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Beauty Rules

By Robyn Hale

Oh My... Another Mascara

There are good mascaras, and there are GREAT mascaras. There are so many choices out there -- lengthening, defining, volumizing, waterproof, curling, etc. etc. Like gooey, clumpy lashes, how do you separate the bad from the good? Well for me, it's been trial and error. So for you lash fashionistas, I've slapped the good, the bad, and the horrific on my lashes to save YOU some time and dollars while perusing your local beauty store.

Here are some fantastic finds in lash wear:


The Triple Threat
If you are looking for length, volume and a bit of curl, then Givenchy's Eye Fly Lash Extender mascara is for you. It has a special patented helix brush, with short bristles to coat the lashes from root to tip and long bristles that separate, lengthen and curl. They also infused mother of pearl in the mascara so your lashes will glisten like a starlet on premiere night. This mascara is in heavy rotation in my makeup bag. It adds a little glam and a whole lot of length and volume without ever clumping or flaking. If you are looking to add some drama to your limp lashes, then pick this up for instant results.

Long Lasting Lashes
OK, the jury is still out on this one because I just put it on for the first time today, actually its application was the inspiration for this column. Lorac just released their latest mascara - Publicity Stunt Lashes. If their claims are true "take a break from re-applying your mascara every day without it smudging, budging or flaking" - then Carol Shaw, the mastermind behind the line, is now my hero. This revolutionary formula gives you the option to wear it once and remove (with an oil-based remover) or let it ride for up to three days without black raccoon eyes in the morning. Now that's a BOLD statement!

The application was clean and gave me fantastic length and definition. The applicator even comes with a comb on the end. I guarantee your lashes will be clump free if you comb while lashes are still wet. This mascara also gives a boost to those pesky lower lashes that tend to look clumpy while trying to add definition. Hallelujah! I love how my lashes look and feel with this mascara - lets just see if it lasts three days. Even if it doesn't, day one still looks hot!

Follow up: My goodness! This mascara stayed on my lashes PERFECTLY for a full 48 hours! No clumping, no smudging - I even stuck my face under the stream of water coming from my showerhead the next day to see what happened. NOTHING! Well, a few flakes (I like my water pressure hard.) It would have stayed the full three days, but I took it off to see how easy it was to remove. Removal was easy, just expect to "pull" the mascara gently off your lashes with an oil based remover... if not, this stuff is not gonna budge. Hats off to Lorac!

Big Fat Lashes
Too Faced, the makers of the popular lip plumper Lip Injection, has taken its plumping popula rity to new heights... and lengths with their latest mascara Lash Injection. It's going to plump your lashes up like you just made a visit to the lash bar at Shu Uemura for some falsies. It's weatherproof and comes off your lashes in small tubes, so don't expect your towel to be covered in a black mess after washing your face - use gentle pressure and warm water or makeup remover to take it all off. I love love LOVE this mascara. However, it does not love me back. It has an odd smell and the mascara made my eyes water like an intimate encounter with an onion. That was rather unfortunate because I LOVED how my lashes looked when I used it. I've known others who have had no reaction at all to Lash Injection - so it might just be me. If it's super doe-like lashes you're after, then give this super-sized wand a whirl.

Honorary Mentions
I have a lot of clients that swear by Benefits Bad Gal Lash, and Dior's Diorshow. I've used these during makeovers; however I find the rather large wand a bit too much. Also Clinique's High Definition Mascara has a revolutionary wand that produces long, defined lashes. My favorite oldie but goodie is Maybelline Great Lash Mascara - the old pink and green bottle has never done me wrong.

I can't stress this enough - if you purchase waterproof mascara then you MUST purchase a waterproof remover. Even though I rarely use a waterproof, I ALWAYS remove my eye makeup with a waterproof remover to make sure I get it all off. My latest fav is by Sephora. They just revamped their original formula. It's quick, slick and doesn't irritate the eyes - a must have for any and all eye makeup wearers.

Enjoy ladies! And don't worry; no lashes were harmed during the testing of mascaras.
Till next time...

- Robyn

Winter Skincare

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for giving and getting gifts, but NOT for gorgeous glowing skin. Winter is not nice to our face and bodies. We're assaulted by whipping gusts of wind on the way to work, and once we get inside, the heat is cranked up to what seems like 85 degrees. Your face starts to feel like the salt flats of Utah, waiting to crack at any moment. Then it's back out in the cold for your commute home. Once you get to your pad, if it's anything like mine (I can't control my heat) it's either cold as a meat locker or hot as a sauna... What's a gal to do??

