Mascara Monday: Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex mascara

Looks like Rimmel is still on the ScandalEyes tip. I can dig it! After all, if Maybelline can keep pumpin’ the Falsies gig, Rimmel can run their ScandalEyes into the ground. Hehe! I’ll be honest – I wasn’t excited about reviewing this mascara. The wand is against everything I stand for. It’s big, plush and based off of the packaging looked to be like one of those wands that those with wonky lashes will struggle with.

Oh boy…

 

Price: $6.99 on Ulta.com and at drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Exclusive flexible formula with Lycra Technology makes lashes look full and voluptuous, never stiff or brittle.” (per packaging) 

The Truth: Well, it’s not THAT bad. I suppose this is why I shouldn’t be judging mascaras by their wands. Oops.

What I Loved About It: The volumizing is pretty awesome.

What I Didn’t Like: Despite it not being the worst I’ve ever dealt with, I still don’t like the larger wand. Nor do I like the big gapping hole that it comes out of.

Overall: This Lycra Technology isn’t anything new when it comes to Rimmel mascaras. I’ve seen it before but I’m not exactly sure what it does. Does it help with volumizing or does it prevent the lashes from getting stiff or brittle? Who knows? Let’s rap on this wand first…

A bit of a gordita, uh? The good news is – it’s not THAT bad. I mean, yes it’s massive, a bit intimidating and maybe not the ideal wand for those of us with smaller lids and lashes, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. For one, the bristles are spaced out enough to where you can grab each and every lash. And although the hole of the tube is large, it does a good job at removing enough mascara off of the wand so you don’t end up with a clumpy mess. YES! This is a big deal to me.

Formula-wise, the mascara isn’t too shabby. I found application to be a breeze and didn’t have to deal with it any clumping with multiple coats. The only downfall, of course, is getting those inner lashes and bottom lashes. A wand this large makes it difficult to do so. I’m assuming that this Lycra stuff helps with preventing the lashes from getting stiff. And it’s interesting. For one, it takes a whiiiiile for the lashes to really “dry”. Whereas some mascaras dry your lashes within a blink of an eye (hehe, get it?) – this one takes foreeeever to dry. But when it does, yep – my lashes weren’t brittle. They were soft ‘n supple, wispy but still looked volumized. This is a nice change! So I guess this Lycra stuff does does do what it’s supposed to do. Cool! You may endure some smudging if you don’t wait for the mascara but I didn’t deal with any flaking. Go Rimmel!

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Despite the huge wand, this mascara actually does really well and may surprise you. If you’re in the market for a new mascara, I’d give this one a try?

Whatcha think? Have you tried this mascara yet?


Take the Eucerin Skin First Pledge

Time to take a pledge, guys and gals! It’s a heavy commitment so if you don’t think you’re ready, give it some time and think about it. Y’all know how serious I am about skincare. I’ve even claimed to spend any amount of money on my skincare simply because I believe healthy skin is worth the investment.

I’m a wee bit late in posting it but last month’s challenge of my Eucerin Healthy Skin challenge was to encourage you beautiful people to take the Eucerin Skin First Pledge. What’s this pledge all about?

By taking the pledge, you are…

  • Choosing to put the health of your skin first.
  • Pledging to protect and defend your skin.
  • Making skincare a priority for yourself, your family and friends.
  • Deciding to treat your skincare more like healthcare.

I’ve already taken the pledge and you can do so as well by visiting EucerinUS.com and Eucerin’s Facebook page. I promise it shouldn’t take you more than 30 seconds. If that!

Yay for making healthy and beautiful skin a priority!

Amor de Lacquer: Pretty Polishes from Sation

And sooooo my nails are back to nubs. Yes, this depresses me but when you break one nail on each hand, what do you do? You kinda have to cut them all off so they look even, ya know? Lé dagger nails will return again soon. In the meantime, check out this new nail polish brand. Sation isn’t new per sé but it’s new to me. My homegirl Cristina and fellow member of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group introduced this brand to me and to say I’m hooked is an understatement. Where in the world has this brand been my entire life? Like…seriously? I’ve got 6 Sation babies here and will be showcasing a few more in the coming weeks.

Check these out…

 I took a risk on Beyond Bubblegum Pink. Y’all know how I feel about the color pink but this hot pink with shimmer was screaming my name. When I finally got my hands on it, I was shocked. It was sheer perfection! I am in love with BBP and hereby claim it to be the pedicure color for Summer 2012. Even though Summer is almost over with. Yeah.

