After trying out the new Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off mascara I have mixed feelings about it. I really liked the intensity and drama from the original ScandalEyes mascara but the brush for that particular formula was a little hard to work with. This newer version has a much more user-friendly brush but unfortunately the formula doesn’t have the same impact.
This product gives very pretty definition and volume but I really have to layer it and apply multiple coats to get the look I want. I purchased the shade extreme black but I feel like this is definitely not a dark black mascara. The domed tip is great for shaping and reaching every little lash but I wish the actual mascara was darker black and a slightly wetter formula.
Another wierd thing I have found after using this a few times is I feel like it disappears throughout the day. It doesn’t smudge or flake but when I look at myself a few hours after application my lashes just seem to look blah. Where did the product go? I have no idea, but my lashes definitely don’t look as pretty as when I first applied.
Below is just a quick picture of the mascara on my lashes.
Overall, I don’t think this is a mascara I will repurchase again.
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I was recently sent a 5 pan shadow palette from the brand BA Star. This brand specializes in makeup for Dancers, Cheerleaders and other competitors. The products are reasonably priced and you can create your own kits with a discount for bulk orders. I recieved the Natural Shadow palette which came with 3 shimmer shadows plus 2 gel glitters. The packaging was surprisigly sturdy and I liked that the palette came with shadows plus glitters. The shadows applied slightly patchy without a primer, but over a base these had nice pigmentation and blendability. For this post, I applied the shadow without a primer so you could see the color payoff of the actual product. I applied the darkest shade from lash to crease and then applied the medium shade in my actual crease. I blended with a fluffy brush and then applied a small amount of the clear glitter over my lids. I didn’t want to go with a typical nude lip so I applied a smashbox lip gloss in the shade mulberry. If you’d like to try this palette you can check them out here I also have a 50% discount code you can use, just enter the word BBSMOKY when you order!
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Revlon ColorStay Quad in 540 Inspired (see my review here)
love & Beauty Bronzer (see my review here)
NYX Slide on Pencil in Sunrise Blue
I have a hard time wearing color on my lids but I wanted to find a way to wear this spring’s turqouise trend on my eyes. I came up with this simple smokey eye that’s subtle enough for me to wear but still has a pop color.
1. Apply Foundation and eyelid primer
2. Apply shade 2 of Revlon Quad from lashline to crease
3. Intensify color using Urban Decay’s Flipside shadow
4. Apply shade 4 from Revlon Quad into crease. Blend.
5. Apply a small amount of love & beauty bronzer to the center of your lid for added depth
6. Using NYX slide on pencil smudge under lower lashline and onto lower water line
7. Smudge love & beauty bronzer underneath lashline and apply to tear duct
8. Add lots of both Mascaras for a dark and defined lashline
9. Contour with the Milani Bronzer and then blend out as a blusher
10. Use the love & beauty bronzer as a higlight along the tops of your cheek bones
11. Apply lipstick and gloss
I haven’t seen many reviews on this mascara which surprises me because I think it is one of the better mascaras to come out lately. This is a volumizing product that adds fullness and length to your lashes without applying too clumpy or wet. It has a plastic bristle brush with a flat tip and the opening of the tube pulls out just the right amount of product. The brush is a bit large but I don’t have an overly difficult time reaching my inner and outer lashes. The flat tip kind of threw mOne of my friends compared this to Urban Decay’s Big Fatty mascara but said the Rocket Volum’ was better and cheaper. Too see this mascara on my lashes you can click my Lorac Day and Night post. This mascara is a 9 out of 10 for me and definitely worth trying.
Over Christmas I was able to get my hands on the Lorac Pro Palette. This is an amazing collection of shimmer and matte shades and probably the most versatile grouping of shadows I own. The texture of this product is buttery, pigmented with little fall out, even when using the darker shades. There isn’t one color that I don’t enjoy or was disappointed with. In a humble attempt to show the wide range of looks you can create with this palette I’ve put together a day and and night look using only these shadows.
For this look I applied the shade cream all over my lid and deepened and defined my crease with Taupe. I took sable and smudged it beneath my lower lash line to add a bit more dimension. I used L’oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense liquid line to create a quick cat eye and lined my lower water line with NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. I finished off my lashes with a quick coat of Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. I used Revlon’s Soft Nude on my lips and Tarte Flushed on my cheeks.
