Stacy B here! With so many great products out there it seems like we could write a brand new review every week for decades (and even some about not-so-great products). But, once in a while it's worth a second look at a product that's been raved about before. A new perspective is always helpful and so is the reminder that some products really work well and deserve a second mention.
Plus, if it's endorsed by Meg in this post, you know it's a good one!
As you probably know, I'm STILL pregnant. Still. It's been like 14 months or something. My official due date is Monday, but according to the doctor it could happen anytime. My son was 5 days early so I'm hoping this little one comes right around the same time as his big brother. That would be today, so if you could all do me a favor and think labor thoughts as you are reading this, it would really help me out.
I've had some bone, joint and nerve issues in my lower back this time so my doctor pulled me from work a few weeks ago to avoid early labor due to stress. I've been relaxing at home (as much as a beached whale can relax) and doing approved activities here and there. Mostly I'm just watching bad TV and trying to bribe this kid out. While showering and doing light activities are approved, they do take a lot of energy, especially since on a good day, my hair takes about 25 minutes to blow dry. That's a long time for me to be standing. Since I can't really go too many places I'm not overly concerned with a perfect blow out every day, but I've been aiming for every other day. My hair is REALLY thick, so air-drying is a joke (we're talking hours here) and wet buns or pony tails give me headaches thanks to the weight of all my hair. So every other day, I dry my hair. Then I take a nap. No kidding.
What's been saving me on the days I don't wash and dry is Got 2B's Fat-Tastic Fresh and Full Dry Shampoo. On the days I don't wash it in the shower, this saves me from looking like a greasy rat, so if I have to run to the grocery store, or the doctor, or the drugstore (all approved by doctor, but only one each day!) I can use this and my hair is light, fluffy, easy to manage and smells good.
I don't have to use a ton, just my roots on the crown of my head, the back and underneath layers don't need anything. I blast a few sprays on my roots while lifting sections of my hair with my fingers. Then I run a brush through it as I blow dry for a few seconds and I'm like new. Much better on my lower back than standing and hair drying for 25 minutes!
It has a light, flowery, baby powder smell. It's a bit overpowering when you first spray it (I almost choked the first time I used it) but brushing and drying it out takes care of that. My husband even said my hair smelled nice one night, almost 36 hours after my last shampoo. Be carefull not to spray for too long on one section or you'll get that colonial white wig look. Just a few squirts is enough. I've also found that this is a great refresher on a warm or humid day when you are going from work to happy hour or something. Or in my case, couch to my parents house so they can make me dinner. ;) Just flip your head upside down, spray a few light blasts on your roots and finger comb. Instand volume and freshness.
I am definitely putting this in my hospital bag, what a great way to still look fresh and happy after a sweaty and gross labor! It's supposed to be one of the best moments of your life, so why not take 30 seconds and make yourself look as amazing as you feel? Then you'll be as beautiful as your perfect newborn in all those first moment pictures.
Remember...labor thoughts everyone!! What labor do you go through for great hair?
Meg here! I know I write about some out there topics but don't worry. Napoleon Perdis Nude Bar is not some new, seedy, drinking joint in a shady part of town! Oh you silly geese! Napoleon Perdis was all about reds for this fall, he was as he always is, completely on target and trend. It may help to be completely on target and trend when you're the one that creates them...Back to my point. I swear I had one.
So this spring if you're going to be doing the still hot mettalic eyeshadows then you must pair it with the always sexy nude lip. If you're doing subtle eyes than go for a bold, spring lip. The Master recommends Hara or Aphrodite!
I write that and it doesn't sound nearly as fabulous as when Napoleon says it! I wish I was able to exude such prescence. Perdis has been one of the worlds leading makeup artists for years and his Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy has been held in the highest esteem. It's like having Harvard on your resume for the beauty world. Unlike other schools, Perdis has created an experience that takes students through the steps, A-Z. Let's Start with "A" shall we? A for Ambience. The school space is over 9,000 feet on Hollywood Boulevard. It's steps away from where they host this little event called "The Oscars." So no big deal.
