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Kaia Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloth: in the Beauty Brains bathroom

August 2nd, 2013

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Today I’m sharing my impressions of Kaia Juicy Bamboo facial cleansing cloths.  

What’s in it and what’s not in it

According to their website, these cloths are a “natural cleanser, toner, eye makeup remover that doesn’t fry your skin.”

  • Purest cleansing cloth on the market
  • Soaked in vitamins B12, C, E
  • Lifts and dissolves makeup without stinging eyes

It also contains honey and 8 natural plant oils and is free from parabens and sulfates.

Sarah Bellum says…

The bamboo fabric is softer than any non-woven towelette I’ve ever used yet it still has enough texture that it gives a deep clean sensation. Compared to other facial cloths I’ve used it’s relatively dry feeling. That’s nice because that means there’s no solution dripping down your  face. However, I had the sense that it doesn’t provide as much cleansing for heavy duty makeup removal.  I haven’t been using much makeup lately so I wasn’t able to really put it to the test, so  I checked with the Left Brain to get a sense of how effective these natural ingredients are at removing greasy makeup.

It turns out that while the cloths are sulfate free, as claimed, they do contain a couple of mild surfactants (like sodium stearoyl lactylate) which help remove makeup.  All these ingredients are not listed on Kaia’s website but I’m copying them below from the back of the package.

Kaia Juicy Bamboo ingredients

Agua, acacia gum, xanthum gum, honey, sodium stearoyl lactylate, cetyl alcohol, sunflower seed oil, sodium lauroyl oat amino acids, panthenol, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, salicylic acid, benzoic acid, phenoxyethanol, benzalkonium chloride, orange oil, lemon peel oil, spearmint leaf oil, lime oil, tangerine peel oil, grapefruit peel oil, mandarin orange peel oil, bergamot fruit oil

Full disclosure: From time to time we receive free samples of products, like this one, to try in exchange for a mention on our blog.

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Does Pressed Powder Makeup Always Contain Synthetic Ingredients?

February 3rd, 2012

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February is link love month!  We’re taking questions from other bloggers and encouraging you to check out their blogs. Today’s question is from Mary at Pure Healthy Makeup. Stop by and say hello! 

Mary asks: Is is possible to make pressed makeup without using any synthetics?

The Right Brain responds:

Rather than re-opened the debate on natural vs synthetic, I’ll try to address your question as it applies specifically to powdered makeup.

Loose powder needs fewer ingredients

One can certainly make the case that certain brands of so-called mineral makeup are among the most “natural” of cosmetic products. For example, Mineral Hygenics only contains a few powders which are all derived from crushed rocks (more or less.) This kind of product is relatively easy to formulate using only mineral (ie “natural”) ingredients because it’s just a simple blend of powders.

Pressed powder is more complex

Pressed powders, on the other hand, are much more complex. In order for the powders to stay compressed they need some kind of binding oil. And for those oils to mix with the powders they may require a surfactant to lower the surface tension. And the pressed powders have to spread easily across your skin so they may require emollients to provide slip. And these surfactants and binders and emollients may require antioxidants to prevent rancidity. And, since pressed powders have a surface that comes in contact with fingers and makeup brushes, they are more likely to require preservatives than loose powders. And…well you get the idea.

The more ingredients that a formula requires, the more difficult it becomes to source ingredients that everyone will agree are “natural.” And although natural alternatives may be available, they may not work as well as the nasty old “synthetic” chemicals. This is particluarly true of preservatives and of many surfactants.

The Beauty Brains bottom line

It’s not impossible to formulate a pressed powder without  ”synthetics” but the requirements of the formula make it much more difficult.

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Do YOU know of a pressed powder that made of only natural ingredients? Leave a comment and share your natural knowledge with the rest of the Beauty Brains community.

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Tom Ford Beauty Launches Skincare

October 17th, 2011

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Tom Ford Beauty Launches Skincare

For a limited time, Neiman Marcus will be the exclusive online retailer for Tom Ford’s skincare line and is currently available for pre-sale on NeimanMarcus.com and BergdorfGoodman.com until November 1st. Starting in November, product will be sold in select Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores.

Makeup Remover ($45.00)

This gentle, two-phase, lightweight formula works quickly and gently to remove makeup from the eye, lip and face area. It effectively lifts all traces of makeup without tugging or leaving any oily residue. Shake well, apply a small amount to cotton pad, and swipe over skin. Dermatologist tested.

Purifying Gelee Cleanser ($60.00)

Tom Ford believes a truly beautiful face begins with energized, radiant skin. This water-activated foaming gel cleanser uses the exclusive Tom Ford Purifying Complex to naturally clean and detoxify skin of makeup and dulling and damaging impurities, including environmental toxins. The result is a luminous face that is noticeably soft and energized. Massage gently over damp skin and rinse thoroughly. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Purifying Complex frees skin of toxins by combining a European plant extract with Chinese herbs to promote purification and reduce irritating environmental pollutants. It breaks down the impurities that rob skin of vitality and saturates skin cells with plant extracts, leaving skin looking fresh and vibrant, as if lit from within.

