As a verifiable beauty junkie, I can’t get enough beauty products. My drawers are filled with them, my closet overflowing, and yet, if something new comes out, I have to try it. It’s a disease. That’s why I’m crazy for Beauty Bar’s Sample Society program, which sends deluxe-size samples of new products directly to your house. Once a month, Sample Society sends an adorable little package stuffed with five of their latest faves. So far, I’ve received some awesome skincare and beauty gizmos, including an eye gel pen from Skyn Iceland and face wash from Murad. Plus, you get a code that’s worth $15 off any purchase of $50 or more. Sounds like a pretty good deal — for non-junkies, too. [$15, Beauty Bar]
Carine Roitfeld is one of the most recognizable names in the fashion industry, but she doesn’t have the same notoriety here in America as she does overseas, where the former Vogue Paris mogul is an icon with equal leverage to that other famous editrix, Anna Wintour. The felinic fashionista is also responsible for somewhat of a dynasty, what with daughter Julia succeeding in her well-heeled footsteps. Carine recently announced the September debut of her long-awaited New York-based magazine, CR Fashion Book, so it’s safe to say that in almost no time at all, the Frenchwoman is poised to become an American presence to be reckoned with. 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.
To all those who have hopped on the pink hair fad with a high-fashion wink, it’s quite possible that you have Charlotte Free to thank for that. The model best recognized for her rose-hued tresses appeared on the scene last summer after being discovered by a photographer at a local arcade, and she’s become pretty damn close to ubiquitous since then. Charlotte is an interesting case — in an industry of models who are stunning in their beauty but lacking in a sense of individuality, something to separate them from the pack, she’s an unapologetic neon renegade. Designers like Richard Chai, Jeremy Scott, and Chanel took note and cast Free, pink hair, abbreviated height, and all. Despite being only five foot seven (and just eighteen) it’s undeniable that the modeling world has work itself into a tizzy over the California native. I like Charlotte best editorially: her unique face and hipster leanings, not to mention her impossible-to-ignore hair, translate better to print than to the catwalk, where the emphasis is almost always on homogeneity. Keep reading »
Most conspiracy theories make me giggle. I’m a pretty open-minded gal, but the notion that the moon landing was faked strikes me as downright bizarre. However, I do believe that most major cosmetics and personal care products companies actively conspire against women. These corporations strive to manufacture discontent among women to convince them to buy new products, more products, complex systems of products to combat our apparent flaws. In many cases, the conspiracy goes even deeper, getting women hooked on certain cosmetics or procedures as mere gateways, eventually revealing that more costly versions will yield even better results. It’s a system that not only convinces women we’re undeniably imperfect, but also snows us into believing that our “imperfections” can be cured with products. And, of course, bales of money. Keep reading »
I love painting my nails. Removing my nail polish? Not so much. I hate the feeling of defeat as I scrub off a once-pristine manicure, and I really, really hate the gross chemical smell of most nail polish removers. That’s where Ciate’s white chocolate nail polish remover comes in. Yep, you read that right: it’s white chocolate-scented, enriched with vitamin E to nourish your skin, and easily removes caked-on polish. And if all that wasn’t enough, the bottle is freakin’ adorable. [$18, Beauty Bay]
Mascara is a strange and mysterious product. Some of my friends’ favorite brands flake and clump on my lashes, and some formulas I swear by have been horror shows for my friends. Even so, people tend to feel very strongly about their preferred mascara, and it’s not uncommon for a beauty blogger to be kicked off the internet for professing an unpopular opinion on Maybelline Great Lash. So with all that in mind, I’d like to talk about Benefit’s BADgal Lash Mascara and how much I hated it… Keep reading »
As any good party girl who’s ever passed out in her eyeliner already knows, sleeping with your makeup on doesn’t necessarily have to be the worst thing. Take, for example, the style icons of the swinging ’60s — Brigitte Bardot, Anna Karina, Edie Sedgwick, et al. — who knew then what it seems we’re just finding out now: smudgy is sexy. Keep reading »
When it comes to playing up one of my features, I generally go for my eyes. In the days when I had acne and frizzy hair, and didn’t care much for my thin upper lip, my eyes always struck me as my prettiest asset. Now I have much higher self-esteem (not to mention clearer skin and an appreciation for my modest kisser), but my eyes still remain my favorite feature. I’ve been on the hunt for a eyeliner and mascara duo that I could always count on, whether they worked in concert with other makeup — like eye shadow or lip gloss — or gave me a little subtle glam on their own. Well, CoverGirl Queen’s Vivid Impact Eye Liner and Lash Fanatic Mascara are my new go-tos. Keep reading »
I’m a diehard believer in the power of makeup to make you not just look better (though it’s a fortunate byproduct) but truly feel better. We’ve all reenacted, purposely or not, the scene from “Mean Girls” that shows the Plastics staring in the mirror alongside one another, discrediting their appearances, one by one, for one reason or another. Everybody is flawed, thank the powers that be, and it’s up to us to make the best of those flaws — in many cases, to embrace them, rather than hide or strive to change. Self-confidence is a tenuous thing, but it’s always important to do what you can to benefit your own. For me, not necessarily everyone, the most negligible amount of makeup on a bare face can spin my worldview 360 degrees. I’ve narrowed it down to a few products that, in conjunction or on their own, can take my slightly swollen Sunday morning face from sad to suitable — not just for public viewing, but for feeling good about myself, too. My must-haves may not apply to everyone, but if you’re the type of person like me who spends a couple of days lazing around the house, resultantly feels like crap, and needs an about-face instant-beauty pick-me-up, there’s nothing quite like one of these quick fixes.