I read last week that texture on nails was one of the big buzz words backstage at the shows a few weeks ago. It reminded me of something I achieve totally by accident the last time I wore artificial nails and was taking them off. So I decided to do it again to see what happens.
GRAMMYs were last week and wow, what a long week it was. Here’s a video of me
in the backstage lounge showing off what the celebs on the show are going home
with. It’s not about beauty but it’s part of my day job.
Two products that got me through the show were these:
REVLON Fantasy Length False Eyelashes in #91128 Lush ($5.49 @ drugstores nationwide) – instead of one long band, these have a few clusters per section so they are super easy to put on and get close placement to the lash line. And were these a lifesaver. Because I had to be down at the show at 9:30am each day, I didn’t have time to fiddle around.
NEIL GEORGE Refresh
Dry Shampoo ($18/3.7oz
– because the hair is always such concern, it just had to look good every day
but again, time was an issue and this one saved the day, each day! This one
contains a triple botanical complex to absorb excess oil and really helped my
blowout last longer than it would have.
And be sure to check back on Monday for a GRAMMY-related contest!!
Disclosure: The following items were provided to Cybelesays.com for review purposes.
I’ll admit it, most of the false eyelashes we’ve covered in the past have been a little over the top, however, there are some great everyday ones out there. Ones I wore over the weekend were 'Fantasy Lengths' Maximum Wear Glue on Eyelashes from REVLON in Chic. They really looked real so maybe they should call them Natural Lengths? As you know the lashes come in an array of styles and lengths and the other one I recommend for daytime look is Flirty.
They also have lashes that are self-adhesive aka require no glue, but I find the glue ones are easier to handle, but that’s the beauty of beauty, what works for one might not work for another but it’s nice to have options. $5.49 @ drugstores nationwide.
I can’t even begin to express the elation with this latest discovery. I’ve complained quite a bit the last few months that my nails don’t grow. They peel and are just generally blah, when it comes to cool and lady-like. I envy Scrangie and All Lacquered Up. They can apply, remove, apply and remove yet again and still have nice looking nails in the end. What is my discovery that has me simply giddy? Artificial nails as in the press on kind! And have they come a long way from the Lee Press On Nails from many moons ago. And with the economic climate, who can afford a weekly manicure at the salon. And the styles are a lot more realistic with most making short and sporty lengths to medium lengths. And the glue they use really adheres them on nicely so pop-offs are pretty rare. I’ve done quite a bit of research on the topic and here is what I can tell you.
- Most packs contain anywhere from 24 to 48 nails so there are a lot of sizes to choose from. You WILL find your sizes.
- Prices run between $4.99 to $7.99 a pack.
- Like makeup, quite a few brands seem to do seasonal collections.
- You can wear them from seven days to ten days.
- Tip shapes range from roundish to squoval and you can get short or sporty length to a medium. Gone are the dragon claws!
- Best variety of nails seems to be found at Rite Aid stores.
- There was no glue that stuck out as better than another.
The major brands that make full coverage nails that I could find are Pretty Woman USA, Nail Bliss and the ones I tried below. Here are some details and observations on each.
I’m getting better at it, really. It has taken a long time and I only think I get just a little bit better with each try. What am I talking about? Apply false eyelashes, of course! And these REVLON Fantasylengths Maximum Wear Eyelashes are worth trying in order to get the finished look. Now more than ever, long lush lashes are in and you just can’t achieve it with mascara alone. Choose from Flirty or Intensifying styles, and the Defining style has adhesive strips that you apply to the lash strip. I have not figured out those ones yet, so for now, just gimme the ones that use glue. And for $6.59, you just can’t go wrong practicing! Get ‘em @ cvs.com.
And for the glue? I’ve read a few places that like the small application wand that comes with eye shadows that the experts say to throw out? These little glues that come with the lashes are the same kind of quality. So toss ‘em and get SHU UEMURA’s Eyelash Adhesive ($9 @ shuuemura.com). The masses swear by it.
This REVLON Makeup Eraser Pen ($7.99 @ drugstore.com) was a recent pleasant drugstore purchase surprise. One the end of this pen is an eraser-like hard sponge that cleans up any makeup mistakes. Draw too long a line with your liquid liner? Mascara slip onto your lid? Just erase it with this pen. It uses a greaseless formula and the eraser is totally dry. Smudges, smears, waterproof mascara marks, anything. And it will take it away with precision. No more messy liquids and gels to fix your face. Love this pen!