Mascara Monday: Essence Get BIG Lashes Volume Boost Waterproof mascara

Oooh baby baby! It’s an Essence mascara. I love me some Essence products. Have you seen their new swoon-worthy nail polishes? Girl. GIRL! They are hot stuff. I’ve played around with some of their mascaras before too haven’t been too impressed. But the other week I was in Ulta (for no real reason, of course) and came across this mascara. I’m always getting requests to review waterproof mascaras so I decided to give this baby a whirl.

Price: $3.99 at Ulta.com and you may spot it at Ulta stores.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: “Essence Get Big! Lashes Mascara. Good things may come in small packages, but bigger is always better when it comes to lashes. Available in the original and waterproof formulas, with the option of two different brushes, this mascara from Essence will make batting your lashes a breeze.” (source)

The Truth: Oh no. I hate to say it but it sucked. Not just a little bit but a lot.

What I Loved About It: Well. Um. It’s affordable!

What I Didn’t Like: It was a hot and flaky mess. To make matters worse, I barely got any noticeable volume. Fail!

Overall: Oh geez. I really do hate writing mascara reviews about mascaras that sucked. But I’ve got to be honest with y’all. It comes with the territory. *sigh* But yeah..this mascara’s performance certainly wasn’t up to par. And it’s a shame really because I find that most of Essence’s products perform really well despite their affordable price tags. I mean, where else can you get decent products for your entire face for under like $10? Yeah. Essence rocks and I’ll continue loving them as a brand but when it comes to this mascara, it’s unlikely that you’ll hear me recommending it.

The wand…

The wand isn’t THAT terrible. I mean, yeah…it’s huge and uncomfortable for those of us who prefer smaller wands. Because the bristles are so large, it’s really hard to comb through the lashes. A wand like this is best suited for guys and gals who have long and thick lashes or those who don’t need to do much separating. My lashes, however….they ALWAYS need some form of separating. It’s difficult to get it with this wand. But it’s not the wand’s fault that I have special needs lashes.

Now let’s rap on the formula. WOW. And not a good WOW either. In first glance and with the first stroke of application, the wand doesn’t appear to be all that bad. It’s got a nice consistency. But with the the huge wand, the formula doesn’t seem to thicken up as well on the lashes. Even after a second coat, I didn’t really notice anything. A third coat showed a bit of omph but still not enough to appease me.

Hours later, I would notice this mascara flaking down my cheek. No bueno. I HATE when this happens. I can tolerate a lot of mascara woes but flaking is just a no no in my book. Flaking also means that the waterproof-ness of the mascara isn’t even that effective. What a waste! With the ginormous wand, flaking formula and ineffective waterproof properties, I’m thinking this isn’t one of Essence’s greatest hits. No worries. I still love you, E. But let’s step that mascara game up a bit, eh?

[NOTE: Okay now, check this out – the camera I used to use for eye close mascara pics has decided to leap to its death. I’m in the process of learning how to take pictures with my DSLR. Sooooooo bare with me, okay? ]

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Nopers. Grab one of their awesome polishes instead.

Okay Essence lovers…have you tried this mascara? Or any of Essence’s mascaras? What do you think?


Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes – only $2!

I have slowly been reviewing my stash of Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes and I’m showin’ off 6 more of these gals. 

If you’re a drugstore stalker like I am, chances are you’ve seen these babies before. There are a ton of ‘em and in a pinch, these $2 polishes are all that and a batch of kale chips. Buuuut, these polishes also tote the larger wide brush and if you aren’t a fan of that kind of brush, these may not be up your alley. But still – can you really complain too much about these kids since they cost less than a gallon of gas? Yuh.

Break the Ice is a sheer shimmery white. I’ve only applied 3 coats of it but I’m thinking to get a true opaque finish, you may need to top it off with 1 more coat. I actually really LOVE this polish. It’s sweet, icy and it’s my favorite kind of polish for when I want a lil’ somethin’ without overdoing it.

 

Candy-licious is your average creamy baby pink. There’s nothing terribly unique about it but if you’re into cheap pink creme polishes, this is a great one.

