Lifestyle

Lola Gives Back for Galentine’s Day — And So Can You!

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While everyone is either scrambling for a last-minute gift or getting dolled up for a big date tomorrow — you know, Valentine’s Day —LOLA, a feminine product delivery service, is spreading the love a day early by donating up to 500,000 period products to homeless shelters throughout the country. And the best part is you can lend a hand too!

To celebrate Galentine’s Day, a holiday meant to celebrate the women in our lives, the period brand known for its organic tampons wants you to raise your voice for women by sharing the image in the Instagram above, which is meant to symbolize how a small act of kindness can make the difference for millions. All you have to do is post the picture in either your feed or your Instagram stories from today until 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, the 15th, with hashtag #TamponsAreNotALuxury and tagging the brand. And LOLA will donate 100 period products to women in need through Support The Girls, a non-profit dedicated to providing homeless women with bras and feminine hygiene products. This would help double LOLA’s lifetime donation since its start in 2015.

LOLA initially kicked things off last week by linking up with 100 of its New York City customers to help hand deliver over 10,000 tampons to shelters throughout the city. The drives are part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to ensure that people who get periods, no matter how much they make, are able to access the products they need every month. The fact is tampons, pads, and other monthly necessities can be pretty hard to come by even if you’re in a homeless shelter, as they’re not donated as often as coats or non-perishable food. That means that millions of low-income people in the U.S. are forced to choose between buying menstrual products for themselves or essentials for their families, according to the organization’s founder, Dana Marlowe.

“You don’t really think to donate this [feminine care products], but this really is a basic life necessity,” Alex Friedman, LOLA’s co-founder, told Cheddar.com. “And we’re doing everything we can, as a brand, to get women the products they need.”

And even if you’re not homeless, feminine care products can hit your wallet pretty hard over time! Aside from the fact that not only are we paid less than men, we also pay for items like razors, toys, and even dry cleaning, including tampons. That’s because period products are subject to sales tax in most states since it is seen as a luxury item when items like cowboy boots, Viagra, and candy are exempt in various states in the U.S. (Yeah, I know. WTF?!) In fact, only 12 states don’t have a tampon taxor have recently gotten rid of it. So by adding your voice to the conversation, maybe we can all help change these policies so everyone who has a period doesn’t feel financially penalized for having it.

Beauty, Makeup

#OnMyVanity: The Red Lipsticks I Love to Rock on Valentine’s Day

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I receive a slew of samples, and when I find something I like, I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

I’ll admit that since I started covering backstage beauty at New York Fashion Week, thoughts of Valentine’s Day has floated to very back of mind. I usually don’t have the time to gather gifts, let alone try to make a reservation at any restaurant in the Big Apple that day as I’m running from show to show, but I try to at least dress up my look a little more on February 14th even when I’m ready to fall over with exhaustion (concealer is a BIG help!). Regardless of your relationship status or your schedule, there’s no reason why you can’t get all dolled up for Valentine’s Day! All you really need is a swipe of a great red lipstick to channel the look of l’amour — no crazy cut creases or hearts necessary (unless you want to, of course). After playing with a slew of fabulous formulas over the years, I wanted to share a few of my favorites reds that you’ll want to stash in your bag should the need to pucker up (or add polish to your look in an instant) arise.

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Beauty, Makeup

You Have to See How This Makeup Artist Channeled Every Sign in The Zodiac!

While some of us spent New Years recovering from champagne-induced hangovers or getting a start on our New Year’s resolutions, I know most of us at some point scrolled through our 2018 horoscopes to find out what’s written in the stars for us. But makeup artist and YouTube sensation Marion Moretti, a fellow Pisces like myself and beauty queen Rihannaused all of the astrological signs for a spectacular series of makeup looks you have to see to believe!

Moretti started the year off by making a serious splash on Instagram by posting customized beauty looks, even using prothetics, wigs, and plenty of glitter, for each zodiac sign throughout the month of January. But Moretti told me that she had the idea for the extravagant astrological looks in the works as far back as June 2017. “I started with a Gay Pride series last year, and then listed what series I would like to do. Zodiac was one of them,” she said in an email, noting that she pulled inspiration for each look from a variety of sources, building the looks bit by bit with the colors, animals, and figures each sign is based on.

