Monthly archive for February 2018

You Can Get These Complexion-Changing Skincare Products on Amazon

Sometimes Amazon can seem overwhelming due to the sheer amount of products available. Although it might feel like a hassle, it’s actually an incredible resource to get some of your favorite products quickly and ultra-conveniently. If you’re not sure what to buy, you’re in luck. Some of your favorite skincare brands and products are on Amazon and ready to ship right to your door.

Whether you’re in need of a good scrub, cleanser, spot treatment, or even a moisturizer you can use from head to toe, Amazon has something to suit your skin care needs.

Keep reading to find out our picks for the best skincare products to shop on the site.

This K-Beauty Brand Sells a Snoopy-Inspired Collection, and Good Grief, We Want It All

Darling K-beauty brand Innisfree just began selling to the United States back in September of last year, but jeez are we glad the brand is finally available stateside. That’s because its latest collaboration is with none other than Snoopy of Peanuts fame. Trust us, after seeing the chic, minimalist line, you’re going to want all of this good grief on your vanity.

Whether you’re a manicure-lover, lipstick addict, or makeup organization obsessive, you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy from this cute collection. While Innisfree is probably best loved for its skin care (its blackhead-clearing clay mousse mask went viral last month ), this line is decidedly more cosmetics focused. So get ready to take out your wallet, Charlie Brown!

Get Hyped, Y'All: Storybook Cosmetics Is Finally Coming to Ulta!

Storybook Cosmetics, aka the source of our favorite fandom-themed beauty products, is officially coming to , and we’re practically bursting at the seams with excitement. The indie brand, which was founded by three identical triplets, has been a direct-to-consumer label since its inception. That means this is a pretty big f*cking deal for the women-owned company (and it’s also a big f*cking deal for our paychecks, which will now be spent entirely on ).

In case you’re not familiar with Storybook Cosmetics, it’s the source of those crazy-cool makeup products you’ve likely seen while scrolling away on Instagram, like the Harry Potter lipsticks that stole our hearts, that totally fetch Mean Girls palette , and the enchanted rose-inspired makeup brushes that practically broke the internet last year. Oh, and did we mention that all of its products are cruelty-free? Yep, Storybook Cosmetics is truly giving the people what they want.

Storybook Cosmetics hasn’t released any details about exactly when it will become available on , but we’ll update this post with more information as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, may we suggest cracking open your piggy bank?

MAC Will Launch an Iridescent Glitter Pigment That's Fit For a Unicorn

London Fashion Week is in full force, and it’s delivering some noteworthy beauty moments – not to mention the DL on about-to-launch products. Backstage at the London College of Fashion show, a new iridescent glitter pigment from MAC Cosmetics was spotted at makeup artist Claire Mulleady’s table, and its existence is sending us into a unicorn-induced frenzy.

For the look, makeup artists combined the pearlescent glitter with gloss and liberally painted it on top of models’ eyelids with an eye shadow brush. Let’s just say these are the kinds of moments KiraKira+ developers thought about when creating their app. So sparkly, so pretty.

Iridescent White will be added to the brand’s existing lineup of glitter pigments in the coming months, and we’re guessing it’ll be about $22 like the other sparkling options .

9 Genius Ways to Extend the Life of a Blowout – Without Dry Shampoo

It’s hard to imagine life before dry shampoo – a dark, ominous time when we were forced to choose the lesser of two evils: greasy roots or another tedious DIY blowout. These game-changing oil-soppers have been giving our blowouts new life for over a century, and we are forever grateful for every shampoo skip that we are granted. But while they definitely serve their very useful purpose, there’s no denying the coarse, chalky texture that results from even the best of the dry shampoo bunch.

So when a new breed of blowout-extending products surfaced offering yet another supersimple way to enjoy that bouncy shine even longer, we were the first to put them to the test. From special pillowcases to redesigned shower caps and a lineup of blotting papers, here are nine innovative new ways to extend the life of your blowout without using dry shampoo.

Recall Alert! This Popular Hair Dryer Could Be a Burn Hazard

If you prefer your bathroom fire-free and your hands unburned, then you might want to invest in a new hair dryer. That’s because the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has just recalled a popular heat tool sold at Target, Amazon, Groupon, and other retailers. If you own an ISO Beauty Ionic Pro 2000 dryer, it’s time to turn it in.

