I’m confused and I need your help. It seems that there are so many conflicting “rules” about how to apply mascara and I don’t know which ones to follow. Some say to hold the wand vertically while others say horizontally. I’ve been told to bend the wand – what good does that do? And some tips say let your mascara dry between coats, while other tips say not to let the coat dry before applying more.
If anyone knows the best way to apply mascara, I know it’s you. So please help, Mario!
I don’t blame you for feeling confused! Applying mascara should be one of the most simple steps in your makeup routine. I’m not sure that there is technically a “best way” to apply mascara as it really depends on your lashes and how you prefer them to look and feel. When I apply mascara, I hold the wand horizontally and apply it first to the root of the lash up to the tip. If I want a darker and fuller lash, I usually wiggle the brush from side to side to really coat the lashes with mascara.
I prefer to apply a second or third coat while the lashes are still wet because it allows for easier blending and separating. The same goes for the bottom lashes as well. I recommend you find your own way to apply mascara that feels most comfortable to you and gives you the result you want. In other words, you make your own rules to follow!
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I’m currently in love (okay, obsessed) with Josie Maran Argan Slimline Lipstick with Gloss. On one end, there’s a creamy and lipstick and on the other, there’s a super shiny, non-sticky, sheer gloss that just so happens to smell and taste like vanilla cupcakes.
Formulated with Josie’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil, the product provides moisturizing coverage and is available in three pretty pink shades (I own Rosey, a dusty rose). I’m crossing my fingers that more colors are in the works because I would add each and every one to my collection.
This double-ended multitasker is a makeup bag must have.
Josie Maran Argan Slimline Lipstick with Gloss ($25) is sold exclusively at QVC.
*A sample was provided by the brand for review.
In honor of Earth Day (April 22nd), Spoiled Pretty is celebrating its 3rd
annual Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman Week
– a week-long celebration of natural and organic beauty products that will help you green your beauty routine.
First up is a makeup bag must-have. You know how you apply your blush in the morning and by lunchtime, it’s disappeared and you look like a CSI cadaver? Well, I’ve found a blush that’s in it for the long haul. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
is a new long-wearing, solar-baked blush that lasts up to 12 hours. No kidding. This cheek color lasts until you take it off.
Infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun, this nutrient-rich blush benefits all skin types. For oily skin types, Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place. And gals with dry skin will benefit from the clay’s nourishing and hydrating properties, which naturally restore skin’s moisture. Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is also infused with Vitamins A, C and E – which fight free radical damage, prevent premature signs of aging, while brighten the skin.
Whether you’re feeling peachy keen or in the mood for a rosy glow, Tarte has you covered. Available in eight shades, the blushes are buildable and deliver a natural-looking, ultra-flattering flush. For best results, apply with my favorite blush brush from EcoTools
, which is also a friend of Mother Earth.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush retails for $25 and is a Sephora exclusive.
*Samples were provided by the brand for review.
I love the concept behind Pixi Beauty’s new palette.
If you find yourself reaching for the same beauty products day after day (after day), Week of Makeup is a game changer. Designed to break you out of a beauty rut, this deluxe kit is decked out with gorgeous shades of peaches, pinks and nudes – to help you create a complete and coordinated look for each day of the week.
Now it’s easy to be fresh-faced & focused on a Monday, free-flowing & fabulous on a Friday and soft & subtle on a Sunday! A whole week of awakening makeup solutions, all in one organized kit – no need to be bored with your makeup anymore!
Week of Makeup ($34) contains 21 eye shadows, 7 blushes and 8 lip glosses – which breaks down to 94 cents each. But don’t let the cost savings fool you. The kit is filled with high-quality, nicely pigmented products that flatter a wide variety of skin tones.
*A sample was provided by the brand for review.
After years of trying to find the perfect jeans to flatter my petite, curvy frame, I hit the jeans jackpot and found a pair that is both chic and cheap!
Levi’s Petite 512 Perfectly Slimming Straight Leg Jeans have a fit that slims, smoothing tummy curves with innovative inside-pocket design and a fabric woven for superior stretch and recovery.
My midsection is significantly smaller than my hips, so I usually have a problem with a gaping waistband. But the cut of these jeans sits higher (but not so high as to veer into “Mom jeans” territory) and properly fits my curves. The dark wash also visually slims and gives the jeans a dressier look – which makes them versatile for day and night ensembles.
Oh…and did I mention that they’re less than $45? In fact, you can snag a pair (like I did) at Macy’s* for $32.99!
*The 512 style is also available in regular sizes.
Check out Spoiled Pretty: Tumblr Edition. My new blog serves up bite-sized morsels about makeup, fashion and style. An amuse bouche of beauty, if you will – with some pop culture and celebrity snark thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!