Monthly archive for September 2017

If You Love Rose Gold, You're About to Lose Your Sh*t Over These 7 Highlighters

This time two years ago, we thought that rose gold was simply a trend. Now, the beautiful blush-metallic shade has proved itself to be a long-lasting hue that’s here to stay. It’s hugely popular for jewelry, fashion, tech products, and – most recently – beauty. It’s warmer than a classic yellow gold and, quite frankly, more universally flattering. We love it on eyes and lips, but it truly shines as a highlighter. Big-time cosmetic brands have made their own highlighters in the popular color, and we rounded up our favorites for you. Not only will these choices help you to get your glow on, but they will also add warmth to your face. Shop these irresistible options.

8 Toxic Ingredients You Should Never Use in Your Skin Care Routine

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Tata Harper’s farm in Vermont, and it blew my mind. It should not have been so shocking. I’ve been a fan of her natural-ingredient, eco-friendly skin care and makeup line for years. It’s ideal for my sensitive skin, and everything smells deliciously botanical with milky, silky textures. But actually seeing the farm-to-vanity process of these products made me realize: they are the real deal.

These are not products that claim to have organic ingredients but are still packed with “processed” stuff. In fact, most Tata Harper formulas have the shelf life of just a few months. She pointed out: why would you want to put something on your face with enough preservatives to make it last for years? Gross. (I immediately went home after the trip and threw away a ton of expired formulas.)

“I started Tata Harper Skincare after my stepfather was diagnosed with cancer,” she told me via email. “Through all of the doctor’s appointments I learned so much about lifestyle and how little decisions affect health and wellbeing. That’s when I started really researching ingredients, and discovered that a lot of the ingredients with the most potential health risks aren’t even there to give results; they’re just fillers like preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners designed to keep the formula stable and give the product its texture. I only use natural ingredients because I believe that no woman should have to compromise her health for her beauty, especially if those ingredients aren’t even making her beautiful!”

The more I learned about natural ingredients , the more I only wanted to use them. Every time I wash my face with Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser , I envision the apricot seed powder exfoliating my skin and the French pink clay detoxifying it. Or when I nourish my face with the Rejuvenating Serum , I know rosehip seed oil is rejuvenating my under-eye area, while Spanish lavender extract is relaxing fine lines.

If you are eager to get informed about the harmful ingredients in your skin care products, as well as natural ones to look for instead, keep reading. Tata Harper herself breaks down what to ditch, what to use, and why.

Sephora's Weekly Wow Sale Includes This 1 Soon-to-Be-Discontinued Product

While Sephora is only offering three products in this latest installment of its wildly popular Weekly Wow Sale , the trio is so good that you won’t even think about wanting more.

Now, for seven days only, you can score half off a creamy, long-lasting eyeliner from Lancôme, a matte liquid lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills, and a much-beloved (and soon to be discontinued !) eye shadow palette from Urban Decay.

But act fast – along with the fact that the deals only last for a limited time, this sale is also infamous for selling out quickly.

You could honestly do your whole face in a sultry, smoldering look just by purchasing all of these products. Ahead, find a glimpse of this discounted goodness.

I've Switched to Aerosol Nail Polish Remover, and I'm Never Going Back

I, like many of you, would prefer to get my nails done professionally 10 out of 10 times. That’s unfortunately not always a possibility, which is why I’ve built an at-home manicure kit to give me the closest thing I can get to salon-fresh nails. One of the most important products is nail polish remover.

I’ll be honest: I truly have always had a hate/hate relationship with polish removers. I find many of them irritate the skin around my nails or severely dry out the skin on my fingers, from even the smallest contact. Not to mention, I have spilled polish remover on so many of my own surfaces . . . and others’ (sorry, Mom/Dad – I still can’t afford to buy you a new dining table).

Recently, however, I discovered Spray Away . It’s an aerosol nail polish remover, which may sound like a disaster, but after testing it, I can confirm it’s amazing! It’s 100 percent spill-proof and didn’t dry out my skin, and I didn’t have to go through 100 cotton balls trying to remove dark nail polish. Check out the pictures of my at-home test and see for yourself.

