When I’m trying a new lip product, I always hope for the “whole package”. I want it to look great on the lips and have the color I’m after, but I also want it to feel comfortable. There are plenty of lip products that can accomplish one or the other, but when you find something that can do both, it’s exciting! Milani’s new Lip Intense Liquid Colors ($6.49, milanicosmetics.com) incorporate bold, pigmented tones- as well as a lightweight, comfortable feel.
It’s easy to get precise application thanks to the wand applicator. The staying power is also impressive with these products. While some color and shine can transfer onto your cup, for example, a lot of product is still left behind on the lips. I can make it through most of the day with no touch-ups needed.
Top left to right: Fiery Coral, Pink Rave
Bottom left to right: Red Extreme, Violet Addict
If you’re not accustomed to such bright colors and are concerned about looking “over the top”, just make sure to pair your bold lip with a more simple eye look. Thanks for reading, and for more beauty reviews and tutorials, check out the Beauty Broadcast YouTube channel and blog! – Emily
There are a few things we almost always have in our purses–iphones, hand sanitizer, various lipstick tubes, and good old Chapstick.
Chapstick is a classic that has kept our lips smooth through many a harsh winter and we’re excited to announce that there’s a new tube on the block. The classic brand is adding two limited-edition flavors to their classic lineup for spring: Pomegranate Gum Drop and Citrus Jelly Bean.
We gave both flavors a spin and we’re hooked. They offer the same great Chapstick moisturizing power you know and love and the scents are sweet but not overpowering. Our favorite is the Pomegranate Gum Drop but treat yourself and give both flavors a go! Whether you’re preparing to stuff some Easter baskets or get your lips in tip top shape for warmer weather, these sweet lip-savers are the perfect pick.
Katy Perry: pop star extraordinaire, cat lady, false fringe aficionado.
Yup, you read that correctly. Katy Perry has a line of false lashes, appropriately named Katy Perry Lashes, which are both 1) super affordable ($6.99 each) and 2) all kinds of awesome.
I was a little surprised when I found out about them, even though they’ve been out for a while, but I guess they just hadn’t crossed my radar until now.
I wish they had.
There are four new styles out now for spring — Feline Fierce, which I’m wearing in the top pic; Punk Princess; Banging Beauty and Lovely Lolita — and I’m infatuated with them all. I like them just about as much as the false lashes I usually wear when I wear false lashes, the $16 33 Lashes by MAC.
Compared to the 33s, these cost less than half as much ($6.99 versus $16), and because they’re carried at most drugstores and Ultas, they’re very easy to find (sometimes I don’t want to trek all the way to the mall).
These new spring styles also have something of an edge to them… Nothing too crazy, but I like the range of options Katy gives, from the more dramatic Feline Fierce (perfect for a night on the town) to the more natural Lovely Lolita, which still has some kick.
That one is my favorite pair from the spring line because it’s fine for daytime but still only about two seconds away from hitting the club.
Not that I hit the club very often (*cough*, anymore, *cough*).
Also in the plus column, these are 100 percent natural, and they don’t look plastic or fake, unlike some other drugstore brands that shall remain nameless…
But I think what really makes them stand out is how easy they are to apply, especially for someone (like me) who’s normally all thumbs when it comes to applying false lashes, and especially full strip styles like these.
No drama at all.
Seriously, they’re a breeze. I just run a tiny amount of the adhesive, which comes with them, by the way, along the lash strip (I’m serious. You only need a tad.), wait for about 30 seconds, look down into a mirror, set the lashes directly on top of my natural lashes, and squeeeeeeeze the false lashes together with my real ones.
They even comfortable! — even the dramatic styles, which is unusual, I think. Most of the time with other false lashes I’ve tried, in particular super long, thick lashes, I get a headache after a while from how heavy they feel (I’m very sensitive about anything near my eyes), and I end up having to take them off halfway through the day.
These, on the other hand, don’t feel heavy at all.
They’re a great drugstore find. I only wish I’d discovered them sooner.
