Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara

I can’t even remember the last time I tried out a mascara from L’Oreal. It’s been monthssss. They don’t seem to be big on releasing as many mascaras as some of the other brands. Which I guess is okay. Better a few big hitters than a ton of sorry mascaras, ya know? This mascara came in a CVS Beauty Bag that I got for review.

Let’s see how this one did…

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Price: $7 or so at drugstores including Walmart.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara has a lash-hugging brush with 200 bristles and a shape that simulates the eyelid to capture and precisely define every lash, even the smallest ones. In one motion lashes are separated, intensified, and look shockingly lengthened for an intense make-up result. The brush grips and lengthens the look of each lash for extraordinary lash extension effect–no lash is left behind. Its liquid extension formula coats and lengthens lashes from root to tip for shocking length and intensity.” (source)

The Truth: I’ll never complain about this wand. It is awesooooome.

What I Loved About It: Yeah, the wand. It is perfect for separating super wonky lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s not the best mascara for if you want super volumized lashes.

Overall: Hi L’Oreal! So nice to tango with you again. It’s been so long, darling. First, let’s talk about the one aspect of this mascara that I’m obsessed with – the wand.

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Those little comb bristles literally comb the lashes to perfection. I’ve got cranky wonky lashes that neeeeever go in the same direction. This wands helps my lashes straighten up and act right with ease. I’ve always loved mascara wands like these. Because even though they don’t provide insane volume, they still make my lashes stand out. A wand like this gives them definition. Especially if you have puny lashes.

Formula-wise, this stuff was a bit on the thick side. It had a bit of a matte finish which is neither good nor bad. Okay wait, I lied. One of the downfalls to matte finishes is that they tend to smudge and smear a bit. Especially in high-moisture situations. I’m pretty sure they have a waterproof version of this mascara and I’d roll with that one over this one. I experienced a bit of flaking and I think that can be attributed to the formula. Your best bet with applying this mascara is to apply 1 coat, wait a few seconds and then apply the second coat. The sooner the first coat dries, the greater the chance you have of some flakin’.

Otherwise, I’m a fan of this mascara. Two coats is all you’ll need and it should last throughout the day. Don’t expect a ton of volume but if you’re looking for definition and a mascara to straighten out those lashes, this is your gal.

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep! I’m impressed. Granted, you really can’t go wrong when you have a mascara wand like this, but still…it is definitely a mascara worth trying if you’re in the market for a new one.

 

Are you a lover of mascara wands like this?


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 80

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Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Prime Beauty – dishes on the new Laura Mercier Smooth Creme Lip Colours–there are 14 of them, see two of her favs!

Phyrra – shares several brands from The Makeup Show LA. Check it out!

Vampy Varnish – shows you several options for bright lips in the hotter Spring and Summer months!

we heart this – Stef shares one of her favorite bright eye shadow palettes, AND you can get it for under 5 bucks!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Curious if the new Miracle Blur Instant Line Smoother from L’Oréal Paris really works or not? Check out this review with before & after photos, then decide for yourself!

Clumps of Mascaratested a makeup remover that just wasn’t up to par. In fact, it just, well…it sucked.

EauMG – The 1920’s are going to be a big trend this year thanks to The Great Gatsby movie coming out this spring. Instead of trying a perfume inspired by flappers, try one actually worn by flappers! Victoria reviews her favorite carnation perfume.

Gouldylox Reviews – Love the YSL Rouge Pur Couture lip stains? Don’t miss these at the drugstore – some of the colors are an amazing dupe!

Lipglossiping – deploys her taste buds as she gets to grips with Jo Malone’s limited edition Sugar & Spice fragrance collection.

Nouveau Cheap – has been testing the new CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation for a while, and finally has her verdict.

Pink Sith – has three of the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils to share with you and a question about lip swatches

My Beauty Bunny – shares her cruelty-freee dupe for Covergirl Mascara.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – I don’t have a discerning nose but love perfume so I go to Cute and Mundane to read fragrance reviews. Dovey doesn’t only review fragrances though, she’s all about the makeup too.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – During some recent image searches I happened upon the Bloomin’ Beauty Blog. This blog is filled with great images and reviews of high end makeup, making it one of my newly favorite blogs to visit, and also dangerous for my bank account!

Question of the Week:

What’s your current favorite face powder and why?

B says, “I used to adore tarte’s Hotel Heiress but when I ran out and couldn’t find it at Sehora’s, I tried the Nuance Salma Hayek powder and it’s fantastic. In fact, it’s the only thing I wear on my face most days.”

Do you wear face powders? Which one is your fave?

 

 

Urban Decay Naked Nail Polish set.

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got a pretty mani for you with the new Urban Decay Naked Nail Polish set. I’ve
also got a little how-to on how I did my nails to share with you.

