Archive of ‘Mascara’ category

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

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!

Urban Jungle: Lise Watier Savanna Dream Spring 2009 Collection

LiseWatier Savanna dreams Urban Jungle: Lise Watier Savanna Dream Spring 2009 Collection
Those who know me will tell you I’m a sucker for anything animal print. Throw a zebra or leopard pattern on anything – doesn’t matter what it is – and I’m pulling out my wallet. So it’s no surprise that I’m wild about Lise Watier’s new spring range, Savanna Dream.

This “exotic and contemporary collection” is inspired by the untamed nature of the African plains and includes eye shadows, bronzing powder, lip pencil, and lipstick…but my favorites, paws down, are the lipgloss and mascara.

lise+watier+wow+gloss+swatch Urban Jungle: Lise Watier Savanna Dream Spring 2009 CollectionGloss WOW in Savanna Dream is a glittery gloss that adds pizazz to any shade of lipstick. Worn alone, it bathes bare lips with a gilded, prismatic effect. Peep the gloss swatch on my hand…doesn’t it just make you wanna purr?

The 24Hrs Glam Mascara uses tube technology to add extreme volume and length to lashes until you’re ready to take it off. Which means, on weekdays around 2:30pm when I inevitably starts rubbing my eyes, I won’t end up looking like Tammy Faye. 24Hrs Glam Mascara is part of the spring collection but will remain as an extension to the Lise Watier mascara line.

LashBlast Wannabe: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Mascara

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.

Coming Soon: MAC Sugarsweet Collection

sugarsweet Coming Soon: MAC Sugarsweet Collection
New from MAC – Sugarsweet Collection

Temptation is everywhere – luscious, whipped-cream decadent, deliciously decorative frosting colours and sugared almond combinations. Like peering through the window of a Parisian patisserie, you’ll want to become one of each! Have fun with a new Red Velvet recipe Shadestick. Tricolour Lipglass is like a mille feuille of layered lip gloss colours, each gives way to the next in a triple-layered pearl-swirl of prettiness; add extra-yum to Eye Shadow; Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish is the ultimate cake walk. We could eat you up.

mac+sugarsweet+lipstick Coming Soon: MAC Sugarsweet Collection
LIPSTICK
Bubbles: Sheer frosty white beige
Saint Germain: Clean pastel pink
Lollipop Loving: Clean mid-tone coral and subtle green with gold iridescence
Sweet Thing: Mid-tone magenta with multidimensional pearl
Touch: Peachy cinnamon
Suggested Retail Price $14.00

sugarsweet+tricolor+lipglass Coming Soon: MAC Sugarsweet Collection
TRICOLOUR LIPGLASS: Three stacked layers of Lipglass in one vial add a fun and playful effect to the final product. Each layer is a different color that smoothly gradates into the next layer. Different pearl combinations give an appealing textural look to each layer.
Suggested Retail Price $17.50

Consume Me
Top: Sheer white with reflects
Middle: Pale mint with duochrome pearl Bottom: Creamy light peach with pearl

Just Dessert
Top: Sheer yellow pink with reflects
Middle: Mid-tone yellow pink with duochrome pearl
Bottom: Mid-tone creamy yellow pink

Simply Delicious
Top: Sheer peach with reflects
Middle: Pale coral with duochrome pearl
Bottom: Creamy mid-tone coral

Triple-Yum
Top: Sheer gold with gold reflects
Middle: True gold with duochrome pearl
Bottom: Mid-tone bronze

Tasty
Top: Sheer blue pink with reflects
Middle: Mid-tone blue pink with duochrome pearl
Bottom: Dark creamy red pink

mac+sugarsweet+eye+shadow Coming Soon: MAC Sugarsweet Collection
EYE SHADOW
Sugarshot: Pale frosty beige
Dear Cupcake: Mid-tone pink coral with gold pearl
Aquavert: Soft mint with white pearl
Stars ‘n’ Rockets: Dirty lavender with red and pink reflects
Club: Muted reddish brown duochrome with green opalescent shimmer
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

mac+sugarsweet+shadestick Coming Soon: MAC Sugarsweet Collection
SHADE STICK
Lemon Chiffon: Frosted pewter
Butternutty: Frosted pale white gold
Penny: Light pinky copper
Red Velvet: Frosted mid-tone pink
Cakeshop: Frosted light neutral beige
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

