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”.

Lip Hilight

Found this on Pinterest (oh what a magical place)! If a little contour and hilight can bring lips to life on a piece of paper… imagine what it could do for your face. In the drawing below the light hits the lips from the right, but on your face imagine you are creating a hilight from a light at a 45 degree angle directly above your head. Pop a little of your under eye concealer directly above the bow of your lips and the center of your chin, blend well with your fingers, then add your lip color.

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Tanisha Long at the VMA’s

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Tanisha and I put together an AMAZING makeup look for her to hit the red carpet at the VMA’s! She said she wanted a bright lip to do with her gorgeous color blocked-out get-up, and I couldn’t agree more! I picked up the new Bobbi Creamy Matte in Hot as well as a Hot Pink Lip gloss. But in the end I decided to go with a totally matte lip.

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tanisha lip color heartTanisha Long is wearing Anzie Jewelry, a Ted Baker dress and Prada shoes.

NEW Face Chart!

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OLD Face Chart Feb 6 2013 pink star burst

Can you spot the differences? I changed the Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry logo and moved it down to the right. I also changed my font from Trade Gothic LT Std (Like Shu’s) to Geosans Light which you can get for free here (thanks Pugly Pixel)! I also put more social media action onto the bottom of the chart. And instead of using a vertical bar | to separate my info, I decided to go with two forward slashes instead // (which I could have sworn I used to see a lot on Nowness). Face drawn by my favorite graphic designer, Tabitha Emma. As far as functionality goes, I changed the Lips section to just “Lips:” because I found that I just didn’t need that much space. Also, I found that I was highlighting and contouring a lot more so I gave myself two different lines for that. I used to have the name and date at the bottom, but that made it very difficult to find in my files!  So this time I didn’t put “Name & Date” with a line, but rather just left space at the top. That way I can write whatever I desire, whether it be a designer’s name and shoot date or a brides name and her wedding date. I’ve already started using the chart for my first two bridal makeup trials of 2013 and it was so refreshing to see a new, fresh and functional layout!

Look + Listen, Lovers!

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With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, I hope you’re getting into serious preparation mode! Here’s a little timeline to help you stay on track for your Lover’s Renzevous… and remember, nothing feels better than planning for outrageous confidence and sexual prowess!

NOW // Book all beauty appointments and make restaurant reservations. Consider where you and your lover would like to dine! If you need help deciding, Yelp is a great resource. If you’re going to cook for your lover, consider trying out the recipe ahead of time so you’re feeling confident the day of. Also, do you have a cute apron? Hottie in the kitchen!

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10 DAYS // Research and shopping phase. At 10 days you’ve left plenty of time to find that perfect Valentines date night outfit AND lingerie (please don’t leave this part out). Consider what the weather will be like, what nail polish color you’ll rock, hair style, makeup and everything else that makes you feel super-duper-hot.

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ONE WEEK // Facial. One week leaves your face adequate time to heal so that you don’t have any peely skin or post-facial breakouts. But not so soon that you’ll lose that post facial glowiness. See Elena Rubin for the best facial in NYC.

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2 DAYS // Brazilian, Brows… heck, let’s keep it real- BODY WAXING. Again, need to leave yourself a couple of days to heal if there is any skin irritation but not so far out that you’ll have little in-growns or new growth. See Marta at Haven for the best Brazilian.

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1 DAY // Mani/ Pedi. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

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V-Day // Hair + Makeup. For hair see the girls at StylesOnB. After your hair is styled to perfection, come see me for makeup right around the corner! And obvi I’ll be offering a V-day special…. email me for availability and pricing! lindsey@lindseyjonesmakeup.com

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Feeling fierce? You should be. Seduction at this point will be a breeze, so enjoy your dinner and basque in your glory as your lover tells you what a magnificent creature you are! And DO allude to what might be waiting for them later…

L xoxo

Love Mail

Can you say, ADORABLE! My lovely client sent me a thank you note and a fabulous BLINC mascara!. I just can’t get over it, SO SWEET! Thank you notes make the recipient + sender feel so great! When was the last time you send out a thank you note? It’s certainly been a while for me because I’ve been so busy, but I must get back on top of it!

During out makeup lesson together, Betsy and I discussed how great BLINC mascara is. She wasn’t my first client to insist that it was the best out there for girls that have smudging concerns with their mascara. I told her I needed to get out there and get some to try out… and then she sent me one in the mail! Yippee!!!

Thank you Betsy!

“Hey Lindsey, Just wanted to thank you for our makeup session and for all your advice and tips! I bought you a new product for you to try. Hope you like it! Warmest – Betsy”

Meet LJMA’s Intern, Floor!

Floor came all the way from the Netherlands to intern with me this week! It was such a great time having her here with me. She went to the Makeup Forever store for the first time, which was very exciting! Then we went to the Mac Pro Store, Muju (for containers) and some of my local makeup spots in the city. I flipped through her Dutch fashion magazines and checked out her favorite dutch makeup bloggers. We talked about boys, friends and our families. And last but not least, we did lots of makeup, SO fab! She assisted me at two large weddings, a makeup lesson, two makeup applications and at a Garden Party at Naturally Delicious Caterers in Brooklyn. Floor brought me a beautiful bracelet and the cutest Journal’s from the Netherlands, I love them!

The day that Floor left we decided to make a quick little video showcasing all she had learned in NYC. It would be a great video to share on her new blog that she will hopefully be starting soon!  Enjoy!

Thank you Lindsay from Readyluck for the great pic of Floor! And thank you Floor for being the best Intern a makeup artist could ask for!