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.


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,



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.



Saturday Spotlight: WildflowerMakeup

Wildflowermakeup is a blog I’ve really be digging lately. It is written by a young woman named Daisy from Somerset England.


Her photos are bright, and her makeup is a mix of high end and drugstore, and her posts always seem very cheery.


And because she’s in England, her stash is full of interesting bits and pieces I can’t get over here in the Midwest.


I think her posts are worth the read, and recommend you head her way if you’re looking for more makeup reviews and swatches.

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Saturday Spotlight: Alison Titus.

Alison Titus is one of my very favorite poets. I think she is beautiful, and her work is stunning, and I want to be her when I grow up.


“are you rove the pines          are you plush

the thicket—

Body goes in a flash         in a fever in a rush, scrapping

Body goes all this time”

From What Kingdom by Alison Titus in the new issue of La Vague.

Girl Doesn’t Mind Wishing Big: Lust List

“High end” beauty and skincare always seemed like such a waste of hard earned money to me, but that doesn’t stop me from lusting over those specialty products in fancy packaging. And I’ve found that it can be worth it to invest in the higher price tag…you get what you pay for can hold true at Sephora, maybe as often as it can’t. Here are five beauty products on which I haven’t found a way to justify splurging, but I want to get my hands on just the same.


1. GLAMGLOW Flashmud Brightening Treatment $69 at Sephora

I’ve tried a few products from the GLAMGLOW line and they’ve never let me down, even with the cringeworthy price point. The Supermud line is a skincare staple for me, and I’m interested to see if this new mask holds up to the standard.

2. REPLICA Funfair Evening $125 at Sephora

Described as “Carefree. Vibrant. Joyful.” this is a perfume well out of my “reasonable price range” bubble but with notes of Toffee Apple, Pear, Star Anise, Rose Infusion, Orange Blossom Infusion, White Musk, Tahitian Vanilla, and Caramel Candy, I’ve never want to pop that bubble so badly before now.

3. Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment $105 at Sephora

I have, and love, Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil, a “miracle product” if I’ve ever used one. I saved for months to afford it and I don’t regret a single penny I spent. It’s luxurious and effective and exactly what I was hoping for. I’d like to add this Good Genes serum to my skin care routine next.

4. Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tine-In-Oil $32 at Sephora

Thirty-two dollars for a lipgloss is ridiculous, especially on a budget constricted by the “poor college kid” mentality I’ve yet to shake, but I’ve seen this on too many youtube beauty channels to ignore how much I want it anyway. Peach Me Love is the color I’d choose, if ever I lose all sense and spend a week’s worth of gas money on stuff to slather on my lips.

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Pallet $58 at Sephora

I’m not big into face powder, but I like the idea of softening my complexion with different types of lighting. I want this glow in a pan.

More soon,