Shop Talk: The Horrifying Reason You Need to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Read with coffee: 5 style headlines you need to know this a.m.

  • Real life horror movie: Staph, E. coli, strep (oh my!) could all be growing in your beauty products at home, and are definitely alive and present in department store samples. Here’s the moral of the story – stay away from testers. As for your own products, wash your hands before using them, keep your fingers out of any jars, throw away old products, and clean those makeup brushes. Otherwise, you could be contaminating your face and eyes with all kinds of nastiness. [Into The Gloss]
  • The fake-it-‘til-you-make-it philosophy will get you everywhere in life – just follow these tips from a body language expert on how to appear more confident. Simply relax the tension in your face, stand up straight, and smile your way through that next job interview, class presentation or date. No one will know you’re secretly dying on the inside. [Byrdie]
  • Speaking of body language, we all know we shouldn’t be lugging around as much crap in our bags as we do. Here’s one woman’s journey from a ten-pound tote to a mini purse, and how she downsized all her crap. (Side note: See this post for clearing out the clutter in your life.) [Cosmopolitan]

  • If there’s one thing we learned from Fashion Month, it’s that fur is back in a very big (and fake) way. A good fur jacket is the perfect layering piece to elevate any fall or winter look into luxe territory. So have at it: the best faux fur coats for under $250. [The Zoe Report]
  • Want to know how to make your eyes pop without schlepping on the makeup? Try tightlining, a technique where you line the inside of your upper lash line with a dark pigment. It will outline your eyes while still looking natural and light. [Huffington Post]