Who doesn’t like a good deal on cosmetics without pressure from a salesperson? Market for Drama, a private online beauty site, offers up to 70 percent off high-end beauty products during its weekly shopping events. Shop online for brands like Jemma Kidd Professional Beauty, which offers multi-tasking cosmetics for busy beauty hounds. From March 2 to 5, Market for Drama will have Jemma Kidd products on sale, so you’ve got just enough time to join Market for Drama before this super opportunity passes you by. [Market for Drama]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away enough Jemma Kidd makeup to create the perfect classic face — a Define Stay-put Eye Liner in Mahogany, a Stardust Créme Shadow in Galaxy, an Ultimate Lipstick Duo in Scarlett, and a Lasting Tint: Semi Permanent, Waterproof Lash Colour in Brown — but you have to work if you want it! Leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, telling us about the first time you wore red lipstick. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, March 5. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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Not to reinforce stereotypes, but this one is fairly common—a lot of women are scared s**tless of snakes. (Well, except maybe for Britney, but there’s something a bit crazy going on upstairs there in the first place.) Despite this phenomenon, the one way females might feel totally OK about snakes is if their powerful juices were packaged in a pretty, expensive ampoule, and somehow presented as miracle products. That’s what Rodical’s new Glamoxy Snake Serum aims to do. Valued at almost $200 per bottle, the formula claims to be “Botox in a bottle,” and actually doesn’t contain any real snake spit but rather “Syn-Ake, a neuropeptide that copies the effect the South-East Asian Temple Viper’s venom has on its victims.” What does this stuff do? It freezes your muscles for several hours after application, similar to a perma-grin post-Botox. (Lovely.)
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A little R&R isn’t usually high on our priorities list. How can it be when we’ve got deadlines, bills, and drama to deal with? Yet we all have experienced the painful effects of stress and know that going non-stop is unhealthy. (We’re not Energizer Bunnies, you know.) Now, you might not be able to take a spa day weekly, or monthly for that matter, but you can have a little daily release. Spread a little Buddha Nose Bodhi Balm on your temples, shoulders, or back of the neck for a tension-relieving experience that will have you calm in no time. Who knew juniper berry, ho wood, cedarwood, and frankincense could be such lifesavers? [$24, Beautyhabit] Keep reading »
The challenge: substitute every single “normal” product in your beauty routine for an all-natural, possibly edible, old-fashioned beauty recipe—oh, and no makeup! One brave woman is trying to do just that, and after a week of substituting odor-eating baking soda, apple cider vinegar rinses/milk rather than shampoo/conditioner, and using lemon and apple cider vinegar as a facial wash, things aren’t looking pretty (see her very frustrated shot, above). Keep reading »
We all know the drill: You hand over your dollars, hoping for a visible change and get nothing, nada, bupkis. The following products suck—no getting around it. Avoid them at all costs.
First up? Fish pedicures. Such a bad idea they were banned for being unsanitary. (And just plain bizarre.) Click through for more!
I recently received a free sample of the Bliss Triple Oxygen mask from Sephora (sidebar: sign up for their “Beauty Insider” card; you build up points and get loads of free samples), and after a few applications, loved its effects. So, after the sample ran out, I was looking to buy a full-sized bottle. Because it isn’t cheap stuff ($52 for 3.4 ounces, ouch!), I wanted to be sure about my potential purchase. Where did I go? To every single customer reviews page I could find on it! I checked out the Sephora reviews, the Blissworld reviews, the Drugstore.com comments, every sentence on Amazon about it—I even Googled “Bliss Triple Oxygen reviews” and read everything offered. A little nutzo of me? Perhaps, but I’ve become so addicted to online beauty product reviews, I never make a purchase (in the store or online) without consulting them. My Clarisonic purchase? Days of reading reviews in the making.
Do you read online product reviews? Do you write them (I haven’t gotten around to writing any yet)? Do you get swayed into buying (or not buying) products because of what people are saying? Keep reading »
I know that all the products I use in my daily life certainly can’t be good for me. But I had no idea that, on a day-to-day basis, I could possibly be exposing my body to 515 chemicals. Fear! According to Bionsen, a natural deodorant company, women have up to 515 different chemicals in their body on any given day. Now, of course, this varies depending on how many and which kinds of product you use. But it’s a real problem, as some of the nastiness has reportedly been the cause of breast cancer, fertility issues, skin cancer, and hormonal issues. The most common of the chemicals comes from parabens (preservatives) that basically extend the shelf life of items. When those parabens mutate (from the sun, its infiltration in the body, or the dosage level), in come the problems. So what’s the solution? Cut down, use organic, and make sure to read all the little details on the labels. You can also get hazard ratings on specific products here. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
For some, Latisse has proven to be a miracle beauty product as the formula promises to grow full, long, thick eyelashes. Though Latisse was FDA approved, take heed: Cityfile is reporting that the FDA has now released an advisory letter regarding Latisse, the details of which are downright scary … Keep reading »
Today the HuffPo ran a story about “beauty indulgences” in which a writer extolled the virtues of 10 outrageously splurgy beauty products, the total cost of which clocked in just under a grand ($986 to be exact, I counted). Her point, that some products are totally worth the money, is fair enough, but having spent some time in the trenches of the beauty industry, I have to take issue with some of writer Felicia Sullivan’s recommendations.
To be fair, if you have the money to blow, I guess go for it. But if you’re feeling bad that you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend each month on certain essentials, don’t. Seriously. Do not. After the jump, five products which it’s kind of foolish to waste your hard-earned cash on. Keep reading »
Say it ain’t so, but a major UK consumer organization claims that spending money on fancy eye creams is like investing in horses and buggies, or erm, something like that. The group Which? tested 12 anti-wrinkle products on volunteers between 35 and 65 years old, and “found none of them came close to eliminating or reducing the appearance of lines.” Not. Even. One. As a result, they concluded that a $5 eye cream is not too different from a $50-plus one. [Belfast Telegraph]
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