Mascara Monday: Lancôme HYPNÔSE Doll Lashes mascara

Yay! Lancôme has a new mascara. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one from one of my favorite high-end mascara brands. This mascara promises to give flirty doll-like lashes with its paraben-free formula. I know, right? Who knew Lancôme had a paraben-free mascara? Woo hoo!

 

Price: $25 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

This mascara helps create Lancôme’s most flirtatious lash look. A new, unique, cone-shaped brush provides an extremely smooth application, precisely defining even your hard-to-reach corners and lower lashes. This expert formula lifts and thickens every single lash without weighing it down. (source)

The Truth: Totally loving this one!

What I Loved About It: The wand is pretty epic. We haven’t seen one like this before. The cone-shape makes it super easy to get those corners and apply on the bottom lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: The formula didn’t seem to be as long lasting as other Lancôme mascaras.

Overall: One of the most common questions I get when it comes to Lancôme mascaras is “How does X-Lancôme mascara compare to Y-Lancôme?” Wanna know the truth? I can hardly remember Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells  from Lancôme Oscillation Intensity. Having reviewed more than 100 mascara, I tend to forget the pros and cons of many mascaras. In fact, most times, I have to search through the Mascara Bin to remember my own experiences with a mascara.Crazy, uh?

Anywhoovers , can we really talk about what surprised me most about this mascara? The fact that is comes without so many bad stuffs.

 

 

Really Lancôme? I’m not complaining but I didn’t think you had it in you. It’s hard to find a higher-end brand that omits parbens and synthetic dyes and fragrances. I’m elated! Lancôme won even more cool points with me. And it doesn’t hurt that the mascara isn’t too shabby either. I found the formula to be a little on the thick side but nothing too outrageous. I had such a fun time using the wand. It really made getting into the corners a breeze. While I am usually a 2-coat mascara applier, I pushed it to the limit and applied 3 coats. And I didn’t run into any clumps either. The formula got a little wonky but with slow and smooth strokes, you can really bring out your lashes on 3 coats. The only thing that stopped this mascara from receiving 5 out of 5 marks is because it doesn’t hold up as well as I would like it to. Granted, it’s not a waterproof mascara so it’s not its job to last for hours on end but still…

 

Bare Lashes

 


Lashes with 2 Coats of mascara


Do I recommend it?: Sure! Lancôme mascaras are on the pricey side but if you’re a higher-end lovin’ gal ,I think you’ll love this one.

Hey Lancôme lovers, have you tried this mascara yet?

 

Sonia Kashuk domed eye shadow brush kinda sorta rocks!

I’ve got enough makeup brushes. I really do. But despite having so many, I really only use the same 5-7 for my eyes and face. I’m the kind of gal that sticks with what works. But man oh, somewhere along the way I’ve accured one too many brushes.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. But the neat freak in me goes nuts every time I add a new brush to the family. Such is the case with Sonia Kashuk’s Domed Eye Shadow Brush

Target beauty obsessed gals like myself know how dynamic Sonia Kashuk is and this eye shadow brush is no different. I find it to be perfect for applying and blending eyeshadow in my crease and outer-V

…as well as applying eyeshadow in that 3-mile space I’ve got above my crease and below my browbone.

It is nice and dense but still fluffy enough to distribute color. I’m a huge fan, man. Huge fan. You can get it at Target and Target.com.

Any Sonia Kashuk lovers in the house?

Happy 40th Birthday, Great Lash mascara!

 

This is a very special Mascara Monday. Today I’ll be honoring one of the most iconic mascaras on the market…Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara! Fan or not, you simply can’t deny the impact that this mascara has made all over the world. From makeup newbies to makeup artists and professionals, we can all identify the pink and green tube of awesomeness.

In honor of Great Lash’s 40th birthday, Maybelline has teamed up with Target to release 3 limited edition tubes designed by some of our favorite designers. Max Azira, Tracy Reese and Vivienne Tam have given Great Lash 3 stunning facelifts.

 

And don’t you dare ask me to choose which one I love the most. I simply can’t, darlings.

This Limited Edition collection will only be available at Target and Target.com for a short time. The mascara lover that is me is so glad to have a piece of history. I mean think about it…Great Lash gave birth to the best Maybelline mascaras. From Lash Stylist to The Falsies, Lash Stiletto and the Asian Exclusive Hello Kitty Cat Eyes mascara, when it comes to mascaras, Maybelline does it best. I’ve reviewed almost 20 Maybelline mascaras for a reason. 8)

Rock on, Maybelline Great Lash. This beauty blogger loves ya. Oh! And did you join the Maybelline Twitter party last night?

If not, you totally missed out, girlfriend. Hundreds and hundreds of tweets were flying from men and women all over the world showing their love for Great Lash. Twas a beautiful thing. I can only hope that Maybelline does more Twitter parties. If you plan on snagging those Limited Edition tubes, do so quickly because once they’re gone….they’re gone.

Loves you lot, Maybelline! Keep on bringing us the best of the best of mascaras.

FOTD Friday: 32 eye shadow palette=$5 steal from e.l.f. cosmetics

I wish for many things in life. The disappearance of student loans. A beach in my backyard. And an unlimited almond milk fountain in my fridge. But more than anything, I wish for clearer skin.

I really can’t complain because my skin has had worse spells but still…how long will I have to deal with pimples and scars? Oh boo. Anywhoovers, I played around with another e.l.f. palette this week. Aren’t you proud of me? I’m doing such a better job at actually playing with makeup. Sometimes I’ll let stuff stack up for weeks at a time before I actually play, swatch and wear.

