Monday, December 17, 2012

Holidays 2012: Top 5 Sephora Gifts that Ship Free

5. Sephora by OPI, Tinsel Town Collector's Set. This wonderful set will make the perfect gift for anyone this holiday season. Possessing 16 mini nail colors plus a full-size jewel top coat, the colors include: I'm Wired, Already Famous, A True Romantic, What Aura Gonna Wear? And A Cherry On Top, S-Age Is Just A Number, I Think I Cayenne, Read My Palm, Just A Pinch of Glitter, Just A Little Dangerous, I Don't Bite, Thyme For A Mani, Meet Me At the Disco, Leotard Optional, Merry Me, and Break A Leg Warmer! This set also includes a top coat in Only Gold For Me. -
http://www.sephora.com/tinsel-town-collectors-set-P376455?skuId=1452010

 
4. Ralph Lauren Big Pony Rollerball Set. With the holidays here, the demand for a great gift is huge and this fabulous Ralph Lauren addition proves thus so. This set includes 4 individual Eau de Toilette Rollerballs in Big Pony Women's collections #1, #2, #3, and #4. A $76 value for only $45. -
http://www.sephora.com/ralph-lauren-big-pony-rollerball-set-P376913?skuId=1436740

 
3. Philosophy Home For The Holidays Gift Set. Fortified without parabens and phthalates, this amazing Philosophy addition includes: four 4-in-1s' in Sparkling Cranberry, Have a Cherry Christmas, Peppermint Bark, and Cinnamon Bun and 4 high gloss, high flavor lip shines in Sparkling Cranberry, Have a Cherry Christmas, Peppermint Bark, and Cinnamon Bun. -
http://www.sephora.com/home-for-the-holidays-set-P376415?skuId=1467398

 
2. Juicy Couture Travel Spray Pen Set. This amazing Juicy Couture addition includes 2 Eau de Parfum Sprays in Juicy Couture and in Viva a Juicy and 1 Eau de Toilette Spray in Viva La Juicy La Fleur. Expect the unexpected this holiday season. -
http://www.sephora.com/travel-spray-pen-set-P377032?skuId=1466929

 
And the #1 Sephora Beauty Gift that Ships Free is...

 
1. Sephora Color Daze Blockbuster. This limited edition set includes 64 water-resistant eye shadows, 48 lip glosses, 12 long-wear cream eyeliners, 6 eye bases, 6 lip bases, 6 multi-use creams, 3 blushes, 3 luminizers, 3 makeup brushes, and 1 mirror. A $370 value for only $49.50. -
http://www.sephora.com/blockbuster-makeup-palette-P375508?skuId=1441302

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Top 5 Lash Primers of 2012

5. Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base. With everything from the effective brush and easy application to the modest delivery of real results, this lash primer is one of the best of 2012. Not only will your mascara last for hours, but it will not flake nor clump.

4. Shu Uemura Lash Builder. Not only does this wonderful Shu Uemura addition promote growth, it also prevents lash loss. Plus it works like a natural sealer, as it both flake and clump free.

3. Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum. If you can imagine a lash primer that not only works to deliver real results, but also works to naturally promote vitality, this is the one. This fantastic Dior addition promotes growth and maintains your lash's natural strength.

2. Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus. Not only does this amazing Estee Lauder addition make your mascara last longer, it also prevents flakiness and clumping. I also love this lash primer because it conditions the lashes too.

And the #1 Lash Primer of 2012 is...

1. Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base. The best lash primer of the year. Out of the many primers I have tried this year, I found that this incredible Shiseido reigns supreme. It defines everything you want in an eyelash primer. If you are looking for the best lash primer, this is it.


http://www.sephora.com
http://www.bloomingdales.com
http://www.shuuemura.com
 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Can you believe it's finally here? I hope you are prepared to enjoy this wonderful time with family, friends, and other loved ones. I don't know about you, but although it is only 8 am here, I am looking forward to this day. I am currently in the kitchen making an array of dishes with my mom. We are reminiscing about life and how without struggle, there is no progress (thank you Frederick Douglas).

I have come to realization that no matter how bad life gets for someone, it will only get worse if you believe it will, as it will only get better if you know it will. There is a difference between believing and knowing. I believe my life is getting better, but I know that it is amazing. And it is for that reason, I am thankful for everything. Life has a gift, it is called the present and it only gets better.
 
 Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2015: Clarisonic

I remember a few years ago when I suffered from acne. It was one of the worst kinds and it was not pretty. In fact, it was damaging to me physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. I tried numerous products and most of them failed until I discovered the Clarisonic...

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Mia 2. Not only does this device work to treat and correct my skin, it helps with preventing such problems from happening again. My skin is also softer and a lot more radiant since using the Mia 2. I use it twice a day. Only 20 seconds on my forehead, 20 seconds on my nose, 20 seconds on my chin, and 10 seconds on each cheek (20 seconds total).

Aside from being lightweight, it's quite equipped (comes with brush head, travel case, sample sized cleanser, and charger), so traveling with it is very easy. In fact, I take this with me everywhere I go. Plus you can choose your color too. And to top things off, it comes with a 2 year warranty, so if something were to happen, you can have it replaced instantaneously.

For Black Friday (November 27, 2015) and Cyber Monday (November 20, 2015) Clarisonic is having a lot of great deals that you don't want to miss.

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 Clarisonic's mission is rather simple as they promise to deliver only advanced and clinically proven products that make a clear difference in skin care. As a proud owner of the Clarisonic Mia, I can actually say that they live up their promise. Clarisonic promises to transform your skin and they do just that.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Interview with Celebrity Personal Trainer Ashley Borden

Celebrity Personal Trainer Ashley Borden.
(Photo by Ashley Borden)
Located in the heart of West Hollywood, renowned celebrity fitness trainer Ashley Borden is making waves and a huge splash in the fitness world. With clients such as Christina Aguilera, NY Yankee Nick Swisher, Mandy Moore, Natasha Bedingfield, UFC Fighter Matt Hughes, and Ryan Gosling, this amazingly inspiring fitness guru has been featured on the Today Show, Discovery Health, E!, VH1, MTV, the Tyra Banks Show, and on Rachel Ray and in numerous publications such as Vogue, Elle, Allure, Shape, In Style, and the Los Angeles Times. She is also an advisor for Livestrong.com and Fitness magazine. Borden was also the fitness director for Matt Hughes' Fitness DVD.


