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Beauty Test Drive: L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss

BTD: Bliss Fabulips
Does Bliss Fabulips really work? Annika investigates. Read More »
BTD: FIT ME Foundation
Maybelline FIT ME foundation
Jessica loves Maybelline's new FIT ME foundation. Read More »
BTD: Natural Lip Balm
Rachel loves Pleasant River's vegan, natural lip balm. Read More »
L'Oreal Le Gloss photo

I’m going to be honest: what initially drew me to L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss was the packaging. I’m the first to admit that I’m a sucker for advertising — I don’t even wear lip gloss. But I laid eyes on Le Gloss at a drugstore chain where I was in a rush to a) catch a train and b) make a credit card minimum. Le Gloss was in my line of vision, I liked the color in the tube and the minimalist design, and so I bought it. 

Hello, this stuff is glorious!  Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Revlon Colorstay Lipstick

BTD: Lip Balm
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BTD: Spa Sonic
We try the Spa Sonic system! Read More »
BTD: Bliss Fabulips
Does Fabulips really work? Read More »

I discovered Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick by accident. I was at Walgreens (because I’m always at Walgreens) looking for a long-wearing pink lipstick. I picked one that had some promising adjectives in the title (“infallible” was involved, or maybe it was “impenetrable”?) and brought it up to the counter. The woman rang it up, then examined the label and frowned. “Are you looking for a lipstick that lasts?” she asked.

“Yes,” I told her. “All my pink lipsticks fade within an hour. I need something heavy duty.”

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Beauty Test Drive: A Balm With Bite

BTD: Fabulips
Does Fabulips really work? Read More »
BTD: Waterproof Liner
Can Tarte's liner really stay put through the tears? Read More »
BTD: FIT ME Foundation
Maybelline FIT ME foundation
Jessica loves Maybelline's new FIT ME foundation. Read More »

The sexiest thing about me? My extremely chapped lips. I realize most people have to combat this condition once the temperature drops and brisk winds are in the air, but my lips are unique in that they have no regard for the climate. Through both bitter chills and balmy 100+ degree days, my lips are intent on cracking, peeling, occasionally bleeding, and generally trying to make a run from my face. Granted, I tend to exacerbate it by licking and picking at the issue, not to mention applying unfit products that are bound to dehydrate my pucker (red lipstick, why must you be so drying?!?!). As a result, I’ve tried just about every lip balm on the market that claims to repair the situation and leave your lips feeling silky smooth. But, more often than not, they fail me. I’ve found a few winners along the way but nothing that stands out as my healing holy grail. I have hyper-sensitive skin that blooms rashes if you look at it wrong, and my lips are no different. Some of the most popular and highly recommended formulas have left me red and itchy for days.

That’s why I was more than a little  excited when a Bar and Balm Bag from Pleasant River Soap Co. landed on my desk… Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint Cheek Stain

BTD: FIT ME Foundation
Maybelline FIT ME foundation
Jessica loves Maybelline's new FIT ME foundation. Read More »
BTD: Bliss Fabulips
Does Fabulips really work? Read More »
BTD: Waterproof Liner
Can Tarte's liner really stay put through the tears? Read More »

If a makeup salesgirl (or makeup sales-gay) descended upon me at a beauty counter with something orange, I would visibly make a face and say, “I don’t think that will work on me.” You see, I have the pallor of Katie Holmes at a morgue in Antarctica — not a sun-kissed California girl like Kate Hudson who can pull off something with the word “mango” in the title.

But because Benefit gave me a sample of their Cha Cha Tint cheek stain to test out, I tried it. I already owned Benefit’s Posietint and wore the pinky-pink blush every day. Why not test another hue, even if it’s going to look terrible?

It didn’t look terrible, my friends. Not at all. In fact, the first day that I wore it to the office, the first thing our marketing manager Sophie said to me in the morning was “Your makeup looks great.”

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Beauty Test Drive: Maybelline FIT ME Foundation

BTD: Waterproof Liner
Can Tarte's liner really stay put through the tears? Read More »
BTD: Umbrian Clay
Better skin through mud? No way! Read More »
BTD: Fabulips
Does Fabulips really work? Read More »
Maybelline FIT ME foundation

I am 27-years-old and I have been wearing makeup for 13 years. And it has taken me all 13 of those years to find the perfect foundation, a creamy (but not too creamy) and illuminating (but not too illuminating) base.

Goodbye, MAC. Goodbye, Smashbox . Welcome to my life, Maybelline FIT ME foundation. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Spa Sonic Skin Care System

BTD: Fabulips
Does Fabulips really work? Read More »
BTD: Waterproof Liner
Can Tarte's liner really stay put through the tears? Read More »
BTD: Umbrian Clay
Better skin through mud? No way! Read More »

OK, so this has been the year of skin woes for me. First, I accidentally burnt my lips using two common beauty products — teeth whitener and Blistex. After a few weeks, my lips healed for a short time, and then began to peel again. Few products offered any long-term therapeutic relief, and after speaking to my dermatologist, we realized that I had eczema around my lips.

You’re probably wondering, What does this have to do with a Spa Sonic Skin Care System Face & Body Polisher? Allow me to explain.

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Beauty Test Drive: Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit

The beauty industry is all about developing products and then creating a demand for said products — which actually means they convince us that we really, really, really need those creams, salves, and washes or we’ll turn ugly! So I have to admit I was quite skeptical when I was invited to try out Bliss’ Fabulips Treatment Kit at one of the Bliss spas in NYC … That and y’all know I’ve been having some lip issues this summer, but I took one for the TF team and puckered up for the nice lady in the Bliss lab coat, anyway.

Is the Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit worth the hype and the money? Keep clicking to find out. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Claro IPL Acne Clearing Device Zaps Zits Fast

I don’t get pimples often, but when I do, they’re often painful and difficult to eliminate. I have figured out a pimple-killing strategy that works for my skin — benzoyl peroxide wash, bacteria-fighting prescribed gel, benzoyl peroxide spot treatment cream, and toothpaste at night if the zit is a real doozy. This approach works, but can take days longer than I’d like to clear up a pimple, and I often have a hyper-pigmentation mark after. A few days ago, I could feel two zits under the surface of my skin on my chin — that’s what a day of sweating at the beach can do. So I decided to try the Claro IPL Acne Clearing Device, instead of my usual regimen. Keep reading »

A Love Letter To My Anastasia Brow Wiz

Dear Anastasia Brow Wiz (or as I fondly call you, Stasi),

We’ve only known each other for a few months now, but you’ve already saved me from moments of embarrassment, and I love you for that. You’ve helped my brows look as if they’re groomed, even though it’s been months since I’ve had them done. After having to grow out my brows twice already this year, I’m wary of letting someone new shape my brows. The only problem is my beloved eyebrow threader is an hour-long train ride away. And that’s not a trip I’m willing to take regularly … But that’s why I have you, Stasi. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Curel Itch Defense Lotion

I was cursed with dry skin. When I was younger, I could literally write on my legs because they were so ashy. And as I’ve aged, I’ve developed a slight case of eczema. After years of trying every lotion I could find, I finally developed a regimen that kept my skin moisturized for a day, at best. After showering, I’d apply baby oil while my skin was still wet and then lotion after my skin was dry. But this regimen gets hot in the summer. Fortunately, I discovered Curel Itch Defense Lotion, which not only prevents itchy, dry skin, but also soothes eczema. Keep reading »

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