When self-proclaimed rock n' rollers at heart Jennifer and Anthony Artur opened their Philly boutique, A Beautiful Life, they wanted to provide customers with a unique shopping experience that included high-end skincare and cosmetics.
A licensed esthetician, Jennifer used her extensive knowledge of skin care and her near obsession with quality to create her own line of cosmetics. "We wanted a makeup line that would be rockstar enough for us, yet approachable enough for any woman," she told me. "We carry very exclusive lines and saw an opportunity to create something that would be able to be stand up in that kind of company." The end result is a collection of sophisticated yet edgy colors presented in colorful, tattoo-inspired packaging that has already earned the attention of Jennifer Garner, Alyssa Milano, and Nigella Lawson.
To see what I thought of the products themselves, including one that I am positively smitten with,
I am pleased to report that the colors are fun, fresh, and flattering. I was wary of the bright orange Tigerlily stick blush at first, but it was pleasantly creamy and wearable. The shadows, whose names pay homage to iconic tattoo designs (Anchor, Mermaid, Dagger), are sheer color washes with a hint of shimmer. But for me, the true stand-out product is a newly released perfume oil, Smitten. With notes of tangerine, white pepper, florals and a touch of patchouli, it has an earthy, spicy-sweet aroma.
When I asked if she used any special ingredients in her products, Jennifer slyly replied, "Yeah, we put a little awesome in every box." I love a funny lady.