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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 »

Beauty Test Drive: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

We’re generally pretty skeptical of any beauty product that claims to fix up our messy bits while we sleep. What happened to the whole beauty is pain concept? Suddenly beauty is supposed to be just easy? Well, apparently so. Kiehl’s new Midnight Recovery Concentrate did, in fact, have a visible effect on my face overnight. No, I didn’t wake up with the world’s best skin and, mysteriously, 10 pounds lighter. But I did look and feel more hydrated and smoother than usual. [$42, Kiehl's] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer

I have extremely oily skin that is a curse (I’m always shiny) and a blessing (I won’t wrinkle easily). So for years, I’ve ignored the advice of my dermatologist and beauty professionals who said I should moisturize despite my skin type. Until recently, I hadn’t found a moisturizer that wouldn’t contribute to the oil slick and cause breakouts. I happened upon the L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer by chance; someone left it on The Frisky “free table,” an area for discarded books [Anyone want some erotica? -- Editor Amelia] and unused cosmetics. It was kind of fate that the little pink box caught my eye because my skin has been looking a little blotchy lately. After about three weeks of use, it’s helping to even out my skin tone. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Dior 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette

I’m not an eyeshadow girl. I hate how it tends to get all built up in the crease of your eyes, and before you know it, you look like a hooker doing the walk of shame. Or else you have to put on tons before it looks like anything, and all of a sudden, it’s very obviously too much and you have to give up, stay in, and buy, like, 20 cats. Lucky for me (and you, because I was going to keep going with these scenarios), there is good eyeshadow to be had. Recently, I tried Dior’s five-color palette. The packaging is a little flashy, but this stuff gets the job done. The consistency is nice, it blends easily, and the colors in each set are lovely and complementary. Though pricey, at $58 each, they do come with five colors, so if you’re looking to improve your eyeshadow situation, it might be worth the splurge. [$58, Sephora] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Gigi Brazilian Bikini Wax

I’ve tried waxing my lady regions before. It didn’t go well. There were burns and blood, and I threw a few things. That was a few months ago, and it prompted me to seek out Irina, a lovely Eastern European woman of epic bikini waxing skill. But apparently time does heal all wounds and traumas, because I decided to forgo the awkward squirming that comes with a relative stranger being so close to my lady parts and give the home waxing another go. Sorry, Irina, but I won’t be coming back to your too-well-lit chamber of horrors. If you’re up for the DIY waxing challenge, I recommend GiGi’s Brazilian bikini wax. Don’t let the odd mint green color put you off. This stuff’s microwaveable, doesn’t require strips, and works really, really well. That said, there are a few things you should be prepared for… Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Fresh Under Eye Concealer and Brightener

I’ve whined about the state of my under eye circles before, and my continued pre-occupation with them means I’m not done experimenting with fixes. This week, it was Fresh’s new Supernova Radiance Brightening Pen. Yes, the name is ridiculous, but the brightening aspect is legit. The company claims the pen acts as a concealer and brightener in one, but if you’re got real heroin chic-esque circles to tackle, I suggest using your favorite concealer along with the brightener. It may be a bit too annoying to bother doubling up on the daily, but special occasions call for super bright eyes and this will help you get there. [$24, Fresh, Sephora] Keep reading »

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