Monthly Archives: February 2013

DUO Clear Eyelash Adhesive Review, Photos


DUO Clear Eyelash Adhesive

Stuck on You!

I am often asked, “What is the best glue to use to apply false lashes?”  My first recommendation is always DUO Clear Eyelash Adhesive (≈ $8.00 for 0.5 oz./14 g.), which is described as “the world’s best selling lash adhesive and has been a favorite of professional makeup artists for decades. This latex-based formula was created for all-day wear with strip lashes and can also be used to apply individual lashes, lasting several hours.”  The one I have dispenses a thick, white, waterproof cream that turns clear when it is dried.  The brand also sells a latex-based dark adhesive that dries black, a latex-free individual lash adhesive, as well as a latex-free brush on adhesive (comes in a tube with a brush applicator).  This lash adhesive can also be used on other parts of the body to apply prosthetics or temporary body art.

There are several ways to apply this lash glue without creating a mess.  First, you can dab some onto a toothpick and swipe it across the lash band, or you can apply some to the end of the handle of a small makeup brush (eyeliner brush works best) and then smooth is on the band.  You can also use a disposable brush.  Lastly, you can hold the tube upright so the nozzle is facing up, gently squeeze a tiny amount of the product out, and gently run the band of your false lashes over the nozzle.  DO NOT attempt to apply this directly to you eyelids.  Also, make sure to wait until the glue becomes tacky (about 20-30 seconds) before placing lashes on your lid.

Not only is DUO easy to apply, it is also effortless to remove.  You can use an eye makeup remover (one that removes waterproof products) to loosen the glue, or place a very warm wash cloth over your closed eye, hold it for about 15 seconds, and then gently remove faux lashes.  You can then immediately remove any glue remaining on the lash band to prepare them for future use.

What I DO NOT recommend, but have seen many women do, is to just pull the lashes off the lids.  This causes too much pulling on the delicate eyelid, runs the risk of pulling out  natural lashes, and can ruin the false lashes.  Only use the “pull off” method if you have made a placement error during application.

As stated above, this product does contain latex!  So, if you have an allergy to latex, you should opt for one of the latex-free formulas.

I purchased mine at MAC, but you can find it at Sephora, drugstores, beauty supply stores; really, anywhere you can purchase false lashes.



The Final LAB Report for DUO Clear Eyelash Adhesive


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Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner Review, Photos


Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner

Sooth and Hydrate Your Skin!

One way I like to refresh and hydrate my skin is by using Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner ($15.95 for 6.4 oz./190 ml.).  It is a milky liquid that, according to Paula herself, is supposed to “calm your skin, providing a radiant appearance as it works to prevent signs of aging.  [It] helps fortify skin against environmental damage with skin repairing ingredients, soothing plant extracts, and a careful blend of potent antioxidants.  It works especially well for extra sensitive skin and rosacea.”

Presently, I have combination skin (dry cheeks and neck/oily T-zone) that becomes slightly drier during fall/winter and slightly oilier during spring/summer.  I experience minor breakouts and have mild to moderate rosacea.

This is the second product I use in my skin care routine, right after cleansing my face with Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser.  I use this to remove any last traces of makeup I may have missed and the milky texture, which is different from most clear toners, lightly moisturizes my skin-never making it look or feel oily or greasy.  It helps to slightly calm my rosacea and it feels very refreshing on a warm day.  On days when my skin does not feel as dry, this product adds just the right amount of moisture  to skip using a separate moisturizer, and go straight to my antioxidant serum.

This is just one of several well formulated toners from Paula’s Choice.  She has one for every skin type, targeted to fit your needs.

It is important to note all of Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance free, contain no added dyes, and are not tested on animals.  On the website, you can also view the sources of published research which support the company’s claims of their products.  You can also find a plethora of information and reviews on thousands of cosmetics and skin care products.

If you have always liked the idea of a toner, but always felt as if they were drying on your skin, then this one is definitely worth a try.



The Final LAB Report for Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner


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Beautiful on a Budget: Money Saving Sundays – February 24-March 2, 2013


Hi All!  How is your weekend thus far?  I hope you were able to catch some of  the great sales last week.  If not, here are this weeks’s sales and coupons.


CoverGirl $1/1 product
CoverGirl $3/1 Lash Blast Mascara
CoverGirl $2/1 Blast Eyeshadow or Liner
Olay $2/2 Fresh Effects
Olay $2/1 Total Effects
Olay $3/1 Regenerist Product

Smart Source:
Aveeno $1/1 product (excludes cleansing bars, trial sizes and 2.5oz body lotions)
Aveeno $2/2 products (excludes cleansing bars, trial sizes and 2.5oz body lotions)


Revlon Buy one, get one 50% off ALL. Limit 6
L’Oreal $19.99 Youth Code or RevitaLift Triple Power
L’Oreal $11.99 RevitaLift Age Perfect and Youth Code BB Cream
L’Oreal $10 mail-in rebate when you spend $50 on RevitaLift, Youth Code, or Age Perfect (rebate available at
NYC Buy one, get one 50% off ALL
Neutrogena $11.99 all Healthy Skin or Healthy Defense. Get $2 Extra Bucks
Maybelline Spend $10 on any Eye or Lip and get $3 Extra Bucks.
Physicians Formula Spend $10 on any product, get $7 Extra Bucks
Almay Buy one, get one 50% of Eyeshadow, Liner, or Mascara ($2 instant coupon for BeautyClub Members)
Neutrogena $10/2 Deep Clean Cleansers
Aveeno Get $10 Extra Bucks when you buy 3 select skin, facial, or sun care
Sally Hansen Spend $10, get $5 Extra Bucks
CoverGirl Buy one, get one 50% off eye products.  Limit 6

