Pore People Problems: Get Clearer, Smoother Skin

It seems like whenever we really want our skin to look good, we break out. It may as well be scientific fact (Murphy’s Law is such a dick).  If you’re like me and you’d like clearer skin (aka you’re a human), then equip yourself with the proper weapons for a pretty complexion:

1. Cleanser

You need a face wash that’s right for your skin, or else you’ll be throwing the balance off and your acne will actually be worse. Pick one that’s made for your skin type.  If your skin is sensitive, never give your face a “one size fits all” cleanser. For acne prone skin, I’m a die hard fan of Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Acne Wash. It’s an infallible drugstore option. Also– don’t over-wash your face. It’ll make things worse. Again, problematic skin needs balance.

2. Spot Treatments

To target specific breakouts, spot treatments do wonders. Iconic options include Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and Origins Spot Remover Anti Blemish Treatment Gel. Apply some to the blemish before bed a few times a week to speed up the drying and healing process.

3. Moisturizer

Unless you have seriously dry skin and small pores, go for an oil-free moisturizer. Oil in our beauty products clogs pores extremely easily, giving us blackheads and bumpy skin. Another term for oil-free is “non-comedogenic,” AKA it doesn’t clog pores, so look for that on the packaging. Two great oil-free options are Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Both these options make your skin feel really soft. Side note– just because your skin is oily, doesn’t mean you don’t need to moisturize!

4. Masks

If you want skin that’s clearer and super smooth, use face masks. There are so many different types of masks for whatever your skin needs at the moment. If you don’t have a lot of time and your skin is acne prone, try Clinique Acne Solutions Oil Control Cleansing Mask. It only stays on for 5 minutes, so it’s a quick (and effective!) fix for breakouts. Alternate masks for acne with moisturizing ones, to keep you from drying out your skin. Glam Glow Thirsty Mud is a great moisturizing mask for all skin types. It makes your complexion look awesome.

5. Exfoliating

Are you exfoliating? If not, start right the F now. Especially if you’re in your late twenties, when your skin’s natural exfoliating process starts tanking. Exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells and oil build up, preventing blackheads and large pores. It also makes your skin feel incredible, look glowier and your makeup will go on way smoother. One of my favorites is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. It’s a rice-based grainy powder that you mix with water to form a paste, then you scrub your face with it. It kind of makes me feel like a scientist.

5 Tricks to Make Your Makeup Last Longer

There's nothing worse than looking in the mirror and immediately hating everyone you've been around all day because you're thinking, "why the hell did no one tell me my face looked like this?" as you wipe away the eyeliner that has run down to your clavicle.

Thankfully, we've got a few beauty tricks to help your makeup last longer and stay in place all day or night:



A painter never paints a canvas without priming it first, and the same rule applies to your foundation and concealer. Primer acts as a base so your makeup can go on smoothly and adhere to the skin better, thus lasting longer. Smashbox makes a primer for just about every skin type or problem.

Makeup Setting Sprays

Tons of makeup artists swear by setting sprays like Model in a Bottle or Urban Decay All Nighter. These act as a sealant for your makeup (just like sealant for a painting-- noticing a trend here??) and lock it in place, so it won't smudge or settle into fine lines. It's kind of like hair spray for your face. Urban Decay's has temperature control technology that actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to resist heat and humidity. I know, right?

Using Both Liquids/Creams and Powders

Something I've noticed that makeup artists do to keep their clients looking perfect for hours-- even without setting sprays--is layering different formulas. For instance, to keep contour and highlight looking fierce, apply cream bronzer and highlight first. Then, apply powders in matching shades on top. The powders will then sink into the creams and lock them in, making your face pretty resilient. Anastasia Beverly Hills sells both cream and powder contour kits. The same goes for runny eyeliner on your bottom lids. Always put some matching shadow at the lash line to create a barrier so the liner doesn't melt down under your eyes.

Setting Powder

You don't need to buy a foundation that boasts hours and hours of wear. Setting powders can do a lot for keeping oil at bay, and making your foundation last long. Some of the best and most used powders by professionals are Makeup Forever HD Setting Powder and Ben Nye Luxury Powders. Dab or pat the powder onto your skin-- don't swipe it. This ensures that you won't displace your makeup in the process and you'll get better, longer-lasting results this way.

Always Use Concealer and Lip Liner

Muting out your lips with some foundation/concealer before applying lip color not only gives you the truest color of the lipstick, (without your natural lip color interfering) but also will prevent feathering. The next step is lip liner. Lip liner is essential when using darker lip colors-- especially reds. Clean edges are the key to a flawless red lip. Additionally, you can clean up the edges even further with concealer just outside your lip line. MAC and NYX  lip liners come in endless colors to match whatever shade you're going for.