Training for over 20 years with over 30,000 hours of personal training under her belt, Ashley Borden is one of the biggest celebrity personal trainers in the world today. In fact, Women's Health named Borden a top "Body Transformer" in 2011, one of only six trainers in the country. The Huffington Post recently declared her one of the top 20 fitness experts worth following on Twitter. She also released not one, but two training DVDs. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Ashley about life and fitness.


There is always someone or something that motivates a person to be passionate about something. When I asked Ashley what motivated or influenced her to become involved in the fitness industry, she said "My recovery from my eating disorder. It motivated me (when I first started out). Seeing how many needed to find a balance between training and living. Years later, after experiencing my own physical recovery from an injury, I re-learned a solid foundation of movement patters and muscle releases. My own physical re-education opened my eyes to how many people truly are disconnected from their bodies, both in and out of the gym. I had a new mission in life -- to help as many people, both men and women, as possible."


As one of the best personal trainers on the planet, Ashley is busy, so I asked her to take me through an ordinary day. " I walk my dogs multiple times a day (my two are both rescued), I train at least 5 hours of clients, I train myself once day, sometimes twice a day depending on my schedule, and the workout I did the day before, I answer a million emails, tweet, answer all questions on my Facebook page, YouTube Channel, and Livestrong Woman channel, and schedule my clients. I'm in bed around 11 pm and up at 7 am. My day never stops!"


It seems like there is always some sort of mistake when working out. When I asked Ashley what she thought to be the biggest mistake women make when they attempt to lose weight, she told me - "they avoid lifting heavy weights." When I asked her what her pet-peeves were, she said - "Women that ask me "is lifting weights going to make me bulky?" -- That and people who complain about being out of shape who do absolutely nothing about it."


Ashley Borden.
(Photo by Ashley Borden)
Originality is key, but it is innovation that turns a great personal trainer into an amazing personal trainer. Ashley is amazing for several reasons, but she is known for her creativity in the gym. When I asked her about an original workout that she created, that has proved be effective, she told me - "Rolling Out." I don't know about you, but I am definitely going to try it.


The holidays are approaching and although they tend to be one of the hardest times of the year to start any kind of diet or exercise regime, according to Ashley it is possible to incorporate the two. " Yes! I have never understood the concept of gorging yourself just because it's a holiday. Look at it as a normal meal if you feel like you are out of control, and don't skip meals that day to "make up" for the extra calories you are planning on stuffing yourself with! Eat your normal meals and be sure to break a sweat for at least 20 minutes the day of your holiday feast. You will feel more inclined to make smarter choices and not overeat."


The holidays are surely one of the biggest times of the year. When I asked Ashley if she had any advice for those looking to diet during the holidays, she mentioned - "Don't look at the holidays as a "special" out of control binge food day. Just treat is as another meal where you have more indulgence than normal. Workout more intensely the next 2 days after your holiday meals and you will be back on track no problem."


I asked Ashley to walk me through her skin care regime. She mentions that she starts off by washing her face with a sensitive skin cleanser followed by a sensitive skin face cream. "I wash with a sensitive skin cleanser and use a sensitive skin face cream and under eye cream religiously. I never go to bed without washing my face. I have been putting cream on my body after every shower since I was 14 years old. I always use sunscreen on my face and chest, and keep a scarf in the car to wrap around my neck to protect from sun!" When I asked Ashley about her favorite beauty products and essentials, she told me - "Kai body butter, and Tinted Solar Protection Formula Tizo3 SPF 40."


Aside from health and fitness, Ashley loves animals. In fact, she supports the animal rescue often. She also supports animal fostering and adoption. She is 100% against breeding cats and dogs.


Borden is also a successful author, having co-wrote the book "Your Perfect Fit" with denim designer Paige Adams-Geller (of Paige Denim) in 2008. Her goal is to continue spreading great information that is not only useful, but effective that will benefit everyone.


http://www.ashleyborden.com
http://www.twitter.com/ashleyborden
http://www.youtube.com/user/ashleybordenfitness  

Interview with Celebrity Makeup Artist Troy Jensen

Celebrity Makeup Artist Troy Jensen.
(Photo by LA Times)
Located in the heart of Los Angeles lies one of the most talented and inspiring makeup artists on the planet, Troy Jensen. With clients such as Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Elle Macpherson, Troy truly represents what being a makeup artist is all about. Picking up his first makeup brush in 1985, Troy has been around the world and back, but calls LA is his home. He also says that New York City is one of his favorite places, stating that it has a lot to offer.


Inspired by the work of photographer Francesco Scavullo, makeup artist Way Brandy, and their Cosmopolitan magazine covers from the 70s, Troy knew in his heart that he was passionate about makeup. "I drew everyone as a teen." Troy also finds himself heavily inspired by pop culture which includes the TV shows Charlie's Angels and the old Hollywood Black & White movies. "Anything with Marlene Dietrich and Sophia Loren."

When it comes to producing beauty, there is a lot that comes to play. According to Troy "So much goes into the production of each shoot and when I shoot or glam my celebrity clients for a magazine cover, it is shot months before the magazines hit the stands." Some of Troy's clients include: Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Elle MacPherson, Bjork, Courtney Love, Farrah Fawcett, Catherine Deneuve, En Vogue, and aspiring starlets like Hana Mae Lee and his girlfriend, Tracy Magill. "When the magazines hit the stands, it's always a surprise. I get very excited at the grocery store."


Jennifer Lopez.
(Makeup and Photo by Troy Jensen)
To create beauty, one must choose their beauty brands wisely. When I asked Troy about the makeup brands he used the most, he told me "Estee Lauder, Clinique, Dior, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent are my treasures. Benefit, Jouer, Girlactik Beauty, Three Custom Color, Susan Posnick, and Revlon are my must-haves."


I asked Troy out of the many inspired makeup looks, which one seems to be the one he did the most often. He told me "The Troy Jensen Smoky Flair" which consists of a soft winged tipped eye, that's smudgy, smoky, and most importantly, super sexy. When I asked if anyone can achieve this look, he replied "It's very easy to do. In fact, anyone can do it. Simply draw a line along the upper lash line, extending it upward at the outer edges with a black or deep brown eye pencil. Smudge it with a Q-Tip. Then, using a damp eye shadow brush, dip the damp brush in a black or brown eye shadow and blend it right over the liner." Troy insists that it is easy. "Once you are done, top it off with mascara. You've just created my smoky flair."


