Because breakouts, dryness and dullness aren't ideal jet-setting companions.
Don't be fooled by their squishy outsides.
When you walk into Sephora or your local drugstore and are confronted with all the new seasonal beauty launches, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what's really new and different. What's worth spending some of that hard-earned paycheck on? Lucky for you, we have spent hours swiping, patting, and spritzing in order to bring you our picks for the best launches of the season.
Even the most enthusiastic of shoppers bemoans the trials of the gift giving holiday season—but fear not, we’ve compiled the best beauty stocking stuffers and tailored it down to very specific recipients. Did you draw a coworker you never speak to in the office Secret Santa? Does your friend work in fashion (and thus, love cats?) Do you have a friend whose secret single behavior is staring at her pores up close in a mirror? Do you have a friend whose lipstick gets on absolutely everything? We’ve got you (and them) covered.
If you, like us, ate and drank yourself into a stupor on Thanksgiving (and the, um, three days afterwards), we're here to tell you: It's only going to get worse over the next month. Puffiness from too much salt and alcohol? Break-outs from sleeping in your makeup? Yep, holiday party season is officially here! Bad diet (hello, Christmas cookie season!), alcohol, lack of sleep, and cold winter air can all do a number on your skin. Masks are a great quick fix--they can deliver a concentrated dose of active ingredients for whatever pick-me-up your skin needs. Whether you're lacking radiance, need some moisture, or want to clear up a break-up, there's a mask for that--and we tried a ton of them.
All eyes are on London right now because of the Olympics so it's time to focus on some of the goods the UK has to offer. No, we're not talking tea or
Ed's Note: Meet our new beauty columnist! (No, that's not her at the left. That's Lindsey Wixson.) Contessa Schexnayder is a makeup artist and has been shackled to the beauty industry for over nine years, working for such lines and retailers as Nars, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Blue Mercury, and Space NK. She is a self-proclaimed ingredient know-it-all, and likes long walks on the beach. When faced with hundreds of bottles of lotions and potions, the drugstore aisle and department store can be overwhelming places. Do you need a seven step facial regimen? How worried should you be in your 20s about an anti-aging treatments? Should you just give up in your 40s? We’ll attempt to answer these questions with a handy guide for every age group, complete with product recommendations. Click through for some advice and pointers.
It’s November now. This means that chapped, dry, flaky lip season is upon us. There are tons of tried-and-true lip balms out there. Kiehl’s has been a sought-after classic for years. Rosebud Salve is a favorite of makeup artists everywhere because of its multi-functionality. Burt’s Bees Beeswax was one of the first green offerings, and it’s got a following that can no longer be called “cult.” Aquaphor is the serious brand recommended by dermatologists. And of course---there’s Carmex. These are all fantastic, but if you need a new fix for your lips, here’s a round-up of our faves. They include organic, natural, and multi-purpose products. We did a lot of swiping and wiping for you--now go find someone to kiss.