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Insta 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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in beauty, product review

5 Crazy Cool Products We Discovered at a Lush Party

Our office has no shortage of Lush fans, so there wasn’t much convincing that needed to be done when they put together perhaps one of the best-smelling parties we’ve ever had in the office. What we realized is pretty much every one of your favorite beauty treatments – from toners to toothpaste – can be found as a solid. Here are some of our faves:

1) Damaged Hot Oil Treatment
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Ever tried hot chocolate on a stick? You know, where you melt the chocolate by stirring it in a cup of hot milk? This inspired the cutest hot oil hair treatment from Lush. Their vegan Damaged treatment is a solid block of nourishing virgin olive oil, almond oil, and avocado oil (all superstars for shiny, strong hair) on a stick that you melt by stirring in a cup of hot water. After it cools, apply and leave on dry hair for 20 minutes then shampoo out (might take more than one go to get all the oil out). The result is hydrated locks with a beautiful vanilla scent we can’t get enough of. Tip we learned: If you find you don’t need the whole mixture for one use, cover it and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to melt it down again for another use.

2) Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar
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We get it if a solid shampoo seems scary…it’s unchartered territory for most. But trust us, this is not to be underestimated. The self-preserving bar packs a punch of at least 80 washes which is the equivalent of three bottles of shampoo – all in a tiny little bar. Just wet the bar and rub between hands to lather, and add to damp hair. It will sud up beautifully and clean your hair thoroughly. The honey will leave hair ridiculously soft. Extra points for easing your travel woes. No more throwing out oversized bottles of liquid at security.

3) Tea Tree and Dream Steam Toner Tabs
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For a legit blackhead buster, try one of these toner tabs. Just drop it in bowl of hot water like an alka seltzer and it will fizz up, dissipating in the steam. Hang over it with a towel over your head for a skin clearing (thank you, tea tree oil) and calming (lavender) blend of toning goodness. It’s like bringing the spa home. A cool tip we learned: put the water in a plastic spray bottle after use to store in the fridge for up to two days. You can use it to spritz on your face for a little pick-me-up.

4) Full of Grace Serum Bar
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A power moisturizer full of vitamins and skin calming chamomile blue oil and calamine powder, this little bar (that can be easily mistaken for soap) is actually a serum that feels like butter on the skin. Gently glide it over your face for a soft layer of serum that you can massage into skin. With ingredients like almond oil, murumuru and cupuaco butter, it’s amazing for dry skin, especially during the colder months.

5) Miles of Smiles Toothy Tabs
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Yup, even your toothpaste can come in a tablet. A cool, different take on cleaning your teeth, just bite into one of these to crumble them in your mouth (don’t eat it!) and promptly start brushing the mix of baking soda and mint oils to freshen breath and clean your pearly whites so they stay that way. You’ll be amazed at how much it foams up with just a little water! Fair warning, this doesn’t taste amazing, unless you’re into that baking soda taste. But we did find it does a heavy duty job on cleaning teeth. Plus, it’s always nice to definitively see when you’re down to your last tablet, rather than squeezing a toothpaste tube for dear life and hoping for one more drop.

What are some of your favorite Lush products?

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in Makeup, product review

These Mini Glosses Are The Perfect Cocktail for Your Lips

The Lancôme Juicy Shakers are the cutest mini cocktail shakers you’ll ever see – only it’s a mix of oil and pigments for your lips and won’t get you tipsy (double win!). With a blend of apricot, almond, and peach, it really is a cocktail of essential oils, and as close to natural and light as you get for a lip tint.
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What it is: A tinted lip oil in a bottle shaped like a mini cocktail shaker that gives you just a shot of color (sorry, we couldn’t help the pun).

What it does: A mix of color and oil (a “bi-phase oil”) that you shake like a little cocktail (naturally) before unscrewing the cap to use the cushioney brush to apply.

What we liked: Besides the fact that it’s the most fun we have putting on a lip product, the applicator is as soft as a baby chick. The oils give a slightly moisturizing shine that dissipates eventually, leaving a light, natural looking tint behind. The color is light but buildable, and we loved that it’s a non-goopy gloss (say that three times fast). Plus the flavors! Each of the 18 shade has its own unique cocktail-inspired taste. Mojitos anyone?

What we didn’t like: While moisturizing, it’s only lightly so, so no heavy duty hydration here. You’ll have to reapply if you want to keep the shine going, but the applicator feels so good on your lips, you might not even mind.

Price: $21

Availability: lancome-usa.com

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in hair, product review

The Product You NEED for Gorgeous Beach Waves

We sipped the Ouai juice, and we’re hooked. But did you expect anything less from Jen Atkin, the queen of Cool Girl hair? Just check out her clients like Chrissy Teigen and the Kardashians for reference. Atkin pretty much discovered how to bottle beach hair in her Ouai Wave Spray that has a light, white musk scent (or is it jasmine? Whatever it is, we likes). It gives our locks a little bit of body and a wave that can go from subtle to beach babe depending on how we use it. We’ve been stocking up since we got our hands on it.
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What it is: A waving spray that can be used on wet or dry hair to create a beachy wave.

What it does: Uses rice protein to add hold for a natural wave look.

What we liked: If you’ve used wave sprays in the past, you know the deal. Either your hair gets super crunchy or weighed down. We love to use this on our wet hair and let it air dry for a subtle beachy look, and before a rough blow dry followed by an iron for more defined waves. Plus so much body! All that with no added salt in sight.

