Brit & Co: TrèStiQue Is All About Simplifying Your Beauty Routine

Jenn Kapahi

“If you’re a beauty maven who has tested out makeup tutorials based on TV characters, organized your top products into a stunning organization system that rivals any Sephora makeup counter, and have the latest and greatest makeup apps downloaded on your phone, you might be interested in a career in the makeup industry. Perhaps you’ve even considered launching a line of your ideal beauty products. In this week’s How to Quit Your Day Job series, we chat with Jenn Kapahi, the co-founder of beauty brand trèStiQue.”

This month marks our second birthday so we were thrilled to have our co-founder, Jenn Kapahi interviewed by Brit & Co. In the feature she breaks down how she turned her idea into a reality.

Read the full story here.

Bari Studio: Sweaty To Ready With Our Athleisure Essentials

Athleisure Essentials

The trèStiQue woman lives on the go. She is the epitome of the modern woman and never stops moving, and our goal is to create products that can carry her effortlessly through each part of her day.

As a long-time product developer and busy working mom, our co-founder Jenn Kapahi is committed to creating quick, easy-to-use solutions that fit into your lifestyle, not the other way around. And that’s where our new Athleisure Essentials come in.

Athleisure Essentials

Athleisure Essentials

Athleisure Essentials

We wanted to take one more step towards our goal of offering an alternative solution for the overwhelming beauty selection on offer, while creating the perfect answer to the age-old question, “what products can I use to go straight from the gym into real life?”

The curated collection features everything you need to go from Sweaty to Ready: our Mattifying Duo to absorb oil & erase post-workout shine; Concealer Crayon to hide any under eye circles or spots; Tinted Face Stick to even out skin tone and cover residual redness and our fan-favorite Brow Pencil to frame the face.

To celebrate, we invited a handful of our favorite influencers to put the Athleisure Essentials to the test with a workout at Bari Studios.

Athleisure Essentials

Athleisure Essentials

Athleisure Essentials

Women We Love: Kristin McGee

Kristin McGee

Kristin McGee is all about beauty. For her, beauty starts from the inside out and health is the top priority. With over 20,000 followers, her Instagram account has become one of the go-to destinations for the kind of inspiring, but relatable content that makes living a healthy lifestyle feel achievable.

A top yogi, she’s inspired men and women to strike a pose wherever they are; whether that’s sitting on the subway on the way to work, or at a desk, all of which you’ll find in her top-selling book, Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You. We couldn’t think of a more inspiring person to front our brand new Athleisure Essentials, designed to take you from Sweaty-to-Ready.

Read on to discover Kristin’s top tips for sticking to a wellness routine in the midst of a busy schedule (she just gave birth to twin boys – busy is an understatement!), why she adheres to a less is more approach with her makeup and why she refuses to leave the house without using our Define, Sculpt & Set Brow Pencil.

Kristin McGeeWhat sparked your love of yoga and Pilates?

I started practicing yoga and Pilates in the early 90s when I moved to New York and started going to NYU. I was a theater major and we were using it as warm up. I was athletic growing up. I came between two older brothers and one younger brother. We lived in Idaho so we grew up playing tennis, skiing, hiking and cycling – you name it.

What do you enjoy most about Pilates and Yoga? Do you find they complement each other?

I love the mind-body connection that yoga and Pilates can give you. It completely centers me and keeps me focused. It is such a meditative practice. Pilates helps me stay stable in my yoga postures and helps with flexibility. Yoga helps me get deeper into my core in my Pilates sessions.

How has your practice changed your perspective on life?

They have really allowed me to find my own center and core, which has translated into my core values too. It’s taught me how to stand on two feet, stay open in the moment, get grounded in the present and truly appreciate everything about myself and others.

Any tips to help us manage stress?

Always take deep full breaths when in doubt workout exercise is one of the best stress reducers I know.

What about quieting our minds before bed?

  • Trying to find a quiet space to sit and watch your breath before you go to bed
  • Make a cup of tea
  • Invest in some nice essential oils
  • Turn off your mechanics and read a book or write in a journal or snuggle someone you love

Kristin McGee

Any tips on how to stick to a workout routine?

I always say a downward dog a day keeps the doctor away. People think they have to do a very long work out or something formal like going to the gym when in reality, as long as you make your lifestyle active you will always get exercise and you will stay in shape. It’s simple things like walking to work or incorporating your kids into workouts like I do with my twin babies. It also helps to schedule exercise in. I make sure to put something on the calendar at least once a week so I know that I’m getting a good workout in.

Kristin McGeeYou have three boys under three including newborn twins. How do you find time to do manage work, family and your own fitness practice too?

