Ladies, we need to talk about the second-worst beauty sin of all time: the dreaded line of demarcation.
This is the line where your actual skin color meets your mismatched foundation color, usually on your jawline. It occurs because you didn’t blend your ish right and you’re wearing the wrong shade.
According to a study done by the kind of people that have time and money to conduct studies, the #1 challenge associated with foundation itself is finding the right shade, followed closely by incorrectly applying foundation and neglecting to update your shade when your coloring changes. In fact, skin coloring can change by up to four shades at different times of the year. This is especially prevalent in my native LA, where the constantly sunny weather can easily change the shade of your skin in as little time as it takes you to get down Sunset during rush hour.
Thick hair: I need it thick, I like it thick, and I want it thick, and these products GIVE IT TO ME, all the time and everywhere.
For the record: THESE ARE NOT DRY SHAMPOOS. These are hair texturizers, and while SOME dry shampoos act more like texturizers than cleansers, that is not the point of these products. These babies are to your hair what salted rims are to a margarita: VERY NECESSARY. These give you that coveted “second day” hair – or in my case, the coveted “sex hair” look. AWW YEAH.
“If you were sad, what would you buy at Sephora?”
My knee-jerk answer to this is obvious: hello, EVERYTHING, duh! It’s no secret that shopping can be therapeutic, and what’s more therapeutic than buying beauty products that promise to make you look like you HAVEN’T been crying for days?
I’m having the worst effing summer.
The kind of summer that has been knocked me out, dragged me down, and taken everything with it – including my shoes.
When my friend Lola asked me the above question, it inspired me to start blogging again. Thank her for that.
Put a twinkle in your eye with rhinestones, not tears. Faux Lash Tiny Stars Lashes, $12
The other day I was hangin’ out at a friend’s house when she asked me to do her makeup. I didn’t really want to (I was being lazy) so I protested for a bit, lamenting that I didn’t have my makeup brushes with me. Obvs, I can’t do makeup without my trusted makeup brushes. Naturally, and I should have seen this coming, she offered up her set of brushes for me to use.
Well, this is where things get nasty. Like, real nasty.
I opened up her brush roll to see a full collection of MAC makeup brushes that I’d guess originally had white bristles. I couldn’t tell since they were all caked in various shades of shadow. I picked one up and lightly tapped it; the amount of product stuck in it made me throw up in my mouth a little. I said, “Girl, when is the last time you washed these? They’re NASTY.”
She was a bit taken aback and defended herself; “I wash them all the time!”
“Do you wash them WITH makeup? Because as far as I can tell, these haven’t been washed in months.”
I have over 100 makeup brushes; if I can manage to keep that many clean, you have no excuse!
What do you get when you pair wild oats and bourbon together?
If you answered, “Well, Bren, you obvs get a wild night with a super hot, totally scruffed out babe like Crush of the Month alum Jon Hennessey or super hottie Adam Levine,” then you’re not entirely wrong. But I actually have this amazing candle by Nest Fragrances in mind…
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been receiving hundreds of pitches asking me if I’m going to Coachella, or if I’m writing a post about Coachella beauty, or if I could do a product round-up for Coachella.
First of all, let’s be real: I’m far too pretty for Coachella. I don’t do well and I don’t look good when you put me in the middle of a desert surrounded by sweaty people on drugs. In fact, that’s pretty much my nightmare.
But you, you’re probably going, right?
A letter of caution to all my future boyfriends (I’m looking at you, Adam Levine), or to any dude who wants to date a beauty blogger, makeup artist, or product junkie. This is your cheat sheet. Learn it. Know it. Live it.
Those aren’t my hands, but that is my actual lip print.
I have a confession to make: the main goal of my entire adult life has been to manifest my inner JEM. This obviously involves tons of cosmic dance parties, wearing bright shades of pink, and adding sparkle to everything. There’s no such thing as too much sparkle in my life.
Clearly, Urban Decay understands where I’m coming from. To help me get my synergy on, the brand is releasing a new line of glitter-infused eyeshadows collectively known as MOONDUST. There are seven gloriously sparkling shades, all perfect for wearing while dancing around in your panties to Bowie in your bedroom at midnight.
I am all about SPARKLING HARD, all the time. If it sparkles, I want it, and I want it harder than anyone else. My quest for all things sparkly and glittery is a little ridiculous, I’ll admit, but the new PixieDust polish from Zoya is NO JOKE y’all. Girls (and some dudes probably) be going HAM for this, and it’s easy to see why.
L to R: Dahlia, Chyna, Godiva, Vespa, Nyx, London
Mi Vida Loca Belleza, roughly translated into ” My Crazy Beauty Life” or “Crazy Life of Beauty,” is a column that addresses beauty concerns specific (but not isolated) to Latina Beauty.