7 New Time-Saving Makeup Multitaskers

Wouldn’t it be great just to press a button on your mirror and—presto chango!—your makeup is applied?

While putting on makeup can take us to a meditative state, sometimes we don’t have the time or energy to fully bask in beautification. That’s where intelligent multitasking products come in. We’ve rounded up the newest crop of multitaskers—including 2-in-1s, 4-in-1s and even an ambitious 6-in-1—that promise to cut your makeup application time in half.

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Punch It Up With 8 Orange-Inspired Products

I’m going to pull a customer quote straight from lucy’s Instagram feed for this one: “Orange is the best color.” Totally. Between our orange-tinged #iseelucyeverywhere campaign and this grapefruit-orange uplift juice, we’re celebrating our favorite color loud and clear. Our embroidered orange emblem pops on a hem or sleeve with its minimal shape, but its energizing color vibrates joy and well-being, so we say, the more, the brighter. Here are eight orange-inspired products that could brighten your beauty routine (and cabinet).

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How To Make Your Summer Glow Last Until Fall

Aside from minidresses, fab weekend getaways, and lazy beach days, our favorite summer perk is our sun-kissed tan. And while we are excited about transitioning into fall (hello, chunky knits and boots), we’re not quite ready to bid adieu to our summer tans. Already feeling the withdrawals? Follow our 5 steps to make that precious tan last until next season.

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Sugaring is the New Waxing

A new hair-removal process is oh so sweet

Sugaring is similar to waxing in that an aesthetician applies a gooey layer to your skin and then quickly pulls hair out from the follicles. But instead of a wax-laden cotton strip, the removal agent is a room-temperature ball of sugar, water and lemon. You can sugar anywhere on your body--legs, face and intimate areas. Here, three L.A. spots we can personally recommend.

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Buns of Steel: 7 workout ready hair buns

We all get in a workout hair rut once in a while. Before you jump to changing your color or attempting a new cut, why not take the time (and save some money) to learn some new ‘dos. Try a new bun on, especially one that translates into non-workout life too. Classic ponytail aside, the bun always does the trick; it keeps hair out of the face while maintaining a feminine vibe. Here are 7 buns to consider.

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High Brow

The no-wax, celebrity eyebrow secret

At a recent party in Venice, we couldn’t stop staring at the blonde with the standout eyebrows. Turns out, it was Kristie Streicher, the makeup artist behind Julia Roberts’s and Rachel Weisz’s caterpillar brows.

And now you don’t need an Oscar to get her “feathered brow” treatment.

Settle into Streicher’s chair at Warren-Tricomi and relax as she applies a vegetable dye that enriches hair color and slightly stains skin. Next comes the skin-softening Aforé Oil to prep for easy plucking. Finally, this maquillage Michelangelo sculpts hairs into an arch, tweezing every other inner hair and outer straggler.

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Simple Scents

At-home fragrance sampling

It’s certainly fun to try on new fragrances--but if you've ever had trouble making a decision at the perfume counter, you're not alone. That’s why we’re impressed with Los Angeles-based Commodity Goods, a company that has come up with a novel way to test-spritz fragrances at home.

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Perfumery Unity

Find your signature scent on Abbot Kinney

Strange Invisible Perfumes is the Venice authority on prestige organic fragrances. New York–based Le Labo is known for its sophisticated, hand-mixed scents. And now--for the first time ever--Strange Invisible’s romantic, earthy sensibility and Le Labo’s minimalist bent can be enjoyed side by side, because these two companies just opened shops next door to each other on Abbot Kinney, creating what they’ve dubbed a Perfume Commune.

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Lea Journo The Salon

It’s not easy to rise to the top in L.A.’s competitive beauty industry but Lea Journo made it look effortless. The youngest of ten children, Lea Journo had early opinions about image. At 13, she began working at a local hair salon sweeping and cleaning and by her early 20s, she had five Paris salons and was working with fashion designers, teaching at L’Oreal and traveling the world. 

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Berkeley's Marie Veronique Organics: Intelligent Ingredients for Summer

You’ve finally made sunscreen a part of your daily skincare routine. Good. Thinking like the organic and raw food movements, pure ingredients are the smartest way to go. Enter Marie Veronique Organics, a line of ecologically responsible and natural anti-aging products out of Berkeley.

With products for acne, anti-aging, vegans and sun protection, there’s an array of natural skincare solutions. The most recent release is the SPF 25 Kid Safe Screen. In a sporty, recyclable bottle, kids and adults can benefit from these intelligent ingredients.

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