Beauty News

Instagram’s Raver Grandma Gets A Makeup Collab + More of Summer '19s Brightest Releases

And we have a Neon Summer Ahead!

Summer beauty release have stolen our wallets year after year. 2019 is no different. What is different are the releases! Neon, bold, and beautiful. The beauty industry is growing. It feels like everyday there is a new brand that maybe doesn’t actually offer anything that is actually new. So these brands stepped their game up to put out some palettes + lippies that will jump off the screen and into your vanity.

Inc.Redible x BaddieWinkle

 
 

Remember Miley’s twerk + raver days. OK, now imagine Miley was 90 years old. That is instagramer @Baddiewinkle in a nutshell (without all the cultural appropriation).

 

The nearly 91 year old influencer has partnered with Inc.Redible for a 3 piece collab that include a boobie mask! Her IG bio says “stealing your man since 1928,” and I believe her.

 
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Inc.Redible
Baddie's Got The Gold Rainbow Highlighter

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Inc.Redible
Baddie Rollin' It Back Rainbow Rollerball Lip Gloss

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Inc.Redible
Baddie Double Perks Rainbow Sheet Boob Mask

That highlighter is actually and incredible work of art!

 
 
 
 

Huda’s Neon Aesthetic

Huda Beauty’s Obsession eyeshadow palettes were an instant hit. Each tell a 9 pan eyeshadow color story of their own. This summer, there will be 3 new Neon Obsession palettes.

Huda Beauty
Neon Obsessions Palette

 

The orange palette has us drooling.

 

Rainbow Neons

Lorac
Online Only Neon Lights PRO Pressed Pigments Eyeshadow Palette

Neon On the Brain

 

Of course Fenty Beauty is right on track! They’re giving us 7 lippies and 3 trios of vibrant liquid eyeliners.

 

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna
Poutsicle Juicy Satin Lipstick

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna
Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trio

I do wish these liners were available as individuals, too. But I guess I’ll just have to get them all.

Pride Season

Influencer, @jessiepaege, has teamed up with Tarte to bring you a rainbow palette just in time for Pride month.

Tarte
Let it Rain-bow Eye Set

 

The collection also had a glitter get pot!

 
 
 

Tarte
Treasure Pot Glitter Gel in Pride

This Liquid Chrome Paint Metallic Pigment comes with some stencils to help you get cute little shapes on your face.

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Pride Liquid Chrome Paint Metallic Pigment


 
 

Ready for a Bright Summer?

10 Beauty Gadgets That Will Make You feel Like Jane Jetson

Futuristic Vanity

Beauty innovations often come in new formulas that last longer on the skin or in new ways of using an old remedy. But it’s 2019, and re-purposing Mama’s old beauty bag may not be enough. Could these gadgets be proof that the beauty industry could be feeling the pressure to get techy with it? Here are some of the strangest beauty meets technology products I find myself wanting to try at least once.

A Face Mask - But Make It Fashion

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
SpectraLite™ Faceware Pro

What even is this?
“A device that harnesses a full spectrum of therapeutic red and blue LED light to support natural collagen and zap acne-causing bacteria—hands-free” (source)

Shop here →

The Prefect Hipster Beard

Cutie Academy
Electric Beard Straightener for Me

What even is this?
Half hot comb, half straightener. For your facial hair! Beards are sexy unless it looks like a result of lazy hygiene and not a choice to highlight your face.

Shop here →

 
 

Eye Gels With a Vibe

Japan Trend Shop
Eye Slack Haruka

What even is this?
Oh, it’s exactly what you think. An eye mask that vibrates to stimulate the muscles around your eyes to prevent sagging. Cheaper than an a facelift!

Shop here →

Mirror, Mirror, Am I Ugly

HiMirror
Smart Beauty Mirror

What even is this?
You’re definitely not ugly! This mirror will help keep track of skin progress. Imagine there is an expert esthetician living inside your mirror. But not like a “Black Mirror” episode type of way.


Shop here →

Blair Waldorf’s headbands could never

 
 

HAIRMAX®
LaserBand 82' Laser Hair Regrowth System

What even is this?
Binge reality TV while your hair get denser and fuller with this at home, FDA cleared laser scalp treatment.