Bite the Bullet is a gray-ish lavender. It’s all dusty and fantastic and I just LOVE it. I’ve got plenty of lavender polishes but whatever. You can never have too many of those. :wink:

 

Heatwave is a bright coral that leans more on the red side and it is spectacular. I am currently rockin’ this as a pedicure color and have no intentions taking it off any time soon. It rocks that hard.

Through the Grapevine is a dusty magenta that has quite the purple punch. It’s a beautiful creme and definitely is one of the more unique polishes in Wet ‘n Wild’s MegaLast line-up.

 

Wet Cement is a concrete grey. These are plentiful and if you haven’t copped one yet, this is a good one to start with.

I always find the formula on these to be nice. Not perfect as some can be on the thicker side but nothing that small strokes can’t overcome. If you can’t find ‘em in stores, check out Walgreens.com. You can scoop them up over there for only $1.99.

Any Wet ‘n Wild nail polish lovers in the house?

Mascara Monday: Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lengthening mascara

Oh boy. It’s a Revlon mascara. And y’all know how I feel about Revlon mascaras. How can I say this nicely without appearing to be too harsh? Hmm. I don’t think that I can. I hate them. There. I said it. And it’s true. I don’t like to attach the word “hate” to much of anything but I’ve had more bad experiences with Revlon mascaras than good. And it’s not just me. Several beauty guys and girls can attest to the consistently eff’d up quality of Revlon mascaras. Which is such a shame really. Especially when they have so many other great products.

*sigh* Here we go….

Price: $7.99 at drugstores and at Drugstore.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: “Long, intensely dark lashes, wears for 24 hours, no flakes, smears, or smudges. Tear-proof, sweat-proof, humidity-proof” (source)

The Truth: This sucker flakes worse than a freshly baked croissant.

What I Loved About It: The wand is actually some kind of awesome.

What I Didn’t Like: See “The Truth”.

Overall: Okay, soooo…let’s just jump on it with this one, uh? First of all, I didn’t even know Revlon launched this mascara. I didn’t hear anything about it on the beauty streets and I didn’t see any commercials or ads for it either. For a second, I thought that maybe the Target I got it from had “old” products up. But no. A glance at the Revlon website proved that this mascara coincides with Revlon’s “Colorstay” theme. Okay fine. And its a lengthening mascara. Awesome! While I’m a lover of volume mascaras, many folx love being able to elongate their lashes with one simple swoop. And it’s SO hard finding a mascara that makes this easy to do. For one, you’ll need a good wand.

Image Source: http://walgreens.com

I hate to use a stock photo but after testing and taking pictures of this mascara, I totally forgot to take a picture of the wand. And unfortunately, I trashed it. This wand isn’t too bad at all, is it? It’s a slim wand but the bristles are nice and firm, making it easy to apply mascara to wispy and short lashes. It’s also a great mascara to use on the lower lashes too. But unfortunately, that’s where my love for this mascara ends. And why? The formula, y’all. The formula.

The formula sucks. It’s a hot and flaky mess. At first glance and while applying to the lashes, it seemed to do okay. I didn’t have any issues with applying to the lashes. One coat elongated my lashes a bit. Nothing spectacular but I did notice a bit of a difference in length. After a second coat, I found the mascara harder to apply. My lashes dried quicker than I thought they would. Which was no bueno. I struggled to get through to a second coat and while the lashes looked so so, they weren’t as lengthened as I would have liked.

Within hours of wearing, this mascara managed to flake on me without me even rubbing my eyes. In fact, in the week that I wore this, I didn’t even need to use an eye makeup remover to get rid of it, I could just rub my eyes and bam – I would be flaking away. I had the same issues when I’d wear just one coat of mascara. Just…ugh. This is one of Revlon’s biggest issues when it comes to their mascaras and I find it frustrating that it hasn’t been resolved yet.

Grr!

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Absolutely not. I’d before to rock my bare lashes than rock this stuff.

 

Am I being too dramatic or do you also have bad experiences with Revlon mascaras? Anyone?


