Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stop Wearing This Immediately

Are you Rihanna? Great! Have a ball. Get down with your half-naked (or fully nude) self. If you aren't, which is a majority of you, I have one thing to say:

Stop dressing like Rihanna.

Or any famous person you might be into right now: Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, etc. I know Rihanna wears full-coverage clothing from time to time. (She made a point to call out TLC regarding their comments of the contrary.) But here's the deal: Rihanna is a worldwide superstar. She produces a new album approximately every 8-9 months (on average). She likes to smoke weed, change up her hair and show her breasts through her clothing. And you know what? That's okay — she's Rihanna, international bad girl and pop star. She will always be Rihanna. You won't have to see her sitting in a cubicle, filing paperwork and answering telephones. She isn't an attorney. You won't catch her teaching 3rd grade. You won't see her giving a presentation on profit sharing.

Further, she isn't 16 or 17 years old. She's a grown, adult woman. She doesn't have to attend school. I guess the point I'm trying to make here is that she doesn't have to attempt to get a regular office job anytime soon. Yet I see so many teens and young women in college dressing like they are Rihanna, because they've seen her dress a certain way, and it's not only unbecoming (for the most part), but it's also being put on the internet for everyone to see, FOREVER! For-ev-er. These things will come up in your search results once employers start Googling you.

Because of her fame and superstardom, she is one of the elite few who DGAF and can do whatever they want. Seriously. Money is at their disposal, and they will never have to worry about struggling to survive or keeping a job, because they have enough money from the past few years of their career to last them a lifetime.

You, on the other hand... oh honey. You might look good. Have a bangin' body. You might not even be in the work force yet. But if you are going to dress like Rihanna, remind yourself to either a) not post these things on Facebook and Instagram, b) just stop and put on some pants. I don't want to deter people from being unique and putting themselves out there, but these celebrities make money, in addition to having talent, by being themselves. 

Naked selfies, photos of your derriere hanging out from your jean shorts — see through tops? Yes, I've seen women wearing crystal-clear tops without a bra on Facebook. (You can do the sheer top and bra combo with class, mind you.) But those things are not meant for the commonfolk such as ourselves. Do I want to be a pop superstar? You bet your sweet bippy I do. I fantasize about walking the catwalk and selling millions of records. But that I am not. Even with my job, where my M.O. is to be a personality that people can relate to yet being professional as well, you have to have decorum when it comes to what you say and what you wear. (I'm by no means a perfect example of this, mind you.)

As for Rihanna, she is a profiessional "Rihanna." She wouldn't be the worldwide pop diva that she is without the crazy outfits, the chain-link, see-through gowns, or the crazy pink hair. 

I don't want to see anymore mothers posting selfies of the booty shorts they're about to wear to the park with their kids, or soon-to-be law school student posting about her assless chaps on Halloween. Pull yourselves together, ladies, You are not badgalriri.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Best Foundations, July 2014

The Kirbie Grip is beauty as we need it: authentic, sometimes bold, and 100% uncensored. As a new sub-blog (more on that later) of KG2H, I'll be sharing recommendations, commentary and some hacks/tutorials in hopes it will help and promote a healthy discussion. 

I frequently get emails and texts from frans and familia asking me what products they should use. Because I'm a woman of the people, I feel like if I'm going to tell one person, I'm going to tell all y'all! So today's question comes from Texas gal and TCU alumni board member, Tricia!

Glad you asked, Tricia. I actually hoard foundations because, as our Polish makeup artist at work likes to joke, I'm never the same color for more than a day, and you've probably never actually seen my real skin tone. (I love to be tan, what can I say!) So I keep a variety of products on hand to mix just in case I'm dark one week and lighter the next. 

I sent the below recs to Tricia, and she followed up that she wanted to upgrade her cosmetics collection, so she'd be in touch again soon. So, to preface this: yes, these aren't going to be your $10 drugstore finds. (However, you can find one at Target!) Love me some drugstore buys, but these brands have prestige for a reason, and I fully believe they have helped my skin for the best since using them.

My favorites as of late span a variety of budgets, though, so there's something for everyone:

You want: coverage that evens out your skintone — while looking natural

Try: Laneige BB Cushion, $34

Target recently unveiled a new premium beauty aisle with several elevated beauty brands — including Laneige. If you aren't familiar, this is a popular Asian brand. I tend to love products from Asia (and overseas in general) because they're always at the forefront of what will be hot in the U.S. (Unfortunately for us, we don't tend to spearhead amazing innovations in beauty ...for the most part). 
What's absolutely phenomenal about this BB Cushion is that it hydrates your skin, has buildable coverage without looking cakey, helps conceal discoloration, and mattifies oily skin. Basically it's perfection in a compact. I'm serious. I wear it to work, to the beach (SPF 50, baby!), for nights out... everywhere.
Laneige's parent company, AmorePacific, makes an identical CC Cushion, but it costs almost three times the price.  So you're practically getting a five-finger discount with this little guy.

Another option you won't have to cake on! The main differences between this and Laneige is that Laneige is a compact, comes with a sponge, and is SPF 50. In terms of texture, this is thicker and gives a bit more coverage with just one application, while you can build up coverage with Laneige. Also, this is more like a moisturizer — so if you have oily skin, you'll need powder or blotting sheets to help mattify. It has an array of shades to choose from, too.

