2019 Editor’s Favorites | The Roundup

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Curate a Makeup Collection You Love with More Mindfulness (2020 Guide)

If you find yourself prone to purchasing on impulse or often feel like you purchase products that are well-reviewed, popular, or buzzed about but don’t actually find you love them like you feel you should, this list of tips might help you figure out how to better understand your own preferences and needs and purchasing behavior. As we head into 2020, it’s a time for new beginnings, resolutions, and plans! I know there are a few readers who will be starting no-buys, low-buys, or simply working o...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Editorials, Christine, Makeup How-tos & Tips

How-to Buy Less Makeup: Guide to Makeup No-Buys & Low-Buys (2020)

With the beauty industry releasing more and more products and with greater accessibility to those launches, it’s no surprise that some have felt like they’ve overindulged or have reached a point of saturation and are approaching 2020 purchases with a more critical eye.  Whether you’re on a makeup no-buy, low-buy, or are just being more conscious about future beauty purchases going forward, this guide is a great starting point on learning the rules of a no buy and helpful tips on sticking with yo...
Tags: Beauty, Editorials, Sephora, Christine, Ulta, Makeup How-tos & Tips

ColourPop Lunar New Year Collection Swatches (2020)

ColourPop Lunar New Year Collection launches January 3rd and features a Super Shock Cheek duo (one new shade, one repromote) along with a Lux Liquid Lip trio (which my info says will also be available as individual shades). Here are swatches! ColourPop Lunar New Year Collection Gallery Options Products ...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Sneak Peeks, Colourpop, Lux Liquid Lip

How to Tell Who’s a Good Fit and Who’s Is Just a Good Interviewer

When hiring a new employee, there’s always the risk that they aren’t as good of a fit as you thought. Someone confident and charming who seems great on paper might not actually have applicable skills they need for the position. Someone’s ability to successfully complete an interview may not reflect their ability to do their job. A successful interviewee might just be more personable or do better under pressure. That’s great for sales or customer facing jobs, but probably doesn’t apply to how we...
Tags: Careers, Los Angeles, Julie Shenkman, Nexxt, Kris Leigh Townsend Kris Leigh Townsend

Here Are 30+ Sephora Bestsellers That'll Make You Say “Wait, I Need That”

It's no secret that we spend a lot of time looking for, trying out, and singing the praises of all sorts of beauty goodies. We consider ourselves makeup and skincare experts, but every so often we check out what other people are loving at Sephora to see if there's anything we're missing in our own bathrooms. Could our hair look shinier? Does our dry skin need some extra love? Now that we think about it, is there really such a thing as hair that's too glossy and skin that's too soft and supple? ...
Tags: Beauty, Sephora, Beauty Shopping, Sephora Collection

10 Healthy Ways to Care for Your Hair

Everyone wants their hair to look and feel its best. The first step in hair-care is your diet and the two most important things in your diet are iron and protein. The hair cells are the fastest-growing cells in the body but they are also the first ones to be affected you don’t eat right or suffer from deficiencies because they are not required for survival. Try and include iron-rich foods like leafy vegetables, fish, pumpkin seeds, beans, chickpeas, soybeans and cereals in your diet. You a...
Tags: Fashion, Hair, Hairstyles, Haircare, Coldwater, Healthy Ways to Care, Argan Oil Shea Butter Coconut Oil Rosehip Seed Oil

20 Questions that Will Open Your Mind in 2020

Right now, remind yourself of the truth. Remind yourself that the New Year means nothing if your mind is still boxed up in its comfort zone. Don’t fool yourself into living the same year 90 times and calling it a life. And don’t just think outside the box in 2020… Think like there is no box. Open your mind! How? Start by asking yourself better questions. Questions that break you away from all the comfortable distractions in your life, so you can refocus your thinking on what matters most… (mor...
Tags: Life, Inspiration, Lifehacks, Don

10 Viral Beauty Products Selling So Fast on Amazon, You Better Believe They'll Win 2020

As far as beauty products go, we don't just buy the first thing we see. When you're putting something on your hair, face, or body, you expect it to work. That's why we love using Amazon as a source for our purchases. Products on the site often come with hundreds of customer reviews. You know it's an investment you can feel good about after doing your research. We've rounded up the hottest beauty essentials for you to consider for yourself in 2020. They're selling like crazy, so just click "add t...
Tags: Amazon, Makeup, Shopping, Beauty, Beauty Products, Beauty Tools, Beauty Shopping, Hot Tools, Best of 2020

Review: (Hitachi) Magic Wand Plus

There are still people making good decisions in this world. The reason I know this is because the Magic Wand Plus exists. The Magic Wand Plus is an upgraded version of the Magic Wand Original, the classic 50-year-old "back massager" famous for "relieving aches and pains." We're not supposed to call it the Hitachi Magic Wand anymore, precisely because Hitachi was starting to sense those suggestive quotation marks, but it remains colloquially known by its former name -- and forever revered for...
Tags: Sex, US, Hitachi, Babeland, MWR, Magic Wand, Vibratex, Hitachi Magic Wand, Magic Wand Rechargeable, Lion King, Magic Wand Rechargeable MWR, Hitachi Magic Wand Plus, Magic Wand Plus, Doxy Le Wand O Wand, SheVibe Spectrum Boutique Early

