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2014-02-01 16.06.03

katy perry wore the sweetest candy pink manicure to the grammys and i haven’t been able to get it out of my head. rumor has it that her nail artist layered covergirl outlast natural blush over forever fawn to do the job. i fell in love with its understated elegance that went perfectly with her frothy valentino music gown.

i recreated the look (correction: the fine people at mani nails on w 37th in nyc recreated the look) with a bit more punch using essie chastity. i struggled to find the right pink, but once i landed on chastity’s pure cotton candy goodness, i knew it was the right call.

my pink katy perry-inspired nails are making me so happy this morning, even as it dumps snow on all of new york, and even after i had to break my cardinal rule of not entering macy’s herald square under any circumstances last night (to buy snow boots – ugh).

wishing you a fab monday, beauties! also – just for fun – what’s on your nails?

mighty mascaras

mighty mascaras

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there is a lot happening in the mascara market these days! just when you thought it was all length vs. volume, waterproof vs. not waterproof, these five formulas show us that there are near endless possibilities when it comes to choosing a gorgeously bold look that rivals even the best faux options.

covergirl flamed out water resistant mascara, $5.99
if fluttery splash-proof lashes are your game this summer, look no further than this hot tube from covergirl. the formula is lightweight and the brush makes it easy to get a “winged” lash look, providing lift and curl without a curler. i love the pretty softness and shape that you get from this drugstore delight – perfect for those who like long lashes, even poolside.

it cosmetics tightline full lash line black mascara primer, 2 for $29
this brush is impossibly thin and that means you can apply this black mascara primer starting right at the lash line without getting it on your eyelid. beyond lengthening and darkening, this multitasking lash enhancer also works to nourish and protect, but most importantly: a few swipes on each eye leaves you with a set that’s extra lush and full.

hard candy lash ink 4 day lash stain mascara, $7
this one is not for the fickle or faint of heart. i wasn’t really sure that i wanted my mascara to last four days, but there is no doubt about it: once you apply this stuff, there’s no letting go. it holds on through swims, showers, and face washings. no smudging, no flaking, and no need to reapply each morning – just curl your lashes and go. crazy!

too faced better than sex mascara, $23
this stuff has all the greatness of mac’s plush lash (length! volume! lift! curl!), but none of the smudging. lashes are all kinds of vampy and va-va with an eye-opening fan of fringe you’re going to want to bat all. day. long. seriously, this stuff is the bomb. (but…for the record, it’s not better than sex) warning: don’t drop it on your toe – this sucker is hea-vy.

l’oreal voluminous false fiber lashes, $8.99
watery-eyed beauties know that fiber mascaras are a godsend. they tube your lashes so there are no smudges, but they wash off easily with a few splashes of good old h2o. before now, you had to buy your fiber lashes at sephora, but l’oreal is bringing long-wearing length and separation to the masses – with none of that dry/crunchy feeling.

maggie’s daily face

maggie's routine: prep work + face
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i’m always curious about the go-to, can’t-live-without beauty products that make up other ladies’ beauty routines, so i thought i would share some of mine here. below is the mix of drugstore bargains and high-end products that leave me feeling lovely throughout the day:
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prep work:

face:

maggies routine: eyes and cheeks

eyes:

cheeks:

show me your lip bomb, jen

lip bomb

name: jen
internet home: cuddles & chaos
number of products: 8
she says: as you can tell, my hair sticks to my lips pretty much any time the wind blows ;)
the bomb: 

revlon colorburst lip butter in cherry tart and tutti frutti, $6.49 each
covergirl natureluxe lip balm in coral and anemone, $5.99 each
c.o. bigelow mentha lip shine in vanilla cola, $7.50 (similar)
merry berry smoothing lip balm, $3.25
blistex fruit smoothies in berry explosion, $3.79 / 3 pack
chapstick classic lip balm in spearmint, $1.59

quite the savvy little #lipbomb, here. i love that jen doubled up on the covergirl and revlon lips – both are dynamite if you haven’t tried. (and i’m totally adding anemone to my list!) there’s a lot of flavor in this group, too – everything from mint to vanilla cola, to berry x 2. a great and very affordable group. thanks for sharing, jen!

if you want to see your #lipbomb in the glossarie, you know the drill :)

show me your lip bomb, nicole

city girl in me lip bomb

name: nicole
internet home: city girl in me
number of products: 8
she says: i’m embarrassed to say this was not staged. i actually had 8 lip products stuffed in my little SJ bag.
the bomb: 

revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in crush, $7.49
bobbi brown rich color gloss in dusty rose, $24
bobbi brown creamy color for lips and cheeks, $20
covergirl lip perfection lipstick in rush, $6.99
bite beauty high pigment matte pencil in pomegranate, $24
burt’s bees tinted lip balm in red dahlia, $6.99
burt’s bees ultra conditioning natural lip balm, $3.99
clinique chubby stick in fuller fig, $16

nicole and i met at the ifb conference in 2012 and it was beauty love at first sight. she is a super talented make up artist (she did my face for my head shots that you see around the blog) and an all around sweet-as-sugar girl. nicole’s beauty expertise comes through clearly through her #lipbomb! like most of you, we definitely share an affinity for the three b’s: bobbi brown, bite, and burt’s bees. i miss her terribly since she and her hubby made the move back to nyc, but i’m happy to say that we keep in touch through the ‘net and have even managed to connect in the big city on one of my many business trips. i highly recommend that you take a journey over to nicole’s blog for a full dose of beauty and fashion goodness!

