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Beauty Test Drive: Contouring Is Wizardry (But It Only Sort Of Worked On Me)

How To Contour

Kim Kardashian’s face is a masterful work of art. Her cheekbones are always high and tight and the way the light plays off the ridges is mesmerizing. I realize that it is insane to want to look like a celebrity that has a retinue of makeup artists and humans to blot her every shiny spot away, but hey, we all have unattainable goals. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, and the brilliant minds of hundreds of YouTube beauty vloggers, Kim’s magic look can be mine. Supposedly. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Eylure Dramatic No. 205 False Lashes

Beauty Test Drive: Eylure Dramatic False Lashes

The UK brand Eylure has a long history with lashes. Developed by two makeup artist in the 1940s, Eylure offers lashes ranging from natural to dramatic. When presented with the opportunity to Beauty Test Drive a pair, I couldn’t resist going for the most intense pair I could get my hands on. Keep reading »

A Truly Honest (And Hilarious) YouTube Beauty Tutorial

A Truly Honest (And Hilarious) YouTube Beauty Tutorial
"Stay Tuned, This Is About To Get A Lot More Attractive"

I’m a pretty big fan of YouTube hair and beauty tutorials. Without them, my sock bun and liquid eyeliner game would be terrible rather than “eh, I guess it’s good enough to leave the house like this.” But I think I love this YouTube beauty tutorial, from the hilarious and relatable and cool Akilah Hughes (of First Black Girlfriend fame), the very most. Because seriously, “Your face may probably never look like this, no matter how many of these products you use” really is the damn truth. [YouTube]

Beauty Test Drive: Sonia Kashuk’s Limited Edition Make-A-Face Brush Set

Beauty Test Drive: Sonia Kashuk Make A Face Brush Set

Have you ever gone into a Sephora and thought, What the hell is THAT brush for?  Why are there 50 different brushes available when I only use five or six products on my face? I have this internal conversation all the time. I am compelled to hold, caress and sometimes buy several brushes without ever knowing what they’re for until I do a quick Google search. The reality is those unidentified brushes have created an expensive collection.

How many brushes do I own? Twelve. How many do I use to apply makeup each morning? I will admit to five.  How many do I need? Three. In my own defense, after playing with several brushes, I realized that those two extra face brushes allow me to quickly contour my face without looking like a joker.

When Katie and I discovered Sonia Kashuk’s Limited Edition “Make a Face” brush set for $24.99, I almost collapsed! I have spent more than that on a single brush. Katie was very excited to take these beauties home, and I offered to explain to her my multi-brush logic. 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 How-To: Amy Adams’ Dewy Glow In “American Hustle”

Beauty How-To: Amy Adams' Dewy Glow In "American Hustle"

Over the holidays, I finally saw “American Hustle,” starring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence. Depending on who you ask, the movie is either THE BEST OF THE YEAR or a complete disaster. Or, if you were to ask me, I would tell you that the movie is okay, but worth seeing for three reasons: 1) the first scene, in which Christian Bale styles his awesomely atrocious combover for, like, three minutes; 2) Jennifer Lawrence’s fairly ridiculous half-Jersey/half-California accent; and 3) Amy Adams’ fucking gorgeous makeup game. Regarding the latter: can we bring dewy makeup back please? It’s so youthful and fresh and who doesn’t want that just got fucked flush?  Keep reading »

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