The Best Makeup Buys


Paula Begoun, skincare expert and best-selling author of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, just released her Best Makeup Buys list. The following is a partial list of products that not only rated extremely high for performance but also really impressed Paula and The Cosmetics Cop team.  Given how many thousands of makeup products Paula and her team review annually, rest assured that these are among the best of the best. (I know there are a lot of lists like this in print and online, but I always really enjoy Paula’s picks. Great products AND all relatively inexpensive!)

The Best of the Best

Boots No7 Cheek Tint ($9.99)
Generously-sized cream-to-powder blush that can go from sheer to intense
Application is super-easy and all of the colors are gorgeous

M.A.C. Haute & Naughty Lash ($18.00)
Two mascaras in one component, each with impressive, distinctive effects
Wears beautifully yet  is easy to remove

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.00)
Elegantly smooth cream texture imparts rich color
Brilliant range of shades without garish frost or sparkles

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer ($12.49)
Beautiful pressed powder blush and bronzer in one sleek compact
Looks great when used separately or together

Victoria’s Secret VS Makeup Soft Focus Liquid Foundation SPF 20 ($16.00)
Outstanding sun protection from gentle mineral actives
Supremely silky with a satin glow finish to enliven dry skin

Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Voluptuous Mascara Waterproof ($8.49)
A waterproof mascara that does everything right, but nothing too extreme
Quickly enhances lashes, then wears without a worry

Revlon Luxurious Color Satin Eye Shadow ($4.99)
Powder eyeshadow singles that’s shine done right
No matter how much you apply, the shine won’t flake!

Revlon Age Defying Moisturizing Concealer SPF 25 ($8.99)
Creamy, eye-area concealer with broad-spectrum sun (and wrinkle)  protection
Provides great coverage without magnifying the look of lines

Physician’s Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation ($14.95)
A powerhouse of potent sun protection to help prevent wrinkles and discolorations
Enviably smooth texture with a soft, flattering matte finish

N.Y.C (New York Color) Extreme Lip Glider Lip Gloss ($3.00)
One of the least expensive lip glosses with a smooth, non-sticky texture
Enticing range of sheer colors in a convenient squeeze tube for quick application

BONUS: Paula’s Choice Illicit Lash Maximum Impact Mascara ($10.95)
Nimble rubber-bristled brush reaches each and every lash fast
Brilliant way to get longer, defined lashes with a soft curl

Want to know if one of your favorites got a top rating?  Visit FREE through February for a complete list of the best makeup and skin care.


The Maddie James Foundation


I am so happy to announce that The Maddie James Foundation website is up and running!

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, my cousin’s daughter Maddie was diagnosed with an inoperable, malignant brain tumor in January. As you can imagine, watching this happen to a young family member has caused a pain that is indescribable, and I want so desperately to help in any way possible. Please take the time to learn about Collie and Kajsa’s plans for The Maddie James Foundation here. Thank you so much for your support.

Also, thank you SO much to Jesse and Amanda from Comal Productions for helping us build the foundation website. We are forever grateful!


Jennifer Aniston Debuts New Honey Blonde Bob


Contributed by Lauren Le Vine


Photo: Before © Christopher Polk/Getty Images for PCA, After © Fotonoticias/WireImage

Seriously, what is going on in Hollywood? Has every celebrity suddenly decided that they’re bored with their signature look? Yesterday, Justin Bieber shed his signature hairstyle, and this morning, our friends at Lock & Mane sent us word that Jennifer Aniston had shed her long, blonde locks. According to Lock & Mane, “Aniston debuted a choppy long bob at the Madrid premiere of her latest flick, Just Go With It.”

Aniston hasn’t been shy about her hatred of the hairstyle that made her famous—The Rachel—even though millions of American women rushed to the salon to copy her signature Friends ‘do. Even after she grew out The Rachel, Jennifer Aniston didn’t stray much from long, blonde layers (although there was that brief flirtation with bangs in the early 2000’s) in more of an ashen palette.

Her loyalty to one hairstyle is why the debut of this honey-blonde long bob is such a surprise. Lock & Mane notes that it looks similar to the bob she had during the final season of Friends, although that hairstyle was a bit shorter and more rounded to frame her face. The 2011 J-Aniston bob is longer, more yellow and wispier.

Try on Jennifer Aniston’s new hairstyle in the Makeover Studio!

(My two cents? Although the long hair was her signature look, Jennifer needed a CHANGE. Bravo! What do you think, though?)

UPDATE: I think the lighting in the above photo makes her hair look much brassier than it actually is. Here’s a more realistic shot.


Quiet Time


Wito has always been a good napper, and up until a few months ago, he was still snoozing for an hour or two every afternoon. Although I still believe he would be happy to nap on most afternoons, logistically it has become a little tricky. Wito and Wita share a bedroom, and although they sleep well together at night, their nap schedule doesn’t really jive. Compounded with the fact that the only other bedroom in the house happens to be the master which also houses my workspace, the boy doesn’t have a quiet, comfortable space to retire alone.

I still feel that a little downtime is good for him, so lately we’ve introduced Quiet Time from 2-3:30pm in my bed. While I’m putting Wita down for her nap, Wito fills his lanky preschool arms with all the books he can, runs into my bedroom and hops onto the big, fluffy bed, ready to read and daydream. After making sure baby Wita is off to dreamland, I quietly work across the room from Wito at my desk.

There is only one major rule in Quiet Time, and that is No Talking. As most of you know, Wito is a non-stop talker, so I really appreciate how hard he tries to suppress his urge to chat.

However, if I don’t have a pressing deadline looming, I let him cheat a tiny bit. I hop under the covers and we lie face-to-face, talking about everything under the sun.

Turns out my favorite part of Quiet Time isn’t quiet at all.