Monthly archive for May 2017

You've Never Seen Glitter Highlighter Swatches This Bright Before

Many shimmery, holographic products claim to be “magical,” but indie brand Glitter Injections’s new highlighter actual is. The glitter strobing cream is blindingly bright, and it actually doesn’t come off under running water (just watch the Instagram video ahead!). So you can really be a mermaid, swimming in the ocean with moonbeams on your cheeks – or bum !

The highlighters come in five festive shades: Fame (iridescent gold), Autograph (purple), She’s Jelly (green), Own the Stage (red), and Fan Mail (green). Plus, now you can snag the whole set for $88 (normally $100) online here . Keep reading to see gorgeous swatches of these highlighters.

Match Your Summer Makeup and Your Rosé With the Perfect Pink Eye Shadow Palette

Summer is coming and that means it’s time to move our all-black outfits to the other side of the closet and replace our dark eye makeup with something a bit lighter. Dose of Colors has released a brand-new eye shadow palette filled with five ultrapigmented matte shades to help you achieve the perfect pink eye for warmer months ahead.

Whether you’re opting for a rosy pink to day drink with friends or a dark berry shade for a night out on the town, the Marvelous Mauves Palette ($32) has you covered. Brighten up your smoky eye by mixing the colors together, which we’ve heard “blend like a dream” and look stunning on all different skin tones. The cruelty-free, paraben-free palette lets you match your eye shadow to both your Rosé and your red-wine sangria , because we know that’s what you’ll be drinking all Summer!

Keep reading to see photos and swatches of the Marvelous Mauves palette.

Get Ready to Lose Your Sh*T: Kat Von D Is Launching a Shade & Light Glimmer Palette!

Just when you had a bad case of the Mondays, Kat Von D saved the day by announcing she is launching a glittery version of her beloved Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette . Here’s what we know so far: it’s coming in July, it has the same 12 neutral shades from the OG product, but it’s reimagined with “wearable glimmer finishes.”

Expect some subtle shades and other more glittery ones, depending on how jazzy you want to look. According to the brand’s Instagram caption, there are “different levels of intensity, to bring light-catching dimension to the eyes.” These colors will look absolutely gorgeous with a tan.

Oh, and like all other Kat Von D products, they’re vegan and cruelty-free (insert cute bunny emoji). The countdown for this gorgeous palette starts NOW!

9 Summer Makeup Palettes You Can Get at Sephora – All Under $50

Packing for a weekend away can be stressful, which is why snagging a do-it-all palette saves time, energy, and space. You don’t have to make choices. You can have your shimmery champagne and smoky bronze, too. We combed through Sephora to pick out the best palettes hitting shelves this season. The best part is they’re all under $50, so your budget will stay in good shape.

See All Angles of Pippa Middleton's Elegant Wedding Updo

If a wedding is the time to be the most elegant version of yourself, Pippa Middleton won that game. The famous sister of the Duchess of Cambridge got married to James Matthews in England on May 20, wearing a gorgeous lace gown with a mock turtleneck.

To show off that stunning dress, she wore her hair in a classic updo. It was twisted around the back with a crystal Robinson Pelham headband crown and a simple Stephen Jones veil. It is reported that stylist Pol Garcia created the sophisticated hairstyle.

When it came to makeup, she looked glowy in neutral colors that accentuated her features. We see this gorgeous wedding style making its way to many Pinterest boards soon!

Keep reading to see all angles of Pippa’s wedding beauty.

Oh Yes: Too Faced Just Announced the 1 Peach Product You Need!

Jerrod Blandino has another surprise for dedicated Too Faced fans. The brand’s cofounder used his personal Instagram page to reveal its upcoming Peach Perfect Mattifying Loose Setting Powder , writing, “Who wants Peach Perfect skin? [L]uminous matte skin with a blurred soft focus effect! It’s the modern way to do matte.”

Here’s what we know about the product so far: it’s part of Too Faced’s megapopular Sweet Peach collection , it’s a mattifying loose setting powder, it’s infused with sweet fig cream (yum!), and it will be available this August. So we all have to wait just three months until we can get our hands on this sweet treat. Let the countdown begin!

These Are the Top 10 Summer Haircut Trends According to Pros

If you’re ready for a Summer refresh, start with your hair. From statement-making crops to tousled bobs to long layers, we’re covering some of the hottest Summer haircuts for 2017. With the help of celebrity stylists, you’ll learn how to ask for each of the featured cuts at your go-to salon, as well as how to style the look once you’ve got it. We’ve also included expert commentary on which types of hair and face shapes these cuts suit best. Get ready for some serious warm-weather haircut inspiration!