Shop here →

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

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A skincare humidifier with a humanitarian heart!
We covered this for B. News!
See all the deets here →

Because lip Injections are cancelled

Conair
True Glow LED Light Therapy Anti-Aging Lip Care and Lip Plumping Device

What even is this?
Injection free lip plumping! It increases circulation give your lips a little boost!


Shop here →

Related: Watch This Video If You’re Thinking Of Getting LIp Fillers

No, it’s not for kids!

 
 

Thara
Portable Beauty Blender Washing Machine

What even is this?
It probably takes longer to do a load of a beauty blender than washing it by hand at the sink …. but it’s just so cute!

Shop here →

A dad Cap with some Tech to it

CAPILLUS
Hair Regrowth Laser Cap

What even is this?
6 minutes to reversing and/or slowing the inheritance of your Dad’s receding hairline. Oh, and it’s just $2,000!

Shop here →

There’s and app for that, too

Neutrogena
Skin360 Skincare

What even is this?
Scan your skin and find out what it needs! Now there will be an esthetician in your pocket too!

Shop here →

Cool. Now invent a Robot Hairstylist.

Who Would Win If There Was An Award Show For Beauty Products? The CEW Awards Have Spoken

And The Winner Is

New beauty products drop every month. Surely there is a bigger honor than being featured in a monthly favorites Youtube video! And, of course, there is! CEW hosted their 25th Annual Beauty Insider Awards. Cosmetic Executive Women, CEW, is an organization whose “purpose is to provide programs that develop careers and knowledge of the beauty industry through industry leader talks, trend reports, newsletters and mentoring” (source).


And the winners are….

Acne Treatment Winner

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First Aid Beauty
Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Pads With White Clay

Other wins for First Aid Beauty
Cleanser & Scrub:
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser With Probiotics

Related: First Aid Beauty Reveiws

Antiaging WInners

Masstige

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Neutrogena
Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil

Prestige

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Shiseido
Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Beauty Wellness Supplement Winner

Best Seller

Masstige

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Olay
Whip

Prestige

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Estée Lauder
Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex

Eye Treatment Winner

 
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Drunk Elephant
C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

Face Product

Masstige

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L’Oréal Paris
True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Conceale

Prestige

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Bare Minerals
Bare Pro 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer

Hair Winners

Shampoo/Hair Conditioner

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Living Proof
Restore Dry Scalp Treatment

Hair Care/Styling

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Drybar
Hot Toddy Heat Protectant Mist

Indie

Skincare Beauty Award

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Summer Fridays
Jet Lag Mask

Indie Makeup Beauty Award

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Beauty by PopSugar
Be Sweet Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15

More Indie Winners:

Brand Beauty Award: Beautycounter
Indie Hair: Briogeo Hair Care Be Gentle, Be Kind Kale + Apple Replenishing Superfood Conditioner

Lip Treatment Winner

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Charlotte Tilbury Beauty
Collagen Lip Bath

More Lip Winners
Lip Product Mass: Sun Bum Tinted Lip Balm
Lip Product Prestige: MAC Cosmetics Powder Kiss Lipstick

Rising Influencer Award

Makeup

Alina and Inessa, @theviketwins

Skincare


Sustainability Excellence Award Winner

 
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Loli Beauty Inc.

“Zero waste beauty™. 100% waterless, food grade organic skincare.”

Related: B. News; Zero Waste Skincare Brand That Is Perfect For Your Tree Hugging Bestie

See the full list of winners here
Honorees List here

Who were your Big Winners?

Watch This Video If You’re Thinking Of Getting Lip Fillers

Huda Beauty Founder Says “Lip Filler Ruined My Lips.”

Scrolling through the discover page on Instagram has me convinced that the people getting cosmetic fillers in their face are getting younger and younger. Something that we saw mostly on middle aged female celebrities is now something that we see on folks in their 20s. Huda Kattan, the founder of one of the top selling cosmetics brands, Huda Beauty, shared on Instagram IGTV her story with lip fillers and how after 10 years of getting lip fillers, she never actually got what she was looking for.

Huda Kattan is was first known for her beauty blog and her Instagram full of beauty hack videos. Now, you know her self named cosmetics company.

In the IGTV video, the almost 36 year old opens up about the first time she got lip fillers injected in 2009 after doing little to no research of her own. She talks about how, at that time, fillers weren’t very popular but she thought that she “would look more attractive” after the injections.

