Not too long ago, a makeup artist introduced me to a product that would change my daily routine forever. While I have normal-to-combination skin, my eyelids would consistently get oily, causing any eye shadow (no matter how pricey) to cake up in the crease of my lids. I got so used to this that I had just stopped wearing eye shadow entirely - then I found the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22).
I had been doing taped segments for POPSUGAR three times a week, and eye makeup was a must. Whatever the makeup artist was using on my lids was a miracle; everything was staying put until the evening. When I asked what she was applying, she revealed the Paint Pot. She had been using the Painterly shade as a primer, but it also serves as a standalone eye shadow.RelatedThese Are the 10 Best Foundations, According to Celebrity Makeup Artists
I bought one for myself immediately and was so impressed by the product (and the fact that it matched my skin tone so perfectly) that I soon started using it under my eyes, in the outer creases of my nostrils, and over blemishes. The product is initially sturdy, but becomes creamy as soon as you rub it into your skin. It smooths over anything, stays put all day, and layers well under and above other products. You can use it with your finger, but I opt to use a brush for fuller coverage.
Because it's meant to be a shadow, it comes in a range of nine shades, from nude to deep purple. Some of the shades are more shimmery than others, but there are four shades that mimic natural skin tones relatively well. Take a look!
You might not be familiar with the term "MLM" - multilevel marketing - but you definitely know the beauty brands that people sell on Facebook. There are a variety: LipSense, Younique, Jamberry Nails, and Rodan + Fields are the top featured brands on the platform. Whether it's a lipstick that doesn't come off throughout the day, a mascara that triples your lashes, cute nail wraps, or a skincare regimen meant to cure all of your woes, chances are you've been approached by a distributor through Facebook.
If not, it's rare. According to the Direct Selling Association, 20.5 million people in the United States were involved in the business in 2016, 74 percent of them being women. And if you notice many of your friends from the South are selling these products, you're correct. It's reported that 37 percent of direct sellers live in this area of the country. This lifestyle is appealing for many because it allows them to work from home and make their own hours, and in some cases they can become wealthy - although it's rare.
One particular brand, Rodan + Fields, has taken over the internet. I am familiar with Rodan + Fields as they are the doctors behind Proactiv solution. As a 15-year-old, it was the only product to help get rid of my breakouts, and surely if Lindsay Lohan was an ambassador, I knew I needed to get it. (How times have changed!)
Now, Rodan + Fields is a $1 billion company with legions of distributors. In fact, Lynne Spears, Britney's mom, is an independent consultant and has been since 2011, apparently earning a Lexus for her work.
I relate to feeling annoyed and upset by the tactics of independent distributors, but think of it this way: they are aggressive when selling product not only because of the incentives to do well but also because most MLMs require an investment for startup costs. So many of these sellers are trying to break even at the start. Given they only receive a small percentage of the selling cost, they're eager to sell as much product as possible. (It should be noted that Rodan + Fields in particular have startup costs as low as $45 and are never required to hold inventory, per a Rodan + Fields PR.) I wouldn't nix a product just because the way it's sold can be tiresome and oftentimes annoying, so I gave several a try: Reverse Brighten, a line meant to help even out your skin tone; Active Hydration, a moisturizing serum; and Lash Boost, a lash-lengthening serum.
As someone with melasma, I know the only option to truly get rid of it is getting off my birth control. Since that is not an option for me and many other women, I use topical skin care in conjunction with sun protection to try to keep my skin as clear as possible. Reverse Brighten includes four steps. The first is a deep exfoliating wash, which is basically like any other lactic acid cleanser out there. The second step is a toner.
Toners are debatable in the beauty community; true toners are supposed to balance your pH, but this one seems more like an astringent, especially with the witch hazel water and the other active ingredients like salicylic acid. Additionally, it includes kojic acid, which is a known lightening ingredient and an alternative to hydroquinone. The Reverse Lightening kit includes hydroquinone as an ingredient, but as someone whose skin doesn't react well with it, I opted for Reverse Brightening instead.
Step three is twofold: vitamin C and a retinol. The vitamin C cream includes ascorbic acid, a superstar when it comes to brightening. I'm still unsure of the percentage of retinol used. Step four closes out the regimen with an SPF 50 broad-spectrum sunscreen, although it should be noted it's a chemical, not physical, screen. All that said, it didn't do much for my skin. I did have a glow after using the regimen a few times, but ultimately, in the long-term, I felt like my skin was ruddier and not even toned after using it long-term.
On to Active Hydration Serum. This was a product heavily pushed on Facebook but ultimately fell flat for me as well. It's a serum, but it has a unique consistency in that it almost feels like an oil. It claims to make you look younger by making your skin more hydrated, but for $108, I've used better products.
Finally, there's Lash Boost. I've tried a variety of lash-enhancing products because I've experienced breakage from both eyelash curlers and lash extensions. (Please, please don't tell me lash extensions "don't break your lashes." They do. I've come to terms with it, and you should, too. I'd still get them, though!) I love Latisse because it really does deliver, but one common complaint is that it's difficult to get. Sometimes I see it in med spas and salons; oftentimes it's at the dermatologist.
I tried Lash Boost after my most recent round of lash extensions and noticed that my lashes were not only sparse but also thinner than normal. I have relatively long lashes for my eye shape, so it bummed me out when I'd put on mascara and my lashes weren't naturally fluttering to my brows. There were broken tips as a result of wear and tear from my lash extensions, so I had nothing to lose.
Lash Boost doesn't require that you use a separate applicator for each eye, which I appreciate. I didn't use this product every day, because honestly I forgot for a certain period of time. I noticed though that after only four weeks of consistently applying the serum at night, my lashes were longer and thicker. At first I thought it was nature taking its course: my old lashes shed and I had a new crop! But I remembered how long it took my lashes to get back to normal after getting extensions in the past and realized Lash Boost was doing its thing. I use Lash Boost once a week now for maintenance and will definitely continue to use it, especially after I inevitably get lash extensions again.
For what it's worth, Latisse worked more quickly for me, but if you can easily get Lash Boost from a consultant, I'd go ahead and make the splurge - at $150, it's around the same price point.
So you've decided you want a tiny tattoo - welcome to the ink gang! If you're still not sure about the placement of your new body art, consider your hands. We already know how good Flash Tattoos can look when carefully placed on fingers, so why not make a permanent commitment to the chic style? It's a great way to show off a passion, talent, or belief without saying a single word. And if you talk with your hands, your ink will make an even louder statement! Get inspired when you read on.
Holy sh*t, guys - MAC Cosmetics just released an entire line of holographic lip glosses, and I can practically hear my paycheck begging for mercy in the distance. The cult brand's new Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolours are about as shiny as it gets, offering a futuristic luster that'll leave you hypnotized. When Lil Mama sang about her lip gloss being so "poppin'" that it caused the boys at school to stop by her locker back in 2007, I'm pretty sure she was somehow foreshadowing this new MAC line.
