Every once in a while it is crucial to dig through all your makeup and toss what’s old/empty/expired. Using expired makeup can lead to many issues including breakouts and irritation. It’s time to spring clean your makeup bag… and, hey, use this as an excuse to go on a little beauty shopping spree!

Mascara – A rule of thumb… if you don’t know how old your mascara is, it’s probably time to toss it! Mascara has a short shelf life of three months. Past that point, it begins collecting bacteria that can both irritate and infect your sensitive eyes.

Lotion – Be it for your face or body, lotion is useless after two years. If the color or smell has changed, that’s also a sign that it’s time to get a new one.

Nail polish – You probably have dozens of polishes sitting in your bathroom – from Chanel to Essie to OPI. Go through your entire collection… if you find polishes that look clumpy or don’t blend well when shaken, you should ditch them.

Powders and shadows – These products should last a good two years. Since eye shadow has such a long shelf life, it’s worth investing in a high quality, expensive one that will truly have brilliant color and pigment.

Foundation – Pick up a new foundation once a year. Many people use one shade during the winter and one during the summer, though. If that’s the case for you, just toss it at the end of the season.

Lipstick – If you’re anything like me, you have lipsticks in your bag from years ago, but lipsticks and lip liners should actually be replaced after one year.

Perfume – Any perfume collector knows that it can last a long time… up to ten years! Just keep it in a cool, dark place and as long as the color or odor doesn’t noticeably change, your perfume is safe to spray!

Makeup bag – Once you sort through all of your products, give your makeup bag a good wash… or better yet, treat yourself to a new one! MAC has a ton of cute cases. This bag holds so much precious cargo – it’s important to treat it with care!


clean makeup brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? Last week? A few months ago? Never? You might not realize it, but it is imperative to regularly clean your brushes. It prolongs the life of your brushes, and is crucial in keeping your skin clean and healthy.

It only takes a few minutes… incorporate it into your beauty routine. Wash them right before you go to sleep, and they will be dry and ready to use the next morning! Here are the simple steps:

1. Grab all of your brushes and head over to your sink. Blush, bronzer, eye shadow, you name it.

2. Put a bit of shampoo (baby shampoo is preferable) into the palm of your hand.

3. Gently rub each brush into the shampoo.

4. Run each brush under warm water, gently rinsing the shampoo out with your fingers. Make sure to rinse thoroughly to get rid of all soap residue and bacteria.

5. Get rid of the excess water, and rest the brushes on a fresh towel.

6. To get rid of any excess water, wipe each brush on the towel. Leave the brushes out to dry on the towel overnight… voila! Brushes that feel and look like new!

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1. Sunscreen – You’re heading into the sweltering heat after months of gloomy winter days. For that reason, you could increase your risk of getting a sunburn and it’s even more crucial than usual to apply sunscreen. With its lightweight, matte coverage, Murad’s Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 is perfect for a shine-free finish. It’s also fantastic for sensitive skin. – $32

2. Hair Protectant – A long day at the beach can take a toll on your hair. Fekkai Summer Hair After Sun Daily Mask acts as a deep conditioner that detangles and revitalizes heat-affected hair. The mask protects hair from harmful UV rays and prevents color from fading. It keeps hair fresh and lively on even the most humid days. – $25

3. Lip Treatment – Nothing feels worse than parched, dry, chapped lips. Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 by Fresh is quickly becoming a popular favorite. With eight lightly tinted, fruity shades, these balms protect your lips in the sun while hydrating and nourishing. Make sure to use the balm at night before applying lipstick or gloss for a plumping, healthy effect. – $22.50

4. Moisturizing Cream – What’s the point of lying in the sun for hours to get a deep tan if it fades and peels as quickly as it appeared? To make sure that doesn’t happen, apply an after sun moisturizer, like the one from Hampton Sun, at the end of the day. The hydrating formula is specifically designed to prolong your glow. Aloe is a crucial component to any moisturizer for cooling and calming down skin. – $32

5. Post-Hangover – Even when you’re feeling your worst, you should still try to look your best. Curing a hangover starts from the inside out… you must drink plenty of water and take an aspirin or two. Sometimes, though, that’s just not enough. Before heading on your vacation, invest in a long-lasting concealer that provides full coverage. Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener is lightweight, compact and covers dreaded under-eye circles. – $30

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A week at the beach will make you look good no matter what. You can’t go wrong with  a mix of sun, ocean and good times. If you want to go the extra step and add a little pampering to your getaway, here is a guide to our favorite beauty spots in one of the top spring break destinations. Bienvenido a Miami!

