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Kjaer Weis is organic makeup with red carpet performance

It is no secret that the makeup women use can be composed of harmful chemicals and additives that do more damage than good. Celebrity makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis created a makeup line that uses green ingredients, while preserving quality performance.

At Citrine Natural Beauty Bar’s Night of Organic Beauty on June 17, showcased her makeup expertise that she has used while working with Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, Christy Turlington and other A-list stars.  Guests got to learn how to achieve two wearable looks that are perfect for day and night.

The day look was a natural look that Weis described as being “you but enhance.” The night look taught guests how to build color and create the famous smoky eye look.

For both looks, Weis stressed how essential it is to start off with moisturizer, giving the foundation something to hold onto. To fill in the eyebrows, she recommended applying eye shadow with a slanted brush.  Next, Weis applied crème blush to the highest spots on the face to “replicate where you heat up” and gave the tip to apply it in a circular motion.

For the day look, Weis began with a light shade of eye shadow saying from that you can always build color, but with the daytime look you want to remain more natural.  For the smokey eye in the night look, Weis started with applying a light color to the whole eye and then added darker colors getting lighter and lighter as you move “in” on the lid.  To create depth and enhance the smoky eye, she applied eye shadow to the crease of the eye.

Weis also educated women about the benefits of organic makeup and presented her line by demonstrating two different looks using her own line of certified organic makeup, Kjaer Weis.

Weis had multiple first-hand experiences witnessing the short-term effects “conventional” makeup products have on the women.

“Time and time again people pinpoint that they breakout from that, or get runny eyes from this,” she said. This made her think, “if these products are causing short-term effects like breakouts and rashes, then what would the long-term effects look like?”

After experimenting with natural alternatives, Weis discovered that many of the organic makeup products available did not achieve the same results as traditional chemical-laden products. Weis set out to create a high-quality performance cosmetic product that is created from high-quality, natural and organic ingredients.

It was essential for Weis to obtain a formula that uses only natural ingredients without compromising performance. She wanted to replicate the glow that silicones in traditional makeup has by using natural materials, like oils, water and waxes.

This line is the “closest you will get to a handmade product,” she says. Working with natural-origin raw materials, not man-made chemicals, makes it possible for formulas to easily change in color and consistency from batch to batch. She compares the process to the wine industry; wines from the same vineyard change in taste every vintage. However, unlike wine, it is essential that every batch of makeup remains uniform in color, consistency and texture. To maintain this uniformity, Weis personally inspects each new batch.

“One thing I am really proud of is a narrowing down of the expectable margin” of flux between batches, she said.

The last step was creating a presentation for the product that stayed true to the line’s balance between glamor and its green roots. To reduce waste, the makeup compacts were designed to be refillable. Refill pans are available in paper cartons that are fully recyclable.

The crème-based products are certified organic; meaning 95 percent of the product is plant-based organic and the ingredients were made under supervised farming. The eye shadows are considered certified natural because they contain bamboo, which is grown in the wild and not overseen on a farm. Weis’ “super clean” products provide nourishing properties that synthetic makeup cannot replicate. The line currently offers foundations, blushes, lip stains, eye shadows, mascara and brushes.

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Citrine Natural Beauty Bar Offers Skincare Expertise and All-Natural Products

Working with makeup since she was 15 years old, Melissa Lenberg, founder and owner of Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, really knows the ins and outs of all-natural skincare. I met Melissa at her bright and inviting storefront at the UNION Biltmore to experience Citrine firsthand. The personality of the store is a reflection of Lenberg herself. She was warm, welcoming and has an obvious passion for educating and providing people with quality skin products.

After moving from L.A. to Arizona, Lenberg observed that the beauty industry in the Valley was somewhat limited, department store makeup counters having the predominant presence. Remembering how much she enjoyed frequenting the small makeup boutiques in L.A. Lenberg saw a need for something similar here.

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She was inspired by a beautiful piece of citrine that she came across while on vacation in Sedona and chose the name for her store from that experience. A gorgeous citrine stone is now featured in the store.

