Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skincare & Bodycare 

Setting Powder 101

Posted on August 13, 2019 by ERIN WILLIAMS | 0 comments

Setting Powder - long a makeup artist's best friend this work horse doesn't have flashy colors or pretty shimmers but she's a necessary piece to keeping your makeup on all day. 

Some folks are concerned that powder will dry out their skin and make it look "creasy" or "crepey" - we hear it a lot!  That's why I chose a formula for our Aloe Setting Powder that has two ingredients - Aloe Vera Powder and Mica.  Think about what you put on a sunburn and why - generally you use Aloe Vera because it's hydrating and soothing.  That's why we use it in our powder!  Talc is generally the ingredient that dries people out and ours is talc-free which makes it a fan fave.  It's also a 1 on EWG's Skin Deep and won Sophie Uliano's Best Powder Award.  So how do you help it live its best life?

First open up the sieve so half of it is exposed so you don't get too much product.

Knock some powder out into the cap - going from the cap helps you use less vs. digging into the jar.  It also helps you control the amount of product on your brush.

Speaking of brushes - go in with your fluffy Powder Brush and pick up a "piece" of the powder - meaning a "section" of it.  Mentally divide it into quarters and address your lovely face accordingly.

This is the key part!  You want to PUSH it into your skin instead of BRUSHING it on.  ALL CAPS :)!  But it matters - pushing it in (think doing a stencil on a wall) deposits more powder onto your skin and when it meshes with your complexion product (foundation, tinted moisturizer, etc) it helps it stay longer.  Brushing gives a thinner layer and thus less staying power.  You're also not going to mess the beautiful coverage job you just did if you push vs. brush which can smear makeup.

I also vote to push your powder in first in the areas that crease up most quickly - generally under the eyes.  Our powder won't give you extra coverage - it'll set your makeup and give your skin a velvety texture - not super matte.  

Let us know if you have any setting powder questions!

xo Erin

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Thigh Rub - It's a Thing

Posted on August 05, 2019 by ERIN WILLIAMS | 2 comments

For those of us who don't have a thigh gap summer can have the added layer of dealing with your legs rubbing together and creating a super uncomfy rash.  Chaffing is for the birds y'all.  

You can watch our video above for an in depth dive with NYC stylist Jessica Myhr of Inherent Style but here's a cheat sheet for my personal faves with a bonus that's not in the video:

Jockey Skimmies - these things are awesome.  Of course you can wear Spanx but generally speaking I'm not wanting to be massively sucked in while I'm cavorting around Central Park.  I just want to be able to walk and not be walking like I a rode a horse at the end of the day - you know what I mean if this has happened to you!  They don't have seams or suck you in - they just keep your thighs from hurting.  I tend to get them a size larger than I normally wear so they're super comfy - they don't roll at the tummy or the leg openings, they're about as lightweight/breezey as something that stays put can be and they come in various colors and sizes.  And no, I'm not paid by Jockey, I just like these a lot :).

Body Glide - I have tried SO MANY THINGS that say they will work and, thus far, this is the one that works the best for me.  I've only ever used the blue tube so that's what I can rec.  It basically feels like you're putting deodorant on your inner thighs which feels very strange the first time you do it but you can have sweat pouring down your legs and be okay in a sundress with this on.  I won't lie - there are days when I'll have walked all over creation and I'll do a second round of it in the evening before I walk my dog, Jasper, but generally speaking one round is good.  

Ingredient wise here's what's in it: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ozokerite (from mineral sources - not petroleum), Glyceryl Behenate, Stearyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).  

Tamanu Oil - If you do get irritation because you haven't tried the goodies above my favorite product for rashes is our Tamanu Oil.  So many of our clients have reported positive experiences from burns/bites/rashes/etc and this study shows it to be an effective alternative to treating wounds.  Half a dropper full is enough for both legs.  Everyone on our team is obsessed with this stuff.

I hope that'll help keep you in the sundresses and cut-off shorts you love and bopping around town for the rest of the summer!


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A Deep Dive into Cleansers

Posted on July 22, 2019 by ERIN WILLIAMS | 0 comments

Cleanser is a super important part of you living your best skincare life y'all! It does the dirty work of clearing away the dirt, grime, makeup and dead skin cells of the day so you can put your best face forward. We get tons of emails asking how to pick a face wash so if selecting the right fit for your skin feels tricky, read on.

