Beauty

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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.

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.

SK-II-Essential-Power-Rich-Cream

Now that it actually feels like winter in most of the US, it’s time to think about how in the world you’re going to retain any moisture in your body until April. Luckily (for you), this is a problem I have literally all the time, so I’ve done copious personal research and found some great things that work.

Inglot-AMC-Pure-Pigment-Eye-Shadow

In my mind, New Year’s Eve is the most exciting makeup holiday of the year. It’s a day when sparkle and shine is encouraged in all aesthetic realms, and that means it’s time to pull out all the stops and try one of the intense makeup looks in those YouTube tutorials you always watch.

Gold-Beauty-Products

There are lot of nice things about the holidays (friends and family, gifts, dessert–you know, the usual), but among my favorite is the tacit permission to bring your shiniest self to any and all holiday gatherings straight through into the new year.

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