Review: Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Eyeliner

When it comes to winged eyeliner, I love a great gel formula. Typically applied with a brush, gels are usually creamy and provide a great wash of color. I recently tried out a version from Jane Iredale, the Jelly Jar Eyeliner.

Pros:
  • Smooth, creamy application
  • Great for winged looks
  • Available in multiple shades
  • Some retail availability
  • Gentle formula
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Article: Common Eyeliner Problems and Solutions

In , / 1/12/2015
Image: 22Lauren via Flickr and Creative Commons 2.0
Of all the cosmetics I've used, few will dramatically change your look the way eyeliner can. Which is why it's so important to get it right. There's a lot of room for play, but I've found that those who hate eyeliner typically have similar complaints. Read on to find out how you can address these problems and learn to love your liners.
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Review: E.L.F. Essential Flawless Eyeshadow

Sea Escape Palette
Many drugstore brands are tested on animals, but did you know that there are a few cruelty-free budget brands? One of these is Eyes Lips Face (E.L.F.), which is sold at stores such as Walgreen's and Target. While I usually stick to their mineral line, I decided to test out the E.L.F. Essential Flawless Eyeshadow to test out brighter pressed vegan shades, which can be hard to find in many natural lines.

Pros:
  • Available in brighter shades
  • Very affordable ($2)
  • No parabens
  • Colors can be worn together or alone
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
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Review: Rainbow Honey Nail Polish

In , , , , , / 12/25/2014
Did you know that many nail polishes aren't vegan? Many conventional brands, particularly red shades, contain carmine. When you're looking for polish, I recommend getting one that's both vegan and free of the "Big 3"(formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate). One brand that passes this test? Rainbow Honey.

Pros:
  • Super cool themes and polish names
  • Available in many fun colors
  • Big 3 free (formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate)
  • Mini (half size) bottles offered
  • All vegan line
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Review: Acure Day Cream

As a makeup artist, I often get asked about moisturizers for use under makeup. A good day moisturizer needs to be light enough to hydrate without leaving skin oily. Day moisturizers can also be mixed with powder foundations for DIY liquid foundations. So selections a quality product is crucial. One great pick? Acure Day Cream.

Pros:
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Yummy fruity scent
  • Many organic ingredients
  • Claims to help fight lines (wrinkles)
  • Retail availability
  • Gluten-free and vegan
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Article: Haut Cosmetics Interview

To celebrate the release of my book, The Mercenary Makeup Artist, Haut Cosmetics posted a fantastic interview. We talk about the book, the beauty industry, and ermines! Here's a quick preview:

J:  What is the biggest makeup artist challenge for you (creating thick brows from sparse etc)?

K: I have almost a physical aversion to using makeup to make people look bad. Makeup artists are asked to do it on film sets all the time. There’s the tame, like making people look sickly for hospital scenes or giving them a bruise, but it’s the hard-core blood and guts stuff that gets me. Maybe I’ve watched too many rom-coms, but I like to imagine my makeup applications as a scene from a montage with peppy pop music. Applying a bullet wound just doesn’t work as well with an upbeat soundtrack.

Click here to check out the full interview on Haut Cosmetics.

After reading the book, Haut decided to offer a professional discount! Check out the details here.

For more information on The Mercenary Makeup Artist, click here.

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Restaurant Review: Portland's Prasad

In , , / 12/08/2014
Mighty Bowl
Portland is a wonderfully vegan-friendly city, and I made a point to branch out and try some new restaurants on a recent visit. A local friend suggested Prasad, a vegetarian and all gluten-free restaurant that is located inside Yoga Pearl, a local yoga studio. Their food was fresh, healthy, and tasty.

Pros:
  • Fresh, simple ingredients (many organic)
  • Great for those on special diets
  • Eco-conscious
  • Located near Powell's City of Books
  • Generous portions
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