Category Archives: Mascara and Eyeliner

Tackling My Beauty Shortcomings With Milani Liquid Liners

Happy Holidays! We all have beauty shortcomings. One of mine is winged liner. I love seeing it because it can up the ante on elaborate eyeshadows looks as well as subtle ones. One blogger who does an amazing winged liner is Mollybee at Beautsoup. She has a post about how she achieves it so check her out. I hope to get on her level one day, but to do that it’s going to take some practice. So what’s a determined makeup addict to do? Buy some liquid liners.

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Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara

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This mascara missed the mark to me. It gave me length(Yay!), but the fibers just didn’t do it for me(boo!). They looked like stray pieces of lash attached to my own. I wanted to pick them off because they looked so out of place. This may not be an issue from far away but it threw me when I looked at my lashes up close. Continue reading Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash Real Impact Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash Title

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara is one of those mascaras that’s everywhere and has been around forever. I remember seeing the pink and green tube in my mother’s bathroom. It persists because it gets the job done. This is Maybelline Great Lash Real Impact Mascara. Continue reading Maybelline Great Lash Real Impact Mascara

Milani Grandissimo Lashes Mascara Review

Milani Grandissimo Lashes Mascara $4.99)
Milani Grandissimo Lashes ($4.99)

I’m a big fan Milani lip products, however, I’ve been slacking on checking out their other products. I decided to pick up Grandissimo Lashes Mascara to rectify that. Michelle at MichelleAmanda.com said it was similar to an expensive favorite of mine and that was all I needed know. I think it lives up to that comparison. I won’t get into which favorite it is just know that it’s popular. Continue reading Milani Grandissimo Lashes Mascara Review

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara Made My Lashes Pop…Severely

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara ($7.99)

I purchased L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara awhile back and just wasn’t impressed. I tossed it in my mascara drawer and forgot about it. Today I decided to revisit it and found out that sometimes first impressions aren’t always the most accurate impression. This is actually great mascara.

The L’Oreal Miss Manga  in Blackest Black gave me some serious length and volume and is super black. It didn’t give me anime eyes, but it definitely defined my lashes and gave them more dimension. Continue reading L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara Made My Lashes Pop…Severely

Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara Review

Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)

I received Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara as a 100 pt perk from Sephora. Even though the name is cute I was not expecting it to live up to it. Sex is in a league of its own, but I digress.

THE BRUSH

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Brush

The brush is in an hourglass shape and designed with “extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of his carbon black collagen fueled formula.”

THE FORMULA

It’s cruelty-free and thick. Since Better Than Sex is billed as volumizing the thickness makes sense. As I used a second and third coat my lashes got some serious UMPH. Anything more than that and I think it would start to clump. I was also able to get some lengthening. My lashes don’t feel too hard, even with a third coat, and I didn’t have much trouble removing it with a make-up remover wipe.

Bare lashes
Bare lashes
Too Fa ed Better Than Sex Mascara
With Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Better Than Sex Mascara feels like it’s meant for a night out rather than an everyday mascara, but I don’t think it should be limited to that. It’s $23 so it shouldn’t languish in a drawer waiting for its big moment.

WOULD I BUY IT?

I know everyone isn’t big on splurging on mascara, but I’d buy this mascara in its full size since I’m happy with my sample. At the moment Sephora is selling a Twice The Sex Mascara Duo(online only), which consists of the full size mascara and a travel size mascara. If I decide to buy the mascara anytime soon, then I’ll jump on that to get a bit more bang for my buck.

Have you tried Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara? Did it live up to its name?

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is available at Ulta, Sephora, wherever Too Faced products are sold.

Save Your Money: Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Benefit Cosmetics makes one of my favorite mascaras, They’re Real! Mascara, so when I saw that Sephora.com was offering a free mini of Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-up Liner I jumped on it. The full size They’re Real! Push-up Liner is $24 and is a gel-liner comes in a pen form. It is supposed to be long wearing, smudge-proof, and easy to use.

Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner
Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner(mini)

From Sephora.com
This eyeliner’s soft AccuFlex™ tip is custom-angled to draw an easy line. Its flat, wide guard gently pushes lashes aside to get close to lash line.

So with all that said, is it true? Kinda.

When you first open the eyeliner an orange plastic piece is in the tip of the pen that must be removed before you can use the product. Once that piece is removed you have to spin a bottom piece several times for the product to come out of the tip. When product comes out you wipe off the excess and your Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner is ready to use. Easy peasy right? Nope.

Here’s what’s true: it’s smudge proof and you can get it close to your lashline with it. The rest is open to interpretation.

