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Sure, life can be much easier and more fun when you have lots of money, but money doesn’t mean everything. On those weekends when cash is tight and your time is open, it can force you to get creative and explore activities that you may not pay much attention to when your wallet is large. This is actually a good thing. You’d be amazed at how many activities you can do and what you can explore when your budget is forcing you to nickel and dime it!

Favorite Affordable Weekend Activities:

• Bowling: Everyone should bowl at least once in their lifetime. Most larger cities have a bowling alley in the area that can guarantee you a fun, competitive event at a reasonable cost. Toss in nachos and a coke from the snack bar and have a grand time on a dime!

• Take a Hike: Most of us spend so much time in our cars, on public transportation, etc. that getting out in the open air and enjoying a hike is a welcome pleasure. Whether you take a short stroll through hills or a long hike up mountains, the exercise and fresh air will feel good!

• Plan a Picnic: If the weather cooperates, a picnic in the park passes time and costs you only the price of the food you pack. Some cities offer free outdoor concerts in the park. Why not lay out a blanket, feast from your picnic basket and enjoy some great music at minimal expense?

• Visit a Coffee House: Coffee houses have become the new “fast food restaurants” to drink and socialize in. You can pass an entire afternoon hitting a coffee house with friends, indulging in your favorite flavored coffees and chatting for hours. You can catch up on all the latest gossip and connect with friends on a deeper level at the same time.

• Host a Movie Night: Invite family and friends over for a movie night at your house. Everyone can pitch in for pizzas or you can do a potluck style gathering, where the cost of food is divided among the guests. Laughter, food, and fun on a budget!

• Hang Out in a Sports Bar: Sports bars offer delicious food, drinks, access to viewing sporting events, pool tables and dart boards. For the same amount of money you would spend at a restaurant for dinner, you can choose to eat at a sports bar with unlimited free entertainment while you watch your favorite teams battle it out. Not a sports fan? A little competition does the body and mind well!

• Go for Ice Cream Treats: Find your closest Baskin Robbins or frozen yogurt shop and indulge in your favorite ice cream treats! Satisfy your sweet tooth with amazing ice cream desserts and your taste buds and mood will ramp up, while your pocketbook doesn’t take a nosedive. Ice cream brings everyone to their happy place!

With so many things to do that don’t require lots of money, one should never be bored. Unless, of course, the stillness and restful state of being bored brings you to your happy place. There is a serenity about slowing down, doing nothing, and regrouping! After all, this is how you keep your energy up to do fun activities on  a budget!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

As a cosmetics guru, did you know that you can actually change your overall appearance by simply choosing the color of lipstick or lip gloss you decide to swipe on? Just like with your clothing, in addition to your look, changing the color of your lipstick can also elevate and change your mood. From classic red to pink to nude, experimenting with various shades of lipsticks can truly improve your attitude!

Roaring Red Lipstick: The color red exudes a strong and powerful energy. As a lipstick, the color red stands out as the epitome of sex appeal and femininity. Red lipstick is energizing, excites the emotions, and motivates you to take action.

Pretty Pink Lipstick: The color pink is romantic, affectionate, and intimate. Pink lipstick is feminine, girly, and dainty. Lather your lips in pleasing pink lipstick and you won’t go wrong.

Opulent Orange Lipstick: Orange lipstick is the bomb! There is something about orange lips that stand out. You get an aura of bold confidence and opulent royalty. The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical reaction of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange lipstick will get you through any kind of day in a fun, upbeat way.

Nifty Nude Lipstick: For a look that is naturally warm and inviting, your best bet is to opt for a nude-toned lipstick. Makeup companies have interpreted nude cosmetic tones as a fair to medium skin color. Nude lipsticks look flesh-toned and glamorous. It’s suitable for any look or mood that you’re in. Nude lipsticks complement every skin tone: fair, medium, or dark.

Pleasant Purple Lipstick: There is no denying that purple lips pop. Whether you prefer a deep, dark purple or violet color, maybe even a lighter hue of lavender, when you color your lips in shades of purple you’ll always look trendy and fashionable.

Lipstick Tip: For a dry-mouthed look, go with matte lipsticks. For a shiny, wet look, you want to use lip gloss.

Love the lips that you’re in. Alter your look with this easy tip – change the color of your lipstick!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

ChapStick is by far the most noted and used brand of all lip balms. The brand name ChapStick is so popular that people use it in relation to all lip balm products, much like calling tissue Kleenex. ChapStick is manufactured by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and sold in many countries around the world. But what does ChapStick actually do? It helps treat and prevent chapped lips, and more.

