What’s your lip IQ?

So many lipsticks on the market and only one set of lips! What’s a girl to do? Try them all, of course! Then pick your favorite and make it your signature look.

Here’s a quick lip refresher:

Often very long-wearing. Some newer formulas dry magically matte. Others remain creamy and hydrating.


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

The Balm, Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick
















Traditional Cream
Creamy, pigmented, glides on smoothly. Buttery soft and usually exceptionally hydrating.


Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick


NARS Audacious Lipstick















Not just made for lip lining. Wonderfully precise and saturated with color, satin or matte.


Lorac Pro Matte Lip Color


Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow Pencil


The Wonderful World of Brows

Ask me about my eyebrows and you’ll get a 10-minute diatribe outlining the pros and cons of every type of brow product. Because I think I’ve tried them all. I’m thrilled to see brows getting their fair share of attention lately. Women are realizing the importance of framing their face with a good set of strong, beautiful brows.

The first step is finding which type of product will work best for you. The major ones are:

  • Pencil
  • Powder
  • Brush

NARS Brow Gel


Eyeko Brow Liner


Pop Beauty Insta-Brow Sealer


Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel

KEVYN AUCOIN The Precision Brow Pencil, Brunette

Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil

IT COSMETICS Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil, Universal

IT CosmeticsBrow Power Universal Brow Pencil, Universal

Eyeko Brow Gel, Brown

Eyeko Brow Gel, Brown

Pencils are great for getting precise control. However, they don’t necessarily have staying power. However, one of the

best products (hands down) happens to be a pencil. The IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil is loved by many and could be called a cult classic. It only comes in one color, because depending on how hard you press, one color will match every brow.

If I use a pencil, I usually like to add a little powder over the top to keep it in place. One of my favorites is the Lorac Take a Brow kit. It’s reasonably priced and a little goes a long way.

There are plenty of other great powders to choose from. Vincent Longo Brow Kit Powder Pomade comes with a setting gel plus a lustrous highlighter to enhance your brow bone.

When it comes to liquid, my all-time favorite is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color. You get both control, and long-lasting coverage in one.

If you want to go another route with your brows, you can try a brush-on to add fullness to your brows. It’s like mascara – it adds volume and thickness for a fuller-looking brow. It’s quick and easy to apply. But depending on your brows, may require a little touch up with a pencil or powder.

There other variations to choose from like brushes and liners in gel or cream formulations. And some that are waterproof for summer days at the beach, or hot and humid summers in the city. Plus don’t neglect the final touch, a setting or sealing product to ensure your lovely look lasts all day.

Can’t wait to see what the beauty industry comes up with next!

Contouring 101

Makeup artist at-large Romy Soleimani teaches flower crown designer Christy Meisner Doramus how to master the perfect contour. Even with fairest of fair skin, Christy nails the trick of balancing shadow and highlight to create gorgeously sculpted cheeks. Also, learn which new tools are ideal for prepping your skin before you begin with the artistry.


High & Dry: the beauty of a dry shampoo

hairIf you’re like me, you probably don’t go more than a day or two without washing your hair. Some hair just looks better with a shampoo break. My hairstylist has even recommended it. Many shampoos strip away the healthy oils in your hair leaving it clean, but dry. But I really like the volume and control I get right after shampooing.

You’ve probably noticed dry shampoos growing more popular over the last few years. We have an amazing selection of them from nearly every hair brand in every price range. The point of a dry shampoo is to absorb excess oil making “second day hair” look better. You can also use it to extend a blow-out or to give yourself instant forgiveness for waking up late. Dry shampoo can really save the day, but only if you use it right.

Always start with dry hair and don’t spray too close to your scalp. Be sure to keep a distance of at least 6-inches or you won’t be able to brush it all out. As you go over your hair with the spray, lift sections as you go to get right down to the roots. Then let the powder sit on your hair for 5-10 minutes. Resist the urge to start messing with it. And don’t worry if the white powder is visible in your hair. Once it’s had time to work and absorb all the oils the powder will disappear. Use a brush or your fingertips to blend the formula into your hair giving it added texture and volume. Then complete your styling.

