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kai conversations with... celebrity makeup artist, maria vargas

as we kick off the new year, we are delighted to bring you this week's kai conversation with the exceptionally talented celebrity makeup artist, maria vargas, who we are so fortunate to call a dear friend & kai devotee. maria's celebrity clientele includes catt sadler, lauren london, rocsi diaz, kelly wearstler, erin lim rhodes - among so many other fabulous women. she also works with fashion models across the globe. maria is not only a remarkable artist, but she is one of the nicest humans and truly embodies the kai "breath*life*flow" way of life. we hope you enjoy reading her wonderful interview below, and we highly encourage you to check out her beautiful instagram feed, which captures some of her incredible makeup work. 


how are you taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this time?  are there certain things that are proving to be sources of motivation/inspiration?  if so, please feel free to share.

checking in. one thing i learned at the beginning of the pandemic was how important it is to make time for friends and family when we can’t be together in person. like sending a simple text anytime i think of someone instead of just letting time go by without any contact. we are on our phones all day so it’s not hard to check in on our loved ones.

how do you embody kai’s “breath*life*flow” lifestyle?

taking it one day at a time. i try to be present and not worry or stress about things i can’t control.


what’s your beauty secret? or must have beauty product?

hand cream! i wash my hands constantly and apply hand sanitizer in between. my hands get super dry if don’t constantly apply moisturizer. kai hand cream rescued my hands. the *rose scent is my favorite! i carry one in my car and one in my bag. it’s part of my morning and night time beauty routine. i also apply sun screen on my hands when i’m driving.


what color nail polish are you wearing right now?

it’s by Orly and the color is Namaste Healthy. it’s a beautiful rich dark red.

how would you describe your personal style?

casual but elevated. i try to look somewhat put together because you never know where the day might take you. if i look good i feel good and it sets the tone for my day.

go-to lipstick color?

a bold red. my current favorite is Fenty’s lip paint in “Uncensored”, Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in “Beso”, and Ilia Beauty Lipstick in “Flame.” 

what do you love most about where you live?

the weather, the culture, the food, the museums! i’m born and raised in LA and i wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.


any secret spots you love to go to?

Echo Park lake is one of my favorite LA spots. it’s a place i’ve been visiting since i was a kid. you can rent a pedal boat or just walk around the lake and enjoy the DTLA skyline.


describe your perfect day.

snuggling on the couch with my husband, 2 dogs and binging a show on netflix. 


favorite date spot?

a cocktail at Death & Co. in the arts district followed by dinner at Dama DTLA.


ultimate getaway?

anywhere sunny with a beach.


favorite food?

pizza! Brooklyn Pizza Co. in Boyle Heights and Triple Beam Pizza in Echo Park are my favorite pizza spots. 


guilty pleasure?

Real Housewives of BH.


kai obsession?

*rose body wash! i love how clean it feels and the soft scent of rose lingers all day. it’s truly exhilarating.


morning person or night owl?

morning person.

ideal way to relax/unwind?

a massage and facial.

what book are you reading currently?

Anatomy of the spirit by Caroline Mys. 

thank you, maria! 


press check

here's a look back at 2021 in words and pictures. i am always so grateful for each review and feature. we can't wait to see what this next year holds and look forward to sharing it with you!



kai's holiday gift guide 2021

i love nothing more than a good gift guide to make my holiday gift shopping that much easier, here are my picks to help do the same for you! also, when looking to purchase some of these offerings in time for the holidays, don't forget to visit our store locator and be sure to support your small local business. 

wishing you all the best of the season ~


kai eau de parfum in our signature or *rose scent 

kai's iconic fragrances offered in the eau de parfum spray are sure to be a hit for any scent lover. kai's signature scent has been celebrated by harper's bazaar and allure magazine as one of the best fragrances of all time, and the kai *rose scent has also been praised by allure editors

kai's light and intoxicating signature fragrance of a gardenia top note wrapped in white exotics was inspired by the scent along the beaches of the hawaiian tropics. our reed diffuser can transport anyone there, even if only in their minds. 

kai skylight candle in our signature or *rose scent

the kai skylight candle is a warm and beautiful addition to any home. our largest slow- burning candle will fill the room with the aura of kai's intoxicating scent in signature or *rose. 

kai perfume oil in our signature or *rose scent 

kai's perfume oil combines our signature or *rose perfume oil fragrance in a convenient, easy to use roll-on, that can be taken with you anywhere on the go. this best seller is sure to be a chic staple for any scent lover and a true testament to the phrase "good things come in small packages." 

kai hand cream in our signature or *rose scent

the ultimate stocking stuffer. let's be honest, hand care is on everyone's minds more than ever with the extra hand washing and sanitizing we are all doing to keep safe. our hands are demanding some extra love and moisturizing this year, and our kai hand cream in signature or *rose scent can do just the trick. formulated with shea butter, aloe vera, and apple extract, our kai hand cream will leave your hands feeling soft, silky smooth and invigorated.

can't decide? give a little bit of everything. our gift bag is the perfect combination of  kai essentials. this gift bag includes our perfume oil, body lotion, body wash, matches, nightlight candle and kai tank.