I don’t have a steady hand and it’s one of the reasons I’ve steered clear of most gel and liquid liners. Since my hand shakes a bit it, made the liner a little difficult for me to use. If your hand is steadier than mine then you may not have problem with it.

Initially it was a mess. I didn’t realize that the product needed to be flush with the tip at all times. That means you must click the pen so some product comes out and then wipe the excess away so it’s flat. Before I figured that out I was unfortunately layering liner on my lid and not in a good way. I was scared it was going to flake off, but I was able to smooth it out with the tip to make it look better.

They're Real! Push-up Liner Accu-Flex tip.
They’re Real! Push-up Liner Accu-Flex tip.

Once I figured out that I needed to keep it flush, I had to deal with the difficulty of getting a smooth application. I don’t have taut eye skin so my liner is going to skip if I attempt to line my eyes in one swipe. To deal with that, I gradually line my eyes. But that technique didn’t really work for this product. And the idea of needing to constantly click the pen and wipe away product seems tedious.

Both applied L to R: The top line is when the product is flush with the tip. The bottom is when it's not. And as you can see it almost looks like it can be flaked away.
Both applied L to R: The top line is when the product is flush with the tip. The bottom is when it’s not. And as you can see it almost looks like it can be flaked away.

The concept is cute, but this may not be it. I think that it would be a lot easier to get some gel liner and a brush to do what this product is supposed to do. It’s unfortunate because the gel-liner is nice. It’s matte and it’s not going anywhere(to remove use waterproof remover). That’s usually what one wants in a liner. The tip is soft and flexible and that helps you get close to the lashline. But that good stuff can’t trump how ho-hum I feel about this push-up liner.
Have your tried Benefit’s They’re Real Push-up Liner? Did you love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between?

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Photo courtesy of Sephora.com Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner (full size)

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner is available at Sephora, Ulta, and where ever Benefit products are sold.

FOTD: A Bold Summer Look Re-creation

FULL DISCLOSURE: Nars 413 BLKR Illuminator and Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo were gifted to me.

I was hanging around on Youtube and decided search for some Nars videos and ran across this one:

In this video head artist, Cindy Rodriguez, used some of the products from Nars Cosmetics’ Summer 2014 Adult Swim Collection to create a look around a bold lip. I decided to recreate the look with a few tweaks since I don’t own everything from Adult Swim.

Bold Lip Nars Summer 2014  Re-creation
Products I used for this look are below.

I feel good about it. Obviously the artist in the video didn’t wing out the eye. I did that just to add more drama because my eye looked a bit plain without it. I’ll be getting some swatches up of Lost Coast and 413 BLKR soon so you can see them upclose. I’ll also put what I used below. Let me know what you think.

Are you big on recreating the looks you see or do you just do what you want?

Products used:

Face

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation – 177

Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer – Ebony Bronze

NARS Blush – Desire

NARS Iluminator – 413 BLKR

Eyes

NARS Eyeshadow Duo – Lost Coast

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen eyeliner – Black

Lips

NARS Lipstick – Funny Face (swatches here)

 

Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara Review

When it comes to drugstore mascaras I think Maybelline’s are the bees knees. By no means have I tried them all, but I feel that I’ve tried more Maybelline mascaras that work for me than other brands. I think the Volum Express The Colossal Cat Eyes is another win.

Volum Express Cat Eyes
Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Cat Eyes retails for $5.99

The wand has a typical curved brush. When I pulled it out of the tube I was happy that the mascara wasn’t gooped all over the wand. I know it’s nothing to clean it off on a tissue but it’s just something I like. And the bristles get all my lashes.

The wand
The wand

The formula is thin. I put on several coats and really didn’t experience any clumping. I regularly use two coats with most mascaras and was able to do 5 with this one. And for 5 coats of mascara, my lashes didn’t feel crispy. The end result is subtle.

My bare lash
My bare lash
Colossal Cat Eyes
My lash with Maybelline Volum Express The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara

It gives good curl and lengthens but because the formula is thin my lashes had a very natural look to them. It reminds me of what I wish my lashes did on their own. This isn’t a thickening, super glam mascara, at least for me. This mascara is something I’d wear when I don’t want to do a full face but want my eyes to look pretty and awake. A lipgloss and mascara day so to speak.

A sidenote: This mascara gives up the ghost quick when wet but there is a waterproof version.

So are you big on Maybelline mascaras? Let me know in the comments.

Maybelline Volum Express retails for $5.99 and can be found where Maybelline products are sold and online.