This week’s guest blogger, Vida Lee, hits close to home for us—literally! She’s a beauty guru based in our hometown: New York City. Aside from being a product addict, she’s also a medical school student (whoa!) who makes time on the side for her pretty blog, P.S. It’s Vida. Over the next few days, the smarty savant will be sharing her greatest tips and tricks for staying prepped and primed for summer.
Summer is all about bright colors, which makes it a bit difficult for a neutral lover like myself to come out of her shell. Here are some products I love to use which keep my look simple while I’m sporting a statement lip:
1. Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner: When I want to keep eyes simple, I use this gel eyeliner to create a thick black line with a flick. It’s creamy and smooth, long lasting, and has a great intense black color.
2. Prestige My Blackest Lashes: This mascara works wonders for separating and volumizing—with two coats, you’ll have jumbo, thick lashes that add the perfect touch of drama to an otherwise simple eye.
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.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I sat down with my beauty idol to learn more about her best secrets, the discontinued products that she wishes would be reissued, and the one tried-and-true product that she’s been using since high school. (Try this Q&A with your mom on Sunday—you’ll learn so much!)
What was your earliest beauty memory?
“I used to really love flipping through Cosmopolitan magazine—that’s where I first discovered vanity. My favorite model was Cristina Ferrare. I also loved Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren. I even used to fake Marilyn’s beauty mark with a pencil!”
So funny! Who taught you how to put on makeup?
“I think I taught myself really, but I also got some tips from your Auntie Esther [her sister-in-law]. I first started experimenting with mascara because I was so amazed by how long it made my eyelashes look.”
This week’s guest blogger, the lovely Alissa Kelly, offers up fun fashion and beauty advice on her blog, Feeling Good. (Our favorite feature? Kelly’s fun nail posts!) We love her optimistic attitude and useful tips. Today, she’s showing us how to combine tow of our favorite spring trends: pastels and florals.
Pastels and floral prints are huge this season, so why not bring them together in one fun nail design? I’ve seen (and worn) a lot of neon already, but I’m itching for something different. Floral pastel prints are just the change I need.
Show: Oscar de la Renta
Hair: Orlando Pita
Makeup: Gucci Westman, Revlon
Nails: Yuna Park using Oscar de la Renta polish
The Vibe: A daughter going to town in her mom’s Park Avenue closet. “It’s a little bit of a young girl playing dress up,” said Revlon’s global artistic director, Gucci Westman, of the look. “She’s just kind of having fun.” Certainly, the makeup conveyed whimsy, with doll-like rosy cheeks thanks to Revlon’s PhotoReady Cream Blush in Flushed (due out in May), and spidery lashes. “The mascara isn’t super perfect,” said Westman of the effect. “It’s a little clumpy and more of a cool girl look, but I like it. It’s nice to see mascara for once that’s not just pretty.”
Hair: Paul Hanlon for Aveda
Makeup: Gucci Westman, Revlon
The Vibe: Outdoorsy and very fresh. The models’ hair certainly looked very weathered with Aveda lead stylist Paul Hanlon creating coifs that he described as “aerodynamic” and “windblown.” To achieve these wild styles, hair was parted down the back of the head and then tied it into either one or two knots, depending on the length of the girl’s hair. Stylists added pins to keep the style secure, while loose ends and other errant hairs were blow-dried and sprayed pointing stick-straight back. To help get a matte, piece-y texture, Hanlon used two Aveda products: Phomollient, a weightless volumizing styling foam, and Pure Abundance Hair Potion, a hair-thickening cream that adds grit.
I don’t generally get excited when brands announce new celebrity spokespeople, mainly because everyone seems to have some hot star posing as their latest face. That said, when I saw Emma Stone’s and Olivia Wilde’s debut Revlon ads, I definitely took note.
We’re suckers for a bright red pout, but this week’s guest blogger, Julianne Carell, is even more addicted to bold lips than we are. In fact, her blog, PeaceLoveLipstick.com, is an ongoing ode to her favorite makeup category, covering everything from news to helpful application tips. This week, the lipstick-lover is showcasing her obsession on our site — check back each day for a new dose of lip color inspiration!
I love experimenting with color in different ways. One of my favorite things to do is match my lip color with either my eyeshadow or nail polish. Recently, though, I’ve been coordinating my lip color with my clothes. Below, check out a few of my favorite looks!
