Launched in 2004 by Carisa Janes, Hourglass Cosmetics has grown into a global beauty brand, with fans including Madonna, Anne Hathaway and Naomi Campbell. Fusing cutting-edge skincare technology with high-quality and on-trend makeup, Hourglass is also paraben-free and made without animal testing.
So what inspired Janes to start her line out of Venice, CA, while still in her twenties? She wanted products for herself and then to share them with the world. Innovations include Solar Tan Self-Tanning primer, a two-in-one self tanner and primer that produces a natural looking glow after five days of use while providing a long-lasting makeup base in the meantime.
And we are definitely fans of the brand around here, with our Editorial Director Melissa Liebling-Goldberg swearing by the Calligraphy Liquid Eyeliner for easy application and incredible long wear and the Oil Free Foundation for flawless but lightweight coverage (read her interview on BeautyBanter.com where she names them her must-have products). Shop Hourglass Cosmetics on Gilt.com, starting at noon on September 14.
The Dead Sea is legendary for its skin soothing properties (in addition to all the fun photo opps for floating effortlessly). Thanks to being the world’s lowest and saltiest body of water, the waters are able to draw out impurities in the skin like no other. So, it’s no wonder that Israeli skincare brand AHAVA has such a cult-following for their mineral-packed skincare drawn from the Dead Sea.
Founded in 1988 with a state-of-the-art research facility to study the effects of the minerals, the brand has expanded worldwide with a product selection featuring face care, body care, sun care and a dedicated men’s line. The brand even added mineral makeup to their offerings with the Mineral Makeup Collection in 2010.
And the Dead Sea minerals aren’t the only thing about the products that put an eye towards nature and well-being. All AHAVA products are paraben free, SLS/SLES free, allergy tested, approved for sensitive skin, not tested on animals, and produced without petroleum, harsh synthetic ingredients, or GMOs.
While a trip to the Dead Sea might not be in your travel budget, you can fake the glowing and purified skin you’d get there with the AHAVA line. Shop AHAVA on Gilt.com starting at noon ET on September 11!
The shades and textures may vary, but if you search through your makeup bag and peer at your lipsticks, we’re willing to bet they all look the same. But no longer! Exude is changing the way we apply our lipcolor, with a patented, one-of-a-kind crystal applicator. With each twist, get the perfect amount of lip creme or gloss, without ever wearing down, breaking off or getting smushed inside your cap.
So, it’s no wonder that fans of the brand include uber-stylist and designer Rachel Zoe, who called the line “genius” in her Zoe Report.
And we all know that nothing is hotter right now than a fun pop of color on your nails, so we’ve rounded up standout shades from Deborah Lippman to go with your new Exude lipsticks. Whether you go light pink on your lips and nails or want to get bold with a plum lip and a navy nail for fall, you’ll find your perfect pair here.
Shop on Gilt.com at 12pm ET on August 1, and complete your summer beauty look with fresh hues from innovative lipstick brand Exude and bright colors from nail expert Deborah Lippman.