Get Gilded This Summer With Erzulie’s Mineral Cream Eye Shadows

Mineral Cream Eye Shadow – Image from Erzulie Cosmetics

Hello lovelies! We hope you had a beautiful Independence Day last week, we know we did here in San Jose. Today we wanted to share one of our new favorite products for achieving a signature summer look: gilded eyes!

You can achieve this look with Erzulie’s Mineral Cream Eye Shadow in Gilda. It’s a creamy, golden eye shadow full of amazing ingredients like argan oil! Apply with your finger tip to your upper lids, and use  a brush along your lower lashes. You can set the look further by dusting over a golden powder. One of our favorite things about this shadow is it’s multitasking ability: use this cream as a base, shadow, highlighter, or if you are feeling bold a lip color! It’s priced fantastically at $5 a pot, or you can score two shadows for $9 at Rhonda’s Etsy Shop.

Have you rocked a shimmery gilded look yet this summer?

Product Review: Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar

Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar in Tin - Image by Jackie Blizzard

LUSH Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar in Tin – Image by Jackie Blizzard

Happy Friday everybody! We hope your week was beautiful! Two weeks ago we reviewed LUSH’s Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar, a traveling girl’s best friend. It’s a great shampoo for normal hair, but what if your locks need a little more love? We’d recommend going with LUSH”s Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar then. It has jasmine for a divine scent and shea butter to give your hair a moisturizing boost.

We tested this shampoo bar out on our last adventure and it was awesome! Simply rub the bar between your hands while you are in the shower to create a lather. Then apply the suds to your hair and shampoo as normal. If your hair is on the drier side follow up with conditioner, but if your hair is more oily, the Godiva bar provides plenty of moisture! To care for your solid shampoo bar leave the lid off and let it dry for a few hours. Then put the tin lid back on and it’s ready to go! We had no issues with leaky shampoo using this method!

So have you given thought to switching to solid shampoo? If not, what is holding you back?!!!

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Skin As Soft As A Baby: Review of California Baby Super Sensitive Lotion as Facial Moisturizer

California Baby Super Sensitive Lotion, Image by Jacqualyn Blizzard.

California Baby Super Sensitive Lotion, Image by Jacqualyn Blizzard.

Happy Friday everybody! We hope your Valentines’ Day was a blast, and if it wasn’t take comfort in this soothing moisturizer. California Baby makes amazing organic, non-toxic, and earth-safe goodies for little ones. But did you know, many of their products work wonders for adults! We are always in search of great facial moisturizers that work for sensitive skin and are non-comedogenic. And with California Baby’s Super Sensitive Everyday Lotion we have found a winner.

This lotion is a great facial moisturizer. It’s fragrance free and  non-comedogenic and full of great ingredients like calendula and rosemary! We’ve tested it out on our sensitive skin and so far so good. It’s a nice light moisturizer that gives your skin a smooth and soft feel. So far no breakouts either. A 6.5 fl oz. bottle will only set you back about $15. You can find it at Whole Foods, Target, online,  and many natural food stores. Look for our review of their calendula cream coming soon as a more decadent facial moisturizer!

Have a beautiful weekend!

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Product Review: Erzulie Naturegel Mineral Liner!

Today I will fulfill my promise of a full product review for a totally safe, totally natural, and totally affordable gel eyeliner. Before I became a safe and ethical cosmetics convert, I used (and loved) Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in black. It was powerful stuff and with a reasonable price tag of $8. But once I made the switch to safe cosmetics from companies that did not test on animals, my Maybelline Gel Eyeliner was out :-(.

I’ve tried several different eyeliner alternatives, including a gel liner by Terra Firma Cosmetics and a mineral powder liner by Everyday Minerals with lackluster results. Terra Firma’s gel eyeliner burned my eyes and smeared as I tried to apply it, needless to say it was not a winner. And using a pure mineral with a wet liner brush just didn’t deliver the same dramatic effect as a gel. So I was thrilled to try out this new Natural Gel Eyeliner from Erzulie in Intense Black, which promised rich pigments and a smooth application!

A little background on Erzulie Cosmetics: These lovely beauty goods are handmade in small batches by Rhonda Demars, an awesome entrepreneur from Massachusetts that is committed to helping women find safe, quality cosmetics without compromising the environment or the furry creatures that inhabit it. At Y&L Style Bar we love supporting other passionate female entrepreneurs in the beauty industry—so this is a definite reason behind our new-found affection for Erzulie! All of Rhonda products are also non-comedogenic, and FREE of harmful chemicals, Talc, lakes and dyes, Parabens, PEG’s, Polybutenes, Glycols, Acrylates, Synthetic Silicones, phthalates(plastic esters),BHT, Dioxane, Petroleum bi-products and Bismuth Oxychloride. You can find Erzulie Cosmetics and skincare in Rhonda’s Etsy store, and I must also attest to her excellent customer service. She shipped super quickly, responded to my emails fast, and just made the experience of buying cosmetics online really, really pleasant! But onto the review! 