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Beauty, Skin

So…Pimple Popping Toys Are Now A Thing

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There’s nothing more satisfying for an acne sufferer than popping a pesky — and sometimes painful — pimple. Hey, it’s why millions of us can’t stop watching hours of videos of the process from derms like Dr. Pimple Popper. We’re all delightfully disgusted and completely mesmerized by what’s lurking below the surface of our skin. But now the skin-picking phenomenon has made its way to the toy aisle!

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Beauty, Makeup

Christian Siriano Adds His Creative Touch to E.L.F. Cosmetics

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Don’t feel bad if you couldn’t make it to the Big Apple for the start of #NYFW because Christian Siriano is bringing a bit of runway glamour to the beauty counter — and for less than you think!

The designer whose gowns have graced countless red carpets has linked up with E.L.F. Cosmetics to curate a capsule collection based on his Spring 2018 collection. The pair initially came together to create beauty looks for that show, and the relationship blossomed from there. In fact, the brand will also be on hand to help realize his beauty vision for his Fall 2018 show this week, which is also is 10-year anniversary show (congrats!!!).

“Literally, I had fabrics on the table and swatches from every piece in the collection,” he told People about the collaboration. “With my team, it was like getting ready to do the collection.”

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Beauty, Makeup

YSL Beauty’s Showing Off Halsey’s Amazing Makeup Skills

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Halsey has already become a beauty icon to her millions of fans, thanks to her penchant for switching up her strands. But the singer-songwriter is slated to show off her skills with a makeup brush in partnership with YSL Beauté.

“Recording artist, Halsey, well-known for her music and poetry, will soon be working with YSL Beauté to create makeup looks that speak to the millennial consumer,” the brand told Allure after the Grammy-nominated artist performed at Wednesday’s amfAR Gala in New York City, the unofficial kick off to New York Fashion Week.

But you won’t catch her posing in a traditional campaign, which would’ve most likely included fellow YSL muse, Zoe Kravitz. Nor will she simply rock the brand’s wares on the red carpet. Instead, the “Closer” crooner will serve up a slew of custom beauty looks to share with her 6.5 million followers — and beyond — on a monthly basis. And given her unique takes on beauty, we’ll certainly get some imaginative lip and eye makeup that fans will want to recreate immediately.

While sharing creative makeup looks for beauty brands is a relatively new type of partnership, it’s not to say that sharing these kinds of selfies hasn’t been done before — just not on social media. Lady Gaga shared similar images as part of a New Year’s partnership with Shiseido to kick off 2015. The songstress snapped over 50 makeup looks for the campaign in which 46 of her photos were featured in ads in Japanese newspapers on January 1st, with the last four popping up on January 5th (but not int he U.S., unfortunately). And she even appeared in a more traditional commercial for the brand.

But regardless, I’m already turning on my Instagram notifications to see what Halsey whips up first!

Fashion

LOFT Finally Levels Up For the Plus-Size Set

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I recently learned — during a recent search for the perfect ensemble for an important meeting — that as much progress as plus-size fashion has made in recent years, what with fashion-forward looks finally becoming available for everyone, there has been a noticeable gap in affordable pieces appropriate for the office. But thankfully, LOFT is helping to close it by offering a new range suited for sizes 16-26.

The new LOFT Plus collection boasts 75 pieces perfect for work or the weekend that stick to the brand’s penchant for the polished yet playful (and colorful!), including dresses, denim, jackets, blouses, and chic separates that you can easily throw on when you’re rushing through your morning routine. And good news for budget babes, prices will range from $20 to $110, according to Bustle.

Some of the standouts that I’m already adding to my cart include a pair of mustard-hued tie-waist trousers, as seen in the image on the left (it also comes in black, in case you were curious); a simple and chic polka dot wrap dress that you can dress up with a pair of heels and a blazer for day or dress down with a leather moto and Doc Martens for a night out; a flouncy skirt that goes well with a graphic tee and sneakers or a silk blouse and stilletoes; and even a pajama set-inspired silk shirt in a vibrant wildflower print perfect for spring.

It’s been a long time coming for the brand, as the CEO initially announced the range’s February 2018 launch during an earnings call, according to Refinery29. Fashion fans scored a sneak preview of what was to come last September when This Is Us star Chrissy Metz wore the aforementioned polka dot dress for her appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers and credited the brand in an Instagram post.