According to the recall notice , this news impacts owners of 73,000 dryers sold between March 2013 and January 2018. The brand has received 35 reports of “dryers sparking or smoking” and “two reports of flames coming from the dryers.” Three people reported burns to their hands or fingers as a result of using the Ionic Pro.

If you’re unsure if you have this specific model, here are some details on what it looks like. “ISO” or “Proliss” is printed on the bottom rear of the tools. The model number is HD-1820. The Ionic Pro was sold in black, white, white pearl, peacock, white zebra, pink leopard, blue, and giraffe prints.

Should you own one, you’re urged to stop using it and contact ISO Beauty . The brand will teach you how to remove the faulty cord and will send you a new, safe replacement.

This unsettling news comes just after Amazon pulled an OraCorp hair dryer from its virtual shelves after a customer shared a video of it shooting flames. If this makes you want to air-dry your hair tonight, here are some great styling products .

Why I Gladly Spent $800 on the Most Perfect Hair Extensions

Something magical happened to me the month before my wedding , and it wasn’t just the idea that I was going to marry my soul mate. I discovered hair extensions , and for better or worse, they changed my life forever. (Apologies if that sounds melodramatic, but it’s true!)

To put it bluntly, hair extensions are the nose job my mane always needed. I was born with fine, flat locks that return to their natural state <a href="

“>the second I leave Drybar. Until that glorious day at Bumble and Bumble, one month before my wedding , when a talented stylist painstakingly bonded Great Lengths extensions into my hair. Great Lengths extensions are made from gorgeous, human hair, and they are fused to small sections of one’s real hair with pure keratin.

The process takes about three hours and costs around $1,200. At the time, I thought it was worth every penny. I left the salon with the hair I always wanted and never thought I could have. It was long, lustrous, and it held blowouts for multiple days. It was perfect. And as a lifestyle blogger and stylist , I quickly realized flawless hair was the one accessory I never knew I needed. Something about my new, cascading waves made everything brighter: my outfits looked better, I was more photogenic, and my extra hair seemed to give me extra confidence, too.

But unfortunately, some love stories must come to an end. (And luckily, in this case I’m not referring to my marriage!) In my opinion, Great Lengths has one major flaw: it can fall out. And it can fall out at inopportune times. Like that time I was meeting a co-worker at the Plaza Food Hall for lunch, and I had to discretely tuck a long strand of hair into my purse. How does that happen? Well, since everyone’s hair naturally sheds, sometimes the extensions come along for the ride.

Taking out hair extensions is also time-consuming. A removal gel is applied to each of the bonds and rubbed into your hair until the bond breaks down and slides off. This process could take over an hour if you have a full head of extensions. But I was willing to look past these flaws until I decided to get pregnant and go au natural. (And by au natural, I mean I went to Ricky’s, bought some clip-ins, and had a stylist cut and color them to match my hair to get me through nine salon-free months.)

I used the clip-ins throughout my pregnancy and for three more months after my beautiful baby girl was born. But I missed the ease of waking up with a full head of perfect hair that I could refresh with a quick spritz of dry shampoo . So back to Bumble I went, and my stylist, Carrie Hill, introduced me to a new tape extension that the salon launched last Fall. To be honest, I had my doubts about sticking tape onto my hair. But after several applications and removals, I’m officially hooked. Keep reading to learn more about this salon process and discover if it’s right for you!

This Millennial Pink Caboodles Case Is Giving Us More Nostalgia Than We Can Handle

Attention, ’90s-lovers. The ultimate piece of precious nostalgia is here just in time . Way more than your run-of-the-mill makeup case, the Caboodles Vintage Pretty Makeup Case ($10) is rife with retro flavor. If you were lucky enough to have grown up in the ’90s, then you likely had one that housed everything from slap bracelets to lipstick you shared with your BFF and wore only when your mom wasn’t looking.

You can capture the innocence of the decade by picking up your very own throwback makeup case. Store everything in it from palettes to jewelry, and proudly watch as friends shout, “OMG, I totally had one of those.” They likely did, but you, friend, you get to own one now.

