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Beauty Test Drive: MAC Eye Brows Tool

Despite being able to grow thick hair really fast on my head, I can’t seem to grow in my eyebrows regardless of how long I wait between threading sessions. The hair always grows where I don’t want it and remains sparse where I do. So I’ve been filling in my brows with pencils and powders for almost a decade. And I think I’ve finally found the best one. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Kate Spade’s New Eau De Parfum, Twirl

Watermelon wouldn’t be our first choice for an eau de parfum. Who shops for fragrances thinking, “Hey, I’d really like to smell like a watermelon today?” To be more accurate, the official scents in Kate Spade‘s new eau de parfum Twirl are “pink watermelon, blackberry and red current with additional notes of orange blossom, star jasmine, sweet magnolia, and French macaron.” I would describe Twirl as “chic fruity”: you’ll smell like a fancy lady who shops at Kate Spade, but one with a whimsical and girly side. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Rene Furterer’s “Naturia” Dry Shampoo

I really hate blow-drying my hair. The time. The discomfort. The general dissatisfaction with your non-professional job. Yet for me, blow drying is an absolute necessity thanks to my weird genetic makeup which gave me a mop of crazy curly hair on the top and straight hair beneath that. So I try to get away with washing my hair every other day (sometimes more if I can swing it). I’ve tried dry shampoos in the past and never thought they worked very well. I guess I just never found the right one because I recently discovered Rene Furterer’s “Naturia” dry shampoo, which has changed my beauty routine. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: MAC Haute & Naughty Lash

I’ve become quite the mascara junkie in recent years. I will try anything that promises to both lengthen and thicken my eyelashes. MAC Haute & Naughty Lash gives lashes a natural definition and pack on the drama. How’s this possible? Well, it’s all in the brush … Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Calvin Klein Beauty Fragrance

It’s not every day I come across a fragrance that can be worn year round, but Calvin Klein Beauty is appropriate for summer, fall, and whenever feels right. With notes of jasmine and neo-lily (a new interpretation of a lily), Beauty has a floral essence we’ve all come to identify with summer. But the top notes of ambrette seeds give the fragrance a spicy warmth that’s comforting this chilly time of year. Cedarwood adds a rugged familiarity. The heavenly scent lingers in the air and isn’t immediately identifiable. (Don’t you just hate when you recognize your favorite perfume on a stranger, and she smells as if she doused herself in it?) The end result is a fragrance that’s both feminine and sophisticated. [$65 for 1.7 oz., Macy's] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20

I was coming to terms with my super oily skin, realizing that I’d always need blotting papers to keep the oil slicks at bay. But then I received some samples of Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20, and my love/hate relationship with my skin became a complete love affair. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Klorane Dry Shampoo Changed My Life — And It Could Change Britney Spears’

Distressing, but not altogether shocking news from the Britney Spears’ rumor mill; according to a source who spoke with Heat magazine, Brit’s boyfriend Jason Trawick is getting fed up with her poor hygiene. Spears goes days without showering and changing her clothes — not to mention her weave — and as a result, the source says, “She hates washing her hair, so sometimes it can smell downright sour.”

Sigh. Britney, my sister, I feel you on the not -showering-and-washing-your-hair thing. But allow me to introduce you to my new best friend in my quest to skip washing my locks: dry shampoo. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Neosporin Lip Health

I committed a cardinal beauty sin yesterday, guys. You see, contrary to what the beautifully made-up artist at MAC claimed, the Lip Conditioner SPF 15 doesn’t protect and moisturize the lips adequately. I knew my lips were really chapped, yet I still applied my lipstick, only to look as if I were trying to cover up a cold sore. It wasn’t a pretty look and I knew my lips deserved better treatment and protection. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Outspoken by Fergie Eau De Toilette Spray

It seems every celebrity has a fragrance nowadays, and oftentimes you get the feeling the celebrity slapped their name on the perfume bottle without regard for what was actually in it. This is not the case with Outspoken by Fergie. The singer not only worked with Avon for two years to develop the fragrance, but also, somehow, captured her essence in a bottle. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Ginger + Liz Colour Collection Nail Polish

I hadn’t really given much thought to vegan and organic nail polish, except to assume that the lacquer probably chips really quickly. All those chemicals traditional polishes contain must be necessary for a reason, right? Boy, was I wrong! Keep reading »

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