Ok ladies....... I know this can be a problem for anyone using mascara. Flaking? Fallout? Transfer?
For the longest time I would put the best makeup look together and feel so accomplished.... only for those feelings to be dashed when I look in the mirror a few hours later, and it looks like I had applied mascara directly to my skin. Raccoon eyes. The constant worry and wiping all of the time doesn't help your confidence or eye wrinkles.
This problem only occurred from the mascara on my lower lashes. I couldn't wear any and feel very confident about it.
There was a mascara the Department Store I work for sold from Trish McEvoy called the "Lash Curling Mascara." It is a tubing formula (rather than a coating formula) that actually forms tubes around the eyelashes that do not smudge, flake or transfer onto skin.
It was a different concept for me indeed. I tried it on my lower lashes and LOVED IT! I am happy to say that I don't ever have to look in the mirror again if I don't want to during the day to make sure I don't have raccoon eyes.
It looks like a regular tube of mascara with a standard size bristle brush. You use it much the same as regular mascara and you can layer it as well. The only difference, is that in taking it off, you can actually pull the individual tubes off with a bit of warm water (I like to warm a washcloth and hold it over my lids for a few seconds before I slide the tubes off). No soap needed in a time crunch. I like to take mine off the same as regular mascara with soap, water and light scrubbing as with removal of any mascara.
There is also another tubing mascara from Trish called "High Volume Mascara." The brush is so small and literally grabs every single lash from every corner possible from your eyelash line. It is perfect for the lower lashes as well. For some reason, I like the bigger wand on the "Lash Curling" formula.
Now that I have told you all of the good, there is also a bad side:
This mascara is definitely not waterproof. Tearing up a little bit is ok, but when I cry (the sobbing kind), the little tubes slide off onto my face, but I really don't cry like that often, so I have nothing to worry about.
I wear this every day on my lower lashes. I like different formulas for my upper lashes, but works like a charm on my lower lashes.
The formula also tends to get built up in a thicker clump on the threads of the tube, and the bottom of the wand. No worries, just scrape/wipe it off and it's good to go. I haven't done it in awhile, so I used my opened tube to demo this fact.
If you tend to "pump" your mascara wand in and out really fast to get the most mascara on the brush, this is not the formula for you. First off, you should change that habit with ANY mascara. It will dry it out so much faster! Always swirl the brush around the tube inside to get the most on and save your mascaras from drought. If you feel as though it is drying out, you can always drop a drop or two of an eyedrop (saline solution) in the tube and then pump the mascara to get it all nice and wet again for more uses (only time I will say to pump the mascara).
I sold so many of these to customers having the same issues whether for the top lashes or bottom; this mascara definitely has a cult following.
It is pricey at $31 a tube, but sooooo worth the confidence and less fuss, and your lashes will love you for it! Call your local Nordstrom and ask them when their Mascara Madness is (It's twice a year). Great time to buy it with buy 2 get 1 free! We would sell out of these gems during that time they were so popular!
Where To Buy:
Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara (regular brush) $31 + Free Shipping
Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara (tiny brush) $31 + Free Shipping
***I am not endorsed by Trish McEvoy or affiliates and do not get paid. The opinions expressed are my own and my personal experience***
This mascara has been long anticipated for fans of the Dior mascaras (which are absolutely incredible might I add).Back in the day, I just used to use whatever mascara my Mother used. It was the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in the neon green and pink tube. It seemed to work fine. I started to get into cosmetics a little bit more and wanted to explore the world of Department Store mascaras. I had heard so many good things about the Dior mascaras. I purchased the original Diorshow mascara, and mascara was never the same to me. The discovery of it was like learning a new trick or skill and being so excited about it. That was the feeling of using the Dior mascara for the first time. It was like a new discovery, or an AHA! moment when you feel like you discovered something new, and it was wonderful.After awhile, the newness fades and I couldn't justify spending the money for Dior mascara anymore and just figured that it was just like Drugstore, and asked myself as to why was I spending that much.Fast-forward to working in cosmetics, about a year ago. I decided to give Dior mascara a go again since I worked in the same bay as Dior. IT WAS LIKE DISCOVERING SOMETHING NEW AGAIN!No matter what new mascara I decide to try; whether Drugstore or Department Store; I usually always revert back to Dior mascaras.I purchased the Dior Addict IT-LASH mascara hoping it would be just as good as the other Dior mascaras. Plus, it came in fun colors besides black (pink, blue and purple). The Dior mascara is supposed to be comparable to the extremely popular Benefit They're Real Mascara (Which I have tried and liked quite a bit). The brushes are very similiar with a synthetic brush with a spikey ball at the end to grab the small lashes and coat them all with a slick black coat of mascara.
