Usually I avoid red polish in the summer because I don’t think it emphasizes my tan as well as colors that compliment my olive skin. See: pale pastels. When we received a batch of Essie colors in the mail to Test Drive, I couldn’t fight my attraction to this watermelon red called “Style Hunter.” Why? Because, it’s actually a pink in disguise. Keep reading »
My best friend has been on a bit of a homesteading, make-everything-yourself kick lately. Every time I call her and ask what she’s doing, she replies with, “Oh, just whipping up a fresh batch of nut butter!” or “Melting some coconut oil to make my own deodorant. Want me to make some for you?” So when she came to visit a few weeks ago and said, “Let’s make our own makeup,” I was like, “Umm…yes please!” We put on some music, looked up some DIY makeup recipes, and in less than an hour, we’d both mixed up a batch of our very own powder foundation, using ingredients I already had in my kitchen. Now I’m addicted to DIY makeup, and excited to try to make my own blush and bronzer next. Here are 7 reasons why I’d encourage you to give DIY makeup a try:
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I have been blessed with fairly clear skin. I rarely get zits, so I only need a light foundation for my skin to look smooth and clear … at least from afar. But a closer look reveals some angry pores. As a teenager, I was obsessed with popping blackheads; so much so, I have scarred two of them into permanent mega pores. Meet Fred and Emily. Fred is a chill, laidback mega pore who lives on my cheek. Emily is a mean girl who lives on my nose and is determined to be the biggest bitch on my face.
In the warm summer months, these mega pores open even wider and resemble strange freckles. They become vulnerable to gunk and have the potential to become pimples. My husband has 20/20 vision and gets to stare into my large pores every morning. The horror! Luckily he loves me, so he loves Fred and Emily too. Anyway, my long-term solution to keeping my large pores clean is St. Ives facial scrub. For years, this scrub has been keeping my pores in check, but what about hiding the ones that are there? That’s where Benefit’s Porefessional comes in. Keep reading »
Now that you have your summer tan, it’s time to make your bronzed skin pop! The best way to do that is with some SHIMMER. Give yourself the gift of glowing skin, luminescent eyes and an all-over luster with lightweight beauty products that have a hint of shine. This season, I’ve stocked up on affordable finds that have proven worthy of a permanent place in my makeup bag. Here are 10 awesome beauty products that I love, guaranteed to make you shine.
The DMV in Anderson, South Carolina, forced a 16-year-old boy to take off his makeup in order to get his driver’s license picture taken because “he needs to look like a male,” according to an official. Chase Culpepper is gender non-conforming and wears makeup and stereotypically female clothing everyday. But on March 3, the DMV refused to photograph Chase because he looked like he was “wearing a disguise,” according to Chase’s mom, Teresa Culpepper. ”He’s male, he needs to look like a male,” said spokesperson Beth Parks. Keep reading »
Sometimes we receive beauty products that make me feel like a kid again. A metallic eye pencil, for example, reminds me of raiding my older sister’s makeup bag and creating Cyndi Lauper-inspired eyes. When Topshop’s Molten Eyes arrived at my desk, I jumped at the chance to experiment with a wearable version of Cyndi Lauper’s look. Keep reading »
I’m not someone who gets excited about specific nail polish colors. I know there are some women who are very specific about how they want one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers and one coat of Essie Mademoiselle. I’ve always just picked whatever color randomly struck my fancy at the moment. But when Priti NYC sent me a handful of shades to test out, I couldn’t stop thinking about a gorgeous coral/peach pink. It managed to be feminine without being too sweet or saccharine. Only increasing my anticipation was the fact that I had a sedate beige manicure for my brother’s wedding, so I couldn’t wait for something more colorful! Once I tried Priti NYC in Park Princess Dahlia (above), I think I have my on-my-toes-always polish of the summer. Keep reading »
Bare Minerals turned me onto powder foundations eight years ago. I loved the lightweight and medium coverage of their products. This year, Bare Minerals has launched a liquid foundation called BareSkin, an ultra thin formula that promises bright, more even toned skin. So … does it work? Keep reading »
I always think of Covergirl and other drugstore makeup brands as totally trustworthy — they’ve been around for about a billion years, so what could go wrong? For Amy Schavolt of West Palm Beach, FL, things went so wrong with Covergirl’s Bombshell Volume mascara that her eyelashes fell out.
Schavolt told a local news station that at first, people were complimenting her extra-voluminous lashes, but soon the product turned into a bunch of clumpy goop. When she wiped her eye with makeup remover, her eyelashes started to fall out into her hand. The same mascara also left an Arizona woman watching her lashes fall out in front of her. “I’m not a vain person. I didn’t think anybody would see it,” she explained. “But, yes, three people said something to me today. (They said) what happened to your eyes?” (Apparently, she doesn’t have very polite friends.) Keep reading »
The CFDA Awards were a few days ago, but it’s never too late to appreciate flawless makeup game. Solange Knowles didn’t wild out on anyone as far as I know, but she did go crazy with a tube of bright fuschia lipstick. Hot pink with a little dash of purple in it, fuschia lipstick looks amazing on all different skin tones and will make it impossible for people to stop staring at your mouth. So make sure you don’t have anything stuck in your teeth and rock one of the fuschia shades on your kisser ASAP. Keep reading »