Cry Baby Semi-Permanent Mascara: Better Than Pro Extensions?

This guest post is courtesy of Thefind

In recent years, there's been a revived infatuation with lush, enhanced lashes... and I totally get it. I'll jump on any excuse to glue on some false lashes from the extensive collection that lives in my messy makeup case, and while I haven't sprung for professional extensions just yet, it's only out of laziness (and addiction to my aforementioned tried-and-true falsies), not lack of want! Enhanced lashes give that instant feminine look that make us feel automatically prettier, even if it's just brushing on a couple coats of mascara before heading to the grocery store. But what if you could have lush, lengthy lashes - rain or shine, wet or dry, no daily application needed? Lauded as one of Allure's Biggest Beauty Breakthroughs this year, Cry Baby Semi-Permanent Mascara gives you gorgeous fringe courtesy of custom-blended fibers applied by a trained professional, depending on your desired fullness, that lasts up to 2 weeks - no budging, no smudging, no harm to your natural lashes!

It's the perfect special-occasion pro treatment for brides (especially those prone to get emotional on their big day!) or vacationing beauties who can't afford to touch up their mascara every time they hit the beach! Plus, at a fraction of the cost of most lash enhancement treatments (depending on your local salon!), you can afford to pamper yourself within reason! As long as you don't mind sparing the 30 minutes for the initial application appointment, the time you'd normally spend applying regular ol' mascara for those 2 weeks can really add up!

- Alex Gambardella, Inc.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Palmer's Cocoa Butter Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Lip Butter - new customer offer Here's a drugstore buy of the week that was a big surprise for me!

I generally think of Palmer's Cocoa Butter products as great buys for body care, but they have recently expanded the line to include, among other items, two yummy, chocolate based lip butters.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Butter, Dark Chocolate & Peppermint actually smells like a chocolate peppermint patty! However, it's not overly strong or sweet smelling, and the hydration is amazing. It makes a fantastic lip balm to apply overnight, when lips are chapped or underneath a more matte lip color product.

It can also be used as a lip gloss
over lipstick or bare lips for a natural look. This version, and the Dark Chocolate Cherry flavor (which will set you back less than $5.00 for both) need to be in your purse or on your desk TODAY. -RLB

Go-->Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Butter, Dark Chocolate & Peppermint $2.39

*This product was provided courtesy of Palmer's PR for reviewing purposes. - new customer offer

Beauty Find - Clarins Instant Definition Mascara, Intense Black, Inc. Say your eyelashes are long, or even very long, but on the sparse/thin side. Well, a voluminizing mascara is just what you need. My latest find from Clarins the Clarins Instant Definition Mascara, is perfect for a perfectly defined, thicker lash look.

It's no surprise that Clarins has created a beautiful, glamorous, golden rectangular tube, but it's the brush that's very unique. It's a brush that is basically two brushes in one - with the base of the brush having a densely packed amount of brushes and the tip of the brush is very narrow with extremely tiny brushes. This allowed the mascara to literally reach each and every lash from the inner corners to the outer corners with ease.

The formula is wet, and went on smoothly. It dried very black and shiny and did not clump or flake. After 2 coats I looked like I had an extra strip of false eye lashes on. I really loved the look. However, if you want less volume for day, for instance, it's very easy to adjust the application e.g. one light coat, or just defining the outer and/or bottom lashes. The design of the brush and tube allowed me to pick up just the perfect amount of mascara each time which also sped up the application process since I didn't have to keep pushing the brush in for more/swipe off, etc.

The formula stayed soft on my lashes and was also pliable enough that if I wanted to add another coat to really make my eyes stand out later at night, I could do that without getting sticky, gummy lashes. This is a beautiful mascara that you'll love! - RLB

Go-->Clarins Instant Definition Mascara, Intense Black

*This product was provided by Clarins PR for reviewing purposes., Inc.

Reader Giveaway! Mary Kay Clutch + Beauty Products, Inc. Our friends at Mary Kay are offering two of our readers their gorgeous Mary Kay clutch filled with Mary Kay fragrance and a deluxe sample of the Mary Kay Lash Love mascara. Also included is a sampler card to try all of the Limited-Edition Beauty That Counts Creme lipsticks!