Wonder Woman Beauty Makes a Triumphant Return to Walgreens

Just as we’re trying to calm down from the excitement of the Wonder Woman Jean-Paul Gaultier fragrance , we find out that Walgreens has a new line of cosmetics based on our favorite heroine.

We loved when the drugstore debuted a line of Wonder Woman makeup last year , and we’re thrilled to see the retailer is collaborating with the comic book hero again. This time, the collection features the superhero on cosmetics bags, stunning red-bristled makeup brushes, and lip and eye products inspired by the character.

These items are sold exclusively in stores, and prices may vary from store to store. If you’d like to get your hands on this collection, you may have to rummage through a few different Walgreens before you find them. Luckily, excited beauty mavens have been posting images of the affordable products to Instagram and Twitter so we know what to look for.

Keep reading to check out the new line.

This Highlighter Will Make Your Heart Flutter

Our highlighter collections are starting to take up serious real estate in our makeup battle stations , but we couldn’t resist adding the new Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts Highlighter ($7) to the bunch. The adorable heart-shaped highlighter is an Ulta exclusive and includes three blended shades merged together for a subtly shimmery, light-golden highlight.

For makeup addicts on a budget, this is an awesome buy. The cute packaging is an excellent dupe for the Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter ($30) but at a fraction of the price.

This covetable highlighter is further proof you don’t have to spend a lot to get high-quality, gorgeous-looking makeup.

Sunset Eye Shadow Is Trending on Instagram – Just in Time For Summer

Summer is almost upon us (*cue excessive cheering*), and I’m doing everything I can to welcome the warm season with ready, open arms. I’ve stashed away my Winter coats, started stocking up on beach-ready swimsuits , and even have some of my go-to sunscreens at the ready for when Mother Nature decides to grace us with the sun’s powerful tanning rays. But nothing is getting me in the Summer mood quite like the latest makeup trend to take over Instagram: sunset eye shadow.

Inspired by the gorgeous colors that fill the sky as the sun dips below the horizon, these eye shadow looks are actual masterpieces. Some makeup artists mix a few of our favorite bold eye shadow hues like bright pink and zesty orange , while others mimic the trend by adding shimmery coppers and sultry purples. Below we’ve gathered our favorite sunset eye shadow looks from all over Instagram, along with a helpful video tutorial so you can DIY the trend at home. Take one look at these stunning eyes, and you’ll instantly feel transported to an island getaway. I’ll take one piña colada, please!

Fidget Spinner Nail Art Is Here – and We've Officially Reached Peak 2017

ICYMI, fidget spinners have become quite the polarizing craze this year, with some parents praising their focus-increasing qualities while teachers denounce their tendency to disrupt the classroom. Regardless of which side you’re on, one beauty YouTuber just introduced the world to a new trend that’s sure to blow your damn mind: fidget spinner nail art. I can honestly say I never saw this coming (like, ever), but hey, it’s 2017, and apparently nothing is off limits these days.

Natasha Lee expertly crafted her tiny fidget spinner using nail acrylic, which she formed with a brush, nail drill, and hand file. After painting the doll-sized gadget with a cool galaxy pattern, she adhered it to her nail using acrylic (although regular nail glue would work as well). Watch her video tutorial above to see how she got the job done.

You Can Now Get a Free Cote Nail Polish When You Buy Everlane Sandals

I will use any excuse I can to go shopping – especially when it comes to shoes. When I heard about this Everlane x Cote Nail Polish collaboration, I knew I had to snag a pair (and share the deal with friends and family, aka you guys!). Right now, when you buy a pair of Everlane’s new Form Sandals in Cross-Over or Slides ($118), you also receive a complimentary, complementary color of Cote Nail Polish (the polishes are normally $18).

The shoes are that cozy-chic pair you can rock from poolside to the bar (without looking like you’re in beach flip-flops). It features a buttery Italian leather and pre-formed fit sole. This comfy shoe is offered in black, pale rose, wine, and navy.

Here’s where Cote comes in: the non-toxic nail polish brand selected four bestselling shades to match those sandal hues, so your pedi will look on point. The lacquers available are No. 16 (a perky bubblegum pink), No. 50 (a universally flattering tomato red), No. 57 (a sunny sunflower yellow), and No. 71 (a cheery sky blue). So, for example, Nos. 16 or 57 pair lovely with the wine-colored sandals, while No. 50 looks lovely with the rose ones, and No. 71 is pretty against the navy.

