The Style Page reviews Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths

Let me get this out of the way first: I love Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths.  They are terrific in hot, humid weather (a typical Washington summer) and a blessing to have along when I travel to India.

Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths

Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths

The second ingredient in Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths is denatured alcohol, so it cools through the evaporation of the alcohol.  But then there’s its patented PowderSilk™ Technology, which leaves behind a translucent, superfine powder so imperceptible that I can’t feel it. PowderSilk™ Technology must be a Japanese thing: Japan’s KAO Corporation acquired the Ban name, and the cloths are made in Japan.  DHC has a similar product.

I use Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths where I tend to perspire: around the hairline, the nape of the neck, the armpits, and underneath the breasts.  I feel comfortable for the rest of the day.

Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths come 10 to a package, but since they’re perforated, you can tear the cloths in half and get 20 uses per package.  It comes in 4 different fragrances: Restore, Invigorate, Energize, and Enliven.  I’ve seen various prices for Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths, but Ban’s website helpfully provides sponsored listings which allow you to compare prices from different sellers.

The Style Page reviews liquid blushes

Lisa Eldridge, who was recently named as creative makeup director of Lancôme, has a series of popular makeup tutorials.  She is her own best model.  Her recent video on applying liquid blush inspired me to share my opinions about 2 products that she mentioned in her video: Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint and Daniel Sandler Cosmetics Watercolour Blush.

Becca Beach Tint in Guava

Becca Beach Tint in Guava

Becca Beach Tint is actually thicker than liquid, more like a cream.  It comes in a number of fruity shades, with a subtle scent to match.  My complaint is that Becca Beach Tint has a tendency to separate.  I received Becca Beach Tint as a PR sample.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush is a cult favorite in the UK.  You may shop it through web sites such as BeautyMART and Cult Beauty.  I purchased mine when Cult Beauty had a special for free international shipping.  Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush is very runny.  It comes in a dropper bottle: just let gravity do its work, don’t squeeze – it’s easy to overdo it.  It is very pigmented and if you overdo it, you’ll look like a clown.  It separates, and the bottle contains a mixing bead of the type you might find in a bottle of nail polish.

Make Up For Ever had a liquid blush that came in a pump dispenser, and I would always pump out too much.  The Sephora crew member showed me how little product was needed, and she anticipated a lot of returns.  MUFE apparently got the message, because it discontinued the product.

Verdict: I prefer creme blush to liquid blush.  Creme blush is simple to use: apply with your fingers.  I like using a moistened blending sponge like Beautyblender  to soften the edges.  In my stash: Stila Convertible Color in Lilium and FLOWER creme blush in Peach Blossom.

#TBT Debbie Gibson for @Revlon Natural Wonder

Debbie Gibson was a pop princess of the 1980s.  She was also a spokesperson for Natural Wonder, Revlon’s more youthful brand (since discontinued).

Debbie Gibson for Natural Wonder

Debbie Gibson for Natural Wonder

Debbie Gibson’s “rival” was Tiffany Darwish, whose stage name was simply Tiffany.  Tiffany became a spokesperson for a rival brand: was it Maxi by Max Factor or Maybelline’s Shine Free?  A Google search hasn’t turned up anything.  Please help – I would like a picture to pin to The Style Page | beauty | vintage board on Pinterest.

#TBT Personal care products of the 1960s

Do you remember these personal care products from the 1960’s?

1960s Personal Care Products

1960s Personal Care Products

I remember them all – especially Lava pumice soap.  Would you believe that my dermatologist prescribed Lava as part of an acne skin care regimen?  That, and female hormones.  I was 12 years old.

The Style Page interview with Nonie Creme of Nonie Creme Colour Prevails

Nonie Creme is the Founder & Creative Director, Nonie Creme Colour Prevails.  Nonie Creme Colour Prevails was launched only last week and has been rolled out in Walgreens stores nationwide.  Nonie was Former Founding Creative Director of  butterLONDON.

In this interview, Nonie discusses the challenges she faced in starting a new cosmetics line and her partnership with Walgreens.

Nonie Creme

Nonie Creme

1. You said that you felt like you were able to identify a blank space in masstige. What was that blank space, and how does Colour Prevails fill it?

Think about your local drugstore. You are in there 3-5 times a week, even if you don’t want to be! Now think about what’s on offer in the beauty dept. All the big mass brands are there, but what if there was this beautiful, exciting, luxurious brand that looked like it walked out of a dept store, sitting there too? What if the formulations rivaled brands that cost 5080% more? What if the packaging were worldclass, and patented to guarantee a better result? Well, it’s real!