Napoleon painstakingly created a work space where his studios not only have top notch materials (computer library, tons of beauty literature and amazing work stations complete with their extremely successful teachers.) He went a step further. Instead of having students searching for cool locations, Napoleon built a studio inside the Academy. At the turn of a key, his school space not only turns into a professional shooting studio but also a fabulous event space. Major magazines and TV productions have been using it at as shooting space and that's incredible exposure for some very lucky up and coming beauty talents.
One of the reasons Napoleon is so great is because he takes the guess work out of trying to duplicate the trends. Through trial and tribulation (working on the biggest faces in Hollywood) he learned what translated to "real life." I love that I'm not going to have to sort through "the perfect nude lippy" becuase he already did that for me and presented his top 5 choices. That's pretty genius.
Tomorrow, I'll have up part 2 of our exclusive Napoleon interveiw! That's where we explore his brand new Camera Foundation. It's finally warming up out here in L.A. L.A. Land (I can see you rolling your eyes from here!) I just can't wait to go nude.
How about you? Who else is all about the nude lip?
Meg here and it's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not the holidays. I'm not crazy for those. Spa Week has arrived and jut in time! My bones are a creakin'. I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with Spa Week. Tons of beauty providers (spas, hair stylists, facialists and masseuse's) all put some great servieces on special. Really amazing (and normally pricey) treatments all get marked down to $50. How can you beat that?
To kick off the celebration, I headed to the OC. Huntington Beach to be exact, and met Amy Ven De Vanter at CloudMover Day Spa. Voted #1 Massage SPot on the OC Hotlist I was very tempted to go in for a rub down. However, I was in serious need of some facial work. I was one more blackhead away from freaking and becoming a face butcher. I know, I know, you need to leave the extractions to the pro's, I was a good girl and that's exactly what I did. Do you know how hard it is for me to walk away from a good pimple to pop? Hard. But I know I'm not the only one out there that suffers from this sick compulsive behavior!
My lifestyle (shocker) had been less than healthy this past month and I was needing a deep detox. Anna welcomed me, handed me a plush robe and sent me off to the sauna. It was step one in trying to clean out my poisonous body. Second step? Cut to lying on a massage table while Anna began applying a gel like, detoxifying seaweed potion to my body. Both sides. From the neck down. It was a little chilly at first but no worries. I was soon wrapped heas to toe in what can only be described as a human version of Reynolds Wrap. Yes, I was wraped like a mummy, like leftovers from your favorite restaurant. It was very relaxing and I began to "cook." I was fine in my heated cocoon state but I woud not suggest this treatment if you suffer from claustrophobia or you may have a bit of anxiety.
Anna had the body covered, it was time to start on the place that was starting to revolt! It was time to start fixing my face! For the next hour I was facially massaged, cremed, hydrated, buffed, scrubbed, extracted and moisturized. Sound good? It was. It was great.
By the end of my treatment, I was a new women. My face and body were refreshed and revitalized and all set for me for me to begin a fresh month of destructive behavior and not look any worse for the wear! Being bad was feeling beautiful.
You too want to be back in tip top shape? Do a little face spring cleaning? You can. Take advantage of Spa Week. Just sign up and put your zip code in and you'll be taken to the amazing deals page! Totally great, top notch services at great prices. I'm planning on booking more than a few of these babies!
So tell me, have you ever participated in Spa Week? What are your favorite services to get? What did you think?
Meg here! I suffer for my art. I mean, I'm not going hungry or anything but I have been known to "put it all out there." I'm working with Revlon on getting the word out on their photoready line. The videos I make go online, both here and on here!
I was given the task of reviewing Revlon Photoready Sculpting Blush Palette. You know me, I'm not one for hitting you over the head with "how to" instructions. I give about 30 seconds of tips, my guess is you know how to put on blush. I mean, you read this site, right?