Because of some personal health issues, Lenberg was passionate about opening a natural makeup boutique, and the natural products lend themselves well to Arizonans whose skin can experience serious damage from the harsh summer sun. “People want to find those good, healthy products. Now they know they can come and shop here and that all the products are going to be safe for them,” said Lenberg.

Citrine offers several different product brands. Among them is the all-natural mineral makeup from jane iredale as well as a line of REN skincare products.

Lenberg was generous enough to allow me to experience some of the skincare and makeup lines Citrine offers. The skincare products from REN she used on my face were especially memorable. I could sense the natural nutrients in the ingredients as my skin felt light and rejuvenated after the makeover. Even the brush Lenberg used to apply some of the makeup was all-natural, made from goat hair.

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Citrine’s skincare items are not limited to facial products. Lenberg also used a “skin perfecter” on my legs, ankles and the tops of my feet that covered up unwanted blemishes. It gave my skin a temporary, natural golden glow, and was easy to apply as well as wash off in the evening.

Lenberg is intentional about spending one-on-one time with each customer that comes into Citrine, understanding the person’s individual skin care needs and directing them about which products would be the most beneficial. She’s been able to work with moms and daughters who’ve come in for a first makeover and, impressively, she’s also been able to help customers clear up their acne.

In addition to makeup and skincare products, Citrine also offers something truly unique: a perfumery bar. Customers can mix different scents from high quality essential oils to make their own blend of fragrances.

As far as the future, one of Lenberg’s goals is the opening of Citrine’s own product line of cosmetics as well as launching other Citrine locations in the Valley.

This Saturday, July 13, would be the perfect time for a first visit to Citrine. Lenberg is hosting a jane iredale makeup event at her store at UNION Biltmore. Light refreshments, gifts and complimentary makeovers will be available. They will also be giving a complimentary jane iredale full-size lip gloss and deluxe samples with any purchase of $100 or more.

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Jane Iredale Makeup Event at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

Get naturally glamorous for summer at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar! Beat the heat and enjoy a pampering day on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Enjoy a complimentary Jane Iredale full-size lipgloss and deluxe samples with any purchase of $100 or more. Spend $200 and Citrine will also provide you with a $20 gift card to use on your next purchase.

Light refreshments, amazing gifts and complimentary makeovers will be available.

The skin care professionals at Citrine will also be showing you how you can protect your skin from the summer rays with their amazing makeup and skin care.

Call to book your makeover now: (602) 955-2354.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is located at UNION at The Biltmore Fashion Park. 2502 E. Camelback Rd. Ste 148-K, Phoenix, Arizona 85016. 

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4 Tips to Avoid Summer Makeup Meltdowns

Just in time for the Valley’s first heat wave and for a special event at UNION next weekend arrives Citrine Natural Beauty Bar owner Melissa Lenberg’s summer makeup meltdown lifesavers. Prepping for Citrine’s Get Glowing For Summer Event from 12 – 6 p.m. June 1 (which will aptly be followed by Mimoasas, Makeovers, and Manicures  from 6 – 8!), Melissa’s tips are easy, quick and ESSENTIAL for combating our summer’s famously dry, unforgiving weather conditions.

Melissa’s Top Tips to Avoid Makeup Meltdowns:

suntan lotionProtect Your Skin: Unless you want your skin to tan darker throughout the day, be sure to wear skincare products that contain SPF, which will protect your skin from the desert’s harsh sun.

Cool Off Your Body: Makeup applied right after a shower will absorb into skin and make you break out. If you’re hot and sweaty post-shower, allow your body 10 minutes to cool down before applying makeup.

Get Primed: No matter what the season or temperature, a good makeup primer is a real lifesaver. It keeps on your makeup day to night, reduces lines168738395 and pores and some like the REN product have added benefits of SPF protection, moisturizer and toner to keep your skin glowing naturally.
 
Make It Mineral: A mineral foundation is ideal for Arizona heat. It is light and will wear all day. It won’t slide off your face and will leave you looking natural all hours of the day and night.

