This holiday, shop local for life's little luxuries. Bay-based beauty brands continue to do their part creating both effective and innovative skincare products. And, most of these products are organic and use natural ingredients wherever possible. Here are four luxurious gift ideas from some of the Bay's best beauty brands.
Someone had to fill the void when Shu Uemura left Fillmore Street. And with all the hype about lash extensions and super powered mascaras, it’s inevitable the retro beauty trick – fake eyelashes with adhesive – get a makeover. Faux Lash is what happens when three beauty queens get together and update an age-old beauty staple.
Liberating. Sexy. Invigorating. No, not some new fitness class or beverage. This is something truly transformational. Short hair cuts for women have always been the minority, but there is a resurgence – and just in time for spring. If you’ve never taken to the straight razor, now is as good a time as ever.
There is no shortage of beautification services in San Francisco. But unless you have a tried and true or reliable referral network, it's tricky to find exactly what you're looking for. And sometimes you're looking for something beyond pampering and relaxation.
Everyone talks about how inspiring San Francisco is, but not everyone walks the walk. Kelly Crispen, Proprietress of Elizabeth Street Cosmetics, took that inspiration and turned it into a beauty business where lip balm, lip gloss and lipsticks are named after the streets of San Francisco; they're also paraben-free and loaded with natural antioxidants.
Admit it: You love a morsel of beauty. You know the excitement when you're making a purchase at Sephora and you get to pick your rewards freebie? SF-based beauty entrepreneur and makeup artist Lindsey Guest knows this feeling well and recreates it with Beauty Army, a luxury beauty sample box service for $12 a month.
Winter has arrived. And though San Francisco winters are moderate, and usually warmer than SF summers, skin could benefit from some special attention after a brisk commute home. Upping moisturizer and lathering lip balm are quick solutions, but several Bay Area companies boast divine dry skin products.
Tom Ford world domination. That's the way I see it. Fashion rejoiced when the designer remerged with a women's ready-to-wear collection, while his menswear and sunglasses had already been brewing success. Then, there was a bold line of scents. And now, Mr.Ford continues to seed his provocative brand with an extension into the most feminine segment of all: Beauty.
“Today’s man is more discerning than ever, his lifestyle is his own and his style should always make its mark.” Motivational man speak by David Alfonso, the creator of hair product line Hanz de Fuko. At a time when male grooming is booming in SF and beards are aplenty, Hanz de Fuko was ahead of the game with the launch of sexy, 100% organic styling solutions five years ago.
A mainstay on the chichi stretch of Fillmore in Lower Pac Heights for the past 9 years, International Orange still has the same allure as it did when it first opened. It's an urban oasis in the middle of a bustling neighborhood and offers two types of yoga, massage, acupuncture, facials, peels, and waxing. If you haven't been already, it's about time you go check it out.