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by Tanisha Boyd
My new Holy Grail makeup product is Soap & Glory’s Trick and Treatment Under Eye Dark Circle Concealer. The brightening formula combats under eye circles in two ways:
First. the “trick” — a yellow pigment mixture neutralizes dark areas and contains light-reflecting tones to conceal. After applying foundation, the effect is a bright under-eye area.
Then, the “treatment” — special peptides containing Haloxyl™, an ingredient clinically proven to lighten dark circles, treat the problem and fight dark circles from within.
I recently had a makeup artist try this out on me at Sephora in NorthPark Center. I’ve tried other under-eye concealers that didn’t seem to do the job. As an African-American, I looked at the makeup artist like she was crazy when she asked if she could try it out on me, but the result was a welcome surprise.
I found the coverage to be “buildable.” The concealer alone definitely goes on yellow. But you can either mix your own foundation/tinted moisturizer with it before applying. Or layer your foundation over the concealer.
This is by far my favorite new product. Not only is it suitable for all skin tones, I’m definitely beginning to notice that my dark circles are fading. No waiting for Halloween for this kind of trick or treat!
Soap & Glory products are sold at Sephora stores nationwide and at sephora.com.
By Ginna Wilbanks
Winter Break: the month-long stretch of blissful freedom that shines like a light at the end of the dark tunnel otherwise known as the grueling final weeks of school, filled with exams, papers and late nights of studying.
Each year, after plowing through a seemingly endless pile of work, your holiday plans may consist of sleeping until noon, catching up on the last season of Revenge and eating an embarrassing amount of your mother’s cooking. Yet something always manages to intrude on your month of total laziness: Some call it a family vacation; others call it absolute chaos.
Whether you’re traveling to the slopes of Park City, the beaches of Mexico or the streets of New York City, packing always presents a problem. How many of us have found ourselves standing between a pile of clothes and an empty suitcase, with five minutes left before the family leaves for the airport?
Time with family shouldn’t mean we need to be ill- prepared or badly dressed, so I’ve taken on the task of assembling the ideal packing list for the city, slopes or beach. While most college students can’t spring for a designer vacation wardrobe, they can use these boards as inspiration for cheaper finds.
While I can’t fix sibling squabbles, teach you how to ski or keep you from frying in the Caribbean sun, I hope these tips will at least help you check packing off of your list of holiday stressors.
A trip to New York City during the holiday season typically involves hours spent pounding the pavement in search of gifts and long dinners out with the family. Keep things simple and chic by packing lots of black with a few colorful pieces to add pop. This is a foolproof plan that can be completed calmly in the 10 minutes before departing for the airport.
If only packing for a warm weather vacation simply involved throwing a few bathing suits into a beach bag. Alas, it is a much more complicated affair. Why throw away the perfect opportunity to pull out your favorite summer picks during the winter? Bright colors are key, but pack pieces that can be mixed and matched to save space for an extra pair of wedges, or a little something you might pick up in the gift shop.
And finally we will tackle the most daunting trip of them all: the ski vacation. The intimidation factor of this packing list has been blown out of proportion, however. Wool long-underwear and neon ski jackets don’t need to be the only contents of your suitcase. When investing in a ski jacket, stick to basic black that can be worn on and off the slopes to nix the need to pack several bulky coats. A solid pair of stylish yet sturdy all-weather boots are also key. Buy gloves in a funky pattern to add spice to your darker outfits. It IS possible to be warm and chic simultaneously!
Photos: courtesy of Loeffler Randall.com
By Katie Castillo
Loeffler Randall recently debuted their fall collection, and one bag is already catching the eye of every stylish girl on campus. Properly named the “Rider” bag, it is specifically designed to fit into a bicycle basket– and relieve you of those awkward purse-is-falling-off-my-shoulder-while-riding-my-bike-past-cute-boy moments.
Besides being compatible with a college girl’s commuter dilemmas, the bag is schoolgirl chic. With its classic shape, all-leather exterior and functional top handle/shoulder strap combination, the “Rider” is both polished and functional. It opens to a spacious interior with separate slots that hold your tablet, phone and school supplies. With two discreet straps on the back, it conveniently attaches to a bicycle basket so it doesn’t fall out while you’re rushing to class. Let’s be honest though: This purse will spend more time on your arm than in your bicycle basket.
The bag can be ordered through Loeffler Randall.
By Logan May
Just in time for warm-weather fashions and pool-side barbeque parties, Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 provides the perfect amount of coverage without weighing you down. This ultra-fine moisturizer will protect your skin all day. $42 at Neiman’s. http://www.lauramercier.com/store/shop/Tinted-Moisturizers_Tinted-Moisturizer-SPF-20_prod210061
By Logan May
Make-up artists behind the scences at the world’s chicest runway shows inspired this mascara, which is designed to make any girl’s lashes “va-va-voom” vampish. The ultra-thick brush and blackest-of-black charcoal tone keep lashes plump, curvy and dynamic all day long. A must-have item for the makeup bag of any career girl or college intern who wants to look put together for the office, as well as glamorous for that evening event.
By Grace Roberts
By Mary Holbrook
With pastel being a hot trend this spring, these petal pink shades are perfect for a sunny day.
By Grace Roberts
According to Women’s Wear Daily, the fashion designer extraordinaire that is Marc Jacobs will be collaborating with Sephora to create a full collection of makeup and fragrances. No launch date has been set, but to fill your MJ void, be sure to try the designer’s new fragrance, “Dot”, which will be released in July.
By Laura Shepard
Like it or not, phone cases are no longer just for protective purposes. They have become fashion accessories in their own right.
So when looking to make a statement, consider these fabulous finds.
by Lauren Adams
This fashionista-friendly service allows cash-strapped students to “wow” on a budget. Renting dresses is simple and stress-free because you can order each dress in two sizes and receive an additonal “back-up” style for only $25. From Lilly Pulitzer and BCBG to Versace and Halston Heitage, this rent, wear and return website doesn’t disappoint.