Lace Nail Lab – With a full menu of treatments, including manicures, facials and blowouts, this spa has it all. The pink salon looks like a life size jewelry box, it is definitely worth checking out solely to see the adorable aesthetic. – 1935 West Avenue – 305-604-0111

Sobe Tan by Fabiola – While some like to build their tan gradually, others will refuse to spend even one day pasty in the sun. If you need a base tan, head to Sobe Tan by Fabiola, just off Lincoln Road. You may even cross paths with some Miami celebrities and socialites while getting a spray tan. – 1680 Michigan Avenue #901 – 305-532-0221

Todd Jameson Nue Studio – For the New Yorkers getting a little homesick, this salon has a very Brooklyn vibe. With a selection of vintage clothing and jewelry for sale, this laidback hair salon has seriously talented stylists. – 3470 East Coast Avenue – 305-322-8611

Cream Beauty – The beauty destination of South Beach, Cream carries a selection of cult collections such as Mario Badescu, Bond No. 9 and Seda France Candles. – 5820 Sunset Drive – 305-669-9220

Nail Bar – Girls in Miami are obsessed with nail art. For that reason, many nail salons in South Beach offer the most creative manicures. If you’re feeling funky, check out Nail Bar, where you can get “The Louboutin” inspired by the signature heels. Your long nails will be painted black, while the inside of your nails are painted ruby red to match the soles. – 3301 NE 1st Avenue – 305-514-0305

Now that Girls Gone Wild has gone bankrupt, find some new ways to have fun on Spring Break. Here are the 10 Dos and Don’ts for your tropical vacation.

DO drink lots of water. Make sure it’s bottled, and not local, though… Everyone remembers that scene from the first Sex and the City movie, right?! Poor Charlotte…

DON’T forget about sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the better. Everyone knows the long-term benefits of sun protection, but also keep in mind, in the short term, you don’t want to end up stuck in your hotel room for half the trip with third degree burns.

DO try something adventurous and new. From parasailing to jet skiing to swimming with dolphins, a vacation is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone.

DON’T lose anything important! Always keep an eye on your wallet, ID, phone and camera. Not only do you need your ID for getting back home, but you won’t be able to get into any clubs without it (that got your attention, didn’t it?).

DO go bold with your makeup. Be it bright pink lips or thick cat eyes, makeup will look even better than usual with your glowing tan…great time to experiment with your beauty looks!

DON’T drink to the point of blacking out. Yes, spring break is the time to let loose and party, but hangovers are not.

DO moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Even the darkest of tans won’t look good if it’s dry and flaky. Make sure to moisturize the second you get out of the sun every evening. It will ensure a longer lasting, more radiant glow.

DON’T go anywhere alone. Leaving your friends for a random hook-up might seem like fun at 3 AM, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

DO rock a stylish and easy ponytail. In the sweltering heat, everyone wants to look as cool and comfortable as possible. Keep your hair up and out of your face for a majorly relaxed and cute vibe. It’s also prime time to wear a glam floppy hat or headband.

DON’T forget to have fun! You deserve a break, so use this week to have have the best time with friends and make long-lasting memories.

Photo: Snooki during pre-baby party days


The Girls x Deborah Lippmann collaboration got us thinking about what other popular TV shows have used beauty lines as marketing tools. Turns out, a lot. From Glee to Modern Family, some of television’s most beloved shows have launched lipsticks and nail polishes for their fans.

Mad Men – If any show should inspire a makeup collection, Mad Men is it. Sexy, retro and glam, the ‘60s-set show has the best hair and makeup on TV, no question. Estee Lauder launched its first Mad Men collection last March, which consisted of a red lipstick called “Cherry” and “Evening Rose,” a pink cream blush. The line was so successful that the brand just launched its second Mad Men-inspired collection. Consisting of a light pink blush in a beautiful gold Pucci-esque compact, a creamy lipstick entitled “Pinkadelic” and a demure baby pink nail polish, this new collection is definitely more Betty than Joan.

Modern Family – Confused? So are we. Nicole by OPI launched a nail polish collection inspired by the comedy in January. The line is comprised of 14 polishes named after each character. Sofia Vergara is an understandable beauty inspiration, but Ed O’Neill?! Don’t think that shade will be quite as popular…

Glee – This bright and fun Sephora by OPI nail polish collection perfectly embodies the spirit of Glee. Cute and clever names, like Gleek Out and Slushied, are inspired by components of the show. The colors include lime green, bright blue and hot pink… very high school, very Glee.