This look only requires 2 shadows and takes about 2 seconds to complete. I swept the shade pewter all over the lid, staying below my crease. Then for some definition I took the matte shade black and concentrating the color at the outer v of my lid blended out the shadow, then I took whatever was left on my brush and deepened my crease. Taking a pencil brush I then applied black under my lash line and finished everything off with a few coats of Maybelline’s new Rocket Volum Express mascara. Pewter is such a pretty and unique shade and gives you such a rich smokey look without looking too harsh. On my cheeks I wore Tarte’s Amused blush and I added a quick layer of L’oreals Color Riche Caresse lipstick in Merino Mauve.
Fall is usually the time of year I begin loving my brown and black eyeshadows again and wearing a smokey eye day and night but this season I have been favoring the easy clean look of perfect winged liner with a bright berry or red lip.
With my budget on my mind I tend to buy drugstore eyeliners over prestige brands because honestly, most of the time I can’t tell the difference between a 9 or 20 dollar pencil. I’d much rather splurge on a pretty Tarte Blush or an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette.
That being said, here are the liners I have been loving all fall:
1. L’oreal Carbon Black Linuer Intense Liquid Liner: This felt pen is so quick and easy to use and gives you a jet black line that wears with little flaking or smudging. My favorite thing about this pen is it dries quickly so I dont have to worry about that annoying smudge I get on my upper lid if I use a liner takes too long to dry. You can achieve a thin or thick line with the product depending how you hold and it.
2. e.l.f Brightening Eyeliner in Black: I’m not sure why this pencil is considered ‘brightening’ but I like it because even though its a pencil it doesn’t tug on my lid when I use it. The pigment of this is a dull black but that makes it easy to wear for daytime looks. I like using this before I apply my liquid liner to really fill in any gaps between my lashes. I feel like you get a much more intense look this way. Another bonus, since I can sharpen this to a super fine point I can use it on the inner third of my lashline if I don’t want to pull my liquid or gel liner all the way to my tear duct.
3. L’oreal Carbon Black Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Liner: I have a love/hate relationship with the product. I love it because it’s crazily versatile. It works amazingly along the water line and is a gorgeous jet black color. You can sharpen it and use it like you would liquid liner and map out a perfect winged eye or you can work fast and smudge it for a smokey look that won’t budge all day. My issue with this pencil is it’s so creamy that you can sharpen through it in 2 weeks. I hate products that use up easily, especially since this isn’t the cheapest drugstore liner.
4. Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black: I love using gel liner when drawing any kind of cat eye or winged liner look. No matter how nice liquid liner looks, gel liner always looks slightly better to me. Using gel takes longer for me though so I usually reach for my liquid pens when I’m in a hurry. This Maybelline product is amazing. I’ve had it almost a year and it hasn’t dried out or become flakey. The product goes on smoothly, has gorgeous pigment and great lasting power. This also works on my water line and lasts at least a few hours before it disappears.
You may have noticed the cute colorwheels on endcaps at your local drugstores displaying Maybelline’s latest limited edition color mascaras. They have a variety of colors ranging from purple to green to teal priced at around 8 dollars. I picked up the purple shade because I thought it would be a nice contrast with my hazel eyes. I remember being younger and playing with Maybelline’s colored mascaras so I thought these would be a fun bit of nostalgia. I decided if I liked the purple I would for sure purchase the teal and green. Unfortunately the formula and brush of this mascara just doesn’t work for me. I had really good luck with the Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara but these limited edition colors revert back to the standard Great Lash formula and brush. So while the color of this is very pretty and fun the mascara itself leaves my lashes feeling dry, clumpy and my eyes itchy. My verdict is, if you like the regualar Great Lash Mascara the pigment of these limited edition shades are super fun and worth the money but if you aren’t a fan of the original formula save your bucks!
1. The pigment of these mascaras is bright, the color will be noticeable so these are fun to play with if you like the formula
2. Same formula as original Great Lash Mascara. Same brush too.
3. This mascara tends to leave my lashes looking very spidery. Not a good look for me.
4. The formula of this makes my eyes itch. It’s very dry and flakey on my lashes.
5. This mascara is hard to wash off for me. Another negative in my book.
6. I think the best way to wear these colors is on your lower lashes or on the very tips of your upper lashes.
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I’ve been wanting to try these Red Cherry lashes for awhile now so I went on a little spending spree 2 weeks ago and bought 20 dollars worth of falsies ( I have a few more pairs that I already wore that aren’t pictured). These are super cheap, only $1.99 a pair, and I was really happy with the quality. These are just as easy to apply as my Ardell, Revlon, or Eyelure lashes and I prefer the packaging of these over those brands ( I think it’s easier to store and re-store used lashes in this packaging). I like these better than KISS lashes which I hate. The only style of these I was disappointed in was the Demi-wispies ( I prefer the Ardell Demi-wispies over these) They just seemed kind of scrawny and didn’t really add much to my normal lashes. I have smaller eyes so I did need to trim all of these styles before I could wear them.
