Posts tagged "beauty test drive"

Beauty Test Drive: The Super Fast Magical Manicure-Drying Ice Bath

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my best talents is ruining fresh manicures. Since I’m always finding new ways to smear and chip my delicate, drying nail polish, I thought it was time I got proactive about finding new ways to not ruin my manicures. Which is why I Googled “How to dry nail polish…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 5, 2013

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s Fakeup Concealer

Concealer is one of those beauty products that isn’t the least bit fun to purchase. It’s a lot more exciting to go straight to the eyeshadows and lip glosses, you know? But the un-fun stuff like foundation and concealer is what someone with, say, redness around their T-zone uses to get an unblemished palette, so…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 24, 2013

Beauty Test Drive: Drew Barrymore’s Flower Powder Foundation

I came really late to the powder foundation game. I remember all these girls way back in high school with their little Cover Girl compacts. But me, I’ve usually kicked it old school with regular foundation and then set it with powder. Why I did this, I don’t know. It involved twice as many brushe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 3, 2013

Beauty Test Drive: Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Powder

The story of how I came to own Jane Iredale mineral powder foundation goes something like this: I met my friend Aileen for dinner and as soon as I saw her flawless skin I shrieked, “Oh my god what makeup are you wearing please teach me to make my face look like your face!”…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 27, 2013

Beauty Test Drive: Drew Barrymore’s Flower Lip Butter

Never in the million years did I think I’d be recommending you a product sold exclusively at Walmart, renowned big box store of sex discrimination lawsuits and sexist tee shirts. Neither would I have suspected that Drew Barrymore, hippie goddess of love and light, would choose Walmart to exclusively sell her makeup line, Flower. But she…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 22, 2013

Beauty Test Drive: Fine-One-One Cheek & Lip Brightener

My natural skin color is death warmed up (uh, I mean, “porcelain”) so I’m all about blush and bronzer for achieving that vaguely human look. To me it’s really important that blush and bronzer look as “natural” as possible. Alas, that is not always the case. Benefit Cosmetics sent us Fine-One-One, their new cheek/lip brightening…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 20, 2013

Beauty Test Drive: Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow In “Violet Eyes”

I was playing with makeup at the Jane Iredale display the other day when I noticed a pretty purple eye shadow lurking behind the BB cream. I opened the tester and smeared a bit on the back of my hand, and lo and behold, it was the most perfect, shimmery lavender color I’d ever see…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 15, 2013

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

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,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 16, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: LUSH Caca Brun Mama Henna Hair Dye

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…

By: Rachel Krause / December 2, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 28, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Revlon Balm Stain

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Moroccan Argan Oil Body Lotion

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 15, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Dermalogica Skincare

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 2, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Bobbi Brown Rich Lipstick

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 16, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar

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),…

By: Rachel Krause / October 14, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 13, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Celine Dion’s Perfume Collection

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 28, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

Not long ago, BB cream was the biggest buzz in beauty. But lately, it’s all but disappeared from the lips of magazine editors and bloggers. Brands that are just now getting on their BB game are, well, kind of late to the party. The Asian favorite formula ended up being a bit of a disappointment…

By: Rachel Krause / September 16, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: JK Jemma Kidd Primer

I’ve always thought primer was a slightly dodgy beauty product. Do I really need to put more gunk on my face, on top of my moisturizer and serum but under my makeup? Apparently so.

I’ll admit primer does keep foundation and concealer on my face longer, which is ideal for days that my…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 26, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: The Body Shop BB Cream

BB cream is one of those makeup products that just appeared on the American market in the past year, causing every woman here to scratch her chin and say, “Hmmm, do we really need this?!” BB cream is basically a combination foundation/moisturizer/primer and sometimes it’s got sunscreen in it, too.  Some people swear by their…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 25, 2012
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