A COVERGIRL Bombshell WARNING….

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Let me start out by saying I am a HUGE fan of COVERGIRL’S mascara, for the most part. Their LashBlast mascara is pretty much the only mascara I use. Recently I was sent their new Bombshell Volume Mascara to try out. The very first time I tried it – I LOVED it. CG claims the mascara provides ‘ten times more noticeable lashes vs. bare lashes’ and I would agree.

But THEN I tried to take it off. The stuff does NOT come off, and I have some pretty serious makeup remover. First I tried washing it off with my regular foamy face wash. Didn’t come off. So I thought okay, I’ll use my oil makeup remover. STILL didn’t come off. At this point I’m getting pretty frustrated – so I turned to a cotton pad, doused with makeup remover. I rubbed and I rubbed and I rubbed, and when I looked at the cotton pad, I was SHOCKED to see several eye lashes had rubbed right off. I now have two noticeable patches where my eyelashes are missing.

When I wear mascara now, I have to push the eyelashes next to the patches over to the bare areas towards the center of my lashes. I threw that bad boy in the garbage IMMEDIATELY.

And THEN yesterday while scrolling through the Daily Mail, I found I’m not alone. A LOT of women are reporting the same problem I had, with eyelashes falling out. Read the story here.

So what does COVERGIRL have to say for themselves? They say it “wears like a waterproof” mascara, so it may be more difficult to remove. Wow, ya think? They now say that they are changing the packaging on their mascara urging women to use oil-based makeup removers when taking the product off. But I tried that – and even that doesn’t work. Not completely, anyway. CG has released a statement:

COVERGIRL values all feedback from women who use our products, and takes their input and reviews to heart. Many women have told us that they love a dramatic, dark lash look from a mascara with staying power. But, some other women have said they find mascaras like Bombshell difficult to remove. So, we’ve taken steps to more broadly communicate the need to use an oil-based remover with long-lasting mascaras. For example, there is a how-to video tutorial on our YouTube channel, and we regularly respond to questions from women who call, or contact us in social media. In addition, we are in the process of updating the Bombshell packaging to advise use of an oil-based remover. We still encourage anyone with comments or questions to reach out to COVERGIRL at 1-800-426-8374.

I write this post as a warning. Sure – the mascara looks great – but it better because you’re never going to be able to get it off!

Skip this product – it is SO not worth it!

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Avocado’s aren’t just for guacamole anymore!

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While avocados are the key ingredient in the delicious Mexican dip, did you know that the fruit has major anti-acne benefits? It’s true: TURO SKIN’s Anti-Acne Spot Treatment contains Avocutine, which is derived from avocados and aids in oil control and reduces dead skin cell accumulation. Additionally, the Spot Treatment minimizes breakouts while accelerating the healing process while reducing scarring and hyperpigmentation.

TURO SKIN™ Anti-Acne Spot Treatment (SRP $22 at turoskin.com and at select physicians’ offices nationwide) is a potent, fast-acting treatment that can be applied as needed to targeted areas in order to minimize breakouts and clear acne-riddled skin. It accelerates the healing process while reducing scarring and hyperpigmentation. Key benefits include:

  • Potent and fast-acting
  • Reduces post-acne scarring
  • Non-oily, transparent, matte finish

I have an almost-14-year-old son, and acne is a big concern of mine and his. He’s been using this product for a month or so, and as his mom – I’ve noticed positive results! Acne breakouts seem fewer and far between! This works great!

*Disclosure: I was sent these products to review for the site, I was not paid to write this post, and I was not compensated for my opinions. The opinions you read here are mine alone.


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Duri “Tips” for one hot summer!

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Duri Cosmetics turned up the heat and added spice to their new collection for Summer 2014. The Hot Tamale collection features six new, eye-catching lacquers that will make an extra bold statement from South Beach to Laguna Beach. From shocking neon shades to bright shimmers with enough sparkle to outshine even the hot summer sun, Duri Cosmetics has one “Hot Tamale” on your hands.

“Summer brings out bright, energizing colors that make us look as good as we feel,” says Faina Ritz, creator of Duri Cosmetics and the visionary behind Duri’s Hot Tamale Collection. “With this collection, we really wanted to capture the best things about summer like the heat, the activities and most of all, the fashion.”

Show off a bright neon like Señorita Caliente (hot pink) at the pool, or a sparkly Chili Pepper (pink/red shimmer) for the late-night Tiki party. Or, go a simple summer classic of Queso Blanco (pure white) to match anything and everything!

Hot Tamale Collection includes six summer-tastic hues: Habanero – an opaque neon orange with high gloss finish; Queso Blanco- a pure white with slight pearl shimmer finish; Chili Pepper- a bright pink/red loaded with tons of sparkles and shine; Margarita- a bold lemon-lime with high shimmer finish; Señorita Caliente – an opaque hot pink with high gloss finish; Salsa Verde- a bright green with heavy gloss finish.

How fun are these polishes!! Perfect for summer!!

All Duri Cosmetics products are available nationwide at salons, spas and specialty stores, as well as online at www.duri.com.


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Clairol Natural Instincts Spokesperson Giada De Laurentiis Looks Flawless for First Restaurant Opening in VEGAS!‏

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Celebrity chef and Clairol Natural Instincts spokesperson Giada De Laurentiis celebrated the opening of her first restaurant “Giada” in Las Vegas last night with her nearest and dearest. For the big night, Giada’s look was inspired by the art and colors threaded throughout her restaurant, designed to feel like you’re dining in Giada’s home.

Julie Morgan, celebrity makeup artist and longtime friend of Giada De Laurentiis, got her hair and makeup ready for the event. Here’s how:

Giada’s hair was freshly colored with Clairol Natural Instincts Amber Shimmer (a shade change for Giada) which gave her hair a gorgeous light golden brown hue. For the evening, she opted for loose voluminous waves to complement her Italian and California roots. To achieve this look:

1. Shampoo hair 24-48 hours after coloring hair for best results

2. Blow-dry hair and apply texturizing spray to roots for added volume

3. Take 1 inch barrel curling iron and twist sections of hair while leaving the ends of the hair out

4. Apply shine spray

5. Turn head over and move fingers through hair and spray a medium hold hairspray all-over to hold the curls in place, like Herbal Essences Naked Flexible Hold Spritzer

To complement Giada’s soft locks, Julie went with stone and jewel-tone smoky eye liner by Trish McEvoy. Giada’s overall skin, cheeks and lips were done in a rose gold hue (Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation, Jouer Rose Blush with Sunshine Bronzer and Rose Lip Pencil with Peach Pearl Lip Enhancer). Her look was finished with COVERGIRL mascara.

Giada’s wardrobe was styled by Stylist Sam Saboura — dress was by Cushnie et Ochs and shoes by Givenchy.


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