If you couldn’t already tell, using natural skincare is incredibly important to me. I have extremely sensitive skin that reacts negatively to anything it could possibly react negatively to — sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, many things with weird chemical-sounding names and, lo and behold, most drugstore makeup and skincare (woe!). I really just can’t use anything that isn’t geared towards sad, sensitive people like me. I’m really into skincare, and while most people can shop themselves silly at drugstores without a huge price tag and without worrying about the consequences, I just can’t. I have to wait and eventually shell out the big bucks for something that won’t make me break out, whether it be in blemishes or in hives. Keep reading »
Mascara is a strange and mysterious product. Some of my friends’ favorite brands flake and clump on my lashes, and some formulas I swear by have been horror shows for my friends. Even so, people tend to feel very strongly about their preferred mascara, and it’s not uncommon for a beauty blogger to be kicked off the internet for professing an unpopular opinion on Maybelline Great Lash. So with all that in mind, I’d like to talk about Benefit’s BADgal Lash Mascara and how much I hated it… 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’ve found an easy-peasy smoky eye in a tube. Yeah, a tube. It’s not an eyeshadow — it’s a cream. No brushes required. No large palettes to carry around. No loose powder flaking on the tops of my cheeks. BECCA’s Eye Tint créme is the easiest smoky eye I’ve ever done.
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Let’s begin with a disclaimer: this is less of a Beauty Test Drive and more of a Beauty Necessity for me, but I want to share it. This Kiehl’s deodorant and I have never been separated, not once, since I first started using it, like, six years ago. It’s my must-have, my holy grail, and if you convert, it’ll be yours, too. It’s that good. My skin is completely incompatible with drugstore deodorants. Something in them — the fragrance, maybe? — makes my underarms red, itchy, and inflamed, and to add insult to injury, the sickening, synthetic scents are what I really can’t stand. I’ve used every brand on shelves, plus their sensitive skin versions, and they’ve all left me scaly, smelling of plastic fruits, and wholly dissatisfied. And forget “unscented” offerings; you might as well forgo deodorant altogether. Keep reading »
I have a really hard time buying basics. If I go to the store to buy a black tank top there is a high probability I will walk out with a sequined cocktail dress. The same goes for makeup. For example, last week I went to Ulta to pick up some moisturizer and other boring things, and walked out with a $20 sparkly teal eyeshadow pencil. You know what though? Sometimes I’m really glad I have absolutely no self-control, because this stuff is awesome… Keep reading »
Look guys, I’m going to start out with a disclaimer, which is to say, we all know cleanses and shortcuts other than eating healthy and exercise are not going to really help you lose weight. However! This bitch is always looking for a shortcut. And so when a PR rep offered to send along samples of Noted Weight Loss Expert and “Biggest Loser” Yeller Extraordinaire Bob Harper’s new line of slimming products, I was like I am so going to do this.
Bob Harper’s Smart 7-Day Cleanse isn’t a typical juicy-juice eat-lots-of-kale-til-you-turn-green cleanse program that involves completely changing everything in your life and giving over to the higher power of the food processor. No, it involves taking six veggie caps per day and eating three regular balanced meals. What are those veggie caps packed with? Well, Senna. Senna, which you can, to be honest, also find in a lot of “slimming teas,” acts as a laxative and appetite suppressant. But oh man, it is powerful. You will poop if you take it. And you will poop a lot.
The idea is that you take this cleanse before you get really going on your exercise and weight loss regiment. That way you’re not carrying around extra crap — literally. So how was it?
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Cheek bones: all of of us have got them, but some of us need do so some heavy lifting with the makeup brushes to make ‘em visible. I’ve got the random collection of blushes, bronzers and highlighters that women can accumulate over time and I know just which ones — all different brands, in different compacts of course — work best for me. Napoleon Perdis’ Ultimate Contour Palette is a three-in-one palette that’s made packing up my makeup bag so much easier. Keep reading »
I’m of the ilk that believes any and all makeup is ill-advised without the use of primer. On my fairly oily skin, I can’t go a day without applying a good primer before my foundation or tinted moisturizer, lest I lose my carefully applied face by midday. I’ve tried quite a few, including the highly regarded Smashbox version, and found them underwhelming. What I really need is something that’s like a colorless foundation, the lovechild of a moisturizer and spackle, that will hide pores without clogging them, smooth my skin and fine lines, and most importantly, keep my makeup on all day. Philosophy is mostly known for its (amazing) skincare, so this souped-up primer is a natural extension. It makes my skin look and feel basically airbrushed from when I put it on in the morning until I take my makeup off at night. It’s mattifying enough that I can skip powder, yet it’s a natural, glowy semi-matte that never looks caky or oxidizes. Keep reading »
It’s Boscia, not blackface. Boscia’s done some amazing marketing because the instant I saw this on the shelf at Sephora, I had to have it. A peel-off mask that’s as thick as tar? I imagined it pulling off my entire face to reveal what I always knew was lying below: Scarlett Johansson. Sadly, that did not happen. But, I was pretty happy with the results. Boscia’s mask promises to boost “…skin clarity and radiance. Removes dirt and impurities while refining the look of pores.” This is a mineral-rich mask made of premium clay that will strip away excess oil and naturally exfoliate. Keep reading »