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Beauty Test Drive: Target PixiGlow Fairy Face Palette

BTD: Eyeshadow
Sephora's moonshadow baked eye palette is very dramatic. Read More »
BTD: Highlighter
Benefit Watt's Up
Jessica loves Benefit's new Watt's Up highlighter! Read More »
BTD: Cheek Tint
Jessica loves Benefit's Cha Cha Cheek Tint. Read More »

Looking pretty is all about light in the right places: that is the philosophy behind Pixi’s new PixiGlow-inspired line for Target.

And it’s a philosophy they’ve fulfilled more than admirably. I actually love their Fairy Face Palette so much that I’ve used it daily since December and I’m already fretting about whether I’ll be able to procure a new one at Target when I’ve used it all up. I’m sure it will sell out. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: REN Pore Minimizing Mask

BTD: Highlighter
Benefit Watt's Up
Jessica loves Benefit's new Watt's Up highlighter! Read More »
BTD: Spa Sonic
We try the Spa Sonic system! Read More »
BTD: Waterproof Liner
Can Tarte's liner really stay put through the tears? Read More »

The open pores on my nose drive me crazy, and when I say I’ve tried everything to shrink them, I mean everything: cleansers, masks, serums, creams, drugstore, department store, made in my kitchen, all claiming to do the same thing, and hardly ever fulfilling that promise. I had all but given up on my endeavor for smaller, cleaner pores, resigning myself to a lifetime of dissatisfied mirror-gazing with picking and squeezing that would leave me red-nosed and embarrassed for hours… until yesterday, when I tried REN Multi-Mineral Pore Minimizing Detox Mask. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit Cosmetics’ Watt’s Up Highlighter

BTD: Body Butter Duo
Jessica loves The Body Shop's sweat pea body butter duo. Read More »
BTD: Eyeshadow
Sephora's moonshadow baked eye palette is very dramatic. Read More »
BTD: Cheek Tint
Jessica loves Benefit's Cha Cha Cheek Tint. Read More »

Highlighter is one of those makeup products that sounded kind of like BS to me, like lip gloss primer. Really? Do I really need this? Then a makeup artist at a MAC counter put some sparkly highlighter on me and — ta-da! — I had cheekbones for the first time in my life. As someone with very round features who suffered from the nickname Cabbage Patch Kid as a child, I can’t believe I went so long without illuminating the (few) angles in my face with a highlighter. I also wish I had started using highlighter years earlier to make my skin look more “alive” during winter months instead of slogging onward through cadaver-dom. So I am happy to report that Benefit Cosmetic’s Watt’s Up highlighter is quite pretty and is a bit more natural-looking than my sparkly MAC highlighter.  Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Sephora Moonshadow Baked Eye Palette

BTD: FIT ME Foundation
Maybelline FIT ME foundation
Jessica loves Maybelline's new FIT ME foundation. Read More »
BTD: Body Butter Duo
Jessica loves The Body Shop's sweat pea body butter duo. Read More »
BTD: Cheek Tint
Jessica loves Benefit's Cha Cha Cheek Tint. Read More »

When Sephora sent me their Moonshadow Baked Eye Palette  to test, I was concerned. First of all, there’s lots of sparkles. As much as I love a sparkly highlighter to fake cheekbones in my big ol’ chipmunk cheeks, I stopped wearing glitter on my eyes around, oh, age 17. Sparkly-ness is not something I look for in an eyeshadow. This picture from Sephora.com doesn’t accurately portray just how glittery these shadows are, but trust me, they’re shimmery. 

Second of all, that cobalt blue shadow scared the crap out of me. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: The Body Shop’s Spiced Pumpkin Body Wash

BTD: Body Butter Duo
Jessica loves The Body Shop's sweat pea body butter duo. Read More »
BTD: FIT ME Foundation
Maybelline FIT ME foundation
Jessica loves Maybelline's new FIT ME foundation. Read More »
BTD: L'Oreal Le Glosse
L'Oreal Le Gloss photo
Rachel loves L'Oreal's new Le Glosse lip gloss. Read More »
BTD: Cheek Tint
Jessica loves Benefit's Cha Cha Cheek Tint. Read More »
body shop spiced pumpkin body wash

I am prefacing this review with a note about a hilarious argument (well, I thought it was) Jessica and I just had. Jessica seems to believe that A) body wash is not the same as “soap” and that B) you cannot get clean with products that are considered non-soaps (as this one is). For the record, I am a body wash user. I don’t use bar soap. I consider body wash just as good as your average bar of soap and, I suspect, some of the body wash brands I use have “soap” in them, while others don’t, though I’ve clearly never paid attention.

So what exactly is “soap” and what does “soap-free” mean? Chemically speaking, soap is made when fatty acid salts (from plants or animals) are combined with an alkaline solution like lye. Soap-free products are detergents that do the same thing as soap but are made from plants with natural high saponin levels. Or something like that. So, basically, if you’re someone who purposefully does not use soap products, you’re likely doing so because you’re not down with harsh chemicals, which can be drying to the skin and aren’t as eco-friendly.

Anyway, read onward for Jessica’s review of The Body Shop’s Spiced Pumpkin Wash, which she would use in addition to bar soap, but those of us who don’t differentiate between soap and soap-free, would use on its own. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Sweet Pea Body Butter Duo

BTD: Colorstay Lipstick
Winona loves Revlon's Colorstay Lipstick. Read More »
BTD: Cheek Tint
Jessica loves Benefit's Cha Cha Cheek Tint. Read More »
BTD: L'Oreal Le Glosse
L'Oreal Le Gloss photo
Rachel loves L'Oreal's new Le Glosse lip gloss. Read More »

It’s the least wonderful time of the year. My skin is dry year-round, but fall and winter are the worst of the worst (as in, before writing this post I went to the ladies’ room to slater on face cream for the second time today). I don’t just have to worry about keeping the skin on my face moisturized (but not greasy!) %u2014 it’s when I suffer chapped, flaky, sensitive skin and pretty much carry lotion on me 24/7 to cope. Keep reading »

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