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How I got over my fear of fake lashes

January 17, 2016

Hey all! My latest article is up about how I got over my fear of false lashes! Read it here: http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2016/01/false-lashes-how-to.html

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Enter to win an Acuvue Oasys contact lens giveaway worth $200! #WhatsYourRub

December 17, 2013

My eyes have been giving me issues. I’ve been a contact lens-wearer for years but you can say as of a year ago, I’ve all but given up on them. I’ve switched brands and types of lenses so many times on different doctors’ suggestions because at some point I would always find my eyes super dry and itchy by the next day. I could rarely wear them two days in a row. I seriously couldn’t wait every day to just get home and pinch them out. Then recently, I felt like it got worse…to the point where I was carrying around an artificial tears dropper with me wherever I went, and would wear my bi-weekly contacts for two days max and only a couple hours each time. I scaled back a LOT with eyeliners and mascaras. Yup, that bad. And just like that, as if the clouds parted and the angels started singing, I get an email from Acuvue asking if I want to try their new super-hydrating Oasys contact lenses. Are they reading my diary? (Yes, sad that that’s as juicy as it gets).

Acuvue Oasys contacts


I made an appointment with Dr. Susan Resnick to try it out. Thankfully, all they found was that my prescription went down a tad. So why were my eyes reacting this way? Sometimes it’s an allergy to the contact lens solution itself (I was told this before and has switched before, but Dr. Resnick recommended RevitaLens disinfecting solution). I’m sure the constant switch between drying winter conditions and coming home to stuffy heat couldn’t have helped my situation. It also turned out the contacts I had just ordered, Air Optix, are no longer offered in their two-week category. That one had also worked fine for me a couple years ago but somehow it wasn’t doing the trick anymore. I was switched to Oasys for two weeks to see how I fare and if that still wasn’t resolving the issue, she said we can switch over to the 1-Days.

Thankfully, there hasn’t been a need. For once, in a very long time, I can wear contacts everyday without having to worry about bloodshot eyes. And I know, some of you may be thinking just because Acuvue emailed me I’m writing this, but honest to God it’s been a lifesaver for me and purely coincidental that I was dealing with this issue without even thinking to switch for the 100th time before I was asked to try these out. I’m very particular about what I giveaway, and if I don’t love it, I won’t bother. And since I love these lenses so much, I’m even more stoked to offer you the chance to try it yourself with some equally comfort-inducing pairings ;).

Acuvue giveaway pack! Win every one of these items!


ONE winner will have a chance to win ALL of these below:

· ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses (with a valid prescription)

· NEUTROGENA® Deep Moisture Day Cream with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20

· KORRES® Body Butter in Vanilla Guava

· LUBRIDERM® Soothing Relief Daily Lotion

· AVEENO® Skin Relief Healing Ointment

· Cable Knit Throw Blanket

· Hot Cocoa

· Café Mug


TO ENTER:
You must Like Acuvue on Facebook to enter. To increase your chances, tweet using hashtag #WhatsYourRub. You can do both below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be picked and contacted on Monday, December 23rd. Good luck!


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StyleCaster’s “Lash Supper” with BareEscentuals!

August 2, 2013

By Nicci Jordan Hubert.

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend what I consider to be a near-perfect event: a mascara launch party, in the Hamptons, with food by a celebrity chef and endless pours of Patron.

Us at the StyleCaster Hamptons house!

The event, which was partnered by makeup empire BareEscentuals and the fabulous StyleCaster media group, celebrated what they called “the Lash Supper,” dubbed as such because it was their final weekend in the Hamptons and their celebration of the launch of BareEscentuals’ new Lash Domination mascara

The Lash Domination formula is an all-in-one mascara which helps with longer lashes and volumizing. It boasts an exclusively designed wand and does *not* have any parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. It is powered by nourishing minerals and quinoa protein complex and adds up to 345 percent more volume to lashes after two coats. I’ve tried the mascara myself, and I am pretty impressed by the strength of the formula.

BareMinerals Lash Domination mascara


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Our delicious treats for the evening were provided by the gorgeous and talented Danielle Saunders, former personal chef for P. Diddy, and current chef for Mary J. Blige.

The photos are provided by photographer Benjamin Lozofsky, and for a more detailed slideshow, click here!

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5 mascaras to legitimately die over

May 7, 2013

(I like to hyperbolize, but you get the idea).

Left to right: Tarte, Mally, Benefit, Lancome, and BareMinerals


I can talk to you about mascaras all day, but a few have been in heavy rotation for me. Some of these are super brand new so if you can’t find them right now, they will be available soon (QVC sells a lot of them exclusively right now in sets). ANYWAY, In case you were curious about lashes that make you go Hmm, here they are:

1. Tarte Light Camera Flashes, $23

Tarte Light Camera Flashes mascara


Look as far as I’m concerned, Tarte can do no wrong. Their Lash Camera Lashes! is a classic fave of mine (lenghtens, darkens, and curls!), but they upped the ante with their new Light Camera Flashes. The wand is actually double sided with different sized bristles — one that builds and a second that separates without the clumps (by 750% they say…woah). A bit of a design snafu though –half of the wand is purple and the other is black to help differentiate the sides, but once it’s in the mascara, it’s coated entirely in black which makes it hard to tell which side is which (and also which side to apply first!). I hope they somehow find a visible labeling mechanism to differentiate the two going forward, but in the time being, telling the difference between the two is at least doable with proper inspection (not fun to try to do in a rush, however). Regardless, I’ve had people stop me mid-sentence to just comment on my lashes when I’ve used this one because it’s that good, so it’s definitely worth the mention. (Available at qvc.com with their inner rim liner for $36)


2. Mally Instant Impact Mascara, $20 for a set of 2

Mally Instant Impact mascara


Mally Roncal is the lashes QUEEN. There is really no disputing that (every single time I see her, she is all smile and lashes!). Her mascaras are legit. My friends and I first started our addiction with her Volumizing Mascara, but I’ve since cheated on it with her newest: Instant Impact Mascara. This one has a sort of bubbly-shaped wand to get the beginnings and ends of your lashes. Love that it has a clean finish that fans them out in a seamless way, notice-me way.


