Stories for: Makeup

Lust List, MakeupCK One Graffiti

ckonecolorCK One Color is bringing back edgy! I’m loving their Street Limited Edition Pure Shine Lipstick for both what’s inside and out. The lipstick combines the benefits of a gloss, balm, and color in one, so it saves you from having to carry three products around (also perfect for this season’s cute clutches!). The result is a mix of hydration, color and shine that comes in four fun and bright colors.

The brand collaborated with graffiti artist Miss 163 to create the original artwork that’s on each lipstick cover for this limited edition summer collection. Miss 163, a.k.a. Sharon de la Cruz, is one cool chick– when asked about her moniker, she responds, “I’ve always wanted to be in a Miss Universe contest, but I’m too short, so I decided to crown myself ‘Miss 163.’” Born on 163rd Street and raised in the Bronx, Miss 163 has a mission of bringing art in the form of graffiti to those who normally wouldn’t step foot into a museum. Her work is known internationally, with many of her murals in Lima, Peru, so it’s so neat to have a little capsule of it in your pocket to pull out every time you’re ready for a pop of color. Not only is Miss 163 an artist, but she’s an activist working on a non-profit in Peru, addressing women’s health issues via the arts.

The lipstick is so comfortable to wear all day because your lips are softened with every use. It glides on perfectly and adds a girly but edgy vibe to your look. My fave colors are “Sketched” (creamy nude) and “Tagged” (a vivid pink that matches so many complexions) and I’ve even tried layering the two to get fantastic results. The colors are versatile and long-lasting and can go from day to night seamlessly. These are limited-edition designs and colors, so go get your art on!

Beauty, Eco & Organic, Los Angeles, MakeupMake a splash with Aqualillies for Tarte

What’s a great way to test waterproof makeup? Jump in a pool, of course! That’s exactly what the Aqualillies, the country’s leading water ballet troupe, did at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, Calif., yesterday — each wearing a full face of new Aqualillies for Tarte makeup.

By the end of their 15-20 minute performance, they looked just as great as they did when they made their entrance.


Beauty, MakeupLip 20

Kaplan MD glossI have what can only be described as an unnatural amount of lip products stored all over my condo. I’m not exaggerating — there are some in the garage, some in my bathroom, some in the hall closet…  Lip stuff takes up a lot of space in bulk! But even so, I’m always down for discovering a new brand because, really, can one ever have too much makeup?

Kaplan MD is a brand based in Beverly Hills and they were nice enough to send over some of their LIP 20 Treatment Glosses for me to check out.  LIP 20 is the first anti-aging treatment gloss that does a ton of different things besides give your lips a shot of color — it moisturizes, repairs, enhances your lip’s natural fullness and has an SPF 20 in them so you’re protecting them from the sun every time you apply it. I tried out three different shades – Tangerine Sparkle (a bright coral), Candy Sparkle (a light pink) and Plum Sparkle (a medium plum) and liked them all.  They also have an interesting scent to them — something like licorice maybe?  Hard for me to tell, but it’s pleasant and not overpowering, so that makes it a winner in my book, whatever it is.

The glosses themselves are a bit of a splurge at $30 apiece, but they do have a luxurious feel to them – they’re not tacky or sticky at all, and they really do moisturize incredibly well. Plus, they have a little mirror at the top so you can use it to apply the gloss if you’re running around.  Such a nice touch!

Beauty, MakeupAre you a Good or Bad Witch?

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Do you have a hatred of tiny, yappy dogs and getting lost in the rain, and a love of red lipstick and Rihanna? Or are you more into sparkle, princess dresses, dogs you can fit into your purse, and Taylor Swift? Be careful how you answer: Your response may indicate whether you’re more of a good or a bad witch. Or, more simply, you can take a look at Urban Decay’s duo-personality themed makeup palettes, created to celebrate the launch of Walt Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful to determine whether you’re more of the green or fair complexioned type. If your eye is drawn towards brown smoky tones, mossy greens, topped off by a fiercely, glossy merlot red lip, you may be a Theodora or a Mila Kunis-type. If you love metallics, shimmery champagnes and pinks, and pop purple, you may be a Glinda or a Michelle Williams-type. Each of Urban Decay’s palettes contains 6 wells of character-driven eyeshadow color, including a glossy lip pencil and an insert showing how to replicate the movie’s signature looks. So have at it– it’s good to be bad and it can be bad to be good.

