Tag Archives: Cult Beauty

Living Proof

JEN AND CHRIS LIVING PROOFDammit.  I already love Living Proof Prime Style Extender, and now I’m hooked on Living Proof Full shampoo and conditioner.  Do you think I want to love anything associated with Jennifer fucking Aniston?  I assure you I do not, but I cannot deny the otherworldly effects of these products.  I prefer wash and wear hair for my daily situation.  My hair goes up into a messy spinpin bun and down again several times a day.  Living Proof improves the texture, volume, and style of my air-dried hair.  Living Proof Full shampoo + conditioner + style extender + air dry = hair looks almost as good as if I finished with heat.  If I actually take the time to blow my hair out with Living Proof the results are major; add hot rollers = bombshell major.  I started this paragraph with the word dammit because Living Proof is pricey, and now I’m addicted.  I console myself knowing with Living Proof I can go a day between washings and still maintain bouncy bedhead.  LP makes my haircut look more expensive.  If Living Proof had nuts, I’d be swinging from them.  LIVING PROOF FULL

Tickled Pink Airbrush

For years I have been flirting with the idea of investing in my own makeup airbrush system.  A few things have held me back.  First, many systems on the market have proprietary mechanisms which only allow you to use their very expensive makeup in their airbrush system.  Considering the relative simplicity and ubiquity of airbrush technology, purchasing such a limited device makes no sense.  All these airbrushers are basically the same whether you are decorating a cake, making miniature models, or painting your face.  Don’t let those sneaky cosmetics companies convince you that you need to pay several hundred dollars for a device that is widely available for well under $100 bucks. I did consider purchasing an airbrush system originally developed for crafting or cake decorating, but during my dithering fate made my choice.  This Christmas I received the Tickled Pink Airbrush System.  At first, I was off-put by the cutesy-ness of it all.  It was just so pink and precious and that shit makes me heave.  Also, the makeup looked cheap in the bottle, and I was skeptical I could blend a color that would rival the natural look of my perennially favorite base Bobbi Brown.  So the system sat on my shelf for several months.  Only when a photo shoot threatened to expose my skin’s most obvious flaws did I pull Tickled Pink out and give it a whirl.  My prejudices rarely work in my favor.  I need to learn to give things a chance because Tickled Pink is the absolute bees knees bitches. Ignore the cheesy cheap packaging and focus on the splendid makeup.  Mix the colors in your range to create the perfect customized shade from day to day.  Super duper weightless yet full coverage, with Tickled Pink you are living the dream (right Lisa?).I know you are thinking that learning to airbrush your own face could be tricky.  Yes, it takes practice, but it isn’t that hard.  Five times and you’ll find your fluency.  With the awkward angle of self-application, I personally find using my thumb to pull back the trigger helps with control and steadiness. Prepare to enjoy weightless, airy, flawless coverage glowiness all day long with Tickled Pink Airbrush.  Once you’ve had airbrush, traditional methods just won’t do. 

DHC Velvet Skin Coat

I know what some of you are thinking; this zesty bitch isn’t recommending another fucking primer.  Well I am, because what fascist doesn’t enjoy a lovely skin perfecting product?I received a sample of DHC Velvet Skin Coat several years ago and it just stuck with me.  Recently, I purchased a full-sized tube to see if the reality lived up to my hazy fond memory. You gotta love a product that describes itself by its own name and Velvet Skin Coat does just that.  Utilizing the same dimethicone base as many other primers, the texture of this particular primer is indeed best described as velvety.   It glides on and finishes semi-matte.  Most importantly it provides a sublime canvas for cosmetics, softens the appearance of fine lines, and mellows redness.  

For most, Velvet Skin Coat won’t pack enough moisture to fulfill your skin’s daily needs.  Allow moisturizer to soak in first, and then prime with DHC.  Primers aren’t just for cosmetics wearers; this product will temporarily improve the overall appearance of your skin.  Men, you’ll be surprised how much you love it.

 

Chelsea Girls

Hear this ya’ll, I’m having a new favorite lip moment: Nars Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls. I confess I find pinks hard to wear.  Soft pinks tend to create an optical illusion of yellow teeth.  Too matte can be aging.  Even though pink seems like a low maintenance look, it can be rife with challenges. This pink is perfect.  Not too baby, not too nude, not too salmon.  The consistency upon first application is a skosh sticky, but as the product warms to body temperature it begins to luxuriously penetrate the lip with moisture without color fade.  Another can’t-live-without cult product from Nars.  Lip Love. 

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Remember my girl Anne-Marie, who is the world’s best gift giver?  Well, she’s done it again.  Freshly returned from washing a man out of her hair in Paris, the generous little dove smuggled home a tube of cult fav Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré just for lil ol’ me.  (Thanks AMP!)

Fuck a duck if it isn’t great.  The French may not do everything well, but they can make a face cream, and Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is a fine example of their mastery of skincare.  A mid-weight, non-greasy moisturizer and primer, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is mildly active but non-irritating.  It soothes redness and dryness without prompting breakouts. 

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is one of those great multi-use products that makeup artists and die-hard beauty cultists love.  Time-tested and dependable, it is worth the extra effort to find Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré.  There isn’t anything else quite like it.

FRECKLE FESTIVAL

Old Skool: Bonne Bell Lip Smacker

There are some things in life so comforting you just keep coming back to them.  Bonne Bell Lip Smacker is one of those things.

The primal and familiar smell of  Dr. Pepper takes you right back to twelve years old.

The best flavors/colors are Mango, Wild Raspberry, and Dr. PepperStrawberry ain’t bad either.  The remainder of the variety pack merits less attention.

Cruelty-Free Beauty: EcoTools

Make-up brushes present a challenge; most are made from from animal hair like sable, badger, squirrel, pony, or goat.

Instead of participating in the skinning of our animal friends, try EcoTools.  Endorsed by vegan Alicia Silverstone, these brushes are soft, durable, non-shedding, and cruelty-free.  They have a high-end feel at a drugstore price.

Do Red Right

For those of you that have been checking in regularly (thanks!), we’ve seen the cautionary tales of red lipstick gone wrong.  Make-up mistakes notwithstanding, the red lip continues as a strong trend through fall.  To do red right, try Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick. The formula is sheer, but it has the perfect amount of wearable red-currant color.

Keep in mind yellow teeth will ruin this look, so make sure your chompers are pearly white before attempting an aggressive lip.