42 Dubonnet : Brand Review

Hello folks!

Last week, I had posted an interview with the mother daughter duo behind the brand 42 Dubonnet. If you did not get a chance to read it,you can catch up HERE. The brand brings you the mystery and allure from the 1920’s in the form of petite makeup products which you can easily slip into your purse 🙂  The packaging is inspired by the art deco style from the 1920’s and look stunning. It is no wonder they have won a couple of awards for their unique packaging!!

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42 Dubonnet packaging 🙂

I am a sucker for packaging and it is a double win in my book when the products perform well too! 42 Dubonnet very kindly sent me 4 of their products to try and I really loved using them. I got a chance to try their Fringe Mascara, Sultry eye gel liner, Lip gloss in the shade La La Lola and the kissable lipstick in Dubonnet.

Let’s start with their eye products. I absolutely loved their mascara! If you are looking for nice fluttery lashes then this one is for you 🙂 The mascara comes with a natural bristle brush and I did not notice any clumping or spidery -ness. I usually go over my lashes 3 times and sometimes even 4 and there was no clumping even then. So yay! It stays put all day- no smudging, no flaking. It holds a curl and my lashes look thick and fluttery, in other words this mascara is perfect!

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42 Dubonnet Sultry eyes gel liner and Fringe mascara

I am not a pot gel liner person (always liked felt/brush pens ) so this was the first time in years I am trying a pot gel liner. Guess what..I really like it! It is a nice jet black color and stays put all day. Again like the mascara, there was no smudging at the end of the day and the black was as intense as it was when freshly applied, even after 8 hours of wear.

The lip products were both love at first sight for me or rather love at first wear! The kissable lipstick in the shade Dubonnet is a beautiful warm red and the formula is incredibly smooth and creamy although it is matte. It feels light weight on the lips and is very pigmented. Overall, I love the shade, the texture and it does not dry my lips so I might pick up some of the other shades they offer 🙂

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42 Dubonnet Irresistible Kissable Lipstick in Dubonnet and the lip gloss in La La Lola

The lip gloss in La La Lola ( love the name) is a beautiful deep purple shade with fine golden shimmers. This looks stunning on the lips on its own and feels very comfy. I did not find it to be too sticky and actually enjoyed pairing it with the lipstick ..it gave the lipstick a different depth of color! Unlike most lip glosses, this one comes with a brush instead of the doe foot applicator. I feel like you get a better controlled application with the brush.

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Swatches of the lipgloss La La Lola (top) and the lipstick in Dubonnet (bottom)

I love that the products are all made in the USA and cruelty free. Overall, the brand has some beautiful high quality products and if you would like to see what else they offer do check their website. My favorite out of these 4 products would be the mascara and the lipstick 🙂 I am looking forward to the new lipstick shades they plan to release soon and would love to try their eyeshadows too 🙂

Have you tried 42 Dubonnet products? If so, what are your favorites?

Hope you’ll are having a great week!

Until next time,ciao!!

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An Interview with Lauren and Ann, founders of 42 Dubonnet

Hello folks!

If you are a big history nerd, vintage art and decor lover, and you love makeup, I am sure you will be as excited as I was to discover 42 Dubonnet. A makeup brand that brings you the mystery and allure of the 1920s, 42 Dubonnet does not disappoint with their beautiful 1920’s inspired packaging and petite sized products you can slip into your purse. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ann and Lauren, the mother daughter duo who founded the brand and today I’d like to share with you their entrepreneurial  journey and the story of the brand!

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Lauren and Ann , founders of 42 Dubonnet

I love the aesthetics of 42 Dubonnet which is inspired by the 1920’s! What about this era appealed to you, that you went about creating an entire line inspired by this period.

Ann: I was visiting Lauren in Miami Beach for the first time. We were sipping on cocktails at Lauren’s favorite speakeasy-inspired bar and we started talking about the feelings of glamour and freedom of Miami Beach. We both loved the Art Deco colors and love the beautiful and distinctive Art Deco style. Lauren started reminiscing about her grandma’s Art Deco vintage compacts and lipsticks and the seed of 42 Dubonnet was planted.

Who would you describe as your fashion/ style role model from the 1920’s?

