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Monday, February 20, 2012

Ricky and Nicki?

Say What?! Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin are teaming together to launch new limited edition lip products under the Viva Glam line from MAC. This Viva Glam campaign raises awareness to men, women and children that live with HIV/AIDS in Latin America. Past celebrity faces for the Viva Glam campaigns have included Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige.

Nicki’s lipstick is a bright yellow-pink satin that retails for $14.50 and Ricky’s lip conditioner in clear retails for $15.00.



I am a huge fan of Nicki Minaj, but what I didn’t know is that HIV/AIDS has impacted her life. She had lost her uncle having an AIDS-related disease. Along with the lost of her uncle, she feels it is a huge message to spread to young women. Like Nicki, I completely agree with her. As a young woman, life is too precious to not protect yourself.

As for Ricky Martin, he will be the first Latino man chosen to be a spokesperson for the campaign. This has got to be a monumental moment for both celebrities.

Since 1994, MAC’s Aids funds have raised more than $235 million dollars in selling their lip products. 100 percent of the proceeds from buying a lippy go directly to supporting activities that gives awareness to HIV/AIDS. I don’t know about you, but buying a lipstick knowing that all of my money will go to an amazing cause sounds pretty darn good to me!

As MAC says on their website, “be bold, be beautiful, be safe.”

 How excited are you about the promotion? Will you be buying any of the new lippies? 

Love and desserts, 
Ashley

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lets Talk Mascara: My Combo

Who doesn’t love a good bottle of mascara? I know I am one of those girls who has plenty tubes of mascara because she buys into the hype of a new mascara, pushes the old mascara to the back of the makeup drawer, and then doesn’t have the heart to throw them out when they become old. I have been trying to get better at this by attempting to finish a bottle before buying a new one.

When I ran out of the Falsies, I was excited to be able to try a new one. I was debating between the L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and Maybelline Illegal Lengths. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stop myself from buying both, but I have found the perfect combination that makes my lashes look pretty nice. I will start out by saying my lashes are pretty decent on their own. They have a natural curl and are a pretty good length.

To talk about each mascara separately, I love the L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black on its own. When I first used this mascara I was a little hesitant because I felt it didn’t give me as much length or volume as I was expecting, but once I started building it up, my lashes became extremely dark, long and thick. It was pure love!
Maybelline’s Illegal Lengths on the other hand let me down. I was disappointed at first, and I stayed disappointed. This mascara contains fibers that stick to your lashes and are supposed to make them 4mm longer, but I feel as though this mascara doesn’t do that. I don’t see much length added to my lashes when I wear this alone. I know this product was once out in the market a while back and was recently repromoted as a fiber extension mascara, but I feel that this mascara does not serve its purpose.

To make sure this mascara doesn’t go to waste like some of my mascaras have in the past, I have been using it in conjunction with my Carbon Black. I apply Illegal Lengths first, let that set in first, and apply Carbon Black afterwards. This, my friends, works wonders. These to mascaras together allow my lashes to be dark, long and luscious. I love the look of big dramatic fake lashes, and this is the next best thing that is acceptable for everyday wear! If you would like to see any pictures, let me know! 

What’s your favorite mascara combo?

Love and desserts,
Ashley