Kim Kardashian.
(Makeup and Photo by Troy Jensen)
Makeup and memories go together just like coffee and mornings. When I asked Troy about his most memorable experience, he said "The first I was asked to glam a celebrity. It was by Farrah Fawcett. I brought a small bag of Revlon products and after the shoot, I over-heard the photographer on the phone compliment me." When I asked Troy about what the photographer said to whoever was on the other line, Troy exclaimed "I just worked with this kid from Orange County and he is a genius." This was the start of an everlasting career in makeup.


Aside from makeup, Troy told me that he loves art, photography, music and his girlfriend Tracey. "She is my muse. I love to glam and photographer her." Please check out our collaborations on her website at http://www.traceymagill.com . Troy loves all kinds of music, but states that Florence and the Machine's "You've Got the Love" to be his soundtrack song at the moment.


Troy is currently the global color artist for Sindulge.com, where he features his favorite trends and beauty tips. He is represented by the Celestine Agency and Current Studio LA.


When asked about his future plans, Troy said "To work at what I love, makeup and photography and to live a peaceful, healthy, and happy life with the people I love."


http://www.troyjensen.com
http://www.troyjensenphoto.com
http://www.twitter.com/itstroyjensen  

Interview with Celebrity Personal Trainer Michael George

Celebrity Personal Trainer Michael George
(Photo by Michael George)
Located in the heart of Marina Del Rey, California lies one of the most prestigious, celebrity personal trainers on the planet, Michael George. Not only is he a personal trainer, but he is the president of his own company, a lifestyle transformation coach, a motivational speaker, and an author.


So what motivated this man to become one of California's top personal trainers? When I asked Michael about what influenced him, he told me - "I was a chubby, overweight child growing up. I sent away for a Charles Atlas weight training program when I was 17. I changed my entire physique and life in the process. I became a star athlete, raised my self-esteem, and went from introverted to extroverted and literally became the person God intended me to be."


He continued - "That transformational experience propelled me into my career today." He went on to tell me his passion is to help as many people as possible to achieve healthy lifestyle. - "My passion is to help as many people as possible achieve healthy lifestyle transformation in my lifetime."


Although there is no average day for Michael, he did give me an idea of what a busy day is like for him. "Up at 5 am, meditation, conduct email business with the east coast/international, go to the Montage Beverly Hills to work with 3 to 4 clients, with a quick photo shoot for a TV show or magazine, weight workout, and then back to the office where I spend a big part of my day conducting business or I am in business meetings. I will take a Yoga class, do heavy bag work, or run/stretch for an hour. Then, I will do quiet, creative work in my office followed by a possible dinner meeting and of course, homework for my Depth Psychology PhD program." Michael is in bed by 11:30 pm, so he can begin the next day.


Are there really exercises out there that are the most effective for different areas of the body? According to Michael, there are. For the lower body, he suggests that doing squats, lunges, martial arts stances and kicks. He also says that functional 1 leg exercises are effective. For the gluts, he says that doing glut kickbacks and slow sidekicks work the best.


For the upper body, there are several exercises that work for different areas of the body. Michael says that for the chest, push-ups and the bench press work the best. For the shoulders, the shoulder press is the most effective. For the back, lats work well, as well as, pull-ups. For the triceps, bar dips work the best and for the biceps, bicep curls work wonders. For the abs, Michael likes to use the Bosu ball.


When I asked Michael what his favorite exercise was to do and how it can benefit everyone, he told me - "I love boxing and jump rope, as it strengthens, tones, and sculpts the entire body. It is also a great cardio workout."


Innovation is only part of this man's physical genius. When I asked him if he had an exercise that he invented, he told me - "George's works upper abs and obliques. I lie on my back with my right knee bent and my left leg extended. With 1 inch off the ground and my left hand behind my head for neck support, I take my right hand across my waist. Then, I bring my elbows to my right knee and repeat." He continued - "I do 2 sets of 25 reps on each side just 3 times per week."


Michael George
(Photo by Michael George)
When I asked Michael about his diet, he told me - "I eat a very healthy diet. Primarily organic. It is very much a zone philosophy and I stick to the 85% rule every single day of the year. Weight management is not even on the radar because of it. Eating healthy needs to become like brushing your teeth. You don't think about it, you just do it."


With the holidays approaching us, I asked Michael what tips he had for those looking to shed those extra holiday pounds. He said "Start with baby steps, but be consistent. You need to clean up your diet and do cardio, as well as, strength activity all at the same time for a balanced program. If your program is not balanced, you will not succeed."


So, is it possible to incorporate exercise and a healthy diet during the holidays? When I asked Michael, he told said "The best I can see is not to view the holiday season, as a holiday season. Every day is just another day and you will have 60 and 70 holiday seasons to overeat. Just don't indulge this holiday season. Be responsible for everything you choose to put in your mouth. Stick to eating healthy 85% of the time rule, no matter what. No matter what!"


Michael has worked with some of the most popular celebrities on the planet. Some of them include: Tobey Maguire, Nick Cannon, Reese Whitherspoon, Matt Dillon, Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, James Spader, Jim Wiatt, Shawn Ashmore, Liev Schreiber, Slash, and more. 


"Consistent exercise is not just about looking better, it's about feeling better! If you are consistent in your efforts to feel better, the bi-product is you will look better!" - Michael George


http://www.michaelgeorge.com
http://www.intelitrainer.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/michaelgeorgehealth  

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Top 10 Perfumes of 2012

10. La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme. I first discovered this fragrance, when I was shopping at the Lancôme counter. After smelling an array of fragrances that were introduced this year, I have come to the conclusion that this Lancôme fragrance is amazing. The praline note tends to be the most evident, followed by the Vanilla note. It is the perfect balance of warm and sweet, with a hint of Patchouli. This fragrance is not only long-lasting, but smells great on just about every lady who wears it. I think once you discover the essence this fragrance exudes, you are destined to love it.


9. Too Too Pretty by Betsy Johnson. When you first smell this perfume, you will notice the floral followed by the citrus. The most obvious individual scent in this fragrance is definitely the Gardenia (floral) and the Pink Grapefruit (citrus), which go great together with the other notes. The balance is almost perfect. Aside from having great longevity factor, this perfume smells good on every woman that I have smelled it on. Too Too Pretty is a creamy floral morphed into a clean scent. Imagine smelling "Too Too Pretty", this would be the result.


