Monthly archive for July 2018

These Are the Face Masks Our Editors Can't Live Without

It feels like every day a wacky new sheet mask is born . There are unicorn masks, jelly masks, peel-off masks – the list goes on. But which ones actually work? Luckily, our editors have tested the good, the bad, and the trendiest facial treatments so you don’t have to – and found a few along the way that qualify as holy grail formulas. If you’re still haven’t found “the one” face mask for you, we’ve rounded up our all time favorites to help you out. Whether you’re looking for a boost of hydration or some help fading those pesky dark spots, these are the masks that will get the job done.

The 6 Sexy Fragrances to Wear If You Want to Get Laid This Summer

I left a recent POPSUGAR brainstorm meeting with one very intrepid assignment: pull a handful of new Summer perfumes out of our over-stuffed beauty closet, wear a new one each day, and see which scents get me laid. (It’s a perk of the job I’m sure my SO appreciates more than my dental plan or PTO.)

Over the course of a month, I meticulously tested the sexiness of countless fragrances – and found six that passed with flying colors. Keep reading to see the hands-down hottest smells of Summer, and get ready for honies to come out of the woodwork. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I Tried a Dozen Liquid Lipsticks During Shower Sex – and These 6 Didn't Budge

Two things I get paid to think about a lot are waterproof makeup and kiss-proof lipstick. Both worlds collided during a 3 a.m. bout of insomnia: what liquid lipsticks, if any, would last through shower sex? I immediately texted my boyfriend: “Heads up: we need to have a lot of shower sex soon.” Within seconds, he responded, “Why?,” quickly followed by, “You know what, I shouldn’t question this. Yes.”

Now, no one except maybe Missy Elliott is interested in how I get my freak on – @Missy, if you’re interested, let’s talk – so I will simply say this: the following six liquid lipsticks are the only ones that passed my test. They will not budge for anything.

Bring Pink Lemonade to the Barbecue With This Cool New Hair Color

Quench your thirst for a new hair color with the latest rainbow hue, pink lemonade. The trend blends yellow and pink shades to resemble your favorite warm-weather drink – and the look is extremely versatile. Some people are opting for an overall warm-pink, while others are dyeing different parts of their hair in pink and yellow sections. You can go for a saturated punch of color or keep it light with a blond base for a more subtle effect.

Keep reading to see the best ways to wear pink lemonade hair – then get ready to head to the salon and drink it up.

These Sexy Palettes Are Perfect For Your Next Night Out

When you want to add a little smolder to your date-night look, the easiest thing to do is throw on a dramatic set of falsies and smoked-out eye shadow. When it comes to making the latter happen, you want to find a palette that fits a certain criteria: the shadows have to be pigmented, creamy, and easy to blend out, and come with a wide range of deep, sultry colors that grab all the attention. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the sexiest eye shadow palettes on the market that will make you feel hot.

These New Tarte Brushes Were Made For Your Fourth of July Beauty Look

Fourth of July barbecue plans or not, any excuse to create a colorful and festive makeup look is reason enough to celebrate. This holiday, Tarte introduced a handful of makeup brushes that make it easy to paint some patriotic stars on your face. Simply take the star end of your Tarte Pretty Things and Fairy Wings Brush Set ($42) and use the different size brushes as a stencil for your look. I recommend using liquid eyeliners in red, white, and blue to get a more precise application.

While this hack isn’t foolproof – you definitely need some artistic ability – it’s a great guide to starting your American-themed makeup off right.

Fourth of July Beauty Looks to Steal From Your Favorite Celebs

Our Fourth of July essentials list is simple: good food, good music, good vibes, and patriotic makeup. We’re not talking the telltale red, white, and blue face art either. There are tons of modern ways to add festive flair to your makeup without looking cheesy. Need a spark of inspiration? The celebrity beauty looks ahead are a great place to start. From sun-kissed skin (we’re looking at you J Lo) to blue striped eye liner and deep red lips, there’s plenty trendy looks to steal, whether you’re hitting up a barbecue, a pool party, or laying low to shop holiday sales .

This CBD-Infused After Sun Lotion Is SO Good, I Cried When It Was Gone

If I were to write an honest Tinder bio for myself, one of my top interests would include, “Weeping like a lonely banshee.” At weddings, after emotional McDonald’s commercials , when I see babies on the street wearing little baby pants – the tears start streaming. And apparently, I also cry about spilled beauty products. When I accidentally dropped the Felix & Ambrosia Sunny Daze CBD Sun Cream ($40) all over my sink, I watched it run down my drain in horror.

You may have heard about that viral CBD-infused glitter sunscreen , which combines three things we really love over here at POPSUGAR – skin care, cannabis topicals , and ways to make your body glisten . Well, this after-sun lotion comes from the same brand, but I never thought I’d need it, seeing as how I am an SPF 50-wearing beauty writer who never burns.