I definitely plan to stock up on Lovely Lolita next time I see them at CVS or Ulta. They’re also available online.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
I started off 2014 vowing to workout consistently. I have about 15 pounds of baby weight left and I have determined to lose it. Recently while at my local gym, a few of us ladies were having a conversation about our makeup running after we workout. It’s not a pretty sight to see–mascara running down cheeks, foundation forming into sweaty beads, and lipstick smudged under lips–just some “makeup-workout-war-stories.” I will say this, I don’t apply fresh makeup before I go to the gym, but I do still have it on when I get to the gym.
To avoid the yucky makeup mess, I’ve been gravitating towards makeup that is sweat proof and waterproof. I think it makes the most sense for me because I fit my workouts into my life whenever I have the time, this way I can go whenever I want and not worry about taking my fresh makeup off or worrying about it sweating away (since sometimes I head back to work events after my workouts, too!).
What kinds of sweat proof makeup are there?
Believe it or not, there is a lot to choose from–you can also go for the waterproof, too!
Here are some of my go-to favorite products for the gym:
1) Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation - I’m telling you, the BEST BEST BEST when it comes to sweat proof foundation. I am obsessed with Smashbox. I only started using this brand about 4 months ago and I just can’t say enough good things.
2) bareMinerals Ready Foundation - I know I’ve talked about this foundation before on this blog, but I really love it. It’s lightweight, but I’ll tell you what, it’s amazing. you get amazing coverage and it just stays PUT!
3) LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara - I live for mascara! I need to always make sure whatever I have on won’t be running down my cheeks, especially after a run or a bike ride. You know I love COVERGIRL, so the product I recommend for your lashes is this one! I love it!
4) MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream - I love a good smoky eye. I wear it all the time. Now you don’t have to worry about it sweating away after a workout. MAKE UP FOR EVER has the best makeup for days when you’re sweating like a crazy person at the gym!
5) CARGO Water Resistant Blush - Oh, yes… it’s true! You will love this product. It’s so pretty and it stays PUT during a workout!
Let’s face it… while not always diet-friendly, butter makes food taste better. And judging by all of the personal care products with “butter” in the name, it must be a pretty big selling point in the beauty industry as well. It seems to be an increasingly popular buzzword, attached to everything from hair masques to lip balms. Ultimately, it refers to products that have a smooth, rich texture. Especially this time of year- the butter craze seems pretty appropriate! Here are some of my favorites.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter ($35, Sephora.com)
This is, without a doubt, one of the most luxurious body creams I own. I love how the ultra rich cream quickly sinks into the skin, while still leaving the its surface feeling silky and hydrated. It manages to deeply moisturize without feeling too heavy. There are several scent options but I especially love the Vanilla Apricot. Apply this before bed and you’ll wake up with soft, smooth skin to start the day.
Revlon Lip Butter – Shades I love: Sorbet & Sugar Plum ($7.99, Ulta.com)
I remember the excitement when Revlon first introduced their line of lip butters, and for me, they’re still a drugstore standout. There’s a fabulous color range and as opposed to just being a light tint on the lips, the shades are very saturated. The lip butters also incorporate a more moisture than the average lipstick, giving your pout the prettiest hint of shine as well.
NYX Butter Lip Balm – Shades I love: Brownie & Red Velvet ($3.99, Ulta.com)
For something more sheer and low-maintenance, try these new balms from NYX. Sometimes I feel that lip balms are too thin to provide a nice shield of moisture on the lips, but these have a bit of thickness that I really appreciate. The colors aren’t overly shiny and stay in place longer than a typical tinted lip balm.
It Cosmetics Vitality Butter Lip Gloss - Shades I love: Ruby Slippers & Naturally Pretty ($24, Ulta.com)
Lip glosses are often described as being shiny or colorful, but a gloss that actually feels moisturizing is much harder to come by. The It Cosmetics Butter Gloss, however, is the epitome of a comfortable lip product that also has all the great qualities you expect in a gloss. Even after the product has worn off my lips don’t feel dry.