The Emirati doctor in Dubai who was the first person to give Huda lip fillers gave her 4 lip injections. While her lips were bigger, Huda says they had “no shape.” Over the years, she’s had them fixed and refilled by some well known doctors.

But still, Huda told her viewers that,

“Lip filler is not bad but I did not get what I was looking for.”

The filler just made her lips plumper. What that means is that any fine lines she may have had would have been stretched out and less visible. What she was actually looking for was more height to her lips.. Something she says later in the video can be ‘fixed’ with makeup. She also gives her audience and tutorial on how she overdraws her top lip to make it appear larger.

 
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Over time, the filler started to move to be between her lips and her nose making her appear older and look ‘fake’ as if she had had a ton of work done.

After being advised by a doctor to remove the lip filler because, yes, the injections made her look older, Huda made the decision to have the filler in her top lip dissolved. Which is done by, yup, another type of lip injection.

 
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Huda on the process of having her lip filler dissolved:

“I gave birth without epidural. I was super calm, I can take pain ….and let me tell you, (dissolving the lip filler) was painful.”

So after a decade of lip injections and the painful process of having them removed, Huda’s advice to those considering getting their lips altered:

“Mess around with makeup before you
mess around with a needle.”

 
 

Kisses xx

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Snoop Dogg Does A Voice Over For NikkieTutorials And It's Officially The Best Damn Video On Youtube

@bufferingbetty

Ain’t nothin’ but a beauty thang.

The last thing I expected to find while scrolling through my subscriptions on Youtube was a video bringing an OG rapper, Snoop Dogg, and an OBG youtuber, Nikkietutorials making a youtube video. That’s Original Beauty Guru for Nikkie. But, yes, it exists. And it’s exactly what the internet needed.

 
 

As the Global Artistry Adviser for Marc Jacobs Beauty, Nikkie was showing us the new Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder. There is also a demo of the Accomplice Concealer!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty
Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder

Need to know: $49, 4 shades, includes brush in compact
Shop here

Marc Jacobs Beauty
Accomplice Concealer + Touch Up Stick

Need to know: $32, 17 shades
Shop here

They took this video to new heights by featuring Snoop!

Who needs another ‘boyfriend does my makeup video.’

While it may seem odd to some, we can’t deny that Snoop Dogg is no stranger to his own beauty routine. He’s had so many iconic hair styles and the 47 year old Libra even gets his nails done! Your hair don’t shine like that and your curls don’t bounce like that unless you have an AM + PM routine.

Of course he is known for his lyrics and they way he speaks. He gives us some one-liners to remember.

“You know I got your back nik-nack”

“Put a little cream on that brizznush”

 
 

The best thing was how he chose to identify the products Nikkie was using and thus:

Primer will henceforth be referred to as ‘roots.’

 
 

He’s essentially her cheerleader throughout the video and I officially need him to release a word's-of-encouragement type of podcast that I can play any time I attempt to apply winged eyeliner.

“Nikkie you looking like a work of art, right now. Go ahead now! I’m loving this, It’s like a painting by Picasso”

Let’s just appreciate Snoop being here in a robe and smoking while doing this voice over.

Honestly, I’m petitioning that now J.Lo does a voice over for Desi Perkins. Who wouldn’t watch that!!!!!

Other Petitions:

Lil’ Wayne does a voice over for MannyMUA
Daniel Radcliff does a for Kathleenlights
Snooki does a voice over for Jackie Aina

Seeing is BELIEVING.

Zero Waste Skincare Brand That Is Perfect For Your Tree Hugging Bestie

@bufferingbetty

Captain Planet would be so proud.

A growing trend amongst Millennials consumers is shopping with more social consciousness. Rather than just buying from a brand that sells a product, they want to feel like they’re supporting a brand who stands for a cause. Loli Beauty is here for anyone looking to shop from a company that is looking to change the culture of the beauty industry by protecting our ever changing environment. Global warming is real, my loves. Loli Beauty is making their mark by producing products that are zero waste by designing packaging that is reuseable and compostable.

Meet Loli Beauty

 
 

Social conscious shopping isn’t a trend that is exclusive to the beauty industry. It seems that it is no longer enough for a brand to ‘round up to the next dollar’ to donte to a charity. It is becoming an expectation for a brand to voice, for example, stances on political issues.