3. Benefit They’re Real!, $23

Benefit They're Real! mascara


Benefit’s mascara, They’re Real, separates, darkens with a thick coat and saves you the trouble of worrying about clumps (there will be none). It’s better for lengthening/darkening than making lashes thicker — instead it gives clean coats of intensity.


4. Lancôme Hypnôse Star, $28

Lancôme Hypnôse Star mascara


The easiest way to tell if a mascara is amazeballs is to wait for someone to ask if your lashes are fake. That’s when I know it’s a keeper, like when I use Lancôme’s Hypnôse Star (true story). While their original Hypnose is a favorite of many, for some reason I didn’t exactly catch on to it. This one though, with its triangular wand, makes it so easy to get to the tiniest lashes, and it builds volume and coats each lash proper.


5. BareMinerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination mascara


BareMinerals wanted a one-for-all with this new long-wearing mascara. It has quinoa protein for long, smudge-free, and flake-free lashes. The wand is pretty unique, with a spiraling design to get a 180 degree curve around each lash. I’d only wish the tip was a tad more narrow to get into the smaller, inner lashes, but other than that it gives an intense black coat to lashes.

Which mascaras are you obsessing over?


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3 new drugstore buys under $10

April 17, 2013

I keep meaning to do a regular weekly column on awesome drugstore buys, but I’m still thinking of a cute name. Any ideas? Until then, here are some of my current faves that I’m pretty sure you’ll love too for all intents and purposes (or at least, many of them):

Q-tips Precision Tips ($3.50)

Q-tips Precision Tips


This might seem like the strange thing to write about, but you know those things that you never knew you needed but now can’t live without? Right here. They’re not the normal rounded Q-tips, these are their pointy Precision Tips. Anyone who does any type of eye makeup – even if you limit it to just mascara or only eye liner – you need these. A regular Q-tip can’t get into tricky areas like the tear duct and creases like this one to clean up any stray mascara or shadow like these. Even smoking out your eyes (you know how you apply eye liner, then ‘smudge out’ with a cotton swab? Yes? No? Shall I do a tutorial on this?), is ten times easier with these babies.

John Frieda Style Revival ($9)

John Frieda Full Repair Style Revival Spray


Love this spray because it protects my hair from blow drying but also gives it body and movement. It’s a styling spray with a flexible polymer technology (means it coats your hair to protect it but won’t leave it stiff and bee-hivey like so). It’s heat-activated and weightless so you won’t feel like you have a ton of product in your hair. What’s more, it uses Inca Ichi Oil that also helps penetrate damaged strands to help mend flyaways.

Dial Skin Therapy Himalayan Pink Salt & Water Lily Replenishing Body Wash ($5)

Note, I don’t even have a picture of the product in front of me to take since I went through it so fast. Whenever one of us at the apartment uses this, it leaves us (and the bathroom) smelling heavenly. Seems like the perfect transition into spring (which by the way, seems to be taking forever in making up its mind here). This new body wash has Himalayan salt, which contains 84 minerals & elements.

Dial Skin Therapy Body Wash (cheating with a screen image of the product)

Since we’re on the topic of Dial anyway, their new 7 Day Moisturizing Lotions ($7) are ridiculous (meant in the most affectionate way possible). It contains shea butter and packed with a non-greasy formula.

Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion -- at least I'm still going through this to take a pic!

I got the product being a tad skeptical — how can you even tell it’s working for seven days (assuming we shower/dry out our skin at least a few times in that time period). But after a couple weeks of use, my normally dry skin is smooth as ever, even in between showers. A huge feat to conquer — where was this last winter?!

Which new drugstore finds have you come across lately?


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Products of the Moment: Long-lasting eyeliners

March 25, 2013

I’m often asked about my favorite long-lasting eyeliners, and since I have a rotating arsenal of them, I figured I can at least list my current faves. These couple have come through for me over and over again recently:


Anastasia Covet Waterproof Eye Liner
in Noir (black) and Azure (dark blue), $19 each
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Anastasia Covet Waterproof Eyeliners


Color swatches of Azure and Noir


These are the newest from Anastasia (the brow guru’s line), not only are they super pigmented, they glide on so beautifully without smudging through the night. And no sharpeners needed. Just twist up as the tip begins to dull. They’re safe enough to use on your waterline as well if you’re going REALLY dark (just the way I like my liner). These come in 5 equally lovely opaque colors (a mossy green, grey matte, and shimmery blue/green), but I tend to believe Noir and Azure are good for any occasion.

Laura Geller Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liners, $16.50 each

Laura Geller Inkwell liners


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If you’re look for SERIOUS, no-budge, intense colors, you MUST try the Inkwell collection from Laura Geller. I feel like gel pot liners in general are the best for non-smearing, long-lasting liners, but Laura Geller’s has also never irritated my eyes (huge plus), and are so easy to use. The colors are brilliantly highly-pigmented with shades you can actually wear: black, dark brown, burgundy, teal, etc.

Burgundy, metallic, teal, black, brown swatches

When I talk serious lasting-power, I mean, after being all day out in the humid, Miami sun, in the pool, back to the apartment and my liner was still standing. That’s when I knew it was love. Plus the brush it comes with makes applying it fool-proof. The color payoff is stunning, not to mention, they glide on like butter.

What are your favorite long-lasting liners? Share!


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