Oh My Oceania is a color that really needs to be seen in person. It was Cristina’s swatches that convinced me to get this one. This beautiful ocean blue with bright neon blue (if such exists) micro shimmer is insanely captivating. I can’t stop staring at my nails when I wear this polish. I’ve never seen a polish like this kid before. And excuse my application. I didn’t realize I was so sloppy woppy with that one.

Violet Blue is a frosty purple that isn’t all that unique but it’s still pretty because it’s opaque at only 2 coats. It’s a rich purple too and it’s hard to find frosty purples that are rich and apply with ease.

One & Only Orange is a bright bright BRIGHT neon tangerine jelly and it is fantastic. It doesn’t even require a white base to be insanely bright. This is a win in my book. I’ve checked my stash and while I do have a few neon oranges I don’t have any THIS bright and opaque at 3 coats.

Even brighter than BBP is Shock Me Twice Pink. This shimmery pink jelly is stunning. Told you – I do like SOME pink polishes. They just have to be insanely bright, a jelly or super glittery. Woot!

Seriously Slate seriously has a cool name. I’ve never seen a jelly blackened shimmer. It’s definitely one of the most unique polishes I’ve ever seen. Me likey!

Overall: The consistency of some of these polishes were a bit wonky. Beyond Bubblegum Pink was thick and goopy and Oh My Oceania wasn’t easy to work with either. Sation does really well with frosts and jelly/squishy polishes but I’m on the fence about their shimmers and creams. That’s not going to stop me from supporting the brand though. They’ve got some beautiful shades!

Sation goes for $5 online and you can snag ‘em here. I’ve never seen them in stores but with those prices, I’m going to need some drugstore to pick ‘em up.

Have you ever heard of this brand before? Whatcha think of these featured shades?

Milani Instant Eye Makeup Remover = Move Over Lancôme BI-FACIL!

Eye makeup removers. It’s a sensitive topic. Really, it is. I’m open to trying anyyyyy kind of eyeliner pencil, eyeshadow brand, blush or lipgloss. But when it comes to makeup removers, I like to stick with what I know.

Unless Milani has a new makeup remover in which case a sista will make some exceptions.

This is a brand new Milani product and this baby comes with quite a few perks. Let’s seeee….

-Silicone and oil-free
-Fragrance-free
-Claims to remove waterproof makeup
-Leaves no oily residue
-Affordable. Only $5.99 in stores and online

Girl. $5.99? I currently regularly use a makeup remover that is almost $12 MORE than Milani’s. I know. I know. I haven’t had any good experiences with drugstore eye makeup removers as I find them to not really REMOVE. Smooth across my face and get a good 40% of my waterproof mascara off? Yes. But completely remove? Nah. I was ready to believe that Milani’s would fall in line with everyone else’s.

No ma’am. No sir. This eye makeup remover actually surpasses my expensive and beloved Lancôme BI-FACIL. I’m not even kidding. To give you a photo example of how AWESOME Milani’s Instant Eye Makeup Remover is, I swatched a dark and heavy line of black (‘n waterproof) eyeliner on my hand. This eyeliner usually doesn’t even think about budging unless I’m using a sturdy makeup remover.

I took a cotton swap and swiped right on down.

To the left is Lancôme BI-FACIL  and to the right is Milani Instant Eye Makeup Remover.

Go Milani go! Milani removed more eyeliner in one swipe than Lancôme did. I’ve politely put ole’ Lancôme to the side and have Milani’s remover in rotation. I should also note that Lancôme BI-FACIL has a convenient little stopper in the top whereas Milani  Instant Eye Makeup Remover does not. I may have ended up with more remover on the Milani swap than on the Lancôme swap, but  since this test and several other eyeshadow removal tests, Milani has come out on top.

So yeah. If you’re in the market for a new eye makeup remover, stroll on down to your drugstore or online and scoop this baby up.

Have you tried this eye makeup remover yet? What brand do you usually stick to?

Mascara Monday: Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume mascara

 

Excuse me while I throw a party but Clinique has a new mascara. Weeeee!!! Clinique is most known for their amazing skincare products (word up to that Even Better Skin Tone Corrector!) but their mascaras are their biggest secret, I think. I’ve reviewed 7 of their mascaras and have been impressed with most of ‘em. It’s really hard to be disappointed with Clinique mascaras. Or so I thought.

 

Price: $19.50 at Clinique counters and on Clinique.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “With every stroke, the over-the-top brush wraps lashes in instant, jaw-dropping drama. This larger-than-life formula is also safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested, too.” (source)

The Truth: OMG, the insane volume that this mascara provides is awesome!!