No need to fear now that Winter is here! I have the tips, tricks, and products that will get your skin back to gorgeous.

I know how easy it is to fall into bed after a late night out - but you MUST MUST MUST wash your makeup off at night. Your skin rejuvenates at night, so how can it breathe with a layer of makeup and a day's worth of grime? Plus, sleeping with your makeup on can lead to breakouts and we have enough to worry about, right?

If your skin is dry, use a milky cleanser. If it's oily, use a gel cleanser. I LOVE cleaning my face with Healthy Cleanse by Cosmedicine. You apply it to a dry face and massage all over. Then you can either rinse or tissue it off. The best thing about this cleanser (besides having a built-in toner) is that it removes ALL makeup - even stubborn red lipsticks and waterproof mascara. For those of you who just can't seem to wash your face at night, keep a tub of makeup remover wipes on your night stand - no need to rinse.

Is your skin super dry and tight? Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!!! In my opinion, for the Winter time, the creamier the better. For the last two years my Winter moisturizer has been Wild Rose 24hr Moisturizer by Korres. They are a botanical based line from Greece that uses old school holistic and natural ingredients to help soothe and protect the skin. This rich, yet lightly textured moisturizer keeps your skin nice and hydrated all day without ever feeling like it's going to crack or split during every facial expression. It doesn't get greasy mid day like heavier creams do, plus it has an SPF to help protect you from the damaging rays of the sun.

How many of you out there have oily skin and don't use a moisturizer? Ah-ha! There are a few of you. Even though your skin is oily, it can still become dehydrated. Korres makes this fantastic Yogurt Cream that's made for dehydration in any skin type - especially oily skin. This ultra-soothing cream contains full-fat Greek Yogurt, which is a natural source of lactose, proteins, vitamins and minerals, to provide instant hydration to the skin.

Drinking water also helps with hydration levels, and no -- coffee and diet soda do not count ! Please remember to take in at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep the dryness away.

Has Jack Frost nipped so much at your nose it's starting to flake at the corners? How about those cheeks?? If you are experiencing any sort of flakiness (not the "oops I forgot to call you back kind"), but the kind on the face that comes from dry/dead skin build up... If you haven't exfoliated in the past - the time is now. Two times a week. Not only will it take away the dullness that dead skin buildup may cause, removing that dead skin helps the products you put on your face absorb better. So you can really reap the benefits of all the antioxidants and enriching ingredients contained in your moisturizer.

Some of you may be grimacing because you have sensitive skin and the thought of scrubbing little balls or granules back and forth over your face is just too much. No need to fear. There are several fantastic scrubs on the market that are perfect for sensitive skin. Boscia, a botanical based line from Japan, makes a fantastic Smoothing Facial Polish. It contains mannan granules to gently polish away dull dry skin and willow herb to calm irritation. And Cosmedicine makes a scrub called Medi-morphosis. This self-adjusting exfoliator makes it impossible to over-scrub. It contains stop-action crystals that adjust to the needs of YOUR skin, pinpointing the areas that require more attention while gently skimming over the areas that don't.

For those of you out there who love to scrub - try DERMAdoctor's new Physical Chemistry. Think microdermabrasion and multi-acid chemical peel in one. This stuff packs a higher price tag but it's like getting a facial in the privacy of your own home. The exfoliating properties of the polymer beads take away the dry dull flaky skin, minimizes the appearance of fine lines, UV damage, and acne scars while leaving your face as soft as a baby's bottom. I LOVE THIS STUFF!

If your body is suffering dryness as well, do the same as your face - hydrate and exfoliate. Bliss makes some FANTASTIC body scrubs and I'm a sucker for any body lotion - even straight up baby oil right after the shower. Just pad dry and while the body is still moist, apply your favorite lotion or potion. Applying while the skin is still moist will help lock in the moisture and your body will stay hydrated all day long.

The good news is Winter is almost over - two more months of cold then Spring will be here!!! Whoopie! Remember to hydrate daily, and exfoliate at least once or twice a week, and you'll have that gorgeous glowing skin you did back in May.

Till next time...

- Robyn
Robyn Hale is a makeup artist/skincare guru who works for a multi-brand, high end beauty emporium. If you have a question for Robyn or want to request a topic for a future column, you can contact her at:




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