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Beauty Test Drive: Drew Barrymore’s Flower Lip Butter

BTD: Cheek Brightener
Benefit Cosmetics fine one one
Jessica was unenthused with Benefit's cheek brightener. Read More »
BTD: Jane Iredale Shadow
Winona found Jane Iredale eyeshadow good for her sensitive skin. Read More »
BTD: Urban Decay Mascara
Winona liked this mascara, even though it didn't curl her lashes as promised. Read More »
Flower lip butter

Never in the million years did I think I’d be recommending you a product sold exclusively at Walmart, renowned big box store of sex discrimination lawsuits and sexist tee shirts. Neither would I have suspected that Drew Barrymore, hippie goddess of love and light, would choose Walmart to exclusively sell her makeup line, Flower. But she did, and I am, and honestly, her Flower lip butter is the best lip product I’ve ever used. Yes, better than the expensive department store lipsticks and drug store lip crayons. It’s the shit. For realz.

I went home from a Flower event with a bag full of goodies to test drive and the quality of all of them is very high. I’ll review them one-by-one, but first up, the lip butter!

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Beauty Test Drive: Fine-One-One Cheek & Lip Brightener

BTD: Jane Iredale Shadow
Winona found Jane Iredale eyeshadow good for her sensitive skin. Read More »
BTD: Perk Up Concealer
Jessica covers up dark undereye circles with Benefit's Perk Up concealer. Read More »
BTD: Lush Henna Dye
Rachel tried a hair dye called "Poop Brown Mom." Read More »
Benefit Cosmetics fine one one

My natural skin color is death warmed up (uh, I mean, “porcelain”) so I’m all about blush and bronzer for achieving that vaguely human look. To me it’s really important that blush and bronzer look as “natural” as possible. Alas, that is not always the case. Benefit Cosmetics sent us Fine-One-One, their new cheek/lip brightening stick, so I gave it a whirl … and felt very “meh.” Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow In “Violet Eyes”

BTD: Urban Decay Shadow
Winona looks fierce in this Urban Decay eyeshadow pencil. Read More »
BTD: Urban Decay Mascara
Winona wasn't so impressed with this curling mascara's curling ability. Read More »
BTD: Lip Tar
Rachel loves this 100% vegan lip color. Read More »
BTD: Super Orgasm Blush
Winona has a super orgasm--and loves it. Read More »

I was playing with makeup at the Jane Iredale display the other day when I noticed a pretty purple eye shadow lurking behind the BB cream. I opened the tester and smeared a bit on the back of my hand, and lo and behold, it was the most perfect, shimmery lavender color I’d ever seen in my life. It was also $19, which is more than I usually spend on eye shadow. Still, the package claimed it was great for sensitive skin and eyes, and I’d heard rave reviews about Jane Iredale products, so I went for it. Read on to get the full scoop! Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s Perk Up Artist Concealer Set

BTD: Lush Henna Dye
Rachel tried a hair dye called "Poop Brown Mom." Read More »
BTD: Urban Decay Mascara
Winona wasn't so impressed with this curling mascara's curling ability. Read More »
BTD: Revlon Stain
Jess thinks this balm stain is the cat's pajamas. Read More »

I feel pretty lucky that the most annoying beauty problem that I face on a regular basis is dark undereye circles and redness around my nose and chin. Those are easily fixable, if not particularly “sexy.” I mean, no one gets excited about going to shop for concealer! But with the Perk Up Artist set, a compact containing three complexion corrections, Benefit admirably tries.  Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: LUSH Caca Brun Mama Henna Hair Dye

BTD: Revlon Stain
Jess won't be divorcing her Chapstick any time soon. Read More »
BTD: Argan Lotion
Winona is in love with this Moroccan oil lotion for winter. Read More »
BTD: Dermalogica Skincare
Spendy? Yes. Worth it? Totally. Read More »

I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 13, when a hairdresser at an upscale salon informed me that I would have to dye my hair forever because my natural color ― the most neutral of dark browns ― was just that shitty. (Another stylist at the same salon later told my mother to imagine the haircut she wanted, which she had seen on a model in a magazine, “on an ugly face,” so take it with a grain of salt.) I don’t brush (wide-tooth comb!), shampoo every day (twice a week!), or heat style my mid back-length hair, but I still noticed that I was accumulating dry, crunchy ends, which worsened every time I hit the salon for a good two-hour color dose.

Since my mission these days is the longest, strongest, shiniest, most Middleton-esque cascades possible, and also maybe not getting cancer, I started feeling out my options for possible alternatives to traditional hair dye. My quest led me, as many of my quests do, straight to LUSH. Their solid blocks of henna pigment intrigued me for two reasons ― one, the formula not only colors, but deeply conditions and strengthens the hair while doing so; two, the concoction is called Caca Brun Mama, which basically means Poop Brown Mom. Was I really going to put something called Poop Brown Mom all over my hair, and leave it there for six hours? Yes. Yes I was. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

BTD: Maybelline Stiletto
Find out how Rachel is rocking a matte black cat eye. Read More »
BTD: Argan Lotion
Winona is in love with this Moroccan oil lotion for winter. Read More »
BTD: Revlon Stain
Jess won't be divorcing her Chapstick any time soon. Read More »

My lashes are stick straight and blonde, and I wish I was fine with that, but instead I have dedicated a significant portion of my time on earth to making them appear long, dark, and luxuriously curly. This pursuit has taken me to the brightly lit beauty counters of luxury cosmetic brands and the dark recesses of drugstore clearance racks. It has caused me to hyperventilate in front of the Sephora employee who told me that the Shu Uemura eyelash curler would no longer be carried in US stores (don’t worry, it’s online), and it has caused me to burn my cheek with the metal edge of said eyelash curler after heating it up with a hairdryer in college. Along the way I’ve learned a lot and found quite a few awesome products, but I’m always on the lookout for more. You can imagine my excitement, then, when I discovered Urban Decay’s Supercurl Curling Mascara. Did it live up to its name? Read on to find out… Keep reading »

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