Get access to the newest and best products from high end beauty, lifestyle and grooming brands.

Scroll to Info & Navigation

How to Wear Mineral Eye Makeup

image

image

At first glance it might look like mineral eye shadows—in their shimmery, crushed form—were caught in a tragic packing mishap. However these loose powders will give you a pretty swipe of color as pigmented as any cream or pressed-powder option, with the added benefit of being perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.

Other eye color products can rely on chemical preservatives to give their formulas a creamy, compact consistency. But mineral lines like Alima Pure eschew these skin-irritating ingredients including culprits like bismuth oxychloride, a pore-clogging additive, and instead use crushed pure minerals like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

As with any time you experiment with a new makeup product (here’s looking at you, liquid liner), there’s going to be a learning curve, but these shadows are shockingly versatile and easier to use then you might think. Gather up a few trusty eye shadow brushes and follow these steps to pull off an on-trend bronze smoky eye that won’t irritate sensitive skin! 

Read more

How to Transition Your Eye Makeup From Day to Night

        image

        image

Makeup artist Stefanie Syat is a regular at our monthly video shoots, where she keeps us camera-ready and even makes the occasional star turn. Yesterday, she came by to check out our new digs and, naturally, we used the opportunity to get some real-time beauty advice. 

We took advantage of her seemingly bottomless store of product knowledge to solve the ultimate busy gal’s dilemma: (quickly!) transitioning eye makeup from day to night. Equipped with just theBalm® cosmetics’ Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette (which you can buy for the next 24 hours in today’s Discovery Dash sale!) she showed us how to get a mini 5 o’clock makeover. Click through to learn how she transformed our PR and Events Coordinator Jamie! 

Read more

5 Innovative Ways to Use Eyeshadow: Guest Blogger

Emily Loftiss, of Loftiss Says…, is a style and beauty maven who can take even the worst fashion debacle and make it a winning situation—who else could turn a who else could turn an old, too-small dress into an awesome style find from your own closet?  This week, she’s telling us her top shopping picks for the holidays, her 5-minute trick to scoring gorgeous night out makeup, and more.

image

I am all about finding numerous ways to use one product. Many of the useful tricks below came from moments when I was in a pinch and had to make it work. Let me share my former MacGyver makeup moments with you since they’re now part of my daily routine:

Note: These looks work best with shimmery shadow in shades of pink, metallic, gold and white

Read more

10 Mix-and-Match Products For Traveling: Guest Blogger

We’re devoted fans of all things polish in the Birchbox offices, so of course Gina Galullo’s nail polish blog, Prim and Polished, caught our eye. A lawyer-by-day and a lacquer connoisseur-by-night, Galullo posts thoughtful reviews of new shades along with colorful swatches, so even novice polish-wearers have an insider’s guide to the prettiest hues. This week, she shares the products she can’t live without, plus the work-appropriate shades you can even rock in your cubicle.

Pictured: 1. Skin 79 Hot Pink BB Cream 2. Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel 3. Revlon Color Stay Whipped Cream Foundation 4. NYX Powder Blush in Pinkie 5. Milani Liquif’eye in Black 6. Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara in Black 7. Too Faced Shadow Insurance 8. Wet n’ Wild Vanity Palette 9. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells 10. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick.

Not only do I love nail polish but I love makeup as well. It can be difficult to decide what to pack sometimes when traveling, so I wanted to show you what I brought on a recent cruise.

Read more

My 3 Biggest Makeup Don’ts: Guest Blogger

Jamie Serat, the bubbly voice behind Your Beauty Junkie, is a treasure trove of makeup wisdom—from her brilliant how-to tutorials (hello, sock bun) to her in-depth product reviews. We also look to her blog for healthy-conscious, yet totally delicious, recipes and reminders on how to keep a positive attitude. This week, she shares spa secrets we can find at home, how to amp up our night-time beauty rituals, and more.

While some of these tips might be a given for some, for a few people out there, this list of beauty do’s and don’ts may come as a surprise. Here are my top three picks for makeup mishaps to avoid and how to fix them:

Don’t: Wear a smoky eye with dark lipstick. It can be overly-dramatic and intense, and look a little Lady Gaga or Halloween. There are a few exceptions to this rule (and I have seen some pull the look off very tastefully) but for the most part this is a definite don’t in the Your Beauty Junkie handbook.

Do: Instead wear a matte nude lip color, a sheer gloss or a very light pink color with your smoky eye. It will help bring attention to your gorgeous eyes and keep your face from looking too busy. This is a very sexy, yet classy look when done properly!

Read more

Tangerine Tango and Olympian Blue Eyes: Guest Blogger

Meredith Jessica of Pigment and Palettes is a superstar when it comes to creating extra-dramatic eye makeup. But be warned: her embellished styles aren’t for the faint of heart. Regardless of whether you love these bold suggestions or you’d rather just stick with neutral shadows, there’s no denying the artistry behind these looks. This week, Meredith’s inspired by the colors that Pantone predicts will be trendiest for Fall—and uses them to create five incredibly cool ideas.

Fall is all about being fashion forward, and this look is definitely for people who like to turn heads and start trends. Tangerine Tango, a bright bold orange, is the color of 2012. The best way to make it pop is to pair it with a contrasting color like Olympian blue. Together they create a killer combo that’s sure to catch everyone’s attention, especially if you’re blessed with blue eyes. Bright Olympian blue complements the natural tones of azure eyes, while the bold orange of Tangerine Tango contrasts them—creating a dynamic duo that’s perfect for adding instant impact.

Read more

Pink Flambé and Rose Smoke Eyes: Guest Blogger

Meredith Jessica of Pigment and Palettes is a superstar when it comes to creating extra-dramatic eye makeup. But be warned: her embellished styles aren’t for the faint of heart. Regardless of whether you love these bold suggestions or you’d rather just stick with neutral shadows, there’s no denying the artistry behind these looks. This week, Meredith’s inspired by the colors that Pantone predicts will be trendiest for Fall—and uses them to create five incredibly cool ideas.

News Flash! Pink isn’t just for spring anymore. Fall fashions are sure to be infused with two of Pantone’s prettiest pinks: the bold bright pink of flambé plus the softer, more neutral shade, Rose Smoke. Even if you’re not the world’s biggest girly-girl, you can still work these colors into your look as a lipstick or blush. But if you’re feeling adventurous, pink can be the perfect eye color—you just need to know how to wear it.

Read more

Chartreuse Green and French Roast Brown Eyes: Guest Blogger

Meredith Jessica of Pigment and Palettes is a superstar when it comes to creating extra-dramatic eye makeup. But be warned: her embellished styles aren’t for the faint of heart. Regardless of whether you love these bold suggestions or you’d rather just stick with neutral shadows, there’s no denying the artistry behind these looks. This week, Meredith’s inspired by the colors that Pantone predicts will be trendiest for Fall—and uses them to create five incredibly cool ideas.

This fall you can certainly expect to see a return to earth tone colors in both fashion and makeup alike. This back-to-basics trend is reflected in a color palette of dark browns and leafy greens which go beautifully together—just as mother nature intended. Model Natasha Poly sported this exact color combination on her eyes walking the red carpet at Cannes this past summer. I recreated this fabulous look to show how you can keep your eye makeup relatively simple, while still achieving stunning impact.

Read more