What I Loved About It: The volume is just…wow.

What I Didn’t Like: The packaging sucks. And this part makes me really sad.

Overall: I am always really excited to review Clinique mascaras. And I can’t say this about all brands. Clinique’s new mascaras don’t promise 198% more length and introduce these new ingredients that claim to really volumize your lashes. The claims are always simple and believable. Back in 2008, I reviewed Clinique’s High Impact mascara. I’ll be honest – that review sucks. That was back in my “new to reviewing mascaras” days and I didn’t review them to the best of my ability. How I managed to give that mascara such a low rating is beyond me. High Impact Extreme has made up for it.

Let’s check out the wand…

It’s scary, uh? Clinique isn’t the first to the do the small bristles, dagger ball on the end wand thingie. It’s a cool little feature as it makes applying to the outer lashes and bottom lashes a breeze. In fact, I usually only apply mascara to my bottom lashes when I have a wand like this. But using this wand is far from easy.

One HUGE downfall with the packaging though – we’ve got what I call “The Black Abyss Effect”. Pulling the wand out of the tube will reveal a huge gap in the tube.

I haaaate when this happens. It pretty much means that you have to spend a ton of time wiping the mascara residue on the inside of the tube. And it sucks. This problem can be easily alleviated if there was a stopper in the tube but that doesn’t seem to be the case with this mascara. Boo.

But once I was able to remove as much mascara from the wand as I could, applying was easy. And the outcome…whoa!! With only 2 coats of mascara, I got a ton of volume. Extreme volume is the best name for this mascara. As with all mascaras that provide great volume, it did have the tendency to clump up a bit on me. The best way to prevent that is to slooooowly move from root to tip. I didn’t have any issues with flaking and it did a darn good job at lasting throughout the day. I am beyond impressed! Except for the lack of a stopper.

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Sure do!! It’s an awesome volumizing mascara. Do know that you may have to do some extra work in cleaning up the wand but if you don’t mind, you’ll love love LOVE this mascara.

Any other Clinique mascara lovers out there?


Amor de Lacquer: Maybelline Color Show nail polishes – they rock!

Ohhhhhh, check out Maybelline. They’ve got new nail lacquers on the market. 40 to be exact. And of course I’m all giddy about it because well, what’s NOT to get excited about? Affordable nail polish is SO hot right now. I’ve been spying Maybelline Color Show stands at CVS, Walgreens and Walmart and most are retailing for less than $3.99. And if you wait for a sale, you may be able to snag them for Buy 1, get 1 50%. Yeeeeep!

The 40 polishes range in color (obviously) and finishes. In fact, I’m pretty sure Maybelline has covered quite a wide spectrum of popular and trendy nail polish shades. You’ll definitely find something you like. I’ve got 6 of ‘em here to show off…

Iced Queen is a creamy lavender with cool undertones. It definitely reads as a Spring shade but you know me…I’ll wear any shade of polish at any time of year. This was the only polish of the few that I own that required only 2 coats. It gave a beautiful opaque finish.

Pinkalicious is a bubble gum pink and if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. This one isn’t terribly unique but Maybelline would catch an inane amount of heat if at least one of the Color Show polishes wasn’t a traditional pink cream. Not my style but I know lots of ladies love pink polishes.

Impeccable Greys is flippin’ fabulous. It’s grey, yes, but it’s a smokey grey and it looks like there a few drops of navy blue dropped in the bottle. This is definitely one of my favorite greys. It is creamy cool perfection.

Pink Shock photographs funky but that’s only because it’s a neon and we know how weird neons can be. This baby is a hot pink that dries to a semi-matte finish. To get it to really pop, it’s best to use it under white. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a visible nail line and a dull finish. So glad to see neons in the mix!

 Shocking Seas is a gooooorgeous blue but like most blues like this, it has the tendency to stain the nails a bit. Sometimes even if you wear a base coat. Which sucks but a blue nail polish like this is almost worth the hassle.

Blue Freeze is a dark blue/purple with various shades of micro shimmer. I spy a bit of red, blue and gold glittery specs. They are tiny and hard to see once on the nail but the shimmer really really makes this polish shine.

Overall: Having played around with a few of ‘em, I kinda dig Maybelline Color Show polishes. The consistency of some of these (particularly the creams) are a bit wonky. I found some to be a bit on the watery side which made application tricky. But not impossible. I just found that I plop only a small amount on the nail each time I was ready to polish. The shimmers seem to apply better. Dry time is decent but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Color Show top coat. It didn’t give my nails that sparkly shine that I yearn for after I apply a top coat. There are also crackle polishes too!

