Don’t let sparkles be just for New Year’s Eve. Bat your eyes all year long with Sonia Kashuk for Target’s “Pretty In Pink” eye palette. The powders are metallic, but not glittery, in pinkish hues that scream “pretty,” not “drag queen.” (Not that there’s anything wrong with drag queens! It’s just not an office look for most of us.) The best part of this palette is Sonia Kashuk will donate 15 percent of each product purchased to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Charitable giving? That’s truly beautiful.
Huge pores. A lot of us have got ‘em, but they’re not always something we want share with the world. Thank the beauty gods for Benefit’s POREfessional, a translucent balm that minimizes the appearance of pores. Gently rub it over your T-zone, on your chin, your cheeks, and anywhere else where you’d love to see smoother skin. POREfessional is oil-free and goes on under makeup without any fuss. You’ll never be crying, “Oh, poor me, my pores!” again!
I’m usually a little leery of products for different types of hair. Really? There’s some magic potion in this foam that’s going to turn my poofy locks into a luscious mane? But after years of fighting the subtle wave in my thick but fine hair — via obsessive flat-ironing — I finally came around to accepting it as it grows out of my head with the help of two Sally Hershberger products. First, I apply the Style Primer to my towel dried locks, letting it set for a couple minutes while I do my makeup. Then I spray my hair with a little bit of Wave Spray, twirling sections around my fingers, resulting in a piece-y, beachy vibe. Best of all, I don’t even have to blow-dry. I walk out of the house and by the time I get to work, my hair is soft and bouncy like one of those hair models on TV. Considering I spent the better part of 30 years spending half an hour on my hair, this is great news that I felt a duty to share. [Primer, $12.50, Drugstore.com; Wave Spray, $12.50, Drugstore.com]
The only thing more exciting than amazing holiday gifts is amazing holiday parties. There’s something about these late-December days (and nights, and early mornings) that puts everyone in a good mood. Even if you fancy yourself more of a Scrooge, I dare you to keep trying to suppress that contagious joy. Go ahead, pour a glass of champagne — Christmas only comes once a year, so you might as well let loose. These holiday beauty trinkets will keep you looking and feeling plenty festive, all the way through January 1st.
New Year’s Eve is only days away. Make a statement by letting your inner bombshell shine! This bundle include festive brushes, sparkly polish, shimmery glosses, show-stopping eye palettes, and a new scent to get you ready for the clock to strike midnight. Find out how to enter, after the jump! Keep reading »
I love lipstick and own many, but wearing them on a regular day makes me feel … overdone. Of course, the unfortunate byproduct of this is that I rarely give myself the opportunity to wear the colours that I just had to have. Luckily, the winter holiday season is the perfect justification for me. Parties and relatives abound, and nobody is going to wonder why you’re looking all dolled up. Here are ten lipsticks that I can’t wait to wear for the next month. Keep reading »
If you catch me with my fingers pruned and my heart rate sluggish, chances are I just got out of the bath. Yes, I have been known to linger in the tub for well over an hour… sometimes approaching two. Sylvia Plath summed it up best in The Bell Jar when she said, “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” Light some candles, pop a bottle of champagne, set the tap to 95, please, and I’ll see you in a few hours. Keep reading »
I’ll admit it: much of the reason I own so much makeup is because I’m a sucker for aesthetics. Glossy gold tubes, shiny lettering, minimalist sans-serif fonts… these are all variables that contribute to me forking over my debit card in yet another Sephora sin, but what really gets me is colors. When I open up a compact to reveal a shimmering champagne shadow, my heart goes all aflutter. If you’re anything like me, and subtle luminescence is your crack cocaine, you’ll know how I feel about compact palettes. Lately, a number of companies have been rolling out this riff on the traditional make-up palette. They generally contain complementary shades made for the face or eyes or both, as they’re packed into powder bricks. The bottom line? Some of these radiant offerings are veritable works of art.
Sadly — and please, get your hankies ready because this is a tearjerker — I was born with no upper lip. My bottom lip is modest, but the top lip is so thin it’s practically non-existent. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always seen lipstick as something that would only draw attention to my miniscule pout. Oh, but I dreamed about wearing it, particularly in a glamourous shade of red! I thought it was not meant to be until one day, a tube of Charlotte Ronson’s Petite Kisses lipstick in “Fabiola” landed on my desk and I thought, Oh hell, might as well give it a try. And what do you know, it looked good. It’s not that it made my thin lips look like they were torn off Angelina Jolie’s face; no, the wine stain-esque color enhanced the shape of my lips which, until then, I hadn’t realize was quite lovely. I love this lipstick so much, I wear it every day now and am convinced the color would look amazing on everyone. Get it when you buy Ronson’s limited edition “Masquerade” set from Sephora, which also comes with another of her lipsticks in a brighter pink and an eye shadow palette.
First things first: I never wear red lipstick. I have a fatal combination of lips with a tendency to chap and a complete destitution of desire to draw attention to myself, especially my damn face. I own a number of red lipsticks, all of which I have bought with the best intentions and a daydream of a new lease on life, but they collect dust in the back of a drawer somewhere. But I just read this article over on xoJane, and I’m totally inspired. It can be a real challenge to find the right shade for your skin tone, so I thought it would be in my best interest to take cues from the people who know best*: celebrities. Maybe even I can find my perfect red, thanks to the stars. Tell me your favorite in the comments!
* Probably not.