Monthly Archives: January 2016

15 Beauty Products That Will Turn You On

Aside from being a beauty editor, the dream job we aspired to while growing up, was being the person who came up with all the clever names on makeup packaging. While some shades may be less than inspiring (“warm beige,” anyone?) and others are just silly, there are a few brands that go for shock value. And these are, in our opinion, the most naughtily named, titillating product titles. From the aptly dubbed Lashgasm mascara to the unabashed Sex eye shadow, these beautifiers are bound to ruffle a few feathers . . . in a good way. But be warned – at least one of them is NSFW!

35 Standout Drugstore Launches of 2016 So Far

For beauty-lovers, the start of 2016 means switching up a beauty routine, cleaning out an overstuffed makeup bag, and, most importantly, keeping an eye out for the latest and greatest in skin care, makeup, and hair. Whether or not your resolution this year is to resist the urge to splurge, you’re going to want to head to the drugstore within the next few months. The new products hitting shelves are going to be quite the treat for beauty enthusiasts, and let’s be honest: the best part is that they’re available almost everywhere, and the price is right! We’re almost certain you’ll want to get your hands on most, if not all, of these new launches – from a new cosmetics line with LED lights embedded into its products to a powder that transforms into a face scrub.

Lasering Off My Mustache Was Worth Every Penny

I will never look the same as I did at age 28. (I’m 37, for the record.) But while I miss my 28-year-old metabolism, there is one thing I don’t miss: my mustache.

Thanks to my Sicilian genes, I am a fuzzy lady, and while I appreciate that the mane on my head is dark and thick, it’s a constant battle with my body hair. I don’t mind shaving my legs, grooming my eyebrows, or even getting bikini waxes. But having a hairy face feels decidedly unfeminine.

A few years ago, I decided to take it all off. I’d heard mixed reviews about electrolysis, so I talked to my dermatologist about laser hair removal, and she told me I was a perfect candidate due to my relatively light, olive-toned skin and dark, thick hair. As she explained, the greater the contrast between the color of your skin and the color of your hair, the more effective laser hair removal is.

My doctor’s office didn’t offer laser hair removal, so they referred me to a dermaspa while advising that any reputable spot would probably be fine. When I found an online offer for discounted treatments at LaserAway – the California chain endorsed by Kim Kardashian – I jumped. If it’s good enough for Kim, I thought, it’s good enough for me.

For years, I’d been bleaching my upper-lip hair; due to my use of Retin A and sensitive skin in general, I wasn’t able to wax. But as I got older, my hair got thicker and thicker, and I had to bleach it more and more frequently, and I wasn’t fooling anyone. A thick yellow mustache is still a mustache. I’m sure no one else noticed it as much as me, but it drove me crazy.

After my first surprisingly quick and easy lasering session, I left thinking, why didn’t I do this sooner? Basically the only barrier to lasering my whole face was the high price tag, but having laser hair removal on my upper lip was some of the best money I’ve ever spent.

Below, you can see my before shot. I’ve circled part of my furry blonde mustache for your convenience.

These Will Be the 14 Most Talked-About Beauty Trends in 2016

The contouring craze. The coconut oil takeover. The power of makeup trend. Between the variety in artistic makeup expression, new products, and stereotype-breaking models, 2015 brought a new and improved version of modern beauty.

Some say all good things have to come to an end. But we don’t think this beauty upswing will phase out – even if last year did. We’re expecting 2016 to be another important year for beauty, and though we can’t predict exactly what we’ll see . . . we do have some guesses.

Get ready for new celebrity product lines, off-the-runway trends, and stylish cuts – there’s more to come, and it’s all happening in 2016.

These Beauty Vloggers Make Aging Look Glamorous

When you get to be a certain age, the standard YouTube beauty tutorial isn’t going to be your style. You’re already far along enough in life that you know what works for you, and that doesn’t include thick coats of glitter or intensely smoky eyes – you’re leaving that to your kids. But trust us, that doesn’t mean you can’t (gorgeously!) age with grace. We found a handful of mature beauty pros who put the average vlogger to shame with their tricks, techniques, and charisma. These stunning women have years of experience testing skin care regimens and perfecting application methods, so you know they’re providing you with some advanced expertise. Even if you’re not middle-aged, you’ll learn a thing or two!

