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Benefit Debuts a Sweet New Multipurpose Makeup Tint

  • posted March 8th, 2014
  • Beauty

010314-lolliCredit: Benefit Cosmetics

It looks like even San Francisco-based beauty brand Benefit is jumping on Pantone’s Radiant Orchid bandwagon! Streamlining your mid-day touch-up makeup arsenal just got a whole lot easier, thanks to Benefit’s latest multipurpose product, Lollitint! The new lavender-hued shade joins the ranks of the brand’s other much-loved cheek and lip tints, Benetint, Posietint, and Cha Cha Tint, to smudge-proof color for lips and cheeks. Much like its multi-tasking stains, Lollitint adds a lightweight, blendable flush that’s buildable without caking or sweating off. Though closest in hue to the petal pink Posietint, this new “candy orchid” take on the fan-favorite product packs a bigger punch with a more opaque pigment. For those of you beauty mavens who are having cold feet about going full-out with this year’s Radiant Orchid trend, Lollitint is a flattering, more versatile way to ease into it! Plus, for $30, a little bottle goes a surprisingly long way!

Embrace Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year with These Radiant Orchid Beauty Picks

  • posted February 21st, 2014
  • Beauty


2014 is here, which means Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, is ready to make its grand entrance. Personally, I’m still a little torn about how I feel about Radiant Orchid – it’s not quite pink, yet it’s not quite purple… and it’s a little hard to search for it or filter by it while you’re shopping for the shade online (though I’m sure that’s all about to change in no time), so how does a fashionista give it the warm welcome it deserves? While Sephora’s collaboration line with Pantone usually makes it super easy to get your Color of the Year on in the form of expertly-hued beauty products, this year’s Radiant Orchid doesn’t hit stores until March! So in the meantime, I’ve went ahead and done the work for you by rounding up some of my own beauty picks in honor of 2014′s It Color. Shop them in the links below!

Pictured above: Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer in Passione, Lancome Rouge in Love Lipstick in Violette Coquette, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hoochie, Make Up For Ever Powder Blush in Lavender 9, and Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fishnet.

Deborah Lippmann Unveils New 2014 Spring Reveries Collection

  • posted February 7th, 2014
  • Beauty



Photo Credit: Citizens of Fashion

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge fan of Deborah Lippmann nail polishes — yes, even at $18+ a pop — so it goes without saying that I couldn’t wait to see what she’d come up with for her next Spring collection. While her 2013 line featured a series of speckled Staccato glitter shades, this year the celebrity manicurist has gone decidedly simpler with a back-to-basics approach to spring pastels, courtesy of her Spring Reveries collection. Now, if you’re going to go the “expected” route when it comes to spring beauty trends, you better do it really well, and Deborah Lippmann’s Easter egg hues are the perfect glossy, opaque formula that you’ll want to wear the whole year through. Of course, aside from its array of traditional pastel hues — from minty green to creamsicle peach — it manages to keep things interesting with the shimmery La Vie en Rose shade, which is more on the sheer side with pink and gold shimmer.

What’s your favorite Spring Reveries shade? Sound off in the comments below!

Get the Look: Keira Knightley’s Navy Smoky Eye

  • posted January 23rd, 2014
  • Beauty


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I’m always looking for new ways to upgrade the classic smoky eye. After all, the look is a faithful go-to for gals who like to play up their eyes, but like many tried-and-true beauty looks, it’s always fun to switch things up just a bit. Take Keira Knightley’s recent beauty look at the red carpet premiere of her new flick, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The sultry dark eye – a red carpet staple – got an expected twist in the form of matte navy shadow that looked gorgeous against her full, groomed brows and flawless complexion. Sure, we’ve seen midnight takes on the smoky eye before, but Keira’s look was especially fierce and fresh, skipping the glitz and glitter we’ve seen time and time again in favor of straight-forward, smoked-out navy.

Check out some shadow picks in the links below!

Pictured above: Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Navy Blue 60, Giorgio Armani Maestro Eye Shadow Quad in Ocean, and Ellis Faas Creamy Eyed Liquid Eyeshadow in Navy Blue.