The Grand Illusion glosses come in 14 colors from all over the spectrum, with standout shades including Space Bubble, a luscious blackberry red, and Broken Halo, an opalescent silver. Each $21 tube is "packed with iridescent pearls and megawatt color," and OMG, let's just get to those shades already, shall we? Read on to shop all 14 dazzlingly gorgeous lip glosses, and kindly pardon me while I go make a teeny-tiny tombstone for my credit card after buying every single one.RelatedExclusive: See Every Product in MAC's Snow Ball Holiday Collection
Something magical happened to me the month before my wedding, and it wasn't just the idea that I was going to marry my soul mate. I discovered hair extensions, and for better or worse, they changed my life forever. (Apologies if that sounds melodramatic, but it's true!)
To put it bluntly, hair extensions are the nose job my mane always needed. I was born with fine, flat locks that return to their natural state the second I leave Drybar. Until that glorious day at Bumble and Bumble, one month before my wedding, when a talented stylist painstakingly bonded Great Lengths extensions into my hair. Great Lengths extensions are made from gorgeous, human hair, and they are fused to small sections of one's real hair with pure keratin.
The process takes about three hours and costs around $1,200. At the time, I thought it was worth every penny. I left the salon with the hair I always wanted and never thought I could have. It was long, lustrous, and it held blowouts for multiple days. It was perfect. And as a lifestyle blogger and stylist, I quickly realized flawless hair was the one accessory I never knew I needed. Something about my new, cascading waves made everything brighter: my outfits looked better, I was more photogenic, and my extra hair seemed to give me extra confidence, too.
But unfortunately, some love stories must come to an end. (And luckily, in this case I'm not referring to my marriage!) In my opinion, Great Lengths has one major flaw: it can fall out. And it can fall out at inopportune times. Like that time I was meeting a co-worker at the Plaza Food Hall for lunch, and I had to discretely tuck a long strand of hair into my purse. How does that happen? Well, since everyone's hair naturally sheds, sometimes the extensions come along for the ride.
Taking out hair extensions is also time-consuming. A removal gel is applied to each of the bonds and rubbed into your hair until the bond breaks down and slides off. This process could take over an hour if you have a full head of extensions. But I was willing to look past these flaws until I decided to get pregnant and go au natural. (And by au natural, I mean I went to Ricky's, bought some clip-ins, and had a stylist cut and color them to match my hair to get me through nine salon-free months.)
I used the clip-ins throughout my pregnancy and for three more months after my beautiful baby girl was born. But I missed the ease of waking up with a full head of perfect hair that I could refresh with a quick spritz of dry shampoo. So back to Bumble I went, and my stylist, Carrie Hill, introduced me to a new tape extension that the salon launched last Fall. To be honest, I had my doubts about sticking tape onto my hair. But after several applications and removals, I'm officially hooked. Keep reading to learn more about this salon process and discover if it's right for you!
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I've always been intrigued by dermaplaning, a form of exfoliation which involves removing the fine hairs from the face with a surgical blade. Face shaving removes that annoying peach fuzz, creates the perfect base for makeup application and, due to the fact it allows product to penetrate the skin better, leaves skin with an incredible glow. But I was cautious of trying it for two reasons. The first is that it's yet another thing to add to my already long beauty regimen. I do really enjoy spending time looking after my skin, but adding more steps leaves less time to binge-watch my favorite TV shows. My second concern is probably what you're all thinking: the dreaded fear that my hair would grow back thicker and faster. Spoiler: it didn't.
I finally decided to take the plunge, and tried the Egyptian Facial with Dr. David Jack, which includes dermaplaning. The good news? I lived to tell the tale. If you're considering getting baby soft, fuzz-free skin but have concerns, here are 10 things you need to know before getting it done (including some extremely candid photos of my experience).It doesn't hurt
Honestly, it sounds and looks a lot scarier than it is. The procedure doesn't hurt, but it definitely isn't a relaxing facial. The action of having the hair removed feels just like dry shaving, particularly on the upper lip, where there might be more hair.Your hair will not grow back thicker or faster
Dr. David says this is a total myth. You won't grow a beard after getting dermaplaning. Your hair will grow back, but it will just look like it did before you had the treatment. If you naturally have darker hairs, they may appear thicker when they grow back, but that may simply be because you've forgotten what it was like before the treatment. "There is no scientific basis for this. A surgical blade is used, which just shaves the ends from the fine vellus hairs. Nothing happens to the follicles themselves, so the growth of the hair isn't changed."RelatedDry vs. Dehydrated Skin: Which Do You Really Have? You aren't committed after one session
This isn't a treatment you absolutely have to commit to, however, repeated sessions do make treatments more effective. Dr. David says "it can be a one-time treatment, but usually the best results for your skin longer term will be with repeated treatments. But doing it as a one off will not do any harm to your skin." This is something that I'll probably only do once in a while when I feel like my skin needs extra exfoliation, or before an event for better makeup application.30 minutes after the treatment:
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Tori CrowtherIt affects how well your skincare works
"The skin is stripped back to allow for better access and penetration of anti-ageing products." I found my skin was drinking up everything I applied and gave me the most incredible glow, so get your best products ready, including retinol, vitamin C, and SPF. Dr. David said "the main thing is that it improves the effects of active, antioxidant skincare by allowing better access to the deeper layers of the skin." Sold!It works better with a peel
The facial first uses a "fruit based glycolic acid peel, combined with salycylic and mandelic acid, which is followed by gently shaving the top layer of the skin. This exfoliation technique removes the waterproof upper layers of the skin to allow penetration and absorption of a series of anti-ageing advanced vitamin serums." However, if you have sensitive skin, you don't need a peel in conjunction with the dermaplaning, as shaving an effective form of exfoliation on its own.You can get it as often as every 6 weeks
If you fall in love with the treatment, you can get it as often as every 6 weeks, as this is when the cells renew and hair grows back.3 hours after:
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Tori CrowtherIt isn't recommended at home
Dr David did not recommend doing this at home. However, there are some POPSUGAR employees who are huge fans of at-home dermaplaning and, lets be honest: lots of us try things at home that we "shouldn't". Just make sure you don't use a surgical blade. Allow Kirbie to tell you how she keeps up with this treatment at home.RelatedHow to Prevent (and Get Rid of) a Cold-Induced Chapped Nose Your skin will be DRY
I was expecting a little more dryness than normal, but nothing that a few sheet masks or thicker night cream couldn't solve. Oh, how wrong I was. I didn't wear makeup for three days after the treatment because I had to apply moisturizer to my face during the day, multiple times a day. I have dry and dehydrated skin anyway, so that's something to bear in mind if this is an issue for you. I'd recommend carrying round a mist for a week after your treatment, to combat any dryness and tightness through the day.No downtime
Your skin will be red afterwards. Mine was very red for about 2 hours afterwards, but it didn't hurt at all. By the end of the day I was glowing! Dr. David notes that "usually, the skin is a little red and sensitive immediately after the treatment, and can be a little dry for a couple of days following it. However, downtime is fairly minimal and you should be able to go about as normal afterwards. Sometimes in people with active acne it can create more redness for a few days, so this is something to consider."Your face will feel very weird immediately afterwards
And by weird I mean, you will feel everything on your face. Blowing a hair out of your face? It will feel bizarre. I didn't realize how much those tiny hairs block things from your face. Also, stray hairs were sticking to my face a bit like lip gloss.