ChapStick also functions as a sunscreen available with SPFs as high as 50, and a skin lubricant to help prevent and protect chafed, chapped, sunburned, cracked, and windburned lips. “Medicated” varieties are also available which contain analgesics to relieve sore lips.

Five Fun Facts Regarding ChapStick:

  1. It Doesn’t Moisturize – ChapStick doesn’t work by adding moisture to your lips, it works by protecting your lips from losing their own moisture. The wax creates a watertight barrier that prevents your internal skin moisture from escaping, softening your lips and keeping them feeling moist.
  2. The Little Bit You Ingest is Okay – Although the ingredients in ChapStick aren’t meant to be eaten, the amount you consume from licking your lips isn’t going to harm you, much like wearing your favorite lipstick.
  3. ChapStick Does Expire – Like most health and beauty products, a tube of ChapStick does have an expiration date. You’ll likely use the product before it expires, as one container of ChapStick is meant to last two to three years.
  4. Lips Aren’t The Only Place to Use ChapStick – Much like petroleum jelly, ChapStick can be applied to other parts of your body than just the lips to soften skin and help hold in moisture. You can use ChapStick around your nose in cold weather to prevent chapping, apply it to your nail cuticles and tame unruly eyebrows.
  5. Special Flavors – ChapStick is available in special flavors developed in connection with marketing partners such as Disney or charitable causes like breast cancer awareness. Some of these flavors include Cherry, Grape Craze, and Blue Crazeberry.

For soft, natural, gorgeous lips that are sure to shine, apply ChapStick in the morning and evenings, or as a protective base coat before swiping on your lipstick.

For the many of you who use ChapStick regularly, here are a list of Ingredients in regular flavored ChapStick: arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, white wax, proponal. Its net weight is 4 grams or 0.14 ounces.

Although most people have no ill effects from using ChapStick, some of you may be allergic to certain ingredients. Always read the ingredients list of all lip products to ensure your health and safety before using the item for the first time.

Everything you need to know at Chapstick 101! Protect your lips and keep them kissable and soft for joyful fun in the sun!

Pucker up baby! ChapStick for soft, supple, ooh la la lips!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

We all yearn for glowing, gorgeous, perfect skin, but no matter how much we love the skin that we’re in, we are all prone to occasional breakouts. Even though none of us want bad skin, there are ways to conceal and camouflage dark spots and blemishes to create a look of radiant, healthy skin. It’s all in the makeup application and technique!

Our complexion is important to us and obtaining what resembles perfect skin with makeup requires a working knowledge of color theory, your skin type (dry, oily, normal, combination), and cosmetic formulations. A cover stick will hide a blemish in a different way than a cream foundation, and applying powder over a concealer helps to maintain a look of blemish free skin.

When hiding and covering blemishes, you should use products such as concealers, foundations, cover sticks, and powders. Although makeup can diminish the appearance of blemishes, it doesn’t flatten raised bumps or smooth out flaky skin. If you need to conceal these types of breakouts, apply Vaseline or petroleum jelly to the blemished areas at night before going to sleep, and you’ll see a difference in the redness and size of the bump when you wake up in the morning.

For covering blemishes correctly, the color of the concealer is key. Make sure to use a concealer, foundation, or cover stick in a shade that is identical to or matches your natural skin tone. For pale, alabaster skin an ivory tone works wonders. For darker skin types use beige, yellow, or a deep tan. Don’t go with white based concealers, as these shades don’t blend well into your natural skin tone and can leave a gray appearance.

When covering dark circles under your eyes, dab a cream concealer and foundation over the dark circles to even out your skin tone and give you a more “awake” look. If you are trying to hide redness or red, inflamed blemishes, too much white won’t achieve your desired results. Yellow toned cosmetics are best for covering red spots and blemishes.

The best tools to use for applying cover-up are brushes, makeup sponges, Q-tips, and your fingertips (provided you have just washed your hands.). If you are using a makeup brush, make sure to use a small brush with a pointed tip. The smaller the brush, the more control you will have over covering the blemish, making it look invisible. A large brush will apply too much cover-up at one time, or extend the makeup over healthy skin. You want to work only on the breakout. Once this is finished, blend the cover-up into your own skin by adding a light translucent face powder. Voila, skin that looks clear, blemish free, and oh so pretty!

