What's in Her Makeup Bag with Stark Skincare Founder Jessica Lafleur

We haven’t had the pleasure of meeting cool Canadian chick and Stark Skincare Founder Jessica Lafleur in person, but we already know we want to be besties with her.  We love her line of natural, organic skincare and the message it conveys: simplicity and purity. We also love her Pinterest boards, especially “My Man is Also My Living Doll, So?” Speaking of her man, she sent me her photo for this very post right here and the file name was called “MyLove.” It was from her husband’s computer. ADORABLE, right?  We don’t know much about Mr. Stark Skincare, but we like him, too.

Jessica graciously let us peek into her makeup bag. She’s the ultimate expert in organic ingredients and natural skincare, so we were thrilled to see what products she uses on a daily basis. Read on to the end, because Jessica also is asking everyone reading for some very important makeup advice!

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Enter to Win Physician's Formula Makeup Challenge #2

Physician’s Formula wants you to show them what gets you glowing. In their new Makeup Challenge #2, you can enter to win $5,000. All you need to do is create your own video tutorial showing how you get your glow on using your favorite Physician’s Formula products and upload your video. You’ll be entered to win the grand $5,000 prize but random winners will also receive gorgeous jewelry from Alexis Bittar. Once you’ve entered, put a banner on your blog or Facebook account to let your friends know you’ve entered so they can vote for you! So go get your glow on in your tutorial and good luck!

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post.

Amp up the Happy with Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush is intended to literally make you happy. This adorable pink compact and shimmery heart powders do the trick for me, but there’s actually some science behind this beauty. Physicians Formula infused this with its “Happy Booster” blend of natural plant extracts Happy Skin (yes, that exists apparently) and Euphoryl, which have been known to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins.

To boot, it also has a subtle Violet scent to give you a joyful feeling. I almost wish the scent was stronger – I really had to get up close and personal  to the compact to catch the Violet.  If you happen to see this product at the drugstore, take a second look. It’s absolutely adorable, and this “Natural” shade I’ve been using is a beautiful shimmery soft pink on my cheeks.

Splurge vs. Steal: Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Eyeliner & Physicians Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner

Looking back, 2010 was all about lashes. We were flooded with products meant to condition and lengthen the appearance of lashes, from serums to mascaras, and now eyeliners.  I’m all for increasing lash fullness, so this is a welcoming innovation from where I’m sitting. The two products we’re highlighting here, Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Liner and Physicians Formula  Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum, both boast the same value prop: enhance eyelashes and improve lash fullness, but have a price difference of $80+. An incredible difference, which begs the question: if they do the same thing, why on earth would one pay more? Here’s our thoughts.

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Physicians Formula Shimmer in the City Event

If you’re in New York City, you lucky gals can check out Physicians Formula city-wide bronzing bonanza! To kick off summer and celebrate a one-day shimmer extravaganza, the Physicians Formula street team will hit all of the Manhattan hot stops in glowing style! Freebies, coupons and more to be on hand plus gifts for those keeping up with the team* throughout the day!

Why: Receive complimentary on-the-spot bronzing tips and application from the Shimmer in the City team, special Physicians Formula Duane Reade offers, and chances to win fabulous prizes!

When: Tomorrow! Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Where: Teams will be stationed throughout the day at the following locations:

  • 8 am – 10 am:  Penn Station
  • 11 am – 1:30 pm:  Times Square
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm:  Union Square
  • 4 – 5 pm:  Herald Square

*Keep up with Shimmer in the City on Twitter (@PFCosmetics) and on Facebook (Physicians Formula), for prizes exclusive to followers! #ShimmerintheCity

A Good- for-You Glow

A month ago, I wrote about my discovery of and admiration for the Physician’s Formula brand of makeup. I tried and love their Mineral Wear Matte Finishing Veil. Now, I’ve tried and love their Powder Palette Multi-colored Blush.

Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-colored Blush The blush is a mosaic of colors, complementary hues that blend together to create a glowing wash of color with just a hint of shimmer. I tried Blushing Peach and used it as a finishing powder over the rest of my makeup. After swiping my blush brush across the pan of color, I tapped off the excess and then dusted it across my forehead, down the center of my nose, over the cheek bones and across my chin. The effect was subtle, yet slightly ethereal. It looked as though my skin had been air-brushed – how fabulous!

To see what other effect the blush could provide, I had a friend use the same shade to define her cheekbones. It took several passes over the palette and a couple of swipes under the cheekbones to build up enough color to make her cheekbones pop. But she said that despite the amount of blush used, it didn’t feel chalky or heavy on her face. And her skin looked luminous! Must be that fine Italian talc Physician’s Formula packed into the product.

In addition to the blush’s formula, I love the travel-friendly packaging. The slim compact of blush rests on a flip-top compartment that houses a mirror and a brush.

As with all of the Physician’s Formula products, the Powder Palette Multi-colored Blush is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, oil free, and dermatologist approved – perfect for every type of skin.

The Doctor is In

The Physicians Formula brand of cosmetics has long confused me. I just didn’t get it – the name, the un-glamourous packaging, the cheeky advertisements featuring vacant-eyed Donna Reed/Barbie models, the weird-looking mosaic powders. I couldn’t help noticing, though, how the section of Physicians Formula at Target and Ulta has steadily grown over the years, commanding more and more space amongst the other beauty brands. Obviously, someone is getting it!

Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Matte Finishing Veil I decided to stop avoiding Physicians Formula and dive in to the products, which I reasoned would tell me everything I need to know about the brand. I picked up the Talc-Free Mineral Wear Matte Finishing Veil, Talc-Free Mineral Wear Mineral Foundation and Powder Palette Multi-colored Blush.

The Mineral Wear Matte Finishing Veil is absolutely ingenious, especially compared with what other brands are doing around this same concept. I’ve always struggled with the messy nature of mineral makeup, but Physicians has packaged theirs in a portable tube of powder attached to a brush. The powder flows into the brush when tipped upside down and applies like a dream. The brush is topped with a cap featuring a mirror – so smart! The mineral veil doesn’t alter the rest of my makeup; it provides a sheer, silky finishing touch. My skin looks flawless (which it isn’t) and polished.

Reviews to come on Physicians Formula Talc-Free Mineral Wear Mineral Foundation and Powder Palette Multi-colored Blush. In the meantime, I’ll be obsessively dusting on Matte Finishing Veil.