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Beauty Review: Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara

Maybelline Define-A-Lash MascaraMascara is my one daily must-have makeup product, but I'm not married to any one brand in particular. So when my last tube of Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara ran out, I embraced the opportunity to try something new. At Target, I picked up new Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara in Very Black because I was drawn to the pretty chartreuse container. (Lately I've been obsessed with this color and other shades of green, from bath towels to bowls full of Granny Smith apples.) Picking a product based solely on the packaging isn't my usual modus operandi, but in this case it proved effective.

Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara

A close-up view of the Maybelline Define-A-Lash brush reveals dozens of teensy tiny bristles that define and coat each lash.

This mascara is awesome. It goes on smooth, coats my lashes evenly, and truly lengthens and separates each lash as it dries, which is exactly what I look for in a mascara. Even if a couple of lashes are stuck together as you're applying this stuff, they somehow magically separate as the mascara dries. Very cool.

Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara

Oooh! It's flexible!

The flexible rubbery brush kinda threw me off at first, but once I got used to it, it was a breeze to use. In fact, I think I may prefer this brush to more rigid ones. Maybelline Define-A-Lash doesn't smudge or flake (I would know, I wear hard contacts), and it washes off easily with warm water.

I'd definitely recommend this mascara to a friend (like you!) and I'll definitely be buying another one when this tube runs out.

Shop it: Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara, Very Blackicon, $7.95 at

Steal her Style: Michelle Obama on the Cover of O Magazine

Michelle Obama on the April 2009 cover of O, The Oprah Magazine

Oprah Winfrey shares the cover of her best-selling magazine O, The Oprah Magazine with another big "O:" First Lady Michelle Obama, who looks radiant in an orange Michael Kors dress and canary yellow Dear Cashmere cardigan. (Oprah's looking pretty stylish herself in a lavender-pink shirt dress by Rachel Roy New York!)

Spiegel at ShopStyle

For a budget-friendly breakdown of America's new style icon, try a short-sleeve cardigan from Twelve by Twelve and a tangerine sheath dress from Spiegel. Finish the look with an unexpected plastic belt, classic pearl stud earrings and neutral slingback pumps. Like what you see? Click the widget above for details!