Beauty, MakeupJouer Birchbox Pink

Jouer PinkThe idea of anything that is “same size, same color suits/fits all” almost always falls short of its promise and logic. There are over 7 billion people on Planet Earth, so unless a lipstick or pair of thong underwear can magically transmute to become something different for every person of different skintone or body type….well, you get the idea. But every once in a while, these things do magically appear. Think MAC’s legendary Ruby Woo, Rag and Bone jeans and to that, I’m adding Jouer Cosmetic’s lipgloss in Birchbox Pink. Jouer Cosmetic’s lip gloss is already a sheer, moisturizing, comforting kiss on the lips, but in a bright fuchsia shade, instantly transforms you into a more alive,    vibrant something of yourself (sort of like me, after a Pablo Honey tequila cocktail or two.) Birchbox, the original purporter of the beauty subscription box, created this shade in their signature pink, in conjunction with Jouer Cosmetics. This is the kind of lip gloss I swipe all over my lips while on the go, while walking, before arriving at my destination, but still looks beautiful, no matter how carelessly I apply it. On me, it looks like a mix between a dusty rose/bright pink. On my friend Jaimie, with mediterranean skin tones, it comes out like a sienna pink with a hint of brightness. And on my friend, Jennifer, with pale Irish coloring, it comes out more true to the color in the tube, a flash of just bitten, technicolor pink. It may defy logic, but all I know is that Jouer’s Birchbox Pink doesn’t fall short if its that “looks good on everyone” promise.

Beauty, MakeupChanel Attirance

chanelWe’re definitely a bit of a lipgloss kick here at TDO — there are simply too many new spring colors and collections that are just too pretty not to write about. Our latest find comes from the beauty brand we’re always obsessed with — CHANEL — which launched a limited edition shade for spring called Attirance. As part of the Rogue Allure Extrait de Gloss collection, the product is housed in a heavyweight black tube inspired by Chanel’s iconic lipsticks. The regal and formal nature of the packaging belies the product inside — the gloss itself is very smooth and silky and this color in particular has a lightness to it that makes it perfect for warmer days ahead.

Though described as a coppery-beige, I actually found the color to be more of a golden peach as there is none of that dense flatness I usually tend to find with both copper and beige. The formulation is sheer and lets the natural color of your lips show through, adding dimension and a subtle, beautiful sparkle. As one would expect from Chanel, there is no grittiness or glitter to the product, instead the fine gold sparkle is encapsulated in a moisturizing and silky gloss. The color can be worn on its own for those who prefer a natural look, or layered over color to help enhance the shape and fullness of the lip. In fact, this is that perfect shade to gloss to dabble on the center of the lips to add fullness regardless of any color lipstick underneath. My preference, however, is just to let the product shine on its own, and as the day gets sunnier and my makeup turns more natural, this will be the perfect gloss to carry over into summer beach days and bonfire nights. $32 at 

Beauty, MakeupLove Me


Whenever I see Curtis Kulig’s “Love Me’ graffiti tag, I’m reminded of JNCO jeans (the “designer” denim of the time), dancing wildly in my room as a teenager, watching repeat viewings of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo + Juliet, and listening to the soundtrack (Garbage–they were so good) with The Cardigan’s Lovefool. Love me, love me…say that you love me. In the spirit of that carefree era of my life, comes Smashbox Cosmetic’s latest collaboration, a collection meant to celebrate love: the love of makeup, the love of art, and the love of creativity. Each piece of the Love Me collection features what the they fondly dub “curt-sive,” with Curtis’s tag laser-etched into blush compacts, eyeshadow pans, and into the sides of lipsticks.  My favorite in the collection are the lipsticks–glossy, generously pigmented lipsticks in the signature, tug-your-heartstrings, romantic, signature red. True to Smashbox form, they’re long wear and instantly brighten up your face.

