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Products of the Week


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Here’s a breakdown of some of the products I’ve been loving this past week (from top to bottom):

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, $18. For a product to fill in and shape my brows, I’ve always preferred a gel or powder consistency as I think they have the most natural looking results. My go-to for years was Laura Mercier’s brow gel, but I really like this Dipbrow Pomade.  It stays on ALL DAY. My eyebrows look perfect from 7 AM to 6 PM. Apply with a light hand, because it’s so concentrated!

Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Anti Aging Beta Face Peel, $82.  If you can’t get a facial regularly, this is a great alternative. It’s strong enough to see brighter, smoother skin, but gentle enough to not cause any irritation.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs, $5.59. Maybelline has a great collection of nude lipsticks for every skin tone. Truffle Tease is great for deeper skin tones.

Dolce & Gabbana Intenseyes Black Intensity Mascara, $32. I love this mascara—no clumps or flakes. Just thick  beautiful lashes!

Royal Beauty Blender, $19.95. The beauty blender is my favorite way to apply foundation. I finally picked up another one in this really pretty purple color. I’ll take anything that reminds me of spring!

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Don’t Shout, ‘Whisper’, Into a New Lip Look This Spring


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Spring has sprung and even though it snowed over here in Jersey just a few days ago, I’m already thinking about my spring wardrobe. Brighter colors, light jackets, and most importantly new spring makeup! In the warmer months, I like to put away my deep matte lip shades that I loved during the winter and trade them in for something sheer, moist, and just a hint of color.

Recently I got a chance to try Maybelline’s Color Whisper…the perfect winter to spring transition lip. It’s lighter than lipstick but has more color pigment than a gloss. Did I mention it’s super moisturizing? There’s a couple of ways you can rock this lighter lip look:

  • Apply straight from the tube for a natural and fresh look, like I did in the photo below.
  • For more definition and for added staying power, try applying a coordinating color liner first.
  • To get a polished sexy pout, apply on top of your favorite lipstick for added shine

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One coat gives just a “whisper” of color. By the way, doesn’t it look like I drew on fake beauty marks crooked? Swear it’s natural icon wink Dont Shout, Whisper, Into a New Lip Look This Spring

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After a few more layers, the color is more pigmented—shine is incredible!


I tried about 4 different shades and Made-It Mauve was my favorite. You can view all 20 shades, as well as enter the “Dare to Whisper” sweepstakes. Enter for a chance to win all 20 shades or even a chance to win $5,000!

Maybelline Logo Dont Shout, Whisper, Into a New Lip Look This SpringMaybelline New York’s Color Whisper™ by Color Sensational® empowers you to make a statement in soft, sexy sheer color. Because sometimes a whisper says more than a shout. Dare to whisper for a chance to win fab prizes: http://www.maybelline.com/colorwhisper.aspx


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Maybelline via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Maybelline.

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Drugstore Discovery: Volum’ Express the Mega Plush Mascara


After scraping the tube edges of my Maybelline Volum’ Express the Falsies Flared mascara for about a week, I headed to CVS to re-stock. But of course, a quick trip into the beauty section is never quick. I noticed the stand for Maybelline’s new Volum’ Express the Mega Plush Mascara and paused for a few minutes. Gel-mousse mascara (what’s that? Sounds like I need it, right?), but it claimed to never leave lashes brittle or flaky. Sounds great to me!

Immediately I started making a mental check list of the pros and cons of trying out this intriguing new mascara. Love the Falsies–why not stick with what works? But if I loved the Volum’ Express line already, chances are I would like the Mega Plush, right?

In the end I remembered I’m a beauty blogger and it’s my sworn duty to experiment with new products—I take the oath quite seriously (or it’s just my excuse to by a ton of products)–and bought it.

The verdict:Love it! Delivers a lot of lashes (and long lashes) in each swipe. And as promised, no flaking. I can’t tell if I like it better than the Falsies, but it performs just as well. I’m sensing a lash off. At around $7, you can’t beat the price either!

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Flexible mascara wand!

Extra tip I learned from my friend and makeup artist, Carie Brescia: For really dramatic lashes, after applying either the Falsies or the Mega Plus, follow up with a coat of Maybelline’s Illegal Lengths mascara.


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Eight of Our Favorite Makeup Products Switched to Low Cost Alternatives



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When we finally find that one product that does exactly what we need it to or want it to, it’s a really big deal! However, when that product comes with a hefty price tag, it makes us slightly less eager to buy more of it. We have found low cost substitutes for some of our favorite high end products and we are sure you will love them just the same as their counterparts!