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Left Column, top to bottom: Sidecar, Smog, Creep. Right Column, top to bottom: Naked, Toasted, Hustle.

Before I applied the nail polish, I pushed back the cuticles. Then I wiped the nail base clean with nail polish remover to remove any oils that that might be on my nail bed. I used Cult Nails Get it On Base Coat so that my polish would apply smoothly. I applied two coats of Urban Decay Smog, which is a gorgeous copper with red undertones and gold shimmer.

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After Smog was completely dry, I decided I wanted to add a little something extra, so I took a makeup sponge and dabbed a bit of Urban Decay Sidecar onto the sponge, and then dabbed that ½ of the way up my nail. I waited a bit, and then did that ¼ of the way up my nail. This created a glitter gradient effect. I did angle my sponge a bit, into an upside down V shape, just to do something different with the Sidecar. I finished off my nails with HK Girl Glisten n’ Glow Super Shiny Fast Drying top Coat. I love this top coat for making my glitter polishes smooth and keeping things shiny!

 

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Products purchased by Phyrra. All opinions are her own.

Veganize Your Lippies with Too Faced’s Newest La Creme Lipsticks

So remember that time I showcased those amazing and vegan Too Faced La Creme lipsticks? Welllll, the geniuses at TF have given us 4 more shades and I couldn’t be happier.

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Because you can never have too many lipsticks. And anyone who tells you otherwise ain’t a friend. I’m just sayin’.

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Say ‘ello to the new lovelies. I surprisingly love every single one. I’m a bit of Picky Patty when it comes to lip colors but I seriously don’t have any compliments about any of these. This is just a quick feature of these babies since I’ve reviewed them before.

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(L-R)
Bumbleberry, Loganberry, So Berry Sexy, Teddy Berry

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Bumbleberry is a darkened pink that has a nice work appropriate touch to it. It’s the kind of lipstick that you can wear comfortably by itself but then apply a lipliner for some added WOW-ness.

 

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Loganberry is a highly pigmented magenta that rocks my world. This is MY kind of pink. It doesn’t require anything else. She is dynamic on her on. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch.

 

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So Berry Sexy is a rich blue-toned rose that I find that will likely compliment anyone who wears it. It’s my second favorite of the bunch.

 

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Teddy Berry could have been a grandma shade but no, somehow it works. It’s the perfect lippy to wear when you want something without having to look TOO made up.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $21/ea
Availability: TooFaced.com
Do I recommend: Absolutely. I love everything about the La Creme lipsticks. The packaging is darling, they are super moisturizing and they seem to last quite some time on the lips. The color selection is great and I think these 4 are a great addition to the bunch.

Rock on, Too Faced! You done well. :cool:

OPI Mariah Carey collection

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Yes y’all! Mimi herself has partnered up with OPI to release her very own nail polish collection. I’m wondering why this is just now happening. She should have had her own collection years ago, uh? I adore Mariah Carey. Moreso the old skool Sweet sweet fantasy baby Mariah than anything else. And don’t even get me started on the albums Music Box and the Emancipation of Mimi. Yasssss. This collection is also where we see the revolutionary Liquid Sand formula polishes. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about them but honey, I’m lovin’ them.

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A Butterfly Moment is a frosty tan nude and it’s not what I would have put in a Mariah Carey collection. It has a bit of a Grandma feel to it. It’s definitely work appropriate and would probably look dynamic when used it nail art but by herself, meh…I’m not feelin’ it too much.

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Pink Yet Lavender is a pink glitter with lavender shimmer. She’s loaded with hex bits and holographic glitter. Nothing too unique but it’s a nice layering glitter. I’m not sure I get the name though. Am I being slow or does it not make much sense?

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Anti-Bleak isn’t terribly unique but I love this deep creamy purple. It has such a nice richness to it and while it takes 2 coats to reach full opacity, it looks stunning nonetheless. And of course I love that it’s a creme.

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The Impossible is a matte fuchsia with star confetti. This is one of the Liquid Sand polishes and whooooa – I love it. It dries to a sandy matte finish. It has a nice textured look and feel to it but the crazy thing is, removal is super easy. It’s as easy to remove as a regular polish – not a glitter. As much as I love The Impossible, I hated that I couldn’t get enough stars on the nails. Womp.

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Get Your Number is a matte blue with sparkles and I think this is my favorite Liquid Sand polish. It looks amaziiiiing. I don’t even want to see how this looks with a top coat. It looks so spectacular by itself.

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 Stay The Night is a matte black with red glints. And don’t even ask me what a glint is because I certainly don’t know. Ha! I couldn’t get this one to look as sandy as the others. I waited a good 5 minutes for it to dry, but it still had a bit of a glossy effect to it. Maybe I got a dud? I’m not sure but I still dig the red sparkles.

