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Beia is bringing sexy back to the bedroom and beyond.
Founder Brittany Lo exclusively spoke with The Knockturnal about what drives the beloved business. Especially now more than ever, businesses need to de-stigmatize female pleasure. The brand’s newest product, Body & Intimacy Serum, introduces a new kind of pleasure derived from sustainable ingredients like Squalane, Coconut, and Aloe Vera to rejuvenate skin.
Below, founder Lo gives us the lowdown on why Beia is ahead of the curve.
The Knockturnal: What led you to create this brand?
Brittany Lo: Beia was founded in June 2021 and the word stems from the Mandarin (Chinese) word “bao bei” meaning precious treasure. Beia is all about taking time for me-moments and finding these precious treasures of time throughout the day for yourself. I grew up fascinated by my mother’s makeup bag and wrote in my second grade journal that I would one day have a beauty line, but the idea specifically for Beia’s big vision of serious skin for your personal pleasure came from my dating experiences and having intimate conversations with countless women who were taking their next step in their relationships (marriage) through my other company Beautini and learning about their pain points when it comes to beauty.
My first company Beautini, a wedding hair and makeup business, organically turned into a built-in market research platform with my clients and gained insights into their personal lives. For starters, a large group of women, due to blemishes or other skin concerns in their nether regions, were extremely self-conscious during sex. Additionally, more than that, they weren’t orgasming. Uncovering this was a turning point—a moment where I committed to empowering women with the tools they need to discover personal pleasure in all the right ways. Because when you stop listening to the noise and start doing what feels best for your body, you’ll begin to feel truly confident.
Beia is serious skincare for the bedroom and beyond. This is SO much bigger than sex. It’s about feeling your best before, during, and after the big event.
What is your bestseller?
It was actually incredibly important to me to launch Beia with one single hero product. Quality is a top focus for us so I wanted to make sure we invested all of our time and research into making one incredible product rather than a handful of average products. By launching with one SKU, we were able to learn more about who our consumer really is and what they really want and need from us to then develop our future products. I hosted focus groups with many of our Beautini brides which led us to creating our Daily Hydrating & Setting Mist as our first product. They wanted a product that would ensure their makeup lasted all day, but also gave them a morning after glow too!
Who is your customer?
Our customers are between the ages of 25-45 who value taking care of themselves and invest in products that help them do so! At heart, she knows she’s a badass babe who deserves it all. However, all too often, that sentiment gets lost in the shuffle of everyday life. She needs help cutting through the noise of work, social demands, family and beyond so she can focus on what’s more precious than anything else: herself.
She won’t necessarily go out of her way for personal pleasure, but she’s certainly open to the idea of it. When the girls come calling for a spa weekend, she thinks it sounds ahhh-mazing. She’ll sign up for a fitness class for the workout, but really enjoy the release it provides. When it comes to intimacy, you won’t ever catch her walking into a raunchy sex shop—but if an opportunity for intimacy comes to her, she’ll totally embrace it.
Once she gets into the groove of feeling and looking her best, she’ll start experiencing a way more fulfilling life.
Where do you see the brand in 5 years?
We are expanding into the sexual wellness space. Currently there is a lot of shame and guilt associated with women when it comes to sexual wellness. I want women to feel empowered to own their sexuality and make personal decisions that they feel good about without worrying about societal norms or expectations for women! With Beia we want to introduce products that address intimate concerns in a very sophisticated way where eventually women will proudly display their lube or sexual wellness products on their nightstand rather than hide it deep within a sock drawer. When you feel your best, you experience true inner confidence that radiates from the inside out and I’m determined to help women achieve that radiance through Beia!
Why was creating a clean beauty brand important for you?
Growing up I would react to different products and ingredients pretty easily so I wanted to create products where you didn’t have to choose between what’s good for your skin vs what works best. Consumers are now more educated on what they put in their bodies from a food standpoint and I believe this is expanding into beauty more and more. Our customers deserve the best so I want to create products that make them feel good and are really good for them too!
Tell us about the self-love vs. guilt concept behind the brand. What does that motto personally mean for you?
