Face Oils

As you may already know, I am very pregnant. Approx 40 weeks now! I’m expecting our little girl anytime now and so have taken the next month or so off of work. And while that means no appointments… it does mean lots of blogging! I have learned so much after working in the cosmetics industry for over 10 years and working in New York for over 6 years. I was really busy living in NYC but now I’m slowing down and I have so much I am dying to share with you!

Face oil

Lately I’ve been super ALL about face oils. I found this really interesting article in Cosmetics and Toiletries (a scientific journal on cosmetics) from 2008 about “free form” cosmetics. It seems like it was just around 2008 that the various health conscious cosmetic trends were becoming popular, a lot that can still bel seen today.  Free form earlier in 2002 simply meant free of synthetic colorants and fragrances. But in 2008 the list had expanded to include free from mineral oil, petrochemicals, polyethylene glycol (PEG), sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, genetically modified ingredients, phenoxyethanol and most recently silicone. What’s interesting about face oils… is they are SUPER free form. Like it shocks me when I look at the ingredients. It’s usually very simply a list of oils- usually from flowers, herbs, fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Here’s a breakdown of 4 different face oils that I have in rotation now:

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Brand: Bobbi Brown  Bottle: 1 oz, Glass bottle with a twist lid   Price: $83 USD Scent: neroli, patchouli, lavender, and sandalwood Thoughts: Bobbi Brown’s extra face oil was the first face oil I was introduced to back in 2006. And for that reason, as well as the beauty and quality of the product, it holds a very special place in my heart. One interesting thing to note is that despite being the most mainstream brand of all these oils it will leave you smelling the most like a hippie. I think it’s because of the patchouli and sandalwood. Another interesting observation about the product is the packaging. It’s a twist top, and all the others are either a pump or a dropper. It can get rather messy and not very good for travel. But… the packaging is extraordinarily beautiful and the weight of the product in your hand feels very luxurious.


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Brand: red flower  Bottle: 1 oz, Glass bottle with a dropper Price: $86 USD Scent: Rose damascena   Thoughts: I was given this as a gift from the girls at the Red Flower store in SoHo after buying their Nature radiant skincare travel set and some blood orange shampoo. It sat around in my skin care storage unit for about a year. I have had it in rotation with the other 3 face oils for the past couple of months. ROSES. It’s very rosy smelling and I kind of love and hate that about it. Just some nights it’s a little too strong for me… but during the day I love it! Maybe because during the day I’m moving around and at night I’m just laying there smelling it while I drift off to sleep!  It’s important to remember that these are oils that we are putting on our face and usually oils have a very strong scent. I really like the packaging, and the dropper applicator, gorgeous!


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Brand: Naturopathica  Bottle: .5 oz, Glass bottle with a pump  Price: $40 USD Scent: evening primrose and very light notes of lavender, ylang ylang and rosemary   Thoughts: I was given this as a gift from a good friend of mine that works at Naturopathica. Since I was already using three other face oils, I was like what the heck, let’s throw another one in the mix! This oil is half the price and size of the red flower and Bobbi Bown oils. The applicator is different too, It’s a pump top. Travel wise- I think this feels like the thickest glass and the least likely to break. The scent is great! It’s definately rosey- but the other ingredients make it a little more herbal smelling, which I love.

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil

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Brand: Dr. Alkaitis  Bottle: 4 oz, Glass bottle with a pump Price: $90 USD Scent:  My favorite scented oil out of he four. It’s hard to describe- flowery (rose) with a white sandalwood, subtle liquorice and country mallow.  Thoughts: I recieved this face oil in a Dr. Alkaitis travel set, and it’s fabulous! For $55 you get a 1 oz plastic container of the face oil with a pump as well as 7 other products to try!  Despite being the most hippie/ granola/ organic/ free form/ all that goodness kind of brand brand- I think it smells the most flowery and sweet and least herbal. Dr. Alkaitis also brands this as an all over oil- meaning face, hair and body. I look much tanner after applying this oil over the other oils- and the reason why is becuase it has turmeric in it.  See the pic below, the one on the right is the Dr. Alkatis and the one on the left is the Red Flower. The ingredient list in this product is facinating!  You have to read it hereScreen Shot 2015-05-08 at 8.22.10 AM Dr. Alkaitis is one of the most revolutionary brands out there in terms of health and global/ social resposibility. Taking the whole ‘free form’ cosmetic idea to the next level. We’re talking: certified organic, bio-dynamic and ethically wild-crafted ingredients. The products are biologically active, all raw, living and theraputic. The Doc preaches, ‘If you can’t eat it, then don’t put it on your skin”.

