I wake up to my signature puffy eye area every morning, without fail. It just so happens that my very favorite things are, in fact, the things that cause puffy under-eyes in the first place: salt, alcohol, coffee, contact lenses, staying up late, black eyeliner in my waterline … the list goes on. I’m not ready to give any of these things up right now, so I’ve given every supposed super-effective remedy (cucumbers, tea bags, ice, massage) a fair shot in the meantime.
Let’s cut to the chase — they never work, and if they do, they never work for me. What does work for me, however, is Boscia’s Super-Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm. This little twist-up stick sounds too good (and too costly) to be true, but turns out it’s actually the best thing ever. It soothes and refreshes my tired eyes, and it contains only skin-safe ingredients that won’t compromise comfort (in other words, it’s cooling, not burning). I’ve gotten into the habit of keeping it in the fridge and smoothing it on cold when I wake up. It’s the perfect pick-me-up, no matter how many glasses of red wine or
bags of potato chips I had. [$26, Sephora]
Don’t let the summer pass your face by. Benefit’s new watermelon-inspired Bella Bamba collection will leave your face glistening like a piece of ripe, summer fruit. The 3D, brightening face powder illuminates cheekbones with shimmering gold undertones. It goes perfect with a tan, if you’ve found a way to acquire one. Or if you’re more of an indoors type of girl who fears sunburns (holler!), it creates the illusion of a summer glow. Pair with the sheer, scented lip gloss for a look that says “I’ve been sitting on the beach sipping fruity cocktails all day.” Which is a look worth aspiring to when you’ve actually been sitting in front of your computer sipping coffee all day. Ah, the magic of makeup. [$28 (blush) and $16 (gloss), Benefit]
I guess when you are middling famous you pretty much get to do anything that you want. Even if you are, say, Mischa Barton, who was last relevant some five years ago. I mean, it makes sense: I just found out that 50 Cent got to star in a movie with Robert DeNiro, which is equally as implausible as Mischa Barton having her own line of lip gloss. Because why? Who said, “You know, I’d really like to commemorate my fave lanky pseudo-lesbian from ‘The O.C.’ Marissa Cooper with her very own line of lip crap?”
Nobody. But alas, the Mischa Barton lip gloss empire was still birthed. Keep reading »
Nothing makes a person look better than having healthy, glowing skin, amiright? Boots is the UK’s best-selling makeup and skincare brand, loved by women around the world, and thankfully, their products are now available in the U.S. at Target and online at ShopBootsUSA.com. But awesome news: Boots is giving away a grab bag with skincare, cosmetic, and body products from their No7, Botanics, and Extract ranges to one lucky winner!
Enter to win by signing up for our eNewsletters. Each subscription is a chance to win! Keep reading »
Wearing flip-flops and going barefoot whenever possible is a fun and refreshing summer tradition, but man, it makes for ugly feet. Why not treat your feetsies to a homemade strawberry scrub that will leave them soft, smooth, and smelling decidedly more delicious than sweat and sidewalk? All it takes is three ingredients–strawberries, olive oil, and sea salt. Just mix it up and massage onto your feet to thank them for all their hard work. [Homemade Wellbeing]
One of my favorite hobbies is irresponsibly throwing cash, caution, and common sense to the wind, essentially handing off my dignity in return for high-end beauty products, but even my cosmetics-grubbing jaw drops at some of the prices on the stuff. Just the other day my very own father texted me to say, “Have you heard of La Prairie Cellular Cream Platinum? It’s $680.” I was like, “Step back, Dad. Don’t you know about Cle de Peau’s La Creme?” If you haven’t, let me fill you in: not only does the moisturizer itself cost $775, but they’re now producing just three crystal-encrusted 50-gram jars of the cream that will retail for $13,000. Seriously, who needs that shit? (Amanda Seyfried, apparently, as the ambassador of the brand.) You can’t just have the regular $775 cream, you need the crystal-encrusted one? Whatever, to each their own — if I had $13,000 to spare, I’d probably be buying jar #3 as we speak. Or paying a month’s rent on a two-bedroom brownstone with a backyard in the West Village, either one. Probably the brownstone. Anyway, Cle de Peau isn’t the only brand that goes a bit buckwild with its pricy offerings… here’s just a sampling of the most exorbitantly expensive skincare products money — a lot of money — can buy.
If you are unfortunate enough to be born with dry skin, your life will go something like this:
- Everyone from dermatologists to fashion magazines will tell you that you have to wash your face with Cetaphil.
- You will realize they are right, so you will wash your face with Cetaphil.
- This will get very boring very quickly and possibly not even work.
This was the story of my life. And then a lovely actress decided to try her hand at skincare and beauty products, price her line, called Nuance Salma Hayek, quite reasonably, and sell it as CVS … and change my skincare routine forever. Keep reading »
I’m convinced that I am one of melting makeup’s worst victims. I have serious issues keeping my face on the other nine months of the year, let alone summer, when it’s prime time for super sexy sweaty skin. As such, I’ve been forced to develop some pretty hardcore techniques for keeping my makeup on as long as possible. The best strategy I can stand behind is to keep it minimal, especially as far as foundation goes — and by that, I mean no foundation at all. It may sound scary, but a little bit of tinted moisturizer and a whole lot of a good concealer can carry you through the day (and oh, those summer nights) without the spotty disintegrating effect a thicker formula tends to cause when things get heated. Thankfully, I’m not alone in this fight — some of my favorite brands have stepped up to give me a hand in my battle against the heat. Here are ten of my product picks for makeup that stays fresh, even when you feel anything but.
As a verifiable beauty junkie, I can’t get enough beauty products. My drawers are filled with them, my closet overflowing, and yet, if something new comes out, I have to try it. It’s a disease. That’s why I’m crazy for Beauty Bar’s Sample Society program, which sends deluxe-size samples of new products directly to your house. Once a month, Sample Society sends an adorable little package stuffed with five of their latest faves. So far, I’ve received some awesome skincare and beauty gizmos, including an eye gel pen from Skyn Iceland and face wash from Murad. Plus, you get a code that’s worth $15 off any purchase of $50 or more. Sounds like a pretty good deal — for non-junkies, too. [$15, Beauty Bar]
Applying a nice glow to the apples of your cheeks may make you feel more confident, but this Physician’s Formula Happy Booster blush claims to actually improve your mood. This skin perfecting glow powder is infused with a blend of Euphoryl, a natural plant extract which has been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of endorphins, plus it also protects skin from environmental stress. And the sweet scent of violet will make each application a joyful experience. So not only will this blush make you happier, it will improve your skin’s mood as well. Its vibrant mix of color will give you a healthy glow and its reflective pearls will make your outer radiance shine just as brightly as within.