What do I like about Revlon Photoready Sculpting Palette? I like that it's a 3 in 1. That's pretty convenient. Just in case you were wondering, the pinkest shade goes just on the apples of your cheeks. The more bronze color goes where the sun would naturally kiss your face. I start at the hairline, go down to sculpt towards the cheek and finish at the chin. You're just making an E or a 3. Whichever, I say E. I've never been a numbers person. The lightest shade acts as a highlighter. It hits the top of your cheeks. If you have any questions, the video is pretty clear. Again, I'm sure you've heard of blush. It doesn't generally go on the lips or eyes.
I only have 1:15 given to me to make these videos. I usually bounce my ideas off my roommates and my main gay Denny. At first they look at me like I've lost my mind. So I give them wine. After the third glass they recognize the brilliance in my idea! After the fourth glass they find themselves in the video.
The next day they wake up with a little headache and say "so no one is going to see those right?" I say "There's this little site that they're going on. Also, this small, start up company Revlon. I'm sure you don't know them. Anyhow, they're going up on the Revlon Facebook page so I'm sure no one will watch."
I don't know what they're worried about. I'm the one that shows my butt. Oh, the things I do to try to entertain you people!
I would appreciate it if you would watch my at home cinematic masterpiece. I'm sure Fellini is shaking in his boots right now.
So, what do you think? Want one? Revlon supplied with a bunch of Revlon Photoready Sculpting Blush Palettes for a give away. Write down your most embarassing moment to win one!
Stacy B here! It's really starting to look and feel like spring now, temps are consistently up, there's no threat of that one last snow to really put everyone in a bad mood and people are starting to spend more time outside. The sun seems brighter, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping (well, except for that one that got a little lost and slammed into our picture window in the living room...sorry little guy, hope you're OK).
While this brightens my New England soul, it does not brighten my skin yet! I feel even more wintery pale as I venture outside shocking my skin with warmer sunlight and much needed Vitamin D. I need some color! Don't worry, I do wear sunscreen and am very careful not to burn or even get too tan, but a little sunshiney glow is necessary when you've been cooped up indoors all winter!
I have a couple great bronzers but my skin is still not quite ready for them yet. My best option is usually a light, slightly tinted foundation to even out my pale skin and give me a brighter complexion until the sun can do it's magic. Unfortunately...I hate wearing foundation. It's always felt like too much. It adds to my morning routine which I didn't like, it feels like too much makeup, I'm terrified of that awful chin/neck foundation line and I can almost feel my pores clogging and suffocating under it. I very rarely wear it, and it's usually a very special occassion.
Enter Maybelline's Dream Nude Air Foam. I won't tell you I'm a total foundation addict now, or even an every day user. But, this really felt very different to me and was bearable for a few days.
It was definitely different than any other foundation I've tried, it came out of the can like a very light and airy hair mousse. It was very porous and fluffy and spread easily. I could barely feel it on my skin and it evened it out just enough to make me look smooth, rested and refreshed. I followed with my normal routine of some light coverup under the eyes, a dusting of loose powder and some light bronzer. That's when it started to feel like a bit too much for me and I could see some spots that looked a little thick for me. I'm sure NO ONE would ever notice, but I did.
This Dream Foam lasted throughout the day and I felt like it really covered. My slightly oily T-zone did get a little angry toward the end of the day and I started to worry about my pores and that I was starting to look greasy. Hubby swore I didn't, but I'm pretty sure he had no idea what I was really asking... He's also been overly complimentary lately since I'm still in the miserable last days of this pregnancy. :)
It washed off easily and after 3 or 4 days of use, my skin was still clear so the airiness must have kept my pores from clogging too much. The website says it's so light it won't clog pores and I believe it. It also has some SPF in it, but that baffles me since it's IS so light and airy...how is it blocking much? I'll still use a regular SPF on especially sunny days.
I was impressed with this product, which adds to my admiration of just about everything new Maybelline has come out with this spring. So far it's all been affordable, easy to get and delivers what it promises. I will not use this foundation every day, I just don't need it and don't really want to layer up my skin all the time, but I will not be afraid to use it for a night out, a wedding, a big day at work, or any other time I feel I need a little boost.
Have any of you been switching up your foundation with the warmer weather coming?
