Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

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

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Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

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loreal+voluminous Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: LOreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon BlackLast month, while attending a New York Fashion Week event, I approached a total stranger because I was so bewitched by her lush, super-sized lashes. I asked her what mascara she was using – and I half expected her to say DiorShow, Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes or some pricey, unheard-of formula that you can only get in Europe or Japan (because that always seems to be my luck). So imagine my shock when she responded, “It’s L’Oreal Voluminous. I’ve been using it since I started wearing makeup, and I haven’t found anything else that I prefer more.”

Voluminous Mascara? Where have I been? I wore Voluminous in college, when drugstore was all I could afford. But once I got myself a jobby job, I traded in mass market for prestige (for the most part) and dropped Voluminous like a bad habit. This chance encounter with Voluminous’ new BFF made me feel salty and snobbish for forgetting my humble beginnings. So I recently picked up a tube of Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black and hoped the old spark would ignite. The verdict: lashes so hot, they could start an inferno!

L’Oreal Voluminous not only pumped up the volume of my sparse lashes, the mascara took my fringe to new heights…all without clumps. And unlike so many mascaras on the market nowadays, the Voluminous brush doesn’t grab too much product – which is great because I hate having to wipe off excess product and helplessly watch as half of the tube’s content goes in the trash, on a tissue. Another thing I appreciate about Voluminous is that – after it dries – my lashes don’t feel rock hard and brittle; they’re still soft and flexible, yet the color stays put and doesn’t migrate under my eyes after a long day.

carbon+black+l%27oreal+voluminous Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: LOreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

Moral of the story: don’t forget your roots. Oldies can still be goodies…and this goodie is great, because it costs less than $8! Stranger in NYC, thanks for inspiring me to reconnect with an old friend.

Reunited and it looks so good
Reunited ’cause we understood
There’s one perfect fit
And, sugar, this one is it
We both are so excited
‘Cause we’re reunited – hey, hey

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black is sold at drugstores and mass market retailers. And right now, drugstore.com is having a special promotion: buy any L’Oreal cosmetic item and get 50% off the second. So take my advice and take advantage of drugstore.com’s beneficence.

And just in case you were wondering, that yummy sparkle on my eyes comes courtesy of MAC’s new Sugarsweet collection. I traced the inner corners with the Lemon Chiffon Shade Stick to give my peepers some sparkle and make them pop!

LashBlast Wannabe: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Mascara

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max+factor+2000+calorie+extreme+mascara LashBlast Wannabe: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Mascara
When I first laid eyes on Max Factor’s new 2000 Calorie Extreme Mascara, I thought I was experiencing a case of déjà vu. There’s a definite glitch in the Matrix, because this mascara is like the goth version of CoverGirl’s cult classic, LashBlast. The 2000 Calorie Extreme tube is exactly the same as LashBlast’s, just in black – and the wand is a doppleganger for LashBlast’s super-sized applicator brush.

lashblast+vs+2000+calorie+extreme LashBlast Wannabe: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Mascara

covergirl+lashblast+mascara LashBlast Wannabe: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme MascaraGiven the striking similarities, I expected Max Factor’s latest mascara to deliver dramatic, doe-eyed lashes. Instead, 2000 Calorie Extreme’s dry formula fattened up my lashes with a whole lotta clumps.

I even tried wiping excess product off of the brush and separating with a lash comb, post-application. But the mascara still failed to give me LashBlast’s intense, fuss-free fringe.

In summation, if you’re in the market for a fabulous, volumizing drugstore mascara, just buy CoverGirl’s LashBlast.

Amber’s Secret to Fabu-Lashes

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I marvel at Amber‘s ridiculously long, lush and inky lashes. Her secret? She applies mascara to the top of her lashes. Watch and learn, as Amber demonstrates how she achieves fabu-lashes (using Diorshow Iconic Mascara). Enjoy!

Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection

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mac+hello+kitty2 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection

Hello Kitty Color Collection

mac+hello+kitty1 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty CollectionAll that’s girly and sparkly.

