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The List: Festival Season Beauty Essentials

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If you’re heading to a music festival this season, a lot of preparations need to take place. In addition to finding the right alternative to the overplayed flower crown, daily planks to get those abs in check for crop tops, and curating the perfect Spotify playlist to get yourself excited…you need to spend more than a hot minute figuring out your beauty plan. Festival beauty can be a real pain in the a*s, but worry not, we’ve got your face covered.  Here’s what we wouldn’t dare enter the desert without:


Skin Laundry Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths ($15) – Don’t pack for a festival without face wipes. Trust.

Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers ($12) somehow manages to soak up oil without smearing all your makeup off in the process.

Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral ($30) – Afternoon SPF touch ups are a non-negotiable when in the sun all day, so make it as easy as possible to avoid foregoing it.


MISSHA Signature Essence Cushion Compact ($35) can not only be applied (and reapplied) on the go, but it contains SPF to boot.

Laura Geller Bronze-n-Bright ($33) will make your skin look alive even when you’re dehydrated and exhausted on day three.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($23) – Epic mascara, now in waterproof form.  Score! (Pun intended.)


Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($12) – Our holy grail dry shampoo in travel size. ‘Nuff said.

In all likelihood, it will be way to hot to wear your hair down.  Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring ($8 for three) is the best way to keep your locks secure without giving yourself a headache and breaking your strands in the process.

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets ($18) – Just because you leave your Airbnb, hotel or tent (!!) with straight hair doesn’t mean it will stay that way.  Stash one of these in your purse for touchups.


Herban Essentials Cleansing Towelettes ($16) are individually packaged, so tuck one in your purse if you’re worried about missing a shower (…or two.)

Vita Liberata Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50 ($54) – Add some color to your bod while simultaneously protecting it.  A must-have for the first time you wear cutoffs after a long winter.

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

The List: 8 Summer Beauty Products To Own Now

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It’s not technically summer until June 21, but we’re in a summer state-of-mind. As another sunny weekend comes to a close, and it’s back to the 9-to-5 grind, what better way to spend your workday than to virtually browse for the best in summer beauty? These finds will certainly take you well into fall, so stock up, and feel free to daydream of long days and humid nights spent frolicking with your gorgeous, glowing complexion.

Here’s our list of eight summer beauty products to own now:

1. Tom Ford Small Bronzing Powder in Terra ($65) – A mineral blend of sunstone, amber, and black tourmaline crystals give skin that coveted summer glow. And the white casing is summer sleek to have your face on fleek.

2. Becca Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé ($24) – The cult-classic beach tint stain is a longtime favorite, and this new glossy formula is perfect for adding punch to your pucker. All six shades are summer-approved, from a neutral fig to a pinky guava.

3. Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint ($26) – This light coverage gives a luminous, dewy glow without any running, smearing, or cakiness.

4. Dior Tie Dye 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in Ambre Nuit ($62) – Five golden shimmery shadow shades that resemble the sun’s natural hue. Perfect for creating a light summer smokey eye.

5. Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask ($25) – Sun and sweat are a brutal combination when it comes to skin. That’s why you need a heavy-hitting mask to detox and purify. Charcoal is all the rage as of late, and for good reason. This fragrance-free creamy clay mask will soak up excess oil without stripping your natural dewiness.

6. Lancome Ombre Hypnôse Stylo’ Eyeshadow in Corail Doré ($24) – A multitasking stick that defines, lines, and highlights. This peachy-champagne hue is perfect for brow bone and inner eye definition. Plus, if you’re going for a serious no-makeup-makeup look, glide it on the entire lid for a light wash of shimmer.

7. CoverGirl The Super Sizer Waterproof Mascara ($7) – The newest in CoverGirls cult-classic mascaras, The Super Size, has a long, thin bristled applicator that literally catches every.single.lash. to give mega volume. And waterproof, well, that’s a summer prerequisite (yes, you can even wear into the water!).

8. Nars Duo Eyeshadow in St-Paul-De-Venice ($35) – This limited-edition shadow duo is, quite literally, summer in a compact. A shimmering nectarine and a sheer matte chestnut give just enough color to make it seem like a slight golden kiss from the sun.

The List: Swimsuits To Buy Today

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Fringe, floral, high-waisted, and hipster bottoms: Summer 2015 is shaping up to be the season of a thousand swimsuit styles. We talked swimwear trends with designers Laura Poretzky-Garcia of Ete Swim and Morgan Curtis of Solid & Striped here, but now it’s time to pick our must-have, must own, must wear swimsuits of 2015. Below, our edit of the best swimsuits to buy today:

1. Vitamin A Esperanza Serra Wrap Bikini Top ($92) and Hipster California Cut Bikini Bottom ($84) – The cut-outs make it on trend while the hipster-style bottoms give way to fuller coverage. We love how this suit is sexy without being too skimpy.