I'm someone who bleached my virgin brunette hair and, predictably, never heard the end of it from friends, family, and especially my mother, who all want to make sure I know exactly what type of havoc I was putting my strands through.
As annoying as those comments were, the sentiments were rooted in fact - when done improperly, bleach can seriously f*ck your life, and your locks, up. Luckily, there are ways to rep rainbow hair without frying your head (what's good, Lime Crime Unicorn Dreams hair dye?). As Allure reports, a London salon has created an "anti-bleach" option, where brunettes can forgo the chemical in favor of a less harsh option.
It's a movement that's years in the making, according to Sophia Hilton, the owner of Not Another Salon. Hilton took to Instagram to explain the process. "We have been using the lightest blonde colors to lift the hair," she wrote, "experimenting and testing to discover exactly which bright shade specifically will lay over the top each lightness and then trained all our staff in this technique."
Hilton was also upfront about who won't see results with anti-bleach: namely, those with superdark hair (naturally, deep blondes and light brunettes are the most ideal colors for this process) and those who have previously colored their hair. And anti-bleach has its limits: according to Hilton, "you need to rule out pastels and ash tones as we just can't lift the hair light enough!"
However, if you qualify for the process, one thing is for sure: the results will be stunning. Over the course of the week, Hilton and other stylists have shown off final looks achieved with anti-bleach, which range from electric blue to fiery copper. Even ombré is possible, as demonstrated by a fabulous pink-yellow melt color (see below) that looks like cotton candy incarnate.
As Hilton wrote, anti-bleach and old-school double-process can live in perfect harmony. The salon won't ditch bleach but rather consult with clients on what works best for them before coloring: "Bleach still has a place in our hearts, but as our clients will tell you, our anti-bleach option has been a lifesaver." In fact, the idea was first born out of a frustration Hilton felt when people would show up at Not Another Salon in tears over their ruined strands. "New clients were coming to us with such extreme damage that we would refuse to bleach them anymore," she wrote.
While anti-bleach is still a young process, here's to hoping it will come stateside soon - or else we just might have to cross the pond to test it out!
Every time we think we couldn't love Rihanna more, the OG bad gal gives us more reason to be effing obsessed. The Fenty Beauty founder recently sat down with InStyle for an exclusive interview and kept it RiRi-real about her beauty struggles growing up and, of course, Fenty.
In the interview, Rihanna reveals that despite not being allowed to wear makeup in her Bajan household, she still grew up with a burning love for cosmetics. She also shared her favorite Fenty product and revealed why creating a diverse range of products was super important to her. Rihanna also reminisced on her strangest high school hairstyles, which will definitely make you LOL. Ahead, find the most fascinating things we've learned about Fenty and Rihanna from the interview.RelatedThe Verdict's In - Here's What Reviewers Are Saying About Fenty Beauty's Top Products On not being able to wear makeup as a child: "Lipstick in Barbados? Not unless I was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. My mom wasn't flexible. I wore no makeup." On wanting to create a makeup line: "You have all these ideas of things you want for yourself, and for me, beauty was a natural fit because makeup is such a huge part of my career and image. I wanted to do a line for years, but it needed to be credible, something that industry pros and girls around the world would respect." On creating an inclusive line: "I wanted everyone to feel included. We actually started with foundation because it's the very first makeup product I fell in love with." On her favorite Fenty Beauty product: "I love the Killawatt highlighter because you can use it in so many ways. I put it on my eyes, cheeks, and body. It goes on smooth, and the texture is superfine, almost like liquid - plus it's extremely high-shine. There's a ton of different colors." On her first experience with foundation: "When I was a teen back in Barbados, I was in a pageant, and my mom did my makeup for it. I will never forget the feeling I had after seeing how even my skin looked when she put foundation on my face. And I remember my brother being so upset. He was like, 'You're gonna put that on every day?' I loved it. It's like Photoshop. I like my makeup to look like skin - really good skin." On her go-to high school hairstyle: "I wore cornrows until I got a perm. Then once I got a perm, I rotated between ponytails and wearing my hair pressed straight. But when I would go to the hairdresser and my hair was freshly done, I wouldn't put it in a ponytail until it got a little greasy. I had some really strange hairstyles, though. I would do stuff like pull one random piece out of the ponytail or have two cornrows braided down the middle of my head that connected into the ponytail. What was that?" On how makeup motivates her: "I start by looking for my outfit, and even that can be like, 'Ugh, I gotta figure something out.' If I'm still not feeling it, I go to the mirror and get my beat together. Makeup is therapeutic for me. Once I start my glam - the makeup, the hair - I'm good. I'll play music, find the good light in the bathroom, and just have a great time. That's what gets me motivated." On her favorite beauty moment so far: "Definitely when I wore a Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown and a doobie wrap with bobby pins to the American Music Awards [in 2013]. It was just so wrong. I couldn't believe what I was doing, but I ended up loving it so much that I kept wearing my hair like that for the next two weeks. I pinned it every day and everything."
Depending on your perception of "grunge," you might be confused about hearing it describe an everyday, wearable makeup style. But trust us on this - the dark and moody movement is not only a fashion-forward look; it's one you should definitely try out yourself.
Though grunge style is synonymous with the '90s (and created by Robin Sparkles/Daggers, obviously), it's one of the many throwback fads making a comeback. Celebrities like Joan Smalls, Lorde, and Frances Bean Cobain have helped popularized vampy pouts, usually paired with matte skin and smoky eyes.
Still intimidated? Watch these YouTube tutorials on how to wear moody makeup and you'll be reaching for the purple lipstick in no time.
Oh, how we love beautifully designed makeup brushes. Whether holographic, rose gold, or Mean Girls-inspired, they make our daily beauty routines 10 times more fun (and Instagrammable!). The latest set to catch our eye comes from the UK-based brand Cosmic Brushes. Behold, the liquid glitter brush.
If you think the still image above is already gorgeous, you have to witness the brushes in motion. The glitter you see isn't merely a pattern, but loose inside liquid-filled handles. It falls like snow and is damn mesmerizing to look at:
The brushes come solo (there are $20 blush brushes and $23 fan brushes) and in sets ($59) in a variety of dreamy colors including blue, silver, gold, pink, purple, and rainbow.RelatedImportant: There's a New Rose Gold Mermaid Makeup Brush Set on Amazon For $12
There's only one downside: almost all of these brushes are totally sold out. At least the new Kabuki Set ($59), which features black and red brushes with red glitter handles, will be restocked weekly leading up to Christmas. Fingers crossed that everything else restocks ASAP, because these beauties have officially made it to the top of our holiday wish lists.
Let's admire them even more with photos and videos ahead.
Any natural beauty junkie knows that Whole Foods is as reliable for its skin- and bodycare goods as it is for its fresh produce. While the grocery chain also sells makeup, it's not necessarily known for having a wide selection of it - that's about to change.
