Rimmel’s Mod Revival + My Photoshoot!
Yes, believe it or not… that’s me! Recently I was invited by Rimmel London to help promote the new Retro Glam cosmetic collection. I spent an amazing week in New York discovering my inner 60’s diva, resulting in the awesome photoshoot you’re glimpsing here! Retro Glam is all about bringing back the Mod scene - an iconic time in the fashion and beauty industries.
For years I’ve been a fan of Rimmel - since my first experiments with makeup, actually - and they’ve consistently come up with trendy and effective formulations. This year they’re pulling inspiration from one of the biggest fashion revivals, and they have created products that really channel the glamour and intrigue of the Twiggy era.
Other than getting yourself a better mascara, there are a lot of ways to help prevent smudging! Because I have really deep set eyes, my mascara always used to smudge along my brow bone and ruin my eyeshadow… very annoying! So I know your pain!
The first thing I recommend is using some eyeshadow primer… even if you’re not wearing eyeshadow. Primer helps to control the oils on your lids, and it’s the oils that will ruin your makeup if you’re not careful! Even waterproof mascara can’t stand up to oil (because we use oil to remove it). So apply a small amount of a good eye primer all over your lids and along your lower lash line to help keep your eyeshadow, mascara, and even eyeliner in place for a lot longer! I recommend this one -
NYX HD Eyeshadow Base - $7
This is my current favorite. I feel like it helps my eyeshadow stand out as much as possible, and does the best job of keeping my lids from getting oily!
If mascara smearing at your outer corners or lower lash line is the problem, try using a mattifying setting powder around your eye after all of your makeup is applied. Use a small eyeshadow brush and pack on the powder, which is also going to help prevent oiliness.
Essence All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder - $3
This affordable, translucent powder is easy to keep in your bag, and won’t disturb the look of your makeup because it’s colorless. It also helps your makeup stay in place, so use it all over!
And my last recommendation is to perhaps invest in a really good waterproofing makeup seal. They have mascara-type ones - they are clear, and you apply it as a topcoat over any mascara. Anastasia Beverly Hills has a really nice one - you can find that at Sephora!
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Review + Demo: bareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara
BareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara
What it is: A volumizing mascara with “10 lash benefits” and an innovative brush
What it Costs: $18-$20
Where to Get It: Sephora, Ulta, BareMinerals boutiques or online
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Up, but not for the reasons it gives!
A lot of people don’t realize that bareMinerals brand carries a lot more makeup than just mineral powder, and most of it is actually quite good, whether your face agrees with the foundations or not! Lash Domination is the brand’s newest mascara, and as soon as I saw the tester in my Sephora store I knew I just HAD to try it. The brush on this mascara is so cool, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and the brand claims it provides “a 345% increase in volume”… what? Is that even possible? After testing this mascara, methinks not…
Hello! My biggest recommendation for makeup remover is actually olive oil! It works really fast to get rid of even the most stubborn waterproof makeup. I just pour a little bit on a cotton ball and then press it against my eyes gently for a few seconds. The oil eats away at the mascara, liner, etc and makes it really easy to just wipe off the excess. From there I just use my favorite face wash to cleanse my face, and use a makeup wipe to get rid of the residue along my lashlines.
Olive oil is great because it’s natural, inexpensive, and is actually good for your skin and lashes! It will condition and moisturize, and no this type of oil will not break you out. It takes a lot of time and pain out of removing your makeup, and I use it on my entire face because it is so effective and makes my face feel soft and healthy.
As for a bottled remover, my current favorite is Sephora’s Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. It is an oil-in-water type of remover, and works quickly to melt away that stubborn mascara! ($10 at Sephora)
#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!
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.
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Waterproof Mascara - $8
Tarte Lights Camera Splashes Waterproof Mascara - $19
Hopefully these tips will help you, and don’t seem like something you already knew, haha! Good luck :)
Mascara: Which is right for you?
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!
Review: Maybelline The Falsies “Big Eyes” Mascara
What it Is: A two-sided dramatic mascara for the upper and lower lashes
What it Costs: $5-8
Similar To: Le 2 de Geurlain Two Brush Mascara
Quick Verdict: MEH
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.
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!
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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.
ELF Disposable Mascara Wand 12pk - $3
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Review: POP Beauty Smokey Lash Kapow!
POP Beauty Smokey Lash Kapow!
What it is: A mascara that makes lashes look full, dark, and defined.
What it Costs: $18.50
Where to Get it: PopBeauty.co.uk or Ulta
Similar to: Maybelline Full ‘n Soft
Quick Verdict: THUMBS DOWN
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.