Amor de Lacquer: OPI Designer Series Luxurious & Indulgence

Every so often, OPI likes to grace us nail polish lovers with a polish or two from their Diamond Dust-Infused Designer Series. These polishes aren’t just regular ole’ nail polishes. They are usually holographic beauties whose appearance alone have you captivated. Now and days, I spy more glitter than holographic wonderness in these polishes. Which kinda sucks (I mean, who doesn’t love holographic polishes?) but the sheer beauty of these high shine shades makes up for it a bit. Check out the newest kids on the playground…

Luxurious is described as a captivating coral-red with a golden glisten.

 It looks a lot like China Glaze’s Riveting but this kid is 10x more vibrant. The gold glitter is so dense and tightly packed that my nails would shine in the dark when I wore this polish. It’s just a beaut. Look at that…

On fire. Literally.

Then there’s Indulgence which is described as a a radiant red-violet with a shimmering, golden finish. At first glance, I wasn’t insanely impressed with this polish but on the nails, it comes alive. It isn’t as striking as Luxurious but it is still absolutely gorgeous.

Not too shabby, uh?

I’m not gonna lie – I really do wish OPI would pick back up with including holographic shades in their Designer Series. While these polishes are beautiful, it’s hard to justify their $12.50 price tag. Many of us nail polish lovers don’t have a problem with shelling out our pretty pennies for holographic polishes but super glittery polish…meh?

If you’ve got to add one to your collection, it should definitely be Luxurious. It’s a stunner.

You can get both of these at professional salons, including Dillard’s, JCPenney and ULTA, for $12.50 a pop.

Whatcha think? Are you loving these two?

Amor de Lacquer: Cult Nails Deception collection

Maria and the Cult Nails crew has done it again! A few weeks back, I managed to trek on down (or over…I need to look at a map) to the Cult Nails headquarters and attended a nail polish party/photoshoot with my fellow Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida gal pals. We had a BLAST! That was my first social event in months and I was glad that Baby Clumps didn’t have me feeling nauseous or uncomfortable. Courtney of Phyrra did an awesome post chronicling our fun time.

While there, we all got to play around with the newest Cult Nails collection…Deception.

I am beyond impressed and didn’t see this one coming! For one, all of these polishes are intended to be used as top coats. That means while you can wear them solo, they’ll look 10x better layered over another polish – especially a black polish. Like Cult Nails’ 1-coat wonder Nevermore. That polish isn’t included in this collection but I had to showcase it just to give you an idea of how great of a base it is with the Deception polishes layered on top.

See how beautifully dark Nevermore is?

Yes girl! If you need a lusciously creamy black polish that reaches an opaque finish with just one coat…this is it!

The Deception dream team…

 

Alter Ego casts a gold/green tinge over the nails. Which is weird because the polish itself looks like an opalescent pink, right? Very deceptive! :wink: When it hits natural light it gives off a shimmery hunter green effect.

Charlatan is multi-chromatic wonderment. I don’t really even know how to explain this one because it’s just THAT stunning. I found it to be the thicker of all 5 polishes but I didn’t struggle with application. Sometimes it looks like a shimmery blue and other times it looks purple. And sometimes it’s both. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch. Love love love!

Deception reminds me of those popular cotton candy-type shades from the 90’s. I actually really like it by itself but it looks fantastic layered over Nevermore too. It has a faint purple/hot pink shimmer that really comes alive when the nails hit the light.

 

Doppleganger is a milky kid that gives the nails a blue/green shimmer. It’s the most interesting of the top coats and at first I didn’t think I like it but after rockin’ it on the nails for a few days…it ain’t so bad. I can’t wait to play around with this one with other shades. Maybe layered over a dark blue? Hmmm….

 

Two Timer is deceptive too because while the polish looks gold, it actually looks more green on the nails. But not green like Alter Ego. This one is more of a jewel-toned green and doesn’t nearly have as much shimmer as Alter Ego does.

 

I swatched each top coat over my bare nails just to give you an idea of how they look by themselves.

Pretty awesome collection, uh? The options are endless and I find these fantastic for when you want to switch up your nail polish a bit without completely removing it. Maria has a ton of other layering options on the Cult Nails blog.

This collection is currently available for purchase at $10 a bottle.

Which top coat is your fave?