Ulta's Big Skincare Sale Is Here, So You Can Get Your Glow On in 2020

Ulta is helping shoppers stock up on skincare products in the new year. The beauty retailer just shared all the details on its annual Love Your Skin sale, which includes a curated selection of products all half-off from Jan. 5 to Jan. 25. The only caveat? Each product will only be available at the discounted price for 24 hours on its designated day. Addressing skincare concerns like dryness, dullness, acne, and more, the sale appears to have something for everyone, but some of our favorites inc...
Tags: Beauty, Skin Care, Lancome, Ulta, Beauty News, Beauty Shopping, Ulta Beauty, Mucin Power Essence, Beauty Sale, Cosrx Advanced Snail

Top 10 gay dive bars in NYC

For their loyal customers, dive bars are a big part of (night)life, and everybody has their favorites: favorite bartenders, favorite jukeboxes, favorite places to pick a home away from home.
Tags: Feature, New York, Life, Lifestyle, Evergreen, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Gaycities Link, Gay Bars, Dive Bars, NYC bars

Gold Puredistance: A Golden Mondrian

  For the first time, the editors of Fragrantica managed to smell Gold Puredistance at an exhibition in Cannes. A short smelling session struck me that we were given the opportunity to try an almost perfect chypre fragrance, shining and warm, a century after Chypre de Coty. I was waiting for this Antoine Lie fragrance to be available to wear it on the skin, not the blotter, and write about it. I... Read full article: Gold Puredistance: A Golden Mondrian from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Ma...
Tags: Fashion, Cannes, Fragrantica, Antoine Lie

Xmas leftovers Part II: Ben Foakes at Guildford

These few paras were taken out of a forthcoming piece as they didn't really fit. I thought Foakes, along with Smith and Labuschagne, was the best player I saw live last Summer. The gods of cricket have decreed that Dom Bess is with England in South Africa, and good luck to him.  In July I went to Guildford, to Woodbridge Road to watch Surrey play Yorkshire. It was supposed to rain all day, but when we arrived just after lunch Surrey had a hundred on the board for a couple down and under low sk...
Tags: England, Sex, South Africa, Surrey, Smith, Guildford, Patterson, Somerset, London Road, Steve Patterson, Ben Foakes, Foakes, Scott Borthwick, The Old Batsman, Labuschagne, Ben Coad

11 Rejuvenating Scrubs For Anyone Suffering From Dry, Chapped Lips

It's about that time of year again; as the cold weather returns, we're reapplying our lip balm on repeat. Even if you're trying to protect your pout from the elements with ointments and treatments, sometimes it's not enough. This season, don't let that cold, harsh wind get you down and ruin all your lipstick looks with dry flakes. That's where lip scrubs come in. Scrubs are a great way to pamper yourself while making sure your skin is hydrated and smooth. Most of the formulas ahead contain suga...
Tags: Beauty, Lips, Beauty Products, Beauty Shopping

Banal Comments And Your Reactions

Over at Pluralsight I just turned in my 35th course, which will be titled Leading with Emotional Intelligence. I have to be honest, I was excited to do this course… but I didn’t realize how much doing this course would impact me. I had a stack of books about emotional intelligence on my desk, I had dozens of tabs open with articles about emotional intelligence, and I watched a lot of videos on Youtube. I was immersing myself in what others were talking about so I could formulate how I could real...
Tags: Careers, Joe Job Seeker, Jason Alba

Link Love: Some Trend Predictions for 2020

The Business of Fashion thinks these 10 themes will define the fashion agenda in 2020. From jumbo scrunchies to a lived-in French twist, Refinery29 says you’ll see these 5 hairstyle trends everywhere this year. Pleated fronts or extra long jeans, anyone? StyleCaster predicts some denim trends for 2020. If you’re into nail art, then have a peek at this guide to the nail-art trends for 2020, predicted by seasoned nail pros. Fab Links from Our Members An article about Victoria Beckham’s clothing ...
Tags: Fashion, Poland, Victoria Beckham, Janice, Zac Posen, Business of Fashion, Link Love, Vildy, Shevia, Debbie Roes, Nuancedream, Suzanne Golden LAR101, Vivienne Files

Start the new year right with some inspiring young love in ‘The One You Never Forget’

Anyone feeling a bit hungover from the holidays–possibly due to spending said holidays single for yet another year–we have your cure. Look no further than the heartwarming short film The One You Never Forget. The eight-minute mini-movie follows 14-year-old Carrie as he prepares for the big high school dance. His parents want to meet his date, but Carrie dodges their interest; he doesn’t want them to know he’s going with another boy. Related: New Series “Feral” Looks At Gay Love In The Bible Bel...
Tags: Feature, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Fox, Tennessee, Memphis, Ad Friendly, Carrie, Tasha Smith, Morgan Jon Fox, The One You Never Forget, Blue Citrus Hearts, Malike Whitfield, London Curtis, Owen D Stone Cobra Kai

