Top 5 Beauty Essentials for Fall


If you’re at the dawn of a new school (or work) year, fall can be a stressful and tiring thing. Between figuring out where your classes are, getting used to new coworkers, and trying to find time to hit the gym, how your hair or nails look might be the last thing on your mind. And that’s totally fine! But know this – you don’t always have to sacrifice beauty for brains. Take a look at these must-have beauty essentials to keep looking your best while doing your best (without the stress)! Continue reading

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The Top 5 YouTube Makeup Artists

Jaclyn Hill (Image Credit: Jaclyn Hill)

Jaclyn Hill (Image Credit: Jaclyn Hill)

Need help perfecting the Kardashian contour? Just want to hear an opinion on a foundation that you’re thinking of buying? Look no further than YouTube. There is an entire world of beauty vloggers out there that offer makeup tips and tricks at the click of a mouse. Rather than searching through millions of videos to find something helpful, here are some of my personal favorite channels that offer the best beauty advice. Continue reading

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L’Oreal Unveils Makeup Genius App

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(Image Credit: L’Oreal)

There is no question that technology continuously changes the way we do things. I can stock my wardrobe with a few clicks of a mouse, deposit a check by simply taking a photo or two, and read entire textbooks without actually turning a page. This June, L’Oréal Paris has introduced yet another game changer in the digital world: They have developed a free app for iOS called Makeup Genius that allows users to see what they will look like with certain cosmetics applied before going out and purchasing them. Continue reading

The Best Lip Colors For Fall

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A wise woman once said, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” That wise woman was Gwyneth Paltrow, and judging by her mastery of the glam and sophisticated look, I have to assume she’s doing something right. The right lipstick can make or break your look, so it’s in your best interest to check out these fabulous products for fall! Continue reading

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What’s the Big Deal About… Michelle Phan?

Michelle Phan (Image Credit: Michelle Phan)

Michelle Phan (Image Credit: Michelle Phan)

There’s a wave of newfound YouTube “celebrities” taking over the digital world, and leading the pack is YouTuber turned entrepreneur extraordinaire Michelle Phan. You may recognize Michelle from impressive endorsements with YouTube, Lancôme and Dr. Pepper. A gifted artist from a young age, Phan attended the Ringling School of Art and Design. Although she didn’t end up graduating, her artistic talents largely contributed to the massive success of her videos. Continue reading

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How to Get a Full Brow Look

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(Image Credit: Mitya Ku)

Have no fear, the days of pencil-thin eyebrows are in the past! With gorgeous women like Cara Delevigne and Emma Watson rocking a full brow look, it makes it easier to put down the tweezers and let them grow to their full potential. However, if you weren’t one of the lucky ones born with perfectly thick brows, there are plenty of solutions out there. These tips will get you (or at least your brows) looking like high-end model material in no time. Continue reading

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The Best Products for Longer and Fuller Lashes

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(Image Credit: Lithiumphoto)

Long lashes never, ever go out of style. I mean, there’s a reason why women can get away with a lot of things simply by batting lashes and flashing a smile. A longer, fuller, set of lashes can lead to many things. But first, you need to find the right products. There are many different products today that offer the strengthening and lengthening of lashes in a variety of price ranges. So, whether you’re working with a tight budget or you’re ready for a lash splurge, TDQ has you covered. Continue reading

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VIDEO: It was all about style at the GBK and Pilot Pen NYFW Luxury Gift Lounge!

(Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

It was all about style at the GBK & Pilot Pen Celebrity Luxury Gift Lounge presented by Hard Candy Cosmetics & Michael Todd True Organics at New York Fashion Week and The Daily Quirk is bringing you an inside look at a the fashionably fabulous products that celebrities and fashionistas alike couldn’t wait to get their hands on! Check out the exclusive feature below to find out more about the newest offerings from Pilot Pen, Hard Candy, Michael Todd True Organics and Jane Basch Designs!

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TDQ Correspondent Lauren Gambino, Ketta Vaughn, Celebrity Make-Up Artist, and Lauren Kahn, Director of PR for Hard Candy Cosmetics (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: Get a Sneak Peek at the Latest from Hard Candy Cosmetics at New York Fashion Week!

