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#MOTD from my last post! DID YOU KNOW? The right “Definer” shade in this Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette is pretty much an exact dupe of MAC “Club” duochrome eyeshadow? It’s awesome!
dawn-will-come asked: So I have Asian lashes that are pretty full and long, but they go straight down. I curl them everyday and have used a lot of different mascaras but I still can't seem to keep a curl. Do you have any advice?
Hello! Straight lashes can be very difficult to work with, because even if they are long and full like yours, you don’t get the “luscious lash” effect because they don’t flare upwards. At least you have some to curl!
My advice is to try out a heated eyelash curler. You can get some for pretty cheap ($10-$20) that will be effective, or you could simply warm up your current eyelash curler before each use with a hair dryer (not too hot, of course). These types of curlers work just like your hair curling iron does - the heat helps mold the lashes and lock the curl in place, better than just regular bending would do (think: it’s a lot harder to curl your hair without heat, isn’t it?) I don’t like using heated curlers every day though, usually just for days when you’re going out and you really want bold lashes (maybe skip weekends, etc). There aren’t really any proven dangers with heated curlers, but any type of curling advice slightly damages your lashes, so be wary of over curling, even with a regular lash curler!
Ardell Heated Eyelash Curler - $9
Blinc Heated Eyelash Curler - $24
Also, try using only mascaras that have a dry formula, and preferably make it waterproof. Wet mascaras will weigh down the lashes, ruining your curl a lot faster than would happen with a dryer mascara. Waterproof mascaras dry harder, so they’ll keep your curl better.
One of the most common questions I get is, “what would be the perfect mascara for me?” With so many different brands, types and varieties out there, it can seem impossible to choose, even between the most common of mascara conundrums… to go waterproof, or not!
Waterproof mascara isn’t just for beach-goers, and for many people using it daily could be a benefit. Waterproof formulas contain more wax than regular mascara, which actually help hold a curl better and longer throughout the day. They might also be better for contact lens wearers, because there is little chance of getting mascara in your eyes, no matter the weather conditions. Waterproof mascara is also perfect for people with oily skin or eyelids, because you won’t get smudging on your lids even after hours have passed.
So with all of these benefits, why do people even use regular mascara? Well, it’s actually a bit kinder to your eyes. Because waterproof versions really need to stick to your lashes, they contain more chemicals, and can be slightly drying. Most waterproof mascaras also tend to be stiffer, which can keep you from having that soft, fluttery effect. However there are many good quality mascaras that create a dramatic yet natural appearance on the eyes, such as Tarte “Lights Camera Splashes” waterproof mascara. Another trick is to layer on first a coat of a regular formula mascara, and then a coat of a waterproof mascara on top! You’ll get all the benefits of a waterproof formula, yet still have the softness and ease of removal that comes with a plain mascara.
Before & After - 1 Coat of Waterproof Mascara
So what will it be for you? Are you going to stick with what you’ve got, or try something new? Either way, keep those lashes fluttering, beauties!
Oh gee, another mascara from Maybelline, imagine that! This is not only a new addition to the ever expanding Volum Express collection, but also the super-popular Falsies line. But this IS actually unique… because it is actually two mascaras in one! There is one large brush designed to be used on your upper lashes, and a thin brush for your lower lashes. Together they are supposed to be the perfect mix to create big, bold, beautiful eyelashes.
meliebeanjelliebean asked: I just bought Rimmels Scandal Eyes today, the newer one with the pink tube with a brush similar to that of Benefits They're Real (which I loooove). I have used the original Scandal Eyes (the one you reviewed in the orange tube) and loved it so I was excited to see this one with the brush I loved. I got home and opened it and was sadly disapointed. I didn't even put it on my lashes, the make up looked dry and not at all like the original. Can I switch the new brush into the other tube?
Hello! Well first of all, the ScandalEyes Show Off mascara is a very dry formula to begin with. Not all formulas are created equal, so I do suggest trying it out before you give up on it completely. I’m not a fan of that mascara either - but it’s worth a try in case it works for you! And likewise, you might want to see if you even like the way the brush applies the mascara to your eyes before you bother with anything else.
Rimmel ScandalEyes Original
Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off
I really advise against just sticking the Show Off brush in the Original’s tube. You should NEVER add anything to or switch the brushes of mascara because you run the risk of ruining the mascara and infecting it with things that will make it dangerous to use. You can put the brush in the other tube ONLY if you completely wash out the brush and sanitize it with rubbing alcohol first. That will keep everything sanitary and safe!
fictionalobsessions asked: What's a good drugstore mascara for bottom lashes that will not flake? I have used L'Oreal telescopic and Maybelline falsies none of them were waterproof.
Hello! Well your lower lashes are always difficult to deal with. They’re tiny, so it’s hard to apply mascara without smudging it onto your skin. Oil from your skin accumulates there which will make even the most waterproof makeup run, and the fine lines under your eyes drag the running makeup down, making everything look much worse than it actually is. Sigh! You’re not the only one with this issue!
I think the most waterproof mascaras I’ve ever used have been Covergirl 24hr Lashblast, Maybelline Colossal Volum Waterproof, and Physician’s Formula Fake Out Organicwear. Unfortunately, every single one of these mascaras have ridiculously huge brushes that are less than ideal for applying makeup on the lower lashes! So there are a few tricks I would give you,rather than recommendations!
1. Use eye primer underneath your eyes, and face powder over top. This will do the same thing that it does for your lids… help keep oiliness at bay to prevent the deterioration of eye makeup (which causes creasing and muddiness).
