Kitiya King boasts a long list of titles. She’s a chemist. A cosmetologist. An aesthetician. A beauty blogger. And now she’s an entrepreneur. The local beauty wiz’s new “5-free” (which means the formula doesn’t contain formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, or camphor) nail polish line launches on Friday with a collection of seven hues inspired by the glitz of Fashion Week and ranging from bold, glittery gold and bright red to more understated colors such as midnight blue and khaki. We chatted with King about Mischo Beauty and her must-have beauty products.
How did Mischo Beauty come to be?
I’m a chemist and cosmetologist, and have always wanted to blend both worlds. When I was pregnant with my son, I was really careful with the products I was using and what I was eating, and actually didn’t polish my nails for the first six months of my pregnancy because of all the harmful toxins found in nail polish. I eventually started using polishes that were 5-free but found the formula didn’t go on smoothly, or they weren’t durable. After giving birth to my son, I decided it was time to mix my science and beauty backgrounds to create a 5-free nail polish that was durable while still being nontoxic.
What makes Mischo Beauty different from other lines?
Mischo Beauty is different from other lines because not only is it healthy, but it’s also functional. There aren’t many 5-free nail polish brands on the market, and the ones that are aren’t long-lasting. Mischo luxury nail lacquers are chip-resistant and won’t affect your health.
Tell us about the process and development of the line.
I created the formulas to make sure they were indeed 5-free, which was the most difficult part, and worked hard to make sure every single color in the collection was flawless. I tested the product for a year to make sure the nail polish was something I would be in love with and would use myself—and I absolutely love the result.
What’s next for Mischo Beauty?
After the launch of the Fashion Week collection for fall 2013, we will launch our Icons collection of the Mischo luxury nail lacquer in spring 2013, followed by our line of color cosmetics—lipstick, lip gloss, blush—in fall 2014.
Early this year the Council of Fashion Designers of America indefinitely canceled Fashion’s Night Out, the annual block-party-like event that brought stores, salons, and designers together for a weekend of fashion events. The event, which originated in New York and was organized in partnership with Vogue, was nixed nationwide, much to the dismay of fashion-addicted Washingtonians who viewed FNO as a way to come together with their creative peers (and shop, obviously). Thankfully, the Georgetown Business Improvement District stepped up to the plate, and has organized an entire FNO-like weekend full of soirees and shows—including major sales at local shops, something the original event often lacked. The three-day event, dubbed FAD (short for Fashion + Art + Design) is poised to be an impressive replacement for its reputable predecessor. Here are six reasons to check it out.
With our seemingly ever-shrinking budgets in this city, we’re always looking for ways to save when it comes to our wardrobe. Stylists say the best way to do so is to invest in high-quality, versatile pieces you can incorporate into multiple outfits and keep for years—but the advice isn’t always easy to follow. Luckily, we have such neighbors as Casie Mace of WhippedStyle in our ’hood to convince us otherwise. Below, the blogger shows us how to wear one of our favorite fall-to-winter staples—a solid, oversize sweater (in this case, it’s Topshop’s knitted tulip-stitch jumper)—for work, play, and relaxation. Nordstrom, here we come. . .
As the blogger behind the DC-based beauty site Politics of Pretty, Kara Manos makes no bones about the fact that she’s a bona-fide product junkie. She’s tried ’em all. Which begs the question: Which products hold rank on her list of all-time faves? We chatted with Kara to get the scoop on her beauty essentials.
1. Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer
Kara says: “I always thought the best primers came in liquid form . . . and then Benefit came out with this ultra-easy push-up stick formula. Now I’ve converted. My makeup stays intact way beyond the eight-hour workday.” $32 at Macy’s.
2. Alchimie Forever Gentle Refining Scrub
Kara says: “This gentle exfoliating scrub is a twice-weekly ritual I love to indulge in to help brighten my complexion and even out my skin tone.” $45 at Alchimie Forever.
3. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters
Kara says: “Bright lips are my thing, but it’s hard to commit to them in hot and humid temperatures. These tinted lip balms are a great alternative because you still get a pop of color without the heavy formula.” $6.49 at Target.
4. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Kara says: “I’ve been practicing my cat eye for fall, and this felt-tip marker glides on smoothly without smudging.” $20 at Sephora.
5. Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Macbeth
Kara says: “This is my go-to polish for summer. A coral hue on my digits always brightens up days spent at the keyboard.” $15 at Ulta.
If you’re like us, you are o-v-e-r your summer wardrobe by the time August rolls around. And that means it’s high time to hunt down some much-needed fashion inspo. That’s when you head straight to the pros: Read on for eight fab summer looks primed for style swiping, straight from a few of our favorite Washington style bloggers.
Cheralee of Miss Lyle Style nails late-summer breeziness in her pastel printed maxi dress. The teensy cutout at the waist keeps it just edgy enough, and her simple-but-impactful jewelry and loose, easy hairstyle are the right finishing touches.
We already count ourselves as fans of the Washington-based fashion blog Good Good Gorgeous, written by the ever-stylish, globe-trotting Haya Tetroashvili and spotlighting her signature breezy, effortless outfits. Now the globe-trotting girl kicks off a new endeavor with her brand-new YouTube channel. First up: a charmingly summery makeup tutorial, starring Haya as model, Abigail de Casanova as the beauty guru, and Sebastian Marin as videographer. The resulting look? A beautiful, natural summer glow. Take a peek at the vid below, and stay tuned for more from Haya’s new channel.
The LWD: It’s like the LBD’s cooler, cheerier cousin. And for summer, the little white dress’s light, breezy vibe and blank-canvas hue mean it’s just as insanely versatile—and super chic, too. Need proof? Witness a trio of our fave local bloggers rocking their LWDs in three completely different ways.
We love the surprise of crisp white for a nighttime look, and Kendal of Metropolitan Thread does it perfectly by glamming it up with a major statement necklace and gold clutch. Her pleated shift adds just the right touch of on-trend texture.
Steal her style: Erin Fetherston’s leather-and-chiffon dress ($152.75 at Last Call) mirrors the texture blending. Dress it up with a tribal-style bib necklace, like this one by Jules Smith ($120 at Couture Candy), and BCBG’s gold leather pouch ($55.25 at Last Call).
As founder of lifestyle blog the Edit, and the limited-edition tee line Manifesto, and cofounder of online gift-guide mag To & From, Meg Biram is known for her personal style and eye for all things chic and trendy. We caught up with the blonde bombshell, who also happens to be an ultra-talented painter (does the girl ever sleep?!) to get the scoop on what she’s loving lately. Click through the gallery to see her picks.
With more than 20 years of experience as a professional makeup artist, Lianne Farbes, the beauty guru behind the award-winning blog TheMakeupGirl, knows a thing or two about the best products on the market. After gigs at such brands as Lancôme, Clarins, and Borghese, Farbes founded TheMakeupGirl in 2006—and it’s since become a must-read resource for beauty junkies nationwide. We caught with the DC-based beauty expert—who is also a backstage regular at New York Fashion Week and a brand ambassador for Avon, Aveeno, and RoC Skincare—to get the details on her all-time beauty must-haves.
1) Cover Girl Lash Blast Clump Crusher Mascara
Lianne says: “One thing I don’t really splurge on is mascara. Why? Because you can get one that will give you everything you need at your local drugstore. This one is buildable and gives you major lashes, plus it’s less than $7.” $6.89 at drugstore.com.