Saturday Spotlight: Molly Cosmetics

With a very special and heartfelt thank you to Molly Cosmetics for taking the time to answer a few questions about makeup and beauty and what it takes to start a cosmetics company, please find to follow a short and sweet interview with one of the two founders of Molly Cosmetics–a new makeup company founded by two best friends and based in Hong Kong.

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They have stunning matte liquid lipsticks and glittery pigments galore, as well as makeup tools like brushes and a blending sponge, all for very affordable prices. If you’d like to learn a little more about how they got started, and where they want to head next, Girl posed a few questions over email and despite how busy they are, and how quickly they’re growing, Molly Cosmetics took the time to answer with enthusiasm.

GD: On your website About page, you mention that Molly Cosmetics was born over lunch and a mutual love of matte liquid lipsticks. How did Molly Cosmetics get its name?
MC: We both agreed that we wanted it to be a girl’s name that was easy to remember, and also sweet. We chose a couple and decided taking ‘Molly’ – not only does Molly sound sweet and friendly, if you think from the point of view of design, ‘M’ looks great in many different fonts, so it really is perfect.
GD: Starting a business from the ground up must be very difficult and time consuming; what does it take to build a cosmetics company from scratch? How has Molly Cosmetics benefited from being founded by two best friends?

MC: All it takes is focus, patience and determination, like any other projects you take on in life. You do research, what your target market needs, what would appeal to them… It is not as difficult as you have imagined, almost anyone can do it with the wish and will to do it! All you need is that passion.

Most people say, don’t start a business with your best friend because sometimes that can hurt your friendship. It could be true, but in our case it didn’t seem like there was any problem. We decided to start the company together because we know each other well, we have total trust in each other, we have very similar likes and dislikes, our values in things are almost identical, and because of all that, we make decisions fast, and even when one is not available, one’s decision is always what the other would have chosen. That was one of the main reasons why we grew faster than expected.
GD: What do you think makes a person beautiful? How does makeup fit in to that ideal?

Everyone is beautiful in their own way! But what is really important is personality!

Makeup enhances one’s features, but like our idol Kevyn Aucoin said, “Let people see your face, not your makeup.” So moderation is the best, define your eyebrows, a little blush, some eyeliner, and lipstick, basically a little lift in your complexion, bringing out the best features in you, and that’s all you need!
GD: How would you like to see Molly Cosmetics grow? Any products you can’t wait to try producing?

MC: We don’t really want it to grow as fast as a rocket. Although we would love to carry many different products, yet like makeup on your face, ‘foundation’ is the most important. We have set goals for ourselves, and we want to steadily achieve one after another. One thing that is certain is that we want to develop into a brand that is perceived as very affordable, fun…versatile products that are suitable for both the general public and professional makeup artists!

We are launching eyelashes and more lip colours in the near future. And one day we would really love to be able to produce eyeliner, eyeshadows and a serious awesome lip care line!

GD: What has been your favorite part about founding a beauty brand, and sending your products out into the world?

When we saw people posting pictures of themselves using our products, and they told us how they loved them and how they have talked about them all day long to their friends and family, it made us realize we did something right, and of course it felt extra good because makeup is our passion, and the coolest part is that Molly Cosmetics had linked us to thousands of ‘strangers’, now our–not fans but–friends, who shared the same love and passion, which we wouldn’t have had connected with in any other way.

More soon,

Girl

Makeup Haul: City Color Cosmetics

Aaaaand more makeup I bought and probably shouldn’t have. Especially because I had been researching “mousse” eyeshadow (which for some reason appeals to me more than cream eyeshadow) and stumbled across the City Color Cosmetics Metallic Shadow Pots which was, when I purchased the bundle, 15 dollars for the 6-color-galaxy-themed-product described as a “mousse shadow” and LITERALLY THE NEXT DAY the set was an Ipsy Deal for 10 bucks shipped. Well, to make this unnecessary story even longer, I bought another bundle of eyeshadows called “Single Shadows” in a set of 8, also for 15 dollars, because it made sense in my mind to get over the 25 dollar free shipping threshold and pay 30 dollars for 14 shadows, rather than paying 20 dollars for 6 shadows and shipping. Girl logic. So essentially I spent 20 dollars on convenience which could have been avoided if I’d waited a single day.

