Saturday, November 29, 2014

Beautiful Fall Lipstick (Pt 2)

By Kelly Leem

-This recently new lipstick collection has a bunch of colors that’s perfect for fall. One of my favorites is Divine Wine, which is this beautiful, creamy, dark red color that just UGH looks so amazing!

Pigmentation: *****
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Maybelline Divine Wine lipstick in the right 
with lipstick bullet exposed.

-The color in the tube is the color you get when you swipe this creamy lipstick on your lips. Such a gorgeous color (I can’t stress that enough)

Packaging: *****
-Like Maybelline’s usual lipstick packaging, it has a silver bottom and a long lipstick case that pops right off. This lipstick collections color is a purplish brown color. I think it looks sleek and it keeps the lipstick nice and covered.

Staying power: ****
-This is a matte lipstick, so it stays on longer. However this lipstick does have a slight creamy sheen to it despite it being matte. It actually stays on pretty long. I like using a lipliner (NYX retractable lip liner Dark Red)  underneath for an extended wear. It wears beautifully and has lasted through my messy eating and drinking. The inner part of your lips and the corners will fade, so you will need to reapply. However, with a lip liner, the problem is not THAT prominent.

Application: *****
-Oh my goodness this lipstick applies so buttery. It has a slight sweet buttery smell (like all of Maybelline’s lipsticks), but it isn’t noticeable once it’s on the lips. It doesn’t dry out my lips which is pretty good because matte lipsticks usually have my lips peeling and dry if I don’t use a lip balm underneath. For this lipstick, slam on a little lip balm, use your lip liner (optional), and swipe this lipstick on and you’re out the door!

Overall: 4.9/5

I really love this lipstick and it’s a good thing it’s not limited collection (I need to stock up soon) because I would be VERY upset if it was. It applies so nicely on the lips and wears nicely throughout a day with and without a lip liner. Highly recommended!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Simple braids- Fishtail

by Yura Shin

Fishtail braids are perfect hairstyles for any occasion. They can be worn for school, work, or even holiday parties. They look like they took so much time but it's actually extremely easy and simple. All you need is a hair tie.

-Split your hair into two even sections.
-Take a piece of hair from one side of the parted sections and bring it over to the other side.
-Do the same process to the other side.
-Repeat this routine until your fishtail is completed.

The smaller the section of hair is, the more fishlike the braid looks. Also, try to hold the braid as tightly as possible in order for the braid to last all day.

Monday, November 24, 2014

outfit of the week (ootw)

Printed leggings are perfect summer clothing choices that can also transition to fall and winter. If the leggings are neutral colors and/or fall colors, ( ex: black, grey, red, forest green) they are very appropriate to wear in the cold weather.

Items were purchased from:
Knit sweater: Papaya
Leggings: Hot Topic
Combat Boots: Target

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tarte Air Brush Bamboo Foundation Brush Review

by Yura Shin

Tarte’s Air brush Bamboo Foundation Brush is the perfect brush to achieve a flawlessly blended airbrushed look. Its made with sustainable bamboo and synthetic material. The brush itself is not big/long, but rather short and wide. This gives the user more control of the brush once they start using it. The bristles on the brush are very short and dense, making application extremely easy.
Applying foundation has never been so quick if it wasn’t for this brush. All you do is apply a pea size amount of foundation/BB cream onto the back of your hand, and dab a little products onto your fingers and onto parts of your face. After you spot your face with foundation, slowly buff out the foundation with your brush in a circular motion outwards. The bristles on the brush are very soft and make the application very easy.This gives the “flawless airbrushed” effect.
“Although this brush is extremely soft and dense, the brush absorbs a lot of product because of the size,” senior Harvind Japra said.
Other than that, this brush is great for an everyday and/or a special night out look.
The brush may is a little pricey for some people, it is $32. However, I have bought a lot of “cheap” brushes from drugstores throughout the years and those brushes have only lasted a few months. I have had this Tarte brush for over a year and it is still in great condition. The quality of this brush cannot compare to any drugstore brushes. The price may is expensive for now, but it will save you all the money you’d spend on future “cheap” brushes.
The Tarte’s Air brush Bamboo Foundation Brush can be purchased from Tartes online website, Sephora, and Macy’s.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Beautiful Fall Lipsticks (Pt 1)

by Kelly Leem

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Lime Crime Velvetine in Salem on left
The leaves are falling with beautiful colors of red, gold, orange, and brown and the weather’s getting colder. Fall is a beautiful season that consists of dark colors that complement each other. In this season, burgundy-reddish colors seem to catch people’s attention the most. I would know since so many people have asked me and complimented me on the dark red lipsticks I wear specifically for the fall.
Some fall lipsticks or er lip “colors” are the Lime Crime velvetine in Wicked, Maybelline’s creamy matte lipstick in Divine Wine, and NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Dark Red.

~This doesn’t really count as a “Lipstick” since it’s a creamy formula that smells like crayons and cupcakes that goes on like a gloss but dries to a smooth matte finish. I’ve heard so many people talking about this color on youtube and I decided to give it a try. I went to Urban Outfitters in Manhattan, where they exclusively sell Lime Crime and bought it for $20 (pretty pricey I know).

Pigmentation: *****
It definitely is a very VERY pigmented color. When you swipe it on, it goes on velvety, and sort of feels like the NYX matte lip creme. The color in the bottle is the color on your lips.

Packaging: *****
I love the little rose packaging on the cap, and the blurry looking glass (adds a luxurious feeling to it). Since roses are my favorite flower, the packaging definitely caught my attention.

Staying Power: ***
I was confident this would stay on my lips for a very long time, but ended up it faded around the corners of my mouth and in the center of my lips, making it look patchy and blech. I had to reapply and it looked fine, but it started feeling sticky and that sticky feeling would not go away. Not what I expected.

