Palette Lovin': LORAC Little Black Palette

Ah yesss ,darlings. Allow me to introduce another beautiful eyeshadow palette.

LORAC’s Little Black Palette is certainly a top contender for one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes for the year.

It’s so sexyyyyyy. Now y’all already know how much I looooove LORAC. Their mascaras rock my world and I absolutely adore their lipglosses. I dig their eyeshadows too. These paraben-free baked eyeshadows are also without sulfates, pthalates and synthetic fragrances and dyes. Winning!

What Sephora has to say about the palette:

“Everyone needs a Little Black Palette! Create long-lasting, hot looks for days, evenings, and after-hours in the city with this must-have palette. Shine in rich golds and bronzes with 4 color-coordinated, mineral-infused, silky-smooth, shimmering Baked Eye Shadows and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Shadow Primer, all packed in a must-have sleek black case. Buy a little perfection with LORAC’s Little Black Palette—it’s the must-have accessory for every season!”

When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, I’m looking for convenience and quality. This baby comes with an eyeshadow primer and 4 GREAT eyeshadows and so its $33 price point is just right. Like all of LORAC’s eyeshadows, these are shimmery and feel silky smooth on the skin.

While I love the shimmer that they provide, I do kinda wish that there was a matte shadow thrown in the mix.

Definitely not a deal breaker, but what can I say? I’m a gal that loves matte shadows on her browbone. And then there’s the primer…

Cute lil’ kid, isn’t it? I am a picky eyeshadow primer user and while this one is a little too emollient to me, it actually gets the job done.

And even if I was completely against it, I wouldn’t care because the palette itself is just so fantastic. This is the perfect eyeshadow palette for gals who don’t need many options. The foil-y finishes of silver, gold, copper and brown can make for decent daytime and nighttime looks. I’m a no-fuss beauty traveler. I never really WANT to apply a bunch of makeup so this palette is perfect for me. Aaaaand, it’s only $33. I mean, come on…. That’s not bad for a bunch of paraben-free eyeshadows, uh?

So yeah. Just like every gal needs a little black dress, us makeup lovers need little black palettes too. You’ve done good, LORAC. You’ve done good. You can grab this wondrous palette at Sephora stores and Sephora.com.

Whatcha think about this palette? Yay or nay?

 

Mascara Monday: Wet ‘n Wild MegaLash Clinical mascara

I’ve been on a Wet ‘n Wild sugar high for quite some time now. Granted, I’ve AWLAYS loved their products but it’s like the brand is continually getting better and better. While some drugstore brands stay consistent and others get…lame, Wet ‘n Wild is always keeping us on the edge of our seats beauty-wise. AND, the products are still ridiculously affordable. Let’s see how this mascara does.

Price: $4.99 from drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the website

Boost your batting average: Get longer, thicker, fuller-looking lashes instantly! Research shows 87% of women saw an instant improvement in the length and volume of their lashes.* Breakthrough P-Charged+™ technology delivers a peptide complex that promotes visibly longer, thicker lashes. A conditioning and activation complex provides oils, vitamins, and nutrients to condition and stimulate stronger lashes for a “wow” factor that can’t be missed. 

 

And per packaging:

The Truth: Wow…um impressed!

What I Loved About It: The wand and its curved handle makes for easy application. And the formula is really nice too.

What I Didn’t Like: I would have liked more volume.

Overall: Well, well, welllll. Check you out, Wet ‘n Wild. While this mascara isn’t one of the best ones I’ve tried, it isn’t bad. And that says A LOT considering it only costs $4.99. It’s such a relief knowing you don’t have to spend $20+ to get a good mascara. And this kid definitely proves that. Let’s take a look at the wand first…

Not a bad lookin’ wand, uh? I love how the handle curves a bit. It makes a huge difference when applying. The bristles of the wand are also nice and stiff making it easy to go right through those lashes.

Keep in mind that this mascara is supposed to be be used over a long period of time. And I don’t mean every day for a week. To achieve the results that Wet ‘n Wild claims, one would would have to use it for several weeks. That’s just my assumption but since I’m a blogger who only reserves a week to test mascaras, I wasn’t able to really take this baby for a REAL testdrive. That said, my review will be based off of the mascara’s formula performance and overall feel. I can’t attest to if it promoted any growth.

