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Beauty Test Drive: HydroPeptide Soothing Serum Vs. Egg Whites For Sun-Soaked Skin

Beauty Test Drive: HydroPepyide Soothing Serum VS Egg Whites For Sun Soaked Skin

Have you ever noticed that when you overdo it in the sun, your skin becomes crazy sensitive? Some of your regular lotions feel like rubbing alcohol or make you feel like you’ve been standing over a deep fryer? My mom swears by egg whites. She will chase you down with raw egg and insist on slathering it all over your face, claiming it will prevent wrinkles. It feels soothing at first, but then it dries into a tight Botox-y mask. Gag. I was sent HydroPeptide soothing serum and I have to admit, it is a delightful, if pricey alternative to putting stinky eggs on your face. Keep reading »

Shopping Strategy: How To Shop A Major Sale Without Losing It

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is happening right now and, like many major sales, the good stuff goes fast. In particular, anything that says limited edition, exclusive, or free gift with purchase.  The first area to be ransacked is the beauty department. Ever wonder how some women have 20 free makeup pouches and a never-ending supply of brand name makeup remover? It’s because they know what they want and how to get it. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit's They're Real! Push-Up Liner

Somehow I managed to enter my third decade on Earth without ever having tried a cat’s eye with gel eyeliner before. Of course I’d worn eyeliners — browns, golds, even blues — but something about that thick, black cat’s eye intimidated me. I thought you needed to have that “cool girl” look, like the author Caitlin Moran or Alex Vause on “Orange Is The New Black.” But a quick Google Image shows a wide variety of celebs in winged eyeliner, from Angelina Jolie and Kate Hudson, to Dita Von Teese and Rihanna. Cat’s eyes, it turns out, are surprisingly versatile.

So I bucked up and tried black gel eyeliner for the first time, coached by my coworkers Sophie and Katie (who couldn’t believe I was a black eyeliner virgin). The product was a sample of Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, which turned out to be perfectly easy for a newbie like me. Keep reading »

Oh My God I Love Your Hair: Rolled Ponytail

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Oh My God I Love Your Hair: Rolled Ponytail

Found it! Check out this cute, easy hairstyle that works on short and long hair. The rolled ponytail is all kinds of romantic and helps tame those shorter layers. Learn how to master this pony on Twist Me Pretty.

Quick Tip: Dry Your Hair With A T-Shirt Instead Of A Towel For Beachy Waves

Quick Tip: Dry Your Hair With A T-Shirt Instead Of A Towel For Beachy Waves

There is a good chance, a solid chunk of you reading this right now saw the headline, rolled your eyes and were like, Duhhhhhh. Apparently, wrapping your wet hair in a T-shirt instead of a towel has been a curly girl’s trick since forever, but I only recently learned that doing so would give me the beachy waves of my dreams. My hair is naturally fine, but I have a lot of it, which means it can tend to get kind of bushy. There’s also a slight wave to it; in order to get it completely straight I have to use a flatiron, but to emphasize the waves, I’ve always had to rely on a curling iron, or more recently, a diffuser. But it’s summer, it’s muggy out, and the last thing I want to do is aim a hot blow dryer at my head. What I would love is to be able to air dry my hair and get the waves I desire. When I visited my friend Lisa in California earlier this month, I asked her how she gets her hair — which is very similar to mine — to look so effortlessly wavy. That’s when she told me about using a T-shirt instead of a towel. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Champagne

Beauty Test Drive: Bite Beauty Agave Nectar Lip Mask Champagne

I love silver and I love gold, but I rose gold is my absolute favorite. There’s something so elegant and princess-like about the pinkish metallic hue that’s not too flashy, but is still classically pretty. When I heard about Bite Beauty’s new Agave Lip Mask Champagne which has a rose gold pearl tint, I had no idea what that actually was, but couldn’t wait to give it a good old Beauty Test Drive. After all, I’ve given Bite’s products a try before and love them! Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Marc Jacobs Neutral Nail Polish

Beauty Test Drive Marc Jacobs Neutral Nail Polish

The neutral nail color trend, AKA mannequin hands, is returning this fall. Marc Jacobs’ Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in 9 to 5 is part of Marc’s exclusive runway nail polish collection and promises opaque coverage and high shine. Last weekend, I attended a wedding and didn’t want my nail polish to compete with my brightly-colored, graphic-patterned dress, so I opted to Beauty Test Drive this sophisticated shade. Let’s see how it turned out… Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Yes To Coconut Naturally Smooth Lip Balm & Cooling Lip Oil

Beauty Test Drive: Yes To Coconut Lip Balm And Cooling Oil

I loooove the smell of coconuts. Just a whiff takes me back to the beach where sunscreen and pina coladas are plentiful. So when I heard that Yes To launched a line of Yes To Coconut products, I couldn’t wait to try their lip balm and lip oil that would (hopefully) leave me tasting coconut flavors all the live long day. Keep reading »

Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat Choupette Is Getting Her Own Book & Makeup Line

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Choupette, the fluffy, gorgeous princess kept by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, is getting her own coffee table book and a makeup line. And why shouldn’t she? There are more than enough photos of Choupette to fill the 128-page Choupette: The Private Life Of A High-Flying Fashion Cat, which will include advice from her personal vet and her “favorite maid” — one of two, d’accord. We’ll have to wait until September 15 for her (ghostwriter’s) take on beauty, healthcare, fashion tips, “secret loves and pet hates.” And then we have to wait until the holidays, when the makeup brand Shu Uemura will debut a “Shupette” makeup line under their Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura label. Daddy Lagerfeld has, of course, photographed Choupette for the campaign. All we know to expect are furry false eyelashes and perhaps some blue eyeshadow — blue being the color of lovely Choupette’s eyes. This might just be the first ever major fashion campaign fronted by someone’s pet … although considering she has already modeled for V alongside Laetitia Casta, Choupette is not just any feline. [Telegraph UK; Women's Wear Daily] [Photo: Instagram.com/KarlLagerfeld]

The “Stop The Beauty Madness” Campaign Gets Real About The Value We Put On Appearance

Created by writers Robin Rice and Lisa Meade, the Stop The Beauty Madness campaign aims to shake women out of the belief that they are not beautiful and to wake us up to the impossible aesthetic standards we’re held up to. The ads, which can be seen here, state some not-so-pretty truths about the way our culture perceives women. Like the photo above, they’re not exactly pleasant realities, but the campaign’s choice to present them without sugarcoating strikes me as very bold. Few body acceptance campaigns are as direct and brutally honest as this one — and that’s the point. Stop The Beauty Madness wants to create a better world for women’s worth than the one we currently live in, and has even put together a free 10-week audio series that will encourage listeners to better understand unfair beauty standards and the road to self-acceptance. More information about the campaign is available on its website or on Twitter via the hashtag #StopTheBeautyMadness. [The Gloss]

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