8. Summer Rose by Stella McCarthy. Summer and roses go together just like love and roses go together. One thing is certain, if I love this perfume, you are sure to love it also. I thought the rose and the lemon were evident in this fragrance, however; I found that the peony balanced this everything together to create the most inspiring, original fragrance I have ever smelled. The longevity is incredible, as when I first sprayed this fragrance on me at 9 am; it was still on after 5 pm. If you can imagine a beautiful sunny day manifested with roses and love, this is what Summer Rose makes you think of.


7. Gold Sugar by Aquolina. If you can imagine a mysterious version of Versace's Crystal Noir, but with more tropical and creamy notes Gold Sugar would be the result. In fact, the coconut and whipped cream notes are the most obvious in this fragrance, however; I found that the musk balances the notes creating a scent that is unique and fun for women of all ages. Out of the many perfumes I have tried, I also found that this one lasts longer than most. This is truly the perfume that keeps on going.


6. La Petite Robe Noir by Guerlain. I love this fragrance because it's incredibly mysterious, leaving a lot to the imagination. After spraying my wrist, I found myself smelling myself for 30 minutes because I was confused as to what I was actually smelling. The sour cherry and licorice are the most noticeable notes, however; the almond note tends to stand out and allow these individual scents to work together to create one of the most remarkable perfumes of 2012.


5. Viva La Juicy La Fleur by Juicy Couture. Should a fragrance smell romantic? What about fun? How about juicy? I think I recognized the honeysuckle, red berries, and caramel notes the most. The sweetness of this fragrance is effortlessly balanced with creamy floral and fruit. Whether day or night, this perfume works for every occasion. It also lasts modestly long. Viva La Juicy La Fleur is a fun fragrance and as unique as the woman that wears it, making it one of the best perfumes of 2012.


4. Miss Dior Le Parfum by Dior. One of the most intensely sensual fragrances I have discovered this year is definitely Miss Dior Le Parfum. The amber note is very obvious in this fragrance. I also could smell the patchouli, as well as, the rose. The sweetness manifested by the collaboration of scents creates a very warm vanilla base that works phenomenal with the floral. Also, in comparison to most fragrances, this one is such a concentrated formula; it has one of the strongest longevities I have discovered.


3. Girlfriend by Justin Bieber. When I first smelled this perfume, I was modestly impressed with it for several reasons. My first impression was the fact that despite being sweet, it wasn't overpowering. The vanilla is very prevalent in this fragrance more so than any other note followed by the apricot and strawberry. It's rather long-lasting and smells good on every woman that wears it. After smelling this perfume, I guarantee that you will not only want to buy it, but you'll have the "Bieber Fever".


2. Candy by Prada. If you can imagine simplicity on steroids, Candy by Prada would be a result. Although I am not fond of musk, I find that this fragrance represents the musk quite well. Candy delivers the perfect balance of powder and sugar, giving you the perfect scent. Out of all of the notes in this fragrance, I found that the most noticeable note was the caramel followed by the Benzoin. I sprayed this at noon and it was still on me after 10 pm. It's a well-known fact that candy tastes good, but in this case, it never smelled so good.


And the #1 perfume of 2012 is...


1. Pleasures Eau Fraiche by Estee Lauder. Eau Fraiche, French for "Fresh Water", this fragrance epitomizes a strong balance between fruit and floral. Whether you are a fruity girl or a floral girl, you will love this fragrance. The Jasmine is the most noticeable note that I have recognized in this scent, however; the Pink Pepper is very recognizable. It lasts relatively long and goes well with every type of chemistry. I am in love with this fragrance and I guarantee that you will be too.

Top 10 Eyeshadow Primers of 2012

10. CK One Eyeshadow Base. To think that CK One has extended their line of makeup into a tube of one of the most important beauty essentials to any enthusiast. I love the fact that it goes on so smooth and dries to a nice finish. It is long-lasting and does not fade nor crease. This eyeshadow primer comes in 3 colors that include: clean, simple, and off white. Whether you are looking for a new go to eyeshadow primer or simply looking for a change, this CK addition just may be the right one for you.


9. Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer. Whether you are working a 9 to 5 job or heading out with the girls for a little pick me up, you cannot go wrong with this Bare Escentuals addition. Not only is it long-lasting, but it is does not smudge nor crease. What I love about this eyeshadow primer is the fact that it is free of parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances, and does not possess any petrochemicals or sulfates. No matter what type of problematic skin type that you have (oily, dry, etc.) this eyeshadow primer caters to all of them.


8. Guerlain Ombre Éclat Eyeshadow Primer. Out of the many eyeshadow primers I have tried this year alone, I found that this Guerlain addition was the most underrated. Not only does this eyeshadow primer go on smooth, but it dries to a power finish almost instantaneously. It doesn't dry out, so despite being water resistant and long-lasting, this primer continues to keep your eyelids hydrated without promoting oil and creating a racoonish nightmare. There is a reason why Guerlain has existed for over 170 years and this eyeshadow primer is one of them.


7. NARS Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base. Any successful eyeshadow primer will prevent your eyes from turning into a zombie. In fact, the last thing you want is to look like a raccoon on steroids. I love the fact that this eyeshadow primer is long-lasting, as well as, hydrating yet water resistant. It does not crease nor smudge and it does not flake. When NARS dubbed this eyeshadow primer as "smudge-proof" they were not kidding.
 
 
6. LORAC Behind The Scenes Primer. I love this eyeshadow primer because it doesn't dry out and flake, and it keeps your eyeshadow from fading and creasing. There is nothing scarier than applying eye makeup and having it fall into your face after a few hours. Don't go behind the scenes, take a chance and use LORAC's Behind The Scenes Primer.
 
 
5. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas. When it comes to choosing an eyeshadow primer there is a lot to contemplate. Not only is this eyeshadow primer crease-proof, but it is waterproof, lasting extremely long as a result. It's also naturally moisturizing, so it doesn't dry out. LM's Eye Canvas comes in an array of colors too which include: ec-1, ec-2, ec-3, ec-4, and ec-5. Let Eye Canvas be the beginning of real art.
 
 
4. Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Being Too Faced isn't a bad thing, but only if you wear it. One thing that I noticed about this eyeshadow primer is the fact that it's incredibly long-lasting. It is also both smudge and crease proof, so it prevents the horrific raccoon eyes. This primer comes in an array of different shades and finishes. Every girl needs a little insurance in their beauty bag, but only if it's Too Faced.
 