 
 

Relatively recently, Nike made a bold statement when it chose to feature NFL player, Colin Kaepernick in a campaign. I haven’t ever watched a pro football game in my life; not even the one time I attended a Superbowl party. But, even I know that Kaepernick, now a household name, caused waves each time he knelt during the singing of the National Anthem to protest the police brutality of black people. By Nike featuring Kaepernick, they told its consumers that they support the athlete’s message.

 
 

Was Nike’s campaign for coin or was it in earnest, that’s an answer that will never truly be known. By Loli Beauty designing a zero waste company, they are acknowledging the validity of Global Warming: a topic that politicians themselves still dispute despite the overwhelming scientific evidence.

 
 

Of course, beauty isn’t new to voicing an opinion. There dozens of brands who express passion for ethical practices such as being cruelty free or fair trade. Beauty bloggers and consumers have rejected lines that neglect to have more inclusive shade ranges or do not feature people of color as regularly as white models. The world i changing and getting smaller. If these brands want to stay relevant and make money, they’ve got to adapt. Protecting the future of our environment is one of those causes. It’s why freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has gaining popularity.

The Beauty industry thrives on consumerism. So we should do it more responsibly. According to Gary Gardner, director of research for Worldwatch, said, "[m]ost of the environmental issues we see today can be linked to consumption, As just one small example, there was a story in the newspaper just the other day saying that 37 percent of species could become extinct due to climate change, which is very directly related to consumption" (source).

Consumers spend $18 billion globally every year (source). We can do more to help the environment and Loli Beauty can help you make that important first step.

Beauty is a luxury at all price points. It isn’t an absolute necessity for me to paint my eyebrows into something other than what nature gave me, but it is part of the human condition to be just a little bit obsessed with our looks. Cosmetics go as far back as Ancient Egypt; we’ve all attempted that signature Cleopatra eyeliner. So it is unlikely that these levels of consumerism will decrease. In turn, consumers need to do more to encourage brands to reduce waste.

 
 

We can be concerned with Mercury’s retrograde’s affect on us while recognizing how our treatment of the planet where we live is affected by our behaviors. And change them.

 
 

LOLI stands for Living Organic Loving Ingredients.

Loli doesn’t just want you to have products that nourish your skin but they care about what you do with the jars once the product is finished! In a article about packaging, WWD writer, Jennifer Weil, said, “green is the fastest-growing theme for beauty packaging these days.”

“From our food-grade, glass yogurt jars that can be reused for food storage , to our certified compostable labels, bags and boxes, we are thoughtful in our choices and mindful of both the planet and people” (LOLI)

 
 

As I though Loli Beauty didn’t think through how many jars a person store without concerning people, they did shut me down! They announced via instagram it;s new refill program! Keep your original jar and order a refill of your product in a compostable pouch. Plus you’ll get 30% off. Everyone wins!

 
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One of the features I love on their site is how Loli proudly displays the ingredients of each product.

 
 

And breaks down all the details you need to know about their products.

 
 

Let’s look at some products!!!

 
 

Pank Micellar Water

 
 

Need to know: $38, And there is a WAITLIST! What! Must be a good product right?

Avaiable at lolibeauty.com
Shop here

Aloe Blueberry Jelly

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Hmmm, sounds like a snack but it will actually make you the snack *sizzle sound* This moisturizer is for oily, breakout prone skin!

Need to know: $28
Avaiable at lolibeauty.com
Shop here

 
 

Purple Corn Grains

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A cleansing powder that transforms into a purifying, polishing scrub when activated with water, hydrosols or vinegars.” (source)

Need to know: $32
Available at lolibeauty.com
Shop here 

 
 

Royal Manuka Honey

“…natural enzymes, amino acids and minerals to repair damaged tissue, dissolve dead skin cells and tighten skin. Its naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide clarifies and prevents breakouts, too. Science couldn’t have done it better.“(source)

Need to know: $18 + honey is a personal favorite of mine in terms of skincare!
Available at lolibeauty.com
Shop here

It’s Not the Green New Deal, but I’m sure Rep. Ocasio-Cortez would support this zero waste beauty brand.

We can act now before our Earth strikes back.