You want: a foundation that doubles as good skin care

I have a love affair with Estée ... clearly! This is brand new launch for the Summer and the main selling point for me is that it's a serum as well as a coverage product. I'm all about makeup that improves your skin, and I've been really appreciative that it doesn't fall into the fine lines around my eyes. (Yes, I have them.) Plus, pick up the sculpting brush, too. I don't use it to apply foundation, but do use it to contour my face with! (I like NARS Matte Multiple in Altai — a cream contour shade that doesn't look orange on fair skin.)

You want: the best of the best —no exceptions

So this is clearly the most expensive of the bunch. And some of you are like, "WOMAN? THIS IS EQUAL TO BUYING A TANK OF GAS!" And you know what? I can't say I'd blame you if you didn't want to spend $60 on foundation. But I'm all about investing in my face, and I've been this way since I was 11. Some people like to spend $150 on dinner, some like to spend their money on $600 shoes; I'd rather spend $300 on my skin. Sounds nuts, but that's my cuppa tea. 
Eve Lom is a British staple (people lose their ever-loving minds over their cleanser), so when they came out with a cosmetics collection, it was like Santa came in the first quarter of the year. This foundation makes your skin look airbrushed. That's the best way to put it. And they also have a great primer, their tinted moisturizer rocks AND their powder buffs your face to perfection. (Great for your purse, too.) 

You want: spot coverage that conceals like a motha 

Alternatively, if you don't want to wear foundation and like to spot conceal, I've been using NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for the past six months and I love it. The consistency is great, and I always find a color to match. I've bought two since December, so they'll last you about three months. Works great as an under eye concealer or just to cover up a few blemishes. 
TIP: if you find that you concealer moves, apply powder first to absorb oil, or find a mattifying primer. I like the powder trick because I can apply a moisturizing primer, then set it with the powder, and then apply my concealer. It stays on without moving. 

I have pleeeeeenty of drugstore picks. Plenty. And I'm happy to share those — maybe that will be a post in the future? (For starters though, anything that's L'Oreal True Match is my jam.) 

Send your questions by commenting below! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Instagram Spotlight: The Best LA Furniture Accounts

Instagram has been a whirlwhind for me. I remember resisting for as long as possible, barely keeping my feed alive, and now I'm addicted. I had my NFL crush follow me (and a year later, subsequently, unfollow me - traumatizing!) and managed to nab a follow from Chrissy Teigen, queen of social media herself. I will be an emotional mess if (when?) she decides to hit that unfollow button. But that's not why Instagram is so fantastic — if you think about it, it's basically your own personal Oprah lighting crew. (Everyone knows Oprah's lighting is THE BEST.)

Recently, I've realized the benefits of Instagram, other than sharing photos with my friends and family who don't live in LA and stalking randos who you may never meet in person (let's get real, we were all thinking it): you can find some great pieces of furniture if you follow the right accounts! Below are a few that I've personally purchased from or plan on purchasing from soon. 

One producer on my team mentioned that I should start following Sunday Marqt, as I was on the quest for a shabby chic bedside table and coffee table. A few weeks later, I ended up buying this adorable milk storage cabinet for a bedside table and I'm absolutely obsessed. The best part? I emailed them around 6:00 and they delivered it straight to my apartment for $10 in under an hour.
My mom is rapidly approaching Kris Jenner is the "Momager" category, because in addition to being on my case about my career goals (I am very thankful for this, mind you), she's been helping to spot furniture as we outfit our apartment. I'm a true Capricorn in that I love anything that's vintage or has been refurbished, which means flea markets and Craigslist are my best friends. (As is Anthropologie, except that's more of a "love everything/my wallet hates you" type of relationship.) Mom stumbled upon a listing from NAK Home on Craiglist, and I followed them on Instagram per their post. We ended up walking away with this gorgeous shabby chic entertainment center and coffee table! They've inspired me to repaint my dining room table and a few mirrors we have around the apartment, too. Their storage facility is based in Culver City, and you'll need to pick the items up yourself. 

I haven't bought anything from James and Frankie yet, but I love their assortment of upholstered furniture. I'm actually in the market for a few chairs for the living room... I hope they have a few similar to these available soon!

I stumbled upon Krrb from James and Frankie, mostly because the name caught my attention. :) Their site isn't LA-centric. In fact, they have listings from all over the U.S. Apparently I'm late to the game on this site, because it's been featured in The Huffington Post. I haven't bought anything yet, but their posts on Instagram have me giddy about making a purchase.

If you've been on Fairfax on a Sunday, you've experienced the masses that head to Melrose Trading Post. It takes place in the parking lot of Fairfax High School and you've can find anything you've ever dreamed of there: clothing, jewelry, homemade and local food, and of course furniture. You can easily pick up some one-of-a-kind finds here, each containing a rich history and authenticity you can't find anywhere else. (Unless you are capable of shipping directly from France for this old school telephone seat.)

If you have other Instagram recommendations... what are you waiting for? Let me know in the comments below! And don't forget to follow each of these lovely accounts.
@kirbiejohnson :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hi Erin!

If you haven't been watching Erin Andrews on Dancing With the Stars... there's a reason why she's a fan favorite. Total pro, yet fun, personable and witty.

Decided to tell her so.

I love Twittah.