This sophisticated color story takes its cue from both the fantastical world of Hello Kitty and the glamour of the spring fashion shows. It will feature plush pinks, rich purples, turquoise for extra pop, three-dimensional lickable lips and lashes that were made to bat, all packaged in a sophisticated yet adorable graphic black design to give the line that baaaaaad kitty edge.

MAC paired six playful Lipstick shades with six sparkling Lipglass glosses, two Tinted Lip Conditioners that will have your kisser covered, and two bright and punchy eye quads that can be accented with reflective eye Glitter and Glitter Eye Liners, all of which are perfectly framed by the thickest, most decadent Plush Lash Mascara. Beauty Powder Blush in shades of pink and peach will give the MAC Hello Kitty woman a demure, rosy flush and nails are decorated in fabulous shades of pepto-pink, modern grey and creamy white Nail Lacquer.

MAC Hello Kitty Accessories

hello+kitty+accessories Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty CollectionTo Kitty-fy your life.

Finally, we know how devoted Hello Kitty collectors are, and with that in mind we’ve designed an accessory collection like no other. Hello Kitty was created with the idea that everyone should be able to snap up a gift for a friend (or yourself!), and there’s literally something for everyone.

Of course makeup lovers will adore the Criss Cross Half Lashes, Makeup Bags and Vanity Case with the exclusive pink and white collaboration logo. We’re rolling out a Brush Collection, adorable Purse Mirror, Mirrored Key Clip, Beaded Bracelet with darling charms, and the sure to be cult classic 14” MAC Hello Kitty Plush Doll. Snatch up these playful, yet practical graphic Makeup Bags at any MAC location.

Kitty Lipstick Strayin%27 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
LIPSTICK
Cute-ster: Sheer peachy pink with pearl
Big Bow: Sheer bright intense blue pink
Fresh Brew: Creamed coffee
Fashion Mews: Sheer pale lavender
Strayin ’: Frosty midtone mint
Most Popular: Sheer deep berry
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Kitty Lipglass SheLovesCandy 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
LIPGLASS
Sweet Strawberry: Sheer berry with blue pearl
Mimmy: Light creamy pink with pink and gold pearl
Nice to be Nice: Sheer bright intense orange with pearl
Nice Kitty: Sheer neon pink with blue pearl
She Loves Candy: Pale blue pink with gold pearl
Fast Friends: Sheer bright intense purple with pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Kitty LipCond Popster 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
TINTED LIP CONDITIONER
Popster Lively: Coral Pink
Pink Fish: Soft Neutral Pink
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

Kitty EyeQuad LuckyTomPeach 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
EYE SHADOW x 4: LUCKY TOM
Stylin ’: Midtone violet blue with multi-dimensional pearl
Lucky Tom: Dark charcoal brown with gold pearl
Crème Royale: Yellow wheat gold
Paradisco: Soft bright pinky-coral with golden shimmer
Suggested Retail Price: $38.00

Kitty EyeQuad TooDollyPink 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
EYE SHADOW x 4: TOO DOLLY
Too Dolly: Frosty midtone mint
Stately Black: Rich blue with silver sparkle
Yogurt: Soft pale pink
Romping: Rich magenta with pink pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $38.00

Kitty Pigment DeepBlueGreen 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
PIGMENT
Milk: Frosty pale silvery pink
Deep Blue Green: Rich, deep bluish green
Suggested Retail Price: $19.50

Kitty Pigment ReflexBerryPink 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
REFLECTS GLITTER
Reflects Blue: Sparkling Blue
Reflects Very Pink: Sparkling fuchsia pink
Suggested Retail Price: $19.50

Kitty GlitterEyeliner HerGlitz 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
GLITTER EYE LINER
Her Glitz: Blackened gold with multi-dimensional glitter
Glitterpuss: Orangey bronze with multi-dimensional glitter
Kitty Power: Pink with multi-dimensional glitter
Girl Groove: Clear/white teal reflects and multi-dimensional glitter
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

