Maybe it’s my relatively weak sense of smell, or maybe it’s just that my overzealous obsession with makeup leaves little room for perfume-buying… either way, I’ve never been much of a fragrance girl. Sure, I like to smell nice (who doesn’t?), but I’ve never really considered the act of choosing a fragrance to be a can’t-miss step in completing my overall beauty look or “identity.” So, for all the girls who want to just-plain-smell-nice without the fuss, CLEAN has created a 5-piece rollerball set dedicated to the simplest, freshest, purest fragrance pleasures in life. The result? Light, wearable scents in fragrances like Fresh Laundry, Rain, and Warm Cotton. I know, I know, they sound a little too literal and not, well, pretty… but mixed with your own natural scent and skin chemistry, they’re addictively fresh and even a little floral. Keep them on-hand to freshen up mid-day at the office, after the gym, or just as a light, clean, everyday scent that’s never overpowering.
Just when you thought you’d seen it all, the ever-popular alphabet beauty trend shows no signs of stopping! Nearly all of our favorite makeup and skincare brands have jumped on the BB bandwagon, but few have expanded into developing BB creams that aren’t just for your face! That is, until Jergens’ latest moisturizer! After all, with spring around the corner and miniskirt weather not too far away on the horizon, skin-perfecting from head-to-toe is essential for prepping for the stylish, sunny days ahead! Available in two different shades (light-medium skin tones, and medium-deep skin tones), Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream boasts 5 skin-boosting perks: it hydrates, illuminates skin with a subtle sheen, evens redness and discoloration, firms, and corrects tone while blurring the appearance of imperfections. It goes on sheer and dries quickly, improving skin with each use while also creating the immediate appearance of a more perfect complexion. And at only $12 a bottle, you’ll be ready for shorts season in no time!
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Why is it that lipstick in crayon or pencil form is so much more fun than your traditional tube? Maybe it’s my childhood obsession with art supplies, combined with my knack for hoarding any and all lip products, but whatever the case, Tarte’s Power Pigments are pretty darn hard to resist. Part balm, part lipstick, part lip stain, these handy tints serve triple-duty, saving you some serious room in your on-the-go makeup bag. Inspired by the brand’s newly-redesigned cheek tints, these punchy lip pencils nourish with a moisturizing combo of shea butter, vitamins, and a dash of refreshing mint, and deliver shiny, bold color for a flattering pout that lasts for hours. The twist-up applicator — no sharpener necessary — make them great for slathering on some quick color on the go or for mid-day touch-ups. With color pay-off this awesome, keep in mind that a little goes a long way, so don’t be intimidated by the $24 price tag!
Every woman’s desire is to look beautiful naturally but many women feel more comfortable enhancing their beauty with makeup. With Advanced Mineral Makeup it can be done naturally! Made with ultra-refined all-natural minerals, this line of makeup offers a wide range of products suitable for all skin tones and types. The line includes:
- Loose Powder Foundation — If there’s just one product to use, this is it. This 4-in-1 product can be used as a powder, foundation, concealer and sunscreen (SPF 30)
- Perfecting Concealer — Need some extra help with dark eye circles? This product effectively conceals dark circles and puffiness without caking or drying.
- Liquid Mineral Foundation — Available in 7 shades, the product stimulates cell growth and rejuvenates tired skin while providing luminous coverage.
- Pressed Powder Compact — Similar to the loose powder, this is also a 4-in-1 product for on-the-go touch-ups.
Advanced Mineral products are available in dermatologist offices and high-end spas and have been used by makeup artists on the set of Grey’s Anatomy and NSIS. Enhance your natural beauty naturally with Advanced Mineral Makeup.
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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!
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.
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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!
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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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
I’ll be honest – fragrance is one realm of beauty that rarely gets me excited. I mean, sure, I’ll spritz some on as I walk out the door in the morning, just for the sake of smelling like a lady… but it’s not something I ever feel motivated to splurge on. Maybe it’s because I haven’t found my signature scent – one that suits my personality, makes me smell and feel more attractive, and is undeniably ME! Tocca’s new ‘Meet the Girls’ fragrance collection has definitely piqued by curiosity with the vast variety of perfumes out there. With 10 mini spray fragrances that span the feminine scent spectrum, you can spritz away and experiment – and even combine scents and create your own perfect musk – from the spicy Cleopatra to the subtly floral Liliana. Plus, this set makes a pretty adorable stocking stuffer, if you’re looking to cross out a few beauty-loving pals off your Christmas shopping list!
– Alexandra Gambardella