• Fashion
  • The Shoot: Part II – Video

    Photographer shooting a photo of model in a white dress and black wide-brim hat

    The Shoot: Part II was a fashion show with a twist: Instead of watching models walk the runway, the audience was able to witness an actual fashion shoot up close. The event took place at Shelter Studios, with music by Monsieur Adi, video by Kylee and Christian Creative and makeup and hair by Fatima Olive. […]

  • Photoshoot
  • Fun with melted #lipstick

    Two shades of melted purple lipstick poured over a gold lipstick tube

    Kirsten had a crazy idea late one night in the lab: “Let’s pour melted lipstick on random things,” she said. (And then there was a whole glitter incident, but we will never speak of that.) So here’s Love Potion, plus some old Violetta from back in the day, poured over our pretty shiny gold tube. […]

  • Chemistry
  • The raw colors in your makeup.

    Photo of raw makeup colors in lavender, blue, yellow and red

    A chemist and a makeup artist are standing in the lab. Sounds like the intro to a joke! Actually, what usually happens is a lot of squealing, swirling, swatching and glittering. Today’s fun was showing makeup artist Fatima Olive some of the pretty pigments in their raw form, before any processing had been done to […]

  • science!
  • Supernova and Midnighter in the Lab

    Pile of lip sticks in lavender and dark purple

    Supernova and Midnighter. Well, technically, these are some leftover scraps from the final pour, but why not put them in a petri dish and play with them? These pretty colors are part of Samantha Rei’s gorgeous new line to go with her id.ego collection for Vancouver Fashion Week. A lovely lavender and the blackest purple, […]

  • Awards
  • City Pages Best of the Twin Cities 2016

    best of the twin cities 2016

    Join us again this year at City Pages Best of the Twin Cities 2016! Sample food from award-winning restaurants and pose on the red carpet. We’ll also have our lipstick girls there for you to sample ooh-la-la fancy lipstick from VOGUE-featured designer Samantha Rei’s Elixery collection. Live music by Farewell Milwaukee, LOTT, and DJ Shannon […]