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The Only Kylie Skin Review You Need: Michelle Phan Came Back To Save Us From Ourselves

Does Kylie Skin meet Michelle Phan’s standards?

Like a gaurdian angel watching the mayham about Kylie Skin unfold, Michelle Phan swooped back on to youtube to give beauty lovers a protecting voice. She guest starred in a ‘first impressions’ type of video on beauty influencer, Promise Tamang’s Youtube channel, Dope2111, to test out Kylie’s new skincare line.

 
 

It started with the announcement of a walnut scrub. That was the moment the internet beauty world erupted and started side-eyeing the release of baby Jenner’s skincare line. We all could see the release of Kylie Skin coming. We could have even predicted the twitter + meme circus that would come with it; for there rarely is a moment involving the Kardashian-Jenner clan that is unaccompanied by a social media tornado. Love them or hate them, the reality TV family is everywhere and so are their products. The hype could temp you to give them a try.

The OBG: Original Beauty Guru

 
 

Anyone who was a teenager in 2007 has seen a Michelle Phan beauty tutorial on Youtube. She turned her hobby into a business and now she owns her own beauty line, Em Cosmetics, and beauty subscription service, Ipsy Beauty!

The 32 year-old team up with her sister-in-law / beauty influencer, Promise Tamang, to spill all the tea about Kylie Skin and

if the walnut scrub will be scratching up our faces.

 
 

Promise Tamang is an incredibly talented artist who can change her face into almost anything!

 
 

No, seriously! It took me a minute to figure out which face was actually hers while scrolling through her IG.

 
 

They put their skin on the line to test it out.

Not all heroines wear capes!

Promise purchased the collection herself for $125 which she and Michelle both deemed a “fair” or “average” price for a full skincare routine.

 
 

When you and your bestie plan DIY facials together:

Each peice was tested and given a review based on how each of their faces felt in the moment.

 
 

The Foaming Face Wash:

Michelle: “Doesn’t feel that nourishing. Actually feels pretty drying as I’m washing this off. At the end of the day, you don’t want to buy the packaging or buy the hype. You want to buy a product that’s gonna work for you.” She also thought it would be better with teenagers with more oily skin.

Promise: “Not a velvety foam. It takes off like 80% of the makeup. It’s good but it’s not going to replace any of the cleansers I’m using now.”

 
 

The reason you’re here!

 
 

The Walnut Face Scrub:

Michelle: “It’s very finely milled. It’s not as bad as I thought it was, actually. But would I buy this for myself, no. I just think (physical exfoliants are) a dated formula.”

Promise: “I just feel like it’s not safe so I wouldn’t recommend for people to use this. Walnut scrubs are just a ‘no’ for me.“

 
 

The Vanilla Milk Toner

Michelle: “I don’t like fragrance in my skincare. So far this is my favorite product.”

Promise: “This feels really nice on the skin.”

Both were glad to see the left over makeup removed from their faces after cleansing and exfoliating.

The Vitamin C Serum

Michelle: “It’s OK. It’s not bad. It’s not the worst thing in the world but it’s not the best thing in the world either.”

Promise: “It’s a tad bit sticky but it’s good.”

The Face Moisturizer

 
 

Michelle: “Love the packaging. A little comes out [of the pump]; I like that. I like it more than the serum. It’s definitely the strongest [of the collection]”

Promise: “it’s nice and thick. I think it’s good.”

The Eye Cream

Michelle: “If you have sensitive skin, for sure you’re going to feel [the minty-ness]. Not bad.”

Promise: “There is a light bit of minty-ness. I think it’s good. I like the eye cream. I would say it feels like a nice eye cream”

Overall Thoughts

Michelle: “Could be better. If this was the first time I was getting into skin care, [this collection] is not a bad entry way. I do feel like there are other products that are much cheaper that are more effective. But you have to do extra research … if you want something easy, this is a nice way” to get started with skincare.

Promise: “it’s not ‘wow, impressive.” I think the walnut scrub threw people off.”

 
 

There faces say: You’ll try it because it’s Kylie but you probably won’t make many repurchases.

 
 

Meanwhile, Kylie posted a “day in the life” vlog.

 
 

See their video on Promise’s channel!

What’s a Followup Question Free way to say, “I’ll pass.”

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?

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.

