Beauty mags are full of the same homogenous crap. Skinny, pretty ladies shilling beauty products that cost a whole paycheck, promising to make you look and feel a certain way. Welcome to Beauty IRL, a new column in which we try to break down the aspirational walls of beauty coverage, and bring you real-life dispatches from the trenches, from someone who likes makeup, researches hair products and is pretty real about the whole thing.
I’ve always been jealous of those girls with long, thick, shiny hair. Those girls with “Pretty Little Liars” hair, the kind of hair that tumbles and twists and waves over their shoulders, all shiny and beachy and wind-tosed. Girls with tresses like this are always casually pushing their hair aside, lifting it up in great, shiny hanks and forming a complicated knot as they talk at you. They want you to think that they woke up like that, but really, they woke up at 7 a.m. and spent a good half hour with a curling wand and some heat spray. For a long time, that was the hair I wanted. Countless years of reading beauty blogs and a childhood spent turning the pages of Color Me Beautiful, purchased at a yard sale by my grandma, taught me to believe that I should hide my moon face with a long sheet of hair on either side, to create angles, because it is important to have a face that is sharp and angular, to have cheekbones that can cut glass. Keep reading »
I’ve been looking for a decent top coat for ages, so Londontown’s Kur top coat and nail hardener are more exciting to me than the line’s pretty fall colors. Londontown’s polish is vegan, 5-free, and ultimately better for your nails than a typical chemical-filled polish. The top coat and hardener promise to make nails strong, healthy and chip-resistant. Here’s how things panned out…
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Fitness vlogger John David Glaude of the YouTube channel Obese to Beast has lost 160 pounds since he started getting into fitness, and that’s come with a side effect he didn’t originally expect: A lot of loose skin. It’s a predictable result of extreme weight loss, but not one that’s been well-documented in American culture.
Glaude wanted to do his part to change that, so this weekend he posted a vlog titled “My Biggest Insecurity: Loose Skin.” In it, he demonstrates some of the ways he creates the illusion of not having loose skin, and shows the areas of his body that were the most effected by the extreme weight loss – his arms, chest, stomach, and thighs. You can hear an anxiety in his voice that isn’t present in his other videos while he’s undressing and explaining how he hides the skin, what he does to feel comfortable in public, and how he’s felt about the way his body looks unclothed. Keep reading »
I have been having THE WORST breakout lately. What bothers me isn’t so much that it’s been all over my face — although lately it has — but that it’s lasted for such a long time, and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get rid of it.
When I stopped shampooing my hair, I tried to switch over to all-natural body care products, too. The gist of my no-poo conviction is this: Soap-based shampoos strip the natural oils out of your hair and replace them with chemical gunk to artificially make your hair smooth. I get way more volume out of washing my hair with baking soda and lemon juice, and if it’s a little dry, I put a little oil in it. (I need to come back to this point toward the end of the post, though, because there’s some science here that I’ve been neglecting for the last six months.) Keep reading »
I’m super into the dark lip trend that’s going on right now, but with my fair complexion it’s hard to find a color that doesn’t make me look like a vampire. When TopShop sent us some of their new fall/winter lipsticks, I spotted a burgundy color called “Wicked” that I knew I wanted to try. So did it look good, wear well and last? Here’s what my Beauty Test Drive revealed… Keep reading »
I’m sorry, but when I walk into a nail salon and they ask me what kind of color I’m looking for, I’m not going to say, “Oh, I’m looking for ‘DJ Play That Song’ or ‘Too Too Hot.’” Those are not colors. Those are ridiculous names for nail polish colors that have nothing to do with their hues. BUT, if I were to ask for a mani in “Play-Doh Green,” EVERYONE would know which green I’m talking about (though I would never ask for that color, because ew). Here are 10 nail polishes I’ve stumbled upon, and their suggested, more descriptive color names.