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Monday, December 26, 2005

The Eyes Have It - The Latest Fasion Accessory

The very latest fashion accessory is in your eyes. Actually, it's above your eyes...your lashes. That's right. Lashes are all the rage right now and are making big fashion news all over the place...well, at least in today's Newsday. Apparently, the best kept secret is false, as in eyelashes. However, it's really not a secret at all. Not one star, including Oprah, has such long, lush, curly lashes, without the help of some falsies. Expertly applied, they can be the most eye catching thing about you, but falsely place, it can be an eyesore! American International has a great starter kit for those who dare to try false lashes, starting at $5.49. I did try the starter kit and frankly I suck at putting these things on. I hated the way they looked and felt and I wouldn't wear them out of the house, but that's just me. For those who want lash extensions, you can pay between $50 and $250 to spend hours having someone painstakingly glue artificial lashes, one by one, that will last four to six weeks. A lot of money for a little bang, but if you have sparse lashes and don't want the hassle of putting them on every single time you need to, this is a good alternative. Mascara is the next best thing for lengthening and thickening, but there are so many brands, what do you do to choose. My favorites are Mirenesse and Kisse Me. Although pricey, (anywhere from $18 to $24 depending where you purchase them), the technology is different than other mascaras. They formula is such that a tube is formed around each lash. It applies easily and is removed with just a wet tissue. There is no smearing or running, because the tube just comes off in one, very tiny piece. However, it is understandable that you may not want to spend so much for mascara. My other diehard favorite can be purchased in the drugstore and that's Maybelline. Tried and true, Maybelline is an expert at manufacturing various formulas of mascara. Each one is inexpensive and does what it claims it will do. My only advice would be to purchase an eye make-up remover that will quickly and efficiently remove all your mascara, without pulling your eye too much. Also, another trick to making the best of your lashes is using a curler before you apply your mascara. Be careful though. You could easily pinch yourself with it so practive with it a bit if you've never used one before. The combination of curling and mascara application will do the most with whatever lashes you have. Finally, as far as eye lash curlers go, one manufacturer (Longo) now makes a demi-lash curler. This one only curls the very outer lashes of your eye to give you a less startled look, but leaves you with upturned lashes at the ends for a fresh, young look.

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