Colorful Freckles Are the Newest, Most Whimsical Take on the Rainbow Trend

The rainbow beauty trend started with unicorn-inspired hair color and quickly migrated down the face to bright brows and almost lurid lips. But the latest take on technicolor is as surprising as it is stunning: rainbow freckles.

Professional makeup artists and amateurs alike are using a variation of the pointillism technique to dab tiny, vibrant spots of color where real freckles might appear – across the nose, on the cheekbones, or even on the whole face. The result is bohemian, whimsical, and unexpectedly wearable. We can guarantee that lots of girls will be testing out this look come music festival season! Read on to see more examples of the rainbow freckle trend.

6 Trusty Treatments For Baby Eczema

When a baby’s silky smooth skin develops red, dry, itchy patches, the culprit is often eczema. Commonly appearing around 2 to 6 months of age, eczema (or atopic dermatitis) affects some 20 percent of infants and young children. If your baby is itchy and irritated, these six trusty eczema treatments from readers are sure to help soothe his skin.

1. Avoid Topical Irritants

Many babies have skin allergies to the perfumes, dyes, and chemicals in common household products like soaps, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and bubble baths. As Heidi F. advises, switching to hypoallergenic, fragrance-free products can help relieve eczema: “For soap, we use Dove for sensitive skin – anything that I put on their skin is fragrance free. I even found Mr. Bubbles for sensitive skin, which makes bath time fun for them. Another thing that I was told by their doctor was to wash their laundry with fragrance-free detergent and fabric softener. This has all seemed to help minimize flare-ups and itching.”

2. Test For Food Allergies

Topical irritants aren’t the only allergic reactions that can cause eczema. As mother-of-two Sarah P. shares, “My son had really bad eczema before he turned 1. We had a doctor recommend he be tested for food allergies. Turns out he was allergic to several things, and as soon as they were removed from his diet, the eczema went away completely.” Keep a food journal to see if certain foods trigger flare-ups, or ask your pediatrician to recommend an allergist.

3. Use a Good Eczema Cream

Slathering on a gentle, fragrance-free eczema cream is one of the best treatments for eczema. Readers suggest applying eczema creams several times daily, especially right after baths. Highly popular brands among moms include Aquaphor by Eucerin, Cetaphil, California Baby, and Aveeno. Others recommend locking in moisture with Vaseline.

4. Avoid Overheating

Mom Kelly F. recommends children with eczema wear lightweight, breathable fabrics: “Lots of light layers are great as overheating can make eczema worse.” Avoid heavy and scratchy fabrics like wool. Jamie D. adds, “You don’t want their water to be hot, just a slight warm.”

5. Limit Scratching Damage

“I’m afraid she will be left with scarring to her face if I can’t get her to stop scratching,” shares Melissa E. “It’s mainly in her sleep.” Since eczema makes skin seriously itchy, heavy scratching is common. To prevent your baby from worsening the rash with cuts and infection, keep nails clean, short, and covered at night. “Try some lightweight mittens,” Robyn S. suggests.

6. Give Medication

Several readers, including Amber P., say that the types of treatments listed above did not relieve their babies’ severe eczema, so they resorted to stronger medications. “We just recently took him to another doctor and she told us that what we’re doing was great for the eczema (washing with Aveeno and using the Aveeno lotion, putting Vaseline on to keep it moisturized, getting rid of all fragrances – laundry detergent, lotion, everything that came into contact with him) but she said that sometimes it just isn’t enough. So she suggested using a steroid cream called triamcinolone acetonide. Ever since we started using it, his face has completely cleared up and we have not had any breakouts in almost two weeks. It’s the best stuff we could have asked for.”

Other moms, like Montana mom Lindsy F., recommend an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream: “Hydrocortisone works miracles! You don’t even have to get a prescription for it. It’s in the anti-itch cream, part of the health and beauty department.” However, pediatrician and mom Helen T. advises that parents use it sparingly: “Just be aware of using cortisone cream in any format for any more than a short period; it will bring much needed relief but it is not a long-term cure as it can have side effects after many years of use and it treats the symptom, not the problem.”

Looking for more advice on baby rashes? From diaper rash to cradle cap, all kinds of skin conditions are discussed in Circle of Moms communities. Get started in communities like Kids With Skin Disorders, which has over 2,000 members.