Meet CoverGirl Peacock Flare! The Newest Mascara In the Drugstore Family

According to Emmy-winning, celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor, there is nothing more disgusting than when your open beauty product slips out of your hands and falls onto the floor, exposing it to bacteria! CoverGirl is making sure this doesn’t happen with your mascara thanks to its brilliant new iteration. So, we proudly introduce: Peacock Flare Mascara ($8).

Let’s start with the packaging. In addition to the mirrored turquoise, peacock-inspired color and pattern, the cap features a rubber grip. It also has a curved shape for your fingers to grab onto, ensuring that bathroom crime scene is avoided. When I tested it, I definitely was able to pinch the cap more than a traditional round tub.

Onto the brush! The feather fan brush features alternating shorter bristles that spiral around. This is meant to help curl the lashes as you apply. The end result is a lush, flared-out look – hence the name, peacock. I found the curling feature to be effective, and I only needed a few coats to get some drama since the brush is pretty long. It was able to grab everything from my inner corners to edges at once.

The formula is also unique with a wax blend meant to add volume and resist smudging. It has lash-nourishing ingredients, including sea buckthorn extract, vitamins, and minerals. This gives it a creamy feel when applied, and I didn’t feel the need to use my usual lash primer.

And because CoverGirl just thought of everything this time, the brand is offering Peacock Flare Mascara in eight shades! Lookout for five levels of black: Extreme Black, Intense Black, Jet Black, Black, and Black Brown. There are also waterproof versions in Extreme Black, Black, and Black Brown.

If you need one more reason to #WANT this mascara, know that Ayesha Curry was just announced as the face of CoverGirl , and her first campaign is for Peacock Flare.

The mascara launches in November at drugstores and online, but you can see a first look here!

Forget Plain Highlighter – People Are Now Putting Actual Pearls on Their Faces

Forget using highlighter and strobe creams to give your skin a pearlescent glow. Now, makeup fans are taking the look one step further and incorporating real pearls into their makeup looks. The results, as you may expect, are pretty striking. Tiny seed pearls and small beads have been added to eyes, lips, and even the entire face to enhance each makeup look. The results are something both Coco Chanel and the Little Mermaid would be envious of!

If you want to opt for something a little more angelic than gory for Halloween this year, use eyelash glue to add the tiny accessories to your makeup look. After all, as one makeup artist noted, in the words of Jackie Kennedy, “Pearls are always appropriate.”

7 Conditioning Serums That Will Give You the Eyebrows You've Always Dreamed Of

I say this from personal experience: I know what it’s like to be insecure and want better eyebrows. I was one of those girls who plucked hers off in high school , but thankfully, because of products like eyebrow growth serums and conditioners, I got them back. If you can relate to this, you might want to try out some of these miracle wands. We did some research and found a lot of popular brands have released brow boosters. The formulas in these products use a combination of amino acids and B vitamins, which help hydrate and improve the thickness and overall health of your brows. Shop some of our top choices.

This 2-Year-Old Influencer Has the "Best Review" of Fenty, According to Rihanna

The beauty vlogging community is a crowded place, and with just about everyone clamoring to get their hands on Fenty Beauty, it’s easy for reviews to get lost in an internet void. Well, grown adults, step aside, because one Fenty tutorial just got the coveted Rihanna seal of approval – and it was made by a toddler.

In a sweeping epic that we predict will win all of the Oscars come award season, 2-year-old Samia Ali tried Fenty for the first time. Rihanna found the video and posted it on her Instagram, writing that Samia delivered “the best review yet!”

We’re inclined to agree. We shared the same reaction Samia had when she sniffed the heavenly peach vanilla scent of Gloss Bomb for the first time. With a face full of Trophy Wife Highlighter , the youngin’ took one whiff of the universal lip luminizer and wondered, “Can I eat it?”

Calling it now: this girl’s going to go far.

