I hate to admit it, but the calendar doesn’t lie: September is approaching, and fast. It seems like just yesterday we were gearing up for spring, which turned out to be practically nonexistent, before summer came on hot and heavy. I may be in the minority here, but I would take a gloriously sunny, breezy late-August or early-September day over the oppressive humidity of July. Don’t get me wrong — that doesn’t mean I’m not feeling the universal sadness that comes with the end of the summer, but I’m definitely looking forward to cooler, more jeans-appropriate weather. For those of you who take the end of the season just a little bit harder than I, I understand, and to make things a little easier for you I’ve rounded up a selection of products that will give you that summer lovin’ feeling all year long, or at least until the next time June rolls around.
Finding yourself out in public looking decidedly worse for the wear and without access to your trusted array of makeup is a total nightmare. It’s hard not to panic when, say, you’re encroaching on oil slick status en route to a spur-of-the-moment party, or you’ve spotted your ex across the Starbucks line and you don’t have so much as an errant lipstick on hand. Of course, lugging around your entire face-painting collection is impractical and virtually impossible, but it’s always important to have the essentials stashed away, you know, just in case. These seven makeup bags are petite enough to fit in a satchel, but have just enough room for the basics, not to mention the tiny coordinating treats you may just want to throw in, too …
Brace yourselves: it’s time to start considering fall beauty. It seems like just yesterday we were discussing our lighter, more low-maintenance summer beauty routines, but the forecast will be replete with smoky eyes and vampy lips before we know it. I look to the Autumn/Winter runway shows for a bit of insight into what we’ll be seeing on the red carpet in the coming months — and if celebrity trends are any indicator, we should all be in search of that perfect burgundy lipstick. Click through for a selection of fall looks straight off the catwalk, along with a few simple steps to wearing them yourself.
I’m five feet tall, okay? Let’s just get it out in the open there. And while I don’t find heels to be terribly uncomfortable, I do find them to be terribly inconvenient, especially given my subway commute and my natural propensity to fall all over myself all the time. My height doesn’t particularly bother me — in fact, I forget how short I am until I’m standing next to someone who I perceive as tall, i.e. normal — but it does make me look a considerable amount younger than I am. Like … let’s say 12? Lately I’ve found myself craving a bit of height without the physical hindrances that come with a sick pair of pumps, so I’ve turned to booties with a small stacked heel to get the job done. They also hold your foot in so you’re not slipping and sliding everywhere, which is always a good thing, especially when you’re me. Whether you’re closer to my height or Iman’s, these 10 pairs will give you a bit of a boost, but are still comfortable enough to see you through the workday in style.
I’ve decided my giant hot pink L.L. Bean backpack from 5th grade will no longer be lugged around during my third year of college. The upcoming school year is begging for a new sturdy and cute bookbag, and I’ve picked the best of the best to adorn your (and my!) backside all year.
Individual makeup routines, and reasons for wearing makeup, vary. I wear makeup because, well, I don’t like the way my face looks without it.Gwen Stefani wears makeup so that her husband likes her more. Some women are even devoted enough to wear makeup at the gym. But regardless of why or when you choose to wear the stuff, there’s nothing worse than spending half of your day putting it on and the other half concerned about what it’s doing on your face. Bright lipstick, shimmery shadow, and sweeping black liner may look fabulous, but they can take ages to apply properly, and then you have to worry about what it all looks while you’re sitting hunched over at your desk or running for the train — things can get messy!
Most of us could use a little bit of a low-maintenance makeup overhaul, a welcome departure from the primer-foundation-concealer-powder-eyeshadow-eyeliner-mascara tedium, and there’s no better time than summer to minimize your routine. These products serve double (or triple, or quadruple) duty to cut a chunk of time and energy out of the process so that you can expend it somewhere else.