OriginalBobbi Brown The Basic Brush Collection ($175 at bloomingdales.com). Bobbi Brown is a powerhouse in the makeup industry, so naturally her makeup brushes are incredibly popular. Her brushes preform well, withstand the test of time and come in many different shapes and sizes.

Substitute: Sigma Beauty Brushes Make Me Classy Travel Kit ($59 at sigmabeauty.com). Sigma Beauty is quickly becoming known for their quality brushes and excellent customer care. They offer synthetic and natural bristle brushes in an array of colors and styles. The Make Me Classy Travel Kit has comparable brushes to the Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection, but are over $100 cheaper. I recently stocked my kit with over a dozen of these brushes and found that they stand up through the wear and tare better then some of my pricier brushes.

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Original:  MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolor in Lasting Lust ($22 at maccosmetics.com). These last a really long time and come in seriously saturated colors, but in total honesty, their substitute lasts longer!

Substitute: Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Lipcolor in Keep Up The Flame ($7.99 at CVS.com). This lip color stands by its name! I have actually had to scrub this off my lips before bed because it just holds that well. 24 hours? Yes!

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OriginalMake Up For Ever Pure Pigments ($20 at sephora.com). Pigments are fantastic for stand out looks, color correction or for tweaking our favorite shades. Often, pigments are too expensive for the typical consumer to feel comfortable buying multiple shades to be creative with.

Substitute: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pure Cosmetic Pigments ($12 at occmakeup.com). OCC has created pigments that are just as pigmented as the higher priced lines, but at a more attainable price tag. At $12, you can feel comfortable trying that bright teal liner or hot pink lip!

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OriginalMake Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette ($38 at Sephora.com). These concealers/color correctors are a necessity when you have a red blemish, dark circles or your skin is a little lackluster. Apply them under foundation for any color correction.

SubstituteMehron ProColoRing Neutralizer ($14.95 at Mehron.com). The Mehron color wheel serves the same purpose as the Make Up For Ever Concealers, but at less then half the cost. Mehron is a loved makeup line amongst Makeup Artists and their products stand the test of time.

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OriginalAnastasia Brow Pen- Long Wearing Brow Tint ($21 at Sephora.com). The name Anastasia and brows go hand-in-hand. The brow pen offers the application of a pencil and longevity of a liquid liner. The tip is so fine, it is possible to create the illusion of tiny hairs within your brows.

Substitute: NYX Eyebrow Marker ($9.75 at NYXcosmetics.com). This brow marker comes in two shades and gives the Anastasia Brow Pen a serious run for its money. The tip is equally as fine and the formula last just as long.

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OriginalNARS Eyeshadow in Etrusque Limited Edition ($24 at NARScosmetics.com). When NARS came out with their Limited Edition Etrusque Shadow, I was in love (so were many others, it is very hard to find)! It is the perfect gold for every skin tone.

Substitute: La Femme Eyeshadow in Gold ($2.99 at camerareadycosmetics.com). The La Femme Gold Shadow is the identical twin of the NARS Etrusque. The texture is just as creamy and smooth and the pigmentation is equally as intense.

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OriginalMake Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($32 at sephora.com). Finding a quality setting powder is essential for keeping your makeup in place past your lunch break and Make Up For Ever has done just that. This powder is easily the best selling HD Setting Powder on the market and with reason. When brushed over a finished face, the Make Up For Ever HD Powder will keep you without shine for hours and your products just where you place them.

Substitute: Eyes Lips Face Studio High Definition Powder ($6 at eyeslipsface.com). This powder serves the same purpose, has the same texture and applies the same way, but you can buy 5 of them for the price of 1 Make Up For Ever HD Powder.

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OriginalNARS Angelika Blush ($28 at bloomingdales.com). NARS blushes are cult favorites. The pigmentation and longevity make them a well stocked must-have for our makeup bags. A favorite, Angelika, offers a soft bubblegum/innocent pink that is suitable on nearly all skin tones.

Substitute: Eyes Lips Face (ELF)’s Tickled Pink ($3 at eyeslipsface.com). This blush is almost identical to the Angelika and comes with a three dollar price tag! The size is comparable and the price difference is astounding.

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Quality makeup is important and often expensive, but once in a while we can find lower priced items that preform just as well! This season, save a little money on your old favorites and reward yourself with some colorful new products. Happy Spring Beauties!





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