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 »
Do you remember when nail polish colors other than pink and red were shocking? When Chanel‘s Vamp came down the runway in 1994, it caused a major stir. Now everyone wears purple, navy, and, yes, even black on their fingers, but outrageous lip colors are another story. Every once in a while we’ll see makeup artists painting the puckers of models in shades of lavender, gray, and other unexpected choices for fashion shows, but this makeup look hasn’t quite trickled down to the masses yet. Do you think crazy colors of lipstick will ever become mainstream the way kooky nail polish colors have? [Lime Crime Makeup via NY Mag] Keep reading »
The second Sprign rolls around people start to think it’s the perfect excuse to go batsh*t crazy with bronzer. Dude, it’s barely 60 degrees out, no one believes you’ve magically become ten shades darker in this weather. So skip the unrealistic, Oompah Loompah stage of your bronzing and keep it classy with a few bronzers that’ll make you glow, not blind. The ladies over at Elle UK have a few suggestions, and so do we. Personally, when the urge not to look like the undead strikes, I turn to NARS bronzer in Laguna with its slight shimmer and great looking packaging. Keep reading »
I’m a bit of an eyeliner junkie. Every single day, seven days a week, and sometimes more than once a day, I line the inner rims of my eyelids and add mascara. On major makeup days, I’ll outline my entire eye in black eyeliner to draw even more attention to my deep dark look. I’ve never questioned my own health and safety in applying my eyeliner this way. After all, I don’t share my makeup, don’t use contacts, and have never had eye issues. So you can imagine my surprise in reading that this application causes eye infections and that ophthalmologists highly advise against it! Before you get too depressed about having to change your makeup application, there’s a simple fix. Keep reading »