.

I went on Sunday because I needed some basics (fruit, veggies, milk, eggs… B-O-R-I-N-G), but I didn’t get far before I lost my train of thought OMG SO MUCH GLAZED HONEY AND CARAMEL!

There was so much to look at, so much to drool over, so many calories and miles of jogging on the treadmill…

Seriously, and this was just at the front door! There's cool stuff all over the store!

Seriously, and this was just at the front door!

I'm not sure what this is, I think it might be chocolate? Whatever it is, it's pretty

I’m not sure what these are… I think they might be chocolate? Whatever they are, they’re pretty.

Mmm, cookies

Mmm, cookies…

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