I let the boys work out with me or I will do something while they’re all entertaining themselves. I also have scheduled work out times for myself when I have a nanny and my son is at school. I just make it a priority to book a Pilates session with one of my mentors or go to one of my favorite yoga classes otherwise I will never do it.

Your new book, Chair Yoga gives lots of poses that can be done anywhere. What are some of your favorites?

I love eagle arms because it is so good for setting up the shoulders and upper back and all of us get stiff there. I also love goddess side bend – it really opens the hips, inner thighs and waist. And I love doing a downward dog using the back of the chair too.

What are your top 3 favorite fitness tips? 

  • Move every day
  • Plank is your best friend
  • Flexibility is the key to longevity

How would you describe your beauty style?

It has always been super natural. I am definitely a less is more type person and I think it’s evolved over the years. I’ve just been able to refine it more and accent the places on my face that really stand out while leaving the rest to be. As a mom, I don’t have near as much time to care about my beauty routine so I just do the top things that are the most important: brows, concealer, a great lipstick and curled lashes.

Kristin McGee

What is your no-fail trick to looking bright-eyed, awake and camera-ready, even when you’re feeling exhausted?

I like to pinch my cheeks. I keep a little rollerball of this anti-aging lip treatment in my fridge and roll it around my eyes. It’s cool and really brightens me up. I also use the trèStiQue Concealer Crayon and Brow Pencil because I feel like when my eyebrows are done, it makes me look and feel better.

Kristin McGeeWhat are some of the trèStiQue products you find yourself turning back to?

I can’t live without the Florence Fig Lip Crayon. I carry it with me everywhere. I also love the Highlight StickConcealer Crayon and the Brow Pencil.

What beauty mantra do you swear by?

Always wear sunscreen no matter what

Who are some of your beauty icons?

I’m a big fan of Sienna Miller. I think she is beautiful and has a very natural look and style. I’m also a fan of Christie Brinkley. She’s aged really well and kept in amazing shape. I like Naomi Watts too. I think she has also been great about staying out of the sun. I love women who age naturally without doing too many crazy things to their face.

Any beauty hacks for regular gym-goers? 

Find a good sweat proof sunscreen and carry a spritz sunscreen to reapply after you work out. Dry shampoo your hair before a workout to absorb the grease where you put your ponytail so you don’t rip your hair. And only apply mascara to your top lashes otherwise you get raccoon face.

We’re all about helping women put their best foot forward through beauty. When do you feel the most confident and beautiful from the outside in?

When I am active, when I am true to myself and when I am with my children.

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Athleisure Set

Refinery29: This Mattifying Stick Comes With A Twist

TrèStiQue Mattifying Duo

“This mattifying stick has ingeniously-placed blotting sheets that look just like the old-school paper hidden inside the tube. (Another reason to love it — especially because we’re all about finding hidden compartments in our beauty products.)”

“At first glance, it looks like your ordinary chubby makeup stick that’s meant to de-slick your T-zone and mattify oily areas on your face. While it’s true that it does all of the above, and it does it well, there’s more to it than that. Pop open the top and bottom magnetic sealing caps, and you’ve got receipt-sized blotters that you can use to dab throughout the day. (Oh, and did we mention they’re refillable?)”

This summer, our Magic Balm & Blotting Sheet Mattifying Duo is a mainstay in our bags to combat oily skin in the heat. We were thrilled to see it featured on Refinery29 as the ultimate “modern-day invention”. Used over makeup, it instantly eliminates shine to create a velvety matte look with a soft focus. No powders needed!

Read the full story here.

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Magic Balm & Blotting Sheet

Women We Love: DJ Alex Merrell

DJ Alex Merrell

The word effortless is frequently overused, but when it comes to describing DJ Alex Merrell, no other adjective will do. Whether it’s the sets she spins for the likes of HBO, Vogue and Louis Vuitton, or the way she effortlessly pulls her less-is-more beauty looks together on the fly, an innately instinctive approach is evident in everything she does.

Canada-born Merrell moved to New York after a stint working in the music industry in Los Angeles and, after a decade in the industry, it’s hard to go to a party in New York City without spotting her on the desks.

As someone who lives on a plane between gigs, we quizzed Merrell on how she stays fresh faced and glowy straight off a red eye, what it was like DJing at that Oscars after-party and the products that are mainstays in her makeup arsenal.

DJ Alex MerrellGrowing up, was DJing something you always wanted to do?

I grew up in an artistic family and was surrounded by music and musicians since the beginning, going to festivals and playing on pianos and drum sets at my parents’ friends’ homes. The career I have now as a DJ working with brands on events didn’t really exist at the time so it wasn’t something I was even aware of, but looking back it all makes sense.

