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Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s Perk Up Artist Concealer Set

BTD: Lush Henna Dye
Rachel tried a hair dye called "Poop Brown Mom." Read More »
BTD: Urban Decay Mascara
Winona wasn't so impressed with this curling mascara's curling ability. Read More »
BTD: Revlon Stain
Jess thinks this balm stain is the cat's pajamas. Read More »

I feel pretty lucky that the most annoying beauty problem that I face on a regular basis is dark undereye circles and redness around my nose and chin. Those are easily fixable, if not particularly “sexy.” I mean, no one gets excited about going to shop for concealer! But with the Perk Up Artist set, a compact containing three complexion corrections, Benefit admirably tries.  Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: LUSH Caca Brun Mama Henna Hair Dye

BTD: Revlon Stain
Jess won't be divorcing her Chapstick any time soon. Read More »
BTD: Argan Lotion
Winona is in love with this Moroccan oil lotion for winter. Read More »
BTD: Dermalogica Skincare
Spendy? Yes. Worth it? Totally. Read More »

I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 13, when a hairdresser at an upscale salon informed me that I would have to dye my hair forever because my natural color ― the most neutral of dark browns ― was just that shitty. (Another stylist at the same salon later told my mother to imagine the haircut she wanted, which she had seen on a model in a magazine, “on an ugly face,” so take it with a grain of salt.) I don’t brush (wide-tooth comb!), shampoo every day (twice a week!), or heat style my mid back-length hair, but I still noticed that I was accumulating dry, crunchy ends, which worsened every time I hit the salon for a good two-hour color dose.

Since my mission these days is the longest, strongest, shiniest, most Middleton-esque cascades possible, and also maybe not getting cancer, I started feeling out my options for possible alternatives to traditional hair dye. My quest led me, as many of my quests do, straight to LUSH. Their solid blocks of henna pigment intrigued me for two reasons ― one, the formula not only colors, but deeply conditions and strengthens the hair while doing so; two, the concoction is called Caca Brun Mama, which basically means Poop Brown Mom. Was I really going to put something called Poop Brown Mom all over my hair, and leave it there for six hours? Yes. Yes I was. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

BTD: Maybelline Stiletto
Find out how Rachel is rocking a matte black cat eye. Read More »
BTD: Argan Lotion
Winona is in love with this Moroccan oil lotion for winter. Read More »
BTD: Revlon Stain
Jess won't be divorcing her Chapstick any time soon. Read More »

My lashes are stick straight and blonde, and I wish I was fine with that, but instead I have dedicated a significant portion of my time on earth to making them appear long, dark, and luxuriously curly. This pursuit has taken me to the brightly lit beauty counters of luxury cosmetic brands and the dark recesses of drugstore clearance racks. It has caused me to hyperventilate in front of the Sephora employee who told me that the Shu Uemura eyelash curler would no longer be carried in US stores (don’t worry, it’s online), and it has caused me to burn my cheek with the metal edge of said eyelash curler after heating it up with a hairdryer in college. Along the way I’ve learned a lot and found quite a few awesome products, but I’m always on the lookout for more. You can imagine my excitement, then, when I discovered Urban Decay’s Supercurl Curling Mascara. Did it live up to its name? Read on to find out… Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Revlon Balm Stain

BTD: Lip Tar
Rachel loves this 100% vegan lip color. Read More »
BTD: Bobbi Brown Lipstick
Jessica is really digging Bobbi Brown's Rich Lip Color. Read More »
BTD: Lip Butter
These Revlon lip butters look fab on Winona's sweet lips. Read More »

I am very possibly a lip beauty product hoarder. Alas, that is not what we are here to discuss.

I’d long admired the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain at my local pharmacy, but I never felt justified in forking over $8 for yet another lip product. Then last weekend I lost my nerve and finally bought the shade Lovesick, a vibrant-but-not-clownish hot pink. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Moroccan Argan Oil Body Lotion

BTD: BB Cream
Jane Iredale's BB cream made believers out of us. Read More »
BTD: Spa Sonic
We try the Spa Sonic system! Read More »
BTD: Lip Butter
These Revlon lip butters look fab on Winona's sweet lips. Read More »
BTD: Dermalogica Skincare
Spendy? Yes. Worth it? Totally. Read More »

My history of drugstore impulse purchases has definitely been hit and miss. I have approximately $500 worth of greasy hair potions stashed in my bathroom cabinet that is proof of the “miss” part, but sometimes my tendency to wander the aisles of Walgreens late at night and buy whatever random beauty product catches my eye pays off. Exhibit A: this Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Body Lotion… Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Dermalogica Skincare

BTD: Revlon Lip Butters
Revlon's new lip balms are smooth as butter! Read More »

I have experienced a few transformations in my life that have been so dramatic I wish I had taken before and after pictures. One of those times was when I went to Super Cuts for a trim and the stylist gave me a pixie cut with a rat tail. Another was when I bought my first professionally fitted bra. And the third was when I started using Dermalogica skincare.

