When it comes to free crap, no one (save maybe celebrities) racks up more gratis perfume, CDs, tickets, books, gadgets, haircuts, trips, clothes, massages, bags, shoes and even home goods than magazine editors. Publicists and their clients are all too eager to send them free everything in hopes that maybe, just maybe, one of the many items piled up around their desks will stand out and land on one of the mag’s glossy pages. (And yes, while that sounds like a dream come true to many, after you get that much stuff for a few years, well, it all just becomes a bunch of stuff, ya know?) Until recently, bloggers didn’t have this “problem,” but since — shocker! — PR firms started to realize the potential of the internet to spread the word about the products they represent (after all, most sites have way bigger traffic than even top mag circulations), the more influential bloggers started getting free stuff, too.
Now, the FTC wants to make sure you know that the lipstick your favorite blogger is recommending was probably sent to her for free. And according to The New York Times, this is gonna rock the online fashion and beauty community, big time. But what does it mean to you? Keep reading »
Cue chorus of girlish squeals (or, um, not). But don’t these Pupa Kokeshi makeup dolls kind of remind you of your childhood? This brings us back to the days of princess-packaged blush, Polly Pockets, and all the other pretty things (or necessities) you’d carry around in your purse. The palm-sized dolls open up to reveal a range of fun colors to put on your face. Try swiping an eyeshadow in dark purple, pastel lavender, midnight blue, or charcoal.
Here’s our official plea to makeup companies to produce more lighthearted cosmetics! [Spoiled Brat] Keep reading »
You remember that whole açaí berry craze, no? Sure ya do. Well, now in addition to drinking it up, you can slather it all over your face. This summer, my combination, acne-prone skinned self and I cleansed, toned and moisturized with Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimalizing collection, which definitely got the job done and kept oil slicks at bay. But now that it’s getting chilly out, you may have noticed your skin is getting drier (and sadder!). Luckily, Kiehl’s is to the rescue again with a line of hydrating products that use açaí, a powerful antioxidant, to repair damaged skin, like oh, say, the kind you acquired over the summer on those days when you forgot to apply sunscreen. The Cleanser feels extra refreshing — it smells light and fresh and vaguely herbal/medicinal in a really good way. I’m addicted to spritzing the Toning Mist on my mug; the serum feels like it packs a serious punch (indeed, clinical tests showed using the products improved the look of aging considerably, probably owing to the highly concentrated, 10 percent, main ingredient), and the rich, creamy moisturizer hits the spot on my getting drier by the day complexion. Though if you’re an oily type, I would only recommend it for every other day. Bonus points: The whole enchilada is environmentally friendly (EcoCert labeled), organic and paraben-free. Damaged goods? I think not. [Kiehl's] Keep reading »
Yeah, you like the sound of that, dontcha? Today Too Faced Cosmetics announced a 75 percent off sale of “vintage” products that will soon be discontinued. For example, their tinted lip balms are just $2 (they used to be $11), and this Glamour-To-Go pocket-sized kit contains lip glosses and eye shadows for $8, down from $18.50. Could be a nice, cheap way to stock up your makeup bag. Because we have seen your makeup bag. And we know you have a three-year-old lipstick in there.
Sale starts today and runs through Oct. 25. Check it out here. Keep reading »
‘Tis nearly the season of the dreaded flu shot. Those things hurt! And they make you feel awful for a day. Another alternative? LaRocca’s Shield Multi-Active lip balm contains bacteria-fighting ingredients like Camu Camu, a blend of amino acids and vitamin C, which helps strengthen your immune system. There’s also Cha de burge, which is another property used to help kill viruses. (Yeah, we’ve never heard of either of those before, either. But everything you read on the internet is true, right?)
“Anti-Microbal” elements aside, the balm also acts as a good lip moisturizer. Does it really fight off illness? We hear the psychosomatic benefits are wonderful. [$18, LaRoccaSkinCare.com via DailyCandy]
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Just last night I decided it was time for a change—I am going to go completely bare … on my toes. That’s right, for the first time all spring and summer (and, well, fall), I made the conscious decision to take off the polish on my toes and not replace it with a new coat. This is big news, and I can’t remember the last time I went without on my toes (my fingers are regularly without polish—I’m way too chip-prone to get OCD about ‘em). Wanna know why? Because it’s actually good for your fingernails and toenails to take a break. That and … during my last pedicure, I noticed my toenails were turning a not-so-pleasant shade of yellow. Keep reading »
Not everyone is into the matte nail craze going on right now. “Matte actually looks really ugly… kind of like you markered your nails like you did when you were a kid,” commenter loveitlala told us. Some colors might not look as good when they lose their shine, but nail polish expert Michelle of All Lacquered Up has found an amazing way to use matte-finish polishes without going completely lackluster. Keep reading »
Looks as though the red lipstick trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Have you seen any of the Prada spring 2010 runway beauty? It’s high time we get to dealing with those pesky lipstick stains we are all leaving behind on our wine glasses. Seriously, how didn’t we already know this hyper-easy trick? What you do: Before taking a sip, lick (as stealth-like as possible) the spot on the rim you’re about to touch your lips to. You won’t lose any color and the glass won’t look tack-town. [Cup of Jo] Keep reading »
File 2LoveMyLips gloss in the “So Useful We Didn’t Even Know We Needed It” file. Sold in British vending machines, the gloss will turn your lips blue if your drink is tainted by a date-rape drug. Judging by the look of things, Sean Lennon‘s model girlfriend Kemp here is about to be date-raped any second, as are the gals on the Doo.Ri spring 2010 runway. Models, they’re date-raped, just like us! (OK, gah, that was in really poor taste, I know. TGIF!) [BuzzFeed] and [Gawker] Keep reading »
Not really into the idea of painting your face in ghostly costume makeup that necessitates paint remover to get it off? If you’re looking for something a little more understated this Halloween (say, oh…not vampire-like), check out these fun fake nails from Dashing Diva. The easy-to-apply adhesive nails sport images of skulls and diamond-like charms on a black background. Best part about them is you can just pop them off at the end of the night, without having to go through a pile of nail polish remover-soaked cotton balls (eco-friendly!). [$10, Dashing Diva, Sephora.com]
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