If you are interested, the mousse shadow bundle is currently 12 dollars on the City Color website. The Single Shadows are no longer offered as a bundle and they are now called City Chic Eye Shadow. It also looks like they are in a new package that has a flip up lid rather than a screw off lid like the ones I bought.

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I’m not typically a fan of single shadows. I prefer eyeshadow palettes because of their convenience in both space saving and color presentation. I wear makeup every day, and on week days when I am rushing to get ready for work, juggling a bunch of single shadows in my tiny bathroom is not ideal. But I wanted free shipping and these were on serious sale (they end up being $1.87 for 0.113 oz of product) and I thought, why not? I liked (some of) the shadow names–that Green/Gold/Black shifty one near the bottom is called “Aztec Warrior”–and the colors, which are a bit richer looking in real life (the photos make them look brighter than reality) and are just different enough from everything else I already own to make it okay in my mind…which we’ve already established functions on less-than-reasonable when it comes to makeup.

But these are nice, and I’ll definitely get use out of them.

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And these! The whole reason for my order in the first place! They have spacey names and are (again) unlike anything else I own. And they were inexpensive. And I wanted them.

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The formula is very thick and very “whipped creamy” though I don’t know if I would go so far as to call them “moussey” because of how thick they are. More like melty jello? Or, like, icecream that isn’t melting? Food analogies!

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These guys are very very very long lasting. They dry fairly quickly and when they do, they aren’t budging. And they stain. I think ultimately these colors are too bright for me to wear regularly as an eyeshadow, but I’m thinking I might try to wear them as liner. Any ideas?

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

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What Does it Mean When We Call Women Girls

Makeup (for me, if not for many) is intrinsic to identity. The shade of my eyeshadow or hue of my lipstick can help project the type of person I want to be on a certain day, which will most definitely be different on the morrow. Sometimes I don’t feel like the person I want to be, and makeup helps me pretend. Sometimes I’m not sure who I want to be, and putting on makeup is a small way for me to feel more in control. And of course, it is fun and silly and superficial and it usually smells nice and glitters a bit and overall remains a bright spot in my day. And maybe most importantly, it is never permanent.

Which is to say, Girl Doesn’t is, perhaps, another girl-titled trend but it also (for me, if not for many) a state of discovery, possibility, and the impermanence of self.

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Review: Wet-n-Wild CoverAll Collection

A reader asked me to review the Wet-n-Wild face products I hauled in January, and I have tested these wonderful little tubes and pots of goodness for months. There really isn’t a product I don’t adore at least a little bit (though one I still haven’t figured out how to use…) and so without too much preamble, find to follow my thoughts on the Wet-n-Wild Cover All collection, and the new(ish) setting spray.

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Primer: Excellent. A lotion-like consistency and face-feel, though as it sets it gets a bit velvety and tacky like a serious silicone primer. I think it smooths out my imperfections and helps keep me a bit more matte. I also think it makes a nice base on which foundation can stick. Repurchase? YES!

Color Correcting Palette: I don’t know how to use this. I picked it up after digging so hard on the other CoverAll products and because color-correcting is all over Sephora for waaaaay more than the $4.99 I paid for this little disk. It is very thick and very creamy and I get the whole green on red cancels out the color…purple on yellow cancels out the color…etc. But I feel like I put this stuff on my face and blend it out to nothing and then I’m right back where I started only sticky. Repurchase? Probably not.

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Cream Foundation: Excellent. This has become my second favorite drugstore foundation. It is inexpensive, sits so nicely on my skin, wears well throughout the day, is a good color match, doesn’t oxidize, and helps keep my face a little more matte. It is comfortable to wear and it doesn’t break me out. Repurchase? Most definitely.

Pressed Powder: Very soft, but very dry and delicate, so putting a brush in this compact kicks up a lot of product. But it sets the cream foundation very nicely and adds just a little more coverage. Repurchase? Maybe, but there are so many other pressed powders I want to try, and I don’t really dig the packaging on this.

