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April 17 2014

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2 posts tagged "ILIA"

Worth the Wait: Ilia’s New Natural Lip Glosses

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IliaVancouver-founded Ilia Beauty has earned a following among those seeking a cleaner, greener lipstick with plenty of bold color and modern packaging. The violet-berry Ink Pot is a personal favorite, and like every item in the range, it’s packed with high-quality certified-organic ingredients. But if you prefer a sheer shine as opposed to a matte punch of pigment, behold the brand’s new lip glosses. Originally slated for release last fall, the collection hit a production snag early on. “The oils disliked the bottle so much that they pushed their way to the surface,” says founder Sasha Plavsic of the technical difficulty that resulted in cracks and leaks at the tops of the tubes. Rather than alter the 90 percent organic formula, a lovely blend that includes oils from coconut, sesame, thyme, rosemary, orange, and jasmine, Plavsic decided instead to source a sturdier new container capable of handling the powerful botanicals. The six shades, ranging from nude to oxblood, deliver a serious dose of moisture and subtle tint.

Photo: Courtesy of Beautyhabit

The Fab Five: July Fourth Essentials

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beautyAs far as holidays go, July Fourth has a lot going for it: barbecues, fireworks, an endless rotation of ice-cold adult beverages. Chances are you’ll need certain beauty essentials to last you through the first rays of sun (well, let’s hope) to the final explosions in the sky. In honor of the occasion, we rounded up five picks (plus a bonus) that will prove indispensable regardless of whether the festivities find you beachfront, lakeside, or city-bound.

Clear Cut
Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight SPF 50+
Sun protection is a no-brainer, particularly if you will be spending a significant amount of time outside. Kate Somerville’s newest sunscreen is as un-sunblock-y as you can get—it’s super sheer, lightweight, moisturizing, and is apparently packed with shiitake-mushroom extract to help restore skin elasticity while blocking out those rays.

The Bluest Eye
Topshop Eye Crayon in Kingfisher
I will be the first to admit I’m all for some subtle holiday color coordinating—done tastefully. So with your, say, red-and-white polka-dot dress, might I suggest a thick swath of this bright aqua shadow stick across each lid. The blue color payoff is bold, and it will resist creasing for many a daylight hour.

Multiple Choice
Ilia Multi-Stick in I Put a Spell on You
In the colder months, I’m perfectly content for each product to serve one sole purpose, but in those dog days of summer, when the desire to simplify is stronger than ever, multifunctional is a must. My current favorite is this makeup stick by the green-minded brand Ilia; the pale coral I Put a Spell on You will suit a wide array of skin tones, and it looks just as good on lips as it does on cheeks.

Polished Off
Priti Nail Color in City Girl Rose
While the state of my fingernails usually falls somewhere between totally bare and complete disarray, on holidays I always find my inner girly girl and get down to some painting. Because my tips have gone naked for about a month now, I’m easing back into the polish game with this new peachy pink by Priti that reminds me of the sparkling rosé I plan to be guzzling all weekend.

Check Your Head
Alterna Caviar CC Cream
That’s right, there are now CC creams for your hair. And here’s why I’m getting behind this one: It has just enough hold as a styling cream, it’s hydrating, it has UV filters to protect your color from fading, and it smells pretty awesome. I plan to generously slather it on before milkmaid braiding.

About Face
Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes
A bonus for your summer tote bag: Ursa Major’s new Essential Face Wipes. Cleansing, soothing, and shine-reducing, these wipes are great after a bike ride (or any other sweaty hot-weather activity) for a much-needed refresh.

Photos: Courtesy of Kate Somerville, Topshop, Ilia, Priti, Alterna, Ursa Major