L’oreal lash architect 4D has been my best friend for a while now, what mascaras have you tried this year?
well currently i’ve been testing out Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara, and while it really does give the most obnoxiously long lashes, I’m not fond of the brush, it really refuses to NOT clump the product onto your lashes — I’ve never had to use a comb to go through my lashes to get excess product off but i have to with this one. the sheer amount of product you waste each time you swipe the side of the packaging to get rid of excess product is also kind of sad. you always get too much! also it doesn’t last all day on me and ends up ruining my eye makeup by the end of the day.
i do like and have used Urban Decay’s Lush Lash for a long time, but when I ran out i decided not to purchase it again until i find another one i like. it’s great for voluminous lashes, but not long ones. it does have my absolute FAVORITE mascara brush though. but the formula is pretty unremarkable.
have also tried voluminous, shiseido, maybelline… i think i’ve tried seven mascaras this year, but i’m not wholly committed to any.
I bought some mascaras on impulse from Medusa’s Makeup because I was so inspired by my beautiful friend Alex’s GPOY with purple mascara. In total they were about $21— there was a deal for $15 for all of the mascaras and shipping was $6.95 and they arrived in 4 days, which was nice.
Sorry for the weird example photos, I put on some glitter liner from NYX but it photographed weird. I’m not a fan the NYX Glitter Liners anymore I think, they don’t last very long and don’t look nice in these photos! But the point of this post is mascara so let me get back to it:
Here are some quick swatch looks with Majestic and Envy, the purple and green ones. I initially only wanted to buy the purple one but I think Envy shows up more on my eyelashes. I’ll do looks with the rest of the mascaras in the future. For $5 a pop they’re totally worth it if you like strange colored mascaras, though I do think you need to layer a bit. The brush was better than I expected, too.
Here is some background on Medusa’s Makeup if you’re thinking about purchasing from them:
- They are PETA certified and don’t test on animals.
- Their pressed eyeshadows are simply repackaged eyeshadows i.e they don’t make them themselves, they buy them from a private label manufacturer (as do several other ‘indie’ brands). That being said, their eye dusts are also suspected of being repackaged but i’m not sure.
- They make their lipglosses and mascaras themselves in their own factory and some of their other products too. You can see swatches of a lot of their products on Phyrra’s blog.
What I’m wearing besides the mascara: OCC Foxfire, Aromaleigh Estranged, Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner, NYX Glitter Liner.
What……. a nice problem to have????????! I don’t think you need an eyelash straightener, I just think you need a better mascara wand. Look for a wand with a brush like bristle that really combs your lashes for an even coat. The first one that comes to mind is my favorite, Urban Decay’s Lush Mash Mascara, though Lancome Hypnose Drama looks promising too. You may also want to use a mascara base, the one I prefer is Shiseido’s Nourishing Mascara Base. Another thing you could try is to use a brow comb through your lashes lightly before you apply whatever mascara you’re currently using.
- Urban Decay Lush Lash Growth Serum-Infused Conditioning Mascara. It’s a dry formula but it is very light on your lashes and helps them grow and get stronger ‘cause it has serum in the formula.
You asked, we delivered: our favorite drugstore products of 2011. We did a favorite drugstore eyeliners post you guys liked here, just for reference (and also to avoid unnecessary asks re: drugstore eyeliners. We get a lot.) Some of these aren’t necessarily 2011 releases but they’re products we reach for time and time again, not just over other drugstore products but high end equivalents, too.
Cute mini-haul of beauty-related gifts from my best friend (Dolly Wink Liner ILU I MISSED YOU SO MUCH) and my mother. Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black, Koji Dolly Wink Nail Polishes in Turquoise (8) and Silver Glitter (13), L’Oreal Voluminous Naturale in Blackest Black (395) and L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition in Blackest Black (380).
As always, want a review, swatches or pictures? Feel free to ask. :D Have a good rest of the week~
I haven’t personally used any lash serums, but I asked Arabelle and she said that Urban Decay makes a good lash serum that comes off easily as well. The thing is, lash serums in general don’t have that good of a reputation, so definitely do your research before investing in a system. Arabelle has heard some scary stories.
Arabelle: Yeah that lash serum is nice but I never really use lash serum so I’m not an expert on it. I remember some lash serum scandal that involved blindness or something… do not want. I do use this mascara that contains lash serum in the formula quite frequently however, and it’s nice, I’d recommend it. I do notice a slight difference in fullness after using it frequently, though I don’t know if it’s the serum or if that could be attributed to the really great brush that kind of combs through your lashes to make each one show individually. It’s probably my favorite mascara brush. It’s not built for lengthening mind you, in my opinion it gives you just a natural, fuller lash look that is washed off quite easily with just some soap and water. This mascara is super gentle and formulated for brittle, fragile lashes so I think it’s one you should try out.