Ever dream of having a celebrity makeup artist coach you on colors, combinations, and application? I always need some pointers and encouragement when I get the itch for creativity and try to reproduce the latest looks in magazines or on the red carpet. I’ve found my own personal tutor in Smashbox’s new (and ingenious, I might add) Wondervision Mega Palette. Wrapped up in a eye-catching silver box, the palette hosts 34 piercing hues for eyes and cheeks. Every color combination is included, from matte to metallic. A look for any conceivable occasion, mood, and time of day whether it’s for work or an evening out is covered in this palette. At first, I was intimidated by the exponential possibilities, as the sheer number of new colors spans the rainbow. My doubts disappeared as I pulled out the “Get the Look” cards and realized how fun and easy it would be. The cards reference a specific look to go for: soft cat eye, smoldering eye, drop shadow, or the signature Wondervision color look. After picking a card, next step is to slide the guide up and down the palette until you find the color scheme to try, then the card will automatically outline and number each of the colors with instructions on where and how to apply. Personalized professional makeup has never been made more accessible or easy, and creativity is encouraged! (more…)
Hourglass has quietly snuck up on me to become one of my favorite brands; I just love everything I’ve tried from them. Right now, I’m obsessed with their new Ambient Lighting Palette. It’s a limited-edition palette that has three shades of their fabulous Ambient Lighting Powder in it – Dim Light and Radiant Light, which were already available, and a brand new one, Incandescent Light, which was made just for this palette. The powders are used as a finishing touch to create an extra flattering glow. They capture, diffuse and soften the way light reflects on your skin so it gives it a flawless appearance and just makes it look overall… better. (I know, that’s very vague, but really, that’s the perfect word. It just looks better). I especially like to sweep one of them on for a night out because they almost make my skin look like it was lit from within–perfect for a candlelit dinner or a dark bar. The palette also comes with a deluxe mini sample of their fantastic Veil Mineral Primer, so if you haven’t tried that out and would like to before you commit to buying the full-sized version, here’s your chance. The palette’s skinny too, so even though it has three powders in it, you can still tuck it into your bag easily for a weekend away. At $58, it’s a little bit of a splurge, but you’ll definitely get a lot of use out of it, so I say go for it!
We all know that woman–impressive resume, incredible wardrobe, impeccable style, and…impossible to shop for. But this is beauty and there is something for everyone–even the girl who has it all. Below, we’ve rounded up our five favorite beauty treasures of the moment that are guaranteed to delight even your most discerning friend.
1. AERIN Fragrance Collection: Aerin Lauder is, plain and simple, a style icon. She is the epitome of timeless American style and ever since the world of Aerin launched, discerning girls everywhere have wanted to live no where else. Her inaugural fragrance collection invites users on a sensory journey through her life and memories, with each scent inspired by her experiences and traditions. From sparkling white flowers and wet marine notes (Gardenia Rattan) that invoke the carefree happiness of a summer day in the Hamptons to a rich blackberry, cognac and rose elixir (Evening Rose) that captures the intoxicating buzz of a glamorous evening city gala, the collection is meant to transport and inspire. Each of the five eau de parfum sprays (Ikat Jasmine, Evening Rose, Gardenia Rattan, Amber Musk, and Lilac Path) is encased in a heavy beveled glass bottle topped with a tumbled stone cap, making the packaging just as luxurious as the fragrance. (more…)
After being inspired by my recent experience with an amazing high-tech facial, I re-evaluated my skincare routine to see where I could take advantage of scientific advances on a daily basis. The ultrasound delivery of serum and moisturizer intrigued me, and I eventually discovered the Jenu ‘Active-Youth’ Skincare System. The system utilizes a professional-grade ultrasound system to infuse twelve times the amount of anti-aging ingredients into facial skin around the eyes and lips as opposed to traditional creams. When I stopped to think about it, it makes total sense that the depth of penetration makes so much difference in effectiveness of the serum. How can my quick fingertip application compete with hundreds of thousands of safe, gentle, ultrasound waves infusing treatments? The Jenu system updates skincare to today’s standards by utilizing modern technology coupled with advanced compounds to feed the skin. (more…)
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For those of you who have never been in my bathroom, I have an entire drawer full of Tarte Cosmetics — and I wear their eye shadows almost every day. So you can imagine how delighted I was to receive a sample of their Bow & Go 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection, three gorgeous gift boxes filled with full-size, vegan-friendly, cruelty free products. The set includes a box of Amazonian clay eyeliners and Lights, Camera, LASHES mascaras (two each), a box of four LipSurgence Lip Cremes and a box of 16 Amazonian clay eye shadows.
And get this, for today only, they’re available at QVC for only $49.98. That’s, like, almost a $200 savings. (What?!? Is the world ending?!?) I suggest you get over there and buy at least one before the price goes up. They make great gifts — and since there are three boxes, you can keep one for yourself. (The hard part is choosing which one!)
When done right, nudes can be some of the chicest hues around, endlessly flattering on lids, tips, and everything in between. When they’re a shade or two off however, beiges can look a little strange. That’s why the makeup gurus at Clinique have released 16 different shades of nude, 8 in its A Different Nail Enamel polish collection and 8 shades in a new All About Shadow eye palette, so every beige-loving gal can find the color that’s just right for her.
