By Candice Chan, Birchbox
Unexpected Smokey Eye
The smoky eye is our go-to look, but the tried-and-true grey and black combo can get old. Jouer national makeup artist Neil Scibelli gave us his tips for updating the familiar style using bold, unexpected colors so we could rock one of spring's hottest new trends.
TAUPE FOR DAY
"Lots of women don't think they can pull of a day smoky, but it's a lot easier to wear than most things," says Scibelli. Start with a cream-colored base to neutralize any redness and clean up the lower eyelid. (We like Jouer's Chiffon.) Add some definition by brushing a brown, earthy shade into the crease, and finish the look with a dark brown liner like stila's Lionfish on both the top and bottom lid, lightly smudging the color along your lower lash line.
NAVY FOR NIGHT
"A silvery white cream color on the inner lid is going to really pop as a highlight on a smoky eye," says Scibelli. Using a shimmery shade like stila's Dune, sweep it from the inner corner of the eye along the lash
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Take advantage of the statement nail trend by painting a single digit with a neon shade like Color Club's pop-tastic Jackie Oh! polish. This 60's-inspired pink is a real conversation starter and goes on solid with just one coat. Keep the rest of your nails low-key with RGB's Nail Polish in Beach, a muted caramel that will offset your lone bright nail.
When it comes to your makeup, stay away from matte colors. "Neons with sheer finishes are the most wearable and make a statement without overdoing it," Salgado says. Get a shimmery
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PREP: ONE LOVE ORGANICS EASY DOES IT FOAMING CLEANSER
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Zoya fleck effects
The finish of my new favorite polishes, Zoya Mylar Fleck Glazes, is jelly, which got me to thinking--what exactly is jelly nail polish?
Jellies are like glazes and are basically pigment added to a clear base. To make a jelly polish, about 25% opaque creme polish is mixed with 75% clear polish. Most jellies are still translucent after several coats and I think the best analogy would be to say that jellies are like lip gloss for nails while cremes are like lipstick.
You may also notice that a lot of glitters have jelly bases, which makes them great for layering and perfect for adding that extra oomph to an opaque color. Aside from Zoya's Fleck Effect collection, some of my other favorite jelly-based glitters are Deborah Lippmann Today Was A Fairytale, Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air, and Nubar Sour Candy.
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Body Issues Solved
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These pesky marks usually accompany pregnancy, growth spurts, or
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There's no use crying over bad hair days--do something about them! We've tracked down the best miracle-working products and tapped L'Oréal Professionnel hairstylist Joseph DiMaggio to share his insider tips. Go forth, armed with new knowledge, and enjoy gorgeous hair!
HAIR DOWNER#1: NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR A PROPER BLOWOUT
DiMaggio's Tip: To cut down on drying time, DiMaggio says to hold off on using a brush. "Apply product and then 'power dry' about 80 percent with just your hands and a quality dryer, then throw a brush in there."
Our Picks: Oscar Blandi's Pronto Invisible Pronto Wet Instant Shampoo and Conditioner, which speeds up drying time.
HAIR DOWNER #2: STATIC-Y HAIR
DiMaggio's Tip: "A couple pumps from our Mythic Oil will tame any frizz problem in seconds. Just apply 2-3 pumps to your hand and distribute throughout the hair. A little goes a long way and unlike other serums and oils it's not heavy at all."
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Cate Blanchett's Favorite Skin Remed
I just found out that Cate Blanchett uses emu oil as a treatment for scars, burns, and even to smooth her elbows. While I had heard of it before, I had never done any research. But if Cate Blanchett, with her gorgeous complexion, says that it can save my skin, well, then I definitely had to do some digging. Here's what I found out:
Emu oil, derived from the fat of the small, ostrich-like Emu (they are found in Australia) is often used in indigenous Australian culture as a remedy for everything from burns and scars to coughs and fevers. Really, it sounds like a bit of a cure-all. The liquid is high in fatty acids, containing omega-9's, omega-6's and omega-3's, and several scientific studies have found that the oil also has anti-inflammatory properties when used topically.
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Fake a Beach Tan
Just because I'm deathly afraid of the sun doesn't mean that I don't enjoy a healthy glow. Since I don't tan for real, I rely on sunless tanner all summer long to keep me looking bronzed (and from frightening anyone with my pallor while in a two-piece). But honestly, in the winter, I just can't be bothered to slather on tanner from head to toe--mainly because it's a lot of effort when the only skin I bear from November to March is my face and hands.
That's why during the colder months I swap out my blush for a bronzer, to get that sun-kissed glow. Instead of just highlighting my cheek bones like I do with my blush, I make my bronzer go the distance by drawing a large 3-shape on either side of my face.
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Hunger Games Polishes
You may have noticed this before, but we're Hunger Games obsessed here in the Birchbox office and we've been sitting on pins and needles waiting for the movie's release on March 23rd. (Lest you doubt our commitment, we've already bought our boatload of tickets for a team viewing on premiere night!)
In the meantime, we're satisfying our Hunger Games addiction with the new Capitol Colors collection from China Glaze. We snagged a few of the shades from the line that's set to debut this month, and we cannot speak highly enough (or obsessively enough) about these lacquers. I'm personally in love with Riveting, a micro-glitter orange that's given my nails a fiery glow.
Hunger Games Polishes
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