The Bohemian Girl's Summer Style Guide: Easy, Breezy Favorites

Now that (hopefully) the last snow storm is behind us, we can start dreaming and fantasizing about all those lazy days of summer bliss we intend to have. And even though we still need to get through a few months of perfectly-suitable spring weather, we intend to start shopping now for all our usual summer activities, like music festivals, lazy, sunny days on the beach and just chilling out with friends.

With the temperatures significantly warmer, summer style should be light, easy and effortless. We've trolled the internet for the coolest new bikinis, tunics, dresses and accessories for the bohemian, free spirit.


We're all for a look that only requires one step, especially on hot summer days where you don't want to be restricted by denim shorts and tanks. These picks can be worn day or night, and are super unique and fun. This Lna T-shirt Maxi Dress if perfect for layering fun jewelry to spice it up, and Blue Life's low cut tie-dye High Tide Maxi Dress is one stop shopping for a seriously hot day time look.

If you're into shorter dresses and tunics, these gauzy, light-weight frocks  by Jen's Pirate Booty, the Petunia Tunic and  the Coco Tank, are perfect for on & off the beach. They're great for achieving that "oh I just live in a hut on the beach and look like a sexy mermaid all the time" vibe. Love it.


If there's one thing that every girl needs in her closet right now, it's a jumpsuit. They're useful for so many different events and looks, and make you feel sophisticated and sexy (and just generally like a bad bitch). We love this gorgeous nude one by Capulet - it's perfect for  highlighting your sexy, summer tan. If you  feel like going for something on the funky side,  try  a staple black version  or this  Black Fuchsia Orchid Eight Sixty Jumpsuit.

Long-sleeved rompers are also a fantastic day-or-night look in warmer weather. They're fab whether your style is more urban or bohemian, because you can do a lot with them in terms of accessorizing.  This Blue Life paisley boho print version makes a serious statement, as does this purple snakeskin piece. If you're not into prints, this black Eight Sixty Jumpsuit is gorg as well.


There are so many different bikini styles hitting the market right now, it's no longer a decision between one piece, bandeau or triangle top. This Mikoh bikini features a sport scoop top with a crochet racerback-- super cute and different. SHE MADE ME's Halter Bikini Top also features the same awesome crochet fabric, but has a full coverage halter design. If you're loving the crochet thing, check out Lost Culture on Etsy for awesome hand-made bikinis.

The mesh and lingerie-esque trend is also huge for bikinis right now. This Minimale Animale The Bandit Top is super low-coverage and sexy, while this Blue life  Monte Carlo Tri-Top is a bit more understated but still follows that undergarment look.

Who said one pieces have to be boring and ugly? Awkward lifeguard-esque suits are clearly no more, because these one pieces, L*SPACE'a Sunsetter One Piece Swimsuit and Lisa Maree's Down The Garden Path Swimsuit, are unreal.



Anything with a chunky wood heel is totally summer appropriate and transferrable from day to night. Try Koolaburra's Wren Wood Platform Slide with any of the aforementioned dresses or rompers, and this pair of Morgan Fringe Sandal In Taupe with more casual/boho looks.


If we learned anything from fashion week, it's that Marc Jacobs loves floppy western hats. We couldn't agree more with this staple accessory to add fashion-savvy style to any look.

If you're not trying to make a big statement, try a smaller hat like a Brixton Wesley Fedora or  a Lovely Bird Buenos Aires Triple Wrap. For those that have something bold to say, go bigger with a Lovely Bird Hats Suede Bohemia Hat or a Lack of Color Montana Midnight Muse Hat,   if you're feeling ballsy.

February Favorites: Knockout Beauty Products We Loved This Month

Now that February has come to a close, it’s time to review our most loved products from the past month. Here are a few of our “holy grail shit” products that we’re dying to share:

Mario Badescu Flower & Tonic Mask

This mask with clay and botanical ingredients can take your skin from scary to gorgeous literally overnight. It has both purifying and calming qualities, quelling breakouts and preventing new ones from forming. It has kaolin (the golden ingredient you should look for in a mask), to extract dirt and oil from clogged pores. Apply it in the evening when you have a breakout, and we swear it’ll be improved in the morning. If your skin is congested and bumpy, you need this in your life.

Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac is killing it lately with their products, which is  why I picked up the Lorac Pro Palette at Ulta and have used it every day since. It has the perfect mix of sexy, never boring neutrals for daytime and sultry nighttime shades to fill in the blanks in your makeup bag. Whatever look you’re in the mood for, this palette has the colors to create it. Not to mention the texture of the shadows is so velvety and delish, you only need a little bit to create major impact.