 
3. Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials. If you are searching for a long-lasting eyeshadow primer, I truly recommend this one. This eyeshadow primer is water resistant, making it both crease and smudge-proof. Another reason to love this Trish McEvoy addition is the fact that it comes in a variety of colors which include: sand, linen, soft peach, rested, bare, demure, sheer gold, and nude. Go get this fast, so your eyeshadow will last.
 
 
2. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. This eyeshadow primer is long-lasting, crease-proof, smudge-proof, water resistant, flake-free, and great for all skin types and skin tones. This eyeshadow primer comes in a variety of colors which include: original, greed, sin, and eden. Urban Decay is cruelty free, so if you embrace that concept, you will appreciate this eyeshadow primer. I love UDPP and I guarantee that you will too.
 
 
And the #1 eyeshadow primer of 2012 is...
 
 
1. Elizabeth Arden Eye-Fix Primer. After trying numerous eyeshadow primers, I have come to the conclusion that this Elizabeth Arden addition is the best of 2012. Not only is it long-lasting, but it does not crease, so your eyeshadows, eyeliners, and powders do not fade. This eyeshadow primer also blends smoothly. If you are looking to use the best, you are going to want to use this one. Eyeshadow primer just doesn't get any better.

Top 10 Foundations Primers of 2012

10. Lancôme La Base Pro Makeup Base. I first discovered this Lancôme addition at Belk at the Georgia Square Mall in Athens, GA. Needless to say, what made me so impressed with this primer was the fact that it delivered great results without drying out my skin. I have a weird skin type, which is very oily in the Summer months, but relatively dry in the Winter months and combination/dry in the Fall and combination/oily in the Spring. It also tends to become acne prone during early Fall and early Spring. This foundation primer is fantastic, it's oil-free and is great for all skin types.


9. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer with SPF 15. What I love most about this primer aside from the great longevity, is the fact that it delivers a great ability to lock in moisture while holding your makeup. There is nothing more horrible than makeup that melts and fades, creating a huge "hot mess". Primer is a beauty essential everyone must have and no matter what type of skin type you have or what you prefer to use in general, this Hourglass addition is for you.


8. Guerlain L'Or Makeup Base. If you didn't think that infusing real gold into a product would work, think again. Not only does this primer prevent your makeup from melting and fading, but it also creates a base for your pores and fine lines. This foundation primer also retains your skin's natural moisture, so your skin will not dry out. Fortified with 24 karat gold, this primer delivers real results.


7. Becca Resurfacing Primer. Alright, it's time to confess...I have been a Becca cosmetics enthusiast for quite some time and this product has a lot to do with that. When I tried this primer, I was going through a relatively acute acne spell which tends to occur at least once a year. I noticed that this not only helped camouflage the acne I was enduring, but actually worked to get rid of it. Whether a miracle worker or not, it created an instantaneous skin canvas and allowed my makeup to last a long time. This foundation primer fails to disappoint and succeeds at winning.


6. Giorgio Armani Master Make-up Primer. Long-lasting. Smudge-proof. Crease-proof. Water-resistant. Oil-free. These are just many attributes that work together to create what I believe is an amazing foundation primer. If you are searching for a primer that delivers these attributes then I truly recommend the Master Make-up Primer by Giorgio Armani. Although I am not a huge fan of his other priming product, I found myself having better luck with this one. Giorgio Armani is a great beauty brand and this is a great foundation primer.


5. Cle de Peau Beaute Luminizing Enhancer Base. I love the fact that this foundation helps skin lock in its natural moisture. Whether you have oily skin or even dry skin, this foundation primer will work. This foundation primer prevents makeup from melting throughout the day, without drying out your skin in the process. Fortified with cherry leaf, green tea, and chestnut rose extracts, this foundation primer clearly demonstrates why it is one of the best foundation primers of 2012.


4. Trish McEvoy Even Skin Face Primer. Let's separate fact from fiction and embrace one of the best foundation primers of the year, shall we? Not only does this primer prevent makeup from melting and fading, it lasts so incredibly long, you will be pinching yourself wondering how it is possible. I applied the Even Skin Face Primer to my face at 9 am and it still managed to keep my makeup from melting, fading, and smudging at 9 pm. I just love it and I know you will too. If you don't love your skin today, you will tomorrow. When you love the skin you are in, it shows.


3. Tom Ford Illuminating Protecting Primer with SPF 12. Every time I am shopping, I always find myself discovering new products especially beauty products. Recently, I had the pleasure of coming across this wonderful Tom Ford addition. First and foremost, I want to say that the longevity of this primer is fantastic; creating a perfectly even canvas that retains its natural moisture. Don't settle for a one dimensional primer, settle for the full fix.


2. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturing Primer. This foundation primer is for all skin types and works every day of the year. Fortified with Vitamin A and a patented blend of botanical extracts, not only does this primer lock in moisture, but prevents your makeup from melting, creasing, and fading. How is that for longevity? The reality is, this foundation primer allows you to put your best face on and keep it on, all day long.


And the #1 foundation primer of 2012 is...


1. Yves Saint Laurent Matt Touch Primer. Out of the many foundation primers I have tried this year, I thought that YSL's was the best one. This foundation primer is oil-free, but continues to lock in your skin's natural moisture and hydration. It is for all skin types too. Not only does this amazing YSL addition prepare your skin like a canvas prepares a work of art, but this foundation primer delivers real results, as it prevents your makeup from melting and fading throughout the day. After applying this primer before my makeup routine at 6 am and leaving work at 6 pm, my makeup managed to remain in the place. Best of 2012!

Top 10 Concealers of 2012

10. Sunday Riley Dry Touch Creme-To-Powder Concealer. Whether you suffer from acne, redness, dark under-eye circles, or any kind of problematic skin issue, this Sunday Riley addition is going to cover it completely. This concealer is available in 6 shades. These shades include: 105 W, 105 C, 125 W, 125 C, 145 W, and 145 C. For not having any parabens, this concealer works fantastic.


9. Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer. There is nothing better than a full-coverage concealer that will cover almost anything. This Amazing Cosmetics concealer comes in 10 different shades with "Ivory" being the lightest and "Deep" being the darkest. Concealer never worked so amazing.