Give Your Mane A Makeover

  • posted January 17th, 2014
  • Beauty

With 2014 well on its way, it’s time to consider a new do. Allure compiled a list of the best hair ideas for 2014, which we absolutely love. But before we jump into what’s hot, let’s consider a few essential tools and accessories to help you achieve hair perfection:

Blow Dryer

Investing in a quality blow dryer will make all the difference as you prepare your hair to “do-work.” We love the Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer as it’s the official dryer of popular blow-dry bar, Drybar and a trustworthy tool to have at home.  For a more budget-friendly yet still powerful option, try Amika Obliphica Mini Ionic Dryer Styler. It’s one-third the size and weight, making it the perfect companion for on-the-go styling.


Photo credits Elle

Curling Irons, Style Wands and Flat Irons

To add a bit of texture, it’s great to have a reliable curling iron, styling wand or multipurpose flat iron. Remington Ceramic Styling Wand has been a fan favorite for years, offering a reasonable price point and named as one of the best beauty tools by InStyle. Also, we’re really diggin’ Sultra’s Bombshell Curling Rod as it creates the waves you want in less time and won’t leave clip lines like a traditional curling iron. If you’re looking to take your hair from frizz to flat or limp to curly, we recommend ghd 1″ Classic Styler because of its versatility and rounded ceramic plates that protect your hair from getting snagged on the styling tool.


Photo credits and InStyle


No bag of tools is complete without a few hair accessories and other tidbits. Right now, we’re into embellished headbands, ribbon hair ties and jewel hair clips. We also recommend stocking up on the basics like bobby pins and multipurpose clips to help you create hairstyles that require extra legwork.



Photo credits ModCloth and Anthropologie

With the tools and accessories listed above, you’ll be well equipped to create any look on Allure’s list of 34 Hair Ideas for 2014. Here are a few of our favorites:

Rumpled Braid

Romantic Ponytail

Braided Twist

Peekaboo Headband


Don’t Sweat It: Workout Beauty Tips

  • posted January 3rd, 2014
  • Beauty

Honoring your New Year’s Resolutions with regular workout routines? Check out some of our staff beauty tips for pre and post-work outs below.



Pre-workout Beauty:

-       Keep your hair up and out of your face with headbands and / or hair ties. This will help keep your locks dry and sweat-free. If you have bangs, use headbands, barrettes or bobby pins. Our favorite headband brand: Under Armour.

-       Opt for a high bun or a braided bun. These options will result in post-workout curls.

-       Rinse your face or use a facial cleansing wipe. Your pores will open during your workout and you’ll want to make sure they stay as clean and gunk-free as possible.

-       If you insist on wearing makeup, go with a minimal approach and choose waterproof mascara. Another helpful tip includes applying a light coat of petroleum jelly under your eyes. This will allow you to quickly and easily remove any mascara runs.


Post-workout Beauty:

-       Wash your face with a wash / scrub or use a facial cleansing wipe if you are on the go.

-       Clean hair. If you don’t have time for a full shower, consider dry shampoo – it will suck up unwanted oil and sweat. We’ve heard great things about the Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. As well, leave in conditioners are great for swimmers. Kiehl’s All-Sport Every Day Shampoo is a nice, gentle wash for those with more time.

-       Stick with light makeup application. Promote healthy, acne-free skin with a minimal makeup application post-workout. We suggest a tinted moisturizer, powder foundation and blush.

Winter Skin Care 101

  • posted December 20th, 2013
  • Beauty

Winter is here which means your skin may be on the defensive. Cold temperatures, gusty winds, snow, hail and rain can cause your skin to feel dry, scaly and even itchy. We’ve put together a few tips and products that can lend a hand in keeping your skin healthy and happy.


Credit Genesis Hair Salon & Boutique


*Skip hot showers – go with lukewarm water instead. We’ve seen it all over the web; hot showers can squash your skin’s moisturizing oils. Stick with a lukewarm temperature to promote moisture.


*Choose skin creams over lotions. Apply a fragrance-free, non-petroleum skin cream to your body after showering. A thicker cream will seal in moisture while allowing your skin to breathe. Some of our favorite creams include Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream and Eve Lom TLC Radiance Cream.


*Oils can help. Coconut, avocado, grape seed, sunflower and olive oils can aid in nourishing your skin.




*Fight dull winter skin with tinted moisturizers. Some staff favorites include Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 and Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer.


