Tag Archives: mascara

Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara

27 Jul

perricone no mascara

I am going to TRY to start blogging more often, although they will have to be short and sweet, because having two kids under 2 is not affording me a lot of time to myself. But I miss reviewing beauty products, and lord knows I certainly haven’t stopped buying them, so I should be doing something useful with this knowledge!

I have a new go-to mascara! No, Tarte didn’t p me off (I still love you Tarte!) I just like to change things up now and then. More often now than then. Anyhow.

Enter Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara. I do not understand the bad reviews on Amazon – this stuff is the shiznit. Here are the things it does:

  • lengthens
  • thickens
  • only needs one coat
  • looks natural
  • comes off easily with soap and water, leaving no residue
  • is long-wearing

And here are the things it doesn’t do:

  • smudge
  • make my lashes feel stiff or unnatural
  • cake or clump
  • flake

No brainer! Absolutely love this mascara – it’s my new go-to!

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System

18 Nov

In a word: weird.

I suck at putting on false eyelashes, and for the most part, there’s really no reason for me to do so. I am genetically blessed with lovely, curly natural lashes that only require some darkening and thickening to look almost as good as fake on their own. Nonetheless, there are times when I want that over the top, mascara ad look that can only be accomplished with falsies, and I have absolutely no luck applying them. It takes me hours, I end up with glue everywhere, and about 60% of the time eventually just give up.

So when I saw this “Lash Extension System” from Too Faced (whom I like a lot) at Sephora, of COURSE I thought, “Well why the hell not?” Date night with the huzz Friday was the perfect excuse to try it out.

The positive: my eyelashes looked awesome, no doubt. They did NOT look like fake lashes, nor did they look anything like the lashes on the box. But they looked damned good – better than any just-mascara-alone has ever made them look. Thick, long, and black as night.

The negative: everything else. You have to do about 4 coats all told for the entire process to be complete: base, weird fibrous middle, then 2 top coats. That alone is a deal breaker for me, because I just don’t have the time to do four coats of anything. Another problem is the stuff flakes off under your eyes (just a tiny bit, I have seen worse), and is VERY hard to remove. I was still taking it off the next day – probably another issue related to the whole four coats thing.

But none of those things are the worst thing. The worst thing is the weird, fibrous middle coat. Oh god just thinking of it actually makes me shudder a little.

It is white and like cotton candy. For some reason I thought it would be at least moist, but it’s not. It’s dry as paper. So you use a mascara wand to apply a dry, white, cotton-candy-esque – god I can’t even think of a word to describe it – COAT of stuff to your eyelashes. And it doesn’t stick too well so you’re kind of repeating it again and again wondering if you’re doing it right. It reminds me of the tiny furs on caterpillars. Seriously weird. Anyhow if you make it through this step, which I barely did, you then follow with two coats of the other normal mascara-like stuff on top. And then, as the pièce de résistance, your eyelashes stick together. I don’t mean the top ones stick to each other. I mean the top ones stick to the bottom ones, like a Venus flytrap. And I didn’t even use the caterpillar fur on my lower lashes, for fear of that very thing. It seemed to subside after about an hour – either that or I just stopped noticing – but at first I basically wanted to rip my eyelashes out.

I cannot in good conscience recommend this “system,” no matter how good it makes your lashes look. Maybe if you’re doing a photo shoot or something and can wash it off right away – no, not even then. It gave my eyeballs the creepy crawlies, and that is never okay.



31 Oct

I have been trying different mascaras lately. I don’t know why. Boredom? I just thought, there are so many out there, why not? Largely a disappointing experience, but here are my findings anyhow, in a very short, succinct format.

Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara
When I bought this, she told me it doesn’t smudge. That is a lie. It does. A lot. It smells like roses and it’s not the worst of the smudgers, but it does end up under my eyes after a long day. Good color, good consistency, easy application, good volume. Too expensive to smudge that way.
3/5 lashes

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara
I like the logo for this brand, and I think we all know I’m a sucker for anything pretty or gimmicky. I’m not sure what the thought process was in naming any mascara “skinny” anything, because that seems pretty counterintuitive, but this mascara is actually awesome. I literally just took a nap in it and it looks exactly the same as when I applied it. I have had no smudging issues with it; when it comes off it actually just seems to flake a little, which is way easier to remove than smudging. Color is good, lashes look thick and long. A tiny bit clumpier than I’d prefer but not too bad, and might thicken up with repeated usage. One coat is enough. Only complaint – hard to get off. Really had to scrub it off my eyes.
4.5/5 lashes

Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara in 6 (Purple)
Great mascara. I picked this up at Sephora because I had a hankering for some purple eyelashes. Great application, great staying power, easy to remove, little to no smudging, BUT (isn’t there always something?) doesn’t look very purply on. If you look VERY carefully it’s purple, but it’s not jumping off my face purple. The only reason to wear purple mascara is so that people are like, Hey, look at those wild lashes! This doesn’t accomplish that. I may as well just use the black. So as a mascara, 5/5 lashes. As a purple mascara…
3.5/5 lashes

Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara
The definite winner of the bunch, and a reader/friend submission at that! Wendy F. recommended I try this brand after one of my other mascara posts, so I did. It’s great! Color is good, application is easy, nice thick lashes with no clumping, one coat does it, easy to remove, minimal smudging, meets pretty much every requirement I have! I am at the end of the tube now, hence my exploration into other types, but if you’re not in the mood to explore and simply want a reliable, standard mascara, I don’t think you can go wrong with this one.
5/5 lashes

On a related note, the first person to tell me what the hell mascara and flagellation have in common wins a prize. EVERY time I write about mascara, WordPress suggests I tag my post with flagellation. I must know why.

