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Beauty & Beyond: The Pump Up the Volume Edition


Recently I had one of those rare nights to go out dancing (I leave husband at home because no one wants to watch that dancefloor frightfest'?¦sorry honey). A new club had opened downtown, so we went to check it out. I was greeted by booming beats and a fun dance area full of black lights. Beside the fact that they turned my orange dress to a not-so-pretty drab green, I thought it was so much fun. Yes, I was channeling my inner college-aged rave party-goer. We all have one in us.

When I was done being fascinated by my chameleon dress, the fact that my teeth have never looked whiter, and how my entrance stamp only showed up in the club and not in the bathroom, my mind was spinning. Yes, I'??m like a small child and fascinated by silly things.

So I asked myself (and now I'??m asking you), why does beauty have to be always serious? Of course during a business meeting or anniversary dinner you wouldn'??t want a big ole makeup mess, but how about a night out with the girls? During a Halloween party? A NYE shindig where sparkles fit in better than navy eyeliner?

I wish I had had Make Up For Ever'??s Fluo Night Black Light Pigment. It has extra-fine fluorescent pigments, so it remains invisible to the naked eye during the day but then when you hit a UV black light'?¦bam! immediately glows. Fluo Night can be worn alone on the face and body or you can mix it into your glosses or lip sticks, set it on top of your eyeshadow. You can make your makeup chic or campy. You can even write hidden messages across your forehead...although I'm not sure why you would do this. Maybe the next GNO.

Make Up For Ever'??s Fluo Night Black Light Pigment is available for $31 at Sephora stores.


I'??ve been using hair powders for years. Ever since Bumble & Bumble's caught my eye (which I still use on lazy days), I'??ve been shaking on the hair helper. These products absorb oil, so you can wash less frequently. Perfect for those days where tending to your hair is the last on your list of things to do.

So you have got2b kidding that somehow I'??ve been living without this little gem'??Powder'??ful Volumizing Styling Powder from European hair powerhouse got2b. It took a little while to for this product to get over here from across the pond, but stateside locks are now loving this shake-on, poof-up powder.

Just shake a bit of the white crystals onto your palm, rub the powder to oblivion (it disappears, but it'??s still there'?¦trust me) and then rub into your dry '??do. The weightless micro-particles texturize for a radical root lift in 10 seconds. It doesn'??t absorb oil like my coveted powders do, but this is perfect for adding a little volume during holiday season'??s go-go-go schedule. I'??m thinking keeping in your purse for holiday parties (bad weather, be damned). Or when you have to pop up and go for some pre-dawn Black Friday shopping (who has time to shower when there are 3am deals to be had).

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As Godfather of Soul once sang'?¦ 'you got to use just what you got to get just what you want.' He happened to be talking about hot pants. I however just want long lashes.

With an October launch, L'??Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara gives me just what I want.

It has actual undetectable fibers in it'?¦long ones to lengthen, shorter ones to amp up the volume (a concept that seems to be a theme with this week'??s Beauty & Beyond). They'??re super fine nylon and rayon creations that are the same formulas as false lashes. Instead of your having to glue them up, they nicely and gently adhere to your natural lashes. Each lash is enveloped root to tip. Since cakey spider eyes are never your MO, they also put in carnauba and rice bran waxes to prevent flaking or crumbling. This way your lashes stay true.

Completely ignoring Mr. Brown'??s advice, stay tuned for my faux lash report next, but until then you'??ll have to do the best you can with your own lashes.

L'??Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara is available for $9.99 at drugstores.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines,
as well as her own

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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