Most conspiracy theories make me giggle. I’m a pretty open-minded gal, but the notion that the moon landing was faked strikes me as downright bizarre. However, I do believe that most major cosmetics and personal care products companies actively conspire against women. These corporations strive to manufacture discontent among women to convince them to buy new products, more products, complex systems of products to combat our apparent flaws. In many cases, the conspiracy goes even deeper, getting women hooked on certain cosmetics or procedures as mere gateways, eventually revealing that more costly versions will yield even better results. It’s a system that not only convinces women we’re undeniably imperfect, but also snows us into believing that our “imperfections” can be cured with products. And, of course, bales of money. Keep reading »
We all want airbrushed smooth skin without having to pay the hundreds of dollars fancy airbrush makeup kits cost, am I right? Thank God for BB Cream, a masterful all-in-one cream that does the job of an airbrush makeup without the high cost. Smashbox’s BB Cream is lightweight and airy, and comes with SPF 35. It’s an all-in one, and moisturizes, primes, perfects, controls oil, and protects for flawless skin. You can wear it as a primer underneath foundation, or alone as a light base for bronzer and blush. Either way, BB Cream is my new go-to for glow-y, even-toned skin, without spending a zillion bucks in the process. [$39, Sephora]
When it comes to playing up one of my features, I generally go for my eyes. In the days when I had acne and frizzy hair, and didn’t care much for my thin upper lip, my eyes always struck me as my prettiest asset. Now I have much higher self-esteem (not to mention clearer skin and an appreciation for my modest kisser), but my eyes still remain my favorite feature. I’ve been on the hunt for a eyeliner and mascara duo that I could always count on, whether they worked in concert with other makeup — like eye shadow or lip gloss — or gave me a little subtle glam on their own. Well, CoverGirl Queen’s Vivid Impact Eye Liner and Lash Fanatic Mascara are my new go-tos. Keep reading »
Skincare used to be a whole daunting arena of the beauty industry that I avoided out of fear. My dry, sensitive skin is so fickle. I washed daily with Cetaphil, scrubbed once or twice a week with St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and glopped on a pricy Bliss face mask every month or so. Most days I removed my makeup before going to bed, but not always, because I am lazy. My skin neither looked nor felt particularly good or particularly bad — just kinda blah and dry, as usual.
In the past few months, I’ve gotten really into skincare for my criminally dry visage. I’ve added new skincare products to my arsenal, which I’ll save for Beauty Test Drives another day. My skin has really been perking up, to the point where The Frisky’s boss has been complimenting me! And for the past few days, I have been using a little handheld device called the Clarisonic Mia 2. No joke, it’s already making my skin look and feel amazing. Keep reading »
I’m a diehard believer in the power of makeup to make you not just look better (though it’s a fortunate byproduct) but truly feel better. We’ve all reenacted, purposely or not, the scene from “Mean Girls” that shows the Plastics staring in the mirror alongside one another, discrediting their appearances, one by one, for one reason or another. Everybody is flawed, thank the powers that be, and it’s up to us to make the best of those flaws — in many cases, to embrace them, rather than hide or strive to change. Self-confidence is a tenuous thing, but it’s always important to do what you can to benefit your own. For me, not necessarily everyone, the most negligible amount of makeup on a bare face can spin my worldview 360 degrees. I’ve narrowed it down to a few products that, in conjunction or on their own, can take my slightly swollen Sunday morning face from sad to suitable — not just for public viewing, but for feeling good about myself, too. My must-haves may not apply to everyone, but if you’re the type of person like me who spends a couple of days lazing around the house, resultantly feels like crap, and needs an about-face instant-beauty pick-me-up, there’s nothing quite like one of these quick fixes.
Ever since I quit drinking coffee regularly, I’ve fallen victim to a very serious case of the 3 o’clock brain lapse. Every day around the same time I suffer the same symptoms: heavy eyelids, fuzzy thought process, 10 yawns per minute, a mind that wanders to visions of mattresses … and the only known cure for such a cognitive issue is a splash of icy water to the face. It’s a less than desirable proposal for this habitual makeup-wearer — as in, not happening. Luckily, Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir makes a pretty decent stand-in for when hovering over the sink is just this side of totally impractical. The spray is gentle enough so as not to be jarring, but it’s a welcome, refreshing blaster for that all-too-familiar mid-day haze, one that won’t disturb your makeup and even imparts a dewy, fresh glow to the most fatigued of faces … like mine. [$28.99, Dermstore]
This lovely purple eyeshadow palette isn’t just easy on the eyes, it’s easy to put on your eyes too. Each color in the eye-shaped palette is sectioned off according to where it should be applied to your eyelid. There’s a dark purple for the lash-line, lavender for the lid, a shimmery white for just under the brow, and even a subtle pink shade to highlight the inner corners of your eyes. Just follow the format for a flattering–and foolproof–look. [$5, AVON]
Finnish beauty brand Lumene’s line of moisturizers and skin creams has all the usual bells and whistles — a built-in sunscreen and a luxurious, smooth feel with no greasy after-sheen. But its added secret weapon? Arctic Cloudberries. Native to Finland, cloudberries offer amazing age-defying benefits. Their seed oil protects and strengthens the skin, and the berries contain an extra high dose of Vitamin C, which make the skin look bright and radiant. But what you really want to know is: Does it smell good? Of course it does! Fresh, clean and with a hint of berry fragrance. [$19.99, Drugstore.com]
I love lipstick, possibly to a point of obsession and definitely to a point of monetary drain. The more luxurious (and French), the better — Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté, Chantecaille Lip Chic, Guerlain Rouge Automatique… be still, my beating heart. I maintain that the last testament to my sanity is the fact that I’ve held off on purchasing an exorbitantly priced yet allegedly unprecedented Tom Ford Private Blend (though the fateful day I make one my own is indeed on the horizon). I’ve never fallen in love with a Lancôme lipstick, but their brand new formula may just become my latest squeeze. The collection, intended to be supremely moisturizing and lightweight, comes in three categories: “Jolis Matins” are fresh and glossy for daytime, “Boudoir Time” promises high-impact brights and evening-appropriate offerings, and “Tonight Is My Night” claims the more sophisticated, intense shades for a lacquered effect. I can’t wait to get my hands on these — I plan on picking up 146B Miss Coquelicot, 322M Corail In Love, and 200B Lasting Kiss, which Julia Roberts wore this weekend to the premiere of her new flick. At $25, they aren’t exactly pocket change, but hey, they still won’t set you back almost $50 like a Guerlain or that elusive Tom Ford. If you’re a drugstore girl looking to delve into the world of luxury lipsticks, Rouge In Love is the perfect place to start. [$25, Sephora]
My mom often sends me texts alerting me to new beauty products I “need to try ASAP.” Often times, the sense of urgency is a tad overdone. But the S.O.S. to try Colgate Optic White was warranted. This toothpaste uses deep whitening technology to dramatically whiten your pearly whites in just one week, and more dramatically over time. The enamel-safe formula removes coffee, wine or whatever kinds of stains from the surface of your teeth. God, I sound like a toothpaste commercial. Blah blah blah BEST TOOHTPASTE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. But … I swear! My grill was gleaming after just one brush with the miracle paste. It was like my smile needed a sound effect. I’m off to go buy a lifetime supply. I suggest you do the same.