What's New in Beauty: Drunk Elephant, Flesh, Living Proof, Milani and EM Cosmetics
New products, exclusive releases, and brand launches — It is all happening now. And it is actually becoming hard work to keep up with all the new beauty coming out. There are new palettes, new lip products, and complete ranges to check out. So what is on the hot list right now?
Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum
Since Drunk Elephant launched, they have taken over the luxury skincare world. Their serums have made huge waves in the industry and nearly every medicine cabinet photo you see on Instagram has at least one of their adorable bottles in it. But what is the latest? Their D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum. It is described as sunshine in a bottle. Not only does it offer your skin endless benefits like vitamin D, fatty acids, and antioxidants, but it also provides the most gorgeous sun kissed bronzey glow. This serum has immediately become a go-to for summer, and even more important now that we are entering fall. You can skip the foundation, get your skincare benefits, and a touch of color all at once with this brand new gem.
A new beauty brand launched at Ulta, and it has had some controversy. The name of the brand, Flesh, along with the name of the products is a bit much for some. For example, their Firm Flesh Thickstick Foundation and Fleshy Lips Lipstick sounds a little provocative. That is not to dis the brand. With an initial launch of 12 products that have a huge shade range, it is definitely something to look into. If you are a fan of Revlon, you will be glad to hear that Flesh is the first prestige brand launched by the beauty giant. But even with that ownership, this brand screams indie. With 40 shades of their foundation stick, multiple shades of lip and cheek products, and even an eye and cheek gloss, the products are unique and inclusive. Honestly, they deserve a round of applause for their impressive shade range. They definitely have some exciting products worth looking into.
Living Proof No Frizz Instant De-Frizzer
And the ideal launch for this rainy and humid season we are finally in, is the Living Proof No Frizz Instant De-Frizzer. Living Proof has a full and growing line of luxury haircare and styling products that have been bestsellers since the brand’s inception. But this latest launch is one for the books and for your hair. If you struggle with endless frizz due to humidity, this is a game changer. It even comes in a mini size, perfect for travelling. You don’t have to wait for your hair to adjust to the weather or deal with Monica Geller Barbados level frizz, use this spritz and your hair will have no clue just how muggy it is outside.
Milani Cosmetics Gilded Desires
Milani Cosmetics is sort of the underdog of the drugstore. With affordable prices, high quality products, unique items and classy packaging, they still seem to fly under the radar. Their blushes, powders, and lipsticks are some of the best. But their eyeshadows just have not made a name for themselves. That’s changing with their most recent exclusive launch at Ulta. Gilded Desires face and eye palette is not only under $20, but looks like a luxury item. It features shimmery jewel tones, creamy mattes, and two velvety highlighter shades. Not to mention it beats out other drugstore palettes, as it has a huge mirror and comes in a heavenly compact. So if you have been on the hunt for a versatile yet budget-friendly palette, this may just be it.
EM Cosmetics True Gloss
Do you remember a few years back when Michelle Phan, the successful beauty guru, launched her own beauty brand: EM Cosmetics? Well she began with a full launch of eye pencils, palettes, mascara and more. Some of the products received wonderful reviews, while others fell flat. But recently the EM Cosmetics website and social pages were wiped and redesigned from scratch. They made a fresh start, and are slowly releasing beauty products that have been patiently created with tons of thought and detail. Starting out with some killer eyeliners, EM Cosmetics has now released two collections of lip products, and they are receiving only the highest honors from the beauty community. Mainly, their True Gloss line that comes in 12 wearable shades is the MVP. With a lightweight texture, pigmented formula and intense hydration, these glosses are innovative and unique. If you were wondering what to try from the newly restructured brand, these would be it.
Having an allergy or bad reaction to beauty products is very common and very annoying. With all the questionable ingredients that is no surprise. It can be difficult to determine what is okay and what is not. And the FDA regulations are not always as strict or safe as we would like. While everyone has different sensitivities, there are some ingredients that are well known to cause problems.
