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Beware store makeup samples that may harbor harmful bacteria

A woman is suing the popular cosmetics store chain Sephora, claiming she “got the herpes virus from sampling lipstick,” “without warning of the risk of getting herpes and other diseases” from trying on makeup samples at the store.

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“It’s absolutely possible,” Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist, told TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen. “You can catch the herpes simplex virus from an inanimate object such as lipstick. In fact, that virus can survive on the surface of a lipstick tube for up to a week.”

Bowe added that it’s not just herpes; makeup samples can make you sick any number of ways.

The Rossen Reports team went undercover at popular stores, collecting samples of makeup testers with sterile swabs, then sending them to a certified microbiology lab for testing. The results were revealing.

At all three stores the Rossen Reports team tested, some samples came back with harmful bacteria, including E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, two types of bacteria normally found in the intestinal tract that are expelled with feces. “You could literally be applying and smearing someone else’s fecal matter directly onto your lips,” Bowe said.

Some samples from all three stores also tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause very serious infections, boils and lesions, especially if you have an open cut on your skin or lips, or it gets in your eyes.


Sephora told NBC News “the health and safety of our clients is our foremost priority” and their “testers are regularly sanitized, replaced and replenished.” They also said they follow “best practices in our stores” and “offer many other ways for clients to test products.”

Ulta said, “The health and safety of our guests is a top priority … We encourage and support sanitary trial by offering items like cleansers and disposable makeup applicators….”

Macy’s declined to comment.

“If you’re itching to try, then at least use the makeup on the top of your hand as opposed to using it close to your eyes or your lips, because those areas are much more vulnerable to infection,” Bowe said.

If you don’t want to test makeup samples at the store, experts say you can buy the product and try it at home; if you don’t like it, many stores will let you return the item for a full refund.




Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Named an Invention of the Year

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty has lit up all our lives, and it’s about time it was recognized by the establishment!

Time magazine announced their 25 Best Inventions of the Year and, of course, Fenty Beauty is on the list. It’s a pretty impressive list, and it’s no surprised to see the makeup empire next to such innovations as the iPhone X and mugs that self-heat your coffee (!!!).

Queen Rih Rih spole to Time about being included on the list.

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“It was important that every woman felt included in this brand,” she said. “We are all so different, with our own unique skin tones, so we started with the 40 foundation shades out the gate.”

“I never could have anticipated the emotional connection that women are having with the products and the brand as a whole,” she continued. “Some are finding their shade of foundation for the first time, getting emotional at the counter. That’s something I will never get over.” 



These Are the 5 Iconic Nude Lipsticks You Should Know About

But as we know, nude is never just one shade. One’s flesh color is another woman’s deep brown. It’s also why the search for the perfect tube is a very personal experience. It can sometimes take years to find your match. So in order to help you out in your quest, we listed down the nude lipsticks that have earned their own reputation, reflecting how diverse the color is.

Internet Favorite: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme 

Byrdie reports that this creamy and affordable formula is a Pinterest favorite. It’s been re-pinned around 200,000 times so you know the obsession is real. With a peachy-brown shade along with a non-drying finish, this lipstick won’t find difficulty finding a place in your kit. Available at The SM Store, Makati.

The Closest Thing to Lip Injections: MAC in Whirl 

Back when Kylie Jenner wasn’t admitting to getting lip enhancers, she claimed that her lips were a combination of six different colors. But she also admitted on her app that MAC in Whirl, which is perhaps one of the brand’s oldest products, was a go-to. “I was always trying to make my lips look bigger, but I didn’t want people to know I was actually wearing lipstick,” reports Seventeen. When she found this shade, she made the demand for it go up instantly, “I was really into it, but once everyone figured out what I was wearing, it would sell out.” Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

The Lipstick That’s Never In Stock: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita 

A former Sephora employee confirms the cult status around this liquid lipstick, “Lolita is always sold out because it’s that perfect wearable nude that anyone and everyone will love—it’s universal.” Described as a chestnut rose, it’s flattering for a lot of skin tones and the formula doesn’t flake off over time. If you want to get the whole Lolita experience, it’s not too late to get the limited edition box set, Lolita Obsession. Available via SephoraPH.