I was really impressed with the formula. It wasn’t too thick and wasn’t too thin either. In fact, if anything, it doesn’t appear to have a sturdy stopper. Stoppers help catch some of the mascara residue so that you don’t end up with globs of mascara all over your wand. The stopper on my mascara didn’t do its job too well so I had to clean up quite a bit before applying. My hope is that this is a manufacture problem in my mascara and not a problem among all of the MegaLash Clinical mascaras. I still managed to coat the lashes with a good 2 coats. This isn’t a mascara that will get insanely clumpy after a coat or two. Which is a great thing. At the same time, I wouldn’t describe it as a buildable mascara either simply because even if you apply 10 coats, you won’t get THAT much volume added on your lashes. Definition? Yes? Dark and sultry lashes? Yep. Volume? Not a lot. The mascara feels nice throughout the day and I didn’t experience any flaking.

But it’s all good in the hood. I still found it to be one of my favorite Wet ‘n Wild mascaras. If your goal is to use it for quite some time to see if can promote growth, the formula is nice enough to allow you to do so.

Oh, and can we talk about how cute the packaging is?

Niiiiice!

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats

See. It’s not terrible but it’s not POW either.

Do I recommend it?: Sure! It’s affordable, it does a decent job and uh…it’s affordable!

Any Wet ‘n Wild lovers in the house?

NYC New York Color’s Designer Denim palette

With the holidays coming up, I’m going to be cranking out a ton of reviews and features of eyeshadow palettes. Between traveling and searching for stocking stuffers, portable eyeshadow suffers will so come in handy. First up NYC New York Color’s IndividualEyes Designer Design palette. While this was “created for brown eyes”, it will, of course work for everyone.

Oh, and when you see brands list products being for “brown eyes” or “green eyes”, please don’t think that you can’t wear them. Certain colors make can enhance brown and green eyes by making them pop. It’s not just a marketing ploy to get you to buy palettes but also a guide to help you look your bestest.  But enough of my rambling. Let’s check out this palette…


These palettes freaking rock my world. The color payoff of each shade is always super pigmented. And whatever isn’t can easily pop over a primer or base. I wanted to go for a bit of a dramatic look with this one.


With lots of blending, these colors will mesh together beautifully. For extra drama, I angled the shadow and drew my brow out a bit. Which, um…I NEVER do.

I don’t wear it much but I really love blue eyeshadow.

 And of course you can get this palette for a smokin’ $4.99 at drugstores.

What do you think? Are you a fan of blue eyeshadows?

Mascara Monday: Clinique Lash Building primer

Ah yesss….mascara primers. While us mascara lovers can make use of any mascara item, the average beauty consumer may not get the point of mascara primers. Are they worth my extra pennies? Shouldn’t my mascara provide enough volume and length on their own? What’s the real purpose of mascara primers? And how good is this one by Clinique? Warranted questions indeed. I’ll do my best to answer them in this review of Clinique’s Lash Building primer.

Price: $13.50 from Clinique.com and Clinique counters
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Clinique.com

Lash-conditioning undercoat boosts the benefits of Clinique mascaras. Unique polymer combination holds mascara to lashes for a longer, fuller look and extended wear. Moisturizing formula helps condition and mend dry lashes. Ophthalmologist tested.

The Truth: It actually does what it says it’s going to do. Oftentimes a rarity in a lot of mascara claims.

What I Loved About It: It was easy to apply and the formula did not make mascara application thick and clumpy.

What I Didn’t Like: You have to work quickly. Once it dries, it makes applying your first coat of mascara pretty tricky.

Overall: Mascara primers. For the longest, I didn’t see the point of these. And to be quite honest, I think we’d be okay without them. Yes, I do agree that a mascara should be good enough on its own. But, if you don’t mind the extra few pennies and really want to enhance the look of your mascara, then splurging on this mascara primer isn’t a bad idea. My favorite attribute about it is how it doesn’t change the formula of your mascara. Some primers can make application difficult. Mascaras that weren’t clumpy are suddenly difficult and tricky to apply. Not the case with Clinique’s Lash Building primer. I tried this with both a Clinique mascara and another brand mascara and got the same results. The formula for both mascaras wasn’t changed a bit. Coolness! The wand is nice.

Nothing special. No tricks and frills. I do love how the wand has bristles that are stiff. This allows you to really get up and through those lashes. Coating your lashes with the primer does the prep work for your mascara. Instead of your having to use your mascara to separate and elongate lashes, the primer does it. When applying your first coat of mascara, your lashes already have a good amount of volume and length to them. Having a primer is great in that instead of applying 2-3 coats of a mascara, with a primer’s use you may only need to apply one.

But there is a downside. You have to work quickly after applying the primer. While its initial application is creamy and pleasant, it can harden up a bit if you wait too long to apply your first coat. This won’t wreck anything but it can make applying difficult.

