Lashes

Fiber Lashes | Fibre de Cils

If you love your tiny, puny, scarce eyelashes – we shouldn’t be friends.

We should be friends if you love the black goo from your mascara spoolie so much that you slather it on maniacally, taking turns between eyelash curlers and Q-tips. We should be friends if you love the look of [well applied] fake lashes but don’t have the time or energy to adhere them every day. We should be friends if the idea of eyelash extensions makes you weep on the inside because you’d do it in a heartbeat if it didn’t mean losing the few precious ones you own naturally in the long run.

I present to you…

L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lash Mascara

Whilst visiting my nearest CVS with some family from out of town, I spotted this bad boy on sale and, naturally, nabbed it off the shelf and straight into my red shopping basket.

That was two weeks ago. Between then and now – I haven’t spent a day without coating my cils in this shiz. Two words: DOLL EYES! I love ’em and they’re all mine.

Though I was a wee bit put off by the clumpy spoolie, it distributes the colour evenly leaving my lashes thick and long (that’s what she said). At the end of the day/night washing off makeup with a gentle cleanser there is almost no need for makeup remover! Brownie points. My only complaint is that throughout the day there is some flaking happening under the eyes if I do a coat on the bottom lashes. Otherwise – smooth sailings.

To summarize, this is a long-overdue-blessing for ladies who don’t want to spend $30+ on fancy fiber mascaras or have the option more than a drugstore on their home turf.

Rejoice, girls!

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Beauty, Eyes, Lashes, Lips, Makeup, Moi, Skin

Inside | A l’intérieur

Want to know what’s in my purse?

Well, today’s your lucky day!

KIEHL’S Unusually Rich But Not Greasy At All Hand Cream With SPF 10 – This stuff is awesome when you’re on the go and don’t want to leave oily paw prints over every surface and does the job perfectly.

NIVEA A Kiss of Protection Sun Protection Lip Care With SPF 30 – quick and easy fix for lips out in the sun daily. This is great for anyone who likes to be out in the sun as much as I do…carefully.

SMASHBOX Lip Gloss in Ravishing – sun kissed perfection on any pout with just the right amount of shimmer to make your lips shine enough to eat.

L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner – thanks to my mother I love this liner. Personally I thinks the precision is great and it lasts for-ever.

PRESTIGE Lip Stick in Fatal Red – this cheapie tube is one of my favourites now! Total staple to my every day, so much so that Josh has been complaining that I’m wearing it too often. I LOVE my red lipstick! Paired with a lip pencil from ULTA called Fire.

Trish McEvoy Essential Pencil in Nude 1 – this crayon is awesome for fall/winter seasons with plumy tones and warmth. Topped with Sephora Gloss in Rosy Glow – yum.

TOO FACED Lash Injection Mascara – life saver. ‘Nuff said.

What’s in your bag?

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Health, Hygiene, Makeup

Expiration | D’expiration

Unlike our foods, cosmetics don’t come with expiration dates.

I think it would be stellar to have it imprinted on the side of the actual lipstick, or engraved into the plastic casing of your shadow duo. Or someone just needs to come up with a makeup line called “Expiration” and part of their genius would be to stamp the exact moment of demise on each item. I know, I’m astonishingly brilliant.

So, without further adieu…

Mascara and Liquid Eye Liners: 3 months.

Liquid Face Makeup, Cream Eye Shadow: 3-6 months.

Natural/Mineral Cosmetics: 6 months, the shelf life for these is short due to the lack of preservatives in the product.

Powder Face Makeup, Powder Eye Shadows, Pencil Eye Liners, Lipstick, Lip gloss: 2 years.

Eye and lip pencils: discard when they become dry, crumbly, and hard to apply – otherwise you can prolong their lifespan if you sharpen them regularly.

