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I may change up my look every day, but there are 5 products that are the cornerstone to my makeup routine. I use some form of each of these daily, and without them I feel incomplete. To be honest, I would rather go without makeup entirely than skip one of these  five products.


 smashbox cc creamYes I choose foundation over concealer. I can often build up my foundation by stippling it on areas that need more coverage, or sheer it out with a light application. Either way – I need my base! I regularly circulate my old stand-bys with new ones I’m testing, and each season it may look a bit different depending on the weather. But I can assure you, my face is fully covered from ear to ear and forehead to jaw – I love a full face. Right now, I am circulating my Smashbox CC Cream, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau and By Terry Cover Expert.

Cheek Color

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer LightMediumI initially wrote blush for this next one, but truthfully any cheek color will do. Bronzer, blush, cream or powder, my cheeks need a natural flush. When I worked behind the counter many moons ago, I found that this is the one product most of my clients wanted to skip. Not me! A radiant cheek can brighten up a face quicker than a lip or eye color. For the summer I love my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Matte Bronzer in Light/Medium, Dolce & Gabbana’s blush in Rosebud or Shiseido’s Face Color Enhancing Trio in Peach.


Armani Eyes to Kill MascaraDuh, of course I need mascara. How the heck am I supposed to look awake if my lashes are not defined? I prefer thick, voluminous, jet-black formulas because they can really accentuate my eyes without needing eye liner or shadow. I try tons of different mascaras but  holy grails are Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Volume Mascara and the Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara.

Brow Pencil

Anastasia Brow WizI will always choose brows over eye shadow because they frame my entire face and give it dimension. And even with a soft, natural look, I still need a slight definition or else my eyes look lost on my face. There is truly only two pencils I trust to get the job done – the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette and the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown.



I may throw a lip gloss on if I have nothing else, but majority of the time I reach for lipstick. Bold, bright, neutral or natural, I live for a lip color to complete my look. Often I wear my reds and vibrant pinks with a minimal face because I feel it allows the lip to take center stage. For the summer, I like to alternate between a spicy red orange such as Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven and a “my lip color but better” shade like Aerin Rose Balm Lipstick in Pretty.

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This season, there’s no shortage of fashion, style and makeup trends in which to indulge…and there is certainly  something for everyone. From half shaven heads, to ombre hair, to talon like nails, women (and men) are expressing themselves in an ever increasing number of ways. Maybelline New York, the maker of Great Lash (America’s best selling mascara) gives you yet another way to stay on trend and  show your style with Maybelline Great Lash Limited Edition Colors.


Maybelline Great Lash Colored Mascara

The Collection:

  • Green with Envy
  • I See Blue (Felicia/ Ms ThisThatBeauty’s top pick)
  • So Very Berry
  • Teal Appeal
  • Vision in Violet (My top pick)
  • Wink of Pink

Maybelline takes inspiration for this collection from the Runways of New York Fashion Week and makes this bold, yet easy to wear trend accessible to all. And your level of long term commitment is pretty low….if you try a colored mascara shade and it’s not for, simply wipe it off and start over. This is not the case with a bad hair cut.

Look for Maybelline Great Lash Limited Edition Colors at your local Target, Walmart or Drugstore. These colored mascaras will only be available in August, so, get them while they’re hot hot hot!

Suggested retail price is $6.40.

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Have you ever been green with envy? Ok, don’t answer that because I bet you’re not proud of that fact.  However, getting several shades emerald green, with Pantone’s color of the year, is a thing of beauty that you can happily flaunt.


Urban Decay – Siren Liner: Create runway worthy eyes with with this long wear liner that is packaged in a pen-like component. 

Clinique – Mighty Moss Shadow: Clinique delivers a sheer, yet build-able, wash of lightweight, creamy color. Chubby Stick Shadows are available in 12 shades from nude, to pinks, to violet and blues. Add depth and create your unique look by mixing and matching.  $16 

NARS – Mad Mad World ShadowThis shadow combination is the perfect way to add a burst of color to your makeup look. You can apply it sheer or build it up for a more dramatic look. Both eye shadows can be used wet to create a ‘cake’ eyeliner. $34

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash 4: This mascara curls, volumizes,  lengthens and delivers intense green pigments.  You will be the envy of all your friends.  $23


Sephora+ Pantone Universe Nail Lacquer: a highly pigment nail polish that delivers a brilliant shade of emerald green. This polished along with the entire Sephora + Pantone Universe collection launches in March.  $10

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in  ElopeA  long-wearing and chip-resistant formula that delivers a high gloss finish. $14


