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Late Night Beauty Bits


So after being sick with a cold/allergy-esque/48-hour thing on Monday and Tuesday, I finally felt normal-ish earlier today! Copious amounts of Celestial Seasonings tea and chicken noodle soup did the trick in the mission to feel better! I'm quite thankful to work with a team that was understanding of me not wanting to come into the office and potentially spread anything around. Anyways, back to beauty business! I met Kara earlier this evening at Starbucks to discuss her wedding makeup - my hairstylist Michele from The Apprentice Salon & Training Clinic referred Kara to me since she is doing Kara's hair for the wedding. Kara and I discussed a variety of products and brands and one of my favorite drugstore brands came into conversation - Maybelline. As fate may have it, I happened to meet the district manager for L'Oreal Paris USA and Maybelline and two of her coworkers! They overheard my conversation regarding my current mascara of choice and came over to introduce themselves. The district manager even took a photo of my makeup and mascara! We swapped cards and she said she's looking forward to reading my blog! I'm slightly kicking myself because I *really* need to re-design and order RVAfashionista.com cards but I had one of my Rusz Marketing ones handy (while my MAC Technologies cards are gorgeous, my Rusz one's are a bit easier to write on).

So what is this magical Maybelline mascara you ask? I was wearing the newest incarnation from the Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies...  FLARED! This Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Flared mascara is designed to give you maximum high-drama lash volume with flared, fanned out lashes. At this very moment, it is not listed on the US Maybelline website but if you want a sneak peak - check out Maybelline's Canadian site here. I found my Flared tube on sale at CVS last week for $5 on a Maybelline new product display which featured the new Eye Studio Color Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow palettes and the Eye Studio Master Drama Cream Pencil (both links are from Maybelline's Canadian site). The display also featured the new Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser (link courtesy of Target, not listed yet on Maybelline's US and CA sites) which is available in concealing shades as well as a yellow-based neutralizer and a pale pinky-peach brightener which seems to be a pretty close dupe to Trish McEvoy's Instant Eye Lift Concealer.

If you haven't found the Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Flared in stores yet, I'm also a fan of Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Black Drama and Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies One By One. If you lust for drag queen worthy lashes, I'd go for the Black Drama but if you're a volume paired with definition kind of gal, I'd go for the One By One.

Mascara by Maybelline at ShopStyle


Mascara by Maybelline at ShopStyle


Maybe it's just me but I feel the formulation is the best so far for the Flared version of the Maybelline Volum' Express mascaras. I wore it for 7+ hours today and noticed nary a flake or smudge! I am still investigating if this is a 1-coat or 2-coat mascara, I noticed a slight bit of clumping on my second coat but the formula is wet enough that I could maneuver my mascara wand and re-comb through to eliminate any errant clumps. As much as I'm a sucker for a new mascara, I may be keeping Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Flared in my arsenal for quite some time!

ps. If they say the first step is admitting you have a problem, well then hi - I'm a mascara junkie. What about you? I need to avoid the CVS Beauty aisle like the plague!

The Anti-Gym Workout: Little Secret Fitness

Confession time... I have a secret.
I *HATE* working out.

What?!? Yes, I said it. To all you gym-obsessed, workout fanatics, I just don't "understand" the workout obsession. When I worked in retail, maintaining my weight was pretty easy since I was on my feet 8+ hours a day while usually in heels. Now since I work in an office or from home, the weight has crept back on. I don't mind some of the extra curvature but it's about damn time I get myself back into better shape!

That being said, I took my first class last night at Little Secret Fitness which specializes in alternative fitness and dance. I participated in the Pole Conditioning - Core & Upper body class which utilizes a, *ahem*, stripper pole for a weight training tool. Yes, real girls get down on the pole in this class. Who knew that you could do sit-ups on a pole?

I'm definitely looking forward to attending my next class at Little Secret Fitness! The Pole Conditioning - Core & Upper Body classes are currently held on Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm and the Pole Conditioning - Core & Lower Body classes are held on Thursdays at 5pm. These classes are a great way to condition your body for the other pole dancing classes available at Little Secret Fitness.

Don't forget to "like" Little Secret Fitness on Facebook and to follow them on Twitter at @LSF3500. They're having a LADIES NITE OUT next Wednesday June 8 from 7pm-9pm and you'll get to try out all the classes for $5. I can't wait to go back and work on my fitness! This is a great option if you're anti-gym like myself.