length, width and height

I LOVE THIS STUFF. It’s Smashbox’s Mascara Primer ($16.) Not only does it plump up the jamz  volume, it has panthenol in…which I swear made my lashes grow longer.  And because we all try to scrape every last morsel of mascara out of the side of the tube, I know you’ll appreciate the fact that with layering a  mascara primer, you won’t have to apply many coats of your favorite mascara; lengthening your mascara’s life here on earth. 

The best drugstore mascara primer is Maybelline’s XXL Volume + Length mascara. A primer on one side, mascara on the other. 

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retail therapy

Anyone working in the retail world has at least one story to share.  There are many farfetched stories about bloody tampons and droppings in dressing rooms; accounts providing outrageous human behavior.       I was helping a man wearing a stretchy tight Under Armour shirt with mirrored wrap-around sunglasses and combat boots. After deciding on which fragrance he wanted to purchase for his loved one, he mumbled something that sounded awfully close to, “I just need to get my money out of my shoes.” Well, my ears are still in working order. He sat down and pulled a soaking wet $100 bill out of his boot.I panicked about how to react. I didn’t want to offend him and pick his money up with a tissue…so, I just took it. Bare handed.   

skin so soft

washing my face

I really apologize for falling into the gap, again. The holidays, retail meltdowns, a break up and a birthday have all kept me preoccupied.  

Let’s talk skin. 

The proper face regime goes as follows:

1. Remove eye makeup gently. The cheapest way to remove eye makeup is simply baby oil. My mom has used it since I can remember. Squirt it on a cotton round and hold over your eyelid for a good 10 seconds, then wipe down and remove any access residue.

2. Exfoliate. You either exfoliate or you don’t. Most people don’t. And other people do it too frequently. The average person should exfoliate 2-3 times a week. If you are oily, you should do it even more. Dry skinned folks usually think that exfoliating daily will be the best way to sludge off the dry feeling, but I’ve been trained that it does the opposite. But of course, it really just depends on YOUR SKIN. These are just guidelines. Make sure you use one with gentle round beads. Those harsh sandy-like ones may leave your skin soft but they are really ripping at your skin . 

3. Cleanse. One of my favorite face washes that works for all skin types is Neutrogena Deep Clean, which runs for about $6. I’ve used this one since middle school. It leaves my face feeling really refreshed. 

4. Toner. Toning is an important part of your regime. Not only does it remove any residue your face wash left behind, but it hydrates and prepares the skin for moisturizer. I promise that you will use less moisturizer if you apply it on a freshly toned face- so fresh it’s still damp.  I’ll get into moisturizers and eye creams next time. Until then, comment and let me know if you have any tips or products you can’t live without!

who doesn’t love a freebie?

I was reading in a beauty insider magazine at work about a new hair care line called Organix. Not that anyone cares, but the Organix rep was late for his meeting with Target and only had a few minutes to present his pitch to the buyers. Target was sold.So was I. And right now, until the 3/30/08 you can get a full mail-in-rebate! So try it! If you don’t like it, hey, at least it was free! UPDATE: I LOVE THIS SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER. TRY IT!!!

the mascara era

I want to apologize for being out of commission for so long. I was really unhappy with the blog host I was using so I am giving wordpress a chance to impress me- so far, so good.

So let’s get down to business.

Mascara is a beautiful thing. I know I probably wear too much- but I just love the over-the-top eye makeup look of 60s and 70s, when women would put their lashes on every single day. I would go nutzo if I did that – I had a mild panic attack while trying to apply them for a Halloween party a few weeks ago. Lesson learned- don’t do your own.

We are no longer in that beautiful era of “putting your face on.” Instead we are throwing makeup on at every red light as we make our drive to work. We want perfect products that do the job ASAP.

I’ve been on a journey for the perfect mascara my entire life, and was always left short-lashed. In the famous words of my favorite MTV’s Made episode, where Jackie wants to perform a snazzy number to the theme of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights in the high school talent show—

“NOT ANYMOOORRE!”

The two best mascaras in the world are:

L’Oreal Voluminous and CHANEL Inimitable Mascara

watermelon crushes

lipgloss


Eww peachfuzz city! I need to start shaving.

Let's talk lipgloss- my favorite subject. It's sickening that I own 52 lipglosses, but I have no doubt in my mind that some of you own more than that.

Lancome Juicy Tubes are my personal favorite. For a whopping $17.50, you can expect to have the shiniest lips in town. Juicy Tubes give you a high gloss shine and perfect amount of stickiness! The colors range from sheerest of the sheer to the boldest of the bold and flavors are not overpowering. These puppies tend to stay on forever, but don't expect it to last through your food court lunch.

Can't imagine spending $17.50 for a lipgloss? Great news, Lancome and L'Oreal are the same company, so you can count on finding similarities between the lines. L'Oreal's Colour Juice is the cheaper version of a Juicy Tube. There aren't as many color choices as the Juicy Tubes and the rounded tip tends to cause a mess within the twist-on cap, but penny pinching sometimes has it's baby drawbacks.

May your gloss be with you.
Christy



buh-bye insecurities!

I’m gonna go right out and claim that Amazing Cosmetics concealer is the best concealer in the galaxy!


Yes, they DO make shades of green for all you extraterrestrials out there.



But on the real, this concealer covered my tattoo for my sister’s wedding way better than any Dermablend ever could. The creamy consistency is very thick, but don’t think cakey; because it is heavily pigmented, you only need a pin-drop to cover any vomit-inducing imperfection. The Amazing Cosmetics concealer looks natural and gives a flawless finish. It’s the perfect remedy for dark circles! This concealer does not sit in the lines around my saggy bags (ahem..UNDER MY EYES) after smiling or squinting like how most concealers do.


Dab it on with a brush and then tap it out with your finger for the most natural look.



I haven’t sold you on it yet? What if I told you Rachel McAdams used this concealer in everyone’s favorite movie, The Notebook. I’d buy it just to be 1/3,000,000 times closer to resembling Miss Perfection, herself.


The big buddy costs a whopping $40, but I would suggest you get the half-sized tube for $28; by the time you’d finish the big one, it would be long expired. I have a feeling the smaller one would last close to a year. Get yours at Sephora or Ulta.