i love seeing your #lipbombs, so please keep sending them to theglossarie@gmail.com.

on my lips

on my lips: january 2013

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there is no shortage of crazy good new lip products on the market and six of them make up my january rotation. here’s the latest rundown of what’s on my lips, top to bottom:

clinique chubby stick intense in roomiest rose, $16
bite beauty lush lip tint in orchard, $24
covergirl lip perfection jumbo gloss balm in rose twist, $6.64
maybelline baby lips in melon mania (new limited edition shade), $3
tarte lipsurgence skintuitive lip tint, $24
jouer spf15 lip sheer in positano, $22

what’s new and exciting in your lip wardrobe?

show me your lip bomb, rosa

rosa loves dc lip bomb

name: rosa
internet home: rosa loves…
she says: here’s what’s in my bag right now!
number of products: 6
the bomb: 

fresh sugar kisses mini lip duo, free
tom ford lip color in cherry lush, $48 (there’s a funny story about this one!)
laura mercier stickgloss lip color in poppy, $22
covergirl natureluxe gloss balm in cabernet, $5.99
clinique almost lipstick in black honey, $15

rosa is the absolute sweetest. we met as fellow dc bloggers and she has been a stalwart supporter of the glossarie. if you live in the area, you can find her brunching with friends (oft accompanied by her sweet chihuahua lola), popping in and out of local boutiques, or enjoying time with her lovely hubby. her blog is an endless supply of inspiration and full of pretty pictures. i hope you’ll check her out!

if you want to see your #lip bomb here, send it over to theglossarie@gmail.com.

show me your lip bomb, sarah

lip bomb - sarah

name: sarah
she says: “um, this is embarrassing. this is what I carry with me DAILY in my work purse.”
number of products: 13
the bomb:

kiehl’s lip balm #1, $7.50
c.o. bigelow lime mentha lip shine, no longer available
covergirl wetslicks fruit spritzers lip gloss in raspberry splash, $5.49
revlon colorburst lip butter in peach parfait, $6.16
clinique black honey lip duo, $21
c.o. bigelow mentha lip tint in magenta mint, $7.50
fresh sugar rose lip treatment spf15 mini, (full size tube $22.50)
maybelline baby lips in cherry me, $2.99
arbonne lip polish in coral, $24
revlon colorburst lip butter in pink truffle, $6.16
smashbox limitless long wear lipgloss in endless, $22
mac lustre lipstick in syrup, $15
buxom big & healthy lip polish in brandi, $19

now this is a lip bomb. the almost-empty tube that you can’t give up, the packages with lettering rubbed off, the hair tie wrapped around the lip gloss – beauty ain’t always pretty, ladies! send your #lipbomb to theglossarie@gmail.com.

show me your lip bomb

i think the general rule is that the average lady carries 3+ lip products in her purse at any given time. that’s a fairly impressive statistic on its own, but every time i hear it, i feel compelled to inquire: yes, but which ones?

in a new blog series i’m calling “show me your lip bomb” i am begging reader friends to snap a shot of the lip products currently in their bag. the picture doesn’t need to be anything fancy (we’re talking unfiltered iphone photo up there), just clear enough to see all of your beauty booty. here’s my current collection:

nars velvet gloss lip pencil in new lover, $24
clinique chubby stick in voluptuous violet, $16
smashbox reflection high shine lip gloss in firecracker, $19
vapour lux organic lip conditioner, $16
vspro moisture fx softening lip balm (coming soon to victoria’s secret!)
revlon colorburst lip butter in cotton candy, $6
covergirl natureluxe gloss balm in tulip, $6
fresh sugar berry tinted lip treatment, $22.50
hobo’s rae lipstick case, $38

so, now it’s your turn! regardless of whether you’re a saver or a spender, an addict or a minimalist, i want to see the explosion (or lack) of lip products you keep on hand. my only rule is that you don’t edit or add. i really want to see your purse lip collection as it exists in nature and i’m hoping to feature as many as possible.

so won’t you please send your lip bomb my way? email theglossarie@gmail.com – i can’t wait to see what comes of this little project!

covergirl clump crusher mascara

the lashblast franchise is at it again, and just when i thought there were no more formulas to add to the family, covergirl proves me wrong. i’ve been a fan of the lashblast mascaras for a long while now (the original is still the only drugstore mascara that i recommend) and i have tried them all…but, when i spied this mysterious green tube in last month’s lucky magazine, i knew something good was coming our way.

and i was correct.

this version is the first one to actually surpass the original lashblast and become my new favorite drugstore mascara. something about the curved brush and silky formula gives this insanely fluttery volume that i can’t get enough of. this is the most buildable formula that i’ve found in a mascara ever. you can coat and coat your lashes with this stuff, the brush perfectly shaped to your lid, creating crazy long perfectly defined lashes without any of them looking spidery or sticking together. (it’s actually kind of weird how perfectly it goes on.)

the results are gorgeous and super flirty for everyday – you get this beyond natural, very achievable drama that looks like you might have grown it yourself. i’ve found that it wears very well over the course of a long day without making lashes feel dry or crunchy and, best of all, it washes off with warm water, meeting and exceeding all of my criteria for pure perfection.

beauties, i’m officially crowning a new queen of casual mascara. grab your own green tube of glory at drugstores and online for $6.99.