The nail polish collection ranges from a creamy off white (Room Service) to a deep cocoa (Nighty Night) with a spectrum of pink, peach, yellow, and reddish nudes in between. Cool skinned gals should opt for a neutral with more of a pink undertone (Pajama Party) while warm skinned gals look more flattering wearing a nude with yellow undertones (Tickle Me).
The same concept is applied to Clinique’s new “All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette,” but unlike nail polish, eye shadow practically demands mixing and layering, allowing users to create a wardrobe of looks, from a simple, understated wash of color to a dramatically contoured smoky eye. It’s my new go-to palette: easy to tote around and endlessly versatile for day or evening.
Find out more on Clinique.com.
Sometimes a lady just needs to be pampered with the absolute best. When it comes to the eyes, I feel like this statement applies more than ever, and here’s why: I was told many years ago by a facial guru (when I thought I was too young to have even heard of eye cream) that it was necessary to start even then to preserve what I had. The thin skin around our eyes is the first thing to show age. I took that advice to heart, and have always taken special care to research eye creams for high quality ingredients and superb formulations. I’m currently obsessed with Erno Laszlo’s Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair, a gel-cream which is the “caviar” of eye treatments. Erno Laszlo founded the eponymous skincare line in 1927, incorporating his expertise on skin pathology to develop a treatments used on Hungarian royalty. Ever since, it has remained the gold standard for skin treatments and is a favorite among Hollywood’s elite. The emollient Phormula 3-9 preserves the skin’s texture and appearance (best to start while you’re young, but it’s never too late to catch up!) while providing defense against environmental stressors. My little beauty secret is putting the jar in the fridge, so when I apply, it feels cool and refreshing and tightens my under-eye bags right up (a necessity after a long night!). The gel component is non-irritating and absorbs quickly, and I can barely feel any weight at all. (more…)
The torch is off to its first spacewalk and we are three months away from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi! To ramp up for the big event, let’s see what Olympic figure skater and brand new COVERGIRL Ashley Wagner is obsessed with right now:
ONE. Lorde — “She’s only 16 years old and she looks wise beyond her years. Her look is almost like a fortune-teller and her music is the perfect combination of moody and edgy.” (Lorde’s 17th birthday was yesterday, just after this interview.)
TWO. Finding the perfect big chunky turtleneck — “I need to get this staple into my wardrobe. Even though I live in California, I’ll be in Boston for Nationals and I want to be prepared.” Our budget-friendly recommendation: H&M’s Knit Turtleneck Sweater.
THREE. Olay Fresh Effects (S’Wipe Out!) Refreshing Make-up Removal Cloths — “I need to make sure that I keep my skin nice and clean. I take so much pride in my skin and even when I’m wearing lots of makeup for competitions, these take it right off.”
FOUR. All Saints winter line — “It is super comfy casual, but at the same time it’s nice and edgy and can be dressed up or dressed down. I should probably look for a turtleneck from them.” Oh hey, here’s one!
FIVE. COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara — “I love how it goes on so thick, which gives me a ton of volume and fullness.” Tip: COVERGIRL recommends applying more of this curling mascara on your outer lashes for a winged look.
When it comes to online shopping, Net-a-Porter is just the best: a luxurious, chic, and well curated discovery experience. And as far as subscription boxes go, that is also exactly how I feel about Glossybox. So it only made sense that the two would collaborate this month (finally!)–and their joint baby is just as wonderful as you would expect.
One of the fantastic things about Net-a-Porter beauty is their selection of hard-to-find, niche luxury brands. Even for a beauty editor that’s seen a lot of things out there, I still continuously discover new products on Net-a-Porter. The NAP Glossybox (limited quantity available now) lets beauty enthusiasts try 8 sample and full size products that cover all the beauty bases from sun protection (Natura Bisse Diamond White) to hair care (RGB Cuticle Oil) to color cosmetics (Kevyn Aucoin and Ellis Faas). Net-a-Porter calls this box “the essentials” and I would agree–it’s everything a chic beauty wardrobe should have. The box is priced at $40 for all 8 products, which is a steal considering just that Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadow costs $42.
Discover more and pick up your own box at Net-a-Porter.
As the weather getting colder, dry skin begins to emerge for some of us, and it’s time to stock up on those moisturizing essentials. I love Burt’s Bees for their natural line of products, and two of my favorites to combat dry, flaky skin this season are:
- Lip Balm – This is one of their classic products. I love it in all its variations, but the classic is hard to beat with its tingly, wintry pepermint-y freshness. The balm contains beeswax to condition your skin, while Vitamin E provides moisturization. It’s also affordable, which means you can afford to stock up. I toss one in my purse, and keep another couple on my nightstand and on my desk.
- Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream – Yet another classic Burt’s Bees product! The texture of this cream is super thick, so it may take some getting used to. It’s also not my favorite scent, BUT the combination of oils (Sesame, Borage, Macadamia, Rosehip and Sunflower) in this product makes it insanely moisturizing. My dry skin that was flaking stopped fairly quickly after regular use, and continues to leave my hands soft and supple. A winter must!