How to Choose Your Black Eyeliner, Bobbi Brown Style

Perhaps the most universal and widely-used item in a makeup bag is black eyeliner. For nearly two decades, I’ve been using this staple. There’s been good times and bad times. Smoky and precise. Smudges on purpose and many more due to experimentation gone wrong. My technique vastly improved when I hit my 20s and discovered Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. That phase lasted for years — it was literally all I used (Black and Violet Ink were my go-tos).  I’ve since expanded my options, but I do think of Bobbi Brown as the eyeliner guru. It’s a category, among others, that she owns. So it makes sense that she would release an entire collection dedicated to black eyeliner. Bobbi’s “Choose Your Black” is like a menu of personas. An eyeliner suited to match your state of mind, or your schedule.

Let’s meet the line-up.

The Classic.  Like the grey t-shirt of eyeliner, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner never goes out of style. Impossible to mess up, beginners and pros alike rely on this formula.

The Artist. You will literally paint your makeup on with Bobbi’s new and limited edition Kohl Cake Liner. Get your brush a little wet and then dab it in the compact and build up the product to a consistency you like. I like to create an intense paste and do that whole tightline thing. It’s just like art class, but the masterpiece is your eyes. Bonus, this stuff has SERIOUS lasting power.

The Rocker. Indulge your inner baddie with Bobbi Brown Kohl Eyeliner (limited edition). Meant to be smudged and sexy, a few swipes of this Kohl (don’t forget the waterline!) and you’ve gone from day to nightlife. Better make plans! We find the Kohl is also excellent layered under eyeshadows.

The Over-Scheduled. a.k.a. Us on most days. When Bobbi first released the Long-Wear Eye Pencils, we were straight giddy. All the benefits of the original but in a time-friendly format. For the always busy woman, this option is quick and portable.

Bobbi Brown “Choose Your Black” was released with Bobbi’s holiday collection. Available now!

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Just Another Mani Monday: Essie Leading Lady

Kicking off Thanksgiving week is a little sparkle on sequin action. I opted for the most festive polish of the season in honor of Thanksgiving this week. It is my favorite holiday, after all. Essie Leading Lady, from the Winter 2012 collection, is loaded with ruby red sparkles in a jelly finish. It’s truly perfect. Two coats are enough, but for more sparkle we’d order up a third. I think it will go great with the stretchy pants I plan to wear all day on Thanksgiving. For those that actually dress up, I applaud you. I have a mission to eat a lot of stuffing, and I find that leggings are the most forgiving for this important task! But, I did start my week off by wearing this fabulous sequin top from Loft. Isn’t it fabulous?

What are you wearing on your nails this week?

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Making a Holiday Hair and Lip Statement with Revlon

My favorite holiday (Thanksgiving – stretchy pants day!) is in less than a week. I love everything about Turkey Day – especially the sides – but also that it is the official start of the holiday season. Which means holiday parties! And of course, deciding what to wear to those holiday parties. We teamed with Revlon this month to share some festive party hair and makeup inspiration. We promise – this look is quick and easy but will make it look like you spent a ton of time glamming it up.

Hair accessories very in the moment right now, so the look in the video centers around a statement hair jewel. I pulled my hair (which is now past the middle of my back) into a side bun and secured it with clear elastics before affixing a sparkly clip. My hair is far too long to use the clip to hold all of my hair so this alleviates the stress of a potential hair mishap mid-party. My makeup is simple with a bright red lip, which is always perfect but especially so during the holidays. I’m wearing Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherry Blossom, which is one of those classic colors that will work for everyone.

For more statement hair looks, click on over here to see the other Revlon bloggers in action.

NOTE: Click on the video image above to watch.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on InStyle.com.

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Birchbox Debuts Limited Edition “Home” Box and Pop-Up Shop

Birchbox delivery days are almost always the high point of my month. Side note: today will be that day, as my box is currently out for delivery with my local USPS. Beyond just the obvious joy a box of beauty goodies brings me, Birchbox has also introduced me to some awesome “extras” — like the Mighty Leaf Green Tropical Tea (the best), the Twistband and even stylish plastic zip bags. So today’s news of a limited edition Birchbox Home and Holiday Pop-Up shop is truly exciting. The limited edition box, priced at $58 (with a $140+ value) is a must-gift for the holidays — for yourself or the hostess who graciously opens her home to you on Thanksgiving AND Christmas (in my case, my sister — sorry for the spoiler, Tricia!)

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Save the Date! Caudalie Facebook Fête November 14

Mark your calendars, tonight the brand that brings together two of my favorite things (quality skin care and wine!) will be hosting its first Facebook Fête! Yes, Caudalie will host a Q&A on Facebook tonight, Wednesday, November 14, from 8-10 p.m. (eastern). Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas will answer your most pressing skincare questions and also offer special shopping offers and giveaways during the Q&A.

We’ll be curling up with a good glass of vino and slathering on some of the delightful Vinexpert Firming Serum. Access it from Caudalie’s Facebook page or directly from this link.

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