MAC Strobe Cream

A sexy glow and highlight is such a coveted look lately, and it can be difficult to achieve with glittery highlighting powders and luminizers. This opalescent cream is perfect for layering underneath your foundation for a “lit from within” glow that doesn’t look like makeup. Apply this glowy cream on your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, upper lip and center of your forehead before applying the rest of your makeup. You just have to try it– you’ll thank me later.

MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy

You don’t always need to use black eyeliner to get a smokey evening look. In fact, this chocolate brown liner with soft gold shimmer accentuates every color and gives an ultra sexy look when used on the lower lashline and waterline. This liner intensifies blue eyes without looking overdone, and brings out the highlights in dark eyes. It’s universally flattering and the perfect finishing touch to your eye look.

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Face Wipes

I’m the worst when it comes to taking off my makeup at night. So, I like the convenience of using a wipe to remove all my makeup without water. I’ve tried many brands of makeup wipes, but they always give me this “I just bathed my face in acid” feeling that I don’t really love. However, the hype surrounding these face wipes is totally warranted. Not only do they remove every bit of my makeup, but they’re super calming and gentle. They save my skin at the end of the day.

F/W 2015 Fashion Week Recap: Our Favorite Trends from the Runway

What would fashion week be without all of the buzz that follows it? We picked out our favorite trends from this season's shows, which were pretty damn hot.


This year, '70s and western moods were  all over the runways, supplying a warm and cozy feel despite the frigid temps outdoors. The attendee's lust for luxe, colorful furs to cure the winter blues was more than satisfied in shows Altuzarra, Reem Acra, Proenza Schouler, and just about everything else.


In addition to fur, texture was continuously played up in the form of fringe, especially in skirts  seen at the BCBG Maxazria show and boots on the Rebecca Minkoff runway. This added to the serious '70s vibes we were getting.


And of course another timeless staple, turtlenecks, were included in countless shows like Ryan Roche and Zimmermann, always paired with a long, chic duster coat. We've said it before and we'll say it again: turtlenecks aren't just your granny's favorite sweater. They're chic af, okay?

FW 2015  (left to right): KAREN WALKER, JOIE, KAREN WALKER

Karen Walker and Joie perpetuated the decade throwbacks with outfits featuring wild prints and knee-high boots, like a modern go-go dancer (but hotter). Along with canary yellow jackets from designers like Michael Kors, this season's runways were seriously eye-catching, and surprisingly-- wearable (hell yes!).


Rachel Zoe took inspiration from another decade, the '60s, for a collection that was quintessentially mod and twiggy-esque. Zoe stresses how she wants her look to be "effortlessly cool," but not "unattainable." Her presentation had elegant jumpsuits (a one-step fashion staple) with pops of fur to add an heir of luxury.  Jackets and capes with big gold buttons and over-sized buckles in tweed prints gave a classic '60s London feel--a big jump away from her typically boho aesthetic.

RALPH Lauren FW 2015

Lastly, and perhaps our favorite, was Ralph Lauren. His fall collection was a wearable take on '70s-inspired fashion, with fur--again--as a standard accessory in the form of statement coats and shearling capelets. The coveted accessories of this line were western-style floppy hats, giving a cowgirl-meets-hippie vibe that we couldn't get enough of. Chunky cableknit turtlenecks and fringe scarves paired with cowhide bags, all in neutral tones, made for a rugged elegance that was very Americana.

The overarching theme we're sensing for Fall 2015 is cozy elegance. We're all about this, because who doesn't want to be bundled up in luxurious layers while still looking like a sex kitten?? Closet staples are a turtleneck, blanket scarf and wool coat. If you're feeling ballsy, pair it with a western hat and a pop of color to contrast with all the neutrals.

'60s and '70s trends are a no-brainer, so there's good news for all those one-time Coachella outfits you've splurged on (hello again, $200 bell bottoms). Maybe looking like a trust fund hippie isn't so shameful after all. Karen Walker would probably agree.

Gelatin Pills: A Model's Beauty Secret Revealed

We've always been told that beauty shines from the inside out. But really, who are we kidding? Most of us shove that under the rug and splurge on $50+ creams with miracle ingredients like collagen,  while desperately rubbing them onto our skin in the hopes of getting results.

For an inside out approach to beauty, science says you may want to ditch those creams and and start popping pills, dammit!

Gelatin pills, that is.

If you want the truth, applying collagen to your skin isn't that effective. However, ingesting the simplistic building block of collagen-- gelatin-- will help your body to produce it naturally. Plus, the benefits are frickin mind blowing.

Gelatin converts to collagen when we ingest it. This not only will vastly improve your hair and nail growth, but it improves your skin quality and can even reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Models are let in on this beauty secret at the beginning of their careers, and they swear by it for keeping their skin and hair looking gorgeous.

