Posts tagged "beauty product review"

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint Cheek Stain

If a makeup salesgirl (or makeup sales-gay) descended upon me at a beauty counter with something orange, I would visibly make a face and say, “I don’t think that will work on me.” You see, I have the pallor of Katie Holmes at a morgue in Antarctica — not a sun-kissed California girl like Kate…

Jessica Wakeman / October 12, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: Are Sally Hansen Salon Effects Strips Worth The Money?

There have been few innovations in how fingernails are decorated in the last few years–but Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips are one of the best. Salon Effects strips are made of real nail polish; they adhered rather well to my nails and chipped like regular nail polish. The Sally Hansen Salon Effects were really easy…

Annika Harris / April 8, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: MAC Haute & Naughty Lash

I’ve become quite the mascara junkie in recent years. I will try anything that promises to both lengthen and thicken my eyelashes. MAC Haute & Naughty Lash gives lashes a natural definition and pack on the drama. How’s this possible? Well, it’s all in the brush …

Annika Harris / October 7, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Calvin Klein Beauty Fragrance

It’s not every day I come across a fragrance that can be worn year round, but Calvin Klein Beauty is appropriate for summer, fall, and whenever feels right. With notes of jasmine and neo-lily (a new interpretation of a lily), Beauty has a floral essence we’ve all come to identify with summer. But the to…

Annika Harris / October 4, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20

I was coming to terms with my super oily skin, realizing that I’d always need blotting papers to keep the oil slicks at bay. But then I received some samples of Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20, and my love/hate relationship with my skin became a complete love affair.

Annika Harris / September 4, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Neosporin Lip Health

I committed a cardinal beauty sin yesterday, guys. You see, contrary to what the beautifully made-up artist at MAC claimed, the Lip Conditioner SPF 15 doesn’t protect and moisturize the lips adequately. I knew my lips were really chapped, yet I still applied my lipstick, only to look as if I were trying to cover…

Annika Harris / August 17, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant

Two weeks ago, I came to the realization that you haven’t really felt pure luxury until you’ve hired someone to squeeze gunk from your pores. Forget hot stone massages, Egyptian cotton sheets, and private planes. A facial is the height of luxury, especially when you’re enjoying the treatment at a fraction of the normal price.

Annika Harris / June 19, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer

I have extremely oily skin that is a curse (I’m always shiny) and a blessing (I won’t wrinkle easily). So for years, I’ve ignored the advice of my dermatologist and beauty professionals who said I should moisturize despite my skin type. Until recently, I hadn’t found a moisturizer that wouldn’t contribute to the oil slick…

Annika Harris / May 18, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Givenchy PhenomenEyes Mascara

If we’re being totally honest, the main reason we wanted to try out Givenchy’s new mascara was the weird-looking brush. Check that thing out! It looks like a miniature mace. But covered in lash-lengthening liquid instead of metal spikes! Fun! Really, though, it’s all kinds of fun. The smaller brush definitely takes a couple applicatio…

Lily Q / April 24, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Laura Mercier Under Eye “Secret” Concealer

I don’t drink coffee and I barely sleep, meaning that the dark circles under my eyes are the stuff of legend. I’d almost gotten to a point where I considered them accessories and was planning to give up on hiding their intensity. Blessedly, a kind soul at Sephora wouldn’t let it happen. She introduced me…

Lily Q / April 13, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Marc Jacobs “Biscotti” Splash Scent

There are so many fragrances to choose from this season. My new favorite everyday scent right now is Marc Jacobs “Biscotti” Splash Scent (sold exclusively at Nordstrom). The fragrance was inspired by the delectable treats found in patisseries, with notes of freesia, orange flower, pistachio blossom, and vanilla that combine into a truly crisp and…

Annika Harris / April 7, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: REN Revitalising Night Cream

People consistently fail to appreciate the importance of a good moisturizer. If you’re having skin issues — whether it’s dryness, breakouts or something in between — you can bet that a lack of or improper moisturizing is to blame, at least to some extent. Amongst the biggest cream-related misconceptions is that people who break out…

Lily Q / March 31, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Balenciaga Paris Eau De Parfum

If you’re a lover of lady mags like we are, then you’ve probably noticed advertisements for Balenciaga Paris in almost every April issue. It’s kind of difficult to get the full effect with those paper fragrance testers so I got my hands on an actual bottle of this new scent. My first thought after the…

Annika Harris / March 29, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Aveda Firmata Hairspray

I’ve got the stick-straight sort of hair that refuses to curl, regardless of how much I try to coerce it. I’ve tried curling irons, rollers, all different hair sprays and nothing works. Hell, I used to hair model for a salon that charges something like $300 for styling and even the sassy dude who did…

Lily Q / March 26, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Hourglass Ultra-Thin Lip Gloss

We don’t know about you, but we generally have enough random stuff floating in our purses that distinguishing a lip gloss tube from a hi-liter takes far longer than we’d like. Here to solve the problem is a new uber-skinny, almost card-shaped lip gloss from Hourglass. The colors are intense (we like the shade called…

Lily Q / March 17, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Sephora Lip Stain

We’ve been into lip stains lately. They’re easier to wear than lipstick, less sticky than gloss, and keep us from looking zombie-pale, even on the ickiest of days. There is, however, a problem plaguing most stains: excessive wateriness. This too-liquid quality that most stains have going means purse-leak paranoia, difficulty of application and the sort…

Lily Q / March 9, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: OPI For Sephora Base Coat

I’m a recovering obsessive nail polisher. And by that I’m not trying to say that I get a manicure every week; I mean that I used to paint my nails as often as every day at worst and two to three times a week at best. It’s been suggested that I had “a problem” and…

Lily Q / March 1, 2010

The Dermaroller Is As Painful As You Assumed

This should come as no surprise, but apparently, the Dermaroller, the skin-perfecting needle-roller gizmo (Angelina Jolie is an alleged devotee), is way painful. This is according to a U.K. beauty blogger (it’s not available in the States yet) who got the behind-the-scenes info:
… the efficacy of the treatment lies not just in simply…

Nina Carbone / January 27, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Aveda Light Elements Shaping Wax

Goopy hair products are universally icky. We shouldn’t have to compromise the texture of our hair for the ability to style it, but it’s actually pretty difficult to find styling products that aren’t too heavy, sticky or just generally useless. Solve the problem with Aveda’s Light Elements Styling Wax, which is unusually light and creamy…

Lily Q / January 27, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm

Few things make you feel more like a jerk than spending $10 on lip balm. As a recent and complete convert to that very practice, I speak from experience. But while forking over the cash for an item that I could more or less buy for $2 at CVS does require some resolve, my li…

Lily Q / January 18, 2010
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