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

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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 Hudson who can pull off something with the word “mango” in the title.

But because Benefit gave me a sample of their Cha Cha Tint cheek stain to test out, I tried it. I already owned Benefit’s Posietint and wore the pinky-pink blush every day. Why not test another hue, even if it’s going to look terrible?

It didn’t look terrible, my friends. Not at all. In fact, the first day that I wore it to the office, the first thing our marketing manager Sophie said to me in the morning was “Your makeup looks great.”

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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 to apply, and even my right hand, the hand I write with, looked just as good as the left one — with no dry time! As the name suggests, the nail polish strips are available in salon-caliber nail designs (I used “Cut It Out,” a white and black ’60s flower power design), but there are also beautiful, design-free colors available. I wore the Salon Effects for a week and had a few minor chips in the polish. The strips were easy to remove with regular nail polish remover, too. I can’t wait to try these again. Plus, they’ll cut down on my trips to the nail salon. Check out pics of my nails after the jump. [$9.99, Ulta Beauty] Keep reading »

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 … Keep reading »

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 top notes of ambrette seeds give the fragrance a spicy warmth that’s comforting this chilly time of year. Cedarwood adds a rugged familiarity. The heavenly scent lingers in the air and isn’t immediately identifiable. (Don’t you just hate when you recognize your favorite perfume on a stranger, and she smells as if she doused herself in it?) The end result is a fragrance that’s both feminine and sophisticated. [$65 for 1.7 oz., Macy's] Keep reading »

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. Keep reading »

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 up a cold sore. It wasn’t a pretty look and I knew my lips deserved better treatment and protection. Keep reading »

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. I received a foot soak, back treatment, and a facial at the Aveda Institute in NYC. It was a truly calming, therapeutic, and refreshing experience that I advise you take advantage of if there’s an institute in your area. I felt I was in extremely capable hands even though my aesthetician was a student. She was so professional and thorough that I wanted to take her home with me to de-congest my pores on a regular basis. But that was impossible, so she sold me Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant, instead. Keep reading »

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 and cause breakouts. I happened upon the L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer by chance; someone left it on The Frisky “free table,” an area for discarded books [Anyone want some erotica? -- Editor Amelia] and unused cosmetics. It was kind of fate that the little pink box caught my eye because my skin has been looking a little blotchy lately. After about three weeks of use, it’s helping to even out my skin tone. Keep reading »

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 applications to get used to, but we didn’t poke ourselves in the eyes with it and the whole application process was far less terrifying than expected. Keep reading »

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 to Laura Mercier’s “Secret Concealer,” which has had the unexpected effect of making me look significantly less like a zombie. I am, admittedly, exaggerating the dark eye situation, but not the greatness of this concealer. Apply it with a touch of oil free moisturizer and your finger if you’re in a rush. But if you’ve got a second, pick up a brush like this and use it instead, as there’s a noticeable different in the level of coverage. [$22, Laura Mercier, Sephora] Keep reading »

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