nyx le frou frou mascara

nyx le frou frou mascara

wanted: long, glossy black and wispy lashes that look like they’re growing right out of my own eyelid. this has been my eyelash goal for as long as i can remember. since i’m such a lover of lashes, i try more mascaras than any other type of beauty product, so i like to think that i know a good one when i see it. nyx le frou frou is my latest love and for so many reasons that go beyond its incredible $6 price tag.

for one, the formula is gorgeous. it’s whipped and mousse-y, extra light which helps to deliver volume to lackluster lashes. it actually nails decent scores for length as well, without a single clump and no dry or brittle feeling. as it wears throughout the day, i am yet to find any flakes or smudges, sending it right to the top of my list.

the wand seems simple at first glance, but the plush bristles are densely packed meaning that it grabs every single lash and doesn’t let go until they’re fully coated. since the wand is on the thin side, you get easy access to inner corners and outer edges and it also leads me to believe that it would work well for all eye shapes (a big bonus).

the finished look is long and glossy, naturally tapered. if you take a second to use the brush to your full advantage, you’ll discover lashes that you didn’t know you had and enjoy a very wide fan of feathery fringe. it’s perfect for everyday and i really can’t get enough of the extra wallet-friendly price tag.

nyx le frou frou mascara ($5.99) >

lip gloss lineup

lip gloss lineup


for a blog called the glossarie, lip gloss sure doesn’t get much play around here. i’ve been in a longstanding lipstick / tinted lip balm phase because i had started to feel like glosses were kind of…annoying. they stick to everything (hair, wine glasses, the like) and you can’t get through a full glossy-lipped meal without smearing it all over the place. in short, they feel fussy and i was over it.

but, i’ve slowly been getting back into the lipgloss game and there have been a bunch of key players impressing me as of late. seems like with these bang-up formulas, i can have the shiny lips i like without the hassle!

physician’s formula pH matchmaker pH powered lip gloss, $9.95there’s very little this gloss can’t do. it has a mirror along the side of the tube and a lighted top for application in the dark.** the paintbrush applicator is perfect for getting the right amount of gloss on your lips and the formula reacts to your pH to create a “custom shade.” once it fades, you’re left with a light stain that i kind of like.

mark. glimmer shine lip gloss, $12these are gorgeous, and all about the shine. i love the light, hydrating formula and the sheer colors tint lips in just the right way, leaving them smooth and full with a glossy finish. the oversized tube looks ultra expensive with its shiny gold top and the flat applicator makes putting it on a piece of cake. they are easy to wear – a makeup bag must have.

miracle skin lip rewind, $24 - sometimes your lips just need a little something extra. with this click pen from miracle skin you get a beautiful jewel-tone finish and ingredients that work behind the scenes to hydrate, restore, enhance and protect. lips feel comfortable while you wear and the hydration effects really last once it fades. a definite must for those seeking a little color and a lot of nourishment!

aerin beauty limited edition lip gloss, $30 – for the girls out there who just want to feel pretty, from the time you pull the product out of your purse until you tuck it away, this gloss is for you. off the bat, it’s nothing  fancy – a medium weight, near full-coverage pink that goes on extra smooth and doesn’t settle into lines – but something about this gloss just brightens up my whole face and makes me smile. i can’t get enough! a clutch must.

nyx butter gloss, $5 – these were such a pleasant surprise! the formula is creamy and opaque with beautiful color payoff and bonne bell-like deliciousness. each shade is named after a sweet treat and the insanely moisturizing gloss is, well, just like butter. i cannot stop swiping these on my lips and i think the four shades currently knocking around in my purse says something very important about my feelings on the matter.

**it works! i tested it…but who are you people applying your lip gloss in the dark? am i too old to understand the need for this? please advise.

nyx wonder pencil


what if i told you that for less than $5 i could solve at least three pesky beauty problems?

the new nyx wonder pencil is a nude multitasker that comes in three shades. the beauty of this pencil is that the unique hybrid formula means that it serves a variety of purposes. it’s softer than a typical eyeliner and more matte than a regular stick concealer. in short, it’s like a tiny magic wand that can be used to lighten, brighten, and conceal the different areas of your face.