Hopefully this post gives you a few ways to get your butter fix- minus the calories! If you’d like to see more of my beauty reviews and tutorials, check out the Beauty Broadcast YouTube channel and blog. Have a great day! -Emily
Whether it’s the spirt of love or the mandate of Hallmark that inspires romantical plans today, why not look the part? Rouge is integral to a polished, pretty Valentine’s Day makeup look and the newest ones boast a blend of hues in a single compact for a bespoke blushed effect. A little cupid’s-arrow-got-me glow never looked so natural. Because one color? What are you, camping? Here, my five favorites that mix myriad pinks.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are a new blush take on the brand’s signature powders, and the Radiant Magenta version fuses hot pink with gold for a dimensional color look on the cheek. They use Photoluminescent Technology to create soft-focus, multidimensional pigment payoff.
Lise Watier Imagine Blush is packaged in a sunset-adorned compact that’s nearly as pretty as the flush it imparts.
MAC Cosmetics A Fantasy Of Flowers Mineralize Skinfinish Blush in Perfect Topping is a cosmically cool melange of pink, fuchsia and taupe tones
Physician’s Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Custom Blush Ultra Glam Bombshell Glow offers three versions depending on your hair hue. As everyone knows, when you switch your hair color, your makeup strategy varies widely. This palette of pinks ranging from petal to hot lights up skin for a just-worked-out flush.
Napoleon Perdis Mosaic Blushing Powder is ideal for those who need a little more color with their color. This one incorporates tawny tones in addition to warmed-up pink shades for a plummy pink finish.
What’s your go-to blush for Valentine’s Day?
At first I thought it was just a bad cold, but then I couldn’t stop thinking about pink lipsticks, and I wondered, “Is it because Valentine’s Day is approaching?”
No, I don’t think that’s it at all. I think this fever is just because I love pink lipstick. A lot.
Which reminds me, I can’t even begin to explain the thrill I get from finding a great drugstore lippie. Oh! — and when it’s something subject to a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) deal, even better.
But as much as I love a good bargain, I also firmly believe in indulging once in a while, particularly on lipsticks. For me, it’s like having dessert before dinner, or sleeping in on a Sunday and spending the afternoon watching back-to-back episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
In other words, it’s good.
This year, my Valentine’s Day splurge of choice is Hourglass Cosmetics hot pink Femme Rouge Lipstick in Fever.
At $30, it’s on the pricier side of the lip product swimming pool, but at least that’s less than a $51 Guerlain Rouge G, so it’s not quite an arm and a leg. Maybe just an arm and a kneecap, LOL!
Hourglass, a luxury makeup line from Southern California, specializes in elegant, lovely products with prices on par with Dior. I love the brand for their textures and the way they handle color — sort of natural with a karate kick — which is totally my style.
The Femme Rouge Lipsticks have been members of the permanent line for a while, and they’re some of the best luxury lipsticks I’ve ever tried. Some of the best out there now, in my opinion.
Fever, like the rest of the Femme Rouge fam, is creamy, packed with pigment and super moisturizing. It lasts on my lips from 4-5 hours, which is pretty great for something that feels this lightweight, but it’s not one of the main reasons I love Fever.
I love Fever for its ability to smooth a less-than-perfect pout. Even when my lips are really, really dry, Fever doesn’t emphasize the flaky bits at all.
And since it neither leans too cool nor warm, lovelies of all skin tones should be able to wear it.
As an added bonus, the Femme Rouge Lipsticks are refillable, so when you’re finished with one, all you have to do is pop in a refill. The cartridges cost $24 each, which saves a few bucks.
Look for Fever now at Hourglass counters, Sephora and sephora.com.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
This winter has been all about nude makeup and simplistic looks but we’re ready to say, “see ya never,” to winter and greet the spring makeup trends with open arms.
That’s why we love the upcoming launch from SEPHORA and Pantone Universe. These two beauty powerhouses teamed up once again to produce the 2014 PANTONE Color of the Year Collection. This collaboration is the third annual installment by Sephora and each of the twenty-four stunning colors in The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set harmonize beautifully with this year’s core theme, radiant orchid.
The pigment and quality of this palette is incredible. With 25 matte and sparkly shadows to try, the possibilities are endless. The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set will launch this March for $48 at Sephora for a limited time only.
Radiant orchid is essentially fuchsia with purple and pink undertones. This bright, eye-popping color pairs beautifully with each shadow in this palette. Here’s how-to recreate two of my personal favorite looks to help get you in the zone for spring eyeshadow trends.
MODERN RETRO LOOK
- Apply radiant orchid to the inner corner of your eyelid with a small powder brush.