After reading about how to enter the giveaway below, please also take a moment to view a video for the project benefiting Mary Kay Inspiring Stories video they are promoting, which is “Give Joy.”

Help support the cause and bring attention to the issue of domestic violence by watching the below Give Joy documentary short narrated by Alexa Vega.

To enter the giveaway, simply send an e-mail to: with "Mary Kay" in the subject line.

Include your: 1) name 2) address 3) e-mail.

Giveaway ends Friday, Oct. 28th, 2011 at 12pm midnight EST.

Spread the word to all your beauty loving friends and family to enter and Good Luck! - RLB


  • 1 entry per person please.
  • Only US residents only may enter.
Please make sure your e-mail address/contact information is accurate. We cannot be held responsible for incorrect shipping details.

"Give Joy"

(You must watch the video all the way through for your view to count!)

NARS Cosmetics Fall 2011 Collection

Beauty Find - Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream, Inc. I've fallen in love with another eye cream that is a splurge, but a beautiful one! Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream is creamy, silky and not only hydrates (with an amount smaller than a grain of rice), but also noticeably reduces puffiness and makes the overall eye area look better.

I loved the texture - extremely creamy yet light, which allowed it to penetrate my skin easily and absorb quickly. It also contains small illuminating particles which brighten up the under eye area. The hydration is fantastic and I also found that it reduced my morning puffiness quickly. This eye cream is also very makeup friendly - it didn't cause my concealer to ball up, or wear off.

If you're in the market for a truly luxurious eye cream - that also preforms (and will last months on end), this is the one!- RLB

Go-->Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream, Inc.

Introducing Bare Escentuals' First-Ever Solid Mineral Shadows!

This guest post is courtesy of Thefind

As much as I adore the color payoff and brilliant shimmer of the bareMinerals eyeshadow pots, I'd be lying if I said I actually use them on a regular basis. Sure, I own a couple, and when I have some extra time on my hands while I'm getting ready and don't mind the extra trouble of dealing with the messiness of a loose pigment, the results never disappoint. But what can I say? On most occasions I'm lazy, and as a bit of a clean freak, the stray pigment that inevitably ends up all over my cheeks kind of stresses me out during my early morning primping routine. And although I'd never think to actually complain, the makeup mavens over at Bare Escentuals have somehow managed to answer my silent prayers anyway!

Welcome the brand-new solid eyeshadow palettes, the bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow, which boast the same color pay-off and shimmer as the original loose pigments, but in an easier-to-apply, more travel-friendly package and formula. Available in both shadow duos and shadow quads, each palette comes with coordinating shadows that look gorgeous and blend together effortlessly. I don't know about my fellow beauty addicts, but I can't wait to stock up on all those shades I previously avoided out of fear of the non-solid!

- Alex Gambardella

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Drugstore Beauty Buy - Nuance by Salma Hayek Lasting Wear Gel Eyeliner Salma Hayek's Nuance line has been hitting all of the right notes with me lately. This week I wanted to highlight another fantastic product from the line with a price tag of only $7.50. The Nuance Salma Hayek Lasting Wear Gel Eyeliner Black 030 is the perfect everyday eye liner.

It's extremely smooth so there's no pulling or tugging when I applied it. The texture is exactly like that of a gel. The black is extremely black and just a small line can be smudged out for a beautiful cat eye look which looks more like a liquid liner, or it can be placed much more thinly closer to the lash line, blended with a brush or fingers for a more natural look.
This liner also LASTS - with no smearing, smudging and the color stayed in place and a true black shade throughout the day.

It has just about everything I need in an eyeliner...I'm very happy and it now has a permanent home in my makeup collection! - RLB

Nuance by Salma Hayek Lasting Wear Gel Eyeliner

*This product was provided courtesy of Nuance Salma Hayek for reviewing purposes.

3 Reds: 3 Ways - Elizabeth Arden Lipsticks, Inc. The red lip is a look that everyone can wear. It's always classic, always bold and always elegant. Today, there are many ways to wear a red lip, and Elizabeth Arden has updated many of their lip stick formulas to make it even easier to wear a statement making red - any way you want: Dewy, Sheer or Matte, with different effects.