2. I’m always interested in the challenges that entrepreneurs face. When I’ve asked other movers and shakers in the beauty industry about challenges they faced when starting out, I’ve received several different answers: financing, finding suppliers, production schedules, and even eagerness and impatience to get the products to market. What challenges did you face in starting Colour Prevails?

Well, all of those are true, but before you even get to the broke, stressed, impatient phase, there is a whole other mountain to climb. To be truly successful as an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to take enormous risks. I have had to take risks and make decisions that have put my entire way of life into uncertainty. I’ve moved across the globe, I’ve starved, I’ve walked away from huge job offers, and all of those things had to happen in order for me to get where I am. I’d say the biggest challenge I faced in the beginning was fear. These days I take what’s coming – and it’s NOT always good. I move forward with purpose and utter belief in myself and my business, and if it all goes to s@#t, then I will dust myself off and try again. You have to fail to succeed, and if you are not willing to fail as completely as you succeed, then you won’t make it.

3. Why did you choose the butterfly wing as the symbol for Colour Prevails?

Conceiving and founding Colour Prevails has been a hugely transformative experience for me. I wanted to use brand iconography that appealed to me aesthetically, but also has some significance for me and my customers on a personal level. The wing is beautiful and mysterious in its own right, but it also points to metamorphosis and the idea that we are always growing, always changing, and always discovering ourselves.

4. You said that Walgreens was your first and only choice as a retailer. Why did you choose Walgreens? How did you partner with Walgreens?

I thought a LOT about who the right retail partner would be. I knew I wanted to work with a mass retailer, and I knew I wanted the broadest reach I could possibly get. Walgreens are 8,500 stores strong in the USA, and have recently acquired Boots Alliance in the UK. They are without question, the most important player in mass. They bring more depth of knowledge to my business than I could ever hope to have. Apart from that, Walgreens is just a fantastic fit for me. I’m about as far-out as you can get in the beauty biz, and that fact that they weren’t startled or put off by me, and were ready to celebrate me as I was, and for my expertise over my notoriety, meant that I had found the perfect home. Walgreens has treated me like family, I’m very lucky.

5. Your products may be purchased through walgreens.com, but I see that many are web exclusives. Could you tell us anything about the rollout of Colour Prevails in Walgreens stores? How many Walgreens stores will carry Colour Prevails?

Actually, the entire range is available in all 3,000 stores where you can find us. There are no web exclusives. (Probably just says that while we roll out the stores)

6. When you’re not working on Colour Prevails, what you enjoy doing?

I have a very rich social life. My friends are my family, and we gather at least 3 times a week with our kids and just hang out, drink (we are all drinkers!), and play music by the fire pit. I’m a workaholic, it’s just hard wired, but my little girl and my friends give me a sense of calm and support that keeps me grounded.

7. Any parting thoughts on beauty?

YES! Don’t ever listen to someone else’s opinion on how you should look. We all have our gripes about ourselves (my fat belly…), but try to focus on something that YOU like about yourself and make that your jumping off point. If you feel beautiful with green hair and winged liner, then you need to wear that! Truly beautiful women are the ones who are confident in their own skin. Be fearless in trying different looks until one resonates for you. Oh, and remember not to judge other people for their beauty experiments. Everyone is beautiful, and variety is the spice of life.

Thanks to Nonie Creme and her awesome PR

An interview with Jenny Patinkin of Lazy Perfection

Jenny Patinkin

Jenny Patinkin

Jenny Patinkin is a Chicago-based makeup artist who launched her Lazy Perfection line of makeup brushes last year. Unsatisfied with mass-produced brushes, she developed her own line of luxurious makeup brushes, which are handmade by Japanese artisans.

Lazy Perfection was picked up by high-end retailers Cos Bar and SpaceNK.  In addition, gloss48.com recently held a flash sale (now closed) of Lazy Perfection brushes.

In this interview, Jenny resolves the seeming contradiction in the name “Lazy Perfection,” discusses her hero products, and gives 2 makeup tips that are flattering to all women.

1. How did you get started in makeup? Do you have a background or interest in art? I’ve interviewed several makeup artists, and what they have in common is a background or interest in art.

I started in makeup kind of by accident. After being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, I wanted to go back to work and was looking around at beauty related business opportunities. Along the way I met a makeup artist who recognized some natural ability and she encouraged me to get some training. I’d always loved makeup, but my artistic abilities were previously unknown to me. Such a fun, exciting surprise to have discovered them at 40!

2. Your bio says that you were trained at the Jemma Kidd Makeup Academy in London, England. What motivated you to travel abroad and pursue training in England?

The focus of my time at JK was on makeup history. I didn’t see any other classes offered in the US quite like this one and I knew it would give me a foundation of knowledge that would support any style I chose to do.

