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Set Your Hair Not-So Straight (and other back-to-school beauty tips) With My Article on Style.MTV.Com
Today I posted an article for style.MTV, which features five back-to-school hair and makeup looks and stunning my-summer-was-better-than-yours lies to go with. Fun!! Read it Here.
I’ve heard about the wonders of Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment for years; Must-Have Makeup Basic! Beauty Editor favorite! Celebrity Staple! As an avid magazine reader and beauty product freak, all of those things *should* have seduced me to buy. Sure, I’ve gotten nanoseconds away from point of purchase with a box of Lip Treatment in my hand, but the punishing price tag always won in the end. How many times have I ceremoniously dump it, with the other expensive, homeless glosses, back into the impulse buy bins that surround Sephora’s registers? Dozens? ”There should be no justifiable reason for which a person of modest means should pay that much for lip tint,” I could hear my mother saying in my head. And she would be right–there are concert tickets, parties, life-changing experiences to be had at that price.
But this year, something changed. See, all those last minute grabs from Sephora’s impulse buy bins hadn’t gotten the actual product in my hands–I was only carrying the box it was packaged in. Once I discovered what exactly was inside, the lip treatment categorically shifted from splurge to essential investment within seconds. Yes, the product is as good as they say–it nourishes chapped, cracked and dry lips while livening up the pucker with a hint of color. And, yum, it smells faintly of sugar-spiked lemonade made by go-getter kids in American suburbs. But past the nostalgia and functionality, what sold me on the gloss is the so-sensible-it’s-genius packaging.
First, the stuff isn’t packaged in a pot (which requires clean fingers for dipping–something impossible to maintain when on the go). Instead, it’s housed in a substantial but pretty tube that’s been dipped in washed-out metallic shades. The tip of the tint is round and flat, not angled like a lipstick, which is perfect, because we’re our bombing the lips with the stuff, not precisely applying it like with a rich, matte color. But the pièce de résistance is its screw-top lid (shown in the pic above). Once that sucker is secure, there is absolutely zero chance that the honey, plum, or rose’ tint will end up on the bottom of my supple Italian leather bag. Suddenly the price tag seemed perfectly practical–I’m not just buying a lip product here, I’m paying for thoughtful design. And in a culture riddled with half-assed production (Horrible Bosses, phones that block signals when you hold them, anal-leakage causing reduced fat potato chips), good design is a pleasure to pay for.
With 90 and above degree weather in 40 states this past week, we girls of summer know that heavy, full-faced makeup will, in a matter of minutes, melt. right. off. So while the glossy fashion magazines gear us up for the rich hues of fall, I’m still stuck on my minimal, but beachy summer look, shown here. Here’s how to get the look:
First, I swear by exfoliating with Dr. Dennis Gross’s Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel. It brightens and perfectly primes my face for moisturizer.
Next I spritz any zits with Eminence Organics Stone Crop Hydrating Mist. (It’s laced with salicylic acid, which helps heal blemishes.) Finally, I throw on some moisturizer and let it seep in while I reach for a few key makeup products:
- Nars Eyeliner Pencil in Parrot Cay (used to line the waterline of my eyes which makes them look bigger)
- Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus (makes mascara really pop)
- two THIN layers of mascara (Right now, I’m using Korres)
- Shu Uemura Bronzer ( picked up with MAC’s Kabuki 182 Buffer Brush and swiped across the bridge of my nose, apples of cheeks, chin, forehead–anywhere sun would naturally hit)
- RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (just a touch above the cupids bow of the lips, inner corners of eyes, bridge of nose and browbones)
- Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment applied to the lips, topped with Shu Uemura’s Vinyl Unlimited Lip Gloss in #00 Clear Lacquer for shine.
- Finally, I spritz my face and hair with Jasmine hydrosol (right now I’m using one from Rivendell Aromatics from my hometown of Ojai California)
Fresh, Brightened, Glowing, Bronzed, Done!
For the girls who hung on every word of the September Issue (2009), who couldn’t get enough of Isaac Mizrahi’s Issac-isms in Unzipped (1995) and for model Sara Ziff’s Picture Me (2009) offered a much-welcomed peep into the big baller but less-than-kind world of modeling, comes God Save My Shoes, a soon-to-be released documentary about that game-changing wardrobe staple that girls will do just about anything for.
As I wrote in Fashion 101, shoes forever hold a special place in girls’ hearts. The average American owns 30 pair. When SATC fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw was mugged, the assailant demanded not only her handbag and jewelry, but her strappy sandals to boot.
The obsession traces back to the mid 16th century, when Henry II’s wife, Catherine de’ Medici, discovered high heels (traditionally only worn by men). She loved how the new shoes made her look taller, thinner, more fabulous. Ever since, women have found that heels give an instant posture makeover. Our chests stand taller, our legs appear longer and our butts get a nice little lift–pretty rockin’ results for just a simple change in footwear.
Of course, God Save My Shoes documentarian Julie Benasra features footage from modern day royalty (celebs, of course) on why shoes make them feel so fab. Look for cameos by Fergie, Kelly Roland, Dita Von Teese and more. The film is scheduled to be released later this year.