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Where’s spring?

1 Apr

Add some edge and go for a pastel smoky eye.

Here are some must have beauty products for spring, when it finally decides to come.

1)   Tinted moisturizer. Light coverage is what it’s all about this season. Bonus points for SPF—the suns getting stronger everyday (hard to believe now, but…) and the number one tip universally of beauty editors is to SPF everyday to keep your skin young looking.

— Top Picks: Allison Raffaele, Laura Mercier, Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer

2)   Brown mascara. Lighten up your look, naturally. Have people notice your eyelashes being mad long, full, and curled without being able to guess that you’re wearing mascara.

— Top Picks: BECCA

3)   Pastel shades: This time of year reminds me of easter eggs and babies dressed in pastel-colored easter dresses. Maybe that’s just me. How does this relate to what color eye shadow you wear? The bottom line is that bright, pastel shades are hot for spring. Just make sure you don’t overdo it  by doing it on your lips, too.

— Top Picks: MAC and Sephora have a wide range of affordable eye shadows.

4)   Fruity frangrances: The key here is to not go crazy. You’ll want to choose a fragrance with subtle, fruity undertones.

— Top Pics: Fresh offers a ton of scrumptious scents with fruity notes.

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My favorite unconventional places to buy nail polish

16 Mar

1. Forever 21 (pretty shades perf for spring at only $2.80)

2. American Apparel (super chic neutral shades)

3. Five Below (funky colors)

4. The Dollar store (even funkier)

The people have spoken

9 Aug

The lovely people at Jezebel asked readers what beauty products were worth spending on, and which were totally okay to pick up at the drugstore. As you can imagine, everybody had their own idea about what products were worth the extra $$. Here’s Jezebel’s summary of what readers had to say:

Foundation: Many commenters noted that foundation was one of the products they felt was worth the extra cash. As commenter Sir notes, “Foundation sits on a large part of your face all day, so you should splurge on something non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, breathable, long-lasting, comfortable and cruelty free. A good foundation will provide better, more natural-looking coverage. It’ll probably last longer too since you’ll need less product to get your degrees of coverage (light/medium/heavy).”
Department Store Favorites: Make Up Forever, Bare Minerals, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Clinique
Drug Store Favorites: L’Oreal True Match, Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear, L’Oreal Bare Naturale

Lipstick/Lip Gloss: Lipstick was also worth spending extra on, according to many readers. MAC lipstick, in particular, seemed to garner quite a bit of praise. As ClassiqueMisdirection writes, “I recommend MAC because it’s the cheapest high(er) end brand with *great* pigment and it stays on so well! Even when it starts coming off, it doesn’t look gross, it just sort of fades gracefully. Plus, you can try them on before purchase unlike drugstore lipsticks.”
Department Store Favorites: MAC, NARS, Dior
Drug Store Favorites: Lip Smackers, Burt’s Bees

Eye Liner: Our readers seemed to be split on whether or not eye liner was worth spending more for, so again, it comes down to a matter of personal preference.
Department Store Favorites:MAC Fluidline, Urban Decay
Drug Store Favorites: Rimmel, Almay, Revlon Colorstay

Eye Shadow Eye shadow was another product that seemed to split down the middle: some commenters recommended picking up a department store primer, like Urban Decay’s, in order to make drugstore shadows last longer.
Department Store Favorites: MAC, NARS, Stila, Urban Decay
Drug Store Favorites: L’Oreal H.I.P., Maybelline

Mascara: When it comes to mascara, however, drugstore brands were preferred by most. “The stuff in the drugstore is pretty much identical to the stuff in the department store,” writes commenter keyamarie, “It is mostly about technique. Plus, it really should be thrown out every 3 months, and who wants to do that to a $25 tube?”
Department Store Favorites: Diorshow, Lancome Definicils, YSL Faux Cils
Drug Store Favorites: Cover Girl Lash Blast, Maybelline Full N’ Soft, L’Oreal Voluminous, Maybelline Great Lash

There were so many detailed recommendations in yesterday’s thread that it was hard to narrow it down, so I’d recommend scrolling through and reading the very thorough recommendations of your fellow readers. What it all comes down to, really, is trial and error: the benefit of department store cosmetics, for many, was the opportunity to try things on before purchasing them, though it’s also good to keep in mind that some drugstores, like Rite-Aid, offer refunds on beauty products. The one uniting thread that seemed to run through most of yesterday’s comments was the tendency for commenters to mix high and low—there are effective cosmetics in every price range, and in the end, it’s up to you to determine what’s really worth the money.

My picks for dark lips

8 Aug

At this point, it’s pretty much impossible to deny that the fall is fast approaching. Everywhere I turn there’s some sort of back-to-school special. I’ve even seen a few crunchy leaves on the ground. This is mostly a good thing. I like sweaters, warm drinks, less-frizzy hair, and new pencils. And while I’ll miss the lazy summer days of reality television and nail-painting, I’m excited for the coming season.

I’m also excited to start doin’ my lips dark, which feels perfect for autumn as it matches the changing leaves. But I understand that a severely dark lips takes a lot of confidence to pull off. So here are my top picks for dark lips, ranging from the subtlest to boldest.

MOST SUBTLE

  • Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $13.50. This cult classic is a cult classic for a reason. I’ve been hearing about this staple for ages, and how it really looks good (and different) on everyone. This is quite true– it works with absolutely every coloring. And it goes on smooth and slightly sheer, so you can layer it for a more dramatic look.

SORTA SUBTLE

  • Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment, $22.50. I love this stuff, because it does so much good stuff for your lips. Nourishes, repairs, soothes, plumps, protects, and colors. And the color is really fabulous– a deep, almost purplish hue that blends so nicely with your own lip color. This back-to-school essential is def more important than pencils and notebooks.

DRAMATIC

  • Nars Satin Lipstick, in Rouge Basque, $24.50. I am kind of having a love affair with Nars lipstick. I especially like their satin lipstick, which goes on super creamy and silky and lasts pretty much forever .The color is full-bodied, and I especially like Rouge Basque, which will give you the ultimate dark and seductive lip for fall.