3. How did you get signed by Timothy Priano only 3 weeks after graduating from the Jemma Kidd Makeup Academy? He has represented some of the most prominent MUAs in the industry.

The artist who trained me in Chicago recommended me to Priano and they brought me in to do 3 test shoots with some of their new models. It was an incredibly nerve wracking day, made all the more so because they expected me to do hair as well, something about which I know very little. But, as soon as the agency saw the test shots, they offered me a contract, which was very flattering.

4. Why the name “Lazy Perfection” for your collection of brushes? It sounds like a contradiction in terms!

The name is absolutely a nod to how easy it is to apply your makeup with these brushes! My collection is made from brush hairs so soft that they pick up less product from the pan and then bend and flex as soon as they touch your face, making the distribution of your product much more even. The easier it is to blend your makeup, the faster you can finish your look and get out the door. That’s Lazy Perfection.

5. Your makeup brushes are handcrafted in Japan. Are there any other aspects of Asian aesthetics that appeal to you?

I appreciate understated beauty and simplicity, so the minimalism in the Japanese aesthetic definitely speaks to me. There might be a lot of detail, but it never appears overworked or overdone. The traditional Japanese aesthetic has a purity and elegance that I very much admire.

6. Your top-selling brushes are the All Over Face, Domed Multi Blender, and Flat Fluffy Cheek brushes. Why do you think that these brushes are so popular?

Lazy Perfection by Jenny Patinkin

Lazy Perfection by Jenny Patinkin

The All Over Face Brush is my #1 best seller because it can do just so much – it’s a makeup brush Super Hero!  Any complexion product you need to apply, whether it’s liquid, cream or powder, applies quickly, every and beautifully. From foundation to blush, to bronzer, contour, highlighter, powder or mineral powder, this brush is a multi-tasking powerhouse that couldn’t make your makeup routine any simpler.

The Domed Multi Blender Brush has a soft but dense tip, which is absolutely fabulous for buffing under eye concealer seamlessly.   You can apply less concealer with a brush like this since it distributes the product so well, and that means less chance of creasing. The thinner the layer, the longer the wear!  It’s also terrific for spot concealing discoloration on the skin and for applying a diffused blend of cream or powder eyeshadow.

The Flat Fluffy Cheek Brush is 100% Blue Squirrel and the softest, most luxurious blush brush ever!  I was so tired of having scratchy dry brushes on my face that made me feel like I was exfoliating instead of applying makeup!  The short edge of this brush can be used for contouring or highlighting; the broad edge gives a 1-sweep application, and the uncut tapered tips of the hair practically blend product for you.

7. What are your views about natural bristles versus synthetic bristles?

At the end of the day, the way a brush blends your makeup is what matters most. Uncut, tapered, natural hairs practically float the product onto your skin, and the ones in my line are amazingly luxurious and soft. People don’t realize that the same way there are different grades of natural hair, there are different grades of synthetic hairs, too. It’s the inexpensive synthetics I don’t care for, because they loose their flexibility over time, start to stick together, and get weighed down with oils and pigments which makes the blending process slower and more difficult.

8. Your brushes are sold not only through your web site, but also through premium vendors such as Cos Bar and SpaceNK. How did your collection get picked up by Cos Bar and SpaceNK?

I cold called them! Lily Garfield from Cos Bar and Nicky Kinnaird from SpaceNK understood immediately what I was trying to do and that my line of brushes is several steps higher in quality than a mass produced line. They both remain wonderful mentors to me.

9. What are your plans to expand your brand?

I am currently working on a range of innovative products, including a new brush concept that is designed to enable Lazy Perfection and simplify and streamline the makeup process for women.

10. As you live in Chicago, have you done makeup for Michelle Obama and Oprah?

I have met them both, but have never been fortunate enough to do their makeup. Michelle Obama’s skin is magnificent – I’d love to have the opportunity to work with her.

11. What is the biggest mistake that women make in applying makeup?

Too often, women obsess about the little flaws only they can see on their faces and pile on product to either cover them up or change them. Once you start messing with nature by trying to fight it or alter it, it can take you into tricky territory. I think we all have to be a little kinder to ourselves and realize that the little flaws aren’t worth the anxiety. That’s part of Lazy Perfection – eliminating the stress.

12. What makeup tips can you share with us?

There are 2 things I think are flattering on all women, regardless of age, coloring, etc. 1) Tight lining the upper lash line gives definition to the eye and creates the appearance of fuller lashes, and 2) very subtly highlighting the outer tops of the cheeks makes your complexion look naturally radiant.

13. Do you have any parting thoughts about beauty that you would like to share with our readers?

Applying your makeup doesn’t have to take forever or be stressful. It’s all about blending. Blend, blend, blend … and then blend some more.