Opting to shop at mom and pop stores is a great way to support the economy. Another way to support small businesses is to buy products that are made locally. For women in Los Angeles, there are a number of beauty product lines that are made right here in our own backyard. Whether it’s skin care or essential items for your makeup bag, check out these locally made beauty products in Los Angeles.
Influenced by Europe but made right here in Los Angeles, Erbaviva has a line of essential body and skin care products made from natural and USDA Certified Organic ingredients. Pamper yourself with Relax Body Lotion, Jasmine Orange Lip Balm or the Firming Salt body rub. Erbaviva even has a delicate line of products for moms to be and babies like chemical-free sunscreen and moisturizers and soaps. Making this line of beauty care even better, its manufacturing facility runs on 100% renewable energy.
Sci Fi Cosmetics
Sci Fi Cosmetics has a line of metallic shadows that will not only make your eyes pop but give you a look that’s out of this world. This eye makeup line will give all you Sci Fi chicks and comic book gals your day in the sun (there’s even a shadow color named The Sun) when you wear any of these fantasy and steampunk-inspired long lasting colors. This company just launched in November of 2014 and there are still 33 more colors on the horizon. They’re also cruelty free and vegan so you don’t have to worry about hurting planetary creatures.
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Botanical Naturals is a small beauty company in Los Angeles and sells through Etsy. One of the many great things about this enterprise is that it makes all of its products in small batches so when you treat yourself to any of the facial masks, moisturizers, body butters, soaps and scrubs, you are getting products that are fresh preservative free. A definite must try is the Fruit Enzyme Facial Mask to smooth and brighten, and the Tranquility Seaweed & Sea Salt Soap with a relaxing aroma and detoxing components.
Hey Girl Cosmetics
Local Los Angeles photographer and makeup artist Eva Antoniadou knows the importance of having good makeup. As a photographer, she knows how colors and applications will translate in photographs. As a makeup artist, she knows how to apply makeup to her models for the desired effects. It was her drive for perfection that led her to start her own makeup line. Choosing to design one item at a time, Eva started with the essential and ultimate felt-tip liquid black eyeliner for extreme precision application. “The rest of the line will come in time,” Eva states. “But having a fail proof eyeliner is extremely important. That’s why it’s my first.”
My Beauty Bunny
As any woman knows, sometimes the makeup you’re hoping to buy based on advertisements (color, consistency, longevity) turns out to be different after you take it out of the package and try it. These “misunderstandings” can be costly. Fortunately, local Los Angeles beauty blogger Jen Mathews performs the trial and error for you. With pictures, product evaluations and technique advice, the My Beauty Bunny is the perfect resource to see what works and what’s trending.
Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.