One of the big factors in me creating Beia was experience all the societal taboo around sex. As. a society we have been programmed to feel guilty experiencing pleasure or try to never talk about sex in everyday conversations because we feel awkward or uncomfortable discussing that topic. In reality, our physical beauty, mental health and sexual wellbeing all tie into our beauty and wellbeing and it’s important we see this is a version of self love and not to be ashamed of pleasure.
Iconic costume designer Patricia Field rang in her 80th birthday with a surprise fete courtesy of Pretty Connected’s Lara Eurdolian.
Field, who is the visionary behind the curated closets of “Sex and the City,” “Emily in Paris,” “Devil Wears Prada,” and “Younger,” was shocked to see her closest friends like Fern Mallis, Kelly Cutrone, Miss J, Orfeh, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Anthony Haden-Guest, and Leah McSweeney at Fig 19 to toast to her epic b-day.
Guests sipped on custom cocktails crafted with Curamia Tequila and Kastra Elion Greek Vodka paired with Q Mixers as an homage to Field’s Greek roots. Le Coqtail, Bev, and Bronx Brewery also supplied alcohol. Custom pizza pies by Williamsburg Pizza spelled “Happy 80th” and “Pat Field” in ricotta cheese and Moet crystalized personal bottles in honor of Field.
While Field’s actual 80th birthday was on February 12, the forward-thinking fashionista was currently filming Season 2 of “Run the World” and waited until the nice summer weather to celebrate with good vibes. And the party sure paid off thanks to the intimately luxe LES speakeasy!
Fashion stars Robert Verdi, Ryan Raftery, George Wayne, Erika Alexander and The Blonds posed in luxe looks while Broadway actress Orfeh led the “Happy Birthday” song with a special performance by Dai Burger.
“What a surprise this was for me,” Field gushed of the “unbelievable” event. “I’m so happy and I hope you’re all as happy as me.”
Each attendee was gifted a limited edition Patricia Field x Pretty Connected ICON charm to commemorate the special event, which was also filmed for an upcoming 2023 documentary celebrating Field’s legacy and career.
photo credit: Andrew Werner
That luxe metallic look can embody the carefree mood of summer love, hot nights, and a dash of 70s disco flare. While HBO’s “Euphoria” may have brought that jewel-toned makeup trend to the small screen, clean beauty brand Bodyography has long been pioneering the fashionable look.
The PETA-certified, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free cosmetics brand is best known for their eye-popping Glitter Pigments and to celebrate 2022 Earth Day, 50% of all online sales will be donated to The Ocean Conservancy. Better yet, the Glitter Pigments are made from a biodegradable formula to look great and be great for the planet. And Bodyography’s Glitter Pigment shades were used in “Euphoria” Season 2!
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Bodyography Creative Director and professional makeup artist Lori Leib exclusively discusses the brand, Glitter Pigments’ “cult following,” and 2022 summer makeup trends with The Knockturnal. Check out the Q&A below!
1. How did Bodyography start?
Bodyography was created by a formulator in Los Angeles in the mid-late 90s. The brand was built with clean beauty in mind (even back then!) and aimed to provide makeup artists in the professional space with incredible quality, performance, and innovation using skin-minded ingredients. A decade later, Bodyography was acquired by now owners Robanda International. Robanda is a privately owned family business. I have been running Bodyography for the last 13+ years alongside my family and transformed the brand into a makeup artist must-have with a cult following for our innovation, clean formulas, and strong relationships in the beauty industry.
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2. What are some of your favorite products? Top sellers?
I have 5 favorites that I wear every single day without fail! The award-winning Skin Slip Concealer is the answer for easy flawless skin, Epic Lash Mascara, Sunsculpt Bronzer and Highlighter Duo, and Barely There Lip Pencil. For nights out or when I want to elevate my look, I reach for one of our best-selling Glitter Pigments. Everyone is obsessed with this product and for a good reason – it’s easy to apply, biodegradable and SO SPARKLY!
3. The trend of subtle (and not so subtle) glitter makeup has really taken off in recent years, namely due to the trendsetting series “Euphoria.” What is the inspiration behind Bodyography’s glitter-infused products like the Lip Lava shades and eyeshadows?
