estee lauder sumptuous two tone mascara

contoured lashes were all over the spring and summer runways last fall, and i loved them.

a little known backstage trick used by the likes of estee lauder’s tom pechaux and covergirl’s pat mcgrath is to brush contrasting colors on the root and tips of your lashes for a beautiful, wide-eyed look. my favorite combination is to add brown tips to a bold, black lash. the result is stunning and thanks to estee lauder’s new sumptuous two tone eye-opening mascara, i no longer have to fumble with two tubes to get the same lush effect.

this shiny gold number houses two shades and two different brushes that are going to add some major wow to your morning eye routine. the big brush comber on the bottom gives bold volume in inky black while the microbrush on top adds a pop of eye-brightening color. estee actually recommends using the microbrush on lower lashes, but i’m loving it on the tips of top lashes for the contoured effect we saw on the runways.

this mascara delivers serious lash and neither brush clumps, bringing big-time drama sans smudging. it’s one fun trend you’ve just got to try, so make room in the makeup bag  – estee lauder has brought us beauty at its best.

new sumptuous two tone mascara is available in three shades (brown, plum, and blue) and you can find it at counters or online  for $28.

recent beauty buys

it’s a little early to give these products their own private-post real estate on the glossarie, but as obsessed as i am with what other people are buying and adding to their beauty routines, i thought you might like to see my prettiest purchases of late.

1 – supposedly great for smoothing without crushing volume;
bumble and bumble straight blow dry
, $28

2 – according to miss g, this packs a lot of punch
but doesn’t clump or look too heavy;
covergirl natureluxe mousse mascara
in very black, $7

 3 – fell in love with the price and pigments of these singles
(oh, and they snap into these custom eye palettes);
mark. i-mark custom pick eyeshadow, $6

4 – nostalgia overcame me at target the other day
and i was reintroduced to an old friend from 7th grade;
bonne bell liquid lip smacker lip gloss in strawberry, $3

5 – another old friend, i’m excited to see if this gives
my tinted moisturizer more of a flawless finish;
laura mercier oil free foundation primer, $30

are there any exciting new products in your routine these days?

fringe benefits: hourglass film noir mascara

last weekend, i marched myself into sephora with bare lashes looking to end my search for the ultimate mascara once and for all. i tapped an unsuspecting beauty consultant on the shoulder and described my perfect match: shiny and jet black in color, smudge-proof but removable with soap and water only (i detest makeup remover), must deliver volume, length, lift and separation.

now let this be a lesson to you, beauties. the sephora consultants are full of more makeup wisdom than any of us could ever know. i thought i would certainly get a recommendation for a product or products that i had already tested twice over, but in response to what i thought was a tall order and only one i’ve been looking to fill for, oh i don’t know, eons, the lovely kayleigh says, “sure. definitely hourglass film noir.”

it was love at first swipe, right there in the store – glossy, thick, intensely dark, lustrous lashes that were long and defined. the cool hourglass shaped wand applies the formula cleanly and without a clump. after a couple of weeks as my go-to lash lengthener, i’ve found that it wears all day and washes off nicely (hallelujah!).

simply put, it’s not overdone and enhances lashes without looking fake. so if i never feature another mascara on this here blog, you know why. (totally kidding. of course i’ll feature other mascaras, but if there’s ever any question as to what’s on my lashes, it’s this guy, forever and ever, amen.)

hourglass film noir full spectrum mascara is available at sephora for $28.

it’s here! stila forever your curl mascara

this new formula was first announced by sarah lucero, celebrity makeup artist for stila, at new york fashion week and i’m happy to announce that it has landed at! she told us that the revolutionary mascara curls your lashes immediately upon application but then also works to curl them over time so you can toss your lash curler.

i am yet to test this so a full review is pending, but i’ve received oodles of questions about forever your curl with its innovative lash perming / curl memory technology since writing about it on my return from nyc.

other things to note on this much anticipated newbie mascara: it’s fiber-free – meaning you shouldn’t feel it when it’s on like you do with blinc and some of the “tubing mascaras; the brush is very cool – designed to really stretch and lengthen lashes; the color is blackest black – the only appropriate shade for mascara as far as i’m concerned; it’s long-wearing but water resistant – so you will most likely need remover to take it off.

