All-natural cosmetics from Austin find way to Europe
Almost five years ago, three University of Texas alumni came together to launch an all-natural cosmetics line. This spring W3ll People (pronounced Well People) was introduced to eight European cities with H&M’s new high fashion retail concept called & Other Stories.
“It’s been such a whirlwind and an amazing opportunity,” says co-founder James Walker. “We’re a company that cares about the way you look, but also care about the way you live.”
The W3ll People trio, made up of Walker, makeup guru Shirley Pinkson and cosmetic dermatologist Reneé Snyder, has their flagship studio in Austin but their loyal following spans across the country where their products are also available.
In May, the company will introduce Americans to some changes to the brand that are already available in Europe. W3ll People’s new concept includes sleek, environmentally-friendly packaging and upgraded product formulas and new colors. Most of their new products will incorporate organic aloe and new colors will be introduced such as blood orange caramel and creamy crimson.
Austinites will have a chance to check out all the changes during a May 30 W3ll People party at their studio on South Lamar Boulevard.
W3ll People Celebration
When: 5-8 p.m.May 30
Where: 215 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite B
Get organized with colorful makeup bags
If your cosmetic bag is looking a little ragged, give yourself a treat for spring. There are plenty of shapes, styles and new patterns to choose from in the latest Sonia Kashuk spring cosmetic bag collection, which is exclusively available at Target.
The collection includes everything from travel duffel bags to small clutches in patterns like tribal, floral and dots. Prices range from $6.99 to $39.99.
Store closes, another opens, another moves
It’s time to say hello and goodbye to a couple of Austin retailers. Schatzelein boutique, on South First Street, recently announced that it will close its doors May 4 so that owner Christine Fail can focus on her contemporary handmade jewelry line called Fail.
“While this change means the loss of our daily store front, I fully intend on bringing you the Schatzelein experience in new forms, both online and in person at events throughout the year,” Fail said in a statement.
In the meantime, customers can shop at discounted prices. Select merchandise is now 50 percent off and starting April 30, the discounts for select merchandise increase to 70 percent. The store plans a farewell party on May 5 with music, food and beer. For more information, visit shop.schatzeleinaustin.com.
And say hello to boutique Fawn+Raven at their new location. The women’s apparel and accessories store has moved to 3404 Kerbey Lane. Find them online at fawnandraven.com.
Adding to the Second Street District’s shopping scene is newly opened Gameday Cloth, a sports and lifestyle apparel and accessories store. It’s located at W. 417½ Second St. To learn more, visit GamedayCloth.com.
Celebrate Art, plus enjoy live music
Central Texas artists, jewelers, crafters and more will gather to display their art at the Sunset Valley ArtFest on April 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event, which is next to the Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Market outside the Toney Burger Center, will also feature live music and a children’s play area and kid’s stage.
Some of the live music performers include Carolyn Wonderland and Del Castillo. For more information, visit sunsetvalley.org/artfest.
Backpacks, lunch boxes get retro feel
Its earthy chic look fits perfectly in Austin. SoYoung’s line of retro-inspired lifestyle bags and accessories includes linen lunch boxes and backpacks with clean and modern designs.
The insulated lunch bags also have attachable straps that can be worn like a messenger bag. SoYoung also has cute backpack options for toddlers and grade-school students. Their varied collection ranges from $19.99-$174.99.
SoYoung products are available locally at Wee at 213 W. Second St. Shop online at soyoung.ca.