Half the fun of Halloween is in perfecting your makeup for the final spooky touches to your costume, but if you just know you'll never be able to master the perfect whiskers or blood drip, help is at hand! Claire's stocks a selection of temporary face tattoo kits ($8 each) that will do all the hard work for you. They'll also be much easier to remove at the end of the night, as all the pieces peel off. Choose from sparkly leopard spots, spiderwebs, glittery bleeding eyes, or a cat face (complete with diamante jewels and stick-on eyeliner). You can also pick up false nails and eyelashes to match — we love these bedazzled lashes ($6).
Each earring collection ("Peace + Love," "In Bloom," "Seasonal Sampler") comes with 12 pairs of earrings. Like all temporary tattoos, just cut out the two you want, remove the clear protective sheets, and lay them facedown on each earlobe. Use the Poppy Drops applicator ($3) or a wet cloth to moisten the sheet until the design transfers on the skin, and voilà, pain-free earrings that will last for more than a week. To remove them, just use a little baby oil or rubbing alcohol.
So would you let your little girl wear Poppy Drops? Or will you stay earring-free until she's old enough for the real thing? Weigh in below.
Violent Lips ($15 for three) are a new brand of lip appliques designed to make your lips look like a rainbow, leopard print, and even polka dots. I can't resist a good avant-garde lipstick look (especially with Pride Week coming up). Plus, Violent Lips promise to last for hours, and you can even eat and drink while wearing them. So I tried the brand's Rainbow pattern applique. I think they look cute on, but I also have a few warnings, and some application tips, so be sure to check out the gallery to see how it's done.
We really love hearing your takes on our stories, so we rounded up some of this week's funniest and most interesting comments. From cleavage tattoos to nail jewelry and rare beauty items, you had plenty to say.
- "Reminds me of a cocaine spoon pinky nail. Not diggin' it." — postmodernsleaze
- "I would love this as a means of protecting my poor snagged nail that I bit. And it's cool!" — Ladyseven
- "Looks kind of dumb and is way too expensive. Plus I agree with postmodernsleaze, it totally looks like a cocaine spoon." — lizlee89
For the rest of the best, just keep reading.
Each box is $16, save for the limited-edition deluxe Temptu set ($34). That one includes 24 temporary tattoos, along with a poster "digitally autographed" by Beyoncé. But if you're going to go in for it, make sure you're aware that the faux ink has been scaled down from the designs shown off by Beyoncé herself.
This is a pretty fancy fake tattoo, although given the Chanel and Kat Von D faux ink sets that have come out lately, spendy temporary tats are clearly having a moment. What do you think? Are bikini-line temporary tattoos gonna be so hot we'll need a fire extinguisher? Or are they another pubic enemy?
If those $78 Chanel temporary tattoos aren't up your alley but you're still looking to use your hard-earned cash on some high-end temporary ink, the Whitney Museum's gift shop is now selling this temporary tattoo art ($35). Jenny Holzer, the artist who created them, has a history of sticker art and often works with ephemera, so this project makes sense, and the tats are alternately hilarious and oddly poignant. The Whitney's billing them as collectibles and only did a print run of 200, so if you're interested I suggest moving fast. What do you think of the arty faux tats that have come out lately, though? Is it fun, or just a particularly ridiculous trend?