Cheek bones: all of of us have got them, but some of us need do so some heavy lifting with the makeup brushes to make ‘em visible. I’ve got the random collection of blushes, bronzers and highlighters that women can accumulate over time and I know just which ones — all different brands, in different compacts of course — work best for me. Napoleon Perdis’ Ultimate Contour Palette is a three-in-one palette that’s made packing up my makeup bag so much easier. Keep reading »
I’m of the ilk that believes any and all makeup is ill-advised without the use of primer. On my fairly oily skin, I can’t go a day without applying a good primer before my foundation or tinted moisturizer, lest I lose my carefully applied face by midday. I’ve tried quite a few, including the highly regarded Smashbox version, and found them underwhelming. What I really need is something that’s like a colorless foundation, the lovechild of a moisturizer and spackle, that will hide pores without clogging them, smooth my skin and fine lines, and most importantly, keep my makeup on all day. Philosophy is mostly known for its (amazing) skincare, so this souped-up primer is a natural extension. It makes my skin look and feel basically airbrushed from when I put it on in the morning until I take my makeup off at night. It’s mattifying enough that I can skip powder, yet it’s a natural, glowy semi-matte that never looks caky or oxidizes. Keep reading »
It’s Boscia, not blackface. Boscia’s done some amazing marketing because the instant I saw this on the shelf at Sephora, I had to have it. A peel-off mask that’s as thick as tar? I imagined it pulling off my entire face to reveal what I always knew was lying below: Scarlett Johansson. Sadly, that did not happen. But, I was pretty happy with the results. Boscia’s mask promises to boost “…skin clarity and radiance. Removes dirt and impurities while refining the look of pores.” This is a mineral-rich mask made of premium clay that will strip away excess oil and naturally exfoliate. Keep reading »
Want the same earthy, natural effect as Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown but can’t reach quite so deep into your pockets? BECCA Cosmetics is a less pricy brand that’s just as gorgeous — and their Beach Tint cream stain has already gotten me a compliment from my boss. Beach Tint comes in a tiny tube (you don’t need a brush!) and can be blended onto your cheeks like blush/bronzer or swiped across your lips — or both. Keep reading »
Highlighter is makeup that sounds like it was invented by the beauty industry just to sell you more crap that you don’t need. But at least for me, once I started using a highlighter from MAC, I wondered how I lived without it. Target’s new PixiGlow Fairy Dust Highlighter is a great new budget-friendly highlighter that I’ve been test-driving for almost two months and wholeheartedly endorse.
Contrary to popular belief, all mascaras are not made equal. Case in point: Diorshow, one of the few cult favorite beauty products wherein literally everybody is in the cult. Beauty addicts world over, whether they apply makeup for a living or simply dabble in perfecting their own face, are well-informed of the magic that is the $25 mascara. While I wouldn’t so much as blink at spending $25 on, say, a gorgeous lipstick (that’s $10 cheaper than my favorite Yves Saint Laurent!) that has the potential to last for years if used properly, mascara has far less integrity. In fact, you’re supposed to toss it after just three months of use. Devoted to long, thick black lashes, but burned by the hefty price tag on Diorshow and my other favorite, Chanel Inimitable, I made it my personal beauty mission to find a drugstore mascara that would give me the same lusty Kardashian-lash effect for less than half the price. Keep reading »
I make a general point of treating my hair gently, especially since I ill-advisedly went for the big cut a year ago. With kitchen scissors, over the bathroom sink, I sheared off around 10 inches of my long, damaged, box kit-bleached hair, and I regretted it almost instantly. Tears were shed, panic attacks were had — I felt like I had lost a dear friend. My hair has been growing in the tiniest, most minute of increments ever since. It’s gotten a little longer, and I’ve gotten a little more used to it, but I know that when it grows long again I want it to be as healthy as possible so I can keep it. Keep reading »
Looking pretty is all about light in the right places: that is the philosophy behind Pixi’s new PixiGlow-inspired line for Target.
And it’s a philosophy they’ve fulfilled more than admirably. I actually love their Fairy Face Palette so much that I’ve used it daily since December and I’m already fretting about whether I’ll be able to procure a new one at Target when I’ve used it all up. I’m sure it will sell out. Keep reading »
The open pores on my nose drive me crazy, and when I say I’ve tried everything to shrink them, I mean everything: cleansers, masks, serums, creams, drugstore, department store, made in my kitchen, all claiming to do the same thing, and hardly ever fulfilling that promise. I had all but given up on my endeavor for smaller, cleaner pores, resigning myself to a lifetime of dissatisfied mirror-gazing with picking and squeezing that would leave me red-nosed and embarrassed for hours… until yesterday, when I tried REN Multi-Mineral Pore Minimizing Detox Mask. Keep reading »
Highlighter is one of those makeup products that sounded kind of like BS to me, like lip gloss primer. Really? Do I really need this? Then a makeup artist at a MAC counter put some sparkly highlighter on me and — ta-da! — I had cheekbones for the first time in my life. As someone with very round features who suffered from the nickname Cabbage Patch Kid as a child, I can’t believe I went so long without illuminating the (few) angles in my face with a highlighter. I also wish I had started using highlighter years earlier to make my skin look more “alive” during winter months instead of slogging onward through cadaver-dom. So I am happy to report that Benefit Cosmetic’s Watt’s Up highlighter is quite pretty and is a bit more natural-looking than my sparkly MAC highlighter. Keep reading »