House of Style: Back In Style

It’s hard to believe, but it was 20 years ago that MTV debuted a little show called House of Style, hosted by an up-and-coming catwalker by the name of Cindy Crawford.

The show focused on fashion, beauty, the modeling industry, and ‘controversial’ topics such as eating disorders and breast impants. During its 11 year run, House of Style launched the careers of Crawford, Daisy Fuentes and Rebecca Romijn. In middle and high school, House of Style was must-see TV…and I never missed a Todd Time segment.

For those of you too young to remember House of Style, you’re in luck…because the show has been resurrected and will soon take up residence on MTV’s schedule. Bar Refaeli and Chanel Iman will co-emcee.

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One Week Only: Smashbox Double Duty Beauty Kit for $27


Get double the looks for a limited time price! The new Smashbox Double Duty Beauty Kit is packed with 10 of the hottest shades for spring. Includes portable pots for eyes and cheeks, plus a double-ended gloss. It’s perfect for every beauty on a budget. Get this must-have kit for only $27 for one week only! (Regular price $39.)

Includes: Soft Lights Cheeks Quad in Allure, Eye Shadow Quad in Juxtapose, and Double-ended Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fresh/Fabulous.

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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.

Given 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.

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When Life Hands You Lemons: Be Fine Rough Spot Lemon Balm

It’s human nature to be seduced by pretty packaging. And we gullible homo sapiens expect that inside said exterior, we’ll find something equally fabulous. Unfortunately, this misguided tendency is the reason why beauty buffs, like myself, end up knee deep in products we were so excited to buy, open and use that don’t live up to our expectations.

Such is the case of Be Fine’s Rough Spot Lemon Balm. The packaging looks like a lemon; it’s so realistic-looking that if I left it lying around, Mr. Spoiled Pretty might take it upon himself to put it in the refrigerator. Unfortunately, the salve hidden inside is such a nothing-to-write-home-about product, it makes total sense that they worked so hard fashioning the container.

First, I assumed that the balm would actually smell fresh and citrusy…and it does, if you sniff really, really hard. Secondly, you literally have to dig the balm out with your fingernail to get any product in your hands. Finally, the balm is so greasy, it’s a hazard to your clothing, couch and carpet.

So what’s a beauty addict to do when life hands her lemons? Yep…make lemonade. So I dug into the salve with my nail and spread that grease balm all over my heels, arches and toes. Then I covered my tootsies with some old gym socks and let it marinate for a bit. Twenty minutes later, I did a preliminary check and was shocked to find that my feet had completely absorbed all of the product – but they didn’t feel softer or more moisturized…not at all.

Rough Spot Lemon Balm was disappointing – on so many levels – that I cannot recommend this product, despite the package’s high kitsch factor. One thing the product did accomplish, though, was to remind me about the awesomeness of Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Crème.

Slather it on, slide on some socks and hit the hay. In the morning, you’ll swear the magic foot fairy made a late-night house call.

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