Your Vanity Is now a Throne With This New Collection From Urban Decay

@bufferingbetty

Be a dragon.

It’s just one week until the final season of Game of Thrones begins. I can’t stop humming the theme song and crossing my fingers that my faves don’t die! Protect Arya Stark at all costs! The show is finally coming back after nearly 2 years. Urban Decay has sensed the anxiety of us fangirls and gifted us a GOT beauty collection for the throne! A girl has no name but a girl has got a beat face. As of today, no release date has been announced but I would speculate either sometime before the first episode airs or sometime during the season. We also don’t know if this will be an Urbandecay.com exclusive or sold in stores at Sephora or Ulta. Follow us on IG @meetpepperb for updates!

Book Series. Tv Series. Beauty Collection.

The Palette

 
 

This is the action figure of eyeshadow palettes. There’s a hidden Throne and the eyeshadow detaches from the box. There are beautiful neutrals and pops of color.

Need to know: $65
Shop here

Weapons of choice

 
 

GOT is half sword fight scenes half dramatic pauses. The large eyeshadow replicates Jon Snow’s Longclaw sword. The smaller one is still powerful like character’s blade is honors: Arya’s sword, Needle.

Need to know: $28 each
Shop here → Longclaw, Needle

 
 

Glitter Liners!

 
 

The 24/7 glide on pencils are actually incredible and the shimmery shades are stunning!

Need to know: $22 each
Shop here

HighLight!

 
 

Mother of Dragons highlight palette with three shades that will make your cheeks so luxurious, the Lannisters might try to steal them!

Need to know: $36
Shop here

 
 

Lip + Cheek Stain

 
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When Khaleesi commands her dragons with Dracarys, there is no escaping their flames. When you command Dracarys, you know your look will be fire!

Need to know: $26
Shop here

Kiss of Death

 
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The answer is yes. I want them all.

Need to Know: $19
Shop here

Which house are you?

New Beauty Gadget Hydrates Your Skin Where Ever You Go - And Gives Back To Worthy Cause

@bufferingbetty

Glow + Grow.

There is one universal rule in the realm of beauty: hydration is queen. Your skin feels and looks better when you coat yourself in moisturizers. Your hair has incredible luster when you find that right perfect routine. Sometimes, we need extra help to get us there. Especially if we are naturally dry. Air conditioners in the summer and heating systems in the winter dry out your skin even more. Hey Dewy is a facial humidifier that promises to keep your skin fresh + juicy. A product that just launched in January of this year kicked off with philanthropic goals in mind. They donate 10% of their proceeds to The Water Project.

Meet Hey Dewy

 
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The Big Claim: “effortlessly immerse your face over a cool, clean mist for just minutes to hydrate your skin and hair for a revitalized look … moist-ify your skin with micro-splashes of cool water aerosols for incredible results. It can also be used to hydrate your hair and clear your sinuses, providing an overall healthier lifestyle.”

Need to know: $39
Avaiable at heydewy.com
Shop here 

It’s so small and cute!

It’s the perfect size for travel!

 
 

As someone with dry skin

I absolutely could see myself using this in my car. I drive a lot and all winter long I use the heater and can feel moisture draining from my skin. My skin starts to feel tight. In other posts I’ve talked about keeping facial sprays in my bag to hydrate my skin.

If I’m wearing makeup, I will literally freeze using the heater in small bursts to make sure my skin doesn’t start to look crusty. So maybe this would be handy!

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This is not a facial steamer.

Steamers blow warm air that help open your pores and are perfect to get a greater deep clean to your skin. Pepper has shown us all on her IG how she preps her skin for the perfect facial using a steamer.

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But Hey Dewy is a facial humidifier that provides a cool mist for the sole purpose of improving skin hydration.

This could be something you use in your home office or even at work. Your boss is on level 10, take your 15 to meditate and hydrate.

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For Profit, For a Purpose, For People

“10% of every purchase will be dedicated to initiatives that make an impact through water, starting with The Water Project.” (source)

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With a goal of raising $10,000

Hey Dewy is committed to spreading the word about bringing clean water to communities all throughout Sub-Saharan Africa through sponsoring The Water Project.

Learn more about their efforts here ⇁

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You know we’re not opposed to a beauty gadget that will elevate our lifestyle.