I have always loved metallic eyeshadow since middle school. It has been a staple in my makeup bag, but carrying around loose pigments was messy. I wanted to create a product that was a hybrid between a loose pigment, a pressed shadow, and a cream. The Glitter Pigments were a labor of love and a reach for Bodyography. It was the first time we had launched a product like this – as innovators of this category almost 5 years ago, it’s safe to say that our Glitter Pigments have a cult following. I love that glitter has become part of everyday makeup, it’s so fun and extremely flattering! ‘Euphoria’ has been such an inspiration, the looks their artistry team creates are stunning, and guess what? They used Glitter Pigments in Season 2!
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4. What do you think will be the next makeup trend, especially for summer?
I think bright juicy lips are going to be a big trend for summer, especially since this will be the first ‘mask less’ summer in a couple of years! Skin is having such a huge moment right now and I think this will continue with updated primer formulations that impart a glow, skincare infused makeup, and an over bronze complexion. As always, glitter will remain a staple, but this time applied in surprising ways, like an inner corner pop, or peekaboo on the lower lash line.
5. Are there any upcoming Bodyography products you can tease?Yes! I am finally back to product innovation after a long break! We are launching new Glitter Pigments for Holiday, an incredible new silicone-free primer infused with the most delicious ingredients, and a liquid blush! I am really excited about the blush as it is very unique to those on the market, lightweight, buildable, and can double as a lip! All will be revealed in the next 3 months or so!
6. Who is the Bodyography customer?The Bodyography customer is makeup-obsessed, whether they work in beauty as a professional artist, or spend their time creating looks on IG inspired by their favorite influencers. The Bodyography babe is not afraid to dive headfirst into trends and play with makeup, they are mindful of the ingredients they put on their skin, appreciate brand transparency, and are always willing to try something new!
7. Where do you see the brand in the next 5 years?I see Bodyography with a strategic retail partnership, whether on a counter in a department store or a few sleek shelves in a major beauty brick and mortar. I would love a place where people can have an IRL experience with Bodyography products.
Rochelle Jacobs and Sarah McNamara couldn’t find ethical, clean skincare products so, like many entrepreneurs before them, the duo disrupted the cosmetics market with Naturally Serious.
The unprecedented brand bans B.A.D. (Banned, Ambiguous, or Debatable) ingredients for makeup. Naturally Serious uses patented Anti-Pollution Blend of six antioxidants which are clinically tested to combat visible signs of aging from environmental damage. The ethically developed and clinically tested brand most recently debuted its deliciously scented Lemon-Aid Makeup Removing Cleansing Gel ($18) and must-have Sleepover Retin Oil Nighttime Treatment ($36). From morning to night skincare rituals and even haircare,the brand truly has it all – plus a filter on age ranges to find the best products for your skin type.
Below, founders Jacobs and McNamara answer all our Serious questions about the brand.
The Knockturnal: What led you to create this brand?
Rochelle Jacobs: As career-driven women and mothers on the go, we didn’t have time to think twice about our skin care. However, we found ourselves constantly second-guessing the products we were using! Our mission in creating Naturally Serious was to take out the guesswork for other people like ourselves. Through our naturally effective, cruelty-free and good-for-you formulas, we hope to empower people to take charge of their well-being and do it all… with peace of mind and glowing skin!
It’s been such a fun and rewarding journey, creating Naturally Serious together and watching the brand grow. We each have two teenage boys, and we think of Naturally Serious as our third child! Though our brand is still young, we are so happy with the progress we’ve made and look forward to continued growth.
The Knockturnal: What are some of your bestsellers?
Sarah McNamara: Everyone loves our Get Even™ Cold-Pressed Peel Pads! They are so easy to use and gently exfoliate to give your skin a gorgeous glow! There’s no rinsing required, so you can swipe them on quickly after the gym or any time you need a quick refresh. Our Skin Warrior™ Moisture Rescue Cream is also a popular product for us! We packed this powerful daily cream with amazing moisturizers like Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Ceramide and Shea Butter… and the results are fabulous! The formula is clinically shown to improve your skin barrier and reduce the look of fine lines and emerging wrinkles after just one use. You’ve got to try it!
What led to the Sleepover Retin-Oil Nighttime Treatment as a new product launch?