Meg hair, I am going to make you want to throw up reading this (Happy Humpday.) I want to throw up writing this because I know there's a great chance I'll never experience this again in my life. I'm going with the whole "It is better to have loved and lost than never loved at all." Replace "love" with "flying private." That doesn't even sort of make sense. Once you are lucky enough to "fly private" even first class is a bummer. I'm not saying I don't love it. These days I'm in the coach cabin, I'm just saying, there is nothing like flying (as a guest) on a private plane.
No security, no check-in, no rush. The car drives right to the plane and no one is taking off until you get in. Then once you're in your seat you have your own personal stewardess bringing you mimosa's and omelette's and really anything you could ever want. Your chair lounges out full sleeping size and you're covered in cashmere blankets and comfy pillows and spoiled beyond. It really is the only way to fly. I mean the only way if you have 100mm in the bank but why put a price on happiness? Disclaimer, I have traveled that way four times in my entire life. I hope to double that number at some point but right now I'm an orbitz.com member looking for deals. Times change, it's important to be able to roll with current situations. But DAMN, that was awesome!
I only put a lot of stock into money in the way it can open up new experiences. God knows I don't cling to it. God wishes I did a bit. I used to argue with my ex husband "But Jason, I could be hit by a bus and dead tomorrow! Why wont you let me enjoy it!?" He would just shake his head and say "Or you'll live to be 80 and be broke!" I always tuned him out after the 80 line.
We all work so damn hard! Why is it sinful to spend sometimes? What on earth is the point if we can't indulge in some fantastically over the top decadence? You work like a dog, I work like one as well (not my dog, she sleeps all day and eats amazing, catered S.A.D. Dog Sushi)
Really, last time I checked we had one go around. One go around. Let that sink in for a second. Excuse my reincarnation people, but we're not coming back. Soak in the sun, buy the pretty dress take the last minute change of plans. You don't know where that stuff will lead. I know where it's going to lead if you don't shake it up, you're never going as a guest ona private flight. You're just not. Those things only happen to people willing to talk to strangers, willing to be spontaneous and willing to step out of convention. Come join me. You'll like it here!
Much like stepping onto a private plane, Leonor Greyl Mask Quintessence is not subtle in letting you know that you've "arrived." On presentation alone you know you're dealing with a fine piece of art. The packaging is no joke. It looks and feels like fine crystal. I would put this on my mantle...Except, my mantle isn't fancy enough. Leonor Greyl Mask Quintessence is "ooh" and "aah" worthy.
I had a tough boy and work week, both were severe pains in the ass (OK, you may not have been on a private plane but I'm guessing we've all had THAT trip.) On top of it, my hair was looking pretty dull and dried out. Being a Catholic with severe guilt for reasons I don't even know (I bump into furniture and apologize...to my couch.) I couldn't open this $141.00 mask unless I could share it. It has nothing to do with Easter, I think I'm Jesus all year long.
Seriously, I couldn't indulge it all for myself. This coming from a woman that not only used to get bummed out over first class but thinks Chanel is quite "reasonable." Why was Leonor Greyl intimidating me with this fabulousness when I think of myself as fabulosity squared?
I thought it may be psycho symatic. I know this mask costs ONE HUNDRED FORTY ONE DOLLARS. Did it smell better because I knew? The scent (and I have no sense of one-yet it came back when I put this on, so now it works sense miracles) The floral bouquet of rich blossoms invigorated my scalp and yes, my scalp had a scent that can only be described as "filthy rich." I applied this thick, buttery lotion to my tresses and waited the 20 minutes. All the while I felt like Oprah (I know weird, but I imagine this is the stuff she uses everyday.)
After I showered and blew dryed my tresses, the rich, floral scent still lingered. Is part of the price never having to buy a perfume again? I don't know, but they should add that to their sell. I don't want to blow my own horn, but I looked totesamaze! My hair was a dream! I did what any good reviewer does. I looked for new opinions. I asked my roomies to try. I didn't tell them the price. I just handed it to them. Here's KristenOsborne88 review, not knowing anything about price or Leonor Greyl.