Korres Deep Colour Mascara

25 May

I have extolled the virtues of Korres before and now, in the half hour before I have to leave for work, I am going to do it again.

I have naturally full, curly lashes. (Don’t hate me, there are lots of other things wrong with me, I promise.) Sometimes, if I am just going out dog walking or whatnot, I don’t want to go all out in the eye makeup department, and this includes mascara. What I mean is that if I use one of my favorites – like, say, Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara – I end up with really, really full, dark, long lashes, and to me, that looks a bit overdone for walking dogs. Long black lashes are beautiful and they make my eyes look sensational, but I don’t really need to look like I am all done up for a night out on the town every day, and honestly, it makes me feel a little preposterous. Sometimes, I just want to highlight my lashes (which have blonde tips, so can be a bit invisible with no mascara at all) without making them look like I have false lashes on. It’s on these days I turn to Korres’ Deep Colour Mascara.

Here’s the scoop, from the Sephora website:

What it is:
A pigment-rich mascara containing Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran.

What it does:
Korres Deep Colour Mascara provides glossy, deep color while conditioning and nourishing to promote maximum lash health. This brand favorite contains Provitamin B5 , a proven hair-strengthening agent that conditions and strengthens lashes, while Rice Bran expands (just like rice does in water) to provide maximum lash length, volume, and fullness*.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Mineral Oils
– Petrochemicals
– Propylene Glycols
– Ethanolomines
– GMOs
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes

(*asterisk mine – I love this mascara but I don’t know what they’re comparing it to – I have used a LOT of mascaras and this provides medium volume and fullness, NOT maximum.)

This mascara is a fantastic daytime mascara. It stays put, doesn’t smudge, gives me nice, beautiful length and color, doesn’t clump, and doesn’t make my lashes looks too fake or overblown. I am wearing it right now as I type this, because I have a lunch date today and want to look presentable. I just ran my finger over the ends of my lashes and they feel soft and pliable, not set and hard as the case is with some mascaras. And if it does the stuff it promises, with the Provitamin B5 and whatever, then hey, all the better!

I fully endorse Korres’ Deep Colour Mascara as a go-to daytime mascara. And now I must go-to my daytime job. Toodle-oo!

DiorShow Black Out Mascara

1 May

I don’t know how you TECHNICALLY spell blowing raspberries with your tongue, but here’s my best shot: BBBBLLLLLPPPPTH. It doesn’t matter how bloody good a mascara looks when you put it on your lashes if it’s all over the skin under your eyes within a few hours. I put DiorShow Black Out mascara on at about 5pm last night, and when I got into the car before nine, I noticed in the rearview mirror that I had the dreaded black raccoon smudges under my eyes. I had not been crying. I had not been drinking. I had not been sweating. I had not been in the rain. I went to meet a client, then went and met girlfriends for dinner. Two sit-down, relaxed events.

I bought this mascara in the first place because the Sephora sales droid assured me Dior mascaras do not smudge. LIES. They know nothing.

DiorShow Black Out, meet my garbage can. Waste of money.

On a separate note, this is like the tenth time WordPress has suggested “flagellation” as a possible tag for one of my cosmetic review posts. WHY???

Fusion Beauty LashFusion XL Micro Technology Instant Lash Volumizer

17 Feb

Yuck, no, bad. I’m not even going to write a full post about this because it’s not worth the time, and I have a million things to do before we leave for Mardi Gras tomorrow. Suffice it to say that it went on okay and looked okay, but left my (curly) lashes sticking together, even after it dried, and I ended up rubbing and picking at my eye lashes all day, until I had rubbed most of it off one eye and looked like a freak. Not a fan, would not recommend. It went right in the garbage – I wouldn’t even give this to someone.

Tarte multiplEYE™ mascara

15 Feb

Far be it from me to malign Tarte, which you will soon learn is one of my absolute favorite makeup brands. I did notice, however, that all of my reviews so far have been positive, and I do have A LOT of product misfires, so I thought I’d include one of those here.

This morning, I tried a sample sized Tarte multiplEYE mascara. Besides being annoying to type (I’m not doing it again), it’s not that great. My lashes look distinctly meh, and I have pretty nice lashes overall. I didn’t get really ANY noticeable volume, and really not much length, either. As a result, even though I usually link to products, I’m not going to link to this one, nor any others that I don’t fully endorse. If you want to give Tarte’s mascaras a try, I still fully encourage you to try Lights, Camera, Splashes!

Anyone else tried this one? If so, did you have a better experience? Also, why is WordPress suggesting “flagellation” as a tag for this? It’s not a great mascara, but it’s not THAT bad.