Thursday, December 11, 2008

RIP Bettie Page

Bettie Page was one of the most iconic women in history, as she was one of the first models to take a risk. She was unique as she was curvy and had an appeal that was different from most women during the 50's era. Lets not forget about her trademark jet black hair that was fringed in the front, fair skin and pale blue eyes. 

If you can think of the word "pin-up" Bettie Page defines every aspect and sense of the word. In fact, I would say she probably epitomized pin-up persuasion where she brought back the original burlesque in a modernized fusion. Her look made an immense impact on society, as she was timeless with a lot of spirit to match.

In fact, if you look at photos of her back in the 1950's, you would think most of them were taken this year. She was ahead of her time and definitely left a legacy behind, especially to those who enjoyed the glamorization of all things pin-up.

Today, Bettie Page died. She was 85. Although she lived in a very sad life (in and out of mental institutions, etc.) she did more good than she did harm. She will be forever remembered as the world's most popular pin-up model.

RIP Bettie Page.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lancome Courbe Virtuose mascara

One day, as I was sitting in my room, turning the pages of Vogue magazine, I came across an ad for Lancome Courbe Virtuose mascara. Although, I was skeptical about their entire marketing concept in general, I was utterly determined to test this mascara, to actually see if it lived up to it's promise. I have been searching for a great quality mascara for a long time and it was about time, I actually found one.

I decided to make a trip to Belk and head straight to the Lancome makeup counter. In browsing the variety of Lancome products, I started to browse the mascaras. Although, I originally was looking for the Courbe Virtuose, I had noticed quite a few others. I asked the beauty specialist what she recommended and she informed me about Courbe Virtuose. That is when it hit me and I had mentioned to her, that I had seen Lancome's ad in Vogue magazine and although, I was highly impressed, I just wasn't convinced that this mascara lived up to it's promise. I am a quite a fan of Lancome cosmetics, as I have tried an array of products. Some of the products worked amazingly and better than others, whereas; some worked mediocre and just didn't work.

As she asked if I wanted a sample, in a rather selfish, yet determined mood, I said "no thanks" and as she asked if I still wanted the mascara, I simply blurted out "I'll take it". When she handed me the silver box, I just wanted to take out the mascara and apply it right away. In fact, I did. "Divine Lasting Curves Mascara" is the motto, promoting a sales pitch that lives heavily up to it's name. This mascara truly is a force to be reckoned with, as it provides an array of benefits that range from Curl-Guard and Keep-Curl. What I loved most was the fact I only needed a few coats of this exquisite mascara and my lashes looked incredible. What I truly loved about Courbe Virtuose is the fact that it didn't smudge or rub off, making it that much more impressive.


The mascara was a tried and true treat to my lashes, as it is right now. I am not sure if I should mention that I am wearing it, as I write this review, but nevertheless, I am always honest with you. I truly recommend this product to anyone looking to achieve a slightly curvier, yet curlier lash with a hint of length and volume. Although, you can apply as much as needed, this amazingly fluent mascara was obviously created for those that love glamor, but appreciate it for it's simplicity, rather than the hype of overcoating the lashes.

Now, if you are a makeup fanatic that loves to coat the lashes multiple times in hopes of achieving a false eyelash look, forget it. It just won't work. I do not recommend this product to those looking for an extreme or dramatic effect. Applying too much of Courbe Virtuose mascara can actually give you the reverse effect it is suppose to or you are expecting, so please use wisely. As visibly satisfying as this product is, it should not be abused. The last thing you want is to look like a tarantula !@#$ your face. Excuse my language.

Courbe Virtuose mascara by Lancome is sold at Sephora, Macy's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Belk for about $24. You can also purchase this amazing fluent mascara at a Lancome boutique or straight from their
official website . This mascara comes in brown and in black. Would I purchase Courbe Virtuose mascara by Lancome again? Yes. Would I use it again? I am wearing it now.