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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.


So much hope in this jar.

12 Mar

For the vast majority of my life, I have been terrified of moisturizing my face. I’ve been plagued with oil / acne ever since I was wee, so I figured that adding more moisture to my face would only make me shiny and pimply. But my roommate Pooja has recently sold me on the benefits of moisturizing — she claimed that it can actually prevent breakouts and clear up your skin. Say wuh?!?

So, not having anything better to do, I browsed Sephora for a couple of hours and came across Hope in a Jar, a facial moisturizer by Philosophy. It claims to be a lightweight moisturizer for all skin types. This worried me, because I figured that anything heavy enough to work for someone with dry skin would inevitably make me break out.

Wrong. This stuff is fabulous. If you can get past the strange/abrasive smell, you’ll notice it instantly brightens, polishes, tones, and moisturizers. By instantly I mean after a few days, but still. It’s awesome. I love it. It also makes a great base for foundation or powder. This is my new go to staple. Yes, it’s expensive. $30 for a little jar. But $30 is a small price to pay for hope.