The (Confetti) Eyes Have It: A Look at the Glitter Shadow Trend

When it comes to makeup, I’m a less-is-more kind of girl. And while I’m certainly up for a little extra lip color and highlighter for the right occasion (hello, company holiday party), the thought of shellacking my eyelids with glitter is enough to send me hiding behind my shower curtain.

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But just when I thought sparkly lids had secured their place in the annals of 80s history, they’re making a comeback. And the new iteration is tasteful enough that I might just try it. According to the beauty buffs at New York Magazine (who got a little help from a pro), the trick to rocking glittery lids without looking silly is to stick with neutral tones like pink and beige – or other shades that complement your eye color – and blend a metal-foil-finish shadow with a regular shadow to keep from going overboard on sparkle. Seems simple enough, right? Here goes nothing.

Learn how to get flawless glitter lids at NYmag.com.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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December 5, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

We’re not ashamed to admit it. Sometimes we’re a little high-maintenance when it comes to getting ready.

1. A hairstyle for every day of the year (and more).

2. Pain is beauty. These perfectly groomed eyebrows are proof.

3. So we may not have the patience to try all 450+ of these makeup tricks. But they look awesome.

4. If we got manicures like this every week, our wallets would be very angry.

5. The last touch before we walk out the door? A spritz of perfume.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.

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August 6, 2013

We Couldn’t Have Said It Better…

New York Magazine: The Cut, on the perils of everyday life:
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July 5, 2013

We Couldn’t Have Said It Better…

We Couldn't Have Said It BetterBy Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 8, 2013

Pretty Talk: Must-Have Makeup Brushes

Our makeup artist shares the top brushes to keep in your arsenal

Trying to figure out which makeup brushes to use? From contouring to defining, our makeup artist, Rachel, weighs in on the must-haves to add to your beauty arsenal ASAP – because having the correct brushes for application can make all the difference.

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1. Concealer brush
Used for precise application and blending of all concealers around the eye, or to cover blemishes and red marks.

2. All-over eye color brush
A loose-bristle brush meant for applying eye shadow all over the lid.

3. Crease brush
Meant for defining eyes and creating depth in the creases.

4. Flat liner brush
The best way to get a perfectly straight line with gel or powder liner.

5. Foundation brush
Used to apply foundation evenly – without the added oils from using your hands.

6. All-over powder brush or Kabuki brush
Perfect for applying a powder foundation and bronzer.

7. Angled blush brush
The ideal size and shape for applying blush to your cheeks.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 5, 2013

The Makeup Shelf-Life Breakdown

When to throw away past-their-prime beauty products

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I form deep and lasting attachments to my favorite makeup products (this probably has something to do with how much I spend on them). Yes, I am the type of lady who will hold on to a Chanel eye-shadow palette long after we should have parted ways because it cost upwards of $50. But, like a bad boyfriend, we need to toss the “just isn’t cutting it anymore” products from our makeup bags when they have nothing left to offer – besides bacteria. Ew.

Unsure of when to toss your mascara or that remaining nub of eyeliner? Here’s the shelf-life breakdown of your everyday basics.

Mascara: Every time you swipe your lashes, your wand collects itty bitty particles of bacteria that end up going right back into the mascara tube. Knowing this is enough to make me want to buy new mascara after each application, but experts recommend switching every two to three months.

Foundations: With the exception of powder mineral foundations (I live and die by Bare Minerals), most of which can last up to two years, all foundations are water-based, meaning they attract bacteria easily. It’s best to replace your foundation after six to twelve months.

Concealer: Powder and stick forms of concealer can last up to two years (take that, blemishes!), while liquid concealers should be discarded after one year.

Blush: The same rules for foundation apply to blush as well. If it’s powder-based, you’re good until you hit the two-year mark. Cream blushes, however, should be thrown away after a year.

Eye shadow and eyeliner: Follow the same rule of thumb as mascara: if a product is going anywhere near your eyes, replace after three months.

Lipstick and lip gloss: Both contain oil-based ingredients, which make these low-risk products in terms of spoiling. Aim to replace glosses and lipsticks after one year, unless you’ve been sick – then toss and start fresh.

The upside of cleaning out your makeup drawer? Shopping for new products, of course. (Sorry, bank account.)