I Finally Found a Dry Shampoo That Won't Make My Brunette Hair Chalky – and It's Only $9

I am a devout user of dry shampoo , but many formulas leave my brunette hair looking like an 18th century powdered wig. The chalkiness makes my dark locks appear dull and faded. Luckily, I finally found a solution that doesn’t give me Marie Antoinette vibes. Batiste Dry Shampoo ($9) in Beautiful Brunette is one of the bestselling hair products on Amazon. It has almost 3,000 reviews and 67 percent of customers give it five stars.

The secret to the formula is that it’s made with a brown tint. The color works for any hue of brunette hair, cool or warm. On top of finally resolving the powdery problem I was facing, it also immediately banishes excess oil and gives my strands tons of volume. The clean, floral fragrance smells amazing; it’s the perfect pick-me-up in between washes.

All you have to do is hold the bottle about a foot away from your hair, spray it on your roots, and lightly massage it in. Once you’re finished, make sure to wash your hands so you don’t get any brown residue on your clothes. After that, you can style your locks however you please.

“I have tried other brands of dry shampoo and will never go back,” one customer said. “This is by far the best. It goes on so easily. I barely have to brush it out at all. The brown tint matches my hair color perfectly. It works like magic to eliminate oil in my super fine, thin hair and I do not have to wash everyday, which is my goal. Highly recommended.”

This stuff changed my life – I’m begging you to give it a shot. I suggest buying the three-pack because you’re going to be utterly addicted.

Mac and Cheese Hair Is Spring's Most Delicious Beauty Trend

A new, lighter hair color and Spring go together like macaroni and cheese, so why not let your strands take inspiration from your favorite childhood meal? (Because now that you’re a grown-up, we know you totally don’t eat mac and cheese for dinner anymore.)

Lately, we’ve noticed a bright new hue popping up on the heads of Instagram It girls, and although its culinary inspiration might be slightly unlikely, we’re still absolutely captivated. We love how this marigold hue looks on a wide range of skin tones. Who knew a niche rainbow look could be so flattering?

If you don’t want to book an appointment with your colorist, you could always take a page out of Jeremy Scott’s playbook. The designer sent models like Gigi Hadid, Jourdan Dunn, and Stella Maxwell down the runway of his Fall 2018 New York Fashion Week Show sporting Zenon-inspired electric yellow wigs. If you just want to try mac and cheese hair out for a night before you commit to that double-process life , you can invest in a wig ($19) to show your dedication to the after-school snack that rules over all others.

Ahead, find our favorite mac and cheese hair looks – you’re getting hungry, aren’t you?

I Discovered This Life-Changing Makeup Brush Cleaner (on Amazon!), and It's So Addicting

I used to clean my brushes by hand and leave them out to dry overnight; the whole process from beginning to end was a tedious task I dreaded. I recently found this genius Wloomm Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner ($30) on Amazon, and now I can’t imagine living without it.

When I received it, I was shocked by how great the quality of the product was. It comes with a spinner, clear cup, eight different brush holders, a stand for everything, and even a velvet slip cover for the wand. The rubber holders vary in size and work on all my tools.

I couldn’t wait to use it – I quickly filled the glass bowl with an inch of water and started cleansing. You simply stick a brush in the water, press a button to make the brush spin, and watch all your makeup seep out as the water changes color. I can’t describe how weirdly satisfying this is. You’ll also be grossed out when you realize all the grime that can come out of your tools. After spinning, you lift your brush out of the water and let it dry. Within minutes, it will be cleaner than ever!

Not only is it fun to use, but it was by far the fastest and most efficient process I’ve ever experienced. I can’t imagine cleaning them the old-fashioned way ever again. Get this and it will change your beauty game forever!

6 Skincare Products I Crushed on This February

When it comes to my beauty routine, I’m constantly switching things up. I mean this literally. In my lifetime, I’ve probably hit pan on 15 products total. That being said, this Winter, my skin has fallen in love with a few products that have resulted in me squeezing, pumping, and scraping the last bit of product from bottles and jars for a well-rounded collection of empties. Here are the products I’ve had to say goodbye to and the ones I desperately need to restock.

