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#TBT: Jean Shrimpton’s Pale Pink Pout

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In addition to being an icon of London during the swinging sixties, Jean Shrimpton is also counted as one of the world’s first supermodels. They didn’t deem her “the face of the ‘60s” for nothing!

Although she had many notable features (lashes for days, cheekbones that could cut glass), Jean’s pink pout was rather perfect. Kissable, voluminous, and shimmery yet neutral was her signature. Petal pink lipstick with just a hint of sheen and frost may have been popular during her time, but this look works just as well today. For spring, update the Shrimpton pale pink pout by adding a pop of metallic or frost. Here are a few of our favorites:

If a lipstick can be sensual, then Dolce & Gabbana Shine Lipstick in Rosebud  ($34) surely fits the bill. The formula is semi-sheer but very shiny and lustrous. After application, it will be hard not to say mwah! to your reflection in the mirror.

A bit of a game changer in terms of formula, Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Strange Magic ($30) is a solid gel that effortlessly glides over lips. Add to that the delicate vanilla scent and the ingredients that help fight signs of aging on your pucker and it’s a win all around.

Although it’s semi-sheer and a bit anti-Shrimpton-esque, Burberry Lip Mist Natural Sheer Lipstick in Field Rose ($33) still has fine pieces of glitter for that coveted ’60s frost.

Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Lip Stain Rebel Nudes ($36) come in a variety of neutral, pink shades for practically any skin tone. The formula is a hybrid gloss-stain-lipstick (try saying that five times fast) for lasting color with serious shine.

For a glossier finish, try TRUE Isaac Mizrahi Satin Lip Shine in Girls Pink ($18). It makes lips look full and plump without a hint of stickiness. Apply alone for a subtle pop, or over a favorite lipstick for more intensity.

For a crystal shimmery finish exactly like Jean’s, go for Estée Lauder Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Tiramasu ($26). Magically, this formula adds a bit of dimension to lips (read: bigger!).


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


#TBT: Audrey Hepburn’s Eyebrows

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These days, it’s hard for anyone to talk about eyebrows without mentioning Cara Delevingne. However, the original queen of bold brows was inarguably Audrey Hepburn.  Audrey was a classic beauty with many feminine features worth envying, but her brows definitely made the biggest statement.

While bold brows are trendy and flattering, they also require dedication and upkeep. Spruce and Bond’s Senior Browlab Specialist, Ronia Alaoui, gave us some insight: “Audrey Hepburn’s brows are timeless; she has a natural full brow that has shape and arch. To get brows like Audrey, the key is to first do nothing! Let them grow in, don’t over-tweeze, and start to bring in your natural fullness. Then, I recommend a professional tweezing to get the perfect customized shape for your face.”

When growing in your brows, our editor Sarah swears by RevitaBrow ($110) to expedite growth. It’s filled with peptides and botanicals to strengthen and condition, which is especially necessary if you went through an over-plucked nineties eyebrow phase.

While waiting for those big, bold Audrey brows, there’s going be a period of  “faking it till you make it.” So, to fake the fullness and definition, Smashbox Brow Tech ($26) is a must-own. The palette contains a lighter shade to fill-in sparse areas, a darker shade to define, and a wax to keep it all in place.

If you prefer a pencil for your filling-in pleasure, try Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Three-Way Shape, Lift & Shade Eyebrow Pencil ($30). The pencil is seriously multipurpose; it’s meant to square off your brows at the corner, taper into an arch, and finish in a defined point. It comes in three shades named after brow-icons: Cara D, Grace K, and Brooke S.

Almost every brow needs a hint of hue which is where Eyeko Brow Gel ($24) comes in. It has a slight, universally flattering tint and the small brush makes it easy to work with. Plus, the gel keeps unruly hairs in place.

Women who were blessed with God-given full brows need to focus on grooming – not growing – to achieve Audrey’s look. In this case, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel ($22) and Tweezerman Stainless Steel Slant Tweezer ($23) are the necessary tools to keep things fresh, refined, defined, and in place.

When working on your brows (and your whole face in general!), don’t forget Audrey’s advice that “happy girls are the prettiest.”


Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


#TBT: Cindy Crawford’s Hair

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“Big hair, don’t care” was Cindy Crawford’s motto. Okay, maybe not literally, but it certainly could’ve been! Unlike today’s hairstyles that are more slept-in and low-key, Cindy’s coif was always done. Her mane was all about volume, long layers, and the perfect blowout. Who wasn’t envious of those gorgeously shiny strands?

Certain parts of Cindy Crawford cannot be mimicked, like those legs and that beauty mark… well, maybe the beauty mark can be duplicated with a dot of espresso brown eyeliner just above the lip! But her million-dollar mane is certainly a ‘do worth replicating.  If your hair length is medium to long with some layers, you can definitely pull off this va-va-volume look at home. Here’s how:

After washing with a volumizing shampoo such as Phyto Volumizing Shampoo ($22), work a light but powerful mousse like Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse ($25) from roots to ends. Start blow drying your hair in sections, beginning at the top and working your way back. Philip B Stroke of Genius Round Brush ($75) has densely packed boar bristles to make drying faster. Once your hair is totally dry, sprinkle a bit of Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder ($27) on the roots for some added height. Finish the look with a healthy coating of powerful hairspray such as blowPro After Blow Strong Hold Finishing Spray ($10).

Although your hair will be anything but beachy, complete your Cindy Crawford look with Solid+Striped’s Bridget Bikini ($90); it looks just as good with high-wasted denim shorts as it does with a killer Brazilian bottom.

And remember, the higher the hair, the closer to God!


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind



#TBT: Jane Birkin

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Chances are that cool-girl Jane Birkin would absolutely detest the word chic for fear of being cliché. Come on, the iconic Hermes Birkin bag wasn’t named after her for nothing! That’s right, a $10,000+ handbag named after a woman who favored carrying a straw basket. Bohemian yet also refined, this British actress and singer truly understood the art of letting your natural beauty shine through. We can’t all be graced with Jane’s astonishing looks, but we can certainly fake it! Here’s how:

Jane’s simple, slept-in hair is every woman’s dream ‘do. Unfortunately, we aren’t all #blessed with that perfect God-given texture.  To mimic her look, blow dry your hair straight with a smoothing product such as Living Proof Straight Spray ($29). Since Jane’s coif always looked perfectly imperfect, add some texture with Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion ($29) on the ends. Cutting fringe like hers is certainly a big commitment, but so is having a boyfriend. Bangs require less maintenance than he will… guaranteed.

Jane nailed the no-makeup-makeup trend long before it even was one. When going for this look, keep in mind that it is all about less is more. Eyes should be lightly lined with a soft liner such as Chantecaille Gel Liner ($33), which is the ideal smudgy texture to help achieve that doe-eyed appearance. To brighten up your lookers like Jane’s, consider rimming your waterline with Napoleon Perdis Oil-Free Creamy Eyeliner Pencil ($20) in white. Statement lashes are a non-negotiable, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara ($32) gives the extreme volume and length that you’ll need. And don’t forget your lower lash line; Jane had that spider-like lash hair thing on fleek. A dab of pinky cream blush and a swipe of the perfect nude lipstick, like Tom Ford in Spanish Pink ($50), completes the look.

Jane’s style was understated and simple. It’s safe to assume she would effortlessly pair a Saint James for J.Crew Slouchy Tee ($90) with figure-flattering Frame Le High Flared Jeans ($209). However, she certainly had her hippie moments as well. Mimic Jane at an upcoming music festival in Reformation’s flirty and vintage-esque Riley Dress ($198). In reality, Jane could probably pull off a trash bag and be labeled a style star, but these options will help out us mere mortals.


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


#TBT: Kohl Eyeliner

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This week, we’re throwing it way, way back. As in, B.C. Kohl eyeliner is possibly one of the oldest beauty products in history, dating back to Ancient Egypt. This beauty staple has continued to be a coveted item in women (and men’s) makeup arsenals, moving from the eyes of Cleopatra to the iconic Twiggy and all the way to emo punk rockers like Pete Wentz. Surprisingly, “kohl” formulas don’t actually have an ounce of actual kohl in them since the mineral isn’t FDA approved in the U.S. The name simply refers to the color: Dark, moody black.