Glossier Is Giving the Skin Care Game a Run For Its Money

Glossier may be new to the skin care world, but with a pretty big social media presence, along with an obsessed and excited group of fans, the brand is getting major buzz in the beauty industry. The ShopStyle team dug deeper and tested out the products to find out if the quality really lives up to the hype. The results? Impressive and nothing short of amazing. From the ultrachic packaging down to how the products leave your skin, check out what we had to say about some of Glossier’s best items, then try them out for yourself. We have a good feeling they’re going to do wonders for your skin.

Rachel Bilson on How to Copy Her Effortless Cool-Girl Look

Image Source: Getty/Jonathan Leibson

You may know Rachel Bilson as Summer Roberts from The O.C. or Dr. Zoe Hart on Hart of Dixie, in either case she’s always had a great sense of style – both in the fashion and beauty departments. When it comes to her skin and hair, Rachel gives off the fresh-faced California-girl vibe, a look we’ve always envied (and tried to copy with products like Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray). A quick glance at her Instagram account even reveals that she’s a master of the #nomakeupselfies and prefers a natural, minimalist look, which is actually quite refreshing to see amid trends like heavy contouring and bubble nail art.

It’s fitting then that ChapStick recently named the actress as its newest spokesperson for its Total Hydration lip product. In an interview, Rachel opened up to us about why she loves this no-fuss Winter beauty staple and explained how her skin care routine has changed since becoming a mom to daughter Briar Rose. Make no mistake, though – this mama is also equally knowledgable about beauty hacks and shared some easy makeup tips with us.

POPSUGAR: Which Total Hydration ChapStick is your favorite? Is there a flavor you would recommend people to try?

Rachel Bilson: I love the vanilla. I’m a vanilla kind of girl and it really keeps your lips hydrated and moisturized, especially for Valentine’s Day.

PS: Speaking of Valentine’s Day, do you have any date-night style advice for those celebrating?

RB: All of my things include a little person now. We’re a little more cozy than glammed up you can say. I think for Valentine’s Day, less is more. Some girls might like to break out lingerie. That would be nice for the men, but as far as getting ready for a date, low-key is my go-to.

PS: What’s your beauty routine like and has that changed drastically since having your daughter?

RB: I’ve always been low-key and it’s gotten even lower since having a child. I am definitely the ChapStick and mascara kind of girl. When I pull both of those together, it’s quite an achievement.

PS: Do you have any makeup or skin care staples you can’t live without?

RB: The ChapStick Total Hydration is a staple for me and also the Chanel mascara. They used to make it in this blue color – it didn’t really look blue, only in a certain light – but they discontinued it, which is a bummer. Now I am using the Chanel mascara in black and what’s little left of the blue.

PS: The ingredients in the Total Hydration line are 100 percent natural. Is that something you look for in your products?

RB: Yes, especially since becoming a mom, you’re just way more aware of what you put on your body and what you’re exposing your baby to. I love that the product is 100 percent natural.

Image Source: Everett Collection

PS: Throwing it back to the O.C. days, did you learn any fun beauty hacks from the girls or makeup artists?

RB: It’s funny, my makeup artist [Joni Powell] on Hart of Dixie was the head of makeup on The O.C. It’s like a big family of us that have been together forever. For me, what I’ve learned is that when you load ChapStick on and then brush your lips with a toothbrush it acts like an exfoliator, which is great. I had to do that a lot because I used to apply lipstick on all the time. And, if you have individual lashes on or false ones, after a while you can curl them as a little pick-me-up since you can’t really put mascara on them.

PS: Are you the skin care or makeup type of girl?

RB: I would lean more towards skin care. I am low-maintenance in both areas, so I don’t go much further than washing my face and putting on some cream after. Then ChapStick, mascara, and a little blush.

PS: When it comes to your hair, what types of products do you use? As a California native, you have great beach waves.

RB: I am a wash-and-go girl because I don’t do my own hair often. It’s pretty natural when I am in charge of it. I love the Living Proof line, especially the shampoo and condition antifrizz one.

PS: Describe your beauty look in one word.

RB: Definitely simple comes to mind. And minimalist.

15 Gorgeous Valentine's Day Beauty Gifts Every Woman Will Adore

While we do appreciate gifts like chocolate and flowers on Valentine’s Day, that’s not quite what we want. As true beauty girls, we’re craving different kinds of treats . . . like chocolate palettes and rose-infused bubble baths. Can you relate? We dug up 15 pretty presents that any gorgeous gal would love to receive this year – we put them all in one place, so you can “accidentally” leave the browser tab open for your sweetie to find.