The collection marks the first foray into curvy territory for any Ann Taylor brand, though the retailer not only offers petite and tall sizes but maternity as well. And it comes on the heels of an influx of brands launching expanded size ranges including The Limited and Lord and Taylor. Blogger-friendly brands like Eloquii and Premme have also blossomed in recent years, offering trendy treats to treasure. Even fashion collaborations have seriously sized up, as Gabrielle Union‘s collection for New York & Company and Tracee Ellis Ross‘s range for JCPenney include sizes up to 2x and 3x, respectively.

Hopefully, this will continue not as a retailer trend but as a new style standard for all.

Entertainment, Movies

Lando Calrissian Steals The Show in Star Wars “Solo” Trailer

While I  don’t regret having skipped the Super Bowl this year (Go Giants!), I do bemoan the fact that I didn’t take to Twitter as soon as the teaser for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer because, boy, were people excited and it only increased as the full trailer dropped this morning! But it wasn’t over the seeing the Millennium Falcon take off with the young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) at the helm, it was the first peek of Donald Glover (who had put production on the second season of his show, Atlanta, on hold for) as the suave smuggler Lando Calrissian. 

And it wasn’t hard to see why, as the teaser featured the Glover draped in a fur coat (thankfully not Wookie fur or that would’ve been awkward), confidently smiling and posing for a slew of camera flashes, a similar attitude that many fans were hoping to see from the movie’s title character in the clip.  And even as the full trailer was unleashed and we got to see Calrissian look terrified alongside Solo and Chewie as they navigate through a tangle of tentacles. But those tiny snippets were enough to send fans into a frenzy, taking to Twitter to not only share excitement but plenty of memes as well.

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Beauty, Makeup

Here’s How to Get NYX’s New Mascara — for Free!

My mom has always said, “If it’s f-r-e-e, it’s for me!” And when it comes to scoring free product samples, every beauty buff would agree. So you might want to clear out tomorrow’s morning schedule now for what NYX Professional Makeup has up its sleeve.

This Saturday, February 3rd, NYX will be giving away free (yep, free, not as a “gift with purchase”) tubes of its brand new Worth the Hype Volumizing and Lengthening mascara. All you need to bring is an old tube of mascara, regardless of the brand, from your own kit to swap for the fresh lash enhancer. The only catch is that you can’t just drop by your local Walgreens in order to get in on the free swag. You’ll have to be one of the first 100 to head over to a participating NYX store in order to snap up the full-sized sample while supplies last. (You can find out where the closest retailer is to you right here.)

But even if you don’t have a chance to score the freebie, there’s no need to lash out! According to Glamourthe stores will also offer free beauty tutorials to help your lash-building technique to celebrate the launch of the new makeup must. Plus, you can still pick the mascara for less than $10 as well as anything else from NYX you might want without much worry about breaking the bank. Sounds like a win to me!

Let me know if you manage to snatch one of up for yourselves in the comments below or tag me on Insta!

Beauty, Body

Chloé Crafts a Scent for the Curious Globe Trotter

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Chloé’s got a thirst for adventure thanks to its newest scent, Nomade.

Hitting shelves in February, the scent taps into the more audacious side of the brand with a focus on openness, empowerment, and traveling the world (and its different cultures) as a way to explore the self and gain perspective.

“With Nomade, we want to answer to a very strong insight, which is a newfound desire for openness, encounters, surprises and the unknown — a reaction to the lack of [in-person] interaction,” Simona Cattaneo, chief marketing officer for Coty Luxury, told WWD.

To evoke the fragrance’s idea of adventure and movement, Givaudan perfumer Quentin Bisch offered a chypre take on the brand’s penchant for purely floral fragrances, blending notes of oak moss, Mirabelle plum, and freesia. As for the bottle (which I’ve only spotted on Now Smell This), it’s shaped like Chloé’s signature Drew bag and will be available in 30-, 50- and 75-ml for $75, $105 and $132, respectively.

Ariane Labed, who you might’ve seen in The Lobster, Assasin’s Creed, or the “Men Against Fire” episode of Black Mirror, will be featured on screens big and small as the face of the new perfume. In the clips to come, she’ll be shown venturing into different landscapes and learning about other cultures, connecting with new people along the way.

The scent’s concept is a pretty fitting idea for 2018, where that understanding of different viewpoints has been instrumental in the start of a slew of important conversations on gender, race, and more. Though we won’t have to wait long to get a sniff ourselves, I’m curious to see how the ad campaign plays out!