Lauren: There are so many role models for me from Greta Garbo, to Amelia Earhart, to the women who fought for women’s right to vote in 1920. The 1920’s symbolizes the rise of female empowerment. While I was a costume design major at the University of Texas, I used to spend hours flipping through Vogue magazines from the 1920’s and 1930’s. From the ultra-glam flapper girls to the first waves of cool androgyny, 1920’s fashion was all about liberation, trying new things and having a whole lot of fun in the process. In the 1920’s women’s style loosened up, corsets came off and skirts got shorter. We can thank Coco Chanel for this. She led the concept of casual chic in the 1920’s and is responsible for the little black dress, skirt suit, costume jewelry, and best of all, pants! Thanks to Coco Chanel, pants for women were in for the very first time! Greta Garbo was one of my favorite icons from the 1920’s. She projected a magnetism and mystique. I also love King Kong’s beautiful Fay Wray and designers like Paul Poiret.

If I were to step back into the 1920’s for a Great Gatsby style party, which of your products would you recommend I take with me 🙂

Ann: Definitely our Dubonnet lipstick for those show-stopping classic red lips which defined beauty in that era. And also our Smoky Eyes mini compact to create a decadent smoky eye which was another beauty favorite back then. Pair it with our Sultry Eyes Gel Liner and Fringe Mascara Noir. And of course, you’ll want to use your lipstick as blush for the apples of your cheeks.

Do you see any vintage beauty trends making a comeback in the near future?

Ann: Because of the dramatic flair and luxe living, I think the 1920’s will always find ways to inspire and a lot of the beauty trends from then are still here today although maybe modified a bit…like the smoky eye look and that classic red lipstick.

What is it like working as a mother daughter team?

Lauren: Growing up, I had no idea my mom would be my business partner. Although we were close, I’m very creative and she’s more analytical. While you might think these personality differences would cause conflict in our business relationship, what’s great is that our skill sets actually complement each other. We learned to trust in each other’s strengths and it gave us a whole new appreciation for each other. For example, when we’ve had a less desirable outcome from one of our campaigns we use our unique skills sets to bond over solving problems and changing this setback into a success. These experiences have only made our bond stronger.

Ann: Well said!

What are some of the highs and lows you’ve experienced as beauty entrepreneurs?

Ann: For the highs, working with so many talented MUAs on IG is a big one and of course winning 2 packaging awards is huge. But the biggest accomplishment is having our customers love our products.

For the lows, not having our initial hot stamping turn out like we expected was a setback, but we used our unique skills sets to bond over solving problems and changing this setback into a success so our packaging got even better after that. Even though it cost us more money, we were rewarded with a 2019 Package Design Award in the HOW International Design Awards & GD USA 2018 American Package Design Awards.

Any tips for someone looking to start a beauty brand of their own?

Lauren: Research your niche and see where you fit in, find good partners (good business partners, manufacturers, vendors, etc) start your social media campaigns with anticipation well before you launch, and most importantly, be patient.

What is next for 42 Dubonnet?

Ann: We’d like to continue expanding our lipstick selection. We have 7 colors now (we started with 3) and we’d like to expand that to 10 by the end of the year.

Lauren: We also would like to expand our brand reach and awareness.

Do check out their website https://www.42dubonnet.com/ to learn more about the brand and explore their lovely products. Stay tuned for a post showcasing some of 42 Dubonnet’s beautifully packaged products coming up next!

Until next time,ciao!

 

Sabreen Cosmetics Liquid Matte Enhancers

Hello folks!

Sabreen Cosmetics is a cruelty free and vegan brand started by three sisters to honor their aunt who lost her battle with cancer. Read more about their brand story in the interview I posted a few days back! Today I’d like to share with you 2 shades from their liquid matte enhancer lipstick line.

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Sabreen Cosmetics Liquid Matte Enhancers in Najiyyah (top) and Laila (bottom)

I love the packaging of these! The black box with flowers and gold detailing is a nice touch 🙂 The actual tube also looks pretty with the pink and gold top.

They offer 12 shades on their website, all of them look intense, pigmentation wise and they are some unique colors. The 2 shades they kindly sent me are Najiyyah and Laila. Both these shades are totally out of my usual comfort zone but it was so much fun testing these out! The shade Najiyyah is a dark red brown which looks awesome for a night out and is my favorite out of the two. Laila is bright neon pink on my lips and I think I might wear this on its own in the summer! I also enjoyed mixing the 2 shades.

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Laila and Najiyyah swatched

From the swatches above you can see they mean business when it comes to pigmentation! On the lips, a single swipe is all you need for rich color. They dry down to a perfect matte budge proof layer within a minute after application.

I have dry lips and these don’t flake off or make my lips look like a dried prune 😀 I use a lip balm prior to using any lip product and this does not alter the formula of these guys. I am also impressed with the longevity of the matte enhancers. They stayed on quite well even after a meal..no weird flaking or bleeding.

Overall, these are quite comfortable to use and the pigmentation is amazing! Check out their website to see their other shade offerings!

