If the eyes are the windows into the soul, then makeup bags are the windows into clutter shame. Unfortunately, I’ve got lots: from my closet to my dresser drawer to my bathroom to on top of my dresser, my makeup takes up more per-square-inch space than I do.
There’s got to be an easier way to find that perfect cobalt blue eyeshadow at the exact moment I did it. I’ve got to get organized! And yup, Pinterest is here to help. Here are six super-easy, relatively inexpensive ways to organize your abominable makeup stash! [Photo: Luuux.com]
Year after year, the look for spring and summer involves a requisite “pop of color.” Lipstick, liner, nails, what have you, it’s all about looking fresh and “natural” with a touch of vibrant contrast. I know full well that the absolute last thing you want to do come rising temperatures is put on more makeup… so why not try a pigmented cream blush on top of your SPF 30+ tinted moisturizer? Unlike powder blush, creams don’t emphasize oiliness or texture, and they amp up the glow factor without fail — and, for the sweaty-faced, they help to make it look like you just got back from a run instead of just stood on the subway for 5 minutes. Give one of our favorites a try; you might just like ‘em enough to keep them in rotation year-round! Keep reading »
Winona inspired snarling and gnashing of teeth at The Frisky offices when she announced that her boyfriend knows how to make macarons. She can have the delightful French cookies any time she wants. That bitch! But she’ll be the one green with envy once she sees my cute new macaron lip gloss. The pot opens to reveal an inside mirror and the pastel colors are precious. Just like real macarons. [$3.95, Neatoshop]
Let’s get this out of the way: three years ago, almost to the day, I lopped off much of my midback-length hair in an ill-fated incident best summarized as Something That Should Not Have Happened. In my defense, everyone gets scissors-happy once in a while… but this was more along the lines of scissors-crazy, and I went from having a pink-dipped mermaid mane to a Kurt Cobain-inspired messy bob. It was not cute (duh, I did it), and I was not happy. Cut to today, and much of what I lost on that tragic day has been restored. It’s almost as if it never happened — except it totally did, and I will never forget it. As a result, keeping my hair long, strong, and in great condition is one of my top priorities these days. Aside from washing less frequently and deep-conditioning twice weekly like a boss, the Turbie Twist makes it ridiculously easy for me to keep my growing hair undamaged and healthy while looking ridiculous at the same time. It protects it from the wear and tear that results from rough, unceremonious towel-drying, and cuts down significantly on the time it takes hair to air dry thanks to super-absorbent cotton. All you have to do is twist your soakin’ wet hair up tight and push the whole deal through the loop. Plus, it’s an “as seen on TV” product, so that’s how you know it’s legit! [$6.99, Sally Beauty]
I’ve had my tube of Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer for awhile now, and for most of that time I’ve used it occasionally when I needed an extra layer of coverage for under my eyes or to conceal redness around my nose. I liked it a lot, but it probably wouldn’t have made it into my deserted island makeup bag (AKA the bag of makeup essentials that I’m inexplicably bringing to a deserted island with me, along with Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things and a pile of White Stripes CDs).
Then, last week, something weird happened: the sun came out in Portland. I wasn’t expecting this to happen for another 4 months, so I didn’t have any sunscreen on hand. Since my Dermalogica Primer has SPF 30, I started using more of it, spreading a thin layer all over my skin before I applied my makeup. Within 24 hours of slathering my face with primer, the following things happened… Keep reading »
Of all the beauty products in the world, powder probably gets the worst rap. Just the name conjures images of chalky, pasty texture and little puffs and getting it all over your clothing… but it doesn’t have to be that way! Not anymore, at least — I can’t vouch for my grandmother’s generation, but the newest incarnations of powder are silky and sheer and, used as a base or patted over finished makeup, give a refined, soft-focus finish that blurs imperfections and pulls your whole look together. These 5 powders (3 loose, and 2 game-changing holy-grail pressed versions) are guaranteed to change your mind, once and for all, so put down the puff, pick up a fluffy powder brush, and get started (yeah, it’s that easy)… Keep reading »
My face tends to get really shiny, especially in the warmer months. Not in the cute and dewey way, more in the oil slick kind of way. Instead of layering on pressed powder, I prefer to blot it off like a proper lady. These 100 percent natural linen, preservative-free Boscia Fresh Blotting Linens with green tea absorb all excess oil and get rid of shine without messing up your makeup. You will look as matte as matte as can be, like you’ve been sipping tea in your rose garden all day. [$10, Sephora]
I’ve suffered from depression for much of my life. It’s generally well-controlled, thanks to a carefully calibrated hybrid of therapy (which I’ve admittedly been slacking on) and psychiatric drugs, but when I’m feeling down about something or other, I find that my usually-rational brain takes it upon itself to think terrible, terrible thoughts. Honestly, I mentally berate myself to an extent that I wouldn’t subject my worst enemy to. I have plenty of pretty unhealthy habits, but this is probably the worst one because it has zero benefits — nothing can ever come from it but more negativity. Lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to stop and re-channel my energy into something positive, so today while I was looking into the mirror and putting on my makeup, I decided to think something nice about myself instead of my usual, God, you could really use a nose job. And I thought, I am really, really good at cat eye liner. I do it every day, and it only takes me a few minutes, and I only fuck it up, like, once a week.
Of course, feeling good about my ability to execute flawless cat eyes only goes so far. How do I intend on maintaining the positive energy? By sharing it with you, of course. Behold, my top tips and products for the perfect cat eye, every time… Keep reading »
Hi Rachel! As you know, I recently returned from a trip to Paris. On my way back to the US, I got stranded in Iceland for 24 hours — not complaining! — and had the opportunity to visit the famous Blue Lagoon hot springs! Life dream status across the board … except for what the salty, mineral-y water did to my hair. It dried it out something fierce. Help me get my moisture back!!!! — Amelia
Yup, hot water and salt do have a way of zapping the moisture out of perfectly healthy hair. That hot spring does wonders for your skin — and, duh, your mental state — but it’s a guaranteed recipe for dehydration and tangles. But don’t freak out, and definitely don’t chop it off. There are a few steps you can take in the interest of restoring your hair to its former glory, and they don’t have to cost a fortune or come in the form of an expensive salon treatment. In fact, I know of a pretty good weapon against frazzled hair that you can find at just about any grocery store… Keep reading »