If you have a large blemish, a press translucent face powder (in the color of your skin tone) on top of the flaw using a makeup sponge or cotton ball will hide the spot. Apply enough powder to cover the blemish and then blend the powder into your clear skin to even it out. When people look at you, the redness of the breakout will be covered, matching your skin tone, and the flaw won’t be noticeable.

Every day we want to put our best foot, and face, forward. Healthy, glowing skin gives you a boost of confidence and a feeling of power. Health and beauty matter, and even though we all deal with pesky blemishes from time to time, an occasional breakout doesn’t have to steal your joy or your sunny mood! Hold your head high with a flawless skin attitude!

How to create blemish free, flawless skin and simply adore that smooth, glowing, radiant skin that you’re in!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

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Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

 

 

Just as you have your own signature style, you probably have your own concept of what beauty and fashion mean to you. With beauty and fashion being a great way to express ourselves, we all develop a unique, individual style that works well for us and shows the world who we are without speaking a word.

Beauty in the realm of fashion can be described as characteristics or attributes that lead to harmony, balance, attraction, and well-being. Beauty, both physical and spiritual, are positive traits that are globally revered and strived for. For most people, beauty entails an overall healthy, balanced, fulfilled lifestyle that pleases our highly visual, aesthetic senses. The characterization of a person as “beautiful”, whether on an individual basis or by community consensus, is often based on some combination of inner beauty, which includes psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, grace, politeness, charisma, integrity and elegance, and outer beauty, which includes physical attributes which are valued on an aesthetic basis.

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder!

Beauty is in some ways a form of pleasure. For those of you that love pampering and treating yourselves, experimenting with makeup, hair, and fashion, you’ve probably noticed that your mood and the way you feel about yourself can be elevated simply by applying makeup on your face, styling your hair, and dressing in a sexy outfit.

Where beauty focuses more on your visual perception of your overall appearance, fashion is the perfect match to complement your looks by handpicking the right clothing, footwear, and accessories. A nice fancy ring on your finger can ramp up your style.

Fashion is your distinctive, signature look. It’s your own personal style. Some people dress in such a unique way that they become known merely by their choice of garments and their signature look (think Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, and Bebe Rexha).

Your personal fashion choices may be influenced by several factors including the film, celebrities, weather, and by clothes that catch your eye and make you feel fantastic when you wear them. The clothes that you drape yourself in are a significant factor in your feelings and your mood. How many times have you thought about what you might wear to an event, only to tell yourself that you’ll sleep on it and see what you feel like putting on in the morning?

The notion of the global fashion industry is a product of the modern age. Prior to the end of the 19th century, most clothing was custom made. By the beginning of the 20th century, with the rise of new technologies and sewing machines, the rise of global capitalism and the development of the factory system of production, including the rise of retail outlets and department stores, clothing came to be mass-produced and sold at fixed prices.

It is true that no matter how you define beauty and fashion, each person needs to come up with what works best for you and fulfill your own beauty and fashion passion!

Makeup and clothing are much more than beauty and fashion, they are a style of life expression of ourselves. Social media is one of the biggest platforms to exhibit and connect beauty and fashion trends with millions of people at once worldwide. Fashion trends go beyond our aesthetic values and emerge as expressive tools for designers to deliver their message about society. With the influence of social media, celebrities and bloggers, their voice is being heard and has a major impact on fashion and style at all times.

From glamour girls to casual chic darlings to the natural you, how you perceive beauty and fashion is distinctively up to you!

How do you define beauty and fashion?

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Most of us  have a relationship with our hair. Whether you prefer your hair to be long, short, curly or straight, the color and hairstyle you choose is important. Having strong, shiny, healthy, vibrant hair not only radiates youthfulness and beauty, but makes you feel confident and assured.

Hair is actually a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. Our most common interests in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care.

There are many ways to keep your hair happy and healthy, including hair products, diet, washing and drying and hair care, such as hair trims.

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy and Happy:

  • Hair Products – Products such as hair masks, deep conditioners, shampoos and conditioners and serums all help soften, nourish and moisturize your hair. Using products that help fight frizz, leave in conditioners, mousse and products that add heat protection will help you maintain healthy and happy hair!

  • Diet – Your hair needs to be fed just like your body. To ensure healthy hair you need a diet high in protein, iron, B Vitamins and water.  Foods such as salmon and white meat chicken, walnuts, eggs, spinach and fruits and vegetables nourish your hair, making it strong, shiny and vibrant. Feed your hair a nutritious protein diet and watch it grow!

