Big Beauty Edit 2018
As we enter a new spring, the Bob Cut editors have been diligently vetting and testing various local beauty and skincare brands. Of course, our opinion is just a drop in the bucket, we want to offer you, the reader, the very best that we could find. So without further ado, all eyes on our top 15 local beauty + skincare brands—let's get hydrated together.
// Photography by Anthony Rogers, reporting by Anthony Rogers + Isabella Welch, tested by the editors of Bob Cut Mag. Design by Tin Dinh.
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Brandless’ Lemon Verbena Beauty Bundle
Brandless. You’re talking about it, searching it, and finding your holy grails—Brandless (a start-up located in San Francisco) has been reinventing the wheel when it comes to modern products in a digital world. The catch? From the desk of the company, “quality, transparency, and community-driven values. Better stuff, fewer dollars. It's that simple.” Their new beauty set, The Lemon Verbena Beauty Bundle, Softens up dry skin with sugar crystals for a gentle scrub and finishes off with moisturizing soap and hydrating lotion. // Get your beauty bundle here.
Church Barber’s Aromatic Barbering Services
For all our male readers who struggle to find their barber and shop that they can relate to, get to know Church Barber that has opened shop in Hayes Valley. At Church, every product the team uses is 100% natural and botanical, chemical free, and made locally in extremely small batches using only the highest quality ingredients on Earth. Sensitive scalps have found their homestead, plus every product is a Church-made item meaning you know exactly where to find it. Want to give this up-and-coming spot a try? We suggest their Sunday Service: consisting of a haircut and Barber Facial using the Church Ritual Skincare Regimen, the Sunday Service is the joints signature offering. // 524 Octavia St., Hayes Valley, churchbarber.com
Mother Dirt’s BIOME-Friendly Moisturizer
You can tell a Mother Dirt product from any other, it works. When we purchased and tested the Mother Dirt line for this guide, we were pleasantly surprised. A water-based formula that didn’t feel heavy or creamy like a typical moisturizing product. What we learned later that the moisturizer in question replenishes essential components typically removed with modern cleansing products. And in researching this incredibly hyped brand across Bay Area denizens, the majority of their line is all about Preservative-free, unfragranced, family-friendly, and plant-based products. // shop.motherdirt.com
SkinOwl’s Turmeric Beauty Bar
When we posted our Master Matcha Guide earlier this year, we were also flooded with comments that brought up the nature and rise of Turmeric-based everything. To our elatedness, the team brought up SkinOwl’s Turmeric Beauty Bar. So what are the deets you may ask, Turmeric's antiseptic and antibacterial properties reduce inflammation and provide a youthful glow to your skin. Saponin-rich agave stimulates the natural synthesis of hyaluronic acid to reveal plump, smooth skin. Coming in a range of various organic and one ingredient-based products, SkinOwl has a heightened sense of what skin actually needs and what bullshit it can push out. // skinowl.com
Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Mask
This all-organic company is what green beauty dreams are made of. Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Mask is just what the doctor ordered--think fresh, glowing skin fully rejuvenated from within. Not to mention, if it’s good enough for Gwyneth, it’s probably good enough for us. Juice Beauty and goop by Gwyneth Paltrow have been in professional cahoots since early 2016, and this partnership has proved to be a beautiful thing. // juicebeauty.com
Etta + Billie’s Horchata Soap
A previous Big Beauty Edit winner, Etta + Billie is the powerhouse soap, lifestyle, and scent brand that has proliferated the collaborative sense of the word. Everyone from Heath Ceramics to Ritual Coffee, Alana and her brand has established herself as pro-savant in the realm of aromatic beauty. When we encountered her Horchata Soap collection at the last Westcoast Craft Fair, we wanted to eat it. Literally. But no, not for safe edible consumption, the Horchata soap the perfect companion for those much needed dry hands. // ettaandbillie.com
Lilah b.’s Skin Illuminator
For those who prefer a subtle glow or more over “the glow within”—the lilah b. Skin Illuminator hit the mark this Spring with their creamy formula. A multi-purpose complexion must-have: Exclusively packaged in their iconic stone compact in lilah b.’s signature metallic bronze finish. Awaken and revitalize a dull complexion with this luxurious whipped formula. As part of an overall beauty routine, healthy, radiant skin becomes instantly attainable when worn alone or even worn with other products in their collection. Bob Cut tested and approved. //lilahbeauty.com
Love Lacquer Bar: Feminist Nail Salon in Berkeley