Get Hydrated

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This New Palette From A Top Makeup Artist Will Make You Aphrodite On Earth

@bufferingbetty

Who Wants To Be A Queen When You Can Be a Goddess!

This is not just another highlight palette. It’s a palette that comes to us mere mortals from pro makeup artist, Danessa Myricks. Her work is impeccable. I could scroll through her Instagram for hours getting inspired whilst wishing she could do my makeup. Every canvass she touches turns humans into goddesses. Her complexion application is unrivaled. You become a source of light. not the highlighter on your cupid’s bow.

Meet The Lightworks Palette from Danessa Myricks Beauty

 
 

This color spectrum. The range! The depth!!!

 
 

The Big Claim: “This weightless, soft, creamy, powder formula is infused with micro light refracting pearls that amplify your natural radiance while offering a sophisticated “lit from within” glow .” (source)

Need to know: $40, Vegan, Cruelty Free
Avaiable at danessamyricksbeauty.com
Shop here

Here is Danessa Myricks centered in this photo alongside two models adorning Myricks skils!

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What is incredible about Danessa Myricks is that she showcases beauty of every skin tone. From her work, it is evident that she cares deeply about displaying the beauty of every skin tone.

It’s certainly a quality that we need to see more often!

Could you imagine being this fly and glowy!

Here is some more of Danessa Myricks’ work that just captivating!!!

Danessa Myricks Beauty is a brand that flies a little bit under the radar. It’s not one you see super often on social media. However, pro artists are very familiar with her line! She has a full range of products to do a full face worthy of an editorial shoot!

Myricks makes skin look so healthy!

Aphrodite, Venus, You.

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Setting Your Makeup With Powder Just Got An Upgrade

@bufferingbetty

Slay all day.

Finding products that make your makeup last all day is what makes a ‘holy grail’ product. Setting your face is the key and we’ve all got our tricks that work for our skin. Pressed powder, setting spray, and a loose setting powder all have a place in our makeup bags. Stila is bringing innovation to getting your makeup to stay all day with a new way to set your face.

Meet IN THE BUFF pOWDER sPRAY

 

That’s right! A spray setting powder!

Did setting your makeup just get easier or messier?

Here’s the thing. Unlike a typical liquid setting spray, which you apply directly to your face, this powder setting spray is meant to be applied to your brush.

 
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In your fantasy, you can image an aerosol type of spray with powder that easily sets your face or applies lashes (bc i still have no clue how to). But in reality, the spray would camel spit powder on your face, get in your hair and ruin your outfit. I don’t think your makeup would even set well if you sprayed powder onto your face. You need to press it in into your skin.

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Stila’s In The Buff Powder Spray has a little bit of a learning curve.

Learning how to spray this powder on to your brush may take a few rounds of practice.

One other concern is how much product is lost. When your spray the powder on to your brush, a lot of it just ends up floating in the air. So the bottle may contain .39oz but you absolutely will not get to use all of it. Some product gets lost when you use a loose setting powder but it looks like a lot more will be wasted from a spray bottle.

The up side is it’s quick! I imagine for a makeup artist this would be better that pouring out a loose powder then swirling your brush in it. Just spray on the brush and then apply on to a client’s face.

 
 

The Big Claim: “Stila's loose setting In The Buff Powder Spray feels like spun silk on skin. This microfine powder instantly blurs imperfections and sets makeup, while skin-loving, oil-absorbing ingredients mattify skin without making it look dry.” (source)

Need to know: Available in 3 shades, translucent, light/medium, and medium/deep
Avaiable at Ulta, Macys, and stilacosmetics.com
Shop here

Can you see yourself using this powder?

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Makeup for your Teeth? Pink, Platinum, + Yellow?? I’m Cringing.

@bufferingbetty

Because you don’t have rapper money and there’s a party tonight.

I am always one to say that makeup is fun in all forms. Changing up your look for a few hours is part of the self expressive nature of cosmetics. Getting a little weird with your makeup is always welcome. I, myself have green, blue, and neon lipsticks, frosty-funky color highlighter, and I have been itching to bleach my brows. Just for fun. But how weird is too weird? How far is too far in the realms of eccentric makeup?

Meet Chrom

Creators of temporary tooth polish. Like nail polish but for your teeth. YOUR TEETH!!!

