I have plenty of normal hobbies, but I also like to browse the beauty products on Groupon Goods for fun. I’ve found hundreds of cute, kooky, affordable items this way, and although my own holiday wish list is just “coconut oil” in all caps, I think a lot of my Goods finds would make perfect White Elephant gifts.
This year I’m doing something a little different with my New Year’s resolutions. Instead of focusing on things I want to stop doing, I made a list of five new trends I want to try. There’s a little bit of everything on here—from a workout to a laser treatment.
New Year’s Eve always sneaks up on me. My girlfriends and I wind up scrambling to figure out outfits, dinner plans, and last, but definitely not least, where we are going to be at midnight. You’d think I’d learn since NYE is kind of a big deal to me: it’s a chance to celebrate the year before and set the tone for the year to come. It’s also a good time to party my face off with my closest people, in my best duds and makeup. No matter what, I always make sure to have these few things at the ready for a successful NYE:
Some women seem to always get it right when it comes to makeup. Their cheekbones pop and their brows are sculpted—they look like they’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep or have never heard the word “stress.” It could be good genes, but more than likely it’s a magical thing called contouring.
I love trying out DIY facials at home, and recently, my friend Mahreen suggested one that I’d never heard of before: a blend of gram flour, turmeric, and milk. It just so happened that my boyfriend was at my house when I decided to try this, so guess what house rule I made up on the fly? He had to slather the concoction on his face also.
I carry around a huge purse, and sometimes, I wonder what I even keep in it. The other day, I dumped it out on my desk and sorted through the contents—turns out, I’m a walking beauty counter! Here’s what I keep in stock.
Pantone has released its color of 2014—it’s radiant orchid, which the company describes as “a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones.” Here are some tips on incorporating it into your wardrobe.
Oil pulling has changed my life. Or at least, it’s made my teeth whiter and helped me kick my coffee addiction. It all started when I was complaining about my allergies to my friend and coworker, Brittany.
Style doesn’t come naturally to me. If I lived on a desert island (with a mall), I’d match striped shirts and plaid pants with cheetah-print shoes. I definitely appreciate good style, though, so I try to soak up as much as possible from my fashionable friends and my job, where I research analytics and trends for Groupon’s health and beauty deals. To prep for springtime, I investigated the latest crop of runway-inspired and Pantone-recommended looks.
I grew up in Arizona, so I know that in a desert climate, skipping chapstick for a day means that your lips will blister and fall off your face. But I learned the hard way that cold weather affects your lips just as much.
Profiles of my five favorite online hangouts, including Into the Gloss (for everyday tips and tricks) and Maskcara (for makeovers that prove the power of basic products).
Valentine’s Day and I have never really gotten along. But last year, against my better judgment, I agreed to go on my very first Valentine’s date. In fact, it was the first date I’d ever been on with this guy, which made me even more hesitant. But once we agreed upon the classic dinner-and-a-movie combination, I figured the evening would be hard to mess up.
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.
In the Big Apple, spring for a Brazilian wax at Skin Spa New York, or go for an infrared body wrap at Beach Bum Tanning that allegedly helps melt away body fat.
With laser hair removal and detoxification techniques developed by NASA, Houston’s spa deals definitely do not have a problem.
Get a LASIK treatment from Dr. Nilesh Sheth (who has treated Celtics players!), or stop by Bangs of Boston for a frizz-taming keratin treatment, great for curly girls like me.
Some of DC’s best spa treatments are also adventures that dunk you into an ice bath or let tiny fish nibble on your toes.
Atlanta is famous for its peaches and humidity. Beat the heat with a frizz-fighting keratin treatment at Spencer Malay Hair Salon, or escape it altogether with a day of massages and facials at The Spa at Lanier.
These five deals include lash extensions at a salon run by a former model and a massage with a free hot-stone upgrade.my eyelash extensions, these are glued on individually. They last for several weeks (or longer with touchups), which means no wiping off mascara for at least a couple weeks. The owner here is a former Wilhelmina model, so she knows a few things about looking good.