11 Acne Products For Your Clearest Skin Ever in 2018

Gave up on those New Year’s resolutions already? No judgment. Here’s one goal that will be relatively easy to commit to this year: clear skin. No doubt, there will be breakouts that just won’t let you be great – but chances are there’s a product for that.

This crop of newbies (and some not so new) will do all the pore-clearing, bacteria-zapping, and skin-smoothing you need to reach your skincare goals. There’s still some work involved on your part (the products won’t slather themselves on!) but these powerhouse acne products have all that you need to get rid of problematic skin .

12 Movies You'll Love If You're Obsessed With Beauty

Makeup, and hair accessories and nail polish, are a girl’s best friend, right? Well, maybe not to everyone, but if you’re beauty-obsessed, then please, keep reading.

Whether you’re a major fan of achieving Betty Cooper’s bold lashes on Riverdale or a frequent nail-art queen , we’ve found 12 movies that were pretty much made for all you beauty buffs out there. From the obvious ones like Marie Antoinette – hello, who doesn’t love a good period makeup piece? – to ones that you might not have thought of like Pretty in Pink – Andie’s lip liner technique is the more the better, and we completely agree – we’ve got you covered.

Check out the top movies that scream beauty and will inspire you for years to come. Don’t forget to have your mood boards ready and your favorite eye shadow palette close by . . . you never know when inspiration will hit!

8 Great Wax Kits That Are Quicker Than a Trip to the Salon

You certainly don’t need to be hair-free in order to be carefree (after all, more and more women are embracing a more natural aesthetic ), but if you want to be, there are some strong cases to be made for waxing , among them getting to the root of the problem and not having to maintain as often. Among the cons? Typically the costs (upward of $100 for legs) and discomfort (ouch!) that can also be associated with it.

We (and our wallets) feel you, which is why we’ve done the dirty – make that sticky – work and rounded up eight at-home wax kits that actually deliver, without the need for professional training and at a mere fraction of the salon price.

Attention: Your New Favorite Highlighter Is Hiding at Walmart

I wrote an article last month about people who abuse their highlighter. As a professional makeup artist, I have seen many people overdo it with their “glow,” and many were irate that I called them out on it. Even though in that article I spoke with disdain about people that highlight too much, the fact remains that I am in love with highlighter when used properly. There is nothing greater than finding the perfect product that accentuates your bone structure and shaves years off of your beautiful face.

I recently was in a store consulting with a makeup artist at a very high-end luxury makeup counter. I noticed that her highlighter was absolutely amazing and noted sadly that I would love to splurge on the high-end $80 highlighter from her brand, but it seemed overpriced. She raised her eyebrows in surprise and leaned in to tell me a secret. “I am not wearing this brand’s highlighter . . . don’t tell anyone. It’s Wet n Wild .”

I took a step back and stared at her glistening cheekbones again, to be sure that my well-trained professional eye was in fact seeing things properly. Yes, her cheekbones and face was glistening with a creamy glow that was just the right tone, texture, and shine. Admittedly, I have enjoyed some NYX and Maybelline items as a professional makeup artist, but I have not purchased or used something from Wet n Wild since my teen years.

She went on to tell me that the Wet n Wild MegaGlo™ Highlight Powder ($5) is available in seven gorgeous shades, each for less than you might spend on your daily latte. I could buy all seven and would be spending less than I normally do on one luxury brand highlighter or highlighter palette! The peachy gold shade that she was wearing was called Precious Pearls and is especially ideal for someone with an olive complexion, like her . . . and me. I was on a mission.

I headed to my local drugstore the next day to pick up my $5 “gold” and found that the shade was sold out. The next drugstore didn’t carry the line at all. A Google search revealed that Target carried the product, but was sold out in Precious Pearls in every store in my area, and the closest store that had it was a cool two hours away. All of this information only made me want my Wet n Wild highlighter more than ever.

Lo and behold, an internet search revealed that a Walmart just one town over from me had what I was looking for. Even then, I had to search. I carefully went up and down the cosmetics aisles three times before I found the Precious Pearls nestled inconspicuously amidst the other drugstore brands.

