It’s inevitable: whenever you have somewhere to go, your nail polish chips. Today, three of my nails chipped — so annoying! I was about to use my emergency nail polish remover that I have stashed in my desk, until I remembered a few of my nails were accented with glitter — and there was no way I had enough remover to get all that tough to remove gunk off. So now what? Eight bare nails and two glittery tips? Heck no. Instead I decided to try redoing my entire manicure using the Formula X Press Pods I was sent last week. I say “try” because t I skeptical that this little pod would offer 2 coats of polish to all 10 fingers. So how did it go? Keep reading »
Usually I avoid red polish in the summer because I don’t think it emphasizes my tan as well as colors that compliment my olive skin. See: pale pastels. When we received a batch of Essie colors in the mail to Test Drive, I couldn’t fight my attraction to this watermelon red called “Style Hunter.” Why? Because, it’s actually a pink in disguise. Keep reading »
I have been blessed with fairly clear skin. I rarely get zits, so I only need a light foundation for my skin to look smooth and clear … at least from afar. But a closer look reveals some angry pores. As a teenager, I was obsessed with popping blackheads; so much so, I have scarred two of them into permanent mega pores. Meet Fred and Emily. Fred is a chill, laidback mega pore who lives on my cheek. Emily is a mean girl who lives on my nose and is determined to be the biggest bitch on my face.
In the warm summer months, these mega pores open even wider and resemble strange freckles. They become vulnerable to gunk and have the potential to become pimples. My husband has 20/20 vision and gets to stare into my large pores every morning. The horror! Luckily he loves me, so he loves Fred and Emily too. Anyway, my long-term solution to keeping my large pores clean is St. Ives facial scrub. For years, this scrub has been keeping my pores in check, but what about hiding the ones that are there? That’s where Benefit’s Porefessional comes in. Keep reading »
Sometimes we receive beauty products that make me feel like a kid again. A metallic eye pencil, for example, reminds me of raiding my older sister’s makeup bag and creating Cyndi Lauper-inspired eyes. When Topshop’s Molten Eyes arrived at my desk, I jumped at the chance to experiment with a wearable version of Cyndi Lauper’s look. Keep reading »
I’m not someone who gets excited about specific nail polish colors. I know there are some women who are very specific about how they want one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers and one coat of Essie Mademoiselle. I’ve always just picked whatever color randomly struck my fancy at the moment. But when Priti NYC sent me a handful of shades to test out, I couldn’t stop thinking about a gorgeous coral/peach pink. It managed to be feminine without being too sweet or saccharine. Only increasing my anticipation was the fact that I had a sedate beige manicure for my brother’s wedding, so I couldn’t wait for something more colorful! Once I tried Priti NYC in Park Princess Dahlia (above), I think I have my on-my-toes-always polish of the summer. Keep reading »
Bare Minerals turned me onto powder foundations eight years ago. I loved the lightweight and medium coverage of their products. This year, Bare Minerals has launched a liquid foundation called BareSkin, an ultra thin formula that promises bright, more even toned skin. So … does it work? Keep reading »
I have always believed the secret to long, “flirty” eyelashes was simply an eyelash curler. I was wrong. It takes an eyelash curler and Benefit’s They’re Real mascara! Keep reading »
I have incredibly sensitive skin, so when it comes to my makeup remover, I rarely stray from my go-to: Clinique’s Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips. But on the day I was scheduled to step into The Frisky studio to test drive Topshop’s Smoky Eye Palette (see it here!), I forgot my beloved makeup remover and found myself panicking. “No fear!” said Jessica. “We just got some new makeup remover you can test drive!” And so I grabbed the Coast To Coast Coastal Ultra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover with wild rosella and calendula and went on my merry way. Note: I did not stay merry for long. Keep reading »
I have probably asked every person I know “Do I smell?” or “Want to smell my armpits?” this week. For this week’s Beauty Test Drive, I’ve been taking whiffs of my own pits as frequently as possible. That’s right, mid-Pilates I was caught turning my head to confirm this natural deodorant was actually tackling my B.O.
I can honestly say I have never tried a natural deodorant before, and was skeptical of Lavender + Sage Schmidt’s glass jar. I try to be health conscious, but I have never looked at the ingredient list of my deodorant. I’ve considered the ingredients in my soap, lotion, and makeup … but my deodorant? What could my armpits possibly have to complain about? If it keeps them smelling fresh from dawn to dusk, what more could an armpit ask for? Keep reading »
At times, my lips are so dry they resemble truck tires. And then when I wear matte lip colors or stains, they adhere to the dead skin leaving a patchwork mess. The look and feel isn’t attractive, trust. I have been on the hunt for a lip scrub to revive my pout for some time and was thrilled to receive this Liplift Peel. Keep reading »