I love the idea of not having to ever wear foundation (even if it’s Chanel), so I’m naturally attracted to using a tinted moisturizer as a base for everyday. I’d tried Clinique City Block before and loved it, so I thought I might be able to cheat and nab the drugstore version. I bought it in Beige, and it worked great – felt silky to apply and looked matte, refreshing since my City Block’s very shimmery. However…the other shoe had yet to drop.
Here’s the negative stuff: unfortunately, after only having it for a couple of weeks, the tinted moisturizer started to congeal and get crumbly. Eww!! Worse, it began looking streaky and the color changed to a slightly darker shade. Ugh. Maybe it was an older product that the drugstore should have taken off the shelves, but I’m not impressed with any product that gets old and gross that quickly.
The verdict: 4/10– sure, it started out fine, but the negatives outweighed the positives on this one.
Milani Tinted Moisturizer sells at Amazon for $4.43, if you want to chance it.
A full ballet-style bun is a perfect hairstyle for nearly any occasion – prom, your wedding or just a weekend shopping trip. Plus, the basic bun is way easier than you think to make. Here’s how to style it yourself so you get a full, thick ballerina bun:
1. Pull your dry hair back into a ponytail positioned wherever you’d like the base of the bun to fall. (This is where you get to play – you can go as low as the nape of your neck or, my favorite, pull it straight up out of the top of your head and get a big poofy ball up there like the girl in the pic above.) Use a little Frizz-Ease or Garnier Sleek n’ Shine to tame flyaways; this look is sleek.
Why do I constantly switch haircolor products? I was perfectly happy with the color I got from Perfect 10. Well, I know why – because I’m obsessed with trying new things and reviewing them for you, that’s why. Revlon Colorist was one flavor I sampled in my blondie days, and here’s the rundown:
Back when I was channeling Marilyn I tried a lot of blonde hair colors, and they’re all pretty torturous on the senses. This one was no exception. It itched my scalp and the smell was all burny in my nose. No bueno. The color (#100, Extra Light Natural Blonde) came out pretty though: light but natural-looking, and blended well with my already Pam Anderson-colored ends. (I wasn’t a bimbo, so stop thinkin’ it. Seriously. I’ll cut you.)
Want a super cool, social way to try out new makeup products you’re interested in? GlamST is a new virtual makeup app that’s officially launching in December, but is now live in Windows 8. Use real makeup products from the biggest brands in beauty on a virtual model of your face to try before you buy. Search for products you’re interested in and apply them on your photo to see how they’d look! Brilliant, eh?
You can even save your favorite makeup looks and combos for a future Face of the Day you’re planning – or, try out the pre-configured looks the app offers. GlamST will give you the whole breakdown of the products used to get the look.
I was admiring the long, defined lashes on one of my coworkers, and I asked her for go-to mascara advice. The word was Lancome, Lancome, Lancome. Enticed, I decided to try this baby myself – I love the long, separated, million-lashes look. This little wonder didn’t disappoint!
Length is definitely this mascara’s greatest asset. My lashes poked my browbone (I love that).
Excellent. This mascara found all of my teeny blond lashes and coated them individually, making them stand out.
Meh. It doesn’t really curl very much, but it doesn’t leave my lashes completely shapeless either. Who needs curl when you’ve got length like this?
My eyelashes looked thin but that’s the look we’re going for here – definition, not big thick clumps. This is about the HD, super-separated look, not the voluminous Katy Perry look.
The verdict: 8/10 – Beautiful length and definition, so if that’s what you’re going for, snag one today.
Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara sells at Amazon.com for $21.00.
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