Monday, March 2, 2015

mani monday: neutral + polished

I can remember sporting neon pinks and galaxy nails in the not-so-distant past, but I am now a firm believer in the versatility of a neutral, subtle nail color. Don't get me wrong, I still love glitter top coats (clearly) but they are hard to remove and generally high-maintenance. Call it growing up or call it entering the work force, I am all about polished nails.

My current favorites: BUTTER LONDON All Hail the Queen + MINERAL FUSION Canyon. Both of these polishes lean brown and are therefore more interesting and flattering on tan/olive skin tones like mine. All Hail the Queen is described as an opaque, holographic beige and is free from formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, phthalates, and parabens (not that parabens are common in nail polishes). Canyon is a creme formula which is also formaldehyde, toulene, camphor, and dibutyl pthalate.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

currently channeling: red carpet reds

 ( source: 1 | 2 )

So, the makeup at the 2015 Academy Awards makes me want to whip out my red lipsticks again. What I found interesting is everyone on the red carpet seemed to be sporting true corals and orange reds instead of the more classic crimsons. For example, Margot Robbie's makeup artist Tyron Macchausen used HOURGLASS Raven instead of the brand's more popular Icon red. As someone with warm undertones, I say bring on the warm, bright reds!

Monday, February 23, 2015

daytripping: art + nature in poydras


Right before Carnival, I made the trip out to Poydras, La. to enjoy the weather and view some art. For the uninitiated, Poydras is located in St. Bernard Parish and is located less than 30 minutes from New Orleans. Organized by the Creative Alliance of New Orleans, the large, outdoor sculpture exhibition known as Crevasse 22 is located on the site of the 1922 levee break. Artists on view include Elizabeth Shannon, Michel Varisco, Mitchell Gaudet, and Robert Tannen.

I found that it was a very short and lovely drive over if you take St. Claude Ave. So, if you're in town, I would recommend making the trip out this weekend. The exhibition closes at the end of February and is only open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Monday, February 16, 2015

mani monday: lundi gras

Essence #139 Walk on the Wild Side, Milani # 531 Gold, and China Glaze Pizzazz
We're in Carnival season here in New Orleans! I couldn't seem to take a good picture of my Mardi Gras inspired manicure, so here is a swatch-fest of what is currently on my nails. Some of the shades listed below have been discontinued.

1. ESSENCE Colour & Go "Walk on the Wild Side" as the base (dark forest green in 2 coats )
2. MILANI Nail Lacquer in "Gold"
3. CHINA GLAZE† "Pizzazz" (concentrated towards the tips)

†NOTE: China Glaze tests on animals. This polish was purchased before I made the switch to cruelty-free beauty. Since I do not believe in censoring my own blog, so I will sometimes include products as I finish them up. To the best of my ability, I will denote these products with a dagger. For more information about this policy, check out my ABOUT ME page.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wishlist: Pre-Valentine's Day

Wishlist: Pre-Valentine's Day

1. CHARLOTTE TILBURY printed makeup case  - $20
2. ILIA BEAUTY lip gloss in Peak A Boo - $24
3. TOO FACED Better Than Sex mascara - $23
4. FOREVER 21 Flounced Knit dress - $32.90
5. LAVANILA Pure Vanilla rollerball - $19

Saturday, January 10, 2015

jaguarzinnias approved: best of 2014

Half of this list is skincare, but are you really even surprised at this point?
I often mention new and exciting products rather than my reliable, long-time loves. I wanted to right that wrong here by mentioning my favorites from 2014. Given the nature of this blog, I have a lot of beauty products alongside my favorite books, songs, and art exhibitions. Enjoy!