My dream trip to Dallas would include lots of barbecue, but a pumpkin-spice mani-pedi at Spa at the Mansions sounds delicious enough to tide me over between meals.Kiehl’s glossy mango lip balm). They’re a great way to pass the time between meals. It’s an extra bonus that during the pumpkin facial and pumpkin-spice mani-pedi here, your tech will use organic products. here.
After conquering San Francisco’s famously steep hills, a spa day—like a four-hour romp in the saunas and jacuzzis at Imperial Spa—isn’t just a luxury, it’s well-deserved recovery time.
In LA, get a mani-pedi at a spa that appeared in Legally Blonde 2, then get a Thai massage at Sparadise, a spa decorated with orchids and candles.
Some coworkers and I experimented with our weekday makeup. I may or may not have gotten lipstick on my keyboard.
If you want to recreate the looks we wore, you’ll need to start by hitting a MAC counter.
In an effort to avoid frostbite (do frozen tears count as frostbite?) I decided to stay home and try five DIY beauty treatments.
Purple eyeliner. A funky bun. A YouTube ab workout with 17 million views. It was a busy month.
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.
Yes, lost. But I managed to find five cool things along the way, including masks that make your feet peel like snakeskin.
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.
I never wanted to put snail secretions on my face…until suddenly, I did.
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.
Never have I tried a beauty treatment so gross and wonderful at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m lucky my phone hasn’t fused to my hand. I use it for everything: music, maps, fact-checking, social-media stalking, and group text messages, not to mention plain old calls. So when I decided to undergo a “digital detox” and give up my phone privileges from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for five days, it felt like I was volunteering to give up a limb.
Nude lips are super in right now, and the trend sounds so simple. We’re all born with nude lips, right? But a better name for the trend would be a-little-better-than-nude lips, and that can take multiple steps, as makeup artist Kat DeJesus taught my coworkers.
My summary of April: charcoal was a success (in two different ways!), models knew their stuff, and vinyl nail polish was a major fail.
My middle-school dreams of getting my hair permed never panned out, but that just makes me appreciate my new permed lashes even more.
I’m a sun baby, born and raised. Growing up in Arizona, I learned to love the heat, and now that I’m in Chicago, I find that the sun recharges me as soon as I step outside. (I’m sort of like Superman that way.)
Even when I go to Sephora looking for something really specific, like pink lipstick, I end up kind of overwhelmed. There are 4,723 shades of pink! Which one is my pink?
I love trying out new styles and beauty tricks—I mean, why else would I brush my teeth with charcoal? But the thing is, I usually only try out stuff I’m pretty sure I’ll like. So while I’m never in a beauty rut, I also never step that far outside my comfort zone. (I just really like it in here!)
I’ve probably walked past dry brushes a million times while shopping. It had never occurred to me to buy one because I didn’t know how or why I should use it—I assumed it was just an old-timey shower tool that every store carried for whatever weird reason.
To me, Giuliana Rancic always seemed like a Hollywood girl through and through. She interviews celebrities for a living, she has her own reality show on E!, and she and her family have a total of 4 million Twitter followers. Her 1-year-old son Duke even has his very own Twitter account with two whole tweets!
This month’s highlight: Putting Monistat on my head. I promise I had a good reason, though.
I love Instagram. It’s one of the top apps on my phone—it’s before my CNN app!—and I’m on it constantly. While I’m waiting for the train? Instagram time. Commercial break during New Girl? Also Instagram time. It’s how I found out about taking cod liver oil for smoother skin, and it’s one of the main ways I stay up-to-date on style trends and general adorableness thanks to fellow Instagrammers like the lovely Eva Chen above. I wanted to share the fun with my readers, so below I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites and given them awards for what they do best.
I asked him about raising kids in America, his thoughts on beauty, and what he really wants for Father’s Day.
This weekend, I’m going to Phoenix to see my oldest friend, Katie, get married. She and I met when I was going into first grade and she was going into second. My family had just moved into the house two doors down from hers, and I first spotted her in her yard, playing with a doll. A 4-foot-tall doll.