A post shared by Samia Ali (@samiaslife) on Sep 18, 2017 at 8:53am PDT

I Tested the 7 Best Fenty Beauty Products For Skin of Color So You Don't Have to

It’s mind-boggling that in 2017, having one makeup line with offerings for more than just a handful of complexions is a huge ask. So of course the hype around Fenty Beauty by Rihanna hit a thousand and hasn’t let up since the collection dropped last week. Just stop by any Sephora store and you’ll see ravaged Fenty Beauty gondolas where dreams of looking like Rihanna once lived.

Rihanna can pretty much do no wrong in many people’s eyes, including mine, but she isn’t the first celeb to do a beauty line. She has been very vocal about the importance of inclusivity with this collection . . . so I had to test it out for myself to see if it lived up to the hype and to find out which products actually look good on skin of color. Hint: it’s pretty much the entire damn collection, but here are the best ones.

40 Times Oprah Winfrey Proved She Is a Gosh Darn Beauty Icon

We’re positively screaming over the fact that television legend and beauty inspiration Oprah Winfrey made an appearance at the 2017 Emmy Awards. Often referred to as “The Most Influential Woman in the World,” Winfrey has inarguably been a style maven since her namesake daytime talk show debuted 31 years ago.

Her signature look often involves a few go-to products (she’s been rocking a bold lip like it’s her job since before many of us were born), but she’s also keen to switch things up. Case in point is her hair: she sometimes wears her natural curls, but she has also been seen repping a TV host blowout and straight bob with equal grace. No matter her hair or makeup, Oprah is always sure to wear a smile, which completes her gloriously inspirational red carpet looks.

Read on for 40 pictures of Oprah looking like #beautygoals. We promise it will make you happier than finding the keys to a free car under your seat.

Madonna Teams Up With The Fat Jewish to Tease Her $600 Chrome Face Mask

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Back in August, we caught a glimpse of Madonna’s MDNA Chrome Clay Mask , which can be removed magnetically (in other words: without splashing water all over your face and ruining your sink with sticky goo).

Ever since then, we’ve been waiting patiently for the collection – which was previously only available in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan – to expand stateside. We now know that MDNA hits US stores on Sept. 26.

What’s more, according to Madonna, it’s given comedian The Fat Jewish (aka Josh Ostrovsky) “beautiful skin.”

While the fact that the beauty icon teamed up with an Instagram-famous meme-maker to promote MDNA might sound strange at first, just take a look at the behind-the-scenes promo the pair shot together. To be honest, their spa day looks pretty relaxing, and their new friendship is totally something we can support.

A post shared by MDNA SKIN 🌹 (@mdnaskin) on Aug 24, 2017 at 8:19pm PDT

“Bitch, you’re Madonna,” The Fat Jewish told the 59-year-old legend. “Bitch, you’re right,” she responded, in between clips of the chrome mask doing its work. We are obsessed with watching the magnetic skin rejuvenator tool pull off the artichoke leaf extract-infused mask. The gliding motion is graceful, gentle, and similar to those tranquil ASMR videos people watch to fall asleep or reduce stress. But it won’t come cheap: the Chrome Clay Mask and Skin Rejuvenator Set retails for $600. The six-piece line also includes a serum ($240), rose mist ($120), face wash ($50), and eye mask ($50).

If the three-figure prices are too steep for your skincare budget, don’t despair! The Material Girl hinted to WWD that a more moderately priced collection is in the works for Fall 2018 .

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28 Tiny Tattoos to Get Ink-spired

So, you’ve decided to go for it – it’s time to go under the needle. The tattoo needle, that is. Whether it’s your first piece or your last (or so you say), less really can be more – at least when it comes to tiny tattoos . Wear your heart on your sleeve or your coordinates on your body , and do it all without the pain (or commitment) of larger ink. Keep reading for tiny tattoo inspiration. And yes, showing this list to the artist is allowed.

