Beauty Buzz: Brow Down

By |March 22nd, 2012|Beauty Buzz|

famous eyebrowsLong gone are the days of over tweezed and drawn on eyebrows.  The full brow is back and better than ever as seen on the Spring 2012 runways.  Everyone from Naeem Khan to Derek Lam channeled their Brooke Shields a la The Blue Lagoon. In seasons past, the bleached brow had made an appearance, but this spring, it’s all about the statement making power brow.

filled in brows I suffer from having fairly light and fairly thin eyebrows naturally, so I have to fill them in just to make ’em look normal using  Tarte’s EmphasEYES brow pencil in Taupe on a day to day basis.   Rosie Huntington Whitely swears by Laura Mercier’s Brow Powder.  It’s time to find your power tool for banging brows.  The look is full, groomed, and face framing.  It is also important to find the right shape for your face as well.  I have found that just having a groomed brow makes me immediately appear more polished and adds an extra impact to my eyes.

brow enhancers1. Anastasia Beverly Hill Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes, $39.50, 2. Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duo, $24, 3. Amazing Cosmetics Brow Gel, $14, 4. Tarte EmphasEYES For Brows, $19.50, 5. Too Faced Cosmetics Brow Envy Kit, $35, 6. Revlon Colorstay Brow Enhancer, $7.74




Beauty Buzz: Lashing Out

By |March 19th, 2009|Beauty Buzz|

So, you’ve probably seen all of these commercials advertising the new mascaras that are supposed to be essentially “extensions” for your eyelashes.  What makes these mascaras unique is that they use microfiber formulas that create little tubes around your eyelashes in order to create volume and extra length.  Well, guess what? I’ve taken it upon myself to try a few of them out.  I tested Maybelline XXL Extensions XX-treme Length Microfiber Mascra, Loreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lash Extension Effect Mascara, and Revlon Lash Fantasy Total Definition Mascara.  Below are my thoughts on each:


Maybelline was my first trial of the bunch.  I immediately liked it.  My lashes were definitely longer and thicker.  They weren’t clumpy and they still looked very, very natural.  The only downfall, was that this formula dries out quickly.  You would have to replace it frequently.  Also, the results weren’t really that dramatic. So I marched on.




Next up was Revlon’s version of miracle mascara.  Upon my first use, I was disappointed.  The brush is really weird and didn’t feel as effective during application.  The formula was much more runny that Maybelline’s.  My lashes were definitely longer, but not as thick.  They did have a tendency to clump as well.  After a few days of use, the formula thickened up a bit and I liked it better, but still was not sold on this one.


Apparently, the third time is a charm because the last mascara I tested was from Loreal.  Hands down, this was my favorite.  It combined both things that I liked about the two previous trials.  The brush was better, the formula was in between the thick version and the runny version. With this mascara, there was an obvious difference.  My lashes were REALLY long and thick.  The only thing that might deter people or freak them out is when you wash off the mascara.  The tubes literally will come off in clumps and this can be frightening because you’re going to think they are your eyelashes, but I can promise they are not!  Trust me, I would not use mascara that made my eyelashes fall out.

These were just the “drug store” versions of these “eye lash extension” mascaras.  Fiberwig, Blinc, and Lancome all have more expensive versions available at Sephora.com. So go out and try them yourself and start batting those eyelashes at some lucky cute suitor.