Au Naturale Cosmetics, loved by green beauty devotees since its launch in 2011, is launching in Whole Foods, Allure reports. Previously, the brand sold its product on its own site and, as of summer 2017, online at Free People and Petit Vour. Now, it's going to reach more people than ever in stores - all the better for the brand's mission to start a "clean beauty revolution" with cruelty-free, ethically sourced, and vegan ingredients.Related11 of the Best Natural Beauty Gifts You Could Buy at Whole Foods
The Au Naturale lineup at Whole Foods will include 68 products, including su/Stain Lip Stains ($25), which come in shades like purple, brown, pink, and brick-red; Super Fine Powder Shadows ($15), which comes in a tube and has hues like navy, lavender, classic black, and olive; and Zero Gravity C2P Foundation ($38), which boasts an impressively inclusive range of shades.
Consider this just one more step in making healthy-for-you beauty products not just niche, but the norm.
Despite how long laser hair removal has been around now, there is still a lot that many don't know about the hair removal system. When I signed up for a course of laser treatments for my underarms at sk:n, a UK-based skin clinic, I threw out my razors, shaving creams, and home-waxing kit because I just knew it was the savior I'd been waiting for. (Spoiler alert: I was wrong!) If you're considering underarm laser hair removal, read on for the five things I wish I'd known before I started the treatment.RelatedSo, Can You Get Laser Hair Removal During the Summer? Is It Permanent?
A course of six to eight treatments is usually recommended for the best results, with top-up sessions prescribed as needed. After six treatments, I found my coarser underarm hairs growing back and needing to be shaved more and more, so while the follicles attached to the finer hairs in my underarms appear to be permanently defunct, the ones attached to my coarser ones don't appear to have been affected at all. That being said, I currently only shave them every seven to 10 days, which is better than the twice weekly shaves I had to endure before.Does It Hurt?
As the saying goes, beauty is pain, and if you consider being hairless a beautiful thing, then you'd better be prepared for the pain of laser hair removal. Despite how quick and uncomplicated the sessions are, laser hair removal isn't exactly painless. The zap of the laser is comparable to someone repeatedly flicking rubber bands into your underarm skin for about 10 minutes, and when that's done, you can expect to be tender for up to 24 hours after. You're always advised to shave the night before a laser session to avoid the laser burning any hair as it blitzes over the area being treated.When Do You Start Seeing Results?
Although results vary depending on each person, I started seeing a difference in the fine texture of my regrowth after the second session. The growth was fine enough that I didn't feel the need to shave in the six weeks between that session and the next. After the first session, though, you may start noticing hairs growing as normal and then quickly falling out as the follicles slowly die. This is completely normal.How Long Does It Take?
For underarm treatments in particular, you're required to get six to eight treatments with six weeks in between each session to allow for each follicle to be targeted in the right stage of its growth cycle. The sessions themselves take five to 10 minutes of actual laser zapping. So, if you thought it was a one-and-done scenario like I did, you're sorely mistaken because you'll be getting treatments for up to eight months. Keep in mind that any direct sun exposure that occurs on the area being treated will mean you have to wait two weeks to ensure the laser doesn't cause further damage.Is It Worth It?
Depending on what your expectations are, laser hair removal might fall on either side of the fence when it comes to whether it's worth it. As someone with coarse hair that is more prone to ingrown hairs, I developed sensitive, blemished underarm skin because of constant abrasion from shaving and exfoliating, so the break I got from my normal grooming routine was more than worth it, sore underarms and all.
Part of the allure of the holiday season isn't even about the holidays themselves - it's the buildup. From the thrill of finding the perfect present to excitedly greeting family you haven't seen in months, the days leading up to the main event are the most exciting part of the year. This is also why beauty Advent calendars are the perfect gifts. Not one day, not two days, but every day gets sprinkled with joy as you open up a little box of surprises.Related50 Beauty Gifts (Under $50) to Grab Before They're Gone
From travel-friendly skincare minis to bestselling makeup at a major discount to packaging so pretty that you don't even need to wrap it, calendars are really do-it-all gifts. Shop the most worth-it ones out there ahead.
'Tis the season to spend, spend, spend on limited-edition holiday goodies and sets. We won't judge you for making it rain all over Sephora for the sake of having a merry and bright holiday, but just so you know, you can also reap the rewards of luxe beauty under $100.
Don't believe us? Look no further than Morphe's just-released Holiday Collection, which includes perhaps the most extra makeup brushes known to humanity - with a relatively inexpensive price tag.
In fact, aside from the aforementioned bougie bristles, almost everything in this line checks out well under $50. For instance, you can score a metallic gold lipstick (hello, New Year's Eve) for $12 or a 15-pan palette for $15 - yup, that's $1 for every shadow shade.
According to Morphe, this is the cult-favorite brand's biggest holiday collection to date, and much like the perennially sold-out Jaclyn Hill palettes, it also features a popular influencer as the campaign's face. James Charles modeled for all the product imagery.
And even though the brand just hit Ulta shelves for the first time this Fall, the Holiday Collection is only available on Morphe's website or its brick-and-mortar stores. Ahead, find all 18 products in the beyond-glamorous lineup.
Lately, it seems like you can rep your zodiac sign in all aspects of your beauty routine. You can match your favorite highlighter or lipstick to your star sign, or take a page out of artist Setareh Hosseini's beauty book and dress up as your horoscope for Halloween. And now, the trend has come for your shower thanks to Spongellé's Zodiac Body Buffer Collection.
You probably know (and plan your love life around) the zodiac. Spongellé has broken up all 12 horoscopes into their respective elements to create celestial scrubs tailor-made to suit your sign.
Here's a quick crash course in astrology for those who only relate to Earth, Wind, and Fire on the dance floor. Air includes Aquarius, Libra, and Gemini; Earth includes Capricorn, Virgo, and Taurus; Fire includes Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius; and Water includes Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio.
The scrub's lather omits a fragrance that's set to suit your sign. It can be reused for up to 15 times, or about half of your birth month. Read on to see what you should be smelling like, according to the Zodiac.
There are certain tattoo spots that just seem to work best with small, minimalistic ink: the wrist, the ribs, the ankle, and, of course, the back of the neck.
A relatively small canvas, the back of the neck offers an ideal spot for little ink art that may look out-of-place against larger areas of the body. And while any tattoo will come with a certain level of pain, this spot is considered to be one of the less-painful spots, making it a friendly first-time canvas.
Additionally, back-of-the-neck tattoos are easily covered with hair, scarves, or collared shirts, so it's an ideal choice if you don't want an overtly visible piece. When you are looking to show off your ink, opt for an updo or side-fishtail braid to complement your art.
To inspire you to consider the back of the neck for your next (or, hey, first) tattoo, we've picked some of our favorite looks from Instagram.
Just as I am about to use up the last pearly pink drop of my Fenty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, Rihanna herself revealed that a new lip product is coming. And it looks f*cking fantastic. Hot. RED HOT.RelatedWhat Fenty Beauty's New Holiday Lipsticks Actually Look Like on 4 Women
Stunna Lip Paint is the name of the newest category in Fenty. And here's what we know so far. The shade introduced is cherry red (could there be more colors in the works?), it looks glossy, and it's likely pigmented. Anything called Lip Paint is usually a more saturated formula than a gloss or sheer lipstick. It will be available on Nov. 23 at fentybeauty.com, Sephora (in stores and online), and Harvey Nichols (in store and online).
This is what it looks like on RiRi herself:
As Rihanna captioned, "get your lips ready 💋." We will share more as it becomes available!