8. Yves Saint Laurent Anti-Cernes Multi-Action Concealer. The ultimate camouflage that allows you to put your most beautiful face forward. Available for all skin types, this concealer is available in 4 shades which include: 1 Ivory Beige, 2 Nude Beige, 3 Pink Beige, and 4 Gold Beige. Don't settle for less, use one of the best.


7. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer. MUFE is known as one of the best beauty brands on the planet and there are reasons for it, including this one. This concealer is available in 12 shades with Pink Porcelain 1 being the lightest and Ebony 20 being the darkest. Long-lasting, waterproof, oil-free...yep, that's the type of concealer I want. If this isn't in your beauty bag, it definitely needs to be.

6. Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer. Have you ever tried a concealer that was gel based? One of the things that I love most about this Chanel addition is the fact that it's a very different formula. This concealer is available in 6 shades which include: 31 Beige Rose, 10 Beige Clair, 20 Beige Ivoire, 30 Beige Patale, 40 Beige Santal, and 50 Beige Golden. Whether you are looking for a concealer that is long-lasting or a concealer that provides you with a modest color pay-off, this is one you should try right now.

5. Shu Uemura Pro Gel Cealer Concealer. I am starting to really appreciate gel based concealers and this one is no exception. This incredible Shu Uemura addition is available in 5 shades which include: fair/light in warm undertone, medium/light in warm undertone, medium/light in neutral undertone, medium in warm undertone, and medium in a neutral undertone. Cover your imperfection today and let it be gone tomorrow.

4. Trish McEvoy Flawless Concealer. How many concealers do you know demolish signs of fatigue, while covering up those problematic areas you don't want others to see? Trish McEvoy's Flawless concealer is available in 5 shades which include: shade 1 (the lightest), shade 2, shade 3, shade 4, and shade 5 (the darkest). Coverage and convenience never looked so good.


3. MAC Select Cover Concealer. As one of the best beauty essentials by one of the best companies in the world today, this concealer is available in a variety of shades which cater to skin undertone and intensity level. If you haven't had the chance to try this concealer, you may want to visit your nearest MAC makeup counter when you have a chance.


2. Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer. This amazing Cle de Peau Beaute addition provides you with the best coverage without making you feel like you are wearing a lot of product. Available in 4 shades which include: Ivory, Ocher, Beige, and Honey this concealer proves why it is one of the best beauty essentials of the year. This concealer isn't a Neiman Marcus 2012 award winner for nothing.


And the #1 concealer of 2012 is...


1. Estee Lauder Smoothing Creme Concealer. Not only does this concealer blend well, but it covers consistently. This concealer comes in 5 shades which include: Smooth Ivory, Smooth Light, Smooth Medium, Smooth Medium Deep, and Smooth Mauve. After trying an array of concealers this year, I have found that this Estee Lauder addition is the closest one to perfection.

Lola by Marc Jacobs, One of the Best Floral Fragrances in the World Today

I first discovered Lola by Marc Jacobs when shopping at Nordstrom's in Denver, CO. It was introduced in 2009, but did not garner popularity until a few years ago. First and foremost, what caught my attention was the incredibly creative bottle. Then, I had the opportunity of smelling it.
When you first smell Lola, you will notice the rose note the most, followed by the peony note. The vanilla is a very prominent note in this fragrance, as well which makes this floral come together and work. The pink pepper note in this perfume creates a very mysterious and sultry effect that is soft and spicy.

Another note that I noticed to be very obvious in this fragrance is definitely the musk. To be honest, I am not a fan of musk. However; the musk in this particular perfume really morphs with the other fruity notes (pear and grapefruit) to deliver a unique scent. Although I am not finding the pear or grapefruit to be pungent in this fragrance, the notes collaborate to balance the musk note.


PROS

Compared to other fragrances, Lola is modestly long-lasting in comparison. The longevity factor is fantastic, as this perfume does not fade. I applied it at 9 am and it's still on me at 6 pm.

The bottle is eye catching because the base is very simple, but it top is a very colorful with a gold plate holding it together. I don't know of any woman that would not want this perfume sitting on her shelf.

The sillage is quite impressive in this fragrance, as it radiates perfectly. Although it is far from being "light", it isn't real heavy. I don't know about you, but I think when a woman wears their perfume to the point it makes others in the room cringe, that is a sign of a tarnished fragrance.


CONS

If you are into very robust, musky type fragrances you will not be fond of this fragrance simply because it's more of a lightly sweet creamy floral. If you are into clean fragrances, Lola is not for you either.

Pink Pepper creates a very spicy effect on this fragrance, however; if you are not a fan of any kind of spicy note in a creamy floral fragrance, Lola is not going to be your cup of tea.
If you are into very fruity or very sweet fragrances, you are not going to enjoy Lola.


RATING - 89%


You can purchase Marc Jacobs Lola at your nearest Marc Jacobs fragrance retailer. It is available in 2 sizes. The smaller one is $68 and it is 1.7 oz. The larger one is $88 and it is 3.4 oz. You can also find Lola in an array of gift sets which include body lotion, shower gel, and travel sized products. Would I use this perfume again? Absolutely.

Top 5 Treatments for Dark Under-Eye Circles

5. Kate Somerville CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream. Suffering from dark under-eye circles should never dominate your life and luckily with this eye treatment, they won't. With light diffusing optics, the visible look of dark under-eye circles is highly reduced. This patented formula is fortified with Eyeseryl which not only works to treat dark under-eye circles, but reduce the look of them, while preventing them in the future. Can you believe it? With continued use, you will see amazing results.


4. Sisley Paris Sisleya Eye & Lip Contour Complex. Fortified with wild daisy and licorice, this dark under-eye circle treatment proves why it's worth the splurge. In just one month, you will notice real results and with continued use, your results will improve. Isn't that amazing? This cream possesses Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, and Vitamin F. To think that a product created for both the lips and eyes works so amazingly on such a problematic eye issue is fascinating.


3. Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator. I bet you didn't know that the tip of this particular eye treatment is from NASA and actually keeps the formula inside the tube cool, so no matter when you apply this product, it will still keep cool. Isn't that neat? It only gets better! Due to the light diffusing optics in the formula, you will notice a different almost instantaneously. With continued use, you will notice real, long-lasting results. The Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator comes in 2 shades. These shades include Light and Medium. Say goodbye to dark under-eye circles and hello to a brand new you.


