Amped to try some of this spring’s nail art trends? Get started with Sally Hansen’s nail art pen. This fine-tipped pen is as easy to use as a marker and opaque enough to only require a single coat. Play it safe with some easy yet colorful French tips, or go crazy with stripes, shapes, and patterns! Seriously, despite never having been artistically-inclined, even we found it just that easy to use. Now, which colors to stock up on… [$7.49, ULTA]
Have you heard about BB cream? It’s the latest buzzword in beauty, and for good reason. Any product can claim to change your life, but this one actually will. “BB” stands for Blemish Balm, a product that’s been popular on the Asian market for years but has only recently presented itself in the States and Europe. It was originally formulated by a German dermatologist as a treatment to help patients of laser facial surgery soothe and protect the resulting extremely sensitive skin while imparting light coverage. Somehow it found its way to Asia, where it became increasingly celebrated, before it was brought to other countries. BB cream is like a primer plus tinted moisturizer on crack, if crack was skincare benefits and sun protection and made foundation totally superfluous. While before it could only be accessed through questionable Korean dealers on Amazon (I went there), big American brands are now cashing in on this in-demand beauty booster, and I couldn’t be more excited. If you haven’t sampled a BB cream yet, you must. Once you give it a try, you’ll never go back to thick, cake foundation. They come at all different price points and there’s bound to be one that suits you.
I carry around a makeup bag with me every day. It’s a small makeup bag, but it’s not light, mostly because I have shoved things into it over capacity. I stuff it into whatever bag I’m carrying, even if it’s a teeny-tiny crossbody like the one I use during the week to offset my 1,000-pound laptop bag. Some days I don’t even use anything in the makeup bag, but it comforts me to have it in my possession, like a narcissistic safety blanket. This little bag is the one I’m sharing because my at-home makeup bag, the one I use to get ready in the morning, has been known to leave brothers, fathers, boyfriends, and even mothers flabbergasted by the sheer weight and seize of it. This one is marginally less shocking: it contains very little real makeup and is more like a shrine to lip balm. Here’s what’s in my dirty little makeup bag — do you have a permanent purse beauty fixture like mine? Keep reading »
I like my lipstick like I like my men — bright and smooth to the touch. Kidding! Kidding! But I do happen to like lipsticks that are bright, matte and add a little extra punch. That’s why I’m super into these new high pigment pencils from Bite. Available now at Sephora, Bite’s long-wearing lip colors offer a concentrated shock of color in an idiot-proof pencil design. One swipe and I’m set. And their new spring 2012 collection includes the perfect shade of orangey-red, called Zinfindel. It’ll cheer you up–even without a glass of the stuff. [$24, Sephora]
It’s Boscia, not blackface. Boscia’s done some amazing marketing because the instant I saw this on the shelf at Sephora, I had to have it. A peel-off mask that’s as thick as tar? I imagined it pulling off my entire face to reveal what I always knew was lying below: Scarlett Johansson. Sadly, that did not happen. But, I was pretty happy with the results. Boscia’s mask promises to boost “…skin clarity and radiance. Removes dirt and impurities while refining the look of pores.” This is a mineral-rich mask made of premium clay that will strip away excess oil and naturally exfoliate. Keep reading »
Want the same earthy, natural effect as Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown but can’t reach quite so deep into your pockets? BECCA Cosmetics is a less pricy brand that’s just as gorgeous — and their Beach Tint cream stain has already gotten me a compliment from my boss. Beach Tint comes in a tiny tube (you don’t need a brush!) and can be blended onto your cheeks like blush/bronzer or swiped across your lips — or both. Keep reading »
When all it takes is a drop to feel like a princess, you know you’ve found the right moisturizer. I’m turning my nose up at winter dryness with Josie Maran’s 100 percent organic Argan Oil. Truly multi-purpose, this luxurious, lightweight oil can be used on face, body, hair or nails. Legendary for its healing properties, Moroccan Argan Oil is gentle enough to use on all skin types and is believed to help correct skin conditions including acne and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It will leave you glowing from head to toe, like royalty. You don’t have to tell me twice. I’ll have my lady in waiting fetch me a bottle right away. Oh wait, I don’t have one. But I still intend to slather this stuff all over my body and pretend like I do.
It might be too early to file me under “crazy cat lady,” but I suggest you do so anyway, just to be safe. I’m that girl who’s always trying to show everyone photos of my cat. I don’t understand why it’s so weird … she’s really pretty, okay? My lifelong affinity for any and all things feline has yet to lead me to any questionable embroidered turtleneck sweater choices, but Paul & Joe Beauté’s limited edition cat-themed collection for Spring 2012 gets me so excited, you might think I had been rolling in nip all day. Sadly, I must not be the only person with cat-scratch fever, because most of the line is sold out. What remains, however, are these three adorable blush sticks in Paul & Joe’s trademark Parisian-pretty packaging. Keeping to the feline theme, the brand suggests drawing three whiskers on each cheek before blending. Adorable! The only reason I held out on buying the entire line is because I wouldn’t be able to use them for fear of smushing the poor kitty’s face. These are real problems, you see. [$28, b-glowing]
I brought my make up bag to work with me today because I stayed at my dude’s house last night, and it was too cold to schlep home and then out to the office. I consolidated my morning! Good, right? Except that my makeup bag, like my life, was short a couple of totally necessary items. Surprisingly, though, there were still 19 (!) things crammed up in that bitch — some of my favorite products that I use every day, and some stuff that I should probably get rid of. I thought you might want to see what a “real life style editor” (WHATEVER THAT MEANS) keeps in her bag, for real. Click through to see what I’m using, and share your make up bag contents in the comments. Oh, and if you notice that everything in my make up bag looks dirty, that’s because it is. Some mystery powder spilled out, and now the contents of my bag are covered in shimmer. Gross.
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Having a manicure is kind of “my thing.” I very rarely have bare, unpolished nails for longer than a day or two, and my bathroom cabinet is stocked with polish colors I love. Unfortunately, “my thing” can be a bit of a pricey luxury, as getting a manicure once a week adds up! Recently, however, I’ve started doing my own nails and have been going to the nail salon less — and thanks to Revlon’s Liquid Quick Dry, I don’t have to spent 20 minutes trying to dry my handiwork (pun intended!) under the blowdryer. I am not overstating when I say this top coat protects against chipping almost instantly. I am not entirely sure how it works, but it’s more liquid-y than most topcoats and contains mineral oil that’s good for moisturizing the nail beds. I have been let down by many a top coat before, but this one, I swear to you, is an impatient gal’s best friend. [$5.75, Drugstore.com]