  • Washing and Drying – Although many of us wash our hair daily, this isn’t necessary.  The longer, thicker, curlier and more processed your hair, the longer it can go between washes. Use gentle moisturizing and nourishing shampoos and follow up with a good conditioner. When your hair is wet, always use a thick toothed comb over a brush to prevent breakage. Towel dry gently or use a low heat blow dryer. Air drying is best for saving the integrity of your hair.

Hair stylists advise you to get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks. I don’t trim my hair that often and it still grows without breakage. When I do get a trim I merely go 1/4 inch. When you tie your hair up or back, use material bands over rubber bands to prevent hair pulling out.  Whether your have hair that is naturally straight, wavy, curly or kinky, our hair is one characteristic that defines us. For gorgeous, glorious, terrific tresses, these easy steps will help your hair to be one of your full, radiant, beautiful and best assets!

Give me a head with hair! Short or long, from here to there. True beauty is heightened by our hair!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

If you’re like most women, and some men, you never leave your house without your purse or handbag. With so many styles of bags (tote, satchel, clutch, shoulder strap, hobo) to name a few, and many colors and designers to choose from, purse and handbag lovers could carry a different bag every day of the year and never use the same one.

For most of us, even the deepest of purse adorers, we do carry the same bag frequently. Fashion lovers tend to, well, fall in love with their handbags, and for good reason. A rocking purse or handbag can spruce up an outfit much the same way as a sensational pair of shoes! For those of you with lots to carry, the tote bag will be a perfect purse for you.

A handbag or purse is often fashionably designed and used to carry personal items. A “tote” is a large double handed bag with an open top and an open main compartment. The straps of tote bags tend to be parallel and large enough to sling the bag over your shoulder, and the bag itself is often large and boxy.

Tote Bag Fun Fact: The tote is generally made of sturdy cloth, often using thick leather at its handles or bottom; leather versions often have a pebbled surface. Common fabrics used for totes include heavy canvas (often dyed and treated to resist moisture and mold), jute, nylon, easy care synthetics and natural fibers.

The term ‘tote’ means “to carry,” and can be traced back to the 17th century, but wasn’t used to describe handbags until 1900. The major tote bag craze in the United States began in the 1940s with the release of L.L. Bean’s Boat Bag in 1944. Because they were easier and less cumbersome than carrying luggage, most people opted for using tote bags.

During the 1950s, tote bags began to enter mainstream culture. Come the 1960s, the tote bag began to embrace personal style (as many practical items do that get crossed over into fashion), at which time Bonnie Cashin released her own line of tote bags called Cashin Carry Tote Bags, which combined style and functionality. And…the tote as a fashion staple purse was born! To be carried, adorned and worn!

Canvas tote bags have been sold as a more eco-friendly replacement for disposable plastic bags given how they can be used multiple times over. Many stores offer inexpensive or even free tote bags at the register, and they have become a common marketing tool stamped with logos and used by nonprofit businesses as promotional gifts.

Many people prefer carrying tote bags not only for their stylish appeal, but also for the size. For those of you who carry many items, totes are both pleasing to look at and practical. Let’s face it…you can stuff many, many “can’t leave the house without them” items in a tote bag! Fabulous totes that will float your boat!

Purse and Handbag Fun Fact: Early modern Europeans wore purses for one sole purpose: to carry coins. Purses were made of soft fabric or leather and were worn by men as often as women. The modern purse, clutch, pouch or handbag came about in England during the Industrial Revolution, in part due to the increase in travel by railway.

With so many colors, fabrics and designs available to spice up your tote bag, all fashion divas should invest in a trending tote that will match any outfit and be practical to boot. A real style treat for the glamorous you!

Terrific totes truly will float your boat!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

All glamour girls know that one secret to a perfect makeup job is applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation to your face. Both concealer and foundation are used to make the skin appear more uniform in color and blemish free. Generally, concealers are more heavily pigmented than foundations and can be used alone or applied underneath a light coat of foundation.

To differentiate between the two cosmetics, concealer is used to mask dark circles, age spots. large pores and other small blemishes visible on the skin. It is similar to foundation, but thicker, and used to hide different pigments by blending the imperfection into the surrounding skin tone. Foundation is a skin colored makeup applied to the face to cover flaws and/or change the natural skin tone. Some foundations also function as moisturizers, sunscreens and astringent base layers.

In a complete facial makeover, concealer is applied first and foundation is applied over the concealer. This gives you the canvas for applying various cosmetics to your face and creating makeup magic!

