Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry


One of my all-time favorite products is Dermadoctor KP Duty, a dual action body exfoliator that combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion. It was developed to treat chicken skin - those little red bumps that many people get on their upper arms. But, for years, I've been using it to exfoliate my legs pre-shave.  There's really no body exfoliator CONTINUE READING

Fabuless Pick of the Week

Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara

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maybelline+colossal+mascara Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: Maybelline Colossal Volum Express Mascara
Last week, I received the following email from a reader, Tara:

“I was wondering if you have tried Maybelline’s The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara? I did a search on your blog and didn’t come up with anything. I ran out of mascara and was at the store last night. I went to grab a Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara, but something caught my eye. There was a big display of The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara by Maybelline. The packaging is very eye catching since it is yellow and black and I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff. Plus, the color of the mascara is called “Glam Black,” so how could I not try it when the word “Glam” is there? I put it on this morning and was amazed. The brush is “colossal” but my lashes are long and full and no clumps! Geez, sorry to ramble, but I’m just so excited to find a mascara that works wonders for only $6.99! If you haven’t try it, you should!!”

Now, I wasn’t sure whether the aforementioned email was an actual reader review, or a veiled PR pitch…so I decided to purchase for myself, review the mascara and draw my own conclusions.

colossal+maybelline+mascara+2 Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: Maybelline Colossal Volum Express MascaraMaybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara promises:

* 9X the volume, instantly
* No clumps
* Washable

Does it deliver? You betcha…but in a way you wouldn’t expect. The brush is tame, in contrast to Cover Girl Lash Blast’s big fatty wand. Yet it manages to catch every last lash and coat it in inky blackness. Layer after layer, I was amazed at how I couldn’t coax the formula to clump. Colossal Volum’ Express volumizes alright…just don’t count on nine times your typical thickness. But while your lashes may lack a little in the lushness department, the formula lengthens like you wouldn’t believe…this mascara takes even the most Lilliputian lashes to a whole nuther level. Plus, it washes off with minimal elbow grease.

spoiled+pretty+maybelline+colossal Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: Maybelline Colossal Volum Express Mascara
Check me out wearing Colossal Volum’ Express in Glam Black (please excuse the sloppy application).

Check back this time next week, when Spoiled Pretty brings you a new makeup bag must-have that’s easy on your wallet.

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