N&J's "Cheap Thrills!"

I got the BEST drugstore loot today at Duane Reade (and 2 out of 3 are Allure 'Best of Beauty' award winners!)

1.) NEW Wet 'N Wild 'Megalast' Lipstick in "Stoplight Red"...AMAZING. The perfect matte red for $2.99 that I would trade all my fancy brands in for!

2.) Wet N' Wild 'Coloricon' Eyeliner stick in "Green 662B" and "Kohl" - I put the green on my lower last line, obsessed! 99 cents each.

3.) Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash in 'Pink Grapefruit' - voted best facewash by Allure magazine readers & smells great for summer! $8.49

I promise you'll love them all!

Love, R

N & J's "An Interview from Paris" - French Actress Nadia Van De Ven shares her beauty secrets!

When it comes to beauty, there's no doubt that our girlfriends in Paris know how to do it right! That's why I interviewed my lovely friend, Nadia Van De Ven, about her favorite beauty products and tips! Here's what she had to say:

N&J: Many of my favorite fragrances come from France: Lavender, Chanel #5, Diptyque. Where is the best place to shop for fragrances you can only find in Paris - and what are your favorite fragrances?

NADIA: That's a hard question for me because I'm very faithful to my one and only perfum : Sensual by Kenzoki. And I buy it from the main Kenzo store in Paris, the one right near the Seine. There is however another frangrance that drives me crazy ! It's called the Artist. I found it in a tiny store on the Champs Elysees some years ago. It's very similar to white musk but richer in its structure, very sensual ! Which reminds me... I have to back and buy some more.

N&J: I remember the first time I shopped in the Sephora on the famous Champs-Elysees. What are your favorite Sephora cosmetics and beauty products you can't be without?

NADIA: The eye lash curb thing (how do you call that in english?) - the eyelash curler!, the nailpolish series, especially the "plum" one. Another product that I love is the "radiant loose powder"..very handy, you can bring it with you everywhere and anytime give a little beauty fix to your face.

N&J: My friends and I love amazing drugstore beauty finds. What brands of cosmetics are found in French drugstores? What are your favorite Parisian drugstore picks?

NADIA: Mmmhh... there are 2 products I can't live without: The "pore minimizer" from Clinique and "Touche Eclat" by Yves Saint Laurent. Obviously, these are wordly known...now.

N&J: Our handbags are the keepers of many beauty secrets! Would you tell us what beauty must-have's you keep in yours?

NADIA: Like mentioned before , the "radiant loose powder" from Sephora, the "pore minimizer" from Clinique, "Touche Eclat" by Yves Saint Laurent, and very simple but great lip balm/gloss in cherry colour by Labello. And of course a tiny mirror. Every purse is munitioned with these products.

N&J: What are the Parisian makeup trends right now and what are you favorite to wear?

NADIA: The parisian women are usually very natural looking. What I like is the "you look great" make up. Basically it looks like you're not wearing anything but just came back from holiday. It's tricky to do but worth the time. Or if I'm going out, I put on a nice red lipstick. That always works!

N&J: A fun nail polish is one of Naomi & Jean's go-to accessories! What colors are your favorite and what brand do you love?

NADIA: Plum !!! I love plum ! Or the a soft white/cream for the 'daytime'.

N&J: What accessories would you add to a chic all black Parisian outfit to make it pop?

NADIA: Red lipstick and/or a big colourful necklace.

Thank you to Nadia for sharing a part of her 'beautiful' life with us! N&J loves you!

Clinique 'Pores No More' - http://www.clinique.com/cms/product/franchise/skincare_pores_mpp.tmpl
'Sensual' by Kenzoki - http://www.kenzousa.com/fragrance
Sephora Nail Polish - http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtml?brandId=OPI%20for%20SEPHORA
Yves Saint Laurent 'Touche Eclat' - http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P218431&categoryId=B70
Tarte 24.7 Natural Lip Sheer SPF 15 (red lips!) - http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P38469&categoryId=B70
Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler - http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P0414&categoryId=B60