Sneak Preview: NARS Fall 2013 Collection

Matte is back in NARS' new Fall 2013 line, which includes eyeshadows, eyeliners, lipsticks, and nail polishes. We love the intense, midnight-toned hues of the shadows -- they remind us of the rich colors you see in the night sky hours after sun goes down. You can grab the new looks at NARS online starting July 15.   read more


How to Not Be a Hot Mess at Essence Fest

Some of my favorite things about festival season -- besides being able to wear crazy prints, trendy crop tops, boho headbands ... and not look insane -- is keeping my makeup to a minimum. Warm weather and full-blown makeup just doesn't mix. Sweaty, drippy, streak-ridden foundation is never sexy and a hairstyle that requires constant fixing (while you're still dripping sweat) is never a good look. That's why creating a happy balance between what's essential and what's excessive is key.   read more


Challenge: 1 Palette, 2 Easy Weekend Looks

Weekends to us mean leisurely brunches, hiking with friends, and, OK, catching up on errands too. What they don't mean: spending hours in front of the mirror perfecting a cat eye before heading to the coffee shop or grocery store.   read more


We Found It! A Truly Waterproof Eyeliner

It's summer -- primetime for swimming and sweating. If you're like us, it also means your eyeliner takes a hike on your face, dripping and smudging in places it was never intended to wander. So, you look for a waterproof eyeliner. But here's the thing about finding the perfect one: the only way to find out if it actually works is to buy it and try it. And if it doesn't? Sorry, sucker. Add it to the pile of other products with broken promises.   read more


Check Out This Crazy New Mascara Brush

Over the last five or so years, mascara wands have morphed from simple to seriously kooky. First, there was an onslaught of rubber, spiky brushes (like CoverGirl Lashblast Volume Mascara). Then, vibrating wands had their five minutes of fame (see: Lancome Oscillation Mascara). And who can forget the terrifying Givenchy Phenomen' Eyes, which looked a bit like a Medieval torture device?   read more


MAC's Tropical Taboo Collection Drops Today

MAC surprised us today with an early online launch of the new Tropical Taboo Collection -- a sizzling lineup that's a thousand times hotter than "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights." The vivid, shimmering color collection, on sale today online and in stores June 27, brings the heat, with an emphasis on glamorous eye shadows, bold lip colors, and super-shiny lip glosses. Kudos to the team for the up-tempo names, like "Cha-Cha-Cha" and "Calypso Beat" -- they kinda take us to a Latin boogie happy place.   read more


Pinspiration of the Week: 16 Summer Beauties

As a sunshine devotee, summer solstice is one of my favorite days of the year. Sadly, most of us don't engage in any ancient midsummer rituals anymore (drinking beers at your neighbor's bonfire doesn't count). So we're in favor of instituting a bit of a summer beauty ritual to celebrate our planet's closest tilt towards the sun. Get your fill of light with these summer makeup looks that are causing a blaze on Pinterest. Perhaps your bright looks will even ward off the evil spirits that start to return with the sun's southward turn (evil spirits in this case would mean blocked pores, wrinkles, or melted makeup).   read more


The 8 Summer Products You Must Have

The summer beauty mantra will always be: sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen. But there's so much more to it. Your skin isn't the only thing exposed to brutal hot weather elements. Walking from your car to the office can leave your face looking like a Salvador Dali painting, nevermind the full-scale attack on your hair from the scorching sun, chlorinated pool water, or relentless humidity. It's enough to make a girl stay barefaced and in a permanent ponytail all summer long.   read more


It Sold Out in Under Three Hours the First Time

When MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick launched online in May, it sold out faster than we could finish our lunch. But MAC promised it would be back, and we've had a mental countdown going ever since. We're finally in the home stretch: the new RiRi Loves MAC collection drops tomorrow at noon EST on   read more


It's Heeeeere! We've Got Pics of Marc Jacobs Beauty

We've been talking about Marc Jacobs Beauty -- the nail polishes in particular -- since New York Fashion Week in February. But it's all been very hush-hush -- an Instagram picture here, a website teaser there. That is, until today's WWD reveal.   read more


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