2. Maaji Seastone Top ($68) and Hipsters Bottoms ($65) – The perfect bikini for those looking for added coverage on the top and bottom. We love how the underwire gives breast support while the full hipster bottoms lift and cover the entire backside (no skimpy Brazilian cuts here)!

3. Marysia Swim Palm Springs Sporty Bikini Top ($395) – If you’re looking for tummy support and added coverage on both top and bottom, this is the bikini for you. Our mommy friend swears by this get-up. Plus, the scalloped edges are a rather unique flair.

4. La Marée Navy Bikini Top ($120) and Navy Cheeky Bikini Bottom ($92) – If you’re a fan of the triangle top, look no further than La Marée’s updated take on the classic style. Tasseled detailing makes this a serious showstopper, while the bottoms draw inspiration from a more covered boyshort silhouette.

5. Zimmermann Admire V Tuck One Piece ($350) – When it comes to one-pieces, Zimmermann’s covers problem areas while still managing to exude sex appeal. It covers the stomach and supports the breasts with padding and V-wire for ample cleavage.

6. Eres Kube Satellite Cutout Bandeau Swimsuit ($550) – Eres, quite possibly, makes some of the most flatteringswimwear around. It’s pricey, but it’s classic colors and silhouettes will last a lifetime. This particular one-piece is actually a two piece from the back with a cinched waist in front to make everything look… well, more cinched!

7. Mara Hoffman Reversible Halter Bikini Top ($121) and Reversible Bikini Bottoms ($121) – She’s known for her colorful patterns and wide-range of shapes and styles. The halter is ideal for additional support, while the bottoms are more full, like a hipster bottom for added coverage. Somehow, with all of this coverage, the bikini still manages to exude serious sex appeal. That’s the beauty of Mara Hoffman.

The List: The Best Of Eco-Friendly Beauty For Earth Day

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If you’re a total beauty product junkie (pot, meet kettle), natural products are more important than ever. Items that are made from sustainable and organic ingredients are not only better for you, but also the world as a whole. In honor of Earth Day, we rounded up our top eco-friendly beauty picks in this list of must-have healthy products for mind, body, and Mother Earth. Not to get all touchy-feely, but consider this a gentle reminder that the earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth. Happy shopping!

1. Ideal for on-the-go application, W3ll People Narcissist Foundation + Concealer Stick ($40) covers what you want without a hint of cakiness.

2. Unlike many organic skincare products, Om Aroma & Co. Carrot Rose Serum ($72) actually smells good. The formula is rich in vitamin A for cellular turnover, but also lightly softens with carrot seed oil.

3. Almost as if it is personalized just for you, Tarte Lipsurgence Skintuitive Lip Gloss ($19) adjusts to your body’s pH for a pop of color that is universally flattering.

4. Locks can take a real beating from heat styling (although of course we advocate air-drying to save electricity!). Rahua Shampoo ($32) uses rahua oil to fortify weak, damaged strands back to their healthier state.

5. Your body goes through a lot of stress. Pursoma Ocean Potion Bath ($10) helps to detoxify and stimulate circulation. Bonus points for feeling like a luxurious spa bath.

6. We already told you here how great Kjaer Weis Highlighter ($56) is, but here is a friendly reminder.

7. No one likes visible pores… no one! Beautycounter Enlightening Treatment Pads ($40) has a slew of natural acids and extracts to refine and tighten.

8. Products that do double-duty are always a plus. Ilia Beauty multi-stick ($34) adds a pop of color to both lips and cheeks, but is also filled with moisturizing Vitamin-E.

9. To awaken tired, dull skin, try popping Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence ($85) in your fridge. A quick mist will wake you up faster than an espresso.

10. Sunscreen doesn’t have to be chalk full of harmful chemicals to protect from even more harmful UV-rays. Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 ($38) physically blocks with zinc oxide while imparting a slight tint on the skin.

11. Think about how much your nails touch your face and other parts of your body. Do you really want them covered in chemicals? RGB Five-Free Topcoat ($18) seals lacquer and provides high-shine without any of the bad stuff.

12. Not only does Josie Maran Argan Oil Mascara ($22) lengthen and volumize lashes, it also actually nourishes them.

13. When putting something on your eyes, you want it to be as gentle as possible. S.W. Basics Makeup remover ($14) is remarkably made from only three organic ingredients: Sweet almond, olive and jojoba oils to remove even the toughest of waterproof mascaras.