Too Faced’s The Return of Sexy Eyeshadow Palette

Okay, random story but when I was growing up, using the word “sexy” under the age of 18 (or maybe 20. I can’t remember..ha!) was unheard of. It was a word that only grownups used and no child went around saying it. Not around their parents at least. The other day I saw a little girl around the age of 4 years old rockin’ a tee that said, “I’m Sexy And I Know It”. The gal pal I was with thought it was adorable. I thought it was just a tad bit inappropriate.

Does that mean I’m going to be some super strict Mama that won’t let Baby Clumps use the word “sexy” or wear red nail polish until she’s like…14? Maybe y’all. Maybe.

But we’re all adults up in this joint so let’s talk about the sexiness this palette offers.

Oooooh weee, ain’t that sexy? Too Faced knows how make a gal pull out her wallet.

Currently available at Sephora stores and on Sephora.com, this palette retails for $48 and has a bunch of little jewels inside. In addition to the sexy eye shadow palette, you get a travel-sized tube of one of the BEST eye shadow primers on the market, Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance…

Such a perfect size for this bud. I usually tote the larger one so this is perfect when it comes to space savin’ travel. You also get a full sized eyeliner.

Which is wickedly awesome considering these cost $18 a pop. This paraben-free eyeliner is one of my favorites because although it’s creamy, it’s super dark and long-lasting. And then you’ve got the main attraction….

The sexy palette herself. She’s broken up in 3 categories to help you crank out SIX distinct looks. In fact, if you look to the right of the mirror, you’ll find 3 look cards.

Cool, uh? Stuck on where to apply which eyeshadow? These cards got you covered.

The Ingenue is the tamer of the 3. These shadows are on the neutral side and probably the one I’d be tangling with the most.

The Icon sits comfortably between the 3 cards and is the perfect blend of tame shades and daring shades. In fact, the more I play around with this one, the more I love it. That jewel toned purple and pink just gives me life!

And lastly is The Bombshell. These day and night looks are perfect for my smoky eye lovin’ gals.

Quality of the Eye shadows: At first glance it appears that each of these shadows were shimmery glitter bombs. But nope! Too Faced has snuck in what I see as a good 2-3 different formulas. While the shimmer do dominate the palette, the white shadow in The Icon is a nice and creamy matte and the black eye shadow in The Bombshell has a bit of a matte finish with just a little bit of silver sparkle. All of the shadows apply beautifully and with ease. I find shimmers hard to wear because I don’t think they are the most subtle (read: work-appropriate) shadows in the world, but a light hand, good brush and great base can make these work.

Overall: Who is this palette for? Um…anyone who wants it! Newbies will love it because the look cards will be extremely helpful. Professional makeup artists will love it because they’ll be getting 15 dynamic eye colors in one palette. And those who just want a new beauty toy will love it because it’s just so much fun to play with. Plus it’s only $48 which is nothing when you think about how much you’re getting. Get more deets and purchase this palette here.

Yes. This palette’s sexiness continues to knock me ovah. Whatcha think?

Mascara Monday: Make Up For Ever Lash Fibers

Well hot dang! When was the last time you saw me review a mascara primer? It’s been a minute, uh? I sit on a thin line with these things. Sometimes I feel they can be super influential in the outcome of your lashes and sometimes I feel they are gimmicky products that don’t too much but taunt your wallet.

But Make Up For Ever’s primer is just a weeee bit different. This baby has FIBERS in it. Ooooooh!!!

Price: $21 at Sephora.com and Sephora stores nationwide.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “MAKE UP FOR EVER Lash Fibers are the perfect way to add length and volume to your lashes. A Sephora exclusive, these lashes are a great base to mascara.” (source)

The Truth: The fibers! I can actually see them.

What I Loved About It: Well, I love the fact that it’s a fiber primer. Wait…does that rhyme? Fiber primer, fiber primer…teheheee!

What I Didn’t Like: Despite it’s coolness, I’m not sure it dramatically changed the look of my lashes.

Overall: Welp. It’s a mascara primer. As I’ve mentioned, some have been epic and some of been a waste of money. Harsh, I know but hey…I’m being honest. How do you determine if you need a primer? Well. That’s a tough question. Do you have a mascara that works beautifully? Chances are you may not desire a primer. Do you chronically purchase mascaras and have yet to find one that REALLY gives you the results that you’re looking for? Well then. You may be an ideal mascara primer purchaser.