Do you NEED a mascara primer? Not really. Especially if you feel like your current mascara gives you what you want. But if you feel like your mascara needs an extra push and don’t mind spending a good $13, I would definitely give this primer a try.

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after applying primer

 Both lashes have 2 coats of mascara. Primer was applied to the lashes on the left.

 

Do I recommend it?: Yep! I likes it!

 

What do you think about mascara primers? Cool or pointless?

Mascara Monday: Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow waterproof mascara

Ah yessss, it’s Almay. The last time I reviewed a mascara by Almay, I wasn’t too happy. Let’s see if they can redeem themselves with their latest mascara.

Price: $8.49 from Ulta.com and drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

The Truth: What the….

What I Loved About It: I think the mascara name is cute ‘n witty.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t really do anything.

Overall: Okay, seriously…what’s going on here? Almay, please have a seat. We have some things to discuss. Here’s the thing: if you are going to label a mascara as “waterproof”, that bad boy better be waterproof. Our eyes dependent on it. Waterproof mascaras are ideal for those of us with allergies and the last thing we need is for mascara to be falling in our eyes. This, of course, will result in eye irritation and it goes down hill after that. That said, Get Up & Grow was everything but waterproof. Within hours, it was flaking and just about disappeared. Like…what the what? Let me back up a bit, Almay. Let’s talk about the good attributes about the mascara. The wand isn’t bad…

There’s nothing exceptionally good or horrifically bad about it. It is average at best. I do wish the bristles were spread out a little better, but hey…it’s not the worst wand that I’ve seen.

The formula, however, simply wasn’t up to par. It was thick and unpleasant to use. I kept trying to sweep the wand through my lashes and simply couldn’t get much mascara on them. What DID manage to get on them was minimal and clumpy. Still. The flaking off hours later frustrated me. Usually when I have this bad of an experience, I chalk it up to being a bad tube. I certainly hope this was the case with Almay.

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Nope! Not at all.

So while I wasn’t too happy about this mascara, do you know what a better product from Almay is? Their Makeup Remover Sticks. I’m still lovin’ those. What do you think? Think I got a bad tube or is this mascara really this crappy?

Mascara Monday: Mark Lash All You Want High Volume mascara

I always feel like throwing a welcome party every time I review a brand that’s new to Clumps. And then I feel all bad because I’m like…”Why haven’t I tried this brand before?”. That’s just one of the many guilts us beauty bloggers have. But sadness I will not feel in celebrating Mark and their mascara with an uber cool name.

Price: $10 from a Mark salesperson or online
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Per MeetMark.com

Instantly add up to 12X the volume in just one coat! Unique brush has bristles at the tip to get at the tiniest lashes.

The Truth: Not bad. Not exceptionally good either though.

What I Loved About It: It has a realllllly nice wand.

What I Didn’t Like: I didn’t get as much volume as I would have liked.

Overall: You’ve heard of Mark, haven’t you? Similar to Avon and Mary Kay, Mark (or Meet Mark), Mark is sold online and from Independent Sales Representatives. Rep Tiffany was gracious enough to send me this mascara to review. In return, I decided to plug her the best way I could. 8) Mark’s products seemed to be geared to the younger gals of the makeup world. Where your Mom may love Mary Kay and your slightly younger Aunt may love Avon, you and your younger sister may love Mark. I may be off here but keep in mind, these are just my observations. I happen to love some of the goodies that Mark has to offer and I’m glad I could break the brand in with a mascara.

Just how awesome is the name Lash All You Want? It makes me giggle. The mascara, however, is just okay. I didn’t get a ton of volume or length, but what it did provide was okay. If you’re a lover of everyday-wear mascaras and mascaras that give a little somethin’ without being too dramatic, this mascara will be up your alley. It is a bit on the flaky side so your best bet is to go slowly with applying the coats. If you let the coats dry before applying a second or third coat, clumpiness and flakiness will be in your near future.

I’ve come to understand that not ALL mascaras have to give insane volume and length for them to be decent mascaras. Such is the case with Lash All You Want. Oh, and excuse my lids. They are a bit swollen due to my allergies.

 

 

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats

 

Do I recommend it?: Sure! While I prefer bigger and badder lashes, if you’re a lover of something not AS dramatic, this mascara may work for you.

Have you tried this mascara yet?
What do you think?

Mascara Monday: d.j.v. beautenizer Volume Lash mascara

Okay y’all…I usually try to stay somewhat vague in my mascara intros but I’m so excited about this one. And I just can’t hide it. This is hands down one of the best mascaras that I’ve ever tried. In fact, I am so over the moon about it that I could probably end the review with that. But I won’t. I know you want more. You deserve more. And so more you get!

