Photo via My New Pink Button.
Shoppists, I’m here to introduce you to labia makeup. Haven’t heard of it yet? The makeup—which has been around for some time but has just gotten more buzz of late—was created by My New Pink Button and it’s designed to “restore the youthful pink color back to your labia.” To think, here we were fretting about gray hairs when we really should have been worried about the color of our labias! In any case, the stain comes in four shades, each with sassy names weirdly reminiscent of your grandmother (think: “Bettie” and “Marilyn”, which is described as “good for beginners”). The Dye System Kit includes 20 disposable applicators, a mixing dish, labia colorant dye and an instructional guide. This is good: You don’t want to mess around down there, ladies.
The whole ‘labia makeup’ thing originally struck me as unnecessary, but as someone who’s read about women putting blush on their nipples to increase pink-ness (don’t ask), I started to think that maybe My New Pink Button was on to something. After all, vajazzling took over the world. Perhaps the beauty industry’s just been spending too much time thinking above the belt. So I ventured below it to sleuth out other questionable nether-region beauty treatments. The first thing I noticed? It seems Philly is a hotspot for vaginal beauty treatments. (Who knew?)
Keep reading. You know you’re curious.
My cat-eye weapon: Stila’s Say All Day Liquid Eyeliner.
I’m fiercely loyal to the items in my makeup bag (which, in case you’re wondering, is this Rebecca Minkoff monogram pouch). Try as I might to love Diorshow and Maybelline’s Great Lash, I always come back to L’Oreal’s Voluminous mascara (the one with the curved wand). And with the exception of a few dalliances with MAC, Benefit and Laura Mercier foundations, I’ve never strayed too far from Clinique’s Superbalanced Makeup. But the ultimate weapon in my beauty arsenal is my eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. Seriously, guys, you need to try this.
I know, waterproof liquid eyeliner sounds scary. But it’s not! Keep reading.
Photo via How-To Hair Girl.
When giant ballerina buns were trending last year, I poured over Youtube videos and picture tutorials trying to emulate the look. And you know what? They were super helpful. Tube sock in hand, I coaxed my hair into a huge bun worthy of Audrey Hepburn. So with that in mind, I scoured the internet for hairstyling tutorials with step-by-step directions to amp up your everyday look. Leave your boring ponytail at the door.
Get your hair inspiration fix, here!
Photo via Tory Burch.
After the huge success of Tory Burch’s signature pinky-nude lip that debuted earlier this year, the Valley Forge-born designer has taken the plunge into a full lip color collection. The line—which debuts will consist of 12 shades (like this tomato color!), each formulated to deliver a sheer yet vibrant wash with a weightless finish. They’re also subtly scented with the Tory Burch fragrance (think: cassis, grapefruit, and mandarin). Plus, can we talk about the case? The gold and orange fretwork is enough to warrant a permanent spot on our vanities. The lipsticks cost $32 each; starting in March, you’ll be able to get your hands on the collection at select Nordstrom stores, at the Tory Burch boutique at KOP, and Toryburch.com. Pucker up.
Facial hair isn’t the only thing that have Philly men turning to the cosmetics aisle. There’s a new school of image-conscious guys out there who go bespoke, have serious opinions on beard oil, and aren’t afraid to wear a little bit of mascara. We saw it coming: Last fall, fashion and beauty industry moguls like Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford dropped male grooming lines that featured everything from lip balm to bronzer and concealer. (Yes, bronzer.) For ages, women have had the upper hand when it comes to fixing their “flaws” with makeup. Love it or hate it, we’ve at least got the option to wear a bit of concealer when we have a zit, or a smidge of blush when we’re looking pallid. Guys, though, they’re on their own. Well, until now.
Think your man doesn’t wear concealer? Think again.
I may be be fiercely loyal to my Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker (I swear by that tint of color), but when it’s 20 degrees out and there’s a crazy wind chill, my reptilian pout demands extra attention. Since this was kind of a beauty emergency (read: cracked and flaky), I decided to see what lip balms I could score locally–and, boy, the options did not disappoint. From balms boasting locally sourced ingredients to ultra-luxe cult favorites, I can safely say I plan to keep one at home, another in my purse, and one on my desk. Liberal usage is key, people (or at least, that’s what I’ll be telling myself).
See which balms made the cut and where to snag ‘em.
- Good news! The latest manicure trend sweeping the runways is so. freaking. easy. [Huffington Post]
- Confession: When it comes to hair, I’m woefully inept. (I don’t even own a round brush! I know, I know.) Then I found this illustrated guide to hairbrushes—pure brilliance. Check it out to see which ones you actually need. Tip #1: Invest in that anti-static one. [The Beauty Department]
- This is the latest cult-favorite fashion line you will be hearing about (and maybe wearing) soon: Shrimps, a UK-based collection of colorful faux fur coats and collars. I’m completely and utterly obsessed. [Shrimps]
Read on for the four fashion habits that are (eek!) hurting your health.
I think we’re all friends here, Shoppists, so let’s get real: Some ladies have a bit of facial hair. But it’s what you do with that facial hair that matters (i.e. wax, pluck, laser). With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, some of you may be anticipating a little lip action, so let’s take care of this. Rather than wax—which can leave you red and irritated—head to Anjuthreads. The airy salon, located at 1126 Walnut Street, is offering a special deal on upper-lip and lower-lip threading through February 15. Normally $12, you can score the combo for $7, which is a pretty great deal. Consider your ‘stache issue solved.
We’ve all tried them: corny websites that let you virtually “try on” celebrity ‘dos. It’s like the paper dolls of hairstyles. Anyway, they never look quite right: The hairstyles always seem weirdly overwhelming, and we certainly aren’t taking the images to the salon.
Drexel senior Skyler Logsdon to the rescue!
I’m a major proponent of step-by-step visual instructions. That’s why I was so excited when I stumbled across this treasure chest of makeup inspiration on Refinery29. The artsy video (complete with popping noises that recall VH1′s Pop Up Video) was made by Dutch makeup artist Ellis Faas in conjunction with I Love You magazine. It’s split into multiple segments, each of which highlights a makeup look how-to. The best part is that each step is displayed on the screen, which means you can see how the look will build with every cosmetic addition (this will save you crafty cotton swab clean-up later on). Plus, the looks are supplemented with variations to suit your taste or coloring (think: 20 different lipstick shades). Perhaps unsurprisingly, our favorite is the eyeliner segment (1:24). Sure, some of the looks skew more Gaga than most of us could pull off for everyday wear, but many of them we can totally see ourselves rocking. You’ll have to pry our felt-tipped eyeliners from our fingers.
Click here for pure makeup artistry heaven.