Want to lose weight? Lose the car

A long-term resolution to leave the car at home could help waistlines as well as the environmentSince 2011 Beijing has controlled traffic growth by allocating new licence plates in a bimonthly lottery. There is less than a one in 500 chance of getting a plate in each draw but winning might not be as wonderful as it first seems.The impact of increased motorised travel extend beyond air pollution. In the UK the total distance walked each year dropped by 30% between 1995 and 2013, and the distance ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Obesity, Wales, China, Environment, Life and style, Society, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Pollution, Health & wellbeing, Road transport

How to Eat What You Want and Still Lose Weight

It’s a new year, and for a lot of people, losing weight is their primary resolution. Yet they’ve probably made this goal before, and failed before. This time they really, really want to make it happen. One barrier these folks will often feel in even getting started, however, is choosing the right diet to follow. Should they go keto? Do intermittent fasting? Do the Zone diet or the raw food diet? Folks can find success with any number of diet plans if these plans fit their personality a...
Tags: Wellness, Life, Food & Drink, Atkins, Paleo, Myfitnesspal, Health & Sports

Zadig Voltaire This Is Love!

The new fragrance duo of the Zadig Voltaire fashion house, released in early 2020, is said to tell a story of love at first sight in the heart of Paris. It is marketed as a "story of love fever that awakens the incandescent, electric, and indelible carnal love." This Is Love! for Her is described as a delicious floral scent and a "scent that raises the temperature." The combinati... Read full article: Zadig Voltaire This Is Love! from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine...
Tags: Fashion, Paris, Fragrantica Perfumes, Zadig Voltaire

Mark Hamill surprises Twitter with Finn/Poe ‘Star Wars’ love poem

The debate over the latest Star Wars film, Rise of Skywalker, goes on, specifically over the decision not to include a same-sex relationship between the popular characters Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac). Iconic actor Mark Hamill, who has played the series hero Luke Skywalker since 1977, chimed in this week with his own lament over the lack of a Finn/Poe romance. “Luke never met either Finn or Poe,” Hamill wrote. “So what they do behind closed doors/I guess I’ll never know…But I would ...
Tags: Star Wars, Feature, Entertainment, Disney, Lifestyle, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Finn, Luke Skywalker, Poe, Ad Friendly, Luke, Skywalker, Hamill, Isaac

If You're Sitting on a $50 Sephora Gift Card, We've Got More Than a Dozen Ways to Spend It

Did Santa tuck a Sephora gift card into your stocking or leave one under the Christmas tree this year? If so, you may at this very moment be holding the card and wondering what you're going to do with the newfound money. Maybe there's a palette or set you've had your eye on, or maybe it's time to try something new? Or perhaps a thoughtful friend or family member got you a gift card to Sephora because they were afraid to choose something they didn't know you'd love and, seriously, how hard is it ...
Tags: Beauty, Sephora, Beauty Shopping

Do Yourself a Favor and Zoom In on Jennifer Lopez's Glam New Year's Eve Nail Art

Jennifer Lopez ticked all the boxes necessary for a stellar New Year's Eve celebration this year. Party it up surrounded by family and friends: check. Wear a sexy ensemble that's also comfy enough to dance the night away in (aka a sleek black jumpsuit): check. Rock some glam AF nail art that puts all other nail art to shame: check. Lopez commemorated 2020's arrival with an elaborate, Versace-inspired nail look courtesy of her go-to celebrity manicurist, Tom Bachik. Sticking to a gold, white, an...
Tags: Beauty, Jennifer Lopez, Nails, Nail Art, New Year's Eve, Versace, Jen, Lopez, Celebrity Beauty, Celebrity Nails, Tom Bachik, Bachik

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner

There’s nothing that beats a salon shampoo, eh? Somehow it makes your hair glisten like it never has before, and you know that there’s no way you can get that same effect at home. Every... Visit to read the rest of this article.
Tags: Beauty, Shampoo and Conditioner, Pureology, Salon Product

I Heart Dermalogica

It’s got to be said – I’m a huge fan of Dermalogica. They have a very straight-forward approach to skin care and can not only help you with any skin problems that you might be... Visit to read the rest of this article.
Tags: Beauty, Skin Care, Facial, Dermalogica

Armani Prive Rose Alexandrie and Vetiver Babylon

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know that I absolutely adore Armani Prive fragrances. They’re luxurious, smoky, and very unusual, especially in an era that’s filled with... Visit to read the rest of this article.
Tags: Beauty, Perfumes, Giorgio Armani, Armani Privé, Armani Prive Rose Alexandrie, Vetiver Babylon

Get Rid of Acne Scarring

In one of the comments on cosmetic surgery, a reader mentioned that the only thing that she wants to look into for herself is a way to get rid of her acne scars. Acne scarring is something that... Visit to read the rest of this article.
Tags: Beauty, Skin Care, Cosmetic Surgery, Skin Procedures, Profractional

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