Gift Guide: Beauty the Wishlist Edition

beauty wishlist gift guide via besottedblog

I am a self professed beauty junkie, truly.  I don’t buy as many beauty products as I used to (not even close) but I still covet many. When Michelle and I were working in L.A. a couple months back, we were lucky to meet with the esteemed doyenne of beauty Jean Godfrey-June  formerly Lucky mag fame and now the beauty director of Goop. It was a thrill to be able to ask Jean what her current fave beauty products were, which of course many made on to this gift guide, others are products we would love to add to our beauty arsenal if Santa was feeling generous.


01. Byredo – Gypsy Water Hand Cream, 30ml

02. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum (the world has gone bonkers for this supposed miracle worker)

03. Herbivore Coconut Set

04. Rodin Lip Balm

05. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara (Jean swears this is the best mascara ever!)

06. Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Facial Masque: Wheat Germ, Ginkgo & Cranberry

More honorable mentions…

Le Labo Discovery Set
Foreo Luna(TM) Mini Compact Facial Cleansing Device

Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew Hydrating Facial Serum

Aesop Concord Set

Butter London ‘Patent Shine 10X’ Nail Lacquer – Steady On

Goop Beauty Products

Penhaligons fragrance at Lucky Scent!

flock of fragrance via besotted blog

Bird Trivia: The collective noun for a group of peacocks (peafowl) is often known as a ‘party’. Peacocks can actually fly despite their long train of feathers. Their feathers are covered with microscopic crystals which gives them their brilliance.

Can you believe I plucked another bird inspired beauty product from the ether? No, me neither. I found these wonderful charming fragrances at the renown Lucky Scent, there is an owl, eagle, and cock as well, for the bird fancier in you. It is from Penhaligons ‘Portrait Saga’. They are incredibly charming all with a little ‘back story’. This is Clandestine Clara, ‘the illicit mistress to Lord George. And true to form, Clara’s fragrance could be described much the same way, as a boozy, smoky, smoothly woodsy feminine scent that’s not for the faint of heart, but is sure to command the attention of sophisticated thrill-seekers.’

We are thinking a little flock of some fine feathered fragrances could be just the key to feather your nest (or at least your vanity). Okay, I am almost done with the bird references, almost.  We are doing this bird themed week in anxious anticipation of our soon to launch Rare Bird Fonts Foundry!


Rare Bird Fonts

Penhaligons available at Lucky Scent

photo via luckyscent

Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.


Marc Jacobs Feather Noir


marc jacobs feather noir mascara

Bird trivia | feathers: 1. All birds, and only birds, have feathers, although a few species of dinosaurs had them. 2. Feathers are essential to flight; they provide insulation, sunblock, and waterproofing, and can be important in providing camouflage, social dominance, and reproductive success.

Continuing with our ode to our impending Rare Bird Font launch…What would a week of bird inspo be without some feathers? Not much of a bird week at all. By the way, is it weird to devote a week to bird inspiration? Isn’t that so 2011, ‘Put a bird on it’ (ala Portlandia) and all? Oh well, everything new is old again. Like blogging, it went the way of the Dodo and here we are making a comeback, am I right? Back to the mascara, you know I love me some lashes and of course what’s not to love about Marc Jacobs packaging? So sleek, clean, modern and photographable (is that a word?) Their Feather Noir mascara is for ultra lengthening and the best part (besides the packaging) is that it has a special brush tip for your lower lashes, something I never do, but if I had a special brush, who knows what I could be capable of?

Have you tried this mascara yet? If so any feedback? Thumbs up? Thumbs down?


Rare Bird Font Foundry

Feather Noir Mascara

Portlandia Put a bird on it

Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.





Luminous natural beauty


Michelle and I did a photoshoot for our client PHOEBE a couple of weeks ago and ever since then I have been dying to share some of the new to me green make-up options the talented makeup artist Heidi Mark used (her work has been featured in Elle, Vanity Fair, and she has huge commercial clients like Nordstrom and Top Shop, so she knows her stuff). First, I will make the disclaimer that our model Paisha was naturally beautiful with poreless skin, but still, the makeup was equally as flawless and I do think that it would work beautifully on anyone wanting to create a natural luminous look.

One of my fave techniques Heidi did was add a gloss at just the ends of our model Paisha’s lashes to give them some length. For weeks now I have been doing the same, just adding my mascara to the tips of my lashes for length, this gives the illusion of not wearing any mascara and just having naturally long lashes. It’s perfect for everyday, especially now that the temps are rising! Heidi also applied the foundation with a silicone blender, the finish to my foundation fanatic eye was pretty flawless, but I have heard both rave reviews and bad reviews on the new silicone blenders. Heidi liked that they didn’t soak up too much foundation and that they were super easy to clean, thus more hygienic.

I have listed the make-up used with links. Do you have any favorite green products to add?  Just leave the suggestions in the comments we are always on the hunt for great beauty finds!


Makeup artist Heidi Mark

Silicone make-up applicator (similar).

French Girl Organics Serum 

Sibelle lip in tourmaline and roseline

Sibelle luminzer for highlighter

Beauty Counter blush (in hibiscus)

Gressa Minimalist Corrective Foundation (I am totally getting samples, it has almost 300 5 star reviews, so I am pretty sold!!!)

Edited with Photoshop and Foto Rx First Aid Kit (we are giving away a copy over a Going Home to Roost this week!)

photo by michelle p.




Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes

charlotte tilbury legendary lashes mascara via besotted

Unless you have been living under a blog rock (possible these days) you may have heard of English makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. Beauty bloggers and celebrities alike bow at the alter of Madame Tilbury and her beauty empire. I can only imagine that these products must be amazing because everyone knows that a free endorsement comes about like never in these times. I haven’t had a chance (or the budget to try…) but I definitely want to and this mascara will be my first Charlotte Tilbury splurge, it was the retro fashion-y illustration that originally caught my eye, but after doing a little sleuthing it seems that this is supposed to be the ‘it’ mascara.  All my favorite You Tube beauty gurus have been gushing over it and the before and afters are quite impressive!  Admittedly some of the afters look a little clumpy but that’s after applying multiple coats and not using an eyelash comb, which I totally would use, because I do not do clumpy lashes. I am so curious to know if any of you have tried the mascara or any of  Ms. Tilbury’s products?  I consider myself pretty savvy in the beauty BS detection department but I am totally drinking the Kool-aid and now feel an incredible need to get my mitts on some of her products.

Okay, back to work, we have a shoot to prep for, another awesome photo editing set to complete (almost done!),  a whole new company to launch and I’m sure I am leaving about 21+ other thinkgs out, sheesh, we have our plates full, wish us luck!


Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Mascara

If I had unlimited funds…I’d try her Magic Cream, and her Hot lips nude lipstick (cringe, the name is cheesy I know, but the color is pretty!)