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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January 17, 2013

Makeup Brushes Need Love, Too

The Cleaning Schedule You Should Stick To

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It’s resolution season – we’re back at the gym, attempting to eat healthier, and swearing off bad habits we want to (permanently) ditch in 2013. During this time of You 2.0, there’s no shortage of ways to better yourself – so let’s not allow the small things to fall by the wayside.

Take your makeup brushes, for example. Cleaning those babies is something we should be doing on a fairly regular basis. How often, you ask? Here’s the breakdown:

Ideally, clean brushes between each use. This will help remove color from previous applications. Simply twirl your brushes over a damp facecloth and leave on a clean paper towel to dry.

Keep a schedule. To remove product buildup, excess oil, and bacteria, invest in a reliable brush cleaner (I love Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner) and go to town once every two weeks. Apply a liberal amount of cleaner to the head of the brush and use a thick tissue to wipe bristles from base to tips.

When the seasons change. Commit to a deep cleaning four times a year. Use warm water and a drop of your daily face wash or baby shampoo. Work up a lather and rub the bristles between your fingers. Reshape the brush by squeezing water from the base to the tips, then let air-dry.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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January 10, 2013

It’s a Blogger’s World (We Just Live In It)

In honor of the holiday season (and all the parties you need to get gussied-up for), here are the beauty blogs we’re loving right now.

1. Chalkboard Nails
There are enough manis here to go way beyond the 12 days of Christmas.

2.  Hair Romance
You can now achieve anything you’ve ever wished for your hair.

3. No More Dirty Looks
All-natural, organic, and DIY beauty in one blog? Perfection.

4. The Formula
How can you not love a blog that profiles beauty pros and editors in a section titled “You Are a Babe”?

Who are we missing? Tell us on Twitter at @ruelala #bloggerswelove. 

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December 13, 2012

The Fitting Room: Look Gorgeous for Every RSVP

The holiday season is a bit of a conundrum to me – a time when glee and glutton go hand in hand, but you’re expected to look ravishing in gloriously fun sequined dresses the day after you’ve feasted on three (totally worth it) servings of the best turkey you’ve ever eaten in your life.

If only we had a magic button that made enjoying all of the season’s treats (and looking gorge in that Christmas party dress) as easy as pie, huh? Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find said button. Instead, read on for ways to “fake” your most ravishing self for the season’s many RSVPs. Don’t forget – half of it is in the confidence.

Get a blowout. Yes, you can do your own hair, but a professional blowout will last through an entire night’s worth of pictures. So worth it. Pop into a blow-dry-only spot like Blo Blow Dry Bar (in seven states and Canada) and drybar (in six states) before your event, and emerge happy.

Freshen up your makeup. Get your makeup done – for free – at a store like Sephora or Bloomies. It’s suggested that you purchase a product after, but not required. Don’t want to schlep to the store? Try a bold cat eye and red lip.

Go bronze. It’s no secret that a tan makes you look instantly slim. Skip the bed and try airbrush, or pick up one of my favorite products: LORAC’s Body Bronzing Luminizer. It goes on like a lotion, washes off in the shower, and gives that covetable, just-back-from-St.-Tropez bronze we all crave.

Choose red. Black? So slimming. And so safe. Red screams confidence, and you’ll be amazed by how good you feel when you slip it on.

Try draping. Expertly draped dresses are an easy way to hide problem spots, and look Grecian-goddess pretty while you’re at it.

Wear SPANX®. Did I even have to mention this? Their Tight-End Tights® make you look a size smaller, I swear.

Pick the right heels. Wearing black tights? Try black heels. Bare legs? Choose nude pumps. Your gams will look plenty lean – and miles long.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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November 5, 2012

Flawless Findings: Contouring Makeup Tricks

A smooth, radiant, and perfectly contoured (hello, model-worthy cheekbones) face? We’re after it. But getting that natural glow without looking overdone is easier said than done… until now. This incredibly helpful tutorial from Into The Gloss demonstrates how to create a dewy and fresh-faced look inspired by Renaissance portraits.

Looking for more help achieving this look? The girls in the beauty department at Glamour put together a tutorial on how to achieve Kim Kardashain’s sculpted face.

What is your secret for glowing skin? Leave us your tips in the comments below or tweet us @ruelala.

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August 6, 2012