Sultra Hair Extension in Ocean Teal

Not quite emerald green but these easy to wear clip in hair extension are ideal to add a little funk to your look.  They are made with two grams of premium Indian Remy hair and blends with almost any style. The hair can be curled or straightened to achieve  your desired look. Sephora.com $18



Modify Watches

There is never a dull moment with Modify watches.  Dozen of faces and straps allow you to mix and match to create your own unique time piece.  Shown here is an all green combination but you can do whatever strikes your fancy.  As shown $40

A.J. Morgan  Sunglasses

A.J. Morgan ‘Front Row’ Sunglasses: Aviators suit almost all face shapes and there is just a certain level of ‘coolness’ that goes along with donning a pair.  These A.J. Morgan ‘Front Row’ Sunglasses are budget friendly and are accented with just enough green to put them right on trend. Nordstrom.com

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Avon SuperExtend Extreme Mascara

A mascara that naturally lengthens is worth keeping around! Key word: Natural. AVON SuperExtend Extreme Mascara lengthens without being too heavy on the lashes or too overdone looking.

AVON SuperExtend Extreme Mascara
Wearing one coat of AVON SuperExtend Extreme Mascara

Some of my makeup clients do not want to look like they are wearing false lashes, especially for a basic beauty makeup application. AVON SuperExtend Extreme is perfect for this type of wear. The lightweight formula is infused with magnetic lengthening fibers that do not smudge or clump. The mascara dries quickly and keeps natural lashes soft and flexible. For those somewhat low-key days (brunch with the parents, Sunday church service, weekend errands) when you want that “I’m so perfectly perfect that I’m wearing makeup and you can’t even tell” look — AVON SuperExtend Extreme is worth a try.  www.avon.com, $9.50.

PRO MAKEUP ARTIST TIP: For a super natural look, try AVON SuperExtend Extreme in Brown Black — even if you have darker hair. It will give you length but look less obvious than traditional Black.

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Get ready for Spring beauty with Shiseido and celebrity makeup artist Renato Almeida!

Explore Shiseido’s new Spring 2012 skincare and makeup launches, including seven new shades of Shimmering Rouge (like Mango, a vivid golden orange, and Venus, a deep reddish violet), with complimentary color consultations and makeup applications, by appointment only. As a special token of appreciation, guests will also be treated to a gift with a Shiseido purchase of $200 or more.

Saturday, March 24, 10:30AM – 6:00PM

Shiseido Beauty Counter, Mitsuwa Marketplace, 595 River Road, Edgewater, NJ

Consultations by appointment, please call 201-313-1400 to schedule.

Wednesday, March 28, 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Shiseido Beauty Counter, Bloomingdales, 1000 Third Avenue, New York, NY (at 59th Street) Consultations by appointment, please call 212-705-2890 or 212-705-2877 to schedule.



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Writer @plushpinkallure tries out a new mascara…


Hard Candy’s Big Curls Don’t Cry Mascara could be just what you need for these unpredictable winter months.  A little snow one day, rain the next — just enough to ruin a girl’s flawlessly done lashes on her way to work (and let’s admit, that totally brings me down).   

The waterproof formula keeps lashes looking fresh throughout the day without smudging or fading.  The fabulously full brush adds volume and a little curl to each lash while maintaining a soft texture.  After applying two coats I notice that my lashes still feel soft, not hard and rigid.  I would not say it gives dramatic “look at me lashes” but it is ideal for those with already long lashes that are looking to add some volume and curl.

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For the last few weeks for my day job, Bergdorfs, I’ve been testing out a mascara that claims to extend lash length in a little as two weeks. A lofty claim? Yes! Not one to back down from a lofty beauty claim, particularly one that promises enviable fringe, I put Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara to the test. Want to know how it went? C’mon, you know the drill…follow my beauty babble over at the Bergdorf Goodman blog, 5th/ 58th. xo

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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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Heads up ladies! Nordstrom has once again partnered with MAC to offer an exclusive beauty buy. I love Nordstrom+MAC exclusives (especially the holiday sets!). Starting today, April 12 MAC Opulash Mascara is available via Nordstrom.

Here are the deets:

“New Opulash is the boldest, baddest gal in the joint. Cast a spell over the room with a sweep of MAC’s technologically advanced magic wand – a feat of beauty engineering that grabs the lash at the root to lift and holds on to exaggerate the lashes. The tapered tip makes inner corners sleeker to reach so never again worry about spider-web lash syndrome. Pump up your look with an extreme volumizing formula that curls and separates for thick, dark, dramatics lashes”.

Nordstrom+MAC beauty exclusives are legendary! Trust me, this is one exclusive beauty buy you won’t want to miss. MAC Opulash Mascara ($14) is available exclusively in Nordstrom stores (and Nordstrom.com) on April 22nd… However, if you’re dying to get in on the ground floor (and I know you are), you may pre-order today! Yes, TODAY!

