Posts Tagged Beauty Shopping

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.”

Here Are the 5 Products You Should Finally Try From Briogeo

My friends are always asking me for my thoughts on different beauty trends, products, and brands. When the discussion turns to hair care, one brand that always comes up is Briogeo. The brand has rapidly increased in popularity since its launch in 2013, and the pretty white packaging with colorful typography make it an approachable line everyone wants to know about.

While the brand is still relatively new, I am thoroughly impressed by the effect the products have had on my hair and scalp. I tend to have hair that only looks good in the exact right conditions (a nourished scalp, moisturized ends, and minimal product) but I find this line to be foolproof. The products are silicone-, sulfate-, and cruelty-free, and my hair is absorbing the moisture like it is in the middle of a drought.

Keep reading to find out which products you should try out first.

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.

Jonathan Van Ness' Summer Cooling Hack Will Actually Change Your Life

Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness is the hero we never knew we needed. Hilarious, kindhearted, and unapologetically himself, he lights up the screen and warms our hearts with every episode . But between the quotable words of affirmation and the Instagram feed that makes you want to cheer , he’s an all-around grooming expert. And when the Fab Five appeared on the Today Show , he shared a Summer tip that just about blew our minds.

Basically, if you’ve just blown out your hair, the back of your neck can get sweaty, especially in the Summer. The last thing you want to do is ruin your gorgeous look, so Van Ness recommends dabbing a touch of peppermint or spearmint oil on the back of your neck, which will keep it cool for up to an hour. His exact pick? This Aveda Cooling Balancing Oil Concentrate. ($22) She comes in both an oil and a rollerball, so you can take her wherever you want and stay flawless on the go. Armed with this priceless tip, we can conquer Summer with our blowouts intact! All hail Queen JVN!

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!

18 Classic Beauty Products Our Editors Will Buy Over and Over

There are two types of beauty products in the world: the cool, new ones we buy to try out the latest trends, and the classic ones we buy over and over because they’re just that damn good. Some of-the-moment items go in and out of style, but some brands have managed to create effective formulas that’ll have our hearts forever. From SPF concealers to mascaras to drugstore moisturizers, these are the editor-approved beauty buys we’ll never kiss goodbye.

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!

Real Techniques Just Launched Glittery New Brushes and, Well, There Goes Our Money

Real Techniques is kicking 2018 off with a glittery, shimmery, holographic bang – and we’re not complaining. The brand responsible for some of our favorite brushes just launched a limited-edition set of colorful tools that deserve a spot in your makeup bag (and on your Insta feed).

Founders and badass sister-duo Sam and Nic Chapman were inspired by the latest holographic trends and decided to create glitzy brushes with the same Real Techniques quality we know and love. The Brush Crush collection features eight pieces all outfitted in shimmery purple and pink packaging. You can pick up powder, foundation, contour, blush, fan, shadow, and kabuki brushes all in the holographic designs.

If you’re a fan of RT’s marble blending sponge , then you’ll also be excited to learn that a new pastel pink iteration of the cult-favorite blender is now available.

You can purchase the brushes now at Ulta.com and online at RealTechniques.com , so whatcha waiting for? Go on and spruce up your brush collection. Get a better look at the pretty new RT swag ahead.

The Secret to Emma Stone's Oscars Glow? A New Kiehl's Product!

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OK, Emma Stone , we see you at the Oscars looking fierce as ever in your satin Louis Vuitton pantsuit ! Last year’s best actress winner totally dominated the red carpet, oozing confidence and an overall badass vibe (which no doubt peaked during the brilliant shade she threw while presenting the award for best director ). But here’s one thing that you may have missed, no matter how long you stared at Emma’s all-over winning look: the fact that she debuted a new Kiehl’s product!

According to a rep for the brand, Emma’s makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, used this totally casual, normal night to showcase Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator, a moisturizer that promises to visibly improve your “natural glow” over time. It’s made with illuminating materials and antioxidant protection such as pomegranate extract, which provides hydration for 24 hours. That’s a whole dang day of great skin, y’all.