Now one last thing: don’t touch it. No finger twirling or twisting. Keep your hands out or you’ll just be adding more oil to your hair.

Here are a few of our customers’ top dry shampoo picks:

Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo

“I just let it dry and then rub it into my roots and fluff. It is also great for adding texture and volume. I am in love. Oh, and it smell nice.”

BlowPro Faux Dry Shampoo

“This is my favorite dry shampoo by far, and I am on my 4th bottle. It cleans the hair and extends my blow dry an extra day. If you use the right amount, there is very little loss of shine and dryness, but if you do use too much, your scalp gets a bit dry.”

Rene Furturer Naturia Dry Shampoo

“There is absolutely no powdery residue as with other dry shampoos. It doesn’t take very much to immediately have fresh glossy hair.”

Sheet Music

Introduced by the Korean beauty industry, sheet masks have taken off as fast as their last big innovation (BB Creams). And I’m betting they’ll have similar lasting power as well. Sure, your initial thought may be that The Sheet Maskthey’re a little creepy, but this genius product truly works.

Some are calling them a “lazy” mask. Why lazy? Because they’re so easy to use and with limited effort, you can completely transform your skin. Simply unfold the paper mask, adjust it over your face making sure to put your eyes, mouth and nose behind the correct slots and holes, then sit back and relax. In 10-20 minutes (depending on the instructions) you’re done. And afterwards, there’s no rinsing required. Just pat it dry or massage in the remaining product with your fingertips.

Wei Rice Sprout Express Glow Illuminating Mask

Wei Rice Sprout Express Glow Illuminating Mask

If relaxing isn’t your thing, then wear it around the house and clean or whatever.


Sheet masks are made in a number of formulations to tackle different skin concerns. However, first and foremost, sheet masks are great for hydration, drenching your skin in moisture. Because the product sits on your face and is covered by the light cotton or paper sheet, it increases penetration and absorption, doesn’t dry out and doesn’t evaporate.

Maskeraide Pre Party Prep

Maskeraide Pre Party Prep

Most are one use only but some can be used more than once. And they’re available in a variety of price ranges with many at budget prices, perfect to try it out.

Rodial Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask

Rodial Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask

Others are just the thing for your next big event – a luxurious at-home facial with quick results. They’re also very portable – stash one in your travel bag to stay hydrated when you fly. (Or maybe after you land. You don’t want to scare small children.)

Oh, and that feeling that you look like Jason in Friday the 13th? No worries. You’ll get used to it.

Swimming, weddings & sweat, oh my!

If there’s one must-have every woman needs this summer, it’s waterproof makeup.

Don’t find yourself at the end of the day with telltale sweat or tear tracks running down your face. There are plenty of good waterproof foundations out there. A few even have SPF coverage (bonus!)

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 20

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 20

Vincent Longo Liquid Canvas Dew Finish

Vincent Longo Liquid Canvas Dew Finish














Waterproof mascara is another summertime must. Raccoon eyes are so 90s.

Tarte Light, Camera, Lashes!

Tarte Light, Camera, Lashes!

Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara

Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara















Of course, no one wants their eyeliner to run either. The smudged look may be the right way to go for an evening clubbing, but not to work or a wedding.


Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner














Don’t forget a lip that stays put.

Vincent Longo Thin Stick

Vincent Longo Thinstick













You take time to put on your face. Try a few new products to ensure your makeup stays where you want it.

A New Way to Wash

There’s a new face wash in town. It’s called micellar water. Looks like water, but contains tiny balls of oil molecules. These oil molecules attract dirt and grime and wash it away without drying your skin or stripping it of its natural oils.  It’s a face wash, makeup remover and moisturizer all in one.

Leave it to the French to come up with a brilliant cosmetic product. Apparently, French women have been using micellar water for a hundred years (give or take) refusing to let tap water near their face.

Micellar water contains no alcohol so it doesn’t sting, irritate or leave your skin feeling tight. Simply soak a cotton pad and wipe it across your face. No rinsing required!

Think of all the ways you can use it: camping, traveling, mid-day refreshers. Instead of a traditional makeup remover wipe, it sweeps the dirt away, instead of move the dirt and makeup around your face.