What we didn’t like: That air dry tip didn’t work for our fine hair tester as much as it did for our tester with thicker hair. And though we love the smell, it’s not for everyone if you’re not into the musky-type perfume scents.

Fun fact: Ouai is pronounce “way,” inspired by the cool Parisian way to say “oui” or “yes”

Price: $26

Availability: sephora.com

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Beauty Glossary: Draping

Draping /drAy·ping/

A makeup technique popularized in the 80s by the late makeup artist, Way Bandy, in which you emphasize cheekbones using a color blush to contour in lieu of the usual contour and highlight duo. The name refers to bringing out the natural ‘drape’ (or natural U-shape) of your cheeks. The effect is more chiseled and structured-looking cheekbones using a pop color that is extremely well-blended. Products like Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo uses two complementary cheek colors to achieve the draping effect.

(Not to be confused with Drake-ing, i.e. reminiscing about a past relationship)
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in beauty, product review

Is this Electric Toothbrush Worth its $200 Price Tag?

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Here’s an adult decision you may or may not have come across already: it’s time to upgrade your toothbrush. Fortunately, Foreo has your back. The futuristic looking Foreo Issa Hybrid silicone brush adds a, ahem, sexy touch to your vanity, sure. But rest assured, its $199 luxe price tag justifies more than just its pretty face. Take its bacteria-preventing silicone suit (the company says it has 10,000x less bacteria than regular brushes). Or that one full charge lasts six months. Or that you won’t even have to change the head until a year goes by. And, most impressively, its Sonic Pulse Technology that goes hard on plaque, but easy on gums. We tried it and this is what we thought:
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What it is: An electric toothbrush made with a mix of bacteria-resisting, nonporous silicone bristles and and inner PBT polymer bristle for a thorough cleaning that’s easy on gums.

What it does: Cleans teeth for a timed two minutes at varying strengths (there are eight settings you can choose from).

What we liked: From our experience with Foreo’s products, it follows suit with its easy-to-use design. The soft skin of the toothbrush and ergonomic handle makes it super comfortable to hold, and the hybrid of silicone and PBT polymer bristles makes sure you get a deeper cleaning while still going gentle on gums. It feels soft but not so soft that it feels ineffective. Every 30 seconds, the brush pauses to you know to change quandrants for a total of two minutes. We love that it does all the thinking for you (especially before bed) so you’re ensured a thorough cleaning every time. Our teeth feel clean without any residue and, dare we say, even a little brighter.

What we didn’t like: That we don’t have more than one – the colors are so pretty! (It comes in mint green, cool black, cobalt blue, and lavender). The price tag is still admittedly an investment, but that said, you’ll get what you pay for.

Price: $199.99

Availability: foreo.com/issa

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Ingredient Spotlight: Turmeric

There are SO many reasons we’re obsessed with turmeric! It’s a powerful spice that has been used in many Chinese and Ayurvedic recipes for its beautifying and healing properties.
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Turmeric is an antiaging and antibacterial powerhouse. Mostly due to its curcumin, which gives it its distinct yellow color, it helps combat some of our biggest skincare woes: acne, aging, and dullness. Make your own DIY scrub and mask using it, and you’re well on your way to brighter, more supple skin. Here are some of our favorite ways to use it:

  • A honey, coconut oil mask
  • In a face mask
  • In a lip scrub
  • In our skincare obsession: Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Elixir
  • How do you like to use turmeric? Leave a comment and maybe we’ll use your tip in our next video!

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    This Twist Up Charcoal Cleanser is Everything

    We admit it, we were a little confused at what the Tarte Frxxxtion Stick was exactly upon first sight. With its gold cap and accents, it looked too pretty to just be a cleanser. Plus, with a similar packaging as Tarte’s Lip & Cheek Tints, we thought it could be makeup. That is, until you twist the cap open to find a black solid.

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    It’s described as an “exfoliating gel” — all of which you’ll mostly understand when you use it for the first time. Good luck going back after you do.

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    What it is: An exfoliating sea algae and charcoal cleanser in the form of a solid stick that is activated to a gel when applied to wet skin.

    What it does: Uses charcoal powder and microexfoliants for a light scrub and cleanser that helps draw out impurities in the skin. To use, wet face, then rub on face directly until evenly applied. Use fingertips to massage on face then rinse off.

    What we liked: It was easy to apply, and even though it melts to a gel upon use, there’s fairly no mess. The microexfoliants scrub without being harsh and the charcoal helps to absorb oils and other impurities (charcoal is known to absorb about 200 times its weight in impurities). The cleanser has no strong discernable scent and also doubles as a mask if you leave it for a couple minutes. The result is a shine-free, dirt-free finish. The cleanser is also compact and solid which makes it good for travel and those on the go. Plus it looks pretty on our bathroom counter.

    What we didn’t like: The balm can’t get into the inner corners or around the nostrils upon contact but you can also use your fingers to wipe around those areas. And although it’s gentle enough to use everyday, we don’t recommend using any granule product more than 2-3 times a week!

    Who it’s best for: Good for all skin types, and people who usually carry around their life in their bag (we see you, Jetsetters).

    Price: $22

    Availability: tartecosmetics.com

    Fun fact: Tarte is launching in the Middle East on October 27th! Get excited 🙂

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