Mascara Monday: Avon Mega Effects mascara

Welp, here we go…finally. My review of the very awesome Avon Mega Effects mascara. I’ve got a lot to say about this kid. But of course I would. I mean, it’s not everyday you see a mascara like this. I soooo didn’t see this coming. No offense Avon, but when it comes to dynamite mascaras, I wouldn’t think to turn to you. That didn’t hurt, did it? My bad. You know what I mean. Yes, of course…Avon is a great beauty brand but I wouldn’t exactly call them innovative. Welllll, honey, this mascara is single-handily changing the game. Yeeeep! I was so exactly that I received a sample of this to review.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara review

Price: $10 from Avon.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “This breakthrough mascara provides 24-hour volume, leaving lashes darker, denser and more dramatic. Get ready for a corner to corner lash transformation with our first ever Wonderbrush. “ (source)

The Truth: It’s the most interesting mascara that I have ever used.

What I Loved About It: It is so easy to tote around.

What I Didn’t Like: It takes some time to really get the super lush lashes.

This is going to be a pretty lengthy review so for those of you that just want to get to the point, I’ve broken down the review in Pros and Cons.

Pros:
-It’s affordable. Only $10!
-It makes applying mascara to the bottom lashes super easy.
-It has a fantastic build-able formula.
-Ideal for traveling. It’s so small and compact!
-While not waterproof, I found it to be a pretty sturdy long-lasting mascara.
-It’s perfect for those with super small and wonky lashes.
-It really helps brings those lashes out.

Cons
-It can look rather intimidating.
-The wand may be difficult to hold for some.
-Excess mascara comes off each time you pull the wand out.
-There’s a learning curve that busy mascara lovers may not want to deal with.
-The mascara has more separating power than volumizing power.
-You have to squeeze the tube to get the wand out and that can be a bit tricky.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara packaging

 

Overall: I first learned of this mascara when my girl Lianne of The Makeup Girl showed it off on Instagram. Her picture had me at hello I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on this baby. And now she’s here. Is it love at first sight? Not exactly. But I gave this mascara a 5 out of 5  for a good reason. It’s just that awesome. Even if it’s not perfect. First let’s talk about the so-called wand.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara wand

Avon calls this their Wonderbrush. What makes it unique is that it is able to adjust in multiple angles. It’s pretty cool because you are really manipulate this wand to get every single lash on both the top and bottom rows of lashes. It also does a great job at getting those inner corners. The plastic bristles are stiff and long enough to sweep through the lashes effectively. However, the handle of the Wonderbrush is short. Very short. I found that it was easiest to use 2 fingers (my pointer and my thumb to apply the mascara. It’s tough for someone like me who has bad nerves. Trial and error will eventually help you find what works best but I struggled with application for quite some time.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara-3

Also, when removing the Wonderbrush from the tube, I ended up with a ton of mascara residue. Getting that brush out is already a bit tricky (you have to squeeze both sides of the tube) and once you do, you’ll see way more mascara than you’ll want to use on the brush. Sweeping it on the side of the tube isn’t BAD but not always ideal.

Now for performance – it rocks! If you’re looking for a mascara that will last all day, this is your girl. She really doesn’t budge but managed to move easily with eye makeup remover. The longevity is my favorite aspect about this mascara. Volume and length were decent. Not impeccable but I did get a nice set of lashes that stood out. The more you apply, the more va-va-voom factor your lashes will get. I got a good 4 coats without having to worry about clumping.

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Mega Effects mascara

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely! Especially if you are looking to try something fun and interesting in the mascara world. 

So yes. I adore this mascara. Mainly because I think it is crazy innovative but also because it just works really well. I should be available on Avon.com later this month. Think you’ll try it?

Too Faced Summer Sexy Shadow Collection

Soooo apparently Summer 2013 started right before July. Has it always been that way? I don’t know. When you live in a state where there are two seasons (hot and hotter), it seems like summer is alllll the time. I’m a lover of summer collections. They are always so fun and cheerful. I got this Too Faced Summer Sexy Shadow Collection to review and it just screams summmahhhhh!

Too Faced Summer Eye 2013 Summer Sexy Shadow Collection

And what’s inside is kinda awesome too…

Summer Eye 2013 Summer Shadow Collection

This tin case contains 9 exclusive ‘resort-inspired’ eye shadows. Too Faced knows how to do a good eye shadow so I just knew the quality of this was going to be on point. And of course it didn’t disappoint. First, let’s talk about these 3 shadows to the left.