Charlotte Tilbury's Dreamy New Eye Shadow Palette Is Here – for 1 Day Only

I don’t consider myself much of an eye shadow girl. That may be because I’m totally clueless when it comes to expert blending, cut creases, and all that magic I admire on Instagram. But, as soon as I saw Charlotte Tilbury’s new Instant Eye Palette ($75) I knew even an amateur like me couldn’t get it wrong.

You see, the palette tells you exactly how to use it. The 12 shadows (half matte, half shimmer) are divided in four ways: Day Eye (light ivory and browns), Desk Eye (peach and bronzes), Date Eye (classic smoky eye), and Disco Eye (full-glam smoky eye). What’s more, they’re divided into three steps each, with each shade designated to “prime,” “enhance,” or “smoke.” How easy is that?
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Kristina Rodulfo

It almost reminds me of the beloved Urban Decay Naked palettes with its super universal, neutral shades of taupe, brown, and black. After swatching them all, I am also impressed with their buttery, velvety feel and easily blendable formula. It takes a bit of building and layering to get a super pigmented color, but I take that as further proof it’s impossible for a beginner to screw up.

And, can we talk about the packaging? Charlotte’s signature art deco-inspired, gilded design makes the palette a must-have at any vanity for its looks alone.

You can shop the palette right now during a 24-hour flash sale running on through Sept. 21 – or until it sells out. If you miss out, you’ll just have to wait all the way until mid-October when it officially launches, so act quickly.

Check out swatches of the gorgeous palette, ahead.

Bratz Dolls Are Officially Back With This Makeup Trend That Screams Nostalgia

The Bratz girls are back, baby. Though the early-aughts dolls have since declined in popularity, they were once a cultural phenomenon that informed the style choices of their millennial owners. Over a decade later, Bratz dolls have inspired a nostalgia-inducing makeup trend that’s taking over social media.

The trend reportedly began with a tweet by Natalie Martinez . In her tweet, the 19-year-old makeup enthusiast shared a picture of her glam look side by side with a picture of Cloe – yes, that is the correct spelling – who is also known as Angel. In an interview with Yahoo Style , Natalie said, “When I was younger I always wanted to be a Bratz doll. I always thought Bratz were cooler than Barbie in terms of fashion and makeup; they honestly had a ‘passion for fashion,’ and a lot of girls get inspired by them today still.”

Following Natalie’s tweet, many others tried their hand at Bratz-inspired makeup, copying the looks of other dolls like Jade, Yasmin, and Sasha. Ahead, browse the insanely accurate re-creations and maybe get inspired to unleash your own passion for the Bratz makeup trend.

This Major New Beauty Store Looks Like Barbie's Dream House

It’s honestly tough to imagine a world without Forever 21. The megaretailer has long been known for selling trendy, affordable go-tos to women of all ages. The store has truly been there for us, even when our bank accounts were not. We’ve definitely hit up the store countless times to find that perfect (often metallic) “going-out top,” statement sandal, or impulse-buy graphic t-shirt. And now we’re pinching ourselves, because we just learned that Esther and Linda Chang, owners of Forever 21, are launching . . . wait for it . . . a beauty store.

We know, we know – Forever 21 already sells beauty products . But here’s how Riley Rose will be different: for one, it’s an entirely new concept.

There will be no Forever 21 brands sold here, and it will focus on selling both hard-to-find cult brands and old, reliable products. Whereas prices at Forever 21 rarely go above $50, Riley Rose will sell products that retail from $2 to $189.

K-beauty and indie offerings will be the main focus, and you’ll be able to shop favorites from TonyMoly, Winky Lux, Essie, R+Co, Stila, and Laura Geller. With that hodgepodge of names, we’re imagining Riley Rose as a mix between a big retailer like Ulta and your favorite under-the-radar novelty store.

POPSUGAR got an exclusive peek at what the inside of Riley Rose stores will look like, and we can verify that the chain resembles a Barbie dream house. Products will be displayed on vanities that will give you major organization #goals, and you’ll be able to get makeup advice from interactive touchscreens.

This emporium of beauty goodness will first open in Glendale, CA, on Sept. 30. More stores are set to follow, but no matter where you live, you’ll be able to shop Riley Rose online when the site launches in November.