While everyone else is busy waiting for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can get ahead and squeeze in your discount shopping early. Every Thursday, Sephora has been hosting a weekly sale on popular makeup and skincare products, and this week did not disappoint. So, if you're on the hunt for a new palette or fun lip plumper, you've come to the right place. From brands like Make Up Forever to Buxom, we want it all. Hurry and grab your credit card because these deals only last for seven days. Take a look.RelatedCalling All Beauty-Lovers - These Are the 50 Best Products Under $50
Lip Smacker is getting even more animated with the launch of the brand's new Disney Emoji Balms ($5). The cute new lip balms come in a unique, round character that stands up vertically and resembles an emoji. To use the balm, you flip the base of the packaging to unveil a disk-shaped balm. Each side of the balm comes with a different face, giving you two adorable Disney emoji in one. Like all Lip Smacker products, each product smells good enough to eat.
Currently, the balms only come in four characters: Mickey, Minnie, Belle, and Cinderella. The flavors of the balms are one of the sweet perks of this line. Mickey is an "Ice Cream Bar" scent, Minnie is flavored with "Strawberry Le-bow Made," Cinderella comes in "Bibbity Bobbity Berry," and Belle's scent is "Last Rose Petal." We're hoping these will become as popular as our beloved Tsum Tsum line, so we can expect a lot more of our favorite characters to appear in the line soon.
Right now the balms are only sold at Target, so if you're dying to get your hands on these, we suggest checking out a few of your local stores. Starting in 2018, you'll be able to shop these fun balms on Lip Smacker's website and wherever Lip Smacker is sold.
Keep reading to see these unique balms in action.RelatedThese Adorable Soda Cups Have Delicious Smelling Lip Balm Inside
this should've been done a very long time ago; addressing my racist past. pic.twitter.com/cMoIIZE8iI
- Sister James (@jamescharles) November 3, 2017
At just 18 years old, James Charles has become one of the most prolific beauty bloggers of social media. His massive platform (he has nearly three million followers on Instagram alone), however, has not come without scrutiny. In Fall of 2016, James made history as the first male face of CoverGirl, but months later, he was under fire for tweeting a "joke" about contracting Ebola on a trip to South Africa. Other past racist remarks of his have recently been dug up from his Twitter archives, and now, the influencer is addressing them head-on.
He posted an apology video on Nov. 3. "I have never really made a direct apology to the people that my tweets affected, which is where an apology should've been directed in the first place," he explained. "In case you didn't know, a few years ago I posted some really, really sh*tty and ignorant and offensive tweets regarding people of different races that I'm really, really not proud of. They were disgusting, they were degrading, and now I realize how my words actually affect people."
The tweets he is referring to have since been taken down, but there are some screenshots floating around on the internet. Within them, he used the phrases "Mexican Instagram slave" and "stupid Indian man" and said a classmate's dress "with her like Native American sashes and stuff" was "so ugly."
The tweets were from 2013, when he was 13 years old, James said in the video. He went on to say they didn't come from a place of hate, but rather "from me being a really ignorant 13-year-old that shouldn't have had a Twitter account."
I will no longer support your company as long as he's on the campaign. This was stereotypical & degrading to Africa. @COVERGIRL @COVERGIRL pic.twitter.com/RpgMp1lqfg
- IG/SC: ParisHeelton (@ImTheBombDotCom) February 16, 2017
He then emphasized that he was not trying to make excuses. "There's no amount of time that could pass and no age that excuses racism," he said. "I've grown so much as a person since then and I'm not the same person today that I was five years ago."
James also directly commented on his Ebola tweet (which, by the way, CoverGirl denounced and called "inappropriate" in response). He mentioned that he was thankful he was called out because "it was a really sh*tty thing to say" and that he has learned a "valuable lesson" from the experience.
"I want you guys to know at home watching that I'm really f*cking sorry for my actions and I know sorry doesn't affect anything or take it back, but I'm saying I'm sorry because I genuinely realize how sh*tty the things I said were," James said. "I'm very thankful for the platform I've been given and I realize that I'm a role model for many people. I want to use my platform to spread positivity."
Watch the full video of his apology above.
If you're like me and experience dry skin during colder months, you are not alone. Although my skin is on the oily side, sometimes catching that cold, harsh wind leaves me with dry patches or flakes. One way to tackle this problem is by making sure you're using products that are all about moisture. From your cleansers to even lip balms, these items can help revive and repair.
When searching for a new product, try looking for ultrahydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, cocoa butter, or vitamin E. Whether you're looking for a mask or body wash, we found 20 affordable options that work on everything, from head to toe. Take a look at our favorites - they're all under $20.
You know the scene: It's 6 a.m., you're snoozing until the last possible second you need to get up, and you definitely can't function until you've had your first sip of coffee. Chances are, you're also struggling with your morning beauty routine - or lack thereof. If you're willing to skip important things - like a well-balanced breakfast or showering - just to catch some extra zzz's, then the thought of waking up early to set the hot rollers is probably hilarious (or terrifying) to you. Well, you no longer have to choose between sleep and beauty. With some practical but life-changing hacks, you can have both.
These beauty tips are so easy you'll be able to follow them in your half-asleep daze, but they'll make you look like you'd spent hours primping. And they range from supersimple tricks, like cutting out a stencil instead of freehand-drawing cat-eye liner, to hacks that will make you look like you have a hairstylist on speed dial (two-minute hair bow, anyone?). The best part? Some of these you can literally do in your sleep. Here are our easiest morning beauty tips - from your hair to your face down to your toes - for the laziest of girls.
When it comes to beauty, Fall is all about stocking up on the newest deep liquid lipsticks, dark eye shadows, and hydrating face treatments. Whether you're looking to buy some luxe makeup or you need an update to your skincare routine, we made it easy and did the shopping for you. We found some fresh choices to help you forget all about those gloomy days. Instead of overspending on just one or two expensive items, we shopped on a budget so you can add a few new things to your repertoire. Take a look at our favorites - they are all less than $50.
As we count down the minutes until the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017 is filmed in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 20, we are getting in the sexy spirit with a special fragrance the brand is releasing in honor of this year's catwalk. The signature Bombshell eau de Parfum is getting an Eastern makeover for the holidays with this limited-edition packaging.RelatedVictoria's Secret Made a Perfume That Smells Like "Boyfriend Tee"
The official name for the jazzed-up fragrance is the Victoria's Secret Bombshell eau de Parfum Shanghai 2017 Edition, and it will be available on Nov. 15 in a 1.7-oz full-size bottle for $52 or a 0.23-oz rollerball travel version for $18.
Here's what is different: The OG Bombshell packaging features the classic VS pink-on-pink stripes. The new one is shocking pink with edgy black angel wings. The custom wings are sparkly on the big bottle and glossy-matte on the mini. The bold color scheme just begs to be Instagrammed on your feed. Plus, we can confirm that the Angels will be wearing this when they hit the runway on Nov. 20.