2. Cle de Peau Beaute Essence Anti-Dark Circles Eye Serum. Most dark under-eye treatments present you with false advertising, whereas; this fabulous Cle de Peau Beaute addition just gives you real results. This under-eye treatment possesses a vitamin C compound that works to wake up your eyes naturally, as it completely dominates melanin production. If you are currently suffering from dark under-eye circles and are looking to not only treat this problematic issue, but prevent it from occurring in the future, this is treatment for you.


And the #1 one treatment for dark under-eye circles is...


1. L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Eyes Ultimate Youth Eye Treatment. Are the best things in life really free or are they natural? In the case of this eye treatment, natural reigns supreme making this wonderful L'Occitane addition the best treatment for dark under-eye circles. In just one week, you will notice results and then with continued use, those results will increase and eventually become permanent. This eye treatment does not possess parabens or synthetic dyes. If you currently suffer from dark under-eye circles, this is the product you want.

Top 5 Serums to Eliminate Dark Spots

5. Dr. Brandt Dark Spots No More Serum. This serum works to correct, as well as, prevent dark spots. Not only is this wonderful Dr. Brandt addition oil-free, but it is suitable for all skin types. This serum does not contain any parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Studies have shown that over 90% of women have noticed results after 12 weeks of using Dr. Brandt's product. If you are searching for a serum that eliminates dark spots, then search no further, as this just may be the one for you.


4. Origins Mega Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum. Brought to you by Dr. Andrew Weil, this serum delivers real dark spot correction. Formulated for all skin types, this serum not only repairs, but prevents dark spots too. Studies have shown that 92% of women who have used this product have noticed results in just 4 weeks. Another reason to not only love this dark spot correcting serum, but to appreciate it is the fact that it is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.


3. Darphin Melaperfect Anti-Dark Spots Perfecting Treatment. Darphin uses patented technology to completely eliminate the melanin masses that cause pigmentation. This dark spot correcting serum not only corrects dark spots, but prevents them too. As this serum works to do both jobs, it uses a variety of extract to allow your skin to maintain its natural moisture. This serum is suitable for all skin types. If you suffer from dark spots and you are looking for the ultimate fix in not only correcting them, but preventing them from occurring again, this amazing Darphin addition is a must-have purchase.


2. Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening Spot Serum. Recently, when visiting Neiman Marcus I had the opportunity of discovering this dark spot correcting product. Fortified with natural ginseng extract, this serum works to prevent, correct, and repair the appearance of dark spots. This serum is suitable for all skin types. The best part about this serum is the fact that only half a drop on the area is all you need. Love the skin you are in because after all, it is the biggest organ you have.


And the #1 serum to eliminate dark spots is...


1. Amore Age Spot Brightening Pen. What I love most about this dark spot correcting product is the fact that it was developed under various patents, possessing original ingredients that work together to correct and repair. Fortified with horsetail extract, this serum reduces the look of dark spots before it, in a matter of weeks, completely demolishes them. Plus, because this serum also works to correct and repair, with continued use you won't ever see them again. This is one of the few serums to work below the skin's surface, targeting those problematic areas that cause this type of issue. This incredible Amore addition is suitable for all skin types. Love the skin you are in and look better to others who view you. The biggest investment should always be in yourself.

Top 10 Best Mascaras of 2012

10. Illamasqua Masquara Mascara. How important is your mascara? What do you look for in a mascara? I love mascara and one thing that I look for most is how amazing the color pay-off is. When it comes to Illamasqua's Masquara mascara, I must admit that the color pay-off produced is astonishing to me, considering this is one of the newest mascaras in the top 10 that I have tried. What I love most about this mascara is the brush. It's absolutely massive and in just one dip, it garners a lot of product. All you need are a few coats and you are basically good to go. This mascara is fortified with an array of antioxidants that work together to prevent your lashes from drying. Did I mention that this mascara is available in Raven? Need I say more?


9. Shu Uemura Ultimate Natural Mascara. I have been a Shu Uemura fan for years, however; what made me love the brand even more was it's eyelash curler and of course the Ultimate Natural Mascara. It is not only pigmented, producing a color pay-off that is intense and visible, but it does not clump or smudge. It also does not dry out and create the infamous "spider lashes" which most people try to avoid. This mascara is available in Intense Black. Although Shu Uemura used to be available in stores, it's now only available exclusively online. Japanese beauty at it's finest.


8. Givenchy Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara. What is the biggest sign of an amazing mascara? Although there isn't just one big sign of an amazing mascara, one of the most important signs is with minimal application and effort, your eyes should look amazing. What is there not to love about the Givenchy Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara? The brush is a classic Givenchy original, which works to coat every single lash without a lot of effort. It does not clump nor smudge and delivers real benefits. Your lashes are more lengthened, voluminized, and defined. This mascara is available in 2 colors which include Black Satin and in Brown Satin.


7. Cle de Peau Beaute The Mascara Mascara. Mascara is as unique as the individual that wears it. I say individual simply because it's 2012 not 1912 and mascara has proved in recent years to be a gender bending beauty essential. If you don't believe me, look at the gorgeous Adam Lambert. One of the best mascaras that I have discovered this year is definitely Cle de Peau Beaute's The Mascara mascara. What I love about this mascara is the fact that it is pigmented. The color pay-off is amazing. It doesn't clump and lasts long, without clinging to your lashes. I also love the fact that it's smudge proof and after working out, it's still on without possessing a weird sticky residue. This mascara is available in black. If I love it, I guarantee you will also.


6. Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara. I have a fascination with makeup counters, especially the exciting ones in the bigger cities that have almost every product in stock. Recently, when frequenting the Lancome counter at Neiman Marcus in Denver, I found myself trying Hypnose Drama Mascara. First and foremost, this mascara does not clump nor does it flake, like some mascaras I have used by Lancome in the past. The brush is so original. It is wavy, as opposed to just being straight or curved. Lancome dubs their brush as having an "S" shaped curve. This mascara is so pigmented and the color pay-off is fantastic. The definition produced by this mascara is ridiculously phenomenal. This mascara is black. Granted that this is a Neiman Marcus 2012 Beauty Award Winner, I think that alone speaks for itself.


5. Dolce & Gabbana Volumized Lashes Mascara. I love mascara and every time I hear about a new one being introduced to the world, I always feel compelled to try it no matter low, mid, or high-end. When I first heard about Dolce & Gabbana's mascara, I just had to try it. What I loved most about this mascara was the fact that it does not clump and my lashes do not cling together when I wear it. It truly does define them. Another reason I love this mascara is the fact that it is quite pigmented and produces a decent color pay-off. This mascara is available in 2 shades. These shades include "Black" and "Coffee". It looks like I will have to take a trip back to Sak's very soon.


4. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Excess Volume Mascara. Every time I visit Sak's Fifth Avenue, I always find myself running straight to the cosmetic counters before anything else. Recently, I found myself drawn to a beautiful yet helpful sales associate at Sak's in St. Louis, MO who introduced me to this mascara. What I love about this mascara most is the fact that it doesn't weigh down your lashes. It gives you incredible volume and you don't have to swipe your lashes numerous times in order to achieve it. This mascara also doesn't clump, smudge, or flake. This wonderful Giorgio Armani addition is available in Black. Your eyelashes never looked so good.


3. Dior Diorshow Mascara. What I love about Diorshow is the fact that it is incredibly pigmented, the color pay-off is impeccably chic. The brush is big, but controlled, so the application is fairly easy. Another reason to love this mascara is the fact that you don't need to apply a lot coats to get incredible results. Diorshow is available in 3 shades. These shades include: Black, Chesnut, and Azure Blue. As a rule, you must change your mascara at least every 6 months to avoid any kind of problematic eye infection. I always find myself going back to Diorshow because I absolutely love this mascara.


2. Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara. If you are looking for a mascara that doesn't clump nor flake, this mascara is absolutely perfect for you. If you are also looking for a mascara that produces an amazing color pay-off without a modest amount, you will love this fabulous YSL addition also. One thing that I absolutely love most about this mascara is the actual applicator. It's almost perfect, as it's not too big and not too small. This mascara is available in 4 different shades. These shades include: Noir Radical, High Density Black, Fascinating Violet, and Burgundy. Searching for the best? Search no further.


And the #1, best mascara of 2012 is...


1. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara. After trying about a hundred different mascaras, I have discovered that Estee Lauder's Sumptuous Extreme Mascara is the best one that I tried. Not only does it not clump or flake, but this mascara is so incredibly pigmented, the color pay-off is quite possibly one of the best color pay-offs I have ever seen in a mascara. You don't even need to use a lot of this product to get phenomenal results. Sumptuous Extreme mascara is available in 4 different shades. These shades include: Extreme Black, Extreme Brown, Extreme Indigo, and Extreme Violet. Everyone asks me if my lashes are fake and I have never wore a single fake eyelash in my life. Sumptuous Extreme epitomizes everything you want in a mascara. Don't settle for less, use the best.

Top 10 Best Mascaras of 2012 Under $5

10. L.A. Girl Lash Boosting Mascara. Quality is one thing to admire, but value is something to appreciate. Available at Cherry Culture, this mascara clearly proves why it is exceptionally. Not only does this mascara produce a color pay-off, but the it is long-lasting too. It does not clump nor does it stick. This L.A. Girl mascara comes in an array of colors. They include: Black, Brown, Black/Brown, and Navy.


9. Essence Great Lashes Volume Mascara. Available at ULTA, this mascara truly demonstrates why it is one of the best mascaras for under $5. It puts the "V" in "Volume". The brush is amazing, as it coats your lashes evenly. This mascara also separates your lashes, giving them more definition. I love the fact that it doesn't clump too. For just $3.49, you can buy one for not only yourself, but one for your daughter, your sister, your mother, or any other important woman in your life.


8. L.A. Colors Perfect Lash Mascara. You have to admit that it's nice to discover affordable mascaras that promise you perfect lashes. Available at Cherry Culture in both "Black" and in "Black Brown" this affordable mascara is formulated to lengthen, as well as, separate your lashes. The brush is relatively big. It does not clump nor does it dry out and flake all over the place. Who can resist a mascara that costs just $3 and delivers real, bona fide benefits?


7. Amuse Extension Mascara. Are the best things in life really free or are they just a little cheaper than other things? Available at Cherry Culture, this Amuse mascara is incredibly pigmented, producing a wonderful color pay-off, but the applicator is very solid. I love the fact that the brush is also on the larger side also. Available in Black, this $3 Amuse addition clearly demonstrates why it is one of the best mascaras for under $5.


6. Jordana Best Lash Voluminizing Mascara. I was impressed with this mascara simply because the quality is amazing. Not only did I notice instantaneous results after applying this incredible Jordana addition, but I did notice that my lashes looked fuller. This mascara doesn't clump nor does it flake, which is another thing to admire. The brush is relatively massive. Whether you are on a budget or simply looking to save money, for under $3, this should be in your beauty bag right now.


5. Physicians Formula Lash Extending Mascara. I first discovered this mascara when shopping at Walgreens. This mascara actually possesses a botanical blend of extracts which actually work together to not only hydrate your lashes, but help make your lashes maintain their moisture. This mascara delivers great benefits, as it is does not clump or flake, is sublimely pigmented, and produces an outstanding color pay-off.


4. New York Color Big Bold Mascara. Recently, when browsing the makeup department at K-Mart I found myself being lead to the N.Y.C. second and then finally to this mascara. First and foremost, the volume produced by this mascara is just outstanding. It doesn't clump nor does it flake. The color pay-off is absolutely wonderful too. I have to admit, when I first used this mascara I had a hard time believing it was not high-end.


3. Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara. The formula in this mascara was designed to not only coat every single lash, but gives you a natural "cat eye" appearance by lengthening and curling your lashes. I absolutely love the claw brush, as it makes the entire application quite easy. Available in "Glam Black". If you are looking for an incredible mascara for $5, this is the one to get.


2. Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara. Every single time I visit Target, I always find myself walking over to the makeup section. No matter what I am shopping for. Recently, I discovered this amazing addition to Revlon. The application, as well as, consistency is so nice. What I loved most about this mascara is the fact that is so pigmented and produces one of the best color pay-offs I have ever seen. This mascara is available in Black, Blackest Black, Blackened Brown, and Black Shimmer. For under $5, this mascara is definitely a "hit".


And the best mascara of 2012 for under $5 is...


1. Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara. Rarely do you every find a product that balances quality and quantity. What I love about this Great Lash Big is the fact that it does not clump nor does it flake. I also love the fact that it is highly pigmented and how can you not love the modestly largest brush? Available almost everywhere, this amazing mascara comes in 3 different shades - Blackest Black, Very Black, and Brownish Black. Not only is this fabulous addition to Maybelline one of the best mascaras I have used, it's only 56 cents shy of $5.