July 23, 2014

Review: Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara


Here with another review! I feel like I've tried every mascara under the sun (see here and here) but was intrigued when Sephora offered VIB members the chance to try Josie Maran's new Argan Black Oil mascara ($22). "A mascara that never sleeps: a highly-effective and natural, argan oil treatment mascara that nourishes, lengthens, volumizes, lifts, and curls lashes for 24 hours." Josie Maran is known for their argan oil so I was curious how it would work in mascara form.


The promise: "Treat your lashes to the nourishing lash-softening effect of 100% pure argan oil mixed with blackest-black iron mineral pigments, and infused with the lash strengthening properties of bamboo. Creamy and 91% natural, Argan Black Oil Mascara conditions as it coats, lengthens, volumizes, lifts, and curls, for eyes that sparkle and invite the world in. The unique formula is delivered by an innovative five-ball brush that reaches every lash."
Being a lash model

PROS

- I like the brush. If layered with a separating mascara it adds volume to lashes.
- I liked the formula. It's very slick and slides on nicely on to your lashes.
- It didn't dry up or clump by the end of the day. My lashes were not tortured like many mascaras tend to do.
- My eyes tend to be sensitive, which is why I always use waterproof mascaras, but this one did not irritate my eyes.
- I always appreciate when a company doesn't test on animals.


CONS

- It did smudge towards the end of the day. Otherwise I would have loved it.
- Currently only available in black.

Would I buy it? If they perhaps made a waterproof version or something that didn't smudge.


Would you give this mascara a try?

July 22, 2014

5 Lies the Beauty Industry Needs to Stop Telling Women


After the L'Oreal ruling that said they had deceptive advertising, it brought up the long time nagging thought I have. I have a love/hate with the beauty industry. If you read this blog often enough you'll know I love beauty products! But the beauty industry needs to stop perpetuating these myths for women. They've been using the same marketing tactics for decades and have made billions of dollars. I discussed whether it was wrong to use false lashes in advertising on the blog before. I think many of us have just become immune to seeing so many lies in beauty advertising but that can be harmful. The beauty industry has built a reputation on creating false insecurities in women to sell products. These are the biggest lies the industry has been telling women:

July 21, 2014

MMG: SOA Obsession

If anyone knows me they'll know I'm a die hard Sons of Anarchy fan. The show is off the air but they have been releasing teasers all month long and just released the premiere date for September. I screamed like a One Direction fan girl. To hold me over, I watched my boo's new movie, Theo Rossi (aka Juice on SOA), Meth Head. It's a heavy movie but he was shirtless so hey. Now that I know the premiere date - September 9th! - I have started to re-watch the show so I can watch all 6 seasons before Season 7 starts. I know... I'm crazy. I'm surprised Netflix hasn't emailed me like "you know we have other shows on here right?!" I don't care!

July 18, 2014

Women Are Funny. End of Story.

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In 2014, there are still sadly glass ceilings that women have to break down. The Emmy Awards were announced earlier this week and still there was a large gap in the number of women nominated as compared to men. Despite there being so many awesome women to nominate. A particular upset was Orphan Black who has a kick ass lead female character who plays clones (i.e. many different versions of herself). I had high hopes for comedy as there are probably more visible female led comedies in 2014 then there has been in quite some time. However, they only saw nominations in terms of writing. In the comedy writing category it was still 65 men, 12 women. And the only reason there were 12 women was because two shows Portlandia and Inside Amy Schumer had a well rounded number of women on their writing staff. The Mindy Project was also snubbed. Mindy Kaling writes, directs and stars in this hit show. She definitely deserves some recognition.

July 17, 2014

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

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As movie tickets get pricier and pricier ($14 in Manhattan folks...), many people are turning to Video-on-Demand (VOD). One movie that is showing that this is a profitable option for production companies is Snowpiercer. It is No. 1 on iTunes where it is earning twice as much on VOD than in theaters. Why? VOD costs $6.99 (so more people can purchase essentially) and is cheaper to distribute than in theaters. Snowpiercer has broken a lot of ground so obviously I was intrigued. One of my favorite actresses, Tilda Swinton, was in it so I tuned in.

July 15, 2014

Birchbox x Women's Health Magazine


This month's Birchbox theme is Power Up in partnership with Women's Health magazine. "We've included samples to energize your routine, plus 12 Power Up Challenges that will inspire you to maximize your workouts, sleep and everything in between." According to the Sneak Peek video we were supposed to get a chance to select one of our samples. However, I did not get an email asking me to select. So that was a bummer. But anywhooo... here's what I received:

July 14, 2014

MMG: That Time I Got Blue Hair

Today I'm gossiping about the time I got blue in my hair. It happened Thursday at an event with Garnier Fructis and People Style Watch magazine. I took my beauty blogging friend Laura with me. They invited some New York City bloggers to come check out their style lounge before enjoying a concert at Hudson River Park. In another life I was a girl with blue hair and covered in tattoos. I'm just too much of a wimp to do it. The stylist said that it would wash out after 3 or 4 washes so I was less timid about the commitment. I actually loved it! She braided the small section into my hair for a sleek summer look. Then we went backstage to enjoy some snacks before the band took the stage. Not too shabby for a Thursday afternoon. The rest of my weekend was laid back despite having my new blue hair.

July 10, 2014

Are Dating Apps Killing Romance?


My latest Dating Girl post is over on Midtown Girl! Recently read an article in Psychology Today that is showing the effects all these dating apps are having on romance (i.e. putting in effort). I thought it was just me lol.

July 9, 2014

Almay Celebrates the Beauty and Strength of Women Everywhere


I'm excited to share with you that I am joining a group of bloggers and Almay to help celebrate beauty. I participated in their Mother's Day campaign with Kate Hudson and her mom, Goldie Hawn. This time they've partnered with former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. Love what she had to say about beauty:

July 8, 2014

My July Julep Maven Box


This month's Julep Maven theme was "Make A Splash - July forecast calls for bright colors." I selected Classic With a Twist box. Here's what I received:
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