noun : pathological fear or loathing of spiders.

I have this… I am certain…my fear of spiders large and small is completely irrational and it paralyzes me.  Which may explain my equally irrational fear of False Eyelashes, I mean come on…it’s like strategically placing little hairy spiders on your eyelids.  Quite frankly the whole concept freaks me out.

I do however love the look of  long, separated, glamorous lashes.  With wedding/prom season upon us I have the solution to getting gorgeous glam lashes without terrorizing the arachnophobes around you.  It’s a two-stepped system but it works, I promise you.

So today’s tag-team recommendation in order of application are:  #1  Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara ($28.50 at and #2  Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 ($32 at .  This Dynamic Duo will transform your everyday lashes into works of art.

#1 (Dior) features a rounded brush that promises volume and curl while #2  (Givenchy) has a brush that fits into the corners of your eyes so that every lash gets treated.  Both formulas offer even application and are fortified with nutrients so that your lashes don’t clump, break or lose their luster. Plus neither texture is heavy, so your lashes never feel weighed down.

If all that isn’t enough to get you to switch, think of me, your poor little arachnophobic blogger who has many a time bared witness to tiny little spider-like lashes trying to escape down’s someones face.  It ain’t pretty…

So happy spring/summer event season, be it proms, weddings, graduations whatever the occasion, Lash Out with confidence!


Dior OvercurlGivenchy noir couture

The Picture of Dorian Gray…

Oscar Wilde was on to something.  In theory, this is a brilliant concept, a portrait aging in a closet while the subject’s youth remains intact.  In practice however it’s not really something that’s going to happen anytime soon.  Of course if you think that it is something remotely plausible, anti-aging is the least of your worries…

Cut to today’s hot topic, you got it…anti aging!  Origin’s Plantscription line of skin care. Yes, I am talking about the entire line from Cleanser to Serum to Moisturizer and that includes eyes and face.  I have yet to endorse a full line from any company but I have to tell you I use it all and I love the results I’m seeing.

To start with, the cleanser is incredibly gentle and doesn’t dry out your skin.  It also doesn’t leave behind a sticky film like some cleansers do.  That super dry feeling we often associate with clean skin is in fact what is speeding up the aging process.  Your skin shouldn’t be stripped of moisture, it should be hydrated so that your skin looks supple and well, more youthful.  Think of your face like a sponge, when it is devoid of water it’s hard and rough but saturated in water and suddenly the same sponge is softer and plumper, like good skin should be.

Now for the big guns, the Serum and Moisturizer with SPF 25 protection (which comes in an oil free version by the way).  Serum works in tandem with your moisturizer, essentially serum preps the skin to allow the moisturizer to really do it’s thing.  This one happens to protect your skin from further environmental damage (harmful UV rays) and improve your skins firmness.

In my life I’ve laughed, I’ve cried and I’ve earned every line on my face.  Every tear and giggle has made me who I am today, and I am grateful for all of it (well the laughter at least) but that doesn’t mean I can’t strive to have the healthiest skin possible.

So say goodbye to dry sponges and hello to anti-aging amazement!

Enjoy…xo Elisa


What’s Your “Stripper” Name?

Remember that game growing up where you take your middle name and the name of the street you grew up on, add them together and get your stripper name?  Clearly I was destined for saint-hood since my folks never gave me a middle name, but I do know a little something about the best Stripper around.  Deborah Lippman’s “The Stripper to Go” Lavender Lacquer Remover Mitts, today’s featured product.

For years I avoided painting my nails for two reasons: #1.  Ineptitude, I can’t polish a nail to save my life.  #2.  The harshness of polish remover with its toxic smell and the residual polish it left behind after my removal attempt.  Well number 1 was solved with finding a manicurist but a solution for number 2 eluded me for years, until I discovered Deborah Lippman’s “The Stripper” line of lacquer removal.

I’m focussing on “The Stripper to Go” mitts because they really do blow my mind.  For $12 you get 6 mitts in a box.  Each mitt is saturated in the lavender-scented lacquer remover and 1 mitt is good for all 10 fingers. So bye-bye to that nasty polish remover smell and to the cotton ball shreds that seem to stay stuck to me for hours afterward.  Plus for traveling these cannot be beat, no nasty spilling in your luggage and each mitt is individually wrapped so you don’t even have to take the whole box, just one pack and you’re good to go.  I love these and I’m pretty sure you will too.  I’m also pretty sure that at sometime during this post you’d stopped and figured out your very own stripper name!

So “Go-Go” and enjoy your new polish remover and your brand new Stripper name…

xo…Lu Hartwell  (my nickname was Lu growing up so that was what I cheated with)



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