Product Review: Marc Jacobs “New Nudes” Sheer Lip Gel in Eat Cake

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 6.41.10 PMI’ve been working such a strange schedule lately that I’m not even sure what day it is, and I’m running slightly short on sleep.  All the same, I’m really enjoying my new part-time museum job (as well as my assorted freelance jobs, which continue!), and I always like to celebrate a new project with a new lipstick. My latest pick is Marc Jacobs Sheer Lip Gel in Eat Cake, from the “New Nudes” Collection.

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Product Review: Ouidad No-Poo and Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream

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Back in November, acting on the advice of a curly-haired acquaintance who gave me some very good advice (thank you, Leah!), I changed my entire hair regimen. Basically, I stopped shampooing. That’s not as disgusting as it sounds: I’m still cleaning my hair. I’m just not doing it with conventional detergent-based shampoos anymore. Instead, I’m using alternative products that are designed to cleanse curly and/or dry hair without stripping it of all its natural oils.

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Product Review: Clio Professional Waterproof Pencil Liner in Kill Brown

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Last week I posted about my visit to Club Clio, the new Korean beauty store near Manhattan’s Union Square. On my second visit, I had a nice chat with a sales associate named Aeri Moon, and she helped me select a product or two. Since eyeliners seem to be a special area of expertise for the Club Clio brands, we picked out a liner that would work for me: Clio Waterproof Pencil Liner in a shade called Kill Brown…

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Product Reviews: Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Diffusing & Styling Lotion and Olivine Love + Salt Beach Hair Mist


Latley I’ve been coyly hinting at the fact that I’ve been trying some new haircare products, so it’s time for me to share some details!

I have a hard time resisting products designed for curly hair, because I can remember a time when there weren’t any curly-hair products on the market. Many of the products from Carol’s Daughter are suitable for textured hair, but its new Marula Curl Therapy collection seems to be its first curl-specific line… Continue reading

Product Review: 5 Beauty Items That I Would *Not* Repurchase

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Once I met a very nice Now Smell This reader who asked me, “Do you ever not like a fragrance?” I do write more positive than negative reviews for Now Smell This, mainly because I only write one review per week and I’d rather spread the word about something I like than waste my time bashing something that wasn’t so great (unless it’s really bad, or doesn’t live up to its promises).

The same could be said of my product reviews here, but I’ve recently compiled a mental list of beauty items that I wouldn’t try or buy again, and here are five of them!

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara: I purchased this mascara in a shade called Blackened Brown. It’s horrible. Clumpy, sticky, obvious in a bad way. When I wear it, I’m conscious all day that fibers and dyes are attached to my eyelashes.

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Product Review: MAC Pressed Pigment in Nostalgia (Heirloom Mix Collection)

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As I mentioned in my recent round-up of November favorites, lately I’ve been gravitating towards beauty products with a bit of sparkle. They lift my mood, at a time of year when I tend to be somewhat grumpy (more so than ever this year! yay!) and they work well for day-to-evening situations when holiday parties start to pop up on the calendar…

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