FINALLY! A nair bar that is a.) not booked up everything single freaking day and b.) does cool nail art that reflects someone’s personal style and isn’t airbrushed on. Lacquerbar is a nail salon, a #girlboss inspired happy hour bar, and beauty brand that gives a hot damn about the things that matter. Making diversity a priority, as well as giving their nail techs educational opportunities, business skills, and paying them a living wage. They stand for women's empowerment and using their platform to encourage women to be their unabashed authentic selves. To get a full set of nail art done at their bar costs $60 for all 10 nails, a deal you can’t beat. // 2040 Fourth Street, Berkeley, lacquerbar.com
Benefit Cosmetics’ Roller Lash Curling Mascara
If one forgot, yes, Benefit Cosmetics is a San Francisco born-and-bred company with a mission to make cosmetics incredibly accessible and easy-to-use. So when our editor’s converged for this list, an immediate cry for inclusion of Benefit set forth. Having already a plethora of raved products, we agreed collectively that their Roller Lash Curling Mascara was a game changer, a yearly favorite, and a product people needed to know about this minute. The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. Contains provitamin B5 and serin, ingredients known for their lash-conditioning benefits. // benefitcosmetics.com
AMA Seabeauty’s Juice Sea & Sealution Travel Pack
If you’ve ever looked at the ocean and asked yourself, “what are you good for?” You can’t drink it or even reap the benefits of it. Well there is one way you can, the kelp. The founders of AMA Seabeauty of harnessed this underused green specimen to bring skin to life. Seaweed’s found in their products provide cellular support to counteract the damaging effects of a modern lifestyle and slows the effects of aging. But the product itself? No brainer: Sealution serum contains seasonally harvested small batch formulas from our own sea farm on the California coast, to create a unique and powerfully fresh Thalassotherapy skin ritual. Combine with the complex blend of natural seawater minerals in our Juice Sea toner for endless vitality and beauty. Discover the power of vitamin Sea! // amaseabeauty.com
Etta + Billie’s Chai Tea Room and Body Spray
If the PSL has a better looking, more intellectual cousin, that would be Etta + Billie’s Chai Tea Body and Room spray. In our personal experience, if we ever feel that our space, office, or personal bedrooms need a serious cleanse, we will wipe every coverable surface in this spray. A light fragrance mixed with a light solution is the perfect way to feel clean and renewed. // ettaandbillie.com
Cocokind’s Organic Chlorophyll Mask
When we think beauty and skincare redefined, we instantly think Cocokind. A personal favorite of our CEO and Editor-in-Chief, a longtime user and purchaser of the brand, Cocokind is taking the natural skincare by the helm and leading it into a realm of approachability and relatability. One of the many amazing products in the Cocokind line is the Organic Chlorophyll Mask, a multi-purpose Organic Chlorella, Spirulina, and Wheatgrass powder that can be attributed to all aspects of your self-care routine. Relaxing in bathes, edible on your avocado toast, or even applied as a simple face mask. It’s a God send, for sure. // shop.cocokind.com
EO Products’ Ageless Skin Care Transformative Night Serum
Feel tired, puffy, and maybe even a little more swollen than you want to be? Well we may have found your more affordable dupe for the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Meet EO’s Ageless Skin Care Transformative Night Serum: This remarkable night serum is packed with organic botanical ingredients to help restore your skin's natural radiance. This elixir of antioxidant-rich Argan, Meadowfoam, Pumpkin, Rose, Tsubaki, Avocado, Macadamia, Hemp, Sunflower, and Carrot Seed Oils is intensely moisturizing for healthier, younger looking skin. // eoproducts.com
Cocokind’s MYMATCHA Stick
When you’re in need of serious hydration but aren’t privy to serums that feel clogging or even moisturizing sticks that leave you feeling wet. Enter the MYMATCHA Stick: another Cocokind classic that has our editor’s saying, “we want more matcha of it.” The USDA Organic MYMATCHA can be used as an everyday lip balm, under eye balm, dark circle corrector, facial highlighter, dry area treatment—anywhere and everywhere ladies! With just three organic ingredients, the MYMATCHA is perfect for on-the-go applications. // shop.cocokind.com
The Nail Room’s Nail Art in the Inner Richmond
A SF-based nail salon that also does fun nail art is a serious must in the city. After running around to varying nail salons, a small percentage only do nail art. Maybe out of fear, no artistic endeavors in itself but finally, a spot with excellent taste and out of the tourist realm of Downtown. The Nail Room on Geary has been stationed in spot for a number of years next to neighbors Jade’s Chocolates and the Dancing Bull. We’ve had readers and community members fave about the Nail Room’s services so when we tried them out—we were left happy and unbenounced nail bragging rights. // 4205 Geary Blvd., Inner Richmond, thenailroomsf.com
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