My first rule of curing a sunburn would be to not get one, but if you do, I’d recommend smearing this all over your fine self.

Cue the narrator voice: “But Alaina would get sunburned.” Alas, after a lovely day spent frolicking on a Long Island beach, I came home as red as an overripe tomato. I took out the relief lotion, which has more of a liquid texture than thicker moisturizers. It’s fragrance-free, and glides on like a grease. I don’t love writing that products provide “instant” relief (it’s a bold claim), but within seconds, I felt my inflamed skin chill out a bit. With just one application in the morning and another before bed, I stopped feeling the heeby-jeebies of irritation. I even took a page from Madonna’s playbook and popped the bottle in the fridge. Applying the gel while it was icy-cold further soothed my skin. No glitter appeared, but that was OK with me. I’m shiny enough.

Everything was great until the fateful night I (drunkenly) knocked the entire bottle open. Luckily, this snafu occurred when my burn was very close to being healed. I’m sure that was in no small part to this lotion, which kept me from scratching my skin right off. My first rule of curing a sunburn would be to not get one, but if you do, I’d recommend smearing this all over. Just make sure you put the cap back on afterward.

11 Photos That Prove Deepika Padukone Is Incredibly, Utterly Gorgeous

Considering Deepika Padukone is one of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood (and beyond), it’s doesn’t surprise us that the star is insanely friggin’ gorgeous (TBH, it’s almost unfair). The actress, who recently starred in xXx: Return of Xander Cage and was named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People , is definitely a beauty icon in her own right.

Aside from Padukone’s naturally striking features, she isn’t afraid to have fun with her style. She’s made countless red carpet appearances and damn near steals the show with each one. Whether she’s working the hell out of a bright lip color, playing with bold eye shadow, or has her thick brunette hair waved or in a bun, we’re pretty sure there isn’t a beauty look she can’t pull off. Don’t believe us? Stare at her most stunning hair and makeup moments ahead.

I Found a Concealer That Instantly Erases My Under-Eye Bags – Consider Me Addicted

When it comes to concealer, I’ve always had trouble finding a product that truly covers my under-eye bags. Most options crease, come right off, or just don’t have enough coverage. Then, a makeup artist applied Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer ($31) to my face. I was in total awe. With a few taps of the product, those pesky bags instantly vanished.

The long-wear waterproof formula stays on from morning till night – I never have to reapply. Its silky consistency melts right into my skin for a natural look that isn’t cakey or drying. Still not sold? Just check out the amazing reviews on Nordstrom. Of the 375 customers who reviewed the product, almost all of them give it a perfect five stars.

“To date the best full coverage concealer I’ve found,” one buyer wrote. “Does not crease or get blotchy as the day goes on. I have terrible undereye circles and this covers them almost perfectly. I have tried just about every high-end and drugstore brand concealer and this is by far the best.”

Consider your hunt over. Once you get your hands on this formula, you’ll never want to try anything else again. I promise.

7 Incredible Skin Care Gadgets on Amazon That Will Change Your Routine Forever

Whether you suffer from an acne-prone complexion or you’re worried about aging, there are a ton of helpful tools out there to help you navigate through all your skincare issues. Picking one that’s right for you is the hard part. In an effort to make your life easier, we did the hard work and shopped for you. From light treatments to stone face massagers and deep-cleansing brushes , we have you covered. Plus, everything is available on Amazon , so it will be delivered right to your doorstep. Keep scrolling to shop our favorites and find your perfect match.

How Legit Are "Cellulite Creams," <i>Really?</i>

Somewhere between Auguste Clésinger and the advent of FaceTune, cellulite came to be considered a full-blown affliction – with a past more decorated than Kensington Palace and enough so-called miracle creams to line its halls. But the truth is, the telltale lumps that affect up to 90 percent (!) of women – which don’t discriminate based on your genetics, weight, age, or skin color, if you can imagine such a notion! – are historically difficult to treat .

To better understand why, think of thigh dimples like the buttons on a couch cushion: these toggles, like the fat deposits you see on the area under your bum, have been pulled down, deep into the layers, to create puckers at the top. “What happens beneath your skin is a tethering of fibrous bands, which causes the dimples,” explained dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD. Now, do you really think rubbing a topical ointment on the surface of a sofa will change its overall structure? Of course not – and the same can be said about any body lotion claiming its organically farmed coffee beans from Costa Rica are the cure-all for bumps on your ass.

“None of these creams work permanently because that would require them to physically restructure the fibrous bands that connect to the underlying structure of your skin. There are no exceptions to this.”

