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On June 7th I’ll be visiting Dr. Susan Resnick to get an eye exam and get fitted for new Acuvue contact lenses (happy dance.) While I love getting SPEXY, I often wear contacts to take a break from my sexy librarian situation.

How Spexy am I? :)

I am nothing without you, my dear readers, so, I thought I’d take you along for the ride. Do you have questions about UV protection for the eyes, eye allergies, contact lenses or any other questions related to eye health? Tweet, Facebook or leave your questions in the comments section of this post and I will be happy to get them answered for you. Don’t be shy, the “eyes are the window to the soul,” so, you definitely want to keep them as healthy as possible.

Remember, my appointment is this Thursday, June 7th, so if you have questions please get them to me before then.


Does your pretty little face require specific skincare at different times of day? It’s a question worth pondering, particularly given the financial investment we make in our arsenal of topicals, lotions, potions, serums, and creams. Let’s face it (pun intended), keeping 30+ skin disguised as 25+ comes at a price. Isn’t it worth it to go the extra step and make sure you’re getting the absolute most out of your products?

While anti-aging, reparative ingredients (like retinol and glycolic) are highly effective at improving tone, texture, and easing the appearance of creasing, they’re best applied at bedtime, as skin goes through its regenerative process. But what about day?…what’s the best possible way to treat skin during the day?

For daylight hours, skin requires an antioxidant rich regimen designed to fight free radicals, pollution, and the photo-aging affects of the sun. SkinCeuticals AOX EYE GEL‘s triple antioxidant treatment (Phloretin: increases eastin, Vitamin C: promotes collagen production, Ferulic Acid: neutralizes free radicles) is perfectly suited for daytime use and is effective at combatting the plagueing signs of fatique. For the last month, I have been generously applying the gel-like serum under my eyes and around my brow area. The immediate benefits are increased hydration, luminous texture, and vibrant appearance. The formula penetrates easily without a sticky residue. I generally apply my CARGO under eye brightener directly over SkinCeuticals AOX EYE GEL and the product does not run, fade, or crease…a major feat! Over time, I have noticed that my eye area appears more supple and fresh. The added caffeine in the formula gives my tired, puffy eyes a much needed boost in the a.m. and also helps to improve circulation.

Keeping in mind that this particular product is antioxidant packed and suitable for daytime use, for evening I recommend an eye cream that is formulated for overnight repair. I like ROC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream.

Do you adjust your routine from day to night? You should!

I’d love to hear about your skin rituals. Leave a comment & share.

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Kohl-rimmed eyes are kind of my thing. . . I get a little obsessed. Not sure what captures my heart most — the rich, inky quality of the kohl or the sultry, mysterious framing that kohl gives to eyes. Can’t quite put my finger on it, but a good kohl situation makes me very happy. So you will imagine I nearly hit the ceiling upon learning of Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio. What the whaaat?! Ohmygosh! Girls!

Highly pigmented inner rim eyeliner trio delivers rich color and instant drama. Versatile eyeliner for eye enhancing definition and inner eye rim intensity. Super- smooth gliding texture makes defining eyes effortless. 100% Waterproof wear.

PF offers trios of kohl to compliment brown, green, blue, and hazel eyes. I think this is really smart for women who have a hard time making sense of the beauty aisle. I’m not mad at PF’s paint-by-number shade selection system…it’s a great ‘guide’ but feel free to go off the grid and select your trio based on the shades you personally find most appealing.

As for color pay-off, pigment, and wear — The collection is fun and offers so many incredible shades. Just the idea that there’s kohl variety beyond standard black, well that’s Awesome Town! So PF gets the thumbs-up for that. The pigmentation isn’t as inky as my beloved Guerlain kohl – and that’s perfectly ok…because if you’re new to kohl, you might not want to jump in full throttle. I think PF offers a nice starter kohl selection at an affordable price point, which makes experimenting relatively easy on the wallet.

How I rank the shade offerings —

Fair Skin: Will enjoy the entire range of shades

Medium to Tan Skin: Will like the jewel tones

Olive to Dark Skin: Will also like the jewel tones and of course, black


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If you follow my 140 character beauty outbursts via Twitter (@ThisThatBeauty), you are well aware of the fact that I am having a hot and heavy, rich and inky, love affair with Guerlain Terracotta Khôl Kajal. Why just this Friday, I tweeted this pic…

….while looking over my shoulder and keeping a watchful eye out for the Khôl Police – I mean, is having this much fun with Khôl during the daytime even legal? Can’t be!

Well before I’m carted away by the Khôl Coppers, I thought I’d share the deets on the dramatic daytime look I’m currently coveting.

Guerlain Terracotta Khôl Kajal in shade Black Frida has earned permanent residency in my purse. It’s another one of those products (like my classic red lip) that gets the look “done” in an instant. The richly pigmented (yet non tear-inducing) Khôl is perfect for us beauty girls about town who go from the office, to events, to cocktails…with little time to spare in between.

A quick rimming of Guerlain Terracotta Khôl Kajal is all it takes to amp up your eyes….in a flash!

While I generally pair Guerlain Terracotta Khôl Kajal with a nude lip, last week (at Thierry Mugler Angel launch party for Eva Mendes) I went hog-wild and partnered Guerlain Terracotta Khôl Kajal with red lips…surprisingly, it works!

Are you crazy for Khôl? Share your thoughts on my new found love!

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Oh how I tire of hearing women complain, “makeup is too much work”. True, the application of makeup requires effort, but we need not turn it into a monumental task.

