I recently had the chance to sip cocktails and ham it up with the absolutely stunning IRL Christina Hendricks and boy was I smitten by her! (disregard my oily face, mmkay)
The new Clairol Nice ‘n Easy’s Ambassador recently shifted a shade from the signature red she’s been sporting for Mad Men to Nice ‘n Easy Permanent Color in 8G, Natural Medium Golden Blonde. That said Hendricks isn’t one to shy away from switching it up, I learned after a lightening round of questions. After a Clairol dye job by her mom when she was younger, she went through a dark, goth stage, followed by the red we’ve come to know and adore.
Why the sudden change from red? “You know, I was moving to New York. The show had just ended and I felt like it was time for a change,” Hendricks tells me. Her tip for women looking to shift a shade? “Go for it! Don’t be afraid.”
If you watch enough YouTube videos or follow the beauty community on Instagram, you would have definitely heard about Gerard Cosmetics. If there’s one brand that’s been busy courting the vloggers, it’s Gerard Cosmetics (formerly known as Whitening Lightening/ Color Your Smile). Being the sucker that I am, I was unable to resist the siren song of lipstick. They promised me intense color payoff and long-wearing formulas. I caved and over the past few months have been quickly slowly building quite the collection.
The lipsticks, in a nutshell, are good. They’re not NARS Audacious level greatness but at the same time they don’t totally suck. I guess “meh” would be a good word for them. I can see why they hype exists, it’s a decent formula.
What I was trying to say in my video is that these are creamy matte lipsticks so they tend to drag on the lips when applied (especially 1995 and Fire Engine). Rodeo Drive and Berry Smoothie don’t do this and I’m not sure if it’s because they’re newer to the lineup or if it’s just me. I highly recommend applying lip balm underneath and exfoliating your lips otherwise it is #stugglecity. It will accentuate every line and flake. I do love Fire Engine, a blue based red, that gives you an Old Hollywood-esque vibe without being costume-y. I’ve been wearing it nonstop and even bought a backup (I briefly had a panic attack about almost finishing my RiRi Woo lipstick and this is a close third (Ruby Woo, obviously is second).
Must Haves: Fire Engine, 1995, and Berry Smoothie
Skip (if you’re dark skin): Nude, Buttercup
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I previously featured the Dual Intensity eyeshadows in a video so I’ve always been a fan. True the individuals are on the pricier side ($29) but they are sooooo good. If you’ve been debating purchasing them, I recommend picking up the new NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette since it features eight dual-intensity eyeshadows with a range from delicate peach pink to rich black orchid. It comes with a specially designed wet/dry eyeshadow brush that makes applying the shadows a dream when wet.
I actually love using the shadows dry since they are velvety, smooth, and pretty buildable. The finely milled shadows are easily blended giving you a bit of control when applying. For night, I’ve used the shadows wet (well I’ll spritz my brush with MAC Fix+ or Glossier Rosewater Spray) and hot dahm! The color is more intense and longer lasting when wet so go for it. Although there are eight shadows the ability to where it wet or dry gives you a bit more versatility. For the price, you can’t go wrong!
The NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow is available now in stores and online.
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Disclosure: sample was provided for editorial consideration but pinions are my own.
When Tarte first debuted the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette ($44.00) late last year, I decided to pass (I purchased their holiday set instead) since an all matte palette didn’t really seem like something I needed. Lo and behold I caved after watching one too many YouTube reviews.
The palette consists of twelve matte eyeshadows ranging from yellowed beige to deep black. It’s neither too cool nor too warm so I definitely think it’s something everyone can benefit from. The shadows are super soft and not chalky making it easy to blend. I’ve been grabbing this palette for my everyday eye since all of the colors are wearable.
My favorite color is Dreamer, a dark warm brown that provides opaque coverage. It lasts pretty much all day (eight hours) for me making it my staple. Another favorite is Bombshell which is a pigmented blackened purple. Super Mom and Free Spirit are two shades that don’t do much against my skin tone but if you’re fair or lighter skin, I imagine they’d be beautiful.
I will say I prefer using a primer underneath these shadows. Additionally I’ll usually do my eye makeup before applying foundation since there is fallout with a few of the shades. Overall I give this palette a B+.