Dec
14
2012
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Gift Guide: The Beauty of Giving
Written by: WhyDid | Beauty Buzz,Gift Guide

pile of makeupCall me crazy (wouldn’t be the first time), but I don’t think I know one girl on this planet who wouldn’t be totally psyched to receive a little bit of beauty for the holidays.  And wouldn’t you know… the cosmetics industry seems to have caught on since they come up with the raddest palettes right around this time of year.  I wouldn’t venture to call it a coincidence.  And one might think that makeup is a bit of a personal gift, it’s really hard to go wrong with palettes featuring assorted shades that are sure to be flattering on everyone from Snow White to Pocahontas.  So, if you’re looking for a gift sure to be a hit, might I suggest makeup?

holiday gift guide beauty

1. NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eyes, $85, 2. Philosophy Ginger Hot Salt Scrub, $25, 3. Urban Decay Naked Basics, $27, 4. Benefit She’s So… Jetset!, $36, 5. Laura Mercier Le Petit Patisserie Travel Quartet, $50, 6. MAC Perfectly Plush Advanced Brush Kit, $49.50,  7. Tarte The Jewelry Box Limited Edition Palette, $45, 8. Lipstick Queen Liptropolis Set, $48, 9. Nails Inc. Bling It On Rocks Kit, $25

Pucker up.

xx,

WhyDid

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Feb
07
2012
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Gift Guide: A PG-13 Rated Valentine’s Day
Written by: WhyDid | Gift Guide

mr and mrs smith

Alright, so the man has warranted more than just a drink at the Standard before you move on and meet up with your friends (in hopes of meeting someone better).  Lucky dog!  Your relationship is probably past a peck on the lips, but perhaps nothing too intimate has occurred…yet.  So, he should be aware that you are worthy of far more than the run of the mill red and mundane roses or -gasp- carnations.  There is a very fine line between tasteful and trite.  Let’s help him out in the gift giving department… I mean, he was doing so well…

valentines gifts

1. Stella McCartney Sam Partying Stretch Silk Satin Playsuit, $195, 2.Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lipgloss in Colin, $19, 3. Voluspa Boxed Votive in Crisp Champagne, $7, 4.  3.1 Philip Lim Chiffon Knicker Pants, $843.1 Philip Lim Chiffon Bralette, $84, 5. Kate Spade New York Idiom Meet Your Match Bangle, $58, 6. Ettika Rose Gold Bangle, $36, 7.Benefit Bathina Take a Picture It Will Last Longer Body Balm, $28, 8. Jenny Packham Two Tone Silk-Satin Kimono, $1,145 

xx,

WhyDid

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Jan
26
2012
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Beauty Buzz: Yes… They’re Real
Written by: WhyDid | Beauty Buzz

Now I remember why I don’t turn on the TV before I’ve done all my writing, editing, and all around important things.  Lifetime Movies.  How is one supposed to get anything done when 15 and Pregnant (starring a youthful Kirsten Dunst) is on?  It’s like a black hole.  You just get sucked in and then there’s no stopping it.  One twisted movie after the next.  Before you know it, it’s 5pm and you’re still in your jammies and they’re may be an entire bag of tortilla chips missing.  Well, as you know (or maybe you don’t… in which case you’re missing out), a good Lifetime Movie will get even the staunchest soul working those tear ducts.  So, you’re going to need some expensive mascara to cry off.  That’s where my latest beauty find comes in.

Remember when I tried out Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Flared Mascara?  Yeah, not so good.  Well, I may have stumbled upon the Holy Grail of mascaras… maybe.  I had heard a few people going on and on about  Benefit They’re Real Mascara.  Now, we all know how deep my love runs for Benefit Benetint… if I can expand on this love fest, game on.  Below, check out my trial of  Benefit They’re Real Mascara.

Now, when I tested out Benefit They’re Real Mascara the first time, I wasn’t sold.  The texture isn’t so good the first couple of applications.  I also didn’t realize it was making such a big difference until I tried it up against a fan favorite, Christian Dior Diorshow Extase (I’m wearing Benefit They’re Real on the left and Diorshow on the right).  Whoa!  This mascara is no joke.  You may not be able to tell in these photos, but the difference is substantial.