Start by deciding on your “focus feature”. This is the one area that makes you feel polished. Despite the fact that I’ve gained lots of attention for my bold crimson lips, “lips” are the last thing that I tend to focus on in my makeup routine. Actually, I can take or leave “lips”. ..I’m fairly comfortable with the natural tone and look of my lips so it’s not an area of focus when doing my makeup. Instead, I focus on eyes.

In my opinion, I have slightly hooded lids that have the tendency to bring down the shape of my face. So this is the one area that I pay attention to before leaving the house…and, as you’ll see in the pictures below, it makes a world of difference!

Here’s how I do my eyes in jiffy…a brief picture narration:

Start with what I call a “benign” shade. A neutral tone on the lid that cancels out any darkness and gives your liner something to adhere to. I like the above palette from Guerlain.

Quickly apply to lid.

My go-to liner: Guerlain Terracotta Khol Kajal

Apply top.

Apply bottom.

Coat with mascara.



What’s your “focus feature?…perhaps brows?…perhaps under eye concealer? What’s the minimum that you can do to pull it together for a polished appearance? Makeup is fun…and really need not be a burden :)


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ThisThatBeauty Contributor Jennifer L. sheds her good girl image and takes a walk on the wild side. Read on for Jen’s review of Urban Decay “The Dangerous Palette” …and follow her beauty babble via @plushpinkallure.


Warning! Put up the caution tape. Urban Decay’s “The Dangerous Palette” is just that – dangerous!

It contains the necessary components to evoke one’s inner bad girl. The sleek, black and gold compact includes Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in “Rockstar”, eye shadow primer potion, and six alluring colors that will melt your “girl next door” image. The cult following primer potion helps shadow to glide over lids effortlessly, while filling in creases and fine lines. Most importantly, the primer holds shadow in place, keeping the color strong and vibrant all day long.

A palette of smoky gray, dark as night black, electric teal, velvety green, rich cream, and sultry purple unleash a power house of seduction and mystery. Complete the look with the ultra easy glide-on eye pencil, which not only has lasting ability, but also contains a moisturizing bonus –  Jojoba seed oil. Give your “good girl” persona the night off… and let your alter ego emerge.

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Over the last year or so I have become a little bit obsessed with eye creams. While Iʼm not yet at the stage where I need serious help around the peepers (praises to all that is holy with a wish that the day never comes), every once in a while I have one of those extra long nights that inevitably leads to puffy, tired eyes requiring added TLC. It was after one such run that I started using Le Soin Regard, since then, Iʼve been singing praises.

Le Soin Regard promises immediate and long term benefits against aging, improvement in elasticity, smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles, renewed radiance and reduction in dark circles and puffiness. While Le Soin Regard promised to deliver all that, all I asked was a reduction or prevention of puffiness and addition of radiance — and that was definitely delivered.

When a product does what it promises to do, I have to take a closer look at the ingredients (I do that even when they donʼt work). While all of the ingredients work in unison for maximum product efficacy, here are the ones that stood out to tackle my particular problem; caffeine and green tea extract for the puffiness, Chlorella Vulgaris, a river microalgae to firm eye contour and mica, which illuminates skin and helps to reflect light. Other noteworthy ingredients include Blue Lotus Stem Cells, which restructures, smoothes and tightens and Helychrisum flower water and Tourmaline which improves microcirculation.

Le Soin Regard is made by Absolution, a unisex, organic line from France that was made available at SpaceNK in spring of 2011. Le Soin Regard is over 99% natural, retails for $43. The 10 ml product size will easily last a month with once daily use. Try it and let me know what you think.


This review was written by @ChristeneCarr

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I can’t decide. Is Hourglass Flim Noir Lash Lacquer revolutionary or evolutionary?


Revolutionary: because it represents a development within the lash category that does not currently exist.

Evolutionary: because it’s radically new and showcases a dramatic change outside of what’s presently offered.

The groundbreaking lash product is unlike anything I have ever seen in the beauty space. The inky, glossy, pitch-black top coat for lashes exaggerates the lash line to mimic the look of faux lashes without the hassle of weighty lashes or irritating adhesive.

A product launch this (R)Evolutionary deserves your full attention. Today, July 15, Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer ($28) launches exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com. With that said, I’ll stand aside — *stampede*

Want to to learn more about Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer? Follow the brand on Twitter at @HourglassCsmtcs and #lashacquer



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As you know (from previous posts) I am a ginormous fan of SPEX CLUB, a too-cool-for-school website that offers hipster eye-wear for cheap.  And based on the comments and rave reviews that you guys leave have left on my SPEX CLUB blog posts and vlog post –I feel it’s safe to say that you’re pretty darn sweet on SPEX CLUB as well. Having said that, have I got an opportunity to share with YOU!

In response to the overwhelming positive response from customers, SPEX CLUB figured it is high time they reward you for your viral loyalty with a Refer a Friend initiative. Refer friends to SPEX CLUB, and when two or more friends make a purchase of regular priced items, you will be rewarded with a $58 store voucher. Here’s how it works:

  1. Create a profile, or log in if you already have a profile. Click on the ‘Referred Friends’ tab to the left of the dashboard under ‘My Account.’
  2. Copy and send your special invite URL to your #spexy friends. Post a link on Facebook or Twitter, and maybe at least two of your connections will buy and earn you a free pair of SPEX!
  3. Once your friends click on that special link (under the ‘referred friends’ tab), AND when two of them make their first purchase, your $58 voucher will hit your account.
  4. You will receive an email to notify you when you are eligible for a discount. When you are in fact eligible, the discount will be automatically applied to the shopping cart once you log in to your account.
  5. To view your ongoing stats just re- click on the original ‘referred friends’ link in the sidebar, and your invitees (along with any credits) with appear.

It’s that simple…now go get your friends involved. And let’s all be #SPEXY together 😉

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