Red Carpet Approved: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk 

You know you have a great lipstick in your hands when the people who wear it are as follows:  Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Chung, and Oliva Culpo plus Emma Roberts, Salma Hayek, and Nicole Kidman. Allure says that the lipstick started out as Charlotte’s most loved lip pencil. It was such a hit that her clients requested for it to have a matching lip shade. The color is said to be the definition of the hard-to-achieve MLBB (My Lips But Better). I could go on describing this but let me leave you with this fact: This was Amal Clooney’s wedding day lipstick of choice. Available via Net-A-Porter.

Sinful Splurge: Christian Louboutin Just Nothing Lip Color

First note packaging that looks extra and is an homage to Louboutin’s signature heel. If you want to, you could even wear this tube as a necklace. Second is the color which a cool-toned nude that still suits a lot of women. It also has a non-drying formula so it sits comfortably on the lips. Hey, if you really want to #treatyourself, this just might be the way to go. Available online.

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J. Crew Beauty Department Now Sells Makeup and Korean Skin-Care Products

Just in time for the holiday season, J.Crew has some pretty big news — their beauty department is about to get a whole lot more amazing.


Twenty of your favorite, Instagrammable beauty brands will be hitting stores on Tuesday, November 21. Yep, you read that right. So, while you’re picking up some adorable holiday sweaters and stocking stuffers at J.Crew, you’ll also be able to add makeup and skincare to your shopping bag as well.

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The new brands that are included in the beauty launch are the following: Apa, Cirque, Côte, Glow Recipe. KNC, Lanolips, Lauren Napier, Make, Miint, Milk Makeup, Odeme, Peach and Lily, Project M, Rosie Jane, Spela, and Stowaway. A few beauty brands such as Nailmatic, Pinch Provisions, RMS, Rosebud Perfume Co, Sara Happ, and Troi Ollivierre have been previously found at J.Crew and are coming back to stores.

J.Crew has picked products that fall into one of two categories: color and glow. Amazing nail lacquers from Cirque and bright lipsticks from Make would fall under the “color” category. While Milk’s out-of-this-world highlighters are in the “glow” family.



7-Eleven has a new makeup line — and everything is under $5

When most people think of 7-Eleven, they think of Slurpees and cheap snacks. It’s not necessarily the first place you would think of to go for makeup, but its new line of beauty products might change that.

Simply Me Beauty is the convenience store chain’s new line of budget-friendly makeup that they’re hoping will meet the needs of cost-conscious millennials. The line features a surprisingly wide variety of options — and it’s all under $5.

For the eyes you’ll find eyeshadows, mascara, and faux lashes.

Simply Me Beauty eye products.

The new line features affordable concealers, brow powders, and blush.

Simply Me Beauty face products.

BB Cream and makeup removing wipes are also available.

More face products.

There are lip crayons and lipsticks in a variety of colors and surprisingly sleek packaging.

Simply Me Beauty lip products.

Simply Me Beauty has already started rolling out to 7-Eleven stores and should be available everywhere soon for all the beauty lovers on a budget.



LaCroix-Inspired Eye Makeup Could Be The Next Big Instagram Trend & Here’s How To Get The Look

Here we are again. LaCroix-inspired hair went viral on Instagram recently after colorists were challenged to create colorful looks based on the bold cans of the soda alternative. Now, LaCroix-inspired eye makeup is looking to assert itself on the internet  and it’s bound to be the next viral trend.

On Nov. 17, beauty influencer Markie Meghan posted a mermaid-like, pink and purple LaCroix makeup look. The shimmery, ’80s-influenced style was based on can of Berry LaCroix, since that’s her fave flavor. Markie paired her ethereal, thoroughly extra eye makeup with a bold, berry-stained, matte lip. And the look was jawdropping.

The artist says she used Sigma Beauty’s new Créme de Couture Pressed Color Palette to craft the bulk of this unforgettable look, but also used the brand’s highlighter palette and lip color to seal the deal.

“I’m always inspired by pastels, metallics and glitters,” Markie told Bustle via email. “I also love the look of the decades before us and LaCroix cans really grab most of those aesthetics. So, it was really a no brainer to match an entire look to a flavor.”