ACCESSORY: PETER PILOTTO x TARGET patterned sunglasses 
BOOK: THE LOWLAND by Jhumpa Lahiri was so good that I purchased the author's other books as soon as I finished.The characters were flawed, but so human that they got me in way that hasn't happened in years. This is so beautifully well-written and well-plotted that I would reread passages in awe (forgive my gushing, I was an English major). 
MAKEUP REMOVER: DIY CLEANSING BALM recipe from Gemsmaquillage (sans lavender essential oil) converted me to the oil cleansing method in 2014. 
FACIAL OIL: SUKIN Rosehip Oil was my oil of choice in 2014 but I am currently using this one. 
MOISTURIZER: REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream was hands down my favorite moisturizer last year. I have very sensitive skin and this delivers moisture without irritants. 
FACIAL SPRAY: HERITAGE Rosewater spray smells amazing and is the perfect way to refresh skin. It locks in moisture and preps the skin for serums/oils. 
CLEANSER: SIBU BEAUTY facial cleanser is a gentle cleanser which brightens, exfoliates, and takes off makeup without burning my eyes. I would use this in the morning or as the second step in my double cleanse. 
SONG: OCEANS by Hillsong United, which I think was the case for a lot of people. It perfectly captures this sense of overwhelming, even crippling self-doubt/hopelessness and reminds us there is hope.
MULTI-PURPOSE PRODUCT: RMS BEAUTY Lip2Cheek in Modest is pigmented, versatile, and conveniently tiny for travel. 
LIPSTICK: ILIA BEAUTY Nobody's Baby is my tinted lip conditioner of choice. It is a no-fuss, flattering shade with a nourishing formula to boot. 
HIGHLIGHT: PHYSICIAN'S FORMULA Nude Wear concealer is the cruelty-free illuminating pen I needed in my life. I am now patiently waiting for an Organic Wear option. 
HAIR TECHNIQUE: HEATLESS BUN WAVES for fuss-free but glam curls and waves. Not a tool or a product, but definitely the biggest game changer in dealing with unruly hair. 
SPOT TREATMENT: NUANCE BY SALMA HAYEK correcting spot treatment smells off-putting, but the sulphur will really calm down active breakouts. The nozzle is convenient, hygienic, and accurate enough that you're not wasting product. 
EXHIBITION: Soto: The Houston Penetrable which reflects my bias, since my background is in Latin American Art. MFAH just did it right. Jesús Rafael Soto penetrable was strong and conceptual while still engaging and fun.

Friday, January 9, 2015

lessons from a yearlong deodorant dilemma

Deodorant dream team: EO Organic Deodorant in lavender and Natural for Her deodorant in Blossom
I think I speak for many in the cruelty-free and green beauty community when I say that switching over from conventional deodorants is one of the most frustrating transitions to weather. Freaking out about aluminum and parabens, I tried CRYSTAL ESSENCE deodorants for more than a year (proof) until I found my increasingly active lifestyle required more protection. After painful attempts at using some of the more popular all-natural deodorants, I realized my skin sensitivities prevented me from using anything with baking soda.

Here's what is currently working for me: Straight out of the shower, I use EO Organic Deodorant. Unlike roll-on deodorants, the spray is convenient and the product dries down quickly. When I'm at work, I take NATURAL FOR HER by Herban Cowboy deodorant in Blossom (previously mentioned here) and reapply one to two times during the day. This might just be my own personal body chemistry, but I like to reapply throughout the day to keep things fresh. Please note that both of these deodorants are scented and therefore include essential oils, but I haven't experienced skin reactions to either the lavender or blossom scents. So, if you were wearing clinical strength deodorant before and baking soda is a no-no, I recommend you give this combo a try.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

what to thrift thursday: the grommet-ready

( 1. Mugler | 2. See By Chloe | 3. Altuzzarra )
For this What To Thrift Thursday, I'm recommending grommets. They're pretty common to come by in the thrift stores if you're searching for jackets and coats; but you might want to keep an eye out for simple pieces which could be embellished with a DIY project. In Pre-Fall Mugler and Altuzzarra, the grommets were sexy, peekaboo elements added on to minimal but structured basics. If you're inspired by the 70s revival going on (I'm not keen) try loose tunics and skirts as well.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

high-end/indie/drugstore: marsala

The Pantone Color of the Year is 18-1438 Marsala. It is a bizarrely autumnal shade to usher in just as we're all looking forward to Spring, but I can't say it's a departure from the oxblood and wine trends we've seen on the runways for the past two years. Not that we need Pantone's stamp of approval to keep on wearing our vampy, Bordeaux lipsticks.

Monday, January 5, 2015

manicure monday: mineral fusion canyon + sonnetarium samurai princess

I was focused on getting the most accurate color that I failed to focus the camera. My apologies.
Attempting to give my nails a break from all the holiday glitter madness, I went for a more interesting version of the standard work appropriate nude. On the nails today: MINERAL FUSION Canyon topped off with a little bit of SONNETARIUM Samurai Princess. Samurai Princess is an old indie favorite, though you can now find similar polishes at the drugstore. Canyon is described as a creamy greige, but it leans a bit warm which is actually flattering for my skin tone. For those looking to find cruelty-free alternatives: the color is really similar to Essie's Brooch the Subject and a lighter, more neutral version of Sally Hansen's Mudslide.

While we're on the subject of nails, feel free to recommend a top coat in the comments since I'm in the market to replace mine now that Orly is no longer cruelty-free. Happy Monday, everyone!