Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Beautycon 2017. We came. We saw. We Contoured.

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Live(ish) from Beautycon 2017. We came. We saw. We Contoured. If you missed the event, don’t worry because this is the next best thing.

We interviewed reps from a handful of amazing brands including Kopari, Morphe, Tammy Taylor Nails, Pinkie Swear, Carol’s Daughter, Kate Somerville, Jergens, NYX and Beauty Blender (finally, a definitive answer on how to use those spongy things!).

One week later, we discuss our reflections from the event and what we realized is the easiest way to learn the best tips and tricks from all of your favorite brands. This is probably our most informative episode yet.

And yes, we recorded all of this in the VIP Room. Who do you think we are?

Blog Recaps

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Here are all the websites of the brands we featured.

Kopari

Morphe

Tammy Taylor Nails

Pinkie Swear

Kate Somerville

Carol's Daughter

Jergens

NYX

Beauty Blender

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Still Exhausted: Best Of Beautycon 2017 Part I

Beautycon 2017 was such an incredible event. I still can’t believe how much fun it was and how many new products and brands I discovered. In fact, it’s way too much to cover one post, so I’ve decided to do this as a three part series including a podcast, which will go live on August 21st.

So many different brands came out to the event. I was familiar with many of them and there were others that I had literally never heard of. (I don’t know EVERYTHING). I spoke with so many experts who shared their best tips and tricks with me. Here are some of my fav products from the event and insider info that I just can't keep to myself. But then again, do I ever keep anything to myself? 

Smashbox

I tried Smashbox’s Always On liquid lipstick in Shockaholic (I know, shut up). The color was so bold and really stayed on. It’s perfect for those nights when you are going to drink a lot and take selfies. You will be totally covered. No need to put down your cocktail to reapply.

Kate Somerville

I finally tried their Holy Grail product, ExfoliKate and it was exactly what I was missing in my skincare routine. As many of you know, I’m all about the retinol, but it’s made my skin peel like crazy. My face has needed some serious sloughing for weeks now. (Why do you think I haven’t posted that much on Instagram?)

ExfoliKate is a physical and chemical exfoliator in one. All you have to do is rub it in for 30 seconds and leave it on for two minutes. It’s way less of a commitment than a facial mask and actually works instantly. Seriously, I don’t want to say it’s magic but close enough. Also, I’m super sensitive and it wasn’t irritating at all.

I also tried UncompliKated Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray SPF 50. We all know how important sunscreen is. Blah, blah, blah, etc. This is a dream multitasker because it sets your makeup and gives you sun protection. It also takes seconds to apply. You can use it and stop complaining about how sunscreen messes up your foundation because this spray actually enhances your face. 

Laneige

Laneige is a K-Beauty brand that is currently available from Sephora’s website and will be available at retail locations in the upcoming weeks. They are owned by fancy pants cosmetics company Amore Pacific. The brand has been around since 1994, which was way before K-Beauty was a thing, so you know it’s got to be good.

They gave me a sample of their Water Sleeping Mask, which I almost don’t want to use because the packaging is too pretty. Apparently, they also have a Lip Sleeping Mask and I’m kind of dying to try it. My. Lips. Are. So. Dry. Too many matte lipsticks.

Morphe

I first discovered this brand in Ali’s bathroom (not even a joke) and I am now obsessed. Morphe makes the most gorgeous eyeshadow palettes I’ve ever seen. They have multiple textures including shimmery and matte in one palette, which is not the norm for most palettes. The entire line is very affordable, but also lux, which we all know never happens.

Morphe gifted me an entire kit and I can’t wait to try everything. Trust me when I tell you to keep this brand on your radar and when they are everywhere like rompers at a BBQ, you can take credit for knowing about Morphe before it was a thing.

Carol’s Daughter

I was under the wrong impression about this brand. I thought their products were only for black skin and hair. BIG MISTAKE! As someone with painfully dry, curly hair, I regret not investigating Carol’s Daughter earlier.

At the event, I was able to try their Almond Cookie Shea Soufflé. It has the nicest creamy texture and smells like heaven. But I was hankering to try their hair products, so I actually went to the drugstore and picked up the Almond Milk Ultra Nourishing Hair Mask. It made my hair so soft and smelled amazing.

Usually, quality hair products don’t smell good. Why is that? Can someone please explain why the shampoo from the 99 Cents Store smells like Heaven and $99 shampoo smells like car exhaust combined with rotting fruit? But seriously, this hair mask smells like sugared almonds from a candy store. I really want to try the entire Carol’s Daughter line.

