Favin's Past Posts
From color-change nail polish to a juice cleanse, I'll try anything once. Here's the proof!
A pro makeup artist talks lighter bronzer, darker lipstick, and the one thing everyone should keep in their bedroom.
I had needles placed all over my body—including my ears!—and learned about the benefits of this ancient art.
While Gina sat in the salon chair, I interviewed an expert at Salon Envy about the magic of keratin hair-straightening treatments.
Professional makeup artist Kate Johnson created this stunning, spooky look with a nine-step process you can do at home.
Each finger has a different Halloween-inspired design. Some are spooky, some are sweet, and one is a mummy!
When in doubt, wash your pillowcases.
Sure, you might look like a burrito and smell like the bottom of a lake. But it’s worth it, I promise.
My friends and I model three shades of purple, from eggplant to Barney.
Makeup artist Kate Johnson showed us three ways. One of them involves goat’s milk!
Neutral is the name of the game.
It took weeks to get into this exclusive NYC spa, but it might be the best massage I’ve ever had.
Fall doesn’t just smell like pumpkin. It also smells like Baltic Amber.
I talked to a Chicago barber, who assured me they both require regular maintenance, great products, and some styling know-how.
The “V” stands for vagina.
I got lash extensions at Celebrity Skin and learned all sorts of insider info—including why you should skip the coffee before your appointment.
I made up my own names for these new styles from designers such as Michael Kors, DKNY, and Victoria Beckham.
I spent three days in New York getting pampered with Jennifer and Sarah. I also cut off a bunch of my hair!
They use a diamond-encrusted handpiece to rub off your top, most congested layer of skin. Don’t worry—there’s plenty of skin underneath it!
Here are the five things you need to know about getting laser-beamed by a machine that looks like an octopus. Plus, some FAQs.
We took five of our favorite summer makeup trends and tweaked them for the upcoming season.
Let's just say my crushes on Cara Delevingne and Dominic West are at all-time highs.
They’re so cute, you might just break the rules and wear them afterward too.
After talking to a coworker who got one, I realized I had no idea how it worked. Turns out keratin doesn’t murder your curls!
A pro makeup artist gave me a daytime spin on this major fall trend and even kept my shiny skin in check.
I thought I’d be claustrophobic, but instead I felt weightless and carefree.
I’m not ready for summer to be over, so I found makeup that matches five of my favorite warm-weather cocktails.
They’ve been selling out in stores everywhere, so I ordered the neon-hued lipsticks online. Here’s my favorites. And my nemeses.
I went to BEaUtify at AMS, and got it on my underarms. It’s not that painful, but it’s surprisingly cold!
I talked to the managers at Chicago’s Balance Spa & Fitness for the low-down on what treatments to get, what to bring, and how much to tip.
Maybe it’s time to give cold stones a chance?
Sunscreen isn’t the only thing your skin needs this time of year. You should also have something that’ll wash all the ice cream off your face.
These spas' claims to fame include organic products, sustainable design, and Shailene Woodley’s seal of approval.
Groupon’s Beauty Week means extra beauty discounts and special sweepstakes. One prize? A seat at the Project Runway finale, and a chat with Heidi Klum.
Try a new one every week, or get really crazy and brush one onto each nail. Who cares? It’s summer!
And with good reason: they flatter curves and come in all kinds of funky styles. I’d choose these six over a bikini any day!
I spent three days in Vegas for Cosmoprof, an epic three-day beauty conference at Mandalay Bay, and the North American Hair Awards.
I was prepared to be hot and sweaty, but I wasn’t ready to be upstaged by a senior citizen!
I went to IVme Hydration Clinic after a totally sober night, and got a hydrating, vitamin-packed wellness IV.
A lot of lying down, a little sweating, and an hour free to update your phone—finally.
Such as "What's the easiest way to figure out your face shape?" and "How do I get a haircut without really getting a haircut?"
This month, I made bronzer from spices and wore an LED acne mask that made me look like a member of Daft Punk.
But first, I ran it by Edible Alchemy’s Andrea Mattson to make sure it wasn’t too crazy.
My coworkers and I cataloged our best secrets, including how to perfect an at-home manicure and disguise a killer hangover.
