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Beauty Test Drive: Marc Jacobs Bang Eau De Toilette Spray

It’s not every day that we test products for men here at The Frisky. But Bang is Marc Jacobs‘ first masculine fragrance in almost 10 years, so I had to jump at the chance. Plus, did you see how hot Marc looked in the Bang ad? Apparently, this scent is so special that he had to star in the ads himself because no other model would do. So do I like Bang? Yes. But what exactly does it smell like? Keep reading to find out. Plus, learn how you can win a bottle of Bang and more Marc Jacobs products. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Bare Lifts Braless Bra

One of these days we’re going to wise up and give up on the whole braless bra concept. But apparently that day hasn’t arrived yet, because we got super excited when Bare Lifts came in the mail. The adhesives promised to be an “Instant Breast Lift” and we trusted them. In fact, we trusted them so much that we stuck them onto our bare chesticles in an overly optimistic attempt to eliminate the need for real bras. Oh silly us. Unsurprisingly, stickers still don’t make good bras. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Make Up Forever HD Concealer

In our ongoing efforts to find the ideal concealer for these hot months, we gave Make Up Forever’s HD concealer wand a try. We were impressed by the smooth feel, oil-free aspect and the fact that it left us neither dry nor slippery. Our only gripe with the stuff is that you have to be very careful about the quantity you use because if you go a little bit overboard, you’ll start looking chalky. A built-in incentive not to overdo it with the makeup may not be such a bad thing, though. [$28, Make Up Forever, Sephora] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Tarte Lip Stain

At first swipe, we had high hopes for Tarte’s Natural Lip Stain. Lust, the color we tested, had an appropriately sultry name and glided on with a practiced sort of ease, moisturizing as it went. Unfortunately, the honeymoon period soon disappeared and we were left with nothing but faint vestiges of the relationship we’d begun a mere hour before. If you want really expensive pigmented Chapstick, this is the product for you, but don’t get into the relationship looking for it to last. [$24, Tarte, Sephora] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Soulgasm Parfum

Here at The Frisky, anything that enhances frisky business seems like good business. What could be better than a perfume that has a distinct scent, but also leads to seduction? Nothing. Soulgasm, a new perfume by Sasha Varon, is deep, sheer, and definitely intense. The base of the perfume is clean musk, warm amber, and a sweet French vanilla. Jasmine, lily, and woodberry comprise the heart of the perfume, with some black currant, freesia, peach, and pear notes in it, as well.

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Beauty Test Drive: Liquid TimeBalm Spot Concealer

Know what’s not cute? Sweating through your makeup. Also not cute? The icky things that drying concealers do to your face as they try to banish your zits. But come summer (by which we mean the clogged pores of summer), we have a habit of turning to concealers with harsh ingredients out of pimply desperation. Here’s the problem: they don’t really work long term. For one big zit that you need to zap into submission, a concealer with salicylic acid will briefly help you out. For everyday acne, all it does is dry your skin into anger. Counter-intuitive though it sounds, a spot concealer with a touch of natural tea tree oil is actually a better way to go. We tried out TheBalm’s TimeBalm liquid concealer and kind of fell in love. It’s lightweight, so you won’t feel pancake-faced in the heat, and super soothing for sensitive or broken out skin. The ingredients are natural, the tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacteria and harsh ingredients are nowhere to be found. [$20, TheBalm, Sephora] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: NARS Multiple Tint

Don’t let the bright pink color fool you, NARS’ new Multiple Tint makeup stick isn’t trying to leave you looking like a hooker after a rough night. In fact, unless you entirely over-swipe, the pretty burst of pink is so subtle that we dare anyone to even realize that it’s not just your natural glow. Use it on cheeks and lips for a look that says, “It’s summer, so I’m not trying to hard; I’m just super attractive. So suck it.” If you’re anything like us, that sort of look will sound appealing to you. [$38, NARS, Sephora] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant

Two weeks ago, I came to the realization that you haven’t really felt pure luxury until you’ve hired someone to squeeze gunk from your pores. Forget hot stone massages, Egyptian cotton sheets, and private planes. A facial is the height of luxury, especially when you’re enjoying the treatment at a fraction of the normal price. I received a foot soak, back treatment, and a facial at the Aveda Institute in NYC. It was a truly calming, therapeutic, and refreshing experience that I advise you take advantage of if there’s an institute in your area. I felt I was in extremely capable hands even though my aesthetician was a student. She was so professional and thorough that I wanted to take her home with me to de-congest my pores on a regular basis. But that was impossible, so she sold me Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant, instead. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Illamasqua Pure Pigment In Static

I’ve found a miracle in a pot, and, no, I’m not talking illicit drugs. I’m basically obsessed with my latest multi-tasking makeup find. Illamasqua, a British cosmetic company that crossed the pond about a year ago, is known for its bold and vibrant makeup colors, so I was super excited when Catherine (miss ya, girl!) handed me a pot of Pure Pigment in Static, an iridescent purplish-pink. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Sarah Jessica Parker SJP NYC Solid Perfume Bracelet

Don’t you just love a multi-tasking product? The SJP NYC Solid Perfume Bracelet not only serves up Sarah Jessica Parker‘s iconic style, but also functions as a secret stash for her latest scent. SJP NYC is built around the scent of wild strawberries with hints of floral notes. The sensual fragrance reminds me a little of that fake strawberry scent that’s added to teen lip glosses, though more adult and subtle than that. The perfume smells somehow creamy, too. SJP NYC is the perfect summer perfume for day and night. And the convenient bracelet makes reapplying a cinch. [$35, Macy's] Keep reading »

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