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avon-mega-effects-mascara.jpgBefore I could even get my hands on Avon’s new Mega Effects Mascara, Selena Gomez had already hit the red carpet wearing it for the Young Hollywood wards earlier this month. Now that I’ve had some time to test drive the Avon Mega Effects Mascara for myself, I can see why Selena’s lashes looked so lush that night. The wand is an innovative beauty breakthrough — it has a flexible, bendable, multi-position handle that allows you to apply the mascara to just the spots you want.

When I first pulled the wand out of its “house” I was worried about clumps. But I can truthfully say the formula is beautifully glossy and gives just the right volume to my limp lashes without clumping. The little bristles are arranged on the wand in such a way that you can get every lash, every angle, perfectly coated. Best of all it removes pretty easily with my regular makeup remover but stays on during the day with no problem. If you prefer a more natural looking, barely there lash this might not be the mascara for you, but for a full on dramatic, look-at-me kind of lash, this is your best pick.

You can buy Avon Mega Effects Mascara for $10 at avon.com.

Photo Credit: Instagram.com/selenagomez
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Finding the best eye makeup remover formula can be a tricky task — I’ve had some that were too greasy, some that caused stinging and some that gave me reactions around my eyes. Pixi Waterproof Makeup Remover is one of the best I’ve tried in a long time. It removes my mascara with just a couple swipes and doesn’t cause any sort of reaction. In fact the other day I got some in my eye by accident and nothing happened at all. I also like that it doesn’t leave any residue behind so my eyes feel clean and refreshed instantly.

You can buy Pixi Waterproof Makeup Remover for $14 at your local Target stores and online at target.com.

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Rachel Bilson is known for her amazing sense of style, but this week she popped up on the red carpet and showed off her makeup sense, too. Her thickly lined cat eye look surely isn’t for everyone, but if you’re bold enough to try it’s a fun one to rock. For this look, you’ll want a thick kohl liner — that way with each stroke you’ll get a perfect line and be able to adjust the cat eye effect. Laura Mercier has the perfect liner for this, the Kohl Liner Extreme, they describe it as “a creamy, highly pigmented eye liner that glides on smoothly to add depth and definition to the eyes.” The best part about thick, cat eye looks is they don’t require quite as steady of a hand, and the Laura Mericer Kohl Liner Extreme’s smooth texture means you’ll only need a stroke or two for the perfect look.

You can buy Laura Mericer Kohl Liner Extreme for $24 at sephora.com.

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I’ll confess, I’m a bit of a BB Cream addict. Take a peek in my vanity and you’ll find no less than 6 different kinds of BB Creams. Some work better than others, but they all make it into my daily skincare routine on a regular basis. The latest to hit my arsenal is the new Revlon Photoready BB Cream skin perfector with SPF 30. Like others in this product category, it’s a lightweight multi-benefit Beauty Balm that combines skincare and makeup into one step.

I’ve been using this product every day for 2 weeks and can honestly say it’s one of the best I’ve tried. The consistency isn’t too thick, which makes it perfect for summer, and it isn’t too thin either, so it provides the perfect amount of moisturizing benefits and coverage I need. The light medium tone blends perfectly with my skin, providing virtually invisible, natural coverage. And unlike many other BB Creams which offer little or no sun protection, Revlon Photoready contains SPF 30, which is essential all year round and especially during the summer months.

One of the reasons I am such a fan of BB Creams, is that they have moisturizers and primers built into the product, something that my dry skin needs desperately. In the winter, I typically apply BB Cream on top of a daily moisturizer for added hydration, but in the warmer months, I don’t need any additional products. I simply apply the cream to damp skin to lock in moisture and to assist with even distribution. I add more product to any areas that need additional coverage, so I can often skip concealer.

Along with the BB Cream, I’m also testing out the new Revlon Lash Potion mascara. The product contains a potion “with strengthening proteins that drench lashes for volume” and a triple-groove wand that prevents clumps while lengthening lashes. I’m lucky enough to have fairly long lashes, and this mascara definitely delivers when it comes to thickening and avoiding clumps.

Both of these products have found a permanent place in my makeup kit this summer.


Revlon-Logo-2.jpgRevlon believes there is more than one way for women to be seen. Revlon’s heritage as a color authority and its suite of innovative products inspires women around the world to expressthemselves through beauty each and every day.


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Finding the perfect colored eyeliner for your summer beauty look just got a whole lot easier with the Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner Kit. Experimenting with different eyeliner colors can be fun, but who making a commitment to just one shade? Now you won’t have to. The convenience of multiple colors in a (commitment-free) mini version is what makes Sumita’s eyeliner kit the next item on my summer beauty list. Sumita’s eyeliners are made a soft, wax formula that applies smoothly but manages to stay put for at least a good eight hours with minimal bleeding.  The kit includes four neutral shades of color, including classic black Suman, plum Jamun, grey Raina, and navy blue Saletti. Available for sale exclusively at Birchbox for $21. 

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