The Language of Ingredient Lists

Allergies and sensitive skin can make it feel like it’s you against the beauty world. Even products you once used to use can turn into tiny, jarred demons that wreak havoc on your face. No bueno. Seeing my sister develop an allergy to tea tree oil (not to mention already suffering from cystic acne. She really drew the short straw), has shown me just how … Continue reading The Language of Ingredient Lists

A PSA on Undertones

Open any beauty magazine or read any beauty blog and you’ll likely see an article on undertones. Warm, cool, neutral, warm-neutral, cool-neutral. It’s insane. There are a list of tips and tricks to figuring out your skin tone that range from looking at the color of your veins to wearing a white T-shirt in front of a mirror. I even wrote an article breaking down … Continue reading A PSA on Undertones

Birchbox’s Big Makeup Line is Tiny

While many of us love buying beauty products, we DON’T love shelling out boatloads of cash for a product we’ll either A) Never finish, or B) Are forced to wear every single day for 8 months until we have. This makes makeup not fun, and it makes us not inclined to try new products. Ya, stores have great return policies, but what if I like … Continue reading Birchbox’s Big Makeup Line is Tiny

‘Hashtag’: The Makeup Store for Instagram-Famous Brands

Instagram has made many makeup artists famous, and it has also given many boutique brands a platform to show off their products. As I mentioned in a previous post, the makeup and haircare retailer, Ricky’s NYC, was opening a new location in NYC that focuses on makeup brands featured by bloggers on Instagram. It’s finally open! I made the pilgrimage and wanted to share the … Continue reading ‘Hashtag’: The Makeup Store for Instagram-Famous Brands

Fall & Holiday 2015 Beauty Breakdown

Fall is upon us, as the Starbucks PSL will attest. The crunching leaves and cooler weather are an excuse to buy some new, snazzy products to live this season right! Dark lips, pale blush, jewel tones. These are all particularly trendy in the fall and winter months. The holidays are in the distant horizon, and that means brands are preparing to roll out their biggest … Continue reading Fall & Holiday 2015 Beauty Breakdown

The Vlogger ‘Flawless’ Fad is Getting Old

Whether it be beauty blogs, vlogs, or Instagram accounts, makeup artists and enthusiasts all appear to be gravitating to the same style of makeup. You know it: the overly-perfect eyebrows lined in concealer and sharpened to a point, the overly-plump, Kylie Jenner pout, and the black cat eye with varying eye shadow colors, framed by super-long false lashes. Apply. Snap. Repeat. Frankly, its a tad … Continue reading The Vlogger ‘Flawless’ Fad is Getting Old

Makeup Tips for Girls Who Wear Glasses

“Guys don’t passes at girls who wear glasses.” – Dorothy Parker Ms. Parker’s pithy rhyme might have been true in her days, but a lot has changed since then. No longer are glasses a sign of eternal dorkdom. Glasses are now an extension by which women and men can express their personal style. Thick, horn-rimmed, hipster specs. Sleek, stainless-steel frames. The world is your 20:20 … Continue reading Makeup Tips for Girls Who Wear Glasses

Wake & Bake: “Baking” Your Concealer

Baking. Nope, there are no cookies, cakes, or blunts involved. Baking is the new/old makeup technique that’s being thrown around, because, clearly, strobing is sooo yesterday *hair flip*. It’s new for the general public, but it’s been a technique used by drag queens and other stage performers for a solid chunk of time. The concept of baking allows for your concealer to appear more opaque … Continue reading Wake & Bake: “Baking” Your Concealer

Strobing: Stay Calm. It’s Not Hard… that’s what she said

You’ve just gotten the hang of contouring, when you suddenly hear about the newest craze: strobing. gif courtesy of teen.com I know, girl. I feel you. Maybe you haven’t even yet tried contouring and are like “wtf is strobing?” (equally likely). In case you HAVEN’T heard of strobing, here’s the deal. Everyone is legit freaking out about this new technique, as evidenced by articles and … Continue reading Strobing: Stay Calm. It’s Not Hard… that’s what she said

Decoding Beauty Names

With cosmetic companies trying to be innovative and different, you might have found that there are a slew of product names our there. It can get pretty confusing. “Wait, doesn’t that do that same thing? Then why does it have a different name?” Don’t be afraid to try something just because its title might be a little different that you may have been expecting, but … Continue reading Decoding Beauty Names