Magnetic Lashes Just Got Even Easier

@bufferingbetty

Can’t fight the magnetic pull

Magnetic lashes have been on the scene for a minute now. This innovative beauty hack has been one that I have been fascinated by. I could watch video after video of gurus mastering the magnetic lash. When they first started to creep into our social feeds, the lashes were magnetic to each other. There were two sets of lashes, one per eye, where a top lash band made a sandwich out of your own lashes with the bottom lash band. Moxie Lash just raised the bar when they thought of a way to make you the magnet!

Meet Moxie Lash

Ok, so you are not the magnet but your LINER IS!!! Moxie Lash has made a liquid and gel eyeliner that are magnetic and hold your magnetic lashes in place! You apply the eyeliner, let it dry, and then apply your favorite pair of magnetic lashes. When asked if their liner will work with other magnetic lashes, Moxie Lash says, “Absolutely! Our eyeliner works with any & all magnetic lashes!” (source)

Lashes are the final touch to any look. If you ever loved your eye makeup but wondered what was lacking in the pop factor, it’s your lashes, honey.

 
 

Magnetic Gel Liner: $32

Magnetic Liquid Liner: $45

This set of magnetic lashes is the format we’ve gotten used to seeing. The aforementioned sandwich method. I have personally tried a pair of magnetic lashes like these in the past from Ardell.

My struggle was that the magnets did not sit exactly on each other, so they always looked wrong in some way. Remember in elementary school when you first learned about magnets. Did you ever get the magnets that, yes, they pulled toward each other, but they weren’t perfectly on each other. Imagine that but eye lashes attached. I just thought maybe I got a bad pair. Moxie Lash eliminated the issue of having to align magnets right near your eye!

They currently have 3 styles of lashes each available for $35. Each lash band has 5 magnets that latch on to the liner. The Ardell magnetic lashes I tried only had three magnets. Because of that, I could not trim down the lashes to the length I needed them to be. I think with more magnets, you could make the lash more customize-able.

Classy Lash
Sassy Lash
Flashy Lash

 
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My very first thought when I heard of magnetic liner for your lashes was that your lashes would fly off with a gust of wind. But Moxie says their lashes are wind resistant and stay in place all day. They tested it out with a blow dryer. was

My next thought brought me a question of safety. Could having a magnet near your eye for a few hours a day impact your eyes? Moxie Lash says yes!

“Yes! We’ve been in business for close to a year with THOUSANDS of customers and we’ve never had any issues. In fact, Princeton Consumer Research independently studied the effects of prolonged magnetic lash use in healthy female subjects, and not a single adverse reaction was found. Rest assured that MoxieLash has officially been deemed safe for everyday use. Of course, as with any new product, people with pre-existing eye conditions should consult their doctor before using MoxieLash.” (source)

Check out their video for application!

get your flirt on.

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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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Smith + Cult Released A Whole Makeup Line That Includes A Foundation With 42 Shades!

@bufferingbetty

Get your credit card.

You know them for having the prettiest damn bottle of expensive nail polish but Smith + Cult has just exploded!!!

Meet the Collection

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Instead of letting one product release at a time, Smith + Cult gave us a whole face to play with. Eye shadows, lippies, BLUSHES, Yes! Just in time for some Spring cleaning.

VEILED THREAT

Weightless Micro-Blurring Foundation

The Big Claim: “Melting mousse-to-cream foundation applies quickly and easily creating a moisture matte finish … Transfer-resistant pigment that remains true-to-tone … Cake-resistant, medium coverage liquid foundation delivers a soft-focus effect that lasts for up to 12 hours. Look soft, feel soft.” (source)

Need to know: 42 shades, $42
Avaiable at smithandcult.com + Ulta
Shop here

 
 

Ulta has a shade finder to help you pick your color. Though there is a mix of neutral, warm, and cool shades, there seems to be a consistent pink tint to many of the colors. Even the ‘warm’ shades which seem fairly pink or orange.. I haven’t seen them in person to be totally certain. According to Smith + Cults description of the colors, they warm tones should lean yellow appear more orange.

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“Melting” is the word that continuously circles the description of this foundation. It leads me to think that you may need the warmth of your fingers to best work this foundation into your skin.

UNTOUCHED

Skin Brightening Foaming Primer

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The Big Claim: “Mousse-to-cream formula with a subtle peach tint gives off a healthy glow. Fermented ginseng & vitamin E nurture & brighten skin.“ (source)

Need to know: $32
Avaiable at smithandcult.com + Ulta
Shop here

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Smith + Cult released 4 primers for this collection including this foam primer. Each having different functions. The foam primer is intended to brighten while the black primer has a mattifying effect. The yellow primer is to color correct and redness and the purple uses shimmer to bounce light off the skin for a diffused look.

