There are very few things I love more than a good throwback, like an all-time classic movie like 90s teen hit Clueless — especially when it inspires something else I love: nail art. NCLA Clueless Nail Wraps are very similar to any other nail stickers on the market, except these are designed after Cher’s outfits from the movie: animal prints, road signs, even some of the best quotes from the film. There are four different sets from the collection, including “Cher’s Closet”, “Everywhere You Go Has Valet”, “I Totally Paused!”, and finally my favorite, “Virgin Who Can’t Drive”. If you’re a fan of the movie and not the best at doing your own nails, be sure to check them out — and even if you get them as a silly gift for a girlfriend, they’re all around awesome!
One of the first things you learn in makeup school is the importance of primer. It is single-handedly responsible for make sure your makeup stays intact and looking fresh throughout the day, but I never though about why other beauty products don’t have a priming step before application. Makeup really is the only category that utilizes a primer: there is one for foundation, one for lipstick and even one for eyeshadow, and they all work wonders. The newest subcategory to introduce a primer is fragrances.
The Canvas & Concrete Fragrance Primer ($19.50) is formulated to ensure your scent lasts longer and stays true to the scent the designer originally created. Having this barrier, so to speak, in between your skin and the fragrance allows for less absorption into your body, which in turns keeps the scent from fading. The primer prevents your pH and body odor from blending with the fragrance and keeps it on the surface, where it’s meant to be. An added bonus: by ensuring the fragrance will stay on the surface means you’ll need less perfume, which means you won’t run out as quickly. Win-win!
There is nothing worse than when you finally find the perfect lip balm, gloss or primer and then two days later it seems to be nowhere to be found, even though you put it directly in your makeup bag. I go through this debacle every few weeks or so and, finally, found a solution. One product that combines all of the above (balm, lip gloss and primer) and it comes in a jar, which makes it pretty hard to misplace.
The Lip Slip One Luxe Balm ($24) is a product by Sara Happ and it can be used as a moisturizer for dry lips or as a primer before applying lipstick. The smooth gloss texture allows for an even and flawless application, or thanks to the glossy finish, a nude color lip gloss. My biggest concern was the fact that I was going to have to use my finger to apply, but I either keep it on my vanity or in my car where there is always a lip brush or tissue handy. The product will not only give your lips a little pop of color, but it works just as well as any balm I’ve tried!