Still – if you’re yearning for some new polishes and don’t feel like breaking the bank, try these out. I mean, just look at this gorgeous rainbow of shades that exist…

Have you tried any of these babies yet? Whatcha think?

Mascara Monday: Essence All Eyes On Me mascara

Essence rocks. And of course y’all know this because I am forever bragging about this insanely affordable brand. From their cheap (and awesome!) gel liners, their metallic eyeliners, $3 blush and world glass glosses, Essence is hands down one of my favorite drugstore brands everrrrr.

Fellow Essence lover Anne reached out to me to see if she could do a mascara review on an Essence mascara and I was like “Um…yeahhhhh!”

Take it away, Annie!

Essence all Eyes on me, with my new Amika hair bow (haha, a joke kinda, cuz it’s a bow…made to look like hair…that you wear…in your hair). Both available in Ulta stores and Ulta.com.

Price: $1.99 at Ulta.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “The all eyes on me multi-effect mascara has it all! the innovative brush and the unique texture of the mascara provide your lashes with extra volume and breathtaking length. Each lash is perfectly separated making your eyes pop!” (source)

The Truth: Amazing length and definition add awesome drama to any eye look.

What I Loved About It: This is a fabulous mascara, for less than the price of a soda and bag of chips.

What I Didn’t Like: Ummm…… It would be nice if this mascara would do the dishes and switch the wash for me, but I don’t have any real complaints.

Overall: This is a superdupertotallyawaesome mascara, Like f’real. The spiraled brush really helps the smooth formula glide over lashes to provide mega-long, dark, defined lashes.

I would pay 5-10 times the original price for a mascara of this quality, so the fact that you can get it for under two bucks makes it all the better. Color me impressed because not only is this the cheapest mascara I own, but also one of my favorites. I own most of the Essence mascaras and use them on a daily basis. I know this is probably really terrible, but I sleep in mascara from time to time (yeah yeah I know, “you’re gunna mascara your eye out, kid!”)

There is a reason behind my madness though, several of the essence mascaras claim to dye the lashes, and I find this true. I have very fine blonde lashes, and letting a mascara really set in leaves me with darker, more noticeable lashes for the many times I am too busy/lazy to put on makeup. I have yet to test the longevity of All Eyes on Me, but the formula is smooth and flexible and did not flake in the time frame I wore it. I don’t say this often, but this may be too much of a good thing. I mean it would be very hard to achieve a subtle eye look using this mascara, because it definitely gives that rimmed in black, look at me lashes with just two thin coats.

I don’t know if this mascara would give the same results to someone starting off with darker, thicker lashes, but at two bucks, I am recommending it to just about everyone.

 

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

 

Do I recommend it?: In a word? Yeah. I mean really. Come on. For two bucks? I mean if you don’t want big lashes (who doesn’t want big lashes???) then take your eight quarters and buy yourself something really nice like a bottle of water and a candy bar. Oh, wait, you cant have a bottle of water and a candy bar for two dollars. But you can have these lashes! FTW!

What do you think? Have you tried any Essence products? Is there a cheap brand you love?

Could this be? I’m in love with a coral polish?

Sooooo I used to obsessed with Instagram. I’m talkin’ I was one of those “can’t eat until I snap a pic of my food” kind of Instagram’ers. But something happened and by the start of the summer I was done with photographing every random aspect of my life.

Welllllls, I’m back. And I’m kinda excited about it t00. That happens to me sometimes. I’m either ALL or nothing. In or out. Obsessed or could care less. I’m obsessed again and Instagram’d my first photo in a looooong time. It was this baby…

Will you look at that coral? Look at it! Oh, and let’s pretend that you don’t that green polish smudgey. I’ve actually reviewed Deborah Lippman’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun before and thought it was just okay then. But now – I’m allll over this. I’ve never been the biggest fan of coral nail polishes but this one WINS.

As my nails get longer I’ve been trying to transition from almond nails to dagger nails. I’m talkin’ super pointy and outrageous. The dagger nails tag on Tumblr is totally my inspiration. I am finally starting to appreciate these freaky long nail beds of mine.

RANDOM FACT: Since we moved, I’ve had to take 90% of my beauty photos in Esposo’s studio. His music cave gets this amazing natural light. Plus when he’s not looking I can bang on keyboards and strum on the guitar.

Meanwhile, that beauty cave of mine is dark as night. At 3pm. HAAAA!!!

Have a fabulous weekend, gals. My energy is starting to roll through again and so posts will resume as normal. I know, you’re so happy. Teheheeeee!

XOXO