I am a total make up junkie; you wouldn't believe how much pleasure I derive from buying a new lipstick or curling mascara. Whenever I am in a bad mood, the makeup counter is my first stop for a pick me up. Looking good=feeling good, right? My problem is that because of work, my husband has moved us from our NYC apartment, to the country (he's an artist and was feeling stifled by city life). I feel so out of touch with my favorite pastime - finding the hottest new cosmetic products out on the market. Can you fill me in on what's in store and tell me where I can get it online? Mad for Makeup
Dear Mad for Makeup
You are going to flip when I tell you about this one! Coming from 1 makeup junkie to another this is really something else. Shelley Barrett, a lovely lady from Australia whom I met in Henri Bendel the other day was offering makeovers to walk-ins. When I saw what she did with eyelashes, I had to be next on line. Shelley used to be an agent for model's who would oftentimes help out with quick fixes during fashion shows. Her line of makeup has everything from AIRBRUSH Tanners, to getting that shiny look on your body that the models have before they take off down the runway, to lip wax, which fills in your lips before you apply your lipstick/gloss. But what really struck me were the eyelashes she was working on. I asked her, "Did you glue on false eyelashes?" "No," she said. "Well, then how many coats of mascara did you put on - her eyelashes look amazing." "None, yet" was her response. I was anxious in waiting and this is when she told me about her Lash Wand Heated Eyelash Curler. OMG, I had to have it! It's a battery-operated apparatus, the same size as a tube of mascara, which heats up within 2-3 minutes. By placing the wand at the very root of your lashes and then holding it there for 10-15 seconds as you work your way to the tips, your lashes come out looking like falsies; soft, long and brilliantly curled. Since the wand never gets super hot, there is no risk of damaging your lashes. The best part is that it sells for $25.00 - the average price of most designer mascaras, plus, the little battery in the back is replaceable. It's available at select Sephora stores, Sephora.com Henri Bendel (712 5th Ave - sorry guys, their site is down) and at the MODELco website. Models back Shelley's line 100%, and there's a gaggle of A list celebrities and socialites who have given her press too. Elle Macpherson and Kylie Minogue are 2 fans just to name a few.