Wearing a burgundy shade to match a cozy knit. Right: Lookbook.nu; Left: Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in Rose Amethyst
Coordinating a super-bright pair of pants with my lipstick. Right: Lookbook.nu; Left: Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor in Siren
Taking inspiration from a fun, eye-catching skirt. Right: Lookbook.nu; Left: L’Oreal Color Riche Lipcolour in Volcanic
Models backstage at J. Mendel about to do a walk-thru. In demand makeup artist Gucci Westman is overseeing the edgy look. Check back later for our exclusive interview with her!
We love writers with fun personalities, which is why we’re ecstatic to welcome Carlye Wisel into the guest blogging fold this week. The savvy blogger has a multitude of interests, but can regularly be found talking about music and more on Vevo, Big Ugly Yellow Couch, and her personal Tumblr, Awkward City Population 1. This week, she’s sharing beauty wit and wisdom. Today: the products you should have in your arsenal for those hot summer days.
No matter how many countless street style photos seem to prove otherwise, it takes some effort to not look like a sweaty disaster at a summer festival.
These music-loving ladies have seen the dust of Bonnaroo, the mud of Lollapalooza, and everything in between, all while getting a day’s work done under the hot, hot sun. Here are some of the tried-and-true products that they rely on to get them by:
"Makeup Forever HD Powder keeps foundation and concealer in place for hours. I usually use it in place of foundation or powder since it evens out my skin tone with a nice matte finish, meaning no more sweaty forehead.” —Nicole Wasilewicz, Senior Music Editor at Free Williamsburg
“I use deodorant like it’s my job. My go-to is Speedstick. Yes, only a man’s will work under the hot Coachella sun! I also love my Fresh Lip Balm, which goes on so smooth and smells like brown sugar. My lips get so chapped from the beer, the heat, and all the singing along.” —Julia Willinger, Label Coordinator at XL Recordings
"Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara is cheap, easy to stick in your bag, and always adds a brightened-up look. It also never runs.” —Jenna LoMonaco, Head of New Media at Glassnote Records
"TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo is amazing. If I don’t have that, I will use any type of hair spray, apply it to my roots, let it dry, and then brush it out. This really helps keep my hair looking fresh, even through sweaty, disgusting weather.” —Rachel Stoewer, College Marketing Coordinator at Sony Music
“All of tarte’s products are natural, but their Natural Cheek Stain is my favorite. It’s blush that gives you a fresh pinched-cheeks look and it doesn’t melt in the hot sun during music festivals. For my skin, stila’s One Step Bronze is my go-to summer bronzing foundation. And I adore Revlon’s Grow Luscious waterproof mascara because, duh, you might see Bon Iver, and do you really want anyone to know that you cried tears of joy?” —Lindsay Brandt, Manager & Digital Media Director at Mick Management
Our never-leave-home-without product in the summer? Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers.
A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. While it started as a straightforward beauty blog two years ago, The Glossarie has become a full-on outlet for chicness of all kinds. This week, Lara shares five pretty products and ideas that add a little fun to her world.
While some days it feels like I’m a full-time beauty tester, I’m strangely simple when it comes to the products I actually use every day. I pride myself on a well-edited little group, with no piece of permanent beauty booty like another in my stash. And I must say that I love my current lip collection. Here’s how it shapes up, from top to bottom:
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover: A gorgeous golden pink that delivers more shine than I ever thought possible from a pencil. The glossy finish isn’t sticky at all, plus I can apply it sans mirror, which is a major bonus.
Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint in Enchanted: Moisturizing with insane staying power and especially great for the beach and pool because it doesn’t splash off. I love wearing it when I’m running around barefaced, too. It gives a pretty polish with its youthful, popsicle pink shade.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita: A truly non-drying matte lip pencil—’nuff said. But it’s the shade I really adore. The dusty rose is my go-to for when I want a little something extra. This is my ‘my lips but better’ lippie.
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Stormy Pink: A bold, bright bubblegum-y princess pink and let me tell you, it’s crazy fun. I even sported it to an interview (I got the job!) and now I call it my secret weapon. It’s an instant confidence booster.
Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Pomegranate: A luxurious lip gloss in summer-perfect coral. This should be in everyone’s makeup bag as far as I’m concerned. It brightens up your whole face and it’s also very moisturizing.
Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15: The best nude lip shade EVER! It’s warm and rich in color, smells like lemon cookies and feels like a dream on your lips—I swear I will cry if they ever stop making this.
What do you think of my starting lineup? Do you edit your lip collection or would it dwarf mine a million times over?
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