[in love with] Tarte bronzer

28 Mar

It’s getting to be that time of year (wishful thinking?) when I want to look bronzed and shimmery. I mean, it’s practically almost summer.

I’ve had a lot of bronzers in my day, and most of them have worked just fine. I like Cargo’s bronzer, even Jane’s, that dinky drugstore makeup brand. But all of my previous bronzers have been a bit too heavy. They’ve gone over my makeup without really blending or giving the illusion of a natural flush/glow.

Tarte’s bronzer is almost like a translucent powder. It’s very subtle and natural looking and definitely suitable for everyday wear. As always, Tarte is awesome about using the best, organic ingredients, so you know it won’t make you break out.


[à la mode] 70’s hair

28 Mar

[Gaby’s take] Pink eyeshadow

26 Mar

Review by guest blogger Gabriela Gutierrez:

In two words, I would describe my fashion as “rainbow prostitute.” The shorter the tighter the sparkly-er the mo’ better—that’s what I always say.  Despite this, I’ve only recently started wearing makeup (or at least more makeup than tinted lip gloss and two quick strokes of mascara).  As a newly-deflowered-makeup-virgin, one of the most exciting discoveries has been eye shadow, and I like rub it on with all the vigor of the seven-year-old who, while playing dress-up, stumbles upon mommy’s makeup bag.  My shadow collection has grown to include, teal, purple, green, white, and more purple shadow among other punchy colors.

I was a bit skeptical about pink eye shadow, which seemed a little too Lady-Gaga-with-conjunctivitis even for me, BUT I was totally converted after using Mac’s Rani Frost eye shadow, a loud and shimmery fuchsia. Even when smeared on with about the same skill as that seven-year-old, I received compliments all day, from girls and even a few boys. Cute and playful enough for the daytime, flirty and sassy enough for nighttime, this color is appropriate for more occasions than I would ever expected—I’ve been wearing it day n’ night for the past three days to class, to work, and to parties.  Again, as a newbie I was unsure whether to use a brush or rub it on with a finger and so experimented with both: with a brush I got a richer more saturated color that I paired with purple liner a coat of mascara, and with my finger I applied less for a subtler glowy daytime look.  If you’re like me and love glitter and bright colors, (especially several bright colors at the same time) this shade is a must.

[trend alert] Messy half ponytail

25 Mar

Can’t stop, won’t stop

23 Mar

My name is Maria Yagoda and I’m addicted to dramatically dark lips. It’s not a problem and I have it under control. Wait, it is and I don’t.

Even though spring is here and paler, pinker shades are en vogue right now, I’m still seduced by the seductively dark lip.

MAC makes the killer, long-lasting Pro Longwear Lip Creme ($16): it’s ultra-pigmented and super rich. I don’t go anywhere without it (not even the shower). If you’re feeling a little dangerous,  I suggest you give one of their dark shades a go, like Prolong or Faithfully Yours.

You too can look this seductive! Well, sort of.


23 Mar

I’ve been using Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion for about a week now, and my skin is already an even, delicious golden color! It looks like I’ve been somewhere much more exotic than, say, New Haven. It’s really idiot-proof. With most self-tanning products, you have to be super attentive to covering every part of your skin evenly, as to avoid awkward hand marks or blotches. With Jergins, my skin looks evenly colored, even though I apply it very sloppily / unevenly. And there’s no orangeness!

I don’t know how I feel about their claim that the lotion will make your skin appear firmer. Why are they allowed to say things like that? It’s not right.

Yay or nay?

21 Mar

This pink lip is good in theory. But for some reason it’s not working for me on Fergie. Maybe because Fergie doesn’t work for me.

Fit Me! Foundation

18 Mar

I am such a sucker for good advertising, and Maybelline definitely wowed me with the campaign for their new Fit Me! line of foundations. First of all, the packaging is super minimalist, and thus looks high end and fancy. I love good packaging. Second of all, they promise a foundation that doesn’t just cover-up and that really fits to your exact skin tone. I think it’s pretty sweet they have matching concealers and blush recommendations that fit along with whatever your foundation shade is.

I bought me some today in shade 130, and I’m really impressed. The product is lightweight, yet provides a good amount of coverage and smoothes over any redness/blemishes that I have. There’s also SPF 20, for maximum anti-aging effects (I”m 20, I need to start thinking about this!) Bottom line: It made my skin look great–fresh, smooth, almost dewy, and natural. For only $6.99, this may become my new foundation staple. Sorry Lorac.

Say what you will about the Kardashians…

18 Mar

but this girl always looks radiant.

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)