Starting in May, I will be writing a beauty column for a new, Chicago-based magazine, Me: in focus.

The magazine strives to help all you young, independent women out there to empower yourself through focusing on yourself – getting to know and taking good care of your image, mind, body, style, surroundings and sense of purpose. It also showcases Chicago women from all walks of life doing great things, advice and various topics from local experts, as well as small businesses and up-and-coming talents.

Now you can check out their first issue (and my article on the latest S/S 2009 beauty trends, pages 14-15) in the digital version for free at http://www.meinfocusmag.com/.

The print version will be made available shortly at various distribution sites throughout Chicago and mailed to all monthly print subscribers.


The Makeup Show New York 2009, one of the biggest events for all pros in the beauty industry, will be held next Sunday May 17 & Monday May 18 from 9:00am – 6:00pm daily at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

There will be over 80 exhibitors from top brands like MAC, Make Up For Ever, Smashbox, Stila, Becca, Temptu etc., hands-on workshops, business forums, keynote presentations and rare appearances by Make Up For Ever founder Dany Sanz and Smashbox Cosmetics founder, Davis Factor. Not to mention the insane pro-only discounted prices on products!

I attended the Makeup Show LA earlier this year and I had so much fun I am sending two of my lucky readers to attend the NY show for free! To win tickets, leave a comment here with your name and email address. The winners will be announced next Monday, May 11 on the blog and notified via email.

Advance tickets for The Makeup Show are also available until May 14 at $45 and $70 for 1-day and 2-day passes, respectively, and may be purchased online at www.themakeupshow.com. At the door tickets are $65 and $85 for 1-day and 2-day passes, respectively.

* Please note I am only giving away tickets to the show. If you reside outside of NY, you will need to provide your own transportation to the city.

If you liked Cover Girl’s Lash Blast mascara, chances are you will love Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper.

Just like the Lash Blast, the Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara has a big plastic brush, bulky packaging and a patented fat-wrap formula that promises to wrap and plump every single lash, from root to tip.

So did it deliver the thickness it claimed? You bet! My lashes looked instantly fuller, darker and I love how you can really pile this baby on without clumping or ending up with stiff, brittle lashes. It also wears really well and does not smear/smudge until I take it off with warm water and remover.

My only complaint is the big fat brush. While it does help thicken, I find it hard to maneuver on my tiny Asian lashes (a long, slender brush like the one in L’oreal’s Clean Definition Telescopic Mascara tends to work best on me). Plus when it comes to the lengthening department, this does not seem to do much at all (see how short my lashes are in the picture below!) I would not recommend it unless you have longer lashes to begin with.