TDQ Correspondent Lauren Gambino, Ketta Vaughn, Celebrity Make-Up Artist, and Lauren Kahn, Director of PR for Hard Candy Cosmetics (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

TDQ Correspondent Lauren Gambino, Ketta Vaughn, Celebrity Make-Up Artist, and Lauren Kahn, Director of PR for Hard Candy Cosmetics (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

The smoky eye look never goes out of style and this season you’ll see it with a new twist as metallic’s take over the make-up world. But you don’t have to take our word for it! The Daily Quirk caught up with Lauren Kahn, Director of PR for Hard Candy Cosmetics, and Ketta Vaughn, Celebrity Make-Up Artist for Hard Candy Cosmetics, at the GBK & Pilot Pen Celebrity Gift Lounge presented by Hard Candy Cosmetics & Michael Todd True Organics in the Empire Hotel at New York Fashion Week and they gave us the inside scoop! Check out the video below to find out about Hard Candy Cosmetics’ newest products, including their Birthday Suit and Guilty Pleasure Eye Shadow Palettes, and tips on how to achieve the very best metallic smoky eye without breaking the bank. Continue reading

Money-Saving Beauty Tips

Beauty Saving

We all know that beauty comes with a price, and that price can be mighty high sometimes. Every now and then we all like to budget, and your beauty routine is definitely an area where you can save some money. Follow the tips and tricks below and you may be able to stash a bit more cash in your purse while still looking gorgeous. Continue reading

Tips to Achieve a Wide-Eyed Look!

Wide Eyed

Feeling tired is always a drag, but looking tired is almost as bad! Nothing ruins a chic outfit more than looking like you haven’t slept in days. Sometimes we really can’t get the rest we need with our hectic lives, but you can get a beautiful, wide eyed look without all the shut eye! Follow some of these quick beauty tips to get wide eyes and fake that you slept the full 8. Continue reading

Summer Sun-Kissed Skin Essentials by Kelsey Murray of Tickle Me Pink

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Summer is the best season, in my opinion. The weather gives skin a dewy glow that make up can’t attain. No, I am not talking about the gross sweat dripping down your face from the broken air conditioner, on the subway. I’m talking about that sun-kissed, youthful look that is extremely palpable on summer nights. With the help of a few important products you can keep that look from going sour!

Let’s break it down. Typically, the moment you walk into a bar you tend to feel most confident, your freshest. You just finished getting ready and your make up has set perfectly. It’s when the humidity starts to frizz your perfectly flat-ironed hair that you begin to panic. The sweat trickles down your temple and messes with your winged eyeliner and that dewy look has become a major DON’T.

The hotter months are meant for glowy, nude shades and shimmery appeal. After a long day at the pool or a fun night of partying, it’s essential to exfoliate. Dermalogica Daily Mircroexfolient is my go-to! It buffs your skin without leaving it irritated or red.

The Idealist Even Skin tone Illuminator by Estee Lauder or the Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up Illuminator are perfect for a smooth, even shine. You don’t want a blotchy tan to ruin your day, do you?

I like to stick with a neutral palette for my eye shadow. A golden tone like the Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow will go with every outfit you own!

With sun damage awareness at an all time high, it’s no secret that sunscreen is a must. Protect your skin by using foundations with SPF like Laura Mercier. Purchase an ‘age spot’ pen to reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

The absolute best part about summer make up is that you don’t need a lot of it! I use half of the amount of make up during July than I do in any other month. A dab of concealer, a dusting of bronzer, a swipe of liquid eyeliner and a red-hot lip are all you need to dance the night away!

Red-y for Summer: Six Sizzling Products by Kelsey Murray of Tickle Me Pink

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Pumps | Nail Polish | Sunnies | Skinnies | Coin Purse | Lip Gloss

There is something about the color red that screams summer to me. I don’t know if it’s because most of our patriotic holidays fall in the hotter months or it just reminds me of sizzling temperatures. Red is such a power color. I find it so chic when a women has enough confidence to rock red. There are women who may be intimidated to wear such a saturated hue, so today I am bringing you an assortment of products to try. It may be easier to infiltrate red when you wear it on your lips or on your nails.

Red Pumps

Red pumps are always a good idea for a night on the town. Pair them with an all black ensemble for a pop of color. Whether you’re headed to a dance club with friends or on a date night with your hubby, red shoes are the way to go.

Red Nail Polish

To be honest I am an Essie Fiji girl at heart. My nails are shorter so a lighter color goes a long way. However, when fun holidays come about I tend to opt for something punchier! Pick out a poppy red tone like the one featured here for the Fourth of July weekend.


