So I recently stopped using my old acne clearing products because most products on the market developed to treat acne are filled with harmful chemicals. I’m currently trying a few natural remedies, and during the transition, my skin has been breaking out like crazy. I’ve been avoiding makeup on most days, but when I’m going out too an event, I like to cover my problem areas with this new Vanish Foundation stick by Hourglass Cosmetics. I got it for free along with the matching seamless foundation brush from Infuenster to test out. The coverage is amazing! It feels lightweight, even though it does some heavy-duty concealing. Plus the triangle shape of the stick makes it easy to get on the eye area to precisely cover dark circles. I don’t like to wear foundation all over my face, so I just use it as a spot concealer. Dark spots be gone!
Watch a video I posted on Instagram that shows the product in action so you can see how great it really is.
What’s Your Mood? If you’re a child of the 70s-90s, you probably remember mood rings, which let the world know if you were feeling anxious, excited, nervous, tense, calm, in love and a whole host of emotions. Now, a makeup brand, Sara Hill, wants you to wear these emotions on your face with the launch of a new campaign to celebrate how makeup can help alter your mood. For those of you who don’t want your blush to turn crimson red at the sight of your crush, not to worry. The makeup itself doesn’t actually change color with your mood, the brand is simply bringing awareness to the over 40 colors of eyeshadow it has that can portray a range of emotions from happy to angry. Learn more here.
Look like Angela Basset…OK, not really. Actress Angela Basset is jumping on the opportunity to enter beauty in collaboration with “Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm.” The brand will feature skin care for deep complexions and includes two cleansers, two face creams and a serum, all of which will be available this month. The goal is to address the skin issues and concerns those with darker skin deal with so they can fell more confident when they look in the mirror.
As Jordin Sparks once put it, “You’re on my heart just like a tattoo.” Or, in this case on my lips. Make-up artist Violette Serat reviled a new lip art she worked on with MAC Cosmetics on Instagram in late June and it’s got the internet a-buzzing. The lip art features tiny tattoos of skulls, roses, lips, hearts, you name it, all over the lips. We can’t wait to see which bloggers jump on this trend (and who actually wears it out in public). View it here.
Kylie Jenner gets an “F” – The Better Business Bureau gave the teen entrepreneur’s Lip Kit business an F rating, which, by the way, is the lowest rating a business could possibly get. The reason: failure to resolve 133 complaints that were logged by customers that weren’t resolved. Apparently, there have been delivery issues and a bunch of other problems. Kylie responded in a professional statement saying, “I’m sick and tired of people coming for my business.” They stay coming fo’ sho’.
Botanical Lips – A new lipstick by beauty brand Kailijume is taking social media by storm with its awesomeness. According to Cosmo, “It’s mesmerizing AF to look at and makes for a pretty dope Insta pic.” The lipstick is just a clear jelly that has captivated many due to the ability to see a real teeny, tiny flower and gold flecks through its transparent formula. It has a sheer pink color that the company claims changes with the user’s body temperature. So, if you want a deep shade of pink, you better be cold AF. It retails between $25 and $30.
Because it’s necessary to look flawless when working out – Sweat Cosmetics has developed a line of cosmetics that contains SPF for women who want skin protection and to fake good skin while working out. They even offer a friendly video to help you chose you shade and even has s Olympic track star Natasha Hastings as an ambassador (her shade is #400).
Insert “on fleek” emoji here – L’Oréal USA recently released Beaumoji featuring an extensive keyboard of 130 emojis dedicated to everything beauty so you can let your friends know you are coloring your hair, while applying makeup and painting your nails, without the daunting task of having to actually type those words out. Because, let’s face it, using letters to text is so 2 years ago. The keyboard will be fully integrated into texting platforms, and will be updated seasonally to reflect evolving beauty trends. Get it here.
