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3 Last Minute Halloween Makeup Ideas!

It’s hard to believe Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re still scrambling for a costume, here are some fun makeup ideas using our Rose Gold eyeshadow palette and lashes that will get your creative juices flowing:

Sexy Skeleton (@glamshanimua):

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A (Dangerous) Black Cat (@lou_flores):

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Miss Cleo (@farahdhukai):

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What to Love About Nars Latest Velvet Lip Glide

Nars’ latest lip collection gives an impressive color payoff and comfortable wear for someone who’s undecided if they’re Team Gloss or Team Lipstick. Here’s what we thought:
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What it is: A smooth hybrid of a lipstick and a lip gloss, and a gorgeous edited color range.

What we liked: The Velvet Lip Glide is aptly named – it’s soft, and glides on saturated color for a semi-matte finish. The consistency is not-tacky like most glosses, but is creamier than most lipsticks (see why we don’t know what to categorize it as?!). It has a faint vanilla scent, nothing distracting. It feels buttery-soft and plush on our lips that makes it so fun to apply. There’s a color for every occasion and every mood – right now we’re feeling sassy in their siren red No. 54, but we like Bound’s muted mauve for every day (it wouldn’t be Nars if the names weren’t provocative).
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(Above, top to bottom: Swatches in Unlaced, No. 54, Playpen, and Bound)

What we didn’t like: You might have to put more than one coat to get an even finish for some of the colors, which is normal for a lot of lip products. It lasts for a few hours (longer than most glosses), but don’t expect it to stay put when you drink your morning cup of coffee – it’s not supposed to be liquid matte lipstick, after all. Other than that, not much…it’s found a happy place in our makeup bag.

Price: $26

Availability: sephora.com

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Is This Golden Body Oil as Good as Celebs Say it is?

We were first introduced to Cocoa Brown when we tried their Tough Stuff Body Scrub. If you like your scrubs strong, we’re pretty sure you’d love it as much as we did (and the light Tahitian Gardenia scent didn’t hurt either). Founder Marissa Carter knows her tans so well, even the Kardashians’ makeup artist picked up tips on 3D tanning from her. So, we were excited to check out their Golden Goddess dry oil (a favorite of Khloe Kardashian), which looks like gold sand in a bottle of oil. Here’s what we thought:
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What it is: A dry body oil with gold flecks, especially good to highlight a tan.

What it does: Gives you a golden sheen, while the coconut oil helps hydrate skin. It also gives a very subtle hint of color.
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(Above: After applying oil on the left)

What we liked: We love the instant golden bronze (read: not orange) shimmer this gave to our shoulder, décolletage, and legs (we’ve already worn it to the beach and for nights out). It’s a dry oil, so it won’t leave you feeling greasy after rubbing it in thoroughly. Make sure you shake the bottle thoroughly before applying as the oil and gold separate when sitting unused. The healthy looking-tint and subtle shimmer has made it a must whenever we have exposed legs. Plus, the oil has a tropical floral and coconut scent that we’re not mad at.

What we didn’t like: Prepare to have glowing palms immediately after applying (and not in a good way). Don’t be surprised to find traces of golden specks left behind even after washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. It wont stain too much after setting but expect a good amount of rogue gold particles left behind.

Price: $20

Availability: rickysnyc.com

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Beauty Glossary: Non-tour

Non-tour /nohn·toor/

A makeup technique (rooted in a trend that took off in 2015 spurred by models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid) which uses minimal shadows normally used to contour the face, and instead relies on minimal makeup and light strobing and highlighting on key points of the face. The effect is a more fresh, baby-face, or a natural finish.

Ex: “I decided to non-tour today for a more natural look.”

A non-tour tutorial:

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Is Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray Worth the Hype?

We’re all busy people, aren’t we? Naturally, we take the final step in our makeup routine very seriously, especially when we’re counting on it lasting all day. Urban Decay’s All Nighter has been a cult favorite to set makeup, but is it worth the hype?
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What it is: A makeup setting spray.

What it does: This setting spray is said to actually lower the temperature of your makeup to keep your makeup looking smooth in humid or cold conditions without settling in lines or caking for at 16 hours.

What we liked: It’s not really a spray as much as it is an even mist. Your skin with be lightly dewy as it sets and then it gives a nice, even sheen to your makeup. And our makeup actually does last a lot longer when we use this. Also one of our favorites to use after a good baking session.

What we didn’t like: Aside from some occasional oil slick on our forehead and T-zone area, not much. The price tag is a little steep but considering it’s also around how much full size makeup setting sprays run, it’s worth the investment. Our advice: go light and let it dry first before layering too much, or you might risk running your makeup. Best for dry to combination skin types.

