Beauty On A Dime

Beauty On A Dime

by Megan McIntire

Gettin’ Girly

Moxie Scanty Panty Liners

Last week as I was on my way to a late night movie showing when I received a call from my 11-year-old sister. She was excited and nervous on the phone as she told me her big news: she had just gotten her period. She wasn’t sure what she should know and, as her big sister, she wanted to ask me everything.

Once I had stopped tearing up and answered all of her questions, I had a moment of panic for her. Growing up is hard enough, but it’s always worse on those girls that start to develop first. At 11, most of her other schoolmates are more concerned with what’s on Nickelodeon tonight than what kind of sanitary pads they should be using.

Girls can be cruel, especially to those early bloomers. It only takes one of them to see you with that telltale flat wrapped pouch in your hand before the teasing starts. I remember a few young classmates being reduced to tears by a mean girl’s mocking or an obnoxious boy’s taunting. I definitely don’t want my little sister to go through that kind of torment.

It doesn’t help that the personal products category isn’t exactly what you’d call attractive. I know it’s supposed to be more about performance than looks for this particular aisle in the drugstore, but can’t they look nice AND work well?

Moxie Slenders Panty Liners

Thankfully, a new brand on the market is looking to change that. Moxie, a recent Australian import that’s exclusively available at Duane Reade this month, features uber-girly packaging that’s designed to make you feel a little more glamorous around that time of the month. What I love most about the pantyliners and pads is that not only do they feature pretty pink wraps and cute little bows, but they also come in these ultra-discreet striped metal tins. No more hiding your personal products up your sleeve or in your pocket when you dash to the loo.

They’re great for us big girls who want something a little more sophisticated than an old makeup bag to stash our stuff in or for the little girls who don’t want a pack of pre-pubescent boys to know what they’re carrying in their bags. Girly and discreet, it’s just what my little sis (and I!) need.

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Free Bare Escentuals Makeovers At Sephora!

Bare Escentuals Matte Foundation SPF 15

If there are two things in life I can’t live without, it’s Sephora and Bare Escentuals.

Sephora is my mecca — I’ve been known to spend hours wandering the aisles, sniffing and sampling to my heart’s content.

Bare Escentuals is a recent passion of mine, a byproduct of a grandmother with an unwavering devotion to QVC and BE CEO Leslie Blodgett. After years of hearing her rave about the much lauded brand I finally caved and tried their Mineral Veil last year and I’m now hooked (thanks Grams). I’ve used it almost every day this summer as my go-to foundation, mostly because I like how lightweight it feels on my skin in this godforsaken heat.

So when I heard the news that the two were teaming up for an extra special event, I was definitely intrigued.

This month marks the launch of Bare Escentuals’ new matte (!) version of their bestselling Foundation and Sephora is giving you the firsthand scoop on the launch. Drop by any Sephora location this Saturday, August 15 to celebrate the new foundation and get a free color consultation and makeup application from a Bare Escentuals Brand Specialist. You’ll get to try the new foundation firsthand and you’ll also get a sneak peek at the latest additions to the Buxom color line. Be sure to call your local store to get specific times for the event.

Are you excited for the new foundation? What’s your favorite Bare Escentuals product?

Enhance Your Eyes

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Shadow

When it comes to makeup, I’m all about the eyes. Sure I like a good lipgloss and I’m currently obsessed with cream blushes, but when it comes down to it, the products taking up the most space in my beauty cabinet are shadows and liners.

I love eye products because they are a great way to make your eyes pop, but I wasn’t really sure how to use them to my best advantage. Recently I had the chance to get some one-on-one lessons from CoverGirl Celebrity Makeup Artist Molly Stern on how to really make my eyes the center of attention.

“The more sparkling your eyes are, the more people connect with you,” says Stern. To maximize your gaze, she uses CoverGirl’s new Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eye Shadow. Each palette contains four shadow hues that are said to help enhance your natural eye color. “They take the guesswork out of doing your makeup because each shade is technologically geared to enhance your eye color,” says Stern.

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eyeliner

To get the ultimate bright eye effect, Stern recommends choosing the palette formatted for your eye color — green, hazel, blue or brown — and applying color 1 on your lids from your lashline to your browbone. Then take color 2 and apply it right on the lid, followed by color 3 into the contour for shading and definition. Use ta sponge tip applicator to create a fat, smudgy line at the top of the lashes using color 4. Finish up by using a little bit of liner on your lower lashline, right where your lower eyelid and lash meet and then lightly smudging it to create a pretty, smoldering look.

Stern advises using mascara only on your top lashes and leaving the bottom lashes bare. “I feel it [mascara on the lower lashes] drags the eye down and the point here is to bring your eyes up. It’s also the first place that smudges, especially in the summer months,” she says.

What do you think, will you try this trick at home to make your eyes look bigger?

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