Which Mascaras REALLY Work?

Ladies, we take mascara very seriously. Every one of us is more than willing to dish about which tube we stock up on for its lash-perfecting qualities, or what we’re still desperately searching for in a mascara. We want sky-high length, major volume, more curl, no flaking or clumping – is that too much to ask?
Over the years mascara has become one of the most important steps in our makeup routine. Whether you woke up late and need a quick beauty solution or want a glamorous look for a summer party, mascara can instantly brighten your face – making you look more youthful and awake! I scoured the beauty aisles for the best mascaras out there, and this is what I found:

Dior Diorshow Mascara:
If you want luxuriously full, lengthy lashes – this mascara has held the throne since it graced the runway over 10 years ago. The legendary brush was inspired by toothbrushes used backstage to give models the most show-stopping lashes possible. The formula is creamy, non-drying, adds mega length, volume and never flakes. What more could you ask for? (Dior Diorshow Mascara, $25, sephora.com)

L’Oreal Original Voluminous Mascara:
You’ll find a few versions of this voluminous mascara, but the original is the best you can get. It delivers perfectly plush lashes with buildable length and tons of soft volume. The nourishing formula keeps lashes healthy and won’t clump between applications. Also for the price, you can’t beat it! I am never without this mascara!  (L’Oreal Original Voluminous Mascara, $7.25, lorealparisusa.com)

Almay One Coat Lengthening Mascara:
I had never tried this brand before. Shame on me. The moment I opened this mascara and saw the feathery soft texture and rich carbon color, I knew my lashes were in for a treat. Enjoy instant length and volume in one sweep, without clumping! The gentle formula is packed with aloe and vitamin B5, keeping lashes nourished and conditioned. (Almay One Coat Lengthening Mascara, $6.79, ulta.com)

Benefit They’re Real:
This jet-black, long wearing mascara takes lashes from 0 to 60 in one application. Lashes double in length and volume and it has a custom domed tip to lift and curl even the tiniest of lashes. My only concern was how much it clumped up with each application. If you don’t mind combing a few of those out, this mascara could be the one for you! (Benefit They’re Real, $23, benefitcosmetics.com)

d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX:
I applied this mascara and literally freaked myself out – spider legs! My lashes were so long, like “smacking people in the face on the sidewalk” long. You may think this is a good thing, but it caused a lot of smearing on my upper eyelids and clumped with each application. This mascara could really help build length for shorter lashes. However, for others who are looking for some natural added length and volume, this one is rarely believable and gets the wrong kind of attention. (d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX, $22, sephora.com)

Maybelline Great Lash:
This one just doesn’t do it for me anymore – I know, shocking. There are probably some of you out there saying “Huh? I love this mascara!” Yep, I saw those reviews. Honestly guys, I think the hot pink packaging has us swirly-eyed! The formula is a bit watery and takes lashes that have natural volume to skinny and barely there. Sure, there’s length– but length without volume isn’t ideal in the mascara world. This drugstore staple has been around forever, but others have actually surpassed it in greatness at this point. (Maybelline Great Lash, $6.40, maybelline.com)

N&J Product Testing: Top 5 Dry Shampoos For Girls On The Go!


Summer is all about simplicity; easy living, staying cool, out the door, off to the beach and…not washing your hair? Yes! Ladies get yourself a shower cap because the miracle that is dry shampoo is exactly what you need to stay care-free and keep your hair salon-fresh during this season’s heat waves.
Exactly what is dry shampoo – and why is this concept not gross? Hair experts have been telling us forever that washing your locks every day isn’t a good thing. It strips hair of natural oils that keep it shiny and can bring on the dreaded split-end. Not only that, but stylists rave about the body and workability of “day old” hair. My response would be: “But my hair gets greasy!” In comes dry shampoo!
Basically each brand has a similar main ingredient which absorbs excess oils – a waterless way to freshen and restyle your hair when you can’t (or don’t want to) use regular shampoo. What does this mean in real life? The amazing blowout you got on Friday can now last until Monday! It’s also perfect for those mornings you’re running late, traveling, to stick in your gym bag, for busy moms, and even to add mega body to already washed hair! Now the only question is which one should you use? I’ve done the research for you, and these are the best five on the shelves!

I love a product that does double-duty! This delicious aloe & ginger dry shampoo not only wipes out oil but also has a special formula that creates salon-worthy texture and volume! Plus, it's also colorless! (Arrojo ReFINISH Dry Shampoo, $22.00, www.arrojoproduct.com)
This Allure Beauty Award Winner has a unique natural formula that absorbs impurities and oil in the hair without the use of parabens, sulfates, petro-chemicals, phthalates or triclosan. That means a natural, healthier way to clean your hair, without a drop of water! No white residue and hair is left bouncy and renewed instantly. (Rene Furturer Naturia Dry Shampoo, $16.00, www.renefurtererusa.com)
There's so much to love about this dry shampoo! It refreshes hair anywhere with convenient travel-size bottles and a fun variety of delicious scents. My favorite is the Tropical version, a must-try. (Batiste Dry Shampoo, $5.00-$8.00, www.batistehair.com )
I love how gentle this dry shampoo is for sensitive scalps. It's made with protecting oat milk, corn, and rice starches that delicately remove oil and odors for beautiful refreshed hair. (Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo, $18.00, www.kloraneusa.com)
If you think more expensive means better quality, let me change your mind! This dry shampoo has a light tropical scent, cleanses hair with mineral clay, and is a major value. It also gives lift and texture without any residue. (Suave Dry Shampoo Spray, $3.00-$5.00, www.suave.com)

N&J Beauty Favorites: MISSHA Perfect Cover BB Cream

I'm going to be honest with you guys because I love you and my honesty totally helps with my trying to convince you to get this product - because you need it. Ok, the truth is: I don't like BB Creams ("Blemish Balms"). I DIDN'T like BB Creams. I could never find my shade, there was zero coverage. Sure they had SPF and moisture but I already have Neutrogena SPF & Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee moisturizer in my routine, and Urban Decay's Naked Foundation is my JAM. So who needed BB Cream? But then Kiehl's asked me to model in an upcoming campaign for--guess what!-- their new BB Cream! Honestly it's awesome: buildable coverage, SPF, Vitamin C, and 4 shades to choose from. I got so many compliments on my skin that night, it looked natural and so beautiful. It changed my mind. HOWEVER, my hands raised to the sky and I had a heart explosion when I found MISSHA Perfect Cover BB Cream. I had ordered a few (hundred) of my favorite hydrating face masks from their website and the BB Cream was a free gift. A FREE GIFT. That free gift became my new go-to in my makeup bag. It gives perfect, even, natural-looking coverage with the soothing, moisturising properties of a cream. It also has SPF 42 w/ PA +++ (which means the MAX protection against the worst UVA sun rays).  It's suitable for all skin types including acne-prone skin. But the glow. It gives this insane gorgeous glow to your skin, like you just left the spa and as a courtesy they took 5 years off your skin and then you drank 17 coconut waters. I'll help you sign the budget-friendly receipt, go get it!