I have plenty of normal hobbies, but I also like to browse the beauty products on 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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
If you want to recreate the looks we wore, you’ll need to start by hitting a MAC counter.
Some coworkers and I experimented with our weekday makeup. I may or may not have gotten lipstick on my keyboard.
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.
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.
With laser hair removal and detoxification techniques developed by NASA, Houston’s spa deals definitely do not have a problem.
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.
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.
I never wanted to put snail secretions on my face…until suddenly, I did.
Never have I tried a beauty treatment so gross and wonderful at the same time.
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.
My friend Jackie and I tried out a bunch of cosmetics from Goods, and picked out four favorites—including an eye cream made with stem cells from a Swiss apple.
My summary of April: charcoal was a success (in two different ways!), models knew their stuff, and vinyl nail polish was a major fail.
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.
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.
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.
Everybody has a few weird but helpful beauty tips that they’re dying to share. I asked my coworkers for theirs, and soon enough, we had a gigantic list.
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 asked him about raising kids in America, his thoughts on beauty, and what he really wants for Father’s Day.
I’ve always wanted to invent something. I love to bike and sing, so, ideally, it would be a song-powered bicycle. But while I waited on a government grant for that idea, I started a smaller project: inventing a DIY body scrub!
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!)
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.
Earlier this month, I went to Las Vegas. But not to gamble (not officially, anyway). My coworker Mamie and I went to check out Cosmoprof, a beauty convention held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. It’s sort of like Lollapalooza, except instead of bouncing from stage to stage to watch bands, you wander among more than 1,000 vendor booths to see YouTube stars, bloggers, and brand reps.
I once knew this girl who worked at a bank, and she was only permitted to wear a few polish colors: light pink…or less-light pink. Boring. I always think of her when picking out polishes for myself, and it usually inspires me to grab something pretty bold. I’m especially into bright colors for summer. Below are my 10 favorite warm-weather hues.
One reason I’m Groupon’s resident beauty blogger is that I love planning my salon trips way ahead of time, like a nerd. So Groupon’s Beauty Week, which starts today, is my dream—we’re making it extra easy to plan a summer’s worth of beauty in advance. With our promo codes and extra discounts, you can stock up on Groupons for haircuts, massages, and more. Then schedule them around your own special occasions. (If your three-quarters-birthday is coming up, that totally counts!)Beauty Week involves stuff besides deals, too. It’s going to be a jam-packed seven days! Here’s my play-by-play of what’s happening: The Discounts
Monday and Tuesday, we're offering up to an additional 30% off on a curated selection of top health and beauty picks. Check your email today and tomorrow for great deals on hair straightening, shellac manis, laser hair removal, and more. Then, starting Wednesday, we'll be unveiling surprise promo codes—check back for details, especially if you love to relax and take care of your skin and body.The Sweepstakes
We’re hosting two sweepstakes during Beauty Week, with epic prizes:
The Project Runway Sweepstakes
To enter: Donate $10 to environmental protection through our Groupon with the World Wildlife Fund. You’re automatically entered!
What you can win: Tickets for two to the Project Runway finale in New York, and a meet-and-greet with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. Airfare, hotel, and pre-show hair and makeup are included.
To prep: Check out this cornhusk dress. Contestant Austin Scarlett made it on the first season of Project Runway, and it blows my mind every time I look at it!
The Spa Weekend in New York Sweepstakes. Featuring Yours Truly.
To enter: Go to my Facebook page for details.
What you can win: A spa weekend in New York…with me! It’ll be like a slumber party, except during the day, at Asanda AVEDA Spa Lounge. Airfare, hotel, and food are included.
To prep: Check out my interview with Asanda stylist Heather Herring. We talked about hair questions Google can’t answer—like what’s the actual deal with razoring.The Bloggers
We’ve invited 12 beauty bloggers, including Eva from My Life as Eva, to test out Groupon’s health and beauty products and help you decide which ones to try for yourself. On Tuesday, find out which blogger is your beauty spirit animal by browsing this Beauty Week homepage. Personally, I love the ombré wall art Eva made in her decorating your room, Tumblr-style video, so I’ll be looking to her for ideas.
Start planning how to get the most out of Beauty Week discounts now by browsing our beauty deals!
This month, I officially proved that I’ll try anything that might help my acne, whether it’s a high-tech LED mask that would fit right in at an EDM show or, you know, rolling needles over my face.
Summer is meant for relaxing, so I’m officially declaring it massage season. (Spoiler alert: I will also be declaring fall, winter, and spring massage season.) In honor of this announcement, I’ve picked out five kinds of massage that are perfect for a summer day—some of them cool you off, and others just have a vacation-y vibe.
Everyone knows that come summer, sunscreen is your skin’s best friend. (I guess that means I technically have six best friends.) But it’s after a day at the beach or the park, when you look in the mirror and are staring down a chlorine-dried complexion, sweaty grime, or (gasp!) a sunburn, that the second most important part of your summer skincare routine begins.
Growing up, I thought of the one-piece bathing suit as the bikini’s uncool sister. Lately, though, I’ve noticed more and more swimmers wearing them (and looking fabulous) at the beach.