Croc

Not the shoes. Also, ew. Croc flat irons are awesome. They gifted me their Plug Iron, which has a detachable cord. I love the idea of a detachable cord because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve melted my hair tool cords. (My fault!) Although the Croc is small, it’s mighty and heats up to 410°. I used it at home and I actually prefer it to my larger flat iron. That being said, I really want to try their Infrared flat iron.

 

Stay tuned for the podcast and Part II next week!

 

From Post-Workout Triage To Actually Making An Effort: Best of Gym Bag Beauty

Hurray for honesty. Also this cute  gym bag by Ban.do .

Hurray for honesty. Also this cute gym bag by Ban.do.

I wrote an article for A Sweat Life featuring my favorite post-gym beauty products. So, if you're stinky, sweaty and have a tendency to break out after you workout (no judgements, but obvs you want that to stop, right?), head on over to A Sweat Life.

Reflections from Love Goodly’s Do Good Be Green Event & An Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending Love Goodly’s Do Good. Be Green. Detox Your Lifestyle event. It was an intimate conference of eco-friendly #GirlBosses in a variety of industries. I connected with so many interesting women whose passion for an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle was truly inspirational. One issue that several speakers brought up is that there isn’t a perfect way to live a so-called green lifestyle. While we need to be conscious about we put into our bodies, where ingredients are sourced from, and what we’re putting out into the world,  all of us are really just trying to do the best we can. Even the experts agree that we cannot have an all or nothing approach.

One panelist who particularly moved me was supermodel Angela Lindvall, who you might remember from hosting Project Runway All Stars. Listening to her speak about becoming a mother and the effect the environment had on her boys, made me realize that trying to live a more conscious lifestyle isn’t just good for the world around me, it’s truly an extension of self-care. I felt inspired to make some changes in my life and think about things differently. 

The event was also an opportunity to learn about new eco-friendly fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. Here are a few that stood out to me along with some holiday gift suggestions. 

Love Goodly

Love Goodly is a bi-monthly subscription box service featuring vegan, eco-friendly and natural products worth at least $85, for just $29.99. Every box is hand selected by a different guest curator (the curator for the December/January box is Emily Deschanel) and features 4-6 mostly full size products in several categories including beauty, skincare, style, home, food and wellness. Love Goodly provides a easy way to try new products, which you can later purchase on their website. A Love Goodly subscription or even just one box is a perfect gift for anyone who lives a consciencious lifestyle or aspires to.  

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Lippy Girl

Lippy Girl is a natural, organic and vegan cosmetic line created by Darcey Diehl, a model turned chemist. When I heard her speak on a panel, I was beyond impressed with her honesty about the reality of creating natural cosmetics. Lippy Girl has so many great gift options for the holidays, but my favorite is the Lip Lover Set, which comes with four lip products packaged in an adorable bag.

Hello Mellow

Hello Mellow is a natural body care line started by #GirlBoss/healer/massage therapist/brilliant lady Tracey Feldstein. Joyfully packaged, Hello Mellow offers a variety of products including butters, oils, scrubs and energy shifting sprays (see, I told you she was a healer). There are ten mood-changing scents to choose from, all of which I can only describe as heavenly. The line has a variety of gift sets, but the one that stands out the most to me is the One of Everything Please, which is pretty much self-explanatory. In addition the main line, Hello Mellow has three others formulated for men, pregnant women and kids specifically. 

LVX

LVX is a line of vegan, toxin and cruelty-free nail polish. Designed to have a gel-like texture, it’s available in tons super stylish runway-inspired colors. Perfect for a stocking stuffer.

Hipsters For Sisters

 

Hipsters For Sisters was founded by Debra Denniston and her two daughters, Rachel and Kate. Embarrassed by their mother’s fanny pack, the trio began to design belt bags that you would actually want to show off in public. Made with sustainable, environmentally friendly materials, every bag is manufactured ethically in Los Angeles. My personal favorite is the pearl grey tweed, which easily converts to a chic clutch, so it’s kind of like getting two bags for the price of one. 

Susi Shoes

Susi Shoes is a luxury shoe line that just happens to be vegan. These shoes are absolutely gorgeous. I’m completely obsessed. If you have a vegan person you have to buy a higher-priced gift for, they will beyond appreciate a pair of Susis. The Veronica Naturals and Burgundy Matilda are my personal favorites. 

Glowing Hard With The Founders of Sweat Cosmetics #SquadGoals

We all know that female athletes face so many challenges both on and off the field, but we rarely discuss are how they embrace their femininity and use the skills they’ve developed as athletes in the game of life. Bridging the gap between sweating and glowing is the founding principal behind Sweat Cosmetics, a company which is run entirely by former professional female athletes. 

