We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
(Photo: The Fancy)
We’ve been talking about it a lot lately, but only because it’s so true! Finding holiday gifts for your friends is always a stressful process. Do you go for the foolproof item on his or her wish list, or do you leave that up to their family and instead scour for out-of- the-box items that they didn’t even know existed? Oftentimes, I veer toward the latter, simply because it’s more fun. Thanks to the wondrous World Wide Web, there are a slew of sites that offer inventive giftables in a range of categories—including beauty. Here are some of my current favorites.
In the fashion world, there’s outfit envy. In the beauty world, there’s makeup envy — and we are seriously envious when it comes to Annamarie Tendler. A genius makeup artist, Tendler covers a wide range of topics on her am. blog, but her The Daily Face posts, which chronicle her day-to-day makeup looks, are our favorite. (FYI: She did an amazing series in October called The Spooky Scary Daily Face, which was epic.) Each day she inspires with a gorgeous new look, and for one whole week, she’s sharing her makeup expertise with lucky, lucky us.
I’m a serious mascara enthusiast. I believe it is the only truly essential piece of makeup that exists. What’s so great about mascara is that it draws attention to everyone’s best feature: their eyes. In the 45 seconds it takes to apply, mascara can make your lashes look 10 times thicker, darker, and longer than if they were bare. When your lashes are more dramatic, your eyes appear bigger, brighter, and more defined. Who doesn’t want that?
I’ve tested nearly every mascara under the sun and here are my three favorites:
Mollie just alerted me to these crazy 18-karat gold and diamond-encrusted Kre-at Beauty lashes from SheFinds. They’re available by request at Barneys New York and yes, they look awesome BUT but they cost $1350. I’ll probably never be willing or — let’s be real — able to drop that much cash on something just to make my eyes sparkle. Luckily I don’t have to because there’s a great substitute available for less than $15.
FAUX is hands down our go-to resource for false lashes for any occasion. Their lashes range from first date wearable to costume party-ready…which is perfect since we’ve yet to nail down a Halloween costume. Luckily, the lovely ladies from FAUX — founder Sterling, COO Miranda, and chief of marketing and PR Alexia — have some fabulous costume ideas. We’ve already seen their amazing Black Swan and Cleopatra costumes and today we’re featuring a classic: Holly Golightly, aka Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. There’s only one week left to plan your outfit — don’t put it off any longer!
Read on for all the steps to achieve this look. Photos courtesy of FAUX.
For out of this world lashes, you have to go false. Watch makeup artist Lindsey Jones’s step-by-step tutorial and you’ll be applying your own in no time!
Find our favorite false lashes by FAUX in the Birchbox Shop.
FAUX is hands down our go-to resource for false lashes for any occasion. Their lashes range from first date wearable to costume party ready…which is perfect since we’ve yet to nail down a Halloween costume. Luckily, the lovely ladies from FAUX — founder Sterling, COO Miranda, and chief of marketing and PR Alexia — have some fabulous costume ideas. We’ll be featuring a costume a week for the next three weeks PLUS the steps needed to achieve the look. First up: one of this Halloween’s most in demand costumes. Get your tutus ready…it’s Black Swan.
According to the ladies of FAUX, this extreme look “takes a bit of artistic expression, and works best with long wear or waterproof make up formulas.”
Read on for step by step instructions!