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Monthly Archives: February 2018

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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Artist Series 01 : Regina Yazdi

Regina was my second Instagram “date” (the first was @ruba, Instagram has been good to me!). I was crazy about her artwork and when we discovered that we lived five minute apart, we set up a coffee. Since then, we have collaborated on all kinds of beauty projects and have been spotted together at so many beauty events that people assume we are sisters. I suppose we are sisters in creative spirit because there is no one I would rather spend a day shopping with in Paris (read the story here!) and certainly no one who can debate about the merits of true red lipstick vs.

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My Favorite Makeup Brushes For Eyes & Face

I’m very quick to share the latest beauty products I’m using but I rarely talk about my favorite makeup brushes. I’ve rotated through quite a few makeup brushes but if there’s anything I learned from testing so many beauty tools it’s this: invest in brushes you’ll use often and save on everything else. Before I dive into my favorite makeup brushes for the eyes and face, I’d like to share how I store them. I keep all my makeup brushes in a ceramic marble cylinder standing in an upright position.

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