Rite Aid:
Revlon 40% off ALL
L’Oreal $6.99 Voluminous mascaras, Color Riche Quads, and all Eyeliners
Physicians Formula 40% off Foundations, Powders, Concealers, Blushes, or Bronzers
Maybelline Get $3 Up Rewards when you buy 3 Baby Lips, Color Show Nail Enamel, Mascaras
NYC Buy one, get one free
Olay $23.99 Premium Regenerist
Neutrogena Buy one, get one 50% off all Face and Lip
Neutrogena $9.99 Sun Care
Neutrogena Spend $25, get $5 Up Reward on all Skin Care
Aveeno $9.99 Sun Care
Aveeno Buy one, get one 50% off Skin Care
CoverGirl Buy one, get one 50% off Lip and Nail. Get $2 Up Reward when you buy 3.
Almay Buy 2, get 1 free on all Eye. Get $2 Up Reward when you buy 2.

Wet ‘n” Wild Buy one, get one 50% off Fergie and Nail
Neutrogena Buy one, get one 50% off ALL cosmetics
Neutrogena 25% off ALL Skin Care
Olay $12.99 Fresh Effects and Age Defying
Olay 20% Facial Cleansers
Aveeno Buy one, get one 50% off skin care. Spend $20, get 5000 points
Sally Hansen $12/2 Complete Salon Manicure Nail Color
L’Oreal $11.99 RevitaLift Moisturizers and Creams. Buy 2, get 2500 points
L’Oreal $19.99 RevitaLift Clinical Repare, Triple Power, or Miracle Blur. Buy 2, get 2500 points
L’Oreal Buy one, get one 50% off ALL
Maybelline Buy one, get one 50% off ALL
Revlon Buy one, get one 50% off ALL
CoverGirl Buy one, get one 50% off ALL (excludes nail)


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Zoya Gloria Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches


Zoya Gloria Nail Lacquer

A “Glorias” Shade!

Yes, yes, I know, it is not longer the holiday season, but it is still winter and that is a good enough reason for me to review Zoya Gloria Nail Lacquer ($8 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.).  It is described as having “rose, mauve-pink and magenta foil particles with gold and subtle red metallic accents.  A delicate winter rose look made unique with a flashy foil finish.”  The different shimmer and glitter particles give this shade a lot of dimension that makes it suitable for any occasion.

I was a little concerned when I applied the first coat of Gloria on my nails because it had a thin texture, sheer opacity, and was a little streaky.  However, the second coat applied beautifully, evenly, and was fully opaque after the second coat.  I did apply a third coat to see if the opacity would deepen, but there was no difference between the second and third coast.  Zoya’s website states this color’s intensity as a 5 (1 = sheer – 5 = opaque).  Despite the ample amount of glitter in this polish, it dried to a nice glossy finish and did not feel gritty.

My experience with Zoya’s lacquers is they last at least seven days with just minor tip wear and no chipping.  Gloria wore well for the eight days I texted it.  However, I noticed the tip wear occurred sooner than normal and I noticed a tiny chip on my thumb on the fifth day of wear.  I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor for my base and top coat.



The Final LAB Report for Zoya Gloria Nail Lacquer


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Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches


Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Not Too Cool for Some Improvements!

A white eyeshadow base is considered a staple to most makeup artists, and even consumers, because it is quite versatile.  Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow (≈ $6.99 for 0.14 oz./4 g.) is a decent option.  It is a highly frosted white with white micro-shimmer and silver micro-glitter.

Unfortunately, this has a very dry texture and was a little flaky when applied.  Upon application, Too Cool  set immediately, which led to it being slightly difficult to blend.  If you are using more than one color with this, I suggest applying Too Cool first, and then using any other shades-that will help with blending.

Furthermore, this shade has sheer pigmentation, compared to most of the other Color Tattoos.  If you desire full opacity, I suggest using a stiffer, synthetic brush (like MAC’s 242) and layering the color a few times.  If sheer color is what you are looking for, use a fluffier brush, or load the color on your finger, and lightly pat the shade over your lid.

Once set, Color Tattoos do not budge, and this shade is no different!  I did not test this for 24 hours (it’s never a good idea to wear makeup that long), but it was still going strong after 14 hours of wear-no fading or creasing (no eyeshadow primer), however,  I did notice a few sparkles under my eyes after several hours of wear.  I found this eyeshadow to be waterproof and was best removed with eye makeup remover.

At this price point, you might expect Color Tattoos to come in plastic containers.  However, they are housed in hefty, glass jars with plastic lids.  The only downside to their packaging is the sticker with the shade name is on the lid and not on the jar itself.  It is not a big issue unless you are using multiple shades, in which you will want to keep track of which lid goes with which shade.

This is a decent, long-wearing eyeshadow that is nice to use as a shimmery base to intensify lighter eyeshadows.  It can also be used to add a wash of color across your lid, or in the inner corner to brighten your look.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)



The Final LAB Report for Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow


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