Make Up Trick: What to do with all those business cards laying around!

Here is an eye makeup trick that I picked up over the years.

Use business cards to keep your mascara from getting on your skin when applying by holding a business card against your skin.

This works above and below your eye for both your top and bottom lashes. The cards are just the perfect size.



Josie Maran Products I’m Loving Right Now!

Josie Maran Argan High Gloss Lip Quench

With ingredients like:  Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides,  Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (coconut derivative), Octyldodecanol (long chain fatty alcohol), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate (fatty Acid), Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil (buriti), Silica, Aroma (Flavor)

This is one great gloss!  Goes on smooth, slightly thick (in a good way), clear, and is unbelievably moisturizing!

Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain

If using on your lips make sure to exfoliate them first!




Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Pitch Black

Soft Clump free lashes!

Josie Bare Naked Wipes

I am not a proponent of facial wipes for everyday use, but in a pinch they are useful!  Wipe off makeup and dirt nature’s way, with a blend of natural and healthy ingredients including aloe vera, cucumber, and vitamin E. Free of fragrance, parabens, and petrochemicals.

Josie Maran Argan Blend Concealer

Two great shades for blending, wish they offered more colors though!



DIY Macara – Don’t Do It Yourself! Mascara Safety!

Excerpt from Beauty Brains

Do not use home made mascara!

DIY Danger

Many sites out there recommends making your own mascara, such as by mixing aloe vera gel with powdered charcoal. Supposedly the benefit of this approach is that you avoid preservatives and “excess chemicals.” Unfortunately, DIY Mascara is dangerous!  Many of those chemicals are needed as learned in  cosmetic science to prevent bacterial growth, microbes, and fungi!

Aloe Vera gel is not preservative free

First, if your goal is to create s safer product by avoiding preservatives, then you’ve failed from the start because aloe vera gel HAS preservatives in it.  Depending on the manufacturer, aloe vera gel can be preserved by a combination of sodium benzoate, sodium sulphate, potassium sorbate, and ascorbic acid. But wait it gets worse: not only are you using preservatives but you’re using the WRONG ones.  I couldn’t find any mascaras that use these as preservatives. You should use preservatives which have been tested and shown to safe for use around the eye such as Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and Phenoxyethanol. You’re creating a formula that may grow dangerous bacteria or microbes, such as staphylococcus or fungi!

Colorants for eyes need to be tested

Second, the activated charcoal you’re using is not approved as a colorant for use around the eye. The FDA requires that each batch of colorants used around the eye are certified that they comply with safety regulations. A jar of activated charcoal won’t have that safety assurance. Who knows what kind of contaminants it may contain?

The Beauty Brains bottom line

In conclusion let me ask which you think is safer: Purchasing a professionally formulated product with ingredients that have been shown to be safe for use around the eye and that have been tested to ensure it won’t support growth of bacteria that could potentially lead to dangerous eye infection, OR mixing two ingredients, one of which is not properly preserved and the other which is not designed to be used close to your eyes? (Whew, pardon the run on sentence!)

I’m sorry but you couldn’t pay me enough to risk an eye infection by “protecting” myself from excess chemicals.

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More Mascara Tips by CT Esthetic:

  • Don’t expose mascara tubes to heat of 85°F (29°C) or higher it encourages bacteria growth, especially leaving it in the car
  • Don’t apply mascara in a moving vehicle
  • Replace your mascara at least every 3 months to prevent bacteria growth
  • Don’t ever share your mascara with someone else this can spread bacteria, conjunctivitis, and fungus
  • If you wear contacts avoid mascaras with microfiber (lash extending mascara) the fibers can get under the lens and scratch your cornea
  • Don’t thin out thick, dry, or old mascara with any liquids it isn’t sanitary and can lead to bacterial or fungal growth
  • If you get an eye infection throw out any eye make up that you recently used so that you don’t reinfect yourself and avoid eye make up all together until your infection has cleared up
  • Put on soft contact lenses before applying makeup
  • Put on rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses after makeup is applied
  • Waterproof mascara may stain soft contact lenses
  • Remove lenses before removing makeup

Live in a hot climate?  Try Cool-It Caddy or Ice Pops – stylish chilled cosmetic cases that keep your make up from melting and helps prevent bacteria growth!

Cool-It Caddy and Ice Pops – chilled cosmetic cases for hot climates

Vegan, Mineral, and or Organic Mascaras to try:

Zuii Certified Organics Flora Mascara – Not tested on animals, No petrochemicals, No parabens, No talc, No GM ingredients

Physicians Formula – Organic Wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara

La Bella Donna Linea Minerale Mineral Mascara

Gabriel Color Mascara (can buy at Whole Foods as well)

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara

Aveda Mosscara

Beauty Without Cruelty Waterproof Mascara

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara

Zuzu Luxe Mascara

Manic Panic Raven Mascara

Suncoat Mascara – sugar based

Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara

100 Percent Pure (brand) FRUIT PIGMENTED MASCARA

Dr. Hauschka Mascara

Lavera Volume Mascara

Living Nature Thickening Mascara

Best Mascaras For Lush Lashes – Which Mascara to Pick – A Guide

If mascara were one-size-fits-all, there wouldn’t be so many to choose from. But with limitless types of wands and formulas out there, how do you find the best mascara for you? We put together this handy guide to help you get your lushest, longest lashes ever.

