As resident beauty fiend among beauty fiends (my product collection has surpassed hoarder status and shows no signs of ever stopping), I find the Internet to be the most conducive medium by which to feed my addiction. I will always keep close to my heart the shiny, aspirational aesthetics of glossy magazine beauty spreads, but hello, there’s like three pages of them, and the internet just has such an infinite wealth of knowledge and experience — especially where sources like Into The Gloss are concerned. This treasure trove hardly needs my recommendation given their immense success, but I’m going to give it anyway, especially in light of their recent renovation: in September 2010, former Vogue stylist Emily Weiss took her passion for beauty and combined it with her your-coolest-prettiest-worldliest-friend editorial voice and aptitude for sharp, unnerving photography (reminiscent of a decidedly less pervy Terry Richardson), then got all of her famous fashion-world friends in on it. I mean, where else can you find Beth Ditto’s beauty secrets, personal, behind-the-scenes looks at fashion shows, and insight into the life of a beauty editor, all in one place? Keep reading »
I wake up to my signature puffy eye area every morning, without fail. It just so happens that my very favorite things are, in fact, the things that cause puffy under-eyes in the first place: salt, alcohol, coffee, contact lenses, staying up late, black eyeliner in my waterline … the list goes on. I’m not ready to give any of these things up right now, so I’ve given every supposed super-effective remedy (cucumbers, tea bags, ice, massage) a fair shot in the meantime.
Let’s cut to the chase — they never work, and if they do, they never work for me. What does work for me, however, is Boscia’s Super-Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm. This little twist-up stick sounds too good (and too costly) to be true, but turns out it’s actually the best thing ever. It soothes and refreshes my tired eyes, and it contains only skin-safe ingredients that won’t compromise comfort (in other words, it’s cooling, not burning). I’ve gotten into the habit of keeping it in the fridge and smoothing it on cold when I wake up. It’s the perfect pick-me-up, no matter how many glasses of red wine or
bags of potato chips I had. [$26, Sephora]
Don’t let the summer pass your face by. Benefit’s new watermelon-inspired Bella Bamba collection will leave your face glistening like a piece of ripe, summer fruit. The 3D, brightening face powder illuminates cheekbones with shimmering gold undertones. It goes perfect with a tan, if you’ve found a way to acquire one. Or if you’re more of an indoors type of girl who fears sunburns (holler!), it creates the illusion of a summer glow. Pair with the sheer, scented lip gloss for a look that says “I’ve been sitting on the beach sipping fruity cocktails all day.” Which is a look worth aspiring to when you’ve actually been sitting in front of your computer sipping coffee all day. Ah, the magic of makeup. [$28 (blush) and $16 (gloss), Benefit]
Is this really happening? Have I stepped into a warped alternate reality in which Yves Saint Laurent (or shall I say, Saint Laurent Paris) deigns itself to something … low-budget? Even a little bit … tacky? I’ll break the news to you, very slowly, and keep quiet now so we don’t have poor Yves rolling in his grave. In a shocking move, given the prestige nature of the brand overall, the beauty range (my favorite of YSL’s offerings and, rather appropriately, the only one I can afford) of the Parisian fashion house is going public with their love of Facebook. So public, in fact, that they’re willing to put it in writing — which they did, on the packaging of an exclusive new eyeshadow palette called “Devoted To Fans.” Keep reading »
We love Amy Poehler’s website Smart Girls At The Party, which aims to inspire and empower teen girls, so we’re super excited for the launch of Smart Girls’ new series, “Ask Amy.” In the series, Amy answers reader emails while lounging on the bed like the cool aunt we always wished we had. The first question comes from a 14-year-old who wants to know how to feel pretty when her dad won’t let her wear makeup. Watch the video to hear Amy’s thoughtful answer! [YouTube]
My friend Aileen and I popped into Sephora a couple weeks ago so I could grab a new face powder, and of course we ended up staying for two hours and testing every single product and fragrance in the store. When our epic cosmetic journey brought us to the NARS section, I spotted their new blush, modestly titled, “Super Orgasm,” and laughed. Their “Orgasm” has been hugely popular for years thanks to the claim that it mimics the natural flush of a woman’s cheeks post-orgasm. “What the hell is a Super Orgasm?” I asked as I swiped some on my cheek. Then I looked in the mirror, stopped asking questions, and spent 30 bucks on blush (which I have totally never done before). Here’s why…. Keep reading »