Beauty

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If you’re a regular PurseBlog reader, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I’m a product junkie of the highest order. (VIB Rouge, even.) You guys are kind enough to occasionally indulge me in my desire to talk about the kinds of face spackle and hair goop I’ve been using lately, and today, I’d like to do just that.

Best-Self-Tanners

Now that it’s shorts season, you might have looked at your pale winter legs and found them wanting. If you’re inclined toward tanning, let me be the first of many this season who will probably tell you to take advantage of modern technology and stay out of the sun.

Favorite-Beauty-Products

Over the past couple years, I’ve somehow managed to develop a somewhat intricate beauty and skincare routine, and that means I try a lot of products and have a lot of opinions. (The latter should not be surprising for longtime PurseBlog readers.) As I do periodically, I’ve gathered together my recent favorites in makeup and beyond and explicated exactly why I think each of them is so great.

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Spring-2016-Pastel-Nail-Polishes

Every week, The New York Times Magazine runs a column that I really love: Letter of Recommendation. In it, a writer picks a topic and expounds on its virtues. My topic, were I ever asked to write a recommendation, would be in favor of pastel manicures.

Spring-2016-New-Beauty-Products

A change in seasons doesn’t just bring new handbags into stores; spring has also arrived with a fresh set of makeup, skincare and haircare products to evaluate, and because your skin’s needs change as the temperature does, now’s the time to decide where your beauty budget is going to go.

Spring-2016-Pink-Lipsticks

I’m not someone who wears a lot of color, but I do like to experiment with lipstick every now and then. The right color can brighten up your whole face, make your eyes stand out and highlight all your best features–not bad for a little color in a tube.

Best-Sheet-Masks

If you live in Asia or follow Korean skincare, this will be old news to you, so bear with us: sheet masks are great. Even if your beauty routine is decidedly western, you’ve probably come across a silly Facebook photo of a friend wearing one or a brightly colored display of all the new sheet masks suddenly available at Sephora.

Skin-Inc-Pure-Deepsea-Hydrating-Mask

If you pay attention to the beauty industry at all, you’ve probably seen the words “hyaluronic acid” more in the past year than you’ve ever seen them before in your life. That’s for good reason; advancements in cosmetic science have made the naturally occurring skincare ingredient smaller at the molecular level and more easily absorbed by the skin, and that means good things for your moisture levels.

Gucci-Cat-Lock-Bag-and-Burberry-Nail-Polish-in-Antique-Gold

I go through phases with my nails; I won’t get a manicure for years on end, and then suddenly, one day, something clicks over in my brain and I’m back to a high-maintenance nail routine. I got my first set of nail extensions in over a decade last month, and as you might expect, I’ve been thinking about nail colors and textures a lot since then.

Best-Moisturizing-Cleansers

When thinking about dry winter skin, I used to primarily concern myself with serum and moisturizer. It just never occurred to me that what I used to clean it would make a difference–the difference-makers came later in the routine, right?

The-Original-Beauty-Blender

In the beauty world, product is only half the story. The tools you use are equally important, but because people tend to buy one tool for a specific purpose and use it for a long time, there’s not as much turnover in or attention to the beauty tool market.

Best-Liquid-Lipsticks

Lipstick is a great look when freshly applied and immediately photographed, but the reality of being a real, non-famous, normal human and wearing lipstick out into the wild can be a bit tricky if you plan to eat, drink or move your lips at all.

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