Although Cleopatra had a perfect cat eye, updated formulations look best when smudged around your lash line for a slept-in look. These products are the best way to achieve that perfectly imperfect appearance:

If you covet a formula that creates a great smudge yet still stays put all day, try Too Faced Bulletproof 24 Hour Eyeliner ($22). The accompanying blending ball creates a true smoldering eye, perfect for seducing a crush.

A bit creamier than other formulas, Becca Automatic Eye Pencil ($23) goes on surprisingly smooth. It features a built-in sharpener for times when you want a bit more precision.

Maybelline Master Kajal by EyeStudio Cream Kohl Eyeliner ($6) really glides over the eye effortlessly, thanks to its infusion of several oils; this means no pulling or tugging and, therefore, no wrinkles! We also love the no-poke cone design because, let’s face it, concentration doesn’t always come easily.

Most makeup artists’ sharpen their eye pencils before every.single.use. Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner ($20) does the work for you, with a sharpener inside the cap for a precise point every time you use it.

Like a super chic Crayola crayon, Burberry Beauty Effortless Kohl Pencil ($30) is incredibly smooth as well as highly pigmented. For a diversion from classic black, try the rich oxblood shade.

Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


#TBT: Coppertone Baby

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Coppertone sunscreen was originally invented in 1944 to darken tans, not as a sunscreen (learning interesting tidbits of information on the daily!). Who can forget that adorable advertisement pictured above? The brand also helped launch Jodie Foster acting career; she played the Coppertone girl in a TV spot at the ripe age of three. Coppertone followed many of us through our childhoods, the smell just as much so as the trademark Pepto-Bismal-pink bottle.

Over 70 years later, people are much more concerned with protecting against a tan rather than enhancing it. Unless you’re a fan of wrinkles, sunspots, and uh… skin cancer… it is time to start slathering on these top formulas. Plus, hyper-tans are kind of played out, no? Pale is the new golden (kinda).

Only someone who lives under a rock disregards the importance of wearing sunscreen Yes, even when it’s cloudy or cold. With Kiehl’s Since 1851 Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ ($38), you can no longer use the excuse that sunscreen makes you too greasy or doesn’t sit well under your makeup. It’s ultra-lightweight and has an undetectable matte finish.

Applying sunscreen while already out in the sun can be a total mess. No matter how careful you try to be with your application, you end up with sand sticking everywhere and hairs cemented to your face. Not a cute look. La Roche Posay Anthelios Cooling Water Lotion ($36) is, as the name attests, a water-like formula that is idiot-proof in its application, but also cools the skin on contact. A beach bag must-have, so stock up now!

Ruining an expensive head of highlights in the sun is a one-time mistake that you never forget… sort of like a bad date. Unfortunately, there is no product for the latter problem, but for the former there is Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Oil ($30). It’ll protect your locks against UV damage, while simultaneously softening.

Natural skincare is all the rage recently, and for good reason! Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 ($38) protects your visage with zinc, but is formulated without any irritating chemicals. Bonus points for being a universally flattering tint, since the idea of applying a face of makeup at the beach is anything but appealing.

A common mistake among even the most dedicated sunscreen appliers is forgetting their lips. It seems so obvious to protect your entire face, but the pout is all too often completely overlooked. Sun Bum Lip Balm SPF 30 ($4) provides a sheer shield for your lips while also lightly moisturizing.

Overachievers can be a bit off putting, except when it comes to beauty products. Unlike an annoying know-it-all sibling or cousin, the do-it-all tendencies of First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30 are more than welcome. In addition to protecting from harmful UV rays, this product soothes and evens out your skin while fighting free-radical damage and aging.

For your dermatologist’s piece of mind as well as your own, please apply these products liberally to avoid your bum looking like the Coppertone girl’s. And remember, reapply, reapply, reapply!


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


#TBT: Dial Hand Soap

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Germaphobes have embraced Dial hand soap as the must-own antibacterial wash at kitchen and bathroom counters everywhere. And, chances are, you’ve used this stuff in school, the doctor’s office, maybe even your very own home. When Dial hand soap launched, it was one of the first of its kind, and the marketing attached “Kills more germs,” a “healthier you,” was… shall we say pulling on our fear chords.

