Applause, Applause: The Best Beauty Products of 2016

Ouai texturizing spray

(Via sephora.com)

I’ve lost count of the numbers of new beauty items I’ve tested and tried over the last year (mostly for work but sometimes for fun)—creams and serums, blushes and bronzers, mascaras, brow pencils and pomades, lipsticks and stains, oil-based everything and a few new brushes and tools to apply said products.

But not every item that starting popping up on shelves as far back as January is worthy of being singled out. The six gems I’ve chosen weren’t even part of my beauty routine Some nine months ago and now I can’t imagine going without them. Cue the applause.

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Cold shoulder: Why I keep (some) beauty products in the fridge

nail polish, beauty hackIt used to be that when your nail polish started to gum up, you added a few drops of remover to thin it so you could keep on keepin’ on.

And while it did work sometimes, i.e. you could squeeze out two maybe three more manis before giving up and tossing the bottle, the fix is actually all kinds of wrong since the acetone in most removers is designed to break down the formula of the polish itself. Oops.

Of course there are specialty items, like OPI’s Nail Lacquer Thinner, that are designed to extend the life of the stuff but being smart about storage is, well, smart, and like J. Lo’s love don’t cost a thing. Continue reading