Sweat Cosmetics isn’t just another brand of makeup. Everything is specifically designed for people with active lifestyles. Their current lineup consists of a mineral powder foundation, illuminator, bronzer, translucent powder and a cleansing towelette. All of the powders contain zinc-oxide sunscreen and are water and sweat-resistant. So, it stays on while you get your sweat on. Because Sweat only uses all natural ingredients and is formulated without talc, oil, fragrance, silicone or parabens, it’s safe for all skin types.

While playing Division I soccer at the University of Denver, Taryn Hemmings (who went on to play for the Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars) and Emily Hines realized a product like Sweat didn’t exist. So they built their roster of other girl bosses who they knew would kick ass on the soccer field and in the cosmetics field. Courtney Jones, Leslie Osborne and twice-decorated gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley make up the rest of the team. Like Hemmings, Jones also played for the Boston Breakers as well as the Kansas City Blues. Osborne and Tarpley both played for US Women’s National Soccer Team.

I had the privilege of interviewing all five of these impressive women to discuss how being an athlete translates into being an entrepreneur, what’s next for Sweat Cosmetics and their daily beauty routines.

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How has being an athlete prepared you for running a company?

To me, being an athlete is everything. You are taught early on the importance of handling pressure, time management, being confident, channeling stress, etc. Now, that we are running a company, we see the same synergies every day. From the ability able to bounce back after a rough day to changing up the game plan when something didn't quite work. We are constantly utilizing the skills we have learned over the years as athletes. (Emily)

It's our foundation. Both individually but also collectively- our competitiveness, drive, focus, passion, work rate and dedication. As athletes, we are able to see the bigger vision of all that goes into making a company thrive. We think strategically and are tuned into the big picture with long-term goals. We put strategies in action. Being part of a team for our entire lives, we know how to work well with each other and love being part of a team environment. We know how to leverage each other's strengths and make up for our weaknesses. (Leslie)

Sports prepare you for almost any work environment. Through sports, you develop a competitive fire that is not easily taught. Also, as athletes, we welcome critiques in an effort to make our game better. We bring all aspects of athletics into Sweat. Competitive drive, teamwork, constructive criticism, work ethic, etc. are all apart of our personalities. (Courtney)

I’ve always had a strong competitive spirit and I've enjoyed working hard to try and accomplish my goals. Being part of a team has been very special for me.  Now that my playing days are over, I feel fortunate to be passionate about Sweat Cosmetics and to use these qualities that made me successful on the pitch in the business world.  (Lindsay)

As an athlete, you have to learn how to push yourself to be better and better. When you start your own company, there isn't anyone there pushing you to make the company successful either. You only have yourself and your team. The ability of each of us to simply be able to do this has been such a huge part of how far we've come in making Sweat what it is. (Taryn)

What is your vision for the future of Sweat Cosmetics?

When I see the future of Sweat Cosmetics, I see us being the Under Armour of the cosmetic industry. From a full cosmetic line, to skin and hair care products. Sweat Cosmetics will be the preferred and chosen brand for active women worldwide. (Emily)

My vision is that Sweat Cosmetics will be the one brand that all active women can trust to create and find the products they need to make active women's lives a little bit easier. (Taryn)

Do you have any new products in the works?

We always have new products in the works! Some exciting additions to our current products are set to come out after the holidays, including five new shades of our mineral powder foundation. We're currently starting R&D for a lip product, some amazing new skincare products and eventually cannot wait to work on an eyeliner and mascara. (Taryn)

What are your daily beauty routines? 

I am constantly going from an AM workout to everyday life and that transition has to be quick). Embarrassingly admitting, my daily beauty routine consists of wiping my body off with Sweat Skin-Balancing Cleansing Towelettes. I'll then blow dry my sweaty hair and freshen it up with Batiste Blonde Dry Shampoo. Next, I apply a few swipes of our Shade 200 Mineral Foundation, hit my cheek bones/nose with our Illuminator and motion a little bit of our Bronzer underneath my cheek. Before running out the door, I use a little black mascara and touch up my eyebrows with an Anastasia brow pencil. It’s done in ten minutes. (Emily)

My beauty routine has changed multiple times in the last few years. From being a professional athlete to doing TV/corporate and now being a mother to be and working from home, my beauty routine continues to shift and change. My staples are dry shampoo, Chanel lip gloss, our Skin-Balancing Cleansing Towelettes, Mineral Foundation and Illuminator. (Leslie)

My nightly routine is more complicated than my morning routine. I have sensitive skin, so I want to make sure I remove anything that could cause a problem over night. I "double cleanse" with a Kiehl's face wash, and use my Clarisonic. Then I moisturize like crazy because my skin tends to be dry. In the morning, I don't wash my face with soap, but I lightly splash it with water to get rid of any oils. After that, I got straight for my Sweat. I wear a shade 100, and then use our bronzer. If I have any breakouts, I'll dab a little concealer on each one prior to putting on the Sweat powder. Next, I put a little highlighter on the corner of my eyes; add a couple swipes of mascara, and maybe a pink lip tint if I'm feeling saucy. (Courtney)

