December 20, 2014

Tried & True: Yes to Tomatoes Acne Roller Ball Spot Stick

We recently became roller girls, but without a pair of skates or an elbow to the ribcage in sight. That said, serious combat was involved. We recently tested the Yes To Tomatoes Acne Roller Ball Spot Stick from San Francisco-based company Yes To. Read on for why we’re declaring it a winner.

First, a paraben-free ingredients list pairs natural skin-helpers such as organic tomato extract and tea tree oil with zit-fighting usual suspects such as salicylic acid and witch hazel. The compact roller ball applicator made it easy to zero in on spots and get the treatment right where it was needed – and not all over our faces.

But more than the ease-of-use or the novelty of the packaging, we were impressed with the result. After one nighttime application, we saw notable improvement in our skin the next morning, but without redness or flaky skin.

We’re also fans of the company’s full disclosure of every ingredient in the product right on the web site.

Want your own? The Roller Ball Spot Stick ($9.99) is currently available in the Yes To online store.

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Full disclosure: samples were gifted to us for use in this post. Though we don’t think that biases our judgment, we think it’s only good, fair reporting to let you know.

Makeup Brushes from a Local Source

When it comes to buying from local sources, we often find that the basics can be the most difficult items to hunt down. Not surprisingly, we were immediately intrigued by a Bay Area source for what we consider to be a beauty must: a great set of makeup brushes.

Kim Brushes may be a newcomer to the San Francisco beauty scene, but its heritage gives it serious cred: the parent company behind the brand is Rekab, a maker of fine art brushes that’s been around for over 100 years. Based in Israel, Rekab chose San Francisco as its U.S. base for its new beauty-focused venture.

“Kim brushes are a favorite of mine since they were created by artists and have the feel of a true painter’s brush. I love how professional the brushes look, yet how affordable they are for the emerging artist,” says Bay Area makeup artist Nikol Elaine.

Made by hand using the same techniques the company employs for its fine art brushes, the line includes no fewer than 55 brushes designed for the eyes, face, lips and nails. Prices ($5-$48) are also notably affordable.

Photography courtesy of Kim Brushes

Fresh Faced: The Beauty Company Celebrates New Location

Beauty Company, the beauty supply boutique and salon, has ditched its on-the-corner location on Polk and Green for a fresh, open and much larger space. But the San Francisco beauty destination didn’t move far. Local fans had to walk less than half a block from the original outpost to get to the new location’s launch party at 2325 Polk Street.

At last week’s launch event, the salon was glowing with natural light that highlighted the light brown hardwood floors and contemporary, mostly white interiors. The store was crowded with men and women surveying the airy space, drinking bubbly, devouring the plentiful arrangement of fresh fruit and sushi and indulging in complimentary mini manis.

Separating the salon and nail spa are white modern shelves fully stocked with name brand lines such as Pureology hair products and Korress skin care. The nail salon is supplied with enough Essie and O.P.I colors to please any girl sitting in one of the plush black armchairs.

While most salons rely on doors and private rooms for services like tanning and waxing, Beauty Company now guards your privacy like a bank—with a vault.

“I love the vault, it’s a great feature, and we love it and every single person compliments us on it. It’s amazing,” gabbed owner Sherri Ziesche in between hugs from guests.

The vault isn’t the only reason to pay the store a visit. Says Ziesche:

“Our staff is knowledgeable and helpful…we have no problem giving samples and just helping you find the right fit, the right thing for you.”

Find your right fit at the new location, open seven days a week at 2325 Polk St., SF., www.beautycompanysf.com.

Photo courtesy of Beauty Company

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