The Lipstick Color That Looks Like Pure Joy

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Certain beauty products — think NARS blush in Orgasm, Clinique’s Black Honey lipstick — are so good, they’re practically famous. And, while we do love so many of those well-known, well-loved products with a loyal following, we’ve been wondering why others have been quietly flying under the radar. With that in mind, meet our new beauty series, Cult Classics, in which we’ll introduce you to the products you really, truly should know about (and try, like, right now). They’re not brand new, but trust us: They’ve got staying power. 

Every spring, we ritualistically ditch all the dark, moody hues in our lipstick drawers (and cabinets and shelves) in order to make room for more vibrant, warm-weather-appropriate colors. It’s the beauty equivalent of molting and leaves us feeling rejuvenated and ready for outdoor adventures. But, no matter how many bright colors we line up, there’s only one we really need to attain unbridled joy: Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Lovemarc lipstick in Shout.

Despite its name, this color is definitely not as loud as a shout. It’s more like a song or like a single note sung into the spring air. It’s the kind of hue that just feels good to look at. It practically glows with prettiness. It’s vibrant without crossing the line into neon and has hints of coral to give it a melon-like vibe.

It also goes on like a dream with a semi-matte finish that looks almost like the natural texture of our lips. Though lip gloss tends to be more popular in the warmer months, there’s just something about matte lipstick that we want all year round. Combined with dewy skin and a ton of mascara, we think this is as close to perfect as a spring lipstick can get.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel in Shout, $30, available at Sephora.

The Best of NYFW!

Rodarte created these luxe rose-gold lips for their runway show. It certainly shows the versatility of a rose-coored lip. It works well on the majority of skin tones, and is safe for everyday. A little bit of glitter gives it such a luxurious touch! Transform this look into something wearable for a night out using our Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose and finishing with a layer of the Studio Glitter Gloss in Golden Glitz over the entire lip.

One of the big questions that beauty fans were anxious to answer concerned the dwindling trend in nail art. Is it truly on its way out? Nail art of previous seasons was replaced by natural, nude nails at Kate Spade and DVF. A bit of a surprise, but it seems that sleek, neutral nails will be the way to go this fall. Get this look yourself by filing your nails into a round, feminine shape and coating with our Essential 3 in 1 Base, Top & Strengthener, followed by two coats of our Essential Nail Polish in Nude.

Unexpected colors on the eye were pretty consistent during NYFW. Metallic emerald eyes at the Richard Chai show were a lovely, eye-popping change. This look is beautiful for both night and day. To start, use our Essential Eyelid Primer on lids and follow with the Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Mystic Moss. For evening, amp up this look using the Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick in Black/Smoke. Line the lower lash line with the Shadow Stick end (Smoke) and smudge using your finger or a Q-tip. Line your water line with the Eyeliner end (Black) and you have a dramatic, yet delicate look for a night out!

What were your favorite NYFW beauty looks?

Sara and Arielle (New elfette in town!)

Palette make up for Ever

arty_blossom_palette_closed_45905 The Arty Blossom Palette is offering 8 fresh and trendy eye shadows in a variety of soft, iridescent and satiny textures suited to the Spring Season. This limited edition has a new formula of luminous eye shadows that ensures buildable coverage and perfect blendability for a sophisticated bright make up result. The palette comes in a wide range of trendy soft shades: 6 limited editions made of Gold Plum, Gold Beige, Fresh Peach, Fresh Pink, Fresh Pink, Pearly White and 2 existing shades Metallic Copper and Pearly Turquoise. A collector palette that evokes romanticism & femininity with an artsy twist to create a luminous and translucent beauty look for eyes, lips and face. The palette includes 2 exclusive mini eye brushes with “new cutting edge synthetic fibers arty_blossom_palette_45905 How to apply For a Smoky Look: 1 – Apply Gold Plum to the entire eyelid using brush 226P. Apply the same shade to the lower lash line. 2 – Using brush 214P, apply Metallic Copper to the eyelid crease and blend in with Gold Plum . Apply the same shade to the lower lash line and blend in with Gold Plum. For a natural look: 1 – Apply Fresh Pink to the entire eyelid using brush 226P. 2 – Using brush 214P, apply Fresh Peach to the eyelid crease and blend in with Fresh Pink. 3 – Apply Aqua Eyes 11L pencil to the upper lash line. For a Fan Shape Look: 1 – Using brush 226P, apply Pearly White to the inner corner of the upper eyelid. 2 – Apply Pearly Turquoise Blue to the center of the upper eyelid, as an intermediary shade. 3 – Apply Gold Green to the outer corner of the upper eyelid and blend in with previously applied Pearly Turquoise Blue. For a Sophisticated Look: 1 – Apply Gold Plum to the entire eyelid using brush 226P. 2 – Using brush 214P, apply Gold Beige to the eyelid crease and blend in with Gold Plum. 3 – Using Aqua Eyes 11L pencil, draw a clear line along the upper lashes, extending it to give the eyes an almond shape. For a Two Colors Look: 1 – Using brush 226P, apply Gold Beige from the inner corner of the eye to the center of the upper eyelid. 2 – Apply Metallic Copper from the outer corner of the eye to the center of the upper eyelid and blend in with Gold Beige

BEST ANTI-ACNE PRODUCTS

In order to make the Best Products list, anti-acne products must be able to truly make a difference in breakouts by:

  • Disinfecting to kill acne-causing bacteria
  • Exfolating the skin’s surface and inside the pore
  • Not containing needless irritants like alcohol or menthol
  • Not triggering excess oil production
  • Working to absorb excess oil

For killing acne-causing bacteria, benzoyl peroxide is considered the most effective topical treatment. Generally, benzoyl peroxide products come in concentrations of 2.5%, 5%, and 10%. As a general rule, it’s best to start with a lower concentration to see if that works for you. If not, you can then try the next higher concentration.

If you find that the higher concentrations of benzoyl peroxide don’t work, then it may be time for you to consult a dermatologist for a prescription topical disinfectant and/or for other topical acne treatments (e.g., Retin-A, Avita, Tazorac, or generic versions of these [active ingredient tretinoin, and, in the case of Tazorac, tazarotene]). Differin (adapalene) is also a very good prescription option.

For exfoliating inside the pore lining and helping with blackheads, BHA (salicylic acid) is preferred over AHAs (such as glycolic acid) because BHA is better at cutting through the oil inside the pore. Penetrating the pore is necessary to exfoliate the pore lining. However, some people (including those allergic to aspirin) can’t use BHA, so an AHA is the next option to consider. If that describes you, please refer to the list of Best AHA Exfoliants elsewhere on this site.

For absorbing excess oil, use gentle, non-drying cleanser and, when needed, mattifying products or absorbent masks. Oil-blotting papers are also an excellent way to keep facial shine in check when you’re away from home.

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