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Q & A: Caroline Vreeland: Flawless Songstress

I am so excited to share this interview with Caroline Vreeland. She is not only an incredibly gorgeous, talented, and smart woman, she is a force. It is rare to meet such a beauty with an inner kindness that is so palpable. She is an inspiration and I am so excited to watch this babe’s career skyrocket! Oh and by the way … she happens to be Diana Vreeland’s great granddaughter—one of the most formidable women of all time!

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JL: How would you describe your style? 

CV: Minimal, boyish, easy

JL: What are your must-have beauty products?

CV: Right now I love January Labs eye cream, Korean collagen eye pads, Aquaphor on everything, Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizing balm, & Glossier rose water spray

JL: Do you have any daily rituals that you can’t live without?
CV: Face timing my sister, green tea from Alfred, and taking a selfie with my boyfriend for the
app “Everyday.”

 

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JL: What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?

CV: Having people come up to me on the street and tell me my music has meant something special to them! And shooting for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion book (twice!) was a huge milestone for me as well.

JL: What inspires most of the songs you write about?

CV: It can be anything from a fight with a friend, to the art I see, or the book I’m reading; anything & everything inspires me. I’m like a freak with too much empathy. For instance, I will see someone in a painting. A farm girl maybe. Then I’ll daydream about what her life was like-no … it’s more like I’ll feel her life as if it were my own. Deeply. I really feel these people! Then I’ll build a world in my mind of what a day in her life is like or what she’s going through, and I the somehow write a song about it! So although something may not have happened to me specifically, I can truly feel like I’ve been there, felt those emotions, so, in a way, all I come across becomes a part of me.

JL: As a woman who is building a career, how important is the support of other women?Who has been most inspirational to you in your work and life?

CV: Successful, confident women provide a sense of security to those searching to find love for themselves. One of the most inspirational things that has happened to me is having girls write messages to me explaining how I’ve given them a sense of pride in their bodies or big boobs, or the way they carry themselves, or in the idea that they can express themselves the way they want to. The number of followers one has on Instagram doesn’t matter. What matters is that I could have some kind of influence on women. One girl wrote to me last week saying she’s always hated the scar on her face but since seeing how I embrace the scar on my forehead, she’s learned to find the beauty in hers. This brought tears to my eyes. This, to me, is the importance of influence through social media.

JL: What advice would you give to other women you wish someone would have told you?

CV: Never give up on what matters to you, never give in to what you are not, and never compromise who you are at your core. Be kind to everyone and I mean everyone because you never know what someone’s truly going through, and a small kindness from you could change their day or even their life.

JL: Lastly, your Great Grandmother Diana Vreeland is one of my favorite icons of
all time, how has she influenced your life?

CV: I’ve said this before but it is the bare bones truth. Nanina (as we call Diana in my family) is in my blood, a part me, flowing through me. It sounds crazy but I know she is inside me, guiding me. Because of her I am not afraid to be imperfect and brave.

For more insight, check out her website www.carolinevreeland.com

Skins 6|2 + January Labs

As a cosmetics co. that actively pursues the best in skin care products, we are thrilled to share our collaboration with Skins 6|2! This amazing beauty boutique offers brands known for passion in craftsmanship so we are to say the least, completely flattered and excited to be displayed at this Las Vegas based location (at The Cosmopolitan to be exact)!

As we continue to grow, Skins 6|2 further establishes the prime example of a what a likeminded brand to January Labs looks like. It’s an honor to share with our followers and product users the heart behind Skins 62 and we hope to be able to shed both beauty and skincare knowledge and products for you all.

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So if you’re ever in the neighborhood of Vegas, check them out. A place where you can find specialty skin care, exclusive makeup and even fragrances! And if you aren’t, experience this brand through their active media and indulge in their beautiful feed of their daily doings on Instagram found at @skins62. In addition, be sure to check out their inspirations by viewing their Pinterest!

Here’s to growing our company and growing it through lovely people like Skins 6|2!

 

 

 Photo cred: Skins 6|2 Instagram

Keep Clean: How Bacteria Gets into Your Makeup

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Makeup bag

Not cleaning your makeup bag even if you clean every product, brush and sponge doesn’t put you in the clear. Your makeup bag needs to be cleaned out (at least once a month!) Either put it in the washing machine with your towels or in the dishwasher (this works really well if the bag is made of canvas) to get any loose, bacteria-laden products out of the bottom of the bag. Organization is key—so is cleanliness.

Tubes > Jars

If you’re using lotion that comes in a jar or tub as opposed to a tube, be sure not to dip in your fingers in it. The same goes for exfoliators, lip balms and anything that comes in a jar. Go for a tube version of your favorite lotion or jar-ridden product (or anything packed in an airless tube like JanLabs) to avoid potential irritants of the skin!

Lipstick Post a Meal

An act that happens daily, it’s important to know, if you immediately reapply your lipstick with any lip product after eating food, you’re pressing left over food particles into your lips, and into the product itself. The bacteria can then live on the surface of lipstick or inside the tube of lip gloss, which will eventually spread onto your lips in the next application. To avoid this, make sure you fully wipe off any food on your lips and if possible, brush your teeth, before reapplying lip color.

Mascara Pumping

Every time you pump mascara to “get more product on the brush,” you’re drying out the mascara, which creates a dry, dark breeding ground for germs. The mascara onto your wand that’s inevitably put into your eye (back and forth again) passes germs from your eye to the tube, where they’ll continue to live. It’s important to make sure you’re only using mascara for no longer than 3 months—and swirl the brush inside instead of pumping it up and down.

Sharing Your Goods

The most sensitive type of make to share is anything eye-related, since they are susceptible to getting bacteria in them. In general, sharing any beauty products with your friends naturally puts any of their germs into your products and vice versa. This may be the hardest to abide by, but in the long wrong, it’s advised not to share your make-up with your bff!

Double-dipping

When applying makeup, it’s best to use specific brushes for specific uses. But often, many of us are guilty of using one brush for multiple products. If you’re likely use one brush to apply powder to your face, then dip it into your blush, you’re transferring any oils from your face into your blush compact, and then redistributing those oils onto your cheeks when you apply blush. Use separate brushes for each product, and remember to clean your brushes about once a week to avoid any bacteria.

 

 

The Usual Suspects

There are many things we can assume that will keep our skin well and healthy. But as an avid fan of keeping skin in its best condition, we wanted to share some easily unnoticed suspects that can harm the epidermis.

 

Over washing— If your skin has been dry lately or feels like it has an extra layer of dead skin built up, it could be because of over-washing. When we over-wash, it dries your skin out, which can lead your sebaceous glands to respond by overproducing. Skin then becomes simultaneously dehydrated and superficially oiled up, leading to breakouts and a rougher surface.

Choosing “maximum strength” ingredients — Just because it’s stronger doesn’t make it always better, and that’s especially true with skin care. For most users, there’s no appreciable difference between the efficacy of low-strength benzoyl peroxide and maximum strength, but the high-strength version is a lot more likely to irritate skin and cause dryness.

Buying an allergenic shampoo or conditioner — If you’re having a bad breakout or notice your skin becoming easily sensitivity be sure to take note of any new products recently purchased—especially hair care. Skin allergies to hair products can also show up on your back, chest, and anywhere else the product is exposed to.

Switching up skin care frequently — Speaking of beauty products, our epidermis is very delicate, and although trying the latest cream or serum might fulfill your desire for something new, it could also throw off your skin’s moisture balance, pH and a slew of other factors. So instead of switching over all at once, introduce new products gradually for the smoothest and healthiest transition.

 

Photo cred: OlieBiologique.com