We are all familiar with powder highlighters like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter, cream highlighters like Benefit Watts Up, and even liquid highlighters. But there is a newcomer to the world of makeup. She has taken off like nothing I have seen before; she is the jelly highlighter.
With a new season comes a new style; a hairstyle that is. Let’s change things up for the warmer weather. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and ladies are strutting out of the salon with the latest hairstyle trends. You can chop it off, layer it up, or simply add an accessory, and your hair will be ready to say hello to spring.
Changing your nail color can change your entire look. Adding a red nail to a basic tee and jeans gives you unmistakable class. Going from nude nails to a bright white gives a neutral yet crisp and clean vibe. And if you decide on nail art, you can show every detail of your personal style.
Along with the beauty products you always hear about, there are plenty of fantastic ones flying under your radar. Sometimes stepping outside of your comfort zone and dipping your toes into a new and unfamiliar territory is just what your beauty routine needs!
Just as in all aspects of life, the beauty world has its fair share of controversies. From cosmetics application methods to brand drama, there have been disagreements that have gone down in the makeup books for years. You know how the world is split on pineapple pizza? Well, the beauty industry is split on some things too.
There are just some brands that have been around the block and then again. They are classics, but along with new product launches, new brands are popping up now more than ever. The beauty market is in dire need of a shake up, and it seems that start-ups rather than big budget leaders are here to make it happen, with broader shade ranges, new ideas, and fun concepts.
After dying my hair regularly for more than 10 years, I have tried it all. I have gone to the salon for bleach. I have colored my own hair, going brown, blonde, and red. I have used purple shampoos, toners, and every product I could find. With all that experience, I have tried, tested, and relied on the best products around.
We have all heard of food fasting; some of us do it for health reasons, others for religious ones. All in all, fasting is beneficial for controlling your blood sugar, heart health, weight loss, and some experts say it can even aid in cancer prevention. But, what is the deal with skin fasting?
There are popular versions of acne spot treatment. There are luxury ones and drugstore alternatives. And although they are all marketed in the same general way, used in the same way and tend to share common ingredients, they are not identical. I cannot tell you which came first, but I can tell you which does what, how they are rated, and which is my personal favorite.
At one time I would have said Target sold drugstore beauty brands, you know the classics: CoverGirl, L’Oreal, Maybelline. But, Target has been shaking things up recently. Not only have a lot of stores gotten a “next generation” makeover at the high-end level, but their beauty sections have exploded with new brands, relaunched ones, and a decent selection of cruelty-free and eco-friendly findings.
Practical and natural beauty products can be hard to come by, sometimes nearly impossible. What’s natural is not always the best and what’s the best is not always natural. Whichever end of the natural beauty and makeup spectrum you land on, these are some of the latest in the natural-ish world of beauty.
It is a new year! We get to redefine ourselves, set goals, and hopefully stick to them. But, a new year comes with a breath of fresh and frigid cold air right to the face. We have already discussed skincare changes you can make to accommodate yourself for the cooler weather in our "Skincare Products For Fall" post, but what about makeup changes?
The exfoliators you used back in the day, St. Yves among others, probably had little plastic beads in them, which are now banned. Not only were these detrimental to the environment but they could burst within the pores causing serious damage. All of those have since been replaced with physical exfoliators. What is a physical exfoliator, you ask? Here are basics of exfoliation!
Tis the season for shopping. If your friends gave you a list of exactly what they want, good for you, but not all of us are so lucky, and finding gifts they will LOVE can be tricky. So here are some last minute beauty gifts Ideas according to personalities!
For how long has makeup been marketed solely to women? Just because a product has pink packaging, is sold near handbags, and being used by female models does not mean it is only meant for women. And times are changing. Men, transgenders, and those who are gender-neutral are making their voices heard in the beauty world.
Drugstore brands have just as much money as high-end brands and quite often the actual products are just as good. So let’s take a minute to focus on some new and standout products from the drugstore. These are not just new shades of blush, but products we don’t often see at drugstore prices.