To be clear: the caffeine found in most of these creams can have a temporary effect. “Caffeine can transiently make it better because it plumps the skin and masks the irregularity,” said dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, adding that gentle exfoliation boosts circulation, which yields similar results. It just won’t last more than a few hours, at most. “When you think about it logically, you will realize none of these creams work permanently because that would require them to physically restructure the fibrous bands that connect to the underlying structure of your skin,” Dr. Downie said. “Women are wasting their money, because no amount of caffeine will do anything to break apart the tethered fibrous bands. There are no exceptions to this. Expensive prices will not make the ingredients work better.”

But all hope is not lost! There are a few things you can do treat the area. “Anything that can restructure these fibrous bands would have to come from an [in-office] machine that can slice through the tethered band,” Dr. Downie said. Both she and Dr. Gohara recommend Thermitight , a micro-invasive device that uses radio frequency and heat to attack fatty pockets. “It is one of the best treatments on the market for cellulite,” she added. “I use this machine in my office constantly. There is some bruising and downtime – you also have to wear liposuction undergarments for two to three weeks after – and it is an expensive procedure, but my female patients are typically very happy with the results.”

Dr. Gohara also recommends Cellfina , an FDA-cleared in-office procedure that utilizes suction and a mechanical unit with a thin needle to cut the fibrous cords of connective tissue. It, too, leaves behind a trail of bruises, but she says it offers more promising results than creams. Maybe one day, gain will leave pain in the dust entirely. In the meantime, maybe you leave the exorbitant spending of things you don’t need to the royal family’s interior designer.

This Empowering Reason This Stila Lipstick Shade Is Selling Out

On June 26, 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old candidate for New York’s 14th Congressional District, defeated 10-term incumbent Representative Joseph Crowley. Many are calling the election a shocking political upset; if the Bronx-born Latina woman beats Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in the November midterm, she’ll be the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. We’re still not over the candidate’s impressive victory, but Twitter added just one more reason to root for Ocasio-Cortez: her lipstick of choice. The candidate just revealed the exact lipstick shade she wore to the Democratic Primary Debate, and it’s a classic power red with historical significance.

The politician took to Twitter to answer the “many inquiries” she received on her preferred color. “I GOT YOU,” she wrote, adding that it’s none other than Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso ($22). It’s hard to not find some symbolism in the brick red shade, as suffragettes in the early 1900s wore the hue while protesting for women’s right to vote. In 1912, the real-life Elizabeth Arden even handed out a similar lipstick to NYC marchers as a token of unity.

Soon after Ocasio-Cortez revealed her scoop, Beso sold out on Sephora . (It’s still available at other retailers like Nordstrom and Stila’s own site .) There’s undoubtedly more to focus on than Ocasio-Cortez’s makeup preferences – her platform supports Medicare for all, abolishing ICE, expanding LGBTQ+ rights, and creating an assault weapons ban – but it’s empowering to see her repping such a storied lipstick color. Just as marching suffragettes united in the hue 106 years ago, women have responded to the original tweet in solidarity.

26 Pinterest-Approved Hairstyles That'll Never Go Out of Style

When it comes to hairstyle ideas, Pinterest is a never-ending wealth of inspiration. Getting married ? There’s a viral Pinterest hairstyle for that. Need a protective style for Summer ? There are a ton of images for that, too. Not to mention the bank of viral braids , buns, and color ideas available for the bold to the minimalist.

If you’re thinking of switching up your hair, we sifted Pinterest for timeless hairstyles that’ll look good no matter the time or occasion. From waves to buns, there’s no shortage of styles to start saving to your hair-inspiration board.

I Hated Stick Foundations – but This One Changed My Mind

Very few foundations make it to my favorites list. My combination, acne-scarred skin has made me the world’s pickiest base-makeup consumer, and I’m guilty of approaching new foundations with an extremely critical eye (sorry not sorry). For years I’ve kept to the same criteria when deciphering a good one from the bad: Is it full-coverage? Does it have a matte finish? Will it actually match my skin tone?

Most of the time, only liquid formulas – rarely creams . . . and hardly ever creams in stick form – check all the boxes. You see, I have a love-hate relationship with stick foundations. I love that they are portable and won’t get swiped by TSA. But I’ve found most variations I’ve tried to be too greasy, too sheer, or not as easy to blend as my go-to Estée Lauder Double Wear ($42) – that is, until I met Flesh Beauty’s new Firm Thickstick Foundation ($18).

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think these sticks would perform like my favorite liquids. But boy was I wrong. It goes against all my criteria for a great foundation, but it does so much more for me that I don’t care. For starters, the formula is available in 40 (!) shades, and I was able to use multiple on my skin tone (which can be a feat for many people of color). That means I could use shades 26 and 28 (Toffee and Cafe) for my base, shade 25 (Salted Caramel) to conceal, and shade 34 (Pecan) to contour. If my sunscreen fails me at some point this Summer, I know I can use shade 29 (Cinnamon) too.

Here, I am blending in shades 26 and 28.