Now let's talk about what's the same: the smoldering scent! Bombshell features a blend of citrus, Brazilian purple passion fruit, Shangri-la peony from Tibet, and Madagascan vanilla orchid. A hint of Italian sunstruck pine warms it up, making this perfect for a crisp Fall evening - like the show-night date! The overall musk is called a "fruity aromatic floral." It's a pretty sexy scent, the kind you'd wear on a third date.Related6 Easy Beach-Wave Hacks For Gorgeous Instagram Hair
If you want to smell like a hot-as-hell Angel in 2017, this is your chance.
I'll be the first to admit that I make many "mistakes" when it comes to my skin. I try to be "good" during the week by eating "clean" and avoid triggers for breakouts like dairy (known to inflame acne) and sugar. And I hit that skincare checklist of washing my makeup off every night (often double cleansing), sleeping on a silk pillowcase (better for avoiding fine lines), and doing a five-step product ritual (cleanser, essence, serum, face cream, eye cream).
That said, put a bubbling slide of New York pizza or a whipped-frosting cupcake or salty margarita in front of me, and you can bet I am indulging. Often that party diet coupled with extra after-work affairs during November and December's soirée season leaves me blochy, broken out, and skipping steps in my skincare routine.RelatedHow to Beauty-Detox After a Holiday Weekend
So yes, I am a beauty editor, and I am far from perfect when it comes to keeping my skin *flawless*. Thank the product gods, because there is a whole category of detoxifying formulas meant to help when you can't even. Here, I've rounded up a complete collection of hair, skin, and body goodies that will help you feel and look better if you wake up totally hungover with a food baby!
You've seen the new ColourPop launches, admired from afar, and now you're just waiting for the right moment (and the right funds) to go on your shopping spree. Well, friends, the time has come. ColourPop is launching its holiday sale Nov. 9 and lucky you will be able to take 20 percent off site wide for a full 48 hours.RelatedHere's Every Product ColourPop x Sephora Is Launching
There's only one catch: you have to spend at least $40 to get the discount. Considering all the amazing new products, however, that shouldn't be an issue at all. How about the liquid glitter Supernova Shadows ($7)? Or the Element of Surprise palette ($16)? There are also some goods left from the buzzy My Little Pony collection, including the coveted palette ($16) and purple highlighter ($8).
Oh, look at that. If you buy all of the above, you've hit the quota. So, ColourPop fans, set your alarms. The sale starts at 10 a.m. PT!
When blessed with a package of Fenty Beauty's holiday collection before it hits stores on Oct. 13, you don't just let it sit around and look pretty. Nope, you play. A lot. And that's what we've been doing all day. After testing out the new Cosmic Lip Gloss, we just had to see what the new lipsticks - Rihanna's first ones! - looked like in real life, too.
These holographic-looking tubes are foolproof. They feel like a balm and go on sheer at first, but you can build them up and get a more intense color ready for the party circuit. They have a shimmery finish that's layerable over other lip shades you love. And, although there are metallic glitter particles, you don't feel any grain on your pout.RelatedYour Exclusive First Look at the Fenty Beauty Galaxy Makeup Swatched
Ahead, find out even more details on the newest additions to the Fenty family, and get a closer look at both swatches and the shades worn by four women.
Hormones aren't just here to make us crazy - they play an important role in making sure our body functions properly, especially when it comes to reproduction. Unfortunately, your favorite lipstick or perfume might just get in the way of that. Many personal care products contain ingredients known as "endocrine disruptors." These troublemakers can wreak havoc on the endocrine system that regulates our hormones.
"These endocrine disrupting chemicals can affect fertility or have long term impacts on the baby."
Research suggests that women of childbearing age (who are or plan to get pregnant) should take the most care to avoid exposure to endocrine disruptors. Along with newborns and children, the adverse effects are most serious for this population. So what's at risk?
Well first of all, you could be pregnant without knowing it, and these chemicals can interfere with normal hormone functions that are crucial to a healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding.
But they may also cause reproductive problems before you get pregnant. Studies have linked endocrine disruptors to endometriosis, disorders of the uterus, and disorders of the ovaries, such as premature ovarian failure (POF) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).Related10 Toxic Ingredients Pregnant Women Should Never Use in Their Beauty Routines
"Some chemicals can affect our hormones at even low levels," Nneka Leiba, director for Healthy Living Science at the Environmental Working Group, told me. "These endocrine disrupting chemicals can affect fertility or have long term impacts on the baby."
Much of the research concedes that more needs to be done to determine the true risk of exposure to such chemicals in our personal care products. But considering the FDA has little proactive oversight of cosmetic ingredients, you may want to play it safe and avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals when it comes time to think about starting a family.
Groups like EWG or the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics maintain lists of potentially problematic ingredients. EWG puts out a Dirty Dozen endocrine disruptor list (which includes chemicals found in cleaning supplies or food), while the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has a searchable database of chemicals of concern.
Many of these chemicals - which specifically impact reproductive functions - are found in your favorite cosmetic and personal care products. If you're trying to conceive, we've identified endocrine disruptors that may be hiding in your makeup bag or vanity cabinet. You'll want to check the ingredient labels and then swap out any offenders with these safer options. It's the perfect excuse to try out some new makeup!
Think of all the things you could do if you didn't spend hours doing your natural hair each week. Hell, I could have become a five-star chef in the time I've spent twisting and blow-drying my strands! But this Spring, I'm taking a totally new approach to wash day and embracing protective styles. Luckily, #teamnatural on Instagram has provided plenty of updo inspiration to keep me supplied with ideas for months.
RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to Summer Braids For Black Girls
A protective style is any coiffure configuration that keeps your ends safely tucked away. These hairdos require very little daily upkeep and help strands stay moisturized. On top of all that, the looks also promote hair growth since you're not pulling and yanking (causing shedding). Not to mention, your fingers are less likely to fall into early arthritis due to constant twisting. Stick to these protective looks, and you'll have bra-strap-length strands by Summer 2015.
If you're like us, you live for the announcement of a new MAC Collaboration. Well, the iconic brand's most recent collection will definitely not disappoint: this season, MAC teamed up with legendary fine jeweler Robert Lee Morris to create chic gold products that will bring out your fancy side.
For over 40 years, Morris has been known and loved for his architectural style of jewelry that could easily be mistaken for museum-worthy sculptures. With that in mind, MAC created 16 new, brass-packaged products that belong in an artist's collection.
As we head into the season of gift-giving, you might want to take note of the Brush Roll ($125), a true standout in the lineup. The belt includes Lash, Blending, Duo Fibre Fan, and Mini Synthetic tools designed to help you apply all your makeup like the golden queen you are.
Since this collection is all-gold everything, it's giving us major Beyoncé at the 2017 Grammys vibes - you know what we mean. Remember when Beyoncé performed at the event pregnant, oozing the aura of a metallic bronze goddess? Of course you do. The MAC x Robert Lee Morris bundle is just as futuristic, but eternally classic, as that wonderful moment in music history. See for yourself in the photos below, which you can shop for a limited time in MAC stores and online come Nov. 2.
For as long as she's been in the spotlight, Ariana Grande has favored one iconic hairstyle: the high ponytail. Whether on stage or on the red carpet, she's rarely seen without her extralong brunette strands swaying behind her. Recently, however, she's undergone a major makeover.
