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The Ariana Grandiose of Mascaras!

The Ariana Grandiose of Mascaras!

Supermodel-socialite Marisa Berenson, lashing-out in 1968. I want no less than this, always.

Supermodel-socialite Marisa Berenson, lashing-out in 1968. I want no less than this, always.

Hey girls,

Part of being a beauty or fashion expert is coming to terms with the fact that you’re a Girl Who Cried Wolf. We all are. We fall hard, can’t see straight, and then whatever shower gel/gloss/conditioner we’re raving about becomes the HOTTEST, the DOPEST, the COOLEST, the MOST MIND-BENDINGLY TRANSFORMATIVE product ever to be sent to us by a mid-level P.R. chick. And at the time, we mean it. At least, I do…I really really do. Until some fast-talking upgrade sidles up to me, with it’s slick packaging and sexy claims.

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All this babble is just to say that I’ve raved about be-all end-all mascaras before. And they’ve all been stellar. Many of them have even been Lancome. But none of them have been Lancome Grandiôse Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara. Which is — and I say this without a sliver of hyperbole — the best lash-lengthener of all time. Here’s why: the wand comes with a clever swan neck, which enables you to catch all the tiny corner hairs and bottom lashes, while sweeping the top ones out from root to tip — fanning them out to their sultry fullest. Basically, the swan neck is built to compliment the curves of your eye area (allowing for flawless application) and the crest of the hairs (giving an eye-popping finish). Straight wands are not. And if you’ve ended up with good-enough-but-not-dazzling lashes, that’s why.

Try it. Your life will change, woman.

The Mango Lipstick to End All Others

The Mango Lipstick to End All Others

 

My new, lip-focused look -- taking a break from strong eyes after ugly-crying at a breast cancer luncheon.

My new, lip-focused look — taking a break from strong eyes after ugly-crying at a breast cancer luncheon.

 

Two weeks ago, the Susan G. Komen foundation invited me to their Impact Awards. At this super-inspiring luncheon, they awarded women who’ve impacted the fight against breast cancer. Being surrounded by elite philanthropists, the ladies-who-lunch crowd and GMA’s Amy Robach, I definitely had a moment of, “Are you sure you invited the right person?” But at least I was prepped, style-wise. My ensemble was conservative, yet stylish (i.e., a sleeveless, soft chambray denim number with a swing skirt). But my makeup? Disaster. I went for a major lashes and shadow moment, but I ended up ugly-crying the entire time (those stories and videos KILLED me). Fast forward to last week — I saw the event pics, and my eyes were a scorching hot mess. I decided to take a break from strong eyes, and focus on statement lips instead. It looks pulled together, and its easy to fix if I eat a burger or feeling a pressing need to make-out.

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Urban Beauty Lip Brush

My secret to a perfect, bold pout is Urban Beauty United Lippety Stick Lip Brush. It’s compact, I love the bright bristles, and it allows me to perfectly line the bow of my life. My lip color of choice? Milani’s Sweet Nectar. This orange — and my crimped hair — are my way of giving “my body is here at work with all of you, but my heart is on vacation” vibes. With Beyonce. On her yacht. With my pimple.

Milani Sweet Nectar

Milani Sweet Nectar

xo,

Latoya

The Tan-Enhancing Cocktail of Life

The Tan-Enhancing Cocktail of Life

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Dear Muchachitas,

So, I just got back from a Bahamas vacay with my Lina Bobina. It was glorious, except for I hadn’t anticipated how…intense…it would be, just me and her, all day, for four days. No summer camp break, no other kids to break up the action. It was not a relaxing trip, per se (what was I thinking, bringing a book?). I was her playmate. She demanded that I build sand castles, and doggie paddle, and color, and attempt to swim like mermaids with our legs fused together…for hours and hours. I crashed at 8:15 every night. That said, I did get a biblical tan. Truly. And it was the by-accident kind, where it’s happening just because you’re out frolicking in the sun — not because you’re intentionally lying out (there was no time for such luxury).

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But now that I’m back, I’m determined to keep the glow going. And I’ve totally found my cocktail. Marc Jacobs’ ginormous, insistently chic Omega Bronze Perfect Tan Bronzer in Tantric, and Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Blush in Papaya (it comes with a fab blush brush, too). Such a delightful duo. First, I take a big, swirly brush (like Becca’s cult-fave The One Perfecting Brush), and run the bronzer along the outer perimeter of my face and down the bridge of my nose and chin (bronzer gives such lovely definition to brown skin; you just need to find one a couple shades darker than your complexion). Then, I sweep it along my cheekbones. Finally, I swirl the blush on the apples of my cheeks only, to add punchy color to all the sunny glowiness. The effect is luminous boots. Try it!

xoxox,

T. Trilliams