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Mascara woes.

So I hate how you buy a new mascara and it's the best thing ever for a couple weeks and suddenly it's not working like it's supposed to?' Ideally I want something that won't smudge but isn't waterproof (waterproof formulas and my lashes tend not to agree), thickens a lot but doesn't clump up, lengths a bit, and keeps the curl once I curl my lashes.

I was using WetnWild's Mega Length Double Action Mascara and while I love the primer end, the mascara itself isn't liking me anymore and will either deposit barely any mascara on my lashes or else clumping in random spots. I've tried Bon Bon's mascara which I found for a whopping 88cents at my local Wal-Mart but it tends to smudge on my lower lashes and then I've got raccoon-eyes going on which isn't pretty.

While I remember Lucky magazine giving Cover Girl's LashExact Mascara a great review a while back, I'm not impresssed. Too much definition, not enough volume or color. It's good for doing the lower lashes but that's about it. I have yet to try Max Factor's Lash Perfection Mascara which seems to have a similar styled brush.

I do like Clinique's High Impact Mascara quite a bit but I do find it tends to clump up on the tips of my lashes a bit but then using a lash comb tends to ruin the total effect. Go figure that the most expensive one works the best but I think it sometimes weighs my lashes down and the curl won't stay (however, I was using a sample size one that I got in the free gift during Clinique Bonus Time when I stocked up on my beloved City Block SPF25).

My mom is currently using Almay's One Coat Triple Effect Mascara and seems to be liking it so far. I might have to pick up a tube of that because it's supposed to thicken, lengthen, and curl as well as not smudge.

What's your favorite mascara and why?

Denim Dish/Potomac Mills Recap

Obviously I'm quite overdue for an update.... I've spent the majority of my days off doing homework (which is the goal for Thursday as well).

I've been on a denim spree the past few weeks and bought three new pairs but my total purchase costs were under $75 with tax!

I bought a pair of skinny/straight-leg jeans by Hydraulic on sale for under $20 at Nordstrom and I was surprised the inseam ran shorter than usual. Any jeans that I can buy without having to shorten and alter the hem sounds like a good deal to me- because you have two choices when you're 5'1":
(a) buy everything in the petite department
(b) cut it off and HEM IT!!!

While perusing through Potomac Mills last week, my friend and I checked out this store called Urban Planet. The clothing selection there definitely has a more urban/hip-hop feel but they had nice selection of extremely affordable trend-styled jeans (dark rinses, grey washes, skinny legs, straight legs, pocket details, etc.). My inner style diva guided me towards the clearance rack and I found a pair of skinny/drainpipe leg jeans for $10 in a black-blue wash with some distressing in spots and they were the perfect length as well!

The new Levi's store recently opened at Short Pump Town Center and I decided to check that out this past Monday. I tried on a bunch of their jeans and finally decided on the Levi's 504 Slouch Straight in the "Black Bird" color (dark rinse blue-black). The best part is my new Levi's are a size 1!!! The slouch fit seems to have a bit more room which allows you to go a size down if you want them more fitted. I also find straight leg jeans to be more classic and versatile (they look fab with heels or cute when cuffed with flats).

So there's the "denim dish" but let me finish my re-cap of Potomac Mills. I ended up with three cotton Couleur de Rose tunic tees (white, black, and a punchy green), a pewter screen print tee with a rock-and-roll-ish crown print by Eyeshadow, a black hoodie by Caslon, and black kitten-heel leather pumps by Preview (a brand exclusive to the Nordstrom Rack) all from the Rack. I stopped by the the Cosmetics Company Store/Outlet and bought this sparkly neutral eyeshadow by MAC called Tempting and a Pinkphonic Glitterliner as well! The Glitterliners are a discontinued item but a little goes a long way and they're great for adding a bit of sparkle when having a night out with the girls! Plus I got the awesome $10 jeans as mentioned above in the "denim dish"!

So I think I now need to give my wallet a break...

Oh, and if you haven't picked up the new MAC VivaGlam6 Lipglass - you MUST! It's a perfect pinky-plum color and all the proceeds go to the MAC Aids Fund. So a great color and a good cause - sounds like another winner for me!

Potomac Mills

I'm obviously too excited to sleep...

I'm headed to Potomac Mills in the morning! I haven't been in years but I've passed by it a gazillion times to visit family in NoVA. I'm most excited for the Nordstrom Rack but we'll probably check out Saks Off Fifth and anything else that suits our fancy. I know there's the Estee Lauder brand outlet there as well so I'll try to check that out (i.e. MAC goodness).

Umm, thank goodness I really don't have access to a credit card or I'd otherwise be in major debt. It's going to be tough to "restrain" myself from shopping hardcore but pay day also means "pay the bills day." So everything will be debit to keep me out of trouble. However, if you'd like to donate to my fashion cause - let me know and I'll give you my PayPal e-mail address so you can send me some money. *chuckles*

I'm the broke fashionista!

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Can't wait to see the Abaete line at Payless!

Yes, I love shoes.