Sarah McNamara: We wanted to create a potent natural alternative to Retinol for those wanting anti-aging treatment benefits within a clean and non-irritating formula. Derived from beta-carotene, a potent anti-oxidant and natural vitamin A source, the custom-blended 2% Vegan Retinol in Sleepover Retin-Oil Nighttime Treatment helps reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture. We also added Sunflower, Soybean, Chia and Rosehip Oils to leave your skin feeling nourished and plump with moisture! The formula is amazing.
The Knockturnal: Who is the Naturally Serious customer?
Rochelle Jacobs: Anyone who wants to take charge of their well-being with clean skin care they don’t have to think twice about! Our customer is someone who values self-care and thinks of skin care as a wellness ritual. This is why we refuse to formulate with B.A.D. (Banned, Ambiguous or Debatable) ingredients. Instead, we pack our products with our patented Anti-Pollution Blend! Composed of six potent antioxidants—pomegranate, goji berry, grape seed, green tea, red tea and white tea—this blend is clinically tested to help combat visible signs of aging from pollution and environmental damage.
The Knockturnal: Why do you think B.A.D. ingredients are still on the marketplace? Why are you “Naturally Serious” about eliminating them?
Rochelle Jacobs: Clean is challenging and there are different definitions of ‘clean’ beauty. Our definition of ‘clean’ at Naturally Serious just happens to be quite intense! We hold ourselves to a high standard and work hard to ensure that our products are not only clean, safe and stable, but also seriously effective. I firmly believe that where there is a will, there is a way. The sense of satisfaction that comes from providing customers with clean skin care that is good for them, good for their skin and brings out their natural glow? Totally worth it!
The Knockturnal: Where do you see the brand in 5 years?
Sarah McNamara: As our brand awareness and retail footprint increases at home and abroad, our goal is to have more and more people discover the power of Naturally Serious… and take skin care as seriously as we do! In addition to Sephora in the US, Naturally Serious recently launched at Macy’s and is also available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, as well as Sephora Australia. As we continue to expand and innovate, we are excited about bringing more natural, seriously effective formulas to market.
There’s nothing better than feeling like SoCal royalty, and thanks to Heiress Beverly Hills, our crowns can rest a little easier.
The trendsetting clothing brand has recently launched a redesign and a whole new outlook on its brand future. The reintroduction of the line includes higher quality fabrics and an even more inclusive size range, going from XXS to XXL. Plus, Heiress Beverly Hills releases capsule collections of 20+ pieces every six to eight weeks to keep your style fresh and always ahead of the fashion curve.
Below, Heiress Beverly Hills exclusively details its brand pivot and teases what longtime fans can look forward to with the new Heiress luxe experience.
Like most of us, Daisy Jing’s struggle with acne last long beyond her adolescent year. From being bullied for her pimples to running out of anti-acne products to try, Jing knew she was born to change the (literal) face of the beauty industry.
Jing went to Duke University with the hopes of helping others with similar struggles by becoming a dermatologist. But after realizing how many skincare products have unnecessary fillers, unwanted fragrances, and mineral oil, Jing set out to truly get to the root of blackheads. Enter: Banish.
Jing founded the first skincare brand to normalize at-home micro needling, while Banish also led the charge advocating for no fragrance in skincare. Banish products are made in small batches and ready to order. Their top-selling Banisher Acne Scar removal tool is a proprietary patent and industry game-changer. Better yet, Banish replaces acne insecurity with skin positivity and normalizes acne scars.
Now, Jing details what led to her founding the multimillion dollar brand from the ground up.
The Knockturnal: What led you to create Banish?
Daisy Jing: I wanted to be a dermatologist so I went to Duke for pre med. I started making YouTube videos in my dorm room about my skin and people admired me for my authenticity and ability to talk about my skin issues. Through my premed courses and reading skincare ingredients, I realized a lot of products made my skin worse than better. There were a lot of unnecessary ingredients in the current skincare products I was using at that time. I would concoct my own skincare and buy only pure ingredients from health food stores. A few months later, my audience noticed my skin had cleared up, I still have screenshots of my followers asking “what happened to your acne scars”. From there, I shipped a few of those products and the rest is history! I wanted to solve my own problem and I did, and in turn, helped others with theirs. I had no intention of wanting to start a business. I was planning on continuing my education to become a dermatologist.
The Knockturnal: What are some of your bestsellers?
Daisy Jing: The Banish Starter Kit is our best seller. We have so few products because every product is my favorite, and to keep our ingredients and products fresh, and operations streamlined, we focus on the internal quality of our products instead of trying to keep a wide inventory of products. Our All Clear Mint Cleanser is great because it gives me a spa-like experience just by washing my face. I wanted a cleanser that made your skin feel clean and fresh and would energize you, without feeling too soapy and living film on your face.
The Knockturnal: Why advocate for no fragrances in skincare?
Daisy Jing: Fragrance can be an irritant to your skin, and should be especially avoided if you have acne prone skin and/or sensitive skin.
The Knockturnal: The Banisher 2.0 seems like a must-have. How did you personal history with acne affect your product rollout?
Daisy Jing: I still get acne and pimples, so I couldn’t use a dermaroller device because of my active acne. What I wanted to create was a tool that you could microneedle around the active acnem thus Banisher 2.0 was born!
The Knockturnal: Who is your customer?
Daisy Jing: Our customer is usually in mid twenties/mid thirties, into nutrition, diet, exercise, and lives a healthy lifestyle. She values trusted ingredients in her food and skincare products.
The Knockturnal: Where do you see the brand in 5 years?
Daisy Jing: It’s important that we always stay true to our roots and continue to build a community to change the way people view themselves. I know the rates of depression, anxiety, suidice, etc. have all increased for Gen Z mainly due to the pressures of social media. Our mission at Banish is to advocate for confidence in a world that is constantly pitting you against unrealistic standards.
Women really do run the world — and make it look even better.
Clothing designer Natalie Brown founded her brand NMB New York in October 2020 in the mid of a global pandemic. The brand is based on her thesis collection from Parsons School of Design, where she graduated in 2020 with honors in Fashion Design following an undergraduate degree in Art from Elon University. The Georgia native and Fashion Week darling aims to create clothing that allowed people to embrace their individuality, and feel empowered by what they wear; look good, feel good, and do good, according to the official NMB New York website.
Brown achieved that by up cycling vintage clothes, deconstructing the garments, and using the fabric to create something entirely original. Each NMB piece is one of a kind due to this process, giving luxury clothes a fresh edge.
“Being a female entrepreneur has its challenges and disadvantages, but I am continually inspired by my fellow female entrepreneurs and their growing success!” Brown exclusively told The Knockturnal.
Similarly, Ashley Martin, the visionary behind luxury handbag line Baldwin Era, described just how special Women’s History Month means to her and her fashion brand.
“I am surrounded by entrepreneurial women who have encouraged me and set me on the path I am on today,” Martin said. “This month, I celebrate them and my future self for the history I am creating today. Women have shaped business globally since the beginning of written history and I am proud to be apart of the heritage of those amazing women.”
Martin has made her mark on the ever-changing global fashion industry by issuing in a “new era” of accessible luxury. The stunning 2022 mini handbag collection starts at $129, with the bestselling premiere staple handbag retailing for $159.
Check out both brands in honor of Women’s History Month!
CEO Mary Schulman already had a business: a natural snack business, to be exact. But after selling her company to Utz Quality foods, Schulman took a look inside her makeup bag and realized she didn’t want her teenage daughter (or herself, or anyone for that matter) to be using toxic chemicals in their cosmetics.
The first-of-its-kind immersive experience is back!
The New York Irish Whiskey Festival is the ultimate event for whiskey fans and those who want to get a kick start on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Taking place on Saturday, March 12, the annual festival is held at The View at Battery Park. Festival founder Moira Breslin, who runs leading strategic communications agency Articulate Production, exclusively told The Knockturnal that Irish whiskey experts Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry were obvious choices to helm the festival. The celebrated barmen duo are owners of the World’s Best Bar, The Dead Rabbit in New York City, and authors of several award-winning books including, “From Barley to Blarney: A Whiskey Lover’s Guide to Ireland.”
“We approached Sean and Jack to discuss the idea of a festival dedicated to Irish Whiskey as we all felt that the category was greatly underserved,” Breslin explained. “We wanted to create an experience where Irish Whiskey could be celebrated on its own and we could show the depth and versatility of the category while debunking some of the myths surrounding it.”
Guests are invited to discover and enjoy over 25 Irish Whiskeys, delicious bites, and live entertainment. Tickets are $75 each and available to purchase here.