Natural beauty is on the rise. The brands we love and the products we buy all contain natural essence, organic this, and plant-derived that. There is a reason we adore them so much; they work. Essential oils have been used in beauty routines and rituals for centuries. So, here are some tips on essential oils and DIYs for your skin type.
Finding hidden gems in the beauty world can be nearly impossible. Everyone is screaming from the rooftops about brands like Urban Decay and Tarte, but what about the products that are not getting the praise they deserve? Discover the undiscoverable, the diamond in the rough, the latte in a world of instant coffee.
For real summer is officially over. What does that mean for your beauty routine? Your skin will most likely start to parch, and that increase in dryness is localized on your cheeks, lips, under eyes, back, and legs. So, other than amping up your moisturizer game, here is how you can make your skincare and beauty routines work this fall.
As much as budget buying in the beauty world is easy and convenient, there is nothing like splurging on luxury beauty products. Whether it be skincare, makeup or hair care, when you invest in yourself the feeling is indescribable. So here are just some of the luxury brands that not only make you look amazing, but make you feel extra fabulous.
Have you heard of franken-makeup? Maybe not. After all, it is a relatively new idea and is not exactly a running success. No, it isn’t making your makeup look like Frankenstein or anything like that. It also isn’t the next cat eye or liquid lip craze. It was first introduced to the online beauty community about a year ago by one of the most unique creators there is Safiya Nygaard.
Whether you are looking to revamp your beauty collection, go entirely cruelty-free on a budget, or just want to delve into the world of affordable beauty, these are some cruelty-free brands selling phenomenal makeup for mostly under $5. Many of them even have a large number of vegan products available, and rarely cost more than $10.
“What do you mean?” is probably a question you ask a lot if you read about beauty, but are less than familiar with beauty jargon. Beauty, like most everything else in life, is all about learning. There is an endless world of techniques, looks, styles and ideas to know, play with, and master. So here are some of the most common and confusing beauty slang words and their definitions.
If you want to customize your lip scrub and have full control over what you put on your skin, or are on a budget but still want a quality product that works wonders, DIY is your best bet. And trust me, I made the best lip scrub last week and it took under 2 minutes. My lips are smoother and more kissable than ever before! Plus, this is the best time to get into the lip scrub life, because that chill in the air will only get colder, bringing with it cracked and flaky lips.
Beauty brands can no longer launch without some sort of concept beyond “this is skincare” or “this is makeup.” With the beauty space so full that even the biggest of beauty lovers cannot possibly get their hands on everything, brands need to stand out from the crowd. Of course, there are new brands launching what seems like daily, but these 4 are some beauty brands that really stand out due to their unique ideas, fun concepts, or intense transparency.
Unless you have been living under a rock (with the latest political news, I wouldn’t blame you), you have likely heard something about blackhead vacuums. Nearly every beauty blogger and vlogger has reviewed one. These handy gadgets are super intriguing. You know the satisfaction when you rip off a pore strip and see the grossness come off, seeing blackheads being sucked out with a vacuum is much better. With all the hype, do these gadgets really work? And if so, which ones are the best?
We have all heard of the Clarisonic, Foreo, and Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask. And thanks to stunning celebrities like Tracee Ellis Ross and Sarah Hyland, we also know and love the coveted Nurse Jamie tools. There are so many beauty gadgets around, it can be hard to keep up. Yes, some are certainly gimmicks, but others are actually worth it with sophisticated Instagram videos and stunning before-and-afters that are impossible to deny.
Pimples. We all deal with them. Whether it is full on acne, one spot, or a cluster of pimples, they have a life of their own. They pop up overnight, but seem to take ages to bid us adieu. So what’s happening when a pimple rears its ugly head, becomes inflamed, dries out, and scars? Let’s run the hardship of having a breakout, and what’s actually happening underneath our skin.
A few months ago, we published an article on Hair Growth Inhibitors, and it was so well received that we decided to dive a bit deeper and tell you everything you need to know. Hair growth is an issue we all struggle with, whether you remove your hair or not, dealing with is a hassle.