Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Lately we've seen a lot of break through technology in mascara to lengthen and thicken our lashes.  Each formula is different and full of promise, but really, which ones are worth your money?

When I was introduced to L'oreal Double Extend, I could not wait to write a raving review!  This mascara lived up to its claim of elongating lashes without clumping.  And for less than $10 at the drug store, I'm so in love!

This double-ended tube comes with a white base coat to both protect and fortify the lashes, with little microfibers that extends at the tip of each lash.

 Kind of hard to see, but each lash has a white tip.

On the opposite end, the tube contains regular mascara that you can coat over the white base coat.

With this 2-step application, you can see the result below, where 1 eye has longer lashes than the other.

Left of the picture (my right eye), double extend.
Right of the picture (my left eye), regular mascara.

Great product at a fair price is far and few in between.  And I am thrilled to find L'oreal Double Extend Mascara.  1 thing to remember is curl your lashes before applying the base coat.  Curling afterward kind of crimps the formula, making it jagged.

Hopefully you'll give this product a try and also find it lovable like I did.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Despite a few random strands of copper, my hair has finally become one, single color.  A couple of years ago?  Not so much.  From honey-tinted blond to rich caramel to the deepest midnight black, my hair has been through a cycle of spectrum.

Hehe.  Posing after caramel highlights back in 2006.

Experimenting with colors may have been fun, but it does a lot of damage to the hair, leaving it dry and dull.  To help, I use Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask 2 - 3 times a week.

Just less than a handful of product rubbed all over damp hair and wait for 3 minutes to rinse, this hair mask makes my hair shiny, healthy and lively again.  The results can be felt right after rinse - smooth and silky.

So if your hair ever needs a little TLC, you should give Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask a try.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


I swore off the tanning bed for health reasons, but can't help worry about getting that golden glow.  Luckily, there are a few products out on the market to help with a faux tan.  

First there is Clarins  Self Tanning Instant Gel.  

It costs a pretty penny (okay, more like $32.00) but the effect is near instant (less than 30 minutes) and the color is almost believable.  Just today, I dabbed some on the face and neck and my co-worker complimented me on looking "not so pale".

Another great product for "faking it" is bronzer.  Here I am using Cover Girl.  I swipe a bit on with my foundation brush before applying foundation all over the face.  It gives my skin a gentle glow and looks quite sun-kissed.

Faking it instead of baking it - I like that healthy concept.  And one thing that I DEFINITELY will NEVER fake... ...is love :O)