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The eyebrows are often the most neglected facial feature on a woman (and a man — but that’s a whole ‘nother post for a whole ‘nother blog). I learned several years back how critical a role a good eyebrow pencil should have in your beauty routine and to this day I almost never leave home without a swipe of Laura Mercier’s Eyebrow Pencil. But when I’m looking to take my look to the next level I turn to Benefit High Brow. This thick oyster-pink pencil is meant to be swept right under the eyebrow line then blended gently into skin. The luminous color adds life to your brows and even seems to add a little lift to the arches, too. 

You can buy Benefit High Brow for $20 at sephora.com.
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With the Met Gala’s Punk: Chaos to Couture theme this year, beauty products that pull in that rock star element have been catching my eye. There is something about the cool, “I’m not trying too hard, but actually yes this look took hours to create” element of rocker chic beauty that draws me in. Bringing the chance to channel your inner punk to the masses, Theo Kogan is a rocker, model, makeup artist, mom and the founder of cosmetics brand Armour Beauty. As a singer for bands, Theo wanted to create a lip gloss that would stay on during her performances. What she created is an intensely moisturizing, highly pigmented gloss that is as nourishing for the lips as it is fashion-forward rocker chic. 

At first swipe, Armour Beauty’s lip gloss goes on smooth, produces bright color, and stays on much longer than your average gloss. The line of 20 glosses are named after songs, bands, and pop icons. The glosses come in two different collections: shimmer and opaque. Armour Beauty glosses range from on trend colors like Barracuda, a classic blue-red, to punk rock Femme Fatale, an opaque black gloss. 

Not only do the glosses come packed with natural ingredients like avocado, mango, olive and shea butters, grape seed oil, and Vitamin E, they are also paraben- and cruelty-free. Finally a lip gloss that rocks as much as you do.     

I spent a lot of my youth questioning the need for primer. Was this all some big ploy to get me to spend more money? What do they even really do? What I’ve since discovered is that while a primer may not need to become a part of your daily beauty routine, the times you need a good primer in your life tend to be those moments where you need to look like the best version of yourself. Preferably all day and night long. 

Primer should be used when your makeup needs extra staying power, or a little extra oomph. Have a photo shoot or an event where you know you’ll be striking a pose in numerous pictures? Prime time. An added benefit to the staying power of primer is the decreased appearance of fine lines on your face, creating a more flawless complexion. Primers are also a go-to in warmer months when sweat seems to be fighting to slide the makeup off of your face. Here are my picks for four primers that are able to fight the good fight. And win.    

Korres Face Primer: A silicone-free, anti-oxidant and Vitamin-E rich option. 
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: Mineral-based, water-resistant primer that aims to create a “smooth canvas”.
Too Faced Primed and Poreless: Retinol, Vitamin A & C, and mulberry extract make it a uniquely potent primer.  
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don’t Stray: Lightly tinted eye primer for use under concealer or eyeshadow. 


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Confession time: I used to shampoo my hair daily. The world of dry shampoos seemed a lovely fairy tale that made for a great story, but would do nothing for my very real greasy hair dilemmas. Naturally I sought to prove everyone praising dry shampoos wrong and began testing out as many dry shampoos as I could get my hands on. Some did nothing, some left my hair greasier than it started, and others left a powdery mess. But then it happened. I was proven wrong. Without further ado, I present you with the two dry shampoos that work so well I’ve been able to cut my hair washing in half. 

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: A friend from Switzerland originally introduced me to this French beauty brand. As a dancer and international traveler, she swears by the brand as the most effective in cutting down oil, giving her hair a fresh look despite dancing for hours and the minimal white residue quickly disappears after you comb the product through the hair. I’ve become addicted. 

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray: Advertised as a “brilliant alternative to dry shampoo”, the first thing I fell in love with about this product was the smell. The amazing, luxe fragrance that I’d like turned into a perfume, body lotion, and a candle (please Oribe!) is only one part of the overall ‘brilliant’ experience. The spray left no residue in my hair, left it with more volume as promised, and quickly absorbed any excess oil. This product has become a guilty pleasure that I’ll use in my hair whether its dirty or clean.      

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Achieving a healthy glow is a lot harder than Rosario Dawson makes it look. Sure, you should drink lots of water, eat healthy, make sure you maintain a regular skin care routine, and get plenty of sleep. But let’s be real for a second here — as much as this is the golden standard we all strive for, who has time for all that? While working towards a healthier lifestyle that will reflect through perfect skin, I’ve been cheating. I’ve tried, tested and found these five beauty products offer the best glow with minimal excess shimmer particles. For good measure, don’t forget to drink a glass of water while you get your glow on.  

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