- Next, pat the sand color to the base of your lid and blend this color into your crease.
- Use a round tip brush with the pale blue shade to make your eyes appear brighter.
- Add mascara (I used Diorshow Mascara) to create this modern, retro look.
- Highlight the inner corner of your lid with the matte white shade using a small powder brush.
- Apply radiant orchid to the base of your eyelid and blend this color into your crease.
- Use the dark purple shade and apply this color to the out edge of your eye.
- Build intensity with the plum shade and blend this color with the purple to make your smoky eye more dramatic.
- Apply the dark purple under your lower lash line for a sultry look.
- Create a winged-liner (I used Sephora Collection Long Lasting Eyeliner) and add mascara for a romantic, smoky eye.
Why use just one shade of blush when you can easily blend several tones with the sweep of a brush? More and more mosaic-style face powders are turning up in stores. Whether they’re blushes, bronzers, or highlights, these products take a multi-dimensional approach to color that look incredibly natural on skin. I’ve found several that are not only flattering on the face, but are also like little works of art in your makeup bag!
Bronzed & Beautiful: Laura Geller Bronze-n-Brighten ($33, Ulta.com)
This product swirls tones of pink, beige, and brown for a bronzer that suits many skin tones. Lightly dust it all over to give your complexion a boost or concentrate it under the cheekbones for a little contouring. It instantly gives the face a natural look of health without piling on shimmer.
Get a Glow: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Powder in Translucent ($13.99, Ulta.com)
As you swoon over the adorable heart design on this powder, keep in mind that this product can totally be the difference between a dull complexion and one that glows. A very light dusting of this on the tops of the cheekbones and down the nose gives a luminous finish without being sparkly. The tones of pink, beige, and champagne combine for the perfect light veil of color.
Peach Perfection: Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush in Coral ($10.99, Ulta.com)
I think coral or peach blushes are universally flattering. This shade could look pretty on a teenager or a more mature beauty. The combination of light and dark creates a healthy flush on the skin. Just apply it to the apples of the cheeks for a fresh look.
I hope you enjoyed these suggestions! These products look so cute in their compacts and they’re even prettier on the skin! Thanks for reading, and if you’d like to check out more beauty reviews and tutorials, visit the Beauty Broadcast YouTube channel and blog.
Because of that, I’ve recently fallen head-over-heels for eyeshadow pencils. A couple of years ago only a few versions were on the market, but now several brands are in on the shadow stick game and they’ve got some beautiful offerings! I love having a swipe-and-go alternative to traditional palettes and I don’t have to fear breaking them into a million powdery pieces in my purse. Plus, shadow sticks require nothing but your fingertips to smudge and blend so you can leave the brushes at home too.
Here are five of my favorite shadow sticks:
Smooth Operators — Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks
These babies glide on like buttah! I love that Laura Mercier’s pencils come in both rich jewel tones and wear-with-anything neutrals. It’s easy to create a quick smoky eye with these and they’re super sexy for date night.
Creaseless Crayon — Neutrogena Crease-Proof Eyeshadow
Since discovering Neutrogena’s shadow stick, it’s become part of my weekly makeup rotation. It lasts crease-free throughout my 8-hour work day and since it comes in lighter, softer colors it’s perfect for daytime wear.
Pigment Punch — Flower Eyes on the Prize Eyeshadow Chubby
Don’t let the bargain price of these pencils fool you; they pack major pigment! The darker shades are perfect for blending into your crease to intensify your daytime look before heading out for cocktails.
Multi-Purpose Pencils — Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen
I love Pixi’s shadow pencils because they do double duty as shadow and eyeliner. The neutral shades work well together and the rounded point on the pencil makes it easy to line your lash-line with the end and use the side of the pencil to shade your lids. Try using dark shades like “Perfect Plum” as your liner and a flattering neutral like “Gentle Gold” on your lid.
Trendy Take — Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeshadow Stick
Whether it’s eye-catching green, bright blue, or burnished copper, when I’m in the market for a trendy new eyeshadow shade I turn to Rimmel. Their Scandal Eyes pencils are so affordable I can stock up on fun colors without putting a big dent in my bank account. Plus, these formulas go on smooth and stay put.