My hair, washed, dried, and left entirely to its own devices, is soft, fine, flat, slightly wavy, and so, so boring. It viscerally pains me to wear my hair in its limp, lifeless natural state, but I don’t always want crazy volume, either — I’m perpetually in search of a happy medium. I love to layer products to desired effect, but when the weather warms up, the last thing I want to do is have my head weighed down by heavy volumizing sprays and mousses. These five super-light products can be used on their own or in conjunction for the kind of soft, natural-looking, beachy body I crave come summer… Keep reading »
They aren’t the sexiest or most exciting beauty product — not by a long shot — but facial wipes are an absolute necessity. If you’re prone to late-night laziness or, um, unforeseen sleepovers, a pack thrown in your purse can mean the difference between a fresh face and eyeliner on your cheeks in the morning. As a longtime connoisseur of both crashing wherever and staying out all night, I’ve found myself at many a drugstore closely examining the best of their cleansing wipe offerings. Given that my skin is, at any given point in time, either congested and acne-prone, red and irritated, or dry as the desert, I have purchased and tried approximately All Of Them. Here are my 5 top choices in the category… Keep reading »
Why would you care about the beauty products your mom uses? Because look at your mom! She looks great! She must be doing something right. We’ve picked some of the beauty products our moms — and probably yours — use. Take a look and go slap some of that cold cream on. Keep reading »
A little over a month ago, I stopped using shampoo. And, speaking as someone who has clearly never been in serious bodily danger, it felt like I was being very brave. Just a couple days, I told myself reassuringly. And then, when you look like a horrifying ball of dripping grease, you can do the rational thing and return to the sweet comfort of purifying chemicals and delectable fragrances. Because that is totally how I think of shampoo, when pondering its many virtues alone in the shower.
Honestly, I’m not sure what motivated me to attempt this reckless experiment. An article about the mountaineers who have scaled Everest’s ferocious flanks? That documentary on Netflix about the dude who illegally, triumphantly walked the high wire between the former World Trade Center buildings? Maybe just a quiet, deep-rooted sense of “now or never.”
But seriously, it was weird, considering my history with my hair. Which I am going to tell you. And as I tell you, please know that I am intensely aware of the fact that my last piece for this column was a critique of the phrase “first world problems.” This whole piece might fit into that phrase very neatly. But I am writing it anyway, because you have to hear the truth. Because I have to tell it. Keep reading »
There’s nothing sexier than a sweaty face in the summertime, am I right? As the self-proclaimed Sweatiest Person of All Time (no wonder everyone wants to date me!), I’m kind of an expert when it comes to the best methods of controlling oily skin when the temperatures rise. First things first: as little clothing and makeup as possible, naturally, and blotting papers. Let your powder compact hit the floor and pick up one of these five tried-and-true packs of oil-absorbing sheets for clear, controlled skin all spring and summer long… Keep reading »
If the eyes are the windows into the soul, then makeup bags are the windows into clutter shame. Unfortunately, I’ve got lots: from my closet to my dresser drawer to my bathroom to on top of my dresser, my makeup takes up more per-square-inch space than I do.
There’s got to be an easier way to find that perfect cobalt blue eyeshadow at the exact moment I did it. I’ve got to get organized! And yup, Pinterest is here to help. Here are six super-easy, relatively inexpensive ways to organize your abominable makeup stash! [Photo: Luuux.com]