By Terry Micellar Water Cleanser

By Terry Micellar Water Cleanser

Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar Cleansing Water

Aroma Cleanse Soothing Micellar Water

Aroma Cleanse Soothing Micellar Water

There are many brands and products to choose from. Some are natural, some are scented. They come in a range of prices and sizes. Pick one and start your own face washing revolution.

To Wash or Co-Wash

Have you heard about “co-washing?” It’s also called “co-cleansing.” It was originally discovered as a great way to care for curly hair which tends to be drier than straight hair. Your scalp produces natural oils that have a tough time navigating the twists and turns of curly strands.

At first, co-washing involved washing with conditioner only. But today, hair companies are creating cleansing conditioners which contain a small amount of surfactants which pick up tiny bits of dirt to keep your hair clean while offering a no-suds cleaning experience. Some hair experts say it can prevent split ends and other damage.

What to look for: sulfate free

What to avoid: silicones & dimethicones (they’re hard to rinse out without real shampoo)

Co-washing can be done more frequently than regular shampoo washing because it’s not harmful to your hair. However, keep in mind that frequent styling with heat products (hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron) CAN damage your hair.

We really love Ouidad Curl Immersion Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner for low lather that’s free of sulfates and silicone. For a budget-friendly version, try our top-selling conditioning cleanser by DevaCurl for less than $10.

I’ve personally tried it and I have to admit…they’re on to something beautiful here.

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash

Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash

Macadamia Professional

Macadamia Professional Ultra Rich Moisture Cleansing Conditioner

SPF: To Serve & Protect

Sun damage is the top cause of aging so sunscreen should be your number one concern this summer. There are many ways to incorporate sunscreen into your everyday routine and so many new products that make it easier to protect yourself.

If you want to add a highlight to your face near your eye area, switch out your highlighter with an eye sunscreen with zinc. Zinc will add brightness to your face and block the delicate eye area that tends to have thinner skin. Try Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen or Lavanila The Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 Face Cream, both with zinc.Lavinila-healthy-sunscreenRen-Satin










To keep your lips protected start with a tinted lip balm that contains SPF in a bright, bold color. We love Jane Iredale LipDrink Lip Balm and Jouer Lip Sheer SPF 15. N h For a stronger look, use a liner over the balm for a more pigmented lip.




On your face, start with a primer with SPF before using your regular foundation. You can also add a little transparent SPF to your foundation for a tinted moisturizer that protects. In lieu of regular powder, use an SPF powder to mattify and set your makeup. We have so many SPF products to choose from, take a look and find the formulation you like best.

When you’re at the pool or beach, add a little sunblock oil to your conditioner and massage it through your hair. Let it bake in the sun for a deep conditioning treatment that will also protect your hair color.

Summer Hair Must-Haves


Summer is all about easy. You want your makeup to be simple and your hair to look effortless.
Before you subject your hair to the harsh rays of the sun, take a few easy steps to prevent breakage, dryness and stress. Macadamia Professional has a new Endless Summer Sun Shield that works as a pre-treatment spray to protect and shield hair.

Bamboo Beach Summer Sun-Kissed Smooth Protective Illuminating CreamMacadamia Professional Endless Summer Sun Shield Dry Oil


Or try something like Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Sun-Kissed Smooth Protective Illuminating Cream to control frizz and protect your hair from UV rays while giving it a subtle shimmer.


If it’s beachy waves you’re after, we’ve got you covered. John Masters Organics makes a lovely Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender. John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with LavenderThe natural sea salt gives hair the same extra body you get after a day on the beach while lavender protects your hair from drying out.

Or try Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist, with Tahitian Gardenia, Aloe Vera and oils of Kukui and Coconut. It gives you just the right amount of texture plus Philip B. Maui Wowie Beach Mist
piece-y body, fullness and bounce.




Of course, you can’t go wrong with a simple pony. Cyndibands makes a set of 6 hair ties in seaside inspired colors that are absolutely beachy.

Cyndibands Set of 6 Hair Ties Under the Sea