Posts tagged "beauty test drive"

Beauty Test Drive: L’Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner

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…
By: Rachel Krause / February 5, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Target PixiGlow Fairy Face Palette

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 29, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: REN Pore Minimizing Mask

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…
By: Rachel Krause / January 28, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit Cosmetics’ Watt’s Up Highlighter

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2012

Beauty Test Drive: Sephora Moonshadow Baked Eye Palette

When Sephora sent me their Moonshadow Baked Eye Palette  to test, I was concerned. First of all, there's lots of sparkles. As much as I love a sparkly highlighter to fake cheekbones in my big ol' chipmunk cheeks, I stopped wearing glitter on my eyes around, oh, age 17. Sparkly-ness is not something I look for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 24, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: The Body Shop’s Spiced Pumpkin Body Wash

I am prefacing this review with a note about a hilarious argument (well, I thought it was) Jessica and I just had. Jessica seems to believe that A) body wash is not the same as "soap" and that B) you cannot get clean with products that are considered non-soaps (as this one is). For the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: Sweet Pea Body Butter Duo

It's the least wonderful time of the year. My skin is dry year-round, but fall and winter are the worst of the worst (as in, before writing this post I went to the ladies' room to slater on face cream for the second time today). I don't just have to worry about keeping the ski…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 6, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss

I'm going to be honest: what initially drew me to L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss was the packaging. I'm the first to admit that I'm a sucker for advertising — I don't even wear lip gloss. But I laid eyes on Le Gloss at a drugstore chain where I was in a rush to…
By: Rachel Krause / October 30, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: Revlon Colorstay Lipstick

I discovered Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick by accident. I was at Walgreens (because I'm always at Walgreens) looking for a long-wearing pink lipstick. I picked one that had some promising adjectives in the title ("infallible" was involved, or maybe it was "impenetrable"?) and brought it up to the counter. The woman rang it…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 20, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: A Balm With Bite

The sexiest thing about me? My extremely chapped lips. I realize most people have to combat this condition once the temperature drops and brisk winds are in the air, but my lips are unique in that they have no regard for the climate. Through both bitter chills and balmy 100+ degree days, my lips are…
By: Rachel Krause / October 18, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint Cheek Stain

If a makeup salesgirl (or makeup sales-gay) descended upon me at a beauty counter with something orange, I would visibly make a face and say, "I don't think that will work on me." You see, I have the pallor of Katie Holmes at a morgue in Antarctica — not a sun-kissed California girl like Kate…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 12, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: Maybelline FIT ME Foundation

I am 27-years-old and I have been wearing makeup for 13 years. And it has taken me all 13 of those years to find the perfect foundation, a creamy (but not too creamy) and illuminating (but not too illuminating) base. Goodbye, MAC. Goodbye, Smashbox . Welcome to my life, Maybelline FIT…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 4, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: Spa Sonic Skin Care System

OK, so this has been the year of skin woes for me. First, I accidentally burnt my lips using two common beauty products -- teeth whitener and Blistex. After a few weeks, my lips healed for a short time, and then began to peel again. Few products offered any long-term therapeutic relief, and after speaking…
By: Annika Harris / October 1, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit

The beauty industry is all about developing products and then creating a demand for said products -- which actually means they convince us that we really, really, really need those creams, salves, and washes or we'll turn ugly! So I have to admit I was quite skeptical when I was invited to try out Bliss'…
By: Annika Harris / September 3, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: Claro IPL Acne Clearing Device Zaps Zits Fast

I don't get pimples often, but when I do, they're often painful and difficult to eliminate. I have figured out a pimple-killing strategy that works for my skin -- benzoyl peroxide wash, bacteria-fighting prescribed gel, benzoyl peroxide spot treatment cream, and toothpaste at night if the zit is a real doozy. This approach works, but…
By: Annika Harris / July 16, 2011

A Love Letter To My Anastasia Brow Wiz

Dear Anastasia Brow Wiz (or as I fondly call you, Stasi), We've only known each other for a few months now, but you've already saved me from moments of embarrassment, and I love you for that. You've helped my brows look as if they're groomed, even though it's been months since I've had…
By: Annika Harris / June 8, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: Curel Itch Defense Lotion

I was cursed with dry skin. When I was younger, I could literally write on my legs because they were so ashy. And as I've aged, I've developed a slight case of eczema. After years of trying every lotion I could find, I finally developed a regimen that kept my skin moisturized for a day,…
By: Annika Harris / May 20, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: The Perfect Polish From Jason Wu

I'm not into polishes that sparkle and shine. My nails are super short (sorry, I'm terrible and I bite 'em), so I want a polish that minimizes, rather than emphasizes, the damage I've done. Enter designer Jason Wu's collaboration with CND nail polish. He's created four matte-ish colors ranging from a shocking glam red to…
By: Julie Gerstein / April 20, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: Are Sally Hansen Salon Effects Strips Worth The Money?

There have been few innovations in how fingernails are decorated in the last few years--but Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips are one of the best. Salon Effects strips are made of real nail polish; they adhered rather well to my nails and chipped like regular nail polish. The Sally Hansen Salon Effects were…
By: Annika Harris / April 8, 2011

Beauty Test Drive: A Personal Microderm Kit That Makes Skin So Soft

As I have mentioned before, I have a little bit of an adult acne situation. Even worse (and if you're my mom, or squeamish, don't read this part), I tend to pick at my acne, inciting red marks, scars and flaky skin. So when I had the opportunity to try the Personal Microderm kit,…
By: Julie Gerstein / April 4, 2011
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