14. Want a sun-kissed glow that is anything but unnatural? Look to RMS Buriti Bronzer ($28). If it has Miranda Kerr’s seal of approval, it should have yours as well.

15. After a tough workout, wash your body with Marianella Rejuvenating Bath and Shower Gel ($28). It’s invigorating, gentle, and smells divine!

16. Clumsy people, listen up. Naturopathica Arnica Muscle & Joint Gel ($24) will speed up healing those random bumps and bruises that you always seem to gather. It also does wonders on fatigued muscles.


Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com.

The List: Festival Season Fashion Survival Guide

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By now, you are well prepared for your festival beauty routine (especially if you read our article on all things festival beauty), but chances are, you’re still uncertain about the actual attire.We’re guessing you’ve spent more than your fair share of time standing in your skivvies while staring at your closet feeling completely overwhelmed. Besides deciding on outfits, you have to determine what you truly need. The desert is hot as h*ll during the day, but temps can drop significantly by night. This certainly presents a sartorial situation. But don’t fret, we’ve got you covered (literally)!

Be prepared for the cold evenings by shoving a  pair of Rag & Bone/Jean Boyfriend Jeans ($220) into your awesomely festival-fringed bag (this suede Proenza one will give you a major Kate/Alexa/ Sienna moment). For your outerwear, you have options. Scoop up Blank Denim’s Cargo Jacket ($118) to add to your fringed benefits, or opt for a poncho which is likely to be seen all over the festival circuit this year. It’s the new cargo jacket! Try Adam Lippes Oversized Cotton-Blend Twill Poncho ($1450) – so chic! – or Hunter Original Hooded Waterproof PU Poncho ($195) in this bright green. Bonus for the waterproof material! Both of these poncho choices are ideal because they can easily be rolled up and stuffed into a bag until evening comes.

Music festivals involve a lot of moving. Between all the dancing and walking around from set to set, your shoes will take a major beating (and, apparently so will your heart rate!). Consider packing an extra pair of do-it-all slip-ons just in case. These ASOS Delaware Sneakers ($45) are the perfect neutral silver, but with a heavy dose of sass. If you prefer an open-toe, go for JuJu Footwear Baby Jelly Sandal ($50), which are also waterproof, just in case it starts to rain or, worse, you get beer thrown on you.

An unexpected must-have for music festivals is a caftan since you can use it so many different ways. Wear the ViX Delta Caftan Tunic ($156) to a pool party first, and then with a pair of denim shorts and sandals later in the day. And if you can’t (*don’t want to) make it back to your hotel or Airbnb, caftans make the perfect nightgown. No shame in Coachella sleepovers!

Festivals involve some serious drinking. If you’re going to be imbibing, make sure you’re prepared. Keeping track of your phone is challenging enough when sober, so make sure to keep it tucked away while wasted. And, remember, friends don’t let friends drink and text. Opt for this Alexander Wang Fanny Pack to keep your phone safe and your hands free to bump and grind (or throw aforementioned beer). And skip the jewelry; it’s likely to fall off or get stollen. Instead, try Lulu DK temporary tattoos ($22) which will have you blinged out from neck to wrists, and they last for two to four days!

Even if you’re not actually attending a music festival this year, you know you’ll be following along on Instagram. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em and dress in what you would be wearing should you be blessed enough to spend a weekend in the desert surrounded by wasted strangers.


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

The List: Festival Season Beauty Survival Guide

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Festival season is upon us. Let there be 100 + degree heat, stumbling, drunk fools, an array of combat boots and short shorts, a medley of hats and floral headdresses, and some live music thrown in for good measure. With Coachella weekend one a mere 10 days away, it’s time to get inspired — and get creative! When it comes to hair and makeup, less is certainly more (that one applies to the fashion too), but the real game changer is wearing products and pieces that can easily make the transition from day to night.

Here’s what you’ll need to be toting around in your crossbody bag, preferably one that contains fringe like Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Mini Fringe ($125) in the festival-approved tanned suede or this slightly more fashionable and expensive one from Proenza Schouler, the coveted PS1 Fringed Crossbody Pouch ($1425) in rock n’roll black leather.

Blotting papers are a must (invest in these asap – the floral motif screams festival). And remember, puff, puff, blot… all day and night.

Save your lip shines and glosses for days spent frolicking at your favorite brunch spot (in close proximity to a bathroom). Baking in the heat for hours on end calls for a lip and cheek stain. It’ll last longer, is virtually sweatproof, and still gives off that no-makeup-makeup festival vibe. Try any of these: Vincent Longo Lip & Cheek Gel Stain in Baby Boo ($23; my current favorite), By Terry Tint To Lip Water Color Lipstain in Pink Palace ($36), Benefit Cosmetics Cha Cha Tint ($30; for a spot-on coral color).

