volumemascaraA tiny-brushed mascara that creates volume?

This groundbreaking formula by Kevyn Aucoin is Award winning for good reason. It separates and defines every lash. It does not smudge, smear, clump or flake (tubing properties). And the teeny tiny brush makes it a breeze to ensure every single lash is invited to the party.

It absolutely adds length. Without a doubt. Does it add volume? Maybe. I use it more on my bottom lashes than the top. However, lately I have been using it for both top and bottom lashes and have come to love the ease of this mascara. It can be layered, but doesn't necessarily have to. Which is a bonus. Warm water takes it off. That's it.

This is the perfect mascara as the temperatures heat up. 

*Available at Jeffre Scott in Charlotte, Turner & Scott in Asheville and Bailey & Scott in Raleigh

narsclearglossWith all the closets I've been purging, I'm in the mood to minimize. Especially, my routine.

There are many things I go in and out of. Jewelry is one of them. I'll go from stacking the heck out of my wrists or layering necklaces to wearing nothing at all. And I haven't worn earrings in almost a year. I have a gorgeous selection, it's just been easy to bypass them.

Makeup is another area where I allow my emotions to dictate the direction. If you opened up one of my makeup bags, you'd be shocked by the amount of lipsticks, glosses and balms I have. Now there's an area for purging!

Being the product junkie that I am, there isn't much I don't have. Except clear lip gloss. How can that be? I've heard great things about NARS glosses, yet I don't have a single one. This may just be my opportunity to try a new brand in plain, old clear.

Spring lips are simple. And this suits my mood of the moment.

bbbrowgelI am always seeking ways to improve my skimpy eyebrows. Keeping them in place is equally as important.

Last year, I thought I found the best brow gel — until I came across Bobbi Brown's Brow Shaper in clear. This product rocks! I love the small size brush. It really makes a difference in defining brows. The cream-gel formula locks brows into place, while the powder dry down allows for a natural look that’s never stiff. Super impressive.

This brow shaper comes in beautiful shades, too, which means I can amp up my look whenever I want. Some days just call for more brows.

I could not live without this amazing brow tool in my arsenal!


chanelnudelipsAmong the many lip color trends this season, I am gravitating toward nudes.

While this may seem like a no-brainer, or an easy everyday look for most, I have a harder time with nudes. I feel more comfortable in highly pigmented color. My favorite being berry. Thankfully, reds and berries will make an impact this fall, as well. And I am stocked, with plenty to choose from.

However, I do want to experiment with this beautiful warm nude by Chanel — Rouge Coco Shine in Intime. Perhaps a little gloss atop?

I stumbled upon Lipstick Queen back in 2009. I was smitten then. And now, obsessed.

There are so many fabulous lip collections to try, creating effortlessly amazing lips day after day. These happen to be my most eager-to-add-to-my-makeup-bag Lipstick Queen products: Let Them Eat Cake (flattering-on-all lavender), Silver Screen in Have Paris (wet look, rich in color), Hello Sailor (perfect berry lip stain), Vesuvius in Blush (luxurious liquid lipstick) and Chinatown in Pink Bluff (original silky smooth chubby stick in sheer nude pink).

If you are looking for the ultimate lip color collection with endless options, get your queen on with Poppy King of Lipstick Queen.