I know I've mentioned it before, but seriously, nothing says summer like hanging out on rooftops or outdoor patios and sippin' on some rosé. It makes me feel like a real fuckin' lady, if you know what I mean. It's luxe while also being laid-back and CHILL. I'm from California, so chill is very important to me. The long days are perfect for getting off work and then meeting up with Theo and friends to enjoy the sunset. But here's my problem: I'm disgusting when I get off work. I'm covered in sweat from hauling babies around, am caked in nasty NYC playground sand and dirt, not to mention the fact that by the end of the day, any semblance of makeup I may have started out with has completely melted off my face (if I even put any on, which I usually don't.) I've always hated carrying a bag full of makeup with me, I have enough shit to lug around for the babies, and I'm loathe to pack up my entire makeup bag in my purse every damn morning on the off chance that I may do something social in the evening.
The solution? Stowaway Cosmetics. A couple weeks back, my friend Erin and I went to a little party at the new Stowaway headquarters in downtown Manhattan, where I got to meet the delightful founders, Julie and Chelsa. They created these products for women who are tired of spending tons of money on makeup that comes in large packaging they can never finish before the expiration date. The makeup is high quality and it stands up to every designer brand I've tried, but it comes in a much smaller package. Not only do I adore the minimalist design, but the products are paraben, phthalate and cruelty-free! They have full ingredient lists for their natural products and they are EU compliant, which means they are held to the highest standard in the world.
Their everyday kit comes with 6 essential products: Radiant Complexion BB Cream, Creaseless Concealer, Cheek & Lip Rouge, Creme Lipstick, Effortless Eyeliner, and Defined Lash Mascara. I am using the BB Cream and Concealer in Light, to get a bit of a natural summer glow. I will probably switch to Fair come the fall/winter. They are super creamy, and have a lovely finish that looks natural and even. I am completely in awe of the concealer. I am a total stickler with needing it to be thick enough to stay put but remain creaseless, and this totally fits the bill.
I've been using the rouge in Peony; it gives me that perfect summer flow, and goes on so smoothly and stays put. I've always been wary of creme blush because my skin just eats it, but this guy has some serious staying power, looks super natural, and gives a really soft, airbrushed glow. I've been wearing the lipstick in Scarlet and it is the least drying lipstick I've tried in a long time! It feels super hydrating and lasted through my last rosé session.
The mascara and eyeliner are also awesome, the mascara gives me Disney princess lashes, which is always a requirement. The eyeliner in black is a bit soft, more of a charcoal than a true black, and this is the only product where the small size has made it a bit more difficult to maneuver it onto my face. I'm just used to using longer ones so it takes a bit of getting used to having this tiny little guy, especially when you have shaky hands like I do.
What I love about this kit is that it's an entire face of makeup that fits in the palm of my ridiculously small hand, which means I can carry it around with me all day in my purse and give myself a quick touch-up before I go out in the evening. It is seriously the answer to my summertime beauty prayers. It's seriously replaced so much of my makeup already, it might actually get me to clean out my makeup stand!
And because Stowaway is so damn awesome, they are offering you guys a free mascara with a purchase of a Stowaway Starter Kit. Use the code LIGHTHEART to get yours! Thank you, Stowaway!