This pair of cat eye sunnies is hot, hot, hot! Won’t they pair perfectly with your beach ensemble? Between your wavy beach hair, bronzed skin and red sunglasses you’ll surely be red-y for summer.


You have your classic white jeans and light wash jeans for the summer months, but why not mix it up? Pick up an apple red pair of skinny jeans. Wear them with a navy, white or cream top and sandals. They’ll be perfect for a baseball game or barbecue.

Coin Purse

A coin purse is a super easy way to infiltrate red, without actually having to wear it. Simply use it when you pop into the market or ice cream parlor. You’re sure to receive some compliments!

Lip Gloss

A red lip is very Marilyn Monroe. It’s sexy, yet classic and should be worn the right way. Gloss is sticky, so I suggest that you do not wear it with a white shirt or light top. Any extra gloss could end up staining your shirt. I love to wear a red lip with a black skater dress. Adorable!


Kari Gran Skin Care (Image Credit: Kari Gran)

BEAUTY REVIEW: Kari Gran Skin Care System

Kari Gran Cleansing Oil (Image Credit: Kari Gran Skin Care)

Kari Gran Cleansing Oil (Image Credit: Kari Gran Skin Care)

As someone who has always had very sensitive skin, it can be a challenge for me to find beauty and cleansing products that don’t dry out my skin or make me break out. I was extremely happy with the results I got from Kari Gran’s Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Tonic, Essential Serum and Lip Whip Balm.

The Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Tonic and Essential Serum can be used as a skin care system, or the elements can be used separately for different purposes. While using the products as a system takes a bit longer than using most products you’ll find at a drugstore, it’s definitely worth it.

Kari Gran Lip Whip Balms (Image Credit: Kari Gran Skin Care)

Kari Gran Lip Whip Balms (Image Credit: Kari Gran Skin Care)

In the evenings, you massage the Cleansing Oil into your skin and then steam it off with a hot towel. The Kari Gran products are made with natural, organic, sustainably-harvested materials, including lovely smelling essential oils, so while you’re steaming away the Cleansing Oil, you’re basically also getting an aromatherapy treatment. It was seriously one of the most relaxing things I think I’ve ever done.

Step two of the system has you mist a few pumps of the Hydrating Tonic into your palm and add a pump of the Essential serum and you’ve got yourself a moisturizer! After massaging the moisturizer into your skin, you’re done and ready to get your beauty sleep.

My skin felt incredibly soft after the first time I used the cleansing system. I loved the way the natural essential oils brought a glow to my skin, and I was so thankful to find something that didn’t dry me out or make me break out. It also did a great job of removing the stubborn makeup my normal skin care routine usually left behind.

I also really enjoyed that you can use the products separately. When I’m getting ready in the morning, I love how fast it is to just spray my face with the Hydrating Tonic rather than applying a moisturizer and waiting for it to sink in before continuing on with my makeup routine. The Hydrating Tonic also does a great job of setting mineral makeup.

Kari Gran Skin Care (Image Credit: Kari Gran)

Kari Gran Skin Care (Image Credit: Kari Gran)

The Essential Serum also has an added bonus for those who wear mineral powder foundation – it can be mixed with the powder to create a custom tinted moisturizer.

In addition to the skin care system, I was lucky enough to be able to try Kari Gran’s Lip Whip Balm. The Lip Whip Balm is an essential oil-infused tinted lip gloss and balm combination that comes in an easy-to-carry pot. The one I tried was pink-tinted peppermint balm, and I loved it. I’m a habitual lip balm user, and I find that a lot of glosses either make my lips chapped or just feel sticky and uncomfortable. The Lip Whip Balm was very lightweight and had a very sheer pink tone that would look nice layered over other products as well as on its own. It didn’t have the sticky, heavy feeling that many glosses have, and it also had the added benefit of hydrating my lips rather than drying them out.

Overall, I loved the results the Kari Gran Skin Care system and Lip Whip Balm gave me. The skin care system was like nothing I’d experienced from a drug store product before, and it’s definitely worth the investment. And because all of the products are made from natural, organic, sustainably-harvested materials, you can rest easy knowing your skin care system didn’t harm the environment.

To find out more about Kari Gran products, visit the Official Site, follow the line on Twitter and like them on Facebook.

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Abbie Reetz
Hi! I’m Abbie. I’m a Wisconsin girl who just completed a degree in journalism, which I hope will help me achieve my goal of reading books and writing about them for a living. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching Doctor Who and hanging out with my boyfriend and his two cats.
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