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Beauty Test Drive: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser

A couple of weeks ago, my friends over at Maybelline asked me to come over and check out what they’ll be launching for spring. While I was definitely feeling the juicy-looking tubes of lip gloss (how plump everyone’s lips will look!), mega mascara and seriously pretty new shades of eyeshadow (how gorge they’ll make our eyes!), I will always be a true sucker for great-looking skin, so it was their new foundation product that led me into makeup artist Kerry Malouf’s chair. It started innocently enough–we were just chatting away about the new product when I told her my great big sob story: “All this stress and holiday running around is making my skin look like crap.” So she invited me to sit down and let her fix me up, and, well, people, am I glad I took her up on it. In fact, I’m not even a foundation wearer, but this new Instant Age Rewind Eraser is so dope that I’ve seriously started to change my ways. Here’s a preview and why I think you’ll like it too. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit Babe Cake Eyeliner

We are forever looking for the perfect easy-to-apply eyeliner. Problem is, pencils often smudge and liquid can be a tad tricky for quick and easy application. That’s why we were so excited about Benefit‘s “Babe Cake” liner compact. It comes in half black, half brown and the liner is basically the consistency of eyeshadow with the look of liner when applied with an angle brush.

At first glance, things seemed to be going swimmingly between us and our new eyeliner friend. Unfortunately, the easy application comes at a price: mad smudging. Within an hour or so, the liner began to wear off a bit and, worse still, some transferred from above our lash line to the crease of our lids, resulting in all the downsides of the morning-after look with none of the benefits. Love Benefit, but sadly, Babe Cake simply didn’t work out for us. [$22, Benefit] Keep reading »

At Home Beauty Treatment Test Drive: Olive Oil Hair Mask

Ugh. Winter is upon us. Global warming might be melting the ice caps, but it sure hasn’t made the northeastern United States any less crappy during the dark, cold month of November. Anyone else’s hair feel dry as a bale of hay? Yeah, it’s the pits. The dry air has been making my usually cute bob look terrible for weeks and I just couldn’t take it anymore! So, last weekend, while my guy attended to a manly Korean barbecue expedition someplace, I ransacked the kitchen cupboards so I could test my very first at-home olive oil hair mask.

The how-to and results, after the jump! Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Nivea Touch Of Sparkle Cream Oil Body Wash

I’ve been using the Nivea Touch of Sparkle Cream Oil Body Wash for two weeks now, and I’m very happy with the results. For one, the wash contains diamond powder and conditioners, but it leaves the skin luminous as it lathers, not shimmery. Also, the cream oil moisturized my extremely ashy skin, so I didn’t have to do my usual routine of oil on wet skin, then lotion on dry skin. I only did one or the other. Oh, and the calla blossom scent was heavenly, but not strong enough to compete with my signature scent. A word of caution, though: I noticed I had to scrub my tub more often while using this body wash because the moisturizers really attract soap scum. I’m willing to make that trade, though, because the benefits outweigh the negatives. And when I think about it, scrubbing my tub is a great way to tone my guns. [about $6.99, at your local drugstore] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Dior Lip Maximizing Gloss

We’re not entirely sure that Dior’s Lip Maximizer gloss actually made our lips look larger, but it did make them look gloriously shiny and leave us with a tingling sensation that we would like to believe meant it was working. The gloss claims that it will help reshape the contours of your lips in 15 days, but we’re a bit skeptical of that claim. They looked a little more luscious (we think…) for a short period of time, but the light pink lip gloss doesn’t strike us as having the stamina to create lasting Angelina Jolie Mouth. That said, $30 is a lot to spend on a lip gloss with dubious plumping abilities. But the color is that perfect mix of sheer and sparkly that won’t leave you looking like a hooker if you wear it during the day, so if you’ve got the money to spend, it’s kind of the perfect wear-it-whenever gloss, and the pretty packaging doesn’t hurt, either. [$30, Dior, Sephora] Keep reading »

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