See all of them here

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GLITTER SHOT

All-Over Glitter Crush

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The Collection’s Stand Out Product

What is it?: “All-over glitter paste delivers a hyper-dimensional look with quartz & multi-size glitter particles. Quick-dry, mess-free formula.”

Need to know: $22. 6 shades
Available at smithandchult.com + Ulta
Shop here

 
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Festival season is upon us and this product is perfect for it! The blend of glitters can be used as a highlighter or even to create glitter freckles!

 
 
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GLITTERBABY

Metallic-Shift Eyeshadow

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The Big Claim: “Liquid glitter shadow turns black & smoky when smudged … Encapsulated black pigment lets you use your fingers or smudger brush to customize a smoky finish. Once it dries, it does't smudge, budge or crease for all day wear” (source)

Need to know: $24, 12 shades
Available at smithandcult.com + Ulta
Shop here

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Glitterbaby seems to function like an all over, one step eyeshadow! They have multi-dimensional colors that are stunning! If you look eye makeup but your skills are struggling, this could be a product to try out!

 
 

HYDRAGLOSS

High-Pigment Lip Gel

 
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The Big Claim: “Elastic gel formula packs a pigmented punch & delivers intense shine. Long-lasting, moisturizing & bleed-proof.“ (source)

Need to know: $20, 12 shades
Available at smithandcult.com + Ulta
Shop here https://www.smithandcult.com/products/hydragloss

And a ton more products!

There are more lippies, a brow product, blushes, both cream and powder! Smith + Cult aren’t playing games and are coming for your wallet.

Shopping this collection Like:

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This New Skin Care Ritual Will Leave You Glowing!

@bufferingbetty

Glow Up.

We’re all trying to keep on smiling through the rest of Winter but our skin is tight from the cold temps + heating system. We are drying out! This new line from Aveeno promises to lock in moisture and then some! Aveeno has expanded their Positively Radiant Skincare line to take your skin to a whole new glow level. Maxglow! This line includes 5 products says it will give you that dewy-model look, while actually hydrating your skin. There is even a product that is designed to enhance your makeup!

Meet Max Glow

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MAXGLOW Infusion Drops

 
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Most excited to try this product. I have some moisturizers that make my skin feel great but are completely lacking in the glow factor.

The Big Claim: “ Infused with soy and kiwi complex, each moisturizing drop helps even skin tone and texture without clogging your pores. Use alone or with your favorite moisturizer for a lit-from-within glow” (source)

Need to know: $23.99, mini version available at Ulta
Avaiable at Ulta, Target, Walmart, CVS, + Walgreens
Shop here

MAXGLOW Serum + Primer

 
 

The Big Claim: “Create a glowing, smooth canvas for makeup and brighten your skin with this multi-tasking face primer and serum.” (source)

Need to know: Shake before use! $23.99, mini version available at Ulta
Avaiable at Ulta, Target, Walmart, CVS, + Walgreens
Shop here

 
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MaxGlow No Mess Sleep Mask

 
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The Big Claim: “This nighttime face mask actively works while you sleep and replenishes lost moisture, helps recover skin from damage and helps even your skin tone and texture … attracts and locks in moisture to intensely hydrate overnight, for a more radiant, dewy complexion. The hydrating sleep mask comes with a no-mess paddle applicator that allows you to keep your hands clean while applying.”

Need to know: $23.99
Available at Ulta, Target, Walmart, CVS, + Walgreens
Shop here

MaxGlow Micellar Gel Cleanser

 
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The Big Claim: “cleanser works like a magnet to draw out and wash away makeup, oil, and other skin-dulling impurities. With moisture-rich soy and kiwi complex, its unique formula is designed to attract and lock in moisture, leaving skin feeling hydrated, soft, and dewy.” (source)

Need to know: $10.29
Available at Ulta, Target, Walmart, CVS, + Walgreens
Shop here

MaxGlow Peel Off Mask

 
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The Big Claim: “smoothing and brightening face mask acts as a soap-free, no-rinse exfoliator that helps lift away dull, tired skin.” (source)

Need to know: $13.29, mini version available at Ulta
Available at Ulta, Target, Walmart, CVS, + Walgreens
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Setting Your Makeup With Powder Just Got An Upgrade

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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
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Can you see yourself using this powder?

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

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

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