Ahead, get a peek inside the stores and see Riley Rose’s gorgeous campaign photos.

Albino People's Rave Fenty Beauty Reviews Prove How Inclusive It Really Is

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Much has been said about how Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty foundation is groundbreaking for its diverse shade range . A lot of attention has been paid to how she catered to people with deeper skin tones – a population notoriously underserved by makeup brands. Perhaps you haven’t realized, however, that the lighter shades among the 40 were made to be inclusive as well. Now, new reviews from albino people have shed light on just how much Rihanna thought of all people with this launch.

Mississippi-based Krystal Robertson posted photos of herself trying out the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation ($34) on her Instagram and the closed Facebook group BeautyBook. “I had a small freak out today…my neck and face finally match each other,” she wrote, adding that she was wearing the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer ($32) as well. “Didn’t realize I was this light….loving the feeling of the foundation so far tho. Also I’m albino I have no pigment so it be hard to get a nice match…always end up orange. Now, I’m rethinking all those times I went orange.” She wore shade #110 and told us that, because she lives an hour away from Sephora, she figured out her color by looking at reviews before ordering online.

“It actually means the world that she not only made diverse shades for all women of color but she brought us all together. When I was in Sephora all the women were doing their swatches and complimenting each other – all skin tones – and giving advice,” Krystal told POPSUGAR.

Image Source: Krystal Robertson

Over on Instagram, she wrote, “It’s a new world great job @badgalriri 😍😍😍😍.” Then, the megastar herself shared Krystal’s post right on her Instagram Stories with a kissing emoji. Fenty Beauty also shared her photo on its Instagram Stories with the hashtag #THENEWGENERATIONOFBEAUTY. “I felt that me finally being myself was worth it! Those pictures had no filter,” Krystal reacted. “Fenty Beauty reached out to me which was a nice gesture, and I felt the real genuine pride they have for the brand! They know they’re killin’ it!”

That’s not the only review that has come from someone with albinism. UK-based Frey Prevett posted a comprehensive review of shade #100 (the lightest) on her Facebook as well, praising the “damn good shade range” and claiming that “this is the first ever foundation I’ve had that matches the color of my neck!” They kept updating how the foundation was working as time passed (even through falling asleep with it on) and told POPSUGAR they were so detailed because “I have a couple of friends who also have albinism, and lots of other friends who are pretty pale, and they’d asked me on an earlier post to review what I thought of it.”

“Out of the dozen or so foundations I’ve purchased in the past couple years, only one of them has been wearable at all,” Frey said. “And although a lot of high-end products have lighter shades, it’s frustrating to be expected to pay triple or more what a drugstore foundation would be because there are no shades that match you.”

Image Source: Frey Prevett

They added that, upon hearing about the Fenty Beauty launch, they were skeptical because they thought the foundations would all be medium/tanned shades as usual and “nothing for either end of the spectrum.” “I was definitely pleasantly surprised when I saw pictures of the shade range and found out it wouldn’t cost the earth too!” Frey said.

Consider this yet another testament to Rihanna’s commitment to celebrating diversity – she did not come to play. There’s a reason Fenty Beauty was in development for two years, and we have to say it was well worth the wait.

7 Amazing Ways to Save Money on Beauty Products at Target

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Target is a go-to store for snagging everything from a last-minute outfit for a weekend getaway to a stash of paper towels. But if you’re a beauty enthusiast, your Target runs always involve stocking up on drugstore favorites from brands like L’Oréal and Essie. Plus, the options are endless from Up & Up, Sonia Kashuk, and Pixi, a selection of beauty lines that are exclusive to the superstore.

Ahead, we share insider shopping pointers (yes, we consulted with Target directly) to score the best deals on its beauty offerings. Go ahead and grab your notebook to take notes so your next trip down Target’s beauty aisles goes off without a hitch.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

If there’s a deal you’re after, get to your store as early as possible. The sale cycle begins on Sunday, so your chances of finding your item of interest in stock are higher if you visit early in the week. It also can’t hurt to purchase multiple backups of your favorite beauty goodies when they’re discounted so you’re stocked until the next promotion.