Introducing e.l.f. Essential Beauty School 32-Piece Eyeshadow Palette in Natural…



Not too shabby, uh? 32 shades for $5. I can never complain about e.l.f. because even if something REALLY isn’t what you thought it was, guess what? You only spent a buck or five. So…yeah. This palette arrived to me cracked. 8O Totally a beauty blogger and photographers worst nightmare. I’ll be sure to be give the postman an extra stern glare the next time I see him. Or her.

But after cracking open the palette, I was pleasantly surprised.

I mean, you gotta give it up to e.l.f….they do a darn good job with color selection for their palettes. In addition to getting a wide range of neutral shades, you’ll also get a few pinks and purples in there. I wouldn’t label those as “natural” shades but I love that they’re there! The palette makes is great for taking on the go.

It’s smaller than a tablet and can easily be thrown into a purse, book bag or suitcase. Like most e.l.f. palettes, the shadows aren’t going to be insanely pigmented. But they’ll get the job done. My favorite thing about this palette is the variety of finishes you get. There are some mattes, shimmers, chunky glitter-y finishes and everything in between.

I swatched a few just to give you an idea of how many different kinds of shadows you’ll get in this palette. Can’t say I’ve seen this before in any other e.l.f. palette. Not even the 100 eye shadow palette has a chunky glitter. Wicked! I decided to crank out a quick look using one of those pretty pinks. And when I say “pretty pink”, don’t think that I actually LIKE the color pink. I really don’t. It’s probably my least favorite color of all colors. Anyone hating me yet?

I applied the pink right on the lid….

…and used a dark purple matte in the outer-V. And that was it!



Problem with some of these shades is that you REALLY have to use a nice and creamy base to get the colors to stick. And see what I’m talkin’ about in regards to my skin?

Just….ugh.

So yes, a decent palette but keep in mind that you’ll have to really work to get those shadows to show up. I don’t mind how faint they look though. Quite frankly, I think my days of insanely bold eye looks are over. Well, maybe not over. Maybe they’re in hibernation. You can get this palette exclusively at Target and Target.com.  If you’re lookin’ for more e.l.f. stuff’s check out my review of one of their Beauty Books, some of their nail polishes, a brush set and their clear mascara.

Have a wonderful weekend, beautiful ones. Let’s see if I can get to the beach again this weekend. I’m such a beach babe.

XOXO,
B

 

FOTD Friday (FOTD=face of the day) is the
weekly series where Brittany shows off a look using eye shadow.

Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray: A new primer hits town.

If y’all haven’t noticed, I LOVE the beach. Whenever I go, I take a bag of beauty products to snap shots of. I get the BEST lighting at the beach. Then again, I’m obsessed with all things photography. Yup.

For the first time in like…3 years, I tried a new eye shadow primer. I’ve been stuck on the same two brands forever and a day and I’m glad I got to try somethin’ new. But is change a good thing?

Mascara Monday: COVERGIRL Lash Perfection mascara

Wow wow wow, looks like COVERGIRL is hitting us with not one but TWO new mascaras this summer season. These brands crack me up. They’ll be quiet for months on the mascara front and within month they’ll start releasing a bunch at a time. Not that I’m complaining but it doesn’t make me chuckle a bit.

Word on the beauty bloggin’ street (because you don’t know there’s a street, right? ;) ) is that Lash Perfection is supposed to be a lot like Max Factor’s Volume Couture mascara; which, by the way, was one of my FAVORITE mascaras of all time. When Max Factor left the States so did my ability to purchase them. Needless to say I was super excited to try Lash Perfection. Is it like my beloved Volume Couture mascara?

Sally Hansen’s eyelash curler is like…totally cool.

Promise me you won’t judge me, okay? Up until a few days ago I had not curled my lashes in months. Months, I say!  While some of y’all may be like “Really B? Who cares?”, others know how much of a difference a few pumps of a eyelash curler can do.

The reason why I’ve gone so long without one? I couldn’t locate any of mine and I was just too cheap to buy a new one. But then I found a coupon for $2 off of any Sally Hansen beauty tool and I was tempted to finally purchase one. Well, what do you know? As soon as I walked through CVS’ beauty aisle, I saw some of Sally Hansen’s newest tools–one being a darling eyelash curler.

To the newbie eye, one may assume that all eyelash curlers are the same but I certainly beg to differ. The Sexy Curls Precision Eyelash Curler has many attributes of a GOOD eyelash curler. And here’s why.

 

A) It’s affordable. With the coupon, this baby was less than $5. Heyyyy!!

 

B) My fat fingers can fit through!

 

Laugh if you want, but I’m glad to know that my mumbo jumbo fingers can comfortably grip the curler.

 

C) It doesn’t give the L-shaped curl.

 

Ay yi yi…nothing sucks more than ending up with a L-shaped lashes.While you can blame yourself for pressing down  little TOO hard, it’s good to know that you can push it to the limit with this curler and not endure 90 degree angle’d lashes.

So yes, my darlings….if you’re in the market for a new eyelash curler, I’d give this one a try. I  was pleasantly surprised. Oh! And if you’re a CVS  fanatical stan shopper, like me, you may find a $2-off coupon right BY the eyelash curlers. Ooooh yeah.

 

Loves ya,

B

Milani’s Limited Edition Paint Eyeshadow palette. Yep, you need it.

Nothing scares a beauty blogger more than the words “limited edition”. Those two words alone invoke some kind of frenzy within our souls. We begin scrambling and trying to figure out how we can a) prevent said product from going into beauty extinction or b) spend thousands of dollars purchasing limited edition items. I’m kidding about both, but still…limited edition is not a good word.

That said, if you find this palette in stores, buy it.

And not just because it’s limited edition, but because its a cheap and pigmented palette from one of our favorite brands. If none of that woos you, then just buy it because it looks pretty.

Seriously…isn’t it gorgeous?