All-purpose balm will be your face – and hand – savior. Use it to moisturize into your heat-stroked lips, on hands and cuticles, and even to add a little highlight to cheek and brow bones once the sun sets. Try Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm ($12); the tube is travel-friendly in size and formula.

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist ($48) will keep you cool and refreshed while infusing your skin with healthy hydration. Sure, you can go with any face spray, but this one, although pricey, is considered the Hail Mary of face mists. And it won’t clog your pores like so many other less expensive sprays.

Sunscreen goes without saying, but baking in the heat for the entire day calls for reapplication. Try using a powder formula that will both absorb sweat and oils and offer sun protection, like Arcona Sunsations Mineral Makeup SPF 25 ($54). It comes in 13 shades, from translucent to dark, so you can actually add in some coverage if you so desire. And it travels well, too!

Waterproof mascara will save you from the dreaded raccoon eyes – be it from sweating, dust storms, or simply going all fan girl when you meet your favorite singer. Most of your favorite formulas also come in waterproof, but I swear by Trish McEvoy’s High Volume Mascara ($31); it’s better than waterproof. It produces a 360-degree coating around your lashes that dries instantly and is so much easier to remove than your average waterproof formula. Plus, it gives great volume.

What to do with your hair. Obviously, a hat is in order. My absolute favorite wide-brimmed travel hat is by J.Crew, the Textured Summer Straw Hat ($35). You can literally roll it up and stuff it into your bag and it won’t lose its shape. But floral headpieces are pretty festival-friendly too. Learn how to DIY here with real flowers, or purchase a gold headpiece that’ll have people thinking your part festival-chic, part regal. Jennifer Behr’s Margarite Gold-Plated Headband ($595) is pretty much perfect, and it’ll keep bangs and face fringe from attacking your sweaty forehead and cheeks.

The List: Best Skin Care Products of 2014

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It’s the final day of 2014… how will you be celebrating? I’ll be giving myself an at-home mimi facial before heading off into the night, glowing complexion in tow. So, here are my favorite skin care products of 2014 – from serums to face masks, you’ll want to stock up on these must-haves and use them well into 2015. After all, great skin never goes out of style.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Mask & Balm for Baby Soft Skin ($60) – I wrote about this cream-to-oil balm here, but it really is one of the star products of 2014, and a slew of celebrity fans agree. The cleanser doubles as a deeply hydrating overnight mask for seriously luminous skin. Melt away makeup in a cinch and clean away the day’s debris. Note: the scent is rather potent (pleasantly rosy)- so if you’re adverse to scents, then I wouldn’t recommend this specific balm (but find more options here).

2. Sunday Riley Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil ($125) – While the cult-classic face oil Juno has been around for quite some time, this year, Sunday Riley launched Artemis, an oil specifically formulated to clarify, balance, and tone, so it’s ideal for combination and oil skin types. For drier complexions, opts for Juno. Either way, integrate these oils into your daily beauty routine either prior to moisturizer or, as the makeup artists’ did backstage at fashion week, a drop mixed into your favorite moisturizer. It literally awakens tired skin — like a power nap!

3. Kat Rudu Liquid Lift Peptide Serum ($68) – While I called this product a game changer in my dewy skin post, I must confess, it is now a Holy Grail product; one of those must-use-before-leaving-the-house sort of products. Look out for an interview with Rudu on the art of skin care layering in the new year. In the meantime, invest in this all-natural lifting serum.

4. Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner ($25) – This entire line of products uses Alguronic Acid and Microalgae Oil to regenerate and protect while uncovering a more youthful you. This toner is no exception. Gentle enough for everyday use, yet effective enough to really clean the pores, Algenist is a welcome addition to any skin care routine… and it leaves the complexion soft, bright, and revitalized.

5. Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam ($20) – Okay, so Sebamed didn’t just launch, but this gentle, soap-free cleanser is new to my face. It deep cleans acne-prone skin while maintaining skin’s healthy 5.5 pH balance; meaning, it won’t strip your skin while it clears away the acne-causing debris. The entire Clear Face line rivals Proactiv for those prone to breakouts.

6. Dr. Brandt Glow Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream ($55) – You know how well retinol works on your face? Well, this eye cream is formulated with time-release retinol suitable for use around your eyes. Basically, it peels away fine lines and crows feet without having to get an injection of botox! And, like the name suggests, it leaves the eye area smooth, hydrated, and glowing.