L’Oreal De-Crease Eyeshadow Base - $6
2. Use a lash card, or any type of barrier, between your skin and your lashes when applying mascara. I used business cards for years… I just set them down underneath my lower lashes and then apply my mascara. I can get as crazy as I want and no mascara will ever end up on my skin, only on the paper! Now they have actual makeup tools designed for this.
Lash Card - $6
3. Only use one coat of mascara, and always use waterproof formulas. Most drugstore mascaras will have a waterproof version. These dry quicker than regular mascaras, and using only one coat will keep you from adding excess product that will be easier to smudge.
Maybelline The Colossal Waterproof - $5
4. Get some disposable mascara wands… you can get a bag full of disposable spoolies at most makeup stores for a couple of bucks. Use these instead of the giant brushes that come in your mascaras! Even if you don’t notice a ton of product on your lashline when you initially apply it, it’s there, and will run at first chance. The smaller the wand/brush, the less product you’ll get on your skin.
This is a mascara that gives a gorgeous effect on the eyes, and leaves lashes feeling soft and looking like a million bucks. I received one of these in an ipsy bag (check out Ipsy here) and at first I was completely in love, but there are a couple of factors that have me leaving this mascara in the bottom of my mascara drawer.
Similar To: Too Faced Better Than False Lashes ($35)
Quick Verdict: THUMBS UP
Full, long, thick lashes are always in style, but applying false lashes daily isn’t always practical and is very time consuming. So finding a way to get the look of fake lashes without actually having to take the time to glue them on is life changing! This kit is a bit difficult to get the hang of, but once you do, you can put it on really quickly and be out the door in minutes.
My personal favorite of favorites is L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara! I’ve used so many different mascaras and have yet to find one that compares to this, at the drugstore or at the department store! It provides the perfect mix of volume, definition, and length; it holds curl; looks great alone or with falsies. The way the brush is designed makes this perfect for all types of lashes - short, long, thin, thick, and everything in between. Love love love!
lyssaaaboo69 asked: I love your blog! Like so much.. So I have a question :) What do you think about they Bouncy blush thingy by Maybelline? And also the golden tube of Million Lash mascara?
Haha well thank you!! <3
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush - I’m definitely not a fan. I only am partial to the darkest color, because that actually shows up a bit, but the rest are very sub-par. They have a really weird texture, and if you press your finger into the pan too hard, the whole thing will collapse. If you can get the color to show up on your skin, it will fade away within an hour or two. Some people have told me to use them as a base for powder blush, which worked alright, but once again they faded really quickly. BUT I think that Maybelline discontinued them this spring anyway, so you might not have to worry about them anymore haha!
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara - is my ALL TIME FAVORITE, how did you know?! I’ve bought this mascara over and over again, and I highly recommend it for people with all sorts of lashes. I’ve gotten tons of compliments while wearing it. It creates both volume and length, doesn’t get clumpy or spidery, and holds a curl pretty well. I love love love it!
ladidalynne asked: Hello! I was wondering if you know what's a great dupe for Clinique's High Impact mascara? I owned it after winning a Facebook contest and almost running out but want to know some drugstore alternatives before I go out to Sephora/Ulta. Thank you :)
It’s been a very long time since I’ve used Clinique High Impact, so I’ll be going off of memory for this one. From what I can recall, it is a wet formula mascara with a brush that picks up a lot of product.
lifestoo-s-h-o-r-t asked: i am so sick of buying mascara. i have extremely blonde eyelashes, like essentially clear, and short. i've read through a ton of your mascara reviews and i can't choose one because there are so many. what's your number one lengthening and covering mascara favorite right now?
Hello! Life with short blonde lashes is tough, I’m sorry for your troubles!! But there is hope.
My number one mascara for your criteria would probably L’Oreal Voluminous, the original or Carbon Black. The brush is not too thick, so it will work with your short lashes, and the formula is very thick and dark. This mascara has a very wet formula, so make sure to wipe off the excess before you apply it - the more times you use it, the more it will dry out, and the easier it will be to work with. This mascara provides not only super volume, but also great length.
L’Oreal Voluminous is my go-to mascara in general, even though I have long lashes. It is great for layering - normally I will apply this first, and then use a mascara with a drier formula over top. Layering mascaras gives you that true false-lash effect, which could be beneficial to you (especially if you already have a bunch of mascaras that just aren’t working alone!!)
Other mascaras that would work for you (is this cheating?):
Maybelline The Falsies - This has a thin, curved brush that will reach all of your lashes without creating a huge mess. The formula of this is very thick and dark, so it will create nice volume and length, making your blonde lashes pop.
Maybelline Full n’ Soft - This mascara has a rich, dark formula that leaves your lashes feeling soft and light, even though they look voluptuous and full. This will help add oomph to your lashes.
L’Oreal Telescopic Clean Definition - This is one of my favorite mascaras of the moment, because it provides awesome clump-free length. It has a wet formula and is very dark, so it will give you everything you need.
Before and After of L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara (two coats)
For some reason I’m just not in love with this mascara… even though it makes my lashes look awesome, and definitely adds incredible length, something about it just doesn’t wow me. Perhaps it’s because it takes some working with before it looks good… you can’t just sweep it on and have it look perfect. It has a very dry formula, which you need to work into your lashes in order to get even volume. However I definitely recommend this for people with short or straight lashes - this will definitely give your eyes a lift!