Apart from aesthetics, there are a whole host of other benefits that are enough to make you say WTF and book it to your nearest GNC.

Gelatin even serves as a good source of protein, containing 18 of the essential amino acids. It can also correct hormonal imbalances, mainly over-production of estrogen, which is can lead to infertility and inflammation. It also aids in weight loss (it boosts metabolism), and supports a healthy digestive tract.

Many people use gelatin to improve their joint and bone health, given that your joints are made of collagen. This is especially beneficial for those who suffer from arthritis. Osteoporosis is a serious health issue for women, and gelatin can help supplement the lacking density of your bones. Because realistically, who the F even drinks milk anymore?

Putting it to the test:

Being a total internet troll (as usual),  I found out about gelatin pills from one of my favorite beauty blogs and immediately picked up a bottle. Living in a city means walking 24/7, and since I suck at working out, my hip joints were getting painful. I also tend to have very thin nails that never grow and make my hands look like that of a 12-year-old boy (not cute). I've been taking gelatin pills for about a month now, and I've seen the benefits myself. My hip doesn't give me problems anymore, and my nails are stronger and growing beautifully. In terms of hair growth, my hair tends to grow pretty quickly already, so I can't vouch for that aspect.

If you're concerned with taking a random supplement, gelatin is already in many food products and isn't dangerous to your health. Plain gelatin is sold in grocery stores for consumption, so just try it!

Bonus tip: you can buy a box of plain, Knox gelatin from the grocery store, mix it with water and use it as a hair mask. It'll improve hair quality and give you more volume.

Synthetic vs. Natural Makeup Brushes & When to Use Them

In looking for the ideal makeup brush set, we instinctively  go for whatever feels the softest on our face. The more it feels like a woodland creature caressing my skin, the better it'll work for applying my makeup, right? Wrong, honey.

Different bristles are necessary for different types of makeup formulas. If you're applying something creamy like foundation, lipstick, cream blush or cream eyeshadow, go with a synthetic brush. These bristles aren't real hair, so they won't absorb as much of the product you use with them and waste it. It makes the creams easily transferable from the product to your skin, without getting stuck in ultra-plush fibers.

Real Techniques (available at Walgreens and Drugstore.com) has a great range of high quality, yet affordable synthetic brushes.

Contrarily, powders need to be evenly distributed in a nice, soft brush. Using a plastic-y, synthetic brush for applying your blush and powder will just apply the product in splotches. Natural fibers let the powder settle in and be applied universally.

Make sure your set of brushes has a good mix of fluffy, natural hair brushes for powders, and flat, synthetic brushes for creams. This well ensure that your makeup goes on as flawlessly as possible and people won't get hungry looking at your #cakeface.

It's basically science. You can call me Bill Nye now.


Why Tape-In Extensions Are Everything Right Now

Forget the bob, lob, wob and whatever other awkwardly named but trendy crop hairstyles you've been pining over. We all know the most likely outcome of this situation: you chop off your long locks to be on-trend and then cry on the phone to your mom for an hour, asking why it looked so cute on Jennifer Aniston and not you--and then you'll turn to the one and only hope: extensions.

All types of extensions have their pros and cons. Fusion bonds are versatile and can be added in any quantity-- but the balls of glue in your hair are a total pain and seriously damage your hair. They can also be felt really easily if anyone touches your hair, so this option has the potential to cause painfully awkward encounters.

A sewn-in weft may be a good option, but the tight braids can leave you with a serious headache and-- again-- damage your hair. Not to mention that both these options can sometimes appear really fake (so cringe-worthy).

Tape In Extensions
Image: Tape-In Extensions from Hair Dreams

Tape-ins are becoming hugely popular for easy, manageable length that won't destroy your hair in the aftermath. This method lasts about 2-3 months before maintenance is required, as opposed to other methods that only last 2-3 weeks before falling out. The tracks are attached to 10-15 of your natural hairs with a type of double-sided tape, making them secure but not uncomfortable or heavy.  Also, tape-ins are great because they'll lay flat against your head and be concealed for when you want to put them in a ponytail.

Getting these babies can be anywhere from 200-600 dollars (depending on the salon). But keep in mind, with these extensions, you'll keep re-using the same hair for months and simply get them re-installed as they grow out.  So, you're only paying the bulk price once. If you're not ready for the investment, you can get a less expensive deal by only having half a pack of hair put in. You can still achieve plenty of body, volume and length this way. You'll also need a special shampoo and conditioner, as to not break down the adhesive holding the hair in place. In terms of upkeep, all you need to do is brush the extensions twice a day and sleep with your hair in a braid or ponytail.

