We Tried Semi-Permanent Mascara (It Didn't Go Well)
I am a major mascara junkie. In my opinion, no single cosmetic makes you look more feminine or more awake (which is a frequent problem for me). So when I started to get wind of the new semi-permanent mascara options and read rave reviews from other beauty editors, I was excited when a company offered to let me try a treatment.
I tried CryBaby, a salon treatment which just launched nationwide and costs around $40. It lasts about two weeks, unlike some other semi-perm mascara options--LashDip lasts six weeks with a touch-up in the middle. I liked that it is a relatively short term commitment.
Mascara is a must-have for many women because of its eye-opening, flirty effect. Cosmetics companies release new formulas and brushes at a dizzying pace, but the new trend in eyelashes is decidedly more high tech. Yes, you can always add falsies to amp up what God gave you, but they’re high maintenance and fragile, not to mention almost impossible to apply on your own.
There are lots of new options out there to get thicker, longer lashes, from semi-permanent salon treatments to growth stimulators. A good mascara will always be a girl’s best friend in a pinch, but sometimes your lashes need some extra oomph.
Click through to see some of the new options for lash enhancement.
I just dyed my hair pink. It’s the perfect moment in fashion to do such a silly thing--we noticed the pink hair trend a few weeks ago and the Telegraph just did a piece on Charlotte Free, the pink-haired model who’s walked everywhere this season. So I decided to take the Pepto-Bismol plunge.
When people look at me quizzically, I’ve been telling them, “Oh, I did it for a story.” Just like Holly Millea, who is my beauty editor idol. (She’s the one who writes about her “Beauty Adventures” for Elle--she’s been practically maimed in the pursuit of beauty. I love her.) I’m lucky to have a job where such experimentation is allowed, nay, encouraged. But the truth is, I’ve always wanted to try pink hair. When Gwen Stefani had that pink 70s feathered ‘do, I was smitten. Now I finally had an excuse.
It's that time of year. Time to start accepting that, yes, your pants are actually a little bit tighter today than they were a month ago. The question now: Should you do something about it? And more specifically, should you do a juice cleanse? Open any magazine and you'll read about a celeb raving about this latest fad.
The promises--"detox" and weight loss--are intriguing, so I decided to try a cleanse in an attempt to stop the downward bodily spiral that usually occurs over the holidays. I chose Ritual Cleanse, which is a one-year-old LA-based brand (they'll ship anywhere).
They don't really promise anything--which to my skeptical mind is a good thing--but rather offer you the benefits that past cleansers SAID they got from doing the program: weight loss, mental clarity, better digestion, happier mood, decreased desire for salt and sugar, glowing skin, increased sex drive. Less salt and more sex? OK!
Urban Decay, the beauty brand best known for bold pigment and color names like Gash and Oil Slick, turns 15 this year. To celebrate, the brand is launching four limited edition products. The first is a 15-piece “24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil” set.
Urban Decay teamed with--who else?--Sephora to launch the set with promotions in Boston and the NYC Times Square locations this past Thursday and Friday. On hand were Urban Decay makeup artists to shill the set and convince shoppers that glitter really is an essential part of any makeup routine.
Cole Martin, national Urban Decay makeup artist, guided me through the set. I can tell you two things. First, if you are a freak for multi-color Sharpie sets like I am, you will have an immediate visceral reaction to this collection. Second, if you haven’t tried the Glide-On eye pencils, they are unbelievable workhorses and deserve all the recognition they’ve received over the years. Cole told me that organic carnauba wax lends some of the smoothness, which is this pencil’s signature. You have 30-40 seconds to smudge, and then it sets and stays put.