Newsletters

Get Shop Around delivered to your inbox every Tuesday Morning.

Shop Around on Twitter
5 Things I Can’t Live Without: Kara Manos
The Politics of Pretty beauty blogger shares her product picks. By Michelle Thomas
Comments () | Published August 6, 2013
Kara Manos. Photo by Casie Mace.

As the blogger behind the DC-based beauty site Politics of Pretty, Kara Manos makes no bones about the fact that she’s a bona-fide product junkie. She’s tried ’em all. Which begs the question: Which products hold rank on her list of all-time faves? We chatted with Kara to get the scoop on her beauty essentials.

1. Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer
Kara says: “I always thought the best primers came in liquid form . . . and then Benefit came out with this ultra-easy push-up stick formula. Now I’ve converted. My makeup stays intact way beyond the eight-hour workday.” $32 at Macy’s.

2. Alchimie Forever Gentle Refining Scrub
Kara says: “This gentle exfoliating scrub is a twice-weekly ritual I love to indulge in to help brighten my complexion and even out my skin tone.” $45 at Alchimie Forever.

3. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters
Kara says: “Bright lips are my thing, but it’s hard to commit to them in hot and humid temperatures. These tinted lip balms are a great alternative because you still get a pop of color without the heavy formula.” $6.49 at Target.

4. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Kara says: “I’ve been practicing my cat eye for fall, and this felt-tip marker glides on smoothly without smudging.” $20 at Sephora.

5. Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Macbeth
Kara says: “This is my go-to polish for summer. A coral hue on my digits always brightens up days spent at the keyboard.” $15 at Ulta.

Categories:

Hair & Beauty Hair & Makeup Washington Bloggers
Subscribe to Washingtonian

Discuss this story

Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. The Washingtonian reserves the right to remove or edit content once posted.
  • Julie

    I can't live without Uncurly, the only DIY keratin treatment that works. I think it's better than Brazilian Blowout and costs me about $25 every four months compared to the $450 I spent ob BB.

  • divso321

    I'm going to have go out and pick up that Stay Flawless Primer and that Stila eyeliner. Getting my makeup to last beyond the 8 hour work day is always a challenge. These are great picks!

  • Guest

    I'm going to have go out and pick up that Stay Flawless Primer and the Stila eyeliner. Getting my makeup to last beyond the 8 hour work day is always a challenge. These are great picks!

  • champagne picnic

    I love all of these products - great picks!

    Monika
    champagne-picnic.com

  • Lisa

    I didn't know Benefit made that primer... definitely going to try that out since I'm hopping from work, to the gym, and then back out again.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Posted at 12:27 PM/ET, 08/06/2013 RSS | Print | Permalink | Comments () | Washingtonian.com Blogs