Instagram duo Dani Capps and Sloan Hadfield’s empowering new makeup line; Modernist Cuisine Gallery opens in The Forum Shops; a new morning- after ritual; and more.
Instagram and the blog world know Dani Capps as half of @itsthoseblondes and thoseblondes.com, both a heady mix of girl power motivation, beauty tips and hilarity. The onetime makeup artist earned her stripes helping put Rain Cosmetics in front of the celebs who would make it famous (Holly Madison, Lara Croft, Michael Boychuck). When she met Sloan Hadfield (Miss Nevada USA, 2005) nearly 10 years ago, “We connected over our shared vision,” Capps says. “Makeup doesn’t make you beautiful, it only enhances your natural beauty.” These days, she says, makeup is confusing. “You can’t go 10 minutes without being bombarded with poreless, airbrushed, filtered photos. Am I supposed to look like this? We wanted to focus on the fun and the playful side of makeup, and less of the ‘fix me!’ part.” Enter the duo’s new brand, Thea Cosmetics (theacosmetics.com), a line of hypoallergenic, fragrance- and paraben-free matte and demi-matte lipsticks with a mission: “A portion of all Thea’s proceeds goes toward organizations that encourage girls, teens and women to pursue education and build confidence and self-esteem.” Even these two gorgeous women know that lipstick isn’t a silver bullet. “We’re not models; we’re not 22,” Capps laughs. “This is how we look in Thea, and this is our style. We have pores and some rolls, but we’re having fun.” And with the gorgeous hues of their first collection, with names like “Dark Desert Highway,” “Page Me” and “Bad Mama Jama,” you will, too.
“We wanted to create a line with some positive vibes,” says Dani Capps (left).