Price: $23.00 from Sephora and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

Created by the makers of Fiberwig LX, this innovative film-coating formula encapsulates each lash within a smooth and non-clumping film. Ingredients include conditioning oils with botanical essences and panthenol for added strengthening and moisturizing. Better yet, the smudge-proof formula can be easily removed with warm water.

The Truth: If you don’t get any other mascara this year, GET THIS ONE! Yes, the caps were warranted.

What I Loved About It: It gave me an insane amount of volume. And it’s paraben free!

What I Didn’t Like: It dries quickly so if you goal is to have insane volume, you have to work quickly.

Overall: Oh dear heavens…this is currently the IT mascara for me. One that I will keep recommending for weeks and months to come. Especially to my gals and girls who know no price when it comes to mascara. I say that because beautenizer Volume Lash retails for $24 which can be pretty expensive for a mascara. However, I am positive that if you give this a try, you will be extremely satisfied.

This mascara has many attributes that makes it different from the average mascara. So many that I think making a list would be the best way to put it all out there for you.

-3D Film-Coating Formula
-Each stroke volumizes and dries quickly to prevent clumping
-Volume sculpting brush holds large amount of formula between bristles, which comb through each and every lash
-Mascara includes panthenol, a natural silk extract that helps to nourish and strengthen lashes.
-Removes easily with water without damaging lashes.

Wow, right? Each and every one of those attributes translate to amazing volumized lashes. Does the name and packaging look familiar? Who remembers Imju Fiberwig? I reviewed that mascara some years ago. A new Fiberwig has hit the scenes and I’ll be reviewing beautenizer Fiberwig LX soon.

So why should you buy this mascara? Why am I so excited about it? And is it really worth $24?

Simply put…yes. While this mascara does require some technique, if you apply it correctly, you will end up with gorgeous and lush lashes. The key is to NOT let the mascara dry in between coats. I found that two coats was all I needed but if your goal is to go for three, letting the mascara dry will result in clumps. This is tricky because in theory, a lot of us mascara appliers like to apply 1 coat to one eye and another coat on the other and THEN start applying a second coat. Your best bet is to work on one eye at a time.

Even if you aren’t a fan of the wiggling method, I found this to be the best way to get maximum results. The wand is pretty groovy.

While it doesn’t make applying to the inner corners all that easy, it does deposit a good amount of mascara on each lash without overdoing it. Because the mascara has a film-coating formula, once it dries, you don’t have to worry about smudging or flaking. Removal is easy peasy in that you simply wet your fingers, gently massage your eye lashes and remove. Not that I like to fall asleep with mascara on, but if I did, this is the one I’d sleep in simply because it won’t smudge in the least.

Oh, and the fact that it’s paraben-free without synthetic dyes and fragrances makes me love it even more.

 

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats

Aaaaand, this is what happens if you apply a first coat and let it dry before you apply a second coat.

Clumpy Wumpies. We don’t want those now do we?

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely. If there is one mascara splurge you make this year, it should be this one.

Have you tried this mascara yet?
What do you think?

Essence’s $1.49 metallic eyeliner. Rocks or flops?

Well, well, well…what have we here? Another affordable wonder from Essence, uh? I have totally fallen in love with this brand and their metallic eye pencils are no exception. And check this out, these pencils are only..wait for it…$1.49.

Yeahhhh buddy! I’ve been wearing these for a few weeks but wanted to take them to the beach for a mini photo shoot and to see how well they held up in the waves. When you come across an eyeliner pencil as cheap as this, you kinda hope that it’s all that and more. At least I do. My first thought is, “Gee wilikers, I certainly hope that this is better than my current overpriced eyeliner. Then I can retire it and only wear cheap eyeliners for the rest of my life.” A little overly dramatic, I know but I think about these things. Will these eyeliners have me saying buh bye to my Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners? Not quite. But will I keep them on standby? Fer sure!

(l-r) Heavy Metal, Black Knight, Green Day

 

I found these pencils to be intensely pigmented making them ideal for wear on the waterline and lower lashline. Essence doesn’t say that they are waterproof but they held up with all day wear and 3 hours of beach play .

Not bad, yo…not bad at all. If you’re in the market for some new eyeliners, try these. Even if you don’t like them (which I think is highly unlikely), you’re not spending your savings on purchasing them.

Wipeouuuut!

Essence is somethin’ else, I tell ya. Everything I’ve tried from them—I’ve loved. How can this be? You can get these liners at Ulta.