When Less IS More!

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m really tired of seeing women (and a few men) wearing those 2 inch long eyelashes that almost scrape the tips of their noses! Newsflash: natural looking lashes look so much better. This post isn’t about applying lashes, but instead about trying a new mascara that gives your lashes a pretty, natural look, instead of that clown style that seems to be most popular these days.  Allure Magazine sent me a full-sized tube of Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara to test out for one week.  The mascara promised “doll lashes” and came with a cone-shaped wand that worked on those hard to reach lashes in the corners of your eyes.  Initially, I thought the formula was waterproof, just because of the way my lashes felt after the mascara dried, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it came off quite easily with my normal cleanser.  Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara retails at $25 and can be purchased at finer department stores and Sephora.  


Are you a slave to (insert cosmetic brand here)?

In the world of makeup there are no rules about what products you simply MUST use, nor do you have to stick to one brand to achieve your special look.  I love M.A.C. just as much as the rest of you beauty addicts, so you know I ordered some things from the “Blogger’s Obsession” line, which debuted a few weeks ago.  M.A.C. gave some top beauty bloggers the opportunity to create their own eyeshadows and lipsticks! How cool is that? I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of their lab!  Every beauty babe I know had been trying to snag  “All of My Purple Life”, a beautiful, rich purple lipglass, designed by Patrice Grell Yursik, award winning blogger (www.afrobella.com).  I was too late to log into M.A.C. the first time around but once they brought the sold-out collection back, I was up bright and early ordering that pretty purple!  As I browsed the rest of the lucky bloggers’ creations, I decided to add “Evolution Revolution” to my cart! It’s a really pretty, shimmery, peachy gloss created by Karen Monterichard, at www.makeupandbeautyblog.com.

After dragging myself away from the M.A.C. website (it’s addictive), I jumped over to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and browsed THEIR site for a while. In case you didn’t know, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC)  creates 100% Vegan and Cruelty free cosmetics that are absolutely fabulous in terms of high pigment and coverage! I had a chance to try their products in June at The Makeup Show-Chicago.  People were crammed at the booth, trying on Lip Tar, a highly pigmented lipstick that goes on like a gloss, but dries to a satin finish.  I ordered some Lip Tar in “Hoochie” (yes, that’s the real name), an extremely bright magenta color.  You really have to use a lip brush for application and only use the tiniest amount possible.  I played a game of Mix and Match and thought I’d share my pictures of various combinations

Lip Tar in “Hoochie” alone

“Hoochie” and All of My Purple Life”

“All of My Purple Life” alone

“Evolution Revolution” with Benefit “I Do, I Do, I Do” a golden pink 

I mixed the “Evolution Revolution” because it wasn’t as pigmented as the other colors and I needed a “boost”. This color works well with all skin tones, but you would have to decide for yourself if you want to wear it alone or with an accompanying lipstick underneath. Playing around with different brands will give you a chance to try out new looks and styles. You don’t have to buy all of your cosmetics from the same company, and if you find yourself doing that frequently, you are probably missing out on some new looks! After all, isn’t makeup art all about being innovative?

911! Sunburn Alert!

Yesterday I did something stupid and now I am paying the price. I went outside in the 103 degree weather and forgot to apply sunscreen! Now my skin is extra dry and doesn’t feel “right”, not to mention it hurts in certain spots.   It’s so easy to think about just running to the car, then back indoors WITHOUT thinking about how damaging the sun’s rays are for the skin.  We must remember to apply sunscreen even if we are only going to be outdoors for “a few minutes.”  There are tons of brands out there, tailored to fit your beauty needs, but the best sunscreens are water-resistant, with an SPF of 30 or higher, if you really want to protect your skin. Usually, I recommend a specific product on this blog, but I’m not going to do that today. You have to decide for yourself what product will work for YOU.