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Happy Monday, Star Brows Readers! I’m Jenn (a.k.a The Style Geek), a friend of Linda’s who occasionally helps her with some business and marketing ventures, or, as Linda puts it, I “help her and her business be cooler.” (Though how I ever got to be considered “cool” is beyond me!) 

In case you didn’t know, Linda is off enjoying a European vacation (raise your hand if you’re jealous), and she asked me to make a blog post or two for her while she’s gone.  I readily agreed, as 1.) I can’t really say enough great things about Linda and the work she does at Star Brows and 2.) she recently introduced me to my new favorite makeup product–Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara and I just have to tell you all about it. But first, a little background…

When I was 13, my mom threw me and a few of my friends a Mary Kay party and I very vividly remember the Mary Kay consultant telling me that I had beautiful, long eyelashes and should do whatever I could to play those up.  Since then, I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect mascara.  My journey has taken me through several different mascaras, including:

  • Maybelline’s Voluminous Mascara – Ok option if you don’t have a lot of money to spend; but it flakes off very easily, leaving black dust all over your face by the end of the day.  You get what you pay for, I guess.
  • Almay’s One Coat Nourishing Mascara- So average, it pains me.
  • Benefit Cosmetic’s Bad Girl Lash in Blue- Fun alternative when you’re feeling funky, but not practical for every day.
  • Diorshow Mascara by Christian Dior- Average, pricey and the tube dried up really quickly.  The company should probably just stick to clothing.

Needless to say, when Linda told me about Youngblood’s mascara, I was skeptical at best.  However, after one week of use, I can honestly say that it is BY FAR the best mascara I have ever used.  It not only lengthens my lashes to new heights, but it darkens them in such a way that I (almost) don’t need to wear eyeliner.

Personally, I judge a mascara by its wand and the bristles on Youngblood’s mascara wand are close together, meaning they will separate the eyelashes one-by-one, not into clumps. Additionally, when I apply the mascara to my eyelashes, I can feel the wand gripping my lashes to lengthen them.

BUT, don’t take my word for how awesome Youngblood mascara is. The proof, my friend, is in the pictures.  Check out this before and after of my eyes WITHOUT Youngblood mascara and then WITH Youngblood mascara–and then run, do not walk, to Star Brows and buy some for yourself!

Before Youngblood mascara                                                                              After Youngblood mascara

What’s in it?

Water (Aqua) , Acrylates Copolymer, Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Sucrose Polystearate, PVP, Arginine, Behenyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Squalane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Nylon-6, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium-10, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hexylene Glycol, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). .34 oz. $24

My #1 Pick – Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara by Youngblood

Youngblood’s volumizing formula in the color Blackout, is my absolute favorite. And of course, I carry it at Star Brows!

It combines conditioning benefits for perfectly extended, defined lashes. The exclusively designed brush allows for smooth, even application while it lifts and separates each lash from root to tip.

It keeps lashes strong and flexible with amino acids, vitamins and botanicals. It’s long-wearing, non-flaking and smudge-proof.

Here are some good ones if  your shopping in the drug or department stores.

Under $10

  • Best Tinted – Curl up and Dye Lash Curling Mascara by Hard Candy
  • Best Natural Look – Exact Eyelights Mascara by Covergirl
  • Most Volumizing (& Waterproff)  – New York Lash Stiletto by Maybelline
  • Best Lengthener – Extreme Length Mascara by Boots No.7
  • Most Like False Lashes – Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara by L’Oreal Paris

Over $10

  • Best Tinted – Bad Gal Brown by Benefit
  • Best Natural Look – Makeup Perfect Mascara by Shiseido
  • Most Volumizing – Hypnose Drama Mascara by Lancome
  • Best Lengthener – Long Lash Mascara by Laura Mercier
  • Most Like False Lashes – Extase Mascara by DiorShow

And, don’t forget LashExtend by SeneGence! It is the newest,  most affordable  and safest product on the market to grow lashes, no prescription required! You can expect to grow lashes by 25% in two weeks and there are no harmful side affects.

See you at the spa!

There’s nothing like getting glammed up for a night on the town.  Look at how stunning the gals and guys at the Golden Globes looked.  Who wouldn’t want to don a designer gown and have someone do their hair and makeup (and then have it practically ruined by the rain—or should I say, blessing) ?  But in the real world, it’s not always that easy to get ready for an evening out. The good news is, recent surveys show that guys find women who wear less makeup more attractive. In fact, the natural look has made a comeback lately (ala Jennifer, Charlize, Gwyneth & Sienna) much to the pleasure of guys everywhere.

Here are the top four makeup turn-offs, for men (courtesy of stylecaster.com) and the products that are guaranteed to turn him on:

1. Lipstick on teeth

Who hasn’t been out on a date only to step in front of a mirror and find that your teeth look every bit as ruby red as your lips?

My pick for a fail proof pucker: LipSense by Senegence. Won’t kiss off or rub off—all night long!

2. Thick foundation with a tide mark around the jaw-line

You know that girl? The one who looks like she’s wearing an orange mask on her face? Whether that girl is you, your best friend or your worst enemy, mineral makeup is a must. It’s sheer, provides great coverage and looks natural. Goodbye, Tide Line!

My pick: Youngblood Mineral Makeup

P.S. High quality pigments, (that won’t turn “orangey”) and a professional color match is all – important.

3. Clumpy mascara

Women with clumpy mascara either look like they’re wearing bad “falsies” or a spider got stuck to one or both of their eyelids. To fix this nasty problem, I recommend using a primer to separate and thicken the lashes. When you add mascara, use a very thin coat of color and lashes will look naturally fabulous.

My pick for luxurious lashes: LashSense by Senegence. This is a two-for-one product with primer on one end and mascara on the other.

And here’s a tip: You don’t need a prescription to get major eye fringe. You just need some Lash Extend by Senegence, Bonus: You can use it to thicken brows too!

4. Penciled-in eyebrows

Don’t think for a minute that those Hollywood beauties don’t work with pencils and powders to achieve great brows. The key here is to look natural, using layered color. Natural eyebrow hair is not just one color. And remember: the shape of the brow is the most important!

My brow color pick: HiBrow by Trucco.  This also doubles as a three color shadow.

So ladies, now that you know that truth about men and makeup, start catching a little extra beauty sleep, take scrupulous care of your skin, use sunscreen, and enhance your natural beauty!

See you at the Spa!

Linda Ruberto LMT,LE

www.starbrows.com

805.722.8222

“For beautiful eyebrows, skincare, waxing, and massage.”

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