ZOOM LASH
Zoomblack: Rich black
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

mac+sugarsweet+nail+lacquer Coming Soon: MAC Sugarsweet Collection
NAIL LACQUER
Peppermint Patti: Creamy mint green
Seasonal Peach: Creamy pale peachy pink
Suggested Retail Price: $11.00

mac+sugarsweet+mineralize+skinfinish Coming Soon: MAC Sugarsweet Collection
MINERALIZE SKINFINISH

Perfect Topping: Pink/peach/lavender mélange
Refined: Tan/peach/coral mélange
Suggested Retail Price: $27.00

34 Lash 300 Coming Soon: MAC Sugarsweet Collection
LASH

34 Lash Dramatically long. Wispy. Features a long, winged-corner edge.
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

Sugarsweet will be available starting March 19th – for a limited time – at MAC counters and at maccosmetics.com.

CoverGirl Outlast Lipstains and LashBlast Luxe Giveaway Winner

The Best Cat Eye at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

 The Best Cat Eye at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

Despite going backstage at countless Fashion Week shows, the best darn cat eye belonged to my roommate, Katie – who flew in from Nevada to report for Makeup Bag and assist the lovely Erika.

 The Best Cat Eye at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

Little K (she reminds me of Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl, so I gave her a nickname) creates her ferosh cat eye using the following products and tools:

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Small Angle Brush (#263)
bareMinerals Rocker Eye Kit (she uses 1980s Eyecolor and Rock Star Eyecolor)
Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Smoky Eye
DuWop Lash Venom Mascara

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CoverGirl Outlast Lipstains and LashBlast Luxe Giveaway!!!

CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain CoverGirl Outlast Lipstains and LashBlast Luxe Giveaway!!!
It’s no secret that I heart CoverGirl Outlast Lipstains. They are pure genius. Since I was afforded a sneak peek of the product back in December, I’ve worn the lipstains at least a few times a week. I top them off with a little clear gloss and it lasts for 6+ hours…so I’m looking pretty all day long without touchups (but it comes off easily with makeup remover).

lashblast luxe CoverGirl Outlast Lipstains and LashBlast Luxe Giveaway!!!If these were just any ole lip stains, my excitement would have waned by now. But these are not just any lipstains. They were created by the makeup master, Ms. Pat McGrath. No matter how many other lipsticks, balms and glosses make my aquaintence, I just can’t let go of these lipstains. They’re always top of mind and at the bottom of my makeup bag. You know the commercial/song that goes “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke?” Well, that’s how I feel about CoverGirl Outlast Lipstains.

And because Valentine’s Day is only a few days away – I’m spreading the love ’round here, y’’all. One reader will win all ten shades of CoverGirl Outlast Lipstains. And I’m throwing in three tubes of CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe Mascara (in black cabernet, black emerald, and black platinum), for good measure. Just cuz I feel like it.

Do you feel like a winner this time?

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “CoverGirl Lipstain Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, February 18th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, February 19th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

SAG Awards Beauty: Angelina Jolie

angelina+jolie+sag+2009 SAG Awards Beauty: Angelina Jolie
Angelina looked stunning in a dark, navy blue Max Azria gown. Celebrity makeup artist Mary Burton wanted to create a 60’s look and chose to focus on Angelina’s eyes by applying lots of eyeliner and mascara. She used Lancôme Artliner in Noir just above the lash line. To compliment Angelina’s eye color and to make her eyes really stand out, she applied a bluish grey eyeshadow – YSL Ombre Solo Double Effect Eyeshadow in #3 Silk Blue – to the eyelid. Finally, she applied several coats of Lancôme Courbe Virtuôse Mascara in Black. Mary added a touch of pink to the apples of Angie’s cheeks using Shu Uemura blush in M Pink 31. To create ultra-shiny and luminous lips, Mary used Lancôme Color Fever Gloss in Rose Jolie, natch.

SAG Awards Beauty: Anne Hathaway

anne+hathaway+sag+2009 SAG Awards Beauty: Anne Hathaway
For the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Anne Hathaway donned a beautiful white Grecian-inspired dress with gold detail at the neckline and waist. Celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee created a dramatic smokey eye by applying dark eyeliner to the upper lash line and blended it on the eyelid.

To make Anne’s eyes pop, she applied several coats of Lancôme Ôscillation Mascara in Black for a faux-lash effect. Kate opted for a soft, stained pout. She applied Lancôme Le Lipstique lip liner in Sheer Natural to the entire lip, then coated the lips with Lancôme Color Fever Gloss in Seductive for a glossy finish.

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