Tape-in extensions can add glamor to any hairstyle. Even simple styles look so much more va va voom with added fullness. Be aware that more hair means a longer drying time, which may be inconvenient if you don't have much time in the morning for styling. But I think it's worth it if you can feel like Ariana Grande when you're just at the gym, whipping your ponytail galore and making Rapunzel jealous.

Check with your local salons to see if they offer tape-ins, or visit one of the specialty tape-in extension salons that are popping up all over the place.

5 Drugstore Beauty Products That Pro Makeup Artists Rave About

A makeup artist's kit can usually be identified by the horde of MAC and Makeup Forever shadows, pricey brushes and pro-only products. And even though most MUA's rely mostly on the professional grade stuff, they aren't above using timeless old faithfuls from drugstore brands that never fail. Check out these surprising drugstore must-haves that pro makeup artists can't live without:

1. Maybelline Define-A-Line Eyeliner ($11.99/2 Pack)

This go-to liner is a staple in most women's makeup bags, and even in that of celebrity makeup artists. "It's the blackest pencil I know," says Scott Barnes, the veteran artist responsible for the infamous J-Lo glow. There's no other pencil on the market that will give you the same inky, long-wearing effect. It's the perfect liner for placing in your waterline. The formula is also extremely forgiving, meaning it's easy to smoke out and change the shape if you wish.

2. L'oreal True Match Foundation ($7.99)

L'oreal seriously hit the nail on the head with their True Match line. These foundations are favored by too many artists to count, including Kandee Johnson (pro makeup artist and Youtube beauty guru).

They're so exceptional because of their extensive shade range, which just cannot be matched by high-end brands. They also offer amazing coverage because of their high pigmentation. A drugstore foundation that's better than anything at Sephora? Yes please.

3. L'oreal True Match Blush ($7.99)

Is it just us, or is L'oreal True Match the shit? We're noticing a pattern here with this drugstore line that keeps getting professional praise. Kristopher Buckle, Blake Lively's go-to makeup man, favors these blushes over many higher end ones. "Many drugstore blushes have too much of a glittery finish, and you end up looking very made-up" says Buckle, "with this blush, the colors and textures are natural. They create the illusion of pretty, flushed skin." Any drugstore blush that doesn't give us disco ball cheeks gets an A+.

4. Revlon Moon Drops Creme Lipstick ($7.19)

You don't need to break the bank to get vibrant, impactful lips. Emmy Award-winning makeup artist Vanessa Elese can't get enough of this cult classic, which comes in 24 old Hollywood-inspired shades. "I recommend 'Love That Pink' for a gorgeous pout certain to make heads turn. This is also one of the lipsticks used on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire!" says Elese.

5. Ben Nye Luxury Powder ($28.50)

If you've ever wondered how to get Kim K's glowy under-eye look or Jessica Burciaga's lit-from-within skin, the secret is Ben Nye Luxury Powder. These light-reflecting powders are used by nearly all makeup artists, including pros like Etienne Ortega, Rokael Lizama and Mario Dedivanovic. They create a glow that's perfect for an under-eye highlight or setting the skin without making it too matte and powdery. If you want to try this cult favorite, get the Banana color for olive and dark skin tones and Cameo for fair complexions.

5 Winter Fashion Staples We Can't Live Without

Once the holiday season (and this pending  East Coast blizzard) is over , I'm 1000% done with winter. It's just absolutely atrocious.

Don't get me wrong, I get excited about snow...from the comfort of central heating, for 20 minutes, until I have to go walk places in it.

Yet the one thing that keeps me going is winter fashion. Layering sweaters and scarves and pairing it with leather boots makes me freaking giddy. This season's trends were particularly fun for winter fashion. Try these 5 picks while you still can:

1. Wool Overcoats

Overcoats should absolutely be a staple for your winter wardrobe this season. They add an air of sophistication to any look, instead of looking like the Michelin mummy in a big puffer. A wool overcoat will actually keep you warmer than a puffer jacket would anyway (to all the owners of those $900 Canada Goose puffer coats-- sorry to burst your bubble). An overcoat also picks up where traditional winter coats lack with versatility. You can wear it with a regular outfit, but also with a dress and heels at night. This one from BB Dakota adds a modern flair with the leather lapel, for only $127.

2. Thigh High Boots

While ankle and motorcycle boots were once dominating cold weather footwear, boot styles seem to be getting taller and taller. For a sexy and chic look, try a pair of over-the-knee boots with jeans or leggings ( pair it with your wool overcoat for extra points). But beware, don't go for an all-leather look with these babies. Otherwise, you'll end up looking like a cast reject from "Sons of Anarchy." Try these Jeffrey Campbells ($250) for a seriously svelte look.

3. Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks probably give you flashbacks to awkward childhood outfits that your mom forced you to wear. But trust us-- they're making a huge comeback. For a modern take on a classic look, go for a turtleneck that's big, slouchy and luxurious. That way it won't look like you're wearing ski clothes.  Also, cropped turtlenecks look great with leather pants  or a skirt and paired with heels or booties for a night out. Try this drop shoulder, slouchy pick from Joie ($368).

4. Leather Duster Sweaters

Leather anything is on point right now, but a trend we've been seeing everywhere and loving are sweaters that have leather detail. This trend is usually seen with drape cardigans, where the sleeves are leather and the lapels are fabric or vice versa. Adding one of these to the most plain shirt-and-jeans combo will instantly add style and take it up a notch. Snag this one from Nordstrom ($299), which features cashmere sweater material with a leather sleeve contrast.

5. Fur Collars and Stoles

To dress up any sweater or jacket, try adding a pop of faux fur. You can add a fur collar to any jacket or sweater to add something different, or try a stole for a fancier look. A stole can also give you a more understated bit of fur, rather than going all out with a vest or coat. Try this Mongolian faux fur colorblock snood/collar from  Boohoo to add fun texture and a luxurious feel to any outfit.


Feature: 5 Amazing Entrepreneurs That Are Changing the Face of Beauty

Makeup is ever-evolving. Product junkies, us included, constantly crave new innovations from variant brands that deliver convenience and creativity--in cute packaging of course. We've fallen in love with these 5 moguls who are making their mark on the world of beauty.

Lora Arellano and Dana Mobar, Melt Cosmetics

These makeup and entertainment industry veterans bonded over their shared idea of what the ideal lipstick would be: matte but not drying, and full of vibrant color. Together they formed Melt Cosmetics and are now known for some of the coolest, craziest colors to grace the pouts of daring ladies like Rihanna. Grey-blues, vampy reds, emerald greens and loud pinks are just a few of the shades available from Melt's creative palette. Even better: they're vanilla cake scented. The newest addition to their repertoire are magnetic eyeshadow stacks, which lend a fresh take on your typical eyeshadow palettes.

Emily Weiss, Glossier

Emily Weiss' approach to beauty is refreshing and personal, as displayed on her cult-followed website: Into the Gloss. Her site  strives to showcase beauty interest as fun, but also intelligent. Weiss incorporated her take on beauty into her own range of products: Glossier Cosmetics. Her line consists of four essential products to enhance the skin you're in, not cover it up. These include a soothing face mist, a priming moisturizer, a salve and a skin tint-- because "foundation scares me," says Weiss. In her own words, "Glossier begins with YOU, which is why our first products are all about letting your personality shine through…glowy, dewy skin."

Adair Ilyinsky and Nadine Ferber, Ten Over Ten

"We were friends — crazy busy with work, and looked forward to the one hour we'd carve out for a mani/pedi all week long. We felt it should be a moment of luxury, not hectic and gross" says Nadine Ferber, co-owner of Ten Over Ten nail spa, in an interview with Marie Claire. You won't find any giant massage chairs or clunky dryers here. This chic, pristine take on NYC nail salons adds glamour and innovation to a typically routine experience. Their Soho sanctuary blends organic and modern elements, using earthy decor like salvaged barn doors from upstate New York,  iPads at each station and the smart option to have your credit card on file for payment (meaning no manicure-ruining digs into your purse for cash and cards). Perhaps the best element of Ten Over Ten is the "amongst your girlfriends" atmosphere, rather than the factory production line feeling of typical salons.

Zena Shteysel, Z Palette

Emmy Award-winning Zena Shteysel had a very specific mission in creating her company, Z Palette: to customize and simplify a beauty lover's makeup collection. Her ingenious magnetic palettes allow you to "de-pot" (remove the actual product pan from the packaging--which Shteysel has video tutorials on) your eyeshadows, blushes, etc. and fit them all into one palette,  unbounded by packaging that wastefully takes up space. Her expertise has landed her the role as head makeup artist for "Dancing With the Stars."This convenient palette is a must-have for makeup artists, and just those who have way too much makeup (like me).

Jenny Frankel, NUDESTIX

Inspired by her model daughters, Jenny Frankel wanted to create a line of simple, "barely there" makeup that enhances, not covers, the natural features of a woman's face. With this inspiration, NUDESTIX was created. Her line is an assortment of easy to use, foolproof pencils for your face, eyes and lips. Her products were designed to quintessentially appeal to Generation Y-- young people who are always on the go, and don't want to spend more than 10 minutes on makeup. These pencils were created by an expert, too. Frankel is a seasoned contributor to the beauty industry, having worked as a chemical engineer for over 20 years creating products for brands like MAC and Cover FX. Her brand embodies simplicity and the bare necessities of what makeup is for most people.

