Smooth Lines

No need to head to a cheesy bar to find them. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($16) are my new obsession. This little number glides on with the utter ease, yet boasts waterproof capabilities. The formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that stays put. I love the wide selection of lush tropical hues, deep metallics and unusually vibrant neutrals. I rarely stray from brown, black or plum-toned pencils, but I decided to try out a Glide-On in LUST, (pictured, center) a wild Crayola-8-Pack purple, and I ADORE it. When I apply a fine line on both bottom and top lashes (getting it VERY close to the lashline), my green eyes pop while still looking fully approp for my conservative work environment.

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Found: A Chic Shower Cap

I have to pause mid-weekend to tell you about the fabulosity that is the Henri Bendel Centennial Stripe Shower Cap. In addition to these suggestions, it is a phenom way to extend your blowout.

I’m embarrassed to admit I’d been using a flimsy hotel freebie. Not only did it leave my hair damp around the hairline, it’s bad for the environment because it only lasts through a few showers. In honor of Earth month, I suggest using this eco-friendly cap for home and travel. Bendel created this signature item over 100 years ago for ladies embarking on ocean-liner voyages. Clearly, it is standing the test of time. The elasticized edge securely keeps your strands sahara dry. Best of all? It comes with its own centennial stripe travel pouch. Can you even? (I can’t.) My roommate Carrie made fun of my granny chicness for a hot second… and then ordered her own within hours. Just saying. $30 at Henri Bendel or at henribendel.com.

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Weekend Beauty Reads from The Beauty Blog Network


“Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love…” Flash back to the 80s and see Lilan from The Daily Cookie recreate a look from a popular music video!

Check out Beauty Anonymous’ Current Favorite Lippy – Einstein Lip Therapy Hydrating Lip Cream

A Touch of Blusher puts on more blusher……

The Beauty Bug previews the new products that hit the counters and shelves this month.

Looking for affordable high quality makeup brushes? Check out The Makeup Divas review on these cosmetic brushes.

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Happy Birthday, Blog!

In my haste this morning, I totally forgot that TODAY is BBJ’s birthday! I started this blog 2 years ago today as a break from the world of finance and it’s grown into so much more all because of YOU, my Intenet friends.

In two years, this blog has granted me access to things I NEVER thought possible: meetings with hair gurus Orlando Pita and Ted Gibson, makeup masters like Polly Osmond and the famed Gucci Westman and reporting backstage at Fashion Week, products beyond belief, and luxe beauty treatments. I’m amazed that after countless attempts to obtain a job in the beauty department at a magazine, writing this blog somehow along the way has transformed me into a veritable beauty editor. It’s kind of wild when you wake up one morning and you realize that you’ve become (or are at least very close to becoming) the person you’ve always wanted to be. I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers and people in this industry about which I have always had unbridled enthusiasm and passion but unfortunately, no legitimacy. Now I do.

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Lash Extensions… or Lancome?

After we left the Ted Gibson Salon on Wednesday, Kristen from TotalBeauty, who’d been sitting next to me at the interview, asked me if I’d had LASH extensions. Because my lashes were looking super-long. First of all. I immediately informed Kristen that we needed to hang out every MINUTE. Anyone who suggests I’ve had a beauty procedure when I haven’t even is welcome in my lifestyle. Secondly: I’m not even sure how lash extensions work. I’ve been using Lancome DÉFINICILS ($23) and it is my new fave mascara. I’m deeply into the patented rubber brush (once you go rubber, you can’t go back) that defines, separates, and minimizes clumps. My lashes are long and curl, naturally. They are indeed, my “moneymaker” as Mary Rambin says. But this mascara takes them to a whole other level. I recommend applying on TOP of your lashes and then sweeping it on underneath. I never understand how some women only blink it on underneath. I feel like the only person who sees you’re wearing mascara when you apply it that way – is you.

Photo credit: sephora.com

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Ted Gibson: Unplugged.


Last night, TotalBeauty arranged for some bloggers to have an “unplugged” interview with Ted Gibson at his Fifth Avenue salon. I finally got to meet Tia Williams and Risi-Leanne Baranja and caught up with Erika, Kristen, Marina and Anne as well.

I have to tell you: I adore that Ted. He is so calm and unaffectedly real. He’s a little baby bit shy and punctuates with his shoulders. I learned last night that he’s originally from Texas, has a father who was in the military, and even played football in high school. After high school, he studied fashion before delving into the beauty world. He’s as sweet as his beloved wild orchid extract which makes a cameo in nearly all of his products’ ingredient lists.

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Promtastic Products

Have I mentioned that I adore all things prom-related? I do. It was my DREAM to be the beauty editor of a teen magazine… mostly because I wanted to write the hell out of the beauty section in the magazine’s PROM ISSUE.

My own prom experiences were pretty faboo. I attended my junior prom with my BF at the time, Bob. The whole situation was very high school-girl-in-suburbia. He was VERY pretty (prettier than I… one of the many reasons we broke up and I have since only been able to stomach very virile dudes) and provided me with a gorge multi-colored corsage that matched my cinderella-at-the-ball blue gown to perfectsh. My fabulous gay friend Ted escorted me to my senior prom where I wore a champagne Jessica McClintock to-die gown and he wore a coordinated champagne vest. We talked massive trash on Bob and his new GF whilst dancing and surprisingly, it turned out to be better than the previous prom.

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See Dr. Jana Klauer at the New York or New Jersey Lancôme Boutique Locations

The Lancôme New York boutique (April 5th) and at the Lancôme store in Short Hills mall (April 4th) are hosting events featuring famed Park Avenue celebrity nutritionist Dr. Jana Klauer. This New York Times best-selling author of How The Rich Get Thin will be working one-on-one with clients sharing insider tips on the importance of linking inner health to the everyday beauty regimen. She will also provide the inside scoop on nutritional tips from her yet-to-be-released book, The Park Avenue Nutrionist’s Plan.

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Champagne, Chandeliers and Charmingly Choice Blonde Cheveux at Chris Chase

So after a year and a half of embracing my natural color (dark dirty blonde), I realized that the minute my realness had finally infiltrated each strand and this long winter without a single vaca had rendered it COMPLETELY devoid of lightness, I desperately needed to be blonde again. DESPERATELY. It was fun to switch it up and my hair thanked me for improving its health, and my finances rejoiced from being released from the burden of thrice-a-year partials, but let’s be real. The money I invest in highlights I get back in free drinks. REALLY. It’s not the case for everyone. I have friends who are GORGE as brunettes. Angelina Jolie is a prime example of a gal who loses all allure as a blonde. But I’m not one of these people. There’s a direct relationship between my flirting capabilities, my happiness and the color of my hair. I’d heard about the fantastic Shane at the Chris Chase Salon in Chelsea and made an appointment for the next DAY.

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