Putting someone else’s hair into your hair sounds weird… but looks amazing. I documented Katie’s experience at Franz Salon of Hairdressing.
I’ve been friends with Katie since I was 5, and I used to be pretty clueless. One thing she taught me? Blowouts from 10-year-olds are terrible.
I asked him about raising kids in America, his thoughts on beauty, and what he really wants for Father’s Day.
I gave awards to eight of my favorite Instagrammers for their stylish feeds. It was exactly like the Oscars, but fancier.
It was also the first relaxing, massage-like treatment I’ve ever had that involved a little bit of fire.
This month’s highlight: Putting Monistat on my head. I promise I had a good reason, though.
When people find out I have permanent makeup, they tend to ask a lot of questions. Here are all the answers. (Yes, it hurt a bit.)
Giuliana might be a Hollywood insider, but she splits her time between LA and Chicago—and she’s hip to some of the best beauty (and sundae!) spots in our city.
It takes five minutes, you can do it every day, and it doesn’t require any goopy products. Welcome to dry brushing.
I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried wearing head-to-toe pink, black lip liner, and heels all day... at a standing desk.
One for each of my favorite beach activities. (I can’t swim and play volleyball with the same one! That would be crazy.)
The bad news: that doesn’t exactly make picking a lip color any easier!
I screeched. I got karate chopped (sort of). But I think I loved it?
No cold snap will keep me from stocking up on maxi dresses and cute sandals.
My middle-school dreams of getting my hair permed never panned out, but that just makes me appreciate my new permed lashes even more.
My mom loves Birkenstocks. I love heels. For Mother’s Day, I interviewed her about her style, and what it was like to parent tiny, girly Favin.
One lucky person won an iPad, and everyone won the joy of selfie-taking!
My summary of April: charcoal was a success (in two different ways!), models knew their stuff, and vinyl nail polish was a major fail.
One nude lip does not fit all, so my coworkers and I got together and talked about our favorite shades for our complexions.
I put my phone in a bucket for five days, and got a lot more stressed than I should have.
Before I met Kayla Parks, a trainer from Chella, I did not know the power of the brow. Now, I want to restock my makeup bag with brow pencils.
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.
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.
Allure Beauty Lounge founder Arlana Andrews introduced me to the not-so-scary skin-refining treatment. Just don’t try it at home.
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.
Never have I tried a beauty treatment so gross and wonderful at the same time.
Two minutes in a cryotherapy chamber might sound like (frozen) hell on earth, but a 9-year-old did it and so did I. It was awesome.
After an embarrassing incident at a public gym (one man laughed so hard at me that he started crying), I started trying YouTube workouts at home.
I never wanted to put snail secretions on my face ... until suddenly, I did.
I spent a solid 10 years drenched in Tommy Girl and Davidoff Cool Water. It got so bad, my own own dad wouldn't sit next to me.
When you're not hanging from a hammock, you'll sweat through a mix of cardio, Pilates, yoga, and barre.
Yes, lost. But I managed to find five cool things along the way, including masks that make your feet peel like snakeskins.
They’re chic, and they don’t actually scream. Plus, only one of them takes more than 10 minutes!
It seems like everyone at the office is getting married. I’m not planning a wedding, but that didn’t stop me from asking my coworkers for their tips.
Purple eyeliner. A funky bun. A YouTube ab workout with 17 million views. It was a busy month.
I tried both! And both times, I was very cold. Here are my field notes.
After a sneeze seriously messed up a brow wax, I started getting them threaded. Three years later, I’ve never looked back.
In an effort to avoid frostbite (do frozen tears count as frostbite?) I decided to stay home and try five DIY beauty treatments.
Some coworkers and I experimented with our weekday makeup. I may or may not have gotten lipstick on my keyboard.
I had no clue what a salt cave was until I spent 45 minutes inside one. Now, I know that salt can be good for you, so long as you’re breathing it.
I handpicked deals from the top spas and health clinics across the country, so you can pencil in some pampering no matter where you are.
Gel manicures are amazing—until they start to lift around the edges. Luckily, if you’re strapped for time, you can remove them at home with this easy guide.
Even on February 14, a bad date is worse than no date. Invite some pals over for champagne and black-heart manicures instead.