Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara

L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara ($10.95) is a lengthening mascara that uses tube technology to create longer, more dramatic lashes. I tried it in Blackest Black, which is an intense black, though not the darkest black I’ve tried.

Double Extend definitely adds lengths to lashes, but it clumped up pretty easily on my stringy little lashes, so it definitely requires a lash comb afterward to get lashes to look a little more natural. This mascara really is designed to add length, so it doesn’t do much in terms of adding volume or thickening lashes. For me, not the best mascara, because my lashes need more than just length (they really do need a lot of help–volume, thickness, and length!).

It stays true the claim of being smudge-proof and budge-proof–until you get into water–which is great for contacts wearers. It rinses off fairly easily with water over makeup remover, so a good shower is an optimal time to remove this mascara, but over the sink works just as well. Even though the $10.95 price tag is steep for a drugstore mascara, if you keep an eye out for sales/promotions, the price is much more in line with my expectations.

  • Product: 6/10
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 7/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you have naturally thick and voluminous lashes, Double Extend is great for adding a little more length. Otherwise, you may want to check out L’Oreal’s Voluminous instead.

Availability: Drugstore.com

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Backstage @ Jenni Kayne

NYFW S/S '10 Jenni Kayne

  • Makeup: Stila for Beauty.com.
  • Hair: Ted Gibson for Beauty.com
  • Nails: butter LONDON for Beauty.com
  • Skincare: Arcona for Beauty.com

Get the Look — “Navy Out All Night”

  • Complexion: Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup; Perfecting Concealer Pressed Powder
  • Eyes: Dune, darkest color in Navy Palette; Sapphire Kajal liner; Indigo eyeshadow; Major Major Lash Mascara.
  • Cheeks: Contour with Stila Sun
  • Lips: Topaz Kajal; In the Nude long wear lip

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

AVEDA @ Jason Wu

NYFW S/S '10 Jason Wu

The Look

This is a sculpted, voluminous chignon with a textured, 6 inch wide, sheer black ribbon woven into the hair in a spontaneous and organic way. The finished look is feminine and elegant with an edge.

Get the Look

  • Step 1: Apply Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Style-Prep Smoother throughout damp hair and blow dry straight.
  • Step 2: Work Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Glossing Straightener through hair to achieve a straight, smooth, glossy finish.
  • Step 3: Separate hair into front and back sections. Pull back section into a tight ponytail to the middle/back of the head and secure with a bungee elastic.
  • Step 4: Tie a 7-foot long piece of 6-inch wide, black horse hair ribbon around the ponytail. Secure each end to the head on either side of the pony with bobby pins the color of hair.
  • Step 5: Mist the entire head with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray for added shine and workable hold.
  • Step 6: Weave front section of hair back in smaller, 1-inch pieces, over the ribbon, securing against the head with bobby pins. Continue weaving hair and ribbon, creating loops with the ribbon around back of the head, until all hair has been worked through.
  • Step 7: Weave ponytail in 1-inch sections in loops throughout the ribbon, securing against the head with bobby pins, until all hair and ribbon are used. Hair and ribbon are looped together spontaneously, creating a sculptural, voluminous updo. Fray the ends of the ribbon and leave exposed.
  • Step 8: Spray with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray for finish and hold.

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

MAC @ Behnaz Serafpour

NYFW S/S '10 Behnaz Serapouf

The Look

“The inspiration is old Hollywood black and white photos, tone on tone, shadows, no lines.” – Gordon Espinet

Get the Look

  • EYE: Copperplate Eye Shadow – blended softly into socket and under lower lash line.
  • FACE: Face and Body Foundation – applied in a sheer layer over the skin. Studio Finish Concealer – applied where needed. Taupe Blush – brushed onto cheekbones. Copperplate Eye Shadow – swept under cheekbones.
  • LIP: Stone Lip Pencil – used to lightly line the lips. Soothing Beige Lip Conditioner- patted lightly onto lip.

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

NYFW S/S '10 Rachel Roy

Frederic Fekkai @ Rachel Roy

Andre Rodman, lead stylist for Frédéric Fekkai created two looks at the Rachel Roy Spring 2010 show – both over top voluminous looks, one with a modern edge and one more classic, both big on glamour.

Get the Look

For the classic look, a center part with soft, bouncy waves starting beneath the chin, Rodman used Fekkai COIFF™ Strong Hold Volume Mousse, then sprayed hair with Fekkai COIFF™ Defense Pre Style Thermal UV Protectant and curled it around a one inch iron. He used Fekkai Au Naturel Sheer Styling Gel for the modern look; short hair with either a severe side part tucked behind the ears or brushed straight back.

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Borghese Lipstick

Fall Trend: Bold Lips with Borghese

Borghese Grappa B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a creamy berry red wine with a soft sheen and high color. It is a creme finish, which accounts for how easily it glides over lips. It’s full color and very hydrating on lips and lasts me about five hours without eating/drinking. The color can bleed if your lips have this tendency already, so I do recommend a lip liner for best wear.

The packaging is a combination of black and silver metal, with the black portion kind of looking like a licorice twist, actually. I don’t love the packaging, but it’s functional and does the job. While the price is steep, you do get more lipstick for your dollar than usual, as the average lipstick size is about 0.12 oz. By the ounce, this lipstick is just a bit more expensive than MAC and Illamasqua, but cheaper than Urban Decay and NARS.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation:  If creamy, full color lipsticks are your passion, Borghese’s lipsticks are worth a peek!

Availability: Borghese.com

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