In a saturated market, it’s really hard to know what the real standout products are. As a beauty industry veteran and true skeptic of the market and it’s high level of competition, I approach each new product as a gimmick or a flop until proven otherwise. Now I’m not as horrid as those first two lines make me sound and I have, on multiple occasions, been surprised and proven wrong by many truly good products. But we have to admit, the beauty industry knows our buying power (men and women – hello men’s grooming trend) and every brand wants you to catapult them to the leader ranks by using any means necessary. “12 X fuller lashes”, “look 40 years younger”, “face-lift in a jar” – I’ve heard them all and I don’t believe every eye cream is going to eliminate my dark circles, lines and puffs all in one fell swoop of the finger. But this is one of those times where I found a winner and a product I truly enjoy and see a difference with.
I don’t know about you guys but maintaining truly white teeth has always been a challenge for me. I am a true coffee addict and always drink dark drinks without a straw. Basically, I do everything wrong! Even though I have tried several whitening methods in the past, none could keep my teeth at the current level of white much less improve the color. I’m sure you guys can attest it is super frustrating when you just can’t get the results you want.
When it comes to the beauty industry, there are two major categories: foundations & mascaras. Think about it. You may very well leave your house without lipstick or even eye shadow, liner or blush, but do you ever leave without a layer of foundation (and in this case I use foundation loosely to include BB/ CC cream, concealer or full coverage foundation) or a swipe of mascara? I definitely do not! At the very least, on my laziest beauty day, I use a MAC select cover-up concealer or Benefit’s Fake Up to cover and blemishes and apply a few swipes of any given mascara to my top lashes so I don’t look dead. And yes, I mean dead. In addition to looking like a zombie, the difference in mascara vs no mascara is someone asking me how much longer I have in high school or what colleges I’m considering. Y’all, I have been out of high school almost 10 years. (whoa! That realization just hit me like a fast-moving semi.) So now you get it: of all the things in my beauty bag, the mascara category is totally my jam and today’s post is all about mascara reviews and me sharing my thoughts on the variety of types I have tried over 13 make-up wearing years.
My current obsession is also my latest find. In my many years working at Belk, I spent one year in cosmetics where I met my friend Allie. (Allie also has a fun blog you should follow here). Although, I am no longer working in cosmetics, Allie is and keeps me in the loop about all the newness and must haves from the likes of Dior, Chanel and Lauder. Enter Chanel Le Volume Mascara. This stuff is mascara gold! I’m totally obsessed with everything from the wand, application and stay power. It goes on so smoothly and never smudges, flakes or wears off. In fact you can’t even rely on old fashioned soap and water to get it off. I recommend a good eye-makeup remover like the one here to get it all off before washing your face.
Since we are talking about staying power, I’ll go to the next long-lasting mascara : Urban Decay Perversion. Perversion is kind of unlike any other mascara I have ever put on. It has the most plush wand and does an amazing job feathering out the lashes. The actual liquid is smooth and like I said, has major staying power (but slightly harder to get off than the Chanel).
I started out wearing MAC mascaras and was totally and completely loyal to the brand until last year when I started working in cosmetics. I have tried pretty much every mascara they have put out and have been completely obsessed with them all. My most recent purchase is the Extended Play Gigablack Lash. It comes in a smaller tube and is very light weight. It applies easily and also has a really great wand. The bristle portion is longer and allows you to coat more of the lash line at one time while covering and separating evenly. I don’t always wear mascara on the bottom lashes, but when I do I always use this one for the bottom and often another for the top. It’s weird but it works for me 🙂
Eyeko is a more recent discovery and was given to me by a friend. I was surprised to find it didn’t come in a traditional mascara tube, but a more squeezable tube. The Black Magic Mascara also comes with a guitar pick. It took me about half a minute of looking at it before I realized this was genius! While this one isn’t my go-to (yet) but have loved having the pick as my “little assistant”. Instead of using my finger to fan out or de-clump the lashes, the handy little black tool does it for me. Separate, block the lid or de-clump, it does it all and comes with every package! If you haven’t tried this brand yet, I highly recommend it.
Next up I’m going to go to Clinique’s Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara. I have it in 4 colors (yes! colors!) and I love them all!! I never ever would have dreamed of buying 4 of the same mascara but I did and I can honestly say I use them all regularly. The black is a great go-to and after being a total skeptic about the short bristle wand, I am a true believer! The short bristles actually separate your lashes and prevent clumping waaaayyyy better than other wands. The colors are just as cool! The pigment gets more intense the more you layer it on. You can wear it solo on your lashes or you can use it to tip the ends after a black base coat. While the color is totally noticable and does a great job of bringing out the other colors used in liners or shadows, it isn’t overwhelming. You can wear it to work and there’s a good chance no one will really ever notice you have purple or blue lashes.
Lastly, there’s Lancome. Lancome has a wide variety of mascaras that I haven’t had too much luck with over the years, but two have stuck for me : Grandiose & Hypnose. Both apply easily and have good consistency. It is easy to remove but sometimes has flaked or left a smudges in places from accidentally touch the eye area during the day. What I love about Grandiose is the bent wand. It allows you to get deep in the corner of the lash line to get a full coverage look. I know I’m not the only one that has struggled and shifted wand holding positions to hit them all just right so this is a great tool / pick if that struggle is real for you.
What are your favorites? Any new brands I should try?
Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara – Shades Shown: Two Ton Teal // Portly Plum // Massive Midnight // Jumbo Jet
Lancome Grandiose – Shades Available: Mon Regard Parisien, Violet, Sapphire, Bleu, Brun, Noir Mirifique
Rise and shine loves! I don’t know about you, but Mondays always leave me wishing for just one more day, or at least 2 more hours of sleep. I hope you all had a great weekend, I know I did! We celebrated Wes’s birthday this weekend and it was non-stop fun. We ate good, enjoyed the beautiful weather outside and even did a little shopping. For how much we did, it was still surprisingly a pretty-low key weekend and I’d have to say my wardrobe reflects that. I took the opportunity to pull out some of my wardrobe staples & favorites, hint: LOTS of denim. It’s sleek and easy and always looks good. These high waist jeans are some of my favorites because they have the built in spanx in the front. HELLO birthday cake! Goodbye guilt! 🙂 Seriously though, everyone should make their jeans like these. Unfortunately they are sold out, but I’ve linked up some others that are sure to keep everything high and tight when you need it.
There’s just something about spending quality time with family that makes my little heart so full and after this weekend, mine is overflowing. I’d love to hear about your weekend! Did anyone do anything exciting outside?!
Black Ruffle Top, High Waist Jeans (similar here & here), Python Heels (40% off!!), Blue Python Clutch (similar here, here & here), MAC Lip Color in Vegas Volt, Mismatched Earrings, Pearl Flower Ring (also love this one & this one)