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Sprung is a shimmery copper. This is another unexpected shade for me. It just doesn’t scream Mimi. It’s pretty enough but it’s just okay…

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Can’t Let You Go is a matte purple with dazzling sparkle is woooow, this is another one of my favorites. It actually looks a bit more of a blue violet in real life but it is wonderful. And I don’t think I’d love it as much if it weren’t for the Liquid Sand effect.

I used about 2 coats of polish for polish here and I didn’t have any serious application issues. The Liquid Sand polishes apply beautifully and there aren’t you tricks that you need to know prior to applying them. They are so great and I am loving this trend. I’m sure we’ll see more of these from OPI and other brands. And I am definitely okay with that.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Ulta, JC Penny Salon and anywhere OPI is sold
Favorites in collection: Anti-Bleak, Get Your Number, Can’t Let You Go

Any Mariah Carey fans in the house? What do you think about this collection?

Tales of the Makeup Remover That Didn’t Remove

I was actually kind of excited about trying and falling in love with this eye makeup remover. I’ve been using expensive eye makeup removers for years now and I’m sick of it. I can go budget for practically anything but when it comes to removin’, I can’t help it if the expensive stuff seems to be better for me.

But I knew good ole’ Mayb wasn’ going to let me down with this innovative gel makeup remover. I knew I was glaring at a winnah!

Or so I thought.

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At first glance, the remover looks pretty stellar.

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Gorgeous packaging? Check.
Affordable? Check.
Stellar claims? Check.

She promises to not only remove makeup but to also soothe the skin as well. Having a lousy eye makeup remover just isn’t an option for me. I need a spectacular one. IF you tell me you’re going to remove every trace of my eye makeup including waterproof mascara, then I expect you to. Period. Wellllllls, this remover wasn’t so hot. But let’s talk about her pros.

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a remover with a formula like this so I can appreciate Mayb pushing the envelope a bit. I popped the top and I was impressed with the housing there…

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This allows you to only put a teeny bit amount on a cotton ball, swap or Qtip. Cool, right? But it was really the fragrance that threw me for a loop. Okay, granted I am sensitive to fragrances but this stuff was stroooong. It smelled floral and just…nauseating. I get it. People like scents, but come on – do you need a makeup remover with a fragrance? I don’t think so. Fragrance-free is the way to go with stuff like this. The consistency was interesting…

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And I found that it wasn’t as effective as a remover with more of an oil or watery consistency. In fact, it took almost an ounce of remover to complete remove my eyeliner and mascara. Plus, I just didn’t like how the “gel” felt around my eyes. Soothing, yes? But I felt like it kept seeping in my eyes. It’s a personal thing, I guess because I know some people can’t get down with removers with an oil consistency.

So yeah – this definitely wasn’t up my alley.

The Basics

Price: $4.99
Availability: Scoop it up at any drugstore both online and in stores. Target and Walmart too!
Do I recommend?: Nope. I wasn’t a fan.

Have y’all tried this? What makeup remover are you currently using?

Target Spring Beauty: Bright Eyeshadow For The Win!

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Okay, so it’s been a minute since I’ve rocked a crazy bright makeup look. Such looks take time and let’s face it, I am fresh out of that seasoning. But let’s not forget about some of the bright looks that I cranked out once upon a time. Oh yes, girl…I was fancy back in the day. And shoot, give me a few months and I’ll get back into the swing of things. In the meantime, check out some of the bright looks that I’ve featured on Clumps of Mascara…

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Ahhh yessss, rainbow eyes! I very rarely wear red or orange eyeshadow because um, exactly WHERE can you wear it without looking a bit out there? Especially in my line of work. But when I’m off to a beauty event or hangin’ out with the girls. I’m not the best at blending my eyeshadow but the key is finding working with colors in the same spectrum. Red and orange is such the perfect combination and makes blending so much easier.

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Why so blue, uh? I love blue eyeshadow. It’s another eyeshadow color that I don’t wear often enough mainly because it takes me forever to blend blues. I can’t just put it on the lid and keep on goin’. But that’s okay because playing around with blue eyeshadow is an adventure, yo.

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And then there are purple-y/magenta – I’m just a wee bit obsessed with these kind of shades on my lips so I love that I can find eyeshadows that give me the look that I’m yearning for. But as bright as magenta can be on the lids, I love being able to tone it down with a bit of brown eyeshadow in my crease. That plus a nice highlighter gives me an insanely bright but beautiful look.

But my next venture into bright eyeshadow look is going to be using this palette…

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This L’Oreal Colour Riche eyeshadow palette can be scooped up at Target. And I’ve soooo got my eyes on some of those other palettes. And that Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner Pen too.

I can’t wait to start cranking out more bright eyeshadow looks this season. Are you a fan of brighter looks or not so much?

It’s Time for Springtime.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.