I scooped up Crown of my Canopy , which I intend to wear when I have a tan, as it is a more golden, richer version of the Precious Pearls. I grabbed Botanic Dream for those fairer-skinned clients that enjoy a pinkish-glow to their highlighter. And a real find – for those of you who are about to spend on the latest and greatest lilac-toned highlighter – the Royal Calyx shade. This light, purple-blue toned highlighter will keep you on trend without breaking the bank.

I have been wearing this product every day since I found it. I have received endless compliments, and I have noticed that my selfies look better than ever. There is just something magical about this highlighter. Part of it might be the price, but anyone who knows anything about highlighter can recognize a good one when they see it. The other day at the end of a long photo shoot, feeling tired and weary, I sat down outside, and a friend snapped my picture. None of my exhaustion was evident; instead I looked simply glowing and happy to be alive. I attribute this to my favorite new highlighter.

These products are the just the right amount of shimmery delight (without hard chunky glitter), and each one of the seven shades available are flawless. The textures are just the right amount of creamy without being too dewy or wet and surprisingly for just under five bucks, the packaging is quite delightful and luxurious with floral patterns baked into the product.

The glow can be applied with a fan brush or packed on with cream cheek brush, and it will never make you look like a glazed doughnut (unless you want it to.) I find that using a fan brush is best, as it allows you to gently apply the glow and gives you the control you need to add more product, without getting too shiny. I even had a client last week who is known for “abusing her highlighter” and was doubtful about my new find. I packed on several layers with my fan brush, and she was pleasantly shocked at how beautifully the product sat on her skin.

I always say splurge or get your thrills from items like mascara or lipstick that won’t put you in the red. Highlighter is something that is hard to find, and often you will find that you are willing to fork over $40 to $60 when you find just the right one. This $5 find from the drugstore won’t destroy your beauty budget, and your cheekbones will be the envy of all!

Unicorns, Watch Your Back: Wet n Wild Is Launching a Goth-Themed Collection

In a beauty world that’s full of unicorns, sometimes you have to unleash your inner goth. Wet n Wild just made that mission a whole lot easier by dropping a line of 16 products that will give you major Hot Topic circa 2006 vibes – in the chicest way!

Starting Feb. 20, you can get your hands on the brand’s Goth-O-Graphic Collection, which will brighten up even the darkest of souls. Although these products are as anti-unicorn as you can get, the dark colors are still vibrant and perfect for Spring. From moody purples to icy whites, everything in the lineup manages to be both spooky and sweet.

Read on to see everything you can shop right now.

35 Beauty Picks That Will Save You This Winter, According to Experts

It’s no secret that cold weather and beauty aren’t exactly best friends. Harsh winds from the outside combined with the heat we’re typically pumping on the inside can leave the hair and body high and dry . . . but it doesn’t have to.

Because no one should have to succumb to an entire season of alligator patches and split ends, we asked experts to share some of the products they use on themselves and their clients – including celebs who need to look amazing year-round – to get through the season.

From hydrating face oils to innovative hair care , read on for 35 (yes, 35!) picks that can help you beat the Winter beauty blues (and find more ingredients to look for here ).

The Case Against Microblading – According to a Brow Expert

Being my mother’s daughter made it pretty much inevitable that I would become brow-obsessed. My mom, Sania Vucetaj, is the owner of Sania’s Brow Bar in NYC and has been in the industry for more than 25 years. A pioneer for full, bold brows, my mom trained me, my sister, and cousin on the art of brows, and we are now part of the business as well. I love being able to transform people’s faces and enhance their confidence with a good brow shaping.

With that said, we’ve seen it all when it comes to brows. We’ve seen people try everything on the quest for fuller eyebrows from growth serums to brow hair transplants (ouch!) – but the new microblading fad may be one of the worst.

Microblading is a form of semipermanent makeup that uses fine deposits of tattoo pigments to enhance brows using small strokes. Or, it’s another glammed-up word for “tattoo.” Committing to something permanent or even semipermanent on your face is something you must carefully consider. Once that tattoo is drawn on, this is the shape you will be stuck with (at least, for a few years).

As someone who works on brows daily, I’ve seen some unfortunate results firsthand. Our team has had many clients’ rush to our salon desperate to fix poorly or unevenly microbladed brows. Most women opt for microblading because they are hoping to shorten their morning beauty routines – but women with wrongly tattooed brows end up having to rely on brow products to fix them anyway.

