Somehow I managed to enter my third decade on Earth without ever having tried a cat’s eye with gel eyeliner before. Of course I’d worn eyeliners — browns, golds, even blues — but something about that thick, black cat’s eye intimidated me. I thought you needed to have that “cool girl” look, like the author Caitlin Moran or Alex Vause on “Orange Is The New Black.” But a quick Google Image shows a wide variety of celebs in winged eyeliner, from Angelina Jolie and Kate Hudson, to Dita Von Teese and Rihanna. Cat’s eyes, it turns out, are surprisingly versatile.
So I bucked up and tried black gel eyeliner for the first time, coached by my coworkers Sophie and Katie (who couldn’t believe I was a black eyeliner virgin). The product was a sample of Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, which turned out to be perfectly easy for a newbie like me. Keep reading »
I love silver and I love gold, but I rose gold is my absolute favorite. There’s something so elegant and princess-like about the pinkish metallic hue that’s not too flashy, but is still classically pretty. When I heard about Bite Beauty’s new Agave Lip Mask Champagne which has a rose gold pearl tint, I had no idea what that actually was, but couldn’t wait to give it a good old Beauty Test Drive. After all, I’ve given Bite’s products a try before and love them! Keep reading »
The neutral nail color trend, AKA mannequin hands, is returning this fall. Marc Jacobs’ Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in 9 to 5 is part of Marc’s exclusive runway nail polish collection and promises opaque coverage and high shine. Last weekend, I attended a wedding and didn’t want my nail polish to compete with my brightly-colored, graphic-patterned dress, so I opted to Beauty Test Drive this sophisticated shade. Let’s see how it turned out… Keep reading »
I loooove the smell of coconuts. Just a whiff takes me back to the beach where sunscreen and pina coladas are plentiful. So when I heard that Yes To launched a line of Yes To Coconut products, I couldn’t wait to try their lip balm and lip oil that would (hopefully) leave me tasting coconut flavors all the live long day. Keep reading »
The UK brand Eylure has a long history with lashes. Developed by two makeup artist in the 1940s, Eylure offers lashes ranging from natural to dramatic. When presented with the opportunity to Beauty Test Drive a pair, I couldn’t resist going for the most intense pair I could get my hands on. Keep reading »
I know the idea of $32 blush must make some people scream. How could anyone possibly spend that much money on makeup? But I have a ringing endorsement here: Laura Mercier’s new Bonne Mine Stick Face Color stays put all day long. It doesn’t sweat off in July’s sweltering humidity, it doesn’t get eaten up by my skin — and it comes off with a wipe at nighttime just like it’s supposed to do. Keep reading »