I was just home visiting my mother for Easter. At dinner she told me (amongst other things) that I need to lose some weight, get engaged, move back to NY and CUT MY HAIR. She said it was, and I quote “dead and scraggly” looking. Oh mothers….
Anyhow, imagine my delight when I came home and Meg had just gotten one of her many shipments which included a super duper luxe hair mask by Leonor Greyl.
Thinking of my mother’s kind words I decided it was worth a try.
So, a few things, I’ve never used a hair mask before and I’ve been using horse shampoo for the past month or so to try to help my split ends.
Okay, so you can put this mask on wet or dry hair. I like this option because it means I don’t have to take two showers. (We had two hair masks and a dye job going on in the house at this time, so the shower was in high demand) Loved the jar, super fancy and looks very expensive. The product felt like a rich, buttery body lotion, I was tempted to put it on my fat thighs (thanks mom). The thing is, it takes a lot of lotion to cover my whole head and I felt bad using too much because it looks like you could only get about 4 masks out of the jar – so I’m not sure of the overall bang for your buck, but keep in mind, I have SO much hair. It's past my boob. Way past.
I covered my hair, especially the ends, and then tied it in a loose bun at the base of my head. The instructions say to leave it in for 20 minutes, I did 35 just for kicks. It smelled delicious. Like vanilla meets floral meets cake batter – and 24 hours later I still smell like a rich spa. I washed the product out and let it air dry. What I LOVED about this is that my hair dried with zero frizz….it looked so pretty and still does. It also feels softer.
I was so glad I got to be Meg’s guinea pig again. She just told me how much it costs. I'm getting another job. I love this! Maybe my mother will lay off me if she can just smell my new, rich and amazing hair! I mean new and rich? Maybe that will let her dream of prospectives?
Stacy B here! As happy as I've been with my new Maybelline spring products, I'm going to take a break from them. I have a few more, don't worry, but I need a little change, it's really springtime now! The seasons are changing, the flowers are blooming, it's almost Easter and my three-year-old is potty trained! Getting away from diapers is a huge change (and wallet saver). Of course, within the next 2-3 weeks I'll be right back in diapers with a newborn but everything's cute in newborn sizes!
Spring brings out lighter, brighter colors and the urge to try new things, or at least give a little boost to your old favorites. I've always stuck with powder eye shadows until this spring. I've tried a few cream shadows lately and I'm not totally sold. I think they can tug on delicate eye skin if they aren't smooth enough, but if they are too smooth and slick, they can crease and run. I'm not the best at applying them either, brushes are tough and my fingers aren't precise enough. Plus then I have shadow all over my fingers and I worry that I've smeared finger oils all over my eyes.
I found a cream shadow that promised to be a hyrid between a powder and a cream. And, it's supposed to last 24 hours. Why you would need shadow for a full 24 hours I'm not sure. My college self might have known, but a pregnant almost mother of two sees no need for it. Oh, how far I've fallen.
At least I can dress the part, even if I wash it off after 12 hours or so. And yes, L'Oreal's Infallible 24 Hour Sunshine did need to be washed of after 12 hours. I didn't put it to a full 24 hour test but it was still going strong after a full day.I tried Eternal Sunshine and I loved it! Shimmery gold, right up my alley. Great alone or over a brown or taupe shade.
According to the website, it 'fuses the ease of a powder with the velvety caress of a cream". Aside from the cheeky marketing copy it's pretty true. It's creamy but has a soft powdery feel. It went on smooth without tugging and immediately felt powdery. It didn't have that wet feel at first that some creams can have. It definitely lasted too, and was shimmery without falling down my face throughout the day. The pigment was strong, I did pick a lighter color so it was light but the quality of the product led me to believe if I chose a darker shade it would have remained pretty true to the advertised color.
It wasn't too hard to get off, no tugging on my fragile eye skin. It really brigtened up my eyes, too. Made me feel awake, rested and excited for the day. Three things I have not been in a while!