Overall though I’m super happy with everything I ordered. I’ve been loving wearing minimal eye makeup and just putting on a pair of these for a natural look that still has some glamour. If you are looking for a pair of cheap quality falsies I think these are perfect. I ordered mine online from www.madamemadeline.com and they arrived in less than a week which was great too.
Quick Tips For Applying False Eyelashes:
1. Measure the lashes and trim any extra length so they fit your eye without looking droopy
2. I always like to bend the band with my fingers to help shape them before application
3. Apply a thin line of lash glue to eyelash band and let it dry a few seconds before trying to apply
4. I always apply mascara to my natural lashes before applying falsies but I don’t curl them until after application. I find my natural lashes get in the way if I curl them first.
5. Place the lashes as close to your natural lash line as possible ( Use your natural lashes as a shelf and set them on top)
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This trio has become my favorite go-to eyeshadow for a quick everyday neutral eye. I wear these colors a few different ways:
1. With the light brown shade all over my lid and then the dark brown as a liner along my upper and lower lash line. I use the cream as my brow highlight.
2. With the darkest brown all over my lid and then the light brown shade as a blending color in my crease. Then a little of the dark brown along my lower lashline.
3. With the dark brown shade in my outer v area and then the highlight shade in the center and inner corner of my eye.
The color payoff of these is actually alot better than what appears in the swatches. I find I can skip eyeliner and just use the darkest shade when I want to define my lash line. These blend so easily and have little to no fall out when I use them. The packaging says these shades work best for blue eyes but I think the browns really highlight the green in my eyes. This is my second time purchasing this trio so I really recommend it.
Since I’ve been loving all of my Tarte products lately I decided to purchase the line’s lights, cameras, lashes mascara and compare it to Tarte’s Gifted mascara that I already love and own. I believe they both retail for around $19 dollars at Ulta.
Here is how Tarte says they work:
Lights, cameras, lashes:
This is what we call a push-up bra for your lashes™ a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing and conditioning) dermatologist tested mascara that gives dramatic, thick, sexy lashes and is clinically proven to increase lash volume by 424%.
Gifted Clay Mascara:
Tarte’s biggest beauty breakthrough, Amazonian clay, is now exclusively available in thishydrating, replenishing and reparative mascara, clinically-proven to increase lash volume by 121% instantly! Just as it intuitively restores hydration and balances texture in skin, Amazonian clay intuitively hydrates, replenishes and repairs dry and brittle lashes making this the first and only “smart” mascara that instinctively reads and treats your unique lash concerns, delivering the benefits you need and volume you desire. In a consumer panel survey, 91% of subjects saw healthier lashes in just 3 weeks! This high-performance natural™ ingredient also performs by absorbing any excess oil to keep lashes balanced and keep product in place. The result is healthier and more voluminous lashes that won’t ever flake or transfer. Gifted™ works overtime to keep lashes intact, healthier and stronger by preventing lash loss and promoting lash health
Honestly, there isn’t much of a difference between these for me. The brushes are very similar, lights, camera, lashes has slightly shorter bristles and I think picks up a tiny bit more product. However, both give great definition, length and volume. Lights, camera, lashes I thinks adds a VERY slight bit of extra length and volume but I actually tested these out one day with each on a different eye and no one I asked could notice any difference. For me the most noticeable variance between the two is Gifted gives you softer feeling lashes. Out of all the mascaras I’ve ever tried this has to be the most natural feeling formula, yet it still gives great definition and length. It’s so comfortable to wear and doesn’t smudge or flake on me AT ALL. At the end of the night it’s also very easy to take off.
If I had to choose between the two I would purchase the Gifted Mascara. I’ve only worn it for a week or two now but it’s definitely in my top favorite mascaras of all time. I don’t normally notice a big difference between higher-end and drugstore mascaras but this one does impress me.
Either of these are great though and I would recommend both. I find they look gorgeous layered over each other as well so if you can splurge grab both! I definitely prefer either of these over Benefit’s BadGal Lash which is about the same price!
Quick Things To Know:
1. These are both paraben free, mineral oil free, fragrance free and cruelty free.
2. You’ll get great pigmentation, length and lash volume with these. They aren’t clumpy and won’t give you spider lashes. HOWEVER, this is not a false lash effect mascara, you do get a more natural look with both of these.
3. Tarte is know for their lash primer, I haven’t tried it yet but it might add even more volume and length to an already great formula.
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