“CHRŌM is a tooth polish, just like nail polish, that can be applied and removed in a matter of seconds, and lasts for up to 24 hours at a time. It doesn’t smudge when you're eating and has no taste” (source)

 
 

Need to know: 14 colors, $18
Avaiable at toothpolish.com
Shop here

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The colors

Ok. As Americans, we have a pretty basic standard for what teeth should look like. Our ideal is bright, white, straight, and clean teeth. (Lord, doesn’t that say so much, but I digress). So the Chrom tooth polish that makes the most sense to me is the “Pearly White” shade. Maybe you’ve been drinking too much coffee lately and it’s showing on your teeth. You have an event to attend and want brilliant white teeth to make your smile just that much more beautiful. But, with Chrom, you have the option of making your smile sparkle with glitter, with green teeth, and, yes, YELLOW.

 
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This color is Glitterati Chrom. 1 of their 3 glittery shades. Can’t lie, I love glitter and this looks like something I’d give a try to. Maybe. While your teeth look brighter, they also look kind of dirty. But still not too bad.

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Ok I almost bought Glitterati Party because this is just freaking cute.

 
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No. No, sorry, Just no. Glitterati Gold looks like you ain’t brushed your teeth in 7 months. I almost called a lawyer to bring a lawsuit for causing me trauma and making my spine cringe!

 
 
 
 
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Chrom toothpolish in Baby Blue and in Mint gave me some positive feels all over again. This is very appropriate for music festivals, laser shows, raves (are they still a thing), basically any party where there is a girl with a hula hoop, pigtails with yarn, and gemstones on her face.

But then this color happened.

 
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24 Karat Toothpolish is cancelled. It looks like she caked Hot Cheetos on to her bottom teeth. It looks like her teeth have been replaced with Cheez-Its. It looks like the concept of a toothbrush had never been introduced. It looks so crazy, it changed history! Oy vey. Ay Dios. No puedo.

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I’m weak.

 
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And here we have Chrom tooth polish in Sunshine. Right.

When I was a kid, I remember my friends and I pressing silver gum wrappers on to our teeth and pretending we were rappers, singing lyrics no 9 year old should sing. I don’t know about other play grounds around the country, but on 104th between 2nd + 3rd Ave in NYC, that’s what we did. I remember we would also take the brown wrappers off a Reese’s peanut butter cup and wrap them around our teeth and pretend we were hillbillies.

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Chrom Tooth Polish is just an extension of that. Playing pretend. Dressing up. Having fun. So I joke about how crazy some of the colors look, but in the end, it is just makeup.

Is it fashion or is it Corny?

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NEW BRAND ALERT!: Subtl Beauty

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Meet Sublt Beauty.

If you are just taking the crosstown bus or boarding a cross country flight, this product should be on your radar.

Subtl Beauty

 
 

At a glance, my first thought was: How are you fitting a whole face in the palm of your hand?!?

Subtl Beauty has eliminated your need for an over sized makeup bag to put in your over sized purse without neglecting your desire to feel and look pretty.

 

Meet Rachel, founder and CEO of Subtl Beauty.

 
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“I’m not an aspiring #MUA #Influencer or #trendsetter. I’m a woman with career goals, family responsibilities, a social life, and a very real need for portability in my beauty products...This is how the idea of Subtl Beauty came to be. I developed the Subtl Beauty stack to be compact enough to fit in my clutch for my sleepovers, but also big enough to hold full-size products for travel and daily use.” (source)

Rachel is all of us. Sublt Beauty is relatable.

 
 

Basics for a face that says, “I’m here!” or, “Where is my coffee, Josh?” or “Brunch is on me!!!”

 

It is the age of growing beauty brand inclusivity. More brands are pushing themselves to create shades other than medium to dark white girl. It is a mix of the frenzy that sparked from Fenty Beauty jumping off with 40 foundation shades combined with braver influencers being more vocal about not using or promoting brands that have PITIFUL shades ranges.

 

While there are only 5 shades of concealer available from this brand, I don’t want you to take that as vote against them. Let’s be real, Fenty launched 40 shades because regardless if the products sucked, everyone was going to buy and try them because, one word, Rihanna. They could risk investing all that shade development money. Subtl Beauty literally had a kickstarter campaign to get support. I think this is one of those brands we will find in Target in just a few years if we support just another working woman who had a vision to give other women something the market wasn’t offering them.

