Dishing on Downton – Season 3 Finale


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Well, I certainly didn’t think I would be busting out the mourning shroud again so soon. I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS NONSENSE.

Can you believe this happened? CAN YOU? Gahhhhhhhhhhhhh.


Some Hair and Beauty Fodder…


demure smoky eye

1. I’m always trying to figure out how to create a smoky eye that is more subtle/demure, less vampire/whorehouse. Love the above look, and all the products used are listed in this Glamour article. (And speaking of vampires, that actress is dating Peter Facinelli, aka Carlisle Cullen, who used to be married to Kelly from 90210, but they divorced. You know, um, just in case you were wondering…)

2. I did an easy, natural makeup tutorial at Beauty and the Beat this week with Jane Cosmetics. Bonus – my friends at Jane are giving away $100 in cosmetics to a commenter. (Not a random assortment, either. Like, you get to pick $100 worth of cosmetics from them.) I’m not really sure what deters people from entering/commenting over at Babble, but there are only 7 entries right now, so you’ve got a damn good chance of winning! You can enter here…their spring line is impressive!

3. Also, I posted the 16 top beauty sellers at Sephora – I’m such a sucker for lists like these. (I have 7 out of the 16…including you know what. What’s your tally?)

4. Apparently, two of the big hair trends this year are cool tones and pastels. I tried them out on my hair for this post. (Never fear…it was Photoshop, not the real thing. Which is a good thing because yuuuuuck.)

5. I spent way too much time trying to make my hair look like a diva one morning. I was hoping for Chaka Khan, but ended up a hot mess. It was still pretty voluminous, though! What are your favorite products for volume? Mousse? Hairspray? An electrical socket?

photo credit: Glamour


The Best Mascara Ever


best mascara ever

Ladies, I’ve been meaning to write this post for months. After years and years of trials and tribulations, I have found the holy grail in mascara. (And you all know I’ve tried them all, right? Drugstore, high end, what have you…have. tried. them. all.)

Are you ready?

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara.

Hands down, this is the best mascara I’ve ever used, and here’s why.

1. It does a good job of adding length to the lashes.

2. It does a bang up job of adding volume to the lashes.

3. It does not clump at all. (I DESPISE CLUMPY LASHES. Please explain to me why some people think thick, clumpy lashes are a good thing? Blech.)

4. It doesn’t feather or flake off underneath your eyes as the day goes on.

5. It doesn’t bother my contacts.

6. You don’t need a separate lash primer to get the full effect.

And, drumroll, please…

7. People ask me if I’m wearing lash extensions all the time. BOO YAH.

Yes, it’s $23 dollars, but it is worth every penny. You ladies need to heed my advice and buy some right now. (Have I led you astray yet? Listen to mama.)

For those of you balking at the price, I will tell you this. There is a drugstore version that is almost as good as the Benefit mascara. Not AS good, but pretty dang good for the price. CoverGirl LashBlast Volume. Give that one a go first, if need be. Good luck and good lashes.


Dishing on Downton – Episode 6, Part 1


Here are our thoughts on Episode 6 of Downton. (At least the first half. Second half coming soon.)

Summary: these people are just a bunch of Judgy McJudgersons, I’m sick of hearing about the estate’s problems, and OMG THE KISS.

Only one episode left, peeps. WHAT WILL BECOME OF OUR FRIENDS AND FOES?