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Get Your Glow On for Spring – Advice from Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

The sun is shining and the weather is warming up, which means tank tops and shorts are coming out of the drawer again. Is your skin ready to see the light again after the cold season? Going from pasty to bronzed goddess is easy with the right tools!

Exfoliate

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Scrubbing off that layer of dead skin is the most important thing you can do to restore that natural glow. Try Red Flower Revitalizing Sea Salt Scrub for your body. We love the Italian Blood Orange right now; this fresh summer scent is packed with antioxidants and essential oils that actually help heal your skin. All of Red Flower’s ingredients are biodegradable, organic and indulgent.

For your face, try REN’s Jojoba Microbead Purifying Facial Polish. Gentle enough to be used every other day, this cooling exfoliator cleanses deep into even the most sensitive skin.

Toning Gel

We highly recommend Per-fekt’s Body Perfection Gel, a celeb favorite product that gives you an instant airbrushed bronze glow. This gel smooths and perfects your skin far better than instant tanner or bronzer. With nourishing hyaluronic spheres, shea butter and ceramids, this non-permanent, non-transfer gel will leave you amazed. Beach-ready skin has never been so easy. With a regular option and three different shades to choose from, your skin tone has a guaranteed match. It’s your body, only better!

Don’t forget about your face! Per-fekt also offers Skin Perfection Gel, which uses Smart Color Technology to illuminate your face in the same way. Toss the drugstore bronzer and give these lightweight gels a try.

Spring Scents

A fresh, alluring scent tops of a sunny glow flawlessly. We recommend a sexy summer fragrance like KAI, a tropical floral scent with a huge celeb following.

Come by Citrine Natural Beauty Bar on April 6 to try Per-fekt’s products. You’ll receive a free gift with $85 purchase! Call (602) 955-2354 to make an appointment with our experts for more ideas on how to shine naturally this season.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is located at UNION at The Biltmore Fashion Park.

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Do Something Different for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day rolls around again, many couples will find themselves in the same old flowers-and-dinner routine.

There are many places around the Valley that offer something a little different this year, whether for first dates or long-married couples. Here are some to think about:

1. Romance in the Garden: On Feb. 16, the Desert Botanical Garden is hosting a candlelit outdoor concert by Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble. Dinner, wine flights and bottles of champagne are available. Can’t celebrate on Thursday? Take Saturday to hear sexy music under the stars with a glass of wine.

Ullman Terrace, 6-9 p.m. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead. 480-481-8188

2. Chocolate Affaire: From Feb. 8-10, experience downtown Glendale’s festival of chocolate, wine and romance. Watch chocolatiers making their specialties and sample treats like chocolate-covered bacon. Bring the kids for crafts and rock-climbing, and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic district.

Starts Friday at 5 p.m. Park in garages at 59th Ave & Glenn Dr.

3. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar: Fragrances definitely play a big part in everyone’s Valentine’s Day. Melissa at Citrine will take time to blend you a customized fragrance from the purest organic essential oils. Ingredients like Somalian Frankincense and Egyptian Jasmine are aphrodisiacs, or try a blend that matches your astrological sign.

At UNION Biltmore. 602-955-2354. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

4. Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Written by Steve Martin, this play is being performed by the Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale. Think Einstein and Picasso at a Paris café in 1904, add Steve Martin’s intelligent humor, a special cameo and great acting, and you have an idea of what to expect.

7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat through Feb. 23. Tickets $20. Brelby.com. 6839 N. 58th Ave.

5. The Spouse Whisperer: If you’re looking for laughs, head over to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino to hear Mark Cordes’ tongue-in-cheek, sharp-witted humor about marriage and middle age. This hysterical look at couples’ life is a great change of pace for Valentine’s Day.

Ovations LIVE! Showroom, 7:15 p.m. Tickets $15. 877-840-0457

6. Roka Akor: While prix-fixe menus are a staple of many V-Day dinners, this one stands out. Items like wild boar bacon, lobster tartare and mushroom tempura will be served in three seatings: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Voted one of the top ten sushi restaurants in the U.S., Roka Akor is an excellent date spot as well as a culinary destination. This menu will be served through the 16th if you can’t make it Thursday.