You Need to Try These 5 No-Fail Beauty Trends in 2015

At the beginning of each new year, we often reflect on what we intend to do better this time around -- whether it's working out harder, being a better friend or limiting ourselves to eating just one jar of Cookie Butter in one sitting. However, a new year should also include taking new risks, which is why we've put together a list of beauty trends you should absolutely try this year.

1. Ecaille Hair

Since the ombré fad never ends, it must eventually evolve. Ecaille is sort of like the most subtle ombré ever. You've probably seen this look on models like Cara Delevingne and Gisele Bundchen, but never knew how to describe it to your stylist. There are no streaks or visible highlights involved, just a soft gradient for a sun-kissed look. Hopefully this will weed out the more atrocious "I just dip-dyed my hair in bleach" looks that scarred us so terribly in the past.

2. Negative Space Nails

This trend sounds counterintuitive, but it's super fun and modern. This nail look involves leaving areas of your nails with no color to create mod designs that are clean and chic. For example, try a bare nail with just a clear coat and a pop of color at your cuticle in a half-moon shape. Or create "cut out" designs in the center with your polish surrounding it. Whatever you choose, I'm sure there'll be 500 tutorials about it on Instagram.

3. Mink Lashes

You don't always need to pack on a ton of eyeshadow to get impactful eyes. Some of the sexiest looks we've seen lately feature just some neutral shadow, winged liner and fluttery lashes that are the focal point of the look. Especially since the false eyelash market is booming with new brands and there's pretty much every length/shape out there now, you're bound to find a lash style that you love. Try eyelashes made out of mink hairs, which look more real and last for 20+ uses, so you won't have to buy so many pairs. They're cruelty-free, don't worry!

4. Korean Beauty Products

Ever since the American beauty market became infatuated by BB Creams and everyone was really confused as to what BB even stood for, Korean products have become steadily more popular. From innovative lip stains to creepy sheet masks, there's always something fun to try from these cosmetic geniuses. There are even e-commerce sites like Sokoglam that solely focus on  making Korean beauty products available to ladies all over the globe.

5. Natural Makeup:

This year, give your face a damn break and do less. Makeup featuring more neutral, blended tones is taking precedence over the more obvious looks that were once popular. I haven't used a black eyeshadow in years, yet I can still accomplish a sultry evening look. Just take a gander at early photos of Kim Kardashian with her signature silver and black smokey eye, which is like visual nails on a chalkboard for me, versus the more minimal and flattering makeup she wears now. Switch out intense eyeshadow for warm browns, golds, blush pinks, and taupes.

Year-End Beauty Wrap Up: The Best and Worst Trends of 2014

As the year comes to an end, it's finally time to assess everyone on their beauty-related decisions. Some were fantastic, and some got weird very quickly. We'll start on a positive note:


1. The Long Bob 

It seems as if everyone over the summer hacked off their long locks for a tousled, shoulder-skimming bob. In fact, people were pretty much calling any crop a "long bob" just to be trendy, and even coined a term for it: "the lob." This mature and stylish look was seen on countless celebs like Lucy Hale, Vanessa Hudgens, Olivia Palermo, Lily Collins and even Queen Bey.

2. Shapely Brows

Apparently, everyone learned to do their eyebrows in 2014. I know this because each of us have that one girl on Instagram who posts a bi-weekly selfie with the hashtag "eyebrowsonfleek." While bushy, au-naturale brows à la  Cara Delevigne were once the desired look, highly defined arches were the coveted brow shape this year. We're into it.

3. "Sombre" Hair

This trend was a glorious breakthrough, because harsh ombres make me cringe. The "sombre" (soft ombre or sun-kissed ombre) is a much more natural version of the un-ending trend. Instead of the lighter ends fading to solid blonde, the pieces are more like strategically placed, grown-out highlights. Obvious roots are (thankfully) becoming a thing of the past.

And now, THE WORST:

1. Alien Lip Colors

Can we all just agree that blue lips aren't cute? Neither are green or purple lips, in any social setting, unless you're standing on a street corner in Tijuana. I'm all for a dark lip, but sampling the rainbow spectrum on your mouth rarely works. Only  Rihanna can pull off a primary colored pout. It's Rihanna.

2. Cat Ear Headbands

Seeing any full-grown adult sporting a cat ear headband on a day other than Halloween makes me seriously question them. Perhaps they've escaped from the ward. Even if they're more subtle, wire headbands, it's just a slightly awkward look. I'm lookin' at you, Ariana Grande.

3. Over-lined Lips

Made ridiculously popular by Kylie Jenner, over-lined lips were the new thing to try in 2014. Kardashian-lovers are lying to themselves if they think that Kylie hasn't had lip injections, which further leads them to believe that coloring outside of their lip line will look normal and just like hers. Realistically, this makeup trick will just look silly on most people.