Until next time,ciao!!

 

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An Interview with Saliah, Najiyyah and Kareemah, the founders of Sabreen Cosmetics

Hello everyone!

I had the opportunity to get to know the lovely sisters who founded the brand Sabreen Cosmetics in honor of their late aunt who lost her fight with breast cancer. The brand strives to offer products that are safe and fun.

Sabreen Cosmetics is Vegan, Cruelty free and PETA certified. Here is the interview with Saliah, Najiyyah and Kareemah,the women behind Sabreen Cosmetics!

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Saliah, Najiyyah and Kareemah, founders of Sabreen Cosmetics

Starting Sabreen Cosmetics to honor your aunt is very touching! Tell us more about your journey to starting Sabreen Cosmetics

We wanted to create a brand to honor our aunt’s legacy and her love for cosmetics and health. During our research we found that there was a need for clean beauty products for women of color, and that inspired us more to build our brand.

As a black owned brand, what are some of the challenges you have faced so far in your journey?

One of the challenges was finding a manufacturer who would accommodate our needs. We faced many no’s but we never gave up. Every step of the way literally was a NO! But, through persistence we made it happen!

When did you all get interested in makeup?

Honestly, growing up we were always into beauty. We all love hair, make-up, and skin care as collectively, so it was natural for us to want to create a brand for ourselves. Our biggest inspirations come from our parents and my aunt Nabeehah Sabreen, whom our brand is named after.

Sabreen Cosmetics has some unique liquid lipstick shades. How did you go about finalizing the 12 colors currently sold on your website?

We wanted to create shades that would fit the many skin tones of women of color. We wanted to have shades that ranged from light to dark, and could accommodate the many looks that our Sabreen Queens might want to create during their day to day lives. Whether it’s for the workplace, date night or at the beach, we have a shade for you!

All the shades look like they are named after women. Are there real women behind these shade names?

Yes ALL of the names are real women. 3 of them are named after us the owners, and others family members and friends.

What do you all enjoy doing the most as founders of Sabreen?

We enjoy watching the brand grow, empowering women and educating them on importance of clean beauty. We also enjoy seeing our Sabreen Queens slaying in our Sabreen Liquid Matte Enhancers! They always look AMAZING!

Which are your personal favorite shades?

Taj and Kareemah are our favorites. But honestly they are all our favorites!

What advice do you have for anyone looking to start their own beauty brand?

Our advice would be to create plan and stick to it, never take NO for answer, and never be afraid to go outside the box.

What is next for Sabreen Cosmetics?

Sabreen Cosmetics will be releasing more clean beauty products in the summer and fall of 2019 for our Sabreen Queens. Please be sure to sign up for our newsletter at sabreencosmetics.com for our latest updates!

Stay tuned for a post reviewing products from Sabreen Cosmetics coming next!

Until next time,ciao!!

Lucy B’s Beauty: Brand Review

Hello everyone!

If you did not get a chance to catch up on my previous post HERE, do check it out! I had the opportunity to interview the co founder and CEO of Lucy B’s Beauty! Today I want to share with you some of the lovely products the brand has to offer. Let’s talk about my favorite product first, the Hydra Bloom Rose Bath and Body oil!

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Lucy B’s Hydra Bloom Rose Bath and Body oil

This is what I’d call Spring in a bottle! It was really nice to receive this in the mail a day before a snowstorm hit us. It reminded me of spring which is my favorite time of the year. Not only does this look beautiful on your bath room counter this guy provides some serious moisture to the skin.

This oil can be used in a variety of ways, a face oil, adding a few drops to your bath water or using it right after your bath. I personally like to use this when I step out of the shower and just rub it on my damp skin. The result is supple hydrated skin!

The oil is a bend of Argan oil, Sunflower seed oil, Vitamin E, Rose Geranium Essential oil, Organic Rose buds and Lucy B’s signature Australian Flower essences (Boab, Five Corners, Dog Rose, Sturt Desert Rose and Southern Cross). The ingredients sound great don’t they?!

The smell of the rose body oil is not strong, in fact it is extremely subtle that even someone who generally doesn’t like rose scented products (I’m looking at you mom..if you’re reading this :D) can use this. In case you don’t like anything with rose in it they do offer a lavender bath and body oil too!

The other product Lucy kindly sent me, is a lip gloss from their Apothecary collection. I always have a lip gloss hanging around in my bag (or diaper bag these days!) especially during the colder months. I always like to use a lip gloss to provide some instant hydration when on the go and this one does the job nicely.

