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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Do Gross Skincare Ingredients Actually Work?

In a world that’s, let’s face it, oversaturated with skincare products, brands are going a little further to get noticed. And one way companies are doing this is through the use of some verrry weird skincare ingredients. My question is, why? Aside from marketing, is there any real purpose to these unexpected and sometimes gross-sounding “skingredients”? In terms of the animal byproducts, are they really any better than a cruelty-free alternative? And what does snail goo actually feel like anyway? To find answers to all these and more, read on. This K-beauty product, texturally more like a serum than an essence (which is more liquidy), is made of 96% snail mucin – the shiny stuff they leave behind in trails.

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Amazon’s Top 5 Best-Selling Beauty Products

Ever wonder what the best-selling beauty products are on super e-tailer site, Amazon? Yeah, we were wondering too. So we did some digging and – save for the Q-tips and deodorants – here are the products that people are buying up on the daily. Just look at the reviews!1. Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay ($8) – You get a giant tub of this Aztec mud that can be used on hair, body, and face for healing, cleansing, and toning.

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Feeling Free From Alopecia With A Shaved Head (and Gorgeous Wigs)

Ali Hoffman has had alopecia for 17 years—and I had no idea for the 13 years I’ve known her. Alopecia is a condition that causes the immune system to attack hair follicles, which is where hair growth starts. More specifically, Ali has alopecia areata, which means she loses hair in patches. Ali has always done such an incredible job covering up bald spots, and sometimes she never had any at all (alopecia areata can be manifest sporadically, and Ali went through periods with thick, gorgeous hair).

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Are These Expensive Vegan Face Masks Worth It? An Investigation

As a vegan, I’m a hardcore enthusiast for skin care made with natural ingredients. That said, I totally understand why La Mer and Ole Henriksen diehards continue to give plant-based skin care the side eye—there is so much snake oil out there, friends. My thinking is, if a formula doesn’t need a laundry list of chemicals to be effective, then why not skip the synthetics?I got married last year, so I decided it was time to commit to a dedicated masking routine. Ultimately, I picked three vegan face masks for their unique ingredients and formulations.

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Contouring For Dummies

Contouring is a trend that has proven major staying power in the world of makeup, and not just on Instagram.   Although contouring is a technique that professional makeup artists have been using for years on end, it really only surged into popular culture in the past few years (looking at you, Kardashians!) But here’s the thing… no matter how popular it is, it still isn’t easy.   Actually, it can be downright intimidating! To get over our fear, we turned to two of our most trusted makeup resources – Benjamin Ruiz, Director of Global Creative Artistry at Laura Mercier, and Matthew Waitesmith, founder of our beloved Artis brushes – for some guidance. BeautyBanter: Do you think the contouring trend is here to stay?Benjamin Ruiz: With the power of social media and its ability to be a big influencer of trends, I think contouring will be around for a long time to come.

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Inside My Skincare Shelfie

My every day makeup bag is a hot mess. But when it comes to my skincare stash, I’m incredibly meticulous about organizing my complexion perfectors. From day and night creams to perfecting skin tints, here’s a peek into my skincare shelfie. Top:Darphin Hydraskin Rich CreamTula Hydrating Day & Night Creame.

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6 Kick-Ass Products For Adult Acne

Adult acne is difficult to tackle. First of all, why are we still breaking out well into our thirties? Acne is supposed to be a teenage skin ailment — FALSE! Acne happens to anyone at any age. But treating adult acne does take a special type of product. Teenage acne products tend to strip and dry the skin.

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