The Ultimate Guide to Mascara

For length without clumps…try a synthetic brush.
Stiff plastic bristles separate each individual lash while combing away product buildup. The result? Long, perfectly defined lashes without the black blobs.
Our picks: CoverGirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher ($6.99,; Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara ($24,

If you want to coat every lash…try a big bristled brush.
The larger and denser the bristles, the more lashes these wands coat — even tiny corner hairs. These mascaras add major volume while making eyelashes look lush and soft.
Our picks: DiorShow Mascara ($25,; Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Mascara ($6.99,

For serious bulk…prep with a lash primer.
Want more volume than any mere mascara can create? Layer up with a lash primer, which gives mascara a plumped up surface to grip. These formulas also contain conditioning ingredients to nourish and protect your lashes.
Our picks: MAC Prep + Prime Lash ($16,; Smashbox Layer Lash Primer ($17,

For a false lash look…try fiber formulas.
These mascaras contain tiny fibers that adhere to lashes to bulk up volume and lengthen at the tips — the fibers are actually designed to extend from the ends of lashes for a longer look. It’s the closest you can get to falsies without tangling with glue.
Our picks: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lash Mascara ($7.94,; Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes ($26,

To play up corner lashes…try a spiky, domed brush.
Eyelashes that extend at the outer corners make your eyes look bigger and create a subtle almond shape. Brushes with a spiky ball-shaped tip are designed to make grab these lashes easy to maneuver.
Our picks: Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($30,; Benefit They’re Real Beyond Mascara ($23,

For curled lashes…try a curvy wand.
This shape adds lift in the center of your lash line to create a rounded, doe-eyed effect. Position the brush with the curve facing upwards (so it looks like a frowny face, not a smiley face) and let lashes rest on the wand for a few seconds to set the curl.
Our picks: Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara ($19,; Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara ($6.29,

If your eyes are sensitive…try an all-natural formula.
Mascaras made from naturally occurring materials have come a long way in recent years. If you prefer an ingredients list you can pronounce, choose one of these.
Our picks: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! ($19,; Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara ($9.99,

If you tend to tear up…try waterproof mascara.
Waterproof formulas last through wet weather, sweat and tears — you can even swim while wearing them. Bonus: Waterproof mascaras have a stiffer texture, which can also help your lashes hold a curl.
Our picks: Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lengthening Mascara ($7.99,; Clinique Lash Power Mascara ($16,

Hot Eyelash Look Right Off The Runway! Spider Lashes!

Via The Beauty Department

post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

You see spider lashes on the runways every season and probably think to yourself “that’s so fashion-y but not something I’d want to do every day”. Agreed! But (you totally saw this one coming)… if the outfit is right, the time is night and the mood is sassy, why not let your lashes have a little downtown chic moment once in a blue moon? It’s fun and different; and let’s not forget makeup is a form of expression! Here’s how:



  1. Apply a generous coat of mascara on your top + bottom lashes.
  2. Dip your eyeshadow brush into loose powder and carefully powder your lashes. You can close your eyes if you’re worried about it getting inside but I usually give the brush a tap against the counter to get rid of any extra powder.
  3. Paint over each lash with the lacquer. If you don’t have one, you can use a second coat of mascara but will give up a little of the dramatic payoff that a lacquer will give. Try this technique if you’re using mascara for this step.
  4. To really exaggerate it, use tweezers to squeeze a few lashes together into star points.

Fun Beauty Fact: Mascara!

Mascara has been used as far back as 4000 B.C. by ancient Egyptians and many other ancient cultures for instance the Babylonians, Greeks and Romans. The main component in ancient recipes for mascara is kohl which is still used today, especially in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa in products such as eyeliner.


What to do with all those business cards laying around!

Here is an eye makeup trick that I picked up over the years. 

Use business cards to keep your mascara from getting on your skin when applying by holding a business card against your skin.

  This works above and below your eye for both your top and bottom lashes.  The cards are just the perfect size.


Neat little eyeliner/mascara trick!

This sounds crazy, but it’s true.  Try it out for yourself!  If you have problems applying eyeliner or mascara , just open your mouth.  For some reason just the act of opening your mouth even slightly steadies your hand.  Still having trouble?  Brace your elbow on a table or counter as you apply.

Leave in the comments your makeup tricks!


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