Posts tagged "beauty test drive"

Beauty Test Drive: Balenciaga Paris Eau De Parfum

If you're a lover of lady mags like we are, then you've probably noticed advertisements for Balenciaga Paris in almost every April issue. It's kind of difficult to get the full effect with those paper fragrance testers so I got my hands on an actual bottle of this new scent. My first thought after…
By: Annika Harris / March 29, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Aveda Firmata Hairspray

I've got the stick-straight sort of hair that refuses to curl, regardless of how much I try to coerce it. I've tried curling irons, rollers, all different hair sprays and nothing works. Hell, I used to hair model for a salon that charges something like $300 for styling and even the sassy dude who did…
By: Lily Q / March 26, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Hourglass Ultra-Thin Lip Gloss

We don't know about you, but we generally have enough random stuff floating in our purses that distinguishing a lip gloss tube from a hi-liter takes far longer than we'd like. Here to solve the problem is a new uber-skinny, almost card-shaped lip gloss from Hourglass. The colors are intense (we like the shade called…
By: Lily Q / March 17, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Living Proof’s No Frizz Restyling Spray

The other day Catherine handed me a bottle of something and said, "Hey, I was thinking you might want to try this for a Beauty Test Drive. Since you're not into washing your hair and showering." That smart-ass is referring to the fact that during the winter I'm not too keen on drying out my…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 11, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Sephora Lip Stain

We've been into lip stains lately. They're easier to wear than lipstick, less sticky than gloss, and keep us from looking zombie-pale, even on the ickiest of days. There is, however, a problem plaguing most stains: excessive wateriness. This too-liquid quality that most stains have going means purse-leak paranoia, difficulty of application and the sort…
By: Lily Q / March 9, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Stain, Flush & Gloss

I'd been wanting a new blush for the past few weeks because I'd outgrown the pink hue of the one I was wearing. Since a recent trip to Sephora didn't yield any rewards, I decided to try the Jemma Kidd Make Up School Stain, Flush & Gloss in "Ruby Tuesday." It's a multipurpose product for…
By: Annika Harris / March 5, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: OPI For Sephora Base Coat

I'm a recovering obsessive nail polisher. And by that I'm not trying to say that I get a manicure every week; I mean that I used to paint my nails as often as every day at worst and two to three times a week at best. It's been suggested that I had "a…
By: Lily Q / March 1, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Aveda Light Elements Shaping Wax

Goopy hair products are universally icky. We shouldn't have to compromise the texture of our hair for the ability to style it, but it's actually pretty difficult to find styling products that aren't too heavy, sticky or just generally useless. Solve the problem with Aveda's Light Elements Styling Wax, which is unusually light and…
By: Lily Q / January 27, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm

Few things make you feel more like a jerk than spending $10 on lip balm. As a recent and complete convert to that very practice, I speak from experience. But while forking over the cash for an item that I could more or less buy for $2 at CVS does require some resolve, my li…
By: Lily Q / January 18, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: DiorLiner Liquid Liner

So, you know how you put on eyeliner in the morning, trying to make it look subtle and work-appropriate, and you're feeling good about the whole thing until you catch your reflection in the mirror around lunch time and throw up a little? No? Well, it happens when your liner is prone either to smudging…
By: Lily Q / January 11, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Aveda Dry Remedy For Winter Hair

If your hair is at all dry or lackluster, you need to check out Aveda's Dry Remedy shampoo, conditioner and hair mask. Now. It is, I kid you not, the best haircare combo I've ever experienced in my life. (And given that part of my job involves testing out beauty products, this is no small…
By: Lily Q / January 5, 2010

Beauty Test Drive: Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream

Winter does horrible things to our hair, so we splurged on some Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream in the hopes that the gods of hair care would favor us with good results if we spent $27. Wishful thinking. While the stuff does, in fact, tame some of the fly-aways and add a bit…
By: Lily Q / December 25, 2009

Beauty Test Drive: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser

A couple of weeks ago, my friends over at Maybelline asked me to come over and check out what they'll be launching for spring. While I was definitely feeling the juicy-looking tubes of lip gloss (how plump everyone's lips will look!), mega mascara and seriously pretty new shades of eyeshadow (how gorge they'll make…
By: Erin Flaherty / December 21, 2009

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit Babe Cake Eyeliner

We are forever looking for the perfect easy-to-apply eyeliner. Problem is, pencils often smudge and liquid can be a tad tricky for quick and easy application. That's why we were so excited about Benefit's "Babe Cake" liner compact. It comes in half black, half brown and the liner is basically the consistency of eyeshadow…
By: Lily Q / November 29, 2009

At Home Beauty Treatment Test Drive: Olive Oil Hair Mask

Ugh. Winter is upon us. Global warming might be melting the ice caps, but it sure hasn't made the northeastern United States any less crappy during the dark, cold month of November. Anyone else's hair feel dry as a bale of hay? Yeah, it's the pits. The dry air has been making my usually…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 28, 2009

Beauty Test Drive: Nivea Touch Of Sparkle Cream Oil Body Wash

I've been using the Nivea Touch of Sparkle Cream Oil Body Wash for two weeks now, and I'm very happy with the results. For one, the wash contains diamond powder and conditioners, but it leaves the skin luminous as it lathers, not shimmery. Also, the cream oil moisturized my extremely ashy skin, so…
By: Annika Harris / November 12, 2009

Beauty Test Drive: Dior Lip Maximizing Gloss

We're not entirely sure that Dior's Lip Maximizer gloss actually made our lips look larger, but it did make them look gloriously shiny and leave us with a tingling sensation that we would like to believe meant it was working. The gloss claims that it will help reshape the contours of your lips in 15…
By: Lily Q / November 10, 2009
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