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I’m one of those people who never leaves the house without mascara. A quick swipe instantly brightens my eyes and wakes up my face, and it’s typically the only makeup I wear when I’m in a rush. I often experiment with different mascaras in search of that perfect lash, so I was very excited to try the new Voluminous False Fiber Lash™ from L’Oreal. The mascara features “a unique blend of long and short nylon and rayon fibers — the same material used to make false lashes.” A false eyelash look with my natural lashes? Let’s see:

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I applied one coat of mascara to the right eye above. I was really pleased with how full and curled my lashes looked, you can really see the difference between the two eyes. The best part about the mascara was that after hours of wearing, there was no flaking and the mascara didn’t run like many other mascaras I’ve tried, so my eyes looked just as good at the end of the day as they did at the beginning. And speaking of the end of the day, the mascara washed off easily with just soap and water (a prerequisite for me when it comes to mascara, I hate using makeup remover!)

The results? I just found my new go-to mascara.

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Create the most outrageous false lash look with our newest, most technically advanced volume mascara - Voluminous False Fiber Lashes. With the power of sculpting fibers this dual fiber mascara wraps each lash to boost, sculpt & volumize building an incredible false lash look.

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loreal-eversleek-humidity-defying-leave-in-creme.jpgI have baby fine, straight hair. Some of you may drool with jealousy at this seemingly easy hair type but I assure you, the grass is not always greener. When my hair is stick straight it looks so piecey and odd that I feel a little like Taylor Momsen, not something I strive for. So I like it to have a little bit of a natural bounce to it — to achieve this I use the L’Oreal EverSleek Humidity Defying Leave-In Creme. First of all it helps my hair from getting too much bounce from the humid summers we have where I live. Second of all it is so light and airy that it does not weigh down my poor baby fine hair. I use it every time I wash my hair and I’m never sorry I did. Plus the line is free of sulfates and doesn’t seem to have any harsh effects on my highlighted hair.

You can buy L’Oreal EverSleek Humidity Defying Leave-In Creme for $8.99 at walgreens.com.


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Over the years, I’ve tried many cosmetic lines, but the one that I inevitably come back to is Laura Mercier. In particular, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer, by far two of the best products available for natural flawless-looking skin. According to Laura Mercier, the key to making your skin look perfect is to enhance your natural beauty. Here are her 4 simple steps to the flawless face:

Step 1: Prime the Skin

Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer creates the perfect canvas for makeup application, ensuring freshness and long-lasting color. There are 5 formulas to choose from based on your skin’s needs (I have dry skin, so my favorite is the Hydrating formula). Laura’s tip: place your primer in the refrigerator before use to help refresh skin and reduce puffiness.

Step 2: Apply Foundation

There are several types of foundation available, but the key to looking as natural as possible is to use only where needed or in layers to provide buildable coverage. My favorite is the Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 which provides sheer, natural-looking coverage — just enough to eliminate redness while letting my natural skin show through. Plus, it keeps my dry skin looking soft and dewy.

Step 3: Conceal

Laura Mercier’s famed Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer are loved by almost every makeup artist I’ve ever met — and with good reason! When applied with a concealer brush, undereye circles and skin imperfections vanish.Laura’s tip: Apply concealer in the best available natural daylight.

Step 4: Set with Powder

Translucent Loose Setting Powder has no color so it won’t distort the color of your makeup. A light dusting helps set your makeup for a longer lasting finish. (Note: since my skin tends to be really dry and flakey, I typically skip this step in the fall and winter.)

After happily rediscovering these tried and true favorites, they’ve earned a permanent spot in my daily makeup routine!


Laura believes there are four steps to create a flawless face—primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powder. Each product has been specifically developed to allow every woman to achieve an incredibly even, smooth, yet natural-looking complexion.

For more information on Laura’s flawless philosophy and tips on how to use each product within each step is located here.

Find your perfect products to create your ultimate flawless face using our flawless face finder.

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I am a grown adult, I promise, but I never quite outgrew my fascination with Bath and Body Works’ fragrance mists — Specifically their limited edition Vanilla Bean Noel scent. But seeing as how that scent is only available for several months I’m left to come up with alternatives the rest of the year. I have an allergy to floral scents and I think there’s something yummy about smelling like a bakery … so I tend to go for vanilla scents in general. So imagine my excitement when B&BW came out with a Cozy Autumn Vanilla. It smells like a spicy, caramel version of their classic Warm Vanilla Sugar and I adore it already.

Cozy Autumn Vanilla Fragrance Mist, Shower Gel, Body Lotion and more are all available on BathandBodyWorks.com.
tarte-ten-natural-cheek-stain.jpgI’ve been a fan of Tarte Cosmetics, and their now infamous cheek stain, since they were just starting out. To celebrate their 10 year anniversary, Tarte Cosmetics has launched a limited edition cheek stain in a shimmering bright pink shade that made me smile at first sight. The best part about the cheek stains is how easily they go on, I dot mine along my cheeks and then use my fingers to lightly blend in. I never look cakey or powdery, as they are gel-like and leave your skin glowing and looking fresh. If bright shimmery pink isn’t your cheek color of choice, they have 10 other shades to choose from, ranging from a plummy rose to a golden apricot.

Tarte’s limited edition TEN natural cheek stain is available for $30 at tartecosmetics.com


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