You could smear this all over your face as you would with any moisturizer, but Rachel chose to mix it in with Emma’s base, which happened to be Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Gobi ($49). This made her foundation easier to blend while leaving behind a soft, dreamy dewiness.

The one catch? Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator ($38) won’t be available until May, but you can preorder it on the brand’s website and have it sent just in time for a vanity made clear by Spring cleaning.

Step Right This Way, Ladies: MAC's Newest Palette Is Inspired by Girl Power

In 2017, MAC released its hilariously but trivially named Basic B*tch Palette , but this year the brand will celebrate a very different type of woman. That’s because MAC dropped a MAC Girls Risk Taker Palette ($40), which celebrates badass beauty babes and on-point shadow looks all at once.

This bundle contains eight berry- and shimmer-tinted eye hues, along with one bronze-pink highlighter. We’re obsessed with Risky Business, an ultraviolet-gray mix; Fashion Fanatic, an attention-grabbing fuchsia; and Free Ride, a ’90s-esque muted mauve.

We’re also cheering for the palette’s packaging, which is decorated with bold florals and thin, orange-toned stripes. If you’ve tried any MAC Girls Personality products , you know that the charming palettes contain satiny, pearl-infused powders that glide over your skin like a goshdarn dream. This puppy is sure to be the talk of your vanity, so don’t take the risk of waiting to purchase this one.

Soap & Glory Sells Lipstick, but Its New Ad Shows Women Are More Than Their Mouths

How does a beauty brand contribute to the #MeToo discussion? Soap & Glory just schooled us all. The drugstore favorite offers a full line of makeup, but it’s perhaps best known for its cheekily named lip-plumping product , Sexy Mother Pucker. To some, that might seem a little objectifying. After all, a woman’s pout isn’t just a vessel for lipstick. It’s also, you know, the thing she talks out of, and those words are powerful.

That’s why Soap & Glory’s latest campaign wants us to look past the aesthetics of a woman’s lips – and more into what she has to say. In an emotional ad shot during the LA Women’s March on Jan. 20, the brand set up a live stream spotlighting close-ups of women’s lips. All wore various shades of lipstick as they spoke about their hopes, dreams, struggles, and experiences ranging from growing up transgender to surviving an abusive relationship. The ad encourages women to raise their voices “whatever their shade of gloss” may be.

The #MoreThanLips campaign sheds a spotlight on Soap & Glory’s efforts to support She Should Run, a national organization that works to support women in politics. One specific goal of She Should Run is increasing the number of women running for office to 250,000 by 2030. Soap & Glory has said that it will donate $5 for any post tagged #MoreThanLips – so get hashtagging.

Highlighter Addicts! Too Faced Released the Magic Rainbow Brush of Your Unicorn Dreams

If you love rainbows, highlighter, and all things magical, you’re going to need to sit down for this one. Too Faced just released its new Life’s a Festival line filled with lots of vibrant, colorful makeup. But that’s not the best part – they also created a Magic Rainbow Strobing Brush ($34) for applying your highlighter like the mythical creature that you are.

The brush features an iridescent lilac handle and densely packed bristles intended to pick up lots of product. It’s the perfect choice for giving your face the luminous glow it clearly deserves. If you’re as in love with this brush as we are, we recommend buying it ASAP. Special items like this tend to sell out lightning fast. We love this design so much, we might need to get two!

Galactic Rose Gold, Pastel Amethyst, and 10 More Nail Shades You'll Want This Spring

Whether or not your feet are ready, sandal weather is imminent. And much like the cute little groundhog that signals Spring, your toesies are about to emerge from their sock hovels to celebrate warmer temperatures. But before you bust out your favorite pair of slide sandals, consider picking up a new nail polish.

Sure, you could opt for a basic ballerina pink , but why not invest in a new statement color? Rose gold remains a favorite , but this season it’s gone galactic, with many brands injecting the millennial-approved hue with flecks of shimmer. We’d also happily hail a taxicab-yellow colored manicure, as we’ve seen the traffic-stopping shade grace the nails of many an Instagram It girl. If you gravitate to more natural hues, you’ll swoon over an earthy bronze or muted mushroom.

Keep reading to see the shades you won’t want to take off all Spring.