Too Faced Peach Fuzz

They’re gorge! They can probably be used as highlighters and blushes but with a very light hand. I found Peach Fuzz to be super glittery but I think it would work well under the brow bone. Or even for illuminating the skin if you like glittah.

Too Faced Sunbeam

Shadow-wise, I found that they were all pretty flattering.

My descriptions of ’em:
Plumeria – A frosty cotton candy pink.
Coral Crush – a shimmery rose coral.
Mermaid – a shinning sea blue with shimmer.
Cocoa Beach – a bronzed mauve with gold shimmer.
Chocolate Sun – a milk chocolate with subtle gold shimmer.
Toasted Coconut – a toasted gray.

Each shadow (with the exception) of Tosted Coconut has some bit of shimmer it. I found that they all had nice pigmentation to them but if you’re looking to do some kind of smokey eye, you would probably need to use a shadow that isn’t in this palette.

Too Faced Summer Eyes swatches
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Plumeria, Coral Crush, Mermaid, Cocoa Beach, Chocolate Sun

Not too shabby for $36 and it is definitely a palette that represents summer. Too Faced rocks the house…again!

Mascara Monday: Clarins Wonder Waterproof mascara

I’m back with another Clarins mascara! I am slowly working my way through their mascaras and when I got a press sample of this one, I couldn’t wait to put it to use. It’s a waterproof mascara! I am always on the hunt for a good waterproof mascara. Especially in the summer time. I had high hopes for this bad boy…

Clarins Wonder Waterproof mascara

Nothing fancy in the packaging department…

Price: $27.56 from Amazon.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “The name says it all. This mascara not only creates volume, curl and definition but is also resistant to water.” (source)

The Truth: It’s waterproof…but only for a split second.

What I Loved About It: It has a fantastic formula and wand.

What I Didn’t Like: It just wasn’t…waterproof.

Overall: I’m a fan of Clarins. I haven’t featured many of their products but I’ve been messing around with them for a while. I’ve reviewed one of their mascaras before and I had high hopes for this one. Then again, I tend to think that when you spend a good chunk of money on higher-end cosmetics, they SHOULD work. Of course that isn’t always the case but hey…a girl can dream. At first glance, this mascara appears to have it all. It’s got decent and unassuming packaging and the wand is nice.

Clarins mascara

It reminds me a lot of those super cheap mascaras. And not in a bad way. It’s simple,  sweeps well through wonky lashes and it gets the job done. It isn’t plush so you won’t achieve insane volume but that’s okay because it’s a waterproof mascara. Any added volume would just be a perk.

Initial application of this mascara is grand. The gel-like formula laid on my lashes with ease. But because it’s a waterproof mascara I wanted to ensure that it could hold up if water hit it. So I dunked my face in a sink full of water and…the mascara stayed! I didn’t see any smudging and I was elated. And then I let my face dry and before I knew it the mascara was flaking off of my lashes. Oh boooo! It broke my heart, really. I tried testing the mascara again by spritzing my face with water and while the mascara stood up a little bit better, it eventually started to flake away. Dang it, man. The volume and lengthening is actually really decent so I was so sad that the waterpoof-ness wasn’t up to par.

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Clarins waterproof mascara

Do I recommend it?: If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara, PASS. If you’re a Clarins lover who needs a decent amount of volume, go for it.

I’m still on the hunt for a fantastic waterproof mascara. Have you found one yet?

Coming Soon-Avon Mega Effects Mascara

Okay, so I don’t do “sneak peek” type posts often because I think they’re kinda cruel. It’s like, “Look at this awesome new product that you can’t buy yet!” And if you’re like me and obsess over things that you can’t have you’ll think about this product all day. You’ll dream about it and it’ll just annoy you that you can’t get it. So no. I don’t do that to y’all. Because I love y’all that much.

But…there’s an exception to every rule, right? I just HAD to show you some sneak peek shots of Avon’s new Mega Effects mascara. It comes out in July and this mascara is going to single handedly change the game!

Avon Mega Effects Mascara review

Avon Mega Effects Mascara review

Avon Mega Effects Mascara packaging

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Avon Mega Effects Mascara-4

Avon Mega Effects Mascara wand

See what I mean? How is this even possible? I know. I know! it’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve been testing it for quite some time now so of course you can look forward to a review soon. Just know that you’ll probably want it. So yeah. Go ahead and save your $10.