for example, it serves as a perfect eyeliner at the water line to brighten my eyes. the slim pencil shape and fine point mean that i can also use it as the most precise blemish concealer ever. it’s as if i’ve got a little magic eraser and i can just dot it over any spots left peeking through after i have applied my foundation, without the need to blend – genius! it’s come in handy as a reverse lip liner to keep my bright lip shades from feathering and i’ve also used it under my arches to add shape and definition to my brows.

this is one of those products that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. i feel as though i’m discovering new ways to use it daily, and there’s nothing better than that.

shop nyx wonder pencil ($4.50) >

show me your lip bomb, tierney

Tierney Lip Bomb

name: tierney
internet home: the preppy leopard
number of products: 5
she says: my lip bomb is nowhere near as fancy as yours (*oh please!), but here’s the pic!
the bomb: 

maybelline colorsensational lip color in red revival, $7.49
such a great take on the classic red lip.
it’s a little darker than my normal red lipsticks
mac matte lipstick in diva, $15
a dark dark wine color that seems intimidating in the tube, but is really pretty on.
i love wearing it with smoky eyes–instead of being 1980′s overwhelming,
it’s actually very sultry and vampy.
chapstick moisturizer, $1.59
i honestly can’t beat a $2 tube of chapstick.
plus, I don’t feel guilty when I lose it.
nyx pump it up lip plumper, $5.49
bought on a whim from UO.  it’s a pretty gloss,
but i don’t really believe in lip plumpers.
jouer lip enhancer conditioning lip treatment, $14
it feels so nice when I put it on, but i don’t think
i’ll buy the full price one when my chapstick is so darn amazing.
tierney and i have been blog friends for the longest. i wish we got to hang out in person more often as our love for beauty products (lips, in particular) always sparks insightful convo. her lip bomb says a lot about her and i could not be more appreciative of her thoughts on each product – plus, most of these are new names for the #lipbomb project, which is fun to see.
if you want to see your #lipbomb in the glossarie, send it over to theglossarie@gmail.com – the more the merrier!

all decked out recap

all decked out

(photo from ashley in dc‘s seriously gorgeous instagram feed)

i had so much fun getting all decked out with the ladies of wink boutique in dc and the amazing crowd of local bloggers and friends who joined us. the wink girls sure do know how to throw a party! they offered up flowing champagne, yummy snacks, and a generous 25% discount. add an adorably pregnant, super sweet makeup artist and amazing beauty products provided by my favorite brands, there was no doubt that we were going to have a ball!

edward marc

pittsburg chocolatier, edward marc, provided milk and chocolate dark salted caramels (i was popping them in my mouth nonstop!) and gorgeous chocolate dipped peppermint sticks for our guests to take home. these sweets were such a hit! i loved the festive feel that they added to the evening.

lauren ogden miller

makeup artist, lauren ogden miller, entertained a revolving chair of girls who wanted to get touched up. she used make up for ever aqua liner in 13 (mat black) and nyx the curve liner to craft perfect cat eyes. for red lips, she chose from maybelline color sensational lipcolor in red revival, nyx matte lipstick in perfect red, and make up for ever rouge artist intense in moulin rouge. guests chose a black eyeliner and red lip set to take home, from this list of goodies, as well as tarte call of the wild amazonian clay liner and maybelline unstoppable liner in onyx.

tips from lauren on crafting your cat eye:

  • liquid or gel liner is best for precision, you want to drag the liner along your lash line – it’s ok to rest your hand somewhere for balance!
  • to get the cat effect, the line dips up up towards the edge of your brow line; lauren’s trick is to actually start from the furthest point out and draw the line in towards your eye, from there it’s easy to thicken and fill in
  • smudge a deeb brown or plum over top to set the look and don’t worry too much about symmetry. (it’s makeup!) it’s also ok to use a little concealer in areas where you need to lift and clean up.
  • accentuate the cat eye with mascara by pulling the wand at an angle, out towards the side of your face instead of straight ahead. (i love this trick!)

for the bold red lip:

  • line and feather your lips with a red or neutral liner (just don’t go with anything darker), you can also highlight above the cupid’s bow for extra shape
  • choose a true red (like fire engine or cherry) – these look great on everyone
  • use a lip brush to apply the color, it’s easier and more precise, but if you do a good job lining your lips, this isn’t necessary

the finished product is surprisingly subtle and perfect for the holidays. here are two of my favorite ladies (the glossarie’s own maggie on the left, and my bestie jamie on the right, plus one shot of jamie and yours truly) rocking their red lips and cat eyes a la lauren:

all decked out

thanks so much to everyone who came out to play! i hope to do it again in the spring.