Think outside the box. Or, maybe it’s what’s inside that counts as a new website has emerged that allows you to sell products from unwanted subscription boxes. At Find Subscription Boxes, you can navigate to their new feature, The Aftermarket, create an online shop and eBay your products away (without the whole bidding part since they set parameters on pricing). Learn more.
Does Your Skin Care Pass the “Absorption Test”? According to the people marketing nutrition and skin care expert Kat Burki’s namesake line, you can tell if your skin wants or needs a product by simply placing it on the back of your hand. If your body craves the active ingredients, it will quickly absorb. If the product just sits there it means your body is rejecting it, and it won’t be effective so you don’t even need it. Who knew? Excuse us while we go slather the 20 bottles of product we own on the back of our hand and see how long it takes to disappear…
In the words of Soulja Boy, “Kiss Me Thru The Phone.” Beauty brand Shiseido recently launched its new Rouge Rouge Kiss Me digital app, which asks you to make out with your phone. Yes, you heard right, just give your phone a smooch and the app is triggered. Here’s how it works: one person visits the site and puts in who they want to kiss and the recipient receives a message. When both people arrive on the site, they are able to select a shade of Rouge Rouge they want their lips to appear in for the big moment. Once they kiss their screens, the two lipstick marks are captured together on-screen and a GIF can be created to share across social media, email or text messages. The app is a promotion in conjunction with the global launch of its 16-color Rouge Rouge lipstick. Interested visit rougerougekissme-shiseido.com to start kissing away.
Shazam for beauty. Make-up brand Rimmel launched its “Get The Look” app, providing users the ability to replicate the looks of just about anyone, from their favorite celebrity to the person they sat next to in the park, by simply using their cell phone. Forbes calls it a “Shazam for beauty.” It uses fancy tracking to detect the makeup on the faces of just about anyone and then color-matches it with makeup Rimmel offers. Once the look is captured the app created an augmented mirror that allows the individual to see what the makeup would look like on themselves before heading over to a website where they can purchase it themselves. The app is currently available in the U.K. as of July 1st and will be released in the U.S. this September.
I just love the nail design seen at Moschino’s LAFW 2016 presentation done by Miss Pop for OPI. The vibrant colors and polka dots are perfect for spring. Read on to learn how you can re-create the look.
- Apply one coat of Infinite Shine Primer.
- Paint 5 of your nails at random with two coats of bright magenta Infinite Shine Don’t Provoke The Plum. Then paint the other five with two coats of tangerine orange Infinite Shine No Stopping Me Now.
- Pour a little Infinite Shine To The Finish Lime onto a plastic palette or piece of tin foil. Dip a large dotter or back end of an eyeshadow brush into the gel lacquer. Then, gently dab it down on a nail to create the perfect dot.
- Repeat step 3 on all 10 fingers. Make the dots on a random place on each nail.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 with Infinite Shine Wild Blue Yonder.
- On the orange nails, repeat steps 3 and 4 with Infinite Shine Don’t Provoke the Plum.
- On the magenta nails, repeat steps 3 and 4 with Infinite Shine No Stopping Me Now.
- Pour out a little Infinite Shine Silver On Ice onto your palette. Using a smaller dotter or ball end of a bobby pin, create small silver centers in each colorful dot
Last week I attended the launch of Kylie Jenner’s new limited edition nail color collection in collaboration with SinfulColors. The reality TV star looked amazing in a long, sequined gold dress as she announced the new polishes are an artistic way to share her artistic choices with her fans.
The King Kylie SinfulShine Collection features twenty shades of jewel tones offset by neutrals and precious metals, as well as a top coat.
“Kylie is internationally recognized as a leading influencer and trendsetter in beauty and fashion, and recognized for making a statement in nail. We are thrilled to collaborate with Kylie, and are excited to introduce these new collections, unlike anything else on the market,” said Blake Decker, Head of Marketing, SinfulColors.
The polishes will be available from March 1 – August 31st 2016 at select retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Walgreens, Target. Suggested retail price of polishes and topcoat: $2.99.