LaCroix eye makeup isn’t quite right for the office or even every day wear. But with the holiday season in full effect, it’s certainly a trend you can pull off at any party you attend. It’s the season of sparkle and you can totally go all out — and don’t forget the glitter roots.

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You can totally see the can and its wisps of color translated into eye makeup with this side-by-side comparison. It’s a literal take, but in exactly the right way.

Markie was quick to point out in the comments of her Insta post that the LaCroix look was Sigma Beauty’s idea, and that she simply went with it. She was also clear that this was not an ad for LaCroix. The brand was simply a source of inspo, and the look was based on another viral Internet trend aka LaCroix hair.



This hijabi makeup artist is starring in a new Sephora campaign

She works in a US branch of Sephora, but now Chaimae Boulayad will also be starring in the beauty giant’s latest campaign.

The 23-year-old makeup artist, who’s based in San Francisco, was selected to star in festive advertising that uses the store’s own employees, rather than professional models.

The “Reach Out and Gift” campaign brings together 10 Sephora employees from across the US and Canada, with Boulayad the only hijabi woman featured.

The Arabic-speaking makeup artist is originally from Morocco, only moving to the States several years ago to finish her studies.

The Sephora campaign was shot by Dutch duo Inez and Vinoodh (and is due to be released on November 2), and Boulayad revealed the team behind the campaign was very accommodating of her faith.


“The stylist was very talented. She knew my culture already and she knew my religion — I’m hijab-wearing — so she made sure I was very modest-looking,” she told Racked.

While Boulayad has been working at Sephora for more than two years, she’s also established quite the presence on social media, boasting more than 47,000 Instagram followers.

She also has her own brand of argan oil, while her video tutorials are going to inspire us to try a few new tricks.

(She’s even a fan of Dubai’s own makeup brand Huda Beauty).

To take part in the Sephora campaign, employees were asked to submit a video talking about what beauty meant to them.

And the finishing result is something Boulayad believes “connects people together”.

“That for me is very important, as someone who’s very different, as an immigrant, as a Muslim, as an Arab woman,” she told Racked.



Three Beauty Influencer Collaborations Launching This Season

There’s no doubt that certain beauty influencers now wield the kind of commercial power that used to be reserved for high fashion stars. And the cosmetics industry is taking note, with big-name brands regularly snapping up the most widely-followed vloggers and Instagrammers to front campaigns, and, increasingly, collaborate on special collections. We take a look at three of the biggest influencer partnerships making waves this season.

Kandee Johnson x OGX


Beauty vlogger Kandee Johnson is in the news after her debut confectionary-themed haircare collaboration with OGX hit the shelves on November 1, comprising scented shampoos and conditioners designed to tackle specific hair issues, focusing on shine, bounce, and hydration. The confectionery-themed collection captures the spirit of the festive season, as illustrated by the product names: ‘Candy Gumdrop’, ‘Frosted Sugar Cookie’, and ‘Sparkling Cider’. The beauty star is on something of a roll lately, having launched a makeup collection with the cosmetics brand Too Faced earlier this year. The Kandeeland x OGX collaboration is available from Ulta, Walmart and Walgreens.


Patrick Starr x MAC

As one of the biggest beauty influencers in the industry, it was only a matter of time before Patrick Starrr was offered his own big-brand collaboration. It was MAC who eventually pinned him down, announcing a joint collection of holiday color cosmetics earlier this month. The brand has promised “mesmerizing custom-color essentials” from the upcoming collection, and according to Hello Giggles, the collection includes a lipstick, ‘lip glass’, lip pencil, eyeshadow and setting powder. It will launch this December. 

BH Cosmetics x Raye Boyce

Known to her fans as ‘ItsMyRayeRaye’, beauty expert Raye Boyce has built up a following of 1.7 million on Youtube and 1.6 million on Instagram. This fall, her social media star power landed her a contract with the affordable makeup brand BH Cosmetics, with the duo teaming up on an eyeshadow, highlighter and contour palette, as well as a nine-piece brush set for face and eyes. The palette features 15 matte and shimmer eyeshadows, three contour hues and three highlighters, with a focus on versatile shades that will flatter everyone. The collection is due to drop on November 17.