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Lucy B’s tinted lip gloss in Cocoa berry

The gloss also has a nice vanilla scent to it. It is a bit sticky but in the winter months I do not mind it so much. I really like the shade cocoa berry. They offer their tinted glosses in 3 other shades in addition to this. Do check out their website .

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Cocoa berry swatched

Overall, I really enjoyed both the products I received from Lucy B’s Beauty. The Hydra Bloom Rose oil makes an amazing gift and the gloss is a nice staple for on the go touch ups. I am looking forward to trying out Lucy B’s shimmer oils once it’s summer!

Have you tried anything from Lucy B’s Beauty? If not what would you like to try?

Until next time, ciao!!

 

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An interview with Lucy Baldock- Sacchi, CEO of Lucy B’s Beauty

Hello everyone!

I recently started interviewing the founders of Indie beauty brands, which has been a lot of fun! Each brand has a unique story and it is fun to get to know the creative minds behind unique products. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Lucy Baldock – Sacchi, the CEO and co founder of Lucy B’s Beauty. She is a celebrity make up artist who has worked extensively with celebrities like Claudia Schiffer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kylie Minogue, Johnny Depp to name a few.

Lucy B’s Beauty is a natural, cruelty free beauty brand based out of California but they bring to you products infused with botanical ingredients used by the Aborigines in Australia. Read on to find out more about Lucy B’s Beauty and Lucy’s journey as co founder so far!

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Lucy Baldock- Sacchi, CEO of Lucy B’s Beauty

Being a successful makeup artist who worked with top models and some of Hollywood’s big names, I thought I would start the interview by asking how did you get into the field of makeup artistry?

My parents were in show business (music side in London) so I was always surrounded by Art and Film and the people that produced Art and Music during the 1970’s.. it was a great inspiration to me. I loved all things beauty, fashion and Art so was always doing photo shoots. I partnered with a friend who was breaking into photography… then was approached by a great make up artist agency in USA to work with them..

What inspired you to start Lucy B’s Beauty? 

After two decades of working on photo shoots, for top magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, traveling the globe with models, actors and many celebrities doing hair& makeup, I was always given gratis every brand to test on my clients and I foresaw a trend in natural and organic beauty. I then set about with my photographer and artist husband Marco Sacchi to design a range to launch initially with my celebrity clientele as gifts.. I was working in Australia for 3 weeks with super model Elle McPherson, we went on a day off to the Uluru Cultural center and learnt all about the powerful plants that the Aboriginal people have used for healing emotional and physical ailments for many thousands of years.. I started learning more about them and worked on a range to launch. The iconic Fred Segal store in LA heard about our range and the rest is (her-story!)~ history

The bath oils and shimmer oils are beautiful! I love the hydra bloom Rose bath and body oil you kindly sent me! It smells divine and is very calming and relaxing. I would love to hear the story behind these products.

HYDRA BLOOM Organics are the holy grail of high grade organic ingredients pared with recycled packaging..  the beautiful glass can be used as flower vases and refilled. I think a product should not only be the highest quality organic but also look stunning.. the addition of organic rose buds, lavender flowers and our signature flower essences raise the vibration of the product.

I personally love Australian natural skincare brands. Australia has some amazing indigenous plants and I was thrilled to see that you use a unique blend of 5 Australian flower essences (Southern Cross, Sturt Desert Rose, Five Corners, Boab and Dog Rose) in many of your products. What is the significance of these 5 flowers

As a combination essence it has a vibrational effect of boosting ones confidence! Each flower has amazingly powerful properties used for thousands of years to heal them on many levels. Southern Cross~ helps one take responsibility for their own joy; Sturt Desert Rose~ helps you access your courage; Five Corners~helps one celebrate their own beauty; Boab~ helps one to release negative ancestral patterns and Dog Rose~ helps one embrace life more fully.

Lucy B’s also has an impressive range of perfumes.Where do you seek inspiration for the perfumes you create?  

As a child in London I was always into my mothers perfumes, layering them and admiring their gorgeous bottles..  I truly created them from amazing memories of England and Australia.. two incredible places of magnificent beauty I was fortunate to live in. The scents range from Amber Honey Suckle, Peony Rose and Mandarin Musk, Water Lotus and Vanilla, Green Fig & Vanilla, Gardenia, (all inspired by my home town London) and the plethora of gorgeous English gardens my family and Grandmother would take us to..such as Kew Gardens, The Chelsea flower show and while on a trip to Australia I fell in LOVE with Frangipani (aka Plumeria) a waxy fragrant beachy flower that is grows abundantly all over Australia. I lived there  for a while with a huge Frangipani tree in our garden. Other tropical scents were also growing wild over there.. Tiare Coconut & Jasmine.

