Posts Tagged Beauty Products

After a Makeup Artist Used This Concealer on Me, I Bought It That Day – Bye, Dark Circles

You could call me a bit of a concealer snob . I have tried tons of different options, always hunting for a choice that meets my high standards. I want something that hides dark circles, covers acne, and stays on all day long. I found my new favorite when a makeup artist applied this Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème ($26) to my face for a shoot.

As soon as my full face of makeup was on, I audibly gasped. I looked wide awake and airbrushed. The concealer had covered all of my blemishes without making me look cakey – a tricky task. It melted into my skin for a natural-looking finish. But then came the real task – would the formula actually stay on all day long?

I was filming a video under hot lights for hours, and frankly, I was sweating a lot. The makeup artist never had to give my skin a touch-up. I stayed camera-ready all day long. I learned that the product is made with complexion-brightening pigments and hydrating ingredients that make the formula crease-proof. I noticed that my skin didn’t feel dry when I wiped away my makeup later on.

After just one day, I was so impressed that I immediately ordered the concealer online from Sephora. Thankfully, the product comes in an extensive range of shades so that most skin tones can have a perfect match. If you’re in the market for a new option, I highly recommend this pick.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

The 9 Best Texturizing Sprays That Will Give You Model-Off-Duty Hair

If you’ve always been hesitant to try a texturizing spray on your hair, now is the time to branch out. Summer is great time to experiment with styles without the rain and wind that comes with Winter. Consider the product a marriage between dry shampoo and hairspray – it’s meant to revitalize and give your hair a little extra oompf if it’s lacking body.

Texturizing spray can be used throughout the day: in the morning to create volume, as a midday pick-me-up to give life to flat hair and even to smell nice (depending on the brand you get, they usually have a perfume-like scent). Just spray it all over (not just at the roots), scrunch or fluff your hair to define it, and you’re done. You won’t believe how much of a difference it makes – the thickness is visibly noticeable. Take a look at our favorite texturizing sprays and try one for yourself.

Photoshop-Free Ads Are 2018's Most Empowering Trend – See How Dove's Doing It

If you prefer your beauty ads unaltered and Photoshop-free, 2018 is quite the time to be alive. Not only are brands such as Madison Reed and Overtone forgoing digital touch-ups in their imagery, but other big names like CVS Pharmacy and Suave are calling out how absurdly unrealistic beauty ad standards are. Specifically, CVS began putting a “Beauty Mark” icon over all of its unretouched photos. Now Dove is following suit, launching its own “No Digital Distortion Mark.”

The skincare brand, which sells 60 bars of its ubiquitous soap every second , has been Photoshop-free since 2017, per its Self-Esteem Project . Dove has long been known for its many inspiring commercials, even enlisting the great Shonda Rhimes to direct the short films . As Marketing Director of Dove Amy Stepanian told POPSUGAR, “For more than a decade, Dove has been dedicated to inspiring a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.”

Reps for the brand hope that this No Digital Distortion Mark will empower women to be more savvy when it comes to spotting unrealistic media standards. “It will help identify reality and relieve some of the pressure women and girls can feel to look a certain way,” Stepanian said.

She went on to say, “We know that globally, eight out of 10 girls opt out of key life activities when they don’t feel good about the way they look.” Stepanian hopes that steps toward transparency will aid young women to develop a healthier relationship with their appearance so that “beauty can be a source of confidence, not anxiety.”

These Are the Best – and Least Expensive – New Beauty Products of July

We get it – your two-week-long soul-searching trip to Phuket, Thailand, won’t pay for itself. Luckily, you can still keep up with the latest beauty launches without maxing out a credit card. We tested hundreds of new makeup, skin-, and haircare items and hand-selected the ones worth your precious moolah.

Gasp! Sephora Is Discounting Benefit Cosmetics, GlamGlow, and More – For Just 1 Week

Sephora’s Weekly Wow sale is here, and it includes some especially impressive goodies this time around. We’re talking about favorites from Benefit Cosmetics, GlamGlow, Kat Von D, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, and more. Check out our favorite picks, and snag them as quickly as possible – these deals only stick around for seven days.

9 Top-Rated Foundations From Sephora – Get the Flawless Skin of Your Dreams

Finding a foundation that fits all of your specific skin needs is as easy as applying eyeliner in a car. Yeah, it’s hard. That’s why looking through Sephora’s top-rated section is a smart way to discover options that other customers are loving. We curated a list of five-star foundations worthy of your attention. Find your perfect match!

The Only Body Bronzers That Pass the Sex Test

“Need an excuse to have sex this week?” my cringe-worthy subject line to POPSUGAR’s 300+ staffers last week read. I was desperate; I needed more limbs – at least, more than the four I’ve got – to try the latest and greatest instant self-tanners and body bronzers . My only rule: volunteers must put the formulas to the elusive Sex Test.

You know, the X-rated version of an infomercial demo, where – instead of proving that apples, almonds, and chicken don’t stand a chance against your Slap Chop – you discover a landmine of one-day-only formulas that won’t smudge onto your partner’s leg at the first sign of sweat during horizontal tango. (Obviously, no on-screen show necessary.)

In any case, the response could have made crickets blush. (Shout-out to Chris from the copy-editing team for taking the bait; I appreciate you.) So I’ll say this loud, and I’ll say it proud: Ahead are the self-tanners that I can personally attest will leave your skin with a kiss of color, while ensuring that the actual kissing going on will not also ruin your white 300-thread count bed sheets – satisfaction, guaranteed.

These Fourth of July Beauty Sales Are Popping Off

When our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, they dreamed of creating a great nation that would one day celebrate its freedom with massive beauty sales. OK, maybe not, but it’s still fun to get makeup, hair, and skincare products at a discount come the holiday. Read on to see our favorite Fourth of July beauty sales – then go buy everything.

Psst: Here's How to Score a Free Ulta Swag Bag

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The powers that be at Ulta have given the makeup community a righteous gift: $88 worth of beauty swag with a $20 purchase. All you have to do to get in on the action is shop the Ulta beauty line between now and March 17. (And FYI, the collection has recently been given a makeover with new packaging, formulations, and products.)

After hitting that $20 threshold, you’ll be gifted a 14-piece makeup bag that’s loaded with $88 worth of goodies. The bag includes a mini eye shadow palette, blush, mascara, lip oil, lipstick, lip liner, eyeliner, brow-shaping gel, face primer, illuminator, tinted eye primer, blush brush, pencil sharpener, and a $5-off-$15-purchase coupon. You can find the specific details here .

The bag is a great (and FREE) way to check out Ulta’s new goods. Just note that there’s only one free bag per customer and the promotion only lasts as long as supplies do!