7. Murad Transforming Powder ($30) – New to the Murad arsenal, Transforming Powder is a fantastic water-activated cleanser that uses bio-enzymes to gently exfoliate, and then it turns into a frothy, foaming cleanser that deep cleans and encourages cell turnover. The result is beautiful, glowing skin. A great exfoliating alternative for sensitive types, this stuff can be used daily to maintain a healthy and dewy complexion.

8. Glam Glow Super Mud ($69) – A friend of mine always has the most radiant complexion. Her secret… Glam Glow masks. The Super Mud is MAJOR; it clears, prevents, heals, and leaves skin with a healthy glow.

*Read our list of best mascaras (here), best  palettes (here), and best beauty trends (here) of 2014.

The List: 10 Best Beauty Trends of 2014

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As 2015 quickly approaches, there is no better time to look back and reflect on the past year. While there are certain things you probably want to block from your memory – like that aggressive ombré dye job – 2014 beauty trends certainly need not be one of them! This year was filled with fresh and fabulous looks that kept us on our toes for twelve entire months. Here are our top 10 best beauty trends of 2014 and their corresponding, must-have star products.

As demonstrated at the Mara Hoffman Spring/Summer 2014 show as well as on model Gigi Hadid, this trend is all about having (or faking) a lit-from-within glow. With this trend, never forgot beauty’s golden rule about drinking enough water. It will do wonders for your dewy complexion.
TRY: Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow ($52)

Seen at Zimmerman Fall 2014 and rocked by the gorgeous actress Lily Collins, dark, oxblood-colored lips were loved by countless faces this year. Although initially intimidating, anyone can pull off this look, regardless of if you choose a matte lipstick or slightly more subtle stain.
TRY: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte ($32)

In terms of haircuts, this was the year of the bob; no question about that. From the Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 runway to Karlie Kloss and countless other celebrities, chopped hair was having (another) moment. While years past saw the lob as the trend du jour, this year was all about going shorter. If you’re looking for a fresh start or to revamp damaged hair, consider chopping off your ends. Remember to add texture to give it that 2014 edge.
TRY: John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray ($17)

We loved the ice queen eye look at Emporio Armani Fall 2014, as well as on Kristen Stewart. Although easy to achieve, this trend will totally shake up your makeup routine and brighten your entire face. It’s perfect for a night out on the town, but feel free to try it during the day for something a bit more unexpected.
TRY: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in N(Ice) ($25)

It’s been said that Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows are the only British-made objects that can be seen from the moon, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. This look may seem rebellious, but Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2014 runway show proved it can be classic as well; a throwback to women like Brooke Shields and Cindy Crawford circa 1980s.
TRY: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade ($18)

If you aren’t going bold with oxblood, tone things down with a nude lip as spotted at Rodarte Spring 2014. Sandra Bullock showed us how amazing a strong, nude lip can be for an evening event. As it turns out, bolder isn’t always better.
TRY: Bite Beauty Luminous Cream Lipstick in Light Nude Beige ($24)

Favored by off-duty models and the ‘dos of  Marchesa’s Fall 2014 runway show, the undone bun is meant to look… well, undone. Let go of your inner control freak when attempting to recreate it and even pull out some face fringe to play the part perfectly.
TRY: BlowPro Textstyle Dry Texture Spray ($20)

Thanks to Beyonce, #iwokeuplikethis is trending in a major way, although Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler may have been ahead of her with their respective Fall 2014 and Spring 2014 shows. While we don’t all wake up with a flawless complexion, key products and subtle application can help us fake it until we make it. And, remember, natural beauty is about the illusion of no makeup so stick with light liquids, stains, and creams in neutral shades.
TRY: Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming ($56)

Over-the-top nail art such as appliqués and complex designs may be over, but we’re still feeling clean, geometric patterns for fingers. Tracy Reese had her models sport this look at the Spring 2014 show, and Zooey Deschanel even wore it on the red carpet. A creamy, white polish will be your BFF if attempting to DIY.
TRY: JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Kookie White ($18)

Prabal Gurung showed off Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year on the models’ lips at his Spring/Summer 2014 show, and Scarlett Johannson and Lupita Nyong’o prove that this works equally well on lips and eyes, no matter your skin tone. Afraid of the provocative purple hue? Try the shade as your pop of color with eyeliner, mascara, or even a sheer gloss as opposed to a matte formula.
TRY: Sephora + Pantone Universe Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliner ($11) or Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Flowering Freesia ($17)

If we were into gambling, we would be willing to bet that these trends aren’t going anywhere anytime soon… they’re just that good. So pick up some key products and continue playing with these looks well into the new year.

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

*Read our list of best mascaras (here) and best  palettes (here) of 2014.

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