Plus, the colors didn’t look ashy or oxidize to an orange tint. I expected either to look like a greasy mess or to feel overly dry, as I do with most stick foundations, but the effect was exactly the opposite: the colors blended like a dream, and my skin ended up looking like, well, my skin – but better. It has a medium coverage but is easily buildable on areas you need it, which is perfect if you have dark spots like me.

I did experience some shine after a few hours of wear, but I don’t mind my natural glow peeking through for a change. If you have oily skin, I do recommend using a mattifying setting spray or powder. Thickstick is best for “no makeup-makeup” days when you want to enhance your complexion without completely covering it. As for me, I can’t say that I’ll ditch my liquid foundation forever, but hey – at least Flesh has helped me kick my stick foundation phobia to the curb.

10 Top-Rated Palettes From Sephora That Are Worth the Hype

If there were a makeup heaven, we think it would be Sephora . There’s nothing better than wandering around the store and ogling at all the beauty goodies we want. One thing that particularly impresses us about the beauty retailer is its huge selection of makeup palettes. Whether you like a soft, neutral look or a bold, colorful one, there’s something for you. We rounded up the top-rated eye-shadow and highlighter palettes that customers adore. Check out our favorite finds, and snatch one up.

Here's How I Wore Colorful Highlighter Every Day For a Week

With the popularity of highlighters soaring, many brands are starting to come out with unique hues that differ from the more common champagne shades that dominate the shelves of beauty stores.

After seeing a few orange, hot pink, and purple highlighters, I wanted to give the shades a try but wasn’t sure where to start. I headed to the Sephora Beauty Insider Community for some product recommendations and picked out a few of my own to wear for a week.

What I learned was pretty encouraging. Most of the hues are more wearable than I expected, but there are tricks to wearing each hue. Shop the products ahead and find out how to pull off orange, pink, and even rainbow hues.

Have You Heard? Watermelon Is This Summer's Hottest Skincare Ingredient

Summer is watermelon season. The fruit is fresh, juicy, delicious, and filled with good-for-you ingredients. It’s also, as the name suggests, a serious hydrator. So it only makes sense that beauty companies would want to use watermelon and watermelon extract to give a serious boost of hydration to their beauty products. From sleeping masks to lip products and even foundation , we’ve rounded up the best watermelon-infused products that your skin will drink up. Keep reading to shop our picks!

Every Product Kylie Jenner Used in Her $450+ Vogue Makeup Tutorial

It’s odd thinking that at one point, Kylie Jenner was not a part of the beauty zeitgeist. The 20-year-old cosmetics mogul has let us follow her through transforming everything from her lips to her hair and has given us a peek into her life as a new mom. With Kylie Cosmetics positioned to be a billion-dollar brand by 2022 , it’s apparent that everything she touches in the beauty world turns to dollar bills.

Jenner went makeup-free in a 10-minute tutorial for Vogue , where she broke down her entire beauty routine. We got a look at one of the new Kylie Cosmetics eye-shadow palettes and glosses, which aren’t available online yet. Still, assuming that the new products retail similarly to her the others in her collection at $45 and $12 respectively, we’ve determined her entire look hits at around $450 of more.

The tutorial also comes with a few helpful tips. For starters, Jenner does her brows and eye shadow first (if you start with foundation, she argued, the pigment will fall from your eyes onto your cheeks), and she’s obsessed with blush – but she doesn’t just apply it to her cheeks, but to her forehead, nose, and chin, too. We also learned that the beauty mogul likes her freckles to show through her foundation, so she applies the product with a brush and then buffs it out with a BeautyBlender so it looks more natural.

Like many of us who throw caution to the wind, she puts mascara over her lash extensions, using black for the top lashes and brown for the bottom for a more subtle look. She takes the tip of her brow gel brush, which holds the most product, applies it, then brushes the gel out with the comb. Then, to finish it all off, she drenches her face in MAC setting spray so that her makeup looks its best in person.

The 1 Thing That Makes Lupita Nyong'o's Beauty Looks Different

You don’t need a Yale degree to know that Lupita Nyong’o always oozes glamour on the red carpet (though the drama-school-bred actress has one of those, too). Though the Black Panther star once told POPSUGAR that she uses makeup “always as a celebration of just naked me,” her go-to event looks are far from barefaced. In fact, Nyong’o’s best beauty secret is one she doesn’t like to hide: her colorful eye shadow.

Whether she’s glitter-fied her lids, had longtime makeup artist Nick Barose draw a literal rainbow onto them, or experimented with graphic green liner, Nyong’o doesn’t shy away from enhancing her big brown eyes. Her preferred shades are often blues, greens, or a cyan-y mix of both, but she’s also fond of deep burgundies and pinots. What’s more, she often likes pairing her bold shadow with attention-grabbing lip shades.

No one can ever accuse this Yalie of playing it safe, which is reason number a hundred billion why we love her. Read on to see her most out-there looks.