Although concealers and foundations add a gorgeous glow to your skin when applied correctly, if used too heavily and the cosmetics don’t match your skin tone, they can turn into makeup that cakes up! So how do you apply the perfect amount of concealer and foundation that makes your skin look youthful and near makeup free?

How to Avoid Makeup Cake Face:

1. Do not apply a thick foundation over your entire face. Foundation is meant to even out your skin tone, but when applied it should be almost invisible. Dot concealer on any ruddy or blemished areas, then cover up uneven spots like the cheeks, around the nose and the chin with foundation.

2. As we age, our skin tends to lose moisture. This can lead to makeup cake face. Keep your skin as moisturized as possible by drinking lots of water and applying a moisturizing cream to your face underneath the concealer and foundation.

3. Apply a foundation primer. Foundation primers settle into your pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and even out blemishes so that your foundation glides on smoothly.

4. Make sure your concealer and foundation match your skin tone.

Concealers and foundations come in both powder and liquid formulas. For gorgeous, glowing skin with no makeup cake up, brush a small amount of translucent face powder over your foundation. This will create a blemish free base to work with when applying eye shadow, blush and lip gloss, as well as blend your concealer and foundation together to give off a “perfect” face!

Both concealers and foundations are available in a variety of shades, although concealers tend to be more  heavily pigmented. When applying foundation, try to match your skin tone or go one shade darker than your natural skin tone to avoid makeup lines and see preferred results. Concealers with yellow undertones are used to hide dark circles. Don’t go with white concealers as this can sometimes cause a gray hue where applied.

Love the skin that you’re in by applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation, ensuring your makeup flatters your face and doesn’t cake up!

You now look magnificent. Go attend that brunch, concert, baby shower or birthday party in style. Let the only cake in the room be on the table and not your face! Win the makeup glamour race with your exquisite cosmetic taste!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

In the realm of cosmetics, mascara is by far one of the main makeup items that brings out the luster and allure of your eyes and face.  Mascara is a cosmetic used to enhance the eyelashes by darkening, thickening, lengthening and/or defining the eyelashes. Mascara normally comes in three forms – liquid, cake or cream – and is made using various formulas. Most mascaras contain the basic components of pigments, oils, waxes and preservatives.

With the majority of mascara colors being shades of black and brown, colored mascara is a refreshing change and can be used to highlight and magnetize your eyes. Ways to wear colored mascara is matching the mascara shade with your eye color or eye shadows, or matching your color of mascara with your lipstick and/or your outfit. No matter how you choose to wear it, colored mascara is chic, cool and fun for everyone.

Cool colors for a magical mascara experience!

As all fashion divas know, aesthetic adornment is a cultural universal practice. The beauty business is a billion dollar industry and revered worldwide. Mascara can be documented in ancient Egypt. Records from around 4000 BC refer to a substance called kohl that was used to darken eyelashes, eyelids and eyebrows. If you want to grasp the true allure of mascara and long, luscious eyelashes, coat one eye with heavy black mascara and leave the other eye  mascara free. Check your look in the mirror. The eye that has lashes coated with mascara will look larger and more noticeable than the bare eye. Give it a try!

Colored mascaras come in shades of purple, blue, green, gold, silver, pink and orange, to name a few. For the cosmetics lover who has so many choices, what’s a gal to do? Much like you mix and match your lipstick and blush shades, why not experiment with various colors of mascara? Even if you prefer blackest black (definitely my preference) doing something different and ramping up the colors of your mascara will give you a new look and elevate your mood. Let colored mascara change your beauty  attitude!

Mascara Fun Fact: Mascara is used around the world on a daily basis. In 2016, U.S. consumers (this includes me) spent 335.6 million dollars on the top 10 leading brands of mascara. Yes, the beauty and makeup business is truly a much adored universal business. Most mascaras have a shelf life of two to four months. If you ever find your mascara stick drying out, merely add a few drops of water to the brush before inserting the brush into the mascara stick, and the mascara will once again go on thick and lustrous. Swipe away the glamour girl way!

Top brands of excellent mascaras include L’Oreal, Revlon and Maybelline. I use L’Oreal Voluminous and love the product. You can find mascaras on the market that include lash-boosting serums, botanicals and pro-vitamin enriched formulas, along with waterproof mascaras.

Mascara Removal: I have found that petroleum jelly works best for removing mascara! Eye makeup removal creams are also available in finer stores, drug stores and beauty supply stores.

For eyes that sparkle, shimmer and shine, make sure to have plenty of colored mascaras filling up your makeup drawer! That’s for sure!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com