Which of Lucy B’s Beauty products would you pick as your personal favorites?

I LOVE for Summer our Bronze Shimmer Body Glow (frangipani scent) and our roll-on and eau de parfum in Frangipani and Jasmine. Our HYDRA BLOOM Rose face, body bath oil and Rose LOVE face mist are magnificent to boost the skin’s pH balance and provide generous antioxidants to protect and hydrate.
For Autumn/ Winter or summer nights~ I LOVE our Amber Honeysuckle eau de parfum and roll-on oil along with our Lavender Face body bath oil to soothe the skin and relax the mind.. I love our Pearl shimmer oil to add a highlight to my skintone.

What are some of the challenges you have faced as a beauty brand entrepreneur and how did you overcome them?

This journey is not for the feint of heart! , one gets challenged often on many levels, having great ideas and staying truly focused on your brands core beliefs is key, I sort of compare it to having a hit song and singing it for a long time, refreshing the way to sing it and present it is key to staying fresh.
Listening to your intuition is so important. Growing slowly is key to see what works for your customer base. Listening to your stores and customers is always important. Stores are important but online selling and social has become equally important for sales.

What advice do you have for anyone wanting to start a beauty brand?

Its like building a house you’ll always need treble the funds what you think you’ll need! This can be over time though, always create a business plan and update every two years as you reach certain goals. Keep your day job to supplement income until it takes off and has a steady flow. Estimate 2-4 years. Get a mentor or 3 already in the business or with a business, ask questions as much as possible, attend seminars. Learn how to create spreadsheets then you know at a glance what everything actually costs, creating a COG (cost of goods) spreadsheet include shipping components to your company, the actual final items, its also great for making lists and having a focus on whats priority to do next. Use companies like legal zoom to help create your company & trademarks and for good inexpensive advice.

Lastly, could you give us a sneak peak of what products to expect from Lucy B’s this year 🙂

I’m working on a great kit for winter, can’t say what it is until we launch.. we’ll let you know.

 

Hope you enjoyed reading this interview and getting to know Lucy and her brand Lucy B’ s Beauty! Stay tuned for a review of some products from Lucy B’s beauty coming up this Friday!!

Until next time,ciao!!

Skinzi Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a chance to read my interview post (HERE) featuring the founder of Skinzi Cosmetics, Barby Espiritu. She describes her journey from being a quality engineer to starting her own liquid lipstick brand. They have beautiful matte liquid lipsticks which are specifically for those of us who suffer from dry lips. I typically do not wear liquid matte lipsticks (you can see that I have barely mentioned any on my blog) because of my dry lips. I was therefore really interested in trying out Skinzi’s liquid lipsticks. They currently offer 4 shades on their website and plan to expand their shade range soon!

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Skinzi Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks

I really like the packaging of these lipsticks! They are unique and stand out in the sea of liquid lipsticks on the market 🙂 I also think the initial colors they are offering are well thought out. They have a neutral shade : Morning Love, a mauve berry shade: Just Jazzy, a pink : Full Bloom and finally a party red: Paint the Town.

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From left to right: Morning Love, Just Jazzy, Full Bloom and Paint the town

The formula which claims to be non drying lives up to this expectation! It glides on like velvet and dries down to a nice comfortable matte finish. They feel very light and comfortable on the lips. It does not highlight the fine lines on your lips nor flake off during the course of the day.

The first time I used one of the liquid lipsticks, I had slathered on a nice thick layer of lip balm..since I didn’t know what to expect with the formula..plus old habits die hard! This made the liquid lip feel a bit gooey on my lips. So wipe off your lip balm before applying these 🙂 and you’ll see how beautiful the finish is 🙂

I like the faint scent these liquid lips have! I could smell some coffee and butterscotch when I first apply it to my lips but after it dries there is no scent.

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Swatches of the Skinzi liquid lipsticks

Look at those colors! Aren’t they pretty!! I enjoyed using all the 4 shades but if I had to pick one shade it will probably be Full Bloom..it reminds me of spring and is such a lovely shade on the lips.

If you plan to eat greasy food, you might need to reapply. I personally do not mind this since most comfortable lipsticks do that and I rather reapply than have a bullet proof moisture sucking lipstick 😀 Plus, these guys do not flake off but wear away in a uniform fashion leaving a nice stain..so you could go on without reapplying too.

Overall, I really enjoyed these lipsticks and I am excited to see the new shades coming soon from Skinzi!! Have you tried Skinzi Cosmetics?

Until next time, ciao!!!

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