It all started on Oct. 7 when she posted a photo of white-silver hair on Instagram. "It's grey," she wrote, and fans everywhere praised the drastic change. But was it a wig? We had a little freak-out when she seemingly went short and purple back in August, only to find out it was, indeed, a hairpiece.
The following days after debuting her Daenerys Targaryen-like transformation, however, she went on to post several photos of her new look, proving it was definitely a permanent dye job (and a gorgeous one at that).
She even decided to go a step further and get baby bangs. Not everyone can pull these off, but she certainly does.
While we love that Ariana has been wearing her Rapunzel-worthy hair long and down, we started to miss her signature pony. Thankfully, on Nov. 7, it made a comeback. And oh, how marvelous it looked. Dare we say we love the signature Ariana hairstyle even better in platinum blond?
Gorgeous. Now, don't you want to take the plunge and go silver yourself? Colorists, you've been warned.
Aren't beauty vaults a wondrous thing? By gifting one, not only do you make a friend very happy, but you also get to rest easy knowing you won the holidays with a thoughtful, expansive, and often limited-edition gift.
So if you're planning to purchase anything for a highlighter fiend - or want to surprise your own fine self with a collection of luminous powders - we have great news for you. Becca, purveyor of the beloved light-reflective Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighters, just went and dropped a whole dang vault of its prized products.RelatedOur 11 Favorite Beauty Vaults Would Make the Most Epic Gifts For the Holidays
Aptly called the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Vault ($200), this bundle includes six full-size powders, all wrapped up in a minimalist-chic box. The included shades are Pearl, Opal, Prismatic Amethyst, Moonstone, Rose Gold, and Rose Quartz.
This set would most be appreciated by fans of a subtle flare - those who prefer to look like they bathed in glitter rather than rep flushed-from-within glow might be a little disappointed. These products work to give a natural coverage, due to the fact that they're made of a finely milled powder that blends like a dream. Even someone who prefers liquid or cream luminizer will still want to hoard these shimmers, because the formula is just so silky.
At $200, this is definitely not a budget buy, but you'll still save quite a bit investing in it as opposed to purchasing six separate powders. Since individual Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighters retail for $38, you'll save about 30 bucks via the vault. That's almost like getting one for free.RelatedSince Fenty Beauty Doesn't Have a Holiday Vault, We Made It For You
Now is truly the time to pumpkin spice up your life. You can PSL your highlight, cuticles, hell, even your armpits can join in the zesty fun.
Fans of Burt's Bees know that pumpkin-spiced lip balm is nothing new. Still, we're excited to let Eos-addicts know that the brand has released its own Holiday Lip Balm Duo ($6) - one half of which contains, you guessed it, a gourd-inspired formula.
This pack of two popular spherical balms includes a Natural Pumpkin Spice flavored option, along with one that's made of organic vanilla bean. Along with making your mouth smell like that of a kissable autumnal goddess, this conditioning oil and shea butter-based recipe hydrates, softens, and beautifies lips. No chapped pout for pumpkin princesses!
This new bundle is limited edition, so its presence is as fleeting as Fall itself. You know what that means: if you need this in your life, get it fast.
Wrist tattoos, forearm tattoos, bicep tattoos - there are so many options when it comes to where to position your arm tattoo. And there's one more place that's often literally overlooked: the back of the arm (or a triceps tattoo).
It's the perfect spot for a vertical image, like a single flower or an arrow, though there's also enough room to fit an inspiring message or small landscape. The back of the arm is a solid choice if your tattoo isn't the first thing you want people to notice when they meet you, but perhaps the last thing they'll see as you're walking away.Related100 Real-Girl Tiny Tattoo Ideas For Your First Ink
If you've yet to dye your hair a rainbow color, we have to ask: what's made you hold out for so long? There are so many dreamy options, including shades inspired by denim jeans and the aurora borealis! But perhaps our ultimate favorite hue will always be rose gold. It is surprisingly versatile (after all, metallics are a form of neutral!) and looks stunning on a wide range of skin tones. We've rounded up some seriously breathtaking inspiration - read on.
We've loved Princess Leia since childhood thanks to feminist icon Carrie Fisher, who taught us that girls can fight even better (and smarter) than boys. Imagine our delight when we learned that, starting in 2018, we can carry a reminder of her strength in our purse thanks to Lip Smacker's Disney Tsum Tsum Lip Balm ($5).
Like all Lip Smacker Tsum Tsum balms, the adorable spherical packaging unscrews to reveal an egg-shaped lip balm. The moisturizing formula will protect your pout from the harsh weather and has a sweet taste. Naturally, Leia's flavor is Cinnamon Buns, a tribute to her iconic hairstyle.RelatedLip Smacker Gives Us Even More Magic, Thanks to Disney Emoji Balms
You'll have to wait until 2018 to add the princess to your Lip Smacker collection, but if you're a Star Wars megafan, you can purchase the rest of the Tsum Tsum Star Wars collection now on Lip Smacker's website.
T-zones, rejoice! Shiny skin is in. Thousands of blotting papers and mattifying products later, and it's finally OK to embrace the glow. To be clear, this doesn't mean that oily skin is now running the show, and the dewy skin look isn't a pass to let your skincare routine go to sh*t, either. Bad skincare habits and oily skin can still lead to breakouts and blemishes, and you can't really pull off this trend without a smooth and clear face. So focus on getting rid of dark spots and smoothing texture before anything else.
You can let your natural oils shine through, but as silly as it sounds, where and how much you shine is important. If you're creating a faux glow, placement is just as key as the product used to create it. Too much, and you hover in the zone of looking like a sweaty mess, and that's definitely not a "lewk." What will help is this batch of products dedicated to the dew. They'll give you skin that's supple with a filtered effect and maybe even some major skincare benefits to boot. So go forth and get glowing.Related25 Times Dewy Makeup Was Done Right
When a quick Google search informed me that CoverGirl's Lashblast Length mascara had been discontinued (#RIP), I was devastated. Like most Asian women, I have naturally thin and short lashes, and that particular CoverGirl formula was the most effective at making them seem longer and fuller. An eyelash-extension expert once told me my lashes were about 8mm long (less than an inch!), and since then I have vowed to have lashes 10mm or longer. But getting lash extensions every two weeks for the rest of my life wasn't really practical.
The next best solution: finding a new mascara I can be 100 percent committed to. I sourced friends, co-workers, and the internet to research which mascaras work best, specifically for Asian lashes. I was on the hunt for a mascara that would deliver both volume and length in one easy-to-use tube, and I realized: isn't that what most people want? Just more so if you have fine eyelashes. After trying 13 different mascaras, I can safely say I found some formulas that make saying goodbye to my old CoverGirl standby a lot easier.
I've always struggled with hormonal cystic acne and superoily skin, which usually left me with severe dry patches. I could never find a moisturizer that felt right on my face. What I didn't realize until doing a lot of research was that I needed more moisture. That's when I learned about hyaluronic acid, a chemical known for its hydrating properties. It acts as a filler for fine lines and wrinkles. It also has the ability to hold 1,000 times its water weight, making this a smart way to lock in moisture and stop producing oil. Using it changed my skin for the better by clearing it up.
If you've been interested in trying it out, you don't have to cash out hundreds of dollars. You can find this chemical in so many drugstore brands. Check them out ahead.