The first Elizabeth Arden lipstick I tried was the
Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Rouge (first picture at top). This is a beautiful, slightly blue- based red that made my entire complexion light up. The texture is unbelievably smooth and creamy and it was very moisturizing - all day, without feeling heavy or greasy. It has a slightly dewy (not shiny) finish and has a "plumping" technology which I felt helped with smoothing out little lip lines for an overall better appearance. There's just a touch of shimmer.The staying power was very impressive (even at the end of the day with no touch ups I still had "stained" lips).

The next red was Color Intrigue Effects Lipst
ick in Poppy Cream (shown, left) , which is a bright red red with a touch of pink and subtle shimmer that I normally would not gravitate to, but there's a beautiful semi-matte finish which really makes this flattering. It brightened up my complexion with a pop of color, and it was also very hydrating to my lips. With it's low level shimmer, it's certainly a shade you can wear in the daytime.

The third red was the Exceptional Lipstick in Red Diamond (shown below), and it's a very different one for me. This red is a mix of a lighter red mixed with orange/gold and peach for an iridescent effect with more shimmer than the others. It has a semi-sheer finish and never dried my lips out. This is a great red when you want to sport a different type of red lip. I think it's great for evening looks. - RLB

Go-->Elizabeth Arden

These products were provided courtesy of Elizabeth Arden PR for reviewing purposes., Inc.

Natural Beauty Find - Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, Inc. Josie Maran has an option for those of you who are looking for a foundation product that's full of organic and natural ingredients - and goof proof as well.

Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation is another "next generation" foundation which offers 3 shades which promise to match almost all skin tones - from very fair to very deep.

This foundation feels like a creamy lotion and goes on white, but within a minute or so after applying, it actually begins to match the color of your skin. After 3-5 minutes it fully settled for me.I used the darkest, Medium/Dark and was amazed by the accuracy of the shade, and the fact that it didn't have any trace of white or grey - it just looked like my skin-but better.

As far as coverage goes, this is not for heavy duty needs - if you have lots of uneven skin areas or blemishes you wish to cover, this does not have the consistency to cover it. However, if all you need is light, or slightly more more coverage, this is perfect.

Because this product, like all of the hers, contains argan oil, this is perfect for those of you with drier skins, as it's very moisturizing. If you are using during hot summer months or if you have oilier skin in the t zone, I would suggest using a very thin amount, however. I loved the finish of this foundation, which gives a slightly dewy look and great wear during the day. This works well with concealer (if you have dark circles you will still need it) as well as translucent powder to set the look. - RLB

Coverage Level -
Sheer/Medium - best for dry/slightly dry skin.

Comes in 3 shades: Fair/Light, Light/Medium, Medium/Dark

Go-->Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

This product was provided courtesy of Josie Maran PR for reviewing purposes., Inc.

Beauty Innovation- NV Perricone No Foundation Foundation, Inc. A "No Foundation" foundation may sound like an oxymoron, an unnecessary item - or even a gimmick, but I found Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation 1 oz to be a fantastic skincare product that some of you will really like.

The most important thing to know is that this is NOT a foundation in the traditional sense - meaning if you need medium or heavy coverage or have significant discoloration/blemishes that need to be covered, this will not be enough for you.

The upside is that there if you have a fairly good skin texture and even tone, this is perfect because there is no need for "color matching" - as the product is made to work with all skin tones. It does not leave or deposit a white or grey tint to the skin. It also felt so lightweight that I did in face feel like I had "no foundation" on.

This is the perfect product however, for those of you used to tinted moisturizers. It's a lightweight creamy liquid and the coverage is sheer, moisturizing and offers SPF 30. Only about 1 or 2 pumps was all I needed for my face. The best benefit is the beautiful glow and a somewhat "dewy" finish this gave to my skin. It can be used with concealer and powder to a more finished look if desired.

I found that it really did a nice job of evening out my complexion and it worked perfectly with any other makeup I used afterwards - creams, powders, etc. The coverage lasted all day, without adding shine in my T zone or clogging my pores. I love how easy and quick this is to apply, knowing that I've also got my sun protection covered as well. This is going to be a go-to product for me from now on! - RLB

Go-->Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation 1 oz

Coverage Level - Sheer

This product was provided courtesy of NV Perricone PR for reviewing purposes., Inc.