I use our Mineral Foundation 100, Illuminator around my checks and mascara on my eyes. I have our Skin-Balancing Cleansing Towelettes in my purse, car and gym bag. (Lindsay)

I'm obsessed with skincare and moisturizers. At night I love using Crude Personal Care Everything Oil to wash my face. Then I use retinol, serum, Crude Bloom Oil, moisturizer, and finally the Everything Oil again. In the morning I wash my face with our Sweat Towelette, then use serum, and moisturizer. A little concealer and then Sweat Mineral Powder (either Shade 200 or Translucent, depending on my day). Then I use Sweat Illuminator along my cheekbones, WunderBrow and some mascara and I'm out the door. I also carry Sweat Bronzer in my purse and usually put it on in my car (while I'm parked). (Taryn)

How to KonMari Your Makeup Drawer & Keep It Clutter-Free

Whether you keep your makeup in a drawer, on a shelf or split between several cases, there’s a good chance you probably have way too much of it. At least I know I do…

I can't recall where or when I bought this eyeshadow, but shortly after taking the picture, I threw it out.

I can't recall where or when I bought this eyeshadow, but shortly after taking the picture, I threw it out.

 

In the past year or so, I’ve actually pared down my cosmetics collection because there isn’t as much storage space in my bathroom as I would like. I also don’t wear a full face of makeup every day, so I just don’t need that much. I’ve been able to get rid of the clutter because I try to only buy makeup I know makes me look my best (no more shimmery purple eyeshadow experiments) and choose specific products that multitask.

Here are three steps to KonMari your makeup drawer.

Ask Yourself If It Sparks Joy

This question is the key to KonMari. There are two kinds of products that won’t spark joy. The first is old/expired makeup, unless you want to spark an infection. The other is anything you’ve bought that turned out to be a bad decision. My purple eyeshadow is a great example. If you are having trouble getting rid of makeup, ask yourself why would you wear a color that doesn’t make you look your best. We all make mistakes. If you can, return it or give it to a friend instead. When in doubt, throw it out.  

Before your stuff’s final trip to the garbage can, Marie Kondo would tell you to thank it. I don’t think that’s necessary, but bonus points if you do.

Go Container Crazy

Containers really do help you organize, but you don’t need to spend a lot or even any money on them. Re-use a box that once contained jewelry, shoes or any other small to medium sized object.

When I moved into my current apartment, I was trying to organize the makeup I wear most often in a small and narrow bathroom drawer. I was going to spend money on containers when I realized I already had boxes that fit this oddly- shaped space perfectly. The rest of my makeup is kept in a vintage train case under my bathroom sink.

This my makeup drawer. It's not perfect, but I think it's pretty darn good.

This my makeup drawer. It's not perfect, but I think it's pretty darn good.

Buy Products That Help You Cut Down on Clutter

 

I buy eyeshadow palettes whenever possible because all of the colors are designed to coordinate, taking the guesswork out creating your look. It’s also more economical than buying a bunch of individual colors.

My personal favorites are Naked 2 by Urban Decay and Natural Eyes by Too Faced

 

Do you have more tubes of mascara than pairs of socks? Cut down to just one with FLOWER Beauty’s Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara. The flexible wand twists into different shapes allowing you to completely customize your look. You can add volume, curl and lengthen your lashes with just one formula. It’s literally the only mascara you need. 

You know what does not spark joy? When you apply lip gloss or lipstick, take a sip of water and then have to reapply. That’s why I love Clinique’s new Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer. It actually stays on because the primer is built in. This also means not having to buy a separate primer, so less clutter!


 

Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster has been a game changer for me because I like to use anti-aging products, but I still break out sometimes. This one combines two power ingredients, retinol and salicylic acid, so I can address both skincare concerns at once. I wear it alone or under makeup. It also looks really good under the next product.

 

If an anti-aging serum, BB cream, bronzer, highlighter and foundation had a love child, By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow would be it. It’s probably the most multi-tasking product out there. It feels light on your skin and gives you a sun-kissed glow on those days when you don’t want to apply foundation, but a BB cream isn’t quite enough. 

 

Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Foundation is one of my favorite multitasking products. It’s a powder foundation and sunscreen rolled into one. Four professional female athletes who wanted a mineral foundation with SPF that would stay on through their games started the company and developed this product. Stay tuned for my exclusive interview with these amazing ladies next week.