BUT!.........I used it and was not impressed. I was so disappointed since all of Dior's other mascaras (exception: New Look Mascara) are so great!The bristles of Dior's It-Lash just didn't grab my lashes the same as Benefit's They're Real did. You only have to do a few passes with Benefit's mascara to get a really thick and lengthening look, whereas, Dior's mascara barely puts on even a coat. I literally had to do at least 100 passes of Dior's mascara to even get it to look thick enough. So disappointing!!!I love the big bold look with mascara, but if you are looking more for a very very natural, almost nude eyelash look, than the Dior mascara is for you.I definitely think that Benefit has their formula so right! It is extremely thickening, lengthening and easy to get every single lash (especially with the little spiky ball at the end). Dior needs to go back to the drawing board and re-formulate.
Definite Winner: Benefit They're Real Mascara
Where To Get:
Benefit They're Real Mascara $24
Dior It-Lash Mascara $26
UPDATE!!!I decided to try the Dior It-Look Mascara again recently to see if my opinion had changed (sometimes they do) and sadly no. This is probably the only pricey mascara that I really don't mind giving away to one of my sisters and not care. It doesn't do anything for me and I will continue to love their older formulas (My favorites: Iconic Overcurl, Iconic, Blackout, Exstase, Diorshow)
***The opinions expressed in this review are completely individual and no exchange in monetary compensation was made***
You never know how a piece of makeup is going to look until you get it home and try it on.
There are always going to be those pieces where you regret buying them. Certain things don't always work for everyone's skin type, color or preference. While these may work for others, they certainly didn't work for me!!!
Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color in French Nude 108
The color is gorgeous! The packaging is high-quality. Really nice and solid.
The problem with this lipstick is the texture. I felt as though I was trying to apply dried up wall spackle to my lips. You have to push really hard to get anything to transfer to your lips, and the formula was soooo DRY! No moisture at all! Because of that, the color hardly shows up. It was almost a chalky texture.
This lip color was a total bummer for me since it costs just as much as a Giorgio Armani lipstick (which I LOVE).
I tried it, and decided to give it another go..... it did not change my mind. Super disappointing since this lipstick cost $32!!!
Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Fuschia Fever 140
I decided to go out of my box, and try a really fun and bright lip color. I have seen other bloggers with my same skin tone and hair color use a really bright shade such as this one.
The color has way too many blue tones in it to look good on me. The color is way too much of a contrast on my fair skin tone, and platinum blonde hair. I felt as though I had stepped into the eighties full of big frizzy hair and neon.
It did not help that my parents saw me and told me that it had looked like I had just stepped out of the circus. Yeah, not good.
Makeup sure is a trial and error. Good thing this was only a few dollars. Maybe I will save it for costume makeup.....
M.A.C. Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation 30ml
This was the foundation I owned before I got really into learning all about makeup. I just figured all foundation was equal, and since mineral makeup was good, I just bought it.
As you can see in the picture, the formula separates dry pieces. That is about how it is on the skin. The formula is very dry and once again, like the Sunday Riley lipstick, you are basically just applying spackle. It is actually probably a really good foundation for people with super oily skin, but I have combination skin that is more dry than oily, so it just caked on the dry parts of my face.
It has been discontinued through MAC and they have come out with a new formula into a mineralize foundation compact for $33.
I will continue buying my Makeup Forever HD Foundation since I know and love the formula.
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
This has a dual purpose. One purpose works great and one doesn't.
It is great as a lash gel, especially for people with eyelash extensions, because it is water-based, and holds in those pesky strays all day. It also extends the life of your extensions by at least 2 weeks longer than usual.
The bad side is for use as a brow gel. Once I stopped getting extensions, I decided to use it as a brow gel ( I would never use it for both at the same time for hygienic purposes) but it just feels like you stuck water on your eyebrows. It just sits on them in super wet clumps and does nothing to shape your eyebrows.
