The Cosmetics You Couldn’t Live Without
Rowena Bird is Co-Founder and Product Inventor at LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and has a passion for colours.
Trained by Stan Krysztal, a cosmetic chemist who developed ranges for Nivea, Mary Quant and No .17, Ro has been involved in making colours for the past 28 years, working on cosmetic ranges for mail-order company Cosmetics to Go and make-up and perfume emporium B Never Too Busy to be Beautiful, along with developing a collection of Colour Supplements and tinted lip balms at LUSH.
When asked what three products she would take to a desert island, she said without hesitation mascara, skin tints and face powder … so here they are! Ro worked with Helen Ambrosen, fellow Co-Founder and Product Inventor at LUSH to develop this range – Helen also trained with Stan, who taught her how to formulate creams. Helen makes the bases for Ro to put the colours into and ensures that they deliver the pigments onto the skin beautifully and kindly.
Eyes Right mascara – in Black
A really simple, beautiful and gentle mascara that can be worn by those with even the most sensitive of eyes. With only one preservative in (while most mascara on the market contains between 4-6) it won’t irritate the eyes. Wheatgrass is the key ingredient in Eyes Right, as it’s packed full of vitamins and minerals to really condition and nourish the lashes. Japan and Carnauba wax help it set, so it won’t smudge all over your face if you’re caught in the rain or at the gym. For those with sensitive eyes who are looking for a kind, natural look – although it can be reapplied to give a more dramatic, emphasised effect.
A simple, translucent, ultra-fine light-reflecting face powder that’s suitable for all skin types. It can be used over foundation to set it in place and create a shine-free finish or on its own to even out skin tone for a natural look. It can also work to smooth onto your upper eyelid to prevent eyeliner from smudging. It won’t dry the skin out, as it contains lots of softening jojoba oil that allows the pigments to be delivered onto the skin very smoothly, without dryness. Jojoba oil is also exceptionally nourishing for the skin and creates an excellent protective barrier between your face and the elements. It has a talc base that delivers the pigments onto the skin very smoothly, with no mineral oils or preservatives to irritate the skin.