Sign Up For the Cartwheel App

If there’s one thing you should do before entering your local Target, it’s signing up for its Cartwheel App . Launched in 2013, the app lets you add dollar-amount discounts as well as offers typically between five percent to 25 percent off. And as if that’s not enough, it also includes manufacturers’ digital coupons.

You simply show the Target cashier your Cartwheel barcode at checkout to enjoy the discounts. The more offers you choose, redeem, and share with your Facebook friends, the more offer spots you’ll receive.

Tip: Scan the barcode of any item in a Target store to see if there’s an active Cartwheel offer. You’ll never miss out on any deals!

Stack Coupons

A smart Target shopper never forgets to practice coupon stacking. Put Cartwheel to work, but keep in mind you can also use any manufacturer coupons, Target store coupons (also available via mobile), and the five percent discount you receive with the Target REDcard all in one transaction.

Apply For a Target REDcard

Apply for the Target REDcard if you’re a frequent Target shopper. It’s available as both a credit and debit card which gets linked to your checking account and has no annual fee.

REDcard holders enjoy a five percent discount with every purchase in store and on , along with free shipping and an extended return policy.

Image Source: Flickr user Mike Mozart

Snag Gift Cards With Your Purchase

Target is notorious for offering gift cards, starting at $5, with select purchases. You typically have to buy multiples of one product or a specific combination of products to receive a gift card with your purchase. Learn which items are eligible for a gift card promotion by checking the weekly Target ad or online as well as signage on store shelves.

Price Adjustments Are Your Friend

Don’t worry if you’ve purchased a product only to find that it’s on sale at a competitor, , or the store’s weekly ad just a few days later. Not only can you request a price match at the time you purchase the product, but price adjustments are available 14 days after your purchase, too.

Save More With Subscriptions

How many times have you finished the last drop of your face moisturizer just as you’re about to apply your makeup for work? Eliminate that frustration by signing up for Target’s subscription service on to schedule exactly when you’d like an item delivered. The service offers everything from makeup to skin care products, and you’ll save five percent plus get free shipping on every order with subscriptions.

After Using This $5 Reddit-Famous Mascara, I Didn't Recognize Myself

In a results-driven beauty world, mascara tubes can often read like alcohol bottles. In my wild youth, I’d scavenge liquor stores for 101-proof whiskey (oh, how my liver aches just from the memory), but now my vice is “-proof” mascara. When it comes to lash lifting, products promise to be smudge-proof , sweat-proof , sleep-proof, and – oh yes – sex-proof .

In an era of such high-tech mascara, we can often forget the product’s original purpose: to make your lashes as sweepingly gorgeous as possible. This week, we got a beautiful reminder of what bare-bones, no-frills mascara can do, courtesy of reviews of a $5 cult product lurking in your drugstore aisle.

On Sept. 17, Reddit user EllieDaisyLouise created a thread celebrating her recent Essence Lash Princess ($5) purchase. The side-by-side comparison of her lashes with and without this product drew double takes from around the internet. The people needed to know: how the heck does a drugstore mascara do this?!

Can’t believe this mascara was only £3.30! Sorry for the shocking picture quality but this is the Essence Lash Princess mascara and I HIGHLY recommend it. from MakeupAddiction

As with any viral sensation, Lash Princess quickly drew more attention. Further reviews praised the tube , but others bemoaned it . In hopes of contributing to a healthy debate – and looking pretty while doing so – I decided to test it out for myself.

After requesting a sample of the mascara, I arrived at my office to see the tube on my desk. The first thing I noticed about it was its bodacious, eye-catching shape. If I was lazily perusing through an Ulta mascara aisle and saw this cheeky black-and-green tube with its crown design and (very trendy) fake-lace corset string-sealed cap , I would surely reach for it out of sheer aesthetics alone.

This mascara is truly the best thing to happen to swiping since Tinder.

