Make Applying False Lashes Easy with the Ardell Pro Lash Applicator


ardell pro lash applicator 2

One of my favorite new things is trying to wear false lashes. (Trying being the key word.) Maybe not everyday, but sometimes I like to look like I put forth a little more effort than usual. Usually though, those attempts are futile and my $5 lashes wind up in the trash can because I totally ruined them (and my eye makeup) while trying to put them on. I’ve tried the tweezer trick (and subsequently ruined tweezers with the glue), and just about any other trick there is.

But this—this is different, and it totally works for me. Ardell Pro Lash Applicator, where have you been all my life?

ardell pro lash applicator

Its clamp is somewhat shaped like an eyelash curler, which is more ergonomic for me instead of using lash applicators that look like this. (Those never work for me.) [Read more…]

What’s Hot Now: Covet These New Products & Tools from Drybar


When Drybar founder and long-time professional hairstylist, Alli Webb opened her first location—she probably had no idea what she was in for. The Drybar concept was easy—no cuts, no color—just blowouts, at an insanely affordable price. Her popular concept has grown at a fever pitch, with new locations popping up all over the United States, in a very short window of time due to client demand. I am one of those insane Drybar clients, I frequent the one in my neighborhood whenever I need a guaranteed great hair day. There’s nowhere else locally that I can go to get a great blowout, watch a chick-flick, and have a drink for $35!

Taking her great blowout concept even further, Alli has recently released a line of take-home products to ensure the great blowouts continue, even when you can’t make it into the salon. She dedicated a considerable amount of time developing the line.

“After trying nearly every product line out there,” says Webb, “I just couldn’t find what we were looking for to meet our very specific and rigorous demands. So I partnered with some of the best labs in the world to create exactly what we needed at Drybar.”

So without further ado—meet a few of the brand new (and what you should covet) products and tools from Drybar! You’ll find them at Sephora, and for take-home retail at Drybar locations nationwide.

Happy Hour Blowout Shampoo & Weightless Conditioner

Start your blowout off super fresh and clean with this paraben and sulfate-free, residue removing Happy Hour Shampoo. It lathers very generously, and leaves hair feeling light and bouncy. The Happy Hour Weightless Conditioner is the perfect partner in crime, with a detangling formula and the perfect amount of moisture that won’t get in the way of a fresh and bouncy ‘do. –$23 each [Read more…]

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit Review, Photos, Swatches


Beauty by the book!

I’ve always known that Anastasia is the queen of eyebrows, but I hadn’t tried any of her eyeshadows until recently. In this new set, the Bold & Beautiful Kit, you’ll find two palettes—or volumes—that slide into a sleek decorative holder. Kind of like a little library for your eyes!

Vol. 1 is all about bold brows. It contains brow powder, brow pomade, a mini set of Anastasia’s signature tweezers, and her duo brush with a spoolie.

Vol. 2 contains a combination four matte and shimmering eyeshadows that can be used wet or dry, and a mini duo eyeshadow brush. Let’s check it all out! [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Inspiration 2012: Beauty Gadgets


Fit for the ultimate beauty junkie, check out these beauty gadgets for the girl who has everything!

The gadgets…

T3 Source In-Line Shower Filter

You would be SO surprised to find out just how damaging the chemicals in city water can be to your hair and skin! This shower filter fits with any shower head and uses Copper, Zinc, Calcium to work together to convert and remove free-chlorine, improving filtration and pH balance. This filtered water is much kinder to your pricey hair color jobs, and helps make your skin softer! t3micro.com, beauty.com  [Read more…]

Currently Loving: Too Faced Eyeshadow Brushes Essential 3-Piece Set


In my early twenties, I used to work as a department manager at an upscale department store, and one of the perks of my job was a generous house discount. At the time, I thought my salary was pretty kick-ass for my age (and with no college degree, to boot). The joke was on me, because NOW I know that I was getting paid peanuts for all of the hours I logged (and tears I cried). That job made me so broke, in so many ways, that I couldn’t even pay attention. I think we’ve all been there at one point or another in our lives.

Nearly every morning during my break (that would inevitably last too long), I would find excuses to saunter on down to cosmetics and chit-chat with the girls there, probably a little more often than I should have. And it was there that I had the same conversation with one of the counter managers, over and over again. [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Eyeshadows (Reformulation) & Build Your Own Palette


By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the big surprise from Urban Decay—and in case you missed it, they were such a tease to us last week with the whole empty token thing on Twitter! It didn’t take me long to figure out that it had something to do with the eyeshadows, but I was a little confused—because really, how can you make an Urban Decay eyeshadow even BETTER? I had zero complaints about the original formula, so an improvement to me seemed nearly impossible.

Well ladies, I’m here to tell you; last week, I had the chance to feast my eyes on ALL of them in-person (and touch their buttery, velvety goodness). My verdict is in…they’re AMAZING. You’re probably wondering why I only have three to share, and it’s because these were the three I absolutely couldn’t live without. (I’ll be building my future UD new shadow collection slowly but surely, and very thoughtfully.) These were the three I had the most emotional response to, but believe me, with 68 total shades in 5 finishes—it was HARD to decide. I chose Mushroom, Freelove, and Loaded.

The new token/eyeshadow component has a chromed gunmetal finish, and is a new take on the classic Urban Decay NYC subway token concept they’ve always had for the eyeshadow containers. It took them 18 tries to get this one right! Each shade now pops out from the bottom to fit into a new Build-Your-Own Palette system (which I’ll show you in a minute).  [Read more…]

Review: Sarah Potempa BeachWaver Curling Iron


You’re probably going to think I’m nuts (if you don’t already) when I tell you that I’m a former hairstylist and colorist who absolutely loathes styling her own hair. Sad, but true! I’m always on the lookout for things that will make styling as close to effortless as possible, and Sarah Potempa’s new styling tool, the BeachWaver seemed like a good candidate to make my morning routine a little less frustrating.

I LOVE it when I’m able to get beach waves, like those on Sarah and her model below. The only problem is, my hair is incredibly fine, and sometimes it’s so soft that it won’t even hold the curl. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken the time to curl my hair, only to end up going limp before I even make it to my car. It’s gotten easier in the past year, as I finally found a decent curling iron—but I’m still experiencing dexterity issues when using it. Plus, it seems like it takes forever! So when someone says they have a way to get easy beach waves, I’m all over it.

See more photos and details…   [Read more…]

Dear John Frieda, Thank You for the Loose Waves—I Think I Love You.


I’m one rough babe on a curling iron, and they are just as rough on me. Ask my flat, limp, BORING hair. True story: I am a licensed hair stylist, and have been for almost 10 years. If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you’d know I absolutely LOATHE styling my own hair. Color was actually my forte, and still remains my love—even if I don’t practice it anymore. I’m always looking for the easy way out of styling my hair—which often comes in the form of a good old-fashioned ponytail, or my beloved Goody Spin Pins. (If you don’t have those yet, you’re missing out.)

If I want curls or loose waves, here’s what happens…  

A.) I stand in the bathroom for an hour, sweating profusely the entire time while I curl my hair in all these random sections. When I’m finished, my hair looks like a hot mess, because it’s literally, a HOT MESS.

B.) The lesser of the two evils, I go to one of those new ‘blow-dry only’ places, fork over $35, and get my curls. But it’s not without a fight. My sweet stylist there has all kinds of dirty little tricks up her sleeve to make sure my waves stay until I at least get home.

Neither of these options are fun or painless. So enter John Frieda’s new curling irons. I tried out his Loose Curls 1¼ inch Curling Iron and clicked my heels together that it would work.   [Read more…]