Also note that while you can choose your sandal shade, the polish colors are selected at random. So you get what you get, and you don’t get upset! That said, like wine and cheese, it’s hard to pair these wrong.

My advice: get your credit card ready if you want in – this deal is only available to first 1,000 shoppers. Good luck!

1 Makeup Artist Just Took the Mermaid Trend a Little Too Far – but It's Pretty Impressive

Just as unicorns have become a staple in the food world, mermaids have full-on infiltrated the beauty sphere, inspiring gorgeous makeup looks , products , and even brushes . Many makeup artists mimic the tail-flipping mythical creature using glitter galore and pretty blue hues, but one talented artist just showed another – darker – side of mermaids, and the internet is freaking out over it.

Channing Carlisle took a slightly shocking route with her hyperrealistic mermaid-inspired look: she transformed her leg to make it look ripped open to reveal scales underneath. I’m not gonna lie; at first glance, I thought it was pretty darn gruesome and took the mermaid trend a bit too far. But once I saw that it was all done with special effects makeup (and no skin was actually harmed in the making of it), I realized it’s extremely impressive. I can barely even apply my eyeliner properly, but Channing somehow managed to make her leg look like a prop from the set of a mermaid murder-mystery film. This girl’s got crazy talent, and that’s something to be celebrated just as much as a MUA nailing the perfect cat eye.

It seems like the internet had somewhat similar reactions. When Channing shared the double-take-worthy image on Twitter , it garnered more than 50,000 retweets and nearly 200,000 “likes,” not to mention that tons of fans and followers responded to her tweet sharing their praise for her mind-blowing makeup skills.

15 Millennial Pink Nail Polish Options to Consider This Spring

Gone are the days when pink was viewed as a cheesy color reserved for little girls. As it turns out, adult women are swooning over a very specific shade of the cheerful hue right now – “millennial pink” – and marketers have taken note. Think about the color of that bubblegum you popped for hours on end as a child and then add a dose of coral. That’s the best way to describe this popular hue.

We’re thrilled that the sophisticated peachy-blush tone has cropped up in the beauty world , especially in one of our favorite product categories: nail polish. According to Essie celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders , it’s no surprise millennial pink is hot right now.

“We first saw ‘millennial pink’ walk down the runway at the F/W 2016 Alexander Wang NYFW show,” Saunders told POPSUGAR. “It was the first time the designer deviated from his go-to sandy matte beige nail. That’s when I knew it was here to stay . . . and that Fiji by Essie would sell out that season.”

Millennial pink is special because it complements a variety of complexions. “Our eye is naturally attracted to pink, because it’s a color that feels modern and feminine,” Saunders adds. “It’s soft but powerful. Millennial pink is flattering on all skin tones, because it’s a mix of red and white. Depending on the depth and tone of pink, the variation looks good on everyone.”

With that said, get inspired to up your beauty game by putting the trend to the test with our favorite millennial pink nail polish finds. We promise your digits will look way prettier with this neutral in your manicure routine. Keep clicking to dive in.

According to Reviewers, These Are the Best Drugstore Self-Tanners

While a little bit of vitamin D is healthy in moderation, self-tanning is the best option if you’re looking to develop – or maintain – a tan without getting any sun damage. Whether you’re new to the world of faux glow or a seasoned pro at applying bronzed lotions, there are a ton of products to choose from. From sprays to lotions and everything in between, it can feel like an intimidating space to tackle. So we looked to reviewers to case the drugstore aisles in search of the best.

10 Top-Selling Travel Items and Sets You Can Get at Sephora – Under $28

We’ve all gotten stuck in the sample-size products section by the register at Sephora, browsing a little bit too long and letting at least five people go ahead of us before finally deciding to pay. Besides being just really adorably tiny, the travel-size items are the perfect primer for trying a new product or brand. The items are usually cheaper so you can test them before you splurge on the full-size item. And of course you can use them for all of your weekend jet-setting and local getaways as they are all TSA-approved. Keep reading to see which items you should grab on your next Sephora trip.

This $8 E.L.F. Lotion Will Make Your Skin Strobed on a Budget

Everyone talks about “glowing” and looking “dewy” in the Summer, but if you’re not sure that’s your jam (hey, you like a matte face!), then try it with E.L.F.’s new Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Lotion. The $8 strobing cream just launched and it gives you that candlelit look.

