Mascara Monday: Laura Mercier Faux Lashes mascara

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Man oh man…there are only a few people I need to meet in this world. Queen Latifah and RuPaul top the list but beyond them, I’d love to meet a few great makeup artists. Add Laura Mercier to that list. I love everything about the brand. But then, I would right? It was Laura Mercier’s foundation that brought me out of my “I hate foundation” funk. I guess what I REALLY appreciate about the brand is how they understand that foundations don’t have to come in just 5 shades. Oh. And their mascaras are pretty darn good too.

Price: $24 at Sephora or Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand):
3
Overall:
4

What It Claims: “A luxurious, long-wearing mascara created specifically to give eyes the look of false lashes. Formulated with a blend of waxes, not fibers, it delivers an even, glossy finish with buildable volume that lasts for up to 10 hours. This formula is non-drying, non-irritating, fragrance-, transfer- and smudge-free” (source)

The Truth: Wow! This mascara has a nice and rich formula.

What I Loved About It: It really darkened my lashes with only 2 coats.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is a bit on the large side.

Overall: Faux lashes, uh? Welp. I am of the belief that NO mascara can give you the illusion of false lashes. Unless of course you already have insanely long and thick lashes to begin with. But for the rest of us people with smaller or shorter lashes, finding a mascara that can really volumize AND lengthen to the point that our lashes actually look “faux” is virtually impossible. At least for me. But then again, I tend to take these mascara claims pretty darn literal which makes either makes me seriously naive or a crazed mascara reviewer. And I’ll take that latter. :cool:

Anywho, at first glance, this mascara’s wand scared me a bit. I don’t know why I freak out over these larger wands. I should be used to it, right? The good news is, while the wand is on the larger side, the bristles are stiff and spread out enough to really help you sweep through the lashes.

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I am always more forgiving of a mascara’s huge wand when the bristles are close to perfection. And that was the case with this kid. So yeah, even if you’ve got smaller lashes, this and will still be able to help you sweep through your lashes with ease.

Formula-wise, this mascara has a nice one. The opening of the tube is a bit on the large side so you may have to endure wiping off extra mascara.

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I always hate doing this but it seems to be trend with mascaras with larger wands. I’ve learned to stop complaining about it and just rollllll ‘wit it. Application is easy and I found it to be decent volumizing mascara. I didn’t get much length but I was blown away by the mascara’s richness. More than anything, my lashes just appeared darker and more lush. And that was with just one coat. In fact, I didn’t even feel the need to add more than 2 coats of this mascara because I was just so satisfied with what I saw. The 2 coats I applied didn’t clump and the formula felt lightweight. If you’re a fan of having wispy lashes over hard lashes, you’ll love this mascara. However, the problem with mascaras that don’t harden up is that they tend to dissipate after awhile. Not the case with this baby. Hours later, my mascara’d lashes held up pretty well with no flaking. Win! Can I attest to the glossy like finish? Not so much but that’s okay because glossy lashes freak me out a bit. I am definitely a lover of matte lashes. But overall, it’s a darn good mascara.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep! If larger wands don’t scare you, this mascara will certainly yield beautiful results.

Anyone else obsessed with Laura Mercier cosmetics the way I am?

It Smells Like…The Holidays!

Seriously B? You’re doing a post on a room air freshener on your beauty blog?

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Yes, I am! And you better not be judging me for it either. :cool: Okay, fine…judge me but if I could somehow emit this scent as you read these words, you’d understand WHY I’m writing about this Febreze Noticeables. First of all, it smells freaking phenomenal. But yeah, that’s a given. It is also getting me a bit more in the holiday spirit. And with  a few days left before Christmas gets here, I kinda need that.

You see, I don’t even have a Christmas tree set up. No decorations. Nothing. And this is sooooo not like me. Baby Clumps’ impending birth + chronic fatigue has me out of the holiday spirit so far the fragrance from this little decorative fragrance wall plug has been one of the only things to get me to feel…jolly.

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And this means a lot because I am totally one of those people who like to go all out for the holidays. But whatever, if the most I can get this year is pleasant vibes from this Cranberry & Frost scent, then I’ll take it. Proctor & Gamble gifted me with this sample and I just felt so inclined to share my love for these things. I can’t wait until they go on sale so I can scoop up more. I mean, they last forever so it’ll be well into February before we need to re-up from this one.

