Dawn Davis

Posted by Dawn Davis 02/25/13 at 03:38PM

It rained all day Saturday in New York City, so I sat on my couch catching up on the second season of "Girls." In one episode, the characters have a stoop sale -- Jessa's idea, of course -- and they banter back and forth while hawking their used clothes to random passersby. Instead of paying attention to the dialogue, however, I found myself fixated on their makeup. Even the characters who barely wear any makeup ( even Hannah!) were unusually done up for a lazy weekend afternoon.

I, in turn, felt like an unkempt sloth in leggings and a bare face. I needed something to make me prettier, and the closest something was a brand new tube of Elizabeth Arden Lash Enhancing Mascara, $24. (I didn't want to get off the couch, and it was in a basket of new beauty products I keep in my living room.)

I swiped some on. It was an instant improvement, but in a subtle way. The formula contains peptides, which are supposed to help your lashes grow fuller and longer over time, so it feels almost moisturizing -- it doesn't make your lashes crunchy. But something else was different. . .Then, I checked the bottom of the tube: black-brown! I haven't used anything but the blackest black in years. I was skeptical, but upon further inspection, the effect was actually really great in a Saturday-appropriate way -- and in a Jessa no-makeup-makeup way. And I used it again on Sunday.

And the survey says...
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