What sort of music did you grow up listening to at home? How, if at all, do you think those sounds influenced your approach to music today?

My parents had expansive taste in music, but I was the one who brought hip-hop into the house. The first tape I bought at 5 or 6 years old was LL Cool J, which was promptly confiscated for the lyrical content. Coolio was next. My mentor when I started DJing was the original tour DJ for the Pharcyde, so hip-hip is a big part of my roots, even though it may not be what I’m known best for.

How would you describe your DJing style?

The reason I chose this career path is my strong love of music, and I hope that’s still what comes across the most. I play a wide variety of events and enjoy mixing different genres and eras from each to keep it fresh for clients and myself. After 9 years, it has stopped being as much about me honing a specific sound and more about the experience I want to create. I just want people to have a damn good night.

What is the most memorable set you have ever played?

There are way too many to count but so far this year, a real standout was a Golden Globes event I played in Hollywood. It was cocktail hour and I didn’t know if people were ready to start dancing, but it was such a celebratory evening that I took a chance and started to move the vibe in that direction. Emma Stone danced into the room, having just won the Best Actress award, and single handedly started a dance party which went hours later than expected. Before the night was over Derek Hough was dancing on top of a piano.

DJ Alex Merrell

You travel around 125,000m a year. How do you find all the traveling for work?

I feel extremely grateful to be coming up on a decade of getting paid to do something I love so very much. Travel has been a highlight of this whole journey, and I find it ceaselessly inspiring. Over time you find the hacks that make it manageable. You get a good chiropractor on speed dial. It works itself out.

What’s your in-flight beauty routine?

I keep makeup minimal and avoid anything on my eyes that could smudge mid mandatory nap. Maybe a serum if my skin is feeling dry. I dream of being one of those experts who wears a full face mask to hydrate while strolling up and down the aisles, but I haven’t graduated to that level of skincare yet.

What makeup products could we find in your carry-on?

Concealer for under my eyes upon landing after a red eye and a blush/bronzer to make me look awake regardless of how successful I was with the whole napping thing.

What are some of the products you never travel without?

Because of how often I travel, my makeup bag on the road is basically the same as it is at home. I just switch in a few bright lip options, making sure they don’t clash with my manicure. I also love a lightweight BB cream with SPF so my skin is protected from the elements. I’m also a new convert to the highlighter movement. Unless you’re getting photographed and have to be cautious about looking too shiny, a good dose of glow is a girl’s best friend.

What’s your approach to beauty trends? What are you loving right now?

I’ll try a metallic liner if I want to feel a bit glam rock for a night out and have dabbled in nail art, but I always come back to more classic beauty looks. I like the idea that someone could take a photo and you wouldn’t know what era it was from. Trends can be fun but I’m more a fan of timelessness.

DJ Alex Merrell

Any tips on taking your makeup from day to night?

My daytime look is very clean – concealer, blush/bronzer, mascara, brow liner, and little else unless I feel like wearing a bolder lip. At night, I love pumping things up with a smoky eye or a cat eye, if I have an extra ten minutes. I never get that one right on the first try!

What’s the biggest makeup mistake you’ve ever made?

Too much daytime eyeliner in high school.

Any beauty treatments you always book in for?

I have a pretty epic dermatologist in New York who has changed my skin dramatically in the six months I’ve been seeing her. I like treatments that allow me to be low maintenance and natural during the day, so playing with makeup becomes more about fun and less of a necessity.

What beauty mantra do you swear by?

Take care of yourself on the inside to help you glow on the outside.

Who are some of your beauty icons?

My beauty icons are women who are fiercely unique, like Carla Bruni, Florence Welch and Charlotte Rampling. I try and focus less on copying their looks, and more on finding what works for me.

What are three of your favourite trèStiQue products and why?
I love the Lip Crayons in Nammos Pink and Florence Fig. They’re actually great to mix together too. I’ve also been using the Eye Pencil in Swiss Chocolate. It’s a great color to take you from day to night without being too heavy. 
At trèStiQue, we champion simple, easy beauty. What are some of the trèStiQue products that you find yourself turning back to?
The Lip Crayons are my favorite because my lips chap easily with the amount of travel I do, and having the balm on one end and color on the other saves me from having to take multiple products in my day bag.

When do you feel the most confident and beautiful from the inside out? 

Having tried and true products I can rely on in my arsenal lets me forget about what I look like and focus on my career, my relationships and my inner strength. I don’t want to be the girl fixing my makeup in every mirror I pass. I want to be the one at the table of friends laughing my butt off, or coming up with a great idea in a creative meeting with a collaborator, who just so happens to be wearing a great lip.

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