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Monday Beauty Bargain!

March 14, 2011 at 9:30 am , by

Tarte 8th World TSV FINALI don’t usually get excited about Mondays, unless there’s a beauty bargain to score. Today I’m in luck because one of my favorite brands is offering a big one: Tarte’s 8th World Wonder, a seven piece beauty kit (a $175 value), is $48.36 today on QVC. The clock is ticking though; after midnight, the price goes up to $58.

I love this deal because the kit comes with everything you need to look amazing for spring, including shimmery pink blush, lipgloss, eyeliner, foundation, mascara, eyeshadow and a luxe powder brush. And you can use the chic makeup bag to hold your new goodies! I may even use it as a cute clutch for a night out with my friends.

If only everything in life could be this practical, and come in such cute packaging!

For more spring makeup ideas, check out our April story about Makeup Ticks for Grownups.


Beauty Coach: Best Mascaras for Lashes

April 8, 2010 at 8:13 pm , by

There are lots of nifty tricks to amplify your lashline. You can glue on a few individuals, apply a full strip of falsies or head to the salon for a set of extensions. You can even grow longer, darker lashes with a prescription. Me, I’m sticking with the simple stuff — eye lash curler and mascara. Actually, make that mascaras. Two mascaras and I’m all set in the lash department. I’ve probably tried a hundred different mascaras and find that the best fall into one of the following two categories:

Favorite Jeans Mascara: If you’ve already found your perfect go-to formula for natural, pretty definition, kudos to you! I bet it took some trial and error to find your perfect fit. If you’re still on the hunt: I love Shu Umeura’s Mascara Basic. It’s super light and never clumpy. You can layer on 10 coats and it won’t look heavy or goopy. It’s also soft on the lashes and doesn’t leave them dry and brittle. Cover Girl Lash Blast Length is another top choice.

Cioccolata Calda Mascara: I don’t know if you’ve tried a really dramatic, extra-fringe-fattening mascara yet, but they’re quite incredible. (Just like your first Italian cioccolata. You think you’re ordering regular old hot chocolate, but then you get this cup of incredibly decadent, almost dark chocolate pudding. Divine!) This amazing version of a classic is definitely not for every day, but it’s fabulous when you want over-the-top lashes. My favs in this category are YSL Faux Cil Noir Radical, Lancome Hyponse Drama and Maybelline Great Lash BIG. Take your time when applying and use a lash comb because these guys do tend to clump if you’re not careful.

What’s your favorite mascara?