$98 per person. 7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-306-8800

7. The Bassics of Love: On the 14th, the ASU Kerr Cultural Center is featuring Chunyang Wang, who studied at Julliard and played in the New York Asian Symphony Orchestra. Wang will perform timeless classics from Rachmaninov, Mozart and Piazzolla on double bass and piano.

7:30 p.m. Tickets from $10.50: vip.me/AAMOdCWkHBM. 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.

 

strawberries

Do Something Different for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day rolls around again, many couples will find themselves in the same old flowers-and-dinner routine.

There are many places around the Valley that offer something a little different this year, whether for first dates or long-married couples. Here are some to think about:

1. Romance in the Garden: On Feb. 16, the Desert Botanical Garden is hosting a candlelit outdoor concert by Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble. Dinner, wine flights and bottles of champagne are available. Can’t celebrate on Thursday? Take Saturday to hear sexy music under the stars with a glass of wine.

Ullman Terrace, 6-9 p.m. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead. 480-481-8188

2. Chocolate Affaire: From Feb. 8-10, experience downtown Glendale’s festival of chocolate, wine and romance. Watch chocolatiers making their specialties and sample treats like chocolate-covered bacon. Bring the kids for crafts and rock-climbing, and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic district.

Starts Friday at 5 p.m. Park in garages at 59th Ave & Glenn Dr.

3. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar: Fragrances definitely play a big part in everyone’s Valentine’s Day. Melissa at Citrine will take time to blend you a customized fragrance from the purest organic essential oils. Ingredients like Somalian Frankincense and Egyptian Jasmine are aphrodisiacs, or try a blend that matches your astrological sign.

At UNION Biltmore. 602-955-2354. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

4. Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Written by Steve Martin, this play is being performed by the Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale. Think Einstein and Picasso at a Paris café in 1904, add Steve Martin’s intelligent humor, a special cameo and great acting, and you have an idea of what to expect.

7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat through Feb. 23. Tickets $20. Brelby.com. 6839 N. 58th Ave.

5. The Spouse Whisperer: If you’re looking for laughs, head over to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino to hear Mark Cordes’ tongue-in-cheek, sharp-witted humor about marriage and middle age. This hysterical look at couples’ life is a great change of pace for Valentine’s Day.

Ovations LIVE! Showroom, 7:15 p.m. Tickets $15. 877-840-0457

6. Roka Akor: While prix-fixe menus are a staple of many V-Day dinners, this one stands out. Items like wild boar bacon, lobster tartare and mushroom tempura will be served in three seatings: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Voted one of the top ten sushi restaurants in the U.S., Roka Akor is an excellent date spot as well as a culinary destination. This menu will be served through the 16th if you can’t make it Thursday.

$98 per person. 7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-306-8800

7. The Bassics of Love: On the 14th, the ASU Kerr Cultural Center is featuring Chunyang Wang, who studied at Julliard and played in the New York Asian Symphony Orchestra. Wang will perform timeless classics from Rachmaninov, Mozart and Piazzolla on double bass and piano.

7:30 p.m. Tickets from $10.50: vip.me/AAMOdCWkHBM. 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.

8. Vampire’s Wedding: If you’re in the Tucson area and looking for a laugh, head to Tucson Dinner Theatre on the 14th. “Murder at The Vampire’s Wedding” is a 3-act interactive show at Arizona’s oldest dinner theatre. A 3-course meal and champagne toast will be served, and the ladies will receive a ‘Keepstake’ rose.

2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-624-0172. Tickets $42. Show starts at 7 p.m.

9. Orange Sky: If you prefer something a little more traditional, Orange Sky at Talking Stick is offering an excellent $70 prix-fixe on the 14th. What makes Orange Sky different is the romantic, award-winning view of the Valley at dusk. The wine room is stunning and a sommelier can help you choose the best bottle.