The thin applicator confused me at first. How was I supposed to get next-level lashes via such a puny brush? I also noticed ample clumps lurking around the bristles, but they came off easily enough with a little scraping.

After seeing so much residue, I was a little nervous about sweeping it all over my lashes. I took a deep breath, applied it to my lashes, and . . . didn’t recognize myself! The amount of volume, after just one application, had completely transformed my lashes – and opened up my eyes.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Alaina Demopoulos

With such dreamy results, I kept on applying it, over, and over, and over again. Each brush drew my lashes out even farther than before . . . the volume just wouldn’t quit. This mascara is truly the best thing to happen to swiping since Tinder.

This wand is not immune to clumpage, but it was nothing a quick touch-up with my fingers couldn’t fix.

When POPSUGAR Beauty Editor Kristina saw me from across the office, she said, “Those look SOOOO good!!” That is truly the response I aim for every time I enter a room.

While you’ll have to sacrifice some of the luxuries that come from a pricier option, like a fancy wand or shower-proof results, this product does not disappoint in the OG intention of mascara: to make your lashes look damn good. I also noticed that Lash Princess literally opens up my eyes to make them appear bigger. We’re talking straight Bambi status.

Since you’re supposed to throw out your mascara every three months, a drugstore option is truly the most economical one. I’ve always been a firm believer that you can be thrifty with your beauty purchases and still look good while doing so, and Lash Princess is further proof that I’m right. (Thanks for the ego boost, Essence!).

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Alaina Demopoulos

This Fixer Upper Star's Beauty Picks Will Inspire a Makeup Bag Renovation

Fixer Upper‘s Joanna Gaines is so much more than a kickass home remodeling expert and interior designer – she’s actually a pretty savvy beauty gal. In a post to her blog, Magnolia , she revealed her top essential products to her curious fans.

As it turns out, she does her own makeup for the hit HGTV show. “This is actually my choice,” she confessed. “I don’t really love to have a team of people swarming me to touch up my blush and ‘shine spots.'”

Considering Joanna (along with husband Chip) runs a bakery, bed and breakfast, magazine, and home store, and raises four children (whew!), we’re impressed that she takes on that challenge! Perhaps for her own sanity, she likes to keep things simple in the beauty category. She disclosed 10 “pretty basic” but classic products that you’re sure to love as much as she does.

This Makeup Artist's "Flare Highlight" Is So Intense, It Looks Like Camera Flash

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Right now is a great time to be alive for lovers of highlighter. Fenty Beauty just launched Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife , the yellow-gold shimmer that is truly the most extra we’ve seen on the market in a while. Now, thestudyofmakeup , a makeup artist on Instagram, is going head-to-head with RiRi in the whole “shine bright like a diamond” department. Ladies and gentlemen, meet a new technique she calls the flare highlight.

The intense style sort of looks like what would happen if a solar flare had a baby with the flash from a camera. We’re truly in awe of the intensity of this highlight, even though we’re a little afraid to look directly at it.

But this look truly deserves the stares it demands. Its high-shine leaves thestudyofmakeup (who declares herself a “Disney princess” on her IG bio), looking like a glammed-up porcelain doll.

Thestudyofmakeup told Allure that while “Most people apply their highlight with a large fan brush,” her preferred tool is “a very dense wet eye shadow brush.” This “condenses the pigment and centralizes it,” which leads to a more precise, radiant shine.

According to the artist, her “secret” to achieving highlighter’s glow up is Swarovski crystals. After receiving a crystal-encrusted tiara from her boyfriend for her anniversary (casual), thestudyofmakeup decided to incorporate the light-reflecting gems into her beauty routine. For every post, she actually puts one crystal in the center of her highlight to “capture the lens flare.”

While that tidbit definitely comes off as fancy AF, the makeup artist actually gets her goddess glow via a drugstore product. She opts for Makeup Revolution’s Blushing Hearts Highlighter in Goddess of Love ($7). She prefers white highlighters to gold or rose-tinted ones partly because of her fair skintone, but also because “white doesn’t absorb light, it only reflects it.” In other words, it does this:

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