It all started one day when my friend Katie and I went out for drinks. She was telling a story when I realized that even under the harsh fluorescent lights of the bar her face looked dewy and flawless. “Oh my god,” I blurted out. “How do you have such perfect skin?!” Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Bobbi Brown Rich Lipstick

BTD: Colorstay Lipstick
Winona loves Revlon's Colorstay Lipstick. Read More »
BTD: CoverGirl Gloss Balm
Jessica is a big fan of CoverGirl's Gloss Balm. Read More »
BTD: Lip Butter
These Revlon lip butters look fab on Winona's sweet lips. Read More »

I’ve never been big on lipstick. I have thin lips and I also drink coffee constantly, so it seemed like any foray into lipstick would be a waste. But as I get older (and wean myself off caffeine), I’ve taken the plunge into what feels like more grown-up makeup than my usual lip balm, or if I’m feeling fancy, lip gloss. Recently I splurged on Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color in Cosmic Raspberry at Bloomingdales (AKA that flaming pit in which I throw my money). Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar

BTD: Celine's Perfumes
Winona was beside herself when she received all of Celine's perfumes. Read More »
BTD: BB Cream
Jane Iredale's BB cream made believers out of us. Read More »
BTD: JK Primer
What does Jessica think of this Jemma Kidd primer? Read More »

Ever since I got in on the bold lipstick game, I’ve been on the hunt for the most pigmented, longest-lasting color around. It’s fairly safe to say that I’ve tried at least half of the formulas on the market (or at least that you can buy at Sephora, where I am basically the resident squatter), and while I’ve found some that I really love, it’s usually for their moisturizing qualities, ease of use, and, um, attractiveness of the package in my hand, never the bright, true color and lasting power that I initially set out for. Lip Tar, a 100% vegan and cruelty-free product by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, is unlike anything I’ve ever tried, and it seriously delivers. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter

BTD: Celine's Perfumes
Winona was beside herself when she received all of Celine's perfumes. Read More »
BTD: Avon Glimmersticks
Are these diamond eyeliners all that? Read More »
BTD: Revlon Lip Butters
Revlon's new lip balms are smooth as butter! Read More »
BTD: BB Cream
Jane Iredale's BB cream made believers out of us. Read More »

Once upon a time, I found myself in Las Vegas with no concealer in my makeup bag. I can say with absolutely certainty that Las Vegas is the worst place in the world to go without concealer, what with the lack of sleep, polluted air, fluorescent lighting, and the small but real chance of meeting Celine Dion and taking a photo with her that you’ll obviously need to have printed on a 5×7 foot canvas to hang over your mantle for all eternity. I couldn’t risk looking less than my best for that momentous occasion, so I popped into Nordstrom, headed to the MAC counter and asked for a recommendation. The MAC ladies plopped me down in a chair, blended a bit of Prep + Prime Highlighter in “Radiant Rose” under my eyes, and handed me a mirror. “Damn,” I said, “I think I’m ready for my photo with Celine.”

I may not have met Celine on that trip (I’ve got a good feeling about next year), but I did find a new staple for my makeup bag. Read on for details! Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Celine Dion’s Perfume Collection

I'm A Celine Dion Superfan
And I don't care who knows! Read More »
BTD: Orgasm Blush
Winona looks lovely in Nars Super Orgasm Blush. Read More »

Last Tuesday at around 11AM I heard a knock on the door. I wasn’t expecting a package and the last time I opened the door for a random visitor it was two religious guys wearing shiny white pants who told me they had definitive proof that God was a fish, so I ignored it and kept writing. A bit later when I popped outside to take a walk, I noticed a package crammed under my doormat. I didn’t recognize the return address, but when I ripped it open, I was greeted with the most beautiful sight I’d ever seen: a box containing Celine Dion’s entire perfume collection. This was a dream come true for a Celine superfan like me, and as I clutched the heavenly gift to my bosom, I thanked God Fish for my good fortune (I later found out it was actually Julie “God Fish” Gerstein who’d facilitated this particular miracle).

Now that I’ve spent the past week huddled in my office, enveloped in a thick cloud of Celine Dion fragrances, I think I’m finally ready to write a proper review (I also might have permanent lung damage, but hey, worth it). Near, far, wherever you are, click on the gallery above to get the scoop on Celine’s Sensational, Pure Brilliance, Parfums, and Signature scents…

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