I find MUFE’s Lash Fibers to be on the up and up in terms of primers. Yes, it’s all because of the fibers. I’m a ginormous fan of fiber mascaras so to see a fiber primer is pretty exciting. Application of this primer is just like how you’d apply a fiber mascara. If you’re desirous of more length, focus on applying the primer to the tips of the lashes. If you’re a lover of volume, sweep the brush to the base of the lashes and wiggle up. It really is that simple. Especially if you’re used to regularly applying fiber mascaras.

The formula of this stuff is just like most primers. It’s white in color, has a bit of a creamy consistency and dries quickly on the lashes if left unattended. I found that applying one coat did the trick and immediately after applying that one coat, I’d apply to the other lash and then follow up with a mascara. Easy, right?

Well folx – I didn’t really see any major differences. I tested this for over a week and would apply the primer and 2 coats of mascara to just one eye and wear my regular mascara on the other. I wore a mascara that I’m already in love and so I was looking for added length and volume. But I didn’t see much. Or any! Hmph. I tried again and again with other brands of mascara and still didn’t note much of a difference. Ah well. That’s the thing with fiber mascaras. Sometimes they work. And sometimes they don’t. I’m not disappointed. I still think this primer is worth a try if you love mascara primers though. Have I mentioned that it’s a fiber primer? :cool:

Oh! The wand…

Meh. Not amazing and not horrible but it does a good job at application.

 

Lashes with 1 coat of primer



Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


The eye to the left is the one with primer and 1 coat of mascara.

The eye to the right just has 1 coat of mascara.

I don’t see much of a difference. You?


Do I recommend it?: Only if you love mascara primers AND fiber mascaras. This is a nice blend of the two.

Whatcha think? Is this a mascara primer that you’d try?


Biore’s new look!

Okay, so we all know how ridiculously sensitive my skin is and how I very rarely change up my skincare regimen. But just because I can’t use a product doesn’t mean I don’t want to sound the horn and tell y’all about ‘em. Such is the case with Biore.

Biore has been busy yo! Look at that redesign. This certainly isn’t the Biore that I grew up with but I’m okay with that. The packaging is cleaner, classier and definitely hipper. Fine by me. I haven’t personally tested any of these products but I did want to showcase them for my Biore fans. The best thing about Biore? The fact that they have SO many skincare products for various skincare needs.

4-in-1 Detoxifying Cleanser

This multi-tasking face wash that cuts your routine down to one step, gently removes dirt, oil and makeup from skin without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. The formula cleanses, tones, stimulates and detoxifies to help restore a healthy glow.

 

Steam Activated Cleanser, with SteamActiv™ Beads

Esposo LOVES these kind of cleansers. This invigorates skin with a cooling mint extract complex that contrasts against the warmth of the steam to revitalize the senses.

 

Pore Unclogging Scrub

My fellow acne suffers will dig this one. This creamy pearlized formula is designed to lift away pore-clogging dirt and oil. The cleanser contains spherical exfoliating microbeads that gently remove dull, lifeless surface cells without damaging skin and Salicylic acid to help prevent blackheads and breakouts from forming.

 

Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser

I’ll be holding on to this one for when after Baby Clumps is born. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a warming cleanser! This powerful blackhead-fighting cleanser is formulated with Zeolite, a special mineral clay that warms on contact with water, to help open up pores and clear out dirt, oil and makeup.

 

Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (available in 8 and 14 count nose strips)

Clean a week’s worth of dirt build-up in by using these once a week. The strips are the deepest way to clean pores in just ten minutes.

 

Daily Cleansing Cloths

These ultra-convenient, pre-moistened wipes are infused with grapefruit and pomegranate. Each cloth is double-sided, featuring a textured side for mild exfoliation and a smooth side to wipe skin clean.

 

These products are moderately priced between $5.99-$11.99. The pore strips are the most expensive of the bunch but you can score the cleanser for close to nothing at $5.99. I’ve seen these products are over drugstores and you can scoop ‘em up at Drugstore.com.

Any Biore lovas in the house?