Price: $30

Availability: urbandecay.com

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This Body Oil is a Beach Vacation in a Bottle

We don’t get enough beach time in our lives. This oil has a gorgeous scent that makes us feel like we do. Just a few drops gives skin this alluring sheen we can’t get enough of. It doubles as a light moisturizer, and gives us summer glow we crave for a night out. We especially love the glow it gives our décolletage, shoulders, and legs.

NARS Monoi Oil
What it is: A lightweight, gardenia-scented body oil.

What it does: Hydrates skin with a light, natural fragrance and gives it a glow. Also helps to prevent peeling.

What we liked: The light fragrance of the Tahitian gardenia indigenous to French Polynesia makes this oil smell like someone bottled up a tropical vacation. The oil is light with a luxurious feel, and our skin practically drinks up the coconut oil. Unlike the original Body Glow I from Nars, this won’t give a skin a little extra bronze shimmer, but it will give a smoothe, silky look and feel to skin where applied. Plus the little tiare flower in each bottle is a nice touch.

What we didn’t like: The price tag. We’d bathe in this every day if we could, but for now, we’re rationing every last drop.

Price: $59

Availability: narscosmetics.com

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A Dream Product for Natural Looking Brows!

We love Bobbi Brown’s range of wearable shades and high quality products, and her Long-Wear Brow Gels are no exception. But where does it stand in the spectrum of eyebrow needs? Here’s what we thought:

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What it is: A waxy, tinted brow gel housed in a sleek mini, black compact.

What it does: With the help of a brow brush, waxy pigmented gel can easily help fill in sparse areas of the brows.

What we loved: True to the Bobbi Brown spirit, this is best for a more natural approach to brows. The combo of pigment and beeswax helps achieve a natural, fuller look. It feels a bit like pomade for brows. We found it’s best for filling in sparse areas of the brows without looking like overkill. The color range (17 total) are also very close to natural hair colors (we love Saddle for brunettes) and shades for highlights to give hair the look of texture.

What we didn’t like: While great for filling in brows, because of its waxy nature, it’s not the best for buildable, detailed work (such as defined strokes mimicking the look of natural hairs). A good pick if you’re looking for a little more volume with a more natural approach to brows. Also note, while it is water-, sweat-, and humidity- resistant, it can still rub off by mistake.

Price: $26

Availability: bobbibrowncosmetics.com

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Your Quick Guide to BECCA Highlighters (and the best one for you)

When it comes to highlighters, BECCA, maker of the famous Champagne Pop, has a full range to make sure your glow game is on point. But perusing them along the shelves at Sephora can be confusing if you’re a highlighter newbie. For starters, they come in three different consistencies: a liquid, pressed powder, and poured crème which have subtle but specific differences. Luckily, BECCA Style Director, Kerry Cole, was on call to answer all our highlighter q’s. Read on to get her tips on how to choose the best one for you!
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Can you tell us the difference between the three BECCA highlighters, and the kind of finish you can get with each?

“The liquid is a sheer, lightweight cream that has light-reflecting pearls that gives you a subtle glow. It’s great to mix with your foundation from a lit-from-within look. The pressed powder is a creamy powder for a high-shine finish. Finally, the poured crème gives you a mattified luminosity – a more sophisticated shimmer.”

Which highlighter would you recommend for different skin types?

“I find the liquid or poured crème formulas work best for dry or more mature skin since they add a little hydration to skin. Combination skin types can really wear any consistency, but I’d recommend oily skin types to stick to a powder or crème formula.  

The shades are so pretty – what are your recommendations for the different skin tones?

“For light skin, I love soft, pale tones with golden highlights, like Moonstone or Pearl. For medium skin tones, opal, golden, or soft pink are so beautiful like Opal or the Rose Gold shades. For dark skin tones, anything with golden, bronze, or coppery highlights are perfect, like Topaz.”

So to recap:

  • Liquid highlighter: Good for a subtle glow and easier to mix with foundation for a touch of brightness. Best for dry, mature, and combination skin types.
  • Pressed powder: Good for a high-shine finish. Best for normal, combination, and oily skin types.
  • Cream highlighter: Good for a mattified shimmer. Best for dry, mature, and combination skin types.

Kerry Cole’s highlighter shade recommendations for:

  • Light skin: soft, pale tones with golden highlights
  • Medium skin: opal, golden, and soft pink
  • Dark skin: golden, bronze, or coppery highlights

Which highlighter would you pick? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

in Beauty Glossary

Beauty Glossary: Yaaas

Yaaas /ya·sss/

A more punctuated use of the word “yes,” commonly used to express heightened excitement of a situation.

Note: Particularly useful after matching your right eyeliner to your left, upon finding a extra bling-ey cheekbone highlighter, or general admiration of a friend’s #OOTD. Often followed by “queen” or “girl” as user gets increasingly comfortable.

ex. “That liner is on point though, Yaaas girl!”

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