Tips:

  • Make sure to always keep your makeup in a cool dry place – eye/lip pencils and lipsticks you don’t often use can be refrigerated.
  • Pumping your mascara will dry it out much faster and spread bacteria inside the tube – try swirling the wand instead.
  • If you have a stye in your eye or a cold sore on your lip – immediately discard of products you have used on the are, otherwise you are just spreading the love and perpetuate lack of healing.
  • Don’t share your cosmetics with anyone unless you are fully prepared to disinfect them instantly.

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Evil, Hygiene, Makeup, Skin, Teens

Young Ones | Les Jeunes

Through working on faces for the past decade I have met a lot of really wonderful humans with who I am, to this day, in contact with and some that I have grown to love deeply and dearly. You know who you are.

In the process, my path collided with a special select few at whom I longingly stared, fantasizing of jabbing an eye pencil through their cranial orifices. Some call them “stage moms”.

Surely you have rolled your eyeballs once or twice while watching smutty kid pageant reality teevee shows. Surely, at one point or another, you have wanted to pimp slap a parent at your grocery store wailing on their offspring. Surely I am not the only one.

Wall of shame:

  1. A mother who waxed her 4 year old’s eyebrows! Naturally I hounded her asking if she, at four years of age, would have appreciated having her face ripped off.
  2. Another mother who took her 9 year old to the nail salon to get an acrylic French manicure and pedicure! I flipped out.
  3. Parents who purchased trampy club clothes for their 12 year old and egged her on to assume sexy poses for the camera! I sent them all home after sharing a few choice words for the road.
  4. A mother of 13 and 14 year year olds who, when proposed the question, “Would you let them get a breast augmentation at this age if the job asked for it?” said YES! (You should have seen the look on the other mothers’ faces.) I lost it.

All of these perpetrators yield to media and their children’s reasoning instead of educating them on what is more important…like books, art, diet and proper skin care.

My rules:

  • Unless a model, under 16, I work with is six feet tall and signed with a reputable agency – chances of me doing more than concealer spot treatment, cream blush and chap stick/clear gloss – are slim to none.
  • Teens need to stop wearing that horrid black waterproof liner on their waterline (bottom lash line), please aid me on this endeavour. They don’t know how to blend it and how to wash it off properly. Just. Stop. It. Or try coloured mascaras instead.
  • I’m all for teens experimenting with sheer lipgloss colours – fresh and lovely.
  • Very light cream blush with a little shimmer is also okay in my book.
  • Waxing/plucking should not be allowed until 15 or 16 and ONLY if you’re splitting a unibrow or if you fear Brezhnev’s reincarnation.

Teach your youngins about proper skin care. Keep in mind that prevention (not the sexy time kind…though also helpful) earlier on in their lives can lead to healthier skin later on in their lives that will last longer than yours.

Bestow upon them a healthy habit of never leaving the house without sun screen – rain or shine.

Nip in the bud the Flamin’-Hot-Cheetos-and-RedBull-breakfast routine.

Dress them age-appropriately. It’s YOUR money and YOUR rules until they are 18, don’t forget that.

Decrease face time with the television, I swear they all want to move into music video sets. At least explain to them that films/videos are 90% constructed and not real…their favourite “teen” performers have had chest hair and periods for the past decade.

Be available and honest when your kids need you – a lot of lashing out comes from attention anorexia which leads to horrible makeup and singed hair…I speak from experience.

Hell forbid I ever have a daughter – she will be home schooled and locked down until she is sixteen, dressed in Amish couture, oblivious to razors and rockin’ a unibrow. But if not – I’ll settle for my own version of Madonna’s daughter who should be every teen’s fashion/beauty icon. Go, girl.

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Makeup

Pour Inna…

So my mom called me last night and told me that her “adopted daughter” in Florida has been keeping tabs on my tutorials and was wondering what is the strange white goo I lather my lashes with before mascara.

Your answer lies herein, my dear.

Behold! Lancome’s Ôscillation Powerbooster Lash Primer.

The coat is even, lengthening and thickening. It’s a great primer with conditioners to keep your lashes from getting crusty. And it vibrates! Though not for long.

This product lasts quite a long time and surpasses most lash primers I’ve gotten my hands on in the past.

Go get yours!

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