We have some glorious news for you: there are three new Wet n Wild holiday sets at Walgreens, just patiently waiting for you to come buy them. Fresh off of a spooktacular (and expansive!) 50-product Halloween launch, the affordable brand is back for more with new, festive kits that all ring in under $15.
If you haven't already run out of your house to go sweep up the bundles, you can read on to learn more.
Before you sign up for your office Secret Santa or agree to be your new Tinder "friend's" holiday party date, make sure you're prepped. And by that, we mean that you have the right beauty swag to get you through the most social season of the year. To get you started, we rounded up the November hair, skin, and makeup launches we are actually using.
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These days, your social media is probably flooded with "take all my money" memes mostly directed at Fenty Beauty. After the brand dropped two collections in just over a month (an inaugural set of products on Sept. 9 and a holiday line on Oct. 13), the internet collectively emptied their wallets. That's not really even hyperbole when you consider that WWD just reported that Fenty earned $72 million in earned media value during its first month of existence.
To put things in perspective, Fenty's earned media value (a marketing term for how much money a brand makes on social) for September is more than other top brands such as NYX, Benefit, and Urban Decay.
Fenty's social domination will come as no surprise to fans of the inclusive label, which touts 40 shades of foundation that garnered intense buzz via social sites like Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. In fact, according to a press release from YouTube, around 132 million people tuned into Fenty tutorials in September alone.
So the memes are true: we actually did give Rihanna all of our cash, and we'll do it again in a heartbeat when her next collection drops.
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Lip Smacker has been delighting Disney fans with the brand's Tsum Tsum line, which reimagines our favorite characters as adorable, spherical balms. This time, the brand has outdone itself with metallic-hued Minnie and Mickey lip balms.
The limited-edition Tsum Tsum Duo Gold Mickey and Minnie ($20) set is only available on the brand's website and features a gold Mickey and rose gold Minnie. Minnie was even given a seriously gorgeous bedazzled bow for an extra dose of cuteness. They don't just look good - they also smell irresistible. Mickey comes in the scent Whipped Pineapple Magic (which reminds us of a piña colada) and Minnie smells of Strawberry Beignet.
Our favorite Disney couple has never looked so red carpet ready, and we can't wait to add these chubby balms to our collection.RelatedDisney Fans Will Adore Lip Smacker's New Villain-Themed Collection
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. Related15 Hydrating Masks to Keep Your Hair Healthy All Summer Long
Put Huda Kattan's icy new collection at the top of your holiday wish list. While I adore the Winter Solstice Palette ($45), holographic highlighers have been around for a few seasons. It was actually the collection of Winter Solstice Mini Lip Strobe Collection ($33) that won me over. Many brands have been launching pastel-metallic glosses and lipsticks, but Huda's version is honestly the best I've seen out of any of them.RelatedYou Won't Be Able to Handle How Cute Huda Beauty's New Lip Tins Are
The lip strobes - which are like glossy highlighters for your pout - are saturated shimmers. There are four shades: a white opal, pink, blue, and purple. Each has a holographic effect. It can go on top of another lip color, but they actually look amazing on their own.
Here, the POPSUGAR Beauty team tested every strobe shade on bare lips, showing how gorgeous these colors look against different skin tones. Keep reading for reviews!RelatedExclusive: This Is the 1 Huda Beauty Product You Need to Serve Ice Queen Realness
The glitter makeup market has become a saturated place in the last few years. From Fenty's holiday collection to just about anything Too Faced releases, we all just want to light up our faces like a Christmas tree.
That said, it's hard for glitter, an accessory that was once perceived as truly out there, to truly shock anyone anymore. It's everywhere - in fact, as I write this from my desk, wearing full business casual, I'm also sporting a full gold foil eye look. So get ready, because these Luxelarose Glitter Pigments just might totally surprise you.
The UK-based brand (which ships internationally - don't you fret!) posted an Instagram of its Anastasia Metallic Pigment ($20), and oh my word. When this hot-pink powder is combined with a mixing medium base, it paints on one gorgeous strip of glossy goo. As you can see from the swatch, this thick, clean application goes on in just one swipe. I dare you not to watch this hypnotizing, glam-as-heck video on repeat for hours on end.
Perhaps you're not a fan of the color pink (you monster). That's OK . . . because Luxelarose sells a Dubai Metallic Pigment ($20) that basically looks like straight-up liquid gold.
As mentioned above, Luxelarose only supplies the pigments, which come in powder form. It's up to the wearer to combine that with a mixing base - NYX sells a great one for $7 - to achieve such gooey goodness.
We've been obsessed with all things rose gold lately and, thankfully, the beauty world has delivered. From lip balm to makeup brushes, our entire vanities are now covered in the metallic hue. So, you can imagine our excitement when we saw that Stila debuted a new eye shadow in the shade of the moment.
Makeup junkies know that Stila's Glitter & Glow liquid shadows ($24) are a beauty blogger favorite. Watch any tutorial and you'll see it make an appearance, usually the finishing touch to cut creases. People love the shadow for its creamy, long-wearing formula and the fact that it offers a glitter finish minus the fallout.RelatedYour BFF Will Lose It Over These 18 Rose Gold Beauty Gifts
The new color, Wanderlust, is a sheer gold with pink sparkle. As you can see from these swatches, it's superpigmented and gives the same glow on different skin tones:
You better believe Wanderlust will be the star of our holiday beauty looks. Shop the new launch right this way.
Sept. 22, 2017, will forever be known as the day the world set aside its differences to band together for a collective "Whaaaaa?" upon hearing news that Kylie Jenner is pregnant. After the initial shock subsided, so many questions emerged. Perhaps the most major one for beauty junkies was this inquiry: can the 20-year-old businesswoman use her own Kylie Cosmetics products if she's expecting her first child?
And the answer is, according to Billboard, sort of. Like most pregnant women, Kylie will have to switch up certain makeup products - including ones she created. Here's what Dr. Jacques Moritz, an ob-gyn at Weill Cornell in NYC, told the music site isn't kosher for Kylie to use (or inject!).
The zodiac calendar may be over 2,000 years old, but it is having a capital-M moment right now. This Fall alone, products have been released that allow you to match your lipstick or highlighter to your sign or even rep your horoscope's bespoke scent via these Spongelle shower wipes. And soon, you'll be able to tell if someone's a Taurus or Leo just by their eye shadow.
That's because cult-favorite beauty line BH Cosmetics will release a Zodiac Palette. As first seen on DupeThat's Instagram, this collection features 12 shimmer shades and a corresponding match for each. All colors are named after a zodiac sign, and jeez, are the hues accurate.
Since your Leo friends are probably the most extra humans you'll ever meet, it makes sense that the sign would be represented by a trendy and eye-catching champagne rose gold shimmer. If the horoscope is to be believed, Sagittarius is a sign full of extroverts, which makes the palette's metallic hunter green totally perfect. And since Scorpios are born during Fall, they get an autumnal pumpkin shimmer.
Luckily for all of us, this palette will be released when mercury is not in retrograde. According to DupeThat, the Zodiac Palette will drop on Nov. 13. We've reached out to BH Cosmetics for more information and will drop any further news here.
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