Final verdict?  Basically, this mascara is telling false eyelashes to suck it.  You will not need them once you get the hang of this high impact, super sexy mascara.

Oh… but we’re not done here.  Today’s a twofer.  Because this mascara is so dramtic, you’re going to need a good makeup remover to get it off.  Nope, not even a Lifetime Movie marathon or your average cleanser is going to get rid of this stuff.  Behold NARS Makeup Cleansing Oil.  This magic potion will not only banish your mascara, it will get rid of any and all traces of makeup.  I have very sensitive eyeballs, and this doesn’t hurt or irritate my peepers a bit.  It also won’t leave you shiny or greasy.  Might I add the crowning glory?  Looks great on your vanity.  I call that a win, win, win… and who doesn’t like to win?  Not me.

Now back to She Woke Up Pregnant.

xx,

WhyDid

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Dec
01
2011
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Gift Guide: Beauty Buff
Written by: WhyDid | Gift Guide

I don’t know a girl who doesn’t love receiving something not only beautiful, but also beautifying.  While we’ve outgrown the ol’ Bath & Body Works gift sets, it’s still wonderful to give (and receive!) the gift of beauty.  I could have listed a hundred products that would make more than stellar gifts, but I have whittled it down to ten as to not overwhelm you.  Maybe these gifts didn’t tickle your fancy, but they did get you thinking about buying someone special something from the beauty department.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind while shopping:

  1. Don’t give something offensive like a waxing kit (even if she does have a hairy upper lip).
  2. Perfume is way too personal (unless recipient has told you EXACTLY which fragrance she’s wishing for).
  3.  When in doubt, go for something with lots of options, like a kit where she can mix and match to make the perfect shade.

1. Bliss Glow Ho Ho Gift Set, $75, 2. Fresh Sake Ritual Bath Set, $95, 3. Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Trio, $60, 4. Philosophy Holiday Bundle Ornament Set, $15, 5. NARS Kudoki Kabuki Lip Set, $125, 6.  Urban Decay 24/7 Travel Size Pencil Set, $32, 7. Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit with Portable Light, $59.99, 8. NARS Kuroko Kabuki Mini Nail Polish Coffret, $359. Benefit I’m Glam Therefore I Am Gift Set, $36, 10. Estee Lauder Good Fortune Compact, $125

xx,

WhyDid

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Jun
09
2011
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Beauty Buzz: Why Is My Face Melting Off?
Written by: WhyDid | Beauty Buzz


Now that the weather is finally starting to cooperate, we have a whole new set of beauty issues to deal with.  My pals in New York told me the thermometer reached a sweat inducing 100 degrees this week.  Ah… I remember those days.  The days of getting ready in the morning only to have your face melt off before you’ve even reached the subway station.  By the time you get to work (or wherever your final destination may be) you look as if you’ve just completed a marathon- only no one’s going to hand you a medal.  Maybe a towel- but definitely not a medal.

Well, here’s a little assistance from a woman who’s been in your sweaty shoes.  I learned quickly not to bother with heavy amounts of makeup and to not even attempt to fight the east coast humidity.  Instead, I picked a few makeup bag essentials that will hold up to even the most sweltering heat.

1. Rebecca Minkoff Made Up Studded Cosmetic Case, $53.99, 2. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage, $25, 3. Trish McEvoy Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15, $35, 4. Benefit Cosmetics Girl Meets Pearl Luminizer, $30, 5. Diorshow Waterproof Mascara, $24.50, 6. Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics, $2.99,  7. Sephora Matte Blotting Papers, $8

By keeping your face gunk free and focusing mainly on your pout, you can win the battle against summer weather.  A light powder (especially with SPF!) is a great way to get coverage while fighting shine.  Now- I’m going to go ahead and contradict myself here: You’re going to be shiny.  So, you may as well work with your given situation by corralling the shine to where you want it. Your cheekbones.  Swiping a matte pink (the color of the season) across your lips and topping it all off with a coat of waterproof mascara will having you looking hot (figuratively, not literally).  Don’t forget to keep blotting papers and some metal free rubber bands handy!

Hot has a whole new meaning.

xx,

WhyDid

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