Purifying Creme Cleanser ($60.00)

Tom Ford believes a truly beautiful face begins with energized, radiant skin. This super-rich, hydrating cream cleanser uses the exclusive Tom Ford Purifying Complex to leave skin clean, vibrant and free of dulling and damaging impurities, including makeup and environmental toxins. Massage gently over damp or dry skin, then rinse or tissue off. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Purifying Complex frees skin of toxins by combining a European plant extract with Chinese herbs to promote purification and reduce irritating environmental pollutants. It breaks down the impurities that rob skin of vitality and saturates skin cells with plant extracts, leaving skin looking fresh and vibrant, as if lit from within.

Intensive Infusion Concentrate Extreme ($250.00)

Born from Tom Ford’s personal passion for high-performance skin treatments, this luxurious and deeply penetrating oil-based serum contains the most concentrated form of the Tom Ford Infusing Complex. It is skin treatment at its most precious. The Concentrate Extreme nourishes skin at the deepest level and effectively revives skin’s healthy look, tone and radiance, making it the integral component to creating flawless skin. Smooth a small amount over face and neck, morning and evening, after cleansing. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient and smoother.

Intensive Infusion Daily Moisturizer ($190.00)

Tom Ford Skin moisturizers bring a deeply luxurious, sensory experience to high-performance, active formulas that nourish the complexion, helping restore the luminosity and vitality that create sexy looking skin. This lightweight, exquisitely textured lotion actively infuses cells with the Tom Ford Infusing Complex to rejuvenate skin’s energy, vitality and resilience. Luxurious hydrating agents and potent nutrients drench the skin with moisture and help achieve a younger, brighter appearance. Apply a small amount to face, morning and evening, after cleanser and concentrate. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion so it looks and feels brighter, fresher, and less tired. High performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient, and smoother.

Intensive Infusion Ultra Rich Moisturizer

Tom Ford skin moisturizers bring a deeply luxurious, sensory experience to high-performance, active formulas that nourish the complexion, helping restore the luminosity and vitality that create sexy looking skin. This ultra-rich cream features the Tom Ford Infusing Complex to help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms by prompting cells to replenish their natural energy. Luxurious hydrating agents and potent nutrients drench the skin with moisture and help achieve a smooth and vibrant appearance. Apply a small amount to face, morning and evening, after cleanser and concentrate. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient and smoother.

Intensive Infusion Eye Treatment ($135.00)

Tom Ford’s secret to youthful and mesmerizing eyes: a revitalizing, balmy cream infused with the Tom Ford Infusing Complex. It increases cellular energy and helps maintain the delicate skin around the eyes while nourishing, hydrating and firming the look of the skin and softening fine lines. Eyes instantly brighten; puffiness and dark circles appear diminished. Massage a small amount around eye contour, morning and evening, after cleansing. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient and smoother. ”

Illuminating Protective Primer SPF 12 ($70.00)

The first step to flawless makeup application. This revolutionary hybrid product seamlessly blends the worlds of skincare and makeup by combining the Tom Ford Infusing Complex with new skin retexturing ingredients. It increases cellular vitality, helps protect the skin against free radicals and contours the features while enhancing texture, toning and visibly brightening the skin. A luminous and flawless canvas is created for comfortable and long-lasting Color. Apply a small amount to face after concentrate and moisturizer and before foundation. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient, and smoother.

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Runway Beauty: Luxe By Lisa Vogel at MBFW Swim 2012

July 20th, 2011

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Make Up For Ever Alliance Artist James Vincent served as key make up artist for the Luxe by Lisa Vogel show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami last weekend. The make up featured a strong eye and soft lip, a perfect match for the modern beach sophisticate inspired swimwear.



Complexion & Cheeks
The skin was sheer with a natural Miami glow. James added Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush #13 in pale pink to the cheeks for the most natural looking glow.

Eyes
The smoldering eyes boast a combination of blacks, browns and metallics for a classic look that is young and modern. James first applied Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #14 (warm satin brown) to the lids, then blended Make Up For Ever Eye Shadows #17 (espresso) and #165 (dark taupe brown) with Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow #312 (dark copper shimmer) up into the crease. He added Make Up For Ever Metal Powder #1 in sunflower gold on top for added metallic dimension. James then lined the inner rim of the eyes with Make Up For Ever Khol Pencil #1K in black for a bit of rock n’ roll glam.

Lips
The lips were subtle with no hard lines or edges. James applied Make Up For Ever Lab Shine #S6, a soft peach, for a glossy look.

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11 Easy-to-Copy Natural Makeup and Hair Looks

April 14th, 2011

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Enhance your beauty with these gorgeous, yet natural, celebrity hairstyles and makeup tutorials. Word to the beauty-wise: There is a significant difference between celebrities looking natural, as nature intended (i.e. how they look when caught by the paparazzo while pumping gas) and celebrities looking natural, as Hollywood intended (i.e. walking the red carpet with perfectly tousled hair looking fresh-faced, glowing and gorgeous).

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