I have been blessed with fairly clear skin. I rarely get zits, so I only need a light foundation for my skin to look smooth and clear … at least from afar. But a closer look reveals some angry pores. As a teenager, I was obsessed with popping blackheads; so much so, I have scarred two of them into permanent mega pores. Meet Fred and Emily. Fred is a chill, laidback mega pore who lives on my cheek. Emily is a mean girl who lives on my nose and is determined to be the biggest bitch on my face.
In the warm summer months, these mega pores open even wider and resemble strange freckles. They become vulnerable to gunk and have the potential to become pimples. My husband has 20/20 vision and gets to stare into my large pores every morning. The horror! Luckily he loves me, so he loves Fred and Emily too. Anyway, my long-term solution to keeping my large pores clean is St. Ives facial scrub. For years, this scrub has been keeping my pores in check, but what about hiding the ones that are there? That’s where Benefit’s Porefessional comes in. Keep reading »
Now that you have your summer tan, it’s time to make your bronzed skin pop! The best way to do that is with some SHIMMER. Give yourself the gift of glowing skin, luminescent eyes and an all-over luster with lightweight beauty products that have a hint of shine. This season, I’ve stocked up on affordable finds that have proven worthy of a permanent place in my makeup bag. Here are 10 awesome beauty products that I love, guaranteed to make you shine.
How does someone who works at a spa treat themselves when they need a little TLC? A DIY home spa day, of course! Having created countless spa days for clients, I’ve concocted two of my own at-home spa day menus that will give you a much-needed dose of relaxation and bliss whether you have a leisurely afternoon all to yourself or an extra 25 minutes in the morning. The best part? While a full day at the spa will cost you hundreds of dollars, these DIY versions will only cost you a few bucks, tops. Don’t let life make you forget to take care of yourself. With these steps and treatments, you’ll see how easy, affordable, and beneficial a little pampering can be. Keep reading »
Sometimes we receive beauty products that make me feel like a kid again. A metallic eye pencil, for example, reminds me of raiding my older sister’s makeup bag and creating Cyndi Lauper-inspired eyes. When Topshop’s Molten Eyes arrived at my desk, I jumped at the chance to experiment with a wearable version of Cyndi Lauper’s look. Keep reading »
Having perfect skin can seem like an unlikely dream for those of us who have battled skin conditions over the years. Don’t surrender yet though! In the six years I’ve been an esthetician, I’ve helped people with all skin types deal with tons of skin issues, and I’ve learned quite a few secrets, DIY treatments, and helpful tidbits along the way. From lavender oil to digestive health to choosing the right skincare products, here are some tricks of the trade that will help you achieve the ever elusive “perfect” skin. Keep reading »
I’m not someone who gets excited about specific nail polish colors. I know there are some women who are very specific about how they want one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers and one coat of Essie Mademoiselle. I’ve always just picked whatever color randomly struck my fancy at the moment. But when Priti NYC sent me a handful of shades to test out, I couldn’t stop thinking about a gorgeous coral/peach pink. It managed to be feminine without being too sweet or saccharine. Only increasing my anticipation was the fact that I had a sedate beige manicure for my brother’s wedding, so I couldn’t wait for something more colorful! Once I tried Priti NYC in Park Princess Dahlia (above), I think I have my on-my-toes-always polish of the summer. Keep reading »
Bare Minerals turned me onto powder foundations eight years ago. I loved the lightweight and medium coverage of their products. This year, Bare Minerals has launched a liquid foundation called BareSkin, an ultra thin formula that promises bright, more even toned skin. So … does it work? Keep reading »
I always think of Covergirl and other drugstore makeup brands as totally trustworthy — they’ve been around for about a billion years, so what could go wrong? For Amy Schavolt of West Palm Beach, FL, things went so wrong with Covergirl’s Bombshell Volume mascara that her eyelashes fell out.
Schavolt told a local news station that at first, people were complimenting her extra-voluminous lashes, but soon the product turned into a bunch of clumpy goop. When she wiped her eye with makeup remover, her eyelashes started to fall out into her hand. The same mascara also left an Arizona woman watching her lashes fall out in front of her. “I’m not a vain person. I didn’t think anybody would see it,” she explained. “But, yes, three people said something to me today. (They said) what happened to your eyes?” (Apparently, she doesn’t have very polite friends.) Keep reading »
The CFDA Awards were a few days ago, but it’s never too late to appreciate flawless makeup game. Solange Knowles didn’t wild out on anyone as far as I know, but she did go crazy with a tube of bright fuschia lipstick. Hot pink with a little dash of purple in it, fuschia lipstick looks amazing on all different skin tones and will make it impossible for people to stop staring at your mouth. So make sure you don’t have anything stuck in your teeth and rock one of the fuschia shades on your kisser ASAP. Keep reading »
Sunburns sound bad. I use the word “sound” because although I know brown people can get tans and sunburn (and should still wear spf!), it takes a lot more for us to get sunburned. I have so much empathy because this does not look like fun at all. Never mind how it feels but I’ve had roommates who couldn’t sit or lay down because it would just sting. Lather yourselves up in sunblock peeps, that Sun feels good but it will get you! Perhaps the worst part is that any part of you that is covered becomes some weird geometric shape that you probably have to live with for quite some time. Some people like to get sassy and make designs with their sunscreen which, I admit, can look like super cool henna tattoos. Seriously though, bless your hearts, people who sunburn easy. Bless your hearts. It takes courage and valor to go to the beach when this can happen. See more photos on College Candy…