😉

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara

Goodness gracious. Mascaras have the longest names these days. I mean, my goodness….! I guess when you’ve been making mascaras since 1914, you run out of short and to the point names. I get it. Maybelline has a new mascara on the block and while I am usually excited about their new mascaras, this one didn’t excite me too much at first glance. Which is shocking because I usually go gaga over dual-wand mascaras. Did application and performance of this baby change my mind?

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara

Nothing fancy in the packaging department…

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes mascara

Price: $7.99 in drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Revolutionary dual-ended Mascara for 360° all around Lash Glam. Two brushes specifically designed for top and bottom lashes. Special quick-dry formula holds lashes in place” (source)

The Truth: I’ve had better Maybelline mascaras but this one isn’t too shabby.

What I Loved About It: I do love the option of having two wands. Not ideal for everyday use but if you’ve got the extra time, it works!

What I Didn’t Like: The volume power is just so so.

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara wands

Overall: This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a wand like this from Maybelline. Back in the day they had mascaras with dual wands. One wand was for a primer and the other was the actual mascara. Those were just so so. I actually like this mascara a little bit better because at least you can see the impact that is made. I like the idea of being able to have a mascara for those hard to get smaller lashes. Most wands make it difficult to do because the wands are large. The baby wand is fantastic for this purpose. Look how wittle she is…

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes skinny wand

I found that this wand is also great for grabbing the inner lashes too. And I suppose if you have super tiny lashes, they work for those too. The regular wand, however just isn’t plush enough to provide a ton of volume. I mean it does ohhhhkay.

Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes mascara larger wand

It’s a nice wand. I think it’s great for separating and attempting to straighten out wonky lashes but I didn’t find it to be insanely impactful for those seeking crazy huge lashes. If you’re desirous are defined lashes without much POW, this mascara will work. But if you’re like me and need for folx to see your lashes before they see you…well, you may be disappointed. On the good side, the formula was easy to apply and I didn’t get any clumps. Score! So yeah, it’s not my favorite mascara but hey, if you are serious about maintaing those bottom lashes, me thinks you’ll like this baby. I also found it to be pretty lightweight. No heavy lashes here. I had nice and fluffy lashes all day. But on the downside, fluffy lashes don’t stand up too well in Florida humidity.

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Mascara on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Meh. I think Maybelline has better mascaras in stores these days. Even the Rocket is better than this one.

Okay Maybelline mascara lovers, what did you think about this one?

Mascara Monday: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara

Guess how many mascaras I have formally reviewed? 200! Crazy ,right? I’ve probably tried more (not all of them make the cut) but I find it nutty that I’ve talked about, taken pictures of and tried at least 200 mascaras. Crazyyyyy. I was too lazy to think of some kind of creative giveaway but I do plan on doing something so stay tuned. 😉 In the meantime, let’s chit chat about this mascara…

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara

And I know what you’re thinking…”Isn’t Elizabeth Arden for grandmas?” Heck no. It’s a brand that’s been around for quite some time but they ROCK in the cosmetics department. Remember that bronzer of theirs I reviewed? Anywho, I’m lovin’ this mascara that I got for reveiw…

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara tube

Price: $19.50 at ElizabethArden.com or at Elizabeth Arden counters
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This beauty award-winner dramatically thickens lashes as it separates and defines. Smudge-proof formula lasts all day.” (source)

The Truth: Oh, how I love the length and volumizing power of this mascara!

What I Loved About It: It’s got a great and easy to use wand.

What I Didn’t Like: The formula is so lightweight that it doesn’t seem to last all day.

Overall: I really wanted to make this mascara my 200th review because I think it’s special.I mean, how lame would it have been if that 200th mascara review was of a mascara that sucked? Yeah. This mascara rocks for several reasons. For one, the wand is niiiice.

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara brush

Simple, yes, but I dig simple because I think we sometimes over complicate things like mascara wands. This is small enough to grab all of the lashes and plush enough to plump up the lashes. It works. It was tough to get the inner corners and bottom lashes but if you’re patient enough to work with it, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem with that.

My favorite aspect of this mascara is how wonderfully it volumizes. I applied to coats and got va va voom lashes. Lengthening was decent too. This is the perfect mascara for those who want volume and aren’t in need of a waterproof mascara. The formula is great but I found it to be extremely lightweight. Normally I wouldn’t complain about something like this but I need a mascara that lasts for quite some time since it’s almost summer time in humid Florida. That said, if you need super lush lashes and don’t plan on sweating vigorously, this may be a great mascara for you.

