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Beauty Test Drive: Laura Mercier Under Eye “Secret” Concealer

I don’t drink coffee and I barely sleep, meaning that the dark circles under my eyes are the stuff of legend. I’d almost gotten to a point where I considered them accessories and was planning to give up on hiding their intensity. Blessedly, a kind soul at Sephora wouldn’t let it happen. She introduced me to Laura Mercier’s “Secret Concealer,” which has had the unexpected effect of making me look significantly less like a zombie. I am, admittedly, exaggerating the dark eye situation, but not the greatness of this concealer. Apply it with a touch of oil free moisturizer and your finger if you’re in a rush. But if you’ve got a second, pick up a brush like this and use it instead, as there’s a noticeable different in the level of coverage. [$22, Laura Mercier, Sephora] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Marc Jacobs “Biscotti” Splash Scent

There are so many fragrances to choose from this season. My new favorite everyday scent right now is Marc Jacobs “Biscotti” Splash Scent (sold exclusively at Nordstrom). The fragrance was inspired by the delectable treats found in patisseries, with notes of freesia, orange flower, pistachio blossom, and vanilla that combine into a truly crisp and fresh scent. Seriously, my mouth literally waters with each spritz in the morning. But don’t get me wrong; you won’t smell like a bakery because the vanilla is barely detectable. And since this is a 10-ounce bottle, you can spray as much as you want as often as you want without offending those around you. But you need to act quickly because it’s a limited edition, and you know you can’t have mine if Nordstrom runs out. [$68, Nordstrom] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: REN Revitalising Night Cream

People consistently fail to appreciate the importance of a good moisturizer. If you’re having skin issues — whether it’s dryness, breakouts or something in between — you can bet that a lack of or improper moisturizing is to blame, at least to some extent. Amongst the biggest cream-related misconceptions is that people who break out shouldn’t use the stuff, or should only use lotion with acne fighters in it. False! Dehydrated skin is actually incredibly prone to breakouts and clogging from dead skin cells. Combat breakouts and dryness at the same time by adding a rich night cream to your regimen a couple times a week. We recently tried out REN’s all natural Frankincense and Boswellia Serrata Revitalising Night Cream. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Balenciaga Paris Eau De Parfum

If you’re a lover of lady mags like we are, then you’ve probably noticed advertisements for Balenciaga Paris in almost every April issue. It’s kind of difficult to get the full effect with those paper fragrance testers so I got my hands on an actual bottle of this new scent. My first thought after the first spritz was: “old money.” Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Aveda Firmata Hairspray

I’ve got the stick-straight sort of hair that refuses to curl, regardless of how much I try to coerce it. I’ve tried curling irons, rollers, all different hair sprays and nothing works. Hell, I used to hair model for a salon that charges something like $300 for styling and even the sassy dude who did my hair there couldn’t get the curls to hang around for more than an hour or two. Boredom will do funny things to a girl though, and I went at it again the other day, grabbing my friend’s hairspray without even looking at it. Much to my surprise, we returned from dinner hours after the curling iron had cooled and my hair was still curly. All through the following day, the volume remained. I have Aveda Firmata spray to thank for the unprecedented staying power. As is Aveda’s way, the spray is all-natural, doesn’t smell like a test tube and isn’t sticky or helmet-like. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go curl my hair. [$13, Aveda] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Hourglass Ultra-Thin Lip Gloss

We don’t know about you, but we generally have enough random stuff floating in our purses that distinguishing a lip gloss tube from a hi-liter takes far longer than we’d like. Here to solve the problem is a new uber-skinny, almost card-shaped lip gloss from Hourglass. The colors are intense (we like the shade called “Pulse”), the container easier to dig out of a bag of junk totally necessary items and the consistency smooth, not sticky. So avoid the endless digging you get with regular lip gloss and the awkward boner jokes that come along with carrying a tube in your pocket. Because no, you’re not just happy to see him. [$28, Hourglass, Sephora] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Living Proof’s No Frizz Restyling Spray

The other day Catherine handed me a bottle of something and said, “Hey, I was thinking you might want to try this for a Beauty Test Drive. Since you’re not into washing your hair and showering.” That smart-ass is referring to the fact that during the winter I’m not too keen on drying out my skin and hair with overexposure to harsh things like water and soap. (A beauty regimen also followed by the aforementioned smart-ass, as well as our own Style Editor, Erin. So it’s en vogue.) Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Sephora Lip Stain

We’ve been into lip stains lately. They’re easier to wear than lipstick, less sticky than gloss, and keep us from looking zombie-pale, even on the ickiest of days. There is, however, a problem plaguing most stains: excessive wateriness. This too-liquid quality that most stains have going means purse-leak paranoia, difficulty of application and the sort of dripping that could drive a girl crazy. Luckily, we’ve found the antidote. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Stain, Flush & Gloss

I’d been wanting a new blush for the past few weeks because I’d outgrown the pink hue of the one I was wearing. Since a recent trip to Sephora didn’t yield any rewards, I decided to try the Jemma Kidd Make Up School Stain, Flush & Gloss in “Ruby Tuesday.” It’s a multipurpose product for cheeks and lips, which means I didn’t have to schlep my complete makeup bag around. Double bonus! The cheek stain looks like a dark red lipstick, but gives the apples of the cheeks a natural-looking flush. Seriously, even my brown skin looked as if I were blushing, which doesn’t happen often because I’m one of those people that never gets embarrassed. (Just kidding. Did you read this post? Those were some of my stories too.) Anyway, a little of the stain goes a long way, especially on the cheeks, but you can also use it on the lips. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: OPI For Sephora Base Coat

I’m a recovering obsessive nail polisher. And by that I’m not trying to say that I get a manicure every week; I mean that I used to paint my nails as often as every day at worst and two to three times a week at best. It’s been suggested that I had “a problem” and needed to “seek medical attention,” but what the haters didn’t understand was how easily polish chips and flakes and how horrible it is to have a flaky manicure. When I found Seche Vite top coat a couple years back, I was able to cut down from daily paintings. Now, Sephora base coat by OPI is letting me act even less like a junkie with its extreme awesomeness. Top coat is great for avoiding chipping, but few realize that it’s a good base coat that keeps polish affixed to your nails more than the top coat or the polish itself. Most top coats, however, aren’t tacky enough to actually grab the polish and keep it in place, resulting in peeling and general sloppiness after only a couple days. Not so much with OPI for Sephora though. I’m currently going a week strong with the same manicure and there’s not a chip in sight. If you can’t stand polish imperfections, this one’s a must try. [$9, OPI for Sephora, Sephora] Keep reading »

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