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Beauty Test Drive: Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer

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Like most women, I have 312 bottles of nail polish knocking around my apartment at any given moment. When a package of spring beauty products from Laura Mercier arrived at the office, I had mixed emotions when Sophie handed me a bright lavender nail polish called Reckless: Yay, pretty, expensive nail polish!!!!! and also Oh, I already have that color.

Yes, I have pretty much the exact same shade from Forever 21 called Grape Shake. I guess purple is a big color this season? But I’m sure you won’t be surprised one bit to learn that the $2.80 nail polish from Forever 21 and the $18 nail polish from Laura Mercier are miles apart in quality. Keep reading »

Beauty Breakdown: January Jones’ Retro Glam Lashes & Bright Red Lips

Beauty Breakdown: January Jones' Retro Glam Lashes & Bright Red Lips

Normally I’m pretty against plastic surgery, but I would not say no to a total January Jones Face Transfusion. Look at her face. It’s so pretty. Sigh. Science has obviously not gotten to a point where we can steal celebrity faces for ourselves, and I don’t know that January would be down for such a thing anyway, but luckily we can copycat her makeup! After the jump, I explain how to do it! Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Essie Fill The Gap Treatment For Nail Ridges

Beauty Test Drive: Essie Fill The Gap Treatment For Nail Ridges
Nail Ridges Be Gone!

As I get older, the ridges on my nails become more and more noticeable. Although vertical nail ridges are totally harmless, they can make at home manicures frustrating. Filing them down can weaken nails and painting over them can lead to a streaky manicure. After a long search, I have finally found a solution I can commit to. Keep reading »

Beauty Trend: Wine-Stained Lips

Beauty Trend: Wine-Stained Lips
How-To: Make Lipstick Last
How to keep your lip color looking fresh all day long. Read More »

In case you haven’t heard, the ’90s are back in a big way, with mixed results. I’m happy to leave hair scrunchies and clunky sandals back in middle school, but deep, rich, wine-stained lips are a ’90s beauty trend I’m happy to see come back in a big way. Kerry Washington and Margot Robbie rocked plum pouts at the Academy Awards, and yesterday, Emma Watson was spotted with gorgeous wine-stained lips of her own. Want to slick on a little bordeaux? Here are nine wine-colored lipsticks that would look smashing on just about anyone… Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: LORAC’s Tantalizer Body Bronzing Spray

Beauty Test Drive: LORAC's Tantalizer Body Bronzing Spray
Watch Sophie Test Drive This Body Bronzer!

Ever get all dolled up and then look down at your painfully pale legs? If you’re coming out of winter hibernation and have a special event to go to, I’ve got the solution for you. No stockings required. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Sonia Kashuk’s Limited Edition Make-A-Face Brush Set

Beauty Test Drive: Sonia Kashuk Make A Face Brush Set

Have you ever gone into a Sephora and thought, What the hell is THAT brush for?  Why are there 50 different brushes available when I only use five or six products on my face? I have this internal conversation all the time. I am compelled to hold, caress and sometimes buy several brushes without ever knowing what they’re for until I do a quick Google search. The reality is those unidentified brushes have created an expensive collection.

How many brushes do I own? Twelve. How many do I use to apply makeup each morning? I will admit to five.  How many do I need? Three. In my own defense, after playing with several brushes, I realized that those two extra face brushes allow me to quickly contour my face without looking like a joker.

When Katie and I discovered Sonia Kashuk’s Limited Edition “Make a Face” brush set for $24.99, I almost collapsed! I have spent more than that on a single brush. Katie was very excited to take these beauties home, and I offered to explain to her my multi-brush logic. Keep reading »

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