Subtl Beauty created a chart to help you find your shade! If we have a similar complexion, I think medium might work for us with a sheered out application! I used the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer in shade Warm Beige. The chart lists the shade Honey as a match for their medium shade. Honey is three shades deeper than my Too Faced shade and described as ‘tan neutral.’ (source)

 
 
 

I’m a huge fan of beauty influencer, Jackie Aina. Like many of us, I’ve watched her apply her concealer a 1000 times. She often uses Nars concealer shade ‘amande’ which is listed as a shade match for Subtl Beauty’s dark concealer. She describes her complexion as dark and often acknowledges that brands tend to stop their complexion shade range right around her skin tone. Unfortunately neglecting an entire group of women ready to make beauty purchases if only they were available to them. If you are deeper than Jackie, you may not have a concealer from Subtl Beauty just yet. I will also say that their Instagram could use a huge serving of diversity not just for the sake of diversity but because anything less is just unacceptable.

 
 

Subtl Beauty also has a cute brush available!!

 

Sublt Beauty basically looked at my makeup bag and was like, “biiiiitch, that is unacceptable! LESS!”

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The smooth clean lines and minimalist look of Subtl Beauty will make you look at your own makeup bag and feel like a hoarder.

Here are my essentials for my basic go to makeup look. Stacked, because why not. This excludes mascara, brow gel, and all the cotton swabs I carry to edit my work. plus the two full sized makeup brushes I need to get all of this on my face.

Subtl Beauty gives me that Milk Makeup minimalist feel without all the bulk. While Milk Make up has that ‘so chic, too cool’ vibe, Sublt Beauty has that “CEO + confident in my looks” feeling.

I think the stackable makeup is accessible for makeup wearers at all skill + interest levels. If you are just trying to look + feel better at a morning meeting or on a coffee date, this is perfect to just keep in your bag. You can get ready in your Uber on your way to catch up with some friends, too. Business, casual, date, party. In your small purse!

Simple. Subtl. Beauty.

Is Powder Foundation Making A Comeback?

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Will this old school rap be a new school hit?

Have you felt it too? There are changes happening in trends lately. Recent product launches + the looks that have come down the runway are hinting that what has reigned for the past few years may be phasing out.

Brands have been extending their popular foundations ranges to include a powder formulation.

Both Estee Lauder and Maybelline have released powder foundations this year!

 
 

Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Powder Foundation

Need to know: 12 shades, $11.99, matte finish
Avaiable at Ulta
Shop here

 
 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation

Need to know: 41 shades. $42
Avaiable at Sephora
Shop here

Other brands like Kat Von D have reformulated + repackaged their original powder foundations.

This STUNNING GOTHIC beauty lauches 1/25!!!

 
 

Kat Von D Lock-it Powder Foundation

Claim: The ingredient “[k]aolin, a clay mineral, helps give a diffused, matte finish without feeling dry” (source)

Need to know: 26 Shade, $36
Avaiable at Sephora
Shop here

J. Cat Beauty describes their powder foundation as “hydrating.

 
 

J Cat Beauty Aquasurance Compact Foundation

Need to know: 8 shades, $13.99
Available at Ulta
Shop here

With all that being said…

Will powder foundation ever replace the popularity of liquid foundation?
I don’t think so. All makeup application takes practice to master but powders require a little more finessing.

Poor application of powder can age you. Whether you’re 32 years old or 57 years old, there’s a good chance you don’t actually want to look 15 years older than you are.

 
 

If you have oily skin, powder foundation can probably be the key to getting that lasting look. Finishes of powder foundations tend to be matte. Matte looks have been getting more attention recently.

Dewy skin elevated to glass skin but maybe that trend is starting to phase out too.

Makeup looks that emerged from Autumn/Winter Fashion week had a mix of dewy, matte, and ‘natural’ finish in complexions. Harper’s Bazaar put together the looks from the week and you can see the full break down here

 
 

There is a shift in the beauty industry. Let’s see where it goes!

If you’ve got dry skin and want to give powder foundation a fighting chance, make sure you’ve got a good setting spray on deck!

Related: 4 Beauty Sprays for Dry Skin

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Liquid or Powder, Make it a moment

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