OuiPlease: Have France Delivered to Your Doorstep

If you're a struggling city dweller like me, visiting France is like a sad distant dream that you only get hopeful about when you're peaking on the elliptical.

However, sampling French beauty products may be easier than you think. Birchbox can go cry in a corner, because OuiPlease puts it to shame.

This subscription consists of luxury French products only, so therefore it's sexier and you'll feel like a freaking queen sifting through the goodies delivered every other month.

Each fabulous parcel is valued at $400 worth of to-die-for items, but you can get it for only $150.

The contents of each OuiPlease box will turn anyone into a full-blown Francophile, because these items aren't just little samples.

The 11 products you get are full size, which adds so much more value to the investment. They keep the contents a secret, but I hate surprises so I'm just going to go ahead and spoil it for you (sorry not sorry).

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Inside you'll find things like clothing, beauty products, home goods, jewelry and gourmet snacks, all handpicked by Parisian founder Jessica Barouche.

She's an experienced luxury retailer who got her start at Hermes, so you know her taste is on point. You may get a clutch from 1951 Maison Francaise, a passport holder from Christian Lacroix, or a lotion from Sothys in one of Barouche's genius packages.

Each parcel also includes their exclusive Et Voila magazine, which features French recipes, style tips, interviews and lifestyle pieces.

Here's how to get it: Become a member here, and review each type of membership. You can sign up for a single parcel purchase ($175), a month-to-month membership ($150), or an annual pre-paid ($650).

It's inevitable that you'll fall in love with the products you'll receive.

Luckily, membership grants you access to the OuiPlease boutique. Here you can re-purchase any and all of the goodies featured in your box. The next box is Valentine's Day oriented for February, so sign up ASAP for a Valentine's Day that'll be très chic.

The 5 Ways You’re Probably Misusing Your Beauty Products

Not knowing how to properly wield your beauty products is like handing power tools to a baby. This shit is powerful and can either fix things or make them a whole lot worse.

We all made the rookie mistakes back in high school, like raccoon-status eyeliner or foundation that’s 367 shades too dark. However, there are less obvious makeup injustices that you might be committing, even now.

Applying concealer before your foundation.

Applying concealer underneath foundation won’t get the trick done as well as applying it over foundation. When you apply concealer and then sweep foundation on top, you’re just displacing the product and wiping it away from the original placement. Foundation should be used first as an overall base to even out the skin, followed by the concealer that should be dabbed on imperfections afterward. You’ll get way better coverage this way.

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Foundation,

For a concealer that won’t budge and can cover anything, try Kevin Aucoin Skin Enhancer (it’s unreal).

Using “vibrating mascara.”

This marketing ploy has fooled many, but doesn’t actually work better than any other mascara. You can get a great separating effect just by gently wiggling your mascara wand back and forth to fan out your lashes (plus you’ll save money not having to buy batteries). Also—try holding the wand vertically to get all of the hard-to-reach lashes at each corner, for a fuller effect. Just don’t buy into fancy marketing strategies. As long as the mascara doesn’t make you look like Courtney Love after a night of drinking, it’s gold baby.

Lancome Hypnose Drama

For the best mascara you’ve ever used, try Lancome Hypnose Drama.

Using concealer as eye shadow primer.

Some say eye shadow primer isn’t necessary and it’s okay to just use concealer, and I say those people aren’t well. Primer has a much drier formula than concealer in order to prevent excessive oil production on your eyelids. Using concealer will give you bad creasing, making your eye shadow not last very long.

MAC Paint In The Color Bare Canvas

My favorite is MAC Paint in the color Bare Canvas. It’ll keep your eye shadow looking vibrant and creaseless all day.

 Applying eyeliner from inner to outer corner, in one try.

Although it may seem logical to apply your eyeliner starting at the inner corner and continuously draw out, this is actually just making it harder for yourself. The easiest way to get flawless top eyeliner is to start in the middle, make small lines and then connect them later. I go from the middle and create a cat eye, then go back and create a line from the inner corner to the middle. Easy!

Sonia Kashuk’s Dramatically Defining Gel Eyeliner

For a cheap but surprisingly great gel liner, I go for Sonia Kashuk’s Dramatically Defining Gel Eyeliner.

Applying blush to the “apples” of your cheeks.

I feel like every girl has been told to apply their blushes to the apples of their cheeks by someone at one point of another. Don’t do that. This is true for some face shapes, but for others it can give the effect of redness in the skin or rosacea. Always start your blush two fingers distance away from your nose. This will ensure a natural, flushed look instead of ruddy clown cheeks.

Nars Orgasm2

NARS Orgasm blush looks universally flattering on everyone, and its name is fun as hell.