While full brows are here to stay (and gladly so), as women, we have a right to change things up. Maybe we want to try a little bit more of an arch or a slightly straighter brow. Tweezers can achieve this with the pull of a few hairs (and maybe with the help of a few good products). But you cannot adjust the shape of the microbladed brow .

Women should be fiercely protective over their eyebrows. Do these technicians have real knowledge and understanding of brows and how to work with your natural shape? Are you comfortable entrusting their vision with your face? Think of how many times you’ve left the salon unhappy with your brows or how long it took you to find a specialist you trust. If you are unhappy with the outcome, there is no growing them out this time.

Research brow artists who actually specialize in only brows and who have proper training. And find someone who will work with you on repairing your brows back to a healthy place. We put new clients on a growth program and work toward an end goal when it comes to achieving fuller and more symmetrical brows.

While you may think you can adjust the colors of these “hair strokes,” truth is it’s nearly impossible to match the exact hair color. Microbladed brows usually look harsher and darker than natural because you must mix inks to adjust the color, and this requires extreme precision. Moreover, just like tattoos fade over time, these tattoos will fade into a purple/blue tint. My mom has witnessed this discoloring firsthand, and obviously this is far from the natural look women desire.

Women with naturally oily skin should also be warned: “hair” strokes may expand more than women with drier skin, making brows look extremely unnatural. And for those women with sensitive skin: run! If you have a history of allergic reaction to dyes or tattoos, your skin may scar or have an allergic reaction to the ink.

Something else to consider: as we age, we rely on a good brow shaping to open and lift our eyes. Over time, skin begins to drop, and the illusion of lifting the arch takes years off your face. The microblader looking for a facelift will be out of luck, because you cannot create more of an arch since you cannot erase the hairs that have been tattooed on. Brow shaping is an art form, and creating an arch requires the removal of very specific hairs in certain areas of the brow. Brows are an investment, so think long term!

The solution to getting fuller brows is actually a lot easier than you think. We urge clients to avoid getting any moisturizers, sunscreen, facial cleanser, makeup remover, foundation, etc, onto the brow area as these oils and lotions clog the hair follicle. We have noticed with clients that these creams not only prevent growth but also cause hairs to fall out, so that sparseness you’re noticing could be due to creams! While it can take up to six months to a year for hairs to regrow, our clients are so happy with the growth they see.

We are naturally eager to try new innovative products and techniques in the quest for full brows. Companies and salons are feeding off that eagerness and pushing so many products in front of us – gels, pencils, powders, highlighters, tints, growth serums, pomades – and it can get confusing and overwhelming for consumers. For us ladies who aren’t blessed with perfect brows or are growing them out, the answer to all of our brow prayers lies in a good pencil !

Before you consider taking a blade to your brows, try growing them in and finding a brow specialist who will help you repair and regrow them. Avoid those creams. And don’t be afraid of the pencil – you’re only 30 seconds away from perfect brows.

Urban Decay Is Launching Dual-Ended Rainbow Mascaras That Look Damn Fine

Is multicolored mascara considered business casual? That’s something you might want to Google (@Linkedin, help a girl out!), because Urban Decay will launch a gaggle of vibrant, crayon-hued mascara that you’re going to want to wear every damn day. The brand just announced that it will drop five shades of the brand new Double Team Colored Mascara come March, and suddenly that month can’t come soon enough.

Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir gave up the scoop in an Instagram post detailing the lash-enhancer’s multiple features . As she wrote, “One side [of the mascara] has a cream shade, and the other a coordinating shimmer shade. Dimensional!” Wende also wrote that she loves swiping it over her brows for a rainbow effect .

The electric hues are giving us major flashbacks to the 1980s. Gonzo is a midnight blue, Deep End is a mermaid’s tail sea green, and Junkshow is a pop of bright fuchsia. Of course, since purple is basically the team mascot for Urban Decay, that particular shade is represented in the plum-colored Vice. There is also a dual option, Dime/Goldmine, which holds a silver on one end and gold on the other. Read on to see each one in action!