This is one of those drugstore products I’m always recommending, so I figured I should officially review it. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Serum is a great all-in-one product for a good price: it reduces frizz, adds shine, and gives hair a generally polished look. One of the reasons I love it is that it’s great on a multitude of hair types – curly, straight, wavy, Carrot Top… the list goes on.
As Martha Stewart would say, any time you can find a great drugstore foundation, it’s a good thing. Likewise, one that matches your skin well is even better. L’Oreal True Match Liquid Makeup is great for an inexpensive foundation (though it won’t make you look like Milla Jovovich, no matter how many times you say “mul-tee-pass”). Use the shade matching swatches at the display (I wear Buff Beige) to find the shade best suited for you. It’s a heavier finish than I expected from a drugstore foundation, but not too matte so you’ll still have a little shine.
Got an upcoming wedding? A friend’s wedding? Anniversary, party, seminal night out on the town? Many of us ladies have problems trying to properly apply fake eyelashes for a big event. I am normally satisfied enough with my mascaras themselves and my ability to apply them, but for this a big event where I know photos will be snapped all day, some extra definition is in order. Even if you’re not doing anything special – what better time to glam it up than for no event at all, when you can relax and play with it?
Here’s how I go about applying falsies:
Step 1: Get some great false lashes. Individual lashes are VERY hard to apply for beginners, so I use MAC 7 Lash ($11.00), which come in a strip. These are great for several reasons: they look natural because of the varying lengths and separation, and they are reusable unlike the drugstore ones, so they’re a bargain in the end. I also recommend MAC Duo Adhesive ($8.00) for your glue, as it dries clear and not gloopy like cheaper brands.
Mineral makeup has officially made it in a big way, but it all started with Bare Escentuals BareMinerals foundation. I swear by mineral foundation in general, but I typically use Raw Minerals, Pur Minerals or even the Maybelline variety. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to test the original out for myself.
The key to Bare Minerals success, as with any loose powder mineral makeup, is using it properly. Get yourself a big kabuki brush – it doesn’t have to be the Bare Escentuals brand one – and follow the mantra of its acolytes: swirl, tap, buff. Take the kabuki, dip it in, swirl it around in the lid, tap off the excess, and buff it all over your face. When they say buff, they mean it. If you don’t do it exactly right, you’ll end up with excess powder all over you. Don’t get dressed first. (It’ll end up on your bathroom counter anyway.) Continue reading “Makeup Review: Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Foundation” »
Today I’m debuting a new section in which I will provide step by step beauty guides called, rather uncreatively, “Beauty How-Tos”. Today’s issue is on getting perfect brows at home – no spa or nail salon required!
Step 1: Prep. Start with a clean face and generally gnarly brows. Rinse your face with hot water to enlarge the hair follicles if you’re going to be plucking. Pat dry with a washcloth.