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Pops of Pastel on Spring Nails: Guest Blogger

The dynamic duo behind Beauty Bender, Kathryn Romeyn and Alexis Johnson, have an impeccable eye for deciphering up-and-coming cosmetics trends and finding experts to give the lowdown on how to wear them. (It must be the decade’s worth of magazine curating experience they have between them.) We can’t get enough of their gorgeous site, and happily, for a whole week they’re sharing all of their beauty insight on our blog!

Bold, vivid colors always have their moment in spring and summer manicures, but this season, we’re noticing a slew of pastels with equally high intensity that are going to be stiff competition for those brights. These nail lacquers—from Rococo Nail Apparel, Essie, Chanel, and OPI—aren’t pale however, as pastel is usually described. They’re actually saturated and full of vibrant color. An oxymoron? Perhaps!

“These pastels have a punch factor to them,” says Essie celebrity manicurist Elle Gerstein of the brand’s recent Navigate Her collection. “They aren’t so pale that they are on the white side; they have a definite color that makes them newer and more modern than pastels in the past.” Gerstein also says these intensely pigmented iterations of pastel actually work with an array of different skin types.

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Skincare Products We Can’t Live Without: Guest Blogger

The dynamic duo behind Beauty Bender, Kathryn Romeyn and Alexis Johnson, have an impeccable eye for deciphering up-and-coming cosmetics trends and finding experts to give the lowdown on how to wear them. (It must be the decade’s worth of magazine curating experience they have between them.) We can’t get enough of their gorgeous site, and happily, for a whole week they’re sharing all of their beauty insight on our blog!


If there’s one thing we both agree we’d never want to be deprived of, it would be our Clarisonic brushes. Life-changing. Luckily, as beauty editors, we don’t have to whittle it down to just one routine-altering device or product. Here, we pay tribute to a select few truly genius skincare formulas we just wouldn’t look the same without.

Le Mieux Vita-C Serum
I love this incredibly potent serum, which is super hydrating and brightening thanks to maximum-strength vitamin C. My obsession stems from the fact that unlike most products, the main ingredient isn’t water, it’s this is hyaluronic acid, which quenches and plumps my always-thirsty skin. –KR 

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Picking the Right Makeup Brushes: Guest Blogger

The dynamic duo behind Beauty Bender, Kathryn Romeyn and Alexis Johnson, have an impeccable eye for deciphering up-and-coming cosmetics trends and finding experts to give the lowdown on how to wear them. (It must be the decade’s worth of magazine curating experience they have between them.) We can’t get enough of their gorgeous site, and happily, for a whole week they’re sharing all of their beauty insight on our blog!

From left, Make Up For Ever’s Eyeshadow Brush #14S, Powder Brush #55N and Eyeshadow Brush #12S.

It’s hard enough finding the perfect shade of makeup to make us look our best, but picking the right brush—and knowing how to use it—is even tougher. We often find ourselves multi-purposing brushes willy-nilly to apply various cosmetics, but in reality, makeup brushes are designed to achieve specific effects on very targeted parts of the face. And they’re meant to be used with precise formulas.

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What to Know Before Cutting Blunt Bangs: Guest Blogger

The dynamic duo behind Beauty Bender, Kathryn Romeyn and Alexis Johnson, have an impeccable eye for deciphering up-and-coming cosmetics trends and finding experts to give the lowdown on how to wear them. (It must be the decade’s worth of magazine curating experience they have between them.) We can’t get enough of their gorgeous site, and happily, for a whole week they’re sharing all of their beauty insight on our blog!

From left: Rachel Bilson, Rachel McAdams and Rose Byrne

From left: Rachel Bilson, Rachel McAdams and Rose Byrne

At various times over the years, we’ve flirted with light face-framing fringe, something that changes things up a little, but is easy enough to grow out. But lately, a new heavy-handed version of bangs seems to have taken hold, at least in Hollywood. At the Oscars, bold, blunt-cut and super-thick styles were one of the hottest hair looks on the likes of Rose Byrne, Rooney Mara, Ellie Kemper and Anna Faris. The opulent shine and straight, thick cut were undeniably chic and powerful. “It’s definitely a style that has a certain sex appeal [and is] always youthful,” says star stylist Serge Normant, the namesake of three salons and a luxe haircare line.

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Drugstore vs. Designer Cosmetics: Guest Blogger

The dynamic duo behind Beauty Bender, Kathryn Romeyn and Alexis Johnson, have an impeccable eye for deciphering up-and-coming cosmetics trends and finding experts to give the lowdown on how to wear them. (It must be the decade’s worth of magazine curating experience they have between them.) We can’t get enough of their gorgeous site, and happily, for a whole week they’re sharing all of their beauty insight on our blog!

    

1. Lip Balm

Still produced with the same formula as in 1899, when the company started, Bag Balm is our hands-down secret weapon. The emollient, antiseptic ointment is unparalleled for softening hands, feet, and most especially lips.

It’s hard to find a lip product that doesn’t just moisturize and plump, but adds the perfect tinge of color, includes SPF, and smells incredible—but doesn’t taste like anything. This balm contains technology that tints everyone’s lips differently, in concert with their distinct chemistry. Turns out, it’s addictive.

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