Monthly Archives: 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.