Want the same earthy, natural effect as Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown but can’t reach quite so deep into your pockets? BECCA Cosmetics is a less pricy brand that’s just as gorgeous — and their Beach Tint cream stain has already gotten me a compliment from my boss. Beach Tint comes in a tiny tube (you don’t need a brush!) and can be blended onto your cheeks like blush/bronzer or swiped across your lips — or both. Keep reading »
When all it takes is a drop to feel like a princess, you know you’ve found the right moisturizer. I’m turning my nose up at winter dryness with Josie Maran’s 100 percent organic Argan Oil. Truly multi-purpose, this luxurious, lightweight oil can be used on face, body, hair or nails. Legendary for its healing properties, Moroccan Argan Oil is gentle enough to use on all skin types and is believed to help correct skin conditions including acne and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It will leave you glowing from head to toe, like royalty. You don’t have to tell me twice. I’ll have my lady in waiting fetch me a bottle right away. Oh wait, I don’t have one. But I still intend to slather this stuff all over my body and pretend like I do.
It might be too early to file me under “crazy cat lady,” but I suggest you do so anyway, just to be safe. I’m that girl who’s always trying to show everyone photos of my cat. I don’t understand why it’s so weird … she’s really pretty, okay? My lifelong affinity for any and all things feline has yet to lead me to any questionable embroidered turtleneck sweater choices, but Paul & Joe Beauté’s limited edition cat-themed collection for Spring 2012 gets me so excited, you might think I had been rolling in nip all day. Sadly, I must not be the only person with cat-scratch fever, because most of the line is sold out. What remains, however, are these three adorable blush sticks in Paul & Joe’s trademark Parisian-pretty packaging. Keeping to the feline theme, the brand suggests drawing three whiskers on each cheek before blending. Adorable! The only reason I held out on buying the entire line is because I wouldn’t be able to use them for fear of smushing the poor kitty’s face. These are real problems, you see. [$28, b-glowing]
I brought my make up bag to work with me today because I stayed at my dude’s house last night, and it was too cold to schlep home and then out to the office. I consolidated my morning! Good, right? Except that my makeup bag, like my life, was short a couple of totally necessary items. Surprisingly, though, there were still 19 (!) things crammed up in that bitch — some of my favorite products that I use every day, and some stuff that I should probably get rid of. I thought you might want to see what a “real life style editor” (WHATEVER THAT MEANS) keeps in her bag, for real. Click through to see what I’m using, and share your make up bag contents in the comments. Oh, and if you notice that everything in my make up bag looks dirty, that’s because it is. Some mystery powder spilled out, and now the contents of my bag are covered in shimmer. Gross.
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Having a manicure is kind of “my thing.” I very rarely have bare, unpolished nails for longer than a day or two, and my bathroom cabinet is stocked with polish colors I love. Unfortunately, “my thing” can be a bit of a pricey luxury, as getting a manicure once a week adds up! Recently, however, I’ve started doing my own nails and have been going to the nail salon less — and thanks to Revlon’s Liquid Quick Dry, I don’t have to spent 20 minutes trying to dry my handiwork (pun intended!) under the blowdryer. I am not overstating when I say this top coat protects against chipping almost instantly. I am not entirely sure how it works, but it’s more liquid-y than most topcoats and contains mineral oil that’s good for moisturizing the nail beds. I have been let down by many a top coat before, but this one, I swear to you, is an impatient gal’s best friend. [$5.75, Drugstore.com]
I have problem skin. And dermatological fixes have only been temporary. Why? For starters, there are only so many times I will put my body through courses of Accutane and antibiotics. Second, harsh prescription products only frustrate me because of waiting through a dry and red phase (almost seems not worth it). And last, these products aren’t fun, so I usually stop using them for something beauty-oriented.
Ordinarily, I don’t spend a huge amount on skin care either because it’s been covered by insurance, or I’ve just reverted to drugstore basics. But, against my intuition, I recently decided to spend big. After consulting a few beauty industry friends, I compiled a list of top-quality must-haves. The results have been great. While I’d like to say the benefits have been due to superior ingredients, I’m almost more inclined to think that it’s simple mathematics. I spent a lot on these products, therefore I’ve wanted to get my money’s worth, and used them diligently and created a routine. Keep in mind: Yes, buying all these products at once costs a lot. Sephora staffers are happy to give you samples, so you can think on it before committing.
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