Cost: $5.99 or less
Where to buy ‘em from: Any drugstore, Target, Walmart, select grocery stores

‘Excuse me while I go back in the living room and catch a whiff. Don’t worry. I’m not doing any hardcore sniffin’ of it. :wink:

Elessa Jade’s Cupcake Approved Makeup Brushes!

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My girl Elessa Jade of Pursebuzz is such a show stopper. She is seriously one of the hardest working women I know. Not only does she have a hugely successful YouTube channel, but she is also a makeup artist, travels around the world to speak at events and she has also developed her own brand of makeup goodies, jewelry and accessories. She is one ball of sparkly awesomeness and I am so glad to have crossed paths with her so many times.

We both sat on the same panel for the inaugural The Makeup Show Orlando and right after we finished, I ran straight to her booth where these gorgeous brushes greeted me…

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Okay, okay…pick your mouth up off the floor. These cruelty-free brushes are just perfect for makeup newbies and professionals alike. And they not only feel insanely soft but look…

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Do you see that cupcake? ZOMGGGG! Adorbs, right? Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less from Elessa.

12 Piece Sweet Temptations Professional Brush Set has enough brushes to crank out an entire look and then some. See look…

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The brushes are super soft, cruelty-free and I love everything about how they feel in the hands. I’m so proud of Elessa Jade for launching such a quality and affordable set of brushes. They were insanely popular at The Makeup Show Orlando and it looks like they are still doing fantastic but they are currently sold out online. I know…I hate featuring products that you can’t get right away but I wanted to put these on your radar when they do come back in stock. Because sure enough, I’m sure they’ll sell out quickly again. The entire set goes for $69.99 but you can also buy some of the brushes individually.

And don’t even get me started on some of the other awesome jewelry pieces. I ended up buying THREE at the show. Check out her store and if you make a purchase, tell her B sent you.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 71

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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 – Prime Beauty wants you to look your gorgeous best at those festive holiday parties so she’s sharing her 4 Easy Steps for long, full, flirty lashes!

Phyrra – shares the makeup artist’s best kept secret, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè Moisturizer. Find out why it’s a cult favorite!

Vampy Varnish – The prettiest packaging this holiday season goes to…MAC Making Pretty

we heart this – finds out that the fabulous Anastasia Want you to Want me palette won’t leave you looking like a cheap trick!

Beauty Junkies Unite – I know you’re busy prepping for Christmas, but I hope you’ll stop by and take a sec to enter our fantastic bareMinerals 4th Day of Christmas Giveaway! Four winners will receive a ‘Simply Irresistible’ Collection! (ends 12/27)

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with these super glossy lipglosses from Tarte. And beauty lovers could never have too many glosses, right?

EauMG – Victoria reviews a vintage inspired perfume that reminds of her of 3 generations of women and love.

Lipglossiping – offers you the chance to win a set of limited edition crystallised Face Lace eye laces. Step into 2013 with some serious sparkle!

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m testing foundations! Check out this before and after (and inbetween) from Cover FX!

Nouveau Cheap – Does the newest foundation and powder line from Revlon, Nearly Naked, really leave you with nearly naked skin? Check out these before and after pics.

Pink Sith – Thinks that her December ipsy bag is just fab! See what she received and if she will keep her subscription!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – You’ve got to check out The Beauty Girl. This girl has worked inside the beauty industry, a la The Devil Wears Prada! She delivers the scoop with a hip entertaining voice. From hot products, tips and trends to great giveaways and celeb beauty secrets, The Beauty Girl brings it because “Beauty Shouldn’t Be A Bitch.”

Question of the Week:

Do you have beauty products that you reserve
“for holidays only”? If so, what are they?

B says, “I really only wear super red sparkly nail polish during the holidays.”

What about you? See you next week!

 

Sephora Houndstooth Mani Kit

‘Tis the season to start scooping up gifts and as a beauty gal, I can confidently say I know what other beauty girls want. Okay yeah, so not everyone is into nail polish. Fine. But nobody wants to walk around with raggedy and jagged nails. Which is why this Sephora Houndstooth Mani Kit is such an adorable stocking stuffer.

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Oh, and how lame is it that my current home doesn’t have a mantle? I move just about every year (one day I’ll settle in one place…one day) and most of my places have had mantles but not this one. *tears* Ahhh yes, but where was I? Oh yeah…this darling kit as a stocking stuffer.