~Tip: Apply it in smaller layers. Apply your first layer, let it dry (blot off any excess) and then apply another layer. I recommend 2 layers since this is a pigmented product. Also, use a lip liner for a longer lasting wear on your lips.

It goes on so soft and the little doughfoot applicator feels ticklish and soft on my lips. Make sure you exfoliate your lips before applying this otherwise your lips will look patchy and very messy. I

Overall: 4.5/5
I really like this lip color! This is a true dark red. It didn’t really last as long as I wanted it too, but reapplying doesn’t really bother me.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cosmetic Queens

by Madeline Heinsen

Make up can vary from being used as a form of expression or an enhancement of beauty.

Celebrities are well known for their makeup styles, which can influence a new trend like the well known “Winged Eyeliner” commonly seen on Marilyn Monroe. Many young girls are influenced by well known celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner.

A bronze smokey eyeshadow with Kim Kardashian inspired lashes.
This look is perfect for an evening out because
of the dramatic bold lashes.
Kim Kardashian is known for her heavy contouring and highlighting routine done by her makeup artist, Joyce Bonelli. Youtubers like ‘MakeupByEvon’ and ‘GlamBooth’ upload tutorials on Youtube, in which they teach the public how to achieve the ‘Kim Kardashian Makeup Routine’.

Kim Kardashian is also known for other makeup styles like, ‘The Barely There- Fresh-Faced thing’. Usually Kim’s makeup is very dramatic as she always has an evening out but when Kim goes for something soft, the results are equally as striking. The key is a thin layer of a really great foundation. Kim’s pick: Makeup For ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

Another celebrity known for makeup is Kim Kardashian’s little sister, Kylie Jenner who is known for her full luscious lips.

“I look up to Kylie for makeup styles because she always looks great. The fact that she is around our age makes her more relatable, her make up styles are very influential on our generation,”  junior, Josabeth Vinas said.

Kylie Jenner’s lips have been the subject of much debate lately. No one can tell if the seventeen year old has received surgical work done for her pout or if she achieves the look with makeup.

The steps to achieve this look without a surgical procedure are pretty simple. First, create a blank canvas by using a concealer pencil to trace over the lips and lip line. After, build up the lip shape. Using a rosy-nude toned lip liner, begin outlining just outside the natural lip line. Follow the lips' natural peaks but take the line just above. Using the same lip liner, fill in the entire lip. After that, use a rosy-mauve matte lip color, to fill in the lips. Using a rosy-nude toned lip liner, begin outlining just outside the natural lip line. Follow the lips' natural peaks but take the line just above. Blot the lips and all finished.

Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are just two celebrities who are well known for their beautiful make up styles that are very influential on societies idea of beauty.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Clear up with Clarisonic

Clarisonic Review
by Harvind Japra
Are face scrubs and exfoliators just not cutting it? And even if you think they are, your results would be magnified with the Clarisonic. This device is not over a hundred dollars for no reason, many people are hesitant when buying the face brush mostly because of it’s price, but it’s well worth it.

This face brush is bound to last at least 4 years if not more, and each day it’s priceless to be able to clean out your pores of all the filth and dirt that gets collected in them.

When visiting even a local salon getting even one of these cleansing facials, it can cost about 40 dollars. Most people either can’t afford to spend $40 a day and those who can most likely don’t have the time.

The Mia 3 or any of the other face brushes by Clarisonic are definitely a good place to invest your money. The amount of time and money saved makes up for the initial cost in just the first couple of weeks. The attachable brush heads are really simple to use and the original face brush comes with the Clarisonic itself. It’s recommended that you buy a new brush head every 3-4 months for the best results.   

It’s truly a revolutionary product, although there’s not too big of a difference between the latest clarisonic and the first one, it does have different speed settings. The Mia 3 comes with 3 different settings (slow, normal, fast), and according to how the client’s skin is looking or feeling that day they would set the speed accordingly. The slow is recommended for more delicate skin that gently cleans the pores without totally stripping the face, Normal is recommended for a more harshers cleaning, and the last setting is usually to take off a facefull of makeup. One use truly takes out everything from your skin.

Depending on your skin type, there various different brushes available including acne prone skin, delicate skin, etc. The way that the clarisonic works is that it gives you 20 seconds for the forehead, 20 seconds for the nose and chin, and lastly 10 seconds for either cheek. Every time you have to move to different part of your face the brush will keep informing you to move on.

Not only is the brush easy to use, but it is also very safe. The Clarisonic vibrates as it cleans out the pores to shake out all of the dirt from underneath the skin. People may also use it to help to remove dead skin or just to deep cleanse.

When charging the clarisonic you simply attach the magnetic charger to the handle of the brush and it does the job for you. This ensures no electrocuting because there’s no opening for the water to get inside of the device. The product is available at any Sephora, Macys, or Ulta and it is also available online.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Braid within a braid
by Yura Shin

Creating a braid within a braid makes the simple common three strand braid more complex. It gives the look more detail. In order to achieve this look, you need just two hair ties.

-Split your hair into three even sections.

-Take one of the sections and create a normal braid. In order to create a braid you just bring one section of the 3 strands into the middle, than bring the sections from the opposite side into the middle, and repeat the process.

-Tie the end of the braid.

-Now take your three braids, (one of them are going to be a braid) and make another three strand braid.

-Tie it all off with a hair tie.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Outfit of the week (ootw)

Wearing a sweater with a skirt is a great way to transition a summer clothing item into the fall. Fall is very cool and breezy, with that said, a sweater will keep you warm while the weather continues to change.

Items were purchased from:
Necklace: Aldo