*Exfoliate. Scrub away top layers of dead skin with exfoliating scrubs like the St. Ives Renew & Firm Apricot Scrub or tools like the Clarisonic Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution.

Gift Guide for the Him



What to get for the dad, husband, boyfriend, brother or cousin on your list? Something unique and functional with a fun twist may just do the trick. Here are our picks for that fantastic guy in your life, a great gift guaranteed he won’t want to return!

Beard Grooming Kit from Uncommon Goods, $39.95
Just because you sport facial hair doesn’t mean you have to look like a grizzly man. Keep your ‘stache and beard in top-notch form with this all-natural facial hair care set. This line of products, created by a mechanic, is gentle enough for daily use, but don’t worry-we won’t tell anyone. Handmade in the USA.  Beard Oil 4oz,  Whisker Wash 2oz, Moustache Wax 1oz

 Fresno Transit Cufflinks from Etsy, $59
One cufflink reads “Fresno Transit”, wrapped around the front of a bus. The other side reads “One Fare.”The tokens are polished to clean them up but they have been circulated – so there is minor wear & tear. They measure 23mm across. They are attached to gold-plated cufflink posts. The cufflinks will be shipped in a jewelry box – appropriate for gift-giving.

Shinola 47mm Men’s Watch from Neiman Marcus, $550
Handbuilt in Detroit with the desire to craft the finest watches with the choicest materials—the Shinola Runwell watch collection boasts American-made leather and movement with Swiss parts. Featuring a classic field watch design with a sleek, round dial and bold numerals—the Runwell artistically defines Shinola’s mantra, “Where American is made.”™

Uniqlo Lightweight Down Parka Color Block, Uniqlo $69.90
This warm down jacket is lightweight and thin enough to wear as an inner layer. Carries easily in its attached pouch, so it is great for travel!

Gift Guide for the Her


What to get for her this holiday shopping season? We’ve gathered our favorite unique items found on TheFind, there is something for even the most discriminating women on your list.

Clare Vivier Flat Clutch in Star Print Dark Gray at Revolve Clothing, $210
We love the hip simplicity of Clare Vivier’s line of chic utilitarian bags, designed and handcrafted in Los Angeles since 2006. Angelenos and style savvy women around the globe look to Clare Vivier as their go-to source for modern accessories. In addition to creating her namesake line of Clare Vivier, all of which locally made, Vivier also collaborates with Commune Design, the Viceroy Hotel, and several other high-end design brands.

Stackable Rings from Lux Divine at Etsy, $85 each
Handmade in the Lux Divine studio. These awesome Amethyst point Cluster rings are all unique and one of a kind. First made by making a handmade Copper shank, attaching the stones to the ring and then the ring goes through our electroforming process. This process includes a thick copper build up, nickel layer and finally a thick layer of 24kt Gold.

Ceramic Dog Plate from C.Wonder
An homage to your favorite pooches, we designed our decorative ceramic plates with puppy love in mind. An adorable pup looks fetching front and center, and it’s made to pair perfectly with our coordinating stationary set.

Tatcha Blotting Papers
These made in Japan blotting papers remove excess oil without disturbing makeup or stealing moisture from the skin. A powder and primer alternative that improves the wear of makeup. 30 sheets.




Get Set for Holiday Beauty! Jouer Party Perfect Set

  • posted December 9th, 2013
  • Beauty


You know the saying, “Keep it simple, stupid.”  I’m going to be nicer when I say it but this holiday season with all the frenzy and fun it is best to remember to keep things light, classic and simple.  No one is doing it better this winter than Jouer and their Party Perfect set.  Best of all, the whole pretty combination comes in an oh-so chic leopard print bag.  Indeed!

Featuring a soft nude lipstick that shows off your best smile, your lips stay hydrated no matter how many parties you hop.  In a creamy honey pink shade called Meg that looks great on everyone.   Get a super sleek cat eye look going with the Jouer Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner in Leopard, which is a beautiful bronzed chocolate shade.  Guaranteed to bring out every eye color and bring the attention straight to your pretty peepers.  The Everyday Effortless Mascara in a rich black Noir brings forth some seriously voluminous lashes that show off your glam side. Then get ready to head out and carry it all in your cute leopard and gold-flecked print clutch bag, which is just perfect for any holiday fête.

-Victoria Mason