At $2.99 it served it's purpose for eyelashes.
NARS Night Series Eyeshadow Palette
The colors are so pretty and look like they would be fantastic. NARS is usually one of my favorites when it comes to cosmetics.
This palette failed miserably. The two middle colors are like big sparkly flakes that do not transfer to your brush to apply at all! I had to dig my brush in hard, and it still did not coat my brush.
I tried the really pretty burgundy color in the top right corner, and it just looks black on the skin. No red tones whatsoever. The green in the bottom left corner also show up more charcoal than green.
I dislike this palette the most out of any other ones I have owned. I believe I bought this at a super bargain. I don't remember how much, but definitely will NOT be buying this again!
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer Stick in Pale 002
I bought this to use as an under-eye and nose highlighter, and as a concealer for my neck and chest (since they tend to naturally be lighter than my face and the rest of my body for some reason).
The color is nice. Kind of sheer and not full-coverage like I think it is supposed to be.
After a little while, the formula gets stuck in the wrinkles under my eyes, the pores on my upper cheeks, and the bumps on my nose. It is not an attractive look at all!
I have tried it several times hoping that I can make it work, and it never will. I can say that I almost hate this product. I hear the foundation is pretty good, but I definitely will not be purchasing this concealer again, and it was a bit expensive for drugstore concealer if I remember correctly.
Pür Minerals Blush in Roselite 0.14oz
I had purchased this blush when I decided I was going to start applying and learning the art of makeup. I had purchased the 4-in-1 compact, and LOVED the way it made my face look, so I got the blush and bronzer.
The bronzer is ok. Not the best, but not the worst. The blush comes in a pretty small compact. The color is a really pretty soft pink tone. The color is pretty sheer, but still gives a really minimal pretty look.
The main problem with this blush is the smell!!! It started not too long after I purchased it. I researched it, and it wasn't just mine. It was a huge complaint of this blush! It's a super strong moldy rotting makeup talc smell. I used a brush I didn't care about, because it made the brush smell rancid.
I could smell it during and after application. It's not a smell you want to have on you and in your brushes. I thought I could handle it, but I just can't because of how strong the smell is.
It is a shame since this little tiny compact cost a huge $16!
So there you have it! Hopefully this will help if you are thinking of purchasing any of these products, so you can make an informed decision. Like I said before, some of these might work for you, but I just listed the reasons why they didn't work for me.
The next post like this (I am not sure when I will do it) will involve hair products I regret buying........
Let me know if you have any suggestions for posts for me. I am going to be doing tutorials in the future sometime, but suggestions or ideas for posts are always fun to get.
I had heard about this mascara from one of my favorite youtube beauty channel guru named Laurenbeautyy.
She consistently uses this mascara, and she has some gorgeous natural lashes. I was a bit skeptical, because my favorite mascara has been Dior Diorshow, but at $30 a pop, it is not the cheapest mascara, and I had to layer on several coats to get the "look" I wanted. I like more dramatic eyelashes.
I have tried just about every drugstore brand mascara, and they were always just ok. I am actually really excited about this one!
I have had lash extensions for a long time, and decided I was not going to get them anymore, because I am severely allergic to the glue, and my eyes do not appreciate them. I wanted a mascara to mimic that look, and was not sure this one would work for me.
I love that it is Made In Italy. Everything made in Italy seems to be quality, and I love when my cosmetics are made there, rather than China, with unknown chemicals and ingredients. The wand is a small wand with tiny bristles, but definitely packs in the mascara.
I was pleasantly surprised at how little application I have to do to get my desired look. If you want to layer the look, you have to wait a little for the mascara to dry, because it's a fairly wet formula, but gives that voluminous look when layered. It's better to move the wand on a side-to-side motion rather than up and down, because the eyelashes will clump.
I think this mascara is just as good as Diorshow, and it is something I will be using from now on.
You can purchase this mascara at most Walgreens. Just hop onto their website HERE, and check the stock on it in your area to see if they carry it. If you are near Bountiful, all of the Walgreens carry this particular mascara, and it is only $2.99
*** I am not affiliated in any way with other people mentioned or products
mentioned. This is my own personal review on this purchased item***