It’s impossible not to recognize its signature clean, mildly medicinal scent. While Dial hand soap certainly is powerful, the most recent debate between scholarly minds is whether or not we really need to be removing so many germs from our hands. Is this, in fact, more dangerous than having them there? Science aside, the harsh chemicals in antibacterial Dial can really dry out your hands, causing cracked cuticles and dehydrated fingers. Updated formulas are certainly milder and just as effective. So, why not make the switch to something a bit more current… After all, Dial was our parent’s soap-of-choice, not ours!

REN Citrus Limonum Hand Wash ($28) is filled with organic Sicilian lemon oil, which is known for its antibacterial properties. This soap cleans your skin, but still respects it. We all need a little respect – even our hands.

Diptyque Softening Hand Wash ($38) may be the same color as Dial, but it couldn’t be more different. It’s filled with soothing lavender honey to nourish while also cleansing. We all know that few things make a coffee table look more chic than a Diptyque candle, and luckily that same rule applies to our kitchen and bathroom countertops.

J.R. Watkins Naturals Foaming Hand Soap ($5) is not only all-natural, but it looks AND feels about triple the price than it actually is. So, basically, you get to save ca$h while your guests are envious of your good taste. The calming aloe and green tea scent is an added bonus.

We raved about their body wash here, and we’re happy to report that Molton Brown hand soap is just as rave-worthy. The Pomegranate & Ginger ($28) version not only looks pretty on your counter, but smells absolutely heavenly. Seriously, you’ll likely catch yourself sniffing your hands after using it.

Cooking certainly isn’t our forte, but sometimes we like to dabble in the culinary arts to impress a special someone. There are few things worse than successfully cooking something delicious (a girl can dream) and then having your hands reek of food. If that happens, try method Kitchen Odor-Eliminating Hand Wash ($5). It’s everything you could ask for in a kitchen soap (cute packaging, pleasant scent, awesome lather), and it’s super gentle for your super gentle hands.


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar



#TBT: Aqua Net Hairspray

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Throughout the 50s and 60s, hairspray was a constant best seller in the beauty category. How else were women supposed to achieve those immovable beehives and impossible bouffants? Even as technology and formulas progress, women continue to rely on hairspray. It followed us as we went from adolescents to adults; slicking back our baby hairs during ballet recitals, holding gravity defying updos in place for prom, maintaining curls for special dates, and so much more. These days, we tend to rely on hairspray to preserve blowouts, hold volume, or keep frizz under control. Unlike Aqua Net’s stiff, crunchy, can’t-move-your-fingers-through-your-hair formula, hairsprays of present are more malleable and less dense. Here, a few of our favorite new formulas for this staple hair product:

Rahua Voluminous Hairspray ($28) is 100% natural, USDA organic, and alcohol-free. It’s filled with lavender and eucalyptus to calm and relax you during application and wear. This formula tends to work best to rejuvenate second-day hair, so get spraying!

To keep more complex styles in place, consider trying TIGI Catwalk Work It Hairspray ($21). It’s flexible, but has the strength you need to make sure styled hair stays styled.

Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray ($4) is a secret drugstore weapon in the never ending battle against frizz. If you’re experiencing humidity, add this spray to your arsenal of hair tools to tame flyaways and control the dreaded poof .

We would be completely remiss not to include L’Oreal Elnett ($15), a legendary hairspray that truly lives up to must-own hype. The formula offers an ideal balance for hold and soft, manageability (as in, you can actually brush it out!).

Although it’s really more of a “finishing spray,” Bumble and Bumble Cityswept Finish ($30) gives an amazing lived-in look with a bit of separation and sheen. Use it on days when you’re vibe is “perfectly imperfect.”