I don't think I can claim to be a cream shadow convert, but this product was a keeper. I felt more comfortable applying and wearing this than a straight cream shadow and I think it lasted longer than a straight powder shadow. Typical coming from me, the girl who loves to combine products and mix and match likes the shadow that does the same thing! Maybe that's my marketing weakness...combined products! That, and a spoonful of peanut butter dipped in chocolate chips...I am still pregnant after all....
Meg hair! InStyle, People, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, WWD-you know those little publications that nobody reads hail Leonor Greyl as not only a celebrity favorite but an editor one! You know what? I know those girls, they're a bunch of tough broads and their standards are ridiculous so if they're buzzing about this, we need to listen!
Beauty editors maybe aren't your thing, maybe you're like the rest of the entire world and are a little celeb-obsessed! Great news, then you're covered on that point as well! Just this month in New Beauty Magazine, Jen Aniston is raving over the line. I mean, right along side Farrah has there ever been a more iconic hair super star?
Leonor Greyl is all natural and have been for almost 40 years so to say Miss Greyl was uhum, ahead of her time would be an understatement. So yes Virginia, there really is an actual Leonor Greyl. A dynamo that actually added vitamins to her hair products?!? Sign me up.
Leonor's business spread like a wildfire and her daughter, Caroline is now at the helms. That's some pressure. I mean I try do everything smarter, faster and better than my mother but that's a therapy session. No reason to air it on Megsmakeup.com.
At Seventy Years Young, Leonor handed over the reigns to Sweet Caroline and well, business is booming. Yes, this is pricey. It's also super fabulous, like amazing fantastic. I have heard about this brand for years and when I met the makers I bullied them into product. Because that's what I do.
Leonor Grey Shampooing Creme Moelle De Bambou is nourishing shampoo for long and dry hair. It is specific for long hair, nourishing dry ends, creates shine, softness and manageability, Those are all things I'm in desperate need of! I mean, I may only have 3 strands of hair but the Indian woman whose hair is extended on to mine really needs it!
You know what?! It delivered! 5 champagne flutes. Shampooing Creme Moelle De Bambou was so incredibly moisturizing and hydrating on my hair that I almost thought I had grabbed a conditioner by mistake.
It definitely detangles and adds lots of shine and luster. I have asked the roomies and they too are big fans. My "maine" gay, Denny says "My hair has never, ever been better and I love the scent, it's so pure and clean."
This is the first item I've tried in the line an it's been a total winner. I'm really excited to dive in and try the rest of their items. They have set the bar really high with this shampoo. It's not just me, Denny, the roommates or even Jen Aniston that are getting great Leonor Greyl results. I met the women, Marjie and Caroline that run Leonor Greyl USA and yes, perfect and not a hair out of place.
I'll be keeping you ladies in the loop on all things Leonor Greyl! Paris has been on the calendar for some time. "Meeting" Leonor Greyl has only confirmed that I need to buy my ticket. Even the Parisian shampoo's are stlylish and beautiful.
Have any of you tried Leonor Greyl? And how about Paris? Have you tried that?
Goddess Granny on the fly yet again has found a little something something to share that is REALLY a cool little product because If you make me wait too long in the checkout line and if there are are cute little bottles and items especially if they are unique in shape and color,I will pile them into my basket and you product-designers KNOW this! This was on a "shop and grab" run to Ulta and I found gold among the glitter!
I adore red lipstick but hate to see it being worn on lips that need some solid moisture and maybe a bit of TLC before it's applied because then it juts isn't pretty: you need a bit of prep to insure that your lips are plum and pillowy and THEN your knock em' dead red will get the looks of lust! Some lip balms are too waxy and others too sticky and it's hard to create a "base" for glam lips that adds to the effect and doesn't cause it to slide off or end up on your teeth! I hate that so when I picked up this sassy little I don't really know what you'd call it shaped hybrid tube with a rollerball of MAGIC lip fixit,I was ridiculously pleased…
OWN is a unique little company with a very straightforward philosophy: natural, effective, efficient and affordable: what's not to like about that? I love their packaging and intend to order up some of their products I haven't seen in retail locations yet because their "Nighttime Lip Therapy" is absolutely AMAZING!!! I just love this funky little deep-blue tube/rollerball that allows the product to seep and ooze perfectly onto every little corner of your lips when you glide it on at night,it feels smooth with a bit of a sugary taste and scent that goes away quickly but what remains is the most incredible moisture-barrier and wake me up beautiful plump lips ever!