Tropical Getaway- what makeup to pack?

Dearest Lindsey, 
Ok, so my boyfriend and I are going to Costa Rica for three weeks in December.  What hair/make-up kind of stuff should I bring?  I want to be pretty and light.

(pic of costa rica found here)

Hi Kara,

Thank you so much for writing! How exciting that you are going to spend 3 weeks of the winter in a tropical oasis! So, packing your makeup and hair supplies, this is what I would recommend:

1. Sunscreen (body)- are you going to be carrying on your luggage? If so I recommend bringing 1-2 bottles of sunscreen on the plane that are under 3.4 oz. Sunscreen is so expensive in tropical places! And it’s such a hassel to have to go and buy it. Get at least an SPF 30 and make sure the sunscreen smells sexy!

2. Sunscreen (face)- Yes, I do recommend bringing a different SPF for your face. Why risk breaking out on your face from the body sunscreen? That would stress you out and not be cute- two things you don’t want on your glamorous tropical getaway. Get the SPF for face now and start adjusting your skin to it. Since you are going somewhere tropical (hot and humid), this is probably all you will need for a moisturizer.  You can also use it as a makeup remover if your eyes aren’t too sensitive. After you wash your face, just take a little on a q-tip and swipe it under and over your eye to remove leftover eye makeup.

3. Light Foundation- This could be your everyday foundation that you apply really lightly or perhaps even a tinted moisturizer. Something very, very light that just makes you feel more confident. Also, even if the foundation doesn’t have an SPF in it, the pigment that evens out your skin tone also acts as a little parasol to block the sun from your face.

4. Concealer- Just in case you break out! Also, have a large freckle or a sun spot that you hate? Or maybe a seriously red nose? While you’re out on the beach soaking up the rays, concealer acts as kind of a zinc oxide sunblock. It will block out the sun almost completely so that your redness and hyper-pigmentation stay at bay.  (no pun intended)

5. Bronzer and Blush- Essencial, but maybe not for everyday. When you go out as night with your new tan- this might be all you need to feel pretty and light!

6. Lip balm + pinky nude gloss- make sure you have a lip balm with an SPF with you at all times. Especially on the flight, don’t you hate it when you’re all dried up like a prune and you’ve forgotten your lip balm? A pinky nude gloss or another natural lip color might be nice to have when you go out on the town. Or if you’re super into magenta right now- bring that along! :D

7. Eye shadow- in a palette. It’s just easier that way! I don’t think shadow is necessary, but if you want to DO your makeup for a fancy dinner. It would be nice to have.

8. Eye liner- I would really only pack this if eyeliner is your thing.

8. Clear mascara- what ever happened to clear mascara? It’s so awesome! I totally recommend grabbing some and your local drug store. Great for the beach.

9. Regular Black Mascara- Just for nights out. If you bought waterproof and intended on wearing it to the beach and in the water- go return it. In my experience, waterproof mascara never actually stays, I will not have you looking like a raccoon in your pictures!

10. Q-tips, sponges, cotton balls, makeup wipes, any other supplies you regularly use.

11. Tweezers- what if that one hair grows back at the most inopportune time? You need to be prepared.

12. Lash curler- only if this is something you use daily and can’t live without.

13. Nail clippers- I mean, you’re going to be gone for 3 weeks! And how dreadful would a hang nail be that you couldn’t do anything about?

(Sexy beach hair found here)     

And now for hair-

1. Brush

2. Blow drier? Are you the type of girl that needs to blow dry her hair avery day? Will you hotel have a decent blow drier for you to use?

3. Lightweight Gel- I would bring this to rock the perfect beach-hair  look like her —->
It will also help tame your frizz from the high humidity.

4. Curling iron or straightener- You really need to ask yourself, “Am I going to want to DO my hair at some point?” Maybe pick one and bring it if there is space in your luggage.

5. Bobby pins, hair ties, Scrunchies (just kidding!), and any other tools/supplies you will need.

Thanks again for writing kara and I hope this helps!


