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Etsy Spotlight: “Magic” Lotion Bars For Your Sad, Dry Skin

The cold, dry air of this winter has been wreaking absolute havoc on my skin. I’ve been going through gallons of lotion trying to soothe my dry legs, chest, and elbows, but I’ve found many deep conditioning lotions to be too greasy, while quick-drying formulas don’t really do anything. These organic lotion bars I found on Etsy might be my Goldilocks moment: they’re made with nourishing organic oils and melt to your body temperature. Plus, they come in amazing scents like lavender chai and jasmine mint. Mmmm … my elbows are drooling already! Don’t spend too much time thinking about how that last sentence made no sense, OK? Just buy yourself a lotion bar. [$20 for set of 3, Unearth Malee]

Beauty Test Drive: The Body Shop Hair Chalk

When I was in middle school, I was totally that kid who used every holiday as an opportunity to spray-paint my hair with that temporary aerosol dye they sold at Halloween stores. St. Patricks Day? Green tips! Christmas? Red tips! It bled onto everything and left plenty of my favorite T-shirts covered in residual dye. But I thought I looked incredibly stylish.

When the hair chalk trend started to surface on my Pinterest feed, it seemed like the grown-up version of the spray I used to love. When The Body Shop sent us bright blue hair chalk, called Falling For Blue, it seemed like a good bet. I gave it a try and guess what? I loved it. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: LORAC’s Take A Brow Kit

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Some women never leave the house without lipstick. I never leave the house without eyebrows. Many assumed my eyebrows are so sparse because of over-plucking, but in reality they just never grew in.  This is it. Some women (like Whoopi Goldberg) simply go without and others (like Miley Cyrus) conceal them. I like to fill them Elizabeth Taylor-style.  Eyebrows are not only essential to facial expressions; they enhance every look from natural to bold. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer

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My pale, winter skin had set in, and I needed to update my go-to concealer for a lighter shade. Instead of purchasing the same solution, I opted to try the well-reviewed Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. This product claims to nourish skin with jojoba and honey, while providing waterproof, crease proof, and transfer resistant coverage. Ha, yeah right. As someone who has struggled to find concealer to cover dark under eye circles, I was skeptical. If this product could provide the coverage I desired, the nourishing powers would simply be a bonus. Keep reading »

Makeup Bag: 5 Perfect Products For Valentine’s Day

If you’re going out for Valentine’s Day (or hell, even staying in!), part of the fun is glamming up your beauty routine a bit. From red lipstick to creamy blush to luscious lashes, here are five of our favorite beauty products that were practically invented for candle-lit dinners…

9 Beauty Products Specially Made For Cold & Flu Season

When you’re laid up with a winter cold, sinus infection or (aaack) the flu, the last thing on your mind is looking beautiful. But some beauty products will actually help you feel better, no matter how bad your symptoms might be. Stock up on a few of these goodies—– some of which cost just a few bucks — and you’ll be ready to tackle flu season. Or at least shuffle to the nearest CVS to restock your Puffs. 

Beauty Test Drive: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

I’m not a lipstick person. Not in the slightest. For the most part, avoiding lipstick is due to my enormous fear that it’s going to smear all over my face or my teeth. I’ve seen it happen to too many women and my second-hand embarrassment for them has scared me away from wearing lipstick in my day to day life. I’ll wear it on a rare special occasion, but otherwise my lip product of choice is Eos lip balm.

The thing is, though, I like how lipstick looks on me. Every time I’ve ever gotten my makeup done by a professional, they finish with the lips and I love how it looks. I have small, thin lips and it’s sort of amazing, the optical illusion tricks that can give me a pout that I cannot believe is on my own face. So when a girl friend took me shopping at Make Up For Ever to buy makeup for my wedding, I bought their Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in a sheer natural pink (Iridescent Pink Gold — shown on me after the jump!) that’s perfect for every day wear. Keep reading »

I’m Not So Sure About Julep.com, The Nail-Polish-Of-The-Month Club

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I’d seen a million ads for Julep.com on my Facebook or various clothing and beauty sites and they always caught my eye. There’d be pictures of nail polishes in cute colors and something about getting a new box every month. Fun! I live on a budget, though, so I always quelled my desire to join. Then I visited a Julep pop-up shop sometime before Christmas. Located in downtown Manhattan,  it had a sign out front advertising a free nail polish for anyone who came inside. So, I went in and completed a brief survey to get my free polish. (It’s glittery gold and I love it.)

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The Soapbox: The Real Problem With Skin Lightening Cosmetics

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Whitenicious, a cosmetics line created by California-based, Nigerian-Cameroonian pop star Dencia touts its ability to help customers even out their skin and get rid of discoloration. The product is essentially a skin bleaching cream in a golden jar, sold for $150 a pop– well, at least that is what anyone would gather from Dencia’s “transformation” as seen on the advertisement, from a mocha beauty, to a caramel, Beyonce look-alike, to a washed-out corpse.

So why is this never explicitly stated? More importantly, why is the purpose of Whitenicious — to make a dark skinned person have lighter skin — intentionally concealed? The advertising campaign for Dencia’s product leads consumers to believe that the function of her “cosmetic” is to “nourish your skin and lighten dark knuckles, knees and elbows.” Keep reading »

Check Out Dove’s New Real Beauty Short Film, “Selfie”

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Dove "Selfie" Video

Last year, the Dove Real Beauty campaign made waves with its “Real Beauty Sketches,” when it hired a forensic artist to illustrate how women see themselves according to their own self-description. This year, Dove has turned to the selfie, adolescent girls and their mothers.

In their eight-minute video called “Selfie,” directed by Cynthia Wade, we meet tween girls in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who are participating in a project by Dove. A photography instructor speaks with the girls about their body insecurities and then suggests that, rather than zeroing in on all their perceived flaws, selfies can be used to illustrate raw beauty. The girls and their moms are then invited to take selfies, which are displayed in the end at a photography show. Keep reading »

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