Beauty, Celebrities, Los Angeles, MakeupOscar Beauty 2013: Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner

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From Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence to Vanity Fair Oscar Party show stopper Selena Gomez, smoky eye makeup was all over the red carpet last night. (Love!)

Now, how do we get these sultry looks at home? Well, step one is to invest in a good, creamy long-wear liner. My favorite as of late is Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonion Clay Waterproof Liner. Celebrity makeup artist Jenn Streicher used it in Moonstone Brown on Gomez (above left), while celebrity makeup artist Kayleen McAdams used Onyx yesterday on Channing Tatum’s wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum (aka the luckiest girl alive). READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupNARS Creamy Radiant Concealer


In my book, creamier is usually better. This applies to how I like my coffee, my desserts of choice, and most of the time, how I prefer my makeup products. This is definitely the case when it comes to concealer, where anything less than the perfect creamy texture is almost guaranteed to lead to caking, flaking, or just plain looking bad.

Now fresh off the New York Fashion Week circuit, artistry brand NARS has released its new Radiant Creamy Concealer — a build-able and (very importantly!) ultra blend-able concealer that passed the backstage, runway, real-way, and up-close photography test all with flying colors. The product is crafted for all skin types and provides medium to high build-able coverage in a natural finish with light diffusing technology that adds radiance and blurs imperfections. Despite the heavy duty performance of the concealer, the actual texture is light and silky and doesn’t add any kind of weight.

I tested a dollap of the concealer on an super fair patch on my wrist so I could monitor how the product and color wore and faded throughout the day. The color absorbs into the skin very quickly upon application so it never sits on top of it, therefore eliminating any concerns for creasing or looking ashy or dry. Once blended, the concealer also does. not. budge. making it super easy to apply and then forget about for the entire day. I’m someone who always feels the need to wear foundation or BB Cream, but I actually felt confident enough to go without after a strategic application of this new NARS concealer. Another winner from the brand and definitely a new staple product for me!

Available now on and everywhere NARS is sold on March 1.

Beauty, MakeupWe See Beauty

makebeauty It is thrilling to encounter beauty in different forms, inside and out, so I applaud MAKE, the very first for-benefit color cosmetics line! I recently discovered MAKE just before a cold-escaping trip to Miami and it was perfect timing, as I was in dire need of a fresh sun-kissed look minus the heaviness of winter.  Mentally, it was also refreshing to find out I was supporting the We See Beauty Foundation which is dedicated to accelerate women-led, worker owned cooperatives. When looking beautiful leads to building sustainable communities, there’s no way to go wrong!

Here’s my perfect formula for that youthful “no makeup” (wink, wink) look using my new MAKE obsessions: Gilded eyeshadow which adds just shimmer highlight and dimension without heavy color, satin finish blush in Marie Antoinette, a sheer light pink lipstick aptly named “Ballet Flats,” and Cream Luminous Lip Gloss in nude just to add that polish! In just five minutes, I felt transformed and pool-ready. Just before dinner, I applied the same regimen with a bit of added eyeliner and a darker shadow and was ready for a night on Lincoln Road.

Also take a minute to check out  which is way more than cool site for buying beautiful colors. There are products that tell stories rooted deeply in worldwide support for women. The first project starts in Brooklyn, NY with Do Good Be Beautiful, which creates and sells healthy cleaning and personal care products. It’s also a creative outlet, involving two artists each season working to create a collection. A former Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen collaborator, Faye Toogood is an interior designer who partnered with makeup artist Ayami Nishimura to create the New Medieval Collection. One-third of MAKE product sales support We See Beauty, so buy away and feel good about it- you’re helping yourself while supporting an amazing organization. Partner with MAKE and celebrate beauty in a new way!


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