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. Reservations: http://www.talkingstickresort.com/orange-sky.aspx

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Biltmore Lands All Natural Beauty Boutique

Coming in November, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar will be one of the many élite boutiques and local retailers to join Biltmore Fashion Park’s new UNION concept. A custom perfumery and all natural apothecary of beauty, Citrine uses the finest essential oils from all around the world, making it the Valley’s first and only custom perfumery bar where customers can blend their own alluring scent, based of essential oils.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar will feature all natural beauty and makeup products, organic skincare and custom fragrances for those who love to pamper their skin naturally without harsh chemicals or parabens. Many will come from the most luxurious and naturally glamorous products from the beauty industry’s most exclusive product lines like Jane Iredale, Patyka, Per-fekt, REN, Kai, Apothia LA, Pure Plant Spa.

Customers can sip a glass of champagne (or tea!) while they blend the perfect scent customized to their personal preference. With options like French lavender, sandalwood or more exotic scents like cocoa and basil, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is sure to give just that zest any scent seeker is looking for.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar owner Melissa Lenberg hopes to benefit from the Biltmore name, but mainly wants to make her mark on the retail scene as being among luxury retailers.

“Biltmore Fashion Park is staple in Phoenix and being a retailer among some of the major power players puts my store right in the limelight that it should be,” said Melissa Lenberg, owner. “The new UNION concept will not only bring that Biltmore regular into my store but also new and fabulous local clientele.”

After working in the makeup industry for 13 years, now at the age of 30 owner Melissa Lenberg , decided to use her  knowledge and love for natural beauty  products by turning her expertise into a business. True to her entrepreneurial spirit, it was always important for Melissa to use the highest quality natural ingredients, with no chemicals, or parabens.

“I want to teach women you can be natural but glamorous at the same time.  You can use essential oils and natural products and still be done up like Marilyn Monroe if you want. The skin is the largest organ in our body and we should pamper it with the greatness it deserves.”

For additional information on Citrine Natural Beauty Bar visit http://citrinenaturalskin.com or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CitrineNaturalBeautyBar.

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Union at Biltmore Fashion Park Announces Inaugural Tenants

Four independently-owned boutiques will be the first tenants at UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park, which is scheduled to open in November.

Whoopie Baking Company, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, Paris Envy and Frances are the first wave of retailers announced for the one-of-a-kind, urban and independent shopping experience.

The 7,200 SF UNION will be located on the east end of the shopping center between Stingray Sushi and Seasons 52, offering shoppers a mix of more than a dozen one-of-a-kind boutiques ranging in size from 200-500 SF, as well as a casual eatery.

UNION is an opportunity to bring small, independent entrepreneurs and artists to Biltmore replicating the unique retail mix historically found at Biltmore Fashion Park.

“We are really excited to be part of UNION and surrounded by local entrepreneurs who have a passion for their business in a well-established shopping destination,” said Laurie Lavy, owner of Paris Envy.

Paris Envy will offer a collection of handcrafted vintage and vintage-inspired home furnishings, décor and accessories. From zinc kitchen tables to crystal chandeliers, Paris Envy offers a diverse mix of specialty items including candles, jewelry and special gift items.

Whoopie Baking Company will bring its signature whoopie pies in assorted flavors such as Spicy Pumpkin, Mimosa, Sweet & Salty and Peanut Butter Cup to UNION, as well as other specialty ingredients related to the sweet treats including salted carmel and marshmallow fluff. Dog lovers can pick up a special treat — woofie pies for their beloved canine companions.

Local entrepreneur Georganne Bryant of Frances will join the UNION line up offering women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, books, paper goods, novelty items and art. Frances will also keep their original location on Central Avenue and Camelback.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with Biltmore Fashion Park and expand my business into this exciting new urban concept. Biltmore Fashion Park has always been a great landmark and I’m grateful for this opportunity,” said Georgeanne Bryant, owner of Frances.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, will offer discerning beauty and makeup buffs all natural, organic skincare and beauty products and custom fragrances for those who love to pamper their skin naturally without harsh chemicals or parabens. Citrine will carry exclusive lines and favorites such as REN, Jane Iredale and Kai fragrances beloved by celebrities.

To learn more about the UNION at Biltmore, visit shopbiltmore.com and become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/ShopBiltmore.