It’s a lightweight lotion featuring micro shimmering pearls to highlight in a subtle way. Those looking for a seriously bright strobe should check these creams out . The soft, shimmery E.L.F. lotion can be worn alone, under foundation, mixed with moisturizer, or on certain spots on top of foundation (like tops of cheekbones).

It also offers skincare benefits, like aloe and vitamin E, as well as antioxidants such as grape and orange extract. Like other E.L.F. products, it’s free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. We bet its the best lunch money spent this month!

24 Discounted Products to Snag From Sephora Before They're Gone

The only thing better than a trip to Sephora is a trip to the Sephora sale section . Realizing that we can afford to buy even more products to feed our beauty obsession makes our day, and the cosmetic emporium has some incredible items on sale right now. Limited-edition palettes and collaborations, skincare sets, and makeup brushes are all on sale, so it’s the perfect time to stock up on your favorite products or simply add to your collection.

Read on to find out what discounted items you should pick up now at Sephora.

29+ Seahorse Manicures That Will Rival Mermaids and Unicorns

Mermaids and unicorns have been the beauty battle of the year, and we may have found another to add to the mix . . . seahorses. They are just as cute and just as magical, and the best part is they are real living creatures. The tiny underwater creatures were just made to be surrounded by holographic, iridescent glitter goodness, and honestly who wouldn’t love to see them on palettes and makeup brushes ? If you aren’t already convinced, scroll through and see for yourself how seahorses make the cutest manicures going.

Too Faced Co-Founder Jerrod Blandino on Breaking into the Beauty Industry

Jerrod Blandino is the founder of Too Faced Cosmetics .

I’ll be the first to tell you that working in the beauty industry is full of glitz, glamour, and fabulous creativity. I’ll also be the first to tell you it can be tough. It’s been almost 20 years since I started Too Faced with my husband and business partner, Jeremy Johnson.

It’s been an incredible journey and along the way when people ask me for advice on breaking into the industry I always tell them it’s going to take guts, more work than you can ever imagine, prayer, and a belief in yourself and what you’re doing that will push you to the edge – but it’s worth it. Take the road less traveled and above all be prepared to work your ass off.

Along the way, you might find that people might discourage you from going for your dream, even people who love you, because they are afraid you might fail. Find the strength in yourself to go on because there will be 1,001 reasons to give up, but all of that hard work will teach you more about yourself and reap more rewards and love than you can imagine. If you’re lucky enough, all your dreams will come true and you’ll get your happy ending.

Read on for some of my best advice for anyone looking to break into the industry.

Don’t Do It Better – Do It Differently
When I started Too Faced, I was at the cosmetics lab, and I saw these amazing vessels of glitter that I wanted to have pressed into an eye shadow. The woman working at the lab said it couldn’t be done.

I said, “Well, why not?” and she told me how binders work. So I told her to just add more binders! I was so naïve that I didn’t know things were impossible.

It worked, and we created the world’s first glitter eye shadow. My entire career I have stayed true to the idea of pushing boundaries and never taking no for an answer. I’m not always concerned with trying to do things better than someone else, I want to do it differently. That’s how you change the world.

Never Say “No”
I always tell my team you can say not right now, or not today, but you can never say no. To break into an industry as tough as beauty and to stay competitive and innovative you’ve got to push yourself and your boundaries.

You don’t change the world by accepting the limitations of your circumstances, of science, or of other people’s ability to understand your vision. You have to keep pushing. True pioneers turn no’s into yes’s.

Failure Is Temporary
Listen, if you’re not failing, then you’re not risking anything or growing. Failure is temporary, but success is permanent. In the beginning, there were times where our bank account only had change and where major things didn’t go as planned or were out of our control. From each failure we learned and we pushed ourselves to succeed.

The wonderful thing about failure is that it can be your greatest gift in the end.

We’ve all heard of other brands’ success stories, when it seems like they hit it out of the park overnight. That was never us. You’re going to fall down a thousand times on your way to the top, and the wonderful thing about failure is that it can be your greatest gift in the end. Sometimes you learn more from your failures than your successes. Don’t let it define or discourage you. Let it empower you.

Sharpen Your Makeup Tools
If you can keep your eyes, heart, and makeup bag open, you will go far. Try that new product, go to that seminar, and do makeup on anyone who will let you. I started my career working behind the makeup counter, and it was a fast track through my own personal makeup school. I got to touch so many different faces, ages, skin tones, and work with so many different products. It is the best way to truly learn about makeup.

Be a makeup junkie. Live it, breathe it, own it.