so what do we think? will you purchase and try forever your curl? it’s available exclusively at for $22.

urban decay supercurl curling mascara

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i am so tough to impress when it comes to mascara. i have decided that my lashes need more than length and volume. they need sculpting. i want a mascara that holds steady and fast, giving me statue-like perfection that stays all day. no smudges, not a flake, oh and also some definition and thickening, please.

is that so much to ask?

i used to think that it was, but one cosmetic company has answered the call and no one is more surprised than me to find that my new mascara favorite comes from urban decay. i truthfully have not been a fan of previous mascara releases from UD, but i am sitting up and paying attention to this pretty gunmetal tube with swirling lash-like scrolls because what lives inside is changing the mascara game.

it meets all of my criteria for the ultimate mascara with a rich, thick formula and a brush designed to fit the contour of your lash line. i will note that you *should* curl your lashes before applying because it just seems to work a bit better when you do. the results are dramatic and doll-like and what i have been longing for – one of the best overall mascaras to be released in the longest time.

are your lashes as high maintenance as mine? go get your own! urban decay supercurl curling mascara is available for $20 at sephora, urban decay, and ulta.

v is for va-va-voom

i love josie maran and her line of cosmetics consistently delivers. for that reason (and mostly because i’m a sucker for a new mascara) i am thrilled to introduce her latest and greatest addition: gogo mascara. gogo stands for “get one give one” and that is exactly what josie plans to do. for each gogo mascara purchased, josie maran cosmetics will donate one tube to a city of hope cancer patient or survivor. and if the lure of a good deed isn’t enough to make you want to purchase, how about the product description?

“this mascara’s patented triple v brush delivery system coats lashes one luxurious layer at a time for full, longwearing, clump-free, water-resistant definition. the rich, hydrating formula evenly builds thickness and smoothness, delivering a full fringe of blacker-than-black lashes with dewy shine. this natural and exclusive formula dries quickly without smearing, smudging, clumping, or flaking. an infusion of nourishing, protein-rich argan oil conditions and supports hair growth for lush, supple, healthy lashes.”

now, let’s recap. that was: thickening, longwearing, waterproof, hydrating, natural, and nourishing. add to that list its do-gooder promise and all in all, it’s a beautiful thing.

file under ridiculash

there’s a new love in my life! neutrogena’s healthy lengths mascara has brought the bambi bigness back to my lashes and at a price i can get used to. the formula lengthens and strengthens wrapping your lashes in rice protein for beautiful nourishment and the brush is amazing (although i had my doubts at first glance!). it leaves not-a-one clump or flake and easily sweeps on drama of the long and thick variety. as for color, i highly recommend the carbon black – it gives that deep, inky look that defines the eye, almost giving the impression that i’m wearing liner. this mascara makes a noticeable difference to the entire face and i am totally wowed.

i just love a good drugstore find, don’t you?!

meet sue

if sue devitt isn’t already on your beauty radar, let me introduce you to her incredible line. (technically, we met her briefly a few weeks ago but 30% off everything on her site spurred me to tell you a bit more!) i fell quickly for the australian miss devitt upon first glance at her beautiful products but even more so after hearing her personal mantra: beauty is an adventure with endless destinations. love! her formulas are inspired by exotic destinations discovered through her travels as a makeup artist and are infused with floral and marine extracts from mother nature. my personal recommendations are the fool-proof eye intensifier pencil and luxury lash mascara.

happy shopping, beautiful.

never met a clinique mascara i didn’t like

but i might like this one the best!

mascara wands come in every shape and size these days. there’s the s-shape, the medieval torture-ball, the elongated medieval torture ball, the brush-comb hybrid, but the latest innovation is called the willow wand and it’s your new best friend.

willow is light as air and designed to follow the natural curve of your eye. couple it up with clinique’s new high lengths mascara formula and the duo stretch lashes impossibly long, even bringing the tiniest ones out of hiding. i will also say that the wand catches the perfect amount of mascara every time never clumping plus it’s super easy to flip over and do your lower set. this stuff is the best i’ve found in the lengthening department and the finished look leaves lashes conditioned and flexible so they look like they’re yours all yours.

at $14 and fool-proof, i’m gonna go ahead and call this one a makeup bag must-have.