Test Drive: Lite-Brite Liners, Article by Birchbox

Birchbox asked me what I thought about liners… and here’s what I had to say…
Test Drive: Lite-Brite Liners

Cooler weather always signals the return of neutrals to our wardrobe. But this year we’re mixing it up with a burst of color on our eyes. Whether it’s cobalt blue, forest green, shimmery metallic, or even shocking pink, these shades are user-friendly and fun. Makeup artist Lindsey Jones gave us her tips on rocking statement liner.


Jones advises choosing shades that you want to play up in your eyes. Blue liner will flatter blue eyes and “brown eyeliner with copper flecks in it can bring out the amber hue in brown eyes.” That said, don’t be afraid to experiment with a rainbow of shades.
Keep the rest of your makeup — especially on your eyes — simple. Pair bright liner with a light neutral shadow and minimal lip and cheek color. Bright colors can make any skin imperfections stand out so don’t skimp on the foundation or tinted moisturizer. Pay particular attention to masking under eye circles.
Prep lids with a primer or concealer to prevent any creasing. For extra long wear, layer a liquid liner over a cream or pencil. Tip: Soft eye pencils may smudge onto your lashes while you’re applying so make sure to finish with a few coats of mascara.


Try a dark forest green or true navy for a low key hint of color. You’ll only notice the color if you look closely but these shades are much more interesting than plain black or brown.
  • Our Picks: stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Moss, a rich forest green; stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Bluefin, a navy with lovely flecks of metallic blue that reflect the light.


If you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone, go for a great metallic. They’re versatile and subtle enough to pull off day or night. Try lining your bottom lashes or just the inner corner of your eyes with a gold or, for a bolder look, layer copper over a tight lined black liner.
  • Our Picks: Make Up For Ever’s Kohl Pencil 7K is a true gold in an easy to apply pencil; NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Skorpios is soft, easy to layer, and luminescent.


Slightly more daring but easy to pull off as the weather turns a bit colder, jewel tones like dark cerulean and purple make eyes light up.
  • Our Picks: Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner #8 is a royal purple with a slight shimmer; MAC Technakohl Eyeliner in Auto-De-Blu is a deep cerulean blue that glides on easily.


We’d save these colors for the weekend if you work in a more conservative industry but they’re a fun change and are sure to get you noticed. A thick yellow line is surprisingly wearable when paired with loads of mascara and a bright blue or grass green can be blended into darker shades for a little extra sass.


With neons, it’s best to go big or go home. Opt for hot pink, metallic aqua, or lime green and wear it in a thick winged line. Pair this with neutral colored clothing and a subdued hairstyle to avoid straying into 80’s territory.
  • Our Picks: Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner has a fine tip applicator that makes it easy to create a controlled winged line. Go for #5, a metallic blue, or #9, a hot hot pink. NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Celebrate is bright and fun.

    How to Apply a Translucent Loose Setting Powder

    Hi Lindsey,

    How are you? I just moved to Colorado and I’m sad I can’t come see you anymore! After all, you did completely revolutionize my look by making me grow out my eyebrows!

    I had a quick question for you. My friend bought me a Laura Mercier anti shine translucent matte powder. Another friend told me that using it with my Bobbi foundation will make me grey!! Is this true? I want to make sure I can still return it, so I’m afraid to try it!!

    Hi Kelly,

    How are you? Thank you so much for writing! So here’s the deal with the Laura Mercier powder- it will look grey is you pack it on with a brush- and the brush will wipe off some of your concealer and foundation anyway- which is no good. You have to go grab the Laura Mercier Velour Powder Puff to apply it- very lightly. Shake it once and open it up- the powder in the lid is all you’re gonna need. Make sure you rub the powder around on the puff before you apply. I would just apply it to your T-zone, or wherever you get the shiniest. I’m totally going to make a video of how to apply it when I get back home to NY from my vaca! I love it! I’ll make it on Wednesday! :D

    And thank you soooo much for writing that review of me on Google! You are soooo sweet! It’s people like you that make my business so amazing!!! Without you my business would be no where near where it is today! 

