I’ve been on the quest for the perfect mascara since I was 15. I wore contact lenses, and most mascaras could not stand up to the saline solutions. Smudgy undereye —not a good look. Despite the decades of hype, the pink and green Maybelline Great Lash Mascara never worked for me. Do you really think supermodels and celebs se drugstore stuff?
Over the years, I’ve used numerous brands with success, including Chanel and Trish McEvoy. For a while I was addicted to a dark burgundy by Make Up For Ever. For the past ten years or so, I’ve been using Bobbi Brown in brown. It had become increasingly difficult to find. Last week what I suspected was confirmed: the salesperson at Neiman’s in Copley said it had been discontinued.
Rather than go through the hassle of trolling department store counters (and spending too many $$$), I did something a little bit crazy. I bought . . . drugstore mascara. Namely, CoverGirl LashBlast Water Resistant Mascara. Yes, it’s true. My husband, who was with me, asked, “Who are you?”
Here’s the thing. I liked the ads – those crisp yellow print ads with Drew Barrymore really appealed, and I’m not even a huge fan. I actually used the images in a yellow trends story for The Inside Source. No, they did not send me the mascara (though I wish they had). Each time I saw the package at CVS – it’s been heavily promoted – I was drawn to that yellow, plastic wand. It seemed so wonderfully clean and durable compared to the usual clumpy black ones. And, the product comes in brown.
Guess what? I LOVE it. Seriously love it. The packaging, the wand, the color, the product. And, of course, the price.
I had been long corresponding with Gary Briggs, co-owner of Aunt Sadie’sboutique and candle company, but it wasn’t until fall that I learned he is quite the collector of Adirondack, camp and cabin style furniture, art and accessories. I toured his South End place for “Cabin Fever“, which ran in the Boston Globe Magazine, and followed up with “Log Cabin Chic in the City” for The Inside Source, for which Briggs shopped eBay for Adirondack-inspired pieces. It’s about time I showcased his collection here as well, especially since I promised more hunting lodge chic stories last week. (Sorry, work got in the way.) Check out the articles for details (the stories behind the collecting is interesting), since this is a photo only post.
Last week, eBay launched a new lifestyle site, The Inside Source. It’s genius really. A blog-style format with interviews on the latest pop culture, art, fashion, beauty, décor, “green” chic, and hi-tech gadgets, all concluding with links to similar finds currently available for sale on eBay. My friend, and Store Adore co-founder, Meredith Barnett is the editor, so it’s a sure thing. I’ll be contributing two articles each week, so I hope you’ll check it out. Here’s a run-down of my contribution – what’s live now, and a preview of what’s to come: