I recently read that although best known as a top makeup artist and the organic beauty mogul behind RMS Beauty, Rose-Marie Swift (above) has a secret side hobby: astrological readings. She told the New York Times she gives one-hour readings to clients and friends in the fashion and beauty industry, including the incredible Linda Rodin. “Usually people come to me when there’s a drama that they can’t answer,” said Swift, who believes astrology can explain almost everything. “I’m an Aquarian; therefore, I’m a future thinker,” ergo her beauty line. “My rising sign is Libra, which rules the beauty industry,” she said. “My moon is Sagittarius, so I’m a truth seeker — this is why I mouth off; my Mars in Aries makes me feisty.” How cool is that?
Clearly one smart cookie, she also gives some great insight into natural and organic beauty solutions, stressing that we mustn’t be affected by marketing, product claims and brand names: “just get cleaner makeup”. There are a lot of brands out there now that don’t have all those chemicals in there, and she recommends you do your research on sites like EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, which has a list of safer sunscreens and toxicities of brands (the people behind it are chemists and scientists).
All of which bring me to her line, RMS Beauty. It is essentially an original, pure, organic colour cosmetic line that performs and then some. Based on living and organic principles, each product is created to hydrate and illuminate vital, radiant skin and is the perfect choice for the best ever ‘natural’ look. RMS Beauty is dedicated to transforming the way women use makeup, creating a product that is not only non-toxic, but actually heals and nourishes skin. Consider it skincare with mineral colour - giving make-up a whole new meaning.
I have been lucky enough to have a play with the brand’s "un" powder – which they like to call “the one and only powder you will ever need”. Available Down Under at Mecca Cosmetica, it is an ultra ULTRA fine, light reflective powder designed as the ultimate finish for perfect looking skin. It looks virtually invisible powder but dramatically minimises the appearance of pores, softens the skin and absorbs oil. Amazing!
Talc free, silicone free, perfume free and paraben free, it works with pretty much every skin tone as far as I can tell, and importantly it leaves behind no white residue. I’ve been applying it with both a soft makeup brush and the supplied powder puff just on my T-zone area, and so far so in love. The included puff is recommended by the brand for a better controlled application as it tends to deposit less powder onto the skin, making a small pot of powder go a long way.
So, are you ready to look radiant? This baby will set you back $60.00 and is available in Mecca Cosmetica right now. Head to http://www.meccacosmetica.co.nz/ for more.