And even though it’s lightweight, I didn’t experience any clumps or smudging. So yay, Elizabeth Arden!

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara on lashes

Do I recommend it?: I do! It’s a surprisingly stellar higher end mascara!

Have you ever tried anything from Elizabeth Arden?

Mascara Monday: Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara

Milani Grandissimo Incredible Volume mascara

Ya’ll know I love Milani. Like adore. A lot. Their mascaras have always just been okay though. Not good but not terrible either. I’ve been eyeing this one for a while so when it landed in my mailbox I got excited and wished for the best. Let’s see how we did…

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara

Price: $5.49 at drugstores and at Milani.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Bigger is better! The mega volume brush creates a false lash effect. Dramatically enhances and thickens even the littlest lashes. Long-lasting, smear-proof, and non-clumping formula. Paraben-free. ” (source)

The Truth: Wowsers…this is definitely one of their better mascaras!

What I Loved About It: It’s got nice volume.

What I Didn’t Like: It has a large wand and may clump on you…

Overall: I first saw the wand on this mascara and just knew that she would be able to work some magic. And she didn’t let me down. Look at this baby…

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara wand

Not too shabby, uh? When you see a wand like this, you should realize 2 things. (1) A good amount of volume is coming your way and (2) so are clumps. It is almost inevitable. You just can’t avoid the clumps when you’ve got wands like these. To minimize them you can only apply one coat of mascara but if your goal is crazy awesome lashes, you’ll want to apply more mascara. That said, I REALLY dug this mascara. It’s average as far its appearance and she doesn’t tote any ah-mazing claims but it’s a fantastic mascara nonetheless. The wand is large but if you’ve got patience, you’ll find that it’s easy to breeze through the lashes.

The formula is great too. I didn’t find it to be too thick and it applied nicely to the lashes. I only applied 2 coats to my lashes and got a good amount of length and volume. It’s dark mascara so it’s perfect for a dramatic look. It does well with holding up throughout the day and I only found clumping to be a problem when trying to apply more than 2 coats. Way to go, Milani!  

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara on lashes

Do I recommend it?: Sure! It’s cheap and it works well.

 

Ooooh Milani lovers, have you tried this one?

3 More Reasons To Love Urban Decay…their brushes!

First of all, why am I just now discovering that Urban Decay has amazing brushes? I feel like it’s a little known secret. Do people know how great these brushes are? I mean, my goodness…I feel like shouting it from the rooftops! But I’ll settle for shouting it on my blog instead. 😎 I got these for review and can’t stop rolling them over my face.

Urban Decay brushes

They are just so wooooonderful and soft and just…I mean, whoa! What’s to review? Why can’t I just say: “These are awesome. Buy them.”? And leave it at that?

Urban Decay Good Karma brushes in hand

I guess I COULD do that. But y’all would hate me for it, uh? Welp. Okay then…let’s do a quick review of each brush. And let’s start with that Good Karma Blush Brush.

Urban Decay Good Karma blush brush

Cost: $32 from Urban Decay.com.
Intended uses: To be used for applying blush, powders, bronzers and highlighters.
Is it effective?: Absolutely! What a wonderful brush to use daily. It feels incredibly soft and allows for great distribution right up under or on those cheekbones. And did I mention that she feels realllllly soft?

Good Karma Shading Brush

Urban Decay Good Karma shading brush

Cost: $26 at UrbanDecay.com.
Intended Uses: To assist with contouring and applying eyeshadow on the crease.
Is it effective?: This is the perfect brush to use for really blending out that crease. Even if you don’t have much of a crease or have to fake one. Ahem, like I do. I love that the brush is stiff enough to really GET in the crease but it’s soft enough to eyeshadow a nice airbrushed look.

Good Karma Shadow Brush

Urban Decay Good Karma Shadow brush

Cost: $26 at UrbanDecay.com
Intended Uses: To apply eyeshadow of course, silly!
Is it effective?: Yep! But I like this more for applying powder/loose eyeshadows. This brush dipped in whatever you use to make your loose shadows creamy and then applied to the lid is glorious. It’s a stiffer brush so I didn’t find it as useful when applying pan eyeshadows.

Reasons #493, #494 and #495 to love Urban Decay. That is all.

Have you tried any UD brushes?