    And Here’s the tutorial:
    Also, Laura Mercier has this new powder, Invisible Loose Setting Powder. Nicole Wittman, a makeup artist that lives in LA and works at Laura Mercier, says that this is the new and improved photo ready powder. It’s just a better version of the older, thicker translucent powder. The original powder doesn’t work on Espresso skin tones on camera. Maybe this one will! I hope I can try it soon and let you know what I think! *UPDATE I think the original translucent formula is better that the new invisible formula. The new formula coagulates really strange underneath the eye on top of concealer.

    Foundation Oxidation Problem?

    I am so glad I could help when Birchbox was stumped when one of their subscribers had this makeup question:

    Dearest Birchbox Makeup Mavens,

    I am having the most endless makeup battle lately, my greatest enemy being foundation oxidation. I have very pale skin and any foundation I have used (and trust me, there have been many, many different ones) turns orange the second I put it on. It looks great in the makeup mirror and in my bathroom, but in natural light my face looks like Snooki. I have tried drugstore brands like Covergirl trumatch, Neutrogena healthy skin, Maybelline Dream Smooth, and Revlon Colorstay. I have also tried the nice brands like Jemma Kidd Light As Air, Chanel VitaLumiere, MAC Pro Lumiere, MAC Face&Body, and NARS. I have used makeup primers from Smashbox & Bare Minerals, and I always use the lightest shade any brand offers. I just don’t know what else to do! I am flabbergasted! Do you know any brands I haven’t tried that make foundation for very pale, pink-toned skin, that won’t turn orange in ten minutes? Thank you if you can offer any help. I am just stumped!

    Asked by
    We were a bit stumped by this one so we have to apologize that it has taken us so long to respond! Normally we’d suggest a great primer but sounds like you’ve tried that already so we decided to go straight to an expert: makeup artist, Lindsey Jones (@ljonesmakeup).
    She has super light skin just like you and had a few tips, which will hopefully solve your foundation conundrum. First, avoid oil-free foundations, which Lindsey says are the most likely to oxidize. She recommends trying Bobbi Brown, which has some of the lightest colored foundations on the market and great formulas. If possible, try them out in the store and wait to see how it looks in natural light before purchasing! If you’re using a powder, make sure it’s translucent as powders can also change color depending on your skin type. Hope this helps and let us know how it goes! xx, Birchbox

    Hello again lovelies, it’s Genevieve popping in to say THANK YOU! I asked a while ago about help with my foundation oxidation problem and you guys were so right! It was my powder that was causing my oxidation problem, not my foundation! Taking that out of the equation plus using an oil-free foundation cleared up my problem almost immediately. You guys are seriously genius. Thank you so much!

    Asked by
    Wow, thank YOU! So happy we could help and your note just made our day! :) xo, the whole Birchbox team.
    p.s. Huge thanks to makeup artist Lindsey Jones for her awesome advice!

    Ask Lindsey Q&A – Makeup and Eye Glasses

    Hi Lindsey,
    OH NO!!! TYPICAL ASHLEY-MOVE! During the makeup lesson you gave me today, I forgot to ask you what I should do with makeup when wearing glasses. Because, you know, sometimes I wear glasses. Do you have one more pearl of wisdom you could hurl at me? Thanks so much again. You were just as nice and informative as I’d hoped. :D

    Hi Ashley,

    So let’s talk about eyeglasses and makeup! The great thing about glasses is that they frame your eyes! And eye makeup is all about framing your eyes. So with the right glasses- you don’t need makeup. But what’s interesting about that is while you won’t need a lot of eye makeup it’s also difficult to see makeup underneath the lenses and frames. So if you want your eyes to look made up- you really have to pack it on. Thicker liner, higher eyeshadow, brighter/darker colors, more contrast and more shimmer. For whichever particular eye makeup look you were going for- when you add glasses into the equation- I would ad half of the intensity. So for example if you were making your eyeliner 1mm thick- then make it 1.5mm thick. I’ve researched measuring depth/brightness of color- but it’s a complicated algorithm… so just eyeball it! :D

    My clients that have had lasik eye surgery and no longer have to wear eyeglasses now have to start wearing eye makeup. Without their eyeglasses they feel undone and like their eyes are naked looking and undefined. They have told me that they never considered how much easier it was to just put on glasses vs. eye makeup every morning! 

    Images from bobbibrown.com, chanel.com, http://makeupforlife.net/