Setting Spray: I like this some days and I like it not-so-much other days. When it works, it works well and smooths out any powdery look my products have produced while sort of suction-cupping my makeup to my face for all day (slightly dewy) wear. It feels like hairspray for my face. But when it doesn’t work it comes out of the spray nozzle in huge, uncomfortable drops of tackiness, smears my mascara all over my face, and muddies up my look…and I haven’t been able to find a rhyme or reason for why some days it does wonderful things and some days it underperforms. Repurchase? Maybe. But like the pressed powder, there are other setting sprays and fixing mists I want to try. This one is small and cute and inexpensive though, so I won’t rule it out.

Have I missed any Wet-n-Wild Cover All products? Any other face staples I should rush out and find? Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations.

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Makeup Haul: Limited Edition Kiko x Lovegrove Summer Collection

Gah! The words “Limited Edition” get me every time. I need to stay away from Instagram before it destroys me and my will-power completely. But for now, I have a few items from the beautifully packaged summer collection which was designed by Ross Lovegrove and inspired by wanderlust. It is all rose gold and elegance and I recommend you get your eyeballs on it, if not your hands.

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These are baked highlighting pearls (not too different it might seem from something lovely and much more expensive by Guerlain…) in the shade “Desert Moon” so I couldn’t resist. Throw in limited edition and I’m done for. I wish there was more than one shade in the collection, so I could justify owning more than one of these beauties. I haven’t used it enough to know for certain if it is compatible / comfortable with my excessively oily skin but I am happy to add this gorgeous little pot of goodness to my collection.

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With these lip oils, however, I have less gushing to get on…I just cannot figure how they are worth $14 monies. They smell and taste pleasantly enough (coconut, vanilla, and grapefruit are at the top of my list of flavors ideal for lippies) but they just don’t feel like anything special on the lips. And they most certainly do not LOOK like anything on the lips. The different colors are not detectable (not even by palest wrist swatch) and the shine dissipates within a few minutes and as beautiful as they look in that packaging, the goop on the inside should count for more, no?

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

MAKEUP HAUL: WET-N-WILD Limited Edition 2016 Summer Collection

So in my absence from Girl Doesn’t, and on the tail end of my self imposed no-buy, I went a bit makeup crazy. I bought so many tinctures and potions I didn’t need that I’m almost embarrassed, and I can still feel the slow painful wail of my bank account shriveling up in sadness AND YET I DID IT ANYWAY AND DAMN IF I’M NOT STILL GOING.

Get ready for my return to blogging to be one unnecessary haul after another.

I have no excuses. Except. Egads is this sparkly shit beautiful.

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These highlighters are so creamy and lovely and perfect.

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The Metallic Liquid Lipsticks I found to be a little less impressive. They swatch beautifully and I dare you to look at that stunning metallic sheen and think “Nah, I probably don’t need that in my life,” with any sincereity but they aren’t a forgiving product. It pools in any lines on your lips, clings to every dry patch, and doesn’t evenly coat your pucker in color or metallic goodness. It can be a patchy mess, but it can also be really pretty. Which is to say, I do not regret getting my paws on these, but I’m still trying to figure out how to make them work.

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

 

 

Girl Doesn’t: No Buy

Beginning today, until the end of the month, Girl isn’t going to buy new makeup or skincare. The only exception being a product I use on a daily basis that runs out (I’m getting low on my face lotion, so a bit of rule bending has to be allowed for everyday staples) but replacement products are the only leeway I’ve given myself.

February is my birthday month, and the month of my one year anniversary with Boyfriend, and the shortest month of the year and so it should be the easiest month to force myself not to pick up a new nail polish I don’t really need or a new face mask I can do without. The possibility of makeup gifts, coupled with a bathroom full of products–good products I love and beautiful products about which I still get excited–means there is no excuse for me not to take four weeks to shop my own stash.

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Buying new makeup and skincare is one of the superficial pleasures to which I look forward come payday, and I spend the weeks before researching swatches and reading reviews and generally lusting after beautiful new things but I think I’ve come to rely too heavily on it to make me happy.

A month to reset my priorities and reconnect with my other passions (I’m talking to you, Poetry!) seems like a healthy way to spend this month, which will also be filled with celebrating my life and my relationships and the people I love and whom love me.

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Makeup will still be around come March.