I have probably asked every person I know “Do I smell?” or “Want to smell my armpits?” this week. For this week’s Beauty Test Drive, I’ve been taking whiffs of my own pits as frequently as possible. That’s right, mid-Pilates I was caught turning my head to confirm this natural deodorant was actually tackling my B.O.
I can honestly say I have never tried a natural deodorant before, and was skeptical of Lavender + Sage Schmidt’s glass jar. I try to be health conscious, but I have never looked at the ingredient list of my deodorant. I’ve considered the ingredients in my soap, lotion, and makeup … but my deodorant? What could my armpits possibly have to complain about? If it keeps them smelling fresh from dawn to dusk, what more could an armpit ask for? Keep reading »
Guys! I feel like a real grown up of the lady persuasion. I finally, with the help of Maybelline’s idiot-proof Line Stiletto eyeliner, have mastered the cat eye. It wasn’t easy, but after months of practice, I can now line my eyes in the morning in one, well, two swoops, and it’s been eons since I stabbed myself in the eye or ended up with black lines inches from their intended destination. I am a goddamn cat eye pro and I’m ready to advance. Here are 15 ways to take your eyeliner game to the next level!
A new product called Neotensil is being heralded as a game changer in the fight against aging, so much so that it’s being compared to “Spanx for your face.” Jennifer Aniston is apparently heavily involved, and I will basically do anything to my body that she tells me to do, so that seems like a smart choice. Read more on The Gloss…
I remember a few years ago when argan oil was first becoming a hot new beauty trend in the states, my boss at the time said, “You know where argan oil comes from, right? Goat poop.” Of course, I initially wrote her off as a goat poop conspiracy theorist, but it’s true. Goats in Tamri, Morocco have learned that a bit of acrobatic climbing of the local argan trees will earn them a sweet snack: argan berries. After enjoying their lunch high up in the trees, they digest the berries, which are then easily harvested from their droppings that fall to the ground. After the berries are removed from the excrement, they’re pressed to make oil for cooking, hair, and skin products. Kind of gross, kind of amazing, but definitely intriguing enough to add “go watch goats climb trees and poop out a high-end beauty product” to my bucket list. [When On Earth]
You may remember Australian mom Taryn Brumfitt from the unconventional “before and after” photos she released in 2013, which showcased her transition from an ultra-fit body-building physique to an equally beautiful post-baby body. The images went viral, and in the months since then, Brumfitt was inspired to create a documentary, “Embrace,” that encourages women to love their bodies as much as she loves hers — because like many others, the shift to self-acceptance wasn’t easy for Brumfitt. This trailer really strikes a cord, especially because Brumfitt’s honesty about her tough road to loving herself is much more relatable than the simplistic “everyone is beautiful!” rhetoric that puts responsibility on us to somehow magically ignore the constant barrage of advertising and entertainment that tells us otherwise. Keep reading »
I’m a big believer in the rituals of going out: having some time to yourself to shower, dress, primp, style, and psyche yourself up before barreling into the night (or day) can really set the tone for your excursion. Part of my ritual involves creating meticulous Spotify playlists for specific moods, occasions, or seasons. Sometimes they’re thematically cohesive (like for Christmas), sometimes they’re just songs that “feel” like autumn or a particular kind of makeup style I’m wearing. Have you ever listened to “Just Like Honey” while putting on black eyeliner? It is a delight!
Below, I’ve compiled three primping playlists for three different occasions: going out to dance, having hot fun in the summer, and spending time with girlfriends. Keep reading »