Kitty PlushLash Plushblack 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
PLUSH LASH
Plushblack: Black
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

Kitty CremeBlush Fun%26Games 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
BEAUTY POWDER BLUSH
Fun & Games: Soft orange peach
Tippy: Midtone blue pink
Suggested Retail Price: $18.00

Kitty Powder PrettyBaby 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
BEAUTY POWDER
Tahitian Sand: Soft coral peach
Pretty Baby: Soft sunny pink with gold
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00

Kitty Lash 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
LASH
Hello Kitty Lash: Half lash with overlapping hairs to emphasize outer corner of eyes.
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

Kitty NailLacquer OnTheProwl 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
NAIL LACQUER

Something About Pink: Blue pink fuchsia
On the Prowl: Light creamy grey
Vestral White: Creamy white
Suggested Retail Price: $11.00

Kitty Tote 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY TOTE
Rectangular tote bag with collaboration inspired graphics and logo.
Suggested Retail Price: $45.00
Available exclusively at maccosmetics.com.

Kitty PetiteMakeupBag 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY PETITE MAKEUP BAG

Small soft train case silhouette with full zip closure.
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00
Available at all MAC locations.

Kitty MakeupBag 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY MAKEUP BAG
Medium soft train case silhouette with full zip closure.
Suggested Retail Price: $35.00
Available at all MAC locations.

Kitty SoftVanityCase 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY SOFT VANITY CASE
Large soft train case silhouette with full zip closure. Fabric is black vinyl with pink and white collaboration logo.
Suggested Retail Price: $55.00
Available exclusively at maccosmetics.com.

Kitty PurseMirrorClosed 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY PURSE MIRROR
Compact inspired by collaboration; interior contains standard mirror on one side and magnifying mirror on alternate side.
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00
Available at MAC retail stores, Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com only.

Kitty Brush1 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY BRUSH COLLECTION
Round plastic jar inspired by collaboration that holds 3 SE brushes with blank handles.
187SE Duo Fibre Brush
109SE Small Contour Brush
239SE Eye Shade Brush
Suggested Retail Price: $49.50
Available at MAC retail stores, Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com only.

Kitty MirroredKeyClipFront 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY MIRRORED KEY CLIP
Bag zipper clip with 2 charms inspired by collaboration; key chain and mini mirror.
Suggested Retail Price: $16.00
Available at MAC retail stores and maccosmetics.com only.

Kitty BeadedBracelet 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY BEADED BRACELET
Black beaded bracelet with 3 charms; inspired by collaboration.
Suggested Retail Price: $34.00
Available at MAC retail stores and maccosmetics.com only.

Kitty PlushDoll 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY PLUSH DOLL
14” plush doll in black, pink and white nylon.
Suggested Retail Price: $42.00
Available at MAC retail stores, Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com only.

Available North America February 12, 2009 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com; International March 2009.

MAC Chill Collection

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mac+chill MAC Chill Collection
MAC Chill: Ice the competition. The temperature drops, predictability plummets, but a new beauty barometer sets the tone with light snowflake lips, twinkle shimmer shades with opalescent pearl.

mac+chill+lipglass MAC Chill Collection
Lipglass
Icescape: Sheer pale pink with pink pearl
Naked Frost: Sheer taupe with silver pearl
Frozen Dream: Sheer cool mid-tone pink with pearl
Snowscene: Sheer white with multi-dimensional pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $14

mac+chill+eye+shadow MAC Chill Collection
Eye Shadow
Arctic Grey: Frosted mid-tone grey
Wintersky: Frosty neutral mid-tone pink
Apres-Ski: Matte dark brownish grey
Mont Black: Sparkly black with multi-dimensional pearl
Vellum: Pale white duochrome with violet opalescent shimmer
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

mac+chill+liner MAC Chill Collection
Penultimate Eye Liner: A new, permanent classical liquid pen liner in a modern, plastic barrel with cap package that provides precise and bold line application. The carbon black pigment provides the richest and deepest black.
Rapidblack: True black
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

mac+chill+glitter MAC Chill Collection
Reflects Glitter Reflects
Transparent Teal: Sparkling white with turquoise
Reflects Antique Gold: Sparkling taupe
Suggested Retail Price: $17.50

mac+chill+lashes MAC Chill Collection
Lashes 41: Slightly more dramatic length than other MAC Lashes. Overlapping hairs give a luxe, lush look.
Suggested Retail Price: $12

Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara

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rub+eyes Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara
Lately, I’d sworn off wearing mascara during the work week. You see, around 3:00pm, when my Cosi sandwich-induced stupor sets in, I absentmindedly rub my eyes…then scold myself and mutter expletives under my breath, upon realizing that I have just turned my doe eyes into racoon eyes.

But since being introduced to L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara (say that five times fast), I’ve ended my self-imposed, work week mascara strike. Double Extend Beauty Tubes mimics the look of lash extensions by combining a nourishing base coat with tube technology, once only found in prestige mascaras (Blinc and Fiberwig).

loreal+beauty+tubes+mascara.jpg Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara
For half the price of the aforementioned mascaras, you get lush, lengthened lashes that won’t clump, run, smudge or flake. In fact, the other day, I accidentally fell asleep with my mascara still on (truth: went to bed without washing my face cuz I’m lazy) and when I awoke, my mascara looked ab fab and the color hadn’t migrated one bit.

I’m a gal who’s always running late, so I was initially skeptical about whether or not this 2-step mascara would fit into my free time-deptived lifestyle. So I was very happy to find that while Double Extend Beauty Tubes does involve an additional process, the extra time is minimal…the ‘Nourishing Base Coat’ doesn’t need to dry before you paint on the ‘Ultra Lengthening Tupe Top Coat.’
And here’s the best part…when it comes time to remove the mascara, all you need is warm water. No heavy duty makeup remover or elbow grease required. When washing your face (do as I say, not as I do), simply smooth the tubes away from your lashes with your fingertips, or hold a cotton pad soaked in warm water on the lashes for 30 seconds…the tubes will come off without leaving the surrounding area an inky mess.

The only downside to this mascara (and it’s a very nitpicky one) is the name. Because L’Oreal’s decided against giving this new mascara a totally unique moniker, it could be confused with L’Oreal’s Double Extend Lash Extender & Magnifier Mascara, which features the primer…but not the tube technology. So if you decide to give Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara a try, look for the red and white packaging.

Get ready for the big O – Lancome Oscillation

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Lancome Oscillation Get ready for the big O   Lancome OscillationGet ready for the big Ô! Ôscillation, Lancôme’s vibrating power mascara, launches nationwide today, Wednesday, October 22nd.

The mascara provides a 360-degree coat around each and every lash, and the brush vibrates at no fewer than 7,000 vibrations per minute for “perfect formula application” that extends, curls, shapes and thickens lashes. The wand is battery-powered and turns on a 3-centimeter motor.

This is one of the most anticipated mascaras ever and for a good reason.

The key to great results with Ôscillation is a certain application technique:
* Apply in slow, straight and steady strokes.
* Don’t zig-zag and don’t wiggle!
* Don’t overpump the wand. There’s plenty of product on there for multiple coats.
* If at first you don’t succeed…don’t give up! Ôscillation takes a few tries to get the hang of it.
* Ôscillation is great for the lower lashes, so don’t forget to apply there.

Once you get your application method down, there are a few tricks you can try:
* Apply and then go back and re-apply to the tips alone. You can get amazing length.
* Put the wand right at the base of the lashes, activate the vibrating action and hold in place for a few seconds. Then slowly sweep to the tips of the lashes. It gives you beautiful thickness at the base and lots of oomph.

Ôscillation is available at all Lancôme counters and boutiques and lancome-usa.com.

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