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar

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#TBT: Clearasil Zit Cream

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Teenagers have a whole slew of woes, from curfews and homework to bullies and detention. Chief among them is acne. Zits always seemed to pop up at the most inopportune times, such as before prom or a date with our lacrosse team crush (yes, we were a little preppy… don’t judge!). First invented in 1940 and later promoted on American Bandstand, Clearasil was like the ultimate pimple antidote. We adored this formula as teenagers, and since our acne troubles have hardly disappeared just because we’ve finished puberty, we still love a good spot treatment. Clearasil relies on 10% benzoyl peroxide to treat zits, and while still an effective option, there are plenty of alternative products available with more gentle and advanced formulations. Hey, it’s not 1940 anymore, our zit cream should reflect the times!

M-61 PowerSpot ($16) is like a secret weapon…well, not so secret anymore. This overnight spot lotion dries up troublesome zits while you sleep. It’s as though the zits disappear right before your very eyes… except, you’re sleeping, you know?

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Blue Herbal Spot Treatment ($18) is inspired by their legendary Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion. The gel formula works on both blackheads and whiteheads. Better yet, it dries completely clear so you can easily use it in the AM underneath your makeup.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($55) is meant to be worn as a mask, but it works wonders when dabbed on a problem area and left overnight. Not for the undergrounders, but this mask will definitely get rid of any surface pimple.

Eco-lovers, look no further than Desert Essence Blemish Touch Stick ($7). It’s chock-full of calming and antiseptic tea tree oil. PROS: does double duty on bug bites as well! CONS: Very strong smell.

Who doesn’t love a good double-duty product? Jane Iredale Zap and Hide Blemish Concealer ($26) has a blemish balm to sooth and comfort skin on one end, and a concealer to sooth and comfort your ego on the other. One day we will all be Beyonce-level flawless… one day, but until then, there’s Zap and Hide.

We’d be remiss not to mention the cult-classic Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17), quite possibly one of the most effective zit zappers on the market. You’ll want to wear it at night, and let the sulfur do its thing while you’re sleeping, as the chalky pink formula does dry rather noticeable. But that’s not to say that a certain someone may have worn this stuff out and about during daylight hour… on multiple occasions. Hey, it’s more subtle than the blinding red of a blistering pimple!


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


#TBT: Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon Body Wash

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For Millennials, the scent of teen spirit was unarguably cucumber melon and could be found in many forms at the beloved mall destination: Bath & Body Works. But the most popular iteration of this sweetly addictive scent was as a body wash. At about $11, the product was a bit more expensive than our teenage drugstore staples. Because of this, it was a frequent birthday gift amongst friends, possibly paired with the coordinating lotion and hand sanitizer. This hyper-perfumey formula isn’t exactly a star cleanser, so we rounded up the best body washes ( and easy on the fragrance!) to use instead. Here’s hoping you’ve moved on from cucumber melon!

Sometimes, coffee just isn’t enough. For days when you need an extra boost, try Mio Skincare QuickStart Exhilarating Shower Gel ($22). It has zingy spearmint as well as guarana for some serious pep.

Once you smell Kiehl’s Since 1851 ‘Grapefruit’ Bath & Shower Liquid Body Cleanser ($25), it’s easy to see why this product is constantly a best-seller for the brand. The grapefruit scent is refreshing but incredibly mild.

Winter makes everyone’s skin super sensitive and a bit painful in that chafing sort of way. If you want a wash that is gentle but still more luxe than your run-of-the-mill drugstore brand, try Ahava Dead Sea Mineral Shower Gel ($18).

Acqua Di Parma Blue Mediterraneo Ginepro di Sardegna Shower Gel ($51) will make you think, if only for a moment, that you are actually showering at a luxury resort in Sardinia instead of in your studio apartment in Brooklyn. Plus, there is literally nothing that can look more chic on the side of your bathtub. Fair warning, the scent is strong, so if you’re smell-sensitive, steer clear. Otherwise, indulge ASAP.

Let’s face it, there are times when  your skin needs a deeper cleaning. Burt’s Bees Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash ($8) is ideal  for post spin class or other sweat-inducing activities, when you need a serious scrub down. The peppermint gives this wash a cool (as in cool feeling, not cool looking), refreshing twist.

Molton Brown Gingerlily Body Wash ($30) smells divine. It’s filled with hydrating ingredients, but the gentle aroma sets it apart from other similar washes. Plus, it lathers, like really lathers, so you feel clean… everywhere (if you know what we mean).


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar


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