It rejuvenates, it rehydrates, it feels sexy and luscious, and it WORKS: I wake up with a pouty-plump pair of lips ready to smooch or to paint to perfection! It's a luxurious mix of oils and shea-butter that will have you using it a lot more often than at night,so feel free to indulge because it's not pricey so you can apply with glee! I have paid a ton of money for products that insured lush lips but can honestly say that when you apply this as directed at night you get incomparable results with no fuss or muss! This is a truly fantastic little item and I suggest it to anyone,whether you love lipstick or not because you'll be able to feel and see the difference the first morning after you try it!
Read about OWN on their simple and classy little site and be sure to notice how perfectly edited and lovely their line is,you can also buy "Nighttime Lip Therapy" here or scoop it up at Ulta like I did!:
I want one of these sassy little tubes in every room! It's just one of those "who knew?" products that really is something to be thrilled about! This is one for all of us to enjoy and don't you love it when you hit on a real "find" that you didn't expect to be quite so sensational?
Stacy B here! Everyone has a part of them that they like and probably a few they don't. Well, I HOPE you all have something about you that you like, you should! We should all be proud of our unique features. Right now what I don't like is entirely related to being unbelievably pregnant. I won't go into it but let's just say I have about 3 weeks left and this baby can't come fast enough.
Luckily, the things I do appreciate, my blue eyes, haven't changed much in the last 9 months, aside from some recent dark circles caused by frequent bathroom trips in the middle of the night...But I have a great concealer routine for those. So when I'm feeling particularly bloated, unattractive and like I'll never wear pants with zippers again, I try to focus on my peepers by 'dressing' them up a little with new shadows, mascaras or liners. It's like using different accessories to dress up the same black maternity v-neck I've been wearing for months. Scarves, necklaces, pins, I've tried them all.
I have always thought that mascara was the Little Black Dress of the eyes. A good mascara wakes up your whole face, brightens your eyes and makes you look great without screaming "I'm wearing a ton of make up!". It's a great little weekend product when you want to look presentable but not like you tried way too hard on a Saturday morning, and it's equally effective on a fully done, red carpet event, smokey eye. So versatile!
Maybelline's new spring products really have been lighting up my days and this week is no exception. I've been using Maybelline's Illegal Length Fiber Extensions mascara. I reviewed a L'Oreal mascara a few weeks ago that was supposed to be a fiber extension mascara and wasn't thrilled with it so I figured 'fiber extensions' was a new buzz word in the make up marketing world and I should not expect much. This was different, and I definitely noticed my lashes were longer and seemed thicker. Not clumpy thick, but spread out, lengthened and fatter.
There's definitely something in there that hangs on to my lashes and extends them. I could see a visible difference from one eye with mascara and one without.
Here's my gripe. Say it with me mascara manufacturers..."CURVED BRUSHES!!!" Please. I am tired of poking myself in the eye trying to get the tiny lashes on the edges and corners of my eyes. And I am very quickly becoming a plastic bristle snob. This is a straight wand with more hair-like bristles and that's my only complaint. I think one or the other would be fine, curved and plastic would be perfect but I could live with just one. It takes me a little longer to carefully apply without poking myself in the eye and I have to go over with a few swipes to get everything and make sure the lashes don't clump. The plastic bristles just seem to grab my lashes and separate them better.
The mascara itself is worth the few extra seconds, but who doesn't want make up perfection!? Other than my brush beef, the product is great. No falling down on my face throughout the day, it's gentle enough to get off without hurting sensitive eye skin but doesn't smear and comes in regular and waterproof, for under $10!
I'm glad I found this little gem, anything to highlight one of the few features on my body that hasn't changed, expanded, stretched, fallen, risen or morphed during this wonderful miracle known as pregnancy. (yes, that's sarcasm....come on baby, get out!) How are you feeling about Maybelline's new spring line?