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to meet Makeup Artist and Beauty Expert Cynde Watson at an intimate beauty mixer sponsored by Honey magazine. As Cynde delightfully dished her top makeup/skincare tips, I felt an immediate kinship to her beauty philosophy and found myself nodding in agreement throughout her beauty-talk and live demonstration. Cynde’s beauty advice is refreshingly practical and provides sensible steps to help today’s multitasking woman take her makeup game from “blah” to “Ooh La La” in a matter of minutes!

Cynde’s makeup line, Color by Cynde Watson, features long lasting double duty products for the face, lips, and eyes. The frugalista friendly line (priced $15.00-$29.95) was created with the modern busy gal-about-town in mind. As a makeup artist, beauty writer, and makeup connoisseur, I absolutely live for makeup…but tend to favor products that do double duty and quickly take me from my unsightly morning face to the MsThisThatBeauty that you all know and love!

Cynde’s line is perfect for busy bellas who need to get gorg on the go! For beautiful lashes in a hurry, try Color by Cynde Watson Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara. The dual-ended, richly pigmented, black mascara features an end for volume and an end for length. The end for volume has an easy to use petite brush that coats lashes from root to tip, providing a deep lush black base coat. The lengthening end, OK….the lengthening end will scare the crap out of you when you first see it. But skimpy lashes beware….the lengthening end features an innovative mini comb with 3 layers of tiny fanned-out teeth. The tiny mini comb will rock your world! Prepare to be amazed at how the little teeth work to create beautifully fringed lashes. Go wild with the mini comb on your outer upper and lower lashes. The mini comb also works well for the inner lashes. The mascara formula is extremely buildable and lengthens as it separates without clumping. I recently wore Color by Cynde Watson Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara to an event…everyone thought I was wearing falsies. SOLD! And an added bonus – the formula washes off into those little rubber tubes that gently slide off your lashes…so no smears or traces of mascara. DOUBLE SOLD!

Color by Cynde Watson Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara is retail priced at $20 and is available at shop.cyndewatson.com.

Want more Cynde?

Read Cynde’s Blog – http://www.cyndewatsonbeauty.blogspot.com/

Follow Cynde on Twitter- http://twitter.com/cyndewatson

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    “What’s ThisThatBeauty’s current obsession for sexy lashes”, you ask?


    Ohhhh honey, I am huge fan of lash primer. Its a great way to create extra long lush lashes. Lash primer helps to prepare and condition lashes before mascara application. It creates a base and maximizes the result of the mascara. Lash primer is also awesome because even when paired with a mediocre mascara, you can achieve spectacular results.

    The lash primer that’s currently piquing my interest is Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster. This vibrating and amplifying primer is meant to boost the performance of any mascara. Oscillation Powerbooster is brand new and available through Nordstrom.com and Lancome-USA.com

    Below please see my lash boosting results!  I paired Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster with a cheapy drugstore mascara…but wow, the results are anything but “cheapy drugstore”.

    What do you think? Leave a comment:)

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      You weren’t born with long lashes. No worries!

      Smashbox’s new Lash DNA Mascara is packed with proteins and amino acids that bind to lashes to create “genetic defying” length while conditioning and repairing lash damage. Lash DNA has a unique double helix brush that grabs each lash to create a beautiful fanned out effect.

      Faithful ThisThatBeauty readers know that I tend to favor thin mascara wands, but I must say, Lash DNA’s helix shaped wand does what it claims. The brush separates and fans out lashes beautifully. The formula is extremely smooth, lightweight, and non-clumping. Want to see my results with Lash DNA? 



      Nice, huh? Do you notice the fanned out effect? Sooo pretty, right?
      Leave a comment. Share your thoughts!

      Additional product info:

      What it is:
      A lengthening and curling mascara.

      What it does:
      Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara contains a proprietary complex of proteins and amino acids that bind to lashes—creating mega-length and curl while conditioning and rebuilding former lash damage. The double-helix brush lengthens and separates every lash, no matter how small, for the ultimate fanned-out effect.

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        Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper is so serious that it comes with a warning label!

        CAUTION: Causes Extreme Lash Plumping

        Oh really? Hmmm…THIS, I’ve got to try!

        So ThisThatBeauty babes, you be the judge. Here are my before and after pics. Am I looking particularly “plump” or “extreme” in the lash department? Is the CAUTION label really necessary? I mean, really? No, seriously…really?

        In my opinion, my lashes look coated at best.
        But what do you guys think? Leave a comment :)



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