Favin the Maven

Favin the Maven | Fashion | Groupon

Beauty blogger for Groupon. For me, both beauty AND fashion need to be accessible and not intimidating. I love a great deal and a good DIY beauty treatment. I pride myself on trying new trends, being open-minded, and getting a great treatment without breaking the bank. In the name of beauty I will try anything once.

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Here’s the latest from my world:

My New Best Friend Might Be a Miniature Car Buffer

Buff Boutique’s vibrating body buffer, the BFF, would be my actual BFF if it could talk. It massaged me, exfoliated me, and sloughed off all my leg hair.

Now I Have Custom-Blended Perfume That Smells Like Big Sur

A perfumer at Aroma Workshop made me a custom perfume, even though I was really indecisive along the way. There are too many good-smelling things in the world.

Four Makeovers from Graduation Day at Dress for Success

The nonprofit hosts nine-week training courses that teach marketable job skills to underserved women. I got to bond with four grads as I did their makeup for their commencement ceremony.

A Chemical Peel Will Not Turn You Into a Supervillain

Allure Beauty Lounge founder Arlana Andrews introduced me to the not-so-scary skin-refining treatment. Just don’t try it at home.

Gold Collagen Gel and Three Other Products We Loved from Groupon Goods

My friend Jackie and I tried out a bunch of cosmetics from Groupon Goods, and picked out four favorites—including an eye cream made with stem cells from a Swiss apple.

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And a few articles from the Groupon Guide to Style & Beauty:

The Five Best Uses for Coconut Oil You’ve Never Heard Of | Shannon Grilli

Earn sympathy from the police and teach children not to trust you with these imaginative uses for the versatile beauty product.

10 Pairs of Sunglasses That Only Look Expensive | Amelia Buzzell

If you lost any of these shades, you might shed a tear—not because they cost a fortune, but 'cause they’re so cute.

Five Yellow and Green Nail Polishes That Don't Look Like Fungus | Amelia Buzzell

True, some yellow and green polishes look like something you’d find floating in a bog. But they can also look like shamrocks, Big Bird, or "The West Wing’s" Donna Moss.

We Did Not Wake Up Like This | Mae Rice

Six Grouponers open up about their makeup routines, their changing attitudes toward cosmetics, and their all-time most embarrassing beauty mistakes.

How Long Can You Hang Onto Lipstick? | Jen Jackson

Yes, lipstick—and other makeup—expires, and when it does the results aren’t pretty. Use this shelf-life chart to figure out what to keep and what to toss.

Photo: Mark William Mills, Groupon