True Blood – Here’s a show that could definitely translate to a cosmetics line. The vampire-themed series inspired Tarte Cosmetics to launch a limited edition makeup collection. The 3-piece set included a lip tint, cheek stain and a palette consisting of seventeen eye shadows. Perfect for creating a vampy, dark look. Following the success of the Tarte collection, HSN launched Forsaken, a line consisting of True Blood-themed perfumes, creams and candles. Deborah Lippmann, lover of collaborations, also released True Blood nail polish and lipstick.

Real Housewives – It seems like the rapid success of Bethenny Frankel’s empire has inspired every Bravo star to branch out with a side business. From Atlanta‘s Cynthia Bailey’s Hair Couture extensions line to Orange County‘s Gretchen Rossi’s cosmetics collection, these Housewives are trying to make the most of their fifteen minutes of fame. Tru Renewal is New York City‘s Ramona Singer’s skincare company. Kim Zolciak is even preparing to launch a line of wigs soon. Who says you have to be a Housewife to join in on the action? Shahs of Sunset‘s GG very publicly prepared for the launch of her hair extensions brand on this past season.

Photo: Estee Lauder for MadMen


“I think I could be the voice of my generation. Or… a voice. Of a generation.” It’s safe to say that no show has made more of an impact on pop culture in recent history than HBO’s Girls. Not since Carrie Bradshaw appeared on our TV screens in her six inch Manolos has a show been more scrutinized for its cultural influence.

This past January, nail guru Deborah Lippmann released a polish collection inspired by the four very different girls on the hit show. Lippmann has given fans an opportunity to try on each personality for themselves. Hannah is a muddy hunter green, slightly weird and definitely unique, just like Lena Dunham herself. Marnie is a classic, safe baby pink. Pretty, prissy and proper… simply Marnie. Shoshanna is a bright, refreshing lavender. Trendy and feminine, it’s right on point. Jessa is a deep, seductive burgundy. Dark and sexy, it perfectly encompasses the character’s boho mystique.

This line of polish got us thinking… What if we had to imagine each character beauty cabinet?  Take a look and find which one would fit better your personality, maybe you will find a bit of Shosh in you….


Smith’s Rosebud Salve – Hannah’s the kind of girl who would consider Chapstick makeup, so it’s a safe bet that she would love simple Rosebud Salve. – $7

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick – Even a girl who doesn’t like makeup needs to cover up dark spots and blemishes. The Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick is perfect for doing a bare minimum beauty routine. – $42

Bond No. 9 Brooklyn Cologne for Men – Hannah would wear cologne over perfume to make some sort of statement. And she would want to pay homage to the borough that inspires her so much with this Brooklyn-themed scent. – $240


Simple Skincare Moisturizing Facial Wash – Allison Williams is actually the face of this brand, and with her flawless complexion, it’s no secret why she landed the job. – $7

NARS Blush in ‘Orgasm’ – Marnie would definitely rely on this beauty classic for her cheeks. The soft pink would look soft and pretty on her skin. – $28

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – The most popular mascara in America, with the signature pink and green case, Marnie would have this in her bag at all times for quick touchups. – $5


Mason Pearson Hairbrush – Can’t you picture girly girl Shoshanna sitting in front of her vanity mirror at night, counting her brushstrokes until she hits 100? A timeless Mason Pearson brush would definitely be on her dresser. – $99

NARS Lip Lacquer in ‘Baby Doll’ – This bubblegum pink gloss is unbelievably girly. Bright and long lasting, it can be worn at day or night. – $25

Aquolina Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette Spray – Instantly recognizable, this scent is so sweet and sugary… it smells exactly like cotton candy. Not for everyone, but it is definitely a Shoshanna product. She would spritz it every day. – $45


MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in ‘Good to be Bad’ – This super shiny burgundy lipstick is vampy and alluring. A perfect complement to the Jessa polish. – $16

MAC Eye Shadow in ‘Typographic’ – This dark, matte shadow is mysterious and sexy, just like the British badass of the series. It’s great for a smoky eye. – $15

Yves Saint Laurent Opium Eau de Parfum Spray – The spicy, aromatic scent is something Jessa would adour. Intense and sensual, it’s practically made for the spontaneous jetsetter. – $110

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Jill Munroe, Charlie’s Angels – When Farrah Fawcett first appeared on Charlie’s Angels in 1975, she started a hair craze. Her feathered ‘do was immediately copied by legions of fans. The hairstyle, created by Allen Edwards, is universally flattering and feminine. For those reasons alone, the style is emulated more than thirty years later.