Here are a few things to consider when selecting a cleanser:

  • How do you want your skin to feel after cleansing - squeaky or moisturized? 
  • Are there other skin issues you're addressing that your cleanser can support? ie. active breakouts or overall dryness
  • Consider your skintype (oily, normal/combo, dry, sensitive) but feel free to switch lanes. Many people change cleansers seasonally (hot summers and cold winters) or prefer the feel of a cleanser that might be outside their typical skincare type.
  • Look for a cleanser that is sulfate-free and fragrance-free - these are irritants that aren't necessary at this point in the skincare game.

If you're looking at ours specifically, they're all sulfate, fragrance and paraben-free. They also all rank a 2 on Think Dirty (0 being the cleanest and 10 being the dirtiest).  You should use about 1/2 pump morning and night and the 8 oz. pump will last you about 6 months. So which one is right for you?

If you like a gel cleanser, want to feel squeaky clean, but not stripped, and have oily or breakout prone skin our vegan Clarifying Charcoal Cleanser is your new BFF.  Key ingredient call outs are:

  • Activated Charcoal (purifies)
  • Tea Tree Oil (anti-bacterial)
  • Chamomile Water (soothes)

If you're into a gel cleanser but want something a little less squeaky (still squeaks but less so if that makes sense) and have normal/combo skin then you want to go with the Soothing Aloe Cleanser.  I use this one in the winter and the Clarifying Charcoal Cleanser in the summer.  And in spring and fall I use both :).  Special goodies in here are:

  • Organic Aloe Vera (calms irritation)
  • Gluconolactone (super long name that stands for gentle cell turnover)
  • Sodium PCA (hydrates)

Where are my cream cleanser ladies at?  The Gentle Milk Cleanser is for you - no foaming, no squeaks, just hydration.  It's incredibly mild but effective for dry/sensitive skin that likes to feel moisturized after cleansing.  Happy ingredients include:

  • Goat's Milk (reparative)
  • Organic Coconut (hydrates)
  • Organic Fruit Extracts of Lemon, Orange, Bilberry & Cranberry (encourage cell turnover)

Let us know if you have any cleanser questions!  You can shoot a note to info@erinsfaces.com :)

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Monoi Tiare - Flowered Coconut Happiness

Posted on June 08, 2019 by ERIN WILLIAMS | 2 comments

Monoi Tiare Oil smells like an island vacation, hydrates like crazy and nourishes skin.  Here's the skinny on it:

The Monoi Tiare Oil that we use is made in Tahiti.  If you are using the "official" oil in the required percentages you are approved to use their symbol (look for it - it means you're getting the real stuff).  Back in 1988 Monoi producers banded together as Monoi was being knocked off with inferior coconut oil and/or fake fragrances.  Thus the Monoi de Tahiti AO Label guarantees the quality of the product and the Polynesian sourcing of its ingredients (and yes, we qualify for and use it on all of our Monoi products).
Quick version - Monoi de Tahiti is obtained by steeping Tiare Flowers in refined Copra (Coconut) Oil that has been extracted from coconuts harvested in the geographic region of French Polynesia as ripe nuts, grown in soils of coral origin. These nuts are from the Cocos Nucifera and the Tiare Flowers must be the species Gardenia Tahitensis (following Candolle’s classification) harvested in bud form.  No exceptions.

Diving in a little more, it starts with Coconut Trees which are growing on coral sand beaches.  The coral is full of nutrients and, as a result, your coconuts are already more power-packed.

They carve out the meat of the coconuts by hand to press for the oil.

It takes a lot of coconuts!

Then the Tiare Flowers come into play.  An island version of Gardenias, they smell AMAZING.

They're picked by hand,

stacked in groups,

and then are macerated (mashed up like crazy) in the coconut oil and sit for about 10 days.  They then strain the flowers out

And are left with the beautiful liquid gold that is used in daily life as well as religious ceremonies.
Monoi Oil can be used as 
*a body moisturizer/oil
*a facial moisturizer
*baby oil
*massage/bath oil
*after sun care
*hair treatment mask 
*hair protectant pre heat tools 


 We have the pure oil avail in a dropper and roller ball and we also fold it into an Organic Aloe based Body Lotion and an Organic Aloe based Body Wash.  All three items are also available in a set.  To say they smell delish is an understatement!

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