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 »
My friend Aileen and I popped into Sephora a couple weeks ago so I could grab a new face powder, and of course we ended up staying for two hours and testing every single product and fragrance in the store. When our epic cosmetic journey brought us to the NARS section, I spotted their new blush, modestly titled, “Super Orgasm,” and laughed. Their “Orgasm” has been hugely popular for years thanks to the claim that it mimics the natural flush of a woman’s cheeks post-orgasm. “What the hell is a Super Orgasm?” I asked as I swiped some on my cheek. Then I looked in the mirror, stopped asking questions, and spent 30 bucks on blush (which I have totally never done before). Here’s why…. Keep reading »
Applying a nice glow to the apples of your cheeks may make you feel more confident, but this Physician’s Formula Happy Booster blush claims to actually improve your mood. This skin perfecting glow powder is infused with a blend of Euphoryl, a natural plant extract which has been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of endorphins, plus it also protects skin from environmental stress. And the sweet scent of violet will make each application a joyful experience. So not only will this blush make you happier, it will improve your skin’s mood as well. Its vibrant mix of color will give you a healthy glow and its reflective pearls will make your outer radiance shine just as brightly as within.
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 »
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 »
It might be too early to file me under “crazy cat lady,” but I suggest you do so anyway, just to be safe. I’m that girl who’s always trying to show everyone photos of my cat. I don’t understand why it’s so weird … she’s really pretty, okay? My lifelong affinity for any and all things feline has yet to lead me to any questionable embroidered turtleneck sweater choices, but Paul & Joe Beauté’s limited edition cat-themed collection for Spring 2012 gets me so excited, you might think I had been rolling in nip all day. Sadly, I must not be the only person with cat-scratch fever, because most of the line is sold out. What remains, however, are these three adorable blush sticks in Paul & Joe’s trademark Parisian-pretty packaging. Keeping to the feline theme, the brand suggests drawing three whiskers on each cheek before blending. Adorable! The only reason I held out on buying the entire line is because I wouldn’t be able to use them for fear of smushing the poor kitty’s face. These are real problems, you see. [$28, b-glowing]
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 »
Sometimes I’m not sure if blush gets enough credit as the miracle worker of the makeup drawer, because seriously: adding a little color to your cheeks can make you look healthy when you’re sick, awake when you’re tired, and sunkissed when you’re still mucking through the dead of winter. One emerging blush trend that I’m not totally sure about, though, is hot pink. I can appreciate that it looks dramatic on the runway, but in real life? It’s a bit off-putting, no? I wouldn’t want anyone to mistake my makeup for a symptom of measles. That being said, a sheer wash of hot pink across the cheek is undeniably pretty. So, what do you think? When it comes to blush, do you like a natural flush or is bolder better? [Shown: Model at Oscar de la Renta via Style.com]
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 Hudson who can pull off something with the word “mango” in the title.
But because Benefit gave me a sample of their Cha Cha Tint cheek stain to test out, I tried it. I already owned Benefit’s Posietint and wore the pinky-pink blush every day. Why not test another hue, even if it’s going to look terrible?
It didn’t look terrible, my friends. Not at all. In fact, the first day that I wore it to the office, the first thing our marketing manager Sophie said to me in the morning was “Your makeup looks great.”
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Shopbop.com, one of our favorite online sources for designer duds and accessories, and Sephora have released the limited-edition SEPHORA COLLECTION Palette Color Play 5 in 1 palette that was inspired by the Shopbop “Faces of Fashion” editorial look book. This makeup kit contains five distinct mini palettes based on the five fashion icons: “A Nod to Mod,” “Angelic Boudoir,” “Black is the New Black,” “Boho Bombshell,” and “Classics Never Die.” The palettes contain every color imaginable from taupe to black, pink to blue, and purple to green. What’s even better is that the kit comes with a portable mirror compact, so you can pop one of the mini palettes in and take it with you for makeup touch-ups on the go. And you can’t beat the value of $150 for $30. [Sephora] Keep reading »