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Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit's They're Real! Push-Up Liner

Somehow I managed to enter my third decade on Earth without ever having tried a cat’s eye with gel eyeliner before. Of course I’d worn eyeliners — browns, golds, even blues — but something about that thick, black cat’s eye intimidated me. I thought you needed to have that “cool girl” look, like the author Caitlin Moran or Alex Vause on “Orange Is The New Black.” But a quick Google Image shows a wide variety of celebs in winged eyeliner, from Angelina Jolie and Kate Hudson, to Dita Von Teese and Rihanna. Cat’s eyes, it turns out, are surprisingly versatile.

So I bucked up and tried black gel eyeliner for the first time, coached by my coworkers Sophie and Katie (who couldn’t believe I was a black eyeliner virgin). The product was a sample of Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, which turned out to be perfectly easy for a newbie like me. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Nick Verreos From “Project Runway Under The Gun” Wants Your Boyfriend To Wear Makeup

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Once upon a time long ago in a land far away … well, okay, it was 2005 on Bravo … there was the world’s most friendly and energetic designer, Nick Verreos. Although he was eliminated on episode 10 (boo), his involvement on the show shot his line,  Nikolaki, co-designed with his partner David Paul, to stardom and now Katy Perry, Eva Longoria and Beyoncé  are all fans. It also made him a regular presence on fashion red carpets and a regular guest on the TV Guide Network’s “Fashion Wrap.”

Verreos hasn’t strayed far from “Project Runway,” though: this year, he joined the cast of  ”Under The Gunn,” a “Project Runway” off-shoot hosted by the one and only Tim Gunn. The show brought Verreos, and other alums Mondo Guerra and Anya Ayoung-Chee, to mentor and coach teams comprised of 15 designers. Not surprisingly, Verreos was the winning mentor.

Part of the “Under The Gunn” final prize was to work with Benefit Cosmetics to create new uniforms for their in-store staff members. On Monday, Verreos and winner Oscar Garcia-Lopez hit up a Benefit store in SoHo to show off the brand’s adorable new apron (Sophie and I are wearing them above with Nick and Oscar!), kvell about his love for their products, and give his endorsement for the makeup-for-men trend.

Our chat, after the jump:

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Benefit’s New Mascara Ad Might Make You Blush, Or Just Really Confused (NSFW)

Why Men Send Dick Pics
Mind Of Man: Why Men Send Pictures Of Their Penises
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Smallest Penis Award
Nick Gilronan won the title of "Smallest Penis In Brooklyn"
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Lolwhat. Allow me to present to you Benefit’s new “Real Men Don’t Fake It” video spot, feat. some bulges, babes, and Vinny of “Jersey Shore” infamy doing… yoga? And all this for mascara! Not safe for work, my friends, not safe for work. (All said, that mascara is pretty fucking great… but big dick great? Not so sure.) [via Jezebel]

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s Fakeup Concealer

BTD: BB Cream
Jane Iredale's BB cream made believers out of us. Read More »
BTD: TimeBalm Concealer
Lily digs Liquid TimeBalm's spot concealer with tea tree oil. Read More »
BTD: Boi-Ing Concealer
Jessica thinks Benefit's Boi-in concealer is great for coverups. Read More »

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 to speak. So it’s absolutely worth your while to find a concealer to cover up zits, undereye circles or redness. And if you have more widespread skin issues, go for the gold with a liquid, cream or powder foundation to cover a larger area. I’ve been a fan of Benefit’s Boi-Ing concealer, but now I’m an even bigger fan of their newest product, Fakeup, a hydrating crease-control concealer. Keep reading »

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

BTD: Jane Iredale Shadow
Winona found Jane Iredale eyeshadow good for her sensitive skin. Read More »
BTD: Perk Up Concealer
Jessica covers up dark undereye circles with Benefit's Perk Up concealer. Read More »
BTD: Lush Henna Dye
Rachel tried a hair dye called "Poop Brown Mom." Read More »
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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 stick, so I gave it a whirl … and felt very “meh.” Keep reading »

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 »

Fresh As A Piece Of Summer Fruit

Hot Pink Blush
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Don’t let the summer pass your face by. Benefit’s new watermelon-inspired Bella Bamba collection will leave your face glistening like a piece of ripe, summer fruit. The 3D, brightening face powder illuminates cheekbones with shimmering gold undertones. It goes perfect with a tan, if you’ve found a way to acquire one. Or if you’re more of an indoors type of girl who fears sunburns (holler!), it creates the illusion of a summer glow. Pair with the sheer, scented lip gloss for a look that says “I’ve been sitting on the beach sipping fruity cocktails all day.” Which is a look worth aspiring to when you’ve actually been sitting in front of your computer sipping coffee all day. Ah, the magic of makeup. [$28 (blush) and $16 (gloss), Benefit]

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit Boi-Ing Concealer

BTD: FIT ME Foundation
Maybelline FIT ME foundation
Jessica loves Maybelline's new FIT ME foundation. Read More »
BTD: Fairy Dust
Pixi's Fairy Dust highlighter is as pretty as can be. Read More »
BTD: Highlighter
Benefit Watt's Up
Jessica loves Benefit's new Watt's Up highlighter! Read More »

I’ve long complained in these Beauty Test Drives that I have dry skin. The driest skin. Well, I’m going to complain about it again! But this time it is to tell you that Benefit’s Boi-Ing concealer, which has a greasy, almost melted-waxy consistency, is a super choice for quick coverups on the go. Or, in moments of morning-after desperation, you could use it all over your face as a foundation.   Keep reading »

Fairy Tale Makeup Kit

Pore Me!
With POREfessional, you will never say "pore me" again. Read More »
BTD: Cheek Tint
Jessica loves Benefit's Cha Cha Cheek Tint. Read More »

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Why, you, my dear! Just in time for “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Benefit is releasing a makeup kit called Rare Beauty to get your own fairy tale look. There’s a rosy lip/cheek tint sample, highlighter sample, a full-size pore minimizing balm, and a full-size mascara, all in a really pretty makeup bag. If you’re looking to freshen up your summer makeup bag, it’s a good way to test out some of the company’s best products … even if your name isn’t Snow White. [$45, BenefitCosmetics.com]

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

BTD: Body Butter Duo
Jessica loves The Body Shop's sweat pea body butter duo. Read More »
BTD: Eyeshadow
Sephora's moonshadow baked eye palette is very dramatic. Read More »
BTD: Cheek Tint
Jessica loves Benefit's Cha Cha Cheek Tint. Read More »

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 »

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