Rachel Green, Friends – The haircut that defined the ‘90s. Jennifer Aniston’s famous cut was a phenomenon. Her longtime hairstylist, Chris McMillan, created the short, layered style for her. Want to know a surprising little secret? Aniston recently disclosed that she absolutely hated the cut!

Grace Adler, Will & Grace – Those famous bright red curls were just perfect for describing the personality of Grace, the modern day Lucille Ball. Bouncy and vibrant, they complimented the zany oddball to a T.

Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda & Samantha, Sex and the City – The four women who ushered in a hair, beauty, fashion – everything! – revolution. The Sex and the City ladies all had their own distinct styles, and it was so fun to see what they would do next. From Charlotte’s polished looks to Samantha’s season 6 wigs, they always had fun and were constantly starting covetable trends.

Marissa Cooper, The OC – California, here we come. In 2003, Mischa Barton appeared on TV screens as the effortlessly beautiful Cali girl Marissa Cooper. Viewers immediately fell for her laidback beauty. With her beachy, golden hair, perfect skin and minimal makeup, girls all over America wanted to copy the style of Orange County’s queen bee.

Lauren Conrad, The Hills – LC set herself apart from all the other girls on MTV by proving she’s more than just a pretty face. She has gradually built her empire with products ranging from books to clothing. With her website The Beauty Department, she has cemented her place as a beauty icon. She’s even announced plans to launch a line of cosmetics.

Blair Waldorf & Serena van der Woodsen, Gossip Girl – Blair and Serena proved Upper East Siders were just as cool as downtown girls. Serena’s glamorous style and beautiful blonde locks were a perfect complement to Blair’s demure makeup and preppy style. The hair and beauty inspiration alone made Gossip Girl a show worth watching week after week.

Betty Draper & Joan Holloway, Mad Men – Curvaceous girls are back! With her fiery red hair, crimson lips, and enviable curves, Joan proved how sexy sixties style is. Betty’s flawless blonde hair and ladylike beauty are equally desirable.


Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, is just around the corner. To get in the mood, we’ve rounded up ten sexy and seductive beauty products sure to get hearts racing.

1. Red Lips – It’s a classic for a reason. There is no beauty product more simply sexy and glam than a red lip. For a velvety smooth, matte finish, use Kevyn Aucoin’s Matte Lip Color in Eternal. – $32

2. Smokey Eyes – When you think of sexy eyes, you think smokey. It’s glamorous, dramatic and seductive at the same time. To achieve the perfect charcoal, try Too Faced Smokey Eye Shadow Collection. – $36

3. False Eyelashes – False lashes have been in style for quite some time, but this new set by Dior takes it to the next level. Lined with soft gold Swarovski crystals, your eyes will literally be sparkling. – $28

4. Dramatic Mascara – If falsies aren’t your thing, just swipe some volumizing mascara on your lashes to create a flirty, feminine look. Check out Dolce & Gabbana’s new Intenseyes Black Intensity Mascara. – $32

5. Compact Blush – To quickly add some rouge to your cheeks, use Clinique’s Quick Blush. The innovative blush swivels up like a lipstick to reveal a brush that’s filled with cheek color. Perfect for spontaneous encounters. – $23.50

6. Body Powder – Urban Decay’s edible sparkling body powder will leave you looking, smelling and tasting like a bombshell. Dust the powder on your collarbone, shoulders and décolleté for shimmering, radiant skin. – $20

7. Bust Serum – If you want to add a little oomph to your chest without going under the knife, try Talika’s Bust Serum. The serum lifts and firms breasts, and promises to add one cup in six weeks. – $49

8. Body Oil – Apply lightweight NARS Monoi Body Glow II to your skin for instantly luminous and moisturized skin. With its soft, delicate fragrance, Body Glow is irresistible. – $59

9. Massage Candle – Kiki de Montparnasse has created an aromatic massage candle that is undeniably romantic. Burn the candle until it is partly liquid and you can then use it as a massage oil. – $50

10. Red Polish – Even nails can be sexy. For vampy, red nails, try Essie’s Bordeaux polish. It’s a classic red, which exudes sex appeal. – $8



Pampadour user and makeup artist Nick Barose created Alicia Keys’ look for the premiere of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Products by Votre Vu:

Beauté en Bronze Bronzer Duo – $34

Le Joli Crayon Soft Eye Liner in Charbon – $23

Arch de Trionfe Brow Definer – $16.80

Champagne Kisses Enhancing Lip Balm – $29