I started by first applying my Jane Iredale BB Cream in Light to give my skin a smooth and even look and then applied some of Erzulie’s concealer to my lids and under my eyes to act as a primer. I love layering my eyeliner to get a really bold effect, so I did that here too (but don’t worry I also tested the gel by itself). To layer I first applied Jane Iredale’s Eye Pencil in black to my upper and lower lash lines without stressing too much about it being perfect. Then I took a regular artist’s #1 paint brush and dipped it into the Erzulie’s Naturegel Mineral Liner. Using short strokes (moving from the outer edge of my eye to the inner corner) I applied a thick and neat line on both my upper and lower lash lines. I waited a few minutes and then applied another light coat making sure the line was completely filled in, dark, and smooth (I really like intense eyeliner:-)). After applying the gel I gave my lashes a quick sweep of Jane Iredale Mascara, and touched up under my eyes with some more concealer. As you can see from the pictures, the gel added a nice really bold and rich color!

Erzulie’s Naturegel Eyeliner has a pleasant smell and a glossy texture. I tried out the intense black color, but Rhonda has also created some other great shades: Dark Plum (sounds amazing), Black Cherry, Darkstar Blue, and Dark Brown. A little goes a long way, so I think this pot will last at least 6-8 months. That is a great bargain for only $7.95! I thought that it held up pretty well throughout the whole day. I applied it around 6:30AM, and didn’t need to touch up until about 5:00PM (and that’s just because I’m a little OCD about my eyeliner). It’s definitely important to give the liner some time to set so it doesn’t smear, but this really doesn’t take long, maybe a few minutes. Using a primer really helps keep your eyeliner in place, so I’d recommend using a primer (or a shadow) with this gel eyeliner as well. When I applied Erzulie’s Gel Eyeliner solo it still delivered an intense and long-lasting line, albeit not as intense as layered application. Overall I think this is a great gel eyeliner, at a great price, created by a lady with the same commitment to safe, effective, and sustainable beauty as Y&L Style Bar! So if you are on the lookout for a new eyeliner give Erzulie’s Naturegel Liner a try!

I am already eyeing up Erzulie’s Chubby Pencil Liner, Liquid Liner, and Highlighting pencil! Which of these products would you like to see tested out and reviewed?

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Natural Gel Eyeliner!

We are always on the lookout for great products that deliver professional quality without compromising your health, the environment, or your wallet! Today we wanted to give you a heads up on a new gel eyeliner we will be testing soon. It is the All Natural Mineral Gel Eyeliner in Intense Black from Erzulie Cosmetics which is sold exclusively on Etsy. Erzulie Cosmetics are made by Rhonda ( in small batches from safe and organic ingredients. Normally the eyeliner is $9.95 a pot, a steal for gel eyeliner (and comparable to Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner). But right now she is offering it for $7.95, plus a 10% off coupon! Pretty sweet right? From the website and her feedback it seems like this eyeliner could be a new Y&L favorite for creating some dramatic cat eyes. But we can’t give it a stamp of approval without trying it out, but for $7.95 it’s not too big a financial risk :).

If you are willing to wait, we will give you a full product review and pictures of the finished look as soon as we can get our hands on the eyeliner goodies! Have you ever tried Erzulie Cosmetics before?

Flawless Complexion With One Product: Jane Iredale’s Glow Time

 

At Y&L Style Bar we are all about beauty and fashion that works for women with a busy lifestyle. So when we find beauty goods that eliminate multiple steps and products—saving you time and money—we get pretty excited. This week we are excited about Jane Iredale’s latest creation for complexion perfection—Glow Time!

It’s a moisturizer, concealer, pore-minimizer, foundation, and sun protector all combined into one little golden tube. Glow Time will cover up blemishes, reduce wrinkles, minimize pores and brighten up your complexion. It is currently available in 7 shades and can be applied with a brush or just your finger. To see a video for applying Glow Time click here. While the tube is only 1.7-ounces, a little bit goes a very long way. So even with a $48 price tag it is a bargain because you won’t need to buy foundation, sunscreen, or even a moisturizer for a long long time (at least a year probably longer).

One of my favorite features of Jane Iredale’s Glow Time is that it is non-comedogenic, meaning it can give thirsty skin plenty of moisture without clogging up pores! I went and got a sample of Glow Time to test it out because my stubborn skin has been breaking out and drying out (eek!). I love it so far because it hides my blemishes and gives my skin some additional moisture without inflaming my acne! I can’t wait to purchase a full tube! So try out Jane Iredale’s Glow Time at a salon (like Y&L) or Pharmaca near you!

 

 

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Eyes That Pop: Jane Iredale’s Highlighting Pencil To Brighten Your Eyes!

 

At Y&L we love Jane Iredale (that’s why we use her products on our clients) and one product we really love is her highlighter pencil in white/pink! This jumbo dual ended pencil is fantastic for highlighting your eyes (and could even be used it to highlight your cheekbones).

Application Tips:

  • Use the pink end to highlight under your brow line.
  • To brighten up the corners of your eyes apply the white end to the inner corners of your eyes.
  • Use the white end to line the inside of your eyelids.
  • Use the pink as a base for lipstick or to highlight your lips as well!

The other reason why we (and I personally) love Jane Iredale products is that they are vegan, cruelty free, and safe to use! What is your favorite highlighting pencil?

 

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