show me your lip bomb, elizabeth

my inbox is bursting at the seams with lip bombs after last week’s inaugural post – i could not be more thrilled! i’m going to start sharing them weekly on wednesdays and possibly on other days, because they are just too good.

name: elizabeth
internet home: wunderland
she says: “i go a bit overboard, i must confess”
number of products: 16
the bomb:

mac plush glass in lush, $19.50
nyx stick blush in tea rose, $5.99
nyc lipstick in mahogany, $1.59 (what?! amazing.)
kate moss by rimmel in #11, $5.19
revlon super lustrous lipstick in teak rose, $7.99
lancôme complete coverage concealer, $29.50
l’oreal colour riche le gloss in baby blossom, $5.99
clinique almost lipstick in black honey, $15
tarte lipsurgence matte lip tint in envy, $24
burt’s bees tinted lip balms in rose, honeysuckle, hibiscus, and red dahlia, $6.99
the body shop born lippy satsuma shimmer lip balm, $3
korres lip butter in mango, $12
smiths rosebud lip salve, $6

overboard? i beg to differ as i absolutely love this group! so many budget buys – i hope you pretty-for-a-penny beauties are taking notes. if you want your #lipbomb featured here in the glossarie, please email theglossarie@gmail.com. i would love to have you!

another pretty face: olivia munn

(image via)

i am having an olivia munn moment and i cannot get enough of her in this look from the do something awards. combine an adorable hot pink alice + olivia number, a ponytail, and a winged eye, you get a sweet and sassy grand finale that i just had to recreate.

another pretty face: olivia munn
get that perfect winged edge with nyx the curve liner. the ergonomic shape makes it possible for anyone to master liquid liner. achieve lots of lash with clinique high impact extreme mascara. it layers on nice and thick staying put for hours upon hours, and dissolving in warm water. olivia’s cheeks are donning the most gorgeous flush which you can do with sephora microsmooth blush duo in guava glow – allowing you to customize and luminize. finish things off with a pop of pink gloss. i really love butter london’s lippy in primrose picnic for its moisturizing capabilities and the subtle stain that it leaves behind.
do you like this look as much as i do?

nyx pin-up tease boudoir mascara

a $6 mascara is tough to come by these days, but a $6 mascara that rivals my beauty counter favorite? practically impossible. nyx pin-up tease mascara is more than a pleasant surprise to my lashes. while i will say that the curved, hard bristle comb takes some getting used to, the results are so worth the wait once you get the hang of it. i don’t think i’ve ever used a brush with this sharp of a curve and let me say that it delivers major curl. (in fact, it’s the end of the day as i write this and my fan of fringe is still standing at attention – a rarity, for sure.) the formula extends lashes nicely, giving them a bit of shine and tons of definition. all of that is well and good, but by now you know that the true test of a mascara for me is its staying power. this stuff is completely smudge-free, although removing it with warm water does take a bit of tugging on the lashes (if you’ve used other fiber mascaras, you know what i mean), but you can still get away without using a makeup remover. i am pretty smitten with this budget-friendly tube and find that i keep reaching for it again and again – a true testament to its rockstar’dom.

nyx pin-up tease mascara is available at ulta for $5.99.

this or that: bronzer duos

*this or that: blush & bronzer duos


i love a blush and bronzer duo. my years as a beauty addict have taught me that going with a formula that has multiple tones can be super flattering to tricky skin tones since there’s often nothing better than a product that allows you to create a custom blend. i need a bit of bronzer to warm things up after putting on my daily dose of foundation, but for fair girls like me, the addition of a peach, coral, or rose to the bronze can add a brightening finishing touch. it pulls the whole look together and makes it look more natural. i’ve chosen two bang up options for anyone in the market for a blush and bronzer in one compact, regardless of your budget.

top: nyx cosmetics bronzer & blusher combo, $9
(a mostly matte finish, perfect for those fighting
blemishes or wrinkles which shimmer tends to amplify)

bottom: bobbi brown limited edition bronzer/blush duo, $36
(so stunning in pink peony and bahama brown)