It’s hard to ignore the hideous ’80s images that flash before our eyes when we think of purple eyeshadow, but a recent uptick in celebs pulling off the look has forced us to re-consider our fear of the stuff. Katy Perry may look a little bit like a pretty bobblehead doll in this picture but her shimmery purple shadow definitely isn’t to blame; her eye makeup is gorgeous. Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, and a handful of other classy ladies have tried out the look, too, all with great success. After studying their triumphant purple eyeshadow usage, we came up with a few universal tips for trying out plum-colored eye makeup. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
Despite health risks, I’m a huge fan of lining the inner rim of my eyes with deep black eye makeup. For years, I searched for the perfect eyeliner to provide a deep black rim, throwing away more money than I care to think about while testing countless options. Finally, I found my go-to during college, and luckily it was cheap! CoverGirl’s Perfect Point Plus has all of my requisites: a soft pencil for simple, delicate application; a self sharpener; and a smudge brush for days I’m feeling the need to go a little Taylor Momsen with my liner. You’ll find that this eyeliner not only covers your inner rims quickly and easily, but it holds up throughout the day and needs only minimal re-application. With CoverGirl’s liner, I’m also able to draw a perfect line on my upper eyelids , and I never have to deal with scratchy, painful application since it’s self sharpening. I promise you won’t be disappointed with this option, and with the cheap price tag, your wallet will be pleased, too. [$4.99, Target] Keep reading »
A lot of trial and error goes into purchasing a new lip gloss color online, because those little color swatches aren’t always accurate. Avon has made this task easier. The Glazewear app on Facebook lets you try on Glazewear Lip Glosses before buying. These high-shine glosses never go on tacky or gooey, and leave lips moist, smooth, and luscious. Among the 16 glosses available, five glosses deliver high-impact color, five give a sparkly shine, five have a megawatt luster, and one clear gloss provides high-shine and SPF protection. There’s a reason Glazewear Lip Glosses are a favorite among Avon customers, and it’s time for you to be in the know. [$1.99 for a limited time, Avon]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away a complete collection of Avon Glazewear Lip Gloss (16 lip glosses in total), but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us how your lip gloss addiction began by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, June 4. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules.) Good luck!
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I’m not an eyeshadow girl. I hate how it tends to get all built up in the crease of your eyes, and before you know it, you look like a hooker doing the walk of shame. Or else you have to put on tons before it looks like anything, and all of a sudden, it’s very obviously too much and you have to give up, stay in, and buy, like, 20 cats. Lucky for me (and you, because I was going to keep going with these scenarios), there is good eyeshadow to be had. Recently, I tried Dior’s five-color palette. The packaging is a little flashy, but this stuff gets the job done. The consistency is nice, it blends easily, and the colors in each set are lovely and complementary. Though pricey, at $58 each, they do come with five colors, so if you’re looking to improve your eyeshadow situation, it might be worth the splurge. [$58, Sephora] Keep reading »
I don’t come from makeup-wearing stock. In fact, I could probably count the number of times Mom wore makeup during my childhood on two hands. And, despite more than a decade of trying to jump on the beauty bandwagon, I’m right there with her now, barefaced except for special occasions. Keep reading »
We’re pleasantly surprised by the new Topshop cosmetics line, which has finally landed in stores. In the past, we’ve felt pretty eh towards retailers that attempt to sell eyeshadow at the cash register, but Topshop has really lived up to expectations with some edgy packaging and lovely hues (we’re digging the hot pink cream blush and the pastel grayish-purple nail polish). There’s a “Core Collection” as well as a “Trend Collection” which changes color palettes according to the season and what’s hot at the moment. Some added online bonuses: Check out the video tutorials do get runway-ready looks and test out looks before buying products with the virtual makeover program (coming soon).
We have to say, this stuff looks so good (and affordable!) that we might be hitting up the Topshop cosmetics counter before we head to Sephora or anywhere else. [Topshop.com] Keep reading »
If you think you spend a lot of money on makeup, this woman will make you feel better about your excessive mascara and lip gloss purchases. Meet Hillary Kosofsky, who owns a total of $30,000 worth of beauty products. During her 54 years, she’s become totally obsessed with buying any form of makeup or hair care product, but face creams don’t make the cut. Here’s her main problem: When she goes shopping and falls in love with the appearance of a product, she’ll buy two just to keep one fully intact! It’s makeup, lady, not art. With this kind of consumption, it’s easy to see just why Hillary has money problems. In addition to all the multiples she owns, Hillary can count at least 9 hairsprays, 29 shampoos, 137 eyeshadow palettes, 32 concealers, 86 nail polishes, and 25 brushes that are currently stockpiled in her house. And when she’s not snagging new beauty items on impulse, Hillary is strategizing about her next big splurge. When new magazines come to her house, she’ll flip through and rip out pages to remember what to buy at the store. As if she really needs more. And yes, she was in debt up to $14,000 at one point, but her devoted husband paid it off. [MSN] Keep reading »
I’ve whined about the state of my under eye circles before, and my continued pre-occupation with them means I’m not done experimenting with fixes. This week, it was Fresh’s new Supernova Radiance Brightening Pen. Yes, the name is ridiculous, but the brightening aspect is legit. The company claims the pen acts as a concealer and brightener in one, but if you’re got real heroin chic-esque circles to tackle, I suggest using your favorite concealer along with the brightener. It may be a bit too annoying to bother doubling up on the daily, but special occasions call for super bright eyes and this will help you get there. [$24, Fresh, Sephora] Keep reading »
Do you shop QVC for your cosmetics? If so, you might want to inspect your purchases carefully for signs of use. A thread posted a few days ago on QVC’s Beauty Banter forum debates this issue. The original commenter said she received a used Perricone kit, and a few others echoed similar stories: “I just had this happened to me. I posted a new thread regarding this. Mine was a LG blush I received that was not in the original packaging and upon checking the compact it looked as though someone had brushed across the top.” The community message board users appear to be fairly polarized on this claim, however. Several state that “there have been many, many reports of people receiving used items here on the boards for years so I definitely believe it.” On the other side are die-hard QVC fans who feel the company would never take the risk of re-selling used products, or if customers received something damaged, it was probably due to human error.
Are you wary about somehow getting pre-owned makeup—whether shopping in the drugstore or online? [QVC.com] Keep reading »
The pages of fashion magazines are often filled with inspiring images. But then there are times when all we can think is WTF? That was our reaction when we opened T The New York Times Style Magazine this weekend and saw this nightmarish image, which will haunt our dreams forevermore. [T Magazine] Keep reading »