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Who doesn’t love the classic houndstooth design? I mean, honestly…the packaging is everything. And what’s inside ain’t too shabby either.

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Ideal for tossing in a cosmetic bag or in some luggage for travel, this is just a nifty and uesful little kit. And uh, if you’re like me some of those tools can also be seen as multi-purpose. Like the little scissors? I would totally use those for grooming the brows. Or clipping my ‘stache. Yeah, I said it. I know I’m not the only one with a bit of fuzz on the upper lip. Such a sweet little kit. And it’s only $20 so there’s no bank breakin’ here. I scooped one up for a friend. You know…that friend that is also wanting something super useful and fancy and awesome just because you happen to be a beauty editor.

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Way to go, Sephora! Scoop this up at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Baby Clumps: 34 Weeks

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Yep. I’m still pregnant. I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever and yet people keep telling me I still have such a looooong way to go. Which just annoys me. Basically I’m cranky pretty much ALL the time.

But I try not to look it. In fact, I try to leave the house looking as fly and gorgeous as I can. Just because I feel like crap doesn’t mean I should look like it, darling. Mama Clumps taught me this and it’s a rule that I think everyone should follow. Unless you’ve got a migraine. It’s okay to look like hell if you have a migraine. Yep.

Here’s what Bean is up to,

“Your amazing baby is on the move! Until now, your wee womb-squatter’s been living fairly high up in your poor stretched-out womb – blithely compressing your poor lungs and internal organs. This week your baby’s going to pack their tiny bags and make the epic shifting move to your pelvis – commonly referred to as the time when baby “drops”. If you haven’t noticed it already, you’ll be feeling the weight shift indicating your baby is most likely out of breech position with their head now resting on your pubic bone. In developing internal-organ news: although not quite fully formed, your little poop-factory’s liver is now capable of processing a certain amount of waste.” (source)

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I’m pretty sure she has dropped. I can’t tell by looking at my belly but I am peeing a lot more and I just feel “heavy” down there. Fatigue is constant yet my workload continues to pile up so I can’t get much sleep. I’ve become incredibly lazy after work and have a hard time doing chores. I’ve had a few bouts of sadness and yeah, I’m putting it out there because pregnancy isn’t all sprinkles and longer hair and nails. I’m not even in the Christmas spirit (soooo unlike me) mainly because I’m too tired and lazy to decorate. Esposo’s work schedule has been crazy so we’re both always coming and going.

I’ve finally realized that I kinda sorta look pregnant (took long enough) and can’t do everything but then I feel bad when I can’t. Ah well.

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Health-wise, my blood pressure is down! Woo hoooo. I’m still drinking my 90oz of water. I’m not eating super healthy but whatev. My fitness is practically non-existent because walking for too long hurts. I suppose I could be doing some prenatal yoga and stretching though. I had all of these plans for what I wanted to do while pregnant and at this point, just getting up and going to work each day seems like a challenge so I’m doing the best that I can.

The nursery/beauty room is still a hot mess…

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And I’m all like…

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…because I literally have no idea where to start. And you know it’s sad when your own mom has to send you a To Do List of things to do before baby arrives. I know. I’m a mess. A stressed mess in a dress. Eeek!

 

Total Weight Gain: 8 lbs

Symptoms: Morning sickness, fatigue, irritability, stuffy nose, nightly leg cramps, insomnia, back pain.

Bean’s Activity: She’s crazy active. Some days she moves for hourssssss at a time.

Food Cravings: None. But don’t ask me to go to the grocery store. I’ll only come back with cookies, candy and ice cream. :cool:

Last Day of Work: Don’t have one. I plan to work up until I go into labor. Crazy but hey, maternity leave in the U.S. sucks. Gotta get what you can while you can.

Christmas shopping?: I haven’t done any. None. At all. Like…none.

Baby Name?: Yep! Bean officially has a first and middle name. It won’t be revealed until after she’s born though. Only close friends and family members know.

 

Is it crazy that I don’t have much done and this baby could arrive in the next month? Got any tips for me? Oh…and as far as that cloth diapering thing – yeah, no. I’m going to go with disposables for now. Maybe I’ll do some part-time cloth diapering but as a working mom, I don’t know how I’ll be able to handle that.