This week on the show Anne and Kat talk 90s beauty, a decade that happens to be one of their favorites!
As you are aware – Thanksgiving happened. Anne and Kat are slowing down. Downtime allows for creative shoots with photographers and stylists you can’t do during the busy season. AND you can do fun classes like, the alcohol ink class with Puddle & Ink. Amy Soper, one of the studio mates at Damn Fine Studios, hosted a class and will be hosting more in the future!
Kat has been taking advantage of this time off and doing some creative work with her best friend, Jenn (Local Seattle eco- designer for her line Stone Crow Designs). Jenn “Disappeared”, taking a very long break from social media but in reality, she was busy working her ass off on Project Runway: Season 18!
Uh oh…..the winner for last week wasn’t selected, but don’t worry. There will be TWO instagram posts this week and you can enter both of them.
Remember to follow instructions or you won’t win.
Anne goes over the Netflix series Broken. Go figure, the very first episode just happens to be about the global beauty industry. They talk about the black market of makeup, how name brands are creating a high demand that cannot be satisfied and the fact that people just don’t want to pay for the real deal.
You get what you pay for.– people with common sense
The black market makeup you find isn’t just sold in the street at markets like the one in LA, it is on sites like Amazon & Ebay. You probably heard Kat’s story about a friend that had her makeup done by another MUA at CLASS during a hands on session ( Episode 35) who used a knockoff Makeup forever Flash palette and shortly after the product was applied, our friend’s face started to feel like it was burning. When asked “where did you buy this”? The MUA responded, “Ebay clearly a black market makeup and potentially dangerous.
Pro Tip: IF you are going to buy makeup online through amazon, make sure it is actually sold by the brand or company you are looking for. Avoid third party vendors or makeup from China.
You know what? Just go watch the documentary and pay attention to the stories. Like, the girl who bought a Kylie Lip Kit and basically super glued her lips shut. Bet you $20.00 when you hear horse urine exit one of the scientist’s mouths, you’ll want to run, cry & take a shower. The words horse urine and makeup should never exist in the same conversation.
Side note related to this: Amazon and EBay Accused of Selling Cosmetics With Mercury
Ok, sorry for being gross.
Since we are focusing on the 90’s, Kat was skipping down memory lane, thinking of all the products she loved when she was a pre teen – one always stands out the most, Jane Cosmetics. Their branding was very simple, black with a white font. When Kat started to wear makeup, she obviously used resources like Seventeen & Deliah’s for style tips and being that she was a teenager in the 90’s, most of her makeup was Drugstore.
Jane cosmetics filed for bankruptcy in 2009 but Patriarch Partners, (who has a diverse portfolio which includes Stila Cosmetics) family owned, private investment firm, stepped in and assisted Jane Cosmetics with their makeover.
The investment firm specializes in struggling assets, poured millions into entirely revamping Jane’s packaging, assembling a product assortment from scratch. Worked to elevate prices suiting market positioning and tweaking its retail distribution strategy to keep the brand from being overlooked in stores. Jane Cosmetics re launced in 2014 with a brand new look – its really pretty (and up to date).
When you think about the 90’s what are the 3 things you think about?
Kat: Drew Barrymore, Brown Lipstick & Thin Brows.
Remember when E! used to televise runway shows? Kat would watch them nonstop.
Anne: Kevyn Aucoin, Thin Eyebrows, Brown Neutral Tones.
My So Called Life, and growing up in the 90’s. Anne was 18 in 1990 and her brother used to live with the band Alice in Chains, the uniform was pretty much what everyone in Seattle was able to afford. Worn out clothing.
The over the top 80’s vs. the Subdued 90’s.
3 ride or die products back in the day?
Kat: Maybelline Brown Eyeliner for her eyebrows. You didn’t want to look like you had brows but you needed thin ones.
Clinique – Almost Lipstick in “Black Honey“. Kat wore this all the way into High School and her Goth Baby days.
Anne: Origins (used to make) a chubby eyeliner in a bullet. Color would usually be Dark Raisin and smudge that all around the day. “Woke up in Makeup look”.
Loreal Liquid eyeliner for a cat eye.
” Captive” Lipstick by MAC (which has been discontinued but here is a comparable shade).
EVERYTHING IS MATTEKat St. John
Tips for updated 90’s,
1. Overdraw the lips a little bit. It has been used since the dawn of time.
2. Put a soft halo around the eyes for a romantic effect.
3. Buy some damn BLUSH!!
4. Please for the love of all that is holy, match your foundation. Please.
Want to know what you are going to win for this week’s giveaway?
Hint: It is 90’s themed.
Shit we bought.
Anne has more like “Shit I got”
In Myeong-dong, which is like a beauty version of Times Square, you’ll find the Stylenanda Pink Hotel. The six-level building isn’t a hotel at all, but a store filled with the cutest clothes, makeup, and hotel-inspired decor you’ll ever see. Anne’s friend Mat was recently in Korea and picked up a few treats for her, two eyeshadow pallets from Stylevana’s 3CE line and a primer from VDL
Kat is sorry but she is going to beat a dead horse and talk more about her favorite lipstick of all time. The Clinique Almost Lipstick black honey – it is hydrating, beautiful and good for SO MANY PEOPLE.